Dear Blog Reader

After opening Google docs today it seemed like a good idea to use the Spearmint letter template to write todays post. Even now it still appears to be a good idea. Over the years, this forum for stream of consciousness writing has produced a mix of insightful or banal commentary. Bimodal as that might be it does appear to be true. Creative forces may produce novel results, but that does not guarantee them to be interesting.

Academically my mind has been wandering to the ultimate question of what is my next line of inquiry. Figuring out what is next defines entire industries. For me it remains a simple framework of time chasing a problem. Armed with a true belief in the power of potential time chasing a problem of sufficient magnitude can be daunting. Many academic questions seem trivial in the context of evaluating life, the universe, and well everything. Picking the right problem to go after therefore is highly important.

Currently, the trajectory I have been on is leading me down a road that involves understanding the intersection of big data and artificial intelligence. It may not be as elegant as breaking down the intersection of technology and modernity, but it may end up being comparable.

Thinking about the longevity of content

Maybe Mark Cuban is right about online content having a shelf life. Content could have a set expiration and disappear. Obviously, that is not something that I have ascribed to over the years. My digital footprint has always been a little out of control. Digital content sometimes takes off on social media. Some content has a much longer shelf-life. Thinking about the longevity of content is an important consideration. Huge streams of content exist. Even by conservation standards the stream of content has grown exponentially. The number of books that could be stored in a library has gone up dramatically. That number has grown faster than the number of library shelves.

A new year a new weblog theme

2017 snuck up on us pretty quickly. I realized something important today. I need to get back into the habit of daily writing. It has been a few days. Naturally, I elected to write about a weblog update. Consider for a moment that the act of switching weblog themes was pretty easy. The change pretty much involved a few clicks. I have used the Magazine Premium theme for the last few years. It worked well. The new 2017 theme looked pretty interesting. Configuring it took a bit of effort. The layout was pretty different.

A few notes on YouTube vlogs

A few of the travel related vlogs have recently been added to my YouTube subscriptions list. They probably do not help teach me anything useful. My interests do not generally focus on traveling. However, I do like the idea of traveling to places with fantastic beaches and fun things to do. Some of them do film in 4K. My main computer monitor supports 4k content and finding content to watch has been a challenge. The videos are usually pretty short and a welcome distraction to my routine.

Over the last few months, I have watched more YouTube than ESPN. Most of the early KU basketball games are on ESPN3. Those games are pretty easy to stream using a Chromecast. Maybe I lost interest in ESPN programming. Every time I’m traveling I listen to Mike and Mike in the morning. Turning on the television is not a part of my early morning routine. Most days we do not even turn on the television until dinner time.

and snow falls in Colorado

Today was one of those days. Things did not slow down for a minute. I just sat down long enough to write for a few minutes. Netflix is queued up and playing the first episode of season two of Frasier. It seemed like a good way to end the night. Both Frasier and Cheers were solid television shows.

Today is one of those days that will involve shoveling the driveway. Snow falls in Colorado. This is the season for snowfall. My thoughts centered around adapting to changes in software. I logged into Skype for the first time in a long time. Some software fails to live up to any reasonable promise. Skype just never really became a part of my daily life. It could be that video chatting never really became a part of my daily routines.

Today I had some espresso that was decent enough. It was from Columbia. It was a medium roast that had some subtle notes, but was otherwise forgettable.

Happy Thanksgiving 2016

Be positive. Be excellent. Be thankful.

I’m thankful that people are passionate about things. I’m thankful for people that have passion for life.It appears that I arrived at the end of the Casey Neistat YouTube vlog party. Over the last couple of days I watched a couple of the videos. I sorted the videos based on the number of views. That probably means that I watched the greatest hits.

I can say from the videos I watched Casey managed to make highly professional videos pretty much everyday for over a year. Having the commitment to make a quality video every day is admirable. Working to deliver an ongoing narrative between the host and audience must have taken a lot of energy and planning.

Goal setting is easy to talk about. It takes dedication to set a goal and work hard enough to achieve it. Sprinkle in a little commentary about potential and the goal setting conversation gets even more interesting. We have the opportunity to ensure the next generation we educate has the potential to do just about anything. The goals we set today will echo forward.

A few moments of reflection

Maybe it is time to drop my guard a bit and work on blogging on a more personal level. A lot of the writing I have done over the years is highly technical, some of it is opinion based, and a bit of it has been personal in nature. That writing amounts to around 5 million words. This online repository of my thoughts has always been more of a functional journal vs. a pure weblog. My nature writing patterns tend to move from subject to to subject. Hot takes and highly personal writing have never really been the cornerstone of my writing efforts. From time to time, I tend to write about things that matter to me at the moment in excessive detail. That happens way more often than it should. Some of those words make it online and some of them just hang out in the massive pile of false starts and notes that resides in a variety of word documents.

The moments we need are everywhere

20151206  Nexus 9, Broomfield, Colorado, 8:13 PM

Title: The moments we need are everywhere

Squandered moments existed and were not utilized. That fact will generally ring true. We might strive toward perfection, but our journey is far from perfect. Each opportunity could push us forward. Each moment could be seized for the greater good of humanity. Imagine how many hour of opportunity television consumes each year. We ae willing to suspend our disbelief and watch a wide variety of television shows. The moments we need to drive things forward are everywhere around us. We have to figure out how to make the best of the moments we have.

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Domain mischief managed

Moving domains took just a few hours. The move from my .net to my main .com domain took about an hour of effort. That move has happened a few times over the years. A very odd Java code error occurred in one of my libraries and after about 2 days of trying to figure out it was time to reinstall and move on. That happens. It really does. It was not something that I was terribly concerned about trying to solve. An alternative solution existed. The troubleshooting had to stop. It was time to restore and move on. That course of action really just means that search engines have to do a few thousand index changes. It also means that any and all external links to my content no longer work. That should bother me, but it does not. For the most part almost all of my content is text based.

My photography efforts really cratered around 2008 and have never really recovered. I still have a Nikon D3200 camera. It works well enough. Packing it and carrying it with me is the real challenge. I always mean to use the Flickr photo sharing service in meaningful ways, but that just does not seem to happen. I have a YouTube account for video sharing. That account does not get used very often. I simply do not have enough time to edit videos together and upload them. That is probably something that will need to be revisited at some point.

For the most part, my weblog is just a place to write down functional notes that come to mind during stream of consciousness writing sessions. I am well aware that more polished and meaningful prose has to find a home in reviewed publications. Perhaps it would be a better use of my time to only make contributions to the academy. That degree of single minded purpose has not consumed me.

I tend to write when I want to write. That could very well be the root of the problem. It really could be. My writing schedule probably needs to be more of a routine and less of a whim. I could wait for inspiration to strike and chase that river to the source in a single passionate burst of prose. Waiting for inspiration to strike may not be the best strategy. Life gets busy and sometimes the spark of inspiration happens when you cannot set everything down and focus on writing. When I was younger it was much easier to drop everything and focus on a writing project. That luxury simply does not exist anymore.  Over the last few months. I wake up thinking about work instead of engaging in the academic pursuit of general problem solving or theory building.

That moment that started it all

Life happens. Things at work got a little busy. I elected to stop posting things online for a few weeks. Today I started thinking about the defining moment that started it all. It happened about a decade ago. Inspiration struck. I wrote most of a book in one massive writing session. Inspiration fueled a degree of singled minded purpose that was all consuming. That feeling was intoxicating. It was almost self-sustaining. However, it was fleeting. That is the cruelest reality about inspiration. You have to capture it when it occurs. Seizing inspiration the moment it occurs remains a defining act. We have to make the most out of each and every day.