Monday, April 06, 2009

Celebrating Five Years of BuboBlog: 2004

Ah, 2004. The air was thick with promise. We re-elected George Bush (why not?). San Francisco began issuing marriage licenses to gay couples for the first time. And a film by the name of "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" won 11 Oscars.

It was five years ago this month that a little blog began to take shape in the home office of a South of Market apartment. No one had any idea at the time that the enterprise would eventually spawn more than 1,000 entries — attracting literally tens of readers along the way.

Looking back, it's amazing how much my blog — and the very Internet itself — has changed.

Here's a sample of the home page at the time:

It wasn't all smooth sailing for the young enterprise. It took awhile to find appropriate subject matter (I've since mastered this).

I inaugurated the blog with a feature called Nick's Five Truths. It quickly petered out — apparently I didn't feel strongly about enough things.

Some samples:
—KOIT's "Love Songs After Dark" is secretly awesome.
—Flan is a terrible dessert. Mexico needs to go back to the drawing board on this one.
—Adding a dope backbeat to Seals & Crofts' "Summer Breeze" is a huge improvement.
—No parking on the dance floor.

Actually, even with the benefit of hindsight, I stand by all of these!

I also got into film criticism, explaining that it would be creatively fueled by my loathing of "The English Patient." My first review: "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" (3 asterisks out of 4).

During the presidential election, I created a debate drinking game ("drink twice if Bush says 'nuke-u-leur'”).

Lastly, I revealed the embarrassing suggestions provided to me by Amazon's recommendation engine:

"Snoop Dogg's Hustlaz: Diary of a Pimp"
You may remember this as Snoop's 2002 foray into pornography. I'm not sure why they suggested this title, since — while I may possess a "Girls Gone Wild" tape or two — they were left in my apartment by my former roommate!

"The 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous"
How on Earth did that get in there?? It's not like I'm ordering cases of bourbon via!! This one really made me want to send a sternly worded e-mail of protest (but wait, are "sternly worded e-mails of protest" one of the steps?).

"The Carpenters Singles 1969-1981"
I guess this speaks for itself.

Hopefully Amazon has worked out the software's kinks since then!