Diary of a Network Geek

The trials and tribulations of a Certified Novell Engineer who's been stranded in Houston, Texas.


Day One

Filed under: Advice from your Uncle Jim,Deep Thoughts,Life Goals,Things to Read — Posted by the Network Geek during the Hour of the Monkey which is in the late afternoon or 5:20 pm for you boring, normal people.
The moon is Waning Gibbous

On this day, in 1660, arguably the most famous diarist in history, Samuel Pepys, made the first entry into his personal diary.

He kept his diary for approximately nine years, detailing everything from his personal life to the news of the day to even what he ate.  Although he clearly kept his diary purely as a personal exercise, he must have suspected that it may eventually prove interesting to future generations based on the care he took to bind it and…
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Advice from your Uncle Jim:
"It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else's eyes."
   --Sally Field


The Original “Blogger”

Filed under: Art,Criticism, Marginalia, and Notes,Deep Thoughts,Fun,Personal,Red Herrings,Things to Read — Posted by the Network Geek during the Hour of the Dragon which is in the early morning or 8:53 am for you boring, normal people.
The moon is Waning Gibbous

Today is Samuel Pepys’ birthday.

Samuel Pepys is the quintessential diarist.  He was certainly not the first person to keep a diary, but he is, perhaps the most famous.  He kept his diary for ten years, beginning on January 1, 1660, and detailed not only famous events, but also the daily trivia of his life, including such mundane things as what he ate or wore that day.  His diary has been an invaluable tool to historians studying the period.
As I look at my archives, stretching back a mere eight years or so, I find myself wondering if researchers of the future will be referencing our blogs to gain historical context for major events.  And, perhaps, even the movies we watched, the things we ate, and other, more trivial bits of cultural ephemera.  I have to admit, especially in reference to my own blog, the thought makes me smile a bit.
You can find an on-line, blog-like version of Samuel Pepy’s Diary by clicking the link.


Bloggers Through History

Filed under: Art — Posted by the Network Geek during the Hour of the Hare which is terribly early in the morning or 6:28 am for you boring, normal people.
The moon is Waxing Crescent

Back when the only medium was paper!

So many of us are now used to the idea of on-line journals that I think we often forget where it all started. Here’s one place: The Diary of Samuel Pepys. Pepys was a prolific journaler who not only recorded his own interesting life, but also discussed events of the day. This website, http://www.pepysdiary.com/, presents his nine-volume journal in a contemporary format; a blog. This is great inspiration for my own experimental fiction idea of creating a journal of a fiction character via a blog. Way, way, cool.
The creator of the blog, Phil Gyford, was interviewed by the BBC in an article titled “Why I turned the Pepys Diary into a Web Log“. It’s a fairly interesting read and a great introduction to who Pepys was and why he matters. Way, cool, again.
It’s nice to know that great minds think alike, but it does kind of stink to realize that my idea isn’t quite as original as I had thought.
It is sort of cool to see what a person can do with free tools and a little imagination, though. I wonder how long it takes for him to try and make money off it?

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