Hotwired (1994–1999) was the first commercial online magazine, launched on October 27, 1994. Although it was part of the print magazine Wired, Hotwired carried original content.[1]


I went and bought the surprisingly-to-me available domain name. I’m still mulling over what exactly to do with it, but I have already saved at least one copy of the site from like 1998 or so for the sake of honoring and borrowing from the original aesthetics that it had.

Despite the .tech TLD, it’s not going to be JUST technology. It’s probably not going to be full on magazine because that takes consistent/constant content updating and I just don’t have the ideas to fulfill that all the time. However, I would not mind having some satire on there of various sorts, among possibly many other things. May or may not mix in real or fictional things. Too early to say.

Very much borrowing what I can from the original, updating for 2021, and pushing forward in spirit. In fact, I’ve already created a bit of an SVG copy of their logo from at least one point in time.

2021 vector copy of original HotWired logo.
2021 copy of HotWired logo.

Let’s see what comes of this, shall we?

Unless something happens between now and then, I am presently scheduled to get my first vaccination shot for COVID 19, on Tuesday April 6th, with followup shot on the 27th.

I have been slowly growing more anxious to get this handled of the past few weeks. It seems like South Dakota has been having too many go to waste as not everyone eligible was filling in the supply, and it frustrated me that I couldn’t just step in to help. Originally I wasn’t eligible until May 2021. Thankfully South Dakota decided to move the schedule up.

I’m ready to be vaccine stabbed.

For literally everyone, it’s been a hell of a year. In too many ways, 2020 was no different for me. As you may recall, early on I got into a car collision that forced a surprise new car purchase for me. Thanks to pay out for the previous vehicle and other details that go into car collisions, as well as new intended car purchase, I only needed to borrow $5,500-ish for Ness.

At the end of the day, it was a three year loan payoff, which is perfectly understandable given the smaller end of total loan amount.

I will always be the first to tell anyone that I am extremely fortunate, especially in the face of 2020. I never had much warranted fear for my employment, and we actually flourished, all things considered. With it also being technically a “tech job”, it paid pretty well.

Between still steady employment, a much larger than expected tax return, and the March 2021 stimulus funding of $1400, I am able to very proudly say that I now fully own Ness, and have no further payments due on the vehicle.

I am fortunate to have been able to pay off that three year load in a hair over one calendar year. This is something I unspoken-ly wanted to achieve very much with my previous Honda Civic, but didn’t manage to reach. Now, amid everything going on, I get to achieve this time around, and look forward to holding the car title in my hand some day soon.

I have always been one who actively “attacks” debt, even when my financial output hasn’t always had Sunny days, so this is a real accomplishment in my mind, and I look forward to being able to pay off other smaller debt, or put that same money towards my future with retirement funding or similar.