Saturday, March 27, 2010

Being Wrong Is Hard To Do

I am going to admit something once, that I will probably never admit again.  This weekend I discovered that I may have been wrong.  Now, I'm not admitting complete wrongness.  But there may have been a point or two that I didn't fully understand, comprehend or anticipate.

Unfortunately the thing that I may have been less than right about is private to someone else, and so I won't divulge the details here.  But I will say that I have been humbled and reminded that it is impossible for anyone to really understand the motives and reasoning of someone else until you see things from their perspective.  Sadly, it becomes harder and harder for us to be able to see things from others' point of view.

The disconnect that we all experience is discovered in the waitress who doesn't take the time to look at you when she hands you your change because she is too preoccupied with the buzzing timer ringing that someone else's order is ready. It's found in the moments where we are too absorbed the media flashes about destruction on the other side of the planet to notice that things are falling apart at home.  It breeds behind computer monitors,  smart phones, self-check lines and Bluetooth headsets.

We all (myself included) have become a race of beings who are so consumed with our own lives that we become incapable of being able to see anyone else for the treasure, trash or trouble that they really are.  We fool ourselves into thinking that we can save those who won't work to save themselves; that we need to be saved by someone bigger or stronger than we are; and that we know all of the answers to lead to not only our own happiness, but also that we know all the answers for everyone else.

But to return to my original sentiment, I have discovered that I can be wrong and have been on occasion.  And I suppose that is ok, because without being wrong this time and learning from my error - how could I possibly be right the next time?

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Notes from the Netbook

Well, it has been done.  I have bridged the gap from my smartphone to my desktop.  I write now from my shiny new ASUS Eee PC netbook.  Now that I've owned this marvel of compact technology for 24 hours, I've formed a couple of opinions about the usefulness and hangups of these nifty, cheap and fashion forward devices.

What I like:
I love that it's tiny.  I love that it has a webcam, can access the internet and I can use it to write a novel of epic proportions.  It's easy to use, and even the smaller keyboard is comfortable to use.

What I don't:
I'm really disappointed by Windows 7 Starter.  I can't even change my desktop wallpaper.  And believe me, I tried.  For two hours.  I read blogs, tutorials and forums.  Starter has some major limitations when it comes to available services, which makes for a pretty disappointing out-of-the-box experience.

What I miss:
Since I purchased the Netbook soley for the ability to write on the go, I don't miss much.  The Netbook doesn't play DVDs.  It doesn't even have a CD reader.  It doesn't have steller sound, and it's doubtful that I could jerry-rig any kind of media program and have it run smoothly.  But, that's ok with me.  When I want to play video games or Photoshop an image to make myself look 15 pounds lighter, I'll use my desktop PC when I'm at home.

My suggestion:
If you are looking to be able to edit music, burn DVDs, create digital art or create your own YouTube empire then you probably want to go ahead and spend the extra change to get a full laptop.  But if all you want is something to tap away an e-mail on without getting thumb-cramps from your Blackberry, or write your memoirs in the park; then a netbook might be right up your alley.  When shopping for Netbooks you will find that most of them carry roughly the same level of features, so rather than get tied up in the number of USB ports or the size of the hard drive make sure that you find one that has a keyboard that is comfortable for you to type on and a screen that repels glare and you can read.

And those are my notes on the ASUS EeePC netbook, written from my Netbook!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Time Marches On

It's amazing that February has come and gone, and we are already halfway through March!  Time flies when you're having fun, working hard and focused on continuing to have fun and work hard!

Writing has been pushed once again to the back burner amidst the blissful confusion of vacations, GearheadzPaintball.com updates and my decision to scale back on my day-job and ponder the direction my novel is going to take.

It has been a wonderful time for personal discovery and growth, and I look forward to progressing this year in both my writing and in my life.  I decided this morning that a part of my momentum will be through joining or creating a writing critique group so that I can get and give honest feedback as well as have more literary support as I wander further away from the predestined corporate path that has been laid out before me and begin to forge my own trail through the unknown and adventurous territory of becoming a published author.

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