We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
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Friday, January 21. 2011
OK, gentle readers. We'll put the banner blurb back ASAP. We never imagined that it had any impact. I guess it's a permanent feature.
Still working on improving our format, though - and our banner which needs work! However, we work with a Stone Age system which, like a 1925 tractor, is rugged but not very adaptable.
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I've always enjoyed the changing of the photo in the upper-left corner. It seems almost an act of nature. And the people to whom I introduce MF always comment on some aspect of the paragraph "We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond..."
We all love Maggie's Farm.
The new banner is not nuanced enough.
That tractor just needs a coat of paint and an oil change and it will be good to do.
I am still running a 1957 Massey Ferguson (admittedly for light duty), but it was built to last. (No fancy electronics by the way).
I enjoy this site and appreciate the work that must go into it.
I like the picture that changes in the upper-left also, but it took me a while to realize it changed! Now that I see that I appreciate it more. The pictures are always very classy!
Unfortunately, I have no ideas about how to change the look. I wouldn't say it's the best it could be, but I have no complaints.
Thank you - the statement (to me) describes the center of the site. Some things, like truth, or essential character are immutable, and should not be framed in terms of adaptability.
Dad's beloved Massey Ferguson of the same era would still be here, if not for the mega-snow that managed to collapse the roof of his shop. That tractor - like my 1910 Singer treadle machine were built to last, and hard to kill. The tractor couldn't sustain a steel beam across it.
"We never imagined that it had any impact."
You thought what many pundits call "the statement that best epitomizes Western Civilization in the 21st century" would have... no impact? I think you sell yourself short, good sir. If we learned anything from the Tuscon shooting, it's that words have meaning.
(Like many, I had no idea until the Left pointed it out after Tuscon that words have meaning, but now that we know -- wow! This changes everything!)
I seems that not only do words have meaning but the meaning changes depending on who says them! Therefore, the effect of those words changes depending on who says them. It's all so very complicated.
No surprise, that yall resurrected like a bat out of hell.
However, work on the centrist aspect particularly may require more knuckling down.
Overall, yall be OK for yankees.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Frankly, you have one of the better sites. And I recommend others to look to it for construction. Kudos.
I check this site out almost everyday, but have never commented until this. Don't change the banner, it's fine the way it is. I love the pictures of old farm equipment, vehicles and vintage photos just wish I knew where they're located.
I like the picture and miss the heading, but maybe it could be simplified?
We are a commune…, oh hell, do and read whatever you’d like but if you disagree just leave us alone. And enjoy the good things in life.
The old Minnie in the picture above resides behind the machine shed on the farm where I live. I submitted the photo to Theo at 'Last of the Few' and was flattered and pleased to see MF pick it up and use it.
The tractor is located in south central Nebraska. It has been parked in that particular location for the last 45 years or so.
Most will see a rusting useless tractor. I see a stash of materials. I grew up learning to be a mechanic and a machinest. I have all the tools a metal lathe and a small milling machine. I can make new parts from old and manufacture needed equipment and tools from junk materials. There may be a million or so like me out there who today do these things for a hobby but could in a SHTF situation be very helpful.
Bless you, and thanks for the hard work you put into this site. You make this interwebz thing worthwhile.
Oops --now i see that the font is whatever font one has selected in 'internet options'. i had assumed it was --like 'Drudge' --set by the site. So the question was everything but font! duh.
PS; if you want too see ugly, try the experimental logo in 'comic sans'.
Put back the classy shadowed text, find a font that showcases the great blurb, crack a pop, and call it a day.
And thank you for all of it.
Small world, I grew up on a farm in NE Nebraska. Now live in the next town over from where I went to school. The Twin-City (predecessor to the Minnie) my grandparents bought new in the 20's is still in the family.
i have always liked it - always said "new england" to me. the nuances of font choices are personal - do what you want. i think the descriptor is great- grabbed me from the start. like "ac" i visit everyday, but hide in the corner.
It's funny, but when I log into MF on my MeBook, the font is all rainbows and squiggles... when I use my UBM StraightJacket MegaDesktop, there is nothing but square corners and black & white 1s and 0s... I like 'em both, and will conduct further research to determine if the emotional or cerebral approach is more conducive to the return the of Free Ad For Bob...
An old M&M (Minneapolis and Moline). Might be a bit difficult to get parts for. My dad had one when I was a kid on the farm in Illinois.
Yes, I like the original banner, and the tractor picture dredged up old memories for me. I learned how to drive on a similar tractor, of which there were only about 25 made in the early 20s or maybe before. Ours was an elegant, monotone of solid rust color, and had a hand crank. No fancy schmancy electric starter for us. I carried a five gallon jerry can to fill from the river since the block was cracked and the water kept leaking out. My job was to drag escaped logs from the banks of our island, downstream from the sawmill, and then chainsaw and split them for firewood.
Hard work, and I never got paid, since my grandfather was the boss, but I remember it fondly.
...almost hate to mention it, but now that the blurb is back up, it must be pointed out that it is one word too long. The final period should follow the word 'ask'. The 'for' is redundant, and violates the rule of thumb to avoid using prepositions to end sentences with.
No preopositions at the end of sentences? To (mis)quote Churchill, "That is a condition up with which I shall not put."
I just did not like the change, like everyone else. But it is the 21 century. And in the interest of trying something New! I offer the following web links;
For your consideration. Feel free to uses them as a try out banner. Yes I can send a zip file so you can use them as much as you like. Anyway you want.
I too read your site every day. I hope this helps you out.
I've always loved the banner blurb however when I showed it to my 70 something father (an old Dylan fan) his only comment was " how can you live in a commune and be a capitalist." Too literal an interpretation, I realize. Don't change it, please.