Category Archives: Ponderings

Mother... N@ture!

More snow... and ice... and sleet. After almost everything from the last storm melted yesterday, another system started last night. And is still going as of me writing this.

Joy.

As always, everything here in NW Arkansas has shut down. All the schools, a lot of businesses, and who knows what else. And the news has already announced that most of the schools will be closed again tomorrow.

All of my tattoo appointments today were moved, and most have for tomorrow as well.

The ol' white house isn't so white when compared to the snow.
The ol' white house isn't so white when compared to the snow.
Home from school.... Well, a trip to the studio to move appointments.
Home from school.... Well, a trip to the studio to move appointments.

I'm ready for summer.

Until next time...
Erik

Test post from my iPhone. 

WordPress finally updated the iOS app to something useable. At least as far as image editing is concerned. That's been one of my biggest beefs with the app since it came out: I had no way to add captions to, or edit settings with pictures. 

But now...



The view from below...
The view from below...

Yay!

Now if they can just make the image auto-linked to itself. (I'm submitting that request to the developers.)

I'm not sure I like the WYSIWYG editor, as it adds all sorts of ugly HTML code in it. (Another code request...)

And maybe auto populating the tags entry field would be nice. 

But hey, at least I feel that I can now blog from my phone way better than I could before. Not that I've been really blogging these days anyway...

BTW, this is what the code for this post looks like. So messy:

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Yuck.

Until next time...
Erik

Arkansas Legislature Passing Bills Allowing for Discrimination

Can I get a big "Fuck you!" to the Arkansas legislature?

You actually pass a bill (SB202) that blocks cities and counties from enacting anti-discrimination laws that protect LGBT people? And to sneak it through legislation by calling it the "Intrastate Commerce Improvement Act"?

A county, municipality, or other political subdivision of the state shall not adopt or enforce an ordinance, resolution, rule, or policy that creates a protected classification or prohibits discrimination on a basis not contained in state law.

Add to that HB1228 which allows for people and businesses the right to use religion to discriminate:

It is found and determined by the General Assembly of the State of Arkansas that there is not a higher protection offered by the state than the protection of a person's right to religious freedom; and that this act is immediately necessary because every day that a person's right to religious freedom is threatened is a day that the First Amendment to the United States Constitution is compromised.

Based on the reading of the bill, I could refuse to serve Asians with no repercussions because my religious beliefs state I shouldn't? Or beat my wife and children because my Bible says I can?

Fuckity, fuckity, fuck.

Can we go back any further in time?

Until next time...
Erik

Bits and stuff

So much for any big, wordy posts so far. So I leave you with some ramblings instead.

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I went from whatever illness I had the week before to something new with my respiratory system. Lovely. I've been coughing and horking up green lung cookies for the last few days.

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Tomatoes and tomato products make my tongue swell up. I was reminded of this tonight as I was eating a BLT.

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We have owned our home for a little over 12 years now, and I just realized there are 13 steps you have to take from the ground floor to the second floor. Odd.

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Today was unusually warm. Warm enough that we broke a record set back in 1990. It got up to 73°F. Even though I'm under the weather for the most part, it was nice enough to work on the barn a little more...

The never-ending barn raising...
The never-ending barn raising...

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It's been mentioned before, but I'm not the most social human on the planet. In most public situations I tend to feel that I have the social skills of a 10-year-old raised by wolves, aside from within the doors of my businesses (and even that can be iffy at times). I'd rather gnaw off my own arm than strike up a conversation with a stranger.

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Random thought: what happens if you are picking your nose and the airbag goes off in your auto?

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And this is still one of my favorite songs and videos as of late... Capital Cities "Safe and Sound":

Sebu has a mighty nice beard.

Until next time...
Erik

Curbing

In an effort to become a little better at my blogging, I've decided to curb my Facebook usage.

Again.

I know: I've tried before and failed.

But I feel Facebook is one of the biggest reasons I've decreased my "meaningful" blogging in the last couple of years. Mostly because I can post a little random thought and not have to think about it in depth. Which is okay, I suppose. It's what I used Twitter for back in the day. But I feel like currently it is hindering my creativity in word usage and thought. That, and the constant stream of other people's consciousness gets a little heavy in my own brain at times. I can barely process my own thoughts without having to put my shields up constantly to block out other people's thoughts. I can't imagine what it would be like for a true telepath. Ugh.

To that end, I'm starting by deleting the Facebook app from my phone. That way I'm not tempted to post when I'm mobile (which is most of the time), nor will I be tempted to check the constant stream of human thoughts either when I could be doing something more productive.

Maybe this will help me focus a little better on other things.

Here's hoping.

Until next time...
Erik