Octopress

Ready for it? Here comes the obligatory “Why I chose Octopress” post.

I love the concept of static web sites. Back in the mid-90s when I created web sites for a living I wrote two types of web pages: those whose URL ended in .html and those whose URL ended in .cgi. Every time I typed “emacs index.cgi” I knew I was opening myself (and my clients) up to potential security holes and reduced page performance versus static .html pages.

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My Tools: Productivity (Evernote)

This is the first of what I hope to be many posts describing my current favorite tools. For this post, I’ll focus on Evernote. Here goes:

For many years I wanted to like Evernote. The allure of the cross-platform, cloud-based, indexed, document-friendly organization tool was pretty powerful. But every attempt I made to incorporate it into my daily routine failed miserably. I was addicted to a long habit of paper notes and to do lists. There is something about the process of writing with a pen that fixes the words and ideas into my memory, and I missed that too much whenever I’d attempt to transition to an electronic system.

I finally found a solution that works for me!

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Success Theater

Somehow it seems appropriate to start my blog with a promise. Wil Wheaton, the eponymous author of wilwheaton.net, wrote often in his book Just A Geek of the sometimes overwhelming temptation to present only the positive aspects of one’s life to the world through one’s own blog. Elsewhere I’ve seen this called success theater, and I think it describes too many of our interactions, both online and IRL.

I can appreciate the desire to project a polished, sanitized version of ourselves to the world. It means having nothing to be embarrassed about, nothing to risk, nothing to lose.

That’s not the tone I choose for this blog. This blog will contain my unvarnished thoughts. It will focus on my interests. It will be genuine and authentic. It will be mine.

I hope you enjoy it.