Visitor Story Submissions

I have added a new feature to the site. It will allow visitors to submit stories.

Visitor Story Submissions

You can also see a menu option for this at the top right corner of the page (or in the drop down if you are using mobile). Submissions get put into a queue for review, so please be gentle for now as I am still doing this alone. I will get around to adding moderators probably later this week. If you submit a story and you end up on the home page, do not think your submission is missing. It would have gone through. I still need to add a landing page that says “Thanks for the submission” or something other than a generic redirect. It is just that time is in limited supply. I still have the caching issue that I need to get resolved. The application that serves up the content is also caching it, and I haven’t figured out yet how to stop it from caching dynamic content. I will defeat it eventually.

Sunday Update

Just wanted to post an update before I went to bed. I spent the weekend moving Robert’s sites over to my server. There were a few frustrations, but all seems well currently. If you experience any issues out of the ordinary, please let me know. I am experimenting with a higher performance version of the software that powers this site. There may be a few compatibility issues. I will be working on adding more to the site during the week. I will post updates as changes are made. Once everything is done, I will delete all these update posts, so they aren’t clogging/dominating the front page.

More soon 🙂

The Future of the Site

I want to apologize for taking so long to get to this. I’ve been out of town on a business trip and didn’t leave myself a way to access the site. Brilliant move, right?

I have talked to Mrs. Felix about the future of the site, and we will keep it up and running. There will be a few changes made. Most will be small, but there will be a few big changes as well. For starters, I will be moving the website (in addition to Evolutionary Leaps) over to my server this coming weekend. You may experience brief outages during the move. We are going back to the roots of the website in terms of content. That means the focus will be on climate, weather, and geology related news. Probably sprinkle in some space news. Gone from the site moving forward will be posts of a political nature. The exception being political news that relates directly to weather, climate, and geology. There will be no more political fighting on the site. If you want to fight about that, I’m sure you’ll be quite happy on Facebook and/or Twitter. There will be no more posts about Covid-19. Again, take it to Facebook/Twitter. There is so much to cover in the world that is interesting and enlightening. We do not need to bring toxic discussions to this place.

I am going to be setting up a news story submission page. It will be a simple form where you can include a link and a brief summary of the story. I will be looking for a few long-time members that are interesting in being news moderators. They would be responsible for monitoring news submissions and creating content on the homepage the way Robert did for so many years. I will be looking for someone (or two) who is interested in comment moderation. The person or persons would need to be able to set aside personal opinions and approve or delete comments based strictly on the community guidelines. We aren’t going to agree on everything, and frankly the site would get boring if we did.

I’m considering adding a component to the site that allows you to have your own account/profile. You’d be able to add friends on here and communicate with them if you wish. I would like to hear your thoughts on this. This would be something experimental. Hopefully it wouldn’t get abused. I have a few other things I want to try out as my schedule allows it. Your thoughts?

Invitation to Make a Difference

Dear Ice Age Now Family,

I was hoping we could do something to make the best of a terrible situation. I am posting this message as an invitation to make a difference. In honor of Robert Felix, my request is that each visitor to this site do something in the next week that makes a difference to someone else. Commit an act of random kindness. It could be something simple as saying something nice to a stranger. It could be helping an elderly neighbor with a task. It could even be something like going to an animal shelter and spending time with our forgotten pets. Maybe you could help at a soup kitchen or donate to a random GoFundMe campaign. Do something unexpected that will brighten the day of someone (or something) else. Robert was an extremely kind individual, and I think it would be wonderful to honor his memory by doing something kind as a tribute to the man who brought us so much enjoyment over the years.

What are your thoughts? If you participate in this challenge, please share your stories. Perhaps your actions will inspire someone else.

Thanks for listening.
Dan

Our Beloved Friend and Author

It is with a heavy heart that I must make this post. I just learned that our friend Robert Felix has passed away on June 10th. He was a great friend and brought so many of us together. Nothing that I can write here will be able to do justice to the person that has been part of our lives for so many years. I am thankful that I was able to meet him and his wife over the Memorial Day weekend. Please take a moment to share your memories of our friend and I will do my best to get the comments approved for everyone to see. Thank you so much for being part of this site over the years. I know Robert enjoyed being able to share this thoughts and communicate with everyone here.

RIP my friend. I will miss you.

Sincerely,
Dan – Your long time friend and site admin.

06/26/2021 9:25PM CDT: I will attempt to reach out to Robert’s wife to find out what his wishes were for the site. I do have the ability to keep the site running if that is the wish. Also, until I can speak with her, I have disabled the ordering of products from the store that require shipping. I have left the two digital products online.