Living in the Future

Now that I’ve announced the return of the old blog posts, let’s talk about the rest of the changes around here!

You may have noticed the new URL: With any luck, this will be the “last URL you ever need” to get to my writing. Old links with the will still work as well — I plan on supporting them indefinitely — but please use the new URL whenever possible.

The blog’s name has also changed. I’m pleased to announce that this blog is the top hit on Google for “Weaponized Fluff,” which means my branding’s on point, right? Even if the name didn’t originally come from me. And if you come to the website, there’s a new black and white design that I’m pretty happy with.

Be warned: this will be more than just a technology blog. I may talk entertainment, I may talk politics (with comments off), I don’t know yet. If you just want the tech stuff, subscribe to or bookmark

Living in the Past

Oh, we won’t give in,
We’ll keep living in the past.

— Jethro Tull

Lots of other stuff going on in the world, but for a moment, let’s go living in the past, shall we?

Let’s go back to a time when I wrote a website with a godawful color scheme and a prescient name. When Subversion was new, Unix was still old (but new to the Mac), and I used terrible puns for post titles — well, that hasn’t changed, has it?

When I closed down, I removed its posts from the Internet entirely. Now, with the relaunch of my blog on, I’ve brought ’em all back, under the tag “From Old Helpful Tiger Blog”.

The technical how-to posts are mostly out of date, but there are lots of philosophical posts I still agree with. Have a look!

Edit: forgot to mention that the comments came over, too!

Welcome to HelpfulTiger!

Welcome to the Grand Opening of the HelpfulTiger weblog!

Why am I having a Grand Opening now, when I’ve already been posting for months?

For one, HelpfulTiger now has a new look! The new look is courtesy of Mark Abrams of look! designs, to whom I owe many thanks.

For two, I’m also officially re-introducing the Membrane library, something I’m very excited about.

For three, I’m introducing a new topic, “About a Blog”, where I’ll be discussing weblog news (like this).

And for four, I’m unveiling a new look, also courtesy of Mr. Abrams, for this weblog’s sister site,, where you’ll find Web pages devoted to some of the topics touched on in this weblog as well as my other projects. If you ever find yourself rummaging through the posts on this blog trying to find that download or list I mentioned, you should probably check out first.

And as always, enjoy!