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Interim Blog Reset

Where My Projects Stand Now

Thu Mar 4 09:38:34 2021 — Stephen Michael Kellat

The campaign is apparently real now that I have made it to the second day. It still doesn’t feel that way. This is a breakdown of where my projects are and how they are likely to be impacted. In no particular order:

  • Sean mentioned that Xubuntu documentation updates are in need of help. I did help with updating the text but getting the new text converted into acceptable DocBook source takes time as well as patience. I encourage people to look at trying that hand with DocBook.
  • Any community-related works on my part within the Ubuntu context are scrapped at the moment. Apologies have already been given.
  • Development of the newspaper project will continue though commits to that repo may be on pause while inquiries are made of hardware dealers.
  • The set of currently monitored podcasts should like still be maintained.
  • The third novelette that I have been writing to eventually release via Kindle Direct Publishing is on indefinite hold. It is not necessarily impacted by the campaign but rather by the sense of unease I still have after the events of January 6th. That things did not end then continues to bother me. There are rumors of further unrest reported by NBC News and Vox. My draft story looks positively romantic yet fanciful compared to the very strange world we are in right now in the United States.

I may have other projects in play that I cannot recall that may get neglected in the days ahead. I apologize in advance for any difficulties that may be caused.

Thursday’s big matter of campaign-related stuff? No, it won’t involve actually meeting with potential constituents or anything else that might be “fun”. Today is finance paperwork day as well as responding to the League of Women Voters for their candidate guide. I don’t remember doing this much paperwork when I was a civil servant even.

Tags: Ubuntu, Campaign

The Big Reset To Zero

Thu Mar 4 00:07:51 2021 — Stephen Michael Kellat

You might be curious as to exactly what happened and where all the previous blog content disappeared to. There is an explanation. It is not an easy or simple one, though.

The popular conception of an election campaign in the United States is that it revolves heavily around scheming strategists, deals cut in smoke-filled backrooms, and carefully measured soundbites for consumption by the media. The first day of campaigning for me wound up revolving around getting compliance paperwork completed without really any help. As reported by The Star Beacon, the Ashtabula County Board of Elections approved my nominating petition Tuesday to appear on the May primary ballot to be a member of city council in my ward. I am unopposed in my party’s primary so I automatically move on to the General Election in November. The identity of my challenger from the other party will be determined in the May primaries and independent candidates have until August to file.

I really did not plan to be doing this at all. At the very last minute I was requested to file to run and I agreed to the request. The report in The Star Beacon as to the council’s membership experiencing a bit of turnover due to incumbents choosing to not seek re-election gives a little background as to what got me involved in this matter.

This is not an opportunity to try to evangelize the use of Linux in public administration, unfortunately. The issues in this particular ward are a bit more fundamental than anything computer-related. To quote from the Appalachian Regional Commission’s website: “Accordingly, the Commission designates as ‘distressed areas,’ those census tracts in at-risk and transitional counties that have a median family income no greater than 67 percent of the U.S. average and a poverty rate 150 percent of the U.S. average or greater.” This ward’s territory is made entirely from census tracts in the county that are designated “distressed areas”. Keeping the roads in a better condition current than they are as well as trying to stabilize the budget would be issues requiring progress before any talk of Linux in government could come up.

If it seems like I am drifting away on community commitments that would be due to having to deal with local matters. I don’t get the privilege of a campaign staff beyond a treasurer. There is quite a bit of ground to cover over roughly eight months until the General Election on November 2nd. There won’t be any shaking hands let alone kissing babies this week as I have still more compliance paperwork to plow through.

Due to Ohio’s “electioneering communications” rules and my not wanting to have to review the backlog of posts on the prior ikiwiki instance I am proceeding with this reset. This blog is not going to turn into a discourse upon Terrahawks or even the Mysterons. Content may get narrower in focus for a while. That may result in further discussion of the newspaper project or even discussion of making man pages with LaTeX.

We’ll see what happens. Ever Onward!

Tags: Ubuntu, Change