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February 28, 2009

we’re all-archive now

Filed under: viewpoint — David Giacalone @ 11:59 pm

digital age
aging digits pause
at the keyboard


Notice: After almost 6 years, 2500 postings, and a million visits,  f/k/a has stopped publishing new posts (and accepting new Comments) as of March 1, 2009.  The content is all still here in our archives, of course, so please browse to find unique and wide-ranging punditry, much of which deals with the foibles of lawyers and the rights of their clients, plus thousands of quality haiku by a couple dozen fine poets.  See our About page, to learn about f/k/a‘s history, philosophy, honors, etc., and our Prof. Yabut’s Favorites Page for the closest thing we have to a Greatest Hits List.  (We may occasionally, but erratically, add a follow-up blurb to an old posting when a topic is in the news.)

By the way, we went out this week the way we came in at this “ethicalEsq” weblog: writing about excessive legal fees and the lack of adequate lawyer discipline.  See our ALF (American Legal Fees) Series; and our essay this morning, “Understanding and Reducing Legal Fees.”

….. david giacalone – Editor/Proprietor

Broken Link Warning:  Due to an involuntary webserver change in the Spring of 2009, some of our links to internal f/k/a material no longer work.  We regret this inconvenience.  However, all of our content still exists, and you should be able to locate the desired post by doing using our SideBar Search box or doing a Google Search of f/k/a [put a space and then your search terms after our URL in the Google search box].

All-Archive: This is the last new post that will appear at this web address.  As of March 1, 2009, f/k/a will be in “archival status,” with all of our content (dating back to May 2003) remaining available here as archives.

  • Clicking Client Rights & Legal Ethics here or in the SideBar will bring you to our portal for legal ethics commentary and resources (including extensive discussion of lawyer fees).  See “Our Resources” and “Categories” in the Sidebar for more topics.
  • Go to the Honored Guest Poet Index for links to the individual archive of each of our two-dozen top-notch haiku poets.  We’ve collected annotated links to our haiku-related materials and outside websites at the Haiku Resources Page.
  • No one was willing to go through 2,472 posts to try to choose f/k/a‘s Greatest Hits, but Prof. Yabut’s Favorites Page makes a good substitute.

As I type right now, there are fewer than 12 minutes until my self-imposed midnight shutdown deadline.  So, you’re in luck: There’s no time for a long-winded farewell apologia, nor even an attempt to answer Darren Rowse’s recent question: “If your blog died today, what would it be remembered for?”  Sad to say, however, the f/k/a Gang — your Editor and his various alter egos — have apparently learned little since we tried to quit this weblog in October 2003.  Our sentiments then ring just as true today.  Because we still haven’t learned how to pace ourselves, we’re going cold turkey on intense daily blogging, to free up time and energy for creating a more joyful, satisfying and meaningful journey.

A parting note:  It’s been great to be able to opine on subjects as diverse as the Graying of the Bar, the meaning of “goomba,” and the importance of pink flamingos and Wendy Savage, while cultivating my artistic side, and bringing the joys of genuine haiku to a wider audience.  Many thanks to all who have made f/k/a their regular stop for one-breath poetry and/or breathless punditry, and to the generous and talented poets who let me share their haiku.  If I find a new online project or job, I’ll get the word out to my blawging and haijin friends.

One year ago today, I took this picture at the end of the block where the f/k/a Gang lives.  We hope to see a lot more of the Mohawk River from now on.

ides of March
floodwaters where
the snowman stood

… by David Giacalone

fireworks finale!
her eyes return
to the fireflies

… by David Giacalone – Simply Haiku, Autumn 2007, vol 5 no 3 –

afterwords: If you’re missing our photography, check out “suns along the Mohawk,” which features my photos from along the Mohawk River and around the Schenectady Stockade.


  1. David:

    Thanks for the point to “dagosan’s haiku diary“ and “simply senryu”, which have been duly blogrolled.


    Comment by Don Wentworth — March 1, 2009 @ 8:11 am

  2. Then I better start writing a lot more haiku and senryu. Thanks again, DW.

    Comment by David Giacalone — March 1, 2009 @ 6:44 pm

  3. Hi David,

    Just want to thank you for a brilliant site, and all your amazing input and humor to this site, and to haiku in general.

    all the best, and stay in touch! ;-)


    Comment by Alan Summers — March 6, 2009 @ 12:26 pm

  4. Many thanks, Alan. I’m glad f/k/a helped our paths to cross, and I hope we’ll continue to be haijin fellow travelers.

    Comment by David Giacalone — March 6, 2009 @ 12:38 pm

  5. David: I am desolate. Whose blog will I turn to now when I need to have my brain cells realigned by gentle injections of poetry and law? Sigh. I hope you can’t stand not getting it out of your system. May your fingers itch to blog once again. Laura (Oregon Legal Research blogger)

    P.S. And thank you for your kind acknowledgment. It means a great deal to me.

    Comment by Laura Orr — March 11, 2009 @ 12:14 pm

  6. Hello, Laura, Your generous words are much appreciated — except for that itchy finger stuff. I need to walk away and find things to fill my day that feel more fulfilling. I very much appreciate having readers and blawgers like you as part of my f/k/a experience. We will surely continue our chocolate conversations in cyberspace.

    Comment by david giacalone — March 11, 2009 @ 4:51 pm

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