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NNP Anniversary

February 3, 2019

On Feb. 3, 2008, I started this blog. My only regret is that, like Tristram Shandy keeps living and having more to write about, I keep reading, and so I’m never going to be able to go back and write about all the books I read before I started blogging.

I don’t even write about all the books I’m currently reading, as I’ve admitted here before. I just cleaned a couple off my desk that I’m not going to write about, although I enjoyed them well enough: Universal Harvester, by John Darnielle and The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal. Over the past month I read and enjoyed Lois McMaster Bujold’s Cetaganda, Ethan of Athos, Brothers in Arms, and Mirror Dance and just took Janet Evanovich’s Look Alive Twenty-Five and J.D. Robb’s Leverage in Death back to the library. I’ve also been reading a bunch of non-fiction to prepare for writing the paper I’m presenting at ICFA in March, entitled “Politics and Profit: Artificial Intelligence in Gnomon, Autonomous, and Exit Strategy.” I’ve found Data and Goliath, by Bruce Schneier, a good overview of the topic, and The End of Trust updates some of the issues very well.

As usual, in honor of my blog anniversary, I am planning to order a paperback book from Blog2Print, of all my blog posts from the past year. The books are starting to add up to quite a pile, after a decade of posts. How many things have you done in your life for an entire decade?


23 Comments leave one →
  1. February 3, 2019 12:28 am

    Happy Blogversary!!🎈🎈🎈

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. February 3, 2019 2:10 am

    Never heard of Blog2print. Will look it up.

    Although I’m not sure they’re worth preserving in toto.

  3. February 3, 2019 4:30 am

    Congratulations! Here’s to many more years. I never blog about all the books I read either, I’m in awe of those who manage it. Good luck with your paper 🙂

    • February 3, 2019 2:09 pm

      Thanks! I do think it would be a Tristram Shandy-like situation to try to write about everything I read, getting more and more behind every day.

  4. February 3, 2019 7:21 am

    Congratulations! It really is difficult to keep going, so you are to be commended!

  5. February 3, 2019 9:16 am

    Congratulations on your blogiversary! I think the book of your blog posts is a wonderful idea, I didn’t even know that you could do such a thing!

    • February 3, 2019 2:13 pm

      You can. Now I’m starting to feel like I should have made a deal with Blog2Print, since I’m giving them free advertising!

  6. Rohan Maitzen permalink
    February 3, 2019 10:13 am

    Happy anniversary! Your blog has been one of my favorites since I first started reading it, so I’m so glad you’ve kept it up.

    • February 3, 2019 2:14 pm

      Thank you! And of course, the feeling is fully reciprocated.

  7. February 3, 2019 11:53 am

    Happy blogiversary! I’ve never heard of Blog2print and will be checking that out.

    • February 3, 2019 2:15 pm

      And yeah, I totally deserve some kind of advertising commission from the Blog2print folks!

  8. February 3, 2019 5:03 pm

    Woo hoo! Happy blogiversary! That’s pretty cool you order a book of all your blog posts. Do you read it, browse it, or just admire it on the shelf as tangible evidence of your digital production?

    • February 3, 2019 5:10 pm

      I browse through them from time to time. Mostly because I like browsing on paper, as opposed to reading on a screen.
      I must admit that I’ve had lots of half-baked Romantic notions since I first read about Emily Dickinson putting her fascicles in a bureau drawer.

  9. February 3, 2019 7:34 pm

    Hurrah for the un-dead indie blog! And here’s to another decade, or two.

  10. February 3, 2019 7:46 pm

    Happy milestone! I remember when I first stumbled across your blog and tried to understand the necromancy connection 🙂 I have always enjoyed both your book reviews as well as your posts about your travels. Looking forward to more.

    • February 3, 2019 9:53 pm

      The necromancy connection is way more wholesome than it seems at first glance, right?

  11. February 3, 2019 8:52 pm

    Great job, that’s an impressive run!

    I just finished Mirror Dance and really liked it. One of my favorites in the series so far.

    • February 3, 2019 9:55 pm

      Yes, I really liked it too. I can see how Memory is set up now, and it’s the one my friend who recommended Bujold says is his favorite, so I’m really looking forward to it but also trying to save it for a plane trip because it’s just the kind of book I like to take on a plane. My next trip is to ICFA in March, so I don’t know if I’ll resist that long.

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