Sunday, November 14, 2010


Hi, and welcome!

So for the few of you who've read my previous attempts at blogging, I've finally decided to try again (but with less horrible handwritten HTML).  I'm not entirely sure why, but it should be an interesting experiment.  I'll see how long I can neurotically pretend to my non-existent readership that I'm interesting on the odd chance that someone I don't actually know stumbles across it. If you happen to be one of those someones, an extra welcome to you!  Hopefully I'll manage to put something interesting on here occasionally, even if it is the kind of "interesting" that makes people wonder why I haven't been put away yet.

I called this blog "First Sign of Madness" after musing that, like most blogs, this one probably won't take off and have a million readers. I have to face the facts - I can't draw, can't compete with the wit of people like xkcd, and am unlikely to garner fans with my random mathematical or philosophical scrawlings.  So basically writing this will be like talking to myself... and maybe a few good friends.  Also, I'm quite mad, but you'll work that out as I write more posts.

Unlike my previous efforts, I'm not going to restrict myself to talking about my life - because I have other outlets for telling people how my soccer team went this week or how awesome it was to catch up with persons X, Y and Z the other day.  And I probably won't be comfortable sharing the really juicy gossip about my life with strangers on the internet!  Instead, I'm going to use this as a place to write about... well anything I'm thinking of, and see if I can start some conversations in the process.

I've decided that I'm going to separate this thing into categories (these will definitely overlap) which you should be able to search for if you feel like it.

Life: Basically stuff that's happening to me that might be interesting.  I'll try and keep this short.

Random: Ramblings of any given nature, on any given topic.  You have been warned.

Numbers: This will mainly be me playing with numbers and applying them to real life situations.  I might resurrect some posts from my old "Fun With Numbers" forum blog if I don't get any ideas.

Music: Thoughts about music - sometimes that of others, but probably mainly mine.  I'm not in the business of giving opinions away like kittens (there are plenty of music blogs already) unless of course it's fanboyish gushing, in which case you probably don't want to hear it anyway!

I'm not sure how this is going to go, or even if I'll be able to keep interested in it, but it's at least worth a shot.  So if you're reading, stay around, make some comments - the more I get back from you, the more inspired I'll be to write more.  There's no need to fear haters or trolls, these will be... summarily dealt with.  Together we can make this a fun place to hang around in.

... eck, did I just write that cliche?  I feel ill...

- N


  1. If only there was some magical website that allowed you to talk about everything and anything, with a high readership from hundreds of friends. It would be a kind of internet book... with faces!

    Nah, this is much better in all seriousness :) more personal, and far less commercials! I will be a loyal reader and commentator.

    I will also shoot you down whenever I feel like it just so that it gives me pleasure :)

  2. What Ryan said! Although I probably won't be here commenting very often until some time next year...