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Originally published at Lord Andrei's Blog. Please leave any comments there.

Today is the day that my dental work, occurs. Last night I was prepped by sleeping with Prince Valium and this morning I have taken a Halcion. I will be in procedure for roughly 5 hours.  The initial effects of he drug are only beginning to knock on the outside or to my brain. Just [...]

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Originally published at Lord Andrei's Blog. Please leave any comments there.

A delay for the Armchair Director for some fun outpatient surgery.

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In years past I've thought of doing this.

Knowing how inadequate my follow-thru is...

I'm going to attempt to make it thru Blogathon this year.

I've chosen Planned Parenthood to be the charity I am running for.

(I don't expect a lot of sponsorship)

The idea of Blogathon is that starting this Saturday (at 6am) I will make a post at least once every 30 minutes for 24 hours.

If I actually make it to Fire of Lunasagh that will be amusing.

If you want to sponsor me in this... go to:
http://www.blogathon.org/pledge.php?blogid=614

For more information, see the blogathon FAQ

EDIT1: If you wish to sponsor you'll need to create a Blogathon acct
EDIT2: I have been reminded by family members and friends via IM that I am not 18 anymore and to REALLLY consider if staying up saturday night will kill me :)
EDIT3: Because I can't read... It starts at 6am not 6pm
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That the site TopBlogArea.com today considers me the 14th top Personal blog.

Ahh, the joy of new blog tracking sites. Zzzzzz
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Well, as of about just before 1 this morning, I became a contributing author to a web blog. And this one is completely off of LiveJournal.

My first post is live on Seattle's Metroblog. To those who like their blogs LJ style, it's syndicated at: [livejournal.com profile] seametblog

My first story is located on the site and can be easily found at this link.

Guess, I'll have to work on my writing skills.
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So, for my moving trip, I really got into posting to Buzznet. It lets me email photos from my phone directly to the blog.

So, Now I will shamelessly whore them. Initial membership is free. You can upgrade to have individual skins and extra profile photos, but I'm doing just fine without.

If you are interested in checking them out, go to the following link:
http://www.buzznet.com/www/subscribe/?friend=lordandrei

Yes, this will get me buzznet karma if you sign up thru this link.

It's kinda cool and I'm looking for a way to unify my buzznet and LJ feeds into one feed.

Hrmn... ;)
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Well, healthwise I'm up to about 75-80%. I can tell because I made breakfast. Well, I assisted with Breakfast.

I spent the morning tagging posts. I have gone back 80 posts. Finishing 2 of which that were dangling. I can't go back further because LJ seems to no longer like the idea of:

http://www.livejournal.com/users/<myjournal>/?skip=80

I will do it from the month view as time permits.

Since I have no sense of self organization, I currently have 67 different tags. I tend to use 3-4 tags on average per post, I know one had 7 tags.

My current top ten tags are behind the cut
Top ten tags: )
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Warning: I am as stated earlier sick. My tone and opinion may move about during this post. Such is the effect of having a gut reaction and then philosophizing as you type.

Today, on an off chance I heard a regular blogger talking about "Blogebrity"... Yes, that's really the name.

For those who have not been touched by this ounce of Newsstand-GQ-People sensationalism, let me explain:

Blogebrity has established The connsumate list of bloggers. (Oh, for wish that blink still existed as an html tag to truly convey the hollywoodesque, dripping sarcasm, that this deserves.

Blogebrity has gone so far to create an A-List, B-List, and C-List of who YOU should be reading.

Now, I realize these comments may doom me forevermore to the just recently established "D-List". Now, if you've managed to inadvertently cause a following for your writing... Bully for you. If however, there is a compelling need to transcend the list of the nameless masses to garner their favouritism... perhaps the art of blogging has taken a left turn at Albuquerque and gotten lost in the futile search for the world famous Albuquerque Holiday Inn.

This of course makes little sense. Please refer to previous post where I state that I am sick and unfocussed. I have personally walked that tightrope of wanting to write what I feel, what I think, and what I wish others would (well frankly) get through their heads. I have also fallen prey to the monster of ego.

Ooh, what do people think of my content? Should I censor that thought? Should I just post or should I let [livejournal.com profile] shimmeringjemmy edit though it first so it actually looks like English?

Blogging (in my eyes, YMMV) was intended as a tool to write and to publish. Inevitably, a tool created for one purpose will inevitably be used in any manner regardless of the designer's intent. Motion pictures begot Television begot Television Advertising begot Infomercials. We can be assured that the pioneers of HTML and javascript really had no aspiration that one day their technology might make it easy to pop-under X-10 cameras or autolink Orbitz flash games to a travel site.

A tool is what you make of it. If you want to juggle chain-saws rather than cut down trees with them, I'm pretty sure without proper care and training, you will find the practice fairly 'armless. (I have no idea why I felt the need to go there). Likewise, blogging can be informative, it can be fluff, or it can be a tool to further an internet presence with absolutely no real content at all.

I took the time to actually speak to the founder of Blogebrity... or at least the razor toothed-icon that represented the Blogebrity presence on AIM. The system really seems to try to work in a method similar to the Neilsen system... At least when that rating system worked. Lists are generated by readership and link-throughs. So.. how many people are reading a blog and more importantly, taking something from it.

This system seems fair enough. And the little-razor-toothed-icon-avatar-of-Blogebrity was friendly enough. Eventually, they hope to have a list for every blog out there. I noted that the statement seemed to carry the need for classic horror lighting and thunder. The question becomes... does the rating and categorization of blogs and blog content devalue that content. Do we run the risk of performance anxiety? (Oh, I so wanted to link a picture of Cindy Brady in the classic stage fright stare)

The answer, much like going to the elves for counsel, is both Yes and No. Like the arrival of AOL on the internet, you will increase the gene pool, no matter how dearly some of it really needs to be flushed. Good stuff will get better, bad stuff will get worse.

Theoretically, however, Blogebrity will find a way to filter the Whedonesque genius of small but intense followings from the hive-minded banality of the masses waiting to see if Chandler will wear a monkey again this season. Or maybe not. In truth, I'm really not sure it actually matters. *grin*

But hey, maybe I'm missing my chance at realllllll virtual stardom. If you think so, feel free to write the little razor-tooth'ed icon at blogebrity@gmail.com or talk to the icon yourself on AIM.

Personally, I'm going back to scarfing Ricola.

Edit: I did in fact successfully make my saving throw. At no point in my conversation with Blogrebity did I pitch my journal :)
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http://lordandrei.buzznet.com/user/
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I am fairly easily distracted. Such is ADD that many adults in my age group now seem to suffer from as easily as clogged sinuses.

I sit here at 12:15 am waiting for my pain killers to kick in... 3 root canals in one day. Even my dentist thought I was mad. And that was trying to find his way through what apparently was complex nerves.

So, one of my duties this week has been to repair an iBook that I personally managed to munge. In a stellar act of bravado, I clobbered the iBook by installing the new version of Mac OS, Tiger.

I tried a few repair methods in Seattle and now have the sick 'pooter here at my home office. My next planned attempt was to install a bare-bones OS onto one of my firewire drives to have a running scratch space from which to run some disk utils. So I found my old 10 Gig FW drive. I got this drive while I was in San Diego.

Opening the drive to peruse it, I found an encrypted 500 MB partition. Amazingly, I not only had the software to open it, but remembered the password. Oh, the treasures I found there. Not the least of which was a journal that dated to BEFORE my live journal days... BEFORE my California days. Matter of fact, one of my favourite entries right at the beginning reads:

5/9/98 9:21 AM (Pacific)
...
Okay…more reasons for the Journal. I’m taking this OTO thing that I’ve done fairly seriously. I’m not sure if this is good or bad. So hopefully, I’ll now be able to analyze that through punching it out in written (typed) form.


To put this in perspective, this entry occurred 20 days after my 1° which was also 55 days after my Minerval. That's right, less that 60 days in from joining the order and I'm talking about, "... this OTO thing..." and whether or not taking it fairly seriously, "...is good or bad." heh.

Later in the post I go on to say:
Do what thou wilt, shall be the whole of the Law. Eleven simple words that I’d already made a part of my life before I even met ΘΗΛΕΜΑ,

I marvel at my ignorance at noticing the phrase had eleven words and how little the number eleven meant to me then.

But I look at the journal then as I look at the one I have now.

Large canyons of space between entries. References to things I need to go back and fill in. Formulations of big ideas that trail off quickly. *sigh* Times that I think it'd be nice to start typing and not stop until I was done. Wishings that I could go back and find every, "I'll get back to this" and make a list so I could get back to them.

And most importantly, the discipline to keep up the progress. Not merely to post publicly, but to post my feelings without prodding the audience for a response. To post my private thoughts to me more often and consistently. And to finish what I start.

I view myself as a work in progress. Some things I have improved noticeably on in short amounts of time. Some things have changed in a more subtle way over much longer period of time. Some things haven't progressed anywhere nearly as much as I've wanted to. Some things have barely moved at all.

I am in a transition into a new phase of my life. Maybe this will be another thing that really begins to improve.

As the famous, "They" often say... today is the first day of the rest of your life.

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