With Apologies to Bob Dylan…
You can find this being performed on the latest GNCC
Once upon a time you dressed so fine, threw the bums a dime in your prime, didn’t you?
Then there was the time, you holding up the line, bathroom stall time, with that lady doin’ lines, didn’t you?
Some time later, you came to me
Asking why it burns when you pee
I got this doctor you should see
He’ll do for you what he did for me
He’s gonna hit you with a needle in your butt
and you’re gonna squealllll
HOW DOES IT FEEL?
HOW DOES IT FEEL?
about your volcanic flows
You should not have boned
That syphilitic Ho.
A wish for Tumblr themes
I wish they’d make something simple and focus mainly on text, like Daring Fireball or The Loop. I’d fucking love that…
The Failure of Nooz
After what happened last week to some (supposedly) reputable news organizations, I think it’s pretty clear that they—and we—have really lost sight of what news is, and isn’t. Let’s be clear on this. News is fact. It is a tangible. It is something that can be reported, shown to have happened, demonstrated.
Speculation is not news. Anonymous sourcing is also not news without someone else willing to step up and put a name to it. Sadly, cable news in general is more than willing to engage in both. It fills time, it creates drama, which hooks eyeballs.
Cable news is becoming another version of Reality TV, and depending on which channel you have on, it’s one with a narrative. It has an agenda.
It may be that the curse of 24 hour news is that they have to entertain as well as inform. Otherwise, channels get changed. However, in that drive to entertain, we’ve lost the connection to what is actually taking place. What we get is sizzle, not steak.
For people like me who want hard facts, it begs the question “How do we get it back?”
Schlepping Towards Nibbana
t’s been about four months since I started talking to you all about a new path that I’m heading down. I want to update myself, and you, with the results so far.
As you may be aware, I have found something that speaks to me deeply, and on many levels about the adoption of Buddhist principles in my life. I’m taking a little bit of the Dharma at a time, and have read the Dhammapada several times. I find Zencast and Audio Dharma—specifically Gil Fronsdal’s lectures—to be great tools. Particularly, Carving out a time between 10 and 15 minutes in the morning for meditation works very nicely. I can’t begin to tell you what this has done for my disposition as well, nor will I attempt to. That’s for others to decide, not me.
Making myself go to bed at a reasonable hour works. I make an effort to lay off the caffeine at some point after lunch. I’ll be moving that further and further back as we go, but the end result is that I’m able to get to sleep relatively quickly. Also, working during the day also helps, instead of the night shift I was working prior to February. There’s a lot of argument about whether or not we need 8 hours, but I know I’m getting more than I have been getting, and that’s working.
As the weather started getting warmer, I began going through my closet. The last time I did any real shopping for clothes was 4 years ago, and while I need to replace a few things, I clearly do not need as much as I have. I was able to strip about half my closet of clothes that no longer fit, or I just no longer wear. I donated them. I’d like to ask you to do the same, especially it you have business clothes or business casual wear to donate. There are folks looking for work who could use it if you’re not going to.
Project List Update. I’ve knocked roughly about 2/3 of my gtd list since I sat down and dumped it all out on paper. Most of what’s left is long term, but one thing I’m doing to keep things off my list is just doing the things that take less than about 5 mins to do.
Website—I recently opened WYRD 101, although it is still a work in progress. I’m putting about an hour to 90 mins a *session* into it. I can’t say I’m working on it every day, but I am working regularly on it.
Creativity—All of the above has a positive effect on getting back to the making of awesome. It’s been a long time coming, but I wrote about five scenes last night for a returning WYRD 101 show. I’ve also had to look at the nature I what I want to do, and realize I can’t do all the shows I want. I have to do the show that matters the most, and it’s the one that takes the most time, but ultimately the one that gives me the most satisfaction. I wouldn’t expect those episodes right away, though. They take a lot of time.
Now, here’s what I still have to work on. It’s not all great news:
I have to continue working on handling the curveballs better. Those unexpected moments that pop up and screw up your day if you’re not careful. More often than not, they do for me. Curveballs are not just events, often they show up as people who are ignorant or willfully disrespecting of your time. It is what it is, but I can choose what my reaction is. I would like to choose to have a better reaction to these things.
I also need to tackle my desk. It’s a nightmare.
I need to cut more of the outside negativity coming in. Negative people affect me profoundly. I don’t like where that takes me. This also includes some of the media I consume. It’s time for an information diet again. Weeding of podcasts, news/opinion shows, people, etc.
Other than that, it’s time to relax and take in a ball game. Ball games make everything better. Especially when your daughter shares the popcorn.