The Rickety Old Shack

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Welcome to The Rickety Old Shack. This site features op-ed articles on a variety of subjects, music and movie reviews, and is updated several times each week.


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Site News

End Of Year Update | December 12th, 2017

With slightly less-than 3 weeks remaining in 2017, I'm going to be busy with the usual holiday / family commitments. There will still be updates made to the site; I'm working on finishing up a number of posts ahead of time, so that even if I fall victim to laziness there will still be stuff going up. I am also working on (finally) fleshing out the other, non-music review sections of the site. There are also some other projects that will be launching in 2018, and I hope to have more details soon. If there is anything you would like to see on the site, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Posted by: Derek

Work In Progress | November 10th, 2017

I am happy to report that I have finally resolved the majority of the Real Life™ stuff that has been occupying my time lately. This has freed me up to, among other things, allocate more time to work on articles and other content for this site. I've got a large number of music reviews in the pipe, more MMA content, and articles on various subjects. In the interim, I went and listened to the entire catalogue of record label Nordvis Produktion and found several gems there. I will be writing full-length reviews over the next few weeks, but for now here is my Twitter thread. (I linked the last tweet rather than the first because, for reasons unknown, the first one does not show all the threaded replies.)
Posted by: Derek

Upcoming Content | October 20th, 2017

My personal life continues to be busier — and more stressful — than I want it to be, but so far I have been able to keep the updates coming. I've been combing through my various archives, looking for some older reviews to re-post, and I think I am going to go in a slightly different direction. I am working on putting together some drafts of a "re-review" concept, where I review an old album or movie and include some of my thoughts from when I originally reviewed it. These will be albums released 15-20 years ago, given the long gap between my stints as a music writer. (2000-2003 were my most prolific years, and I stopped entirely at some point in mid-2005.)

I have a few MMA articles still in the works, as well as some other op-ed postings. As I mentioned last time, the music content is easier to produce — and I am still getting back into the habit of writing album reviews — so please bear with me as I get back into the swing of things.
Posted by: Derek

Let's Do This Already | October 4th, 2017

This site is now officially live, after a month of tweaking and easing myself into an update schedule. I am still working on refining the content of my music reviews, it's been a long time since I regularly wrote them. I am also specifically looking to avoid the "angry Internet guy" style that became clichéd over a decade ago. Right now, all the reviews I have posted are some form of positive commentary, I intend to post negative reviews when the need arises — right now I am just lucky to be enjoying all the material I have available.

Other types of content are in the works; my life is very hectic right now, but will be clearing up by the end of October. Updates will not slow down, but the bulk of them will be comprised of music-related content. Simply put, it is easier to compose my thoughts of "I (don't) like this album" than get the opinion pieces I have in mind written out, as the latter tend to be 2-3 times longer. That said, stay tuned!
Posted by: Derek

Ongoing Work | September 15th, 2017

As you can see, updates are slowly trickling in. Refinements to the layout are still being made as I get chances to test the layout on more devices and resolutions. I am not ready to declare a full re-opening for another few weeks. Right now, if you happen to be reading this, this is still a test period. There have been so many false starts to this site that I really want to be sure I am going to be able to stick with this.

The archives have been populated with a few old reviews as well as some new ones. The intention is to begin posting more varied content over the next few weeks, as more articles are completed.
Posted by: Derek

Mission Statement | August 30th, 2017

The site is now officially live, my pre-fight (link) and post-fight (link) articles on Mayweather -vs- McGregor are the first two pieces to be published. The intention is to make 1-2 posts, as a bare minimum, each week. I have a queue of music reviews I will be posting as they go through their final edits — and some older ones will simply be re-posted without changes.

As with all past incarnations of this site, there is currently a single author responsible for all of the content. Please refer to the About section for contact details (e-mail and social media). Over the past 18 years, this site has seen numerous bouts of inactivity; the intention is to keep The Shack updated a few times each week for the indefinite future. If you're actually familiar with this site over the years, your patience is appreciated. If you're new, then welcome aboard — and come back soon.
Posted by: Derek