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Holy shit, what a week!

Been busy as hell lately. Last week, thanks to a worldwide coordinated attack on WordPress sites (which is what I use for this here blog and many of my other webpages), all of my sites went down for multiple hours over a two day period. Since I’m getting ready to self-publish a book (tired of me talking about it yet?) it’s sort of important to have a functioning website, so I switched to a new host! If you’ve never had to do this on a whim before, it’s kind of nerve-wracking, and the switch took about three days out of my week.

On the plus side, I used the opportunity to flesh out some side projects I’ve had on the backburner for far too long. One of them is an anti-gay marriage parody site, Stop Gray Marriage. I’d like to get some guest submissions, so if you have content to add please email me!

So, that’s all the new stuff on the Dan front. Book is coming along and should be out soon. Websites are all back up. Spring is coming.

This is both the end and the beginning

For the month of October, I wanted to kickstart my creative side by writing a post every day. I’ll be very honest, I didn’t think I would finish. I’ve struggled with follow through for my entire life. It’s not that I don’t have a passion for creating– in fact, it’s probably the one single thing that has brought me the greatest amount of joy– but rather that I tend to be easily bored and am prone to distraction.

As I get older, I find that I have more of a desire to DO something… Something worthwhile, something lasting. Maybe this is just simply an acknowledgement of my eventual demise, a desire to make an impact before I fade away into the obscurity of history, whatever you want to call it. Labels aside, I’ve taken a little bit of time each day to write something, and now I’ll be branching out to other projects. Starting tomorrow, I’ll be working on my first book, as part of NaNoWriMo. I’ve been playing guitar more, reading more, listening to podcasts. Basically trying to stimulate my mind, maybe rousing some long-dormant neurons and spurring them to activity. Continue reading

Day 22: Home stretch

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 violencenew 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

Day 15: halfway there!

Wow, the month is half over. Crazy! Here’s the breakdown for week 2:

10 posts over 7 days,  containing a total of 5,468 words. I have written something at least once per day, which was one of the goals of this experiment. A few of you have asked my why I’m doing this, or if it serves a purpose. It’s a great question, and one that I’ve thought about often over the last couple of weeks. I guess that, ultimately, blogging serves no purpose other than getting my thoughts out in a way that is more passively interactive than Facebook. I post a lot on Facebook, don’t get me wrong, but people reading this have had to take the extra step to click on the link to open a new site. It implies a certain level of engagement that makes me feel better about posting about controversial topics, since no one is being forced to read these posts. At the end of the month, I plan to diversify my creative endeavors and use more of the time I’ve been spending writing blog posts to pursue other creative pursuits, like music. Continue reading

Overview of week 1

I was going to do this yesterday, but I felt like smacking down some contemptible creationist bullshit instead.

Week 1 of my blog-a-day for the month of October is over. I wrote 5,094 words over the course of the first 7 days, averaging over 700 words per day.

Based on the tags for my posts (which admittedly isn’t the best way of tracking… I am in the process of rethinking which tags I want to use and may be consolidating some of them in the near future), here are the topics where I’ve focused most of my attention, ordered by frequency: Continue reading

Once More, With Feeling

I know that I just changed my Twitter name and made it private about 5 weeks ago, but I’ve decided to change it back and to make it public again.

Briefly, here are the reasons why:

– In reading my employer’s published social media policy, I have determined that I am not in violation of said policy. Even if their interpretation of this differs from mine, I feel that I have no reasonable obligation to censor a personal account on a social site used by millions of people.

– Making my Twitter account private caused difficulty in interacting with others on the service, which is the ultimate goal of, and primary reason I use, Twitter.

– I will not willingly self-censor an obviously personal account, especially one that is followed almost primarily by people who know me personally, because any employer feels it reflects poorly on them. My life outside of my job is exactly that.

– I paid for a frickin’ domain name of pzer0.com. It’s my internet “identity”, and I’d really rather not change it, so I’m not going to.

So, I am changing my Twitter name back to @pzer0, and it is public as well. I apologize for any confusion this may cause, but I assure you it will be the last time it changes. I would rather close the account altogether than change the name again.