|Cranky Geeks runs a series of definitions during the breaks. So the first definition might be iPod, the second might be podcast and the third might be podcatcher. It's annoying, just like reading a photo caption that goes on and on like this one. A Memorable Memorial Day
Too many people forget just why we celebrate Memorial Day here in the States. Memorial Day is a day to remember and celebrate the best and the brightest among us who gave their lives and yielded their freedom so that we could have our lives and freedom. Sadly, most people this year just looked to this date as the official release of urchins from
public screwls and marks the beginning of summer.
I celebrated this Memorial Day by sitting on my ass and not doing a damned thing.
Well, that's not entirely true. I did
go to the park and walk around for a couple of hours enjoying the ever-living shit out of my iPod Shuffle. I did a lot of brainstorming on many writing projects walking around. I now know what my next large purchase will be: a MacBook.
I long to have a laptop so that I can go write in remote locations and get away from my desk. Yes, it doesn't make a lot of sense right now as all I ever do is work, but those moments that you can get away you cherish, and by God you want a laptop.
And I refuse to settle for anything less then a MacBook. Why? Because in my experience, Leopard offers me a platform that is extremely
stable, simple to navigate, speeds up my workflow, supports all of my apps and is nice and pretty to boot. One of these days I'm going to have to revisit my Using miniMax0r
post--say at the one year mark--and address some of the complaints that I have. They are minor, but they are aggravations and interruptions to workflow. If enough voices speak out, perhaps some of these issues will get addressed.
I LOVE what you are thinking...and it's wonderfully twisted.
Of making many books there is no end and much study is a weariness of the flesh.
So the university that I went to offers this program called academic bankruptcy. It's where they take all of your previous work at the institution and erase it from you record...kinda. The courses still show up, but not your grades and your GPA goes back to 0.0 You have to start from the beginning and can only do this once in your career, but it's a last chance for fuck-ups like me. I'll need to schedule and appointment and take the time off to make it, but I think that if I were to do this, I could then go to the community college just down the street (new shiny MacBook in hand) and take out the GERs (that's G
eguirments for those of you in Juanita). This would allow me to go someone a bit easier and more importantly, cheaper to get those filters out of the way. This would also provide me with an excuse to take some photog classes at said institution as the university doesn't offer any. (Fucking Communist, Nazi bastards!)
It's quite funny. Today I was reminiscing with whester
about those early college classes. I took American Lit with a certain teacher because I had her for Freshman Comp. She and I had a blast in Freshman Comp as she said that she had never had a class as outrageous as that one, though to be fair, there was a second joker in the class to help pull the slack for me.
I'll never forget when I turned in my first paper: it was eight
pages long! She very patiently took me aside, told me I had great ideas and an excellent conversational tone, but needed to learn to condense. In hindsight, the irony is that was before I wrote for either The Exponent
or started blogging. (My first blog entry was January 29, 2005
; I took Freshman Comp in the fall of 2002.)
But back to American Lit. That semester I was living in the dorm and was all burnt out. I would write both my code and papers an hour before they were do. I pulled my Lit teacher aside and told her "I'm not looking for pity or sympathy, but I thought you ought to know that 'm not really reading in here and I'm writing my essays an hour before they are do without reading the material." I got an "A" on all of my essays that semester as I recall.
Maybe I could get involved with the school paper after I got the GERs knocked out. There's a lot I could do better the second time around because a)
I'd already known/seen the material and b)
I know what to expect from college. I could finally relax and have fun. Who knows what networking opportunities lie in store.
Hmmmmm....There's cheese at the end of this maze!
I've told several of you that all of the sudden there'd be a lot of writing come out onf nowhere from me and I mean it. I've got several writing projects that I'm involved with; currently there are two active scripts Re'eh
and another project that I'm working with an International (UK + US) team that I'm not ready to announce publicly. I have a few posts stored up that I will be releasing in the coming days, some of which I think that you my ever patient and faithful readership will enjoy. Though I can't talk about it now
, there will be an exclusive sneak peak of a music video I had the pleasure to be a part of January coming to this blog the first part of June.
Thanks to Friends List filtering, I will be self-publishing a novella and a novel exclusively on Live Journal. The novella will be a narrative of my mission trip to Guatemala seven years ago; the novel is what some of you old timers would remember under the title A Time to Fight
. If you want to be a part of either of these (and I'll announce this again before publishing either one which will be done serially) you must
have a Live Journal account and will need to leave me a comment asking to be added to either/both. Let me re-iterate this for those of you in Juanita: if you want to read A Time to Fight in it's virgin run you need a Live Journal account. This will not be available via Xanga.
At this time, I am not announcing a time frame for either publication. Leave a comment somewhere on schpydurx
if you want to be part of this action.
I've always thought that there is a blogging season that runs from sometime mid-to late spring and continues to the holidays; it looks like my season is just around the corner.
Let's put a SMILE on that face!