Hello, world

Hello, world.  This is my first post on my new-fangled WordPress blog thingy.  I am here because I no longer have any other personal presence on the Internet.  I used to have a personal web page with my ISP, Comcast, until they killed that practice.  Before that, I used to have a GeoCities site until Yahoo! killed that.  Before that was 1994 and I was (barely) on the Internet using a 9600 baud modem.

Why did it take me so long to do this?  Because I’m lazy.  Next question.

I was going to title this post “F1RST P0ST” in homage to xkcd 269, but decided against it because I can’t stand when people intentionally misspell English.  Some people might refer to me as a “grammar Nazi”.  Those people are idiots.

So why “Hello, world”?  Well, for one it’s literal; I am saying hello to the (Internet) world with this post.  For another, I am a programmer (for certain values of “programmer”) and traditionally one’s first program is a “Hello, world” program.  Thirdly, I’ve already wasted far too much time trying to come up with a name for this stupid place and I didn’t want to waste any more coming up with a witty and clever name for this post.  It’s not like anyone but me is ever going to read this site, anyway.

So, what am I going to be doing here?  You got me.  This might even be my only post here ever.  When I came up with this idea, I figured I would post about whatever tickled my fancy.  I have a wide range of interests, most of which would drive people away in droves, if there were anybody here.  It seems to me that most successful blogs focus on one or a few core themes.  I believe this is because the further you stray from the central idea that brought people to your site, the more people you alienate who disagree with you on those other topics.

Having said all that, I don’t think I will focus on only one theme, at least not at first.  We’ll see how it goes.  If anyone ever actually reads this, feedback would be appreciated.

So, who am I?  No one.  I choose to remain anonymous, at least for the time being.  Rest assured that I am no one who is famous or has any sort of political, monetary or religious power.

So, what’s with the name?  You try coming up with a name some time!  You can read all about Sisyphus here.  Of course, if you received a proper education, you already knew who he was.  I chose that name to reflect my attitude towards writing this blog, as well as my other hobbies.

Just what are those hobbies?

I’ve already mentioned I’m a programmer.  Technically, I am (or at least was, briefly) a professional because I once prostituted myself got paid to write a serious application for a customer.  Also, when I was gainfully employed as a computer technician, I wrote several programs that aided me in my work.  Nowadays, I program for fun.  I’ve been programming since 1982, although I was interested in computers long before that.

There are more hobbies, and I might get to them if I ever post again.  For now, I think I’ll end here and post this to see how this thing works.