Soliciting questions

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Next week I’m going to be running a series titled “Tips for New Vegans” (or, think of it as “Tips for New Vegetarians” if that’s more appropriate for you) and I’m looking for that one burning question that you’re looking to have answered.  Whether it’s a “how do I substitute for ____?” question or a “how can I deal with my family?” question, bring it on.

Just contact me with your question.  I’ll pick and choose and will answer them starting on Monday.

New or transitioning veg*ns are welcome and I don’t even mind a question from a long-time vegan who just doesn’t know how to answer a question they’re always getting.

Unexpected transition

I upgraded Movable Type today and unfortunately, it totally borked everything. It may be due to some plug-ins I have sitting around, but in any case, I didn’t feel like trying to troubleshoot it. I’ve been planning a migration to WordPress anyway, so this just means it had to happen sooner rather than later.

So, here it is. Everything should be relatively functional, though you may find some weirdness as you browse the site (like, no recipes section). Rest assured that I’m working on getting things back up to speed quickly.

There will also be design tweaks over the coming weeks. Right now, I’m using a WordPress theme that is pretty similar to the old site, but will be making changes to it to make it a little less “template”-feeling.

I’m actually kind of glad I was forced to do this… now I can start doing some of the things I’ve been meaning to do.

Herbivore #12

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Issue #12 of Herbivore Magazine is out. It’s the activism issue and, by golly, I’ve got the cover story! It’s an interview with Michael Franti of Spearhead and I’m really happy with the way it came out.

Also, I wrote a companion piece for the Herbivore Blog Mashup.

I’ve got a few other pieces in this issue as well, including spotlights on Woodstock and Poplar Spring sanctuaries and a review of the Cattle Decapitation/Caninus 7″.

Pick up your copy of the magazine here or here, with some vegan haggis (aw nuts, sold out of the haggis!).

Downtime

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So, after eight days of no new content, did any of you suspect the worst when you hit the site yesterday and got an error?

Apparently, a comment spammer DOS‘ed us which killed Movable Type and caused my host to disable the site. I swear, I’d forego my vegetarianism for a meal if I could eat a meal of deep fried comment spammers. They’re a scourge and have done the same thing to two other sites of mine in the past. It’s a waste of my time and resources.

Anyway, the site’s back and I’ll have some new content for you soon. I’m trying to get on a more normal writing schedule. Thanks for bearing with me.

(BTW — no baby yet. Soon!)