Tuesday, January 18, 2011

another thing

Another of the thousand great things must be cheap wine in large bottles.
Oh, sure, there was a time when I believed that "life is too short to drink cheap wine", but it turns out that life lasts a little longer than I thought. It certainly lasts longer than my budget for wine, so do I get 1 glass a day of good wine, or 1/2 liter of cheap wine?
No one is here to criticize, so I'm going for the jug from the grocery store.
Easily one of the 1000 good things.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

My own 1,000 things

I just watched the Awesome presentation on Ted.com: http://www.ted.com/talks/neil_pasricha_the_3_a_s_of_awesome.html
The speaker is the man who put up "1,000 awesome things" blog site. It's a good talk. I'm going to try to put his Attitude/Awareness/Authenticity into practice. And at least for a while, I'm going to try to find my own 1,000 things that make me happy.

First that comes to mind is heat: I have electric heat, gas heat, and wood heat. I don't have to be cold if I don't want to be. The temperature is below freezing and there's snow on the ground. I am warm.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


I'm trying something new, a bioblog. I'll try a sort of one-page advertisement for myself as a demonstration and summary of what I think I can provide in the way of document creation.
For me, it's more than just technical writing. Providing a customer with "documentation" includes an understanding of what the customer needs from the software; it may also include document design: templates, font selection, and some skill in designing a document that can be served as PDF, as HTML, DocBook, or context-sensitive help.
And one should not forget that selection and manipulation of images, screen shots, and other illustrations is part of the full package.
It's a LOT more than just writing.

Of course, since I am skilled at all of these things, I have a clear bias. I think I am the one to do all of this for a customer. I don't say I'm the _only_ one, of course.
That would be egotistical.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

I am not alone

Among all the myriad other reasons I believe I'm part of a large crowd, I find myself at the start of another year vowing to post more often. So does everyone else.
I am normally not given to "New Year Resolutions", preferring instead to spend January 1 just doing what I wish to do more of in the coming year, and avoiding what I want less of from it.
I try to read and wargame and cook, but skip cleaning the gutters and vacuuming the house.
I would, however, really like to post more entries online, especially as I am keeping the wargame table assembled full-time now.
In a follow-up to what I see was my last post, I once again failed to complete the NaNoWriMo effort in November to write a complete novel in a month. That time, I got to about 16,000 words before I lost interest. And if it doesn't interest me while I write it, no one else will care about it either.
Nuff said.