Welcome to The Angry Drunk 3.0, the third major revision of this site. As any of the few remaining readers here know, the posting frequency here has fallen off drastically in the last few months. There are few reasons for this—which I won’t dive into too deeply here—but the upshot is a complete revamp of the site; including a new architecture and, hopefully, a new focus. The majority of my reasons for pulling back from tech blogging can actually be summed up in an earlier post. To quote myself:
The simple truth is, the thought of writing another “take-down” of some other blogger’s dumb-shit opinion now leaves me sick to my stomach. The fact is, those of us who tried to shout down the rising tide of fucktardery were about as successful as King Cnut’s attempt to command the waves. The rumormongers and financial bloggers and gadget obsessed hipsters won. Oh well, c’est la vie.
My stance on this hasn’t changed. As far as I’m concerned, the tech blogosphere has collapsed into a largely worthless echo-chamber filled with idiotic babble about Apple’s share price and moronic product rumors. As a result I’m officially re-launching The Angry Drunk in the way I first intended to run it almost six years ago. I’ll expand on my intended content changes below and the technical changes in a later post.
I suppose the easiest way to explain my intended vision for the content here is to start by explaining what The Angry Drunk will not be. The Angry Drunk is not:
yet another lame clone of Daring Fireball or The Loop. I don’t want this taken the wrong way. I have a great deal of respect for John Gruber and Jim Dalrymple. I also think that there are many other people out there writing smart, insightful things about tech. There’s also a massive echo-chamber that repeats the same trite “analysis” and bandies about links to said “analysis”. Maybe these sites are in it for the Google juice, maybe they just took a look at Daring Fireball and decided that that’s how things are to be done. Either way, it adds little to the discourse and I refuse to be a party to it any longer.
That isn’t to say that I’m never going to post a “linked-list” style item again. Or never comment on someone else’s analysis. It does mean that I will strive to link to content that hasn’t already taken a turn though the echo-chamber and refrain from commentary where I can’t add anything of significance.
exclusively focused on technology and Apple. I’ve always tried to keep The Angry Drunk from becoming an “Apple” blog—what with the political, food and other miscellaneous posts. In keeping with the above point I’m going to be making an extra effort to write about the things that interest me and hopefully will interest my readers.
an exercise in self-indulgence. I know. By merely existing this blog is an exercise in self-indulgence. To be brutally honest; if the majority of blogs—tech or otherwise—were to disappear from the face of the planet no one would be worse off.
What I’m referring to here is the recent emergence of a certain class of bloggers who seem to think that they’re the second coming of David Foster Wallace. We get it, you have deep, profound things to say about the state of artisanal Peruvian footwear. That doesn’t mean that every shimmering golden phrase that slides so effortlessly from your buckling-spring keyboard is inspired by Calliope herself. If the blogosphere in its entirety were to take itself far less seriously the state of discourse would improve immensely.
not a text version of Angry Mac Bastards. I realize there’s a certain irony to this statement given that it was my ranting here that introduced me to my AMB partners in crime. These days, however, I just don’t have the rage in me to duplicate my podcast fury here. I will certainly continue to call out stupid shit here as well; but don’t expect there to be a huge amount of overlap.
So, what does all that mean? The bottom line is I’m going to try to write about the things that interest me—in a way that I hope will be interesting for people to read. I don’t intend on offering memberships, or accepting sponsorships, or serving advertisements. This is intentional. The Angry Drunk 3.0 is returning to being my personal blog. The writing here will be—first and foremost—for me. If that is of interest to you, good. If not, there are plenty of other bloggers in the sea.
More on the technical changes in a bit.