Monday, February 28, 2011

Broken Promises needn't  worry! This won't be a serious blog post about relationships and integrity and all that mushy kinda stuff! As always, the things I write for you here are meant to entertain, and if the subject matter is serious, trust that there's a healthy bit of "tongue in cheek"-ness to it...more or less! But I do want to talk about broken promises. We were promised things as children (I am of course assuming that most of my readers are relatively close to me in age)! We were promised houses on what looked like giant stilts with flying cars that folded up into briefcases. We were promised more flying cars and hover-boards and 3D holograms and laser guns and colonies in space (at least a permanent moon-base). We were promised these things by movies and television...and in some cases, legitimate science. At this point we've got about 2 centuries to get into a United Federation of, LET'S GET A MOVE ON!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

One Misquote Can Ruin My Whole Day

When I think about an average day in my life, it's really rather boring! I wake up whenever. I eat crap for food. I go in to work. I come home and waste an untold number of hours on the internet. Like right now...I haven't been to sleep since Thursday night! I'll pass out sometime around noon for a couple hours and the whole thing starts all over again. But some days...very few lately, are incredible! I wake up with the sun, I'm productive (used here as a relative term). Bills get payed, social networks are used to communicate with friends that I really should speak with more, and I find something that inspires me yet still manages not to spur me into action. For reference, let's just imagine that the day I decided to put some actual effort into writing this blog was a day like that, or the day that I decided to switch to electronic cigarettes (which I promise I'll talk more about later). The point is, sometimes I'll be having a really good day... even work will be good! Until just before 11 o'clock!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Do they still teach kids to write in Cursive?

Well, the title pretty much says it all... do they? I recall (as will most of you, I think) an entire year of Elementary School (3rd Grade if I'm not mistaken) where everything I wrote HAD to be in cursive. I remember them teaching us all the little curly swirly letters, and being instructed to turn the paper at an angle to get that signature  cursive tilt. But, as I think about it now, I can't remember how to do a capital letter Q in cursive to save my life (lower case, yeah, I got that, but that damn capital Q....). 

And that's partly my point! How many of us actually write things by hand anymore, let alone use cursive! We all just type it on a computer...which has it's uses I suppose (BTW, thanks for reading!).  I grew up in the days when the computer was a new thing to have in a home as opposed to a necessity, when you actually used it to do work (no, that didn't last long at all) and not waste time on the internet (ah, those AOL chat rooms were fun... of course in hindsight I do wonder how many 40-something fat men I was talking to when I thought they were 14/f/michigan [don't go all Chris Hansen on me, I was also 14 at the time... "No Pedo"]),  when the coolest thing on a computer was Oregon Trail as opposed to interracial midget porn (no really, you gotta see it, she's so tiny and he' get the idea). The point being, that kinda stuff developed with me, I can't imagine what kids are doing with their time with all that stuff readily available at birth... Do kids still play outside with balls and bikes and sticks and stuff?