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43. Reasons for my short hiatus from MetaBugg January 31, 2007

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I rented and am hooked on the PS2 game, Shadow of the Collosus. I don’t play the PS2 much at all. The last game I enjoyed was over break: it was the pretty engrossing Indigo Prophecy (but ultimately inhibitingly frustrating). Prior to that was God of War about a year ago.

I also watched The Village, twice. The second time was with my wife. I recommend it.

Click on for my thoughts about it (Spoiler alert!)…

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42. Neighborrow.com email exchange January 30, 2007

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I posted about the lending site, Neighborrow.com, today on SparkBugg.com (Post # 151).

Then I got an email from the founder tonight.  How vigilant and proactive, is he!  He thanked me for my words.

What a thoughtful and resourceful person.  It bodes well for the site, having someone like that at the helm.  I wish him and the site the best of luck.  I really think the site is a great idea (even if I didn’t think of it, as well).  I would have posted my long email response in MetaBugg, but I forgot to save it.  Maybe that is for the better, since it was pretty long and rambling.

41. Video Clipping January 30, 2007

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So I recently got my new camera, and can take photos (naturally) and video clips. This weekend, I took my first video clip, and it was of a shopping cart escalator in a Target (I had never seen this before, and was tickled).

That night, I uploaded it to and edited it on Jumpcut.com, and even added text and bouncy background music (free and royalty-free, found online). Then, the buggy beta site lost my clip. So no posting.

My brother recommend I try Windows Moviemaker instead. That way, I can try to post on Youtube. He says it should already be on my computer, and sure enough, it is. Hopefully, I can give it a spin soon, and soon after, post my first video. Stay tuned, loyal reader!

40. Patent Searching January 30, 2007

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That was a manic burst of posting a few days ago.

Anyway, back to the day job, which can be draining.  My current task is to start a patent search on my IdeaSpark X2, to see what is out there.  I had been avoiding it for a while.  Though the EE folks didn’t catch anything during the auditions, I have been nervous I would come across my idea in the patent files.

So far, so good.  Then I have to write up a patent application draft.  Ug.  More work and discipline…not my strong suit.  In fact, these blogs are the first and only things I have actually been disciplined about (not exercise, not studying for the licensing exam, not laundry).

39. Songspot added to MetaBugg January 26, 2007

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Look to your right and you will see that I have added a Songspot for your reading pleasure. I hope to find music without words, so you aren’t too distracted. Don’t hit play just yet.

The first song on the Songspot will be by Moodfood. Moodfood has a song with an MLK’s “I have a dream” speech over a groovy tune. The song is called: Spiritual Highness.

I did a similar combination back in college. At Williams, I was a radio DJ, and during my graveyard shift, I once played an old vinyl record of MLK’s speech, “Beyond Vietnam,” over some downtempo beats.

A) To get a flavor of what I did, hit play in the Songspot if you haven’t already, then hit play on the Youtube clip below, so they run concurrently. Notice that you can adjust each volume separately. OR…

B) To get a nice 5:30 minute multimedia presentation, follow these steps (I added this part to SparkBugg, as well):

  1. Press Play on the Youtube clip. Once the red line loads, click towards the end, so there is about 5:30 minutes indicated left.
  2. Then hit the Play button on the Songspot to the right.
  3. Then click HERE, and just take it all in for about 5 minutes.

I was eventually banned from the radio station and being a weekly college radio DJ because of my second violation. My first violation and semester-long suspension was the time I allowed my friend to read the news, and he joked that Clinton invaded Canada. The second violation was because, after the 2 am safe zone line, I mused about the political and social implications of the F-word. I figured I was allowed to, since we were allowed to play music with that word at those late hours. Turns out I wasn’t allowed to.

So the last week of senior year, I relieved the 1-3 am DJ one night, when the radio broadcast was supposed to go off air, and locked myself in the station, alone. I then played music, with some ranting, for several hours. I played the MLK speech again over downtempo again, and this time recorded it on a tape.

I can’t find that tape anymore.

This blog is reminding me of those times when I was a dj, talking out into the darkness.

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38. Another Card from My Wife January 26, 2007

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My wife gave me this card a few weeks ago:

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37. Song: Exitlude, by The Killers January 26, 2007

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I am currently listening to Exitlude, by the Killers, for the first time. To me, it’s hauntingly beautiful.

When I die, I think I would like this song to be played at my Tree Planting Ceremony (in the Memorial Forest, of course).

Listen to it here; Lyrics Below:

“Exitlude”

(Aggressively we all defend the role we play
Regrettably time’s come to send you on your way)
We’ve seen it all bonfires of trust flash floods of pain
It doesn’t really matter don’t you worry it’ll all work out
No it doesn’t even matter don’t you worry what it’s all about
We hope you enjoyed your stay
It’s good to have you with us, even if it’s just for the day
We hope you enjoyed your stay
Outside the sun is shining, seems like heaven ain’t far away
It’s good to have you with us
Even if it’s just for the day
It’s good to have you with us even if it’s just for the day
Outside the sun is shining, seems like heaven ain’t far away
It’s good to have you with us
Even if it’s just for the day
It’s good to have you with us even if it’s just for the day
Outside the sun is shining, seems like heaven ain’t far away

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36. A random movie linkage January 26, 2007

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What is “The Secret?” . . . Yesterday, I went to a Wellness lunchtime presentation given to the university’s faculty and staff. Nine people showed up. The presenter (an attractive firecracker) repeatedly mentioned the movie “The Secret,” and recommended that we all check it out. I did find it online soon after, and was compelled to order it for $30. I will share my thoughts and feelings after I watch it. Check out the Trailer of this new agey documentary HERE).

I like how “Edison” made a little visit in the Trailer. After watching it, with some choking up, I did a search online for more info and came across a forum, where the first post I read likens The Secret to “Waking Life,” one of the only DVDs that I own.

“Waking Life” has special significance for me. For several years prior to that movie coming out in 2001, I was doing a lot of lucid dreaming (where I become aware that I am dreaming, while dreaming) . When lucid, I was able to make myself fly, touch and feel the textures of dream objects, walk through walls, enter other settings via mirrors, rip trees out of the ground with my mind, start fires, and my favorite: interview dream characters to try to figure out their nature (i.e. if they knew they were in my dream, or possibly were figments of my unconscious, or other sleeping dreamers).

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So because of these lucid dream experiences, I spent a couple years giving lots of thought to a screenplay about a character who is dreaming, and talking to all these interesting dream characters, each of whom would share something important. And there would be false awakenings for the character (which I have had), where the dreamer wakes, but into another dream.

I first saw Waking Life in the theater, one week after I dragged some friends to a screening of Donnie Darko on a night with an orange moon. I realized that Waking Life was remarkably similar to the movie I had been thinking about for the past several years. My friends and I went to Buffalo Billiards afterwards to discuss Waking Life. On the bar’s TVs, “The Matrix” was playing on TNT, with commercials that were frequently showing trailers and promos for “The Golden Child.

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35. This blog is evolving… January 26, 2007

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I am writing more on MetaBugg for two reasons: (1) more people are reading it, and (2) I am actually enjoying the self-indulgent freedom of posting without the slight constrictions of moderately structured blogs such is SparkBugg.

MetaBugg.com was once just a blog about itself and another blog, SparkBugg. In other words, behind SparkBugg is MetaBugg. But I am now digging deeper, and as I look behind MetaBugg, I find its writer. And of course, that is myself. I am enjoying finding myself.

Curiousity and creativity are kindred energies, it seems to me. I think it is turning out that my most important invention is myself.

I believe that going to my own therapy session today freed me up a little more, and demonstrated to me how creative energy breeds more creative energy. The session also made me deeper appreciate how supportive my wife is being lately, as she validates me and the pursuit of my dream. She gave me a card a few days ago. This is what it looked like:

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34. Photo posting problem January 25, 2007

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Hmm..the picture of Barkley was online at my home computer (as was the elevator slit on Sparkbugg), but today at work, both were missing. Guess it wasn’t as easy as I thought to get them online.

Until I find a good photo-sharing site, I will post photos the old e-snips way (not as good since it has poor resolution, its not the size I prefer, and it has the e-snips frame on it). Oh, well. I will try to take care of that tonight.