Archive for December, 2010

My New Year’s Resolutions 2011

December 28th, 2010

Last year..this year…2010, I didn’t have any resolutions.  In 2009 I did, and that was to do at least one photo shoot a month.  See what happened in previous years, and in 2010 as well, is that I would go months without having any photography, then do 3 or 4 in a week or two.  So in 2009 I made the resolution, and actually did it, I had at least one shoot every month.  This year I’m going to do a few resolutions and see how it goes.

1.  Do six to twelve shoots for University Nudes.  This was kind of a resolution last year, but more of a hope or an idea.  I put up a few ads, set up one meeting but never actually photographed anyone.

2.  Set up a cleaning schedule.  20 minutes a day, repeats every 30 days.  It’s not like my place is dirty, I clean now, but it’s a little unorganized, and it could be cleaner.  And I really like lists and schedules.

3.  Stop using deity based words and phrases to express surprise, anger and frustration.

4.  Do 100 sit ups, 100 push ups, and run for 30 minutes every other day.  I was doing pretty good with running for about two months.  Then I kinda stopped. 🙁

5.  Use Things more.  Things is a to do list program for my Mac and iPhone.  It works very well, I just have to remember to use it.

6.  Share my thoughts more.  I haven’t posted to this blog as much as I would like.  Part of that is time.  Actual time that it will take me, and often thinking it will take longer than it does.  I’m also somewhat of a perfectionist, and one of the things that perfectionists often do is not do anything if they can’t do it perfect.  And the third reason is not wanting to upset people.  Often with the issues I feel passionate about I’m not of the majority or socially acceptable side of the issue.  For a while now I’ve lived my life by the phrase “What other people think of me is none of my business.”  Internally I feel that way, but externally I haven’t always behaved that way.

7.  Find a wife.  I’m getting older, I need to get married.  There’ll be some rather large posts on this coming.

There’s other things I want to do but none that I want to set up as a resolution.  Like I have an idea for a new series of  photos (not to the level of University Nudes), but I’ll probably just put that in another post in a few days.

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I need new words to use for surprise, anger and frustration

December 27th, 2010

I need new words and phrases to express surprise, anger, and frustration.  So basically new swear words.  I know that words are just words, and they only mean what we say they mean, but there are certain words I’d rather not use anymore because they don’t reflect who I am.

Really the only reason I use them now is because those were the words that were used when I was learning the language.  They’re words that are common in this area of the country, and people I know.  So here are the words I don’t wish to say any longer, and some common derivatives.

profanityGod (god damn, god damn it)

Damn (god damn, god damn it, damn it)

Jesus Christ (Jesus, Jeeze, Jeebus)

Holy (holy shit, holy hell, holy crap)

Hell (holy hell)

As you may have noticed they’re generally deity based religious words.  Now, I am no friend of religion so please don’t confuse my desire to not say these words with any particular respect for your customs or ancient beliefs.  I don’t want to say them because I don’t want to be associated with them, similar to the way the colonists disassociated from the monarchy.

Part of the problem with not saying these words is that some of them are more socially acceptable where a stronger swear word would not be.

For example, if I were in a group of mixed age people and stubbed my toe I could say “Damn it” and generally get away with it, whereas saying “Fuck” would be considered a poor choice of words.

I’m pretty sure that once I have new words I can replace the old words I use.  I’ve kind of done that with “frak” which is really just a polite way to say “fuck”.  I still say “fuck”, but it’s about 50/50 split with “frak”.

So what I would like from you is some ideas for new words.  It could be something you say, or have heard.  Quite a few of you are from different areas of the country so perhaps it’s something common in your area but I’ve never been exposed to.  Leave a comment with your suggestions.

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Why this is wrong.

December 20th, 2010

Author of pedophilia guide to face charges in Florida

There are so many things wrong with this situation.

1.  Obviously there is not enough crime in Polk County (or even the state of Florida) if Sheriff Judd has to go half way across the country to arrest and charge this man.

2.  It is entirely possible, and quite likely, that the only copy of this book in Polk County is the one purchased by the Sheriff.  Meaning that no one in his jurisdiction could possibly have been “harmed” by this book.  If you even buy the premise that it’s harmful.

3.  IT’S A FUCKING BOOK! It’s words printed on paper.  It can’t hurt you.  It is merely a physical manifestation of an idea.  Ideas are not illegal.  Thought is not illegal.

4.  If you don’t like it, don’t read it.  Don’t buy it.  You can tell your family, your friends, random people on the street that you feel it is wrong.  That’s your right.

5.  The First Amendment

Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press …

This is the very essence of why we have the First Amendment.  To protect unpopular speech.  It doesn’t matter if that speech is pedophilia, or swearing (Catcher in the Rye), or sexuality (Twilight), or racism (Adventures of Huckleberry Finn), or sorcery (Harry Potter), or violence (Grand Theft Auto).

So basically here’s what’s going to happen.  Sheriff Judd gets to look tough on pedophiles and crime in general.  He’ll get lots of money and be reelected.  Mr. Greaves will probably end up sitting in jail for five to ten years while the his case moves through the court system.  The people of Polk County and the State of Florida will spend millions of dollars defending the appeals all the way to the Supreme Court.  The Supreme Court will rightly rule in favor of Mr. Greaves.  Mr. Greaves will then be released having lost almost a decade of his life.  Mr. Greaves will not be able to recover damages from Sheriff Judd, because Sheriff Judd has qualified immunity.

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Song list for the Ultimate Wedding Ceremony

December 9th, 2010

Wedding ceremonies today are much more theatrical than they’ve ever been before. Couples aren’t interested in doing what everyone else has done. And they certainly don’t want to listen to some old guy they barely know drone on about things that don’t matter to them.

A wedding is a performance. For many weddings the ceremony is the dull part, with all of the guests sitting through it patiently for the reception. Do not let your wedding be like that. Sing, Dance, Perform. Make your once in a lifetime event something no one will ever forget.

As of this writing I don’t even have a girlfriend, but if I were to have a wedding today these would be the songs in their order of performance.

Intro:
I Gotta Feeling by The Black Eyed Peas

Brides song:
All I Ever Wanted To Be from Being Erica

Grooms song:
Haven’t Met You Yet by Michael Buble

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AJmKkU5POA (embedding disabled)

Something There from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Vows:
I’ll Cover You from RENT

Finale:
Everyday from High School Musical 2

Surprise song:
The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra

First Dance:

Can I Have This Dance from High School Musical 3

Bonus proposal songs:

These two songs would be absolutely perfect for a proposal.

1, 2, 3, 4 by Plain White T’s

Marry You by Glee Cast

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