A Digital Reboot

It’s with mixed emotions that I retire my home on the web for the last decade. When I purchased radicalwacko.com back in 2001, I was a young, aggressive Libertarian, who thought that he could and should change the world. In other words, I was an insufferable, young, recent college graduate that you wanted to avoid making eye contact with and save yourself from the pedantic lecture that would inevitably ensue.

Now as an older, crankier libertarian – who increasingly doesn’t give a damn – it starts to be embarrassing to give out a domain like radicalwacko.com. If you are over the age of 35 and still think of yourself as a radical or a wacko, you are either deluding yourself or you really probably should be on a watch list. I actually blush every time the Best Buy clerk asks me for my email address. At a certain point, you have to ask yourself why keep a domain name that you refuse to acknowledge.

With that in mind, I decided I needed a new online persona. I’m still enough of a web geek/creative that I didn’t want to use my own name but I needed a less combative domain name. I purchased lostinok.com a few years ago with no real plans for it, but I just liked the name. More and more, it fits my more questioning mood and attitude.

So while I hate to admit that I don’t like everything about my 21-year-old self, at least I can like the fact that I am able to move on from some of the more distasteful remnants of that passionate, yet annoying fellow.

Of course, it turns out that attempting to change your online persona is actually a pretty daunting task once you get started, especially if you’ve had the same one for a decade or so. Dozens of websites are linked to this persona and hunting them all down is going to take some time.

However, I’m starting the big ones. So going forward, besides finding me here at lostinok.com, you can find me on Twitter @lostinokay (unfortunately, I was too late to get lostinok). At Facebook, you can find me at https://www.facebook.com/lostinok On Instagram, I am @lostinok. You can also reach me via email at nathan [at] lostinok[dotcom]. The rest of them will have to come gradually.

As to the website design, I think I have pushed my desire for retro minimalism as far as it can go. I welcome feedback since this is the first design I have mostly done myself in quite some time, though some credit is due to the Toolbox theme from Automatic.

In any case, I’m hoping that this new start is finally the impetus I needed to be a little more active in my writing and photography. However, if nothing else, it will be nice being able to make eye contact with that Best Buy clerk after all these years.


Reviving OKC Bicyclist

This site remains the project that I never seem to have enough time for and yet the project I don’t want to set aside.  Over the last couple of months I’ve been missing this site more and more and trying to find the time to write.

Then, at the beginning of the year, one of my favorite bike blogs (especially from a photography point of view), EcoVelo shut down.  I decided I didn’t want OKC Bicyclist to vanish from sight without a strong push to keep the site going and to grow it into the real local cycling news site I’ve always wanted it to be.

So, I’m going to make a real push to keep this site updated the local general cycling news that I’ve always tried to keep in place.  I’m also going to expand the site to cover product reviews and also the sport side of both road and mountain biking.  I’m also going to try to put together a truly comprehensive cycling event calendar.

Additionally, the site will be going through a general redesign of which this current design is a temporary stage.

All of this is going to take some but for those few readers who are still around, I hope you won’t forget about this site.  Also, if any one has any news or story ideas, please contact us at info [at] lostinok.com.