Geek Retrospectives

900 emails later

On the 12th of August 1990, I sent out an email. It went to a handful of friends, under the name “Toxic Custard Workshop Files.” It was the first of many, initially made up of (allegedly) humorous writing, though these days it’s mostly the previous week’s blog posts.

Tonight, 30th of June 2008, I’m sending out the 900th of these emails (more or less; the numbering isn’t exact). For some reason, I’m not sure why, people are still reading them.

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

4 replies on “900 emails later”

“For some reason, I’m not sure why, people are still reading them.”

Because I like your writing Daniel, and you give me an ‘everyman’s’ perspective of my hometown when I now live so far away. Keep them up!

Your observations are fantastic.

The best one was the time you were on a tram passing the blind and then deaf schools.

Maybe you need to get readers to post their most loved story and you could re-publish them again.

Maybe one a week like the Tuesday Australian looking back at past stories.

My favourites are the McDonalds Yass sign, how to destroy your VCR, and an observation in a very early TCWF that Vegemite ought to be spread so thinly that a single jar of Vegemite can last for generations, getting passed down as a family heirloom. Everytime I see Vegemite I think of you Daniel. Thanks for all the words.

Like Tony in Japan says, I started reading them when I was o/s (Sweden) and very homesick. Your writings about things in Melbourne (even if it wasn’t my ‘side of town’) really helped.

I like your style, it’s very ‘down-to-earth’ and understandable.

Please keep pumping them out.

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