Monday, September 06, 2004

return of the mutant blogger 

is anyone listening??

Thursday, February 26, 2004

Live and Learn 

Hey today is my 6 month anniversary of blogging. I am not sure why a partial year of existence is celebrated but I've seen it done a few times. I guess it has something to do with the term "web years".

As I look back, all I can only say is, "wow, I suck." Actually, it has been a great experience.

Six months ago I working for a company I detested ( i was part of the management team which sold our division to this stupid company. For some reason they wanted me to come and work for them - yuck!). I couldn't quit, or else I would lose all the incentives I was awarded. So I had to suck it up and come to work each day and "look busy"...nothing better than playing on the internet to look busy!!

I left the company last month, and now I'm looking for a new job. I have a long severance package so I am engaging in a low-impact job hunt. However, after one month, I am quite bored, so I have been spamming my resume and making crank phone calls more frequently than ever.

Six months, and I still have very little idea about how the whole blogsphere works, but it's still a great place to come and relax for a few hours each day. So , thanks everyone. I have really appreciated the education/therapy.

At least I am a lot better off than one of my previous bosses. He retired and is flying around the world on a charter jet getting educated by historians and cultural guides. This sounds like a great life, problem is, he's still a pompous ass.

Monday, February 23, 2004

It's the End of the World as We Know It 

Not really. With reports like this, however, it makes you wonder.

Forget about how the report got linked, that's just political finger pointing. Focus on the world shaking domino-like effects of a dramatic change in temperatures. It starts with floods, causing food shortages, causing job disruption, causing economic hardship. Then it skips to local disorder, spirals to regional containment, and jumps to national unrest.

Ok that's a bit of scare-mongering. But environmental disasters, especially those that tax our natural energy supplies, are the things that scare me the most. After seeing the effects of El Nino, I realized there is little anyone can do from a preventative perspective.

Also, anyone who was in NYC during the electrical power outage this summer, knows all too well how fragile our energy network really is, and how unprepared the public is for these types of issues.

Friday, February 20, 2004

Blog Iran 

I don't think that not voting, as a practice, is a good idea. However, like siding with Schwarzenegger, sometimes you have to be unorthodox to get results.

I fully support the people's movement, and the chance for true democray in Iran.

What I'm Thinking 

"We live as we dream, alone."

Man, Joseph Conrad really could turn a phrase.

Voice in the Wind 

This article will likely not be heard over the droning Democrats do about how Bush is stealing jobs from Americans. But you can't expect them to listen anyway; it doesn't suit their vision of America.

They see an America which reacts to international terror and a troubling world economic climate by wrapping itself in a cocoon, hoping others will deal with the turbulence appropriately. Then, after it's period of self-nurturing and beautification, reappearing to glide easily through the blue skies of a trouble free environment.

It's a bit simplistic, but the shoe fits better than ever!

She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not 

At first I thought she was just a fair weather friend, who wanted to tell the truth, who HAD to tell the truth. I bet she thought, 'gee, wouldn't it be cool to see my name in the WSJ.' How else would the prosecution find a witness to testify that Martha was acting on inside information?

Now, I wonder just what kind of wacky people does Martha associate with anyway?

Thursday, February 19, 2004

Google Traffic 

I get tons of google traffic. Almost any search with the world Buffalo in it, and my site seems to pop up.

I track them back, if the are interesting:

Buffalo+Long Island+wide right
Buffalo+IMAO..etc etc

I stumbled into this article. It's a couple of years old, about the movie Route 66 (which I loved), and guy that wrote it Vincent Gallo. If you have time, it gives you a good look into the cluttered, but somewhat clever mind of an artist.

On the homosexual community:
"But, what's happened with that community in New York is that they've been so desperate for mainstream acceptance that they've pandered to the heterosexual mainstream to the point where they've developed their own complexes.
"The homosexual community is homophobic. They're disease-phobic. They have blond, buffed-up, hairless icons on the covers of all their magazines. They all dress in designer clothes. There's no real interesting scene in that way. They've become so obsessed with their mainstream public persona that they've started to make such a strong issue out of their identity, that they've, at any cost, supported things that work for their agenda, even if they suck.

On fellow movie maker Spike Lee:
..his political point of view panders to insignificant, unsophisticated people. He incites reactions from very ordinary mainstream people. He's never tried to have a sophisticated concept and vision about the changing evolution of mankind.

On not going to college:
"In college, ya know, education is convoluted and panders to the lowest common denominator. College is not there as a right of nature. It's a business. And I know that I could never have been as extreme and as efficient through that type of system. I know it. Because I've lectured college classes, ya know, and I know how one has to accommodate students. It has to be within a certain rhythm."

He's definitely out there, but in some strange way I feel like I can relate to a lot of what he says. Maybe it's because we both grew up in Buffalo around the same time, and left around the same time.

We had totally opposite experiences, lives even, but we got to same conclusion on a lot of issues. This is very scary.

Wednesday, February 18, 2004

The Tao of Two 

The visionary.

If you really want something just keep saying please

Nobody likes to be made to share

If you go to bed too early you might miss something

No is temporary, but yes is forever

Caution is a byproduct of experience

If whining never worked no one would do it

You control your own mouth, and what goes in it

Everyone gets a kiss goodnight before bed

If you want someone's attention keep saying their name louder and louder until you get it

It's great to get presents

Tomorrow is a long way away

The dark is truly scary

On enemies: retaliation needs to be swift and severe

When you see someone you love act really excited

New toys are good

Use two hands

Delayed gratification is over-rated

Pushing the elevator buttons does not make you a "big boy", knowing which ones to push does ( this works on adults as well)

Kisses make boo-boos better

The greatest satisfaction comes from doing something yourself

Everything will be yours at Christmas

When you wake up in the middle of the night, and life's answers are not apparent to you, always call for Mommie. Daddies don't come as fast.

The end.

Living with the Enlightened 

I have them for 3 days straight. It's a long story, but in the end, a very short straw.

Tomorrow I will publish the Tao of my 2 yr old son. Yes, he has a Tao. Let me just whet your appetite with today's discovery.

"the best part of food, is what's on the inside."

OK, that's reasonable enough, since you've got sandwiches, doughnuts, peanut M&Ms, tacos, etc, etc.

The problem is the definition of "inside". Apparently, my little Buddhist only sees things in one dimension. No matter what I put in front of him, he eats (rather attacks) the center portion, from the top down. The "inside", means the area within the perimeter of the serving. Hence, each of the family repasts' has been ruined by his "enlightened" manner to achieve nourishment.

He ate a hole in the middle of the piece of toast I gave him for breakfast. He also ate a hole through the middle of his pancakes. Similarly, he ate a hole through the center of the cheeseburger he had for lunch.

He resembles a woodpecker stabbing a tree limb searching for the bug hidden deep beneath the bark. Each meal ends up with is face covered in food.

He even ate a hole through a slice of pizza. A hole right in the center. He liked it, so he proceeded to eat his way OUT toward the crust and tip of the slice!

Isn't anyone normal in my family.

Sunday, February 15, 2004

A look inside my mind 

From Ted, Want to play? Go here

Your Brain Usage Profile

Auditory : 37%
Visual : 62%
Left : 60%
Right : 40%

jim, you are somewhat left-hemisphere dominant and show a preference for visual learning, although not extreme in either characteristic. You probably tend to do most things in moderation, but not always. ( true)

Your left-hemisphere dominance implies that your learning style is organized and structured, detail oriented and logical. Your visual preference, though, has you seeking stimulation and multiple data. Such an outlook can overwhelm structure and logic and create an almost continuous state of uncertainty and agitation. You may well suffer a feeling of continually trying to "catch up" with yourself. ( true)

Your tendency to be organized and logical and attend to details is reasonably well-established which should afford you success regardless of your chosen field of endeavor. You can "size up" situations and take in information rapidly. However, you must then subject that data to being classified and organized which causes you to "lose touch" with the immediacy of the problem.

Your logical and methodical nature hamper you in this regard though in the long run it may work to your advantage since you "learn from experience" and can go through the process more rapidly on subsequent occasions. ( very true)

You remain predominantly functional in your orientation and practical. Abstraction and theory are secondary to application. In keeping with this, you focus on details until they manifest themselves in a unique pattern and only then work with the "larger whole."

With regards to your career choices, you have a mentality that would be good as a scientist, coach, athlete, design consultant, or an engineering technician. You can "see where you want to go" and even be able to "tell yourself," but find that you are "fighting yourself" at the darndest times.

( this is pretty much right on. I am dyslexic, so I need to diagram things out before I can truly trust that I understand them. I then need to organize that information so I can retrive it correctly later on. I have a very quick mind and I'm decive, but I can get lost in details at times. Hence I do find myself always trying to catch up.)

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