Friday, July 08, 2005

Unexcused Absences

I'm slackin' folks. Several days without a post. Normally I'd utter a one word sentence here like, "Unacceptable" or "Inexcusable" but I really don't feel bad enough about it.... so there. You might look at my absence as being in some way indicative of my having found a life, but rest assured amigos, I'm still the same old me. Besides, judging by the amount of people who downloaded the previously posted Smiths tracks, and the still posted "Mnah Mnah" song, no one misses the text much anyway. For those people looking for a Friday links post today, allow me to apologize ahead of time. Slow week this week as far as interesting and random web stuff... although I'll have one for you towards the end of the post.

As you may have guessed, judging from my lack of posts during the week, ideas aren't exactly my strong suit. If I am struck with an idea or find a topic that interests me I can write about it for eons (how well I write about it is another story entirely), but I often struggle getting to that point - particularly with this blog. I often read news stories that I think might be blog worthy, but then I think "Why bother? Why not just read the news story?" Ditto for porn sites.

(Just making sure you were paying attention, folks. Really.)

Whenever I get into this state of mind though, I often remember a quote in an interview I once read from Robert B. Parker (author of the Spencer detective series.) The interviewer, rather typically, asked him "What or who do you look to for your inspiration?" to which Parker responded, "Inspiration?! Please! I can't wait for that. I have to do this for a living!" Undoubtedly many of you are now saying to yourselves, "Well, that goes a long way in explaining his books then, doesn't it?" Say what you will about his stories (I happen to like them, and the simple yet effective manner in which he writes), but that quote is a gem.

I do not have to write this blog for a living (thank Christ.) In fact, it probably hinders what I actually do for a living, in that I've been guilty of writing posts during down time here and there at work, but the thought still remains. I can't wait for inspiration to strike before I start writing my posts, otherwise this thing would never get updated. So, in the future, I'm just going to pick a topic and run with it - regardless of how boring or redundant I may think it is. Does this start right now? Of course not. It's Friday, and I'm on my way out the door. I guess all I'm saying is this - in the future, you can look for more posts on mundane topics rather than just nothing.

And oh yes - it's Friday and you need a link to play around with. Fine. Here:

Behind The Name

I was playing around with this for a bit the other day. It gives you the etymology and meaning behind your (and everyone else's) name. Have fun.

Lastly - feeling sorry for Londoners today. I've had the pleasure of visiting London several times and I can say without hesitancy that it's one of my Top 5 favorite cities. I was therefore, like everyone else, saddened by the news of the cowardly and despicable terror attacks. Thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved.


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