Monthly Archives: August 2010

questions about blogging

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I was flying around the internet on my broomstick this past weekend, and I read a comment that just blew me away.

The comment got me thinking, and I’m going to ask you all a few questions:

  • Do you have a blog?
  • Do you blog anonymously?
  • Why do you blog?
  • Imagine for a moment that someone told you, “Give it a rest, you’re a terrible writer and you should try knitting instead. Your writing is so boring that every time I read your blog, my computer automatically goes into hibernation.”  Would  this comment convince you to give up blogging?
  • And if no one ever commented on your blog, would you still blog?

I just want to clarify that no one has said this to me (not lately anyway :).

For the record, I blog to work off the stress induced by my day job (the job that pays my bills).

Sometimes, I will read something I have just posted on my blog, and mutter out loud, “Man that’s total crap.”

I’ve been known to delete posts.

But not always.

On a side note, I got into a war of words a few years ago, when I shared this sometime practice on another site, and got slammed by a few women who would NEVER delete posts on THEIR blogs. “That would just be WRONG,” like maybe the blogging police would show up at their doors and confiscate their computers, rip the buttons off their favorite jackets, and take away their muskets, all for the crime of deleting a post.

Geesh.

I blog for ME, because I think it’s fun, and I like staying in contact with people from all over the world!

If no one ever commented,  I would still blog.

For the record, I did not leave my own comment, on that other site, because I choose my battles carefully. I was appalled by the comment I read, but had no wish to become embroiled in a blogging war. Bad for my blood pressure, and a waste of my time.

My hope, dear readers, is that if someone ever tells you to give up blogging and collect mouse droppings you will ignore the ignoramus and keep tappin’ away.

There were approximately 126 million blogs in 2009.

Anyone who doesn’t like my/your blogs can ignore me/us.

Do what makes you happy.

What think you, dear bloggers?

Reading holiday results

THE MAN WHO LOVED BOOKS TOO MUCH THE MAN WHO LOVED BOOKS TOO MUCH by Allison Hoover Bartlet

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What drives book collectors?

And what compels a collector to steal books, especially rare {and expensive) books?

“The Man Who Loved Books Too Much” is a tale of two men (so sorry, Mr. Dickens).

One book collector, Gilkey, steals rare books. Gilkey pilfers credit card numbers also, so he can buy the books.

The other book lover, Ken Sanders, is a “book dick,” a collector himself, who follows Gilkey’s trail of “booknapping” off and on the internet.

As she tells her tale of book lust, Allison Hoover Bartlett explores the compulsion to possess books (including her own), and offers readers a chance to peak into the world of selling rare books.

And no, I did not steal my copy of “The Man Who Loved Books Too Much.” It’s from The Seattle Public Library.

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Reading holiday today

Turning off the ‘puter to finish this book! Have a great week!

Staycation coming up

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The Urban Dictionary defines a staycation as:

“A vacation that is spent at one’s home enjoying all that home and one’s home environs have to offer.”
It may seem like I’m a bit simple of me (ha!), adding the defining a ‘staycation,but I’m looking forward to a long weekend coming up on Friday.
I’ve got no big plans, just stick close to home, take some long walks, read, work on a secret project, watch  some movies, and CHILL (yeah, chillin’ is big with me right now).
Sunday is my day to catch up on laundry, which I’m doing right now.
I was awake and raring to go at 5:00 a.m. this morning.
One of the challenges of getting older is not being able to sleep for long periods of time.
When I was younger, I could rack up the hours, and it was great. Of course, when I was younger I had no concept of aging, getting older, and dying someday. As a young and foolish person, I knew that I would die some day, of course we all know that, right?
But death was far off, something that happened to other people.
Now, as a ripe old 61 year-old fiddle, I know better.
My popping knees and stiff joints remind me every morning 🙂
And that’s okay, it’s natural that my body is slowing down and needing more maintenance to keep working every day.
Just like the 1987 Chevy Malibu I used to own, this body needs a little extra care.
So for now, I’m off to shower and get outside for a walk, before the rain visits my neighborhood.
Happy Sunday to all.

Staycation countdown: 5 days!

Chillin

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I’m not setting the world on fire this weekend, and it sure feels good.

Hope you are all doing well!

"Fringe" White Tulip (2010)

television”Fringe” White Tulip (2010):

Get ready folks.

The new television season starts in about a month, and I’m ready to watch new episodes of my favorite shows.

FOX finally started reruns of Fringe, one of my favorites, last night.

The best thing about Fringe is actor John Noble as the tortured/brilliant/wacky scientist Walter Bishop.

In one episode, I can watch Walter rave about coffee yogurt, milking his cow Gene, or providing long-winded explanations about time travel and other icky stuff I won’t give away right now.

Good fun.

Last night’s repeat episode, ‘White Tulip,’ gave me a chance to watch two tortured scientists bonding.

Peter Weller guest starred as MIT scientist, time traveling Alistair Peck.

The ick factor was, as usual, extreme last night,  as Weller’s character  performed unspeakable acts on his body, as a way or reuniting with his dead fiance. I won’t give away any more details, as I’m hoping you’ll  take a few minutes to watch Fringe and get hooked.

Again, good fun.

And Happy Friday!

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Daniel Powter – Bad Day (Video)

Yesterday sucked rocks.

Today will be better.

It’s already started out 100% better than yesterday.

Have a great day, my friends.

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The cartoon says it all!

not the best week, so far

It’s a busy week at work, and I’m battling a sore throat and the latest yuck that’s making the rounds in Seattle.

Back in a day or three.

Thinking about Season 3 of Fringe

PLEASE NOTE: Season 2 spoilers follow.

As I wrote before, I’ve become a Fringeophile.

That’s my word describing my current addiction to the television series Fringe

Until this spring/summer, my interest in Fringe was sporadic.

Somehow, I got hooked at the end of the second season.

Thanks to Netflix, I’m just about through with season one.

Season two is available on Netflix September 14, just before the new season debuts on September 23.

Here’s what I’m wondering about the first hour of season three (“Olivia”):

  • Does Peter know, somehow, that it wasn’t “the other” Olivia he knew (from Walter’s world) who crossed back with him?
  • How will Olivia from the other side react when she sees the sister and niece who live in “the other” Olivia’s world?
  • What in the Sam Hill happened to William Bell?

That’s all for now.

Knowing  the work of J.J. Abrams, though, I will probably realize after watching the season three premiere that my questions are 100% inconsequential.

And I wouldn’t have it any other way!

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