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Thu Jul 31, 2003

Excuses, Excuses, Excuses...

Some people go through life standing at the excuse counter. People say they'd like to do this or that, but... then they offer all the excuses in the world why they can't do whatever 'it' is. No matter what the excuses are, the only thing usually limiting them is their own self-perception.

If I've learned anything, I've learned a person, any person, can do just about anything they set their mind to do. The only thing you need is a willingness to work for what you want, patience to learn what you need to know, and just a little bit of belief in yourself. The most important of these is belief in yourself, but you only need a seed. It will grow within you.

My Papa once told me if you will accept an excuse, any excuse will do...one of many insights impressed upon me by my late grandfather... I really didn't understand the reference at the time, but it's amazing how often the idiom is proven in today's society...too serious, huh?...

Don't know what brought that on, but with that said...

"Fervor is the weapon of choice for the impotent."
--Frantz Fanon

Posted by: on Jul 31, 2003 - 12:18 pm

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Wed Jul 30, 2003

Mid-Life Crisis ?!

I'm sitting here in front of my 'personal confuser', as Mr Laporte of TechTV fame would put it, without the slightest inclination as to what it is I intend to write.

I'm deftly afraid my academic endeavor into the world of computer science is sadly coming to an end. The passion unfortunatley cannot overcome the lack of knowledge or ability. Serious programming is far beyond my reach and my disdain for the ordinary will not permit me to muddle in mediocrity...except for this site ;)... Perhaps a chef is the answer, food being another passion of mine. I wonder how that will go over with my benefactors, changing directions in a little over midstream. What opportunities will exist for an almost 40-something rookie chef with a penchant toward heavy foods and down-homecooking...however, at 6' 3", 275 lbs, there is little doubt that sampling will be no trouble at all... The local technical college has a culinary program, thus the next logical step in my latest transformation. Eat, drink, and be merry...Hey two out of three ain't bad...

Everyone is entitled to be stupid, but some abuse the privilege.
-- Unknown

Posted by: on Jul 30, 2003 - 9:26 pm

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Hasty Thought

Let me quickly run thru something I jotted down. My main concern with attempting a novel is I've always been told you should write what you know. I know alot but, but it mostly consists of bits and pieces of many different subjects. Alas, I lack proficiency in any one subject. Maybe I should start by plotting a course and researching. Most of what I read and get the most enjoyment from is courtroom, investigative-type drama, law & order type stuff,...Tanenbaum, Grisham, Patterson, Deaver, Harris...or Clancy-like action...Higgins, Crichton, Cannell... But, unfortunately, any expertise in these fields is presently beyond me. Jack of all trades and master of none. Thinking creatively instead of analytically has always been a problem for me. Give me a subject and I have enough talent to sway you in one direction or another, but without the safety of a topic, I'm hopelessly lost. Find a subject you would enjoy learning about, research it, then let the words fly. Write it...

We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves to be like other people.-- Arthur Schopenhauer

Posted by: on Jul 30, 2003 - 8:51 am

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Tue Jul 29, 2003

Explanation In Order?!

Reading over my last post, I guess I should explain who Dan the Butler and Boomer are. Dan the Butler is my e-mail notifier for my Incredimail e-mail client. He strolls onto the screen to announce "You have mail, Sir", and politely excuses himself only after you have acknowledge you have received the message. At first, I had chosen the Babe notifier, a bouncy bombshell that sprang from a pool to announce "Mail's Here!!". But after she jiggled her way on to the screen while my youngest son was using my account, I considered Dan the Butler more appropriate, which bring me to Boomer. That's the nickname I've given my oldest son, Drew. Bug...my youngest son, Rece... and Pumpkin'...my daughter and the oldest of the brood, Crystal...round out my stable.

I've decided...I do that alot,huh?... to come out of retirement and give softball one more year,...Well, fall league, anyway... but only if I am in shape and prepared. I'm not going to half-ass it this year, it's not fair to my teammates or myself. Hell, if Bonds can do it at 38, so can I! Cutting it way short tonight, let's see if Boomer wants to install some memory...

We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves to be like other people.
-- Arthur Schopenhauer

Posted by: on Jul 29, 2003 - 11:46 pm

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Cruelty to Animals

Man, I thought I had really screwed the pooch! Thank goodness for System Restore, else I would have lost all the delectable morsels I had penned previously. In all my wisdom, I tried to clean up my My Documents file and preceded to delete my TexNotes files...Bad Idea!!! Especially when you're beta testing the product!!!... Never again will I try and fix something that's not broken. Life's too short and my heart can't take it...By the way, Three Nights in a Row! A new record...

Just finished thumbing thru CPU Magazine (Computer Power Users) and was definitely impressed, great reviews and well written articles, something I wouldn't mind being involved in myself, though I'm not sure exactly how my writing style would lend itself to this format. I'm gonna e-mail some of the contributors, blow a little smoke, dazzle them with mirrors and who knows, if nothing else, maybe they will appreciate the obscurity of my prose. How do you think a newsletter would go? Folks might find what I have to say interesting enough, but can I commit the time and energy necessary to do it well? One more thing to mull over...There's Dan the Butler again, waiting patiently for me to look up and acknowledge his existence. Hey, who says I don't perform well with an audience, albeit artificial...

Just finished watching a hilarious movie, Joe Dirt. Too funny not to be a cult classic, from Joe's white trash upbringing to the dog's testicles frozen to the porch. It had us both laughing out loud. I've got alot of collegeing to do this week, essays, C++ program, Power Point presentation, even a little accounting, yet I vow to still find the time to do my required journaling. I guess Boomer and I are going into surgery tomorrow to try and upgrade its memory. Wish us luck. Signing of for now, but give that newsletter thing some serious consideration, OK?!

The trouble with being punctual is that nobody's there to appreciate it.-- Franklin P. Jones

Posted by: on Jul 29, 2003 - 1:48 pm

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Mon Jul 28, 2003

Pep Talk

I watched a fantastic movie today, Finding Forrester. Hopefully, it may spark the fire I need to regain my desire to write. The soup question I hope will stay with me the rest of my days. The purpose of a question is to increase knowlege in how it pertains to us. The question you asks fails to meet the criteria as to how it pertains to you. Writers write so readers can read. One of the lessons in the movie was to not think, just write, A Nike commercial.

So, here I am, not thinking, just writing. I guess I felt I had nothing to write, but there is always something to write. My previous entry was wrong, it's not about substance, it's about writing. It's about finding a rhythm and going with it... Just Write... Allow the words to come. They will, they always do. Stop proofing as you go. surely you can come close enough to what you want to say to recognize it later and proof it then. The first draft you write with your heart. Just let go.I always strive to make something worth reading, never realizing anything Written is worth reading, by someone. Why is it what we write for others is never as good as what we write for ourselves? Maybe I should assign myself essays, that way I know the audience and can try and change my style to suit myself. Hmmmmm.... needs considering...

As if I didn't already have more biscuits than gravy, I somehow decided to participate in the HWG Book of the Month discussion over @ HarwareGeeks.com...Of course, it didn't hurt that the work of choice, Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, was already nearing the top of my to-read list...So go get your copy and come join the fun...

If you don't know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.
-- Laurence J. Peter

Posted by: on Jul 28, 2003 - 1:44 pm

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This Shdarn Ain't Easy...

I have been quite busy as of late incorporating pMachine into my site as well as trying to recommence this weblog. So, in pursuit of content, I've resurrected from the depths of oblivion a few of what I consider my 'Greatest Hits' from my blogs of old...such as Download Blues and I'm Not Concerned...

Between my oldest graduating and beginning college, my middle coming to live with me, and the drama of a less than ordinary existence, you'd think I could find a little something to stir the creative coals one more time. But, unfortunately, it seems my fickle muse has fled and left me with the all to familiar vacuum that has been so prevalent as of late.

I was listening to GPR's Cover to Cover on a recent trip to Swainesboro, GA and was hit dead in the face by the advice given by the featured guest, Naomi Williams, author of Two Rivers. She confirmed that writing was indeed a discipline, and therefore required it. She wrote her first book in a scant twelve months, but wrote religiously six hours a day, six to seven days a week. And I am suffering maintaining a simple blog. Re-dedication necessary?! What an understatement !!! Could that be a muse I see?...

"It's kind of fun to do the impossible."
-- Walt Disney

Posted by: on Jul 28, 2003 - 12:06 am

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Sun Jul 27, 2003

Downloading Blues

You've most likely heard about people going shopping when they're feeling blue, or perhaps you've done it yourself. Shopping takes their mind off their troubles and gives them an emotional lift. I believe I have uncovered an unique web variant and am wondering if I may be the first to identify this phenomena.

A friend of mine innocently mentioned via ICQ that she was feeling blue and had to go find something to download. Rather than shopping, the trick now it seems, is to download something!

I got to thinking...

If downloading one program makes you feel better, how good would downloading 10 programs make you feel? Or 50 programs! Man, we could go really euphoric. What if it were possible to overdose on downloads? I can just see the headline and opening teaser:

Computer Junkie Dies In Freak Accident

Download queen overdoses on bandwidth, blood samples revealed an excessive level of pixelation...

What if you lost your internet connection? Would you suffer withdrawals? Would you copy or move files back and forth between folders, trying to emulate the euphoria of downloading?

Perhaps there is a need to start a 12 Step Program for download junkies. I'm sure the government would fund it, after all, it's only OUR money, not theirs. It would be just another way to buy votes. Politicians like that...

"A sympathetic Scot summed it all up very neatly in the remark, "You should make a point of trying every experience once, excepting incest and folk dancing.""
--Sir Arnold Bax

Posted by: on Jul 27, 2003 - 8:05 am

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Sat Jul 26, 2003

I'm Not Concerned

I'm not concerned with what you look like.

I want to know how your perspective on life, and whether you seek the good in others. How do you wish to be perceived? What insight do you possess that may allow others to perceive you as you wish to be perceived? These are the "looks" that I care most about.

I'm not concerned with how much money you have.

I want to know if you are rich in less material matters, the true voice of character. Do you see the beauty in each day? Do you treasure your friendships and family? Are you thankful for what you have? Or do you ignore the beauty around you and take life and people for granted simply because that requires less thought and effort?

I'm not concerned with your age.

I want to know if you are growing and evolving as a human being. I want to know if you're mature enough to own your responsibilities, and young enough in thought to still have dreams and goals, no matter how big or small they may be.

I'm not concerned with what your career might be.

I want to know what you dream about in your highest aspirations for yourself. I want to know if you are working to reach those heights, or if are you are just waiting for them to happen...


Posted by: on Jul 26, 2003 - 8:07 pm

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Offhand Review of Oscar Wilde's The Happy Prince

After putting it off as long as I possibly could...ya'll should be used to that by now..., I finally wrote my "Offhand Review of Oscar Wilde's The Happy Prince ". I have to admit it is probably the sorriest piece of crap I have ever penned. Though Mr Wilde's work itself is quite good, the whole time I was writing, all I could think about was how the instructor kept alluding to his sexuality... he was convicted of homosexuality and served two years hard labor... and how it may have played a roll in the alliteration and substance of his writing. She actually instructed us to read the work from a homosexual's viewpoint...Huh?!... and discuss how it may differ from a straight's interpretation. The audacity was absolutely numbing. Though in this day and age of political correctness a little controversy can be refreshing, prejudice and stereotyping is not. Whose to say how anyone else views anything? Needless to say, any assignment dolled out by such a narrow minded nitwit has become quite a chore. I've always prided myself in the fact I've always been able to adapt my writing views to accommodate what I thought might be the instructors...results in higher grades...but I am at a complete loss here. So a brief narration was all I could muster, but it follows all the rules, so though the content suffers, she can't help but pass me...

Click here to read the review...Sorry for the Word html. Just too lazy to recode...

Or click here to have it read to you...Sheesh, and I thought I was lazy...(requires )

"For centuries, theologians have been explaining the unknowable in terms of the-not-worth-knowing."
--H. L. Mencken

Posted by: on Jul 26, 2003 - 2:25 am

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Fri Jul 25, 2003

DO Over, Do Over...

I call a misdeal. Thanks to the wonders of pMachine, I decided to scrap all my former excellent prose over at Blogger and start all over. I had way too many incomplete link errors and most of the eloquence was cut to nothing....like midsentence(edit)... I do promise to do better. For anyone interested, I plan to use this journal to help refine what little writing skill I may have...for I am in search of the Holy Grail, my own novel...Hopefully by scribing here occasionally I will be able to develop the habit of at least journaling everyday. I plan to blog a few short stories,...mostly family anecdotes...develop a few characters, and just a bit of utter mayhem...more like nonsense...I hope you don't find the italicized comment to pithy or annoying. They help to organize my thoughts. Come by my website, and let me know what you think. Oh btw, look for some of my favorite quotes at the end of each entry...finally I can put that daily quote newsletter to use...

"Being in politics is like being a football coach. You have to be smart enough to understand the game, but dumb enough to think it's important."
-- Eugene McCarthy

Posted by: on Jul 25, 2003 - 11:08 am

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Thu Jul 24, 2003

Grand Opening August 01, 2003

No, I'm not new to blogging, but i've decided to re-dedicate myself to writing. This is here as a spacer...

Of course, this will be deleted, but was necessary for testing, Why are you reading this anyway?

Posted by: on Jul 24, 2003 - 1:57 am

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