A new OS X release is a one-two punch of awesome. The first punch is playing with a new OS. The second punch is getting to read John Siracusa’s review.

Snow Leopard: about 45 minutes remaining…

Been installing Snow Leopard on various machines this afternoon. It feels faster, but otherwise acts like Leopard—pretty much what Apple said it would do. We’ll see if I regret upgrading my sister’s computer on launch day.

This has, for some reason, been one heckuva week for me. I’ve been nursing this persistent headache, and piddling crises at work have thrown me into massive levels of panic (this probably doesn’t mean much to many other people, but I would say it’s on the same level as the yearbook deadline is in two days and the file server just crashed and lost all our work panic) for no good reason. I’ve been coming home at night absolutely exhausted, and in general just have not been feeling quite right.

This might all have a simple explanation (or it might not): caffeine withdrawal. I had fallen back into my bad habit of taking a Big Gulp of Mountain Dew to work each day, and two or three weeks ago I quit that—more or less cold turkey. I don’t know about the timing of withdrawal symptoms, or else I might be more certain one way or the other.

Don’t know much

♪Look at this site, so beaten and so battered♪

Neville/Ronstadt references aside, this place is looking kind of… old. The blog has weathered things better than the rest of the site (courtesy of a redesign in January 2006), but everything else looks like it was designed in an era of internet scarcity… probably because it was. (Just look at how small those pictures are!)

Furthermore, the rest of the site never really got going. And looking at things realistically, they never will. This blog singlehandedly sustains more neglect than any thing should ever have to suffer; there’s no need to spread more around.

In short, it’s high time for a redesign—and high time to officially kill off sections that have been implicitly dead for over half a decade. That said, I have no clear idea of where I want to take my design…. In the interim, I’ve collected a “best of” (better of) group of old sidebars, so I can drink alone and relive the glory of days past.

Speaking of the good ol’ days, I recently unearthed my original blog files. (!) (It’s hard to state how improbable this discovery was.) As a result, I am proud to present to you a screenshot of brent//BLOG v1.0: You Are (Not) Alone:

brent//BLOG v1.0


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