Archive for January, 2010

Powerless for Togetherness January 30th, 2010

In the comments on my last blog about me being without power for a day, Mallory and Shiela said that they have gone without power for days, sometimes even a week at a time. I think if that was me, I’d go crazy. I work from home, I am a freelance programmer, so without power I couldn’t work, so being without power for a week I think I’d go mad just doing nothing.

I don’t necessarily think being powerless would be a bad thing though, I think it brings people together. I know that more sex happens when there is no power with no other distractions. I also think that without power you get to know people better. Years ago neighbors knew each other, people watched out for each other, today there’s television and video games and so many other things that get in the way, I think if we didn’t have so many distactions, then we’d get closer to the people around us. It’s strange, the more technology, the more isolated we seem to get.

Now I am not saying that it is just the distractions at home, people tend to work more nowadays, so being out 6 or 7 days a week at work isn’t an uncommon occurrence, so that too plays a factor in it, but if you think about it, work is just another distraction keeping people from each other. I know there are people sitting there saying I am spitting out BS, but when I had a Playstation if I wanted to play with someone, then they’d need to be in the same room as me. Now, I can hop on the XBox and play with my friends in New Jersey. Yes, back then the distance would be hard, but back then you would go out and meet new people because you wouldn’t have anyone else, now you are simply a voice in a video game, or on a phone, or on Skype, actual human interaction seems to be a thing of the past.

Going a day without power was hard for me, but maybe more people should go days without power and go and have a beer with a neighbor, it may bring you closer to the people who are nearest to you.

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Reconnected January 27th, 2010

On Monday morning, around 9:20 AM a metal awning that was attached to the building for the passed twenty five years ripped off the building and flew over it to land in the middle of the street. Within a few seconds we were without power. We went without power until around 11:30 Tuesday morning.

Being without power is horrible. Our lives revolve around power, so not being able to play video games, watch television, or even just check emil was a real shell shock. The only thing that I was able to do was play some Lego Star Wars 2 on Kristen’s DS and sleep. I don’t know how people can live without modern conveniences, but if I can never go another day without them, I’d really like that.

I got a lot of work done today, but I am still behind with not being able to work yesterday, so I guess I should be working, but I am using a laziness excuse since I already finished up some stuff today and am going to go work on this site.

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Plans for this Website in the Coming Months January 21st, 2010

I’ve got a lot of changes going on with the site that I’d like to talk about. First are new sections. I’ve got a lot of new sections coming with new features like getting emailed daily for daily stuff, like the Zen Quote of the Day. These sections will have a lot of content so I am trying to find the best way to implement them. I am working on the first one tonight.

The next stuff I want to talk about is revamping existing stuff. Since I’ve put up the Previews and Reviews section I’ve stopped talking about movies and video games in my blogs. I want to revamp them and have video games and movies sections where I talk about them, give news updates, previews, and reviews. I think this will make everything more organized and provide a better opening to some other ideas that I’ve had.

There’s also going to be some new features to existing sections coming. I am trying to figure out a way to bring more content to the fanlistings, plus give members more options like subscribing to threads, uploading photos, and a profile page. I’ve gotten some inquiries on why this isn’t already up since almost all forum software come with it and the answer is simple, I coded the forum and member’s section by hand, I didn’t use a script. Speaking of the member’s section, once I do a profile page (or maybe even before) I want to do more Girl of the Moment contests, which would now require applicants to be members of the site in order to apply for that.

Of course the plans I laid out are only the beginning and anything can change. I hope you enjoy the new stuff that will be coming.

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