January 2008

From Thursday, January 31, 2008

The Illustrated President – The last paragraph is too funny to be true

Atheist T-Shirt and Bumper Sticker Aphorisms. Where’s CafePress when you need them?

Weblogs Are Fun!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

cinniroll_1.jpgStevarino.com is born again. Yay.

I would have posted this sooner but I had to go eat. If you’re interested dinner was Salisbury steak with mashed potatoes, succotash, and a salad. There was no dessert offered.

But the website, out with it… I began to seriously consider starting a weblog about three weeks ago and began working on it about a week ago. This is the fourth edition of the weblog known as stevarino.com, my 7th weblog so far, and the second powered by WordPress.

My first weblog was Preschool Prodigy. I started it in early 2002 in an effort to teach myself some web programming and design. The PHP code was a catastrophe which I still cannot believe ran as smoothly as it appeared to, but I at least learned CSS and semantic HTML well enough. My idols back then were Douglas Bowman, Jeffrey Zeldman, Simon Willison, and Mark Pilgrim. They still are to some extent, and its refreshing to see they are doing just as well today. But just as they have in recent years, I can no longer focus so much time on weblogging.

I actually did not start with the intention of reinventing this site within the modern day WordPress Industrial Complex. The entire website was going to be designed around how I thought it should function and I had a new exciting library to achieve my vision with. But after two weeks of banging my head against the desk and cursing at half-realized abstractions I decided that it didn’t really matter anymore. Hacker pride be damned.

When I started weblogging, WordPress didn’t exist, Blogger sucked, Movable Type charged a buttload, and LiveJournal was ugly. And while LiveJournal is still ugly, Blogger is now a Google property, MT is GPL’d, and WP rocks. Weblogging has matured so I guess there are other things for me to focus on now besides whose software cuddles with my data at night.

Anyway I plan to treat this weblog a bit different than my past attempts. Stay tuned.