1. Brian Blogs Again!

    brian on 2005.06.08
    at 01:12 pm

    Hello. Sorry to be so MIA. Lately, I’ve been busy. Mainly buying a condo near Tufts in Medford. It’ll be nice. Just yesterday I set up a page on my free Backpack account to help us track stuff. Very useful.

    Jake and I also soft-launched a new blog on behalf of our friend Jess. I named it fish_epiphany which was sorta an inside joke, but it probably only makes sense to me. I told her she could change it, but right now, Jess seems so enamored by the site, that she’s yet to figure that it’s really her site and she can object to anything on it! Jake thought it’d be cool to purchase Jess’s somewhat rare last name as her URL. Not too many people in 2005 can buy their lastname(dot)com. Check out her site, it should be much more interesting than our own.

    I’ve also been working on another blog for myself and Amanda. The idea is that I could post stuff there of a personal nature that I wouldn’t want to muck this place up with. There’d be a combo blog (Amanda and I) that would be the front page, based on us putting the same category on the common interest post and then separate sections (defined by author) where we could put anything.

    What would I put there, that I wouldn’t put here? Well this blog is somewhat intended to be general (progressive geek) interest. We don’t do much personal posting about how our day went, or someone’s boss is a jerk, or the gory details about my surgery. For things that are borderline I would sway towards posting them on the other blog, then referencing them here. I’d love to set that to be automatic. If I could have a check box that said “cross-post excerpt to Recently” that would be way cool. I think that function’s going to be a full-manual mode unless Jake is so intrigued that he writes it up. That kid is amazing, not only did he write this place from scratch, but then just for kicks, he added reverse-engineered XML-RPC so we could post from blog writing software like MarsEdit or Ecto Incredible.

    A question I’m batting around is how public to make that other blog. I’ve wanted a place for information for my friends, for example should they be coming to visit they could have specialized directions to my pad. But that’s not information I’d want available to the general public. So I’d have to password protect it. I know Textpattern (generally the software we use to build sites when we don’t make them fully-custom) has the ability, but I’m going to have to figure out how to get it just right, so I can just have a post be categorized as private and it only appears in the protected site. It would not appear in public archives, etc. I’d love to have it be over SSL, too, but that’s a pain. I wish I could do that without having to pay for a certificate. I can create a cert, but then your browser will likely say “this proves nothing to me, since Brian isn’t a trusted source that I recognize.”

    Thanks for letting me think out loud. I’ll keep this site posted with updates on those developments. Maybe Jake will post with info on his bloggish side projects, for his friend and his band… and once we’re done with everyone else, maybe we’ll actually finish our professional services site.

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