Monday, October 13, 2008

Hello, world!

Hello, world!

"Hello, world!" is the traditional salutation of the first attempt to program with, or store data in, any new computer system.

It's equally traditional (to the extent that such a new form can have a tradition) for an initial posting to a blog—what an ugly word—to consist of the author's introducing himself to his readers. But, as the title suggests, I'm departing from the script. I expect to reveal more of myself (possibly even explaining the title) as events unwind; in the meantime, welcome, and I'm glad you're here!

I owe at least a brief explanation of what you can expect to find here: a mixed bag of postings, likely infrequent. Mostly, I expect it to serve as a place to put the essays that various friends have suggested that I write. Montaigne entitled his collection of short prose works Essais—"Experiments." The essay form is still a vehicle for experimenting with ideas. And, as with all experiments worthy of the name, nobody knows the outcome in advance.
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