Like sands through the hourglass …

Happy Birthday!

And just like that: It’s been twenty-one years since I started blogging on this site.

I just realized that I missed my twentieth birthday because of the global pandemic, which is annoying.

It seems like only yesterday that I wrote a post celebrating my eighteenth year, and the spaces between the years get smaller every day.

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What Is This? is the personal weblog of me, David Vincent Gagne. I've been publishing here since 1999, which makes this one of the oldest continuously-updated websites on the Internet.

A few years ago I was trying to determine what cocktails I could make with the alcohol I had at home. I searched the App Store but couldn't find an app that would let me do that, so I built one.


You can read dozens of essays and articles and find hundreds of links to other sites with stories and information about Ernest Hemingway in The Hemingway Collection.