I'm David Braverman, and this is my blog.
It's likely that the world already has too many blogs. I hesitated starting one
for many years, mostly because I didn't see the point. Who would want to read my
self-absorbed navel-gazing semi-literate drivel? I mean, other than my mom?
What's this about?
I'm interested in too many things to confine this to one topic, no matter how self-absorbed
it gets. So look forward to entries, at least one daily, on these topics:
- The weather. I've operated
a weather website for more than seven years. That site deals with raw data and
objective observations. The blog will add some interpretation, from travelogue to
- Anne. For reasons that passeth understanding, she married me, and now she's
the most important part of my life. (She'd be first in the topics list except that
I wanted a clever acronym—which she supplied, by the way.)
- Software. I own a small software company in Evanston, Illinois, and I have some experience writing software. I see a lot of code, and since
I often get called in to projects in crisis, I see a lot of bad code. If you want
to learn something about software development, this blog might be useful to you.
- Politics. Ask almost anyone in the world to summarize my political beliefs,
and he'll probably say "moderate-left". Since I'm American, and this is
2005, that means I seem like a radical-pinko-leftie to my neighbors. I'll have more
to say about this as the blog progresses. At this writing a hair more than 1,164
days remain in the Dubya presidency, so I have plenty of time.
This is public writing, too, so I hope to maintain a standard of literacy (i.e.,
spelling, grammar, and diction) and fluidity of prose that makes you want to keep
I will not write much about my personal life. It's just not that interesting
unless you're already part of it. If you want salacious details, there are many
other blogs out there.
So why do this?
In the true spirit of blogging, I started this for a couple of totally self-absorbed
- To pontificate on subjects about which I know little;
- To get into the habit of writing every day, which my father (an Emmy-nominated professional writer) says is a good thing;
- To provide some usable content for people interested in one or more of my topics.
Two things pushed me into starting this. First, I read Jakob Nielsen's article about blog usability, and second, my wife
Anne got into the
National Novel Writing Month spirit.
Keep reading, and
send me comments.