Friday, February 15, 2008 08:05 PM
(Last updated on Monday, October 10, 2011 12:40 PM)
Statement of Principles
 by Fëanor

(This is the post people put on their blogs to let newcomers know who they are and what the blog is all about. My plan is to keep it up to date and link to it whenever I suspect there's an influx of new readers on the blog - supposing that ever happens. If you already know all about me and my blog, then of course feel free to move along. Otherwise, please, read on!)

I'm Jim. Welcome to my blog. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus. I'm an English major and philosophy minor who somehow ended up in computers as a web developer. I live and work in the Philadelphia area. I'm a geek and big into movies, music, and books, as well as - to a slightly lesser extent these days - comic books and video games. I'm married to a lovely, smart, funny woman who's referred to here as poppy. We have a neurotic greyhound named Floyd, and an awesome son named Griffin. I'm also an identical twin. I'm the one with the beard, so I guess I'm the evil one. My brother's site is here.

For some years after blogs became big, I did not have one and did not plan to have one. But all my friends started getting them, and then when I got my own website I realized I could build my own, so I did. And it didn't take me long to become obsessed with it. (If you're interested, the blog is written in PHP and JavaScript/AJAX and uses a MySQL database. The site sits on a Linux server.) It was originally a couple blog that both myself and poppy (who was my girlfriend at the time) could post to. Later on poppy went off and got her own blog, so now this one's just for me.

In case you're wondering, Fëanor is a character from J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth. He doesn't show up in The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings, but he's pretty central to The Silmarillion. I chose him as my web alter ego not only because I love J.R.R. Tolkien's work (although I do - I have a tattoo in Elvish on my arm, for God's sake), but also because he's an amazing character, with a strong personality and a big epic story full of adventure and tragedy, and he was a great artist both with words and with his hands. I don't pretend to be a great artist myself, but I do tinker about a bit, and I wanted this site to be a place where I could display said tinkering.

Some recurring features on the blog:

Recyclotron
This is the most recent iteration of the link dump-style post that I've been doing off and on, both here and on Phillyist, since I started blogging. I try to do it every weekday, because otherwise it would be even longer than it already is (and it's pretty long). It's just a collection of the most recent cool stuff I found around the internet, via Facebook, Twitter, the many and various blogs and websites I read regularly in my RSS reader, random searches and clicks, or my friends and acquaintances. Yes, you too can contribute to Recyclotron! If I use what you send me, I'll give you credit in the post.

On the Viewer
This is what I call the posts where I review movies and TV shows. These aren't on any kind of schedule, but lately I've been trying to review everything I see, so they should pop up relatively often.

On the Stage
This won't come up very often, as I very rarely get out to see theater performances. But when that does happen, reviews will fall under this category.

Book Report
This is what I call the posts where I review books. Imaginative, I know. These you won't see too often, either; reading is one of the first and truest loves of my life, but it takes me a long time to get through books these days.

Some one-time recurring features that may come back some day:

The Take
I used to buy comics every week, and I used to review them all when I got the chance. That's what this post was about. (I used to also have a weekly comic book wishlist post called The Setup, but I decided it was redundant and unnecessary and stopped writing it.) However, buying comics is an expensive and time-consuming hobby, so for now I'm not doing this post anymore.

The Hulk Thought of the Day
I'm a big fan of comics, particularly of the character of the Hulk. The Hulk Thought of the Day began as GMail status messages written in the character's voice. I thought they were pretty funny, so I turned them into a semi-daily post on the blog. You don't really have to know much about comics to get it, although it helps. Thanks much to SuperTarzan for giving me this idea. (Sadly, the Hulk Thought is pretty much dead at the moment, but if I get more ideas it might pop up again.)

And that's the basics! I hope you enjoy the site. Please feel free to contact me via comments or email with any questions or concerns, and thanks for reading!
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