I have a small irritation about social media, particularly Facebook and some blogs. Whenever I “like” or make a comment on a post, I get inundated with notifications and emails about other people commenting on the same post. That I commented on a post doesn’t imply that I’m interested in anyone else’s commentary on it because I’m probably not. I said what I wanted to say about it and I’m done with it. I don’t really give a rat’s ass whether or not anybody agrees with me. I’m not seeking affirmation, my personal worth and self-image are not dependent upon anyone’s approval. If I’m interested in the discussion I’ll follow it at my leisure.
What I’ve been watching
The latest incarnation of Mystery Science Theater 3000 on Netflix is pretty good. I’d always been partial to the original, feeling that later incarnations weren’t quite up to the mark. But this new series is every bit as good as the original, maybe better. There seems to be no shortage of cheesy B movies to torture us and those on the Satellite of Love but their commentary makes them bearable.
Technology I’m dealing with
I’d already gone through my MojoNude blog in its entirety, restoring images, updating links, and occasionally editing entries. Over the weekend I began the process on the For What It’s Worth blog which will take much longer because I’ve had this blog going in some form long before MojoNude. It also has entries imported from my Live Journal so there are duplicate entries from that. Until recently, I posted to it more frequently than I did to MojoNude.
In one of my tech email subscriptions I found an article about alternate DNS services to what’s provided by default by one’s ISP. I overrode the default DNS addresses provided by my ISP on my gateway router and put in the addresses for DNS.Watch. I chose that one because they don’t log DNS requests and they claim to have optimized their service for speed. I’ll try it out for a while and see how it goes. So far, it seems to be working well. I was glad to see that once I’d made the change on the router, all of my computers and devices picked up the change right away instead of waiting for a reboot or the next DHCP request.
Projects I’m working on
It’s spring so there are plenty of outdoor projects to be done. My mower died over the weekend after several years of faithful service. I’m certain that repairing it would cost just as much as replacing it but I haven’t gotten to it yet. I’ll make a trip to Lowe’s or Home Depot today or tomorrow and get one. (I bought a cheap power mower from Home Depot because I already owed them less.)
I got a truckload of mulch from the city’s yard waste facility yesterday and applied it to the flower beds in front of the house. I dug out a few inches along the bricks and filled that in with mulch to make mowing along the beds a little easier. I did the same thing around the garden boxes in back. I had plenty of mulch left over so I decided to cover the grass inside the fence around the garden. I’ll get another load next week and finish it off then take whatever remains to the kids’ house for their flower beds.
Quotes I’m pondering
“The bible should be reverently and ceremoniously burned every Easter. It is a dangerous book. We need it no longer for the spirit is with us.” – Alan Watts
“You must realize that you are now only a heap of conventions, habits, what society has made of you. Once all these have left you, you realize that they were defenses and aggressions accumulated solely to maintain the ego.” – Jean Klein
“You know, the very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. They don’t alter their views to fit the facts. They alter the facts to fit their views. Which can be uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that needs altering.” – The Doctor
“I would say that the idea America has a crumbling morality, that we have some kind of morality that’s standing, is built on repressive patriarchal conceptions of sex and sexuality. So if that’s crumbling, then let it crumble.” – Kirin Gupta
Here’s some stuff I’ve been reading and viewing recently that I’d like to share with ya’ll:
- Morgan Freeman isn’t a fan of Black History Month
- People versus Sheeple. Which side are you on?
- The Angel of Death Came to David’s Room
- The Healing of Robert Bly: A True Story
- Alternative Therapies for the Disabled. ~ Kristin Beale
- The Importance of Coexistence. ~ Sandy Clarke
- 5 Reasons to Be More Queer This Year. ~ Krystal Baugher
- Happy National Coming Out Day!
- Mandy Shitlipz’ Filet-O-Fish
- Game of Love
- My HMO hires witch doctors! ~ Ricardo das Neves
- How to Promote Peace Within Yourself And Your Community ~ Mallika Chopra
Grand Funk – The Locomotion
Today’s Quote: “Before we set our hearts too much upon anything, let us examine how happy those are who already possess it.” — Francois de La Rochefoucauld
My fingernails are driving me nuts. I’ve caved and trimmed most of them back to their super short length. A “normal” length just doesn’t feel natural. They look like hell too. If I let them grow out a bit, it might be possible to trim them properly but in the interim, oh well. I can’t seem to do anything with my hair either. My personal space is a disorganized mess, my wardrobe could probably use some help, and my culinary skills just aren’t what they used to be. Where’s the Fab Five when I need them? Could it be that I need gay men in my life?
My Firefox bookmarks is crowded with blogs I never read any more. I should probably do some housecleaning and toss some of them aside. I’ve lost interest in the Catholic blogs. Let’s face it, I’ll never understand Catholicism, the Da Vinci Code aside. I don’t even read Scott Adams’ blog as religiously as I used to. There’s a host of others I don’t look at much anymore — the Henry David Thoreau journals (I probably should read those), the left-wing alarmist blogs, and a few others.
I faithfully read a few LJs and their friends when there’s something new. One blog I read regularly is one known as Blonde Champagne, written by a 20-something woman from Cincinnati who teaches English 101 to pilots at a technical college in Florida while she aspires to be a published author. She has written some delightful pieces for MSNBC online. Even if I don’t agree with her point of view, I always find her writing humorous and entertaining. She has a way of turning a phrase. I have to like anyone who describes the odor inside Toys R Us as the smell of “plastic and despair.” She writes the way I wish I could, again.
The Loco-Motion was first recorded by Little Eva and hit #1 in 1962. It was written by the husband and wife songwriting team of Carole King and Gerry Goffin. Little Eva was the babysitter for their daughter Louise. They had Eva record it simply to demo the song, which was intended for Dee Dee Sharp. Producer Don Kirshner was impressed by Eva’s vocal on the demo tape and had her record it. This was a #1 US hit for Grand Funk in 1974. It was only the second time the same song became a #1 for 2 different artists. The first was Go Away Little Girl by Steve Lawrence in 1962 and Donny Osmond in 1971. That song was also written by King and Goffin. (I hated both versions of Go Away Little Girl.)