Long time no blog

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything here — over a year, anyway, which might as well be a decade in Interwebs time. The funny thing is that this blog gets more views now than it ever did before. That’s right, the Google searches leading to the backlog of old content have continued to drive traffic in ever increasing numbers even though nothing new has been posted in awhile. As a result of that, the AdSense ads on this site continue to support the cost of server hosting; hence why the site is still around even though I haven’t written anything new in awhile. Now I’m not making any money off it, but it’s always nice to have access to a co-hosted GNU/Linux server running somewhere (especially when said access is free).

One wonders what traffic on this site might be like now if I had kept updating it regularly, but whatever. I used that time for other things. Like reading!

I’ve been working my way through Modern Library’s Top 100 English Novels of the 20th Century. I’ve also been taking many a detour through other classic American novels that didn’t make the board’s list (To Kill A Mockingbird anyone?) and that I never got a chance to read in high school or college.

Most recently I read John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row. I’m going to have to go back and read a bunch more of his books (the only other one I think I’ve ever read was The Grapes of Wrath, back in high school). I really enjoy him as an author, especially the little textural vignettes that have nothing to do with the main story. Unbelievably, one of my friends recently cited these interesting interruptions as a reason why they didn’t like Steinbeck. Crazy talk.

Also, Ernest Hemingway has been very enjoyable. I really appreciate what he’s able to convey using such few words. I know I can write that simply, but my icebergs wouldn’t have anything below the surface of the waves.

4 Responses to “Long time no blog”

  1. Fips Says:

    When writing icebergs you really leave a lot of work to your readers, but it’s a nice analogy! I usually feel my writing is more like ice cubes in a glass of water.

    Anyway, nice to see that good content still gets indexed by the search engines. And just so you know, there are some of us who still have an RSS subscription ;-)

  2. Cyde Weys Says:

    Oooh, ice cubes is a good analogy. 90% is still below the surface (unless your ice cubes go all the way to the bottom of the glass), but it’s in many smaller more easily digestible chunks.

    And hey, if nothing else, I would like this site to stick around in perpetuity, and the AdSense is accomplishing exactly that. I really do hate linkrot, and I wouldn’t want to contribute to it.

  3. Jay Says:

    Hey Cyde, do you still play SupCom2? I ran into your SupComTalk blog recently and noticed it hadn’t been updated in ages. What are you playing these days, if anything?

  4. Willfully Knowledgable Says:

    Well, for someone who dislikes the willfully ignorant, you certainly do a lot of it. Here’s something you should try : research history and religion with an open mind, no time limit, and a focus on primary sources. Also, linguistics. You may find these truths :

    Catholicism was founded by God, Saints and miracles are real, you are a fool, and going to Hell. All the things you value so much about your writing are worthless vanity, probably like your empty sinful life. You seem to have no appreciation for higher linguistic understanding of communication whatsoever, you just splurt grade-school garbage about “proper spelling” and “proper grammar” as sociolinguistic variation and its place within anthropology meant jack-diddly to you.

    Come on, look at yourself here. How many languages can you read ? How many can you write fluently ? What kind of languages are they ? This, combined with what you know of linguistics, and other disciplines, shows your lack of understanding of the phenomena at hand.

    Say, you did say something useful for us all. Smart people DO spend a lot of time not saying things. Yes, instead they are busy STUDYING. Please, you must know, I’m writing this for your health. So instead of maintaining a “blog”, where you apparently expound on your lack of useful understanding and knowledge, please study enough to be to the benefit of yourself and society.

    And don’t hold as an excuse that you’re rich or from the East coast. You spend most of your time in a brand-new, not-to-last communication medium which is the anti-thesis of wholesome human relationships and dealings. How much does one have to be paid in order to do this before it becomes un-foolish ? You lack insight. Get a healthy job, spend some more time exercising, reading, and exploring. And praying, because you’re obviously too stupid to do it alone. Did you create the universe ? Well, you do act like it. Read some biographies, while you’re at it, and see where your atheist foolishness is leading you. Not fun, in this life or the next.