Leaving WordPress

This will be my last post on this site using WordPress, because dealing with WordPress isn’t worth the hassle. I’m building a new static version that will load faster and use less bandwidth, which will make hosting it cheaper.

If you follow this site on WordPress.com, this means you won’t get updates any longer. Nor will you be able to like or comment on posts.

To follow the new site, look for https://matthewgraybosch.com/feed/. It’s a standard RSS/Atom feed (like podcasts use) and there are a wide variety of apps that can handle it. Incidentally, a lot of blogs still provide these feeds, so learning to use a feed reader can help you break free of social media if that’s something you care about.

If you want to comment, send email to “contact” at “matthewgraybosch.com”. As long as it’s not abusive, I will eventually reply.

Emma Goldman’s Danceable Revolution

Which of these is a quote from anarchist and feminist Emma Goldman (1869-1940)? Do you know?

Is this what she said?

If I can’t dance I don’t want to be in your revolution.

Or this?

If I can’t dance I don’t want to be part of your revolution.

How about this?

If I can’t dance to it, it’s not my revolution.

It seems that Goldman didn’t actually say any of these, according to Alix Kates Shulman’s article “Dances With Feminists”, published in the Women’s Review of Books, Vol. IX, no. 3 on December 1991.

The article used to be available on sunsite.berkeley.edu, but that site’s retired. I suspect it happened when Sun Microsystems was assimilated into Oracle. I was able to find a link to the article in the new Berkeley Online Library, but I can’t actually access the article. Fortunately, there’s still the Wayback Machine. Oh, wait. It’s here as part of the Emma Goldman Papers.

Apparently Ms. Shulman had a part in compressing what Goldman really said into something you could slap on a t-shirt, a bumper sticker, or a Unix fortune(6) cookie:

At the dances I was one of the most untiring and gayest. One evening a cousin of Sasha [Alexander Berkman], a young boy, took me aside. With a grave face, as if he were about to announce the death of a dear comrade, he whispered to me that it did not behoove an agitator to dance. Certainly not with such reckless abandon, anyway. It was undignified for one who was on the way to become a force in the anarchist movement. My frivolity would only hurt the Cause.

I grew furious at the impudent interference of the boy. I told him to mind his own business, I was tired of having the Cause constantly thrown into my face. I did not believe that a Cause which stood for a beautiful ideal, for anarchism, for release and freedom from conventions and prejudice, should demand the denial of life and joy. I insisted that our Cause could not expect me to become a nun and that the movement should not be turned into a cloister. If it meant that, I did not want it. “I want freedom, the right to self-expression, everyboy’s right to beautiful, radiant things.” Anarchism meant that to me, and I would live it in spite of the whole world–prisons, persecution, everything. Yes, even in spite of the condemnation of my own comrades I would live my beautiful ideal. [Living My Life (New York: Knopf, 1934), p. 56]

I think the real quote is better than the short versions, and I don’t blame Goldman for having been annoyed with this arrogant child. This sort of Puritanism makes progressives seem grim and joyless, and leads them to be censorious and rude toward people who might otherwise agree with them and alienate them. It makes me suspect that they’ve no interest in ending tyranny, but replacing the existing regime with one they deem more congenial.

I’m not interested in a revolution that repackages original sin instead of abolishing it. Some would insist that this makes me no different from conservatives or the alt-reich, but I hate them, too. You see, I hate everyone.

No matter what you believe, I don’t believe in you, ’cause if I can’t bang my head to it it ain’t my revolution.

Theme Switch Coming Up

I’m going to be switching the site’s theme from Libre to Libre 2 since the latter works so well on starbreaker.org and the former is no longer being maintained. The widgets on the bottom of the page might disappear for a few minutes, but other than that there should be no issues. If I’m wrong, I can restore from a manual backup.


Smudge the Sysadmin Cat

a brown tabby cat considering his bed
*meow* I’ve got this. I’m totally not stoned on catnip.

Restored from Archives

I’ve restored some old posts from previous versions of my website in my archive directory.

Just in case you need something to read while taking a dump…

Comments Welcome

I’ve decided to toss out the guestbook and just go with comments on individual posts. You don’t need to have an account; just provide a name and a valid email address. Your first comment will be held for manual approval, and comments containing links will go straight to /dev/null, but other than that you should be fine.

Please bear in mind that I will moderate comments according to the following ground rules, which are subject to change at my discretion.

  1. This is my website. You are a guest. Act accordingly.
  2. The First Amendment does not apply to you on this website.
  3. Section 230 allows me to remove comments and commenters at my sole discretion.

TL;DR: if you annoy me I will boot your ass into the Kuiper Belt.

Where you’ll be if you piss me off. Give my regards to Jimmy Hoffa. (Credit: NASA)

How I Customized My Site

If anybody’s interested, here’s how I customized my site. Starting with the Twenty Sixteen theme, I set the following colors.

ColorValue
Background#16161d
Page Background#16161d
Link#4cd6f4
Main Text#ffffff
Secondary Text#fafafa

I then added the following styles under Additional CSS:

.site { 
	margin: 0;
}
.wp-block-quote {
	color: #fafafa !important;
	border-left: 4px solid #fafafa;
	margin-left: 0 !important;
}
.wp-block-pullquote{
	border-top: 4px solid #fafafa;
	border-bottom: 4px solid #fafafa;
}
.wp-block-pullquote blockquote {
	color: #fafafa !important;
	border-left: none;
}
.wp-block-pullquote cite {
	color: #fafafa !important;
}
[class^="wp-block-"] figcaption
{
	color: #fafafa !important;
}
.wp-block-code {
	color: #16161d;
	background-color: #fafafa;
	padding: 8px;
}
.wp-block-code code {
	color: #16161d;
	background-color: #fafafa;
}

I also took advantage of the Widget Visibility feature provided by Jetpack to set up the sidebar on the front page.

I know there are newer and possibly better themes than Twenty Sixteen available, but this is good enough for me.