You know what’s really great about personal sites? (and by extension what’s really great about weblogs with a personal voice)
It’s connecting with people. I post something about a program not working or my DSL line acting up and three or four people email me with similar tales and how they solved it. I post news of my engagement and 20 people post their well wishes and many more email with tips on how to plan for the big day. Last week, Meg posted something we joked about at lunch one day: combining the music of rapper Emenem and the new age stylings of Enya. Then someone reads it, makes the dream come true and sends her an incredibly funny song.
The power of the internet never ceases to amaze me.
I loved my DSL when I got it, but now it’s really pissing me off. The installation went smoothly, but I’m getting these small reoccurring outages that are driving me crazy. Every 15 minutes or so, I lose all http (web) and pop3 (email) traffic for about 60-90 seconds. ICQ, IM, ftp, and hotline still work, but no web pages load and no email gets sent or received while I wait for the digital hiccup to finish. After some delay, everything suddenly starts working again, and then 10-15 minutes later, the whole process repeats. If you’re trying to work, or surfing a bunch of sites, it drives you batty because there doesn’t seem to be anything you can do until a minute or two of non-activity passes.
The most annoying part is that PacBell made me sign up for a year of service, with a $325 early cancellation fine.
I should have stuck with a trusty cable modem.
Man, I am tiiiiiiired.
I worked on a kitchen all weekend, tearing out the old cupboards, appliances, tile, and drywall until there was nothing but a bare house frame. Then we started replacing everything; new drywall, new flooring, new cabinets, new dishwasher. It’s fun to work on something that has some permanence, something that could outlast me. In the digital world, I can write one line of code to wipe out this entire server, so I’m used to everything being temporary. I also learned that I use very few arm, back, and shoulder muscles while computing, but you really get them moving (and straining) when you’re hammering nails overhead or ripping out drywall.
It sounds like jack should be showing up in SF tonight. The travel weblog was a great idea, and jack and Jessica pulled it off with style. Jessica’s entries are especially moving, I’ll be interested in seeing her closing thoughts on the trip.
Jack will probably mention this soon, but if you’re planning a road trip, extended journey, or circling the globe, and you want a temporary travel blog at http://whatever_your_destination_is.orbust.org/, let me know and we’ll set it up for ya.
Guilty purchase of the day: a Rio 500 mp3 player. There were two guys behind me on the train this morning talking baseball strategy and statistics the whole trip, and I couldn’t concentrate enough to read a single page of a good book I just started. Never again though. From now on I’ll read while bathed in jazz instead of annoying voices.
The new Salon redesign is a lot easier to read when a perl hacker cleans it up.