Orme di Antiorario

Events of the week (Jan. 5-11, 2009)

Last week was full of events, both in the real world and in my little world, where some news seems to arrive with uncanny lateness.


In that real-world fantasyland that’s better known as San Francisco it was Macworld week. I think the best summary of it was provided by my Berkeleyan friends, Sheila and Lloyd, in a recent e-mail:

This has been the quietest Macworld week ever. You weren’t there – Steve Jobs wasn’t there.

I’m flattered that my absence didn’t go totally unnoticed. On the other hand, Mr Jobs’s absence was highly publicized, so much that I don’t need to explore it any further. Despite him not delivering the keynote, and leaving it to Phil Schiller, I don’t think it was as underwhelming as a lot of people claim.

My clean slate

After four and a half years of Orme (and ten years after I uploaded the first HTML file of what would later become Antiorario), I thought I was facing a turning point, considering the lack of posts (especially interesting ones) of late. Sure, the concept of “interesting” is always a relative one, but I realize that my Footprints, from this point of view, have been sinking.

One reason for this lack is definitely the abundance of writing I do outside Antiorario. (Such abundance notwithstanding, though, I always feel I never write enough.) I believe that even Twitter has contributed to this, due to its role of low-commitment pressure valve – one thought is enough for a tweet, and I can do that single-handedly on my iPhone, and I can be sure that those two lines, during those ten seconds on Twitter’s home page, will get read by more people than those who might feel like visiting Antiorario.