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Back in February, I posted that I was going to start writing more.

I failed at that. I have no idea why I let myself fail at something so simple. "Write! Something, anything! Just write!" I said, and then I didn't.

It's even funnier that my last post was about clickbait feelgood websites that don't encourage you to go out and Do, instead just sit there and feel smug.

So instead of Doing, I sat there and felt smug.

I suppose that can pretty properly sum up my year. Don't Do, just feel smug. Pretty worthless year.

I turned 30 in November. I talked about how it's weird, because 3 decades is weird. (It is!) I talked about trying to figure out what to do with my life. Finally, my good friend +Lydia Stardust actually pushed me a bit to think about that. I got my hands on a current copy of What Color Is Your Parachute, because with all the people asking for it while I worked at HPB, I figured it couldn't hurt to at least try something.

I need a new beginning. Career-wise, certainly. Socially, perhaps. 2015 needs to be the year I sit down and Do.
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All that matters is that you love what you do. When you find the thing that you can't/won't stop doing, thinking about, running towards, and you find a way to get paid doing that thing (or something tangentially related), then you win. Then nobody can stop you. You'll get there!!! 
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I'm getting tired of Upworthy and their ilk.

Clickbait titles and content-less drivel is boring. There's nothing to it. It's nice to see a happy ending to an otherwise atrocious story, but sites like those serve only as ad-revenue-generators. They find things that make people happy, add a crap title like "You Won't Believe What X Did! The Results Will Astound You!"

It doesn't mean anything. It doesn't edify. It's just mindless me-tooisms.

Worse yet is the repost-of-a-repost-of-a-repost. Most of the time stemming from some actual original content which nobody has credited anywhere down the line.

End internet-hipster/-grump rant.
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Upworthy is slacktivism gone for-profit. It serves no purpose but to make people go "aww" or "good for X" or "this needs to change", but provides no real devices upon which to start that change.

The internet went through a glut of this ten years ago. I've seen it come and go before, and the result is the same - nothing happens.

There are real issues out there, and websites devoted to actually helping those causes. Unfortunately, they tend to fly under the radar because they don't have flashy catchphrases or SEO people just to increase their ratings.

(SEO is another topic. Mainly one of loathing because most SEO is shady as fuck, and the good SEO you never hear about because it's doing its job.)
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+Daniel Lanigan, this should be relevant to your interests:
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Huh. This explains a lot.
Flying in the face of years of scientific belief, University of Illinois researchers have demonstrated that sugar doesn't melt, it decomposes.
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New PC parts all showing up today. Glorious.
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It's been... Man. A year? Ish? Since I wrote something. I mean, honestly wrote something that wasn't a one-liner or a quick blast that didn't matter.

I wrote a couple blog posts about a year ago on my friend +Lydia Albin's blog, but there were some hosting errors and those went poof. Even the Wayback Machine doesn't have them, which makes me kind of sad. They weren't hugely important, but they were some sort of proof that I'd written recently.

I just know that right this instant, I need to write. So I guess this is me doing that. It's been a while since I've done that. My authorial voice is like some distant memory. Frankly, if it's the one from my old LJ blogs or (even worse) my long-defunct website, that might be for the better. We change, as humans, from moment to moment, and I am a vastly different person than I was last year, let alone ten years ago.

Sure, there are tons of similarities. I still game (not as much as I'd like), I still hang out with my friends (see prior), I still work at the Renaissance Festival in the summers (who would have thought I'd go from surly and arrogant Captain of the Guard to merchant), and once more I write.

At least, I hope that the last one stays true. I feel some strange need to write, so that's what I'm doing.

Perhaps it's because my creative side has been so lacking for so long. I haven't acted in any real capacity in years, I haven't sang for an audience since I did Our Town at Carlow three years ago (was it seriously that long ago? Gods).

So, I'm writing. On G+, of all places, probably because it may not reach as many people as on FB, but I know the folks here will at least make an effort at reading it, maybe even respond, rather than ignoring the wall of text or just hitting "Like" and moving on in their world of clickbait "journalism" or game posts (not that I'm innocent of posting those).

I suppose this post is just me saying "OK, Erik, you need to write again. Go all stream of consciousness-esque and let whatever flows from my brain to the keyboard just work itself out. No real point to it, just a big ol' "HEY, WORLD, I CAN DO THIS. I think. Maybe. i guess..."

So here's to me writing. Even if it's just about the fact that I'm writing, despite not having done it in a while. Hopefully I can make this into a regular thing. And, y'know, develop my authorial voice again.

Only this time I hope I'm not as whiny. Good god was I whiny.
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Yea, I know what you mean, sir.  It's been how long since I saw you last ; well, besides the hi how are you at GE.?  Even since then, I haven't really done much, and I wish I had.  And going for certifications I MIGHT be able to help with the studying thing, because I might have access to some LabSim stuff you might be able to use to study.  Can't help for the ridiculous costs for taking Cert tests, but can help out elsewhere.
I'm still in robinson, so if you ever get some time, we should eiter chat or hangout. 
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Well, this is certainly interesting. +Thomas Albin or anyone else that gets more of this: thoughts?
hydrofix writes "A thin band of antiprotons enveloping the Earth has been spotted for the first time. The find, described in Astrophysical Journal Letters [arXiv] (Note: abstract free, full text paywa...
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Fuel for the Ares Orbital Ion Cannon.
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