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December 5, 2005

Hey! How are ya? Come on in, take off your clothes and stay awhile. Breathe in that new website smell. Thanks for stopping by. Can I get you a drink? A snack perhaps? Alright. Let’s get down to cases, shall we?

You may be asking yourself, WHY? Why did Gravel build a new website when the old one was working just fine? Well, it was working just fine. Over the 16 months or so that dirtpuppy.com was active, it started to go into a distinct direction. It started to evolve from a ranting, random junk pile into a respectable city blog. Over the past six months or so I’ve felt that the domain name “dirtpuppy”, while original and memorable, was losing its appeal. Simply stated, it didn’t fit the direction that I was going in. My city-centric writing needed a more meaningful home. Dirtpuppy will remain online indefinitely. The website you are currently reading, StreetRag.com, is my new online home. You can read more details on the about page.

The web is many things. It’s a place of lawless, unhinged creativity and innovation. It’s a festering cesspool of porn and shit. It’s a system that breaks down hitherto insurmountable barriers between cultures and people. It is a communication and networking tool unlike any other. Its place in history is no less impactful than that of the printing press or the radio. One thing that the web squarely is not is static. Nothing stays the same, and things usually change incredibly fast – but not always “for the better”, whatever definition of “for the better” you subscribe to. As such, StreetRag.com is by no means a permanent home. It will last for a year, maybe two, and then I’ll build something else and go in a different direction. Being a proud failed rock star, I like to think of websites like albums. StreetRag.com is my new album. It is a work in progress that will grow and evolve as time goes on. I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve for this sucker. Stick around and see what shakes out. Thanks for stopping by, and don’t forget to bookmark this site or add it to your faves.

May the water crash high and mightily on the rocks,

Michael Gravel.

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StreetRag, An Urban Notebook

StreetRag ::: An Urban Notebook



StreetRag is an urban weblog and podcast about the city of Edmonton, which is located in the province of Alberta, Canada. It is authored by Edmonton-based writer, web advocate, and poet Michael Gravel and is updated frequently with written urban vignettes, amateurish photographs, deuteronomous audio material, barely coherent musings and rambling ecumenical treatises. StreetRag is a love letter to a lonely prairie burg struggling with its big city ambitions and small-town feel.

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