Sunday, September 23, 2007

No wonder I feel lousy

Thanks to a comment on my previous post I discovered a problem with my profile, it listed my age as 251. I've gone in and changed it and I'm not sure how my birth year got changed to 1756, but it does explain why I've felt like I'm a few hundred years old the past few weeks.

Decisions, decisions

This morning, after some coffee and sleep I'm still thinking about the situation I mentioned in my last entry. I'm strongly leaning towards not jumping in at this point. I tried to wade through a lot of the stuff that has been said so far and I almost blew a fuse just doing that, which tells me that I would definitely lose my cool if I went further which wouldn't do any good for anyone.

I do have an addition to my random thoughts from last week. If you tend to capitalize words for emphasis too much, it also adds a woowoo factor to what you are posting no matter if it is on a forum in your blog or in an email. It looks too much like one of the crankiest websites on Crank Dot Net or one of the exhibits at the Kooks Museum. This is the opposite effect of misusing quotation marks for emphasis, that just makes me wonder why you aren't sure if what you are saying is accurate or not.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

*Sigh*

I hate being in the position wanting to jump in and kick some ass and get people straightened out on a subject. In an ideal world I could go in, make one dramatic post and it would take care of everything. In the real world it doesn't work that way and it leaves me in this position. Do I say something and deal with the potential ugliness or do I stay out of it and feel sick at heart knowing it is going on? The side of me that likes poking at things to see if they deflate really wants me to do the former and it's hard to fight that. On the other hand I don't want to step in and make things worse. I'm not as worried about me, but I am worried about other people who are involved.

This is one of those situations where some people would say to pray on it. The problem is, I already know the answer there, I'd get nudged to go poke at things and throw a wrench in the works which doesn't really help me make a decision at all. I guess I'll sleep on it and see how I feel in the morning.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

A few random thoughts in passing

I'm just taking a break before I dive back into working on leather stuff, so just a few random thoughts that have been rattling around in my brain based on things going on around me.

Thought the first:
If you are going to include that line from the X-Files, 'the truth is out there', on you website, in your blog, in your forum posts or in casual conversation it automatically adds a woowoo factor to anything you say from that point on in my mind. It's unfortunate too because it tends to obscure your point if you're trying to say something serious and it causes me to be overcome with the urge to make you a tinfoil beanie.

Thought the second:
Dramatically saying you are going to stay away from something or not participate in something as a protest may have the unexpected side effect of proving that you aren't as important or as essential as you may have thought. It's especially silly when what you are staying away from is something very popular, like say ordering breakfast for delivery, and the end result is that you make things easier for the person you are trying to cause problems for.