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Happy St Weaseltine’s, y’all

Old hands will remember this is sweasel.com’s blogaversary. The 15th, in fact. It started out as a blog about the process of immigrating to the UK and afterwards – I’ll be perfectly honest with you – I didn’t know how to stop.

Thanks for commenting, lurking, paddling in the Dead Pool – I was going to say trolling, but we haven’t had a good troll in years – hanging out and generally making this place a bright spot in a weasel’s life.

p.s. Oh, yes – Uncle B and I have been married thirteen years today, too.


Comment from Mitch
Time: February 14, 2022, 7:23 pm

Happy blogaversary and anniversary!

Comment from blake
Time: February 14, 2022, 7:58 pm

Beat me by sixth months! Happy blogaversary! Blogblogblogblogblog…still a weird sounding word…blahhhhg.

Comment from Gromulin
Time: February 14, 2022, 8:27 pm

Happy Anniversary! Say, whatever did happen to that obnoxious eastern European troll?

Comment from OldFert
Time: February 14, 2022, 9:52 pm

Happy everything!

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: February 14, 2022, 10:21 pm

Sincere Congratulations to you both !

Comment from Spad13
Time: February 14, 2022, 11:08 pm

Happy Anniversary!

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: February 15, 2022, 12:10 am

Happy *versery to Stoaty and Uncle Badger! As I’m writing this, it is now just past midnight Sweasel Time and I hope that means that the two of you are just the right degree of tipsy to be having a good time but not leading up to hangovers in the morning.

sweasel.com is a good place and I’m fortunate to have stumbled upon it long enough ago I have no idea at all how I did so. Thank you, and may all your surprises be pleasant ones!

Comment from Cantharkmycry
Time: February 15, 2022, 12:23 am

Happy ‘versaries! Hard to believe it’s only 15 years… feels like I’ve been coming here forever.
[And yup, I even remember Oceania with fondness…]

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: February 15, 2022, 12:40 am

Happy mustelidversary!

Comment from Armybrat
Time: February 15, 2022, 1:52 am

Happy anniversary and many more!

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: February 15, 2022, 3:24 am

Happy Anniversary !!!!!!

Comment from Surly Ermine
Time: February 15, 2022, 10:11 am

Happy Anniversary to our favorite mustelid couple! Cheers! Prost! Skal!

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: February 15, 2022, 2:05 pm

Happy Anniversary Y’all, and thank you Stoaty for continuing to blog five days a week, and giving us the Celebrity Dead Pool. And info about chickens, and banjos, and art.

Comment from Teej
Time: February 15, 2022, 6:49 pm

What happened to Oceania?

Nvrmnd, Happy Anniversary to you both!

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 15, 2022, 7:28 pm

I don’t know what happened to Oceania. I guess we were too boring. It’s no fun trolling people who don’t get upset.

Way, way back we had a poster named Whitish Rabbit who wasn’t a troll, but more a kind of weird performance art. She had some kind of drama going in my comment threads, I don’t remember what.

Other than that, a bunch of spammers and a few one-post nasties and that’s it.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: February 15, 2022, 7:41 pm

Didn’t Oceania imply (obliquely) that he was ill and dying?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 15, 2022, 9:01 pm

Yes, you’re right. I remember that.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 15, 2022, 9:05 pm

Hm. I did a search. Oceania has appeared periodically every six months or so. Last time was in August. When asked how he was, he said “Succumbing to the Rigors of Time.”

Comment from Cantharkmycry
Time: February 15, 2022, 11:08 pm

Sounds like Oceania is mellowing! And I remember whitish rabbit… But nothing about her shtick, except didn’t it involve another poster? But if we start remembering minions who have departed, I shall get all melancholy.

Comment from dissent555
Time: February 15, 2022, 11:14 pm

fiddlesticks – late to the party as usual.
all the good booze is probably gone.

But congrats to you and Unc B. Many more!

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 15, 2022, 11:14 pm

Yes. She and another poster played out a psychodrama in the comments. I never worked out what that was supposed to be and they eventually wandered away.

And as for your your last thought, two words: Steamboat McGoo. Or maybe Ric Locke.

Comment from Cantharkmycry
Time: February 15, 2022, 11:43 pm

Both, sweas, albeit for slightly different reasons.

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: February 16, 2022, 12:02 am

Fifteen years!

That’s over half the history of the Internet (as a public thing).

I’m not sure when I first started hanging around here; but I was in the first Dead Pool (July ’09).

For all the rhetoric about the constantly changing shape of the Internet, some parts of it have become quite stable.

Anyway, congrats and best wishes.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: February 16, 2022, 1:15 am

I read Ric’s book again, occasionally. It was good, and your “cover” illustration perfectly captured the premise. I hope it made him some money.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: February 16, 2022, 2:41 am

Was that the cover art with the guy swabbing the landing dock/deck/bay on a “starship”?

If so, I enjoyed that book.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 16, 2022, 8:17 pm

That’s the one, durned. He didn’t like the illustration – it’s obvious he had in mind exactly what his character looked like and he wondered why I didn’t show him more clearly. But – having worked with authors before – I knew that would happen. I put him in strong silhouette because I knew I’d never be able to draw him the way he saw the character in his mind. It was a dodge!

Yes, Deborah – he said in the end he made enough that the IRS was hassling him on his deathbed.

Comment from Cantharkmycry
Time: February 17, 2022, 2:14 am

FWIMBW, Stoaty, his comments to me about the artwork were seriously laudatory, particularly the
exploding spaceship and open bay doors bits. He may have taken a bit of time to settle into it…

Comment from Cantharkmycry
Time: February 17, 2022, 2:20 am

I’m now once again working my
way through your blog from the beginning (this time the real, worp dress, beginning) and WOW! Even more fascinating this time through…

Comment from Anonymous
Time: February 17, 2022, 6:11 pm

Holy shit – my face is burning. You did what?! I have written some seriously cringe-worthy bilge in my time. And then there was the period Damien disappeared and I lost my mind right out in front of everybody.


Comment from cantharkmycry
Time: February 17, 2022, 7:26 pm

Well, the first time I was starting in roughly 2009, so there was a lot less backlog. And, sure, the quality waxed and waned, but it was always at least mildly (and not infrequently wildly) entertaining. Plus you’ve always had a core group of minions with interesting viewpoints–and seeing some of them make their first appearances is kinda fun.
And stuff.

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