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Moving house again

Hello, and happy new year! This isn't the annual resolution post or a proper content update—that'll likely fall on or around my birthday, as per usual. This is just a quick notice to say that I'm going to be making another server move very soon, possibly even starting tomorrow (Monday the 21st). I do apologize for the short notice, but my current host has made some recent changes that I'm not happy about, and I'd like to be switched over to my new host (and hopefully last for a long while) before the month ends so I don't have to pay the current provider for February.

As with any server move, there's likely to be some downtime as files and especially the domain name are switched over to the new host. This will affect Altered Origin as well as the Phoenixdex and Turquoise, but hopefully any disruption in service will be minimal.

See you all on the other side, hopefully with some new stuff in tow!

Ten years of this nonsense

I'm still having some difficulty processing it, to be honest. Ten years. Ten years ago was when the Demented Chicken Network first saw the light of day, tossed up on some inexpensive hosting while I was lounging around in my dorm during freshman year. And having written that I've just realized that this website, as dcNET and Altered Origin and all the miscellanous constituent projects that popped up here and there and were eventually folded back in, like Insubstantiality (my sporadic "blogging") or 493 (the one-shot pokédex project that survives today as 807 mini), has been with me for almost my entire adult life so far. Oh, man. That's... that's a thing. That is a thing. I don't know what to do with this information.

I'll figure it out eventually, I suppose. In the mean time, how about a few birthday updates so you visitors can enjoy yourselves while I'm over here having my mind blown?

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A few small changes

A quick update to mention two things:

  • There was another backend software change, hahaha whoops. This should not have affected very much on your end, but a few tiny things may be different here and there, and there are still a few hopefully-unnoticeable bumps that need smoothing out. If anything's broken or weird, let me know.
  • Comments have been entirely disabled again for now, as almost nobody was using them and they're honestly more trouble than they're worth. If something comes up in the future that makes adding that feature back a worthwhile idea I'll consider it at that time. For now, if you need to reach me, you can use any of the methods on the contact page.

Since the traditional resolution post didn't go up on January 1st, I'll be posting it tomorrow instead, along with a few new drabbles. See you then!

Welcome to Altered Origin 4.0

...Is it 4.0? I'm pretty sure I've platform-hopped about three times since good ol' dcNET first hit the web, so yeah, 4.0. 3.0? But if I'm counting from dcNET and two of the platform-hops were under the old name, wouldn't that mean this is Altered Origin 2.0? Uh. Whatever!

Welcome to the new site! As I've mentioned before, this latest reincarnation was generally just to make things easier to manage and a little leaner and meaner. Out with the WordPress backend, in with a nice little static site generator. I'm sure that means nothing to most of you, so instead of continuing to talk about how nerds run their websites, let's have a quick tour of what's changed around here!

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