New year, new /now page.
I hit 900 miles running last year. Just got a new pair of shoes (the Mizuno Wave Sayonara 4’s for half price!) after having put over 600 miles on my previous pair (oops).
My dad made me an awesome record crate on wheels for Christmas.
My new managerial role at work is going fine.
In the past few years, two things have become major passions for me: digital preservation and genealogy and most of my projects relate to one of those two things.
In addition to the ongoing process of researching my own family tree, I’ve built out a custom, private family site that adds a photo album, stories not shared on the public version of the family tree, and research notes. In addition, I’m writing a custom document management system for saved documents of genealogical interest (death certificates, censuses, military documents, etc.) that allows for viewing, searching, and sorting. The ultimate goal on the private site will be to have individual pages for each person that include detail from the family tree with links to related photos, stories, and documents. This will theoretically make compiling print photo books and such easier, too.
As far as digital preservation, I’ve been continually working on adding new content to Normal Bias, Raw Deal Radio, and my Internet Archive account. It’s tough sometimes because I realize the importance of saving these tiny bits and pieces of various subcultures, but it’s likely not something that will pay dividends until well after I’m gone. That’s OK.
My studio PC’s hard drive may have given up the ghost, which is slowing down my digitization efforts a bit.
I’m just getting started on a presentation on preservation that I may try to shop around to some local genealogical societies.
I’ve got a new preservation-themed project in the works that I hope to launch by spring.
I still occasionally launch the random domain. This year it was 1980scommercials.com, which is a simple full-screen randomized jukebox-style playing of commercials from 1980s, pulled from a collection at the Internet Archive.
What I’m Digging
Lots of good Netflix shows recently! Loving 3% and Glitch (it’s like The Returned, but in Australia). The first episode of The OA didn’t do much for me. I will neither confirm nor deny having watched and laughed at Fuller House.
Books! My to-read list is looking pretty awesome right now. Looking forward to reading more fiction this year than usual, starting with Robert McCammon’s Freedom of the Mask and later in the year The Border. I’ve got two more Kōbō Abe books I cannot wait to dig into The Box Man and The Ruined Map. As far as non-fiction, I’m finishing up Oliver Sacks’ Musicophilia and next on deck will be Blaine Bettinger’s highly recommended The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy.
Here’s my playlist with my favorite music of 2016, best listened to in order:
What I’m Available For
Over the past few years, I’ve been pulling way back on freelance work or outside web work. I’m definitely suffering from burnout and a need to focus on some of my own projects. I’ve still got a few pieces of freelance work I’m trying to transition to others.
So, really, I’m not available for much. But I’m always willing to talk or answer questions, particularly about my areas of focus. Like, if you want to get started doing genealogy or preserving things, talk to me. If you need advice on how to get started with podcasting or a web site, give a shout. Or if you want to go vegan and don’t know how to do it, I’m your man.