Saturday, July 28, 2001

In an article on h2g2 there is mention made of the site Anxiety Culture. I posted the following in response to the site:

Actually, the "How to Find Your Own Purpose" page reads deceptively obvious, but really...have you ever sat down and written out what you like about yourself, how you most like spending your time and your idea of a perfect world?

And I was asked if I have written such a list. I've thought of those things, but haven't actually written the answers out. So, here goes....

I like that I am always wanting to learn more. I like that I am happiest when I am living simple, which does not mean living without modern conveniences. It means I don't want for the latest fashions, fancy vacations, jewelry, elaborate home. I like that I am trying to live my life without labels. I don't eat meat, but I don't want to call myself a vegetarian. I don't believe in any god, but I don't want to call myself an atheist. Labels make it so you have to conform to others who wear the same label. I am human, that's all. And there is no way I will conform to being like all humans. Easier to be a non-conformist in so broad a catagory.

My favorite thing to do is travel. I love to wander a city and see what there is to see without having to see something. I love maps, but I can enjoy being slightly lost, too. I also love to read. I like to listen to people talk about politics. Sometimes I participate, but I am often too nervous that I won't be able to contribute intelligent commentary, so I stay quiet, then talk with someone very close about the topics later. Someday I want to write.

Perfect world...I don't want a perfect world. Perfection is boring. I want fair. I want tolerance. I want hope. There isn't nearly enough hope in the world.

Friday, July 27, 2001

I am so unhip it is a wonder my bums don't fall off :-)

paraphrasing Zaphod Beeblebrox in Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Douglas Adams.
Still keeping tabs on GeekCorps. They were last in Ghana and the chronicle is a wonderful read. The next group will have more female geeks. Woo Woo! I wish I had the skills to do this. I think they are going to Middle East next.

There are lots of articles in the "press room" on their Web site, but I would like to write something for my local paper. Something that might grab a suburban techie's notice and maybe make a volunteer out of someone who have never thought of volunteering. I don't really know how to go about this, but I am thinking my very small town paper would be a good idea. I have been thinking I'd like to suggest a regular feature on interesting web sites, written by a different person each week. I have to get my ass in gear and do this.
Ah ha! Figured it out! It isn't a problem with the system. It is a problem with the! I will get the hang of this eventually. What the heck is supposed to go in the box over on the far upper right? The default said "Site Navigation" as a header, but I don't really think that is descriptive. I'll work on it....
I am a bit frustrated with this software. I have tried so many times to edit the template so I have a "motto" where it says "My funny motto" and the edit does not take. The site status page mentions a system-wide problem with this, but indicates it has been fixed. I don't think so.