Miscellaneous

Like sands through the hourglass, so are the Days of Our Lives.

Yes that really is the intro to Days Of Our Lives. I’m not ashamed of it. I was a stay-at-home-dad in the ’90s when soap operas and talk shows dominated daytime television. It’s fair to say I’ve seen more than my fair share of John Black and Jerry Springer.

It’s been a very long time since I posted anything here. I apologize if you had subscribed by email newsletter or RSS feed and I notified you time and again that the same old content was available. I’ve tried several different Content Management Systems and email newsletter services; Each of which probably suggested that there was fresh content available here.

I always intended to keep posting content on particleshock.com but as the title of this post suggests time just has a way of just slipping away; leaving so many well intended projects incomplete. I’m sure you know a guy who is perpetually working on something over the weekend – every weekend – forever, that he never actually gets around to doing. Particleshock had become that perpetual weekend project.

I was out of work for the better part of 2013 and during that time I had a lot of big ideas about what to publish on this website. I thought about all the usual Content Marketing and Search Engine Optimization strategies …but I wasn’t actually writing anything.

I looked at hundreds of WordPress themes, searching for perfect responsive layout that could could “communicate my brand” and support a bunch of giant 300X250 advertisements …but I still wasn’t actually writing anything.

Eventually money became a real problem and I had to look for “real work”. I didn’t want to work with the web anymore. I had tried to turn a hobby into a career more than once and each time both hobby and career have suffered. I had lost all interest in graphic and web design. Those aren’t two separate things anymore, are they? Months passed as I casually tinkered with some stylish logos and banners in the evenings …but I still wasn’t actually writing anything.

I’ve finally decided that monetizing this blog is counter productive. It just becomes a preoccupation that gets in the way of telling stories or sharing ideas. All I really ever wanted was to reach out to other people who enjoy the same things I do. So going forward the only advertisement on this website will be one link to my web host. That’s right: no more JavaScript ads or bullshit hidden affiliate links. Just remember that I can’t control the advertisements included with embedded media (like YouTube videos).

"I'm not a scientist … but I play one on the Internet." Formerly a graphic designer whose "pen & ink sensibilities" have become obsolete in a pixel based profession. A child of early 1970's science fiction — a life long fan of all the rockets, robots, and rayguns who inspire our dreams of life in an uncertain future.