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Jan 9, 2013

Geeking out...

Yes, it is a kitten. After the night I just had I needed to see one on 'te internets'...

Okay, I admit it. I am a painting geek. And as they say, "Once a geek, always a geek." 

I like to learn about arcane painting methods and materials. And about arcane painters and art movements as well. That stuff fascinates me. But man, I hate computers. Or I should say, I have a love/hate relationship with computers.

Which means I love to hate computers.

There has been some back room changes in how Google and Yahoo handle domain redirects, naked URLs, ANAME and CNAME records, and domain ownership verification (whatever the h*ll those things are...) and it made me pull an all-nighter to sort it out – something I haven't done since college over thirty years ago.

I sat down last night at 9:00 pm out to bring my online gallery and this blog under one roof. Accessible by a single domain. I did this because the readership of my blog has taken off in unexpected ways and I am anticipating another significant uptick in traffic in the next few weeks. (I'll explain why soon...) So changes had to be made. I thought I was going to sit down at my laptop with a glass of wine, open a couple of control panels, click a few buttons, and be done.

Then I lost you. All of you. Apparently I checked or typed something that should not be touched and you all went away. (ARRRRG!) With no idea how to bring you back.

So if you clicked http://www.thomaskitts.com to visit my online gallery and unexpectedly landed here it's because I've been ignorantly fiddling around with a bunch of yoogly-googly control panels and reading obscure and conflicting tech notices even Bill Gates would struggle with. All because I inadvertently became the proverbial bull in a digital china shop last night. But now the pieces have been put back together. Humpty Dumpty will live for another day. If you want to visit my online gallery now click the "Online Gallery..." tab above. I hope this is clear and intuitive enough. Goodness knows it wasn't easy to patch together.

There are more tweaks coming down the pike but I think I'm finished with the dangerous stuff. What was once a teetering house of cards is now, well . . . er, still sort of a hodge-podge house of cards. But at least now everybody is coming in through the same door.

Did I mention I hate computers? I'm going to bed now. When I get up I am going to paint a kitten.

5 reader comments:

Anonymous said...

Thomas, you might want to consider sending your viewers back to the blog when they click "home" on the gallery page.

Thomas Jefferson Kitts said...

Excellent. Good idea.


Celeste Bergin said...

I'm impressed! This seems like a very good idea. Sorry you had to stay up all night to do it--but it was worth it AND I like the cat.

Sergio Lopez said...

Yea my workaround was having my blog nested within a frame on my page. Probably not the prettiest way to do it, but it was probably way easier than what you did. I do however much prefer having them both under the same address, so your solution is much more elegant therefore worth the headache. I'm planning on doing a big website overhaul soon, so this was cool to see an example of what works.

Thomas Jefferson Kitts said...

Hi Sergio.

Congratulation on your recent group show. I hope it went well. The down side of using frames is that it will confuse the search engines. Good luck with your future site update. Always a please to see your work.