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Here's the part of my site where I get to tell you what I've been up to, what I'm currently doing, what I may be into down the pike, or anything I might feel like expressing in a somewhat public fashion. If you see something here and have questions or thoughts that you'd like to communicate to me, you can use my contact form or look up my contact info here.

Note that dates and times for posts are listed using the U.S. Eastern Standard time zone, and times are listed in 24-hour format (e.g. 7:04AM is 07:04, 7:19PM is 19:19, etc.).

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New Blog Software

I decided that blosxom just wasn't quite doing it for me as far as blogging software goes. I wanted something that would provide the following features:

  • Timestamped entries (blosxom does this)
  • Easier formatting than HTML (blosxom doesn't do this :-()
  • Easier, web-based editing (blosxom is command-line text-based)
  • Easy linking to other posts and to website (blosxom does this, but using HTML :-()
  • Tagged entries (blosxom doesn't do this)
  • Perusal by tags (blosxom doesn't do this)
  • The ability to amend entries after original edit (blosxom does do this)
  • Reading list entries (blosxom could do this, but not as easy as my custom-brewed scripts)
  • The ability to easily document projects or technical insights (HTML isn't easy :-()
  • A wiki/blog that doesn't need a database, or at worse uses sqlite (blosxom does this)

I had already used DokuWiki for various wiki needs, and after taking a look at some of the plugins available, I decided to give it a try as a blogging tool. After some experimentation in an offline environment, I was convinced it meets my needs better than blosxom. I ported my old blog entries, added this entry, and here we are! I hope you find it as much of an improvement as I do. Now I just need to move my reading list.

Done in by Innocent Things

Title: Done in by Innocent Things
Rating: 3
Author: William Eisner
ISBN: 0-9671851-6-5
Pages: 221
Format: Hardcover
Started: ~2013-07-22
Finished: ~2013-07-26

A series of short stories filled with mishaps and missed turns that turn ordinary lives inside out. None of them were exceptional in any way, and the best thing I can say about them is that they were entertaining while I read them. I liked reading them, they were definitely not boring, but they were definitely not memorable other than to say that there were some unexpected plot twists. They were worth reading once, at least.

The Regulators

Title: The Regulators
Rating: 4
Author: Richard Bachman (Stephen King)
ISBN: 0-525-94190-8
Pages: 475
Format: Hardcover
Started: ~2013-06-17
Finished: ~2013-06-21

I have to admit, it's Stephen King, and I'm biased. I have always loved his work, and this is no exception. This story is an interesting account of what might happen if the things of our imagination were allowed to cross over into the real world. And by “things”, I don't mean the good ones!

Exit to Eden

Title: Exit to Eden
Rating: 3
Author: Anne Rice (as Ann Rampling)
ISBN:
Pages:
Format: Audible audiobook
Started: 2013-06-04
Finished: 2013-06-07

Being a fan of the X-Files, I picked it up because it is read by Gillian Anderson. To my surprise, it turned out to be quite the saucy tale. I expected something a little more along the lines of Interview with a Vampire, but it was actually very different!

The Source

Title: The Source
Rating: 1
Author: Art Bell & Brad Steiger
ISBN: 1-879706-50-4
Pages: 267
Format: hardcover
Started: 2013-06-03
Finished: 2013-06-03

A bunch of new-age, ufologist, pre-millenial prophecy hogwash. It seemed like an interesting title at a used book sale, so I picked it up. Man am I glad I only spent a $1.50 on it!


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