we are better than this

July 18, 2014 bits and piecesperceptions  No comments


Although recent events might be a strong argument against the title statement of this posting. Yesterday’s events alone – a plane loaded with 298 civilians killed via a botched battle point scoring – the murderous back and forth in the Gaza region -  the ongoing border crisis with over 50 thousand children facing ugliness… can easily turn one toward a stagnant cynicism.

It is easy… too easy to slide down that slope. What do we do? Do we rant and rave via social media that ultimately leads to pointless arguing? Do we pretend that all of this is “too far away” and just “get on with it while wearing a blind eye”?

Perhaps we have played those two options for far too long.

“But crap happens all the time… and has since the beginning of time.” History has shown us that.

Tis true...

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chocolate has been taking it hard

July 8, 2014 bits and pieces  One comment


She has taken to whining… missing Janya. Totally understandable. Poor Chocolate.

Even though she is now “queen of the yard” and has Mr. Dog for company… obviously things are different now.

Some of it (the mournful whining) takes place in day time… but mostly at night. I’ve taken to sleeping outside just to pacify her. It seems to work and at this time of the year is a more than pleasant thing to do anyway. So, I don’t mind it.

In other news:

There was a spider-mite infestation of my vege bed. Yesterday I uprooted the affected plants which constituted half my vege plants and sprayed the good ones with a solution of dish soap and garlic water. (I’ve heard this is effective.)

Hopefully, I’ll be able to harvest veges for the rest of summer. I wish I could grow a Neem tree here as that would s...

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good night, Janya

July 7, 2014 bits and pieces  2 comments


She had been winding down for the last few days. Yesterday it was evident that her time was near.

Off and on as the day wore on I sat with her gently stroking under her left ear. Each time I came out to the yard to be with her she had moved farther away from where she usually slept. Finally situating herself furthest corner of the yard. This was her chosen place.

As I sat with her one last time I stroked her under ear again and thanked her for being a good loving dog. Although now deaf (which she had been for over a year) she looked up at me. It was as if she were saying, “Thank you… but I want to do this on my own.” Her feisty independent streak still showing through.

I complied.

An hour later I returned to check on her… her body was there but she was gone...

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adventures off the grid

June 18, 2014 bits and pieces  No comments


Yes, I went off the grid for about 5 days. The only times I dented the rule to be off was briefly at the beginning and at the end. Both times to make/confirm reservations for Amtrak and hotel accommodation.

For about half a day I was antsy to get on… but that soon passed as I started to take in the real world. Yes, it was refreshing not being tethered to the cyber world.  The things I didn’t miss the most was the bitching, whining and unfettered exhibitionism on social media.

And as you can tell that part of this disconnect involved a short and very welcomed trip out of town. Yes, the irony was I went to a bustling city to be able to breath easier.

For the most part it was a pretty low impact trip with lots of walking… some of which involved my favorite activity… exploring alleys...

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sticking to the roof of your mouth

June 12, 2014 bits and pieces  No comments

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remember blogging?

June 10, 2014 bits and pieces  3 comments


Especially before the explosion of social media? Sure, there was friendster and myspace but let’s face it, facebook and twitter really changed the game.

There once was a time when blogging ruled. Communities of bloggers wrote and visited each other’s blogs. Some actively participated by commenting while others lurked. And that was OK too.

Bloggers produced posts. Some everyday… or even more than once a day while others chose to share more sparingly. Very often these posts started from vague beginnings but more often than not evolved into fully formed thoughts articulated and shared. I know, mine did.

There were blog events. There were games. Then there were the blogs themselves. Some were outrages. Some were witty and/or funny. Some were sexy. Some were “must reads”...

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more steep learning curves

June 4, 2014 bits and pieces  One comment


Yeah, I’ve been at it again. Learning a new set of protocols, workflows, etc. All of the current climb is related to video production.

So far it has been fun. (He says with bleary eyes.) A large part of that has to do with the balance between the “have to” and the “want to” quotients. Both are factors in the present circumstance… but the latter should always edge out the former in any task one undertakes.

This means there has been a fair amount of reading as well as “how to” video viewing. In the reading department I tend to stay away from forums. Most of those can be populated with long winded arrogant show-offs who at the end of the day offer very little in terms of useful information.

I much prefer the more direct no fuss or muss tutorials that get to the point...

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