Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The longer the email, the less likely it will be read.

This is a fact in life that I have to learn to accept.

As someone who tips toward the lengthy end of the scale, I have seen it time and time again.

The Premise

You ask me to do some research. It starts with saving tabs to a folder for reference material. Then come the snippets, cross-references, explanations, and theories.

Everything is written with a healthy respect for our paper origins, using the age-old traditional essay writing style of opening, three paragraphs, and closing.

There seems to be no end in sight.

The Continuation

Often things are written in long-form first, starting with the maximum amount of information and whittling it down until only the core remnants remain. Is it too much? Only if you don't use it as a tool, as a piece of reference material meant to be printed, displayed, stored, considered, and dare say it, loved.

Really, the end goal is to provide a clear, organized view of all the information in one place. The formatting begins with an outline, the topics and sub-topics arranged and eventually expanded upon, sometimes including images or links to further reading. How ostentatious to expect the recipients of a long email to go out and read even more on the subject.

I suppose there is always that hope, that little glimmer that someone would take, use, and enjoy the wealth of information. This vision supports the ego that created the email, that took the detailed notes, that requested the computer to create a file in an otherwise unorganized pattern of 1s and 0s to form something meaningful. But, is it? That is the paradox.

The Evolution

Shifting focus from where things are now, where can we go from here? Aside from being an outlet to the random words that swirl around in the vortex of information labeled "my mind", this website aims to raise awareness on a few key concepts critical to the Internet-facing world.

  1. Your privacy should never be sacrificed for convenience.
  2. Being open and transparent always trumps secrecy.
  3. A clenched fist will not lose money, nor can it accept money.
  4. Integrity is the number one goal in anything we do in life.

There are gigantic communites of people rallying behind open source software, and the movement is expanding into more and more business models today: from the government to the private sector, from small projects to what become core technologies and the foundation of how we all work together.

We have to do our best to follow and contribute to the communities that best align with our goals. That's why I started Absorbing Chaos, and why I will continue with the #GiveTen vision.

Let's teach business owners and Internet users alike, there are alternatives out there worth fighting for!