Words, Weights, Whatever

Friday, September 22, 2006

When on the right track

I meet a lot of interesting people here at the

coffeeshop. One person is J. Though I've seen him here
for years, we've only started chatting beyond saying
"hi" over the last several months.

We share a lot in common. We have interest in
intellectual dialogue: human will, choice, etc. We
share a more humanistic view, being fascinated in
different ethnicities, cultures, and sub-groups.
Unlike me, though, he's more well traveled, having
lived in Japan for years and possessing a more
international outlook that I, who's lived my most of
my life in the U.S., shall never possess.

Passion is another characteristic we both share. J.'s
been at a crossroad recently, wondering where he
should go in his career. We discussed it several
times; his situation reminded me of my own recent
decision regarding that medical training position
versus blogging in the automotive industry.

Well, he recently made a decision.

J. decided to pursue a new career. After he made his
decision, he e-mailed all his friends and companions.
I saw one, C., yesterday, at the coffeeshop. She
excitedly relayed the news to me. Thus, when J. and I
saw each other tonight, I surprised him that I knew
his news.

We discussed his reasons at length. One thing J.
elaborated is how he finally felt he was on the "right
track" in his life, that his career choice matched his
personality. He had difficulty describing the
sensation, but his exuberance was splayed all over his
face. I know the feeling. I've felt the same way when
I accepted my current job, envy of my sister
non-withstanding (see earlier post). The best word I
can think of is that I--and J.--feel "solid" in our
choices. Unlike a ship that's meadering in a stormy
ocean, we feel it's currently smooth sailing. When J.,
though, wondered when we'd sink, I just shrugged and
said that's for another day.

"Carpe Diem"
(Seize the Day),

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Let's try this again

Hmmm. I sent a post this afternoon but it didn't show.
Let's try this again, shall we?


Did it post?

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And the winner is

Looks like e-mail client number three wins the prize
as my conduit for all things that blog. Interestingly,
it's the system that I least use on a regular basis.

"Carpe Diem"
(Seize the Day),

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Thursday, September 21, 2006


Here's another from a different e-mail address. Will
it be the tie-breaker? Will the text flow right?

Or will I have to reconsider resuming the old fashion
method of logging into Blogger to generate my posts?


How does it look?

"Carpe Diem"
(Seize the Day),

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Second test

Sending this post from a different e-mail program. Will the format be
different? Will the tex align, for example, or will I gasp at jagged edges
where there were none before.

Did it work?

"Carpe Diem"
(Seize the Day),

Joel A.

This is a test....

There's a feature in Blog that allows a blogger to post via e-mail. I
set up my blog to do so but the anti-spam software stopped me.

Well, I've received recognition from Blogger that I'm not a spammer.
Thus this post is a test of the system.


Did it work?

Carpe Diem (seize the day)

Monday, September 18, 2006

Adventurers in rpg misunderstanding

Talk about hilarious. While surfing a role-playing game (rpg) forum, I came across a post of a gamemaster (GM) who was having a problem with one of his players. Seems said player constantly contacted him about the next game and the GM wanted advice on how to make the guy stop.

Finding the post amusing, I sent a copy to my GM with the addition (in so many words), "Alright already about the next game. I'll stop contacting you. I just wish you had spoken earlier w/o posting for everyone to see." I knew it was my not GM since the original poster was out of state. I added a "smiley" symbol to notify him I was kidding.


I received a message from my GM the next day. He wanted me to call and discuss the matter, profusely apologizing that he had somehow offended me. I realized he had not fully read the message or the link and quickly called him. After an exchange of greetings, I told him the message had been a joke. After several exchanges, we finally clarified that he had had (in his words) a "blond moment" and, as I suspected, not read the message or link or even misinterpreted the smile symbol.

No more jokes on-line.

Carpe Diem (seize the day)

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