Flogging a dead horse

So, I’m thinking that if I have the time to spend on Twitter–mostly constructive–then I can make the time to write on here again.

I’m (gulp!) committing publicly to two posts a month because one feels like I’m weaseling out and two feels like a hundred percent better.

Why commit? Because I’ve tried to jump start this blog before and without putting too fine a point on it, I didn’t follow through.

So, wish me luck. And, if I don’t post two* more times this month, feel free to remind me. No, really.

(Takes deep breath and hits publish)

* – To show that I’m not weaseling out, this post is not counted because it’s meta.

Tinkering

I was tinkering with this blog yesterday and wondering if I should delete my old posts and start afresh. I figured that I’d archive my old posts elsewhere and point people to that blog. But, then what about the folks coming here via search engines? That kept me up at night yesterday.

So, I decided not to delete anything, for now, and to keep the stuff as it is. Because, why should I make life difficult for those people who come here via a search engine. I hardly get any traffic as it is, so why antagonize the few folks who come here looking for something to read.

Then, I thought about starting a new blog but then letting people know about it, asking the folks reading on RSS to move, etc., I figured that it’s not worth the trouble.

So, I’m sticking with the same blog for now. I have, if you noticed, changed the name because the blog feels kinda shapeless right now. It will take some sort of shape as time progresses I think, er, hope. I also want to write about other topics, so that’s what I’ll be doing.

I don’t know when I will post next or how frequently. The last time I promised to start posting–I posted a grand total of 1 post, so I’m thinking that making public pronouncements is not the way to go right now. Also, of the last 5 posts, including this one, 3 are “meta” posts. I’m just saying.

I need to figure out a better way to end posts.

Back from vanvas*

It’s hard to figure out how to come back from a long absence, especially when you didn’t really intend to be absent for so long. But, sometimes these things take on a life of their own and you end up being absent for longer than you thought you would.

Anyway, for pretty much the whole of 2011, I was swamped at work and the lack of time (and energy) was the primary reason for my not blogging. Also, after working on a computer all day, I didn’t relish the prospect of pounding keys with my RSI-battered fingers and squinting at the screen with bloodshot eyes.

There were times that I felt like blogging, but, for the most part, I didn’t really miss it a great deal. I also realized that I didn’t have many readers because very few people asked me about my not blogging. (I promised my therapist that I wouldn’t make a big deal out of this, so there. But, it’s all your fault I didn’t blog. *Takes several deep breaths.*)

Now, I feel like blogging again and I hope that I will be able to post far more frequently than I have over the last few months (years?). Work is still going to be busy, but I’m hoping that since this is a leap year, having the extra day will help.

I’m also tweeting a lot more than I used to, so you can check out my Twitter page (@wiredal) or the tweets on the right hand side of this blog.

I’ll end with a couple of quotes that I found via Google while trying to figure out how to end this post.

“The secret to a rich life is to have more beginnings than endings.” ~David Weinbaum~

“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” ~Marcus Aurelius~

*: This wasn’t really Vanvas as implied in the preceding Wikipedia stub, but I’m sure you get the general drift.

Moving my other blog here

In case you didn’t know, I blog at two places – here and here. It’s become increasingly difficult to maintain both blogs, so I’ve decided to quit blogging. Ha. You wish. Like I’ll let off my four — yes, yes, it increased — readers that easily.

Jokes aside, I’m moving my other blog (All About Users) out here and I’ll continue blogging at this blog. What that means is that you’ll get even more confused about what this blog is about and hopefully, on a more positive note, more posts.

I’ve continued blogging because I’ve something to say and I figure that as long as it is interesting, it shouldn’t matter what the subject is — people will read the stuff. That, and I like to blather on about a lot of different topics.

Also, I figure that people who aren’t interested in reading certain posts can do just that – ignore those posts. So, I hope you won’t mind the change and will in fact enjoy the blog more.

I apologize for the inconvenience and if you have any problems or concerns, please leave a comment or write to me.

Alicia’s Story – Part 2

Close to five years ago, I’d written about a copy editor named Alicia Parlette – she had been diagnosed with cancer and had written about it for the San Francisco chronicle. (Link to previous post). She was only 23 at the time.

I am ashamed to say that though I’d written about her and thought about following up, I never did. Today, one of Alicia’s friends wrote to me saying:

she recently wound up back in the hospital. Her health is declining precipitously and her friends are trying to drive traffic and donations to http://www.msparlette.com. Given that you wrote about her a while ago, I thought you might be interested.

If you want to know more, the website is http://msparlette.wordpress.com/. If you can help with a donation towards Alicia’s hospital costs, you can do so here. There’s also a Facebook group, and a Twitter page, where Alicia posts updates.

I hope that Alicia’s able to recover from this setback and get better. Get well soon Alicia.

— Updated on April 25, 2010 —

I just found out the sad news that Alicia Parlette passed away on April 22nd. My condolences to her family and friends. Rest in peace Alicia.

Starting trouble

When you take a long break from a blog, or for that matter anything else, then coming back to it is sometimes difficult. I’ve toyed with the idea of writing something but haven’t done it for one reason or the other. We’ll put it down to / as starting trouble. Maybe getting this post out will be the kick-start — or you could say kick in the behind — that I need to resume blogging again.

Apologies for the long break and hopefully I’ll be back boring you to death, tears, or both very soon.

Programming note

Just a quick note to say that the blogging here will / may be a bit sporadic for some time – more off than on. Apologies to the four people who read this blog — yes, it’s increased — for not writing this note earlier.

Hope to be back soon.

Exhibition of Mario de Miranda’s cartoons

The Indian Institute of Cartoonists is currently displaying Mario Miranda’s cartoons at No. 1, Midford House, off M.G. Road. (This place is in the lane next to the Kids Kemp on MG Road.) The exhibition is on up to 24 October 2009.

I went there today and it was a really nice exhibition of his work, from stuff he’d done when he was younger (his diaries) to his more contemporary stuff with everything in between. I had forgotten about Miranda’s cartoons that used to appear in a magazine — I can’t remember which, it may have been Illustrated Weekly — with the characters Miss Fonseca and Miss Nimbupani who I had completely forgotten about. Those cartoons were brilliant and it was fun to relive a few of them.

Mario, like all great cartoonists, has a unique style and you can recognize his cartoons the instant you see them. (One interesting thing was that some of the work displayed at the exhibition were slightly different from his “regular” work, which was a nice surprise.)

The other great thing about the exhibition is that you can buy some of his cartoons and other work – there are small postcards, covers, collections, and bigger stuff that you can frame. And, it’s not all that expensive either, at least I didn’t think it was. I got a couple of things and I’m looking forward to framing them.

If you liked Miranda’s work, don’t miss the exhibition; it’ll be worth your while.

Defining common sense

The following quote Use common sense: Court tells police was intriguing.

“If you cannot use your intelligence then atleast use your common sense while tracing missing people.”

I’m wondering if you can separate common sense from intelligence like that. Or maybe the court is referring to intelligence as in “intelligence networks” or equivalent.

Anyway, the issue with the term “common sense” is that it’s hard to define. Is it related to logic or analysis or both? People say, “Use your common sense,” or “he or she doesn’t have common sense”, but I’ve never heard anyone define the term. It’s one of those things that you’re supposed to understand–it’s common sense.

Maybe common sense refers to things that you are supposed to know by a certain age, that most people of or past that age would know. Or it’s stuff that you are supposed to be able to work out if you’re of a certain age. I think the age factor is important because you wouldn’t tell a 2-year-old that he or she doesn’t have common sense. He doesn’t have enough life experience to know better about some of the things he does. So, common sense is also related to life experience, which in a way comes with age.

I don’t really know, I’m just thinking aloud because that quote in the news item got me thinking. Maybe you think this is all nonsense.

What is your understanding of common sense?