Everyday Thaumaturgy
(It's a Miracle If I Get Anything Done Around Here)
a blog by William S. Statler

About this blog

Tue, 20 Jan 2009 13:00:00 PST

I never get anything done.

I mean, I'm practically obsessive-compulsive about it. Like today, for example. I'd planned to get some laundry and dishes running, and then sit down with the old laptop computer and get to work on upgrading its hard drive and memory and reinstalling Windows XP.

Instead I poked around with ping and nmap to try to figure out why our broadband connection is down. I ate two lemon poppyseed muffins. And I worked on this blog.

I started working on this blog 14 months ago. See what I mean?

So I've decided to blog my progress on the various projects on my to-do list, in the hope that (a) it will encourage me to actually finish them, and (b) it may be interesting and/or useful to someone, somewhere. The aforementioned laptop computer upgrade will be first on the list. You'll also be hearing about the assembly of our home electrical backup power system (a propane-fueled DC generator, an inverter, and a big heap of batteries). Occasionally I write short stories, or articles on some political or legal topic; I'll blog those as well.

Oh, and you may have noticed that this doesn't look much like a typical blog. I'm hand-coding the entire thing in XHTML. No blogging software. If I get ambitious I may write some short scripts in awk to help automate some steps, but initially I'll be doing everything in a text editor, including the RSS feed. Because I like having control. Control! I must have TOTAL CONTROL!!!

Um. Right. I think I'd better go start that laundry now.

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