Archive for July, 2007

A New Hero

Posted in heroes on July 30, 2007 by Patrick

I don’t watch television news, but I found this clip of an anchor refusing to cover the Paris Hilton story online, and she’s now one of my newest heroes.


Writer’s Group

Posted in Writing on July 26, 2007 by Patrick

I went to a writer’s group yesterday.  I don’t go for the criticism — I’m pretty good at this point at self-revision.  But it is nice to actually see people and watch their reaction to particular pieces of writing, in person.  I also admit that I like hearing other people’s work, and do my best to offer constructive advice.  I really enjoyed hearing the poems and stories that were read in my sub-group (there were enough of us that we had to break into two groups).

Afterwards, we went out to a bar.  One of the fellows began lecturing someone else in the group about how “we’re all just energy, vibrating at certain frequencies.”  I sighed audibly.  Sometimes, I feel like I got my work cut out for me.  Heh.

New Computer

Posted in Uncategorized, Writing on July 25, 2007 by Patrick

I just bought a new computer. Should be arriving in a week or so. Probably more money than I ought to have spent — but then again, I can (kind of) afford it, and this one is getting a bit obsolete. Ah, who the hell am I kidding? This new computer should be able to run Oblivion, and that’s what really matters. I say “should” because, in my experience, you can never be sure — but still, it’s got a 2.4 GHz processor, 2 MB of RAM, and an NVIDIA 8800 GTS video card. If it can’t run Oblivion, well, I give up. This will be the fanciest computer I have ever owned, even though I did pass up Vista. I hope it works out well. A lot of money to throw at a toy (even if it is a toy I use for work).
My goal is to use as much free software and open source stuff as possible. Firefox for the browser, Avast! as the virus protection, and OpenOffice as my word processor. Let’s see how that works out. Must be the socialist in me, but it doesn’t seem like you should need to pay extra to surf the web, be safe doing so, and write a book. Any other suggestions of free and useful software I can use? (Oh, yeah, iTunes, too, if that counts).

The Internet

Posted in Political, Writing on July 24, 2007 by Patrick

I like the Internet a lot.  I use it for a lot of very, very useful stuff.  I also waste time on it, and sometimes, it depresses me.  Sometimes, indeed, it’s not what we had hoped it would be.

Kopi Luwak — Via Boingboing

Posted in Weird on July 23, 2007 by Patrick

Over 40% of kopi luwak isn’t actually crapped out of a civet cat. And isn’t that disappointing.

I love this. Typical Americans would be annoyed if there were civet waste in our food. (I also desperately want to try a cup of kopi luwak — I guess I’m not typical)

Little Late on This — Hindu Cleric Heckled

Posted in Political, Weird on July 23, 2007 by Patrick

A Hindu cleric was asked to give the introductory prayer to congress.  This is what happened.


Posted in Uncategorized on July 14, 2007 by Patrick

Been on vacation for a week, trying to knock out some clogged ideas.  I think I figured out what’s wrong with the thing I’m working on, just not how, exactly, to fix it — but that’s okay.  Now I know what directions to experiment in.

But for now, I have to run to the store.