Welcome to MadsenLab.org! I’ve been blogging for a long, long time now (my first blog used Radio Userland, and was lost in a hard drive crash in mid-2003, which is probably just as well, because I didn’t say anything terribly memorable).
Between February 2004 and March 2009, I wrote a regular blog, where I concentrated mostly on law, politics, and personal topics. When a critical mass of my friends began using Facebook, I slowly stopped writing blog posts as often, and became too busy with my research (and a fundraising project in my adopted hometown) to write much about political topics.
Facebook mostly solves the need to update friends and family about what’s happening in my life, and I probably won’t write much about my daily life here, so join me on Facebook if you want to know what culinary projects I’ve got going, what cocktails I’ve been experimenting with, discussion of interesting wines, and this sort of thing.
For politics and technology, I try to occasionally post essays to a Posterous blog I share with another friend named Mark Madsen. I have to say I think the Posterous blogging platform sucks, but it’s tightly integrated with Facebook, easy to use, and sufficient to the purpose. Though maybe if we blogged a bit more often, I’d argue for moving to WordPress.
So what does that leave? My research, comments on science and whatever I’m reading in the scientific literature, and discussions of mathematics, scientific software, and simulation modeling. Obviously, that’s a specialized audience, so if it’s not your thing, see you on Facebook. Otherwise, I hope you enjoy and read in the months (and hopefully years) to come.
Naturally, this blog is configured to update Facebook and Twitter when I post, and have the usual RSS/Atom feed options (actually, the addition of this paragraph is an attempt to test those links….)