Things I collect (with examples)
I keep a variety of journals for different purposes. In one that I started in 2002, I write about my personal & family life, probably of little interest to those who don't know me personally. But, I also have a spot for more general interest topics, like design, internet, science, media, culture and other random curiosities that a wider audience may like. Occasionally I will publish a travelogue, like this one documenting my summer road-tripping the United States.
- The Blog*Writings of general & great interest.* A blog from the worldly web developer, covering liberal arts topics like design, internet, science, media, culture, computers, snacks and other random curiosities that a wider audience may enjoy.
- USA2*America, circumnarrated.* In the summer of 2003, I hit the road and spent 75 days traveling all across the USA (and a few detours into Canada) and kept a well-documented journal of the experience. This travelogue is the result of that ultimate roadtrip.
- Ramblings*A personal diary, of a sort.* My original online journal, I started Ramblings in 2002. Here I write about my personal & family life, milestones in the life of my baby boy Jack, and other things notable to family & friends. The bulk of the archives are from college - the inane babblings of a creative, shy college guy.
I use Twitter to post brief thoughts about my daily life. Sometimes these answer the question "What are you doing?", as Twitter instructs, but I also enjoy making random observations on TV, music, movies and pop culture, soliciting opinions and advice, sharing interesting things I find online, and posting about life's milestones, as to have a written, timestamped record for future reference. I find it a great, unobtrusive way to keep in touch with coworkers, distant friends & family, and others that I otherwise wouldn't.
Here's how a random status looks like on this site:
I used to take a lot of photos; more than what you'll currently find on the site, anyway. I started using Flickr to share my photos in 2006, so most of the photos I've taken since then are already on the site; the earlier ones are soon to come. Eventually, I will upload photos from all of my travels, including the year in Ireland & Europe, and my USA2 roadtrip. Also included are some of my favorite photos from other Flickr photographers.
I bookmark places I like on the internet. These generally fall into one of three categories: (1) Awesomeness that absolutely must be shared, (2) Resources that I'd like to keep tabs on, for future reference, and (3) TL;DR items that I really, really want to read, but just haven't had the time when I first found it. All of these are things I think you might like too.
My two biggest weaknesses in Django development are debugging and testing. Malcolm lays down some simple tools, already built into Django, to help with the former. I’ve always found a way around these issues, but these are exactly the tools I should have been using. Very glad to have these pointed out. I would still like to see someone lay out exactly how to debug SQL queries, since I have no inkling the right number of SQL queries for a particular kind of page. How do you spot issues? What number of SQL queries is clearly too many?