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Saturday,  11/16/13  02:43 PM

blog cleaning!A nice quiet Saturday, with nothing to do but code, 3D print, read, and maybe watch football.  Too cold for riding or sailing or even kayaking, and not rainy enough for the perverse fun of doing any of those things in the rain.  So.

Time for blogcleaning.

First to go, categories.  I've never been big on categories, only ever had Cycling, The Book, Software, and Philosophy.  But I never use them, and more importantly you never use them, so poof, gone.  Semantic labeling is an idea which never caught.  For a few years I was keeping track of Cycling by year, and I converted those indices to blog posts.

Next to go, Blog Roulette.  This was a vestige of my Blogroll, which has long since gone.  It was a cute idea, to highlight other blogs which visitors might like because I like them, but nobody ever actually uses them, so poof, gone.  Blogrolls are an idea whose time came and went.

I've kept Greatest Hits, my ego won't let them go.  And people do click through them.  Not often (!) but often enough.

I've debated the "this date in" links, and Flight.  Honestly few people use them, myself included.  But I do every once in a while, and having them handy is kinda fun.  They're in for now.

I am of course keeping the Archive, which do this day I consider my greatest blogging innovation.  All blogs should have such an archive, maybe someday they will, and mine does now.

I've also done some other behind-the-scenes cleaning, pruning lots of old crap.  You won't see the results of this (hopefully) but I do already, and it feels good, kind of like watching a dumpster full of trash get hauled away. 

Onward.  Time to send out Holiday Party invitations :)




Saturday,  11/16/13  10:56 PM

the great blue hole, in BelizeAfter a day of sitting at my desk, tonight I'm traveling all over the place ... virtually of course, via the web.  Please, join me...

Fingal's cave, in ScotlandWe'll start with Nine wondrous water caves, which include the Great Blue Hole in Belize, above right, and Fingal's Cave in Scotland, at left.  Wow.

Denakil Depression, EthiopiaAnd now to the hottest place on earth, the Danakil Depression, in Ethiopia.  Pretty cool :)

Mount Vesuvius, seen from Naples HarborSpeaking of hot, here's Mount Vesuvius, in Italy; it's one of the world's most dangerous volcanos, especially considering how near it is to large population centers like Naples.

Baikonur Cosmodrome, in KazakstanHere's a pretty amazing place, in Kazakstan, where Russian space launches are beautiful and spectacular.

lightning strike at the top of a volcano ash cloud, in ChileOnward to Chile, where we have this incredible photo of lightning on top of a volcano ash cloud.

Cwn Idwal - valley in North WalesThis place is pretty amazing ... Cwm Idwal.  Yes that's how it's spelled, a hanging valley in North Wales, alleged to be 'Darwin's favorite place'.

Mongolia: 11 days in 4 minutesAnd now let's go ... for a drive across Mongolia!  11 days in 4 minutes.  Check this out, unbelievable.  The sheer size is impressive!

King's Cross station in London, UKBack to civilization (so called); the incredible renovation of Londan's King's Cross Station is complete.  I've been there several times, always with construction going on :)

Noah's Ark replica, in Dordrecht, the NetherlandsNearby (comparatively), here we have [a replica of] Noah's Ark!  In Dordrecht, in the Netherlands.  Oh those crazy Dutch...

Rotterdam market, the NetherlandsWrapping up, we have 10 must-see design destinations from around the globe.  My favorite in this bunch is also in the Netherlands: Rotterdam Market.  Excellent.

Planet Earth, as see from ISSAll in all, we have to conclude, Planet Earth is amazing!  (Especially as seen from the ISS, in this movie.)  Just when you think you've seen it all, you realize 'it all' is so much more than you thought...



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About Me

Greatest Hits
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