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Poetry: Today’s Seconds (by someone else!)

A long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, someone wrote this poem to me, because I was unable to see (and largely unable to appreciate) what was around me at the time. Prophetic, really, because I'm still that way. I haven't been in touch with the author for decades, and it ended [...]


The Rush Political/Religious Survey Results

TL;DR Rush is awesome, and so is its fanbase. I put together a survey to try to figure something out about Rush's career arc, but the author of the survey (me) didn’t get enough information and didn’t capture the right information to make the survey much more than pure entertainment. The Hypothesis The Survey The [...]


Shower thought

The question isn't "Have I changed the world?" The question is "Have I changed the world enough, and in the right ways?"


WebStorm tip

When you're working with NodeJS in JetBrains' excellent WebStorm IDE, don't forget to configure your NodeJS environment properly. I was using the default configuration, and it was warning me that process.env wasn't imported, and needed to be. Everything ran okay, though, so I was not very pleased with the warning. I want my warnings to [...]


First they came for.. but so what

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out - Because what could I do? There were lots of them, and one of me. So I left it up to someone else, who was surely better equipped and better informed than I. That way, not only was my burden lighter, but the [...]


How I See Rush’s Albums from Ten Thousand Feet

This is how I think of Rush's entire studio catalog, in short summaries. This is a set of young rockers trying to follow their dreams. Raw, immature, full of pride and purpose. Surprisingly good, especially when you consider that "Working Man" was an earnest staple of the band for their entire career. Sophomore effort; apparently [...]

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I like posters - I used to make some for Earth Day every year, and while none of them were stunning, I enjoyed doing it. I haven't done it for a while, but with the Olympics coming up, the muse spoke to me: Stock imagery courtesy of 123rf.com.


My rules for social media

Recently, a fellow I know on Facebook mentioned unfriending someone (for very good reasons), and it got me thinking a little more on the rules on how I use the site. I find that I have four fairly simple rules. I add people who I think I would respect in real life as friends, and [...]


Facebook: good and bad… really bad

I find I have a difficult relationship with [Facebook](https://wwwfacebookcom/josephottinger) I think Facebook has a lot of potential value, but with so many people using it so differently, it ends up taking almost as much as it gives. It not only gives me a neutral environment to interact with friends from my distant past - people from middle school whom I still remember fondly! It's given me a chance to see old friends' lives - as their careers and their children mature. It's given me a chance to vicariously participate in the things that matter to them - graduations, successes, failures. I've had closure for things from years and years ago - conversations with people who had tried to bully me, whether ignorantly or not. It's given us a chance to see each other as people, actual adults, as opposed to the caricatures created by first impressions of strangers. Facebook is excellent at fostering light connections, but such connections do a poor job of representing actual *people* - including me. On Facebook, an offhand statement, meant mildly and in context, appears as a core belief, a statement I am willing to defend to the death and because of the nature of first impressions, no amount of context changes that impression. Incidentally, I think libertarians who advocate anarchy are wrong, although I do think a society composed *solely* of people with decent rational self-interest could exist and prosper in pure anarchy. But Facebook readers *tend* to not recognize that continuum and its potential for growth and refinement. ) But at the same time, in America we advocate innocence until guilt is proven - and Facebook ignores the potential innocence. I'm tempted to filter Facebook quite a bit - spend a few days looking at who posts most often on my feed, and what they post.


April Fool’s…?

In a world where Donald Trump has a semi-realistic chance at the Presidency... I figure that he, and his supporters, are all the fools we need. Happy April, folks.