This shall prove to be a busy month!
For starters, there is a certain sports events happening. But I have talked too much about that already.
This weekend I'm traveling to mi wife's hometown
By the end of the month: vacation; 1000 mile drive to Bariloche and, hopefully (as in "if it snows", and "if ski passes are somewhat affordable"!) some snowboarding.
The 24th, my wife's birthday, not to mention my mother-in-law's and grandmother-in-law's.
I have to thank Augustus (the Roman emperor) who decided to name a month after himself and gave it 31 days instead of the 29 it used to have when it was know as "Sextilis" under the Roman Republic's Calendar. Those 2 extra days shall prove to be quite useful to fit all events going on this month.
About 10 minutes ago I finished going through the draft posts on this blogs. The original number was 47, current number is 15.
Many of those posts where no more than a couple of lines long. Some I couldn't even remember what drove me to start writing them in the first place. Others would of never seen the light of day anyway, since they where pretty aggressive rants and reactions to certain experiences, cathartic words that rejoice my soul on the sheer thought of having the possibility to *maybe* (just maybe) push the "publish" button.
This seems to be a recurring fact of life with me and literature. I have started writing books (fiction) at least 3 times. On neither of those cases did I go over 100 pages. I still have those drafts, but, much to the demise of the characters frozen in time, I never found it in me to go back and continue those truncated stories.
I think the only way to be somewhat successful in writing for me is to do things Hemingway-ly. Not that I would even dream on comparing my literary skills with great Ernest (as I also wouldn't try to compare my Drinking habits), but in case you don't know, the guy really struggled to get his writing done.
Most of his original scripts have word counts all over the place. He forced himself to write at least a certain number of words every day. If I wanted (or had the time to) write the stories and non-fiction stuff I have in my mind that is the path I should follow. Guess I could call it a method.
Over time I have learned to assume that some (most?) things won't ever see the light of day. This statement is true not only for writing but also applies successfully to all things. If I had to estimate the percentage of ideas that actually become something tangible, I'd have to admit those account for less than 1% of the total.
Some ideas are plainly bad, some are non-viable, some just die because I don't pay enough attention or push hard enough. The latter category is painful. I'm haunted by some of those ideas for years. "Ghost ideas" I call them. The only exorcism is to see them realized (usually by somebody else) or refurbished into novel thoughts that actually make it into the real world.
I lack method, I lack time and I probably lack the will to transform ideas from gray matter haunting ghosts to living and breathing experiences.
I've neglected this blog. And it shows. Visits are down, Feed subscribers are down, comments are down. I've given no link love lately. I've barely posted. Shame on me. You already know what has kept me busy lately, but I intend to come back on posting full scale from now on.
I have plenty o'stuff to write about, I just need the time to make put it into words other human beings can understand.
So, After reading about it @ uberbin I decided to download Google Talk labs edition. Besides a perked up interface there are some really nice features. If only I were able to move my corporate IT infrastructure out of the corporate IT infrastructure Google Talk and a Browser would be almost everything I'd need up and running for most of my tasks. (Well that and EditPlus and a couple of Notepad instances which I use all the time to write down... notes)
From within Google Talk labs edition you can launch gmail (nothing new in that), Calendar and Orkut (too bad no one outside Brazil seems to use even know Orkut). You can get Calendar updates and alerts as well as notifications from Orkut. You can also set Gmail as the default mail client for the PC. I was tempted, I would give up a limb or two to get rid of Lotus Notes.
I've always been fond to Google Talk, the simplicity of the interface contrasts quite nicely with the information overload that other IM systems seem to have (MSN and Yahoo!, for instance).
A couple of things missing: Voice functionality has been hosed in this edition. Also being able to access Google docs or getting alerts when others start editing shared documents would be nice. Picasa and YouTube integration might be interesting as well. I could picture the ability to embed videos or pictures in a Chat being a very interesting new way of wasting even more time.
Pardon the blurring out of my contact's info on the screenshot, although I'm sure my contacts appreciate it!