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December 31, 2003

geek code

OK, my Geek Code:

(*corrected 1/1/04, thanks Jon)

Version: 3.1
GAT/IT$ d- s-: a C++ U>+++ P+ L+ E--- W++ N++ o? K- w+ O M>+ V? PS++ PE- Y+ PGP t+ 5+ X+ R tv b+++ DI+++ !D(:P) G++ e++ h- r++ x+

[note, !D(:P) means I don't play Doom because it makes me Doom Dizzy. A lot. ]

Thanks, Doc, for the link. It has been years since I tracked this.

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the year in review

Dave Barry's Year In Review, which includes observations such as:

Jan: In politics, Rep. Harold Farnwimble of Ohio becomes the only Democratic member of Congress to formally declare that he is not running for president. He immediately surges ahead in the polls.
Feb: American citizens show their disdain for all things French by boycotting French wine, calling French fries ''freedom fries,'' and taking showers.
Elsewhere in the War on Terror, the Department of Homeland Security urges Americans to stock up on food, water, flashlights, duct tape and plastic sheeting. Within hours, al Qaeda surrenders, stating: "We cannot fight flashlights AND duct tape.''
April: . . . coalition forces capture Baghdad, and hopes soar for a quick resolution to the conflict when a cheering Iraqi crowd topples a huge statue of Saddam. But these hopes are quickly dashed when, tragically, the statue fails to land on Geraldo.
June: Speaking of unhealthy: An outbreak of Monkey Pox (really) forces federal authorities to ban the sale of, among other animals, Gambian giant pouched rats. It is not immediately clear why anybody would want a giant pouched rat, or why such a person would not deserve to get a disease.
Sept: In the War On Telemarketing, a federal judge in Oklahoma blocks the implementation of the federal Do Not Call list on the grounds that it is unconstitutional. Hours later, he reverses the ruling on the grounds that his house is surrounded by people with torches.

Leave it to Dave Barry to put things in perspective. :)

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resolution revolution

Happy New Year's Eve, everyone! Is anyone doing anything special to celebrate? Some ritual killing of the old year to make way for the new?

Wendy at allseasons has been posting a series of 10 resolutions to take your life to the next level, written by Mike Lipkin. Her posts start here, the resolutions are positive ways to affect your life, and I highly recommend them.

I used to make resolutions, but I set these unreasonable goals for myself and then would wallow in self-pity and ugly feelings. Not anymore. My only resolution this year, for what it is worth, is to live life more, to be more here. Whatever means that employs, we will see along the way. It may involve that sustainable hedonism Steve at Second Nature discussed. Or Wendy's resolutions. Or some other thing I will figure out along the way.

Do you have any special New Year's traditions or resolutions?

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December 30, 2003

re: daily afflictions

To comment on my last post, I don't like it. I don't like making big decisions where the outcome is almost equally nice in either direction. I despise it. I want to make everything work, have all possible endings. I want everyone to be happy. Life doesn't always work that way.

For easily made decisions, I have no problem putting one path aside. The ones that hurt most are the ones I cherish most, the ones I have the hardest time letting go. It sucks, but that is life at times.

As for the Daily Afflictions, it is a book that kicks you in the ass when you need it. Apparently Andrew Boyd/Brother Void was wandering in the desert, Death Valley appropriately, and faced his death there. He tumbled and caught himself on a rocky outcrop, nothing but sharp rocks below him. At that moment he realized what was and wasn't important to him. Looking death in the face does that to a guy. He was finally able to swing himself back up on solid land, but he was changed. Daily Afflictions is part of what that change manifested. It's a great book, even if the wisdom is harsh. You certainly have to be able to read the deeper meaning, and I like that.

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daily afflictions-the tragedy of commitment

So, while I am waiting for Brother Void to respond one way or the other about my sharing his wisdom with you, I will share it.

The Tragedy of Commitment

"Whoever wants something great must be able to limit himself." - Wolfgang Von Goethe

Sometimes you are paralyzed with indecision. You can't bring yourself to choose any one future because to choose one is to forsake the promise of all others. Yet not choosing is making you crazy. In such a state, drastic action is necessary. You must choose--and then, one by one, murder all the futures you passed over. Like a faithful companion you've cherished all through your youth, you must lead each future back behind the shed, and even if it looks up at you with those big eyes, dreamy with possibility, you must put the cold muzzle to its head and pull the trigger. You must do it, again and again, for each future that competes for the attentions of your heart. Only then are you ready for commitment. Only then can you pursue the one thing which will, in time and after much mourning, become all things to you.

The future is full of possibilities that I must shoot in the head.

If you can't have everything, choosing one is better than choosing none. Personally I prefer to exhaust trying to have it all, but when it is obvious that I can't, then I need to make a choice and stick with it. At least for a while.

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anti-spam measures

Just a note to any of you who email me. If it isn't a response to an email from me, or a reply from a comment I made on your site, would you add something like "twilightcafe" in the subject? I don't even read past the name and subject line. If you send something from "Joe" with a subject of "New Years Resolution" it is going in the trash unread (Joe, if that was from you...sorry!). It occured to me this morning as I was deleting my nightly 6000 spam messages that I may not recognize something someone sent. If you sent me an email recently and I haven't replied...oops! Would you resend it?

Thanks, and I apologize for the extra work. I will be glad when the anti-spam bill passes.

addendum: some of your emails I recognize off the bat. Most of them, in fact, so perhaps this could be a "do it the first time you email me" thing. And if you have to, why haven't you emailed me? :) Have a super day.

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December 29, 2003

note to self #452

It is a *really* bad idea to skip your anti-depressant during a week you will be pms-ing. I apologize for to anyone whose heads I ripped off last week. And to think I thought it was due to spending hours on end in a car. See, there is a reason I withdraw when I feel bad! It's safer for everyone involved :)

Now, back to your regularly scheduled fun...

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which famous leader are you?

And doesn't this explain a lot? Thanks to Captain Ed for the link.

What Famous Leader Are You?

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what I have been reading

Just a few links of things I have read recently:

Second Nature has a post on sustainable hedonism, a way to balance simple, low-impact living with fun and fulfillment.

Leslee at 3rd House Party has a post on creative values. We have been discussing briefly what limitations we might feel in our blogging due to who is reading. Some people have secret blogs they don't tell their families about. Others have families that are comfortable with anything they post, and respect their privacy (what privacy you can have posting to a public forum like this). Others don't tell the whole story, water down their posts to never include anything too personal. How do *you* handle that? Is it a problem for you or not?

Regarding this, Suburban Bliss takes us to an article on A Blogger's Disclaimer to his/her readers, especially those who know you in the real world. Some very good suggestions there, such as ...well I would end up quoting the whole thing, so go read it :) I will try to summarize in another post today. Suburban Bliss is a good read, and often points out what happens when people don't respect your personal boundaries and what you can do about it.

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December 28, 2003

you know I love my elder gods

Cthuugle, the complete H.P. Lovecraft search engine.

And with it ... Tales of the Plush Cthulu! (cue scary music)

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