Two years ago when we decided to recreate what we could of Lex’s website, one of my goals was to make “The Best” of his posts far more accessible than simply finding them via search engine (if one could remember search parameters!) or reading through 100s – or 1000s – of posts sequentially. I am pleased to see this “Best of” index being used on a regular basis by readers all over the world.
I felt just seeing that made all of this worthwhile. His writing gave me such enjoyment that I felt that this was my way of, if not giving something back to him, giving back to his memory. As I wrote in my epilogue, it was the only way I knew how to thank him. I did note in the epilogue that I would make one more sweep in the Wayback Machine to see posts that we missed earlier in our own archives. Going through this now, I realize I may have written the “epilogue” a bit premature.
What has impressed me about Lex’s writing was how prolific he was, and how much good stuff he produced. Just as an example, his post on shopping I found to be hilarious. Women are indeed grazers and men hunters in the shopping mall. Shopping was discovered in the Wayback Machine. Please note that sometimes the Wayback Machine would make 1-3 “snapshots” at his site in a day, and other times go for weeks without accessing it. There are undoubtedly some posts of his lost forever. However I believe we will have most of them, as advokaat copied and pasted the posts he felt relevant before his site went down. That alone is by my estimation about 70% of what he did produce.
A thought came to me to make the other posts of his in a similar index, which would be off the “Best of” Index. I want to codify all of the other posts not in the Best of index, so people don’t have to find them by luck or lengthy search. Building this will take awhile, but I plan on doing 5 posts per night, just as I built the “Best of“. This index will be far bigger, with I am sure 100s of posts. All easily accessible for the reader. So, starting tomorrow you will see this grow on a daily basis, all sorted by date, just as the Best of.
Update: I was wondering how to tackle this project, and at first I was just going to use my administrator abilities and look at the earliest posted. Start from the back and work forwards. While at the same time I am still adding posts from the Wayback Machine at the “front”.
So for the time being I am just putting in the recent posts we’ve had that aren’t in the Best of Index.
BTW, I decided that even here I will restrict the posts to thought-provoking or humorous. There some small ones I came across here and there that I felt would make this index even bigger and more ponderous to use.