Life is the number of symbols you process.
My favorite activity is having an in-depth conversation with interesting people. I meet these people online and offline, and one of the things I enjoy most is looking through their own online presence to see what other tidbits they’ve shared with the world. This is my attempt to reciprocate: When I see or think something interesting, I’ll make a note of it someplace, often online, so I can remember it later or so other interested people can comment.
I’ve been at this for a long time and my online presence is a jungle of various sites and publications, often long lost. I wish I could consolidate all the best, most interesting things I’ve read and written – all into one place that can be searched and sorted, updated and improved over time. Until I have time (someday!) to clean it all up, here are some pointers:
Blogger (since April 2003) My “main” online presence from 2004-2015.
Tumblr was a good way to keep short quotes and commentary, a nice complement to Twitter for preserving short, interesting ideas for followup. This was where I kept most of my China notes while living and traveling there between 2009 and 2013.
Wordpress (since April 2003)
Biology notes Ideas and thoughts about biology (from 2003-2008)
I wrote many comments, facts, and information about my hometown of Mercer Island, Washington
For inspiration of what I think makes a cool online life, see the original site of the late John McCarthy