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On March 23, 2013, my family and I will be participating in the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s “Phoenix Muscle Walk”. We became involved with MDA when we found out that my son, CJ, has inherited the gene for Charcot Marie Tooth disease (CMT), a neurological disease that causes damage to the peripheral nerves, which carry signals from the brain and spinal cord to the muscles, and relay sensations, such as pain and touch, to the brain and spinal cord from the rest of the body.
This is the blog post that’s been rolling around in the back of my head for months, but I haven’t really wanted to write. But as I see others write about it and hear others talk about it, I think that it’s time. Yes, it’s another post on the decline of ColdFusion, but I think from a different perspective. It’s more of an observation of the factors that have contributed to the decline of ColdFusion, almost all of which have been external. In short, the death of ColdFusion is not to be blamed on Adobe, the community, or even on ColdFusion itself. It’s simply a matter of evolution. The evolution of the Web.
I’ll preface this by saying that ColdFusion, along with Allaire, Macromedia, and Adobe, have all been very good to me over the past 15+ years. The platform has earned me a living, put a roof over my head and food on my table. The community has given me friendships that are still strong today, and I would expect will still be strong 20 years from now. I’m eternally grateful for what I have today, and it’s not an exaggeration to say that none of it would be here if it wasn’t for ColdFusion. There are no ulterior motives here. No animosity. Simply my observations.
I do think that ColdFusion is… well, dying. I don’t think there’s anything that can be done. It’s just… time. Others have talked about it recently. Why add to the noise? Because I don’t think a lot of the previous discussions have gone into the *why*s of the decline, and I think that’s important to understand.
Image “The Smoke” by lucaszoltowski
Today I’m nicotine-free for a year and a half. That’s an amazing thing to be able to say. I struggled for so many years to quit, and failed so many times, that I seriously doubted I’d ever be at this point.
Having struggled with nicotine for so many years and finally feeling confident that I’ve kicked the habit for good, I’d love for this post to be a “Here’s-how-I-did-it-and-here’s-how-you-can-too” type of post. I know I searched for enough of that type of guidance over the years that I tried to quit. There are certainly some resources like that out there… but I think we all know how likely they are to really help you quit. Unfortunately the best that I can do is to cover the “Here’s-how-I-did-it” part, and hope that it leads you to your own “you-can-too”.
Towards the end of 2011, I decided that in 2012 I’d go vegetarian. My plan was to give it the full year, and see how I felt about it. Towards the end of the year, I’d adjust the plan as needed for 2013. I’d either move back towards meats, or possibly towards vegan or eating raw, or something in-between like going pescatarian. I’ve cut that evaluation period short, as I’ve decided that being a vegetarian isn’t quite working out for me. As far as which direction I plan to move in now, I’m strongly considering the paleo diet.
The other night I was going thru the Google Image results for a search on my name. It wasn’t as much of a vanity thing as it sounds… a friend happened to point out to me some surprising results in her search, so I got curious and ran mine.
While I didn’t find anything particularly surprising, I did find one disturbing image. It was an image of me taken back in July of 2006, almost exactly 6 years ago. While I’ve blogged pretty extensively about my lifestyle changes and getting (and staying) healthy after a Master Cleanse, it’s not often that I come across an old photo of myself and see the difference over the course of the years. The changes are obviously not something you see day-to-day, so it can be a bit jarring to look at before-and-after pictures.