Stuff Not Blogged
2022-08-13 00:02:35 PDT (last update 2022-08-13 00:03:38 PDT)
A future blog post here will cover — as thoroughly as I can manage — my old and dormant blogs. I have had a bunch.
I'm too tired to do a post that detailed and careful tonight. Instead, I want to talk about a weird side thing I've been doing.
One thing I learned long ago is to carefully read anything I am about to post on the Interwebs to make sure it actually belongs there. I think think twice and then often cut once. Since 2006, I have saved some 440 files, 109,000 words of text that I wrote and then "threw away". Most anything complex is there.
109,000 words is a lot. I have no idea how it piled up like that.
The longest single piece, an Ingress leveling guide written in HTML in 2013, is only about 3800 words, even using an inflated notion of word length.
Nearly the same size is the second-place piece: a transcript of a conversation on Hangouts with my friend Sergey in September 2014 while his hometown of Mariupol, Ukraine was being shelled by Russians. Dammit. I hope Sergey is OK in the current conflict. I know he got out of Mariupol years ago, but last I heard his parents were still there. So scary; so sad.
The third-place piece is a PDF draft, of all things, in which I rant in 2008 about why I am quitting the GPL. Spoiler alert: I calmed down a bit and didn't actually quite quit using the GPL. That said, I still stand by most of my unpublished writing.
At the other end of the spectrum, a lot of these pieces are just little snippets like this from August 2016:
I know, right? It's been a good seven years since the SLC Police charged a gay couple with public kissing.
Anyway, that could have happened anywhere in the US in 2009. Right?
I have no recollection what prompted me to write that. It was probably in response to some Reddit thing. Anyhow, I clipped it instead of posting it, and there it is.
I keep all of this in a directory called
blog. The intent
is that I go back and mine it for future blog posts.
Someday I'll do that. For today, just thought I'd point out what might be a bit of a novel approach.