What’s high in the middle and round on both ends?

Downtown Columbus

BIG NEWS. I will be leaving Alaska at the end of July. I’m headed to the Columbus, Ohio area.

I’m moving south to be closer to family, especially my parents, who live in the Toledo, Ohio area. After the move I’ll be 2.5 hours away from them by car, instead of 12 hours away by nearly-$1,000 airplane flights. Meanwhile I also have family in Louisville, the Twin Cities, western Massachusetts, and Florida. Columbus is a good location for being closer to all of them, not to mention it has a great mainstream American culture and diversified economy. I’m also sorta-kinda from there, having completed high school and graduate school in the area.

I’ve been in Alaska for over 12 years now, which is amazing, because I always thought Alaska would be something I’d try just for a couple years. But those “couple years” kept extending as I got to do some meaningful work in my career, met some great people, and learned how to live in the Land of Extremes.

I will leave in the closing days of July, driving down the Alaska Highway (a favorite experience of mine). My wife Stephanie will follow in the early fall. I’ll share more about the move, my career changes, and so forth in the days to come, both here and over on Google+.

I’ve moved… to WordPress.com

This blog has moved. Here’s the short update:

  • Gravity Medium was started back in 2008 on a self-hosted copy of WordPress on a hosting provider.
  • The blog has been pretty much dead since mid-2010 and I don’t really intend to revive it, yet I don’t want to take down the content, either.
  • Keeping the content in a self-hosted solution was costing me money each month.
  • Moving to WordPress.com is my preferred solution — leave all the updates and security to the pros and drop my monthly cost to zero.
  • Meanwhile, in late April 2011, my self-hosted WordPress site — which was outdated a bit in versions — was hacked. I started to clean it up, but figured, “why bother?” and just pulled the trigger on the move to WordPress.com.

So here we are.

One important note — not all the content from the old self-hosted site is going to work perfectly here. Static images and photos moved, but a lot of embedded media (videos, audio clips) didn’t make it correctly. I’ll try to fix most of that in the coming weeks, but no promises — it’s a pain in the butt and all the posts are pretty old at this point.

If you run into a post that’s missing its media and you want to see it, just Tweet me and I’ll reconnect the media for you.