The Return of the Podcasts

Submitted by C B Wright on

Waaaaay back when I first started posting fiction I used to post podcasts of every episode I published. You can still go through the archives and listen to my original attempts at recording Pay Me, Bug! -- if you insist -- though when I listen to them these days, I die a little inside.

Having all my fiction in audiobook format is something I really want to happen. My preferred solution for this is to get a brilliant narrator to read all my stories, bringing each character to life. Unfortunately, right now my budget for narrators is...

...well. Me. My budget is me.

Finally the links are back!

Submitted by C B Wright on

The move from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7 was, if you will recall, a traumatic process that literally took years to figure out. Even after the move was complete (which has produced a number of benefits in site stability and responsiveness, though this is still a fairly sluggish site) there were some key features that were missing. For example, when you went over to the main comics page you would see comics without any navigation links. This was, understandibly, not what people prefer to see.

It's taken me most of the rest of year to figure out how to put those damn links back on the page, but I did it. It's a kludge (a pretty brilliant one in my not so humble opinion) but I did it. In the process I discovered a few permissions settings that prevented those of you who were browsing anonymously from seeing the complete page. That's fixed, too.

At this point, I still haven't figured out how to put the navigation links above and below the comic. I know that's what most of you prefer to see, and I'm working on it.

I'm also playing around with Google Web Fonts. Let me know if you find them distracting, easier to read, if you would prefer I do the whole site in Comic Sans, that sort of thing.

UPDATE: I've set most of the site text back to the standard Arial/Helv b/c "Titillium Web" renders... very badly... on -- wait for it -- Chrome, of all browsers.

Things have been quiet, but that's just a clever ruse.

Submitted by C B Wright on

I know I haven't updated much. There are few reasons for this:

1. I am sick. I am sick and I have no more leave, which means I am working while sick. This makes it very hard to focus on things.

2. I can focus enough to try to solve site-related problems, so I've been trying to get the comic pagers to work the way they used to. Unfortunately, while I can focus enough to try to solve the problems, I can't focus enough to actually solve the problems.

3. The sickness has made it harder for me to string together coherent sentences. Just in case you filigree marsupial banana.

That's all. Sorry for the delays. I am working on stuff.

SSL Now Properly Certified. Other Problems Remain.

Submitted by C B Wright on

So I added the new site certificate and everything should be hunky-dory on that front. But I've run into another problem and I hope you can help me troubleshoot it. Strangely enough, it only occurs in Firefox.

Chrome: Type in your browser. You will be redirected to

Firefox: Type in your browser. You will be redirected to and will see an untrusted certificate page.

Firefox: Type in your browser. You will be redirected to without any issues whatsoever.

Click "Read More" to see the relevant .htaccess entries.

My SSL Certificate has Expired

Submitted by C B Wright on

I let this sneak up on me... again. If you visit this site, you'll be receiving messages from your browser telling you OH MY GOD THE SSL ON THIS SITE IS UNSIGNED AND UNTRUSTED AND HAXX0RS ARE STEALING YOUR RECEPIES because today my SSL Certificate expired but good.

I've been shopping around for a new SSL provider for a while, but it hasn't been easy. SSL Certificates aren't cheap. I'd been using GoDaddy, and they actually were pretty cheap, but after they decided to support SOPA I really haven't had much enthusiasm for giving them any more money.

I just bought a cert from Comodo but I still have to go through all the registration/tinkering business, and I won't be able to do that until I get home. So... this won't be resolved until later tonight.

... You can download podcasts now....

Submitted by C B Wright on

So it was pointed out to me today that it wasn't possible to actually download any of the mp3's of the podcasts I've been posting to this site. I was confused by this, because any time I'd look at a page where a podcast was posted I'd see a download link under the player.

It was a permissions problem. I didn't realize it was a permissions problem because I have an admin account, and of course administrators can see everything. The permissions are now set correctly, so y'all should be able to download any and all podcasts posted on this site.

Sorry about that! Fixed now.