It may be time to change up my writing routine. A long time ago, I would hammer out a weblog post before going to sleep. That happened almost every day. It could be something that starts happening again. During my morning writing sessions pretty much everything out ranks a good weblog post. My efforts are typically dedicated to other types of writing. That is not a bad thing, but it does limit my functional journaling. Perhaps from this point in time moving forward a nightly weblog post will be a part of my routine.
My Nalgene 1000 ml water bottle has been working very well. That was a solid purchase. It was not the only purchase I spent time thinking about today. I thought about journaling by hand today. A stack of old journals sit on my bookshelf. Most of them are from my days in college. My primary notebook sits on the shelf. My handwriting has not really changed very much over the years. During the course of going through a box in my office, I found the oldest journal still in my possession. It was first written in on November 28, 1999 at 3:20 AM in Lawrence, Kansas.
My first entry in the journal contained the passage, “I begin with a few words to describe my intentions. I have always wanted to express myself in words and I hope to express my thoughts in manor that will be understandable by others. I apologize ahead of time for all grammar, words misspelled, and otherwise poor penmanship. Otherwise, my phrases are mind and I will them to the pages in the spirt of persevering my thought form the inevitable loss. If only I can begin to express my desires and dreams in words, then I will be able to unlock my passions and give you a glimpse into my mind. I wish all who read these passages well.”
For the last two nights, I have watched the two part premier of Better Call Saul on AMC. Breaking Bad was a pretty fantastic television show. That was enough to guarantee that people would watch Better Call Saul. It was enough to guarantee I would watch. I’m not sure where the show will end up, but it was interesting take on the character.
Today was a rough day. It has been a rough week. Swarms of things have had to get done. I have been looking for a real challenge. Last week the edX group sent me an email about an MIT class called The Analytics Edge. I signed up to take the class. It should be a thought-provoking experience. It might just be enough to challenge me. Based on the description it should be an interesting course.
I’m still getting used to working for a new college. Apparently, earlier this month the rights to my employment were sold. It seems like a better arrangement. It might be an arrangement that includes a pay increase. That would be nice.
The coffee of the day happens to be a Green Mountain Coffee product called Dark Magic. It used to be my favorite. I brewed a cup at 5:00 AM on a Saturday for a call that had already been cancelled. That fact was unknown at the time. I booted up some Netflix and started working on some academic projects. At some point in the next few hours, a rather large truck with some furniture will arrive. John Paul’s new room has been painted and the blinds have been put up. Getting the box with the blinds upstairs was pretty easy to accomplish. 8 screws had to be put into the wall to support the blinds. The whole process took about thirty minutes.
Speaker systems seem to have changed over the years. Right now is a very interesting time for audio equipment. Companies seem to be trying to build awesome systems at reasonable prices. That is probably a function of how expensive some of the high end systems parts have gotten. People seem to really honestly like the Audio Engine products. A number of technology magazines seem to be recommending their products. My computer setup sports some very basic JBL speakers. Audio Engine’s A5+ powered speakers would be a major upgrade. I’m a fan of the bamboo version.
It is Cyber Monday. For what it is worth, that is mildly exciting news. I don’t mind visiting a few of my favorite websites in search of a good deal today. Last year Cyber Monday had a few memorable deals. Last year, I managed to pick up a couple of bottles of wine from the Stag’s Leap wine cellar. This year that vineyard does not appear to be having any legitimate sales.
Here are the places I searched for deals today:
- Hawk and Horse Vineyards
- Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars
- Gilbert’s Steakhouse
- Costco – Looking for Xbox One game/controller deals
- Best Buy – Looking for Xbox One game/controller deals
- Amazon – Looking for Xbox One game/controller deals
I had scheduled an appointment to have the Honda Pilot serviced tomorrow. However, the tire light was going off this morning. The express service department at our local Honda dealership Costopened at 7:00 AM. It made sense to stop by this morning. A sign read free WI-FI in the Honda dealership lobby area. The speeds were pretty slow, but they were faster than my phone hotspot. The free coffee was not memorable.