Earlier this spring and then again this last fall I made abortive attempts at resuming the blog - I've now brought those under Movable Type control, breaking up the gaping hole in posts between April of 2002 and December of 2003.
A general note about older entries - they're likely to be riddled with broken links, since a lot of entries contain internal cross links to URL schemes that no longer work. Someday when I'm feeling particularly masochistic I may go back and fix/remove broken links, but at most I'll probably just write a script to go back through old entries and strip links completely.
I have to think about what to do with the Wiki I sort of used for blogging from May of 2002 through September of 2002 or so... I should probably dump all of the pages, weed through blog-like ones, and convert them to the mtimport format.
It's not just me, so I'll state the observation as fact: the years keep slipping away faster and faster as time goes on. Where did 2003 go?
Anytime the subject comes up with anyone I talk to, the consensus is always that time is passing faster than it used to.
I have a sneaking suspicion that this is a phenomenon which has been observed by humans since time immemorial... but never moreso than the late 20th/early 21st centuries, with all of the stupid distractions we've created for ourselves.
The new year ought to be a time of reflection on the events of the last year, but more and more it seems like people use it instead as an opportunity to tally up regrets and lists of things left undone... and to make an unrealistic new year's resolution that they can put first on next year's list.
Personally, I think I'm over that. The holiday season was always particularly rough in Los Angeles, with my family on the other side of the country and each new year finding us no closer to getting back east than the last... although even by the end of 2001, our last Christmas and New Year's Day in California, I had made the conscious decision not to worry about it anymore - and as a result, my memories of our last year or so in California are mostly quite fond.
About 365 days ago, my worries were much more immediate; no job, and not many prospects to speak of. It was wonderful to be back in New England and surrounded by family, but the future was such a huge unknown that it was hard to concentrate on anything else.
This year has been much better, after a jobless few months; A new job on April first, a house to rent on July first, and enough time back in Massachusetts to settle into a new routine as summer gave way to the Best Season Ever, Autumn in New England. On the one hand, I don't want to take the beautiful place we live for granted, but on the other I don't want to spend every day telling myself "This is too good to be true!"
I guess this is my roundabout way of saying "Happy New Year". If there were things you meant to do in 2003, don't sweat it- if they were really that important, you would have taken care of them already. True, life is short... but it's really not that short.
I think this weblog is back - but that's what I said back in September when I first started playing around with Movable Type, and it's also what I said last spring when I was trying to write my own Wiki-style CMS.
This time I've got a nice, week-long break from work in which to tweak templates to my heart's content, and over the last month or so the little observations that used to fuel the blog back in California have been popping into my head with a fair amount of regularity.
More than anything, I blame NetNewsWire for making other weblogs so easy to consume, which in turn has gotten me thinking about using the keyboard for something other than programming.
We shall see.