So, as some of you may have noticed I haven’t been blogging very much lately. For those worried that I may have disappeared off the face of the planet, I’d just like to say that rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated.
In case you want to know the main reasons I haven’t been blogging are:
- Laziness/”Blogger’s Cramp”: Basically I’ve had some topics I wanted to discuss, but each time I’d put it off long enough that it was no longer timely or relevant, so I just dropped the subject.
- Harry Potter: One of Tiff’s and my favorite pastimes is reading together. Since we’ve gotten married four years ago, we’ve read dozens of books ranging from The Chronicles of Narnia, to Frankenstein, Les Misrables, Dickens’ Hard Times, several Jane Austen books, and even some non-fictions like Fredric Bastiat’s The Law. Most of my free time over the past two months has been spent reading the Harry Potter series with Tiffany. Back when I first heard about the series, my thoughts were that a series of kids books about witches that soccer moms were raving over had to seriously be “teh gay”. But then I watched the first movie over at a friend’s house (right before I started dating Tiffany), and was suitably impressed. We had watched the second movie together about a month after that, but Tiff hadn’t liked how dark/gross parts of it were, so we had sat out the third and fourth movie for a while. A friend finally lent me them, so we watched them, and ended up really enjoying the third one (the fourth one kinda sucked). We watched the fifth one while out in Utah for my thesis defense (a midnight showing the night I finished my thesis revision).
My plan at that point had been to watch all the movies first, and then read the books. My theory was basically that movies usually suck compared to the books, so if I watched the movies first, I could actually enjoy them more, and then I could read them and get to enjoy them all over again. However someone blabbed the ending of the 7th book in front of Tiff while she was in the grocery store, so I changed my mind. I’d rather enjoy the last two movies a little less than have someone ruin the ending for me! So we jumped in, and after many late nights reading together we finished last week. All-in-all, if there’s only one book series from the past 50 years that is still being read 300 years from now, it won’t be Harry Potter–it’ll be the Lord of the Rings. But if there are two or three series that are still remembered, I think that Harry Potter may be one of them.
- Politics: Being a “Ron Paul” type conservative/libertarian, my political views (particularly regarding foreign policy) tend to, shall we say “diverge” somewhat from those of many of my readers. Being a anti-interventionist libertarian comes with the bonus that you can tend to piss off both ends of the political spectrum. Many of the things I’ve wanted to blog about over the past several months revolve around the War on (some) Terror, but while I’ve been tempted to blog about those things, I really have no desire to turn my comments section into a playground for Little Green Fascists on the one hand, or Democratic Undergrounders/Kosites on the other hand. I’ll probably succumb at some point to the temptation (after all, while silence may sometimes be golden, at other times it’s just plain yellow), but I’ll make sure to appropriately label the posts so those not interested in my political opinions can ignore those posts.
- Dislike of Punditry: One of the things that I’ve realized over the past year is that there are far too many pundits in the world, and most of them are just hacks. The blogosphere is one of the biggest echo chambers ever created, and most blogs merely spout the conventional wisdom of their little clique. While such conventional wisdom isn’t always completely wrong, it usually is, and I figured that the last thing that the world needs is yet another hack. I still sometimes feel like speaking my piece–giving my opinion about this or that policy. But I really have tried to balance that out with pieces containing original thought. Basically, I like to try and actually create something with this blog, putting together new or under-discussed ideas in new combinations, trying to look at problems in new lights, or to at least provide new information instead of just regurgitating opinions. The results may vary, but I’d at least like to think that this approach is what makes Selenian Boondocks somewhat unique.
Unfortunately one of the hazards of throwing a lot of spaghetti at the wall is that at some point, some of the ideas start sticking. Ie some of them actually start looking like they might actually be feasible for me to be involved with, instead of being far enough in the future that I don’t see any problem with giving them away for free. One of the ideas actually turned into an SBIR proposal I wrote on my own time for MSS. I don’t yet know if we got it, but if it does, I’ll get an opportunity of putting my time where my mouth is. While I may still blog somewhat on some of these topics, alas when it comes to close to MSS stuff, I need to be careful to make sure I’m not giving away things that are company proprietary. Such is the hazard of being a space blogger who works for a space startup.
- Family: When you have two cute and silly little boys growing up so fast, you sometimes want to spend some time enjoying it while it lasts. And when a certain cute and silly boy decides that this is the month for waking up every morning about a dozen times between 1am and 7am, it kind of puts a damper on the desire to blog up a storm.
So, now that you’ve heard my excuses, and now that I’m a little less busy, I’m going to try and start blogging again on a semi-regular basis. I’ve got one obligation coming up in a few days that will probably keep posting light through the end of the week, but I figured I at least owe a few excuses.