I am no longer using Keybase. The sale of the company to Zoom introduces too much doubt about the product for me to continue recommending it.
There is no story of consequence to this. I tire of using WordPress. I deal with it at work and it wearies me. So I am trying something new here. This next iteration of the blog employs Octopress. I may have to update the colophon.
The office VPN works excellently, except right now.
I have a new theory of book-lending. I’ve always been extremely recalcitrant to lend out my precious, precious tomes. They are my babies. Letting someone else read them who certainly doesn’t appreciate them to the same degree, or in the same kind, is a risky proposition. My current reading pile includes a heaping helping of Austrian Economics. I love this stuff. A sense of economics on this scale rewires your brain circuitry (what a crappy, ubiquitous brain-as-turing-machine metaphor) in subtle and not so subtle ways.
A while back I switched from delicious to bibsonomy to handle all my social bookmarking needs. I was all taken in by the RDF backing. I decided recently to switch back, since it didn’t have the user base and general ecosystem, it’s geared toward more academic pursuits, and RDF isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Here’s a tarball of the scripts I used to move the bookmarks back into delicious:
I previously mentioned that I was working on my own custom blog software for this site. I’m not posting as I do so, because if I did, I’d end up with something like this. And you don’t want to read that, do you?
The only to write well is to write often and get the kinks out. I don’t write well yet. Therefore, expect to see a fair deal of suckage in this space before you start to see amazing prose of stunning brilliance. (And then, thank God that you’re only seeing a fraction of what I’m actually writing). You have been warned.
I’m not just being quiet here, dear hypothetical reader; I’m sitting on a couple of posts, waiting for the perfect time to post them. I realize that they are going unread just sitting on my hard drive. It’s just that I’m not confident that they are any good. One of the posts is the first in a series of posts on authors who choose to utilize their first and middle initials in public, rather than their full names.
I was going through The Word Museum: The Most Remarkable English Words Ever Forgotten and I found this complete gem of a word: Extramundane: the infinite empty space, which is by some supposed to be extended beyond the bounds of the universe, and in which there is nothing at all. That is very near what I would call a perfect word. As is this other one I found:
Welcome to pfhawkins.com! My name is P.F. Hawkins. I have a first name and a middle name of which I am not ashamed (unlike Clive Staples Lewis or Pelham Grenville Wodehouse), but my first name/last name combination was not available as a domain name, so I thought I would imitate them in using my first two initials. I haven’t decided whether or not I am going to use this site as a serious, work-related sort of site for freelancing (I might start copywriting on the side), or if I’m going to ignore all that and go with my life-long dream of becoming a published novelist.