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June 04, 2007

The long Blog drought....

So, it's been far too long since I've posted anything to this blog. This is related to a lot of compounding time-sucking problems, alas. To force myself to catch up, here's a list of topics that I'll blog on Real Soon Now. I'll update this entry to point to each post, just in case you run across this post before you see the others.

Stuff that's been going on since January:

Update: All caught up.

February 14, 2006

Blog facelift.....

I've finally updated this blog to MT 3.2 templates. It should mean that lots of the weird-isms in interacting or viewing my site have gotten better. The main reason to do it was to get it working with co.comment, which it does now appear to be working with.

Of course, with a re-tooling, I had to futz around with a lot of things. My pages are pretty generic now, and my Google Adsense ad placement needs work. sigh

August 29, 2005

Movabletypo, (unfortunately) in transition...

Sorry about the downtime, folks. Hopefully, things will stay up a bit longer this time. Alternatives are being pursued to shore things up.

August 19, 2005

TiddlyWiki, reloaded

After my previous, less happy experience trying to get TiddlyWiki to be useful as a lightweight publishing platform, I've finally gotten a system together that's a little less reprehensible to use. In particular, it uses pytw, and, well, I can publish to it live. Plus, I finally managed to badger it to running under mod_python, a system I have no experience in.

So, while TiddlyWiki still have some work to do to be useful, I will probably occasionally link off into its space for reference. Here's hoping I can manage to keep from breaking the install.

Also: Anyone want to help Markdown-ify TiddlyWiki? There's a partial solution waiting around to be brought to bear on the problem...

Oh, right, the link: http://geekdom.net/tiddly/

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August 06, 2005

Important! Site move finally progressing.... UPDATED

It's taken a little longer than expected, but the server move is in progress.... I partially torched the destination server. I managed to repair it satisfactorily, so, I now plan to do a downtime Monday morning to switch over the last bits of data and control. What this means is:

Please don't make any active changes to your content after about 6am Monday morning, until I post that things are switched over. Changes made during this time might be lost

In the meantime, if you'd prefer to fix things in a non-last-minute way, please check if you see what you expect/your tools work as you think they should by connecting to your normal address, but :81. Ie, http://movabletypo.net:81/whatever (including playing with the posting tools). Data in the database and on disk for the :81 space will be overwritten with current data on Monday morning, so, if you want to test posting/rebuild/commenting and whatever, feel free, it should just all end up cleaned up in the end.

Some things will still take a while to shake out after the switch has finally been thrown. Statistics and logs won't be taken care of until after everything else, probably not until late next week.

UPDATE: The move is done, the switches have been thrown. If you notice anything is acting weird (and, please check!) let me know. In particular, movabletypo folks: please do a rebuild of your site, and check each type of page to make sure that it is correctly built/displayed.

July 22, 2005

Server move coming....

All of the public-facing geekdom.net services, including movabletypo.net, will be moving soon. Final schedule to be announced, the inconvenience should be fairly minimal for most folks.

However, some of you have control of your own DNS, and this makes the transition a bit more tricky. Could you guys please drop me a line, via bphosting17@geekdom.net or another regular channel? I'd like to make this move happen soon, as it drops my costs significantly, but I don't want to leave anyone without service.

More details on the schedule and when/if there will be downtime coming in a day or two.

June 13, 2005

JoeJob, part... ARGH!

Wow. The last couple of these were annoying, but kind of got over themselves fast enough to leave me not feeling the need to urgently fix stuff.

Another one started 10am Saturday morning. And continues. The first 48 hours resulted in about 7000 messages that didn't otherwise get lost from processing.

I have now implemented recipient verification, in my own custom-should-be-fine way. But, probably not. If you get a bounce message when writing any of my addresses, comment here, and I'll fix it up. In any case, JoeJob related bounce messages will not longer be occupying dozens of megs of space in my inbox. *sigh*

April 29, 2005

JobJob JoeJob, part 2

Yeacks. I thought the first one was bad.... this one started a little after 3pm PDT, and, after less than an hour and a half, has generated around 1500 bounce messages. Bleah.

Guess I'm going to have to program up some more e-mail defenses over the weekend...

Update: It was over fast. Ugh. Spammers make me unhappy.

April 09, 2005

Joe Job in progress.....

Nothing like waking up to a JoeJob in progress.

Actually, since I've had Gmail, my inbox has never said “1 - 25 of thousands” in the corner before. Lucky me.

Judging by the amount of mail in my Gmail today vs. yesterday, I've received 10 megs of bounce/undeliverable messages. Looks like the JoeJob started at ~6:35am PST. It's still ongoing. There are probably a lot of error messages that haven't been generated yet, because they're still sitting in someone's spam box. Anyway, yikes.

And, though I've since started to have qualms about this, I've had SPF entries published since the early days of SPF. This might've been hard on my users, but I don't have many of those, and this is a great example of why SPF was good - too bad thousands of mail servers are ignoring it, and, instead, accepting messages for delivery, tagging them as spam, and sending me bounce messages. Thank you, oh thank you.

If you've received a spam from these jokers, I'm sorry, but it has nothing to do with me. Check the mail headers, then see if it aligns with the SPF entries I publish (“v=spf1 a:mailers.geekdom.net mx ptr include:gmail.com ?all”). Ok, yeah, there's the ?all in there, mostly as a transitional thing. Suffice to say, that none of these messages come from any of the hosts in mailers.geekdom.net, that are have domain mx entries, or that there are ptrs to. I'm sorry you've been getting spam, but there's nothing I can do. I also hope it will stop soon.

Update: After more 2000 bounced "conversations" (Gmail's count, so, probably a few percent more total bounces, since bounces from the same mailer daemon tend to get grouped), the Joe Job seems to be tapering off. I can only hope that my domain isn't in a ton of spam filters now, and, rather, is still usable for those of us with mail here.

September 17, 2004

More on the wiki...

I guess that last entry was too abbreviated.

For those of you who don't know what a Wiki is, see the totally appropriate WikiPedia definition of what a Wiki is.

For anyone who tried, my personal Wiki isn't supposed to be unviewable, just only editable by me. Hopefully, the next release of this software will address that limitation of how the main page advertises the resident wikis. In the meantime, you can browse, read-only, the content here.

One of the reasons to play in this space, although hard to do with the mix-match of problems with the setup I have at the moment (hard to control collaboration, no obvious view-only URL, no actual purpose for the wiki, etc.) is that it not only supports Markdown for an easier-than-even-normal Wiki experience, but it also supports RSS feeds (even for authenticated wikis), to help foster collaboration in these days of RSS-as-primary-notification medium. Well, for geeks like me it's those days, at least.

It's also really easy for me to add a closed or open space for anyone who'd like to have something they can “own” a little more themselves. Just ask.

September 07, 2004

GadgetGuy Issue 01.0 in release....

Well, at least, it will be a page a day for the next 3 weeks. 2 1/2 actually, since we started without really telling anyone.

I know I had previously promised not to specifically announce Gadget Guy stuff here, but a few of you keep asking me when stuff is coming out, and I realize that the Gadget Guy page isn't very well laid out, so I'm going to index, here, all the ways to keep up. An upcoming layout/redesign of the Gadget Guy site should make all of these things obvious for the rest of you.

Ways to find out Gadget Guy stuff is happening (mostly when whole new things are posted - we won't be announcing each day's new issue pages on these feeds): * Sign up for the mailing list: http://gadgetguy.org/mailinglist.html * Read the RSS feed that's the source of the mailing list: http://gadgetguy.org/spies/index.rdf

Or, if you really want to be the bleeding edge, use: * The Gadget Guy comic RSS feed: http://gadgetguy.org/index.rdf

There ya' go! We hope to have some sort of forum or comment system enabled on soon, so we can hear all your ideas, feedback, and criticism. In the meantime, if you want, you can comment here.

Or, just start reading the issue here. New pages appear via right arrow when they're available.

September 01, 2004

MT 3.1 arrives here, and how to get Markdown working with PHP Dynamic Pages

MT 3.1 has arrived! And, though I'm excited about some of its other features, the dynamic pages thing is a big win. My original blog lived on PHPNuke, so it took a while to understand why everything was so static when kwc first convinced me to try MT.

Anyway, there's a gotcha' - Markdown, though it's part of the "Plugin Pack", isn't supported by the MT PHP technology. (Nay, nothing that isn't explicitly supported is supported - everything will have to be re-implemented in PHP.... how long until MT is actually written in PHP, and just caches for static content? There's really no advantage to having both Perl and PHP, as far as I can tell).

Right, back to my point. Markdown. As anyone who's read my blog knows, I've been using Markdown pretty heavily for a while. And a trivial MT 3.1 upgrade, then dynamic-pages-enable failed. A trouble ticket in with 6A just scolded me not for reading the nondescript last paragraph of the "dynamic" section of the guide, which, being after a tip on tuning, I had neglected to read. Hello, red, or enlarged, or bolded text, anyone?

A little Googling around found that there is already a PHP version of Markdown, written by Michel Fortin. Happily, his docs even included how to set it up to use with Smarty, the PHP template engine that MT is using for the dynamic pages feature. It was pretty easy to figure it out, but since I can't find anywhere that anyone else has explained it, here we go, step by step:

  • Download the current version (right now, it's at this location)
  • Extract the ZIP into a temporary directory.
  • Rename the enclosed markdown.php to modifier.markdown.php
  • Upload/copy modifier.markdown.php to [Your MT CGI root]/php/extlib/smarty/plugins (I didn't have to touch permissions, but FTP uploaders might, not sure)

That'll do it. I think that it's pretty easy to get Markdown with SmartyPants working, too, but was so elated getting just Markdown working (and the fun of tinkering with dynamic templates) that I haven't worked through the probably 2 or 3 more steps it should take.

July 27, 2004

Comment spam overload!

Ack, the new wave has been unleashed. MT-Blacklist for 3.0 can't get here soon enough.

Some spammer is sending a comment spam to just about every post I have... currently up to about 65 of them... possibly all of the entries i haven't (yet) turned off comments on. Same basic content, pretty easy to filter and remove. But MT 3.0 rebuilding is a little slow, so it's a big pain. This is what I get for not running a version of MT that has an active MT-Blacklist... and a few other promiscuous activities. I wonder what gives, though. Such rampant spamming can't really help the pagerank that much, nor can it particularly go undetected. It's more like a DoS. Same e-mail address, but pretty much all unique IP addresses.

Follow Up: Another blast came in early in the morning on July 30th. Now I guess I'm going to just go through and close comments on all old posts. What a pain. The sliding window in MT-Blacklist is going to simplify things a lot...

June 29, 2004

Easy HTML-hinted comment feeds

So, kwc and I were talking earlier about a comment feed system for MovableTypo. And we came up with a couple of things, a couple of which are currently implemented on my blog.

  • Whole-blog comment feeds [subscribe], thanks to the results of a google search
  • Individual entry comment feeds, basically by mutating the above, and turning it into an individual archive template for MT. I'll post more specific details if anyone wants them.
  • A <link> tag which tells tools where to find the aforementioned comment feed. For now, it takes the form: <link rel="commentsalternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="Whatever" href="thefeed.xml />. Fwew. Thank you Markdown for keeping me from going nuts typing that in!
  • And, last but not least, the beta-quality bookmarklet that lets you quickly find this feed, and subscribe to it with a tool like NetNewsWire or Shrook. Drag this to your bookmark bar, if you want (or just click it to try it on this page): CommentLinkFinder (best to examine it on the individual archive page - I don't have a <link> in my main page yet.

One more plug - making a bookmarklet would've been a nightmare without this helpful tool

June 28, 2004

Web comic presentation?

So, as some of you may have noticed, J and I are busy trying to find the time to make web comics. I hope someone laughs a little at them - we're having a great time putting them together, but it's a lot of work to make these things if it's just for our own entertainment.

Anyway, we're rapidly approaching the point of putting together a sort of full-length comic. The first half (yes, it'll be a cliff hanger and all, so you'll get only half at a time) is nearly drawn, according to J, and it's nearing 30 distinct frames - so, if we're lucky, probably in the neighborhood of 10 pages, if it were to be printed.

Therein lies the problem, of course. We're making a web comic, and the web isn't the same thing as the printed page. So, J and I have been discussing ways to sort of blend the two.... "animation", pre-loading, really-long scrolling (one dimension only, hopefully), etc.

But I'm not really satisfied - does anyone have any suggestions for how to make "comic of more than 3 or 4 frames" work in the web browser context?

June 11, 2004

Latest GadgetGuy comic...

And, the last time I'll specifically announce GG stuff here, since there are better ways to discover stuff in the future.

Anyway, the third Gadget Guy comic is now up here

May 13, 2004

The gravy train ends....

So, this is mostly for the movabletypo folks. I'm not sure how I beat kwc to the punch, but, there will probably not be an upgrade to MT 3.0. For those who don't want to follow the link, all you need to know is that MT 3.0 is only free for a single-author/3 blog configuration. From there, it goes to $100 for 3a/5b, and $150 for 6a/8b. That's before the "introductory price" discounts.

Ergh. Yeah, they've gotta' make a living... but they're also playing in a field full of competition. This kind of pricing might bring them commercial success - or quickly inspire a set of open-sourced imitators who are "good enough". As one with development experience, they're pushing the limit for how valuable I find the features in the tool.

This will make things complicated, though, even for my personal blog, since I've imported old content from a previous site, which thereby increased the number of authors. sigh

May 08, 2004

Gadget Guy - technical difficulties

You can check out or latest comic here. The site's still pretty rough, but you might notice that there's some new content here and here, even though it went up last week.

Sorry for the short post, it's been a long night getting the comic put the rest of the way together. Cheers!

April 22, 2004

Gadget Guy teaser

Without much further ado, I give you the Gadget Guy teaser, featuring G^3 (Gadget Guy's Girlfriend)... or, at least, that's what we're calling her character for now.

Enjoy!

(More site nav, character bios, and background on the project to be added soon)

April 08, 2004

Site URL reorganization

Thanks to ken's mentioning of this nice .htaccess trick, I finally got around to changing my old crappy URLs to these new much nicer ones. All your old links, were there any, should work fine. Well, at least until I write 10k blog posts or so. At my current rate, that's not much of a risk....

Oh, yeah, and I fixed the GadgetGuy icon too, to be a little less pink.

April 04, 2004

GadgetGuy - Poster Child of Geekdom.net

So, you may have noticed the new GadgetGuy banner at the top of the screen. This is an outgrowth of kwc mentioning last week that he'd found a comic character that looked just like meta. After asking him to let me know if he found any that looked like me, I mentioned it to J... who promptly drew up a character, "Gadget Guy". I guess the principle is he's what I'd be if I took my skills and tendencies to their natural conclusion... and became a superhero. :)

Anyway, it's gotten us both kind of inspired. Look for more fun stuff to come... we already have a teaser in progress. We'll see where this goes.

March 23, 2004

More on Markdown, and move completed...

Wow. After installing Markdown yesterday, I figured I'd just check in and see what ecto actually did with my Markdown formatted text during preview. I didn't try this yesterday because the server move made reaching my site a little bit more dicey, and I didn't want to mess with hostnames in ecto.

So, I launched ecto. Like often, there was a new point release - but this one supported Markdown. Wow. That was quick.

Anyway, the site move is finished. Everyone should be seeing the new site. The move was further complicated by my old hosting site going down for a few hours during the time when the old DNS entries were expiring from people's caches everywhere. Boy, glad I moved!

Meanwhile, kwc and I had a discussion about how useful these pre-HTML editing environments are. I contend that, for blogging purposes, this is a way better environment. Read the position piece for more on why this is good.

I personally like the resumption of readability. I get reasonable markup capability, but copy-and-pastable human-readable text for e-mailing, and I can still read the text while I go, without having to re-parse it in my own brain. This is like some of the earlier HTML editors... all of which I eventually gave up on, 'cause their HTML syntax was too poor. ecto already has some kludges for this kind of thing which are nice, like user-enterable macro-expansions of HTML-style tags, but it's only an improvement for typing speed, not readability. What do I lose by using Markdown? Well, there are some corner cases that are harder to enter, mostly dealing with when you use * or [ characters. But, it handles the average case quite quite well. In the meantime, if I decide to dump Markdown, it's a synch to emit HTML for everything and get on with life. I guess it would be slightly better if, instead of storing just the pre-HTML in the Movabletype database, Markdown could take a hint from SparrowWeb and the like, and store the actual HTML content in the output, and just hide the original content in <!-- HTML comments --> stored along with the resulting HTML. Then, at "junk it and move on" day, you wouldn't have to even bother doing anything with it. Oh well.

To give you some idea how easy it is to compose with Markdown, here's the content of this post as entered:

Wow. After installing [Markdown][] yesterday, I figured I'd just check in and see what [ecto][]
 actually *did* with my [Markdown][] formatted text during preview. I didn't try this yesterday
 because the server move made reaching my site a little bit more dicey, and I didn't want to mess
 with hostnames in [ecto][].

So, I launched ecto. Like often, there was a new point release - but [this one][ectorelease]
 supported [Markdown][]. Wow. That was quick.

Anyway, the site move is finished. Everyone should be seeing the new site. The move was further
 complicated by my [old hosting site][hc] going down for a few hours during the time when the old
 DNS entries were expiring from people's caches everywhere. Boy, glad I moved!

Meanwhile, [kwc][] and I had a discussion about how useful these pre-HTML editing environments
 are. I contend that, for blogging purposes, this is a way better environment. Read the [position
 piece][mdpp] for more on why this is good.

I personally like the resumption of readability. I get reasonable markup capability, but copy-and
-pastable human-readable text for e-mailing, and I can still read the text while I go, without having
 to re-parse it in my own brain. This is like some of the earlier HTML editors... all of which I
 eventually gave up on, 'cause their HTML syntax was too poor. [ecto][] already has some kludges
 for this kind of thing which are nice, like user-enterable macro-expansions of HTML-style tags, but
 it's only an improvement for typing speed, not readability. What do I lose by using Markdown? 
Well, there are some corner cases that are harder to enter, mostly dealing with when you use * or [
 characters. But, it handles the average case quite quite well. In the meantime, if I decide to dump
 Markdown, it's a synch to emit HTML for everything and get on with life. I guess it would be
 *slightly* better if, instead of storing just the pre-HTML in the Movabletype database, Markdown
 could take a hint from [SparrowWeb][] and the like, and store the actual HTML content in the
 output, and just hide the original content in `` stored along with the resulting
 HTML. Then, at "junk it and move on" day, you wouldn't have to even bother doing anything with
 it. Oh well.

[Markdown]: http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/
[ecto]: http://kung-foo.tv/ecto/
[ectorelease]:http://www.kung-foo.tv/blog/archives/000823.php#000823
[hc]: http://www.hostcolor.com/
[mdpp]: http://daringfireball.net/2004/03/dive_into_markdown
[SparrowWeb]: http://www2.parc.com/istl/projects/sparrow/
[kwc]: http://www.kwc.org/blog

To give you some idea how easy it is to compose with [Markdown][], here's the content of this post
 as entered:

(Yes, I did do that with Markdown itself, just copied the text, and stuck it between a set of <blockquote><pre> tags. Auto-escaping and auto-HTML make this whole process incredibly simple)

Update: kwc points out that I boofed the Markdown syntax. Actually, several times, but the first ones really were typos. In this case, though, I forgot to escape the HTML <-- tag. Worse, I used the wrong one... it should've been <!--. Which apparently caused the closing comment tag --> to not get escaped, as any > needs to be to preserve XML tidiness. Oh well. Thanks kwc! Bug report in progress...

March 22, 2004

Server Move

So, I finally got around to moving from my old web host, who had become, well, a little bit slow and inflexible. Now, I've moved my whole website over to my new host, which I'm pretty psyched about.

Anyway, part of what finally pushed me over was the old version of Perl installed at the old site, and not-very-user-fixable. Why do I care about Perl? Because their install was missing the Digest::MD5 support, which enables me to use Markdown. If you haven't heard of Markdown yet, try the live demo, Markdown: Dingus. You'll see how compelling it is once you've written a little bit of text in it.

We'll see, but a lot of my posts from now on will probably be written in Markdown. It's flexible enough for most blog-writing style content, and, yet, the same text is still easily cut-and-pastable to e-mail. This'll make having recently purchased ecto a little bit painful, but I'll probably still use it, if in Markdown mode. Maybe I'll beg for a Markdown-compatible preview.

Anyway, if you're reading this post, your at the new host. Hopefully the transition goes smoothly. The old PHP-Nuke based site which I'd kept up for a while at the old host is currently missing... I'll probably bring it back soon, but I've just been too lazy.

March 10, 2004

Backposting complete

I finished posting all of the content at my old website. Well, more or less... I dumped some of the unnecessary meta-posts, particularly the ones referring to going to this blog.

Since it's unlikely that anyone will actually read through all of that stuff, I'll point to the entries I think are most worth reading:

Backposting in progress....

So, I'm finally taking down the PHP-Nuke based site I've had running at http://geekdom.net/ since 2001. It's out of date, and no one reads it anyway. I'll put something else there.

But, in the meantime, I'm going to port all of the old content over to my blog. If you're one of the few original authors, let me know, and I'll refrain. Otherwise, I'll be doing it over time. I haven't decided yet whether to port the comments.... there weren't too many of them, but there were enough to make me want to automate it. Or perhaps I'll look for pre-existing work.

September 09, 2003

Enter the moblog!

I'm sure to be cross-posting moblog entries here at PotD, but, for the raw stream, check out the moblog here.

The setup? Sony Ericsson T68 (with t68i firmware), and a MCA-25, graciously purchased from eBay for $22.

I hacked up some aliases, and registered at MfOP2. So, from picture to moblog takes about 20 button pushes (that's little, if anyone's ever tried to send e-mail from a Sony Ericsson phone...). Of course, since I only have the cheap non-GPRS data service, it takes about 3 minutes to send an image-attached e-mail. But, it works!

June 02, 2003

Blogging, and bad language patterns....

Yikes. Looking back on my fledging start at blogging, it seems as if the language structure "So, ...." is a little too popular way for me to start an entry.

D'oh. Gotta' be more varied in my language structure. Think blogging will be a good way to track changes in my(/the world's) grammatical structure and slang changes? You bet!

May 22, 2003

First post!

My weblog is now live! Launched on Movable-Type 2.63.

My old "blog" was here, but this will be my new posting place.

August 16, 2002

Participate in a PARC user study, get $20 for your trouble.

I am recruiting subjects for a web usability study that we're running out of Palo Alto Research Center. Participation is easy and should only take 30 minutes to an hour of your time in your own home or office. The data collected will be highly valuable to our research and development of technologies to help designers develop web sites that are better tailored to their users' needs. Participants will be asked to go to two web sites and complete 4 tasks on each site. Once I receive the web usage data from the tasks you did, I'll e-mail you a $20 gift certificate for amazon.com as a thank you.

If you wish to participate, you can download our software on our web page .

Your participation would be very helpful and greatly appreciated. If you have any questions email me at [email protected] . And tell your friends! Note:

Yes, folks, the user study is pretty much over now. Sorry if you didn't get your chance at it.

May 26, 2002

Minor technical difficulties

Anyone wondering why all the articles are in a weird order, or that dates don't appear properly? Seems something's wrong with my new hosting company's PHP configuration, or my process of moving over. I'll try to fix it when I can, sorry for the odd ordering and any other confusion.
Ed: This isn't a problem now that the stories have been ported to MovableType

September 10, 2001

Anyone out there?

Just a quick note - I'm still maintaining the site. I'm looking for content. Are you the kind of who likes to explain things, geeky or geek-related? Send me some e-mail to discuss story ideas, or just contribute a submission.

April 14, 2001

Woah, it's like, professional!

Ok, no, this site didn't suddenly become more professional. It's just now being hosted with a professional hosting company. What does that mean to you? Well, it shouldn't mean much. But, in effect, it means that this lovely site will still be here through my coming move, and the turbulent network time beyond.

The biggest question is if the hosting company considers this to be too much of a drain on their resources. Their definition would have to be pretty strict - most of the pages here are generated very quickly. Even on my non-Zend optimized machine I was previously running the site from, a page load barely touched CPU or processor. We shall see. It's certainly not a disk thrasher, but it still might be considered "too much". Adjustments will follow, as necessary.

March 02, 2001

Looking for some good writers!

Do you like the premise of this site? Do you think you have something interesting to contribute yourself? You, too, can be a contributor to geekdom.net! Just go to the left side of the screen, and select "Submit News". Looking for ideas? Check the forums! All submissions are welcome! Know someone who you think is really smart? Recommend the site, and suggest they contribute some of their dizzying array of knowledge back to the rest of us. That's what this site is all about. Don't delay!
Ed: This is an old question - the blog world has pretty much decided where to go since then.

February 12, 2001

Weblogs are all the rage, eh?

So, weblogs are a big things these days, eh? People keep an "online" diary - preserving their thoughts for posterity. To the world. It's certainly a nifty concept. And, yeah, I'll buy into the idea.
Open the article to read on...

Basically, the thing that bugs me about weblogs is the target audience. I pretty much don't expect anyone to read mine. Who would? I suppose it could serve as a replacement for the periodic mass e-mails some people use to keep friends apprised of their situations. Or, it could be a way to gain fame on the Internet - but how? I mean, unless you're already doing something noteworthy, it's not like writing a weblog is going to make you more interesting to your friends.

To me, the primary appeal is to "document" myself. Yeah, sounds weird. But, anyone who knows me knows that I like to talk. A lot. And, so what? This way, I sort of feel like I'm puting my thoughts out "into the ether". If anyone wants to collect them, they're free to. If I say something profound, it may be that someone notices someday. And, otherwise, it's something to be proud of, and *cough* forward friends and relatives to when there isn't enough time to really catch up.

Well, figure I'll start docmenting my life soon. Just got this system setup (kudos to the folks who authored the environment, PHPNuke! It went in easily, once I got PHP set up. Rocks, too!), so it'll be a learning process. That, and I'm trying to catch-up/graduate. Oh, what fools these mortals be....