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Format shift

Hey all.  This is the first post I’ve put up for some time.  Why.  I’m busy as all get out.  It’s not much of an excuse but … it’s what I got.  I want to re-evaluate what this blog is about … it’s kinda gotten meh to me.  So I’m gonna spend some time, next month looking it over and I may delete lots of content and ‘start over’ again.  More on that as it happens.  Basically this is to say I’m not dead yet.

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THACO

On my way back to work from lunch I saw something … unique.  I saw a new Toyota Camry with the license plate of THACO.  Without any reference my first thought is Nerrrrrrrrrd!  But then I was struck by the thought … Which is nerdier?  The nerd who puts THACO on a license plate or the nerd who sees T. H. A. C. 0. 
I’m not sure I want to know the answer.

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More privacy invasion …

Boing Boing: Bush signs wiretapping expansion law, permanent backdoors possible

It’s crap like this that makes all the privacy advocates and security people raise the encryption flag and wave it on high.  Your personal life should be your own, there are tools to help make it that way.  If you check out the Security Now podcast they have a 5 episode series of shows, starting with #30, about the subject of cryptography. It’s well worth a listen and something we should probably be more mindful of.

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The Question is Raised Again

If any of you have been following this since long ago or have been paging though the archives you’ve probably seen me ponder this before.

Should I continue to be/try to be an artist?

I’m not just trying to black bag myself/dreams/aspirations.  I was talking with my roommate about art stuff and he commented (and I’ve questioned myself on this issue before) that I really don’t seem to enjoy doing art.  I can’t in good If any of you have been following this since long ago or have been paging though the archives you’ve probably seen me ponder this before.

Should I continue to be/try to be an artist?

I’m not just trying to black bag myself/dreams/aspirations. I was talking with my roommate about art stuff and he commented (and I’ve questioned myself on this issue before) that I really don’t seem to enjoy doing art. I can’t in good conscience deny this. I can draw well, people have told me this on several occasions deny this.  I can draw fairly well, people have told me this on several occasions that I have talent. But is that enough? Do I actually enjoy this? I like it better than math … but that’s not saying very much. Do I actually want to do this as a career? Will I want to be doing this in 20 years? I’ve spent countless hours and dollars on learning how to paint and draw, have they been for nothing?

I know this is not the time for self doubt but I don’t know of a better time to be thoughtful. I have things I want to accomplish in my life, but honestly have no idea how to get there. And even if I did get there what would I get for it? Would I actually want to be there? I know one place where I want to be without question. But I cannot get there without achieving some sort of financial solvency first. But I don’t want to be working for a paycheck, no matter how nice, it’s not worth it if I’m basically dead inside. But would it really be much different than I am right now? Am I alive? Am I moving? Am I getting forward? Or have I turned one more pass in this groove in the floor.

The only way out of the groove in the floor is to step out but will I actually be out of the groove? Or will l just make a new one outside of that one or go in the opposite direction?

So many questions. So little time. So little brain power to devote to them.

Should I just try it? Who knows. Can it be worse than not trying? I … guess? Failure really isn’t an option right now. I have too much ahead of me to face plant now. I may end up having to be a ‘bone machine’ for a little while till I can get this worked out. Though being a ‘bone machine’ will not give me the time to work this out which will make it a rut and &((*%%%(*&^$&(*&%(#%#_ I’m going around it again. Meh … figure it out when I wake up.

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A Bit of Stein

I got this as part of a forwarded e-mail. I hate forwarding and receving forwarded e-mail. Only because it usually means scrolling through a long list of people who it was sent to … and on several occasions never actually getting to the stuff that was intended to be sent. Still there is sometimes a gem at the end of all the forwarding crap. Today I actually got something that is at least interesting.

Apprently this came from the mind of one Ben Stein, yes, the guy from Farris Buler’s Day Off, and from Win Ben Stein’s Money. His profession is apprently law, altough he seems to have a talent for the theatatic. But if you know a little about Mr. Stine, that should be suffencient. If you really want more check out his Wikipeida page.

Without further mindlessness from me, Mr. Stein.
Herewith at this happy time of year, a few confessions from my beating heart:

I have no freaking clue who Nick and Jessica are. I see them on the cover of People and Us constantly when I am buying my dog biscuits and kitty litter. I often ask the checkers at the grocery stores. They never know who Nick and Jessica are either. Who are they? Will it change my life if I know who they are and why they have broken up? Why are they so important? I don’t know who Lindsay Lohan is, either, and I do not care at all about Tom Cruise’s wife. – the rest is at his site.

I did not put all of the text here because that’s not my role. I believe that actual content creators should at least get some credit for the work they do, even if they are wealthier than I’ll ever be in the next ten years. So follow the link and let Mr. Stein have the unique page views and the credit he deserves.