Darkness Visible

December 23, 2008

So I got a great deal on William Styron’s novel “Darkness Visible” which is a mediation on his clinical depression and his contemplation of suicide. I am really interested to read it because it seems so scary to be in an abyss of emotion like that of which there is no escape. Few people survive it and even fewer people have the ability to accurately write about it. I appreciate what Styron did to explore this for his readers, truly a great feat for all of mankind.


Write your Memoir

December 17, 2008

I tend to think, like most people that nothing interesting has happened in my life that is worth reading about. But like most people, I am wrong. We all have a unique set of experiences that can make for great reading when presented properly. The main problem I see is that most people refuse to brutally and honestly bare their souls’ in the memoir. The reader can see this! To write something that is true to yourself will be the only way to be successful in writing and make something that is genuine. When writing about my own personal experiences I constantly find myself covering up details that are important to the reader because I am worried about what people close to me might think. This is the wrong response. To write something true and real we all need to make sure we are as honest as possible and convey the emotion and experience of what happened with the most accurate and precise details (to the best of your memory). Without this brutal honestly a memoir will be nothing more than a story with little detail and zero heart.

Best CL Posts

December 14, 2008

What is great about Craigslist is that it is a true democratization of content and allows anyone to be the author of their own fantasy and excitement. Of course there are always people like me in the world that are more interested in reading it all then adding our own content (that is important too), and thankfully I am not the only one. Check out this post about some of the best/worst little written pieces in Craigslist. It is amazing what anonymity brings out in people, they are free to say anything. Here is my favorite.

here is the complete list from another reader like myself:

Words of Anger

December 12, 2008

Think you can say something mean and make it stick throughout time? Probably not as good as these ones, check out the complete list of the meanest things guys have said throughout time. Probably not a complete list but it does show that people can really cut deep when they mean it. Whoever says “that words don’t hurt,” is a liar. Some of the best posted below:

“All that Hubert needs over there is a gal to answer the phone and a pencil with an eraser on it.” —Lyndon Johnson, on Hubert Humphrey, his vice president

“I saw a woman wearing a sweatshirt with ‘Guess’ on it. I said, ‘Thyroid problem?’ ” —Emo Philips

“One should forgive one’s enemies, but not before they are hanged.” —Heinrich Heine

“Family love is messy, clinging, and of an annoying and repetitive pattern, like bad wallpaper.” —Friedrich Nietzsche

Steinbeck Coffee Mug

December 9, 2008

Steinbeck is one of my favorite authors and I often think about him when traveling in the northern part of California. He had such a beauty to his writing that it turned the Monterey Area from a rough place into something bright with color and character. It was a talent that few have matched and even fewer have surpassed. What I love about the below mug is that it allows me to get a cup of tea and think about to what Steinbeck would have seen on a wintry morning and what we would have written about. Plus the color of this mug reminds me of the color that Steinbeck painted in the mind’s eye about that interesting place during an even more interesting time. See below to see what I mean.

Cannery Row - Mug mug
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Journaling In School

December 8, 2008

I was just thinking about that group of students in LA called the “Freedom Writers” and it just reminded me of how important writing is to the development of emotions and brain of a child. I mean the kids that were in that woman’s class were absolute terrors until she taught them to unlock who they with words. The act of writing down your emotions forces you to look inward and discover them and allows you to help deal with them. So that is the challenge that I think all teachers and parents should put to the children of this world: WRITE!

A Dream Story

December 4, 2008

So do you ever see something random on the streets and it catches your eye? Of course you don’t think anything of it, but your brain does later. That is what happened to me yesterday. I was driving to work and I just happened to notice the Timbuk2 bag that the pedestrian in the cross walk had was exactly like one I have and while I was staring at it, we briefly made eye contact and I broke it off to then continue on my way to work in my car.

Of course I thought nothing of it, but my brain had a different plan. That night I had the most intense dream about Timbuk2 bags. No joke, I was dreaming about the coloring, the stitching, how to take one apart, how much weight it could hold, could I survive a fall from a cliff with it, would it hold if it were supporting all my weight (think hanging from a helicopter). I swear it was one of the most intense dreams I had ever had. I woke up and all I want to do was put stuff in and take stuff out of my timbuk2 bag. Either this was the best use of dream product placement or I have some neuron misfiring into a recess of my brain that rarely gets used and probably should never be accessed. Anyway, I just thought I would share one of the most intense consumer/stuff type dreams I have ever had.

Technically Poetry

December 3, 2008

I think it is amazing what people do with poerty. They can adapt to any situation or any context and still make it fun and meaingful. Take this poem (as below) that is like Dr. Seuss for techies. I love the creative nature and the child-like wonder it creates, it’s just a joy to read.

Bits Bytes Chips Clocks
Bits in bytes on chips in box.
Bytes with bits and chips with clocks.
Chips in box on ether-docks.

Chips with bits come. Chips with bytes come.
Chips with bits and bytes and clocks come.

Look, sir. Look, sir. read the book, sir.
Let’s do tricks with bits and bytes, sir.
Let’s do tricks with chips and clocks, sir.

First, I’ll make a quick trick bit stack.
Then I’ll make a quick trick byte stack.
You can make a quick trick chip stack.
You can make a quick trick clock stack.

And here’s a new trick on the scene.
Bits in bytes for your machine.
Bytes in words to fill your screen.

Now we come to ticks and tocks, sir.
Try to say this by the clock, sir.

Clocks on chips tick.
Clocks on chips tock.
Eight byte bits tick.
Eight bit bytes tock.
Clocks on chips with eight bit bytes tick.
Chips with clocks and eight byte bits tock.

Here’s an easy game to play.
Here’s an easy thing to say….

If a packet hits a pocket on a socket on a port,
and the bus is interrupted as a very last resort,
and the address of the memory
makes your floppy disk abort
then the socket packet pocket
has an error to report!

If your cursor finds a menu item
followed by a dash,
and the double-clicking icon
puts your window in the trash,
and your data is corrupted cause
the index doesn’t hash,
then your situation’s hopeless,
and your system’s gunna crash.

You can’t say this? What a shame, sir!
We’ll find you another game, sir.

If the label on the cable
on the table at your house
says the network is connected
to the button on your mouse,
but your packets want to tunnel
on another protocol,
that’s repeatedly rejected
by the printer down the hall,
and your screen is all distorted
by the side-effects of gauss,
so your icons in the window
are as wavy as a souse,
then you may as well reboot
and go out with a bang,
cause as sure as I’m a poet,
the sucker’s gunna hang!

When the copy of your floppy’s
getting sloppy on the disk,
and the microcode instructions
cause unnecessary risc,
then you have to flash your memory
and you’ll want to RAM your ROM.
quickly turn off your computer
and be sure to tell your mom!

-Gene Ziegler