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May 31, 2005

why smart people defend bad ideas

Speaking of smart things other people have said, I just read this article on why smart people defend bad ideas. Very interesting to those who are plagued by the intelligentia whose fast talk and condescending arguments win arguments more frequently than reason and clarity of thought. I have dealt with many of these people in my day and believe deeply that many of us in society have been taught that might makes right, that the person with the best sounding words and the most confidence is right. This goes hand in hand with my belief that people often mistake curmudgeonliness and condescension with intelligence and discernment. After all, doesn't it sound like you know what you are talking about when you pooh-pooh someone else's obviously flawed logic? Yes, I am being snarky there.

Illegitimi non corborundum, after all.

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power of action

I found this on tribe.net and wanted to share it here. It's a message I really needed to see right at the moment I saw it. I have asked who wrote it, and as soon as I find out I will credit them here.

Power Of Action
Avoiding Stagnation
Many people believe their journeys are taking them to some end where their lives will reach a plateau. They envision their days being similar in nature, with few upsets or alterations. But they have forgotten that change and action are vital parts of existence - steps that at times inspire us gently and, at other times, goads us on roughly. To stagnate is to turn your self into your own roadblock. It can bring your personal growth to a halt. It is possible to forget that your choices, actions, and ability to create are the keys to your happiness and fulfillment. When faced with a negative situation, it can seem easier to stay put and not rock the boat. And when settled into a positive situation, making new choices and starting new projects can feel like too much effort.

But everyone needs mental motion to continue to grow, and that requires that you keep taking action. Letting yourself fall into a slump can lead to depression and leave you wondering why you were once excited about life. If you begin to feel that you're stagnating in a job, a situation, a relationship, or even a mental state, ask yourself what choices you can make to help yourself move on. Or, if you are in a satisfying place in your life, what activities you can do or projects you can undertake to spice up your mindset. Remind yourself that when one project or phase of life has been completed, it's only natural to begin the next. Likewise, don't get caught up in believing that your life has truly reached a standstill. There is always some choice or action, however small or seemingly insignificant, that will help you to abolish your roadblock and move ahead.

Stagnation can always be avoided, no matter what your situation, by trying something new. While casting off the burden of an unsatisfying job may be too drastic a change, learning to rock climb or tap dance, enjoying a new style of cuisine, or becoming involved in a hobby are all means to push forward, to continue learning and growing, and to walk the most enlightening path.

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another amazing storefront

I spent part of my weekend in San Antonio, which is a story unto itself and not necessarily a particularly gripping one. Anyway, on the way back I saw another retail establishment that gave me pause to wonder if people pay attention to much of anything anymore. It was a furniture and appliance store, apparently owned or at least started by the Lacks family. Yes. The sign said "Lacks Furniture and Appliances."

Just makes you wonder, doesn't it?

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May 30, 2005

what does it mean, really?

I worry sometimes that today has changed in meaning from when it was first created as a national holiday. How many people really take the time to go visit the graves of their family members that fell in battle? Or even tip the hat to those in other families who died for the safety of Americans they never met or even knew existed? What about the soldiers who vehemently disagree with my philosophy of life but still gave theirs for my right to believe what I want?

I worry that today is just another day people don't have to go to work so they can spend the weekend grilling burgers and watching parades that don't mean much any more. Or this is the weekend people take advantage of the sales.

Then I worry about the country being split over fundemental value systems, neither side seeing that we all really want the same thing, we just disagree on how best to accomplish that goal. I resent the silent implication that those who oppose GW's policies and the war also hate freedom and democracy and the troops and love the terrorists. I hate that everything has become black and white on both sides. This must be what some people felt like in the Civil war. How do we get back to being a nation united for just causes? How do I regain the feeling that my representatives actually speak for me and my best interests?

Aside from all that, I am thankful to all the veterans (and current troops) throughout the history of this country for helping create a place where I, as a female, can go to school, drive cars, work at a job I really enjoy with little fear of harassment and vote.

Happy Memorial Day

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May 26, 2005

miscellaneous musings

Hunting for an old blog post recently, I re-read a lot of my first few months of entries. I am so ashamed at what I have become since then. I used to write stuff that was more than a few sentences and actually showed an opinion about things. Now, cheesy blog quizzes. Not that there is anything wrong with cheesy blog quizzes, but when they become a staple of your blogging, you gotta wonder what contribution you are making. Or at least I do. Bah. So my, um, Mayday resolution a few weeks late is to write more and make it a better quality too.

I realize that some of this may be precipitated from an underlying depression from not being "gainfully employed" for so long. So to hell with that. I enjoy what I do and the interviews are becoming more frequent. Things are looking up. I had an interview with TWU last week for a tech support position and I thought it went really well. Granted, I thought I would have heard from them by now, but I am going to follow up and see where they are in the process. I liked the people I met, I liked the job description and potential within it. This week I had an interview with UNT, the other university in town, for a programming position. I thought the interview went well but it didn't click as well as the TWU one. I really like the job, though, and the benefits are incredible. The guy who interviewed me seems like a great manager, too. They won't be calling people back till after the 1st of June.

Finally, I had an interview with a staffing agency that is submitting my resume for what would be a cherry of a job if it lasts more than 2 months. And it might. One of the cities around here has a fire department that recently acquired quite a bit of land. The fire dept. is creating a mock town called "Safety Town" and it will have a post office, fire department, chamber of commerce, even a "mayor" which is probably just the head administrator. They are looking for someone to write stories that demonstrate the importance of fire safety. The stories will be geared to children from kindergarten age to about 6th grade, because the main "tourists" of Safety Town will be school children on field trips. What a fun job! And it pays well enough. There is a possibility it could turn into something long term or permanent, and I have some ideas that would help that right along. The next step is to get an interview with the fire department itself. While the university jobs pay more and have better bennies (discounted or free tuition, anyone?), this job sounds like a lot more fun. I think if I were to get any of these three positions I would be happier with life in general.

Last news for today before I go make sure my spaghetti doesn't boil over: I added a new blog to the blogroll, Aurorealis. I like her site, she's a fellow geek/retrophile. I will also be going through my blogroll to clean it up a bit. I realize I don't go read everyone every day any more, probably for the same reason I haven't written a lot of value here lately. Trust that I try to visit all of you regularly, even if that is once every week or two.

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May 20, 2005

What Revenge of the Sith character are you?

I just don't get it. Maybe it's because I like black and have situational ethics....

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You scored as Darth Vader.

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Which Revenge of the Sith Character are you?
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Darth Vader

64%

Clone Trooper

58%

Padme Amidala

56%

R2-D2

53%

Yoda

50%

Anakin Skywalker

47%

Obi Wan Kenobi

47%

General Grievous

44%

Chewbacca

36%

Mace Windu

36%

C-3PO

31%

Emperor Palpatine

28%

Thanks to the Unseen Blogger for making me see the darkness within myself. Thanks a lot.

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May 05, 2005

I've been tagged!

From the Unseen Blogger I have been tagged to select five of the following and write what I would do if...

If I could be a scientist...
If I could be a farmer...
If I could be a musician...
If I could be a doctor...
If I could be a painter...
If I could be a gardener...
If I could be a missionary...
If I could be a chef...
If I could be an architect...
If I could be a linguist...
If I could be a psychologist...
If I could be a librarian...
If I could be a lawyer...
If I could be an inn-keeper...
If I could be an athlete...
If I could be a professor...
If I could be a writer...
If I could be a llama rider...
If I could be a bonnie pirate...
If I could be an astronaut...
If I could be a world famous blogger...
If I could be a justice on any one court in the world...
If I could be married to any current famous political figure...
If I could be a dog trainer...

If I could be a scientist I would come up with new ways to grow food to its highest nutritional potential, discover ways to make the land in famine-stricken countries arable, and start making sure that all the people in the world had enough good food to eat that they could live healthier lives. I would also come up with a way to get people in the US to slow down and take better care of themselves. Maybe that's for another occupation.

If I could be a linguist, I would come up with new languages and study how language develops so I could really create something akin to the Tower of Babel, so all people could understand each other. Then I'd see someone about making a perspective gun like the one in the Hitchhiker's movie. :) Hey, this is fantasy, I can do anything in this little scenario!

If I could be a psychologist, I would figure out why people are happier when they have fewer choices (see wartime happiness charts) and then see if I could translate this into a model for people to overcome their own issues by writing a book that was pop enough for people to actually buy it and read it and deep enough to solve some deep issue. I would go on a talk show and lecture circuit and bring strength and mental health to as many people as I could.

If I could be a librarian, I would build the most comprehensive library in the world, along the lines of the Library of Congress. Then I would have a staff put every book into e-book format and create a Netbooks system, like Netflix, so for a small fee (very small) you could borrow books that would be mailed to you. Your membership would include a reader of some kind and the books would be like cartridges. Then I would push to have these readers be as common as telephones and televisions in people's houses, and the ebooks passed around for anyone anywhere to read. This way more people could read and not have to buy books or risk losing or destroying the original copy of a book. Schools would get them donated so their students could use the readers and books.

If I could be an inn-keeper, I would create a building that had rooms that seemed to be separate from all the other rooms, like spokes on a wheel. The center hub would be the main area where the common rooms and the kitchens are. That way guests can interact with other guests only as much as they want. Each room would have a wonderful view and lots of room, with a small kitchenette. If the occupants wanted, they could acheive the feeling they were alone in their little part of the world. Walk a few steps and instant company and interaction with other humans. The choice is always theirs.

So now apparently I need to tag someone else. Tvindy, Doc, and Anne, you're up! I hope you decide to play along. :)

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