Since this is my first post, I feel obligated somehow to explain this blog's title. Beginning at the end: I refer to myself as a hacker, not because I go and do rude things to people's myspace profiles (like some idiots that call themselves hackers), but because there's not a better word yet for what I'm trying to convey. When I say hacker, I maen it in the sense that Eric Raymond uses it: a person that does interesting and unexpected things, mainly with computers.
'Lazy' comes from the simple, incontrovertible fact that I'm pretty darn lazy. Oh, not always - if I get a really neat idea, I'll run with it for hours without realizing it - so maybe a better way to phrase it is that I find it hard to focus on work that bores me to death. That really doesn't fit at all in a title, though. :( Many people think that laziness means laziness just means lying around on the couch watching TV or something; clearly, they're not doing it right. Laziness doesn't have to mean 'doing no work': I take it to imply 'doing less work', which in the long run, ends up being far more useful. For instance, nearly everything related to programming can be thought of as a form of laziness - but that's a topic for a future post.
This is really the most important reason that I started a blog here, rather than fixing up my old blogging system. There is one common thread that runs through this blog's title, and it is a deep-seated distaste for reinvented wheels. I could make my own blog; I could do a lot of things. The real question is which of the things I could do are most worth doing. Maintaining software that only I would ever use isn't a terribly useful or fulfilling way to spend my time. Laziness simultaneously drives and is driven by this; if something doesn't seem interesting or useful, I just won't do it, but by reducing the amount of time I spend doing it, I open up time for other, more interesting things.
Next, why did I start blogging again? Every once in a while, I feel the need to blather on for a while about something which the majority of people I know wouldn't care at all about. Now, my options are basically as follows:
- Grab whoever's awake, and talk their ear off, boring them to sleep halfway through - then rinse and repeat
- Write it down somewhere where nobody will ever read it, wasting a good chunk of time for my own peace of mind
- Start a new blog already
So, what can you expect from this blog? Don't really know at this point, but probably anything that I find interesting enough to actually write about. Here's to the new blog; hope it fares better than the old one.