Thursday, 9 February 2006

Super powers...

Started reading Robert Jordan's "Great Hunt". "Eye of the World" really ended well with most of the basic info of who's who and what's what revealed. Now with this second book, he's got to flesh out what these changes mean and what can potentially happen. (Yes, I have read much of this series before.) I just wish I could read faster to get to the really good stuff: when the characters start realizing how important and we get to know their different "powers". Pretty cool.

It's finally settled down at work with all the students library assignments completed and handed in. Of course now I've got marking to look forward to! But right now I'm working on my presentation on IM for EOSET 2006, my review of "World Libraries on the Information Superhighway", my application for Web Development Librarian here at Queen's, plus all my regular duties. I'm a busy boy.

Read this. It's good to know that solar power is really coming into its own. Remember when everyone was saying solar power was going to be the energy source of the future, and then everyone was saying you'd could cover the surface of the Earth with solar panels and it wouldn't even come close to the energy we need? It's good to see both that the technology has improved and that people are going for it anyway. Aren't solar panels cool?


Anonymous said...

So how is the grading and everything going? Talk to you soon.


Dan said...

Dear Matt,

I always wanted to comment on your post about not waiting for special days to have a special experience, to feel happy, or something. I just posted on Ankle Biter a moment ago, so I decided to share most of my response. Your posting must have been written a couple months ago. Too bad I am not president. We would never have made it to Iraq!
I never felt uncomfortalbe with Valentine’s Day or other special days though I have heard such comments before. Those that frown upon holidays say that they don’t wait for a special day to be that happy with loved ones.

As long as we are in stable relationships, we share alot of special happy and/or intimate times with loved ones. A special day is different. This is when we take ourselves out of our normal experience to do something we usually don’t during the year.

Such rituals serve a positve purpose. Such ceremonies and rituals have been tried and proven to be a real benefit for us. Hey, our race has been using them for thousands of years.

I do not understand why mature* adults are willing to throw good traditions out the window when there is an obvious benefit.

If it bothers someone that they are alone on Valentine’s Day, instead of being critical, make the day meaningful for yourself. But yourself an expensive bouquet of roses, and say that there is love in your life, that there is many good things in your life. Buy Valentine Day cards and give the cards to elderly relatives or seriously ill people. Make the day a positive experience for yourself and others.

*By mature I mean adults who are at least in their 30s

And by the way about that color black, you were not really able to see me that way, and I do not think that I could visualize myself using such grand props either, but that is how I feel. I had an expanded consciousness experience the night before because of my cold medicine. It was amazing to use more of my mind than usual. I was affected. I showed myself the road I was on, and my ultimate goal.

Anonymous said...

Hey, Dan! I am mature for the most part, I am 29! :-P


stark said...


Some very good points about holidays/traditions. If they work for you, that's great. You certainly don't need to get rid of anything that has more benefit than harm. In fact, that's part of my point against holidays. I don't like "traditions", not for their content but rather for the fact that they are "traditional", meaning you do them all the time or regularly. The problem with doing something regularly is that you tend to forget about the thing itself. If there's an annoying noise in your house/apartment that you have to listen to every day all day, you will eventually become accustomed to it, stop hearing it, and maybe even miss it when it's gone. When you celebrate a holiday regularly, say Valentine's Day, you can't help but lose a little of it's meaning to the fact that you do it every year and everyone around you does it. It's so easy to just go through the motions. And what for? Why, for example, do you have to celebrate it on Feb 14th? Why not Feb 13th? Or October 3rd? Or the next time someone sneezes three times in a row? Mix it up. Routine is the enemy of meaning. You can still celebrate love and friendship and togetherness and whatnot but you don't have to do it when your neighbour is.

What happens when something gets in the way of your tradition? Some people literally lose their minds. Why do that to yourself? Chill out... You won't die if you don't get turkey on Thanksgiving, or someone is wearing blue on St. Patrick's day... Life will go on. In fact, life might be more interesting if you do somethings different than others. Make up your own "days", change what you do on the standard days that you have to keep (my kids wouldn't be too happy if they got nothing on "christmas", *laugh*), put up decorations randomly... Variety is the spice of life! (I just made that up. Pretty good, eh?)