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Time February 15, 2012

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in Blogging, Family, Friends, Love, Memories, Parenting/Children, Relationships, Writing.

Time is a funny thing.

No, I don’t mean “time is hilarious.” Time is… peculiar.

This morning, as I was getting dressed, I looked at my forearm as it emerged from my sleeve and thought, “That looks like the forearm of an old man.” At 50, I suppose it shouldn’t surprise me to have revelations like this, but it honestly surprised me. I stared at my arm blankly for a minute, thinking of the inevitability of the aging process, and the peculiar manifestation of it in the texture of that region of skin. (more…)

Why You Should Blog December 11, 2011

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in Blogging.

One day when my youngest son was sitting in class at his High School, the subject of bloggers and blogging came up. One of his friends said, “What kind of weirdos blog?”

My son said, “Weirdos like my Dad,” with a laugh. While I appreciate the fact that not everyone has the desire to write a blog, I think everyone should. Here’s why:

  1. Because it helps you verbalize/organize your thoughts/opinions
    a. Shape your opinions based on voices outside AND inside your own head, don’t be a “ditto-head”
    b. If you write for an audience that may not agree with you, you’ll make a more coherent argument
    c. In the process of organizing your thoughts, you’ll learn things you wouldn’t have otherwise
  2. Because it contributes something
    a. Link to: http://www.herecomeseverybody.org/2008/04/looking-for-the-mouse.html
    b. Contributing anything helps us move out of a “consumerism mode”
  3. Because it makes you a better writer
    a. The only way to get better at something is to do it, and by blogging, you get to write about what YOU think is important
    b. Over time, readers will discover what you’ve written and will give you feedback
  4. Because it’s “live”
    a. In sharp contrast to TV, and in much the same way as we find with live theater, feedback from an audience (even if you don’t engage them in extended conversations) adds depth to the experience
    b. As people respond, if you engage them in discussion, you have the opportunity to learn even more, or possibly just expand further on a topic than you had originally thought was appropriate.

That, my friends, is why you should blog.

Web Series: The Brothers Barbarian September 29, 2011

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in Blogging.
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In May of 2011, several friends and I got together at The Doe Run Inn in Brandenburg, KY and filmed six episodes of a web series called, “The Brothers Barbarian.” In the coming weeks, now that everything is online and the furor of post-production is behind me, I’m going to try to blog about the development of the web series, some of the issues we faced in shooting it, and a handful of random thoughts and observations about this kind of endeavor.

I hope you enjoy watching it (links below) as much as we had making it. Cheers! (more…)

My Blogging Absence August 1, 2009

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An open letter to my friends, near and far, who keep up with me by reading this blog:

As anyone who’s read this blog regularly has long since noticed, I took an unplanned hiatus from blogging during the last 5 months. This wasn’t so much of an intentional thing as it was a matter of me not feeling particularly inspired to write. (more…)

What Happened to the Palin Post? September 28, 2008

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At 7:15 PM EST, I noted an article on Google News, originally published on Fox News:

Fox News Story on Google

Fox News Story on Google

Unfortunately, if you click the link on Google, Fox News tells you that no such story exists. Is this yet another example of Fox News being “Fair and Balanced”? Did someone at the top see the link, and bury the story?

We’ll never know. If you search Fox News’ election site, you’ll find no such story exists anymore.