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Bilge is the monobyline World Wide Web blog which I’ve been trying not to create for nearly 10 years.

I began to notice myself tir­ing out vari­a­tions of that spe­cif­ic phrase — near­ly ten years, for the past 10 years, 10 years ago — in both recent casu­al con­ver­sa­tion and for­mal writ­ten argu­ments, which have since coin­cid­ed with anoth­er obser­va­tion: the con­tem­po­rary stig­ma sur­round­ing the term blog into which I’d often tossed my hat had blind­ed me to some very valu­able just-dis­cov­ered cre­ations in the medi­um. This blog is unlike­ly to repli­cate the sort of val­ue found in aca­d­e­m­ic and indus­try voic­es, but it’s oper­at­ed with a guar­an­tee the read­er will dis­cov­er some­thing unlike any­thing they’ve seen any­where else, backed by a 100% time refund, no ques­tions asked.

If you must depart hav­ing only absorbed a sin­gle piece of con­tent, let it be this revis­i­ta­tion of Drycast Episode 16 from 2016 fea­tur­ing a full house of incred­i­ble young musi­cians. For a good laugh, the fresh­est pick is my review of Nico­las Cage’s Mom & Dad, and this bizarre intro­duc­to­ry col­umn for Extra­tone about Dis­ney race and class wars is prob­a­bly my peak. Addi­tion­al­ly, Bilge is the home of my Com­paq Church — a vin­tage elec­tron­ic hard­ware and his­tor­i­cal jour­ney designed to help me find the mag­ic in tech­nol­o­gy again.

Who‽

I’m David Blue, and my two most con­sis­tent asso­ci­a­tions are 1) iden­ti­ty defined by ‘my work,’ which has meant many things over time, and 2) infi­nite­ly curi­ous attrac­tion to peo­ple who make things. I have aspired to be a heavy machin­ery engi­neer, watch­mak­er, com­mer­cial pilot, auto­mo­tive jour­nal­ist, and edi­to­r­i­al plat­form for the young voic­es who mat­ter. The lat­ter two are the adult labels that stuck, though — and the first of those is the only one I’ve yet to be much good at.

I’ve already born wit­ness to inno­va­tion bridg­ing divi­sions between peo­ple through­out the great­est infor­ma­tion­al renais­sance my species has ever seen.

Orig­i­nal­ly, I wrote about our rela­tion­ship with cars (“Hyundai is the New Hon­da,” Speed­mon­key) and now tech­nol­o­gy (“The Last iPhone,” Extra­tone) from a per­spec­tive that feels tedious or abstract to some, but is gen­er­al­ly enter­tain­ing, through-and-through. I’m proud of the work I’ve done so far, which has been wild, absurd, reflec­tive, and hilar­i­ous — occa­sion­al­ly all in the same work as I devel­op my voice.

After pub­lish­ing a col­lec­tion of poet­ry from my ado­les­cence and ear­ly adult­hood in the Spring of 2016, I launched an online mag­a­zine called Extra­tone in the inter­est of pur­su­ing and defin­ing new cul­ture and ideas. The project and I have been indis­tin­guish­able in the two years since, and I’m extreme­ly proud of what I’ve done with it, but I’ve recent­ly refo­cused my effort back onto my own voice so that we may both ben­e­fit in the future. If you’d like to know more about Extra­tone, have a go at my Editor’s Let­ters and vis­it our Patre­on.

Cur­rent­ly, I’m work­ing on a nov­el project called Blimp’s Bur­den which I’d been out­lin­ing since 2015 about a jad­ed soft­ware engi­neer who’s new, ridicu­lous­ly-eccen­tric boss presents a future which forces him to reck­on with his mis­han­dled grief. In my free time, I’m fuck­ing blog­ging about my Com­paq Portable own­er­ship and explor­ing the cre­ative and the con­tentious pro­grams from software’s his­to­ry, pre-Microsoft.

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Yes! This page con­tains only an embed­ded Telegram chan­nel, and noth­ing else! And why wouldn’t it? Con­sid­er handy such an arrange­ment would be if you want­ed to reg­u­lar­ly share URLs, pho­tos, audio files, video files, and clean, func­tion­al com­men­tary in the most effi­cient and pleas­ant way pos­si­ble. I’ve got a pret­ty good case.