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Monday, August 30, 2004

quid est?

Eli turns 15 today. That's days.

Maybe it's the fact that I can't talk to him yet that's motivating me to blog. The great thing about writing is its permanence -- 30-year-old Eli will be able to read my thoughts about him and the world 30 years before. Consider: how enriching would it be to be able to review your parents thoughts when they were much, much younger?

So this is what it is, quid est: a place to archive my thoughts. I could write a diary instead -- but I don't think I would keep up the motivation. There's something about knowing that what you are writing will be read (possibly, someday, by someone) that is stimulating.

I have no interest in maintaining a professional or technical blog. I read them, but I can't understand why people write them. My work is writing software, and I just can't imagine regularly writing about writing software, that sounds so boring.

Nor am I interested in having a public voice here. I won't try to be relevant or interesting or accessible to those who don't already know me. This should be personal. But it shouldn't be trivial either. I don't mean to capture what happened today, but what ideas interest me today. So I think the tendency will be toward the philosophical.

This may make for boring reading to almost everyone. But not to me. And hopefully not to 30-year-old Eli.