After a couple of heavy posts Monday and Tuesday, I wanted to lighten things up. It seems that my ‘Thinking Out Loud’ posts have gotten fairly verbose rather than stream of consciousness … so this week I just chose a bunch of topics and am going to blast out quick thoughts, no more than a sentence. Let’s see how it goes!
– I have been totally in love with pears lately.
– Ditto for pistachios
– I will eat the same thing every day without issue.
– I could never be vegan, mainly due to yogurt and ice cream.
– I could be 95% vegetarian, but would want steak once every couple of months.
– We have trimmed starchy carbs very much with Lisa’s Paleo diet plan
– In fact, we have them so infrequently that the mashed potatoes last night felt like lead in my stomach.
– Clams are the one food I cannot tolerate, which I learned one year at the Chowda-Fest in Boston
– There are not many foods I dislike, and I love spicy foods – probably my least favorite thing is salty foods
– When it comes to cake I prefer the frosting to the cake … but it is easy for me to overload on the sweetness of buttercream
– My lenten goal of limiting traditional desserts is going OK so far – I had 3 rather than 2 in the past week. The fruit alternative is wonderful … but then I felt like baking …
– Aside from the taste there is nothing that makes me want to eat pizza anymore … and lately the taste just isn’t enough.
– My family had no problem with ‘meatless Monday’, but last December when I tried a meat-free week … the legumes and other components just got to be too much and they rebelled! 🙂
Cars & Driving
– There is not one day that I miss the 35-mile commute from Townsend to Marlboro
– My current commute is about 5 miles, and I would gladly run/bike if I didn’t have to travel to other facilities on a semi-regular basis … oh, and if there were showers at my facility.
– In warm weather I enjoy ‘hyper-miling’ with my Escape Hybrid, seeing how far I can get without the gas engine engaging.
– I really have no desire to drive super-fast or own an expensive car.
– I always used to have one of those pine-tree car scented things but stopped because they tweaked Lisa’s allergies.
– In college I used to head to the music wing (West Hall) at RPI and play the pianos at any hour as a very relaxing de-stressor.
– The MIDI lab was one of the pioneering digital media centers, and really grabbed my interest in MIDI recording
– I can still hop into the Performer music program even though it is the least intuitive thing around compared to newer software.
– Even though I play it less than the guitar or keyboards, bass will always be my ‘home’ instrument
– I will find something to like in any rhythmic-based, instrumental-centric music, regardless of genre.
– Likewise, I have little use for music where the emphasis is on the words and singing … which is why in spite of loving jazz, I have no use for most vocal jazz.
– I still have most of the music studio from 25 years ago, in excellent condition.
– The Roland Juno 106 analog synth I sold for a couple hundred $ back then could now pull >$1000
– In contrast, the 24-voice multi-timbral Roland JV-880 digital synth I bought then for much more and updated and upgraded … is now worth about $150.
– Both had similar MSRP … the lesson? Analog is back!
My Internet History
– I got a personal internet account before there was ‘the web’ … at that point there were 1200bps modems, email, USENET, and not much else.
– I tried AOL for a bit, and also Apple’s eWorld and Compuserve. Always went back to ‘MassInternet’, an early provider.
– I always loved USENET, and that kept me from really engaging in the web-based discussion forums that started to spring up in the mid-90s.
– I am still active on some web forums that I’ve been part of for nearly 20 years – it is amazing to see how people have grown through those years.
Marriage & Kids
– Anyone who says marriage is easy is lying
– Anyone who says they don’t fight is either lying or doomed.
– Marrying Lisa is the best thing in my life …
– The boys are the second best.
– My boys are my greatest joy, worry, frustration, fear, pride, and hope
– It is ALL a lot of work … some days it FEELS like work, other days you don’t even notice
– It is all worth it … I revel in the past and look forward to the future,.
Blogging – Yours
– I feel like every day I add at least one new blog
– At this point I won’t add a blog unless I see an article of interest on the first page.
– It is definitely a struggle keeping up with reading all of the great blogs I follow!
– I find new blogs more often than not through comments on my current blogs.
– I will not comment to be ‘first’, or in hopes of gaining clicks over to my blog
– I have unfollowed some blogs based on issues with citing sources, copycat blogging (that Arman covered so well recently), content-lite sponsored ‘reviews’ and so on.
– As I spread out more and more, I find myself asking ‘exactly WHY did you post this?’ more often than I care to admit.
Blogging – Mine
– I set up blogging accounts on Blogspot (Blogger) as soon as it was open to the public, which was somewhere in the mid 2000s
– For a while I would write posts as an outlet for when I was just doing gaming reviews, but there was never the time or drive to really keep up with things.
– For a while I was able to work some of my running stuff in with other blogs, but it was never personal
– Tomorrow (the 13th or March) is my 6-month anniversary of this blog.
– My first non-arcade video game love was 1981’s ‘Castle Wolfenstein’ on the Apple ][+ (hot tech of 1979)!
– I have always loved playing games, and still do.
– My favorite genres are RPG and FPS
– My parents bought me a Game Boy when it first came out for work travel.
– I really got into playing computer games heavily in the late 90s
– At my peak, I did more than 225 game reviews in a single year.
– At this point, I would be happy doing a couple a year.
– In general I would rather casually replay an old favorite than play new games.
– Corning is a great company to work for in many ways
– I think in numbers, graphs and equations
– I interface naturally and easily with machines amd equipment
– Taking AP English in high school meant not taking any typical humanities at all in college.
– Writing reviews and having actual editors has helped me considerably through the years
– Taking Six Sigma training (as a statistician) did nothing for me technically, but helped my presentation and ‘elevator speech’ skills
– At my last job I really should have left in 2004, but stayed through 2007.
– My favorite project technically at Corning was the one that deserved most to be killed … and was.
– I have made a few good friends here, and still have contact with people from earlier jobs through Facebook.
– I love Facebook within the context I use it – friends new and old, family, colleagues, and a few groups.
– Twitter I ‘get’, but cannot align its flow to my style.
– I’ve had an Instagram account since forever, but only in the last year really done anything with it.
– I have a Tumblr … really no clue. I just know my posts go there, and my younger son totally gets it.
– As I said before, I have a Pinterest with boards and pins … and I just don’t get it.
– I still love traditional web based discussions because they can be so democratic and provide great social interaction.
iPad as Computer
– The iPad is my ‘90% computer’, and goes with me everywhere.
– Recent articles continue to call tablets ‘neither mobile nor productive’ enough – I disagree.
– I use it for email, web, Feedly (actually Mr Reader), blogging, statistical analysis, social media, games, and making music
– I have the Belkin Ultimate keyboard case. It acts as a stand and has a fantastic keyboard.
– There are few things worse than bleeding nipples.
– Well, maybe getting into the shower before realizing how bad they are.
– Actually, chafing from running in general is pretty lousy.
– I AM a runner.
– I love being outside with nature in the morning.
– I will run in pretty much any weather, down to below -20F this year
– However, I will NOT run if conditions are too icy or there is active lightning.
– I have not decided what I will do for training plans this year.
The image at top is from this morning, right before the latest snowstorm came rolling through …it is the last morning this work for at least the next 10 days. Hopefully not much longer until spring arrives for real!
And again this week I am linking up with Amanda at Running With Spoons!
And that is all for now … what is wandering through YOUR mind this Wednesday?!?