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BlueNC is going on vacation

Yes, we are on our way to an exotic locale to enjoy a couple of days of rest and relaxation. The exclusive resort known as Drupal 7 is our ultimate destination and the trip comes complete with little umbrella drinks and gourmet meals served at poolside. I have given Steve and James the next few days off while I complete the upgrade. If you are an admin, please do not create content during this time. It will not migrate over. What can you expect when BlueNC returns?

  • a responsive design that makes it easier for you to access, read, and blog on BlueNC whether you are on a desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile device
  • a better text editor that makes it easier to style your blog posts and add images
  • better integration with social media
  • ...and coming soon we will have content collections that make it easier to find the information you are looking for

Blogs live forever

Just checked out some of my old blogs. I know it's hard to believe, but I'm not always sweet. Remember this....you can't hide from your blog posts.

I found this post

IN MEMORY OF MAJOR JAMES MICHAEL AHEARN

Remember (you probably don't...it was 7 years ago) when I lost my friend Major James Michael Ahearn in Iraq. I blogged about it. For some reason when you write about something it eases some of the pain. I'm happy to report that his widow, after traveling the US trying to find "the place" settled in Arlington, VA. Yes, it's because the cemetery is close by and she visits often. Her daughter was an infant when Jim was killed, but she is a beautiful young lady now. AND, she has a new man in her life and a new daughter. Can you believe we are still in Iraq? She is from Iraq and always asks people to pray for her country. James has the only Muslim/Islam grave marker in the cemetery. He converted shortly before he was killed.

BlueNC Maintenance Scheduled

Happy Sunday evening folks. We will have BlueNC down for maintenance this evening beginning at 9:00 p.m. for updates to some modules as we head into our big upgrade. If all goes well, we will be up and running again before I fall asleep before midnight.

I'm sorry for any inconvenience.

Change is good

We are about to begin the process of upgrading BlueNC to a spiffy responsive design that will work beautifully on any size screen without loss of functionality or content regardless of whether the site is accessed on a desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone.

There will be some unavoidable structural changes because we are upgrading versions of Drupal, but hopefully they will enhance the site.

We've always sought to keep BlueNC lean - though we've tried a few functions and features that were ultimately removed. We may look for new features for the site once we have the initial upgrade completed.

If you have any ideas or suggestions, please speak up in the comments. I know I speak for the entire admin and front page team when I say we would love to hear from you.

Most of the work will happen late at night, but I will notify you in advance so I don't take the site down in the middle of anyone's blog post masterpiece.

Liberal, Ultra Liberal, etc.

When did being called a liberal or, God forbid, an ultra liberal get to be a bad thing? Why is it such an insult and candidates run away from being called that? According to Webster's, liberal means "1. giving freely; generous. 2. more than enough or than might be expected. 3. open to new ideas; broad-minded; tolerant. 4. broad in range; not limited. 5. in favor of reform or progress in politics or religion. n. a person who is in favor of reform and progress.

Wouldn't you think being called a liberal would be a good thing? Why have we let the Republicans make it into something bad? Why

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