archives

I used to take a cer­tain mea­sure of pride in keep­ing no archives of my old posts. There is some­thing appeal­ing about using the Web as a sound­ing board for thoughts that even­tu­al­ly fade away, but more fre­quent­ly I find myself wish­ing I could refer back to old mate­r­i­al.

Well, it was no small feat, but I’ve done it. Using a mish­mash of home­made soft­ware I was able to recov­er every dat­ed entry from the old hand-edit­ed Web page going back to 2001. Fol­low the links at the bot­tom of this page to year­ly sum­maries. You can browse entire months or view indi­vid­ual entries direct­ly.

5 Comments

  1. shazam July 19, 2008

    I just want­ed to say that I just spent at least a half an hour get­ting lost in your archives, rem­i­nisc­ing, reliv­ing old times, catch­ing posts I’d missed, re-view­ing some of your won­der­ful pho­tos, and laugh­ing a hell of a lot.  Thanks for giv­ing us access—it’s about damned time!  ;)

    The post about Mr. Chilly made me real­ly sad and nos­tal­gic and also so hap­py just to remem­ber Mr. Chilly…  Oh, man!  xyzlo­cate john­ston…

    iBut­ton!

  2. errhode July 19, 2008

    This seems wrong some­how.

  3. Ehren July 19, 2008

    You might want to replace web.mit.edu with scot­tos­phere.  Also, your com­ment spam pre­ven­tion is kind of weak­sauce.

  4. Scott July 19, 2008

    Glad you’re enjoy­ing it! Test­ing the scripts to gen­er­ate the archive has been kind of a trip down mem­o­ry lane. (Fun­ny you should men­tion the iBut­ton. I found one on the floor the oth­er day.) It does seem a lit­tle weird to be offer­ing so many blog-like fea­tures…

    And Ehren: quit try­ing to h4xx0r my com­put­er. My spam pre­ven­tion is clear­ly work­ing if it kept your first four com­ments from going through!

  5. Ehren July 20, 2008

    Sor­ry, I couldn’t resist.  What bet­ter way to wel­come you to the blo­gos­phere than by try­ing to sell you phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals or let you know about invest­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties.

    I see also that you delet­ed my 18 comments…so soon is your regime becom­ing one of cen­sor­ship and oppres­sion?

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