A needle of Hope
amid a haystack of Chaos.

147.58 days — Blogs better than E-Mail

Created: Wednesday, May 4th, 2005
00:34:26 UTC

At least 147.58 days, or 4 months, 27 days 14 hours 1 minutesof Hope remaining...

A full two weeks into this venture — my first blog — and I am thoroughly hooked/entranced by the entire "blog" thing. I grew up with the internet. I registered wakeup-people.com in 1994 (I lost it, along with a far more pressing love ~20 December 2003) back when just 0.05% of the population of the US was online.

No, I love blogs because you don't have to worry about who to send them to, many more people can view it, and you can tell if and when and for how long each person accesses your site by looking at the logs :-) For instance,

cm2012.red.mundo-r.com--[03/May/2005:03:32:35 -0500] "GET /files/pics/20050430/incendiary-ws-small.jpg HTTP/1.1" 200 40860 "http://www.xmule.ws/" "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; es-AR; rv:1.7.7) Gecko/20050414 Firefox/1.0.3 StumbleUpon/1.9995"

I can tell Kry of aMule accessed xMule.ws at 3:32AM (or 9:32 his time) and that he read Br8king Time's Hold.

cm53161.red.mundo-r.com--[03/May/2005:17:02:09 -0500] "GET /node/40 HTTP/1.1" 200 5159 "http://www.incendiary.ws/" "Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux x86_64; en-US; rv:1.7.7) Gecko/20050421 Firefox/1.0.3 (Debian package 1.0.3-2)"

If the best part is knowing who reads your stuff, the second best is being able to be artistically creative with the site design, something email just won't let me do — not nearly to the level of talent I possess.

I can tell a lot about who my friends are by parsing these logs. Of the five most regular visitors, a full four are friends I've made online:

  1. Mark of SpreadTheFox.net

  2. Kry of aMule (although I don't think he classifies as a friend

  3. Avi of xMule

  4. People from #xmule, notably Coben

My "traditional" friends that I consider my "best" who used to live in the same town as me? They've been by twice or thrice in the last two weeks. One of them even volunteered the opinion that the site was "nothing special" and that it's design was fairly unsophisticated; both of which I took offense to. I asked him if he would please show me a single site he did, even an HTML 2.0 one, and he responded he had never made one. Especially not the one I needed him to write in Dec 2003. O well, like he said back then: Starcraft was more fun.

The more and more I think about it, the more I think I'm realizing that maybe the people I consider to be my friends are nothing more than jerks and that I shouldnt' ascribe to humanity in general their various vices. You know?

Here's to making new local friends in the next 30 days; by rejoining PETA and Young Democrats.

Time spent composing this document: 17 minutes.