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Ole status

Monday,  12/31/07  10:44 AM

So I haven't posted since May, and I was rereading posts from that time - a month during which I posted, following a six month gap - and found my "Ole Status" from April 29.  It's a pretty good reentry, and most everything is *still* true; my family are all doing great, my company Aperio continues to grow, with things at the highest level going well and things at more detailed levels challenging, I am cycling a lot, and did reach 185 lbs (although I've had a [hopefully temporary] setback during December :).  Yet it has been a busy and eventful time, with much to report and discuss.  I'm not a big New Year's resolution person, but if I have one it is to blog a bit more.  Every journey begins with a step, and this is it.  Stay tuned!

[ Update: on 6/13/08 I retroactively added a post in September 2007: long day's journey into Lagos ]


five year blogiversary

Monday,  12/31/07  10:58 AM

IntrospectionTomorrow will be my five year blogiversary; it was on 1/1/03 that I made my first post.  After the first year I celebrated with a bunch of statistics; I'm jaded now, and things like visitors and hits and even referrals are no longer as interesting.  However adding a Five Years Ago link to the sidebar is pretty cool, and reading posts from early on is really cool.  Probably the most under-appreciated benefit of blogging is the joy of reading what you thought a long time ago!

Some things never change - I'm still planning to write the book (amid evidence that Unnatural Selection is happening faster than I feared)  - but some things do - it is quaint to read my defense of frames, for example (three years ago this was obviously wrong, now it is merely anachronistic, like, why not just use CSS?).  In the end it is what it was, and that's what makes it great.

One thought I have: maybe it is time for a redesign?  Nah.  The content is king, the form is secondary.  My early preoccupation with how to present and manage content resulted in a decent system I can live with today.  Probably the best innovation since is my better archive; a singe page which links every post and article.  I still think this is a great way to present a blog archive, but I haven't seen it adopted anywhere else...


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Correlation vs. Causality
The Tyranny of Email
Unnatural Selection
On Blame
Try, or Try Not
Books and Wine
Emergent Properties
God and Beauty
Moving Mount Fuji
The Nest
Rock 'n Roll
IQ and Populations
Are You a Bright?
Adding Value
The Joy of Craftsmanship
The Emperor's New Code
Toy Story
The Return of the King
Religion vs IQ
In the Wet
solving bongard problems
visiting Titan
unintelligent design
the nuclear option
estimating in meatspace
second gear
On the Persistence of Bad Design...
Texas chili cookoff
almost famous design and stochastic debugging
may I take your order?
universal healthcare
triple double
New Yorker covers
Death Rider! (da da dum)
how did I get here (Mt.Whitney)?
the Law of Significance
Holiday Inn
Daniel Jacoby's photographs
the first bird
Gödel Escher Bach: Birthday Cantatatata
Father's Day (in pictures)
your cat for my car
Jobsnotes of note
world population map
no joy in Baker
vote smart
exact nonsense
introducing eyesFinder
to space
where are the desktop apps?
still the first bird
electoral fail
progress ratches
2020 explained