a new start

As you may or may not know, my previous blog was hacked. I've had that blog in that space for about 5 years and it was the first time I ever experienced my files and site being compromised. I tried for a few days to figure out what happened. I backed up all my text files just to be sure I wasn't missing anything and after trying a variety of possible solutions, it seemed like the best thing to do was to move the space. I'd wanted the youhadmeatneurotic domain for a while now and this just spurred me to actually do something about it. 

So, here's to a new start; it's almost a new school year and I needed a new creative space. 

Welcome to those of you new to the blog and welcome back to those you have followed me here. Make sure that if you read the blog through an RSS feed you create a new feed and delete the old one. You can click on the link in the sidebar if you want the RSS direct link. 

 I've also set up a networked blog through Facebook. I know I haven't blogged a lot lately; I've been distracted and busy and out of town but I have several posts brewing and some memes I want to revisit. In the meantime, I have links to update and pictures to move over, so if something is broken on the new site, let me know. 



mindful: deleting stuff is good

M hates using my computer because of all the programs leave open as well as the tendency to have a bunch of crap (folders and files) all over my desktop. I'd like to think it's because I'm good at multitasking but in reality I often work distractedly because I move between tabs and programs. I read blogs and emails; I check Facebook. I work on whatever I'm working on for a bit (designing, writing, photoshopping, etc.) and then I update my calendars or chat with M. In other words, I'm usually all over the place and I wonder if our practices have influenced the technology (Firefox, for example, recently added a + tab, making it ridiculously easy to add tabs for. You no longer have to press CTRLN...ooh) or if the technology influences our practices, though it's probably a bit of both.

I try, periodically, to clear off my desktop but I have trouble not having a lot of windows and programs open. So yesterday when I saw the prompt on the mindfulist to create a minimalist computing experience that it would be a challenge I needed to undertake.

So I went from this, which is actually a lot better already than it usually is:

to this which emphasizes my word for the year :