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A New Beginning

posted at 11:59 pm
on Oct. 25, 2003

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OK, so you may have heard a bit about blogs.  They’re all the rage; basically, they’re an online writing format that allows for a progressively growing interactive writing project.

In other words, what I’ve been doing for years, only now it has a name.

So I switched over this weekend to a piece of software called Movable Type.  It’s really, really powerful.  As such, it took me eleven hours to get the damn thing working.

And what do I have to show for my labor? Well, the site looks basically the same, which is in fact what I’m most proud of.  It’s not easy to convert the entire underpinnings of a Web site from one system to another and have the end user experience be virtually the same.  Think Windows 98 to 2000 to XP—what a mess of new things to deal with at each upgrade step.  With this column, you still have the same familiar GUI and architecture.

But enough tech talk; what’s ACTUALLY new?  For one, the stuff over there on the right (and yes, it’s a little further right because the page is now dynamically resizable) includes the latest interesting URLs I’ve found, interesting quotes I’ve heard or seen, and a search box.

You can now comment on each individual column, and there’s an RSS feed (?ber geeks know what RSS is, other folks can simply ignore it).

Additionally, I can now update this column at a moment’s notice from any Web browser, which means you may hear a little more from me.

So, meet the new column, same as the old column, but don’t be fooled again, this looks the same but it’s a great leap forward, and I’ll let my next few posts be the proof of that.

By the way, your old bookmarks will all still work.  Bye for now!



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Susie Seeks a Name

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Susie in the Mall with Diamonds


“The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.”

...who said it?

“Almost every American I know does trade large portions of his life for entertainment, hour by weeknight hour, binge by Saturday binge, Facebook check by Facebook check. I’m one of them. In the course of writing this I’ve watched all 13 episodes of House of Cards and who knows how many more West Wing episodes, and I’ve spent any number of blurred hours falling down internet rabbit holes. All instead of reading, or writing, or working, or spending real time with people I love.”

...who said it?

“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”

...who said it?

“I play with variables constantly.”

...who said it?

“Only the person who has learned Continual Love coming from a heart of Gratitude/Worship can effectively deal with the problem of loneliness.”

...who said it?




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