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My Internet From A to Z


At home, I use Safari 3 (the Safari 4 beta is as yet too hideous to behold). At work, I use Google Chrome 2 (yes, the beta). Both browsers feature an autocomplete, although Chrome uses the more advanced “awesomebar” style where history, bookmarks, and web search are merged together. I tend to use this autocomplete more than I go to my actual bookmark menu, although my most frequent sites (that aren’t in my “check all the time” start bookmark group) are on the bookmark bar as well. More on that later.

This meme idea is from this post over on Ellie Mirman’s blog; she’s a HubSpot employee that I’ve run into a few times at Boston-area tweet-ups. It’s pretty simple: type each letter of the alphabet into your primary browser’s address/awesomebar, and post a link to the URL that comes up as the first item. I’ve also noted whether the URL comes from a bookmark, the bookmark bar, or my history. The “start bookmark folder” refers to pages that are in my “default window”, i.e. the pages I always have loaded (and reload regularly). After the list I have some quick trivia stats about this list.

A to Z – Home

A: – I shop at Amazon a lot (Bookmark Bar)

B: – My blog (History)

C: – I develop WoW mods using their site tools (History)

D: – I apparently still have the old URL (Bookmark Bar)

E: – I take classes part-time, and most assignments are posted online (Bookmark Bar)

F: – I’m on ur facebooks, posting on ur walls (Start Bookmark Folder)

G: – My World of Warcraft guild, Mellonea (Start Bookmark Folder)

H: – Mostly from watching Battlestar Galactica (History)

I: – I regularly google movies, TV shows, and actors for trivia (History)

J: – I read his LJ for weird links, music, and interesting tech questions (History)

K: – General forums for roleplayers on my World of Warcraft server, Kirin Tor (Start Bookmark Folder)

L: – While I use Google Reader for blog-reading, I have many friends who are primarily on LiveJournal (Start Bookmark Folder)

M: – My first e-mail address, my Yahoo! account is for spam absorption (Bookmark Bar)

N: – My primary source of current events coverage (Start Bookmark Folder)

O: – Yes, I’m an online dater; maybe someday I’ll post more on my experiences there (Bookmark Bar)

P: – Arguably my favorite web comic (NSFW); I’ve even been to PAX (Bookmark)

Q: – A friend of mine from college; I believe all their posts are locked (History)

R: – My favorite internet radio station, and primary source of new music (Start Bookmark Bar)

S: – The best guide for World of Warcraft rogue class loot lists (History)

T: – This is usually how I find new people to follow, what tools do you use? (History)

U: – Our allied World of Warcraft guild, Unbroken; mostly social and related to our raiding exploits (Start Bookmark Folder)

V: – Another really good video games web comic; even more so NSFW (Bookmark)

W: – This should surprise no one (Bookmark Bar)

X: – Usually hilarious geeky web comic (Bookmark)

Y: – I’m sure I watch multiple videos a day (History)

Z: – I think I posted a link to this instrument used by Jonathan Coulton a few weeks ago? (History)

Quick Stats

  • I only overlap with Ellie on 4/26 (15%). How much do you overlap with me?
  • 3 of these links are web comics
  • 6 of these links are WoW-related
  • 4 of these links are places where I maintain my public internet persona
  • Only 1 of these links is “transient”, that is a site I don’t expect to return to any time soon (the Zen Drum)
  • My best estimate is that I consistently use 16 of these sites daily; the remainder (except the one transient) I probably check at least once every few weeks
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I Cast Resurrect Blog

Who am I?

My name is Nicolas Ward, generally known as UltraNurd on the intertrons. I am a software engineer working in Natural Language Processing for BBN Technologies in Cambridge, MA. I am a part-time masters student in computer science in the Harvard University EECS department. I am the guildmaster of Mellonea in World of Warcraft. I am a huge geek.

What is this blog?

To be honest, I don’t really know yet. I have recently gotten interested in social media, mostly as a Twitter user. I used to blog on LiveJournal (you’ll note the complete archive of that is available here), but once I got into a work routine, I didn’t have much to post about, or rather never took the time to post. I am now trying to get back into regular long-form blogging, since basic life updates and short comments to the void are fulfilled by microblogging on Twitter.

I am naturally interested in all things computer-related, but I have a wide variety of interests. I like to think of myself as a maven (as per Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point). I expect my posts will fitĀ into several potential categories:

  • Computer howtos
  • Book and video game reviews/discussions
  • Political and religious commentary
  • Software ideas (probably focused on NLP)
  • Current school projects
  • My experiences with social media
  • Responses to friends’ blog posts
  • LiveJournal archive

If any of that is interesting to you, I hope you’ll enjoy reading at least some of what I blather on about.

I license everything I write, as well as all of my pictures, using a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0-US (“CC-BY”) license. In general, that probably means you can quote or copy anything I post, as long as you say it’s from me, except where otherwise noted. For a number of reasons, including licensing issues, I won’t be blogging with any specifics about what I do at work. They own my brain when I’m on the clock.

What do I read?

You can check out my blogroll on the left, but I’ll highlight some of the blogs that aren’t written by famous people, and explain why I follow them.

  • An Bui – An is a friend of mine from college, and she is directly responsible for getting me on Twitter. She writes about social media marketing.
  • The Camel’s Knees – My sister Joanna is currently serving with the Peace Corps in Gao, Mali, West Africa. Her ability to post is intermittent, but she writes about development and nutrition issues, as well as describing elements of Sonrai culture.
  • Tweetworks Blog – Tweetworks is a Twitter threading tool developed by Boston local Mike Langford. He writes about the Tweetworks tool, as well as general Twitter issues.
  • Brett Nordquist – Brett is one of the first people I started following on Twitter randomly; he writes about tech issues, and raising his kids.
  • Ku Photos Blog – Emery was my college roommate for three years, and is an awesome photographer. Check out his work!
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Nicolas Ward

Software engineer in Natural Language Processing research by day; gamer, reader, and aspiring UltraNurd by night. Husband to Andrle
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