Monday, January 01, 2007

Loving the new year

Since I've said that I will blog more this year, I may as well get right to it and jump in on day one. I'm not sure what I will write about, but I'm sure things will come to me. It occurs to me that one bit of advice that you alway hear is "write about what you know" or "write about what you love". I do know a lot, and much of what I know, I do love, so that's a nice wide open area from which to generate ideas.

Here's one thing I love: wireless internet connection. Just this past year I got a new laptop with a virtual private network connection to my office, and with it, a slammin' wi-fi card. Another thing we crossed off the list in '06 was to set up our DSL with a router so that we didn't have to dial-up while in the house. So here I sit, on the couch with the dog stretched out on the carpet, Barb napping next to me, while I cruise the internet superhighway (remember when they called it that? what a dumb name), purchasing things on amazon, looking at flickr sets, reading email, and posting a blog.

I love the wi-fi but I do not know it. That is, I do not understand it. It is one of those magical mysteries of life, like television or quantum theory or how you can see when the soul leaves the body or how the brain works. I am content in not knowing how a lot of things work, because I am not scientific, I prefer to contemplate the mystery and appreciate being able to have my faith in the mystery's continual function. I will click the remote - and "blam!" I can watch the Rose Bowl parade and enjoy without understanding how a band can play so well while marching double time and flinging their instruments to and fro.

I enjoy making theories about how things work and I also enjoy arguing about the possible ways that mysterys could be solved, but the actual explanations are not as interesting to me. I may hear them and forget them right away.

It's new years, and time to make your dead list.

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