Anatomy of a Gambit

Thought you all might appreciate a look inside the inner workings of how we do things here at Gambit Central.

(I don’t necessarily think that, but it’ll be obvious why I’m doing this, shortly.)

Most of the work is done by email carrier pigeon. So for example, Alex sends out the topic, or in this case, this:

I’ve got a two-day hangover, a day off, and a doctor’s appointment at
Noon. So I’m not really in a thinking mood. Any suggestions for
topics for tomorrow?

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Feeling Brevity’s Pull

My first post for this little website measured in at a cool 807 words. I was always more of a bullet-point guy than a screeder, but, even so, my posts from that era routinely topped 1,000 words. In 2003, at roughly the same time, we introduced both the Gambit and the Forum. The former was a avenue for us to do a daily, while shorter, update; the latter was your standard web bulletin board (except with way smarter comments and cooler avatars). By definition, my writings got shorter. The Forum dried up a couple years later, and, soon after, so did the institutionalized Gambit. (A Gambit still got posted occasionally, but not according to any specific schedule). After a brief flurry of publishing after implementing our snazzy new WordPress publishing tool, I pretty much stopped posting entirely. My last single-authored post was 14 months ago; even that one was pretty brief. These days, my sole avenue for written creativity comes courtesy of Facebook’s status update feature. That’s a max of 140 characters, in case you’re scoring at home. (Or if you’re by yourself.)

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SP T-Shirts (and other designs) now on sale!

It seems like every other web site you see these days has some kind of t-shirt shop attached to it. You’ve probably noticed that. We noticed it, and decided we wanted a piece of the action. Well, mostly we just wanted some SP T-Shirts, but we figured why not try our hand at a few other things as well. Right? Right. As such, we are proud to announce the grand opening of the SP T-Shirt Shop, which will be available at any time by clicking the link over there on the right. We will hopefully be producing new designs with some frequency, and will announce them as they ‘arrive’. If you have any requests (more women’s products, existing designs in different colors, etc.), please post a comment here, and Alex will get right on it.1 Thank you for your continued readership and/or support of SP.

  1. ‘Right on it’ in Alex Time is a highly variable term, but he’ll do his best.

Site Re-Design

Greetings. I’m sure it’s obvious by now that we’re abandoning the site re-design from earlier this year1, and are going to stick with this old favorite version. There will be some tweaks added, certainly, but for now our focus will be on bringing you fresh content in our own inimitable style. Thank you for your support.

  1. Read: Alex tried to fix what wasn’t broken, and it just didn’t go as planned. These things happen.

Pardon Our Dust. . .

Howdy folks. We’ve got the space monkeys (aka Alex) working on the latest and greatest site re-design here at SP. Things will be in flux for the near future, so just bear with us if you don’t mind. Things to look forward to under the new regime: longer articles, the triumphant return of The Gambit, flashy video, shiny things, and various other doodads and thingamabobs that we’re sure you’ll like.

So thanks in advance for your patience, and please, watch out for the doozers. They’re here to help.