Simply put, Small.to is a “blog”, or weblog. You'll find news, reference, entertainment, and lots of opinions here. Maybe you'll even join and contribute.
Here is a link to a more updated 'n things about dbsmall', than what follows.
I'm David Small. No, not this one, or this one, or this one, or even this one. Just a simple guy who enjoys shooting his mouth off.
If I'm persuasive, my friends “futurenow” and “norcalfella” will help out by becoming co-editors of the Technology and Sports sections, respectively.
Here's what I have in mind (but don't feel limited to these):
Business: anything to do with money and companies that make (or fail to make) it
Entertainment: music, movies, theater
Food: recipes, nutrition, supplements, vegetarianism, restaurants
Politics: commendation, criticism, and information about leaders and their actions
Sport: both fitness and spectator sports
Technology: if you'd read about it in Scientific American, you might see it here
Top n Lists: modelled after Letterman's Top 10 lists
Other Stuff: if it doesn't fit, above, I'll stick it here, until there's enough material to warrant a new section
I haven't yet figured how I'm going to use the Calendar section. In the short term, it looks like my brother-in-law will be posting San Francisco Bay Area surfing condition updates there.
Actually, as much as anything, I configured this site. I took a look at all sorts of portal building tools, blog tools, etc. Then I made a short list of requirements.
It had to be open source and free. I want to see the code, and I'm cheap. (That rules out some pretty cool, but expensive solutions, and services like BlogSpot)
It had to be built using some language I know. That means PHP's my best bet, but Java's ok. It also rules out some really cool Perl solutions (Greymatter, Movable Type)
It had to be geared toward this sort of site (which eliminated some powerful tools like JetSpeed, which are more general purpose)
It had to be widely used (which eliminated some interesting tools)
In the end, it came down to four tools. Drupal and Xoops seem cool, but fail test 4. That, and between Xoops, PostNuke, Nuke, and AtThat, it seemed like there was developer dissention.
Then, I found GeekLog...
It met all my requirements, and had a nifty security model, to boot (which, among other things, enabled me to delegate editorial control to different folks.) Went and stole a theme called “clean”, modified it a little, and voila.
Because if I wear it anywhere else, it chafes.