This blog as created in September 2009 in response to a class requirement of a blog. The previous year we were also required to have a blog, but I did not feel like setting up and running my our blog so I used the Edublogs platform. Edublogs is a hosted Wordpress install designed for students and teachers. By the end of the year I had been dissatisfied with the way the blog was run. (Obtrusive ads, random downtime, and no tinker-ability.) I looked into my options for running my own blog. The two most common platforms are Wordpress and Movable Type. Wordpress is written in PHP and at the time I researched had a horrible security track record. Movable Type on the other hand is written in Perl, has a much better track record, and has a much cooler name. For those and other reasons, I chose Movable Type for my blogging platform. Despite its quirks, six months later I feel I made the right choice.