Continuing thoughts about the “static blog”

After some deliberation, I feel there’s no point in either (1) keeping a separate static-only blog and this blog, or (2) keeping two separate WordPress blogs, because

  • I don’t have the mind space for that. It’s straightforward to have one place for everything
  • If I did want to have a place for code snippets today, they would either belong in a shared dynamic environment, such as repl.it or nextjournal.

So, I’m going to rely on Categories to keep different posts siloed away, and see how that goes …

Previous, unpublished post:

(Found this in my drafts folder, might as well throw it out …)

I’m still thinking through this … when I first looked around, I thought Tumblr was a good candidate for the sort of “snippet-heavy” (gists, quotes, screenshots) that I anticipate throwing into my static blog.

Given that WordPress is actually something I use (for this blog, right here!) and the fact that a new “block-based” editor/design just rolled out, I’m now wondering if I should import my existing Tumblr into a new WordPress blog and just use that instead.

It’ll mean I’ll have two separate WordPress blogs … but that doesn’t seem too bad. This raises the obvious question of … why not have just one blog? Well, because they seem different (in my head, anyway): one is more of a “semi-organized summary of life and interests”, while the other is a sort of “scrapbook of anything connected to programming, computing, commentary and snippets, bits of explorations”.

Anyway, I’ll decide something soon (I hope!)

Monthly recap (April 2019)

Driving through a wall of fog on an weekend trip to Half Moon Bay (the temperature dropped ten degrees on the other side!)

Major updates:

  • Couple of hikes with Shivi and Tara, including one over-ambitious one
  • Tara had her first surgical operation 😦 … an endoscopy … and it turns out she has to be on a gluten-free diet, forever.

Minor updates:

  • Misadventures with filing taxes, due to some TurboTax “feature” that led to me printing out and Fedex-ing out my returns on literally the last day
  • Bunch of weekend meetups with a bunch of people, some of them after a long time.

Watched/read:

  • Umbrella academy” on Netflix
  • Gully boy” on Netflix
  • Two shows by Gad Elmaleh (Huge in France and his standup)
  • Vice” (bought the movie on Amazon)
  • Finished listening to “Sapiens
  • Finished reading “Deep Work

Monthly recap (March 2019)

Spring blossom, looking a lot like snow!
Spring blossom, looking a lot like snow!


Major updates:

  • Winter => Spring, finally
  • Great mini-weekend trip to Asilomar/Pacific Grove

Minor updates:

  • Red-tape-y stuff around passport renewal/visas
  • Some attempts at improving personal organization
  • A week with Tara while Shivi was out
  • Got started on the next annual puzzle 😐
  • Various birthdays/play dates …

Watched/Read:

  • Didn’t really read much at all 😦
  • Season 1 of The Romanoffs on Netflix (favorites: episode 3, 1, 8, in that order)
  • Re-watched bits of The Prestige (do this from time to time :/)
  • Season 1 of After Life on Netflix
  • Depressing documentary that made me more pessimistic about humanity: Behind the Curveon Netflix

Monthly recap (February 2019)

A rock collection of sorts

Major updates:

  • Finished my second 1000-piece puzzle (details later)
  • Disney on Ice with Tara

Minor updates:

  • Trying to get Tara familiar with Checkers
  • Daily 5-minute meditation for a month

Watched/read:

(I realized this section is really not very useful, since it only tracks the end of something, but … that’s as good as it gets)

  • Watched Fahrenheit 11/9, Burning, The Kindergarten Teacher (Netflix)
  • Finished listening to The Square and the Tower, started on Sapiens (Audible)
  • Finished watching episodes of The Good Place (season 1 was good, then meh)

Monthly recap (January 2019)

A random arrangement of toys and other artifacts

Major updates:

  • None?

Minor updates:

  • Getting back from India
  • Low fitness …
  • Quarterly trip to Barnes&Noble, some new books
  • Fun pottery outing with team at work
  • Cold weather, down with the flu
  • Put up a bunch of new paintings from Mixtiles

Watched/read:

  • Read Zero to One, Entangled Minds
  • Finished episodes of The Kominsky Method, Altered Carbon, The Good Place and The Nineties on Netflix
  • Watched Fahrenheit 11/9 and Burning

Short-form blog posts

It has to be okay to write one-paragraph posts, otherwise I’ll never end up getting what’s in my head out somewhere.

I just don’t happen to be an essay-writing kind of person, I can’t bring myself to write long blog posts, it isn’t something that comes out of me naturally, seems like a lot of work to make happen, and what’s the point1 of second-guessing myself or waiting till I have the “right amount” to write, when the whole idea of having a blog in the first place (for me, at least) is to de-clutter my mind and (secondarily) to share what I’m thinking with anyone who cares?

There has to be something between the pithiness of Twitter and the multi-page topical essays that other people seem to favor … for me, it’s a 1-3 paragraph thought form, and I’m content to reuse this blog to host them.

  1. On the downside, this may be perceived as spamminess, but that’s for you to decide. I guess every post should be greater than 280 characters 🙂

Monthly recap (December 2018)

Dramatic cloudy sky on the cab ride back from the airport

Major updates:

  • Trip to India to visit parents/friends/relatives
  • A unicorn-themed birthday party for Tara at home!

Minor updates:

  • A first movie night for me and Shivi (i.e. also a first for Tara being babysitted): watched Bohemian Rhapsody. An absolute delight!
  • Caught up with a lot of movies/reading this month

Watched/read:

(This is how I catch up on the movies of the year!)

  • Rewatched Raiders of the lost Ark (always good)
  • In the plane: Mission Impossible: Fallout (wow!), The predator (2018) (yuck), Avengers: Infinity War (okay), The Meg (okay), The house with a clock in its walls (okay), Ready player one (good), Bad times at El Royale (wow!)
  • While on vacation: 15:17 to Paris(okay), Andhadhun (wow!)
  • At home: Masters of the Universe (fun), Civilizations (okay)
  • Read Zero to One, Atomic Habit; finished reading The Prague Cemetery and The power of full engagement after many months