Selil.Com has a long history. The name was first registered back in 1997. Prior to that it existed on a variety of ISP servers usually as ~selil. The website has always been about the adventures, interests, things I was reading or writing about. The original Selil was a boat (30′ Revel Craft) my parents bought in 1970 in Edmonds Washington. In 1996 that boat went to the bottom of Puget Sound in a horrific snowstorm that crushed the boat houses in Port Orchard Washington.
The snow wasn’t so bad that wintry blast, but the Fire Department in trying to clear the boathouse roof sprayed water on it and the added thousands of gallons in water created a weight that took the boats below to the bottom of the bay. The boat had been bought by a friend of the family and sold to another person just a few months prior to the winter storm. I never heard if they raised the boat. Many of the boats were simply lifted onto barges and destroyed.
I started using the names as a user name in 1986 for email communications (not allowed back then to use your real name). In 1991 I registered it and another name on the AOL servers as my handle. Since it is my last name backwards, and I’m kind of backwards, it has always kind of made sense.
In 1989 I created a mock-up what we would call web page and put a couple of stories on it. After that there were many iterations and changes. The website has been free-form HTML, Microsoft FrontPage, Drupal, PHPNuke, and now is WordPress. The website has followed me through a divorce, marriage, four children, several jobs, multiple threads of research, and a couple of tragedies.
I’ve lost several years of postings and stories, and some aren’t put up when I look at them and figure nobody cares. If you notice a hole in the archives likely it is either because a back up was lost, I lost interest in that topic, or I simply haven’t put it up for the world this time around.
What you will find here is my continuing adventures through life. Let me be specific with what this website is not about; 1) This is not my “faculty” or “job” website; 2) This is not a cyber warfare website; 3) This is not a “anything” website. This is my BLOG, I put up what I am interested in and what I am working on. I share it with my wife and friends, students, co-workers, compatriots, comrades, and others as I see or have interest. I write about automotive, gardening, politics, life, death, friends, travel, my research, and much more. No content is guaranteed and I have and will walk away from it from time to time.
You see this website has and always has been about me sharing. Sharing a little of my life, a little of the good stuff, a little of the bad stuff, and once in a while letting people I know drub me for the good of my sanity. You don’t have to visit. You don’t have to read or interact. I don’t require you to care or like me. I don’t really care if you read it. Rather than narcissism this is about trying to create a world that people want to engage in willingly.
If you like the more technical topics I hope you can withstand the less technical topics. More than anything this is my online journal of my ideas and thoughts. This is a place where I can scratch out what I think is going on and engage in one of the purest forms of scholarship possible. I’m standing in front of you in the town square willing to share without compunction and accept the criticism of my peers. So be patient with my students posting here, the vacation pictures, running or biking stories, the gardening blog, and pictures of cars and trucks. Life is more than a single thread and should be lived fully.