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Sorry for the lack of postings. I’m dry right now. I can’t write anything. I have no ideas. I mean, I have plenty of ideas but they don’t seem to be flowing out right. They come half way out and end up seeming terrible.
There’s a ton to write about but I’m not articulate right now. I’ve definitely hit a dry spell. I can’t write music or political opinion or anything.
But its not like people come here for new posts. The posts people read on a daily basis are all older posts. I can name them: the one about Obama being assassinated, my review of Xslimmer and a couple about Blago being a badass. Otherwise no one reads the new stuff. Oh well.
Give me some time and I’ll be back with great content again. And a new site design. Because I’m fickle like that. I’ll be searching for inspiration for a bit. Don’t think the site is shut down, its just on hiatus - a short one at that.
Sorry for the lack of posts. I’ve been sicker than I’ve ever been. Its been years since I’ve gotten sick and this time it was double.
I was confined to the couch since Sunday night with a 103 degree fever thats just now starting to go down. I ended up having an upper respiratory virus and strep throat at the same time. I’m still a bit sick and I see my doctor again tomorrow.
I have a lot to say about the fucking crazy republicans acting like little kids and sore losers etc. etc. Hopefully I’ll be fully functional tomorrow and I’ll get to write about it.
Other than that I have a lot of homework and other errands to catch up on as well so just bear with me. I’ll be back on schedule very soon.
I was a child (six years old) when Clinton came into office. He was my first president and thus he is the standard by which I measure any president after him. That standard is actually pretty high. Clinton was great and I knew it as a child of about ten years old. In fact I remember being interested in politics way back in the third grade. During the election of ‘96 I would walk around the playground before school and during recess with my arm positioned awkwardly, holding an imaginary pen, doing an impression of Bob Dole. The kids loved it. The point that I’m trying to make with that story is that I’ve always known which candidate would be better for the country. At first it was a gut feeling and as I matured facts started to become more important than gut feelings. What hasn’t changed as I matured is my leaning toward the left of the political spectrum. During this past election both the facts and my gut feeling told me that Obama was the man for this time. This is the second election I’ve voted and this time I wasn’t disappointed.
About a half hour ago our 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, (God, I love saying that) took the oath of office and gave an incredible speech. It truly lived up to the hype surrounding it. It will surely go down in history as one of the greatest presidential addresses in out nation’s history if not for the content of the speech then for the fact that he is out first black president.
Obama is an incredible orator. There are so many elements of today’s address that moved me but I’ll go over some of the highlights. What I love about Barack is that he levels with you. And I use the word ‘you’ instead of ‘us’ or ‘we’ because when he speaks it feels as if he talking directly to you. I have no doubt that each and every one of the people present in D.C. today felt as if Obama was speaking directly to them. While Obama levels with you in the way he acknowledges America’s problems and challenges does it in a way that shows intelligence on his part. Its very interesting to see him do this through the use of pure honesty and language that isn’t quite flowery or inflated but deliberate and thoughtful.
He has a unique ability to inspire. Most politicians give speeches full of inflated, flowery language meant to inspire and everyone applauds their effort but it feels hollow. Those speeches felt fake. The words seem forced and obligatory. Obama’s speech on the other hand, was as real as you could get. His message was all about hope, change, meeting challenges, and it gave me a confidence not only in my country but in myself. His speech inspired me to strive for greatness. I haven’t read, heard or seen any speech that moved me like the one President Obama (saying that is like ecstasy) gave just over an hour ago.
As someone in my twenties I understand that the generation before me may not get this. That’s okay. What they need to remember, and I think Obama has put this message across on occasion, is that once you reach an age where you have children, you need to vote based on their best interest. Because my generation is the generation that will be running the world in the near future. Obama is everyone’s president but he is my generation’s president most of all. We put him in and we (I hope) will continue what he started long after he is gone.
Obama’s inauguration came just when this country really needed it. His message of hope is genuine. This man is not placating us. To those who would say people like me are just groupies I say stop looking at this moment in history through your filter of fear and denial and just listen to what Obama said today. If you were truly listening - not reading between the lines, analyzing the meaning of certain words, or comparing him to anyone else - then there is no doubt you have been inspired. I am proud to have Barack Obama as my president.
(I’m wearing my Obama T-Shirt my sister got me when she visited D.C. She took a trip to Penn State and went with my mother to the capital afterward.)
I spent last night and some of today making the site more user friendly. I hope you like it. There are more changes to come but I figured it was imperative that the general design be up and running right away so that people would be able to use the site without having to squint or highlight text with their mouse to read it.
If the design looks kind of buggy (and you’ll know if it does- it’l look half way between the old design and a new design-it should have a white background and dark colored text) then you need to do something:
If the site looks buggy do this:
1-Delete your browser cache (you can do this 99% of the time from your preferences)
2-If you cant/don’t want to/don’t know how to delete the browser cache (which is totally safe) you’ll have to refresh the browser a bunch of times until things look right.
Sorry about the first design - I tried to code beyond my skill level. I hope you like the new design and that is user friendly and that it doesn’t make you want to leave the site due to bright colors and a busy look. Back to the real content tomorrow
(This post is from another source. Although I do not have permission to reprint this person’s entry, others have done it to me so I figure its okay as long as I give credit. I’m really busy getting ready for school, working on a new design for this site, and working until 2AM so bear with me if I kinda spaz out with the blog.)
I give full credit for this post to Maureen Healy from Psychology Today. The original post can be viewed here
Is creativity curative? Are their more to crayons than meet the eye? Can a sad child communicate via paint, sand play and sound? Is childhood illness rooted in emotional imbalances? Are more and more children highly sensitive? Does creative self-expression provide the perfect outlet to guide children toward wellness? Is creativity lacking in our systems? Such questions have been alive in me for years.
Crayons and Children
Amazing things happen when you gather a group of preschool aged children and crayons together. Drawings spring out of the ethers and stories begin to unfold. Children love to create. Crayons, markers, pencils, glue, glitter, pom poms and ribbon seem heaven sent. Even the saddest child’s mood is lifted a bit by playing with a puppet or singing at my green piano. So does creative expression solely lift mood or more?
More, I believe. At least the potentiality exists for creative expression to assist in exiting negative, stuck emotions from a developing child. Ancient cultures such as the Tibetans and Native Americans believe mental illness is rooted in emotional imbalances. Intuitively, I agree with them. Scientifically we use different jargon but basically agree that emotions underlie all illness. It doesn’t feel good to be depressed, experience language difficulty, have parents divorcing, be ill or experience other traumas in childhood. Such emotions left untreated may disrupt a child’s growing system thus rewiring their brain for less-than optimal development (i.e. MRI studies, IQ tests of traumatized children).
Children are developing so rapidly it is essential that we meet them wherever they are to facilitate “rewiring” their systems for optimum growth. And a child’s world consists largely of imaginative play and creative endeavors. So being able to direct play or creativity along with a cognitive component is a main entrance into building skills of wellness (i.e. resilience, confidence, courage, connection, character and emotional regulation). Especially if we agree that language is often inaccessible in early childhood and emotionally charged events often find their way into ineffable parts of a child’s being.
One example is Aimee, age 7, that has learned when she feels low to use her voice as a medium to exit stuck feelings. She trusts that humming her favorite tune will diminish her sadness. And it does. It is not a magic wand but one tool in her emotional toolbox.
Parents are an enormously powerful bunch of individuals on the planet. Often their child’s healthy development is the most important piece of their parenting puzzle. I couldn’t agree more. So what is the role of creativity in a child’s overall growth? I believe great. Using creativity as a medium to facilitate a child’s development is smart parenting.
Children create their worlds each day. Tapping into a creative endeavor to teach emotional regulation, language acquisition, teamwork, fine motor skills, interpersonal abilities and more is engaging a child’s heart and mind. Amy, Amelia, Allie and Matt all visited my Children’s Art Studio last weekend. All together we listened to an expert wildlife rescuer and artist reveal an owl’s story, then each of us painted one using acrylics before we set off to see Solomon, the local Screech Owl wintering in the tree nook. With the average age being 5 years old this was a high-energy, creative cornucopia. Tears were had, teamwork was enhanced, drawing honed, scissors utilized and stories shared to support growth.
Being with each child and encouraging their unique creative expression is a powerful way to teach emotional wellness and build skills (i.e. physical, mental). Allie learned about personal space, Amy created an owl story for us and Mattie painted an owl with his favorite friend, a coyote.
So much I do not know for sure. What I do know is that creative outlets and imaginative programs serve children in a multitude of ways both medicinally and developmentally. Every child I have conducted therapy with or nurtured their talents of told me more over glue, construction paper and puppet making. It eases their systems (i.e. nervous, physical), calms their mind, allows for insight and empowers their path.
Very interesting stuff over there. Anyway, if I work hard I’ll have the redesigned site up by Monday if not tonight.
A good liberal wouldn’t write this blog. But I’m not a good liberal. Conservatives (AKA, dumbasses), I am not siding with you either. I have found a happy medium on this subject. Here I’ve gone explaining myself without even telling you what I’m talking about. As you can guess from the blog title today’s topic is Militant Feminism (sorry guys, I know Wednesday is all about songwriting but I had to get this off my chest. Maybe I’ll write a songwriting blog in the morning. Its 2AM right now).
I met a feminist. Feminism is great. Feminism is most certainly a good thing. But this feminist has taken it too far, and has taken it to heart. She turns everything you say into a slight against women.
Feminism is right to question gender stereotypes. I don’t think a feminist is crazy if she breaks gender stereotypes by not shaving her arm pits or her mustache. And let me make it clear, I am not making fun of feminism here. These things, albeit slightly gross, are part of feminism. I think women shouldn’t have to wear pink and other bright colors. They can wear flannel and work in steel mills and be CEOs and chop wood, play sports and go topless at the beach just like men. That last one does not fit into every feminists definition of feminism but its certainly one I would encourage.
Feminists are all about not being victimized. They hate the idea of women being victims and having to rely on men to rescue them as they do in so many movies, TV shows, and even fairy tales. See: Shrek, Rapunzel, aspects of Sarah Jessica Parker’s character on Sex in the City with Big, and the list goes on.
The feminist I met has taken these tenets to such an extreme that she has gone in a circle and ended up on the wrong side of the issue. I work with this woman. She is a bitch. Plain and simple. Yeah, I know, its not sensitive to feminists to call a woman a bitch. I guess its like calling a black person a nigger. But hey, guys are dicks and assholes, so why can’t a woman be a bitch? I think being called a female dog is better than being labelled as an ugly penis or an anus. But I digress.
This woman (who is constantly PMSing [LOL I keep on saying things that are so antifeminists, but I swear I'm all for it]) seems to end up as a victim every five minutes. While working in the kitchen at my job, people come through with heavy pieces of fryers and ovens that are very hot. Whenever a guy comes through at least one person always says “hot stuff, comin’ through!” and no one takes notice. When a woman comes through the same way the same phrase is spoken by at least one person. When Mrs. Feminist comes through and someone says that, she retorts “It figures you would say that to a female”. That makes me cringe. Fuck you, lady. Get over yourself. No one thinks she’s really “hot stuff”. In fact she is just the opposite. She’s hideous. And your a fuck if you try to say otherwise. If someone is ugly then they’re ugly - and if someone is REALLY ugly then they’re hideous. But back to this woman. She took that little quip so personally. The fact that she took it so personally doesn’t bother me as much the fact that when she asserts her feminism with these quips she says them in a manner that screams “I am educated and in a higher social class than you. You are uneducated white trash that is beneath me”. Someone so much better than the rest of us should be out there running the world, not sitting in a fast food joint unclogging a greasy drain. She needs to get over herself. I’m a smart guy, who has a bright future ahead of me. Once I finish with school I’ll be out there working a well paying job that I enjoy (people in IT tech and other programming type jobs, especially analysts, make pretty good money from what I’ve read). Even as it stands now I’m pretty accomplished. In fact I was just looking at my ACT scores today because I needed them to register for classes and I scored higher than 93% of those who took the test when I did - and thats nationwide. I went to Loyola ( and will be going back). I don’t say this because I want to make sure you know how awesome I am. I want to stress that I could go around with an attitude like hers but I don’t. When I talk to people I always treat them with respect so long as I get it in return. I see people my own age in there who have ended up working for this fast foot place as a career. I don’t think any less of them. These are people like me and everyone’s situation is different. We can’t all be brain surgeons. So why does this woman think she’s so great?
I saw her using a squeegee the wrong way and she was obviously having trouble. I went over to help her. I showed her a better, more efficient way to get the water on the floor into the drain. Instead of being thankful she took it as an insult to women everywhere. She created a victim of herself. She took what I did as me saying “women can’t squeegee floors right, let a real man do it”. I wasn’t implying a women couldn’t do that job. I was certainly letting her know that SHE, as in this particular person regardless of gender, seemed to suck at what she was doing. I would have done the same to anyone. In fact I ended up correcting lots of people’s mistakes, mostly men’s by the way, because it just happens to be my job. But I’m not an ass about it. I just say something like “Hey, check this out. I’ll show you a faster/better/easier/whatever way to do this”.
Does feminism make you better than others? No. But I think this is a fad in her life. Kind of like how there’s those goth kids in high schools all over America. She wants to be a feminist and in her mind she is in an exclusive club that makes her better than anyone else. She has taken it upon herself to educate us imbeciles on how to treat feminists like her better than everyone else.
She has twisted feminism in the way some Evangelicals have twisted Christianity. When it comes to the other girls (I say girls because many are under 18) she doesn’t look out for them like a good feminist. She stares them down. She has an obvious distaste for them. Because they aren’t feminists like her they are lesser life forms. But rather than take it upon herself to talk to them, befriend them, and then lead them to gender equality in our workplace, she just stares down her nose at them because she wants to be the special one. She believes she is someone with special knowledge. The others can’t know what she knows because then she wouldn’t be better than the others. This is total perversion of feminism. Feminism should be brought to the masses. It should not be forced on them by any means. But the least she could do is let them know what she does. Explain what feminism is all about and tell them by what means feminists hope to gain gender equality.
But she is not a feminist. No. No way. No how. If a real feminist saw her they would be disgusted. She is just a woman who was never popular in high school, has poor social interaction skills, and isn’t very attractive. She perverts feminism in an attempt to make herself feel good about herself. She’s a snotty bitch.
Feminism is a movement meant to advance the cause of gender equality. A good feminist talks to people with respect and educates them on how to be respected as an equal with men. It is definitely not about being better than other people because you are a part of a special club in your mind with secret knowledge only to be imparted upon the truly worthy. Feminism is a cause I support. Being a total bitch in the name of feminism is something I don’t support.
Fuck you, crazy bitch! How do you like that? I called you a bitch!
Guess what? Well, if you’re a frequent reader of the blog then you probably guessed it. The new site is finished.
First off, let me assure you this is the very last “non-post” you’ll see on this blog for a while beside the welcome post on the new blog. In fact this is one of the last posts that this blog will ever see. I know I can’t just stop posting to this blog all of the sudden. I will be posting full blogs here for a time, then partial blogs, then after a while all you will see is a message indicating that you should come on over to the new site and update your bookmarks.
The new site is going to have more structure. Its going to be on a schedule - at least for a while:
- Monday - Offbeat Monday: Funny or interesting stuff I found
- Tuesday - Political Theater Tuesday: About politics, obviously
- Wednesday - Music/Songwriting Wednesday: Goes along perfectly with my weekly open mic night ritual
- Thursday - Nerd Stuff: Software reviews or cool web services or anything nerdy
- Friday - How-to Friday: So you’ll have a project to work on over the weekend
- Sat. and Sun. - Free days. Saturday I’ll post but Sunday I may not
I am aware that I neglected this blog during the development of the new one but I can now focus my attention on quality content once again. Its unbelieveable to me how fast this blog has grown. It went from one, maybe two visitors a day to over 200 visitors some days and at least 50 on a bad day. In addition I’ve been indexed by most of the major search engines and actually ranked pretty high. Granted, you need to put in some very specific key words but you’ll find me. The Bloggy Awards gave me an 8 out of 10 rating. And there are a few other sites that have featured posts of mine and there are others who are featuring my posts now and will in the future. I know I’m starting to sound really egotistical but I don’t mean to. I’m just really happy that anyone reads this. I would have been happy with 10 readers let along 50-200+ a day. I started this blog because I have opinions. I didn’t think anyone would care to read them. But obviously you do.
I worked my ass off on this site and while it isn’t the greatest web site ever to be coded and while it has some bugs here and there, its mine and I put everything I had into it. I learned two new programming languages in four weeks so that I could build a better site. (For all the nerds like me out there I used PHP + MySQL to add CRUD features so I could edit my pages by an admin area instead of entering the content straight into the HTML. Then I just styled everything using your standard every day CSS. The Feed is running on Chyrp and the blog, of course, is running Wordpress.)
Anyway, I talked enough.
I now present to you:
version2point1 .tk (Don’t forget the ‘.tk’ !)
Yes, another non-post. The second to last one you will see for a while. The next non-post you’ll see will be announcing the official launch of the new site.
I’ve been working day and night on this thing, getting no sleep so I could design the best site I’ve ever designed. Don’t have too high of expectations, I never did design very good sights.
Anyway, beginning with the launch of the new site, the new blog will have a little more structure. Every day of the week a specific type of article on a specific subject will be posted. This way I consistently post good content and don’t spend too much time on a subject many people aren’t into. For example I might post political opinion blog Monday, programming tutorials Tuesday, songwriting articles Wednesday, a news story Thursday, you get the idea.
I have been using Chyrp as the Tumblelog engine for my new site. It seems it will be a total bitch to design the theme as I like it so I will be switching to Gelato if I can tomorrow. If I work at the pace I worked today the site should be online by tomorrow night. If not expect a launch on Tuesday. When I launch the new site officially there are going to be some ugly parts like an ugly title or line spacing that isn’t right. That stuff is all going to be corrected within days (maybe hours) of the site launch.
I have the entire site up and working right now. The entire thing. The design has been implemented on all pages except for the Feed (the tumblelog you see when you visit the site) and the blog (which still runs on Wordpress). Those two area will be finished tomorrow.
That said, I want to introduce you to the new finished layout you will see on all pages. Of course I have it so if you visit the site all you see is the feed but here is a screenshot of what you’ll be seeing either tomorrow or Tuesday: