Posting without a title just to see what that looks like.

I’ve been quiet around here. I’m working on a page that will give you a random season and episode number of the Simpsons that you can go watch. Nothing flashy, but my wife and a friend of ours are really keen on having it available.

Two weeks later

Well, I didn’t expect I would update often, and so far that’s holding true. I probably need to put the WP app on my phone if I want to encourage myself to post quick updates every now and then.

I’m on vacation this week, and I’m searching for little projects that can fill my downtime. I have downtime because I have an enormous dog, Gryff, that scares my nephew, and I will end up staying inside with Gryff while everyone else is in the backyard playing. It’s too warm to walk Gryff comfortably for a lot of the day (for him – I don’t like the heat, but won’t avoid it if I want out), so here we are, me on the couch with my laptop, him on the floor trying to stay cool.

Some of my projects are dull (like entering birthdays into my calendar since I no longer have FB to remind me of them) so I’m only picking at them here and there. Others require sources of information that I don’t have with me (like making an AD&D character creation guide – my books are at home). But I’ve got some programming stuff I want to pick at (like a little budget reminder tool that I’m going to whip up in python), and some stuff to set up on this server (tiny tiny rss and nextcloud) to keep me busy.

I noticed that I can check out library books on my ereader now, so doing a bit of that too. I checked out “Next Year For Sure” last night and finished it this morning. I’m looking for what to borrow next, although I’ve also got a copy of Dune here that I’ve borrowed from a friend.

I wrote a poem last night, the first I’ve written independent of a weekly assignment from that same friend that loaned me Dune. I auctioned off a poem a week for our work’s annual charity auction, and he won. That’s been a lot of fun, and I’ll offer it again next year.

Attempted bloggery

I’ve set up a number of blogs over the years. I occasionally have been able to convince myself to update regularly, sometimes even daily. Usually not though, and they all eventually fell into disuse.

What’s different this time? Not much, probably. I’m increasingly less interested in social media that I don’t control. A couple months ago I set up a VPS to host my own stuff. After briefly toying with Friendica, and failing to sort out some DNS issues for my own email server, I’m back at blogging.