Horatio’s Philosophy


Hi gang.

It’s been crazy as usual. Trying to prepare myself for this blizzard. That’s what I get for thinking Winter was over. Technically we still have another week, so I guess it’s going out with a bang.

A few things are happening. The most important is that I’m going to be using this site full time now. The company hosting my current site, Flavors.me, is going out of business. Can’t say that I’m surprised as their service sucked. The configuration options were pretty rudimentary and there were a lot of times when my content was stale. I complained quite a bit about that. I did the best that I could with it. I got some traffic but I never really got into developing it like I’d anticipated. Actually the same can be said of this site but that was more due to being busy, lazy or non-committed. That is about to change. I dunno though..do people really consume blogs like they used to? Seems to me everyone is into micro-blogging, ie Twitter these days. People are so used to instant gratification. No one seems to savor anything anymore. It’s all gimme gimme next!

I often wonder how the changes in social media and interaction affect the ability of people to be social. The allure of anonymity, the rapid spread of apathetic callous behavior has resulted in a dissonant fractured society in my opinion. People are forgetting how to be people. While social issues are given more awareness, the connections between us are becoming more fragile and less appealing. People are withdrawing into themselves.

The other day, I was going out to the store. I was looking for a jacket to wear that didn’t make me look as fat as I’ve become. I tossed on a few and decided to go with my trusty hoodie. After I’d driven a block and crossed the light, I realized that I didn’t have my phone. I’d left it in one of the jackets I’d tried on. For a moment I thought I should head back but then I questioned myself as to why. I was only going to the store. Why would I need my phone? That got me to thinking about how addicted I’d become. It was as if something was missing. Like I’d left without a part of me. As I processed that thought I suddenly realized that I was more in tune with what was going on around me. It was a very strange feeling. Almost like reliving the past. This, I said to myself, is how I used to be. This is me. Holy shit, who have I become? It was an epiphany but a short lived one. As soon as I got home, I was right back to being attached to it, having to respond to texts that I’d missed from an in progress conversation and explaining my lapse.

Another thing that I noticed is that people don’t call each other anymore. What ever happened to the good old conversation? I’m a yapper by nature. Talking is what I do best. Texting, not so good. It loses the nuance. I fucking miss nuance. Text very often gets misinterpreted and I spend a lot of time explaining what I mean by what I’m saying. It very often leads to misunderstandings that I would rather not have to navigate.

Anyway, I just thought I’d let those of you that suffer through my posts that I will be relocating my primary site here. That means you will be hearing and seeing much more of me from now on. In that spirit I am so grateful for your interest and I hope there will be beautiful partnerships as a result.

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Glitching and itching


It’s 4 AM. I should be asleep but I had to get up and pee. I’m on this “diet” for lack of a better word, where I’m taking Garcinia Cambrogia. It seems to be doing something or maybe it’s just my mind wanting it to work so badly. It makes me pee quite a bit. So now I’m back in bed and I figured I’d write a quick blog. Of course, the WordPress app is glitching on me. So instead of it being a quick post, it turns into me fighting with my phone. I selected the post a photo option and hit the icon, and nothing happened. So I’m repeatedly stabbing at this icon wondering why nothings happening. It’s amazing that even in this form of technology, we find ourselves still banging on it in hopes that it will make it work. It’s as if the sheer force of my finger will correct the problem with the app. Anyway, as you can see, I got to work eventually.
I’ve bought several new bracelets that I like. I like them so much that I fell asleep with them on. I have one that is made of links. The links are angular and have pointy corners. I sleep with my arms under my head so the pressure of my head is constantly pressing into this bracelet causing it to dig in my skin. It’s as if my wrist has a mini crown of thorns, so in that sense I kind of understand what Jesus allegedly went through. I know, it’s a stretch, but that’s as far as I will go to participate in the holiday atmosphere. As you may know, I’m an atheist, but I do recognize people’s need to believe in something greater than themselves. I can respect that. I am however I’m amused at the whole resurrection story. Here’s my take on what I think actually happened. I think there was a person by the name of Jesus that went around spreading his beliefs and teachings. People were so taken by this guy that they started making stuff up. One minute he’s walking on water, the next minute he’s feeding 5000 people with a happy meal. The Romans, hearing about all of these things and fearing that he was becoming more influential than their leader, decided to take this dude down a notch. This is, to this day, a typical response whenever you become famous. People will bring you down. In any case, we know how that turned out. They brought him before the ruler, and asked him to show them his bag of tricks. That didn’t work out so well, so they decided to make an example of this guy by publicly crucifying him. Once he was buried, some of his followers fearing that the movement was in jeopardy, decided to steal his body and start rumors that he had come back to life. I mean, think about it. If you had been beaten, tortured, and crucified, and were able to come back to life, wouldn’t you at least take a victory lap through the Roman courtyard? In any case, people need their symbols because it gives them hope. I don’t find anything wrong with that except when you become so insistent that other people believe as you do or else they are bad people.
So as I’m starting to feel myself fading back into Lala land, I’ll share with you a couple of my latest photos. I hope you like them.

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Science!


Technology is amazing. This week I received my iPhone 4S. I was very excited to find out what Siri could do for me. The one thing that impressed me the most is the accuracy of the voice recognition. The other thing that I discovered is that I need to speak clearer when dictating. This post is done entirely using voice recognition on my iPhone. for many years I have looked for voice recognition software that was accurate enough to use. My issue is carpal tunnel syndrome. Being a systems programmer, I spend a lot of hours at the keyboard. Over the years this has caused me to have problems with my wrists. I am able to manage by using the natural keyboards, but I stopped using them when I bought my most recent keyboard, which was so hot that I could not avoid it.
I’m rather pleased with the purchase. Siri has a lot of potential. I’m impressed by its functionality even in the beta stage. The absolute coolest thing that I have done with it is to set reminders. This may not seem like much but when you think of something, having the ability to just say it and have it stored immediately, is a wonderful thing. Plus you get the flexibility of being able to have a reminder based on location. For instance, I can say remind me to get something when I am at this location. It will then mark your GPS location, and the next time you are there, it will know to remind you. You can also say, the next time I leave my house, remind me to get gas, for example. I can say, tomorrow when I am at the store, call my brother. That is fucking awesome.
As with all new technology, there have been a few glitches, but nothing that rises to the level of it being a major problem. I am impressed to say the least. And, I know you’re thinking this, I’m not an Apple fanboy. I do however really like the iPhone product. I used Windows phones for a bit maybe some three years ago or more. I started with an iPod touch to replace my MP3 player. From the moment I started using it I was completely blown away at how simple it was to use, and all of the functionality. I said to myself, imagine if this was in a phone that would be sweet. And hence that was what led me to purchase my first iPhone. I will say this to you, and it is no exaggeration, that since I bought my first iPhone I have had one in my hand constantly day and night. I sleep with them I wake up with them. I use them for practically everything I do during the course of a day. I use it for remote-control, reminder, media player, camera. You name it, it does it all for me.
Now I understand that there are people who support using android phones, and good for them. This isn’t about hyping one choice over another. It just works for me and I’m very happy. The two main reasons why I prefer using an iPhone are security, and ease-of-use. Well, make that three, they have a very huge app selection. The apps have extended my creativity to a point that I never thought possible in a handheld device. Which leads me to my next purchase, and iPad. Again, since I purchased it, I have not put it down. I can’t think of any other piece of technology I purchased I can say that about.
Okay so, moving along, one of the other things I wanted to share with you is the fact that I have been using Soundcloud for about a month to distribute my music. As of this post I have over 500 listens on my songs. I used to Reverbnation website for about a year now and I have about 700 listens. So in just about a month I have almost equaled the same amount of traffic that I have on the Reverbnation site in one year. I attribute that to the fact that, one, the website is iPhone friendly. Two, you are able to target your tracks to groups of people that are interested in that particular genre. This is excellent for me because of the variation of music that I create for several genres. So all in all I am very happy with the results that I have accomplished within the past month. I am able to expand my creativity to new levels and I am also able to share these things with you much quicker and easier.
Science is a beautiful thing.