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ferthalangur.spotch.com is where I, Rob Jenson, write. You can call it a “blog,” a “web space” or a “babbelflangenor∂ablatt.” It is what it contains. It is personal, about things that interest me enough to write about, time permitting. There is never enough time.

What Will You Find Here?

Most of what I write about these days is about beekeeping. I spend most of my time working with honey bees, reading about them, mentoring other beekeepers or selling honey and hive products.

You may find some pages about philately, or stamp collecting. I am an active volunteer with Stamps for the Wounded, a service organization that provides stamps and supplies to veterans.

Genealogy and family history is another subject that receives some attention at times.

Navigating This Site

This front page is a relatively static introduction. If you want to see the latest posts unencumbered by subject of interest, look to your right, where you will find a list of the most recent posts. All posts, in chronological order, can be found here.

I try to organize content using a combination of categories and tags. The terminology is that of WordPress and how pages are organized within their software framework. I generally will use a category for the broadest classification by topic for each post. Readers who are interested in beekeeping should not have to wade through pages about genealogy. There is a list of categories on the menu to the right.

Other items in the menu on the right-most column include a list of tags and a search box. I use tags to label posts with more information about what the post is about. I try to stick to the principles of semantic factoring in tagging posts, but probably not well.

Another aspect of WordPress is the distinction between posts and pages. Tags and categories are only applicable for organizing of posts. Pages are arranged structurally using a static hierarchy. If you are interested in a particular topic, use the navigation bar(in black) across the top of each page. Those topics are organized from the top down with some structure in mind.

Private Pages

There are some private pages here that are intended only for access by family, friends or project collaborators. Those pages will require a username and password to access. If you run into a page that requires you to log in to access the content, you’ll need a username and password to access it. You may request access via this form, here. I will grant access on a case-by-case basis. It’s a manual process, there is no automatic creation of user IDs, which just become spam bait.

Comments are Welcome … Usually

I am happy to hear from people reading these pages. You have the option of commenting publicly, by adding a comment to any page or post that accepts them. You may also contact me privately.

All page comments require that you identify yourself, and all will be reviewed before they are released to public visibility.  I reserve the right to refuse to approve comments for any reason, including general apathy.

Rants, politics, religion, advertising or attempts to manipulate these pages or their readers are quite unwelcome. I don’t do link exchanges, and I’ve got a pretty good nose for link spam. Move along …

About the Title

I came up with it when I was working as the archivist at the Montgomery County (MD) Historical Society.  I was thinking about all the complications and workarounds that I had to deal with while working as a “lone arranger” in two small local archives. Velcro® proved to be extremely useful in many circumstances. I am not sure that it is archivally safe material, especially the adhesive. However, I never seemed to have enough on hand when I needed it. I thought that it would be a good title for a book about being a solo archivist and coping with the pressures of small archival institutions. I never wrote the book. One of my colleagues wrote a good book about being a lone arranger, but I still like the title.

Feeds and Permalinks

Like all WordPress sites, you can subscribe to changes to be pushed to you in your feed reader, or whatever.  Just append /feed to the URL of any page that you want to get automatically updated in whatever you use to follow feeds. You will have to configure it in your feed aggregator. If you don’t know what this means … don’t worry about it.

Most pages have a permanent URL that will work as long as I am alive and the site continues to function.