For a long time now I’ve been somewhat of a GTD guy, although I’m not religious about it and I’ve never been quite able or willing to implement it fully. Basically, all this means is that I keep a todo list that I review when I’m feeling conscientious about my life (( Actually, I keep several todo lists, which is a big no-no in GTD. I use Tomboy on my laptop and stikkit.com when I’m at work. )). One of the tasks that has been sitting in my list for a long time is Migrate old blog articles. Now I can cross it off! Look, I’m crossing it off:
Migrate old blog articles. God, that was satisfying.
Yes, I finally managed to import all the posts from my old Textpattern blog (( Some of them reference pictures that I’ll have to dig up and upload. )). These go back to the days when I was working at National Geographic in DC, and had a lot of free time during work hours to do fun things like investigate cmses and purchase web domains. (( That’s the origin of the name Stupid Idea. The original stupid idea was to create a website that would be a kind of clearing house for “stupid” ideas — ideas that were deeply flawed but worth preserving on and improving. There was a MediaWiki installation that held about 100 articles before I switched web hosts. )) Some of them are written in a half-ironic high philosophic tone, others are intended to express minimalist pathos.
This minor victory was achieved not without some casualties. I have a peculiar knack for smashing up virtual servers (( Try this on a Linux host that you have root access on: `sudo rm -rf /`. Note: please don’t. )) , clobbering databases and borking filesystems. So, uhh, I’m very sorry but we lost the old comments.