signs you’ve been away from your blog too long:

  1. your wife sees you looking at the front page of your site and says, "Oh, did you start weblogging again?"
  2. old skööl bloggers start calling you out on twitter
  3. as you login to the admin interface of your weblog, you realize that if the password isn't cached by the browser you are well and truly fscked because you have no idea what that password might be...

so, anyway, not dead yet, just… busy. i’m going to be all retro and cram a bunch of completely unrelated stuff into this one post. hell, i may even disable comments. that’ll show those damn kids.

speaking of damn kids, this blog turns ten right about now. that’s ten in blog years, which is 327.67 in people years. this blog is old, crotchety, and started out as hand-coded html uploaded using ftp over a dialup connection (you know, using one of those modem thingies your grandma talks about). i didn’t have to make my own ones and zeroes, but i did have to walk uphill to the store to buy 'em.

the last thing i did before starting to write this post was upgrade wordpress, which thanked me by crapping all over my custom theme. BAH i say. i’m falling back to the (faintly embarrassing, truth be told) default theme just long enough to finish coding my long-threatened custom weblog app, which is going to be a highly automated way of hand coding html and uploading it using scp. because i exude progress, whippersnappers.

anyway, where was i? oh, right, i was talking about where i’ve been for the last six months. mainly i’ve been busy finding and starting a new job. speaking of that, i’m reminded that i owe a shout-out to uri guttman, the perl hunter. uri was one of the people i worked with during my job search – after some very helpful advice on my resume and code samples, he got me an interview with a financial services company in nyc (i won’t say who, but it rhymes with kloomkerg) which was a really fantastic opportunity. in the end it worked out better for us to stay in the dc area, but working with uri was a real treat – highly recommended if you’re looking for a perl job, or if you have a perl job you’re looking to fill.

i did end up starting a new job in may, however – still a beltway bandit contractor, but with a different company, and working at the census bureau. unlike the last gig, this is less sysadmin-ish and more developer-ish – although i’m still straddling that line. honestly, i’d be a bit happier if i could get a bit further away from the sysadmin side, but that seems unlikely to happen for the foreseeable future. so far i’m having a good time and getting to work on some cool stuff. my commute got considerably longer, unfortunately, but i’m trying to utilize the metro as much as possible to maximize my reading time, and i’m going to try getting some coding done on the train using my eee. we’ll see how well that actually works.

and speaking of coding, i’m going to go do some now, and i’ll hopefully post something else before the 11th anniversary of the blog…