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October 22nd, 2014
08:14 pm

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I'm a writing slacker!
I did get some writing done. Not much, but at least I added to the section I was working on. And writing, like many activities, is culmative. When I was younger, I tended to do whatever in huge bursts of energy . . . and then do nothing on whatever for long periods or time or give up on whatever because I was so disappointed that I couldn't get something done quick. Now I know the wisdom of working steadily over time. Sustained effort over time usually pays off. Still, the Type A personality in me still feels like a slacker that I don't/am not able to write as much as Dickens did/Stephen King does in a typical writing session.

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October 21st, 2014
08:57 pm

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I might be dealing with a high guitar fret.
I have an Epiphone Les Paul. At the ninth fret, I noticed that there is some very unpleasant fret buzz. I tried adjusting the neck but apparently that's not the problem. I'm wondering if the fret needs to be leveled. The problem is that I've never done that sort of repair or have the tools to do so. Groan.

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October 20th, 2014
09:07 pm

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I usually don't discuss politics on my blog, at least not lately.
I was getting ready to fill out my abstentee ballot and I'm having a hard time making a decision. It seems like the choice is stab yourself with a knife or shoot yourself with a gun.

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07:40 pm

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Call of Duty Airborne is a lot of fun.
It's a first person shooter, an American soldier who is fighting against the fascists during WWII. I *finally* learned how to steer my guy's parashute towards the area/target I want. I was able to take out the main target of the third level by going right to the area instead of getting killed by going through layers of Nazi soldiers.

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07:36 pm

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Having a headache and writing doesn't mix.
Or, at the very least, writing while having a headache isn't pleasant. Still, I was able to get some writing done while the pain was at a low ebb. I think what I did today gives me something to add to when I'm (hopefully) feeing better.

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October 18th, 2014
05:47 pm

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Uh, what?
I've noticed that there are various commercials where a product is recommended by some pharmacist, usually a pretty woman. Do pharmacists really have the gravitas to recommend a product? A doctor, sure.

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October 16th, 2014
07:13 pm

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A thought about time management.
I've come to realize that if you have too much stuff to do in a given amount of time, you're not going to get it done. Or if you get it done, the quality won't be there. I think the concept of time management was created by the people who want to throw a bunch of work at you and then petuantly complain why it's not getting done. I remember a couple of professors I once had who didn't want to hear that from their students how they couldn't get whatever done on time and then they had the chutzpah to come into class and announce how they didn't our papers graded because they were too busy. No, no, no: you can't hold others to standards you're not willing to hold yourself to. Or if you do, people won't take you seriously because of your hypocrisy.

I have way too many interests and projects to really devote the time and energy I'd like to doing them and I find that depressing. If I devote time to another interest/project, I'm often doing it to the detriment to another. Oh, well.

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October 15th, 2014
03:27 pm

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interesting what cats are afraid of.
Grady is a stereoptypical scaredy cat, and he's  basically scared of everything. Justin is not as bad but if he hears me make a noise like I'm going to sneeze, he runs away. My first cat Smokey was the same way. I don't understand why a human's sneeze is so scary. He was lying on my bed with me while I started to get ready to sneeze and Justin jumped down and ran out of my room.

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October 13th, 2014
05:50 pm

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Why I'm mad at Columbus.
Since it's Columbus Day, I can't do the banking I wanted to do today.

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October 10th, 2014
05:12 pm

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In the upcoming election . . .
. . . I'm voting for whoever various celebrities and MTV tells me who I should vote for. They must know best; they're famous! Failing that, I will vote for whoever the snooty bourgeoisie tells me to; as a working class kid, they're my social betters, so they must know best.

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