I’ve been wanting to blog here for years, but I always wound up being crushed by schoolwork or distracted by personal life. Eventually I got sick of perpetually putting it off, and forced myself to apply. I’d figure out a way to make it work.
And, as you can see, I’m now blogging here!
And up to my eyeballs in schoolwork.
And with more demands on my free time than ever before.
But! I have a plan.
See, the nice thing about being a slightly-paranoid Computer Scientist is that you tend to keep a low profile. My previous blogging isn’t well known, and the rest of my back catalog ranges from “seen by five people” to “never been shared publicly.” I can easily pad this space with old material until I can come up for air. This is especially perfect, because while my contemporary writing is all about the replication crisis and angrily shouting at fools, my older work was more about atheist apologetics. I have a decently-sized book that I gave up on writing, all about the subject, and it led me to a set of arguments that I haven’t seen anyone else develop. That is book-worthy, but there’s no harm in workshopping it until I can properly put fingers to keyboard.
In the meantime, I should also get cracking at a comment policy. Years of lurking in comment threads have left me with… opinions on the matter. That’s for a future post, though.
I suppose some of you are wondering about the name. Funny, despite the whole “wanting to blog” thing I’ve never been able to decide on a proper blog name. I’ve held on to a catchy subtitle for years (“/dev/random, unless I make a hash of it”), but a title? No clue, no idea, nothing ever came to mind. Forced to come up with one at long last, I did what came naturally.
> while :; do echo `egrep 'te$' /usr/share/dict/words | perl -e 'rand($.)<1 and ($line=$_)while<>;print$line'` \ `perl -e 'rand($.)<1 and ($line=$_)while<>;print$line' /usr/share/dict/words` ; done | less xanthosiderite koa Brooklynite lull adeste reclamatory bipunctate abevacuation disrelate seewee Epirote Cobden hemisaprophyte parcel-guilty camote danda catastate Westphalian ingurgitate ephelis sommite soilures inseminate rabies pianoforte stabbed preconstitute tanistry Bonaparte intermodification decapitate philohellenian Marette Sharona swinecote prefictional miaskite Egbert subprofessorate eosphorite protectorate soogan portmanmote morosities indicolite saiyids Marguerite hoidening repromulgate pandemoniacal barytocelestite alloxy umbraculate Post-devonian desecate white-rumped landgate twice-canvassed killinite pyrogallate cycadophyte Englishable lautarite buffoons bipunctate tar merocerite pencels echelette Borak odorate overcultivated Parbate Perrins amphodelite lethalize hesperidate Lemosi zonociliate implosively Jacquette reimbushment tricussate Reisinger alunite high-hatty archeocyte unimpatiently montroydite roband orcanette panstereorama julienite unorchestrated fulminurate pro-Sweden Bathinette Piraeus cassate unfeigning lowigite dolos lyddite intersomnial delate hepatised alienigenate perscribe emporte zoroastra hemimorphite off-put hypoantimonate ambrosia nonconfederate hotfoot exonerate nonfuturition reprobate spreadsheet
The algorithm hath spoken!
chigau (ever-elliptical) says
Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden says
Wheee! Another FtBlogger. Can’t wait to see what’s up your sleeve, Hj.
Iris Vander Pluym says
Welcome! Also, #deathtosquirrels
Hj Hornbeck says
Squirrels are our friends! I mean sure they’re as common as a Starbucks, and tend to carry disease, and have a natural sense of curiosity that leads to all sorts of mayhem, but they have cute tails.
Cute. Tails! Case closed.
Brian Pansky says
We should tag team some TERFs, Hornbeck. 🙂
Oh, I think I would have gone with Nonconfederate Hotfoot, but it ain’t my blog. Welcome, Hj, great to have you here! As for squirrels, I posted one waving the tail of war today.
Giliell, professional cynic -Ilk- says
Glad to see you here. I like having people all in one place.
Hj Hornbeck says
That would be awesome! It’s been a long time since I last blogged about them.
A stream of random words is an old trick for priming the creative pump.
That’s an impressive list of words! I hope I’m not expected to memorize them. Still, my vocabulary could use a boost.