December 29, 2009

Life Maintenance

Just noticed that the grandfather clock has the wrong time and the pendulum isn't swinging. I've long since learned to ignore the chimes on the hour and the half. As I get up to wind it, 945 email messages are flowing from my main Internet provider's mailbox into Outlook to be sorted, categorized and, for the most part, ignored.

Life has its maintenance tasks, and during the holidays and vacations, we tend not to keep up with them. I have no idea what day the clock stopped or when the family server went down. Someone must have hit the switch before we left on vacation because I couldn't connect to it remotely while I was away. The majority of the email is SPAM anyway, or something that interested me for a while and I want to make time for, but haven't the time to make.

My grandfather clock is now back tick-tocking, and my Bayesian filters are busily sorting the month's email I haven't read. Glancing at the bill box, I have some more maintenance to do this weekend. I know I've paid many of them, but I know of at least 2 that I've neglected to take care of over the holiday.

Well, back to life and its doldrums...

December 19, 2009


I've been blogging for almost ten years now. I started out hyperlinking just about every topic in my blog because I believed in the hypertext possibility of the web. Back ten years ago, my posts would have 5 or six links in each post, linking to people, companies, anything I was talking about. Nowadays I just write. Over the years, I've become even more self-conscious about what I write, too. Sitting locked up in the snow house today I was looking at some of my old blog posts. Some of them are just inane now. Some of the postings are like looking at the Internet Dead Pool, covering tech ideas that just never went anywhere...

I don't want to delete the whole thing and start over - but primarily because I'm not sure I would replace it with anything better. The historical significance of a running online diary isn't lost on me either.