Ugh, this week is not going to be terribly fun. There are way too many things due this week, especially at the end of it. It is really unfortunate, but I guess this IS what they do every year to us right before our Spring Break. Turned in a project today, have another due on Friday. Have a homework due Friday. Have a test tomorrow and a quiz on Friday. All around, makes for a very busy week.
In other areas, I have decided that I really really like the theme that I have here on my blog. I have decided that I am going to do something similar if not the same as the theme on the blog so that my site is rather uniform. If I don’t do the same thing (because I have to do some extra coding to make the theme work), then I might just use the theme as inspiration. After I have finished the visual redesign (over the course of the next few weeks/the rest of this month), I will focus on the content of the rest of the site along with the back-end of the site so that the content can be more dynamic.
<rant> as a side note, my room mate has evolved from just running a single Runescape account to running two Runescape accounts AT THE SAME TIME! I just said to him “wow… talk about wasting time!” </rant>
The news of Facebook’s terms of service changes has hit the blogosphere pretty hard recently. See the page I saw pop up on Digg at the bottom of this blog post.
So Facebook’s change is that they now claim ownership over any and all of the content you post on the site FOREVER. The biggie for most people is the fact that this encompasses accounts that are canceled. It is commonly the idea that if you have information you don’t want on Facebook anymore, you will simply cancel the account, but such is no longer the case. On top of this, Facebook is now claiming 175 million users… that is 175 million users that all have their information at the mercy of Facebook’s whimes. We shall see what happens with this… wonder how many will be lost to attrition compared to the growing numbers that are constantly being gained. Is Facebook becoming the new Google in the sense that they are getting so big that they can do whatever they want?
So I seem to have run into a wall for my next blog post. I have actually started 2 or 3 other blog posts so far and have been unable to finish them to my own satisfaction. Either I feel like they don’t have enough content or that they need more thought before I post them for the world to see. So, in the mean time, any suggestions for topics to write about?
What is truly so great about New Years Eve? Some people would say the parties. Others would say the bringing in of a brand new year. Others would go with the fact that we are on the doorstep of a new year to screw up. Others say that we have a blank slate to work with and they make New Years Resolutions. But that view point really depends on pessimism vs. optimism. Can’t argue that in the end.
I find this New Years Eve as the first one in about 4 years where I haven’t gone out and done something. Last 3 years have been over at Marlowe’s house since her mother has put on a big New Years party every year. This year… my friends are all out of town and I am going to be sitting at home enjoying some Champagne with my parents and probably going to sleep right about 12:30 or so. Exciting right? Heh, not really. Maybe we will find a good movie or something else to do. 5 hours and counting.
So just a warning before I even really start this post, there is bound to be some rantings in this post regarding Alzheimer’s and the issues I have with my grandmother’s condition. On to the post.
So my grandparents have arrived here for the Christmas holiday. Their visits seem to revolve around the holidays of the year. Sometimes it is Thanksgiving, other times it is Christmas (like this time), and even other times it resides with some other holiday that typically involves leaving the house. But see, my father’s parents aren’t the type for going out because it makes for such a big todo. But that is besides the point.
Watched the movie Leatherheads this evening and I found that I really liked it. The setting was 1925, and of course that coincided with prohibition across the US. One thought led to another, like usual, and I began thinking about what actually makes alcohol such a taboo item in society today and yet the most advertised (legal?) drug on the market. In reality it really isn’t all that taboo. Just like smoking was a societally accepted habit just 20 (30?) years ago. All the cool kids did it… now there is an age limit on it. A large number of people argue that if you can go off and fight and die for our country, you should be able to drink. There are others that argue that you shouldn’t be allowed to drink till you are 21 so that your brain has sufficient time to mature first (don’t know what scientific fact that is based on… how can you put a date on the maturity of a brain without taking into account all the other things that factor into “maturity” on a case by case basis?). Do I know how things SHOULD be handled? I would never presume to know even remotely enough about the situation. What truly irks me is that politicians decided they did know enough on the subject. What gives the politician the idea that he knows better than I do?
That of course brings me to politicians… but I think that should be saved for a much much later blog post.
As for Alzheimer’s… the disease that kills your brain and then you. I really hate it, and especially how it destroys what could be family enjoyment. Examples are obvious all over the place. Look at movies like the Notebook (great movie by the way) and everyday situations that are seen in nursing homes around the country (and even the world… but I am not so worldly as to assume I know they are called nursing homes everywhere). I get the reminder everytime I see my father’s parents. My grandmother has Alzheimer’s and I am reminded of it everytime they come to visit. It is of course EXTREMELY prevelant in everyday conversation with her. She can get an idea for something to write down and sit in front of the computer (assuming she makes it there) for hours on end with just 2 somewhat coherant sentences sometimes. It truly is devastating to see, and it is worse to watch as it destroys her ability to interact with us. Instead of being able to share a continuous conversation about a multitude of subjects, we end up on a single or couple topics of conversation that come up OVER AND OVER AND OVER. You tell her about one thing and eventually it gets too complicated to tell her the same thing again and it is easier to go with one or two syllable responses. It is unfortunate, but it is just the way things have become. “No, we don’t need you to bring a cake, just some fruit.” The most common way a conversation during the course of a day with her… and that is multiple times. That particular sentence was said to her 4 times the other day until my father had her write it down. The simple truth is the disease SUCKS!!!!
That is it for my Alzheimer’s rant. Soon to come is a break down of my present feelings about my laptop with some possible more rants about Alzheimer’s. I promise to keep them totally separate.
So, there is this whole “State of Emergency” going on in New Hampshire right now. Why? Because people are stupid. That is my summation. Maybe I am just naive or something like that, I don’t know. I just think that it is so thoroughly stupid to think that if you hold utility workers “hostage” that they will give you special treatment. It just doesn’t work that way. If they have to fix things in a certain order to get power back up and running then that have to fix things in a certain order.
The rioting and looting I at least can understand the motive behind. When desperate, human instincts and survival of the fittest take over. But holding hostages just doesn’t accomplish anything in my opinion, especially when there is a set way to get things done. Ah well, that is my rant of the day.
I find myself over this holiday break drawn not to playing any of the new video games that we have (granted “new” is being used loosely even there since we haven’t gotten a new game in over a year). So what game is it that my little brother and I have begun playing again? We are playing Super Mario 64. Yes, I have already gotten all 120 stars on it before and have beaten bowser all 3 times, but the game has a certain level of allure to it that has some drawn at least me back to it.
Other games that I am thinking about playing right now for no other reason than to play something? I might beat Zelda again… yeah, the Ocarina of Time. Have beaten that one too, and in rereading what I have written thus far I see that I am such a nerd, it’s pretty funny. Ah well, of course the other game that I really want to play, but sadly don’t own it, is Civilizations 4. Looks good and I haven’t played a Civ game in years. Loved those games and wish to get the new one… should I decide to buy it for myself though, I haven’t decided if I will get it for the Mac or the PC. The conundrum is that if I get it for the Mac, then I could play it on my new laptop, however I might just end up playing during classes if I do that though, which isn’t a great idea. If I get it for PC, my desktop computer would continue to be my main gaming machine, but I will be betraying my new laptop. Course I could install Windows on my new laptop… I don’t like that idea at all! Well anyway, that is the thought process behind that purchase which I might just make following this holiday season. We shall see is all I really have to say about it though.
Regardless of that video game decision (which probably it isn’t a very good idea in the first place since the next semester is going to be so so damn hard), I have other things to focus on now over both the break and during the next semester besides video games. Not that that issue will even come close to stopping me from playing them, but we shall just have to see how it goes.
So I find myself here again, like every year, wondering “what the hell am I going to get for everyone.” Out of my immediate family, I have something planned for my mom and brother, but have totally failed to come up with anything for my father. Is it bad that I run into this same issue EVERY year with buying for my dad? I really should solve this problem at some point… too bad his favorite things to do are all things that I don’t really have experience with and hence don’t know how to buy for his desires.
Another issue I have with the holidays is how darn commercialized they are. It simply bothers me how the gift giving of Christmas is not as much a thing to be “felt from the heart” but is designed for the corporate market to earn an extra buck off of people. I have just about come to the conclusion that very few people are even sincere about their gift giving now and instead feel they are required or that it is their duty to give gifts. Thank you world media for ingraining this thought process so thoroughly that the giant corporate monsters of companies can continue to earn monies even in bad times.
Ok, that’s enough ranting about that. In other areas, I am planning on doing a rather brief review of my new laptop once I pull it out of the box. I know I am extremely behind all the normal reviews of the new Macbook Pro, but I just think it is fitting to do a review of it near the beginning of my blog… gives the blog a different feel from simply being my own rantings. Besides, some useful information on the blog would definitely be a plus and might actually promote it to get a hit or two from google.