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Apr.04.2014
Time for those first world blues, sung to you by me.  "Power up your computer, and wait while everything starts. "Plug-ins start crashing, you know nothing will respond. "Go through fifteen minutes of cursing, gritting your teeth all the while. "When it finally starts running, you find the...
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Feb.28.2014
Remember the three finger salute? Control-Alt-Delete. Microsoft made it popular.  When programs or your computer stopped responding or hung up, you'd use the three finger salute to terminate the offending application or service or shut down your system and reboot. I could have used that this...
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Nov.22.2013
It's the most wonderful time of the year, that time when I buy a fresh batch of razor blades. See, I buy my blades at Costco.  Gillette Trac II razors, they have two blades each and come in a pack of fifty-two.  That was perfect.  There's fifty-two weeks in the year.  I'll have...
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Nov.19.2013
I've been meditating on what my wife said the other day:  "We seem to be experiencing some charmed days now.  Everything is going very well."  Cautiously, not wanting to anger the Fates, I agreed with her as she elaborated.  It has been a moderately tough year in some ways but...
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Oct.03.2013
More first world blues, local business edition. A year or more ago, our city council decided to reward one company with the trash pick up and recycling business.  Before then, several companies were contracted.  Nobody was complaining but apparently the thought was that having just one...
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Oct.03.2013
Work is trying to drag me down.  Conspiracy theorists dwell in my mind.  They like nothing better than silence and lack of responses from others to build mighty epics about what's going on elsewhere.  Management silence reigns at work, disturbing, foul silence.  My inner...
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Aug.31.2013
Entering the kitchen the morning after a big party and encountering counters full of dirty dishes and empty bottles.  Realizing that it’s later than you thought and that you can’t stay in bed any longer. Reading a gripping book and being forced to set it aside to ‘do things’. Putting on a...
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Aug.29.2013
It's a cool, quiet Thursday, rich with Autumn textures.  A cuppa joe is in me.  The first meetings are over, the emails all answered.  It's a good time for a work rant, another chorus in my first world blues. This is the email chorus.  Sing along if you're familiar with it....
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Jul.26.2013
More first world blues are setting in.  Narcissist that I am, I need to sing about them. Been a sleepless night, with Scheckter taking another turn for the worse.  I’d been hopeful, since he’d been showing such great signs of improvement but here he is, pissing blood, vomiting, and then...
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Jul.25.2013
Here we go again, another chorus of first world blues.  It’s one of those days for the computers and electronic devices when their biomechanical rhythms cause them to all have issues.  You know how it is when modern conveniences go bad, right?  We’re conditioned by advertising to...