Wonderin about the name change? I bet. For a lot of you it’ll be confusing – but since I’ve had 4 blogs going and only update some of them about as regularly as a geriatric dyspeptic ant … it seemed a waste of electrons.
In consolidating the themes of them I started breaking it down into which I seemed to use the most for what… so …
Novembers Notes – is still business, anger at the world and ravings of a semi-professional nature (including the Mildthing books) and non-work related professional stuff… With the occasional business minded bit of code there for those interested in such things.
Hotel Echo (What you’re reading now) – is for personal observations, personal "me" stuff, personal / friends an all that and ravings of a personal outlook, and cool things I think the world should know about. An exception to this – will of course be the addition of a "Code" Category to provide those interested with some scripts or code they need to make things simple and explain how it works.
Secret Life of Taxis – is for anything game related… and if you have to figure out what that is – you obviously have not gotten the memo yet. And there I’ll probably include some stuff there for the PHP add-on for CoH I was writing a while back based on the DAoC add-on that was out there for PHP-Nuke forums. Depends on time.
And internally – my blog there is … well you can’t see it so what do I care?
If anything else comes to mind… well – I’ll see what I can do. Which begs the obvious question "Why not put everything in one place and use categories?".
A) I have more than one distinct written personality and viewpoint. There are things I’ll say here, on a personal basis that are speculation, rumor, have more to do with friends/family that the rest of the world would care less about than say, if I write something about my former employer (IBM) – which I want to be clear that I’m using my journalistic or editorial ranting voice rather than my personal voice… make sense? Didn’t think so – but it’s the best answer you’re going to get. I want to keep my secret identities separate.
B) Internet real-estate is hard to come by. I’ve had a number of issues with the name "Mike November" – including meeting someone who’s birth name was Michael November. (Very cool dude by the way – and for whom I gave up my AOL IM Id – cause even though I had it first… it IS his name.) In another case – had a guy with a Florida Radio station tell me I was infringing on his copyright – – until I sent him docs showing I’d had the name publicly since 1983. I’ve got the name Mike November on these blogspots because it’s my pen name – I’ve had it forever – and unless you can legally prove a right to it … I ain’t givin it over to you. I’m not Squatting … I got there first, it IS my pen-name and I’ve had it for a long time and don’t intend on giving it up.
C) I am now officially addicted to Windows Live Writer. Until now managing these blogs was a pain in the arse … now I can do it easily on my lunch break. I can suddenly manage all of them with ease. So there… I get to play with a toy – and update my stuff. Doesn’t get much better than that.