Fiction Friday: Infection

Posted by Derek
Oct 23 2009

Infection, formerly known as “Contagion” (part 1), is up on this wonderful foggy Friday morning. Spoiler of the super minor change after the break. But first, a rant. (Which is safe to ignore.)

I’ve been on a domain buying spree as of late. I’ve been annoyed every time I get an extortion email “Want to buy bluevulpine.com for $50? $75? $250?” - had I wanted it, I’d have bought it when I picked up the .net version! The last squatter that contaced me I told off with some language that made a nearby sailor blush, and then ended with “I do sincerely hope that you enjoy sitting on a domain for a year that no one gives a rat’s ass about. Solid investment of your time and money, that.”

Somehow later that day it was out of the whois registry. Not sure how that works, thought they would have been locked into them for a year.

Anyway, I picked up the .com and .us. A buddy uses his .net for the blog, and the .com for (and not to belittle his effort, because I’m seriously considering the same thing up here in the hills) a ‘hobby’ business beside his regular employment. I’ve been helping folks in the area fix their computers since I moved up here. Maybe it’s time to hang out a shingle.

I also went on a browsing spree of the .US domain expiry lists. It’s amazing the absolute amount of spam-only registrations vanishing off the radar every day, having been replaced by something new that the spam filters haven’t adapted to just yet. However, in the mess, I found two novel names that may work for the aforementioned project of reviving/recreating Miavir’s index. How’s “foxytales.us” sound, along with the identically-pronounced “foxytails.us”?

Shrug. It’ll be something to keep me out of trouble.

As to the spoiler of changes. Ceth and Jadyn patch things up in a minimal fashion. Beyond that… The general tweaks here and there for language usage.

It’s still not perfect (none of it is) but I suppose if I had wanted to actually do this with my life I should have been an English major instead of studying Computer Sciences… Which helps so much when splitting wood, landscaping, deconstructing buildings, and the like. Guess it’s hereditary. Mother Dearest is a Biology major and she spent something like 20 years working for BNSF doing things that had nothing in common.

2 Responses

  1. I won’t say anything…my domain name is based on a 6 year old in-joke that wouldn’t be funny to anyone but my IRC crowd (all 4 of them). And yeah, I have seen the occasional domain squatter trying to sell me the .com, before I bought it up myself anyways. Only reason I have the .us is cause it used to be cheaper to register.

  2. Derek says:

    I picked up my first *.us off the expiry list several years ago as an in-joke (ever hear the “cactus” tech support phone call?). I emailed the domain owner as listed on WHOIS, but the mail bounced as nonexistent. Managed to pick it up when it was deleted.

    It’s the shortest domain I’ve ever owned. Easiest to spell, too. Never figured out what to do with it so I put a photoblog there that I rarely update. (Who saw that coming?)

    Sadly, it’s time to give it up. Someone offered me a deal I can’t refuse with my current financial standing, so I’ll be passing the cactus love onto a new owner sometime in the next couple of weeks. I’m not sure what they’ll do with it, but I wish them luck.

    On the bright side, I discovered that the name of the lake I live on was available, so perhaps the photos will return at a new address - more tuned as area photography rather than personal. I’d like to do a calendar and sell them at a couple of the local stores, too.

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