Category Archives: Blogging

Keeping despair at bay.

This is going to be one of those most cliched of blog posts: a post about how hard it is to blog right now. My impassioned rant about Bernie Sanders notwithstanding, I struggle to write these days — not that … Continue reading

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A cautionary tale. Sort of.

It was a late night in September, and I was restless. I was also stoned on pain medication. That’s a bad time to buy things. Unfortunately, the Internet can’t tell you “Hey, it sounds like you need to go get … Continue reading

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My, how the time has flown.

I am I, Don Quixote, the Lord of La Mancha My destiny calls and I go And the wild winds of fortune will carry me onward Whithersoever they blow “Man of La Mancha,” from Man of La Mancha, lyrics by … Continue reading

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Whiny, navel-gazing post of the month.

I have been re-reading a bunch of my posts. I think I have a “voice,” but I also think the voice tends to be over-serious, humorless, and somewhat presumptuous. I know there are political blogs out there, and personal blogs … Continue reading

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Reading Comprehension Fail 101.

Reading comprehension, it’s a thing. A thing at which I apparently failed yesterday. Ian Osmond has pointed out to me that he did not actually do a cost-benefit analysis, merely pointed out that one needed to be done. I think … Continue reading

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There is so much to write about… Capital punishment and the botched execution in Oklahoma. A school shooting that did not happen because gun control laws worked the way they should.  Vincent and Frank, a tale of two Mustangs. But… … Continue reading

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Lazy meanderings.

I am working again now. It’s a temporary, part-time job. I actually like temporary assignments: I like the goal oriented nature of the work. And besides, it’s good to be useful. Longer term work with more hours would be good, … Continue reading

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I’m okay. Sorry to scare anyone.

I just got a very concerned call.  It turns out that since my posts are cross-posted to both Twitter and Facebook, there was a tweet from me which said “We’re being held hostage.  At gunpoint.” Um, no, I am not … Continue reading

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I have been doing a lot of reading of blogs and other online media lately. (Yes, I know, instead of writing my own online content.)  There is a lot of good material out there, usually in my case linked to … Continue reading

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I have not been writing.  There is a big post on a very painful (but not too personal — do not worry) subject. I could post about inconsequential things — how the cat has bombed the bed again; how happy … Continue reading

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Writing.

I did not blog about Christmas (which was good, more or less) or New Year’s. I made no new resolutions: I have made little headway on those I made for 2011, so I until that happens, I am not going … Continue reading

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Blog stats.

I have written 182 posts thus far this year, not including this one.  In 2012, I wrote 361 — nearly an average of one a day — and in 2011, 313.  The last year I posted less than 200 blog … Continue reading

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End of the month tally.

I did not make the fifty thousand words. It’s a shame really — but I resisted the temptation to go back and edit former posts to make them longer.  I suppose that if I had chosen to do so last … Continue reading

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I am sitting contemplating the evolutionary advantages of boredom. I can’t think of any, but that might simply be because right at this moment I am bored out of my skull. Edited to add, later: I  might have written  more, … Continue reading

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WordPress just ate 700 words of a lengthy post I was writing.  I feel like I want to hit something.

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The 50K challenge (a.k.a., NaNoWriMo for attentionally challenged bloggers)

If you are paralyzed by a voice in your head It’s the standing still that should be scaring you instead Go on, and do it anyway “Do It Anyway,” The Ben Folds Five So, I have been trying to do … Continue reading

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Writing. And the college admissions process (actually unrelated)

I am doing a lot of my writing offline.  There is a problem in using Starbucks Wi-Fi, and not just with security: depending upon the Starbucks and the time of day, the network can be horribly slow.  I was in … Continue reading

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I have so much to write about.  At this point I have 16 browser tabs open, not including this one, and a mess (that’s a term of art) of links stored in my Safari reading list.  Topics range from Jenny … Continue reading

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Well, yes, I suppose it is kind of shallow, at that.

Part of the problem with being on painkillers is that it shuts down the part of the brain capable of making complicated arguments.  I can do some of it, but not nearly as well as I would like.  Foregoing the … Continue reading

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I had planned to spend a lot of time writing this evening, and this month in general.  Friday was the first day of NaNoWriMo, and while I have not participated in years (I have neither the attention span nor the … Continue reading

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