Form overrides function: LJ mass deletion ’07

June 2nd, 2007

The events of the recent LiveJournal mass deletion highlight an oft-overlooked aspect of community-driven websites: Form overrides function.

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An ode to my hosting company

February 11th, 2007

I've been hosting Brain on Fire with for close to 9 months now, and they've won my admiration. I'm currently paying a couple pennies a day for some of the best service I've ever encountered with a host or registrar.

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On the path to

July 26th, 2006

I have begun development of a new site,, where users will be able to barter with those in their geographic vicinity with the help of tags and Google Maps. It's still in its infancy, and the core components haven't even been written yet, let alone tested. I don't even care if it's already been done before -- it's more of a learning experience. I'll be journaling its development occasionally, starting today.

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Please excuse the dust

June 6th, 2006

For several days the site was inoperable, due to an error at my hosting company, NetFirms. I have switched to a new host,, which has more features yet is less expensive. One of the features is the Apache module mod_rewrite, which allows me to have prettier URLs. (Luckily, the old-style URLs still work, so existing links to this site won't break.)

If you sent me email in the past week and didn't receive a reply, I may not have received it, so consider resending it.

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.