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A short break…

I’m going to take a brief summer break from updating this blog. I will still provide commentary for the duration of the Entwistle Case, and you’ll be able to find that here.

Random Lunatic News will still be updated every day, likely more than once a day. The Anomaly Report is going well, so far — it’s only been live for 6 days or so, and already receives 2-3 submissions a day and more than 200 hits a day. The quantity and quality of submissions received has surprised me — I hope folks keep it up. I only edit what I get, but it’s some of the most bloggy fun I’ve had — in relation to a blog I’ve created — in ages. Professional work will continue, of course, and I’ll post about that at Random Lunatic News. If I have any “announcements” to make about a new article or a new gig, you will read about it there.

I’ll still track comments here and respond in the comments on various entries whenever necessary. I may come off hiatus for this blog if something really interesting or intense comes up, but for the moment I want to pare down my unpaid blogging duties; the very nature of Tumblr’s set-up makes both my Tumblr-hosted sites, Random Lunatic News and Anomaly Report, exceptionally easy to maintain and update.

If I am not updating those sites or doing professional work, I will be reading. Already this summer I’ve finished Joe Hill’s Heart-Shaped Box and Simon Winchester’s The Professor and the Madman, just to name a couple of recently acquired books on my buckling shelves.

If you have questions or comments, you can always contact me through this page, if needed.

Downtime

I didn’t intend to put this blog on a brief hiatus, but it kind of happened anyway. I’ve been dealing with a health issue (nothing I can’t handle) and it’s made it difficult for me to do paying work or just plain, everyday blogging.

I have been updating my tumblelogs:

Tumblelogs (also called tumblogs, even tlogs — how you pronounce the last one is a mystery to me) look like a relatively new thing, but they really harken back to what blogging was like when barely anyone even knew what a weblog was — no sidebars, no long-form, magazine-style articles. Just links, brief comments, etc. Matt Drudge has never liked the term blog, but his site is a great example of what blogs once looked like. (I’m surprised I’ve been on the Web long enough to know this. Weird.)

Think of this blog as music composed on staff paper, crafted by hand at the piano, and the tumblelogs as improvisations, riffing. Tumblelogs don’t even have to have comment sections. I chose to add commenting to the Crime Tumblelog, but for the moment I’m leaving it off the RandomLunaticNews log — not too many readers, and they can just e-mail me if they have something to say.

Tumblelogs are ridiculously easy to use, and that’s another reason I’ve been updating those sites — I can do it quickly. I can update from my phone and pretty much as I surf the Web. I’ve just about made the Random Lunatic tlog my main personal, non-crime blog, but I won’t do that with the Crime Tumblelog.

I’ve been able to develop new ideas with the tumblelog format, which has been pleasing, because I’ve had some days recently when I felt like my brain wasn’t working all that well. If you check out the archives of the Crime Tumblelog, you’ll see what I mean — I did a whole series of riffs on mugshots last month. It may have been silly, but I enjoyed the heck out of it. At least one post here on The True Crime Weblog was first created on the Crime Tumblelog. Then I realized it was better suited to this site — I deleted the Tumblelog entry and re-posted it here. I may do that a lot, so if you want to get some idea as to my editorial process, check both.

The pace should pick up here shortly. I’m not considering any changes to this blog’s appearance, but I must admit I’m growing frustrated with the Haloscan commenting system. This is very difficult to deal with, because reader feedback on comment functionality means a lot, and I am fully aware that many readers love Haloscan. It is much more stable than it used to be (I first tried Haloscan years ago, and it was pretty terrible) and very straightforward.

It isn’t half as good as the commenting system that comes bundled with WordPress, though, and that’s caused me some headaches. I hate trolling, and on some blog entries, I get a ton of it. If I continue to get a lot of trolling, I may have to institute a new commenting system that gives me much more control over who can and cannot leave a comment on a post.

I didn’t intend to write this much, so let me just say again that the posting frequency will go back up in the coming days. Thank you, as always, for reading and participating.

UPDATED Notes for 2/11/08 & 2/12/08

BOBBY CUTTS LIVE

Have you been watching the hideousness that is the Bobby Cutts show? The ex-cop is on trial for the murder of his girlfriend Jessie Davis, a case detailed in part in this blog in these entries:

Mysteriously Missing: Jessie Davis.”
Bobby Cutts Jr., AKA DALAW150.”

I watched large chunks of Cutts’s sobfest as it aired on MSNBC, and couldn’t quit thinking about how the guy was never going to win any Oscars for the nauseating show he was putting on for the court and the cameras.

He’ll never sell his ludicrous story of how Jessie died, either — that it was an accident. No sensible jury could possibly buy such a farce.

That’s the hallmark of psychopaths the world over — they don’t really know, when the stress is on, that the mask has cracked. Certain that their charm and earnest manner will carry the day, they just keep trying. Or in Cutts’s case, crying.

THE OBLIGATORY RADAR PLUG

Hey, I like the subjects they let me cover there. My “Fresh Intelligence” post for today:

Randy Quaid Banned from Theater by Actors Union.”

To be honest, I liked Randy Quaid. He was a character actor’s character actor, a guy who could play comedy, drama, you name it, with equal ease. Then I did a little research for the post you’ll read at the other end of that link above.

Basically, at the end of the 80’s Quaid married a smokin’ hot young limo driver named Evi, and it looks like his life has only gotten stranger (downhill might not be too accurate) ever since. Evi Quaid is Randy’s manager. She’s also an auteur, a photographer and model (link almost NSFW) and just maybe a scary-ass psycho in her own right. Whatever the deal is, she isn’t doing her husband any favors at the moment. And no, he doesn’t sound like he’s screwed on all that tight, either.

Click “recommend it” on my post if you like it, but as always, poke around Radar‘s site for a while and recommend anything you like. There’s some pretty entertaining stuff to be found there.

GROW UP, Y’ALL

A note for folks still leaving comments referencing this True Crime Weblog post: those of you who are over 18 — and I think it’s most of you — really need to have your license to be called a grown-up revoked. I’d go in and just delete the whole shebang, but I don’t have the time right now. Anyone bored enough to follow the comment link will see what I’m talking about right away.

I know the obsessives snarking uselessly at one another in that thread don’t even read this blog otherwise (at least most of them don’t), but for the few of you who do, let me introduce you to the very thing you embody: “John Gabriel’s Greater Internet F***wad Theory.” Please, if you do nothing else, follow that link, see yourself, and go get a life. For added emphasis, let me point you to another excellent illustration of the essential nature of Internet Debates.

For the record, I get all new comments in my GMail every half-hour, so yes, I get the gist of most of it. And yes, it’s damned irritating, in this case.

PLUGGITY

It’s not crime-related, but I may have solved a wee literary mystery. I’ve posted about it in my personal blog, Random Lunatic News (StevenHuff.net). I’ve been working on it for a while, and now some Wikipedians are weighing in.

PLUGGITY-PLUG PLUG, RADAR AGAIN ON 2/12/08

This somehow seems more appropriate to plug than a Radar post about Randy Quaid’s Equity woes:

The Mysterious Case of ’90 Day Jane.'”

It’s my post for “Fresh Intelligence” about a rather dark, new Internet phenomenon, 90 Day Jane. Jane says she’s going to commit suicide in just a little less than 3 months, and she’s documenting the effort in her blog.

The funny thing is, I spent a good deal of the night last night writing this entry at Random Lunatic News: “The Strange Tale of 90 Day Jane.” In that entry I said that Jane might become a new thing on the Internet, a phenomenon, but I wasn’t sure, yet. Then this morning I got an e-mail from one of my editors at Radar asking me if I’d like to dig into — what else? — the same allegedly suicidal Jane. Guess I read that one right, after all.

Where the blog entry for Radar is short and to the point, my personal blog post is detailed and delves a little into autobiography, for I couldn’t examine a blog purporting to document a suicide’s descent into death without remembering my late brother.

Is 90 Day Jane real? Follow the links for yourself and see what you think. I just don’t know, right now. I do know that hoax or not, I find the whole thing pretty damned disturbing.

NOTE: I’ve hemmed and hawed about this in the past, and I think I’d really appreciate anyone following Radar links from this blog leaving comments there instead of here. It only takes a moment to register to comment on the site, and Radar really asks for the bare minimum information necessary to let you have a posting account. Comments are always welcome here, but they make more sense when they’re attached to whatever post I’ve had published there.