Some interesting thoughts from Joseph Campbell, whom I have not read, but have recently read quoted in Marshall Rosenberg's Nonviolent Communication book.
God is a metaphor for that which trancends all levels of intellectual thought. It's as simple as that.
I don't believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.
We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
"What will they think of me?" must be put asside for bliss.
Follow your bliss and doors will open where there were no doors before.
Lately I've been bored with IA and have been thinking about more creative efforts. In the real world, I've been thinking about returning to The Art Students League and in webspace, I've been thinking about learning more CSS.
The art thing... I've been thinking about breaking down and learning how to paint (the technical aspects), which is something I've always wanted to do since I was a wee little one. Somehow the fact that I always drew and started making little paper game booklets (with mazes, word finding games and jumbles) from about 2nd to 5th grade was missed on my parents. Art classes weren't encouraged, although Math and Science were. Somehow, the fact that I won 2 poetry awards in High School was also missed. Long story, short, I ended up becoming an Art History major rather than doing something creative like going to Art or Design school. Hours of therapy later, I realize how much that passion wasn't supported when it should have been. It's hard now to decide whether or not to take art classes, though, because the issue is attached to so much meaning and unfortunately also so much dissapointment and pain. But alas, I find myself thinking about it again. I've gone back and forth about learning to paint and have every time opted for taking courses that further my professional career (design classes, Flash, LIS classes, etc.) rather than one that satisfies my personal/life passions. So enough of that.
The CSS thing... Oddly enough, I really enjoy designing web sites. I am not really much of a designer (see above for reasons why), but I do enjoy pushing pixels around and eventually writing the markup and CSS that makes it work. So I've been trying to capture some of the basic CSS templates I have used that work and am thinking about experimenting/learning more CSS. First project I am going to undertake is re-doing Robin's site in table-less CSS. More on that soon...
It's been a month since we started living in Park Slope. I can't begin to say how happy I am to be here. We've been frequenting the Botanic Garden (check out the plants currently in bloom) and the Zoo regularly, which is great. The hood is very relaxed. There is an energy here that I've missed since moving out of Manhattan years ago. But it's a better energy, I find. It's very positive.
The food and cafe culture here is also awesome as well, by the way. I brought my laptop for a while to the Tea Lounge which has soft chairs you sink into, an huge selection of cofees and teas and great atmosphere. Since we've moved, however, I've been working at Starbucks pretty regularly, because I can use VPN over T-Mobile's HotSpot WiFi. That's great, but I really wish there were a free hotspot cofeehouse somewhere. This morning I was surprised to find the new little Prospect Perk Cafe had opened, selling great pastries and real coffee. A small coffee under a dollar! Take that, Starbucks.
I somehow feel that I've arrived and can take my life off hold again. If any of my Internet friends and colleagues are reading, these are some of the reasons I've been unavailable, along with the usual nesting/settling in that comes with a move.
Condemnation, whether it comes from around you or inside you, only robs the world of another dram of compassion.
Martha Beck in Expecting Adam
The music is excellent at the Starbucks in Park Slope today. The atmosphere isn't the Tea Lounge but there's WiFi. Today I brought my PC and WiFi card and tunneled into the VPN to telecommute from here. Life is kind. After a long hard winter, I deserve the little treat of being able to work from a cafe.
the most important thing i've learned so far this year has nothing to do with the web. it's my new found ability to cut and repair/solder burst pipe. Fascinating, I know.
If someone you don't know asked you what you do for a living and you didn't want them to know what you do and didn't care what they thought about you, what you say you did? That happened to me this morning. I told him the general industry I worked in, but as I walked away I started thinking, "hmmm, what could I have told him that would have sounded interesting or just outlandish and funny?" Robin suggested stand up comedian. I thought that was a good one. I was thinking plumber because I happened to be on my way to the plumbing supply store, but I think I actually wouldn't mind being a plumber. I wanted to think of something wacky but couldn't. Maybe it will come to me today.
I read on someone's blog that the sidekick has dropped to $49.99 so I bit the bullet and ordered one, even though my current phone contract runs out in april. Crazy? Maybe. But i am so disappointed in the treo gprs data usage because of fees and speed, so I just went ahead and bought it. At that price, I think I would still be saving money versus waiting until april and then paying full price for the sidekick -- just means i will spend an extra $120 on service on my old phone.
So i guess you'll see me soon at hiptop nation!
This is really great. New York State created the NY Doctor Profile site so you can research a doctor's background (educational, certification, professional activities) and find out if there are legal actions against them. It's really hard to find a primary care physician that takes your health care insurance (Aetna in my case) without word of mouth. This helps a lot to at least weed out obviously bad choices.
There is also New York Magazine's Best Doctors list, but I doubt that most of them take insurace.