The Comment Challenge


I signed up to participate in another challenge, this one called The Comment Challenge.  It will be running in June, July, and August this summer.  I missed sign ups for June, but signed up for July and probably will sign up for August as well. The basic gist is that participants are paired up to…

#humbleblog


Just want to take a moment here to point out that I have published at least one post on Panorama of the Mountains every day since December 1, 2015. As today is May 31, 2016, that means my posting streak is now at six consecutive months! In my nearly ten years of blogging, I’ve never…

40 for the Forties


Today is my fortieth birthday. As I prepare for my next decade, here are forty things I’d like to accomplish in my forties. In no particular order: Become certified in First Aid and CPR Donate blood 6 times (the maximum) per year Visit Yellowstone National Park  and/or Grand Canyon with my family Travel to at…

30 For The Thirties


Today is the last day of my thirties, so I thought I’d look back at thirty accomplishments and memorable events of the last decade. The Most Important Things: 1. Married my wife Susan in 2005 with a lovely reception on a Boston Harbor Island. 2. The birth of my son Peter in 2007. 3. The…

Happy New Year


Welcome to Two Thousand Thirteen!  Here’s hoping that this year brings peace and prosperity to all those reading this post and greater understanding and civility among people in our nation and world. I thought I’d write down some goals (not resolutions) for the coming year: Write – I always wish to write more and will…

Six Years


Today marks six years since I made my first post on this blog.  I feel like I came late to blogging, yet here I am still plugging away long after the blogging trend has past.  Somehow in that time I managed to make 1,393 posts. And yet I feel bittersweet about this anniversary as I…

New Bicycle Blog


I’ve started yet another blog, this one about bicycle commuting, aptly named Bike Commuter through the Boston Biker blog network. I’ve been thinking about starting a bicycle blog for a long time and have dragged my feet about it but with spring coming in, this is as good of a time to get started. I…

Boston & Me: 30 Years Together


This week marks yet another anniversary in which the number of years being marked is increasingly baffling.  30 years ago on Easter weekend my father took my sister and I for my first visit to the city of Boston (Easter was on April 6th that year so let’s just say we arrived on April 5th)….

Ten Years @ The Library


Ten years ago today I began work at Baker Library at Harvard Business School, my first library job.  Ten years later I still work in the same building albeit I have had three different jobs (officially), survived a two-year renovation working in a windowless warehouse-like interim building, and find myself 21 out 53 staff members…

At last, a 935th Post


Sure, blogiversaries are so uncool, but blogging itself is uncool these days too.  So let me uncooly celebrate the third anniversary of Panorama of the Mountains with a look back on the past year. Three big projects of which I’m proud of are my Top 100 Favorite Books of All-Time, Top 100 Favorite Albums of…

2008 Year in Review: Favorite Books


Here’s my annual list of my ten favorite books read in the year.  As always, this is merely the best books I read this year not books published in 2008.  For previous years see 2007 and 2006, and of course Every Book I’ve Ever Read are cataloged in Library Thing. The Worst Hard Time by…

2008 Year in Review: Movies


Listed below are all the movies I’ve watched in the past year.  Much like last year, I’ve rated all the movies on a five star scale. Five stars is an all-time classic, three stars is the baseline for an enjoyable film end-to-end, one star is a bad movie with perhaps one good sequence or performance….

At last, a 671st Post!


Today Panorama of the Mountains celebrates its second birthday.  Hurrah for me!  Now I’m the parent of a blog in it’s terrible twos. A lot’s changed over two years, but much has remained the same.  Here’s what Panorama of the Mountains looked like on January 11th, 2007, the oldest page saved at the Internet archive.  …

Meme: Dewey Decimal Classification Name, plus Blog Analyzers


Via Phil Bradley, a quiz to convert your name into a Dewey Decimal Classification class. Liam Sullivan’s Dewey Decimal Section: 002 The book Class: 000 Computer Science, Information & General Works Contains: Encyclopedias, magazines, journals and books with quotations. What it says about you: You are very informative and up to date. You’re working on…

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I remember being seven years old when the realization came to me that in just…three…years I would be ten and I’d be so old and wouldn’t be able to play and have fun anymore.  It’s good to get one’s midlife crisis out of the way early because now that I’m five times seven I’m much…

Link of the Day Reaches 500


Today I posted my 500th link in my link of the day series on delicious.  The story that gets the honor is this article about Harvard refusing Googles terms for book scanning in hopes of preserving open access to the scanned works.   I started Link of the Day on February 25th as a cleaner and…

Massachusetts & Me: A Decade Together


On this date in 1998, I pulled my rental van into Somerville and became a resident of Massachusetts.  Ten years later I’m still here, now in Boston, having now lead nearly a third of my life in this Commonwealth. Here were some of my hopes and goals when I made the move: Escaping the heat…

Ireland/Britain 1998 day ??


There was no 29 February 1998.  Not only do I get a day of from writing my travelog, but I get to ponder the fascinating fact that there was no ten years ago today.  Nor was there a year ago today.  The mind boggles. Happy Leap Day!

Ixnay on the Inklays


I’ve decided to can the Link of the Day posts. For one reason, I find it burdensome to find time to format the post to my liking so they sit there for days until I finally get around to it and the links are no longer “fresh.” Second, I rarely made comments on the links…

2007 Year in Review: Memorable Events


Back in 1996, I decided to make a list of the most memorable events of my life for the year. I came up with exactly 20 events and ever since then it’s been my annual exercise to recall the 20 memorable events of the year on New Years Day. Similar to Time magazine’s Person of…