Category Archives: General

Do You Know Someone Named “Old Lady?”

So I’m waiting for a package to be delivered via FedEx SmartPost. SmartPost is designed to reduce costs associated with the “last mile” of delivery. Stuff travels via FedEx to the local post office, then the U.S. Postal Service handles the actual delivery.

My experience with SmartPost service has been terrible, but this was bad even by dealing-with-the-post-office standards.

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Site Update

I’ve run this website since 1996. I haven’t updated it frequently, in part because it’s never been really easy to do so. A few minutes ago, I noticed that the last major update to the landing page was made in 2002, over a decade ago.

So I’m going to attempt to promote the tools I’d used for a few blog postings (the last of which was, embarrassingly, in 2008) to be the primary content management mechanism for the website. I’m hopeful this will be an easy process—because technology upgrades are never more complicated than expected, right?

Weak Links

I’ve had a couple of opportunities this week to reflect on the reliability of complex systems. None of these thoughts are especially profound, but they’re nonetheless interesting.

Earlier in the week, a line of powerful thunderstorms rolled through the DC area. At one point, over 25% of the region was without power. Most of the outages were brief, though there are a few places that are still awaiting power restoration two days later.

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Fashionably Late

Perhaps by now you’ve heard of web logs, or “blogs,” in which one can tell the world about any foolish idea that happens to drift through one’s head. I’ve waited quite a while to get started, but I keep hearing rumblings that this “blogging” thing might really catch on one of these days. So I wanted to be ready.

In complete seriousness, this section of the site is designed to contain stuff that is too inconsequential to deserve an actual formal article, but that might nonetheless be of some interest to others.

So, enjoy. And keep your eye on this “blogging” thing. Someday, I predict that quite a few people will be doing this.