03.26.2018 - Terrence Marks:
We've moved webhosts! Again!
Why? The one we just moved to, there was a limit to how many PHP scripts we could run a day. Our entire archive is PHP scripts. We've got almost 9000 comics in the archive, so if a handful of people decide to read all of them, that's our quota and we're out of gas - come back tomorrow, folks.
And we were close to that quota. We could convert Spare Parts to an HTML-based archive, but that's not a big chunk of our total pageviews. We could set all the archives to a weekly view and hope that the comic doesn't become much more popular, but if we're planning on the comic not becoming more popular then we've got a bad plan.
I mean, we could force everyone to use weekly view but that just means we've got a slightly bigger pool of bandwidth to dole out. We were doing comics back in the early 2000s when this was a thing and bandwidth overages could kill a site, and we don't want to go back to the old days.
So we've moved. Again. Second time in a month. Fortunately, all the MySQL has been MySQLi-ized already and this time I've adjusted all the file paths so it should be easy to do again if we ever need to, and hopefully we won't. This time I went through all the extra files and obsolete pages and removed them.
Let me know if things don't work. I think I've got it all but there's a whole lot of stuff. Hope you like the new digs.
03.05.2018 - Terrence Marks:
We've got a new webhost! Almost everything has been moved over. We've had to adjust most of the site code and upgrade from mysql to mysqli. I still need to fix a few more of the little automatic things. All of the user-accessible stuff really ought to work, I hope. Please let me know if it doesn't.

That's been our whole weekend. Isabel needs some time off. I'm sorry about the short notice. We'll be back on March 12th and we hope to see you then.

02.14.2018 - Isabel Marks:
Happy 14th everyone, have yourself a nice treat and an excellent day!

01.01.2018 - Terrence and Isabel Marks:
Hey everyone, first off, Happy New Year! We made it through another year. Hope 2018 is a great one for you all.

I have a few things to talk about today. First, we are discontinuing our Patreon. I thought about it for a while, but it's not a good fit for the two of us, with the price increasing controversy being the final straw for me. I understand and respect those that still use the site, but it's not a good fit for the two of us. So, instead, we'll be focusing on NamirDeiter.net from here on out. It may not have all the bells and whistles that Patreon did, but we'll try our best to make it the best bonus site we can. Thank you to everyone who supported us there! It was starting to become to mentally taxing for me to run it, which brings me to my next topic...

We've been through a lot of changes last year, some for the better, some not as great... but as we reflect on where we've been and where we're going... we've both realized we're kind of burnt out. Now, full disclosure, I'm always kind of burnt out, sometimes physically, sometimes mentally, most of the times, both. But when Terrence gets burnt out, we definitely have a problem... without my writer, who is building the kind of story I just cannot, I'm all kinds of screwed. So to give him some down time we're going to be changing the updating schedule for a while... hopefully just for the month, but as of right now, I am not putting a definite date on anything. So, for at least the month, the comic will be going to three days a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) with sketches for the other two days a week (Tuesday and Thursday). Hopefully this will help us feel less overwhelmed with everything going on in our lives, and hopefully work on the site a bit. - Isabel

To summarize the Patreon controversy from last month, they announced a fee increase. More importantly, they pitched it as a way for creators to get a larger percentage of the donated money, by redefining both 'larger percentage' and 'donated money'. This was not cool. The first response, when it was brought up that this would seriously hurt smaller creators, was that they'd maybe prefer to concentrate on creators making larger, life-changing amounts of money, which tells us a lot about the company and where we stand with them. Patreon walked these changes back, but we cannot count on their interests aligning with ours in the long run and we'd rather they not be a larger part of our revenue stream. We are lucky that we have the ability to walk away from this tenuous alliance. We have our own donors-only site, NamirDeiter.net. I'd rather put the effort into making that better instead of worrying when the next shoe will drop. We would rather have more control over our comic and anything we make from it.

And hopefully the schedule change will let us work on the site a bit, update some pages, figure out why our Emergency Broadcat System didn't pick up the announcement last night. Or just rest and relax. That's good too. - Terrence

12.05.2017 - Terrence Marks:
Holiday cards are coming soon! This year's card will feature Nicole! If you want one, please email me with your address. If you enjoy the comic, we'll be glad to send you one. We'll be getting them printed real soon so please contact us by Friday.
Want to send us a card? We'd be thrilled to get it. Email me for the address - and be sure to send your address so we can send you one back.
So here are the rules:
If you contributed - either via Patreon or NamirDeiter.net - this year, you get a card (please make sure we have the correct address for you).
If you send us a card, you get a card.
If you ask, you get a card.
10.31.2017 - Isabel Marks:
Happy Halloween! Stay safe out there and have fun!

10.18.2017 - Terrence Marks:
We got a house, as I mentioned a little while ago. Let me tell you about our yard. The best things I can say about it is that it's a pretty good size and that it was in this shape when we got it so it's not our fault.

After we moved in, I noticed a mound of dirt in the front yard that wasn't there before. We were going to the hardware store anyhow so we got kitted up to handle fire ants. Before I dropped the ant poison, I poked the mound a few times and no ants came out. So that wasn't it.

I figured that maybe one of our neighbors poured a bucketful of dirt on our yard. If that was the case, then asking questions about it wouldn't lead anywhere useful. Isabel mentioned that the water department came out the previous morning and that made a lot more sense.

Then we saw another dirt mound a few days later. And it's looking like we've got moles. So off to the hardware store again to get kitted up to handle moles. We've got options. I don't know how to use traps. I don't want to get poison; we'd hate it if one of the local cats or dogs got in to it. So we got mole repellent.

First one we saw, active ingredient was putrescent egg solids. That was when I decided I'd rather have a mole problem than a putrescent egg solid problem. Second one, active ingredient was dried blood, and maybe I'm being superstitious but "We spread blood over our front yard" is the kind of thing you see at the beginning of a problem rather than at the end of one. So we've been putting castor oil granules down and so far it's moderately successful, I guess.

We had wanted to start a garden, but we can't do much until this is taken care of. But homeownership involves having a lot of things filed as plans for later on. Isabel is tending some potted plants and the cactuses are doing alright. Prickly, but generally alright. The others, we'll have to figure out a bit more about what we're doing.
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