“There is scarcely anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse, and sell a little more cheaply. The person who buys on price alone is this man’s lawful prey.” — John Ruskin (Writer, Critic 1819-1900)
“There is then creative reading as well as creative writing. When the mind is braced by labor and invention, the page of whatever book we read becomes luminous with manifold allusion. Every sentence is doubly significant, and the sense of our author is as broad as the world.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson (essayist, poet 1803-1882)
Strange, gross, but true:
So, I go to use the john at a large retailer of Chinese junk. Some guy comes in behind me, and we each go to neighboring stalls to do our business. While he’s about that and making appropriate noises from his back side, it’s clear he has taken out his cell phone and begins to yap while he craps. If that weren’t bad enough, what does he choose to talk about?
Here’s an exact quote:
“Hey, dude. I was wondering how much it would cost for a ‘P’?”
I guess if you have the gall to make a phone call while you’re doing your business, it doesn’t phase you to discuss small-time illegal drug deals while a stranger sits in the next stall. With all the noise he was making from his other end, he even had to raise his voice and repeat his inquiry on the current price of a pound of dope.
The devolution of the species continues at an alarming rate.
Okay, this video only shows just how vain (and geeky) I have become, because the StanBlog segment of this video made me think of this Finious’s Folly / JeffBeaty.com website, which I named after myself, and which has no specific goal. That being the case it is still darn funny.
The Defenders of Stan Episode 17: Oh, (Big) Brother
You almost have to watch the whole series of Defenders of Stan videos. Basically everyone BUT Stan is a superhero. Continue reading I’m So Vain, I Probably Think This Blog Is About Me…
Found some free Lego-themed link icons that I really like by Sneh Roy. There are icons for several different social websites in her icon pack, but only a couple to sites I use frequently. I’m using the feed and Facebook icons now. I may have to make a couple of my own mimicking her “look” to add icons for Google+ / Picasa or Flickr and maybe Springpad.
“Only a soul full of despair can ever attain serenity and, to be in despair, you must have loved a good deal and still love the world.” — Blaise Cendrars (poet/novelist 1887-1961)
poem © Jeffrey Beaty
September 1993 — 19 lines
Written after a late night visit to the top of the “sail” (conning tower) of the USS Pasadena, SSN 752, a nuclear submarine that was making way on the surface of the Persian Gulf.
“There is a tragic flaw in our precious Constitution, and I don’t know what can be done to fix it. This is it: Only nut cases want to be president.”
— Kurt Vonnegut (novelist 1922-2007)
Well, I got a lot of work done tonight / this morning. I have a new website up, but it has a long way to go. Haven’t decided what all I want to do with it, just that it is high time I got off my tookas and start doing something. So while there isn’t anything here yet, here’s what I did:
- Installed IIS on my new laptop.
- Backed up my old site.
- Installed WordPress and began to play with it all.
Everything went fairly smoothly; even though I had a lot to learn about changes to my host, operating system (haven’t used Windows 7 much until now except for “the basics”,) and WordPress itself. I’ve never been great in PHP but I managed to alter the default WordPress theme (which I kind of like) to randomly pull from some of my own images. Pretty kludgy the way it works, but I’m using WordPress’s own code and just adding to it.
I also played with one of my photos to make my first header which you should be able to see at the top of this page as I have set it as the featured image for this post. The thumbnail below also links to this new header image:
Well, long past time that I should hit the sack, so I will continue to experiment with this site in the days and months to come. Hopefully somewhere along the way it will actually become something worth visiting.