It's Finally Here

Hey, World. Just wanted to let all of you know that my first book is now available! Again!

For the past several months, I’ve been working in fits and spurts on revisiting the Big Book of Forewords with some much needed editing work, but in the process I just realized that (a) I wasn’t happy with some sections, and (b) I wanted to inject a little new blood into the mix. Put those two things together and they equal my slogging through the trenches of old writing, and then doing some pruning before buckling down and coming up with brand-new forewords for ye lot. That’s right, actual new content! Forewords that weren’t there before! Exclamation! So what should have been a fairly quick assignment turned into actual work, and therefore delays that could be quantified by the term “months”.

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Oh Hi Blu-ray!

“I feel like I’m sitting on an atomic bomb waiting for it to go off.” …

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Howdy, Folks. Remember Me?

So it would seem that it’s been a while since my last post, and for that I sincerely apologize to all of you (especially you in the back, Ted). That’s just procrastination taken to a ridiculous extreme, and my new year’s resolution is to make sure that I keep my procrastination well within the bounds of societal norms, which for blogs is currently no more than 7 fortnights between self-indulgent posts.

Hey, speaking of self-indulgence…

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Our New Year, My New List

I’ve always liked the idea of kicking off the year with a clean slate of priorities and ideals, but I also find it very impractical. When your resolutions include vague, unquantifiable words such as “more”, “less”, “better”, “healthier” and “sexier” (all of which are terms I would normally use in regards to my blog posts), it’s no wonder that people just as quickly stop their goals as they start them. Am I doing “more” and “better”? “More” and “better” than what? What I think I should be doing… what I did last year at this time… what these directions are telling me to do? Instead, I would like to make a to-do list for the year.

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St. Patrick

Patrick Swayze. I don’t have a whole lot to say that I haven’t said before

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My New Nemesis

In my on-again, off-again attempts to give this running thing a try, I’m currently in the middle of a decent on-again phase. And I’ve decided to set myself a couple of goals in order to stir up some competitive/pride juices to keep things fueled. And now that I’m blogging about it (which is what responsible geeks do when the world needs to know their every thought and movement), I’m accountable to literally tens of people to keep myself on the straight and narrow jogging path in the park across the street.

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A Few Thoughts About Michael

For those of us below a certain age, Michael Jackson has always been the absolute biggest of larger-than-life entertainers in the world. Gloved hands down. In fact, I can’t remember a time of pop culture consciousness in my life when he wasn’t miles above and beyond everyone else in terms of brand name status. The Beatles, Elvis… Sure, but they had all stopped active entertaining by the time I was aware of such things. No, it was always just Michael at the top. In the beginning that stature was for his immense musical and theatrical talent. More recently it has been for less noble press.

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Take A Shot Of History

When it comes to drinking – especially in the South – it’s generally best to have a really good occasion on which to drink. Because no one in the South would just sit around and drink for no reason, that’s just silly talk by silly people (in their serious suits). No, you need something special to help commemorate the occasion. Perhaps some fancy glasses would help…

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Extreme Gardening

Even though gardening has seen a healthy spike in interest this year (all things “recession” are tres chic at the moment), it still seems to suffer from a lack of cool with the kiddos. And since it’s important to me to reach this demographic, I wanted to do my part to make gardening a bit more “hip” and “with it.”

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Commodal Joy

You never know what you’ll learn while reading a computer book. Sometimes it’s actually stuff about computers, but every now and then a much more important tidbit of truth will catch your eye.

So whilst learning about the internets just now, imagine my shock, joy, amazement and embarrassment to learn that toilets have birthdays.

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Waking Up Lost

Hey there, Internet Strangers:

Rip Van Winkle here, waking up from a long blog siesta. My alarm was set for the season finale of Lost (It’s kind of like a sporting event, you really only need to catch the last quarter). And let me tell you, I’m ready. I had a fresh Dharma shipment land outside my door this morning, so rations are go. Here are a couple of cold ones the polar bears have been keeping chilled for me:

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Happy Waitangi Day!

I hope that you and yours – and those over there – all have an excellent and festive Waitangi Day. Remember to celebrate in the traditional way, which is to celebrate as non-traditionally as possible.

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Noob

This is Jason. Jason is a good friend of mine from bygone college days, and we were recently able to catch up and hang out, all the while comparing gray hairs and tattoos of responsibility. But Jason wins on that front, because not only is he married with two kids – and a third on the way – but he’s also about to get his PhD. If he would just pay his taxes then he’d be a fairly responsible member of society.

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Dave's Top 10 Albums of 2008

Speaking of procrastinating, I decided it was finally time I did my music geek duties of putting together a Top 10 list. The world has been just dying to know what I liked over the past twelve months, and who am I to deny them any further?

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My New Years' Resolution

I’ve been meaning to write this up for a while now, but have just been putting it off. What with the holiday festivities, and taking showers, and browsing the internets… Well, you understand.

Anyway, I thought it was high time to share at least one of my new years’ resolutions with everyone, mainly because I need your help in keeping me accountable. Together we can keep me on track.

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Merry Christmas

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn…

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Facing The Challenge

Lately, I’ve been giving a lot of serious, careful, testosterone-fueled thought to the idea of buying an oversized 12-ton pickup truck that would really only be practical for extreme obstacle course use. (This size is an overestimation on my part, but deep down I sincerely want it to be that large. I want it to be large enough to have decent suspension while I’m hauling several Starbucks franchises out near the obstacle course, for greater convenience.) …

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Falling Back Forward Again

As you may have noticed, my website looks like it’s been changed. Adjusted. Almost different-like. This isn’t just another one of your episodes, I actually did change things around. Hopefully the new website will be clean and easy to use… because I had to do something, and relatively quickly…

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Yes, We Can Mix

I’ll spare you the passive-aggressive email forward tactic of “regardless of your political bent, this is important…” Because the truth is, if you’re not an Obama supporter, you won’t like this item. And even if you are, it’s not inherently important; it’s just fun. The always slick DJ Z-Trip has put together a pro-Obama dj set, that also just happens to be a very cool mix. Enjoy. And vote; for whomever you choose, but vote…

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The McCain of My Dreams
In our hurried and frantic Starbucks-fueled culture, it’s unfortunate that we often don’t have the time or the attention span to carefully weigh facts. Facts such as those posited to us through low-production presidential election ads. This is unfortunate for many reasons, but the main one is because we desperately want to better know these individuals. You know, sit down with them for a chat, and have them buy our over-priced Starbucks for us in hopes of endearing themselves long enough to secure our vote…
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