Week at Work Updates

I’ll say it again. I’m sorry, everyone. I read your blogs when I can, I comment when I’m able, and I care about what happens to you and what’s going on in your lives. I’ve missed our interaction. Please, know I’m out here trying my best to stabilize our situation and get back on my feet. When I can, I’ll be a regular visitor again, I promise. And not being there isn’t something against you, it’s my issue.

Things are mad at work. MAD. I have NO idea what I’m doing. I’ve been there for a month as of 1/9, and still feel like I don’t know what I’m doing. I have an ongoing project that I should be working on. Instead, I’ve been making problems where none existed before all by accident. I can’t believe I’m so dumb sometimes.

But things seem to have gone swimmingly this weekend. I managed a connection stream long enough to log in and check my servers at work and see if they kept on blowing up. They didn’t. I checked twice and both times they seemed okay. Thank the Lord!

All right, onward. Thank you to everyone who continues to come around and comment here. I’m so sorry, I want to reciprocate, I really do, but I don’t have the ability most of the time. My wife is there for both of us, and for those of you who follow me and she isn’t following you, please bear with us. We’re doing our best.

God bless and keep you, and I’ll see you when I can.

Be well and happy.

-JDT-

Be vewy vewy quiet…

I have nothing to say, so I’ll dump a bunch of random stuff all over you today.  Click away now if you don’t like that sort of thing, because here it comes:

  • I used to get a bunch of hits on my movie reviews, but lately, not much happens when I give ‘em. Which is weird, because it’s not like I ever talked about brand-new movies or reviewed current hits or anything. I’ve been able to see more recent movies since our library stepped up their game with DVDs, but I’m not a theater fan. Kids, cell phones, inconsiderate slobs…no thanks. Still, I wondered what might have changed in why my movie reviews have dropped in popularity. It’s sort of intriguing.
  • Since I’ve stopped blogging daily, it’s actually harder to come up with post ideas. I don’t have even the vaguest clue why that might be true. It’s weird.
  • Any post ideas I do managed to come up with seem to garner fewer and fewer views and comments. People are tired of whatever it is I’m talking  I about (or not talking about), and have gone on to other things. I think I’m also whiny and repetitious, and that’s a formula for blog obscurity. I thought about bringing back my marriage resume pages just to feel popular again. At least in India they liked me. *Sniff*
  • I don’t like deviantART anymore. I have no idea why. I just … don’t want to keep it up and stay there, even though I have friends I can’t contact anywhere else on the ‘Net. *Sigh*
  • I still haven’t started my new novel. Not word one. I’ve written a lot of Friday Flash pieces though. For some reason, I’m paralyzed on the new project and I’m completely out of excuses. Maybe I’m just burned out. Or talentless.
  • I liked what was happening when I had SEO stuff in my head and could write about things like jobs and poeple I saw on the train. I got nothin’ now.
  • I need a job. Big time. I just found out a lot of companies are bypassing resumes from people who are out of work. They’re only considering employed people who are looking for new positions. That seems stupid to me. If they dumped their last company, why won’t they dump you when a better offer comes along? Meanwhile, I’d be so grateful to get a job I’d cry and swear my allegiance in a blood oath or by killing someone. Or a chicken. But hey, what do I know?

Okay, enough’s enough. Maybe I’ll blog about bacon next week. That seemed like a big hit last time I did it.

God bless and have a great weekend, y’all.

Drive-by Rude-ing

You know, whenever I visit someone’s blog, I try to maintain some semblance of civility, especially if I’m visiting said blog for the first time. You never get a second chance to make a first impression, so why go out of one’s way to be an ass and ruin your one chance to be considered a nice person? (Plenty of time for proving yourself a genuine ass later, I always say.)

Recently, someone dropped by my wife’s blog and dropped a rude-bomb on me, suggesting she should dump me for another hubby. (Okay, that’s not bad advice, but it’s still rude. Hello! I’m in the ROOM.) It was just a joke, and probably not intended to be a barb, but it still offered me a slap across the face. The funny thing is, this person didn’t even know me, had no knowledge of me, didn’t visit my blog, nothing. Just … poof. It was a drive-by rude-ing*.

I don’t know if it’s just me, but mother taught me if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. If I’d lived by that I wouldn’t speak much, but still, the point can be made there’s no cause to say something rude. In other words, try not to miss an opportunity to keep your mouth shut. You might benefit from it someday. (Yes, I say things I shouldn’t say all the time. I just try not to say them to strangers about people they might like.)

Then again, there’s an anonymity to the Internet which affords many the opportunity to fly their freak flags and release their inner a$$hole like no other medium has before. Unlike our cars, which provide the illusion of anonymity, the shield of the Internet and cyberspace is real and definitive. It’s difficult or impossible to track someone to their home without court orders and a lot of time. So people feel free to drop the pretense of both brains and courtesy and let go with things they might not normally say in polite company like a pigeon drops crap – without thought or aim.

What is it about people which makes them think there’s no purpose, no reason, to be courteous and polite in pixels as they would be face to face? I’m willing to bet most of those dropping rude-bombs and being caustic pigs on the ‘Net wouldn’t dare act such in real life. Can you imagine our world where people acted like they do on the Internet? The murder rate would skyrocket. (Go ‘head, try being an a$$hole like that in Texas or Arizona and see if you don’t get a lead lobotomy for your trouble.)

How about you, o courageous readers? Do you have the cajones (cojones?) to be abrasive and disregard the feelings of others on the Internet? Do you try to remember there’s a human being on the other side of that cyber-wall reading the things you write? Do you keep in mind how difficult text-only communication can be, wherein there’s no facial expression or body language available? (I fail at this in epic proportions.)

Sound off and tell me what you think. Am I too sensitive and wussy? or should some of us make a last stand for human decency and common courtesy?

-JDT-

* – Had she done a similar thing on my blog to my spouse her comment would’ve been deleted post-haste, joking or no, and her IP banned from my blog. NO ONE insults my family on MY blog – the only one with a right to free speech here is me.

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Updates and Such

So, I told you all yesterday I finally finished the Super-Secret Real-Life Project (SSRLP).

With that off my plate, I can now do some other stuff. One is blogging on a semi-consistent basis. I hope to revive this thing as much as possible, but there are still some requirements for patience from all of you. For one thing, I still don’t have Internet access except through public channels. I’ll leave that to your imagination. What it means is, my wife and I have one computer which can consistently get on the Internet, and she has a lot to do each and every day. Another thing it means is, I might not be around to comment on YOUR blogs as much as I used to be. I’m sorry about that, everyone. I’m trying to at least READ your blogs, but commenting takes a LOT longer than it used to and I just can’t spend that much time doing it anymore. I’ll try, but no promises. So I’ll get on when I can and update when possible, but the job search thing has to take priority.

Yes, the job situation hasn’t changed. I still don’t have work. And now that the SSRLP is over, I have to look for one with every ounce of energy with which I dedicated myself to the SSRLP. Keep prayin’, y’all. We need all we can get.

My beloved remains confident we’ll be okay, but I have doubts. I know the economy is supposedly improving but I find that to be a crock. In my experience, things haven’t changed much in the last fifteen months and until and unless I see a change, I won’t consider it “better”. That’s just me maybe.

As for writing – well, let’s just say the SSRLP was sort of writing. Not what I wanted to do but something I could do. It’s better than nothing. So, when I think I can spill the gory details, I will. I’m not sure I can’t now, but I have to clarify a few things first. Then I’ll dish. Promise.

Football – well, I watched the Pro Bowl this last weekend. That was sort of like the world championship of flag football in a lot of ways. The AFC took the trophy and they will likely have their representative raising the Lombardi trophy also. Not my choice, but my prediction.

And other than that, there’s been nothing to report. A  lot of butt-in-chair time. A lot of stress. A lot of complaining and drinking coffee. OH, and we got an emergency extension for the unemployment benefits with nothing but a phone call, which was awesome. God is good! We’ll survive another couple of months before the hammer falls, at least.

There’s been a lot of spiritual growth. I’ve spent a lot of time in prayer. My buddy Raga did something awesome for us. We’re all joy and aglow with happy right now. So, that’s that.

How’s it by all of you?

-JDT-

Why, Yes … Yes it IS Me.

Finally! A chance to come up for AIR!

I’m sorry I’ve been away so long, beloved blogosphere. It’s been a really challenging couple of weeks. As most of you know we lost our Internet access a couple weeks ago and have been stealing bandwidth from unsuspecting victims in range. We only get a few megabytes of bandwidth, so there’s not a whole lotta updating the blog going on for me. In addition to that, the SSRLP was dominant in my life for that time. I got beat up good over that.

But you know what? The SSRLP is finally done. It’s finished. It’s in the hands of the people who wanted it.

And I know you want to know what it is, and all that jazz. A handful of you already know, but for those who don’t, the major announcement is coming soon. My wife was ready to break that news today, but I cried "foul" and told her I wanted to be the one to announce it.

So, here’s part one of that announcement: I’ve finished the SSRLP. I’ve turned it over to the owners. I will give you more as I have confidence I can say it.

I also want to tell everyone how sorry I am I haven’t been around to your blogs. Like I mentioned before, things are tough with a tiny bandwidth ribbon to use, and we’re lucky we have that … we don’t always. So I try to read your blog posts, I really do, but the last couple of weeks, I’ve not been able to. Forgive me. I hope to be back into a rotation soon.

I’m exhausted, and don’t have much else to say, so I’ll sign off. I’ll try and update more frequently now, but … you know. Bandwidth.

God bless everyone. We love ya.

-JDT-