One year ago today, exactly, Z and young Telemachus and I arrived back in Canada from Seoul. I’m not really sure where that leaves us at the present time, which brings me to another thought.
Sometimes, discretion is the better part of valour. I have a lot to say, and it’s an effort to hold back here. Much of it, especially about sociological and political trends, is simply too controversial for the moment–although I would like to start writing what I really and deeply feel. Then, too, there’s the feeling that I must, well, reveal rather less of myself here, now that I am back in the North American employment zone. Also, there are so many politics and news blogs that I feel the need for space for something a little more contemplative. Unfortunately, that has yet to emerge here, I think.
Meanwhile, in case you’ve missed it, I’ve blogged everyday for over four weeks, now, at my new blog. This is a source of real pleasure and joy for me; most of what is on there is not politically charged, and I feel free to say most of what I think about most issues that I cover there. There’s also the excitement of staying on top of a field–two, in this case–and finding things to write about. There’s no shortage of material, and writing about old and treasured things and places excites me.
Look for another post here, from time to time, though.
A recent post showed how happy I was with iGoogle’s features. Google isn’t everything, though, as this short post relates.
For better or for worse, the powers that be have decided that one of the students I tutor through a local tutoring company should study many poems about death. One of them, written by Robert Frost, is shown in its entirety in the screenshot below. After reading the poem, about a boy who dies because of a construction incident involving a saw, look at the Google ads. (Remember that you can resize the image so that the text is readable by clicking on it after you click on the thumbnail.)
Saving the best for the last, I’ll start by noting that the owner of the statistics counter I use (for free), Statcounter, has just been named Business Weekly’s young entrepreneur of the year. The article compares Statcounter quite favorably with other counters, including Google Analytics. I’ve been with Statcounter ever since my first blog, so obviously I’m on to something significant and I can now boast of my superior knowledge. Until you hear my actual numbers, that is: at less than 20 visitors per day, this blog is the least-read one of the three I’ve worked on for any length of time.
I’m really enjoying using a Google theme on iGoogle. It’s almost impossible to overstate the pleasure that personalizing this has been for me. I had no idea that one could customize a personal page like this. Check out the screenshot below to see how I’ve made the space my own:
Note the presence of a daily chess puzzle, among other things. The weather in the theme changes to match the weather conditions in Vancouver, which is quite neat.
I am indebted to my friend Kevin (warning: R-rated blog!) for his kindness in creating for me the extremely interesting blog image you now see on my sidebar to the right! The face on the coin is actually based on a real photograph of my head in profile.
…last night the header image was there, and today it’s gone. It’ll take a day or so to work out this bug.
UPDATE: It looks like I got it back up. If you can’t see the header image, I’d be very grateful if you’d drop me a line.
The above categories I put in place to indicate a general overview of what I intend to blog about in this site. The title of the blog is half-reflected in the url, and should hopefully mean that when I give the blog a new theme at some hypothetical point in the future, I won’t have to change urls again. If you are looking for my journals on the Iliad, the Odyssey, or the three tragedians, please click on the link in the preceding sentence to go to my old blog.
In the meanwhile, it’s great to be back home in Port Coquitlam, and photoblogging Port Coquitlam and other places is something I’m looking forward to.
COMMENTS: Unlike my last blog, I am not requiring a registration for commenters, but I am going to moderate comments manually, at least for a time. I’m getting about 100 comment spam entries every two days at my previous blog, and I’m now in a process of turning off the comments manually on every single one of the posts beginning with the oldest ones. One thing I was able to do with this blog was to turn on the anti-comment-spam plugin Akismet. Hopefully that will keep the blogging house relatively clean.
LINKS: If I’ve left your link off my sidebar and you really want to appear here, shoot me an email. The links list will certainly get longer, and I also intend to keep up with the so-called K-blogs through the sidebar on my previous blog.
TONE: Despite this post, I may try to reduce much of the “I” and “me” in this email. Blogging for me will be highly personal, but perhaps at times it has been a little too personal.