Dear Diary

Marbles the cat

For pretty much as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to be the kind of person who keeps a daily journal. I’ve wanted to produce years of writing and sketches and document my growth as a writer, artist, and human being; a ledger of a life; a record that I was here, that I created, and there was significance to my words. I imagined shelves lined with mostly-complete notebooks jammed full of ideas and observations, a reckoning of emotion, an honest reflection and historical record of life’s event.

I’ve never been this person.

American Health Care Act of 2017

Today I was getting ready to rant on Facebook, but rather than firing off a bit out outrage, I remembered, That’s why I have a blog again. So rather than a few dozen hastily written words, this is what you get.

GOP Health Bill Kept Secret From Senators Assigned to Write It <--- Read this.

The only reason the GOP is so fixated on repealing Obamacare is they don’t want to allow the Democrats to have a win. That’s it. There’s no other reason. It’s 100% purely spite.

They know their own bill is a shit bill that’s going to hurt a lot of people or they would let people read it. Members of their own party haven’t read it. They haven’t submitted it to the Congressional Budget Office for a CBO score. I would suggest the GOP are ashamed of what they are doing behind closed doors, but I am not sure they are capable of knowing shame.

Writing & Writers

I've known a lot of writers over my life, and I've met hundreds. After all, I worked for a newspaper for nearly a decade and a half, and I worked in a bookstore for over half a decade before that, and I was a literary studies major as an undergrad. Most my adult life I've been surrounded by people who make a living stringing words together. I've even had a paid gig or two in my day. There are basically two kinds of writers; those who can get the job done no matter what tools they have at hand even if this means dictating a story over a satellite phone, or those who need everything to come together just right to write. This second group can't get shit done if their favorite coffee mug is dirty or it's too late in the day or because the gibbous moon is waning. These sorts spend all their time allowing external influences to dictate when their ass actually gets in the chair. They spend more time trying out new software packages to find the perfect word processor. They can't write if they are uninspired or if their muse is uncooperative. Every writer I've met imagines themselves as the first sort, but most are the second.

Flexible Reinvestment program

6/15/2017 AAPL Bought 1 AAPL @ $144.149

A few days ago I got my 205th share of Apple, and I did nothing to get it except keep my money at play and at risk.

I love my FRIP. It always feels like free money. I'm not going to get rich from my dividends any time soon, but I'm not playing the game for soon.

Grav CMS

I am trying to teach myself the bare minimum I need to know to get sites off the ground quickly and to look decent when finished. I've fired up pretty much every CMS out there, and have purchased many of them. I run my Jackass Letters site with ExpressionEngine. I've been running that CMS since version 1.0 (actually I even used their previous product "PMachine" as well.), but it was never intuitive for me, and I have a hard time keeping it patched and secured (I hate running updates). I also find it frustrating to have to reinvent the wheel over and over again. EE brags about there being no templates to get in your way, but on the downside you have to literally design everything by hand. EE give you more flexibility than pretty much any other CMS, but you have to keep your site to standards compliant yourself. Want a responsive design? Have fun making it. For someone like me that wants to focus on content, and who can't afford a professional designer, EE has always been frustrating. I know I don't follow best practices, and I know I did a lot of cheating and hacking just to get the site to run at all. I have tons of bugs and no real time to fix them. I just get tired of working with the backend of things. I just want to write! I own the multisite manager, with additional purchased sites, so I can run quite a few installs out of one EE instance, and I can reuse content and code from site to site, but honestly that just introduced a level of complexity I wasn't interested in.