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.
Yippee. With the help of the beneficient Service Director at Baron Volkswagen and a can of deicer, I was able to disassemble my car door, spray some deicer here, there, there, there, and there, and with Bryan pulling and me pulling and holding, we popped the latch back open.
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:
Going through every little thing we own and getting really good at throwing them in the trash. Haven't missed all night, even from downtown.
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.
Classic article from The Atlantic on introversion in an extroverted world. > Actually, my favorite line is from Waiting for Godot. I can quote it to you exactly: “Don’t talk to me. Don’t speak to me. Stay with me.” > > To me those words sum up the introvert impulse. We love people — we’re not misanthropic for the most part. We just can’t socialize with them all the time. We want to hold their hand or hug them or just sit quietly and read a book with them. > > Extroverts should understand that if someone is being quiet it doesn’t mean they’re having a bad time; it doesn’t mean they’re depressed; it doesn’t mean they’re lonely or need psychiatric help or medication. We need to tell the world who we are. The first step is to understand who we are ourselves, but the second step is to educate extroverts. This is stuff extroverts need to know. They’re driving us crazy. We need to tell them.