Change in focus: A more day-to-day blog

May 24th, 2009

Hey, what good is a blog if it doesn't get used? For the past few years I've been keeping the posts here limited to things that I think will be interesting or useful to strangers on the internet, and avoiding the sort of posts that will only be interesting to my friends. Well, I'm going to change that.

I was going to write a long, in-depth post explaining why I think this is the right thing to do, but that's part of the problem. (See why in the first bullet-point.)

  • My posting rate has dropped, in part because I'm a perfectionist. Long posts requires a lot of rewrites, and the pile of drafts weighs on me.
  • I now have many friends who I am not in weekly contact with. It makes more sense to blog my life now.
  • I can always section my blog into day-to-day vs. intellectual categories for filtered reading and subscribing if I feel it is becoming too much of a mish-mash.

So, my next post will be about what I am up to this summer.

Moving site to cooler host

May 24th, 2006

Brain on Fire is currently hosted on, and while NetFirms is nicer than some of the other website hosting services I've seen, I'm paying for a lot of unused bandwidth and storage space. I'll be moving this site over to, where I only have to pay for the bandwidth and storage space I actually use. I'll be paying less, but have more features to play with. For example, the URL for this post will no longer be the somewhat anonymous but rather the more descriptive Pretty sweet.

I'm moving my domain and email hosting to, which is a pretty nice deal. It's recommended by

Expect some website and email funkiness for a several-day span between now and June 9.

New site format

April 17th, 2006

I'm changing the structure of my site again. In any case, here's a roadmap of the changes:

  1. I've created a new blog which replaces the old main page.
  2. This new blog subsumes all of my other blogs.
  3. Over the next few months I will be moving posts and comments over to the new one, preserving timestamps and names.
  4. I will remove all of the pretty formatting.
  5. I will rearrange the page structure, removing modules where I deem necessary.
  6. I will put in brand-new formatting.

It'll be a long process, but I think it will be worth it.