logging software, no "b"

I like to track a bunch of things about my life for future reference. Sometimes irregular diary entries or notes; more often, regular things like when I got to work or what I had for lunch or dinner or what T car I rode on (I gave up on that one after I had collected the entire set of Red Line cars and was no longer riding the Green Line daily). Most of these end up as text files, or occasionally palmpilot memos, with date-stamped and sometimes time-stamped entries. I've got enough of these floating around that it's starting to seem like I should consolidate them. I think what I want is a little database with timestamps, tags ("food,lunch", "food,dinner", "work,arrival", "diary"), and free-form text.

This sounds a bit like blogging software (entries, tags, etc), except I don't particularly want to publish this or have someone else host it, and many of the entries are going to be quite short.

Any suggestions for software or tools to use for this? Plain text is always an option, though keeping the formatting sensible so that it's easy to extract by tag later is a pain.

On Literature

from Kung Fu Monkey

There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.

Boston Homebrew Competition

Attention brewers - the Boston Homebrew Competition is approaching, and the entry deadline is Saturday. Get your beers in there! You can drop them off at Modern Brewer if you're in the city. This is the competition that got me my first ribbon, and it's always educational and entertaining to get judge's feedback on your product.

dining 2008

It's that time again.

Days recorded: 225
Most frequent places for dining out: Joe Sent Me, Christopher's
Most frequent meals at home: Black bean quesadillas, penne with zucchini and goat cheese, spaghetti carbonara (Am I in a rut?)

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backup tool: ljmigrate

(having posted this as a comment in five places or so, I'm making my own post)

After today's kerfuffle, a lot of people are looking for or recommending journal backup tools. Some people are recommending ljdump; I'd like to recommend against that, as it's old and a bit buggy, and recommend a derivative of it, ljmigrate by antennapedia (original post about the program here).

As the name suggests, it can migrate a journal to another server running the LJ code; that's not very interesting to me, but the ability to create a local, static-HTML archive of a journal, complete with comments and user pictures, is.

I'm sure there are other fine tools out there, but I've used this one successfully, and ljdump was less successful. I also got a small bug fixed last week, so I know the author is currently paying attention to it.