On Saturday leisure, surfing the Web in 2013, and crime

I love Saturday — the day God rested. I especially love Saturday mornings (except those rare occasions when I don’t finish my work Friday [1]). I have time to sleep in a little, brew some coffee, and drink it slowly while I surf the Web.

I still had dial-up Internet in 2003. Wifi at home was rare. Wifi in coffee shops was relatively new. I would lug a heavy notebook computer to our local, progressive coffee shop [2] and plug in a PCMCIA wifi card to surf.  This is my second week of decent broadband. [3] When I’m feeling especially leisurely, I sit at the kitchen table and surf from my iPad. I was feeling a little more ambitious today and didn’t want to settle for an under-powered platform, so I went all-out sitting in my office at my desktop. [4]

That’s the setup for this blog post. I’m sitting here diddling around, and I notice these two tweets, one after another in my stream, two minutes apart:

@CambridgePolice 11:55 [EDT] Report of possible ASSAULT IN PROGRESS at BROOKLINE ST & GREEN ST in #CambMA 10:05 AM [MDT]
@guru99com We live in a society where pizza gets to your house before the police. 10:03 AM [MDT]

So sad.

[1] The new normal in high-tech occasionally requires weekend work. But it’s still better than taking an axe in the leg for the king.
[2] Internet speed in 2006: 233kbps down / 253kbps up
[3] Thanks, Comcast, for XFINITY. I’m too cheap to buy the best speeds, but I was surprised to learn, while writing this post, that the New York Times (not Wall Street Journal? the irony!) recently feature this op-ed: “How the U.S. Got Broadband Right.” Makes me proud to be an American.
[4] See my old blog post, “The four levels of computing power.”


First Impressions of WordPress and How I Use It

As I implied in my first post, I miss Posterous. Before that, I blogged at LiveJournal (LJ) [1]. It got very spammy. I had to delete most of the comments. It’s been better lately. (In fact, I can’t remember the last time I had to delete spam, but that’s probably owing as much to my inactivity there for five years as any improvements they’ve made.) I chose WordPress (WP) because I got very good vibes here, even before I created my blog. The platform feels more modern than LJ.

Now that I’ve re-launched my blog, I see that WP has something in common with LJ: Community. Again, it’s my first impression, but it seems to me WP is more than a blogging platform. People actually reed each other’s blogs. You can see that I haven’t chosen my blogroll yet. I may never populate it. [2] And so to my WP reeders I say: Thank you! Thanks for following. Thanks for liking my posts. If I don’t click the like button on your posts, or follow you, or add you to my blogroll, please don’t take offense. I never used LJ that way. (I tried once, with a friend from work, but the friendship fizzled.)

Let me explain up front how I intend to use WP. This is where I publish writing that I want to stand out, in contrast with my Google+ (G+) or public Facebook (FB) posts. Maybe I’m not the kind of blogger you’ve encountered before, though. I write here, but I interact mostly elsewhere. I use Twitter the most of all. [3] I prefer G+ over FB, but I agree that it has earned its reputation: G+ is more geeky than FB. To prove it, I’ll add this geeky comment: G+ has a higher signal-to-noise ratio than FB. Yet I don’t spend enough time on G+, and I spend too much time on FB. I don’t check FB every day, but that’s where most of my real-life friends hang out — even my geek friends — and so that’s where I go to see what they’re up to. Come to think of it, I recommend Julie as a model of how it all works. [2] If you want to build a blogger relationship with me, write a comment, or mention or DM me on Twitter.

[1] tbc.livejournal.com
[2] Though I’ll take this opportunity to plug my friend Julie’s blog: julieoconnell.wordpress.com
[3] Follow me at twitter.com/tbc0 and tell me you found my stream via WP. If I don’t follow you back, at least I’ll tell you why. (That’s more feedback than I give most random followers.)

Rebooting my blog

I started blogging before the word was invented [1]. I liked Posterous, but Twitter shut it down. That’s the site I was using as I began to develop my writing voice more fully [3]. Since Posterous shut down, I’ve felt as if I didn’t have the right to write because I had nowhere to publish my writing. I microblog [4] more than I blog, but sometimes I want to use more than 140 characters. Today I realized I already created an account at WordPress, but I hadn’t activated my blog. I prefer tbc [5], but tbc0 matches my Twitter ID [4]. So here we are.

I like the Google results for “The Right to Write” [6]. I haven’t red Julia Cameron’s book of the same name, but I follow her on Twitter. The deal for my blog title was sealed after I skimmed William Zissner’s essay. As an added bonus, he wrote it for The American Scholar, which is a publication I admire. [7]

As for my theme. I like oranges [8],[9]. I’ve decided that as far as the Web is concerned, my favorite color is orange. If you ask me in person I might answer differently. It will at least be an answer with more texture.

P.S. The word “read” annoys me. It trips up my mind trying to decide how to pronounce it, which is why I prefer to spell the past tense “red” and the present tense “reed.” “It’s a d— poor mind that can only think of one way to spell a word.” – Andrew Jackson

Update 2014-04-05. I said my “how I blog” post was dated. I refreshed it and edited this post so it reads accurately. See [2]. I implied my theme was orange, which it was [9].

[1] web.archive.org/web/20091026163156/http://geocities.com/tbchambers/newsletr/vol1/no1.htm
[2] purl.org/net/tbc/blog/about
[3] purl.org/net/tbc/posterous
[4] twitter.com/tbc0
[5] purl.org/net/tbc/blog/28607.html
[6] www.google.com/search?q=”The+Right+to+Write”
[7] theamericanscholar.org/the-right-to-write/#.UeQagW1t65J
[8] purl.org/net/tbc/posterous/posts/2010/11/meditation-on-oranges.html
[9] Twenty Thirteen Theme