We have been alerted that some folk who wished to comment on various pieces in the new issue were unable to comment because comments are closed. This is site policy–we have never intentionally encouraged piece-by-piece comments. We have many reasons for this, chief among them that casual comments, such as make up the great majority of such things on the Web, are rarely more than friends patting each other on the back. We think friends patting each other on the back is a good thing, but that it might better be done in private and personally. We realize this puts us in a tiny minority these days, but we are willing to be ghettoized thus.
We are still finding our way as a Web publication and it is possible that at some future point we will allow, even encourage, comment–that is, we reserve the right to change our mind. At present, however, we have not changed our mind. Our mind remains (sleepily) resolute. We encourage you to use the conventional outlets for being supportive of one another, these being the telephone, the e‑mail, the overland mail, the facebook, the smoke signal.
On the matter of the site’s name, we have temporarily changed it on the site to pistol mice.
Please note that the URL remains www.blipmagazine.net, and for the moment, for all practical purposes, the site can be presumed to remain BLIP even if it says pistol mice up there at the top. If you object to it saying pistol mice up there, well, we apologize. Tomorrow it will probably say large bony outcrop up there, as that is the next name on our list of names for the site, and we are, as previously remarked, still finding our way. We beg your patience and good will.