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Entry 08/10/2009 10:34:07 AM – Mentat 524


Entry 08/10/2009 10:34:07 AM – Mentat 524



     I’m glad to have finally gotten through the work week, and now am sitting here watching a couple of films, passing the time before heading to bed.  Not that it was that long a work week — the usual 4 days and all — but the thing that bothers me most about this week has been the fact that I’ve been so devoid of creativity, it’s becoming frightfully annoying.  For example, I have a really short story sitting on my hard drive — 75% completed, and the one section that I thought I’d have no problems cutting through is the one section that has completely stopped me from completing the short story.  I’ve got another short story that I’ve been mulling that I tried my hand at, and ended up completely feeling like it didn’t even remotely feel like a follow-up to the original story.  Another that’s nothing more than a scratch pad but is sitting there in just 1 chapter…  And then there’s the other two stories that I’ve been working on for a number of years. 

     Then there’s my really needing to get out a little bit.  Which up until last journal entry, all I’ve been doing is either thinking about it; or talking about and doing nothing about it.  Or my personal favorite — thinking about it then going to bed and then when I wake up at 9 PM, end up coming up with a million reasons why I’m too tired or too drained from the 50 mile ride back and forth from work through the week. 

     Then of course it’s August…  And what that brings for me.  *eye roll*  Seriously there, I want to be back in the South; at least then it’d be October, and I’d have a couple of months to put it off through.  But now that I’m back, I should really be used to the patterns that I’ve been accustomed to for the first 20 or so years of my life. 


     My dreams are still completely unhinged and off-the-wall.  From being a Jedi Knight, to the usual dreams of telekinesis and throwing tantrums by having objects flying across the dream world because I don’t like something going on in it.  Par for the course, believe me.  Had one last night that I’m certainly happy that I woke up from — but I’ll be damned if I could remember what it was about 30 seconds after I woke up.  I just know that it wasn’t that bad, but it was certainly annoying and definitely something sci-fi gone horribly wrong.  Maybe it was something about work as well — I do remember being more than a little annoyed that I dreamed about work on the night that I actually had to work.   I believe that the reason why my dreams have been so detailed has been because I haven’t had all that much outlet from them. 

     Who knows?  Maybe if I were to actually write and be verbally creative, instead of visually — perhaps these dreams will calm down to a dull roar. 


     A little good news that’s come along the lines is that I’ve reached my goal weight once again.  Below 190 pounds (and still losing).  Not too shabby really for someone middle-aged *grinning*.  Of course, something else that happened is since I’ve reached my goal weight is that my hearing in my left ear has returned in force.  In fact, thanks to it happening practically overnight, I feel like I have bionic hearing at the moment.  Sitting at my desk at the office, I can hear sound of the candy/coke machines in the break room as though I’m sitting in them.  I can hear the fan of my PC fan loudly, and can hear the folk chatting clear across the room while they’re talking normally on the phone doing their job. 

     I know from past experience that once I get used to it again, that I’ll know how to blank out the sounds that I don’t want to hear to focus on those that I do — but god, I feel like the sounds are too bleeding deafening at the moment.  Of course, the other ear’s still pretty gone — thanks to that accident with the M60 back in my BASIC training days.  Still though — it’s fabulous that I don’t feel as though I’ve had my ears stuffed up with cotton and Jell-O. 


     Finally, I went back to my masochism and loaded up Ubuntu in a Dual Boot Mode.  Yes, I’m back to working with it, and I have to say that it’s working pretty damn better than the last version.  In fact, I didn’t have to do a tenth of the shit that I had to do with the last version of Ubuntu as I did with this one.  Pulse didn’t load up automatically, and from what I’ve seen — the group at ALSA finally got some drivers for my sound card that don’t act like complete crap in the process.   GStreamer’s still a little jumpy about some things when using Rhythmbox — but for the most part it’s actually predictable as to what’s causing GStreamer to skip when playing MP3s through the NTFS shares.  Oh, and in about the weeks that I installed it, Jaunty hasn’t had the need to update as much as the last version.  Nice too, given that I was getting tired of the fire hose that was going on with updates between 7.x to 8.0 and then again to 8.10.  I have enough to deal with, with my Anti-Virus Solution in Windows. 

     Still though, I did notice a couple of glitches still, but this version is as good as 7.x when I first came onboard and just before I started upgrading the hardware.  I think I’ll stick it through this time through — until the folk at Canonical break it again.


     Well, that’s about it for the time being.  Until the next time. 

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