the beauty and poetry of sand mandalas and etch a sketches

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Well, this is it.  The newest incarnation of my personal blog.  I’ve been getting ready to do this for some time now, but I’ve been a bit short on time lately.  Well, not today.  Grabbed a few days off of work and plan to spend most of it working on computer projects.

Barring any technical difficulties, the older page will be removed and this will be it.

I do this every couple of years.  I wipe the slate clean and start the blog over.  My last page starts somewhere in ’06, but I had another one before that, and another one before that.  One might wonder why do this, what’s the point, but it doesn’t seem strange to me at all.  Why does a Tibetan monk spend hours upon hours constructing a sand mandala, only to wipe it away and throw the sand in a river or some such place?

And truthfully, that’s how I’ve always thought of this little page of mine.  A mental sketchpad of sorts.  I flirted with WordPress awhile ago, but I’m looking forward to diving into it full on.  Let’s see what kind of widgets and whatnot I can get on here.  I’m already working with a friend on a custom header that will have–get this-a CAT on it!  Omg, the future is so bright.

So here it is, and welcome to the new page.  And yes, this is the new handle.  I’ve been migrating everything over to my Cheshire Splat handle for a little while now and expect to keep it for some time.  Similarly, I’ve been going by Jonathan almost as much as Jon these days.  Didn’t really do it on purpose, actually, everyone at work just kept calling me that and after awhile I found me introducing myself that way.


Here is an Andrew Bird song in which he sings about, among other things–most notably madness, an Etch A Sketch.  That is most certainly the theme of the day.

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