As should be obvious, many of the dates given for these entries are not really the dates they were posted to the blog. One thing I wanted to do when I started the blog was move certain files from my old home page to the blog, in order to take advantage of comments and to clean up the web page a bit. Of course, the blog requires that I give each entry a date and time. I suppose the right thing to do might be to give the date that these were added to the original web site, but in general I no longer have that information.
What I do have in many cases is a date and time when the entry
was originated, because they originated as email or forum posts,
or I simply still have the original files copied from disk to disk.
For example, the first entry (What, Definitions? What's a Definition?) really was finished and saved to disk on
November 10, 1986.
The alternative, it seems to me, is to give all the files the
date when the blog was started (May 16,
2005). But there's nothing really special about that date, and
I don't want to mush so many years of my life into one lump, from
high school through my thirties.
So, although it may seem anachronistic, I think it makes the
most sense to put entry dates back in the 1980s into the blog, and
then put a link to this explanation above the dates on the sidebar.
This only works now, when the blog is just starting. In the future,
I wouldn't want people to have to dig through the archives regularly to
see if I decided to post any of my college-age materials. So if I should
do that, I'll give it the date it is being posted, not the original