Wander project all over the place!


My wife pulled together some of her favorite pictures in her family history project. Well, she started to do that and then stopped. There was a time when she was going to have me print all the pictures she put in her family history project but then decided that seeing them online and wandering them digitally would be better. Better for the trees at the very least. But there is still a folder with pictures from her childhood, and pictures from her children’s childhood as well. Funny how the evolution from child to adult to parent catches you sometimes. It isn’t that we grow wiser with each passing day. Rather with luck, we learn some of the things not to do as we get older.

If I may for a moment since I have your attention wax nostalgic, there have been moments captured by the pictures I share that are treasures for me. I should find value in every picture, and I try. But some pictures now only cause pain. I realized today I don’t share the pictures that cause me pain anymore. It hasn’t been a willful or intentional not sharing. Simply, I don’t want to deal with the pain-sharing those images causes right now. I may never share some of those images. I wonder as he is the gneiss of the family history project if my father felt that way about some of the images. I suspect, knowing my father the non-sharing was more his desire only to share perfect pictures.

How we deal with painful memories is an interesting problem. Sometimes we have to share that there is a pain. Sometimes sharing causes the pain. I am not avoiding the first; I am avoiding the second. I am perfectly willing to accept any pain I cause. I am responsible for the pain I cause myself and others. I am not, however willing to accept pain from others any longer. I do not close the door; I leave the screen door shut. I don’t want to let insects in, just a gentle reminder that the screen is shut. I wish I had a better metaphor, but I don’t. Except to say I don’t believe in closing doors. A closed door, as I’ve said before may never again open. You never know what you are losing every minute the door is closed.

The images that make my wife happy, from her past, our past and of course all part of the family history project.

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Sort of , kind of vacation


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I was going to take today, tomorrow and Wednesday off. Instead I am taking half days for all three days, and then the whole day Friday. I guess in the end that is ok. I can still relax and get some of the things done that I haven’t gotten done which is why I needed a vacation day. Still a long weekend will be nice.

Barb cooked thanksgiving last year. This year it is me. Luke helped last year and is helping this year as well. He has become a pretty good cook. Actually so have Nick and Jackie. They are all willing to take on challenges and find different ways to make things.

Tomorrow I am playing with setting up an interactive system using eBeam, the projector and the iPad. Its an idea I’ve had for awhile for a software solution that I have talked to a couple of folks about. So far we haven’t put it on Kickstarter but we have talked about doing that. Who knows maybe we will over the holidays.

I also need to get four blogs put together for the other external blogs I am writing for. For some reason I am struggling right now to come up with topics. It’s a form of writers block I am quite sure.

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Is it just me?


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There are times when I wonder. D and I went for a walk with the boys yesterday (well they went for part of the walk). We ended up wandering around the neighborhood for awhile. I have to say I laughed out loud when Dylan asked peed on a Mitt Romney sign. He wasn’t the first dog to do so from the coloring of the sign.

I watched a little of the footage of Hurricane Isaac. I truly feel bad for the folks near New Orleans. I hope everyone makes it out safely.

It was cool this morning makes me wish I walked in the AM rather than the PM. The PM walking comes from my days as a school teacher. I used to run at the end of the day to work through some of my stress. Now I have less stress but I still walk at the end of the day. I just don’t have the knees left for running.

Is it bad when you fall asleep at 9:30 on the dot virtually every night?

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Egad the word of the day


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Egad. Always wanted to use that in my blog. Don’t really ever have a place so it is my lead in today. I took yesterday off from walking. At 51 I have learned when your feet hurt, its ok to take a day off.

Ok in the best sense of full disclosure I actually have a list of words I’ve been trying to work in for the past two months. I think it actually comes from my love of quotes. I don’t know where that came from in my childhood but there are certain quotes that have stuck with me (and I’ve used them over and over again). It may be some sort of illness.

I’ve always loved words. When I lived in Thailand I went to an English school. My very favorite thing was we actually had dictionary and word assignments in our classroom dictionary. I love words. Leaping from a blank and blinking cursor to the eye they can change the world. The art of rhetoric lives (not in this blog, but it lives elsewhere).

The path we follow and the path we want can sometimes come together.

Let’s end today with another Egad!

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Riding the peaks and valley’s a bloggers lament


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So if you check your blog stats – you will see variances in the number of readers at any one time. In fact the problem is two fold – for example when I visit a blog ( and I visit a few every day – although most via my RSS reader which changes the “impact of the view.”) there is a noticeable behavioral change. For example when I hit a blog via the browser I tend to reach other posts by the author. If it is an RSS feed I tend to only read the post in front of me. That behavior makes the very numbers suspect. It is after all not about the number of people who visit your page rather how many people visit and stick.

As a blogger you seek stickiness.

This is actually an advertising and marketing concept as well (see “Made to stick” by Chip Heath and his brother). It is the concept that drives bloggers nuts. Unless you move past having to have readers and are simply blogging to get stuff out (which I do frequently).

Time on site is the stickiness factor you are looking for. Click throughSleeping half-moon is the thing you don’t want (hit your page and then click off your page right away – the game “Go Fish” not what I wanted problem).

There are a number of ways you can achieve this (catchy titles – great content – fantastic pictures – or my new thought a virtual $ for everyone who clicks on this blog Winking smile see its in your email now)

In the end it’s a numbers game – and you can’t despair if the numbers appear to favor another blog.

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A few meanderings this morning…


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Wow – we worked pretty hard over the three day weekend. I am down to one set of missing things (of course they are critical to setting up the home theatre). We have found everything else and things are moving forward!

Went to see the movie “The Help” yesterday. I found myself crying about half way through. It was such a beautiful and well done movie.

Back to the work grind. Although I do have 1/4 of my office setup so I can work. Now I just need to get the last couple of items off my table so I can setup the last two printers. Then it is off to the races.

The marketing team for my book contacted me over the weekend. That was an exciting email. It seems funny to me now, but the dream of a paper edition of a book of mine was a childhood dream. I’ve wanted to be an author since I was really about 12 years old. With three books published (An Architecture Home Companion, There are days you want to go home and now Transitional Services) I have fulfilled that dream. Now its time to get the book moving forward!

Closing in on 2000 blog posts (then we switch to chasing 1000 on my technical blog).

 

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1976 Where were you?


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On my quest to 2000 blog posts I am passing the bicentennial year today (1976 posts). Additionally now more than 21,000 page views of my blogs averaging a little over 10 views per post. Of course take out the first 800 blogs and the views average shoots up to nearly 25 views average per post.

During those 1976 posts, I’ve posted from Maryland, Seattle, Chicago, Mexico City, Singapore, Kuala Lumpor, Beijing, Shanghai, Amsterdam and a number of other countries. I’ve posted from 30 of the 50 states. With nearly 2000 posts I won’t say they are all good – they aren’t. Many are stream of conscious posts about what is in my head that particular day. My other blog focuses more on a professional and relevant professional topics than this blog. This blog has featured poetry and many other forms of creative writings and musings.

This blog represents my catharsis, my personal journey of enlightenment. I’ve blogged about thoughts I’ve had about technology, reviews of technology and things that I am just thinking about. I’ve blogged about great events in my life and the lives around me. There are a few blogs like this one, when the blinking cursor laughs at my inability to come up with anything except a blog about my blog. There are days like that. That was the title of the very first book I ever wrote, and sold in 1993. “There are days you just want to go home.” A book that took me two years to write although it is the fictional account of 1 year in the life of a teacher.

I’ve published a few Random Thoughts as well over the years. Those came from my wife, she loves the old Jack Handy “Deep Thoughts.” segments of Saturday Night Live. Like Mr. Bill and the Pepsi, Pepsi, Chezburger skits now long ago memories of SNL.

The past is a child of the future, and the parent of the future at the same time. It is the path upon which we tread but ever so lightly, you don’t want to wake up memories that were put to bed a long time ago.

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