Moving to My Own Server

I’m going to be moving over to http://declutter69.com pretty soon. Migrating a site is not hard, but, finding the time is hard. The reasons are numerous, but the big ones for me:

  • .com doesn’t allow you to install your own plugins, and I wanted to write my own. (I think the most expensive option does allow this, but I’m paying half that for a VPS.)
  • .com posts often get zero views. I don’t know if it’s filtering out visitors aggressively or what. Despite this, it still seems to help with promoting listings. It seems cause sales. Perhaps Ebay sees the search engine traffic.
  • If I can get some traffic, I’d like to sell ads.

Most folks say that Google likes top level domains (“custom” domains). I fear that new domains are penalized relative to wordpress.com, which is an established domain. I do feel like old domains do get more authority, though. I have a lame domain http://sign-in-sheet.com that just keeps getting traffic and a few ad clicks.

So there will be some downtime.

Reasons Not to Move

  • Convenience: no admin work at all.
  • Speed: wordpress.com will keep your site pretty fast.
  • Effective: seems to help with sales.

I’ll report back about ramping up my existing hosting to be fast. I will try to report on effectiveness. I’m not yet tracking anything WRT effectiveness, so that’ll be difficult to impossible.

I don’t see it ever being as convenient, but if I do manage to get it going, I will offer hosting via a plain old multiuser site for something comparable to wordpress.com, but with a different set of plugins.

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Quitting Blogging For Today

I apologize to all the subscribers who are getting a flood of posts. I’m trying out blogging to push Ebay items, and just cranking them out.  My goal is to be able to write multiple short posts per hour.

In the future, I’ll try to figure out how to not send so many posts… or perhaps just wait for people who want to see all the posts.  I have no idea what to do.

The post itself doesn’t seem to be important. Most aren’t ever read by a single person. The google indexer finds it, and follows the link to Ebay, and I’m hoping the ebay page ends up in Google search results.  I don’t know if this practice will result in my site being blacklisted, or if it’ll help boost the post.

My content is real. I mean, it really is really written by me, and it’s my thought.  It *is* also link building, but it’s also real commentary, and much of the comment is critical of the products being sold.  The blog, as a collection of articles, I think, has some insight into *something*, even if it’s only what I’m thinking about at the time.  It’s hurried and sloppy, but that’s what happens when you are trying to crank out many articles at one sitting.

So I hope Google retains this site as both, a link farm, and a genuine blog.  I defy anyone at the indexes to read the material, and say the collection is less substantial than the material written about similar products on other websites.

Giorgio Danieli

Source: Giorgio Danieli Geometric Gray Shirt VINTAGE Casual Retro XL Club Optical

I don’t know why I bought this. I guess I thought it would sell for a bit of money. I also like optical illusions. What’s funny is, during research on this item, I learned that this company was actually in Los Angeles. The trademark was registered by Mehdi Tavassoli, and the business operated on Olympic Blvd. So it was probably the brand of  one of the stores in the fashion district.  It looks like an Italian brand, and it’s made in Italy. Maybe it was jobbed out to an Italian company, and then imported into the US, to be sold downtown.

There’s someone selling new shirts with this brand (which is dead, according to USPTO), so it may be someone connected to Medhi, or someone who got a bunch of the Giorgio Danielli shirts.

Sometimes, I think our Eurocentric culture is built from numerous illusions. People want Italian fashion, so an Iranian person offshores sewing work to an Italian company, and names the company “George Daniels” in Italian.  Yes, it’s ha-ha funny, and easy to laugh at an “ethnic” trying to fake “white”, but it’s similar to what big corporations have done with their brands, to what Hollywood movies and tv have done, or what American culture did to the continent. It’s all suspect.

El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora La Reina de Los Angeles

Source: El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora La Reina de Los Angeles Visitors Book 1969

Creases from paper clips; rust from paper clips, holes from a hole punch. paper browning, and edges chipping. This statement doesn’t mean these problems exist with this item. See the condition section to see what I found.

This book isn’t bad, considering its age. I expected something steeped in American triumphalism, but it wasn’t quite that. It has numerous photos of Los Angeles in the 1960s. If it doesn’t get sold, I’ll post some photos of the interior sometime.

If you look at the photos on Ebay, you’ll see some interesting views of LA. The back cover shows the area that would eventually be occupied by the LA Convention Center.  There’s also no “skyline.” L.A. has done a lot of construction.

Source: El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora La Reina de Los Angeles Visitors Book 1969

Commercial Art by Gene Byrnes

Source: Commercial Art by Gene Byrnes Figurative Art Illustration Cartoon 1952 Hardcover

This is from 1952 and is a relatively scarce book. This is not ex-library.

Byrnes is unique in art book authors because he was a successful cartoonist and illustrator. Commercial Art’s unusual in that it includes cartooning with the illustration and painting. It’s also unusual because it’s a coffee table book of artists, but also goes into considerable detail about technique. It’s not only illustration technique, but production technique: often, artwork is composed or finished by the printer, not the artist, and this is explained.

It’s exactly the kind of book a cartoonist and working artist would produce.  It’s not only for a general audience, but for other artists.

“Commercial Art” is an unfortunate title, because it should be called “Figurative Illustration, Painting, and Cartooning for Print and Advertising”.  It was produced not too long after the “golden age of illustration”, and advertisements still featured illustrations, and demand for them was high. The radio and television would, however, cut into ad revenues. Though the 1950s, newspapers would decline, until many large cities became two and three newspaper cities.  Today, most are down to one large paper.

Likewise, magazines, which were numerous, would hold their own, but were increasingly more likely to use photographs, as printing improved and could render the tones well.  (Look at old photos in magazines: they look like they’ve been Photoshopped. Photos in newspapers looked blotchy.) By the time of the magazine boom of the late 1980s, propelled by desktop publishing, illustration was far less common. Today, magazines are also in decline.

Today, illustration has increased online. Anyone can take a photo, and all phones have cameras on them, but few people can draw well.

 

Chacksfield Merit Homes 232nd Vermont East Torrance

Source: Chacksfield Merit Homes 232nd Vermont Torrance Carson Gardena

Ad from the 1960s. Merit was unique in that it produced suburban homes for people of color.

I saw an ad from Don K. Nakajima, a real estate agent, advertising these Merit Homes, advertising them to Japanese Americans reading the Rafu or Kashu Mainichi.

I also came across a development in Carson that was a Black residents. I asked about who had bought there, and it was all Black people. So, while these developments didn’t have restrictive covenants, they did have racial steering creating them. So they didn’t seek to integrate the communities. They created buying opportunities for people of color when the government stopped its redlining practices in the late 1950s.

I imagine that Merit Homes were also advertised in Black papers like the LA Sentinel.

Perhaps there is some irony in that these ads were in papers for specific communities. These were, ultimately, Civil Rights papers, because the communities served were seeking equal rights. The people probably moved from old integrated communities, like “the westside” just around USC, or South Central, or Boyle Heights. They got their suburban opportunity, and ended up segregated, though with an asset that has risen in value.

Air Mail Stationery US Army

Source: Air Mail Stationery US Army 1940s or 1950s Occupied Japan Self-Mailing

My best guess is that these are from the late 1940s to early 1950s, and were bought during the occupation of Japan. After the occupation, he moved to the US, and probably brought these over, and crossed out the military graphics,but couldn’t find a way to use them.

I’m setting the price high for these, but you can buy one packet for $6 shipped directly.

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