official site name change

I’ve goofed around with different site names and subtitles from the onset of this little hole in the wall place.  Some I’ve liked rather well, but their domains were already taken.  I must have tried about fifty domain names along the way. 

Once I happened upon ‘Café Babylon’, and read further about the Rasta’s notion that Babylon was the symbol of corruption, oppression, colonization, decadence and materialism…it made sense to keep it.  ‘CaféBabylon.net’ (and the other dots as well), I tried hyphenating it, and bingo!  I was in.  It only cost $26 bucks to claim the domain, and wordpress will do all the mapping for us, as in: redirects from its two other names with my own name in them.  So: now it’s official; you just type: Café-Babylon.net’ into the address line of your browser, and…you’re here.   Wendyedavis.net will still work, as will the longer ‘.wordpress.com’, but who needs that hassle?

Soon your search engines will suggest the name; in Firefox, all I have to type is Ca…and it suggests the rest; eventually it will be in the dropdown menu.  Here’s Bob Marley singing about the Babylon System.  Anyhoo, I hope you like it, and that it will accommodate all sorts of discussion, music, and various sorts of Strong Spirit that will both acknowledge The Dark, bring The Light, sing the songs of freedom, resistance, laughter…and joyous appreciation.

 

We refuse to be
What you wanted us to be;
We are what we are:
That’s the way (way) it’s going to be. You don’t know!
You can’t educate I
For no equal opportunity:
(Talkin’ ’bout my freedom) Talkin’ ’bout my freedom,
People freedom (freedom) and liberty!
Yeah, we’ve been trodding on the winepress much too long:
Rebel, rebel!
Yes, we’ve been trodding on the winepress much too long:
Rebel, rebel!

Babylon system is the vampire, yea! (vampire)
Suckin’ the children day by day, yeah!
Me say: de Babylon system is the vampire, falling empire,
Suckin’ the blood of the sufferers, yea-ea-ea-ea-e-ah!
Building church and university, wo-o-ooh, yeah! –
Deceiving the people continually, yea-ea!
Me say them graduatin’ thieves and murderers;
Look out now: they suckin’ the blood of the sufferers (sufferers).
Yea-ea-ea! (sufferers)

Tell the children the truth;
Tell the children the truth;
Tell the children the truth right now!
Come on and tell the children the truth;
Tell the children the truth;
Tell the children the truth;
Tell the children the truth;
Come on and tell the children the truth.

‘Cause – ’cause we’ve been trodding on ya winepress much too long:
Rebel, rebel!
And we’ve been taken for granted much too long:
Rebel, rebel now!

(Trodding on the winepress) Trodding on the winepress (rebel):
Got to rebel, y’all (rebel)!
We’ve been trodding on the winepress much too long – ye-e-ah! (rebel)
Yea-e-ah! (rebel) Yeah! Yeah!

From the very day we left the shores (trodding on the winepress)
Of our Father’s land (rebel),
We’ve been trampled on (rebel),
Oh now! (we’ve been oppressed, yeah!) Lord, Lord, go to …

Now we know everything we got to rebel
Somebody got to pay for the work
We’ve done, rebel….

Tell the children the truth;
Tell the children the truth;
Tell the children the truth right now!
Come on and tell the children the truth;
Tell the children the truth;
Tell the children the truth;
Tell the children the truth;
Come on and tell the children the truth.

‘Cause – ’cause we’ve been trodding on ya winepress much too long:
Rebel, rebel!
And we’ve been taken for granted much too long:
Rebel, rebel now!

(Trodding on the winepress) Trodding on the winepress (rebel):
Got to rebel, y’all (rebel)!
We’ve been trodding on the winepress much too long – ye-e-ah! (rebel)
Yea-e-ah! (rebel) Yeah! Yeah!

From the very day we left the shores (trodding on the winepress)
Of our Father’s land (rebel),
We’ve been trampled on (rebel),
Oh now! (we’ve been oppressed, yeah!) Lord, Lord, go to …

Now we know everything we got to rebel
Somebody got to pay for the work
We’ve done, rebel….

and of course there’s this wondrous song:

 

13 responses to “official site name change

  1. With great respect, wendy – count me out.

  2. would you please care to explain why, juliania? the blood just drained out of my head the way it can when one is so startled by a response that comprehension isn’t possible in the moment.

  3. seems fine to me.

  4. i’m glad, dear mafr. and also am glad that you created an imgage for your avatar. all jests aside, i can’t think why the other one…disappeared into the ether. hope it wasn’t something i had inadvertently caused to happen; it was so lovely. what is the building? it’s quite artistic.

  5. it is a solar power generating station

  6. cool. the little boxes on the ground: battery storage?
    looks like a time portal. ;~)

  7. Oh cool, looks like I can easily comment here, because we also have a WordPress site, and so, the dashboard is already there. This is a cool name. Had a lengthy conversation with my son Kyle about the importance of name/title and slogan for a site these days, so we (well to be honest mostly me b/c I am more the ‘business’ person for ‘his’ site, which we will combine into one) …I am racking my brain for title/slogan, etc., for our site. To make a long comment even longer, I can relate to the agony of coming up with what you have done here, and I think it’s beautiful, well done!

  8. Our situation is, the address won’t change because everyone already knows it, but we will have a title page, something in block-type letters likely, plus a slogan: ‘We are the ‘go-to’ blah blah blah for the blah blah blah’ type of thing (Example,’ We unspin the no-spin zone’.). This stuff is not as easy as people think. I even thought of The Octopus Game, but that is a reference to something we heard in scuba diving, and I think it would take too much explaining. Cafe-Babylon sounds like a good place to hang out, you know? Like it.

    I hope I am commenting on the right topic. This is about a name change, right?

  9. nice to see you, crane-station. tech help: if you go to your site’s dashboard, and click on Store, one choice will be ‘add a domain’. it will walk you through purchasing a domain that doesn’t include wordpress.com, or in the event you’ve already paid the nominal fee for your present one, you can buy as second one. they will do all the ‘mapping’ for you, as in: making sure the new web address *and* the old one folks know already…end up at your site. you also choose which domain is the primary one, which are secondary, tertiary, etc.

    internally, of course, you can goof around with the title and slogan all you’d like with the Customize choice. as i said, though, i was amazed at how many i tried whose names were already claimed when i asked for them. crazy-making few days. keeping it short seemed advisable, especially for the typing-challenged like myself. ;~)

    yeppers, this thread was announcing the newest site name, and likely permanent one. although: i did learn that a person doesn’t have to be registered to comment if ya don’t want it that way. i’m still learning all the different features and choices available. and it’s fun having your crane avatar on the comments list.

  10. I have to confess, the name threw me for a loop – Babylon means exile in a strange land where one cannot sing the songs of faith to me, so it isn’t a name I’d have chosen. For that reason I felt greatly conflicted concerning the post I had put forward. But this is your site, wendy, and I am fine with whatever name you choose to call it for that reason.

    I meant very much the statement that began with great respect. My diary was posted to an earlier formulation, actually composed under the drop of amber and light motifs, so just consider it an echo of those. I’ll still love to comment on your wonderful, amazingly creative essays, and I will sneak in my drops of amber there – how could I not? :)

  11. Oh, I’m sooooo glad you came back to explain your reaction, juliania. Yours was not a meaning I knew, or if I ever did, had forgotten. By my lights, and admittedly from the little I know about Rasta religion, it meant the symbol of Western decadence, corruption, and materialism. The lyrics in ‘babylon system’ seemed perfect in these days of struggle for all of us the defeat the machine and the plutocrats and their minions.

    In other words, revolution, but the Rastas seem to see it as a spiritual exercise of One Love, if I understand it at all. I’d thought you may have been put off with their use of sacramental herb, but that made the site name even a bit more playful for me. Bob Marley and friends sincerely sing the songs of oppression and freedom. ‘Redemption song’ i love, but until the other day never had known that some of the lines speak the thought that if one is practicing impeccably, even radiation can’t hurt you. that’s a bit…over the top for one individual to accomplish, i think.

    but anyway, i am so glad that you can still want to be here, and i hope you’ll post again. i’ll try to be a little more…aware of what you’re trying to say, even given my ignorance.

    one other irony is that i reckoned i could live with the rasta version of babylon even though they believe in Jah (god). social gospel with a fine moral compass should never be scoffed at, imo. mitaku oaysin, juliannia.
    gotta try for some sleep; i ain’t doin’ so very well today; there’s always tomorrow… ;~)

  12. speaking of cranes,

    I was looking this up, today cause I saw a flock about a mile up. And you can hear them without any trouble from that distance.

    “The Sandhill Crane has one of the longest fossil histories of any bird still found today. A 10-million-year-old crane fossil from Nebraska is often cited as being of this species, but this is more likely from a prehistoric relative or the direct ancestor of the Sandhill Crane and may not belong in the genus Grus. The oldest unequivocal Sandhill Crane fossil is 2.5 million years old,over one and a half times older than the earliest remains of most living species of birds, which are primarily found from after the Pliocene/Pleistocene boundary some 1.8 million years ago.

    There is considerable variation in size and in migratory habits. A female of G. c. canadensis averages 7.4 lbs (3.46 kg), 37 in (94 cm) in length and has a wingspan of 5.3 ft (1.6 m). A male of G. c. tabida averages 11 lbs (5 kg), 47 in (119 cm) in length and has a wingspan of 7 ft (2.12 m)

    Seven Feet!

    Sandhill Cranes provide extended biparental care to their young. Both members of a breeding pair build the nest, incubate the eggs and feed and protect the chicks for up to 10 months after hatching. Sandhill Cranes that reach independence are expected to live around 7 years. Sandhill Cranes can live to at least 21 years of age.”

    We have a group that nest across the way from here, within earshot, and in the late summer, the parents take the young on practice flights around the neighbourhood.

    Seeing them, (as I have been lucky to have done, several times), spiralling further and further up and finally disappearing into the sky high above me, is the surest sign of the winter coming.

    kind of long…. that info is wiki.

  13. luscious pre-winter crane imagery, mafr. we have no sandhills, though we did in northwestern co where we used to live. and met, come to think of it.

    but some great blue herons nest along the river in some dead cottonwoods, as do a major flock of turkey vultures. sometimes i go watch them, and enjoy the contrast of the two species perched side by side in the trees. life…and carrion eaters, our local clean-up crew. ;~)

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