Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Monday, September 28, 2015

Friday, September 25, 2015

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Chum for Thought

 A staple of my surfing habits, Moldy Chum, got a makeover the other day. Slick, unintuitive, and oozing of corporate websiteness.
 The vibe is gone. The irreverence is gone, or at least now well hidden among the clicks it may take to find them.
 The inherent "we just found this and are tossing it out to ya" feel is gone.

 Obviously, the longer you're on a site, the more chances you have of banging into an ad.
The old Chums average visit length probably wasn't too long, which advertisers don't exactly crave.
So the quick "check in to see what's posted" is pretty much toast. For me that was the attraction.

 I do commend them on the their new "Keepemwet Slab of the Month".  For no reason other than the "hold 'em high and close to the camera, to  ̶m̶a̶k̶e̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶m̶ ̶l̶o̶o̶k̶ ̶b̶i̶g̶g̶e̶r̶  show more detail" shot will also be toast.  ("Just shut up, Steve" was the common comeback whenever I commented.)

The test of the new format will be to see if they can keep me, I hope they can.
I'll continue to check in, because banging the link is such an established part of my routine.

Which reminds me...I've got to change their link code ...the old one 404's...
Until then moldychum.com ...It does look pretty.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Fully Staffed

The last time I pulled my 10 year old Simms wading staff apart to holster it, it snapped. The steel cable had rusted and broken. I had repaired a similar problem with it about 3 years ago, and back then noticed the cable was rusting. At that time I called Simms to see if it could be repaired, they politely said "No, would you like to order a new one?"
 Knowing a new one at Simms retailed for 129.99, I replied, "No thanks, I think I can fix it. By the way, why don't you build them with a stainless steel cable?" To which he replied, "The newer ones have a stainless cable."
 A new wading staff now retails for 149.99 at Simms. I still don't have one.
 My old one now has a stainless cable, all for about $8.00 worth of parts at the hardware store, and an hour of my time on a rainy morning.


Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Saturday, September 5, 2015

All was not quiet on the Raquette today.

The fifth, of six, water releases by Brookfield Renewable Power on the Stone Valley section of the Raquette River in Colton NY occured today. The releases bring expert kayakers from all over the Eastern US and Canada to this section of the river.

The last scheduled release is on Monday, September 5.

Friday, September 4, 2015