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Technically, there should have been a post today, as I try very hard to post at least once every other day. This counts.

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After several years of tracking the "new-to-me" movies I've been watching, I decided it was finally time to try and compile a list of every movie I've ever seen.

You can see that list — currently at 2,742 movies and counting — here.

I'm sure it's not a complete list of everything I've ever sat through. For example, I remembered I'd seen Side Out just yesterday when a friend and I discussed rewatching The Hitcher (the original, not the remake). There must be a bunch of movies I've seen over time that made little to no impression on me. I suspect I'll be updating that list for a while to come.

In the meantime, if you don't see your favorite film, let me know. There's a good chance I haven't seen it, and I'm always on the lookout for something new worth watching.

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We have finally, mercifully, almost reached the end of 2016.

It seems every other website is taking a look back at what you, the reading public, must want to read. Far be it for me to deny the public what it wants, so let's look at the most-read posts at in each month of the past year (per Google Analytics).

  • January 19: Poodle cartoons are always popular, especially when I'm making jokes about amputated toes.
  • February 24: I gushed like a school girl over my love affair with Fallout 4. I have since beaten the game, so we've gone our separate ways. However, I'll always cherish our time together.
  • March 16: I retired one blog tag and created a new, more appropriate one. (You're welcome, Dan.)
  • April 18: I ridiculed Georgia fans who attended a glorified UGA football practice session for free. Joke's on me. The entire 2016 season was essentially a practice for future years, and I was dumb enough to pay to watch it.
  • May 12: Victoria died.
  • June 15: The conclusion to my 2016 Health Insurance Saga. In summary, I lost.
  • July 16: I rambled at length about junk telephone calls. My solution was that we should all pay more for phone service. Remember, if telephones were illegal, only criminals would have telephones.
  • August 11: Chewie died. (2016 was a terrible year for dogs, too.)
  • September 23: Hmm. September 23? I don't recall anything happening on that day. Nope. Nothing comes to mind. Let's move along.
  • October 23: An addendum to my 2016 Health Insurance Saga. In summary, I lost even worse.
  • November 9: I expressed my, er, dissatisfaction at the outcome of the presidential election.
  • December 2: I reminded you that deer are the enemy. I trust that you didn't need that reminder. How many did you kill this season?

Dead dogs, no health insurance, Trump... what a great year!

I promise I'll try to be more entertaining in 2017. I think we're going to need it.

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Power's out. No post today. (Hard to type in the dark.) Thanks, President Trump.

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From time to time, I receive spam emails offering some modest compensation in exchange for posting an advertisement disguised as a blog post. Usually, this is to promote someone's brand of shoes or food or drugs. The latest one I received was particularly unusual.

My name is Mike, and my company ( has put together a really comprehensive site on how to start a trampoline park from A to Z.

I have an article idea that I think would appeal to your audience. It's about how to start your own super profitable trampoline business.

Is a "trampoline business" really a thing? Is reading about trampoline park construction the sort of thing any audience is into? Honestly, the older I get, the stranger this world becomes.

Anyway. You're welcome, Mike. I gave you that one for free.

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It's 2016. Nobody still blogs. So why do I?

When I started in 2002 — my earliest posts were uploaded via ftp as a flat file that would be parsed and output via Flash — I believed that I was blogging as a way to keep in touch, bulletin-board style, with my friends and family who all lived an hour or more away from me. Fourteen years later, that function has been aggregated and monetized by Facebook and Twitter (and Instagram and Pintrest, et cetera, et cetera). So why do I keep going?

Do I have an innate need to externalize my internal dialogue? If you look at my body of work, you'll see that's not the case. Generally speaking, my posts aim to be entertaining as opposed to introspective. I have no interest in boring anyone by unwinding and exploring the bundle of routine doubts and worries at the core of every human being. So "Discovering Walter" can't be the reason.

I don't think I really blog to keep in touch, either. Maybe that was true once, but in the past decade, the world and its eyeballs have already migrated to one of those other, aforementioned sites and left me behind. Very few of the people in my life have ever bothered to read what I post. Why should they? If anyone wanted to hear my opinion on something, they know where I live.

So I don't have an answer to why I keep blogging. I guess I do it because it satisfies some urge I have to be creative. I'll probably keep doing it until that urge is satisfied. I wonder how long that will take.

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For the past two or three weeks, I've felt like I've been getting nothing done. I think it's because I'm juggling too many projects. Even if I work an eight-hour day (oh, the horror!), I'm only spending a few hours each on several different tasks, making progress on none. Very frustrating. And when I'm frustrated, it makes it hard to blog because I feel like I should be doing something else.

So if you don't mind, I'm going to go do something else.

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Last week a friend complained that he couldn't search my blog to see if I'd seen a particular movie. That's because at the time, the search function only checked against keywords. I've since upgraded the search function so you can now look to see if I've ever posted about, say, my favorite Batman villain Harvey Dent (aka Two-Face) or my favorite food group, chocolate. And, naturally, I've left the old keyword search in place as well, if you just want to click on a keyword below a post to find related posts.

That movie he was checking on? The Seven Voyages of Sinbad, which I have seen before but have never mentioned on the blog. In recent years, I've only been posting reviews of new-to-me movies, so if I saw something before 2012, it's likely not mentioned here unless I either loved it or hated it, in which case it might have its own keyword.

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Just for giggles this weekend, I wrote a script that generates a tag cloud for the blog tags that I have generated over the years here at ("Tag cloud?" you say. "That's so 2010!" Yes, well, that's about how things work around here.)

Counting today's post, I've tagged 184 posts as "football," making it the most frequently used tagb on the site. Comparatively, "Batman" falls significantly lower with only 104 mentions.

(Meanwhile, "Walter" has only 3 fewer posts than Batman. Maybe it's time to start devoting a whole month of posts to me! What I ate, how long I slept last night, the number of pieces of laundry in my hamper... the possibilities are endless!)

You can find the new keyword cloud here.

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To celebrate Independence Day, I've turned the comments function back on. I've updated the form so that new posts require my approval until the system learns who you are. This should make it easier for those of you who like to comment frequently to avoid encountering that annoying captcha form. I'm doubtful that it will have any effect at all on the spambots.

If anyone finds a bug — there are certainly bugs — please let me know.

This change required rewriting the back-end code to make it more Web 2.1 compatible. Sadly, this will not make the site faster, as the slowness of the page to respond to requests is a side-effect of limited server memory. I'm considering migrating servers for a more consistently reliable response time. I'll spare no expense for my 12 readers!

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To be continued...