Ah, blogging. The last recourse of failed journalists, the bored and desperately lonely alike (all of which form a nice summary of Nick Robinson). And indeed those who have rightly found that Facebook is, in every possible and conceivable reality, the website of Beelzebub himself.
More to the point, it's for those with too much to say and no-one to say it to. Which shall likely be the case for my good self in a few weeks time, as I embark on a three thousand mile (as the crow flies; it's closer to five thousand as the plane files) voyage across the Atlantic to the tiny (0.4 Waleses) island of Puerto Rico. In this "web log", as they are unfortunately known, I shall relay to the world the experiences of life far away from home in the distant tropical lands of the Caribbean. Or, to put it another way, I shall blather loudly into the void of cyberspace and become ever more bitter and twisted due to lack of readers.
For those luckless fools who have, against all probability, just stumbled in here from the web, I shall be studying distant galaxies with the Arecibo radio telescope. Why ? Mainly because someone broke my Arecibo mug and I want a new one. Be sure to visit my far more important site, http://www.rhysy.net/ , which showcases my CG artwork. I will also use this space to update the world about my latest CGI creations that you can find therein, you lucky people.
In the coming weeks I shall regail you with tales of the struggle of getting a visa, learning to drive, the horrors of transatlantic flights, and many other wonders quite beyond your wildest imaginings. As and when appropriate, I'll also post reviews, but the main feature will be my cynical rantings about things which meet with my stern disapproval (for instance, blogger's spellcheck doesn't even know the word regail ! what gives ?).
However, I believe a suitable first task would be to find a better word than "blog", which has far too many toilet-based connotations. "I'll be down in a minute, I'm just updating my blog" is scarcely better than "Just a sec, I'm playing with my Wii". Who thinks up these terms ? Chris Evans ? Who put him in charge of modern techno-etymology ?