poetry aloud

i have been thinking about reading some poetry aloud *gasp* – i would like to see if i can find anything that sounds good to the ear. i think i will take a book to bed and read aloud. had…

maybe not

tried to read some poetry and sometimes it feels like reading the ingredient list of some mass-produced, preservative-soaked, twinkie-esque food. or like reading phrases randomly scrambled a la fridge magnet poetry fallen on the floor. wish poets would think more…

the universe says to us

“fifteen billion years of evolution and only you can fail in the way you can fail, no one else can mess up with quite the same elegance and aplomb as you, creature, and you are quibbling, you are quibbling between…

the hard way

so i talk a lot about needing to do things the hard way first so that i can understand the motivations behind doing things the better way (the rules for which would otherwise have seemed awfully obscure). but i’ve got…

bliss

it is funny sometimes how meaningless language can seem and other times how impossible it is to utter a single neutral word. follow your bliss says joseph campbell bliss comes from the french word for “wound” says david whyte, your…

station

was making a fancy hamburger for lunch today, david gray was on in the background, and one of the lyrics for babylon caught my ear “…turning over TV stations…” and that made me think, “hmmm, i wonder if he said…

what makes you happy?

is it something that you want but you haven’t got, isn’t that the way, just a game to play (says jump little children) letting nothing be in my control, not trying to stop anything, everything moves along, (says me) and…

openoffice

whoa. something i wrote has been quoted: Book design with OpenOffice i should write more

boxes

bought some bankers boxes for $7 from staples today. you know they’re cardboard boxes with the lid. they come all flat and stuff, and i got the most satisfying feeling folding the thing this way and that, and voila–i had…

tonight i hacked java

with dad. over IM. that was fun, i learned a lot. it’s nice to work through conceptual things with someone who has massive implementation experience. it’s almost calming and zenlike: “this is the way we’ve found to do things that…

calendar

justin, who likes living in time but not being obsessed or enslaved by it (no watch, no pda, no planner, no calendars), just created his anxiety-producing end of the semester calendar for maximum visual effect. what does this particular end…

I have the best friends, I get emails like this

I am realizing this is harder than it should be for people like us. When you really enjoy the “meat” of being human in a way that other people scratch their heads at, you can cause a lot of pain…

for my own sanity, i need to spell out the projects i’m working on

develop a way to generate professional looking reports in microsoft word using microsoft access (and vba). extract the data from present microsoft access databases to store in mysql (or oracle) while still maintaining access as client without performance hit. investigate…

something that makes me happy

Some fatty foods, like olive oil or fats in nuts, fish, avocados do make you healthier.

making cookies

went over to melanie’s the other day to make cookies. not just any cookies, but melt-in-the-mouth cookies, from a recipe that is now in its third generation. anyway, these little pieces of heaven basically involve brown sugar and butter, with…

if yesterday i was down, today i am up

first let me mention that I had a lovely dinner with melanie, pj, and jackie tonight. we broiled salmon with lemon, garlic, and rosemary, we half fried/half sauteed the potatoes with garlic and rosemary, and we cooked the asparagus like…

buy nothing day

does it really count as “buying something” if you are riding your bike into town to be around people while you work and you realize (a) your ungloved hands are really cold (b) it’s going to get a lot colder…