This blog is now officially dead.
We are retiring Our Descent Into Madness because it no longer reflects who we are or what we want to say and do. We look at it now and see versions of ourselves that have long since departed. The archives will remain up, but comments have been permanently turned off.
We had a wonderful time here for nearly three years; thanks to all the fascinating people who read and commented during that time.
Please visit Daisy at her new blogging project, Dear Diaspora. Emily will return to the world of blogging as well, in her own time.
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As Daisy sort of mentioned in her last post, and as has become glaringly obvious in our general neglect of the blog recently, we’ve both hit some sort of wall when it comes to posting. Some sort of fatigue. I absolutely adore this virtual time-capsule we’ve created and I know Daisy does too, but it’s clear that we both need a break. So, we’re hereby on indefinite hiatus. I’m sure that I will be back, but can’t say when. Until that time, if you would like to contact us you can use the comments on this post…I’ll check up on them. Thanks so much to all our frequent visitors and everyone who has enjoyed this blog.
As a (temporary) parting gift, I offer this (not-so) final YouTube video comprised of clips from the ’77 movie Gizmo!, which I have not seen, but would like to ASAP.
So we’re on winter break and desperate to be in the company of friends — and therefore not spending much time here on the internet. Things will calm down in the next several days, at which time I, Daisy, will resume regular posting. Emily, however, will briefly cease blogging altogether while she’s out of town. When she comes back, things may or may not kick back into face-time overdrive, taking us away from the internet again…
All of which is to apologize for the silence and to inform that it will last awhile more, on and off for the next few weeks.
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I’m writing this just before eight o’clock on Monday evening, but by the time you’re reading it — assuming you’re reading it on Tuesday morning or afternoon — I will be some 38,000 feet in the air, on my way to visit Emily in New York City. I don’t think blogging will be much affected by my trip, but if it is, you’ve been forewarned. We have planned a lovely week of museum tours and gallery visits.
Anyway, my girlfriend, Jessie, pointed me toward this bizarre video of an “alien-like” squid filmed very deep in the see. It’s freaky. I couldn’t even watch the whole video, that animal is so strange. Wow.
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Just put up my first real post at Revolutionary Act, posing that question and offering my answer. Head over there if you’d like to answer it and talk about the topic with me and everybody else.
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Emily and I have been invited to write over at a brand new group blog, Revolutionary Act, along with our friend Dan from Fitness For The Occasion, and a bunch of other great bloggers. Revolutionary Act just launched today — please do visit in the next few days and weeks as the balls gets rolling and the posts get posting. I’m anticipating an eclectic mix of interesting writing, on issues all the way across the progressive political gamut.
It won’t interfere at all with our regularly scheduled blogging here at Our Descent, save the fact that there will probably be some cross-posting — so you can expect a few serious posts around here again.
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We have completely revamped our categorization system. It had become seriously strange and inefficient. We hope to have more success with our pared down category list (23 down from 69) and spontaneous tags. The thinking here: the category tells you (and us) why we’re blogging about something, the tags fill in what, exactly, we’re blogging amount. Approximately. There will probably be some more shuffling over the next few days, and the categories/tags on old posts may occasionally seem nonsensical, but it’s basically done.
This is something like our third renovation, by the way. Why do we have so much trouble with this? To give you a sense of the kind of cockamamie show we’ve been running over here, we had “Earth,” “ecology,” and “environment,” all as discrete categories. We also had separate “bodies” and “body modification” categories. Very silly.
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We’re making our last trip of the summer to Emily’s family ranch, for some focused time together before the fall pulls us all in disparate directions. Normal posting resumes Monday afternoon, roughly.
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We’ve updated our About page to better reflect the current state of the blog as it continues to evolve and grow. I’m sure this won’t be the last time we do so.