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Hooptedoodle 1 [Feb. 13th, 2009|08:32 am]
Tomas Gallucci
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The cross-post nature of this post may get interesting.

Remember when I asked for comments seeking out things to put in my profile so that people would know a little more about me? Well, with lizheartshakespeare's help, I have started to put together the profile that I have dreamed about for four years. It's not as full as I want--I want to include some quotes that are very near and dear to my heart along with some Tomasims--but it's getting there. Now when people look at my profile on LJ, they have a better understanding of who I am.

Those of you on Xanga, however, must suffer through my shameless self-promotion because Xanga does not convert new line characters to <br />'s, nor does Xanga's profile support HTML. I know the proper thing to do is open a trouble ticket regarding this issue to report through the proper channels, but I want to mention it here because of the discrepancy between the two sites.

I thought I was going to be able to write the profile once and copy/paste it to LJ, Xanga and Facebook, but that is not in the cards.

Speaking of Facebook, I haven't seen any traffic come from Facebook, nor has anyone commented on my blogs there. Please, if you read my blog via Facebook, leave me a comment somewhere (either there on Facebook or here on the actual blog [preferably the actual blog]) so I know that somebody's reading, else I'm going to deactivate the account again.

Writer's Block
There are a plethora of topics that I have put in my notebook to write about over the past several days, but work has been too emotionally draining to write anything. I feel I've let each and every one of you down personally. I keep thinking that if I already had my MacBook, I would have written more because I would have had the ability to leave the house and write electronically as well as have the ability to get comfortable on my futon and write.

Yes, I've changed my mind again slightly: I will get the Whitebook if that is all I can afford. In a recent post, I think I quoted the price as $14xx. I think I forgot to add tax to that. The Whitebook fully configured to my liking is $1597. If I get the low end unibody, we're looking at $1920. The compromise here is that either way I still won't have an illuminated keyboard and if I can't get the lighter, more durable, more aesthetic machine, I'll still have a kick ass lightweight lappy that will last me for the next couple of years.

Now, if things were going as good as they were back last summer and fall, I would have already made my purchase, but as it is, that's just not in the cards. I feel more wiped out after an 8 hour shift than I did after the 16 hour days I used to put in. I'm driving a bit more at nights to try to get some extra cashflow, but it's slow going. I need some real revenue.

I have a plan to go back to school and retake the Intro to Unix class which is really hurting my GPA because when I left, I didn't withdraw and so there's this incomplete sitting on my transcript. I have practical experience with the subject material now, so minus the final project which requires writing a program in Perl, I can ace the class which is the right way to ease back into school. Having three *nix distros on a laptop could come in handy or at the very least allow me to compare and contrast how each OS handles certain things differently.

Regarding the revenue stream for this purchase, I don't need a bailout from Washington nor do I need Obama's help that isn't help. As an American, I choose to earn my keep, and this situation is no different.

I can perform a plethora of services, but I think that the one that I can most readily provide from my chair here and one which my customers will be able to peruse before the purchase is my writing. If you know of anyone that is looking for a writer to hire, please have them send an email to professortom[at]gmail[dot]com with Write for Me in the subject line. I greatly appreciate any referrals and will be willing to pay a finder's fee based on the size of the job.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2009-02-13 03:49 pm (UTC)
Speaking of Facebook, I haven't seen any traffic come from Facebook, nor has anyone commented on my blogs there. Please, if you read my blog via Facebook, leave me a comment somewhere (either there on Facebook or here on the actual blog [preferably the actual blog]) so I know that somebody's reading, else I'm going to deactivate the account again.
Yes or no: Your few readers get tired of you telling them you can has content without any *actual* content, and are decisively split down the middle on whether they'd rather see you fling yourself from the top of a very tall building, or read your goddamn Facebook, you boring fuck. I've noticed that when I write something interesting or entertaining, or timely sometimes I get comments. Perhaps you should stop begging and start writing?

There are a plethora of topics that I have put in my notebook to write about over the past several days, but work has been too emotionally draining to write anything. I feel I've let each and every one of you down personally. I keep thinking that if I already had my MacBook, I would have written more because I would have had the ability to leave the house and write electronically as well as have the ability to get comfortable on my futon and write.
These two statements clearly contradict themselves. Would the physical act of owning a macbook would somehow make work less emotionally draining? WTF?

I'm driving a bit more at nights to try to get some extra cashflow, but it's slow going.
I appreciate your hard work.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-02-13 04:06 pm (UTC)
Would the physical act of owning a macbook would somehow make work less emotionally draining?
Yes, in two different ways.

First, it would make it less draining because I would finally have something for which I have worked long and hard. It would get a great deal of "utils" out of my laptop and thus would be happy in the short term.

Additionally, I would be able to go to remote locations and get into more comfortable positions whilst writing on the laptop. Additionally, I will get more aggressive pursuing the things I want to accomplish since I will have the tool of my choice to accomplish them.

I appreciate your hard work.
Thanks.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2009-02-13 04:11 pm (UTC)
I will get more aggressive pursuing the things I want to accomplish since I will have the tool of my choice to accomplish them.

Real writers, that is, those who *actually* write instead of writing about how they want to write, don't limit themselves in such a manner. Come to think of it, they love to write so much, they'll do so under any circumstance whatsoever. Perhaps you're barking up the wrong tree?

Edited at 2009-02-13 04:11 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-02-13 04:13 pm (UTC)
I'm working two jobs to pay the bills. I don't have the luxary of quiting and pursuing my dreams at the moment, so I write when I can. Why is this so hard for you to understand?
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2009-02-13 04:15 pm (UTC)
Because you always have an excuse for inaction, no matter how relevant it happens to be at the time.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-02-13 04:16 pm (UTC)
I'm working my way out of debt and laying the foundatoin for a better life you ignorant fuck! Please, cease commenting unless you have something constructive to say.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2009-02-13 04:30 pm (UTC)
All the more reason to write. Referrals to pages about how you want to write carry far less weight than referrals to pages where there is actual content, ergo any money you'll get from writing to work your way out of debt and lay the foundation for a better life will come directly from tangible work, as you've already mentioned. It can't apply everywhere else in your life in a way you understand and strive for, yet magically somehow not apply here as well.

Though an ignorant fuck I may be, I have successfully created an equation of prosperity based on simple mathematics: Work hard with a good attitude for as long as it takes without ever asking, "How long?"
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-02-13 04:57 pm (UTC)
The thing that you're missing here is that I will continue to write. Furthermore, I created the writing samples tag for the sole purpose of highlighting what I think is some of my best work. It's like a demo reel.

You do know what a demo reel is, right?
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2009-02-13 05:15 pm (UTC)
The thing you're missing here is that work is too emotionally draining to write, and unless you're coddled with a macbook, you refuse to write.

So, I'm sorry, which one is it?
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-02-13 05:17 pm (UTC)
That's not at all what I said.

I said that I would spend more time writing as it would be more convenient, which is really just an economic game theory problem.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2009-02-13 05:35 pm (UTC)
Economic game theory? In using the circular logic of psychological egotism as a part of game theory, you're screaming, "I'm lazy and/or unmotivated because of game theory!"

i.e. another excuse.

Please stop giving me reasons why you fail.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-02-13 05:40 pm (UTC)
God you're dumb.

I just said that economic game theory agrees with me: the more comfortable and engaging an activity is for a consumer, the more they are likely to engage in it.

Focus.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2009-02-13 06:30 pm (UTC)
Who's ignorant now? That's exactly what I said. You're lazy and/or lack motivation to do what needs to be done, unless you're pampered. That's the opposite of drive - which is what you require to succeed in any field. If you really wanted to become successful at writing, nothing would stand in your way.

Yes, I've been called dumb before for having the character to put forth the effort to realize my dreams.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-02-13 06:31 pm (UTC)
I didn't say I have to be pampered, just that I'd likely have more output if pampered.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2009-02-13 07:44 pm (UTC)
I rest my case.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-02-13 08:28 pm (UTC)
You have no case to rest. You're just validaiting what I said comments ago which is a self-truth: When an activity is made more comfortable and more enjoyable, people will turn to that activity more and more.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2009-02-13 08:32 pm (UTC)
Exactly. You're too lazy to self-motivate and require external stimulation or comforts before you even attempt to succeed. Got it. We're talking the exact same thing here.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-02-13 08:36 pm (UTC)
Again, you put words in my mouth that aren't there.

But keep talking. Let the whole world know how ignorant you really are.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2009-02-13 08:56 pm (UTC)
Dearest Tomas, sweet sweet Tomas, the whole world comes to me because of my sound advice, and proven, repeatable methodology for success. You stand alone as the naysayer, which, had you been able to show a contradictory point of view which also outlines success, your differing opinion would be heard and revered. Please do not mistake your excuses for failure as anywhere close to an argument for my success. We've been over this and over this time and again, and you know I'm right because you are currently putting my words into practice! 'Game Theory' is just that - a theory, and it is not proven; your choice of words belittles your knowlege. It comes under attack from other perspectives. That's okay. The only thing that matters at the end of the day is if you feel good about doing your best. This entry says otherwise, and that makes me sad for you after all your recent accomplishements. I haven't put any words into your mouth, I simply explained in ways you could understand how what you said does not equal success. You know this is true, because if it weren't this entry wouldn't be another in a long line of "why I can't..."
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-02-13 09:11 pm (UTC)
'Game Theory' is just that - a theory, and it is not proven
Kinda like the theory of gravity, right? Why don't you float around until it's proven?

This entry says otherwise
No it does not! Nowhere have I said I feel like shit for doing my best. I have, however, said that I am weary from well-doing. There is a difference. The former is feeling bad because you think you've done the wrong thing, the latter is being exhausted from expending all of your energy into the task at hand.

Speaking of expending energy, arguing with you has become a black hole to my soul. The negativity you've displayed here today is unfathomable for someone who claims to be an optimist.

I never said I couldn't write, I just said that I would be able to get more done if I had a better, more portable, more comfortable tool. See the difference?
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2009-02-13 09:41 pm (UTC)
Kinda like the theory of gravity, right?
Wrong. I was specifically referring to the philosophical subset which has come under criticism of late from psychological egoism, a concept I introduced earlier in the thread. I'm sorry you missed it.

I am weary from well-doing.
I am so sorry I missed the point of this entry.

...arguing with you has become a black hole to my soul.
Then stop. At any point. Just. Stop.

The negativity you've displayed here today is unfathomable for someone who claims to be an optimist.
Here's something to get back into character: "I am positive that you will not succeed as a writer until you start writing for yourself, instead of waiting for a better, more portable, more comfortable tool." There is a tool at work here - its you.

See the difference?
Its said that Francis Scott Key composed this Nation's National Anthem on the back of an envelope while in custody. See the difference?
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-02-13 09:54 pm (UTC)
Its said that Francis Scott Key composed this Nation's National Anthem on the back of an envelope while in custody.
Helen Keller was blind, deaf and dumb, yet she learned seven languages. What's your excuse?
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2009-02-13 09:57 pm (UTC)
Even if you were in a position to behave priggishly (which you're not) there's never a reason for it.

Guess you weren't so soul-sucked tired of arguing after all, huh? Interesting.
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