I am trapped in the walls of empty…


I am the eye of the hurricane

listen and you hear

nothing, quiet

it is unnerving. I am

the presence of one hand clapping.

the sound of waiting

there should be more

the whistle of a tea kettle

rustling papers

and a book laid gently on a table.

I am the eye of the hurricane

and in me no sound escapes.

Go ahead,

knock on my door

no one will hear.

I am the wind within the vacuum.

I am the grain of sand

hidden on the beach.

I am the silence

I am the center.

Swirling around me,

louder and louder

yet silent and eerie

quiet

measured

seemingly managed

yet

somehow not

I am the eye of the hurricane.

I cannot be caught.

Yet I am trapped

forever

without sound.

 

Sandler Boggs

Long day…short night…


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Yesterday evening 2.5 hours to drive 31 miles. DC Traffic sucks. This weekend I am going to research other options to get across the river (that is the choke point on the capital beltway). When I moved to DC I had a dear friend tell me never take a DC job where you have to cross a bridge. I took the right job so that isn’t the issue. Just need to figure a way around the traffic.

According to the NetAtmo rain gauge we got 3 + inches of rain yesterday. It averaged from (and I only checked personally three times but the software gives you this information –way cool) .1 inches of rain per hour to a high of just over .75 inches of rain.

The dogs freaked out when the kids left last night. The 10 minutes the house was empty and they freaked. So out the door and through the dog fence they went. A nice neighbor found them, called and returned them. They were none the worse for the wear but they don’t like big storms when they are alone. The fence is going in in 2 weeks so I can’t wait.

All-in-all an eventful day. If anyone is interested my new Safegov post went up. Its at http://safegov.org when you get to the home page search for Scott Andersen – you will see all my posts. The most current is at the top of the list.

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Scott Andersen

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On flotsam…


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What, in the end is a blog? Is it a window to a moment? A slice of time. A second or more look into the reality of another person? Or is it in the end a lost eddy current sweeping past it and leaving it twirling by the side of the river a disconnected moment.

Or am I that moment swept to the side of rushing river? Swirling around and around energy created and then consumed by endless circles of moving bouncing into rocks and nibbled on by fish until there is only the bobbing. Is that me? Am I lost energy or lost momentum?

Bouncing at the side of the river in quiet isolation. Alone and yet somehow more than I was. I am me and that is enough for now. Listening to the trees as they whisper of wind and energy spent above the water. Listening to the fish speak of worms and other dangling dangers. Listening to the water as it rushes and doesn’t move around around in motion and stationary.

The glint of sunlight off the side of a fish swimming in the flow of water is distracting. Pulling me away from inner reflection to watch the light explode from the water into the air and then begin a journey that could last beyond the end of this universe and bouncing back begin anew in a new universe an infinite journey bouncing off the side of a fish in the water near me, still water of an eddy.

I am in the end the light of the infinite and the loss of an eddy, swirling around with nothing to show but what could have been. Following the light from the fish on its infinite journey and watching the water still flow past me. As much forgotten as forever.

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Breaking the 7 reasons why not to blog…why? for the one reason that matters to me…


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T-Minus 3 days and Counting.

I read an interesting blog yesterday – 7 reasons to stop blogging. I think the author missed a number of critical points. I blog (particularly this blog) to get things out of my head. My technical blogs have many more readers and followers than this blog does. One of her comments was stop blogging if the only comment you get is from your mother. Personally I am honored with either of my parents comment about my blog either on-line, via email or on the phone. So that is another miss.

That is why roughly 6 years ago I split into two blogs. The Docandersen blog (see above) is my serious focused blog where I discuss the technical issues that are my personal passion. Family, which is my other passion is featured here on this blog. Frankly I couldn’t care less if anyone other than my family reads this blog. It is meant as a way for me to write down the things we sometimes wander through life forgetting to say. Like I love my family. 24 years ago a fantastic woman (that anyone who meets her says she is a Saint – just for sticking with me) was willing to share her life with me. I couldn’t be more grateful. My parents are awesome people that I adore. My sisters and their families are incredible people. My children are awesome. Becca is off to grad school, Jaki is finishing her associates and then on for her Bachelors and Nick/Luke are freshmen in High School. Dylan has his new sister (Raven) and they are learning to adjust to each other.

This blog is also home to the poetry of Sandler Boggs. It isn’t great poetry often but it comes from where I am at the time of the poem. I share it because if I don’t it rattles around inside my head for days at a time. What do you do with a poem that is rattling around inside your head?

“Poet’s who read their poem’s out loud may have other nasty habits as well.” Sandler Boggs

I post my reviews here as well. I’ve been doing reviews since 1992. That is the year I started the Dead Teachers Society magazine “Kindle the Flame.” KTF featured technology reviews for teachers. Its where I got my start as I did roughly 90% of the reviews for KTF. We had 85 issues before the KTF flame got too expensive to send around. From there I moved my reviews to a website I hosted and changed the name of the reviews to “The Savvy Tech Guy.” That lasted for roughly five years until I started my blog in 2005. That was when I started my blog series “Another Shameless Review.”

Reviews have three rules for me. The first is I have to be using the technology I am reviewing. Some of them end up on the scrap head (Lexmark S800 printer got a good initial review, later I realized I was not so happy with it – I should have printed a retraction but it was 6 years ago and frankly I forgot to). The intent for my reviews is to show the things I like and the things I don’t like about a specific solution.

Lastly I’ve been adding lately Kickstarter and Indiegogo projects I find intriguing. Why? Because I find the reality of the shift of innovation to be intriguing.

In the end this blog is for me to share what I am thinking about not bound my the rules of my profession. If you need a more serious blog from me, feel free to look up the IASA Blog, Safegov or CloudTweaks. I publish on those as well with more serious topics.

I guess this blog breaks the 7 reasons you should stop blogging right now. There is really only one reason for this blog, it makes me feel connected to the world around me.

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If possible avoid being dinner…


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Weather projections had a huge winter storm coming this weekend. That has changed to a minor annoying storm. I am not sure what annoys me more the potential for more snow or the reality that its going to be less more snow than I was thinking on Monday.

Its been a week.

I hold ethics to be critical for me as a person. I have felt that ethics was the most important thing for me once I wandered out of my young adult years. I struggled for many years with the concept of ethics and of loyalty. In the end it took me longer than most but I finally got my head around what the concept really was and why it was important to me. Because I struggled with this for many years I do understand why people don’t act in the way that society deems as ethical. Its easy to slide down that slope when there are circumstances beyond your control or worse beyond your understand.

My grandfather used to say “When the rabbit is captive of the fox, the rabbit does not dictate to the fox.” I have said that to my children for years now (they claim by the way to be the fox). When I was young I thought of that saying as an examination and demonstration of power. Now though I see the more subtle reality. The rabbit may not be a dinner guest. The rabbit may be dinner. But that is the cycle of life. The choices made after you are dinner are significantly different than before you are dinner.

So if possible work to avoid being dinner.

If you are dinner just remember that until the oven is on, you still aren’t dinner. Ethics and loyalty are tools that can help you get out of the mess you are in.

I miss my grandfathers voice.

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Running around Thursday


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3Doodler pictures coming. Just need to transfer them from my phone to my computer. Which isn’t hard in fact it is incredibly easy it just takes about 3 seconds and I haven’t had that in several weeks. Between taxes and job and working out I am swamped right now. I guess its good to be busy.

I’ve been thinking about the culture of collaboration for awhile now. Check my non-family blog for a deeper dive into that topic.

This weekend I am going to convert two last boxes from my old lab into virtual machines. They have a couple of installed programs I would like to capture then I am going to flatten the boxes and repurpose them.

Hopefully the new snow hitting the Midwest decides to veer North rather than traverse across the country.

Lots to do on a Thursday. To friends and family in Indiana I hope all of you dig out!

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Why did dogs choose humans?


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I’ve been enjoying “The Divinity of Dogs” book. Its alternately depressing and uplifting. I just make sure I end the session on an uplifting movement otherwise I am sad the rest of the evening. The boys and I have discussed on our walks why dogs choose to align with humans. Cats have “loosely” aligned with humans but dogs are partners. Every time I see a shelter commercial on TV I have to turn off the television and reflect. The sad eyes kill me.

So why did dogs choose people. Certainly there was a time when our tools weren’t that great and we were not the rulers of the natural world. A dog will give its life for its owner, choosing that the owner live. Why is that? Why thousands of years ago did the first pre-dog (wolf) walk towards the fire and join the human clan?

Certainly we have changed their destiny where once there was one (wolf) type now there are 100’s. Dogs that ride in purses are the ones I don’t understand personally.

Why in the end did dogs choose humans?

The stories you find in the book (TDOD) and many other’s show a connection beyond the simple. Lassie, Rin-TinTin and other dogs have become Hollywood stars. The stories told about them were of dogs saving people.

We (the boys and I) have wandered that path a number of times. We’ve argued greater intelligence (ever see a dog trudge off to work on a Monday). We’ve argued love (that one is easy just read yesterday’s blog).

When I was a kid our Collie Macgregor lived three days beyond what the vet said he would just to say goodbye to my dad. My dad was his human and he loved my dad. He died the night my dad came home. But he got to his feet and went to his human and said goodbye. I’ve always wondered if that in the end was the only thing that kept him alive those three extra days.

I suspect we will never solve that question, why dogs choose humans.

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