February 24, 2017
I kept telling myself I wasn’t going to do “I go back to work tonight and can’t sleep” post–by the way, I cut my finger on the lid of a yogurt container this morning and it is just enough to be a pain in the ass while typing–but I can’t sleep and I go back to work tonight. Which is really how most of the posts get written, to be honest. I can’t sleep before I go to work, so I try to wear my brain down enough by writing to sleep. Which might answer a number of other questions about what gets written as well.
Lesson for the kids at home: SLEEP IS VERY IMPORTANT. TAKE IT FROM SOMEONE WHO DOESN’T GET NEARLY ENOUGH. (My bosses don’t seem to mind me falling asleep while cooking cheese, but that will eventually catch up to everyone)
- Been experimenting with cooking rice lately. Cooking it in a frying pan has been a bit more of a pain in the ass, so I’m likely going to be looking into a rice cooker. Basically I’ve been simmering the rice on a low heat in Chicken Broth. Today I tried adding a couple tablespoons of Liquid Aminos–essentially soy souce, just in a much purer form–for a bit of flavor. Added some carrots and celery. Took awhile and the rice didn’t really cook as thoroughly as I had hoped, so a rice cooker might be an investment in the near future. Cooked up some chicken to serve on top of it the first time, some stew meat the second time around.
- Might look around for slow cookers/crockpots as well. I never to experiment as much with that as I would have liked, but that might be something to get into next winter. Slow cookers aren’t a big summer thing and the way the weather is acting, that might be sooner than ever.
- I live with my parents, which isn’t something that unusual these days or bothers me that much. My mother was talking to somebody about it and she mentioned how I buy my own food, which is true. I probably buy and/or cook/prepare probably about 90% of what I eat. I also have a number of kitchen implements–knives, colander, garlic press, leftover containers, etc.–of my own that I use. I would have a set of frying pans, but my ex kept those. Anyway. The person my mother was speaking with was completely stunned by the idea that I buy my own food and cook for myself. Nothing that extraordinary really. My father is picky and I prefer a wider selection of options, usually geared a bit more healthy than he prefers. As I’ve said before, being able to cook is a basic survival skill.
February 22, 2017
Do you know what thinking is? It’s just a fancy word for changing your mind.
–The Doctor in Doctor Who “The Zygon Inversion”
- Continuing with a previous post: Freedom of Speech. I was thinking about the Bill Maher/Yiannopoulos interview and a point occurred to me. I like to think that the whole point behind Freedom of Speech is the exchange of ideas. Put forth new ideas that open people’s minds and get them thinking. There’s a difference between trying to pick a fight and putting forth a new idea. Ideas encourage thought and discussion. Whenever I’ve tried to write seriously about any topic–guns, religion, relationships, politics, social issues, etc.–I’m really just trying to give people new ideas to think about. I don’t necessarily overburden myself with a notion of being right or wrong. And any of those ideas I usually think on more after I write about them and would be willing to have a discussion about. I know that probably was never really possible for some people and probably never will be, but I wouldn’t mind discussion where possible. Being challenged helps new ideas to form.
- I’m pretty impressed that I’m holding steady at 175 pounds right now. My diet and exercise routines seem to be working effectively enough and I’m ramping up the cardio lately. Made it to 6.5 minutes on the elliptical machine. Can’t wait to kayak and hike again. I pretty much cut out cardio completely for the winter under the rational that I’m on my feet and running around for most of my eight hours at work every night so that should amount to something and I was trying to gain some significant weight. Still not where I want to be in regards to sleep, but there’s always something to work on.
- Trying to figure out how one is really supposed to celebrate President’s Day. What is one supposed to do?
- Lately, I’ve been giving more thought to bringing back Chlorine and Acid. I almost did a special page about something that was going on at work, but events unfolded so it was unnecessary. I feel like it is needed again. Going to do some page layouts and maybe redraw some of the early pages. Maybe even make some use of various reference pictures I took.
February 15, 2017
Just learning something new everyday, it seems like there are just as many questions as answers out there…
- Got my Deadpool mask. Very pleased with it. Bit more difficult to see out of than I had hoped, but I’m getting more used to it. Here is a picture.
- I’ve been thinking over something I’ve observed lately. I call it the “Hurry Up and Wait” mentality. Basically I’ve noticed people have a tendency to take what they believe to be a faster approach that isn’t necessarily so. I’ve observed this in a number of cases where the time gained with the perceived faster approach doesn’t necessarily gain you much time in the long run and at best it provides more idle time that could be used to complete tasks more effective and efficiently. Might try to do a longer post about this at some point, trying to oversimplify it in a blurb here. I do think people get in such a hurry they don’t take the time to appreciate the progression or the steps.
- Tuesday was Valentine’s Day. Or Single’s Awareness Day. Or Lupercalia. I personally prefer Lupercalia. Those ancient fertility rituals are really a lost art. Always seemed like such a weird day that shouldn’t be necessary. Admittedly I did spend most of last Valentine’s Day resisting the urge to send my ex a topless picture of myself with the caption: “This could have been making you waffles today, but you’re a bitch and I don’t like Waffles.” Or something along those lines. One of my more douche-bag ideas as I processed things–might still do it someday. Point is, all a special day devoted to showing our love for one another proves is how much we have left to learn.
- I think back on a lot of the projects I wanted to start, but never really got a chance to. A lot of it would have been getting in touch with a more “redneck” side. I kinda took some steps in the direction–getting the chainsaw, some odd yard projects, kayaking, etc.–but there were a few more I still have yet to really parlay into. A lot of it is more dependent on getting into a more independent living arrangement. Right now, I don’t necessarily have the space or resources for getting a dog, ATVs, archery of some kind, livestock… all the other things I want to mess around with. I have a coworker who keeps suggesting I buy a gun, but I’m pretty meh about it. I’ve thought about it before, but it has never been something I’ve been terribly excited about. Point is, there’s a growing list of things I want to try but have yet to do and I’d like to start in on that.
February 10, 2017
I was reading something the other day about how Tom Perez and his bungling a comment about last year’s Democratic Primary. He acknowledged that the primary process was rigged against Bernie Sanders in favor of Hillary Clinton and that the next DNC Chair Person would have to be “honest” and “transparent” to succeed. Then he essentially retracted the statement, stating that he “misspoke”. Or rather the party elders and establishment got wind of it and voiced their disapproval. Cue the groaning and eye-rolling. He was right the first time.
I’m trying to be a little less political, but this article I read kind of fits with my general train of thought on a number of matters. Our whole political system needs an influx of new ideas. Why do you think Bernie Sanders, the Green Party and the Libertarian Party had such a significant impact on the election last year? However, those ideas cannot be expected to flourish if truth cannot be acknowledged.
One of the overarching themes I’ve tried to deal with in my writing this blog has been the “Idea of Ideas” and how important it is to always embrace new ideas and information. When it comes to truth, I often quote Obi-Wan Kenobi from Return of the Jedi. In explaining his misleading account of what happened to Luke’s father, Kenobi states that “Many of the Truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view.” I keep throwing that line out there, but it is a good line.
Ideas were a focus of mine here, but how we regard those ideas is also worth looking at. Truth and belief can be subjective, but they can inspire ideas. I will admit that something I’ve struggled with is knowing when to challenge people’s truths and ideas. Where the lines are drawn. I have disregarded a myriad of them, but sometimes that needs to happen too. Although I would hope my writing here does occasionally inspire people to look at their beliefs, ideas and truths from a different perspective, I don’t claim absolute authority on right or wrong here. I’m sure there a number of opinions on that. I simply hope I challenged some truths and some new ideas came as a result of them. Even if it is just an expanded perception, I think it would be a benefit.
Regardless of the situation, ideas and truth need to be challenged.
February 1, 2017
Another week. I ordered a Deadpool mask.
- Did a job interview a couple of weeks ago. Thought it went pretty well, but it doesn’t look like I’m getting the job. Oh well. It was a local coffee company. One of the things that stood out to me was the specification that applicants aren’t smokers. I’ve speculated at various times that where I am currently might implement such a ban, especially after they reduced the areas where employees can go to smoke. People leaving cigarette butts on the ground outside has always been a problem, and I even found one in a trash can in the area where we box cheese–likely left thrown their after someone went out for a smoke, just sitting right on top of the trash. Given that some of the higher ups smoke and half the workforce smoke, it would likely be some time and effort before such a ban is implemented.
- So I was at Home Depot the other day, looking into a number of ideas for projects. Mostly just getting a vague idea of what type of gear I can or should get to do a lot of the projects I have in mind. Big one I was drooling over was a table saw. I’m thinking of building a few bookshelves and eventually a couple of desks–one for a computer and one for drawing. More of a project for when I’ve got a house of my own situated. The desk might end up being built into a wall, so I’m planning on that being after the housing saga is close to its conclusion.
- I was thinking about how other people working nights make relationships work. A lot are married, but there are a few people who are still single. Everybody is a little different, but I do think being in a relationship while working nights can be tricky. It seems to require a high level of patience, understanding and commitment. Part of the reason why I’m glad I remained single. In the past I’ve pondered the usefulness of a rebound relationship and have tried to avoid getting into anything based in desperation. People are fond of saying, “You’re 30, blah, blah, blah…” but isn’t the point to not rush and form better long-term plans?
- My father and uncle are in the process of getting a solar company to put panels on some of the farmland–the farm I grew up on until I was thirteen. It has been controversial in a myriad of ways. While I’m all for expanding solar panel usage, I do have some doubts about the situation. My family and the surrounding neighbors aren’t necessarily… “progressive.” Solar energy is something I’ve been very interested in though. When I was a heartbeat away from farming, something I had thought about was seeing if it would be possible to use part of a field for some panels. Nothing too elaborate. At the time I was thinking that they were pretty heavy into dairy and it might not be a bad idea to diversify a little–solar energy, pigs, maybe bit more foodstuffs, lately I’m thinking about goats, etc. Anyway, solar energy is a market I think there could be a lot of potential for. I’m sure there will be a fair amount of excitement with the process my family has set into motion.