|August 8, 2014
Clint Eastwood's advice in "Dirty Harry" that
opinions, like certain body parts, are best kept to
in 2003, I started to put together a graphic on my homepage,
linking to what happened to catch my interest that day. If
it was interesting to me, maybe it would be interesting or
entertaining for my website visitors. I sure didn't know
then that I would get caught up in doing this every day for
the next 10 years.
Once in a while, the link would
be something about aviation, a new airplane, or aviation
issue being discussed, but not usually. More often, it would
be something I spotted on the news, or an interesting
website I came across. And, as time went on, a viewer would
occasionally send me something, suggesting I use it.
wife would come by my desk, see that I was working on a new
graphic, and wonder out loud why I spent so much time on
those things. That was a hard question to answer, I couldn't
point directly to any revenue from doing it, I felt it would
help bring traffic to my website, but nothing I could really
prove. It would be unlikely anyone ever bought an airplane
from me, or had me line-up a ferry pilot because I had a
nifty item on my homepage that day. The answer had to be
that I just enjoyed doing them.
topics have been wide and unpredictable, whatever catches my
fancy. I tend to ignore the old rules about not discussing
politics or religion. During election years, which now is
pretty-much a continual thing, I try to pick on both parties
equally, and I've risked the wrath of the bible belt more
than a few times over the years with links to sometimes
controversial articles or websites discussing religion.
are over 4,000 of these daily links in my
articles" section, and most of them still work.
Occasionally I find an old one that doesn't and I can
usually fix it with the "Wayback
Machine", the great internet archive website, or
find another source for the topic.
Everyone needs a
hobby or an interesting activity. A friend of mine gets up
and runs several miles every other morning. To me, that is
like hitting yourself in the head with a hammer because it
feels so good when you stop. But, I'm sure he thinks I'm the
nutty one, sitting here at 4 AM working on my website.
might be right.
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