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November 28, 2009

Self Pity, Nunchucks and Tim Minchin

In the interest of maintaining some sort of consistency with the update frequency on this site, I've opted to go for the "Oh for the love of God, just write SOMETHING" approach. It may not result in the highest caliber of writing output, but it's a start.

Bit of a rough week this week that finished off with more of a day-long kick to the cahones than anything that resembled what passes for my typical Friday. If any of you were following along on Twitter, you would have noticed this entry at the beginning of the day:
"Not a real "up-beat" news day it seems:
Not entirely sure which is more disturbing."
Thankfully, after a rather long day a buddy came through with the much needed pick-me-up:
"@Banerixat I like to find the we might be able to find a way to imprison those Nortel execs in the Toronto Humane Society."
I've made a point of not getting too terribly political, or getting caught up in the daily grind on this site, but those two stories just seemed to have caught me at low ebb.  If proven true, the allegations from the first story are as deplorable as they are infuriating. As you might imagine, given the sentimental time of the year, and 'plucking-of-the-heart-strings' nature of the story, it's gotten a lot of coverage. The reaction to the item seems to be universally visceral and bordering on violent. I'm a big fan of that whole "innocent until proven guilty" aspect of our criminal justice system, so I struggle not to be sidetracked by the emotional response to the grittier details of the story. Suffice it to say, I hope those responsible get what's coming to them, whether it's public redemption, or a beating from a large muscular prison inmate who has a soft spot for puppies.

I came across the second story shortly after reading the first and that pretty much shot my cheery jubilant outlook for the day. This one is a little closer to home in that it's a local company, and I have some friends who are directly affected by this. I hesitate to comment or draw any conclusions because I am aware that even among our most sober and austere news reporting institutes, bias can creep into any story. As a result I am reluctant to take any news item at face value no matter what the source without some sort of confirmation. With all this in mind, if what's reported is accurate, it's disheartening to say the least even to those of us who are observing this from the sidelines. Surprisingly, or predictably... depending on your level of cynicism and personal political perspective,  the reaction is swift and frankly hard to distinguish between sincere & justifiable disdain, or merely political opportunism. I suspect, as usual, it's up to the individual to decide.

So as not to leave you completely depressed and crestfallen, I offer up what amounts to a shiny bauble distraction. If those weren't enough, I would ecourage, nay... dare I say urge? I do! I URGE you to head over to YouTube and check out Tim Minchin's offerings. If you're as moved by his work as I was, you may even buy his album off of iTunes. It's worth adding that Mr. Minchin has three albums out all together, all of which are available for purchase for reasonable prices at his website.

November 18, 2009

Ugh... blog schmog.

Here's part of the problem in convincing yourself that you need to start writing a blog: coming to terms with just how staggeringly boring you are.

I am a boring person.

There, I've said it. I live what could be described as an excruciatingly dull existence. I've known coma patients that were less sedentary than I. Oh God, that's actually true. Not often you shock and amuse yourself with an insult you wrote about yourself. Well... that's not too awkward.

I skipped a week (nearly two actually) for updates, I'll try to be more disciplined about this in the future. Truth be told, I have no idea what direction I want to take this site in. v2.0 of was my half assed attempt at some pseudo-political rants, that I think were generally well received. The down side on those is that they took me days to write. Inclined as I am to criticize my own writing, this generally consisted of two or three days of effort, dozens of draft versions, then one final mediocre entry that was hashed together out of frustration and a complete lack of sustained interest.

The version before that was sufficiently nerdy that I'd prefer not to go into excessive details. Coding was done. Geeks gathered. There was glory, there was strife, international plots, power brokers, shady back room deals. There were also inordinately large amounts of time wasted by gentlemen who had much better things to occupy themselves with. No doubt some children still bare the emotional & developmental scars of various fathers getting up at 02:00am to launch attacks at just the right time in order that entire fleets of make-believe star fighters arrived at make-believe planets to utterly decimate make-believe opponents. Did I mention it was a tad nerdy?
"Seriously, you can play in just five minutes a day. That's it."
Some of those geek's significant others still haven't forgiven me. And this too did pass.

v1.0 of was my first entry of a solo effort website. Shockingly, I kept it running and added content for more than a year. Essentially a photo-blog, it documented in 1.3 megapixel greatness my travels and tribulations for a year or two.

I still have a copy of each one of those websites, should in decades and centuries to come some future historian require credible documentation on just how much free time adult males were able to utterly waste in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. That's me, a man of history.

Future entries on this site will likely include (but not be limited to:)
  • Weird / crazy people in my neighbourhood - Starring: Don the homeless guy, Crazy Old Italian dog walker guy, Scott the hyper-vigilante security guard, and Bird-flipping insane dude from a local watering hole.
  • An homage to bloggers that I admire and respect.
  • Efforts on my part to communicate my disdain for ACTA while trying to remain as politically neutral as possible.
  • Much, much, much navel gazing
Oh that's right faithful readers, that's as close to a cliff hanger as you'll ever get on this site.