We spent Thanksgiving week in Colonial Williamsburg. We had a great time there and learned a few things along the way.

Some things about colonial life:

  • Mud was between 2 and 3 feet deep along the main road back in the day, depending on the time of year.
  • Working-class folk would have lived in a 1-room house with a dirt floor, about the size of my current office.
  • If you were a tailor, worked hard, didn't get sick or die early, and were careful with your money, you could die with more money in your desk drawer than a plantation owner.

Some things that relate to things we still do today:

  • Why we have the terms upper- and lower-case, and how that relates to modern computer science caching algorithms
  • Why we're so obsessed with weaponry -- or as Silas coined the phrase: "'Mer-ca: Shootin' shit since 1775".

In the week since we've arrived back home, I've started some end-of-year cleaning. This week it's been mostly laundry. I think I averaged 3 loads a day. This coming weekend it's floors: vacuum and mop.

In the coming week, I'm going to be de-junking -- throwing stuff out, giving other stuff away.

I've also started closing down some of my on-line projects. Things I've had hanging on for years taking up mental space. Making room for some new directions I'm planning on working into for the new year.

WordPress has been a major focus of my work and business for the past 12 years or so, and there have been a few major changes over the past year that have caused me to start moving away from it. Over the past year, I've started branching out, looking at other systems and ways of doing programming. Broadening my horizons.

As part of that movement, I've started posting again daily on my primary blog. Posts there are different from this, in that here I've been writing more personally about what's happening at home -- more for friends and family -- and I intend to continue with the weekly schedule (most Saturdays). The other blog is more about programming and other topics which might be of wider interest.