Why now?

So I’ve decided that I waste time on Facebook. Mind you, not exactly in the same sense that some people seem to spend time on the site. See, I used to keep this blog regularly updated. Ok, well, I used to update anyway, maybe it’s been a long time since I was doing so regularly. Maybe what I mean is I waste energy on Facebook.

About a week ago I realized I’ve been using Facebook (and to a lesser extent Twitter) to express ideas and opinions and anecdotes which I would have formerly written a blog entry about. To make things worse, I write less about these stories there than I would on my blog. And to top it all off, they are then only available to people on Facebook, and if Facebook someday disappeared, those thoughts and ideas would disappear as well.

So I think I’ve decided that I should stop posting so much on Facebook. I want to switch back to writing on my blog, owned, operated, and maintained by me for me. As a side bonus, this means posting less stuff on Facebook that people probably don’t want to read anyway (probably the only person who would ever call having fewer people read something a bonus). I think I’ll take the approach that some do, which is to write the blog entry, and then occasionally re-post it on Facebook/Twitter as a link. I think perhaps that leads to a better use of those networks anyway.

I should mention, though, that I don’t think social networks are Evil or Pointless. And I do think they can be a good source for spreading the word on current events, or keeping up to date with the news. And obviously, the social aspects of them are useful. I just don’t like the idea of “content” that I generate winding up stuck there, and I think their format in general discourages long, thought-out writing.

I guess you could sum the idea up as: Put less creative energy into social networks, and leave them for socializing.

Hi again.

Well, welcome to 2011.

First order news:  Clare and I got engaged!  More details on that to come.  It’ll be in San Diego, and we’re currently looking into three different venues in: A winery in Julian, an organic lavender farm in Valley Center, and a beautiful park just outside of Ramona.  We’ve actually had a lot of fun thinking about different ideas for food, decorations, etc.  Date set for sometime tentatively in June 2012.  Waterhouse Lavender Rose.

Now then, back to the normal news.  So, we moved back to San Diego, and we’re currently living in Julian with Clare’s parents.  I haven’t found work, and have decided to go back to school, which brings me to another happy announcement: I’ve been accepted to Cal State San Marcos for the Fall of 2011.

This is pretty great.  It’s been almost a decade since I was able to make school a priority, and in the last semester and a half I’ve been doing just that and getting straight A’s.  I’ll be switching from a CompSci degree to an InfoSys degree, which I think is more my interest right now.  Less math, more business focus.  Time to focus on some Java development, I suppose.  That’s kind of cool, though, because Chris is getting into the idea of trying to get back into coding, too.  We’ll see how that goes, hopefully we can get on the same page and work on something together.

In somewhat related news, Clare and I have been tutoring my cousins Sam and Noah in Computers/Programming and Art respectively, so I’ve actually been enjoying working with Sam on that.

What have I been up to other than that… well, I’ve been watching with hope and amazement as the Arab world comes unglued.  Memories of the failed Iranian revolution keep coming back to me.  But so far, there’s been some measure of success in Egypt and in Tunisia.  Now that the international community is getting involved, we’ll see if Libya is next.

On an entirely different note, I’ve been having a lot of fun cooking lately, again.  I made a nice thin chocolate sauce recipe, pizza dough, cinnamon raisin muffin bread, cupcakes, and a very good blueberry tart the other day.  Then I found a recipe program called Krecipes and I’ve been putting my favorite recipes into it, since Google Wave (my current recipe keeper) is going away.  Krecipes uses a SQL database backend, which seems like overkill but opens up some interesting side-applications.  For example, I’ve been thinking it might be fun to put that database online and to write an Android recipe app which pulls from the database.  Then someday, when Android tablets are free in cereal boxes, I can have one in my kitchen for my recipes.

That’s about it for now.  I’ll leave you with these:

And this, seen from /., a long, long time ago.
Q: How do you identify a dyslexic, agnostic insomniac?
A: They lie awake at night, wondering whether there’s a dog.