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How things stand at my one-year anniversary of graduating coding bootcamp. | August 23, 2016
It's my one-year anniversary of graduating DevBootcamp! Do I have a coding job yet? NO, NO I DO NOT. Today, some thoughts on why that is, and what new things have been happening in the last few months to make me more excited about this subject than ever.

I'm watching the Olympics via streaming for the very first time this year. | August 16, 2016
2016 is the very first year I've had an opportunity to watch the Olympics via streaming coverage online. Today, some thoughts on what the experience has been like, why the BBC is the greatest place to watch sports, and what a bunch of soulless monsters NBC executives are.

The thirteenth overhaul of my website design is finally finished! | March 10, 2016
DevBootcamp finally pays off -- the thirteenth major overhaul of my website's design scheme is finally complete, now for the first time with fancy JavaScript animations and other details I learned while training to be a software developer. Click through for all the details!

Next year should prove to be a very interesting one. | December 24, 2015
Big changes afoot around here -- I'm essentially putting CCLaP on deep freeze for the first half of 2016, so I can concentrate instead on my brand-new career as a computer programmer. Click through for more on why I'm doing so, and what projects will be coming up for me next year.

Regarding Imposter Syndrome, Learned Helplessness, and other new fun outcomes of a career change. | September 18, 2015
Today at my personal journal, an update on how my post-bootcamp tech job search is going, and thoughts on two conditions common to career changers like myself, Imposter Syndrome and Learned Helplessness.

Let me tell you about my grand outer-space adventures!!! | August 17, 2015
Well, okay, no, that's a lie; that's not why it's been two years since you last heard from me at my personal website. Click through for the much more mundane answer, a look at CCLaP's plans for 2016, and a check-in about my new career as a software developer.

Greetings from Onlinistan. | May 29, 2011
It's been happening again -- after long online sessions, I've been feeling like I've left Chicago and am now in a fictional city called "Onlinistan" that doesn't really exist, bringing up the slippery question of what exactly consciousness is and how we should define in an online age what "occupying" a space actually means. Plus: I've been attending live lit events again! THEY'VE BEEN TEDIOUS! Click through for more!

Random notes. | June 13, 2010
Today, short thoughts on a variety of subjects, including: My arts center's first literary event was a big success; I'm finally bicycling again for the first time in almost a year; why I thank God Facebook wasn't around when I was in college; how it is that Google killed the SEO industry; and why the growing American criticism about Israel is actually the best thing that could've ever happened to Judaism.

The exotic appeal of crappy British television. | April 24, 2010
I finally did it -- I finally figured out how to get the BBC "iPlayer" streaming service to work on my American computer. Today, some thoughts on why I wanted to try it, what I discovered, and the surprisingly exotic thrills of crappy low-budget British quiz shows.

Patience, Cane Boy! | April 18, 2010
For those who don't know, I've actually been using a cane for the last nine months because of my bicycle accident last summer; today I get a bit into the frustrations that have come with this, and the Zen-like lessons I've learned. Plus: Trolls! Real Dolls! Nazis! Teabaggers! Asperger's! Or in other words, just another day on the internet.

Regarding podcasts, 'Girls Gone Wild,' and the neo-monk lifestyle. | June 3, 2009
I just had an experience the other day that reminded me of this again, plus just finished a book by Neal Stephenson called Anathem that deals in general with the same subject; so since I haven't updated this main personal...

Here's what I'm doing this summer. Um, it's a lot. | April 12, 2009
Things still suck with money and dating, but at least I'm very productive these days; and that had me thinking recently about what I might take on as new challenges this summer, coming here to Chicago in just a few weeks finally. Today, my conclusions.

Introducing the "wikicloud" theory of amateur historical research. | February 8, 2009
Uh-oh; it's another entry just for nerds! Today in fact concerns a new research project I've taken on, to eventually present this summer through my arts center, wherein I read a thousand Wikipedia entries on the subject of the 19th Century then present them in 3D "mind-map" form, or in other words a "cloud" of information. Click through for a lot more on what I mean.

Another Saturday, another afternoon of global cultural inhalation. | January 25, 2009
Yesterday I found myself once again doing what I've done on numerous pleasurable Saturdays -- making my way through thousands of random photos and indie-rock songs and blog entries and podcast episodes from amateur artists around the world. Why? And why so pleasurable? Today, some thoughts on the subject.

Welcome to the Distributed Life. | October 19, 2007
The futurist in me has been recently thinking again of a concept I first came up with a couple of years ago -- the "distributed lifestyle," based on distributed computing, where half your work or school day is instead spent at home with family and technology. Click through for a lot more nerdy goodness!

In which I finally discover a destination for horny webcam sluts. | March 30, 2007
Oh, it's a dirty one today, which I haven't done in awhile; a report on Camfrog, an online service I recently discovered and am obsessed with, which combines chat rooms with webcams for erotic effect. Before you click through, remember -- you've been warned!

Hey ho, it's version 12! | October 9, 2006
Well, it's finally here -- version 12 of this website's design scheme, more sophisticated than the last version and long overdue. Today, a little story about what went into it, what finally got me off my ass to finish it, and what else I'm doing with my time these days.

More frustrations. Another new plan. Sigh. | September 8, 2006
Well, some frustrating news to report today; that the live-event program for my arts center has gotten officially shelved until next spring. Here, a few thoughts on bitterness, optimism, electronic publishing, and why I'm looking for invites to vampire balls.

And here's what else is going on with me. | September 1, 2006
Hey, sorry this took so long! Today, a continuation of my last entry, explaining all the things I'll be trying to get accomplished this fall and winter.

More about what's been going on with me. | April 25, 2006
A continuation of yesterday's entry, getting people caught up with what's been going on with me the last two weeks. In a nutshell: My Mac Mini finally arrived; I've started playing with Google Earth, and have become completely blown away by it; and an old high-school friend visited town, prompting some thoughts on the "teenage me" versus the current me. Read all about it today!

I'm thinking of scaling back this journal. | April 10, 2006
Okay, so because of a growing amount of responsibilites in other areas of my life, I'm indeed thinking about cutting back on the amount of entries written here. Today, the entire story of why. Plus: lots of new details considering "Archimedes," the alternative-reality-game "hyperfiction" project I'm creating this summer. Warning: much nerdiness ahead!

I've been thinking about Jesus recently. | March 23, 2006
I've been making my way recently through my "read this stuff" box here at home, and in particular a series of lectures by Jewish intellectuals, concerning Christian-Jewish relations. It's had me thinking a lot recently about the subject of Jesus - if he was a real man, what kind of man he might've been, why the Christians and Jews had such a falling-out over him in the first place. Today, my thoughts. Plus: I think I've finally sold my mom on the idea of my arts center, thank God; and, hopefully it'll finally sink in with a bunch of new people today - that I'm holding a reader fundraiser right now. Only $195 to go!

That's right, I said that artistic non-profits are dying. | March 22, 2006
No, you didn't hear me wrong yesterday; I'm predicting the permanent death of almost all artistic non-profits by 20 or 30 years from now. Today, some detailed thoughts on why, and what will replace this structure in the future. Plus: I don't think that newspaper who interviewed me is going to run the article, so I might as well talk about it now; plus good news on the reader fundraiser for a new Intel Mini - $405 now raised! Only $195 to go!

Regarding micropayments and "micro-economies." | March 20, 2006
A comics friend and I recently got on a topic that I've been discussing with others since the 1980s - of "micropayments," or charging just a tiny amount of money for a tiny amount of creative content (one comic strip, for example, or one poem). Today, some thoughts on why so far no one has been able to successfully implement such a thing...well, that is, except for the videogame "Second Life." More on how they're able to do it, and how artistic organizations could mimic the structure in real life if they wanted. Plus: some screenshots from the upcoming new brochure for my own arts center; plus great news to report about the Mini fundraiser - $360 now raised!

A mysterious hero from my past suddenly re-surfaces. | March 16, 2006
This website has always been the cause of a lot of great random emails, and why look at the one I just got yesterday; from novelist Kristin McCloy, author of a book I was really in love with in my early twenties, who just found out recently that I had been in love with the book back then. Today, some thoughts on her book, why it meant as much to me back then as it did, and how my arts center might possibly be able to help her out this coming winter. Plus: Big news with my reader fundraiser for the new Mini - $250 raised in the last two days!

Good Lord - more about Second Life! | March 15, 2006
Good Lord - my fifth day in a row of entries about the alternative-reality videogame "Second Life!" But hey, what can I say - I have yet more things to say about it! Including: an update on my reader fundraiser ($50 raised, $450 to go); more about land ownership, how to build objects, and how this all naturally affects zoning, without there having to be any laws about it; I've started talking with more Linden employees; and more on the serious, academic experiments that can be run within Second Life as well, especially by traditional academic organizations (at a steep price discount too, no less).

Field report, part 2: My first weekend in Second Life. | March 14, 2006
Today, part 2 (the final part, whew) of my field report, concerning my first weekend spent in the alternative-reality videogame "Second Life," along with lots of screenshots to illustrate what I'm talking about. Plus: a modest proposal to my readers - you guys buy me an Intel Mini ($500), so I can KEEP playing Second Life, and I won't fundraise for the South Africa trip, but rather earn the money in-game myself. Hmm, what do you think?

A "walk" through my proposed Second Life sex club | March 14, 2006
I am writing just too entirely much these days about the alternative-reality videogame "Second Life," way too much to post each day in my journal; so instead I'm posting a lot of it later, then post-dating the entries, so that they don't show up on the front page. Here: a recent chat transcript with a friend, a veteran of both sex clubs and chat cybersex, walking her through my proposed sex club via description. Posted for all you fellow SL building enthusiasts, as well as anyone interested in the next level of cyberchat.

Field report: My first weekend in Second Life. | March 13, 2006
Well, it's official; I finally was able to log into the alternative-reality game "Second Life" for the first time on Friday, and ended up spending the whole damn weekend playing (and taking screenshots). Today, part 1 of my ridiculously long report, explaining everything I saw.

Random notes. | March 9, 2006
Just some random notes today, including: I finally understand how Second Life works, and I really fucking want to join now - thank you, Google Video!; a hilarious public remark recently by Kevin Smith that you absolutely must watch; yes, I was one of the lucky few that downloaded that secret Google Powerpoint presentation, that they accidentally posted, and I'll tell you a little about what it says too; something on "South Park" the other night that made me pee my pants; some thoughts about lesbians in love on el platforms; another kudo to CoComment.com; and it's official - I'm making my ninth attempt at quitting smoking soon.

Ah, cybersex! | March 7, 2006
Last week I was jokily complaining here about how no one had yet invited me to participate in cybersex, and how comically disappointed I was by this. And what do you know? One of my readers actually offered, because of that entry! I love my readers! Today, lots and lots of thoughts about what the experience was like, what I liked and disliked about it, and what the future of cybersex and my life might be. Plus: the story of my rather debaucherous birthday, which just happened last weekend.

More regarding "the conversation." | March 3, 2006
So how interesting is this? A week after proposing a "tag" system here for getting responses to me without commenting, I've stumbled across a group of hiphop DJs in Canada doing the same exact thing! Today, more thoughts on why this might just be the future of online conversation. Plus: Does Fred Hampton of the Black Panthers deserve to have a street named after him?; and won't some sexy little stranger out there help me decide if cybersex is worth the trouble?

Random notes. | March 2, 2006
Just some random notes for today, including: Why I've been out-of-sorts for the last couple of days (hint - it has to do with a federal employee and a howling dog); my birthday is this Sunday, and I still don't have any plans; an update on my quest to build a social application at Ning.com; a random thought about post-hurricane New Orleans; and dude! It's the 20th anniversary of "Blue Velvet!" DON'T FUCKING LOOK AT ME!

Once that ball starts rolling... | February 28, 2006
Well, even more official announcements for CCLaP, this new arts center of mine opening this September; I have our first official show to announce, and someone's donated us a free website as well. Today, some thoughts on why things seem to be coming together so quickly these days, after two years of hardly anything happening at all; and why, by the way, I think those first two years were still necessary. Plus: five simple ways you too can help the Chicago Center for Literature an Photography, sometimes for free, sometimes by donating crap in your basement.

And the name of my new arts center is... | February 27, 2006
Why, it's the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography, in fact (or CCLaP for short), which I can now announce because the website's URL is finally secured. Today, the full explanation of where this name came from, and why it was chosen. Plus: two new 'jasonpettus' tags in the blogosphere, and two new audio comments! Too bad they both recorded them in a way so that I can't share them!; Google, won't you please build the "Google Crossword Helper?;" and a little help is needed regarding whether I'm doing something wrong with iTunes.

Regarding reader feedback and "the conversation." | February 24, 2006
Okay, all this talk recently at my site about "the conversation" between companies and customers brings up a good point - how do readers of mine get thoughts, opinions and responses to me? I don't have commenting abilities here, after all. Today, a fully detailed guide to how you can do so, why I think this is much better than commenting, and how you can easily implement such a thing at your own site. Plus: Speaking of feedback, here's something to ponder - what kind of social application should I build at Ning?; and a few thoughts about Philip K. Dick and the letting-go of our childhood heroes.

[randommedia] Why not send me an audio comment? | February 23, 2006
An episode of my podcast [randommedia], five-minute random reports from events in my life. Here: me complaining about how I set up this ability for people to leave audio comments, yet no one actually doing so yet. Plus, a few suggestions on what you could comment about, in case you're stumped yourself.

PixPulse: Portrait of a company that gets it. | February 23, 2006
I've had this remarkable experience recently with a small start-up company; they've actually been listening to my complaints, and changing the things I've been asking them to change. Today, some thoughts on how amazing this is, why the world is moving in this direction in general, and what other businesses can do about it, before being left behind in the dust themselves. Plus: Behold, the Jason Pettus Widget!

The Jason Pettus Widget | February 23, 2006
A desktop widget for Mac OSX "Dashboard," delivering feeds from five of the places on the web where I currently create new content. Please let me know if you have any problems with it!

Random notes. | February 22, 2006
Just some random notes from my life today, including: More on that "RedEye" article I briefly mentioned last week; a new photo from my brother proves just what a dork he actually is; some thoughts about I-GO, a new car-sharing service in Chicago; a Missouri institution closes; when did I become a rebel cult-hero high-school English teacher?; why I'm such an obsessive fan of Flickr; and it's official - Franz Ferdinand rocks my fucking ass.

I have lots of little announcements for you today. | February 20, 2006
Lots of little new announcements for everyone today, including: I've started up a new blog, specifically for getting reprinted in such mainstream publications as the Washington Post and San Francisco Chronicle (with a fascinating story, too, of how it all came about); I've got new Flickr photos up, including an intriguing set of satellite images; the first 'jasonpettus' tags start showing up in my RSS feed, including one from an unlikely source; and some geeky news regarding code cleanup of my main journal.

Regarding the "magic middle." | February 17, 2006
Dave Sifri, owner of Technorati, has coined an amazing term at his blog this week: the "magic middle," those 150,000 bloggers around the world who have between 20 and a thousand links in Technorati's database. Today, some thoughts from me on how this supports the argument I've been making for years; that any single one of you can have the audience I do, and the influence I do, without too terribly much work at all. Plus: The deathclock officially begins for the paper journalism industry; and a science-fiction scenario which could possibly lead to Baghdad eventually becoming the new world center for intellectual thought. It's not as ludicrous as it might sound at first.

My day with Adobe; my evening with Yahoo. | February 16, 2006
Wow - I just got done attending a day-long workshop on Adobe's new Production Studio software, and I'm so impressed I'm about ready to wet myself. Here, a full report from the event, including an audio interview with one of the Adobe experts. Plus: my short, disappointing recounting of a Yahoo Personals event I attended here in Chicago on Valentine's Day.

[randommedia] Interview with Adobe's Greg Rewis | February 16, 2006
An episode of my podcast [randommedia], recorded through my cellphone using the service Audioblogger.com. Here: a two-part interview with Adobe's Greg Rewis, after attending the company's Production Studio Tour stop in Chicago.

You control your technology. I cannot emphasize this enough. | February 14, 2006
Well, only four days since I got this new home broadband connection, and I'm already starting to experience that weird feeling so many of you have complained to me about before: of being simply overwhelmed by all the information now at my disposal. Today, some thoughts on how to reclaim our control over our tech devices, and how to get them to better work for us, not the other way around. Plus: Anyone want to go to a Yahoo Personals event with me tonight?

Look at all the crap I got accomplished this weekend! | February 13, 2006
Wow, look at what an efficient motherfucker this new home broadband connection has turned me into! Today, lots of details of all the new things this home desktop connection has so far brought to my life, including: a recap of my del.icio.us account, detailed last Friday; how to now send an audio comment to me, straight from your computer's browser; new ways I'm interacting with Flickr now; a new service that tracks your comments around the blogosphere; I finally have an OPML feed (maybe); and of course lots of tweaks to the site itself, for geeky designers who care.

Guess who finally has a home internet connection? | February 10, 2006
That's right, it's me! I could tell you what new things this is going to mean both for my life and your reading habits, but I'd just go on and on for days on end and never actually get anything done. So instead, today just an examination of the very first new online thing I've taken on - becoming a member of del.icio.us.

More about my arts center, the "lite" version. | February 7, 2006
Part 2 of the details of the new "lite" version of my upcoming arts center; that is, a version that will generate substantially less revenue, but that will be ready to open as soon as this September. Today, all about our upcoming website.

So much work. So little news. | February 3, 2006
The worst thing about long-term plans? Yeah, you never have anything fun to announce in the short term. Today, some thoughts on some of these projects I'm in the middle of, including: I'm finally getting a broadband internet connection at home; and I'm getting my newest travel book rapidly finished.

The Heterotopia Report for January 17. | January 17, 2006
Interesting things from other places on the internet, including: the latest from this week's Macworld convention; cool stuff from Boing Boing; Dave Winer has a great idea for 'reading lists;' announcing the Beat Generation Museum; the "International Baccalaureate" style of education gets hot; Google releases a mobile compressor; WAPReview gets snarky about IM; and the Donner Party might not have been cannibals after all.

Regarding novels, memoirs, and "The Truth." | January 12, 2006
Well, the recent James Frey disaster seems to at least proven one thing: that the general population really is into memoirs that much, and into novels that little, that some writers will outrageously lie just to try to tap into this audience. Today, my thoughts on why this is such a fucking shame. Plus: Winter bicycling in Chicago; using filters in Gmail; and seeing "Napolean Dynamite" for the first time.

Look at all that new music! | January 11, 2006
Hey, hey; 600 new songs in the mail this week, mostly by bands I've never listened to before, as a belated Christmas present from an old friend. Today, initial thoughts on a whole bunch of bands I'm listening to for the first time, including Rogue Wave, Freakwater, The Hold Steady, Stereolab, Interpol, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, the White Stripes, The Arcade Fire, The Postal Service, Modest Mouse, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Califone, Spoon, The Shins, Death Cab for Cutie, Young and Sexy, Beulah, Cat Power, Franz Ferdinand, Brandon Benson, Kayne West, The Go! Team, and Bloc Party. Plus: The Mayor wants a 2016 Olympics; reader feedback on my recent field report of Marshall McGearty Tobacco Lounge; alternative lyrics to "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition;" more about Heather Hamilton; and why I'm not too damn excited about all the recent mobile video announcements.

Das Audio ist hier! Das Audio ist hier! | January 9, 2006
Good news - all 24 episodes from last year's podcast of mine, [randommedia], are now imported into this Movable Type database. Today: how it was done, how easy it was, and what this all means for you as a visitor. Plus: a preview of my upcoming book of old black-and-white college photos.

Regarding the ARG as social experiment. | January 4, 2006
So, I've been thinking about online gaming again, mostly because of talking with Sean Stewart over the holidays (the puppetmaster behind the 2001 "Evan Chan" game I was obsessed with), as well as all the attention the game "Second Life" is getting these days. Today, some thoughts on how I might be able to break into the industry, or perhaps even start my own game at this new place called Multiverse, and how if I did that, I might start my "game" instead as an online social experiment, much like the Well did in the '80s. Plus: a small defense of snooty-pooty urban sex shops.

Odds and ends. | January 3, 2006
Random notes, including: thoughts on if 2005 really was the year blogs tipped into the mainstream, and what comes next; thoughts on Google's "ads as a whisper, not as a bullhorn" policy, and why it's been so damn successful; why in the Information Age there will be no more art movements; what's coming next to this website; and more thoughts about the bitchin' 1970s Mercury Marquis.

Happy 2006! | January 2, 2006
Happy new year! And guess what, I've actually made a New Year's resolution and everything: to finally implement a full and detailed version of the "Getting Things Done" time-management system in my life, which I've been using on a limited basis for about a year now. Today, thoughts on how this is done, and what it's going to mean, not only for my life but for yours. Plus: dreams of 'merry prankster' style computer viruses; and "learning about artists changes artists."

More random notes from St. Charles. | December 28, 2005
More random notes about how my holiday in St. Charles, Missouri is going, including: I attended two, count 'em, two family get-togethers this week; then hung out with my brother's smartass St. Louis friends (and recorded a smartass podcast episode); I discovered something cool at the CNET desktop version; my dad's students think he's 'hot;' I finally click on a Google contextual ad; and I can't stop singing along to the Smiths.

Random notes - the St. Charles, media-rich edition. | December 27, 2005
Just some short notes about how my holiday has been going this week, down here in suburban St. Louis, Missouri. This update in particular includes lots of photos and links to audio files, since I have access to my dad's laptop and WiFi connection, making it just so easy to load such media in the first place.

The Heterotopia Report for December 20th. | December 20, 2005
A semi-regular feature at this site, simply pointing people to other interesting things found elsewhere on the internet.

Regarding decentralized social networking. | December 19, 2005
A recent conversation about my "Jason Pettus Instant Locator™" has gotten me thinking again about the concept of social networking. Today, my musings on the subject, and how it would be possible to build a social network without needing a centralized organization maintaining it at all.

More about information. | November 16, 2005
A continuation of yesterday's entry, examining the concept of information - of how we collect it, how we analyze it, why both of these pursuits are of equal importance, and what these topics mean for the Information Age we are currently living in.

Concerning information. | November 15, 2005
Most people agree by now that we're living in what's called the Information Age; but what exactly does that mean? Today, an examination of how exactly we deal with information in our modern society - the ways we collect it, the ways we analyze it, and why both pursuits are of equal importance when it comes to human understanding of data.

What a surprise - more thoughts about OSX! | October 10, 2005
Jesus, I bet you Windows people are about ready to fucking kill me by now, aren't you? Oh, but I just can't help it; ever since last week, when I first set up Poppy (the name I've given my new...

Oops, hi there! | October 6, 2005
Okay, I admit it - I got so caught up playing with my new friend Poppy yesterday (aka my new Mac G4 desktop) that I forgot to write a journal entry! Give a guy a break, will ya? The fact...

Ladies and gentlemen, please meet Poppy. | October 5, 2005
So, it's finally happened - after a mere, what, six years since they were first invented, I finally own a new-style Macintosh computer, one with USB and Firewire ports instead of SCSI ones, one that can finally run Operating...

This site: CSS spec downloads | July 20, 2005
A collection of downloads to the four CSS templates I have created for this site: desktop, mobile, print and AvantGo. Download ahoy!

I'm going to Nextfest tomorrow, and I'm trying an experiment. | June 20, 2005
Simply put, I'll be posting small entries in real time throughout the event, straight from my cellphone, instead of once every 24 hours...plus photos and audio in real time as well. Today, an explanation of how you can do the same at your own blog, and how you can follow along at mine via RSS reader, email or instant message.

Site development notes for June 20. | June 20, 2005
The latest updates concerning the new version of my website, currently under public beta development. Only two weeks until the new design becomes official - read all about it today.

How do I create great sidebars for my blog? | June 17, 2005
A few tips on how not only to better graphically-design the sidebar area of your blog page, but also how to better decide what should be included there in the first place.

Concerning the extraordinary and hidden power of blog databases. | June 14, 2005
Now that I've started using MovableType, I've learned a surprising thing - that I'm going to be able to use it to store all my old literary content, not just my blog entries. Today, a few thoughts on why this should matter to you at your own blog as well, and how to implement such a project.

Site development updates for June 14. | June 14, 2005
The latest changes in the new site design, as of June 14th.

Public beta 0.1: Updates for June 11th. | June 11, 2005
The latest updates for public beta build 0.1 of my new journal site. There's a lot of them!

June 11 updates, continued. | June 11, 2005
Part 2 of my June 11th update, explaining the latest changes to public beta build 0.1 of my new journal site.

Public beta 0.1 - there are many updates to report. | June 10, 2005
The latest updates concerning the public beta build of my new personal journal page, being powered now by MovableType.

June 10 updates, continued. | June 10, 2005
Second half of my June 10th entry.

Announcing public beta build 0.1. | June 7, 2005
Public beta version 0.1 of my personal journal, powered by MovableType, is now up. Today, thoughts on what went into designing this version, and what's still to come.

SimpleText is my new best friend. | October 22, 1999
Today, my very first journal entry; an ode to the bares-bones text editor SimpleText, which was of great use when updating my site to version 3.1.

[story] strangeplastikrobot | August 4, 1999
An online version of my 1999 story "strangeplastikrobot," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1999."

[story] Jane the Geek | August 4, 1999
An online version of my 1999 story "Jane the Geek," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1999."

[story] Typing on keyboards in bars | August 4, 1997
An online version of my 1997 story "Typing on keyboards in bars," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1997."