I like stuff.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Something to think about

If you've not spent much time thinking about intellectual property law lately, maybe it's time you took a moment to think about where things are going. Here's an article near and dear to my heart, and one of the better arguments I've seen in some time. It's a good read, even if the possible effects won't hit you directly.

The Coming Software Patent Apocalypse

Sunday, July 29, 2007

The briefest of ruminations

Ok, so I'm no expert in inter-personal relations, but I will say this:

I'm just smart enough to write down in a little book my thoughts about other people, rather than airing dirty laundry or speculation all over the place. Seem untrustworthy? Lands in the book. Prone to telling stories? Lands in the book. Constantly seeking attention? Lands in the book.

An online community I occasionally participate in seems to be having issues with such things, or at least a few of the participants.

Better the book than some stupid drama, but I reserve the right to draw my own conclusions.


Monday, July 23, 2007

I loves me some free advertising.

Anyone with a 7-11 nearby, grab a couple post-it notes and fill out my blog URL. Take a picture and I'll post it with pride with credit and linkage. email submissions to freeadvert@transiit.org

Permanently deface it and I'll disavow any knowledge.

I'm Scandinavian sized!

I hope "Scandinavian sized" is something to be proud of.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Well, so much for the suicide pill...

There was a running joke that I'd picked up a cyanide capsule in case I got word that turning 30 wasn't worth it.

Too late.

So instead, I stayed up the better part of the night making something for one of them collaborative "art" things I tend to participate in, but it's sort of topical, being my birthday and all:

Friday, July 13, 2007

Help Fjeff.

It's a good cause. Won't someone think of the children?

Passin' the time.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Rewired: The first couple days.

Not much to report, but here's a few highlights:

1) I'm surprised to find out how rarely I actually write anything by hand anymore. I seem to have not had cause for several days now, so I can't report how that's going.

2) I find that trying to stick with this has made me a lot more deliberate in a lot of actions. Reaching for my wallet takes a little more thought, and I keep questioning actions under the microscope of "is this how I'd normally do it?"

3) Contrary to what my idea of logic would tell me, you'd think the hand I normally write with would be a little more adept at using a mouse. Either I'm really out of shape, or I'm concentrating too hard, because I find it getting fatigued before long. The biggest surprise: While I can maneuver it without too much trouble, left-click vs. right-click keeps getting screwed up.

4) eating is a pain in the ass. It took me a half hour of serious effort to get through a frozen microwaveable dinner the other night. I'm sticking with sandwiches or burritos or anything that doesn't require utensils for a few more days.

5) I've had a vague feeling of unease ever since I started this. Awesome.


Sunday, July 08, 2007

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Project: Rewire my brain.

Ah, science. Time for another project wherein I set up a contrived situation such that I can leave myself feeling confused or miserable. So here goes, "Project: Rewire My Brain"

WHEN: 12:01AM Sunday, July 8, 2007 through 12:01AM Sunday, July 22, 2007

WHAT: Everything left is right. Everything right is left.

WAIT, WHAT?: I'm neither fully left-handed nor right-handed, but neither am I ambidextrous. Every day of my life that I can remember, even going back to my days as a lad, I've always put my keys in the same pocket, my wallet in the same pocket, written with the same hand, thrown with the other, etc. So for two weeks, reverse everything. Write with the other hand, etc. Re-arrange my pockets. Everything backwards! Woo!

WHY: I feel like I've been thinking the same stuff over and over again lately. So just to make things interesting, I'm going to distort the whole mess and see what happens. Will I think oppositely? Will I get night terrors? Maybe it's just morbid curiosity.

BUT: well, after that last project failed after a few too many absolutes, I'm leaving open a few possibilities. If I have to write something legibly or sign something, I'll have the option to use my natural hand if it means fewer hassles (like angry calls from the bank or something)

AND: unlike last time, I can write about my misfortune this iteration.

Let's get stupid!

Thursday, July 05, 2007

My weekend could have been worse.

So I got back to work this morning after taking an extended weekend with the holiday, to find news that one of my cow-orkers broke his neck last weekend. Fractured the C5 vertebrae, I guess.

He's alive, and they're saying it'll likely have no permanent damage (even though it sounds like the bonehead might've driven himself to the hospital), but suddenly my one day-trip and a weekend of computing and movie watching doesn't seem so bad.