Archive: 2010 — Page 2 of 2

A Murder Of One

  • May 30, 2010
A Murder Of One

A Murder of One by Counting Crows has become my latest musical obsession.  The last time I had a musical obsession, it was Stolen Car by Beth Orton. What draws me to an obsession about this song is when they sing don’t waste your life, the way I waste my life. It gets me thinking, did I waste my life?  And if so, am I still wasting my life?  Not sure if I was getting the right meaning out of the song, I headed on over to songfacts.com.  Some guy from Chicago claimed that the song is about a girl who’s trapped in an abusive relationship. I noticed rather quickly after browsing the site...

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Blogging And The Preservation Of The Human Experience

  • May 30, 2010
Blogging And The Preservation Of The Human Experience

When I think about what life was like before the Internet, and long before the concept of blogging was introduced, I seem to recall thoughts and images from my childhood, now lost to the ravages of time, and without many photos or notes.  Sadly, most of my younger years, I was more concerned about having fun than recording my life experiences. I am also reminded of my fathers best friend Arturo.  A man who my father had been friends with for an excess of 30 or more years, and a man who meticulously recorded every last detail about his daily life in a notebook he carried everywhere in his pocket. ...

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A Series Of Unlikely Events

  • May 30, 2010
A Series Of Unlikely Events

As a freelance writer, I tell a lot of stories.  Many of the stories I tell are about my life, because as far as writing goes, they are the ones that require the least amount of research.  Also, the accuracy can’t be beat as I was the one who had the experiences, and I’m not writing the story through someone else’s eyes. I was talking to someone at a bookstore the other day.  Angie and I went in to look at the books that were marked down to clearance prices.  We decided upon two books, both of which retailed for about $40 US, but were marked down to the unbelievable price of $5.99! ...

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How Technology Has Helped Us Hold On To Our Memories

  • May 30, 2010
How Technology Has Helped Us Hold On To Our Memories

I was thinking recently that I wish could have held onto the memories of my college years spent at Marshall University. It’s sad to think of how I let the good times pass me by without any way of accurately recollecting daily events. 1998 was a year when digital photography was in its early stages of development, when HTML was the latest trend, and video was recorded to magnetic tape and equipment was costly. What I Did Then At that time, I carried with me a cheap notebook and a pen everywhere I went. No time and no words did I waste, either. Somehow even my notebook faded into obscurity...

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Digital Cluttter

  • May 30, 2010
Digital Cluttter

If you have been following this blog for any amount of time, you would have learned about my upgrade to a 1 terrabyte hard drive.  A terabyte is a massive amount of data; so massive that one may never need to delete any old email messages for an entire lifetime.  My father is notorious for this kind of behavior.  If you ever go into his computer room, he has a massive archive of disks and CD's filled with old email messages, old photographs, and most of all, Microsoft Word documents dating back to the first day Microsoft Word became a reality.  My mom does this as well, but she stores all of her content...

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A Career In Science?

  • May 30, 2010
A Career In Science?

In my younger years, I thought my father had the best job out there; he did scientific research, specializing in advanced electroplating processes. Much to my fathers’ disapproval, I sought a job and a lifestyle much like his. Accordingly, I did everything I perceived him to be doing, which included mixing chemicals with really long names I didn’t understand. At one point, my father gave me my own lab, complete with beakers, test tubes, and a microscope. I was also provided with baking soda, vinegar, distilled water, and anything else that was harmless that my mom was willing to give me out of her cupboard....

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Abandoned Supermarket

  • April 17, 2010
Abandoned Supermarket

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Whatever You Do, Do It Well

  • March 13, 2010
Whatever You Do, Do It Well

Whatever you set out to do in life, do it well. Too often in our lives we are faced with people who just want to come to work, get paid, and go home. Most people don't like their jobs, and for the most part, it is quite obvious to me when a person ia dissatisfied with their employment. Poor customer service leads to customer dissatisfaction, which long term, can cause a business to ruin their reputation, and eventually fail. Unlike most people from my generation, every job I've ever had, I took it seriously. I treated my position, regardless of how insignificant and/or entry level it might...

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Values We Are Taught As Children Are Somehow Lost In Life

  • February 27, 2010
Values We Are Taught As Children Are Somehow Lost In Life

I overheard a mother teaching her child the value and importance of sharing.  She said, "sharing is caring", which brought a smile to my face as I was taught the value of sharing as a child, and it has become a kind of inside joke between myself and Angie. I realized that as children we are taught values that are paramount to our psychosocial development, but for whatever reason, we shed all of these important values as we progress into adulthood. When we are children, we are taught the value of sharing.  We are taught to share our toys, for example.  When we become adults, we stop sharing;...

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The Power Of Religion

  • January 1, 2010
The Power Of Religion

The January 10th, 2010 issue of Newsweek contained an article about Umar Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian wanna-be terrorist who attempted to bomb Northwest Airlines flight 253 with a bomb sewn into his underpants, which thankfully failed ultimately earning him the nickname of, "the crotch bomber." Newsweek tried to explain how a wealthy child of a successful banker was depressed over his upbringing and decided to join the ranks of Al Qaeda. What Newsweek and the general public fail to realize is that Al Qaeda is a terrorist group whose extremist beliefs are based upon religion. Although there is sometimes...

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The Meaning Of Life

  • January 1, 2010
The Meaning Of Life

Between birth and death is a strange and curious thing called life.  Life is a never-ending prologue of unscripted events punctuated by our experiences of triumph and defeat, our choices and decisions all half-chance.  life is a game of give-and-take as we strive for those experiences and goals we crave.  We surround ourselves with those we love, and try our best to gracefully distance ourselves from those we hate. The wars we wage upon each other are the result of greed and disagreement fueled by our own insecurities and desires we somehow allow to ravage out of control.  Likewise, the wars...

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