Useless Blogging

October 6, 2010

Words to live by: del Toro Edition

Filed under: Thoughts — steegness @ 3:19 pm

I need to save this link somewhere, and somewhere public seemed appropriate.

http://io9.com/5656279/if-you-get-bored-with-nothing-to-do-you-are-not-a-writer-guillermo-del-toros-words-to-live-by

July 11, 2010

Focus!

Filed under: My World,Thoughts — steegness @ 3:46 pm

I seem to be getting to a point where I don’t think I’ve been since college.  Three nights a week I’m out and about, I’ve got beaucoup work responsibilities, and I’m PTA president.  Man, I’m busy.

It even seems like my downtime needs to be scheduled at this point.  It’s a weird place to be.  Not fully certain I like it here.

August 4, 2009

Shaping Albums, or Meme Avoidance and Giving In

Filed under: My World,Thoughts — steegness @ 1:22 am

There’s a meme floating currently on Facebook, and as I refuse to install an application just to participate in the fun, I’ll be playing along here.

Said meme is “five albums that shaped me”. I’ve been mulling this one for a couple of days, and I think I’ve got enough to work with.

  • Pearl Jam: Ten – Probably one of the first albums that meant something to me more than fun noise. One of the very first CDs that I owned; it was a gift that came with my first CD player, and it came with the big ol’ CD longboxes before they did away with those way back when.
  • George Carlin: Class Clown – This one is the top of the Carlin heap. I played the hell out of this LP, but An Evening With Wally Londo, The Little David Years, and FM/AM (and on the side, Occupation: Foole) are right up there as well. The fact that I could recite these albums by the end of sixth grade probably explains a lot about me.
  • Bill Cosby: Why Is There Air? – Again, this one is a placeholder for a collection, this time including Bill Cosby Is A Very Funny Fellow… RIGHT, To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With, Wonderfulness, and I Started Out As A Child. Other kids listened to their tapes of Tone Loc and Tiffany. I spun Cosby and Carlin 33s for hours on end.
  • Temple of the Dog: Temple Of The Dog – My first CD purchase. This CD taught me that music was more than sound: music could be a release, a coping mechanism, a different place and time.
  • Faith No More: Angel Dust – I don’t know if this one shaped me, or if it’s on this list more for the period of time that it represents. I borrowed this tape from my friend Chip for way too long, and the whole CD evokes images of playing ActRaiser in his room.

There you go. Meme accomplished.

February 5, 2009

Stimulus Response

Filed under: My World,Philosophy,Rants,Thoughts — steegness @ 1:03 am

I’m fairly well off, but I’m not horribly affluent. The economy affects me, but hasn’t crippled me. So I think I’m decently qualified to take a stab at what a decent stimulus package ought to do.

For the bored: Keynes is right. Tax cuts do jack, and in a time like this, they only stand to exacerbate the situation. Tax cuts come when everyone has money. First, we need to get some. I’m frankly loathing hearing anyone talk about tax cuts and how it puts money into the hands of the consumer. No, it doesn’t; leaving you with more is not the same as seeing that you have more, especially when people are scraping to get by (and are likely least affected by taxes in general).

Create work. Create jobs. Pay people. THAT puts money into pockets, and lets people spend again.

February 2, 2009

25 Things. Yes, 25.

Filed under: Family,Friends,My World,Thoughts — steegness @ 12:28 am

So everyone on Facebook has been managing a full 25, even if it took days to accumulate the full amount. This has successfully guilted me into rounding out this damn list.

1. I had two of my elementary school teachers at my wedding.
2. The teachers mentioned above chipped in and bought me the microwave for my dorm room after high school graduation. That microwave is right behind me, still functional, as I type this.
3. I failed one quarter of one course in all of my education: third quarter AP Calculus, mostly because I didn’t like doing the homework.
4. If I could pick my career, I think I’d still like to teach, preferably at the undergrad level.
5. I used to be a kick-ass Magic: The Gathering player, having placed tenth in a two-state tournament in Germany at one time (eighth and higher went to German nationals, so I barely missed the cut). I still think I could do pretty well, but you’d have to give me the deck. Creation was not my forte.
6. Favorite movie: Hudson Hawk.
7. Favorite game: Uno.
8. I’m organizing a company volleyball team.
9. Despite being a trash-brained trivia whiz, I actually read very little, bookwise, at least. I read most everything that’s not a book, though, like the backs of cereal boxes.
10. I couldn’t tell you how much money I make in a given paycheck.
11. One Defining Moment: In high school, I was rehearsing for a play (Of Mice And Men), and my acting was pretty flat. My director asked me what it was my character wanted at that moment, and I failed to produce an answer. He LAID INTO ME, telling me that if I didn’t know what the character wanted, I should get off the damn stage. Yeah. That had an impact I still feel.
12. In tenth grade, I organized a reunion of sorts for my fifth grade elementary class at Emily Liadakis’ house.
13. Twice (in fifth grade and in twelfth grade) I played the role of Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I’m fairly certain that the director in high school did AMND solely because I wanted him to.
14. My Facebook friend collection contains ex-girlfriends and girls on whom I have had crushes. This is mildly awkward, even now.
15. The semester my first daughter was born (yes, I was in college, if you didn’t know) was the only semester in which I made Dean’s List.
16. I always thought I made a better techie than an actor. As much as I like being in front of people, My vision of lights and sets is far clearer than anything I’ve tried to put together for a role.
17. I proposed to my wife about two weeks after our first date. She said yes. We did the proposal again six months later for two reasons: our friends said we needed to wait, and we needed a ring.
18. I have a Brown Sr. belt in Taekwando. I started three years ago.
19. I bought clothes at a retail store once in the past… three years or so. That one time, I bought shirts off the clearance rack, getting $26 shirts for $4. I normally buy clothes at Goodwill.
20. I can fix computers by merely being in the same proximity.
21. In high school, I was active on about a dozen BBSes and less-than-active on a couple dozen more. This is what the cheap kids did in the time when you paid for AOL by the minute.
22. I want to live near and/or on the water, but am relatively ambivalent toward swimming.
23. I want a boat, in a bad way. We ALMOST bought a boat at the end of last summer, but the math just wouldn’t work out well enough to keep everyone comfortable.
24. I like redheads, but have never dated one. I have however dyed my own hair red on a few occasions.
25. I have two shirts that say “STAFF” in large letters on the back. One is from working a Fuel concert in college. The other is from working a cheerleading tournament. The Fuel concert was easier.

January 25, 2009

Me and My Cloud

Filed under: Technology,Thoughts — steegness @ 4:37 am

I’m still trying to figure out where blogs and such fit in the overarching plan of history. It used to be that in order to make your point known to a lot of people, you had to put it in print or be savvy enough that people would listen if you spoke at them (and usually, both were needed). That is no longer the case, of course; we’ve made it so even peons like me can get a word or two out there, ruminating on the nature of history and the world from time to time.

But what am I really adding? What will live on past me? Right now, there’s a healthy (or perhaps unhealthy) portion of me invested into the cloud of information that is The Internet. Three and a half years in this blog/site alone, not to mention* time spent on websites prior to this blog, nor my high school days of BBS** wandering.

What happens if facebook melts away? If sunspots wipe out my blog’s server? If Amazon forgets what I’ve purchased in the past? There’s a LOT of me hanging out there in various guises, and it won’t have anywhere near the same impact if I take it and print it out for posterity (presuming the ink doesn’t fade).

This is where my mind goes when I’m up too late.

*an odd construct, don’t you think? I mean, I’m mentioning it RIGHT THERE.
**kids, ask someone older than 30, but younger than 55 or so.

January 21, 2009

A Number of Random Things You Might Not Know

Filed under: My World,Thoughts — steegness @ 5:05 pm

From a meme floating around Facebook. I didn’t want to do it there. The “Number” was either 16 or 25, depending on who I decide to copy from, so given THAT subjective nature, the number of things here shall be totally arbitrary.

1. I had two of my elementary school teachers at my wedding.
2. The teachers mentioned above chipped in and bought me the microwave for my dorm room after high school graduation. That microwave is right behind me, still functional, as I type this.
3. I failed one quarter of one course in all of my education: third quarter AP Calculus, mostly because I didn’t like doing the homework.
4. If I could pick my career, I think I’d still like to teach, preferably at the undergrad level.
5. I used to be a kick-ass Magic: The Gathering player, having placed tenth in a two-state tournament in Germany at one time (eighth and higher went to German nationals, so I barely missed the cut). I still think I could do pretty well, but you’d have to give me the deck. Creation was not my forte.
6. Favorite movie: Hudson Hawk.
7. Favorite game: Uno.
8. I’m organizing a company volleyball team.
9. Despite being a trash-brained trivia whiz, I actually read very little, bookwise, at least. I read most everything that’s not a book, though, like the backs of cereal boxes.
10. I couldn’t tell you how much money I make in a given paycheck.
11. One Defining Moment: In high school, I was rehearsing for a play (Of Mice And Men), and my acting was pretty flat. My director asked me what it was my character wanted at that moment, and I failed to produce an answer. He LAID INTO ME, telling me that if I didn’t know what the character wanted, I should get off the damn stage. Yeah. That had an impact I still feel.

Enough for now, I think.

January 20, 2009

Something More

Filed under: Thoughts — steegness @ 10:49 pm

Today seems to call for more than an update to a Facebook status. I give credit to CNN.com for making THAT task even more of a no-brainer than it usually is; you could update your status (and view the status of everyone else) while watching the video feed of the inauguration today.

Personally, I don’t feel very different today compared to yesterday. The real culmination of the Obama saga — at least, as it stands today — was back in November. In November, we made the choice. Today is just the consequence of that groundbreaking decision.

Surely it’s not all written out yet, and there’s more, maybe even better, to come. Today was just going through the motions.

November 27, 2008

Going Back, And Not

Filed under: My World,Thoughts — steegness @ 5:14 am

Tonight was my high school’s annual Alumni Bull & Oyster Roast. A bunch of men in a large gymnasium, drinking beer and eating food, and most importantly, shooting the breeze. Network value in that room is incredible.

Graduation was 12 years ago and change at this point. Next year, I will have been out of standard non-collegiate education for longer that I was in it. Five years until that holds true for college as well, and my time removed from my school days eclipses the time spent in them, if only in quantity.

Like a memory perpetrator, still I return to the scene of the mind. At Loyola, it’s hard to get back there, as when I go, it’s generally to the new gym/fieldhouse that wasn’t in existence during my time there. It’s an odd disconnection, amidst all the reconnection from one year to the next. It even makes walking on the grass — which hasn’t changed — a new event, as the scenery makes its mark in the corners of my eyes.

I’ve written before about how the times they are a-changin’, and how I wonder what will bind the youth. An election showed me something, I guess. I still wonder though, unconvinced.

I don’t know if there’s a point to this. As you can tell from the timestamp, I probably lost the point some hours ago.

November 18, 2008

Milestones: A Full Hand

Filed under: Family,Friends,My World,Thoughts,Work — steegness @ 11:45 pm

Sara went to a birthday party last year. It was a large-ish event, in a fire hall. The kids got to ride the fire truck around, balloons abounded, and the hall was decked out in fire-themed stuff; an impressive soiree for a five-year-old. The boy’s mother explained that in her family, any time you made it a full hand, they’d go all out.

Today marks my sixth full hand.

I’m in the midst of a week off of work simply because I can, and I’ve got the vacation to burn. Today I went in to the office (strictly for cake), and took my mom around to see the place and meet my co-workers. She too took the day off, marking a personal labor day. We ate lunch in Fells Point.

Julie asked me later where I wanted to go out for dinner. Had I known that was in the works, I might not have eaten as much with my mom. We ended up staying in.

Birthdays take a decreased significance once you have kids (they are not unique in this respect, birthdays). Thirty years is a feat, no doubt, but there’s little fanfare to mark the occasion anymore. I don’t THINK that’s me whining about it, but reading over it, it kind of sounds like it. I maintain that today was a good day, really, despite whatever else I may say. 🙂

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