Like many personal blogs of its era, this blog is moribund, a casualty of what we might call "the Facebook effect." However, as of late 2015, two things are clear: (1) The Indie Web is a thing, and (2) the re-decentralization of the web is a thing. So who knows?
2016 2017 2018 (!) could be the year this blog rises from its own ashes. Stay tuned!
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Thank you for contacting customer service.So where it stands right now is, I have a book on order, and that order is in limbo. I cannot cancel the order. Someday, when eCampus.com gets its hands on a copy of the book in question, they’re going to charge my credit card and ship it to me. But at this point they’re not willing to even tell me how long that might take. In the meantime, I’ve found a used copy of the book online at the Amazon store in the U.K. But I don’t feel like buying it, for two reasons: (1) The price is outrageous given the weak dollar, and (2) someday my eCampus.com copy may actually appear, and then I will have paid for two copies. I don’t need two copies. I need one.
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