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Ten Year Blogiversary

Ten years ago,1 I started this blog with a post about earthquake monitors.2 Now, 2,304 posts later, I’m still blogging.

Over the years, this blog has gone through a lot of change. Quoting my about page:

I used be a “serious” blogger and wrote about politics and religion. Now I’m a snapshooter extraordinaire who takes pictures of the sky, buildings, and Dawson Creek Park. I also write about family vacations, bicycling, and other fun stuff we do.

Most of my posts are still available3 in the archives.4 Some of the posts I’m embarrassed about.5 Others, I’m amazed I took the time to write. The posts I enjoy the most are those about family vacations and pictures I’ve taken. I try to remember that when I click publish.

I expect to continue blogging, although I now repost a lot of my content elsewhere, and elsewhere is where most of my online interaction takes place.6

I wonder what changes the next ten years will bring to blogging.


  1. Photo credit: “Twinkle Lights” by christmasstockimages.com, used under a Creative Commons license
  2. The 2004 Indian ocean earthquake and tsunami struck five days later. 
  3. I’ve deleted a couple parodies that were likely to be misinterpreted. The Internet lynch mob has limited sense of humor, no recognition of irony, and an insatiable appetite for outrage. No reason to feed the monster if I can avoid it. 
  4. Yeah, the archives page is a little slow. I haven’t found a faster archives plugin that makes it so easy to access all the posts, so I put up with the slowness. 
  5. I haven’t deleted them…yet. 
  6. I even experimented a couple of times with removing the comments from my blog. As I haven’t had to worry about comment trolls, I reactivated the comment section, and wait patiently for someone to comment. ;-) 

To White People Choosing to Remain Silent

To white people choosing to remain silent, a short excerpt:

I saw and shared a poignant protest sign which read “White silence = violence.” It’s true. But not because you’re actually silent. You’re saying a lot…about the things that actually matter to you…none of which seem to include Black people or our lives. You claim to be progressive, smile in our faces, and then post about any and everything BUT Ferguson, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, John Crawford, Rekia Boyd, Aiyana Stanley Jones, Ramarley Graham, Vonderrit Myers, and the countless others. That’s what hurts.

Seeing white people go on with their lives seemingly unfazed by the ever mounting pile of dead Black bodies murdered by police and vigilantes is a brutal reminder of white privilege and just how much Black lives, my life, doesn’t matter to you.

Now, go read the whole thing, then share it. This is a discussion we need to have.

Torture Report Released

The “Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program, Executive Summary” (PDF, 62.6 MB)1 by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, also known as the “Torture Report,” has been released. Being 525 pages of gut-wrenching subject matter, I expect this to be a difficult read.