I wanted to give a brief update, since most of my writing over the past several days has been dedicated to NaNoWriMo. I’m over 13k words into my novel, which I’ve tentatively titled Lightcap.
If you’re interested in checking it out, I’ve posted a synopsis and several excerpts, which you can read by clicking on this link. Keep an eye out for more news. I hope to have a finished product by the end of the year, or by early 2013 at the latest!
Science is not just a candle in the dark, it is the spotlight that can shine light upon the darkest corners of the human mind.
Today was my first 8am day. I had a great morning. Still woke up too damn early, but I figure it will take awhile to get acclimated to waking up later. I spent some time hanging out with the dog, then walked down to the transit center and rode the light rail in to work. Standing room only made it difficult to stand there and read, but I was able to make it through a few pages of Carl Sagan’s The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark.
Given the difficulty of holding a Kindle on a packed MAX, I decided that podcasts and audio books would be a good supplement to reading materials. So now, I am subscribed to the following podcasts: The Atheist Experience, The Non-Prophets, Godless Bitches, The Geologic Podcast, The Skeptics Guide to the Universe, Common Sense with Dan Carlin, and the Think Atheist podcast. I’ll be looking for some audio books tonight, but I’m open to any recommendations. Same goes for podcasts. Continue reading
Almost 4 weeks ago I posted Day 1, the beginning of my blog-a-day goal for the month of October. In terms of raw output, this may very well end up being the most creative month of my life. In addition to getting myself into a mindset of creating, I’ve learned a lot and made several new friends along the way, and found the confidence to commit to even more writing next month.
Spending more time behind the keyboard next month presents a problem. Namely, I need to lose some weight. I wore my suit last weekend for the first time since the summer, and it was immediately apparent that I’ve probably put on at least 20 pounds since I last wore it. It was a wake-up call for me, making me realize that I have a choice behind finding something that works for me or living unhappily and likely ending up in an early grave. I’m fortunate to have a gym at work, but with my early schedule I had difficulty going in before work to use it, and I usually want to go home after my shift is over. Continue reading
Two thirds of the way through the month! To be frank, it has been easier to come up with daily topics than I thought it would be. Turns out there’s a lot of shit to talk about in the realms of politics and religion… Who knew?
Here’s an overview from the past week:
9 posts containing 5,581 words. I wrote about the lies told by anti-choicers, oppression, the tenacity of the human spirit, the right wing propensity toward violence, new projects on the horizon, and more. My original goal was 15,000 words for the month, which I’ve already exceeded. I’ve written more with each passing week, and I’m proud of that accomplishment, but it’s crazy to think that I am going to need to more than double my output in order to reach the NaNoWriMo goal of 50,000 words for the month of November. This blog will definitely be taking a backseat to other writing endeavors starting November 1, so I hope you all enjoy being inundated with my daily ramblings while they last. Continue reading
I’ve just saved 15% or more on my car ins… ah, just kidding.
I got an email last night from Carlos Miller, one of my personal heroes and the man behind one of my favorite blogs, Photography Is Not A Crime (PINAC). The site is currently being relaunched, so that link won’t work for a few more days. I put it here for the benefit of all of my readers from the future, because at some point the link will work. Speaking of my readers from the future, I hope you’re all enjoying your jetpacks and silver spacesuits, you crazy bastards.
Anyway, back to PINAC. I’ve been reading that blog for about 5 years. Besides the tech blogs I read, it is one of the few blogs I’ve read for any significant length of time. As some of you may know, I’m a pretty liberal guy, so it’s frustrating for me to read many of the police accountability sites, since a lot of them have heavy libertarian leanings. Nothing against my libertarian friends, but it’s just not my cup of tea. Carlos is a fellow foaming-at-the-mouth leftist, so I’ve always identified with his politics beyond his goals of police accountability. I said above that the man is one of my heroes, and you may be thinking, “wow, setting the bar pretty low there, aren’t you?” Besides being a blogger, Carlos gets his feet wet, and is currently involved in a lawsuit with the Miami-Dade PD because they arrested him for no reason and allegedly deleted his camera footage. Continue reading
I had a case of the hiccups this morning. 20 minutes of thinking “Did I finally get rid of them?” shortly followed by *hic.* Maddening. As a youth, I remember hearing some of the most ridiculous cures for the hiccups. Turns out, they’re still out there.
Some of my favorites: Continue reading
Testing, testing, 1 2 3. Yep, still here, still being fucking rad. I live in Oregon now, it’s sweet. I get to see a mountain fairly often in the distance, and I haven’t seen one god damn drop of snow– a true miracle for someone used to Ohio winters. I really enjoy it out here, although my employment situation leaves a bit to be desired. In a way, I’m just happy I have a job, since I know there are many folks who’d kill to be in my position. That said, I am the very definition of under-employed, and it simultaneously stresses me out and bores me to tears. I hope all of you are doing well. I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since I updated this blog. I’ll update more soon, promise.
I know that some days will be better than others, but I feel really down today. I’m not even entirely sure why– I had a good evening last night with some excellent friends and I’ve been getting enough sleep. For some reason I just feel morose. I’m having a hard time focusing on things, and I am more easily irritable than usual. I think it may have something to do with Katy’s birthday being this Friday, at least in part. Everything just feels so void without her. Continue reading
I’ve been meaning to write this post for awhile, but things have been a bit crazy lately. Fortunately, I’m on vacation this week and now have plenty of time to sit and write! I have gone through a pretty crazy transformation over the last couple of months, and would like to share it with you.
I quit a 10 year pack a day smoking habit on April 14. I became a vegetarian August 23. I got the first gym membership of my life August 31. I became a vegan on September 20. I also quit drinking coffee and soda, not entirely sure when. I think that a lot of these changes have been due to my quickly approaching 30th birthday, but at the core these are things I’ve been thinking about for awhile. I’m not entirely sure why I seem to have developed willpower, but I won’t lie when I say I’m enjoying it. I feel better than I have in years, possibly better than I ever have in my life. Continue reading