JBQ's spot on the Wild Wild Web
The musings of a French mathematician living in the heart of the American technology industry

Back with no vengeance
The last few years have been very busy for me. I went up several steps at work, from being a plain software engineer to being a software architect to being an engineering manager. To some extent, my professional life has taken over my personal life.
I have become a guy who lives at work.
Instead of being a guy who lives at home and sometimes goes to work, I have become a guy who lives at work and sometimes comes back home. Even when physically at home, my mind has been either thinking about work, or too tired to think about anything interesting. Because of that, I have left my site go unmaintained for 2 1/2 years.

Well, I can say that I'm now fighting for my life. No, don't take it literally, I'm not on the brink of death. I'm just making an explicit effort to work reasonable hours and to not think of work when I'm back at home. Since I'm not the kind of person who generally likes to sit idle doing nothing or watching TV, I need to be doing something all the time. That's not to say that I can't stay focused on doing something,
I'm not the kind of person who likes to sit idle.
in fact it's quite the opposite: I like to be focused on doing something, and once I get busy doing something I can do it for hours.

That all might seem like it has nothing to do with this site, but in fact it does, at least in my mind. Looking back at what I did about 5 years ago (at a point where it replaced my collection of BeOS software), I intended to use this site as a place where I could write "stuff", about things that I have in mind, about things I'm interested in, about things that annoy me. I quickly realized that I wanted this site to stay separate from a traditional online journal (which weren't that traditional 5 years ago, though people had had some long before I did) and that I wanted to focus on "deeper" subjects, i.e. subjects that still carry some value for a while after they get published. While that was my intent, I never seemed to find the time.
Obviously my first task is to work on the look of this site.
Over time, I eventually found time to write (and I'm now making sure that I have enough time for such activities), but I ended up without any efficient way to manage my online content when I went through several PCs in a short period of time and became unable to edit my content (except by editing the HTML files manually, which obviously isn't a reasonable option). I finally built my own tiny content management system, and I will now be able to work on my web pages, to give them the look that I want them to have, and to easily update them. Obviously my first task is to work on the look of this site, because up to now its wide and tall blocks of uninterrupted text have made it uninviting. A further task will be to categorize the content to make it accessible as it grows. Once that is done I will consider moving my photo gallery directly here, since I now have a lot more storage and bandwidth available than I used to.
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