Anti-Obama Taxpayer Tea Parties steeped in insanity — chicagotribune.com

And while way too many otherwise sane Republicans are actively pandering to the tea-bag battalions, some old-fashioned conservatives are calling out the Teabaggers for their silliness. Writing in Fortune magazine, conservative policy analyst Bruce Bartlett, who has a long anti-tax history, says: “The irony of these protests is that federal revenues as a share of the gross domestic product will be lower this year than any year since 1950. … The truth is that the U.S. is a relatively low-tax country no matter how you slice the data.”

via Anti-Obama Taxpayer Tea Parties steeped in insanity — chicagotribune.com.

It’s too easy to find a quote or one-liner that supports your position on this issue or any of hundreds of others. What I want to say about all of this, know the issue. Know the issues that matter to you and move forward. Change is happening.

Evolution on the web

ev·o·lu·tion – A gradual process in which something changes into a different and usually more complex or better form.

Things must change, things must differ over time. In the 8 years and 135 days that I’ve been posting to this blog. I’ve written a lot. I’ve written very little too. Posts of pictures, quotes, links to sites that some of you don’t really care about are all things that I think have cluttered up this site at times. When I mo-blog from my phone it adds length to the site that really isn’t needed, when I post links to sites, I’m sure many of you just pass over the post without any regard for what content might be there.

Over the past few months I’ve thought about changing what I do here, how I do it and what kinds of other content I might like to do. I registered and hosted a new domain but wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it. I played with new equipment, tools, and software. I looked at old and new technologies as well as ideas of things still in the pipeline.

I don’t want to get rid of this site. I definitely don’t want to delete it and start over. I want to expand it. I want to make it something on its own with supporting sites coming and going adding content and value. I started with the idea of another WordPress Blog, too much effort to keep up and post to, I went to a podcast, I even recorded one episode that has since go by the way side, way too much to record and post a show when I’m in a hurry. I wanted something quick to post from, like from my phone via SMS, MMS, or even a quick post from a website. I wanted multimedia capabilities, an attractive interface, and a simple design. I wanted light-weight blogging with little effort basically.

I’ve started a Tumblelog. I’m using the Tumblr service and software to basically create more of a stream of consciousness. I Tweet, I blog, now I’m going to put the things that are too long to tweet and too short or just not right for blogging there. Some call this a lifestream, a microblog, a nanoblog, lifelogging and who knows what else, it’s what I want to post at that moment. It’s quick, easy and not written over a long period of time. That’s what this site will remain for, long posts with true content. Not quick photos and quips and quotes.

What is the site you ask? Apartment721.com, there’s even a mobile version for those of you with iPhones, Blackberries and the like, Apartment721.com/mobile.

I’ll post semi-regularly (hopefully) and there will be links back to my tweets and blogs there. You might think of it as more of a central site for me, if you look there you’ll see my tumbl’s (?), tweets, and blog posts as they are all posted. Then you can click the posts to dig further. All in all I hope that this helps me put out more content in a way that everyone wants to see it and keeps the clutter off of this site.

Drop a comment, let me know what you think, although remember that design tweeks are still being made to the new site, be gentle. Things are changing, and I think its a good thing.

Refeshments!

There come times when we all need a change. A change from what has become habit. From what has become too routine. I am pretty sure that I am having one of those weekends. I just returned, actually less than 15 minutes ago to be quite honest from a trip with my friend Kyle to Ft. Wayne. We went to Red Robin. Yep, we drove about an hour sand 45 minutes each way to get a hamburger. But not only just a hamburger, one of the best burgers that I’ve had in a long time.While we originally went to Ft. Wayne for no particular reason at all other than the trip, we quickly decided that Red Robin was the place to go. We got lost, for a bit, but we found it. We walked around the mall for a bit and then went to eat. Good times.

I feel refreshed to be quite honest. I feel like a change has been made and it’s a good thing. This weekend was not my usual habits and rituals. I didn’t really have any plans going into Friday evening , that changed of course and things are pretty dang good right now.

Although I feel kind of hyper at the moment, I feel totally drained so I’m going to head over the TV and then crash on the couch for a while. Hope you all had a wonderful weekend too!

Some things never change

It’s amazing how sometimes you wake up and go about your day just as you normally would and don’t give a second thought to the way things are changing around you. You merely change with them and move on. Last night I had the opportunity to see two totally different sides of myself in just a few hours. I started out by going out with an old friend, we go back at least 6 years, which may not sound like a lot to some, but it’s like my second oldest friend I guess. Anyways though we went out and really just got to know each other again, but there’s the cool thing about it, we didn’t really have to get to know each other again, we just clicked, even after not seeing each other for the past 4 or 5 months it just worked. She brought a friend that surprisingly I knew from a few years back with another friend and of course we got along ok too. We went to her church to go to a youth night thing, very cool, just playing games and meeting new people, something I haven’t’ done for a long time. Then around midnight I made the trek out to see my other friends, my current friends if you will, my SB buds… They were just watching a movie or whatever, but it’s weird cause about 15 minutes after I got there I realized that my mood had totally changed, instead of being in that reflective, almost passive mood, I was in the “I want to be the center of attention” or at least the “look at me!” stage. I don’t’ think that either thing was particularly bad per se, but I just found it odd that I changed so much just going from friend to friend. I should point out that both sets of friends are very different in almost every way so maybe I shouldn’t see it as such a big deal. Who knows, I just totally lost my train of thought here… so on to other things.
The job hunt isn’t’ going so well, most everyone is not hiring or they have jobs that either I don’t’ know how to do or wouldn’t do yet. It’s going to be a long month I can tell…. At least at the end of this month, I’m going clubbin… heh… later all

Am I over it? No, I’m just dealing with it…

Things are definitely changing quickly. I mean in one weekend, I went from happy, to sad, to happy again. People can change their minds about things sometimes. I look around at all the things going on in my life and realize that this all must be fore a purpose higher than my own consciousness can recognize. Am I over it all? Of course not, but I’m moving on now. I’ve learned that I can’t change the past or force the future, I have to be patient. I’m living now for now, not for tomorrow. The smallest things matter the most. A smile is worth more than anything, if you can smile then it’s not so bad. I keep thinking that maybe something isn’t right with life, everything is great actually, it’s life, that’s what makes it so fun. A small something is better than a huge nothing. The week has been exciting, nothing big has happened, maybe it’s the anticipation, maybe it’s the newness of it all, either way, I’m happy now. If it happens it happens, if not I’ll be ok. Until next time…