Finally the tags are finished

After spending a whole lot more time than I had initially anticipated (and significantly more than I wanted to), I have finished tagging all of the former posts. Now that the process is complete, you can click on any of the tags at the bottom of a particular post, and it will show you only posts that also carry that tag. I think that it is a neat feature that really adds to the organisational value of the site.

I’m not sure if it will be beneficial or not to add the “Tag Cloud” widget to the sidebar. Basically, it shows the most commonly used tags and varies the size of the font based on the number of times that the particular tags appear. If you think that would add to the organisation, let me know by leaving a comment or by emailing me.

Cheers,
Zach

2012 St. Jude Children’s Hospital Marathon Race

Recently, I received an email from St. Jude Children’s Hospital regarding the 2012 Marathon. I have actively supported St. Jude for a number of years now, because it is one of the few larger charities in which I strongly believe. I can’t imagine the pain associated with having a child with a terminal illness, especially ones that can cause so much suffering like cancer can. Regardless of funding, St. Jude never turns away a child or his/her family, and that is a worthy cause.

2012 St. Jude Children's Hospital marathon race

Given that I have taken to running over the course of the last year or so, it only makes sense that I should run in the race. Given that I’m exhausted when I finish my 15km (~9.33 miles) daily run, I don’t think that there’s anyway that I could run a marathon–26.2 miles, or about 42km. I know the limits of my body in its current condition, and I think that tripling my distance is essentially out of the question at this time. Seeing as the half-marathon’s registration had already closed, I signed up for the 5k run as a St. Jude Hero. As such, I will be raising funds based on the length of my run, and would greatly appreciate any contributions that you are willing to make. I will have a small website dedicated to my fundraising efforts for the race, which I will link in a new post.

The 5k is set for Saturday, 01 December 2012 starting at 07:15 GMT-6 (CDT). That’s all the information that I have at this time, but I will post more once I know.

Cheers,
Zach

Categorical change and reclassification

One of the interesting aspects about going through all of the former posts on my blog is that it allows me to continuously re-evaluate the applicability and sufficiency of the categories. For instance, I realised that having a category of “Scholarly / Serious” lead to a lot of ambiguity and cross-posting. For that reason, I decided to split the two categories, and reassign posts accordingly. I think that this change will allow for my fine-tuned searching and grouping, both of former posts, and for future ones as well.

As another quick update, I’m about 65% or so through the tagging process. I can’t believe how long it takes to go through previous entries, and tag them. One of the challenges of that task is coming up with tags that are universal enough to allow for multiple posts, yet specific enough to make sense in a hierarchical classification system. Coupled with that challenge is the vague distinction between tagging and categorising. Categories, in my opinion, are very broad and are applied to the post overall, whereas tags are more about smaller components therein and less about the broad meaning.

Anyway, I’m hoping to be finished with these blog updates sometime soon, as they are getting to be a bit tedious and mundane. There are a bunch of other (more interesting) things about which I’d like to write, but it makes sense (in terms of efficiency) to get these tasks out of the way beforehand.

Cheers,
Zach