I’ve started a blog three times now. Like a lot of things I try, it never sticks. I can’t keep up with it. I don’t have time, I have a daughter, I have a job, and I have a life. And, frankly, it isn’t all that interesting. Sure, I read good books, like to eat good food, travel occasionally. I also take out the trash, clean dishes, and eat microwave burritos. Given my rather dull life, I’m not sure who would want to read this blog.
It seems everyone has a blog these days, so maybe I’m just jumping on a bandwagon. Only in my case, the bandwagon started rolling about ten years ago, and I’ve jumped on and fell off more than once before. I look at this as a creative, expressive outlet that I don’t normally explore, and hopefully someone will find it to be a worthwhile read occasionally.
Why Rash Elvis Chants?
I wanted a somewhat random name. Rash Elvis Chants is an anagram of my name. I was first toying with another anagram, Elvis Snatch Rash, but that seemed just a bit too gross.
What can you expect to find here?
Opinions, book reviews, observations, and occasional technology tidbits that I run across. I’ve become more focused on books, and things here in the Triangle lately, but I’m sure that will change. Everything here is 100% organic, pesticide-free, fair-trade web content provided by yours truly; here’s a free sample for your reading pleasure.
Who is Chris van Hasselt?
Short answer, me. Longer answer, just a guy, an IT worker for an international public health non-profit based in Durham, North Carolina. When I am not working, I play guitar, and sleep, not necessarily in that order. You can find out a little more about me through my LinkedIn profile.
Previously, I’ve tried the whole enchilada, installing WordPress on a remote host. I’ve also used Movable Type, and even Blogger. But, being technically oriented, I’ve gotten bogged down in widgetizing and tweaking the software, rather than writing.
I wanted content to be king, this time around. So, I took the easier route of WordPress.com. There are fewer frills to dive into, trying to make things just exactly perfect. Maybe when I get up a head of steam on writing, I’ll consider other options, and try to learn more about the software. Simplicity wins, this time around. That being said, I’ve made a number of small improvements after purchasing the CSS upgrade that have been interesting and fun.
In 2010, I joined a Toastmasters group at work. I joined because, as FHI has grown, we’ve expanded into two buildings; as a lowly IT guy, I rarely get to see people in our other building, where most of the action is. While I only see a few people, it has been a great chance to meet more of my colleagues. I decided to write my speeches on my blog, just so readers might learn a little more about me. Where possible, I’ve modified the speech slightly to make it a more reader friendly writing sample, rather than a speech. In the coming weeks, I will be updating this page with links to these short essays. I’ve tried to edit the speeches to make them less “speechy” and more like true essays.
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