Remembering December 2003

For the first time in over seven years, I’ve recovered a handful more of my “lost” blog posts: articles that were written prior to the great server fuck-up of July 2004. in August 2003, showing off the simplistic look it had before it was deleted.

Since then, I’ve kept regular backups. A lot of the old stuff is sometimes cringeworthy (in a “did I really used to be such a dick?” way), and I’m sure that someday I’ll look back at my blog posts from today, too, and find them shockingly un-representative of me in the future. That’s the nature of getting older.

Nostalgia’s awesome, which I choose to represent with this photo of me and my parents on a hilltop somewhere. You have permission to “aww”.

But it’s still important to me to keep all of this stuff. My blog is an extension to my diary: the public-facing side of what’s going on in my life. I back-link furiously, especially in the nostalgia-ridden “On This Day” series of blog posts I throw out once in a while.

Castle of the Four Winds in early 1999.
If you remember my blog when it used to look like this, back in the late 1990s, then you’ve been following me than longer than most folks have been on the Web at all.

The blog posts I’ve newly recovered are:

Andy & Sian, the adorable couple who I declared “most surprising” of the new relationships to get underway late in 2003. The pair married in 2010.

So there you go: especially for you stalkers or those of you looking for a trip down memory lane – some links to what I was up to in December 2003.

For those of you who are really on a roll, here’s some further reading from the period: Kit, on the last Troma Night of the year; a religious argument that Alec kicked off (thanks,; Liz starting her first blog; Paul applies for a hardship loan;

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  1. Ele Ele says:

    That photo is very ‘aww’, your mom is pretty!

    1. Dan Q Dan Q says:

      Yeah, I’d totally bang my mother when she was younger. I mean, if she wasn’t my mother, and all.

      1. Crusty (Yer Mum!) Crusty (Yer Mum!) says:


  2. JTA JTA says:

    I followed the link “In over seven years” and figured you’d linked wrong.

    Then I realised that 2005 actually was seven years ago. Jesus.

    Nice post, though. I approve of digging up archivable remnants!

    1. Dan Q Dan Q says:

      I thought you would. Turns out we’ve got not-dissimilar philosophies on the value of organised, sortable archives.

  3. Liz Liz says:

    Like the stalker I am, I read all the posts and felt a little saddened to think that it was so long ago.

    I’m moving on Saturday so it would be nice to catch up over the phone soon.

    Not tonight though – I’m getting pissed with Matt and a few others from work.

    Love you!


  4. Sian Sian says:

    December 2003, goodness me! That sounds like such a long time ago. Thanks for the post!

    And aww, that is a cute photo (of your family I mean! Although Andy and myself are pretty cute as well of course, haha)!

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