An issue with nginx rewrite rules would not let my image uploads be great, but that’s all settled now. I’m looking to transition away from so much reliance on Twitter and switch to more of a live blog format during events (though weather Tweets won’t go away). The P2 theme lets me create a fully integrated environment to receive storm reports on a thread, which is awfully nice. Keep this page bookmarked as I’m going to try out a few cool things there. (Eventually, the whole chswx.us site will run on WordPress — stay tuned.)
Note my obsession with Tahoma, my fierce Internet Explorer activism, and penchant for horrible writing. My favorite part, introducing an e-mail newsletter I published with ListBot(!):
Nothing is better than information, and information is what you get when you subscribe to the WinPad Notebook, our free e-mail newsletter. Simply place your e-mail address in the box below, and feel subscribed to a source of information that is certain to help you with your computer decisions.
There are two lessons from this exercise:
- The Internet Archive is a largely unsung treasure.
- If you aren’t cringing at your older work, you might not be growing in your skills and knowledge very much.
For the first time in a couple years, I’m not doing SXSW Interactive. Between my impending move to Charleston and transitioning out of ReadWriteWeb, life is fairly chaotic at the moment (but it’s a positive type of chaos). I will most certainly miss seeing a lot of really good friends and colleagues there. What I won’t miss is the SXSARS and other inevitable conference maladies afterward. :) I hope everybody has a safe and fun time. Austin is a great city.
2011 was bananas.
I got married, moved to the biggest metro area I’ve lived in since I was 4, worked my butt off, got to see the Space Shuttle with a ton of amazing people, and a whole lot more.
2011, you were a crazy mofo. I can’t even imagine what 2012 will be like.
Thanks to everyone who was a part of one of the most amazing years of my life. Here’s to a healthy, happy 2012.
ReadWriteWeb’s acquisition by SAY Media is an exciting development, the fruit of many years of hard work by Richard MacManus and the ReadWriteWeb team (which I have been fortunate to be a part of for the past two years). I’m really looking forward to working with my RWW compatriots and the SAY Media team on this next phase of ReadWriteWeb’s evolution — it should be quite a fun ride!
I have seen a lot of weird things in nearly 15 years of Internet-connectedness. That being said, I dare anybody to try to top what I saw last night.
In high school, two things I really liked were A) satire and B) the Tahoma font, first introduced in Microsoft Office 97 and eventually rolled out as the primary interface font in Windows 2000. During a period of extreme boredom over break in the winter of 1999, I decided to merge these two loves at the expense of a long-since defunct Britney Spears fan site. Tahoma Infatuation was the end result. I submitted it to a few directories (SEO, 1999-style) and got to enjoy the fact that people would laugh at how much I claimed to love Tahoma. Over the years, the site remained up; I never really touched it again other than referring to it as a recurring inside joke. At some point in the late 2000s, the Freeservers service where it was originally hosted discontinued my account; thus my old personal site, and by extension Tahoma Infatuation, lived on at the Internet Archive — an appropriate resting place, I thought.
It hit me pretty quickly — this was no longer my account. Somebody went to the trouble of retrieving the page from the Wayback Machine, re-establishing a site at realm.htmlplanet.com, and uploading Tahoma Infatuation back to its original location. I don’t think I have ever seen this before — has anyone else?
It’s nice to know that 11 years later, Tahoma Infatuation still makes people giggle. And it’s nice to know that perhaps I’m not as screwed up as I think I am, because, after all, it took actual effort for someone to restore the old site to the original location. I’m not sure if I should give kudos or suggest therapy. Of course, their restoration wasn’t perfect, as Internet Explorer users won’t get to hear the MIDI rendition of “Take My Breath Away” that played in the background. Never fear, IE friends — you can find an ad-free, full-fidelity, MIDI’d and <marquee>’d version right here, because Tahoma Infatuation apparently was meant to live on.
I’ve talked a lot about it on Twitter, but not so much here just yet — I am getting married in October to my girlfriend Stephanie. It will be a rockin’ good time, I hope. You can find all the mushy details on our new wedding website, which we’ll be tweaking and adding to over the coming months. It’s really exciting and I’m looking forward to it!
I regret to report that I am shutting down the Charleston Weather blog after a year and a half of frustratingly infrequent blogging. A dedicated weather blog should be updated more than a few times a month, and that just wasn’t happening (nor would my current workload allow it). Thus, I opted to shut it down rather than continue to prominently feature outdated information.
This certainly does not mean I’m going to shut up about the weather. The Charleston Weather Twitter account is alive and well and will absolutely continue (it’s where most of the energy I’d use for blogging goes). @chswxextra is my conduit for Charleston weather-related speculation and discussion, and the Charleston Weather website will continue to offer up the temperature and current sky conditions in big, bold fonts. (I have plans for more enhancements to that site as well.)
If you are dying to read about Charleston’s weather in detail with updates multiple times a day, look no further than the official Area Forecast Discussion from the National Weather Service in Charleston. The AFD is pretty detailed and if you’re into weather, you will learn tons.
I don’t set New Years’ Resolutions. As somebody undoubtedly has said well before me: New Years’ Resolutions are meant to be broken. That being said, this is a decent time to take a look at where I am and where I want to be. So, without further ado, my non-resolutions for 2011. Continue reading
I’ve gotten some inquiries as of late about Best Tube, an Android app that permits a user to save a YouTube video to their device. Confusingly, Best Tube is also written by a Jared W. Smith, which has led to a few errant e-mails my way (that, unfortunately, I have not been able to forward along because I cannot reliably locate the real Best Tube Jared). My sincere apologies to those who have found me in error! (Related: This, right here, illustrates the problem with emphasizing personal brand — there are just too many opportunities for collision!)