I’m using today as a bit of a cleanup day. I really want to move forward (Pine Tree Photography, a couple of small projects, etc.), but I have a lot of things holding me back. I thought I’d detail a few not-so-nice parts of my daily/weekly routine just in case you’re at all interested.
I get a lot of spam. I don’t like spam. In the last two weeks, I’ve received about 3,200 spam e-mails (that’s about 200 a day). A lot of this comes from posting my e-mail address openly around the Web, and it’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make to give people an easy way to communicate with me if they wish. Many of these go to accounts that I haven’t used for years, particularly ones at mainesites.net. Today I deleted all of my e-mail accounts at mainesites.net. Hopefully that’ll cut down on the spam quite a bit. If you get a bounced e-mail when sending to me, please understand and resend it to justin -[at]- justinrussell.com.
Unfortunately, the same spam problem goes for my blog. I’m currently looking at just under 100,000 spam comments; most of these are moderated so they don’t appear on the actual blog, but I still have to find some way to go through them. I’m planning on upping the anti-spam stuff here sometime, but for now, please send me an e-mail if you post a comment on the blog. It’s one of the reasons I haven’t been as active on here as I’d like.
And to be honest, I’ve found other avenues. Today I incorporated my Twitter posts into Collage. That’s really where you can keep track of what I’m thinking, what I’m doing, and what I’m creating. I’d suggest the blog as a secondary check, especially since everything on the blog is posted in Collage, too. (As a side note, I’ve been playing around with Jaiku a bit. It’s a Collage-like thing that is the closest to my original vision for Ufeed that I’ve seen so far on the Web.)
I also got rid of an early justinrussell.com clone that was still hanging around on Tripod (?!?). Yup – it’s last update was over five years ago. That makes me feel old, for some reason.
If you’ll allow me to digress a bit… Gruber posted something about the iPhone as a device that is so ahead of its time that it belongs in 2010. I’ve been watching some old Screen Savers eps, looking through some of my old projects, and just generally thinking about the last decade or so of my life. Apple’s not the only company releasing products that are ahead of their time. We’re in that group, too. Maybe that’s what I like so much about this culture.