Site Move

This site has found a new home, on a VPS (Virtual Private Server). My prior host had let me down far too often by failing to install current technology and by repeatedly installing spam filters that silently blocked (and in some cases, permanently deleted) only about half of my spam, along with hundreds of good emails over the last few months. This, even though I asked them repeatedly to disable all spam filters on my site permanently, which they swore they had done. Very disappointing.

Fortunately, the move went smoothly. The result: the site is about 2000% faster than it was 24 hours ago. If you run into any problems, let me know!

August Reboot

The last few months have been completely crazy — I worked well over 300 hours in July alone — and this blog has once again fallen by the wayside. It’s time to reboot it. I plan to roll out a new design fairly soon, and I am going to up the posting frequency significantly. Stay tuned!

Six Hundred

I just realized that my most recent post (GTD: Your 6 Most Important Things) was my six hundredth post on here.

This site has come a long way since I started working on it in vi and Netscape on a Unix workstation. It has been edited in — and arguably abused by — vi, Netscape Communicator, multiple versions of FrontPage, multiple versions of Dreamweaver, and countless other tools. I am pretty happy with the way it runs now (almost entirely driven by WordPress, with some portions hand-coded in Notepad++).

Mostly, I’m happy it’s still ticking along, despite a few long slowdowns, and still has some readers. Thank you for reading!

Return of the Blog

After posting to this blog only 5 times in all of 2011, I have decided that it is well past time to revive this blog. I regularly come across material that I would like to share on here, but inertia and the press of other concerns tend to take over. No more.

In 2012, I hope to post every week, at minimum. This should be easier than it has been in the past, thanks to a new phone (Baker Botts is now supporting iPhones) and a wonderful new gadget: the amazing and useful iPad 2 that Sarah and I received for Christmas. This truly is an ingeniously designed device. I am actually typing this post on it, which is not quite as natural as typing on a full-size keyboard, but still remarkably easy.

Anyway, look for a major rebound in this space soon.

And if I haven’t talked to you in the last few days, I hope you had a merry Christmas and have a wonderful 2012!

Man, I’m Terrible

I’ve been blogging for more than eight years and still can’t avoid the multi-week periods of radio digital silence. Weak, I know.

So, what’s going on? Nothing and everything. The biggest news is that we’re buying a house! That is, as long as all the remaining details come together in the next few days. It’s very exciting, but there’s still a ways to go before closing. Stay tuned.

Still Here

I am still out here. Just not posting much. I have limited time right now, and the things I most want to post about – politics, economics, legal issues, and other current events – are problematic; there are not many things I could say on those topics at present which I feel can be adequately expressed by posting on here, nor is a public forum the best place for some such musings, especially the more conversational ones. On the other hand, I am always available to discuss these things in a non-public forum; just shoot me an email.

Too Crazy

I have not been posting a tenth of what I want to post on here. I have lots to share – politics, economics, stocks, law, and other topics, for starters. Unfortunately, real life – that is, the private life of family, friends, and simply living – keeps getting in the way. This week in particular was insane, or at least insanity-inducing. I will probably not be posting much for a little while, unfortunately. Perhaps life will cut me some slack soon.

Hello World.

A few of the search terms people have used to find this site in the last 24 hours which have suddenly spiked in popularity:

  • ed cottrell
  • cottrell
  • baker botts
  • edblog
  • “ed cottrell” blog

I assume some of those folks are my new co-workers. Hello! Don’t worry, all; it’s pretty harmless on here.

Some of the more specific searches from the last couple of days, from the relevant to the weird (all spelling errors original):

  • enloe high school prank
  • the shack book review [Ed. note: there are about 50 related searches…]
  • the pros of conservatism
  • zo’é (o anche poturu
  • i hate coldfusion
  • newcar tax consequences
  • business ethics in perlis
  • should online poker be legalized?
  • funny quotes by category “about home”
  • is houston under evacuation order? [Ed. note: there were a lot of searches similar to this one, too…]
  • country with most mnuclear threat
  • eleanor roosevelt look fear in the face
  • july texas 2008 bar exam blog
  • texas mandatory evacuation law
  • the higher power of the shack

I can explain most of those. Not sure why I suddenly became a popular site for hurricane evacuation information or “most mnuclear threat,” though…

Blogging Hiatus?

As much as I’ve enjoyed playing around with this site in the last couple of weeks, alas, the real world calls. I start at Baker Botts, tomorrow, as does Sarah. So, perhaps there will be a bit of a break in the blogging. To all five of my readers: please come back; I will not disappear for good.