Here we go again

The intersection of technology and modernity has connected our world. Within that nre reality the space between local and global has evaporated.

We spend so much of our energy confronting the now. It exhausts our will to explore. We put up barriers to shield us from things outside our well defined networks. Within our curated world things can seem almost managable.

A world without any surprises limits us. It locks us into mundane patterns. It sustains routines that define how we interact with the world. A little more surprise could spark creativity. It might open the door to new opportunities. Some of the opportunities might even surprise is.

The last day of the year

Today still seems somewhat mysterious. The end of the year is approaching. During my trip to the store today people seemed to be really focused. On what I have no idea. A lot of people seem to be on vacation this week. Taking two weeks of vacation has never really been an option. It must be nice to have that much time off. Working in the operations space pretty much limits the amount of vacation anybody can effectively take. Beyond my regular job — teaching online does not really create the possibility of a prolonged vacation. None of my online teaching appointments have included any vacation days. They typically only include break weeks and holidays.

Last night I slept for 10 hours. Unfortunately, that amount of sleep did not make me more productive today. My productivity always seems to rise and fall. It is never consistent. That is probably the way of things.

It seems that ESPN has an endless string of bowl games. Some of them have been good. Most of them do not hold my interest. Temperatures around Denver plunged below zero yesterday. It was bitterly cold. That type of weather is great for writing. I’m thinking about making a cup of coffee with some hot cocoa mix tonight. Most of the hot cocoa mixes seem to contain a lot of sugar. I’m trying to stay away from sugar these days. On December 10, 2014, I instituted a diet soda moratorium. Inadvertently — I actually gave up all soda. It has been about 20 days. It turns out that I don’t need to drink soda.

Coffee is an entirely different vice altogether. Each day seems to have been fueled by at least two cups of coffee. That habit is somewhat costly. We had to pick up some new K-Cups. I enjoy having a wide variety of different coffee K-Cups. A multipack of K-Cups was on sale this week at Costco.

On The Great Laptop Search

Searching for a new laptop has been interesting. My HP Envy X2 has failed. I’m not buying another Hewlett-Packard computer. Picking the right laptop used to be easier. During my trip to Kansas City, I visited Micro Center, Best Buy, Office Depot, and Costco in search of the perfect laptop. I ended up surfing around Amazon for a couple hours. My needs are pretty straightforward. The laptop needs to have a sub 13 inch screen, be lightweight, and have strong battery life. I had toyed with buying a Chromebook, but teaching online involves Cisco VPN and Citrix. Both of those technologies seem to require Windows. Some of the ultrabooks look pretty awesome, but they are very expensive. The HP Envy X2 only lasted two years. It is the first laptop style derive that has not lasted 4 years.

Cleaning my office

Over the course of a number of years the amount of stuff just sitting around my office has become ridiculous. Today is the day that the piles stop growing. A plan has to be put in place. I’m going to have to clean up a pile at a time. I’m going to start by the door and work my way toward my desk. That is my plan for the day. We will see how well it goes.