Rohit's Realm - January 2006

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January 05, 2006

Introducing Purity Control

As I mentioned in late November 2005, I've been working on a system to manage user accounts, restrict access to certain sections of my website, and integrate with various pieces of external software such as my gallery. Well, I've finished enough of it now that I can roll it out for beta testing and will thus be moving forward with restricting access to my gallery. Before I explain how you can gain access, I would like to discuss some of my reasons for no longer maintaining my Gallery as a publically available entity.

January 24, 2006

Idiots Need Not Apply

François-Marie Arouet, the French Enlightenment writer and essayist perhaps best known by his nom de plume, Voltaire, wrote in his Essay on Tolerance, Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so too. As someone who enjoys not only Voltaire's sharp wit, but also admires his unrelenting support of free speech, I have, in the past four years, never censored a single comment on this blog, regardless of how ridiculous, disparaging, or libelous, provided, of course, that it's not for online poker, porn, or Viagra (bastard spammers!). However, as I was doing my weekly purge of comment span this weekend, I came across several comments that would perchance be better served by a oft-quoted aphorism not by Voltaire, but by Hubert Humphrey, U.S. Vice President under Lyndon Johnson, who said, The right to free speech does not imply the right to be taken seriously.

January 17, 2006

Life of Lower Expectations

As I am sure is painfully obvious to anyone who has wasted precious minutes of his or her ostensibly futile life on this site, I don't pride myself on my sunny disposition or rosy outlook on life. Yet, the tag line for this web site remains Optimistic Cynicism, which indubitably causes no small amount of confusion for readers unable to see the optimism for the cynicism. Allow me to present my day yesterday to perhaps clarify:

January 05, 2006

Six Resolutions for '06

Two years ago I wrote a (relatively) optimistic post in which I introduced a new version of and listed four resolutions that I promptly broke. While I don't have a new version of the web site to release (I'm still working on it!), I do have some resolutions I would like to break in the next few weeks, so I thought I might as well list them for the world to know in my inaugural post for 2006.