Yup, still alive. ;-)
As we all move through the speed of life, I have found that my online activities have been evolving more subtly than I imagined. I visit a small plethora of sites for hard news and information, another set of URLs for opinion across the blogosphere, and a couple of select locales for music and general entertainment.
I simply have to get on the stick and blog over here a bit more often. Too many pals over here to not keep up with and all.
October Surprise Time: So the 2010 World Series will consist of the Texas Rangers and the San Francisco Giants. Interesting. For my money, I hope that the guys from the Lone Star State take it all the way to the end and bring home the top prize. If I had the cash and time, I'd actually go down to Arlington to watch it personally. In the meantime, one would think that the local citizenry is probably going crazy in baseball fever, especially in light of the Dallas Cowboy's current standings in the NFL.
ONCE MORE INTO THE BREECH: NaNoWriMo is coming at us fast, and I will once again make a good faith effort to get the job done. The project I am going to be working on this year will be that of a story of girl and her timeship. The intent is to release the whole thing in its entirety on the web as I do it, and then bundle it all up in book form before year's end for those who still like to read material out of paper and such. The secondary purpose is just to get my name out there so that more people become more familiar with my name. A bit of marketing for the bigger literary work ahead. Stay tuned...
The BIG Question: While I told myself there was no longer to be any political discussions to be held on this Live Journal, I was still kind of curious to find out about the overall philosophy of my online friends about the rate of taxation.
Surely THAT can't be a topic that is too hot to handle?
Okay, let's wade into those waters for a moment. What statement seems more "fair" to YOU?
a) Everyone should pay taxes to support the baseline level of services we all use on a regular, irregular, or emergency basis. A flat tax rate (everyone pays the same percentage, regardless of income) that ensures all citizens have "skin in the game," and that they will likely be more engaged in the spending habits of their government.
b) Not everyone can directly afford to pay taxes to support the baseline level of services we all use on a regular, irregular, or emergency basis. A progressive tax rate (the more you make, the more you pay) ensures that those of means helps those who can't readily contribute due to economic hardship.
I am sure that there are a multitude of variations to those choices, so feel free to articulate them in the comments section. As you can probably guess, I am a supporter of position "a" if for nothing else that I believe that the more you tax an activity, the more you discourage it.
Of course, your mileage may vary.
STAYIN' ALIVE: I survived a spin out on I-44 one mile south of the Elgin exit earlier this month (10-10-10). Thanks to a bit of late night hydro-planing, the rear passenger tire rose up just enough to start a scary spin that made the mini-van an out-of-control billiard ball in search of a wall to bump against. The concrete divide segregating east and westbound traffic served nicely. The vehicle was totaled out, but everyone walked away without injury.
Taint H3 News: Speaking of 10-10-10, the Taint Trailin' on the Tens Hash worked out GREAT. We had an awesome attendance, with hashers showing up from as far away as Tulsa, Dallas, and points in between. When the clock struck 10:10, we all drank mimosas en mass to celebrate the once in a lifetime moment. We had a pair of great hash virgins who truly enjoyed themselves. The local hashers were very valuable in helping run the whole shebang, and the gimme bags were to die for. Not surprisingly, ALL of the beer was consumed before the end of the event. I could not have asked for a better outcome. Good times indeed.
SAVING TREES: I *know* I would happily use a Kindle if given or purchased. I am just wondering about the wisdom of buying e-books over getting the real thing. Sure, it is easier to carry one's library around, and it takes up far less real estate at home, but I am curious about the digital rights component. Can I port the data to other devices at will (laptop, smart phone, iPad, etc.) or am I stuck with just the device that I happen to download the material to? Furthermore, is there an expiration period when the purchased e-book is rendered unreadable?
The price of a Kindle edition for most books are uniformly about the same, so I don't mind the standard rate fee predictability as it is often less expensive than the paper version. However, not all titles are available for Kindle.
Lastly, I have to ask if it is smarter to just buy an iPad, Android-based tablet, or other type of hardware that does a bit more than just read e-books and magazines. If anyone wants to weigh in on this, I welcome the feedback.
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The itzWicks WayBack Machine: February 17, 2008
"Perhaps it is because Danielle Heaney and Nick Cameron don't look in the least alike that they pass so easily for a pair of young lovers no different from any other.
She is a petite, delicate, blue-eyed blonde, while he is a strapping young man with auburn hair and soft brown eyes which never stray for long from her face. They hold hands, they kiss, they stroke each other's arms, they listen attentively to each other. They are totally besotted.
What makes this scene so disturbing, however, is the fact that Danielle and Nick are half brother and sister."
YIKES! So much to process here. The libertarian in me says that the government needs to BUTT OUT and STAY OUT. The latent social conservative in me however says that some limits have to be set, no matter how painful and emotional they may be. Well, at least Mother's Day will be simplified.
Your mileage may vary.
Feel free to read more here.
Coffee and oatmeal for breakfast. Some running/jogging later in the morning. A visit to my girls late this afternoon, and perhaps a whole lot of writing and reading until bedtime. That is my day as I envision it, subject to change. Here's hoping that the rest of your weekend is drama free and pleasurable. Never forget to live like you mean it! ;-)