20200329 Thoughts

Everyday I open a word processing document to capture my thoughts. Sometimes that works out well enough and others the process fails miserably. For the most part, the process is just a string of thoughts as they happen written into brief snippets that occasionally form paragraphs, but more or less remain exclamations without any supporting thoughts. 

For example, “Maybe this week I will be able to go back through all my online domains and trim some of that down to the bare minimum.” That exclamation has no supporting thoughts put around it or any real context at all. For the most part it is akin to shouting at the sky and waiting to hear a response that will never come. It could have been expanded to explain my views on managing hosting and updating software versions to prevent calamity.  

My Pixelbook Go chromebook now has two new Colorado Avalanche hockey stickers on it. For those of you keeping track, that brings my sticker total up to 3 on this chromebook. The first sticker added was a Soylent stacker sticker they sent me a couple of weeks ago. The benefit of the stickers is that each one reduces the footprint of available area for fingerprints to stand out on this strangely matte black surface.

We had to order more coffee from our friends at The Roasterie (Kansas City). Over the last month I have been enjoying some freshly roasted fair trade coffee. We grind it right before brewing it using a Keurig K-Duo Brewer. This combination of coffee, fresh grinding, and the brewer has worked out well enough. 

Finding your writing voice

Things are moving along in the world outside my office window. Most of the things I do every day remain the same. The vast majority of the day I sit in my office chair and work at the computer. That sameness should have made it easier to keep writing with the same voice. It should have made it easier to keep writing in the same way, but something changed. At this point, I need to go back to working on finding my writing voice. You should think about what voice exists in your writing. Think about how the story is being told. Think about the way it is being told and how that voice ultimately helps communicate the story.

Posting along the way

Working from an old school perspective on my writing it might be time to just post everything that gets written in the next 10 days. That will pretty much mean keeping a steady stream of thoughts put to paper and sharing them in an unvarnished way without any real editing or any degree of self-censorship. That means for the next ten days you could end up reading anything from poetry about the intersection of technology and modernity to aimless science fiction.

Here are my general thoughts on social fabric in the moment:

Our humanity appears to dissolve under the weight of such an extreme moment. Each wave of moments becomes bigger and bigger. Dissolving before our eyes the social fabric that binds our humanity to a shared experience evaporates as our resolve falters. Gaining strength together the things that bind that social fabric together have to be mended beyond a focus on the weight of the moment. They have to be mended because of the moment. Outside of an argument toward specialization that falters on the backward linkages of an increasingly global supply chain, doing anything mends the border social fabric linkages stretched by commerce.

Thoughts on the freezing fog we had this morning:

I had been thinking about getting a new camera to be able to take some nature photographs like the freezing fog we had this morning. It does not happen that often, but when it does it is fleeting. Maybe getting a new camera is not the way to go… smartphone cameras have become very good recently, but they are not capable of producing an extreme type of depth within images.

Is now a good time to buy trading cards?

Earlier today I was wondering if now would be the right time to pick up some additional sports trading cards. Right now people are at home (maybe for the next 30 days) and will probably have the time to put up auctions on eBay for sports cards. Posting things on eBay involves taking pictures and writing explanations. My prediction is that the number of sellers will outpace the number of buyers and prices will be favorable. It is also entirely possible that people might turn to their hobbies for solace and the prices might slightly rise or remain flattened. I’m probably going to get into the market and buy some graded George Brett cards, Royals autograph cards, and maybe some Kansas City Chiefs autograph cards.