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2009 – The Year In Review

Posted 2009.12.31 17.59 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

As the last hours of 2009 wind down, it seems like a good time to review the year, how it summed up against other years. And generally speaking, it fairly well sucked. There were a few good points, lots of sucky things, and overall, I think 2009 is getting a failing grade.

In fact 2009 was sucky enough that it actually reached back in time and ruined the last half of 2008. It was just that sucky. 2009 – The Year Of Suck.

So back to 2009. What were some of the good things? The whole aquarium thing has been a big positive. Sure it’s a bit of a money-sink, a lot of work, and some responsibility. But it’s very relaxing and enjoyable, and I can’t help smiling when I watch the fishies and snailies playing. Especially the wee babies. Les is doing well with the big fish, the nursery tank is full of snail babies and a couple corydora babies. All-in-all the aquarium stuff lets me forget about my own problems for a while and just observe their simple and care-free comings and goings.

Of course, I haven’t forgotten about my kitties. Misha and Pixie continue to amuse, bemuse, annoy, and purr. Misha is wonderfully affectionate when she wants to be. Even Pixie is getting affectionate now and then, in her own derranged way. Though I must add, even though it’s been four or five years, I still miss Sylvie, and think of him almost every day. It’s mostly happy memories though, so it’s all good.

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End of a LOTW Era

Posted 2007.01.30 1.00 in Computers/Internet/Technology by Stephanie

Around the same time I registered the domain name, I read something somewhere about fresh content and regular updates and whatever. To keep people coming back to a site over and over. Seemed like a good idea, although probably better suited to sites that are trying to either sell something, or trying to make money with advertising. This site is neither of those things.

Anyhoo, that idea spawned my Link of the Week. It was good, fun, sometimes wacky, and looking through the LOTW archives it’s amusing to see where my interests lay at any given time… the 4 or 5 weeks in a row on some esoteric topic, before flailing around randomly then settling for a few weeks on some other obscure interest.

However, these things must eventually come to an end. I maintained a few rules and I don’t think I ever broke them – never made a commercial site my LOTW, always something that was interesting or wierd or whatever. Still though, over the last few months it’s got harder and harder to find good links that I found interesting. Nobody ever suggested any either! Hmph.

So here we are. The blog has taken over linkage duty anyways. And I don’t have those self-imposed rules, so here, I can and do link to commercial sites if I see fit. The LOTW might return again, I’m not ruling it out. Just, it’s been a month and I haven’t found anything I wanted to make my LOTW.

So there it is. It’s put to rest, the main page has been updated, and the last archive has been made. And you know, five years, is not a bad run. I know I didn’t hit every single week over the duration, but I hit most of them. 5 years is a long time, I think, for anything on the web. Isn’t it?

Farewell, LOTW.

2006 Links of the Week

2005 Links of the Week

2004 Links of the Week

2003 Links of the Week

2002 Links of the Week