collects stories and ideas from John Kelly

First Post!

Finally got around to watching Danny O’Brien’s Life Hacks talk from NotCon (video). This talk is essentially a “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” for dorks - Habits of Highly Prolific Geeks. It’s terrifying how many of these habits I seem to have formed myself, and yet am nowhere near being what you would call ‘prolific’ (I sometimes stick a mirror under my nose to make sure I haven’t died).

One of the figures that stood out for me from this talk was that “7% of all posts to livejournal are marked as ‘private’”. These are the posts that are visible to noone but the poster. I use these a lot on my own livejournal to keep track of important memories, or even nuggets of code that I might use a lot (the most-used being wget -r -l1 -H -t1 -nd -N -np -A.mp3 http://www.site.com). There are also countless nerd-related thoughts that run through my head on any given day that I’d love to expand upon, but don’t want to do it through livejournal. I’ve got everyone thinking I’m some kind of puerile semi-moron, and I like that. I wouldn’t want to spoil that by posting something that’s actually slightly useful.

So that’s the purpose of this blog. Hopefully I won’t get bored too quickly.