Thursday, March 15, 2007


Samuel Morse, when sending the first telegraph message, put it best: "What hath God wrought?" [Numbers 23:23] Certainly, when you look at all of the noise on the internet, it's hard to imagine that the best use of our gift of technology would be to post all of our ramblings and musings in a forum where anyone bored enough to look could find it. Deciding to do this was a decision I came to with great hesitation, as part of me thinks I'm only adding to the noise. Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert, described the process of deciding whether to blog or not in a way that rings all too true (Dilbert Newsletter 61.0):
People who are trying to decide whether to create a blog or not go through a thought process much like this:

1. The world sure needs more of ME.
2. Maybe I'll shout more often so that people nearby can experience the joy of knowing my thoughts.
3. No, wait, shouting looks too crazy.
4. I know--I'll write down my daily thoughts and badger people to read them.
5. If only there was a description for this process that doesn't involve the words egomaniac or unnecessary.
6. What? It's called a blog? I'm there!

The blogger's philosophy goes something like this:

Everything that I think about is more fascinating than the crap in your head.

As I reflect, I'm sure I'm just adding to the noise. I don't really have any aspirations for this small experiment at letting you know some of my thoughts; with luck, you won't be bored to death.

On a side note, those of you who regularly visit this site (hi, mom!) have likely realized two things:
1. I do not update content very often, if ever.
2. I have no design sense: my idea of a website consists of black text with, at most, one or two images.

Given that, I hope you appreciate all of the time I put in to make this site (provided by Google) look Spartan. I went into the HTML code and removed most of the things that make it look pretty: fancy type? Nope. Extravagant line spacings? Gone. Use of tables? Outta here. I guess I just don't like frills.

So, thanks for reading, and stay tuned. I promise to update this site more often than I do my personal site (which hasn't really been updated since 2004, so I suppose that's not much of a promise).


posted by AJM  # 10:29 PM  
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