My first post was on September 29, 2004. Thanks for the support over the years. Those first few months were bizarre, and felt like lecturing to an empty room. 6266 posts with 54,901 comments, which probably makes me solidly mid-size as far as blogs go. I have no idea any more how many readers I have -- page views lost all meaning in the era of RSS feeds and with Facebook and Twitter, it's even more difficult to track.