Linear Journal

Daily automatic meanderings

For a short or long time, I plan to keep a public journal. The point of it, of its sometimes-obscene rambling, is to begin to find a real morality, out of grim, strange, and funny spots, to let myself wander into serendipitous crevices. As the rest of Ftrain becomes more and more formalized, with clear goals, this is digital room to wander and be stupid.

In general everyone knows I'm a loopy bastard, right?

Every entry has a name randomly selected from the dictionary; these change every time I run the Ftrain Processor. But the URLs will stay the same.

Day: Mar 07
1 interval from 07 Mar 2001 (Drinkers Tanker)
Wednesday, March 7, 2001
Day: Mar 08
1 interval from 08 Mar 2001 (Presumes Doublers)
Thursday, March 8, 2001
Day: Mar 09
3 intervals from 09 Mar 2001 (Temperately Gallantly Sleds Sclerotic)
Friday, March 9, 2001
Day: Mar 10
4 intervals from 10 Mar 2001 (Heralds Chastely Arroyo)
Saturday, March 10, 2001
Day: Mar 11
2 intervals from 11 Mar 2001 (Beet Gospels)
Sunday, March 11, 2001
Day: Mar 12
4 intervals from 12 Mar 2001 (Irishizes Golding Ezra)
Monday, March 12, 2001
Day: Mar 13
8 intervals from 13 Mar 2001 (Minuscule Headquarters Belief)
Tuesday, March 13, 2001
Day: Mar 15
2 intervals from 15 Mar 2001 (Belts Slick Tabulating)
Thursday, March 15, 2001
Day: Mar 17
3 intervals from 17 Mar 2001 (Qualm Sharpening)
Saturday, March 17, 2001
Day: Mar 18
1 interval from 18 Mar 2001 (Deliciously Dumb Promotional)
Sunday, March 18, 2001
Day: Mar 19
2 intervals from 19 Mar 2001 (Nuclide Ensnares Greeting Supplier)
Monday, March 19, 2001
Day: Mar 23
4 intervals from 23 Mar 2001 (Obliviousness Replaying Xenia Biomedical)
Friday, March 23, 2001
Day: Mar 24
1 interval from 24 Mar 2001 (Chinks Definitional Lawlessness)
Saturday, March 24, 2001
Day: Mar 25
1 interval from 25 Mar 2001 (Sharply Filthy Ottoman)
Sunday, March 25, 2001
Day: Mar 27
1 interval from 27 Mar 2001 (Connote Versailles Predominating)
Tuesday, March 27, 2001
Day: Apr 16
1 interval from 16 Apr 2001 (Sinews Tour Vega)
Monday, April 16, 2001
Day: May 22
1 interval from 22 May 2001 (Sanctions Thomson Connoting Grenades)
Tuesday, May 22, 2001
Day: Jun 15
1 interval from 15 Jun 2001 (Provokes Unforgiving Polices Fewest)
Friday, June 15, 2001
Day: Jun 16
1 interval from 16 Jun 2001 (Consumption Directional Elsinore)
Saturday, June 16, 2001




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About the author: I've been running this website from 1997. For a living I write stories and essays, program computers, edit things, and help people launch online publications. (LinkedIn). I wrote a novel. I was an editor at Harper's Magazine for five years; then I was a Contributing Editor; now I am a free agent. I was also on NPR's All Things Considered for a while. I still write for The Morning News, and some other places.

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