||[Apr. 9th, 2006|11:13 am]
I keep quite a detailed diary. Many people refer to this as a
blog. For me, blog means:
Reverse chronological layout.
Too much eye candy.
I get fed up with people calling my diary a blog, so to make it more difficult for them to
do so, I've created a blog as well, on Livejournal. It's like pulling teeth. First, I was
pretty sure that I had a live journal account called groggy, but that's some bloke in
Canada who has presumably decided to squat on my entry. Never mind, I thought: a Livejournal
account isn't worth the paper it's printed on. Let's be groogle instead. But the signup menu told
me that that was taken too! So were groggle and whostolemyname. Finally I decided
that it was really trying to tell me that it wanted non-alphabetic 9r0991e. Doing the setup was also such a pain; why
do so few of these web sites offer the option to use a local editor? I ended up entering this
text in the journal by first formatting with Emacs and then pasting into the
It's not just the editor, of course. Entering my profile terminated prematurely when I
pressed Enter instead of Tab, and I couldn't enter my Zip code (I'm not in the
USA; what kind of reason is that?). Entering the time zone gave me a behemoth list of all
time zone names, some of them renamed (US/CST instead of America/Chicago,
for example). And it wasn't in alphabetical order: US comes first, an
acknowledgement of the pain it is to select from this kind of list. You won't see many
entries in this blog: it's just too painful. I may put in another, though, to see if I can
get them in the correct order.