I’m driving again, working harder than I did in my last job but doing well. Hope to do some more blogging as time permits, at least monthly fer cripes sake!
Stay tuned to this channel for more… or don’t.
I’ve promised myself to try to post daily, at last for the next year. Since most of time I don’t have access, I’ll have to find ways to work offline. So here goes…
UPDATE: Why can’t I get a nice plugin that will post a digest of twitter posts to my blog? I’ve tried several and can’t get them to work worth shyt…
Yeah, the laptop is back in operation! Looks like the power supply brick crapped out on me (it was a replacement for the original which also crapped out) and I ordered one from Ebay. There were some third party one available in the stores but they cost 10 time more than what I paid. It came in a few days ago while I was in Florida and I just did a interstate drive-by and got it (and hugs and kisses) from The Wife as I was passing through my hometown. Now I can blog! Now I can use my GPS and mapping program! Yay!
Right now I’m blogging offline using OpenOffice and I’ll upload when I get some Wifi again, whenever that will be. I’m down for the night in Carlisle, IN, waiting for one-half hour prior to sunrise so that I might pull this oversize load through the outskirts of Chicago (got to be out of IL before 1200) and up into Wisconsin. No load scheduled after that (surprise, surprise) but I’ll be able to get a 34 hour break, preferably some place with Internet so that I might waste much time browsing and Twittering.
Rejoice, rejoice! The laptop is back!
I’m still at home, enjoying the hometime but ready to get back to work. I’ve run out of vacation time so this time off is all unpaid. Must do better planning next time. If a load does not come up tomorrow, I’m pretty much stuck till Monday…
So I’m blogging and drinking beer but I really wanna drive! Sober, that is…
BTW: New Years resolution? Same as last years… 1024 by 768!
I’m getting ready to switch from Windoze to Linux. Right now I’ve been playing with the Ubuntu distribution and so far I’m digging it. I won’t be able to drop MS completely, I can’t run my GPS map program in Linux and so for I’ve not found anything in Linux to do the job of Photoshop Elements, but I’m looking.
Right now I’m using BloGTK to write this blog entry offline. I tried Drivel, another offline editor and found it a bit wanting in features. BloGTK is not WYSIWYG, but it has a preview that seems to work.
I’ll keep at it with BloGTK till I find something better. Or I get seduced back to the Dark Side…
I’m even later to the party than Jay G but I thought I might play along. I’m not tagging anyone either but if this moves you to do one yourself, let me know.
100 Thing You Have Done.
A tweet from Michele about how her kid thought she didn’t know what STFU meant and her reply, “I WAS USING INTERNET ACRONYMS WHEN YOU WERE STILL IN DIAPERS, BOY!”, got me to thinking about my own ‘Net credentials. I’m a 46 year old truck driver now, but for many years previous I was neck deep in all things computer-wise. And being a part-time blogger, I figured I’d post about it. Go figure…
Back in the late ’80s I ran a dialup BBS called “Digital Dreams” out of my then employers office. One phone line hooked up to a blazingly fast 2400 baud modem. I even got people to pay for the priviledge of umlimited access (as long as I wasn’t working on that PC at the time). I remember being hooked up to a system (whose name escapes me) whereby my users could send emails and files back and forth with other BBS users all over the world. This was some heavy access to have and way before the Internet was in any way ubiquitous.
That BBS died with the company I was working for and to get my communications fix I tried other online services, first Prodigy (hated it) and then the expensive, but all encompassing (at the time), Compuserve. All done from my work PC. I worked for some very understanding (or ignorant) folks back then.
I never owned my own home PC till the mid ’90s, when I managed to cobble together some old discarded parts of dead and obsolete work machines and get myself a real Frankenstien system. It was an old IBM PS/2 with and aftermarket 386 motherboard and a tiny hard drive that always seemed to be on it’s “last legs.” When dial-up internet finally make its way to our isolated neck of the woods, I bought a new modem and a second phone line and I was hooked.
My first Compuserve web pages are lost to the old bit bucket of time, but some other of my old pages are preserved in Archives.org’s Wayback machine. In 2002 I bought my first domain name (greeblie.com) and ran my own personal web pages on a succession of web providers before I settled at GoDaddy.com. Later I bought my current domain (I figured if anyone is gonna own my name it might as well be me) and have been running these lame pages for a few years now. I still own Greeblie.com but that name has lain fallow for a few years. One of these days I’ll figure out what to do with it.
Now I drive a truck for a living and if I’m not near Wi-Fi, I can still get my fix via my internet-enabled cell phone. In fact, this blog post is being tapped out on the tiny QWERTY keypad of my Samsung Blackjack 2 while sitting at a frozen truckstop in Ohio. And that’s why there are no hyperlinks here. HTML is a pure bitch when you have to go through 5 keystrokes to get to the essential “less than” sign.
There, I guess I feel better now…
I read lot of blogs through Google Reader and I’m noticing a slowdown in some of my regular reads, mostly in the “personal” blogs. I’m not complaining, believe me. If I didn’t have Twitter plugged into my own blog, weeks and months could slide by without updates. Sometimes I think this site is just a placeholder for my domain name, so some other Dave Worley won’t get it. Well, its as good a reason as any.
But it does seem personal blogs are slacking. I’ve been reading some as far back as 2004, and a few of my regulars have just disappeared or become very intermittent… just like me, I guess. I really miss Cranky Chick, she always was a great read and very interactive.
Some of my “old” regulars came back from the dead. Andrea Harris has returned with “The Return of the Twisted Spinster” (dammit, ~ forgot the URL). Michele, formerly of a small victory is back with a vengence at A Big Victory and plugging away.
Dammit, batteries running low. Blogging from a cell phone is not easy, even if my phone as a QWERTY keyboard. Can you touch type with YOUR thumbs? How many keypresses do YOU need to get a “greater than” sign (mine is seven).
Some dickhead stole my CC numbers from “a website” and the bank canceled my card, that’s why my old web provider kakked my site. Fucking goons… There aren’t any suspicious charges on the card so I doubt anyone had time to use them. Anyways, it will be seven to ten days before I can get a new card and restart the worleywideweb.net site…
But then again, why bother? How may websites does one person need? Maybe I’ll check out the HostMatters provider that Stacy pointed me to, but I notice the plans are a little steeper priced than what this (cheap bastard) blogger is used to.
I need to settle on one name, one site and to hell with anything else. But what name do I keep? Greeblie.com, which I’ve owned the longest? It’s a made up name and so far pretty unique in the web. WorleyWideWeb.net is one I bought to host the WorleyWideWeb list a few years back, it’s unique too, but a little long and unwieldy. Then this morning I was thinking of buying my real name as a dot com. It’s available and cheap and it would really be me… Shit, I don’t know…
I read a lot of blogs, most likely a microscopic fraction of what’s out there, but a good representative slice of the spectrum. There are a lot of news blogs, who pretty much point out stories and maybe a comment or two. Then there are the blogrollers, this folks who tell you what all the other blogs are blogging about. A lot of the big blogs, like Instapundit or Dailypundit, are good examples of those two functions.
Davelog is great example of a blog that picks out the silly, the funny and the down right weird that the web has to offer. And we all have seen the war blogs, tracking all the hate and discontent generated on both sides after 9/11.
And the there are the personal blogs, Lilek’s Bleat being the big daddy of that genre (at least in my book), but Beers Across America is a favorite of mine, too. Also high on my list is Blogatelle, she’s got a great mind (and a nice rack, oops, did I say that out loud?) and it’s always enjoyable to read her thoughts. I’d love to have her “do” my website like she’s done so many others, but alas… sucks to be me…
Anyway, I’m gonna change the direction of this blog, I think.
“But Dave?” you say, “What real direction did this blog ever have, anyways?”
Well, none, I guess. I think that was the point! I have times when I’m just blogrolling, then I try to get onto some news stories that haven’t already been done to death by every other “piss-ant prairie pundit” with a blog. You know? I just don’t have time to keep up with all the blogs and certainly don’t have the time, or the inclination, to track news stories about the crappy world we live in. The news these days really drains the spirit, you know. I’ll let the others out there look for me.
“All right Dave,” you sez “so what in the nine infernal levels of hell will you write about?”
Me, of course! That is really the only subject I know so much about. The original point of me having a journal was to improve my writing skills, so that’s what I need to concentrate on. My life isn’t that glamorous or exciting but at least there’s a lot of it. The reason I wanted to better my skills is because I want to be a writer. I’m so tired of computers, service work, deadlines and paperwork. Writing makes me feel good, passes the time in a productive way, instead of worrying about the sad state of the world or watching the mind-dulling stupidity of the idiot box.
My life is probably not going to be all that interesting to the majority of readers out there. So be it. I’m writing for myself here, but I’m not so shy that it bothers me that other people are gonna read it.
But I gotta be me (stop me before I break into song…)!
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