a senseless slumber

January 12, 2007

That’s what this hiatus has been, I have decided. And to think that it might have continued were it not for my fortuitous visit to perennial favorite blog Little Man, What Now…I could cry (but that would be silly). It isn’t that I haven’t thought about writing; I have, many times in fact. But laziness, coupled with the pull of a universe full of distractions (hello, 24) has kept me from it. Well no longer. There are a number of articles bouncing around in this head of mine, each one just waiting for a chance to spring forth onto the Interweb. Over the next few days I hope some small number of them will find their way here–I would begin this evening, but it really is getting late. So, to anyone who may have visited mr_wizard lately and wondered whatever happened, I apologize. Now let me get some sleep.

Update 1/11: Silly me. I should have known that it wouldn’t happen today (far too many other things, you see). Check back tomorrow, won’t you?

Update 4/26: Well wouldn’t you know it, it’s nearly May.  And what, you may ask, is going on?  Not much, unfortunately.  This semester has been much busier than I had anticipated and, indeed, than I had desired.  But don’t lose hope!  SUMMER is coming, and with it the promise of lots of idle time for scribbling down miscellaneous thoughts for you eager masses to devour.  As you can see in the comments, Mr. Edwin Hesselthwite of LMWN has graciously invited me to join his team of Britons, so that’s something I will be considering over the next few weeks.  In any case, a pronouncement on the future of mr_wizard will appear before too long.  I still have a great fondness for the work I’ve done here.

–D. S. W.

the wiz is back…

November 4, 2006

…from its semi-unplanned hiatus. Apologies to all those who have been compulsively reloading the site, hoping for some tasty nugget of sweet nothingness on these pages in the last week. On the plus side, a more regular posting schedule should now resume.

–D. S. W.

3,000 site views!

September 18, 2006

Sometime early this morning, mr_wizard passed the 3,000 mark for site views. Seeing as the blog has been around for just under three months, this works out to roughly 1,000/month or 33/day: excellent numbers by my estimation. Thanks to my readers, and here’s to another 3,000. Cheers!

–D. S. W.

a brief note

September 14, 2006

I’ve been horribly irresponsible these last few days about posting here, so do forgive me. I have finally received my copy of John Mayer’s new album Continuum, so look for a full review tomorrow, hopefully along with a couple of other things.

–D. S. W.

more postings coming soon

September 9, 2006

Fear not, faithful readers, for more postings will appear here tomorrow (it’s nearly 2 AM as I write this). Do check back then.

–D. S. W.

one hundred posts!

September 3, 2006

The blog passed a milestone on Friday, reaching 100 posts with the publication of this Apple news writeup (this post makes 104). How far it has come in just 2.5 months! Thank you sincerely for reading.

–D. S. W.

review coming soon

August 22, 2006

Apologies to all my readers for not posting anything over the last couple of days; video games (!) have consumed a disturbingly large percentage of my free time as of late (fodder for a few posts, I should think). Last evening I did, however, have the chance to watch renowned director Sidney Lumet’s 1976 satire Network, and I hope to have a review posted tomorrow (it’s nearly 2:00 AM as I write this). Stay tuned.

–D. S. W.

author’s note

August 9, 2006

Dear readers, circumstances have been such that it has been inconvenient for me to update the blog over the last two days, and for that I apologize. I anticipate an imminent return to my regular posting schedule, so do keep on dropping by. Among the articles that are likely coming soon, I have a concert DVD of Steely Dan’s “Two Against Nature” album, which I should be watching this evening, and hope to view a screening of Oliver Stone’s new film World Trade Center sometime in the next few days. Stay tuned for reviews of both, and more.

–D. S. W.

on writing

August 1, 2006

Over the last two months, this blog has become part of my daily routine: during much of my free time, I’m either writing or thinking of things I could be writing about. As readers of this site have no doubt surmised, I have a strong interest in films which has manifested in a number of what I think are reasonably honest and detailed reviews. But it’s a challenge. Just tonight, my review of 24 Hour Party People took me many hours to shape into something I felt comfortable publishing, and even then it will not likely be counted among my best work. Looking at professional reviews in newspapers and elsewhere forces me to realize how much I have to learn; the standards set by their excellence seem impossibly high. I write well enough–I’m confident of that much–but expressing my views in a compelling and articulate fashion remains a challenge that can frustrate my best efforts to overcome it.

Yet I remain committed to the project, even more so than when I began. Recent story submissions to Engadget have brought (relatively) huge amounts of traffic to the blog, and I am even now trying to figure out how to keep visitors coming. Not that it matters particularly: I write above all because I enjoy it. On the best of days, inspiration flows freely, and I delight myself in constructing intricate turns of phrase while writing on matters I find important. The elation at finishing a piece that I know is well-constructed is incomparable, so much so that it sustains me in my less brilliant moments. Writing is, for me, a journey, and I thank you all sincerely for coming along.

–D. S. W.

design updates

June 19, 2006

I've been playing around a bit with incorporating images into posts (as below) and if anyone has any feedback I'd love to hear it. The new header image should allow you to figure out the blog title mystery. Thanks for reading, and TTFN.

–D. S. W.