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Blog Gardening

This has always been a rather passive-aggressive website, technologically speaking. You could read recent things, and you could read certain older things, but God help you if you wanted to poke around in the archives. The site was assembled by a script I wrote one night after two bottles of wine in 2002, and was afraid to ever look at again, let alone touch.

This past week I finally decided to do some long-overdue blog gardening, and now the site should be navigable back to its origins in the summer of 2002. It might even grow to have exciting features like a comments area, or actual new writing.

There are two joys that come with doing this kind of cleanup. The first is the discovery that, although writing regularly for seven years may not make you a good writer, it will certainly make you a less terrible writer than when you started. The second is the ability to go Orwell on the past.

As a form of moral penance, however, I have preserved the fact that my very first article on this site was about attending a Renaissance Faire.

Without droning on about the gears and levers that now drive this website, I would like to ask readers to email me if some link that used to work is now broken, or if something that works now would be better off being broken again.

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Greatest Hits

The Alameda-Weehawken Burrito Tunnel
The story of America's most awesome infrastructure project.

Argentina on Two Steaks A Day
Eating the happiest cows in the world

Scott and Scurvy
Why did 19th century explorers forget the simple cure for scurvy?

No Evidence of Disease
A cancer story with an unfortunate complication.

Controlled Tango Into Terrain
Trying to learn how to dance in Argentina

Dabblers and Blowhards
Calling out Paul Graham for a silly essay about painting

Attacked By Thugs
Warsaw police hijinks

Dating Without Kundera
Practical alternatives to the Slavic Dave Matthews

A Rocket To Nowhere
A Space Shuttle rant

Best Practices For Time Travelers
The story of John Titor, visitor from the future

100 Years Of Turbulence
The Wright Brothers and the harmful effects of patent law

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