Sunday, December 27, 2009

So Christmas is over. I spent some time with my family. Helped my step-dad get his Wii working and set up Dad's new computer, which took much more effort than it should have. Anyway I still have nothing to say. Watching football today as its the final game of my fantasy league and I'm fighting for first place this year. Might go play some Xbox too. Its odd watching TV on my small old TV and playing video games on my big plasma TV at the same time. Who knows I might even get around to cleaning up my living room and rearranging things so I can hook my computer up to my plasma TV too. The idea when I built this computer a year ago was to get a big new TV and hook up my computer to it as sort of a home theater system. I will need to get better speakers for it at some point. And a Blu-Ray drive in it now that I have a HDTV. Anyway I hope everyone had a happy holiday season.

As much as I'm not a Christian and don't celebrate Christmas, it is the one time a year that I get to hang out with my family usually so I always like the holidays. Except of course how crazy simple shopping gets around this time of the year.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Well it's Christmas. Not that I really care. Anyway I just wanted to say I finally got that plasma TV working. Been playing Xbox on it and watched a DVD earlier. But I can't get my cable hooked up to it since I don't have a cable box. Oh well that's life. Guess I'll have to call the cable company and start paying for digital cable again if I want to watch it on my new TV. Anyway I'm not writing much tonight. Got to get some sleep so I can go spend the weekend with my family and stuff. Just wanted to say something and update my readers about my TV. I will have to remember to go back and comment on my earlier post about it now that it's working.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Take two of these and call me in the morning.

Ok, so Saturday I braved the crazy madness that is trying to shop on the last weekend before Christmas. I survived to tell the tale, which is actually really boring so let's skip it. What is important about this weekend was that on Saturday night I had a fever of 103°F. It wasn't very pleasant. At one point I felt like I might have vomited at any moment and ended up curled up on the cold tiles of my bathroom floor taking a short nap. Oddly enough I think that was one of the best things for me. The cold floor sucked some of the extra body heat out of me and brought my fever down I bit I'm guessing.

Anyway I drank plenty of water and rested as much as I could and by the time I woke up late Sunday morning I felt much better. I have no idea what my temperature was because my digital thermometer broke at some point during the night, but I felt like I was back to my normal temp.

It's strange. I normally don't get the flu, but I got it last year at one point, and by that I mean it was some point last winter because I think it might have actually been this January. And it certainly seemed like the flu this weekend, but not quite so bad as last year. And both times I've recovered in about a day. Yet I hear of these people that are sick for days. Now I'm not in that great of condition healthwise. I'm overweight and under exercised. I have a terrible diet most of the time and never drink enough water it seems like. And yet I seem to recover from being sick way faster than people in better shape than me.

Anyway I didn't really have a point to any of this. Just wanted to say something.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

The nonexisting post

What does it mean to not exist? Philosophers have debated for centuries the nature of existence, but have any ever thought about nonexistence? I'm sure some have but I'm not a philosopher student so I know none off the top of my head.

Some people want to believe that to die is to slip into nonexistence. But they do still exist don't they? The body still exists in some form or another until nature finishes recycling it. Memories and records of their life would still exist for a while too. Is that enough to still be in existences? How exclusive is this nonexistence? What does it take to get passed the bouncer at the door?

Because if all it takes is a single thought in a single mind to say that something exists, then for something to not exist every mind in the universe would have to not think about it for all eternity.

And if existence means physically being there, then my thoughts don't exist. And if my thoughts don't exist do I? Does the disruption of physical matter by nonphysical sources, such as thought, count as physically existing? Prime example of what I mean: Sound is just the disruption of air molecules. Is that disruption then a physical existence? Because if it is not than spoken language doesn't exist right along with my thoughts.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Nanwuht Giedd

Abandoned church yard, frost encrusted
Golden eye starchild lost

Shadow serpent, nightshade beast
Hellborne spirit of spite and rage

Citadels fallen in hunchback grief
Stone faced angels weeping over lost brethren

Soul taker, spirit thief, nightborne
Arcane marks scar your soul

Eldritch symbols of power tattooed onto your body
Twisted pain seared into your mind

To and fro the cosmic winds drift
And eternal fright do they bring

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I have no idea what any of that really means or how it relates to one another, if at all. It's just what came to me and I felt like sharing. If it makes any sense to you please comment so that the rest of us might understand it better.

Monday, December 14, 2009

According to one source there is roughly "a quarter of a million distinct English words." I don't feel like hunting down the answer to the question "How old is Modern English?" as a simple Google search didn't immediately find me the answer and I'm tired. Maybe another day I'll hunt down that answer and put it in a comment to this post so we will know for sure. In the mean time lets say the answer is 400 years. I'm just picking a number at random here for the sake of my argument, which is this:

Just about every sensible combination of English words has already been uttered or written down somewhere at sometime. So everything is plagiarism. It has all been said before by someone else. Maybe not as a unified whole, but all the little bits, all the atoms of thought.

Incidently 400 years is 146,100 days, so if Modern English were that old thats about 2 words a day. I wonder how big our language will get over the next century?

Friday, December 11, 2009

In the beginning...

From Grandmother Earth, from which all things bloom and all things one day return, was born Father Sky and Mother Night. And Mother Night gave birth to Sister Moon, and Father Sky sired Brother Sun. And so our world was born.

We set ourselves the equal our siblings, we the StarChildren, we the HeavensBorne. Upon our grandmother we all walk, upon her we rest, but among our siblings we nightly soar.

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Just something I wrote last night while I was reading a book before bed. Not sure yet if I will use this creation myth in some story or what. Anyway I just thought I'd share it for now.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Tips for driving in Iowa winters.

Ok so we have our first good snow storm of winter and of course people are driving like idiots. Here are some tips for driving in Iowa during winter.

  • Do not fear the ditch. Drive carefully and shouldn't end up in the ditch anyway, but if you fear it you are going to panic when you hit an ice patch and lose control for a moment, and when you panic you might do something stupid that ends up putting you in the ditch or worse. Drive with confidence and don't fear the ditch and you shouldn't panic and it will help you avoid the ditch.
  • Drive the right speed. The speed signs no longer really apply in winter as you will likely never get going that fast anyway. Don't drive to fast, but also don't drive to slow. If you feel you can only drive 20mph stay off the interstates because that is still to slow usually.
  • Be courteous to your fellow drivers. This really should apply all year but it applies doubly so during winter. If you piss off the other drivers on the road they are more likely to do something stupid which could adversely effect you. Prime example, on the way home last night there was someone that what to go faster than the car I was riding in was driving. When they tried to pass they spun out and ended up sideways across the road with more traffic approaching them. They had never managed to even get beside us, but what if they had? For the record we were probably going a little to fast for the road conditions as it was last night and still we had idiots like that guy trying to pass us.
  • There are still two lanes. Even if you can't see the lane markings anymore, they do still exist and you need to stay in your lane. Don't drive down the middle of the road.
  • Mind the gap. Leave a larger gap between you and the car in front of you, and behind you if you can manage that, though sometimes you have an idiot following you who still thinks it's summer and he can stop on a dime. If you can let these idiots pass you so they aren't behind you anymore.
  • Slow down well before you have to actually stop. You can't brake and stop in short distances anymore without sliding into the intersection. You have to slow down ahead of time.
  • Carry supplies. At the very least you need a blanket in your car in case you have to spend anytime in the ditch before you can catch a ride. Extra change of clothes, some granola bars and water are some other nice things to have just in case. I'm sure there is a list out there for just what all you should have in your car in case of emergency, but I feel the most important is a good warm blanket. Also note that unless you can access your trunk through your back seat, you need your supplies in the back seat where you can get to them. In an accident you might not be able to get into your trunk.

I had a few more thought up while I was driving to work yesterday but I can't remember them now. All that said, I did drive carefully on the way to work and still managed to ditch my car. It was on a cloverleaf exchange between two interstates and my car just started to slide off the road. I made the decision to not try to correct it because there was traffic right behind me and I didn't want to end up sideways in front of them. Less than a minute after I went off the road a girl drove her car off the road right behind my car. It was just that slick there. I got a ride to work in the back seat of a sheriff's car, so I can't no longer claim I've never been in the back of a cop car. There was a state patrol car that drove her where ever it was she had been heading. Luckily no one was hurt.

Anyway, I just wanted to put that out there for people to think about. I'm sure there are better more thorough lists out there on the Internet. Everyone drive safe out there.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

I'm not dead yet!

So it's been a week or so since the last time I posted anything. I'm still alive. I just have nothing to say. My Netflix account reactivated and I've been watching movies some. I got my Xbox mostly working so I've been playing some video games. Still having some trouble with the hard drive on my Xbox and the one wireless controller doesn't always want to sync for some reason. I haven't really looked into what's going on yet, but I'm sure I will get it all figured out sooner or later.

Also got my Cyber Monday purchase delivered today. It's a extra battery/case for my iPhone that's supposed to double the usage time on my iPhone. Now I can listen to music and play games all night at work and not have to worry about the battery being dead on the drive home and stuff like that.

Anyway the reason why I haven't been posting has nothing to do with any of that. I was just letting you know general stuff about my life really. The real reason I haven't posted anything was because I was only getting half thoughts. For instance my last post about uncertainty. I had started out with about half thought out post of what I was going to write and as I wrote it up the other half just floated away leaving with nothing to really say.

Every day since I've had some idea for a post, maybe a story excerpt again, maybe a few lines of a poem, maybe some crazy theory about time and reality, but none of the ideas ever fully formed into anything. They were all half thoughts. And before I could try to finish the thought I lost interest or got distracted by something else, or just fell asleep. Basically I just haven't been able to think of anything worth saying. Still haven't. But I thought I'd post smoothing anyway to try to at least keep up the habit of posting on here. Anyway here's to hoping I have something to say tomorrow. Until then, laters.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Uncertainty

According to Wikipedia:

In quantum mechanics, the Heisenberg uncertainty principle states that certain
pairs of physical properties, like position and momentum, cannot both be known
to arbitrary precision. That is, the more precisely one property is known, the
less precisely the other can be known.

I had some seemingly wise insight into good vs evil to go along with the uncertainty principle but my brain is not working for me very well tonight so you will just have to wait. It had something to do with not being able to know with any certainty whether the consequences of an action, be they judge good or evil, will turn out in the same direction has the original action. By that I mean just because an action is judge to be a good action now doesn't mean that the eventual outcome of that action will have good results.

Any way this is all you get for tonight. Maybe some other day I can come back and fill this in a bit more.