★ Class of 2004. And Blogger Rocks. Google too.

Last year, we had Richard Bein give our commencement address. I don't remember a word he said. He was boring, and it was 90 degrees out. The College of William and Mary had Jon Stewart give the commencement address. My favorite part was when he realized that we were going to get through the events of 9/11.

And one day I was coming out of my building, and on my stoop, was a man who was crouched over, and he appeared to be in deep thought. And as I got closer to him I realized, he was playing with himself. And that’s when I thought, “You know what, we’re gonna be OK.”

If you guys haven't noticed, Blogger underwent a redesign. The homepage has a whole new look. They also upgraded the way Blogger works. First they gave us syndication, now they changed the way it archives posts. If anyone is familiar with Movable Type, you would agree with me in saying that this is awesome. No more #links to specific parts of a page. Each entry gets its own link. If you don't understand what I'm talking about, click on a permalink and see what happens. Cool huh? They also gave us the ability to comment on posts. Something I had always wanted.

And the last thing I would like to say is that Google rocks. First of all, all of the Blogger improvements are a result of Google buying out Pyra Labs, which owned Blogger. I'm sure all of these improvements were a result of the resources and assets associated with Google. And the best part of all this. As a long time and active Blogger (not a create an account and post once because it was cool at the time Blogger), I was invited to test out Gmail, Google's new email service. This is the first time I have ever been invited to test out a beta product. I'm such a geek.