2.11.2009

A whole bunch of random stuff about the times

Sometimes, I want to change my relationship status on Facebook to "It's Complicated" just to see what people would say.

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I know more names of people from my high school through Facebook in 2009 than when I was actually IN high school in 1995.

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I was in high school in 1995. That thought is somewhat staggering, but not nearly as staggering as the thought that it's already 2009.

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I think the only people who mind getting older are the ones who were "cool" when they were younger, so they see that as the prime of their life. They come around teens and young adults when they are in their 30's and they're seen as "old" and they can't handle that they don't fit in with a peer group they identified as the pinnacle of their emotional development.

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When I was younger, all I wanted to be was a writer. I went down career paths that led me through technology and development, and all day long I daydreamed about writing. Little did I know, those 15 years spent learning to write code would actually enable me to write stories in 2009. Just goes to show, all paths lead where you want them to lead eventually.

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I started my first book in 2002, and released it in 2005. I started my 2nd book in 2006, and am releasing it in 2009. When I think it takes 3 years to write a book, I shake my head and wonder how the hell that could be... Then I go look at my website and see I've actually written about 10 books worth of material in those six years. And again, I shake my head, because it's a sure bet none of the rest of that stuff will ever see print. But hey, it's out there.

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I wake up every morning wondering when Penguin is going to figure out they've signed up a total hack who has no idea how to actually write. Then I realize that, even when they do, they can't get out of the contract, and I go back to sleep until noon cause that's what "writers" do. And I'm a "writer" now.

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We have a pool going on exactly when Digg is going to wish they'd pulled a MySpace and sold out before everyone figures out they're just a haven for bots and marketing drones. I have my money on this June.

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How is it that I'm in the best shape of my life at 32 -- I can bench press a Volkswagen and run 5 miles in 45 mins -- and yet I'm still nowhere near "slim"? What exactly does it take to look like the dudes in the WWE (besides steroids)?

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Signs of the times: in 1999, I had a little over 10,000 CDs and 3000 LPs. I didn't have enough shelf space or storage for all of them, so I had to put a lot of the cases in the attic and go up whenever I wanted to swap out what was on my shelf. In 2009, I have somewhere around 400gb of music. I don't have enough storage on my iPod for all of it, and so I have to leave most of it on my server and go swap out music whenever I want to listen to different stuff. The moral? Technology always improves, but logistics are logistics. Also, I spent WAY TOO MUCH of my income from the 90's on CDs.

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I've stopped writing in my paper journal. I do all of my writing on this thing or Mentally Incontinent. I've noticed two things: a) if you take the sum total of my writing over a given period, the stuff I've generated since 2008 is more positive than any other point in my history, and b) I speak my mind to people a LOT more, since I'm not internalizing conflict and channeling it to paper.

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My truck is a 2004. The interior has more in common with my father's 1991 F-150 than a 2008 model. It blows my mind that in 5 short years, we've gone from CD players and a radio to GPS, Sattelite radio, MP3 players, bluetooth and OnStar as standard loadout on vehicles. Makes me want a new car.

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2009 is the year that the Vatican finally endorses the fact that species evolve. It would seem to me that, for the first time since Copernicus was spared the death sentence, religion might be evolving as well.