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July 29th, 2004

Dude, I *am* a writer @ 02:26 pm

Current Mood: energetic energetic

I had my friend controlg download and install a handy tool that uses the perl language called jbackup. Its basical.ly a complicated script that uses livejournal's client calls to download your journal and all the comments that are attached to it. Basically its there so that you can download your whole journal and comments, and print them out if you want. I've heard that there are professional services that hard bound your journal if you want, but this is just as good. I need to do some search and replacing on the thing so that lniks are left intact, but its amazing how pretty the html looks from it. I did find after inputting it into MS-word, that I in fact do not have a life; either that or I'm addicted to writing. Not including this entry (it has to be imported and updated from the server), my whole journal and comments take up 605 pages of 8.5x11 paper, and has over 300000 words. That is absolutely a huge amount of crap included within these virtual pages :). Its bigger than the whole of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and I'd definitely not recommend reading it all in one go, you'd bore yourself to death I think, and I wrote it so that's saying something. My friend Larry says that I should cut the thing up and edit it sometime and publish it some day. I don't know if there's enough publishable material in it that's interesting, so I'll have to wait until I go into space or something, or do something that's more interesting than "its raining today ... my head hurts ... women are difficult ..." Of course, there are more boring books published out there I suppose. Memoirs are to be written when you get old and gray, and I'm not even close to old and gray, and though I've had an experience packed life, I need to continue packing them in before I can publish my volumes :).

I'm feeling much better today. I had enough energy to spring awake at the clanging of my telephone and run down to the Union to converse with Larry and work the CSD (Center for Students with Disabilities) orientation table. When someone asks me to come and have coffee with them, I definitely can't resist, even if its 6:30 in the morning and I've just woken up.

Its pouring outside and I'm glad I don't have to go anywhere. The last time I ventured out while it rained, I came back in an ambulance, so I'm taking it extra careful when I go out. I'll have to walk to the union later for dinner so hopefully it'll have tamed a bit before then.

We still are lacking in the internet with both IP Nexus (authentication servers) down, completely dead. So I'm back to dial up and downloading at very very slow speeds. I did go downstairs earlier and spent two hours downloading about 300 songs of different genres for my various shows. I'm sure growing a collection let me tell you and most likely will have to find more hard drie space before long s my 60 is getting quickly packed.

Suppose I should stop today's epic and get some work done while I have the energy. Anyone been watching the Democratic Convention like I have? Though mainstream television network coverage has been lacking, the ideas have been plentiful and insightful. It will be definitely be interesting to see the GOP convention next month and compare. Have fun guys, and stay warm, or cool if you're hot out there.
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Date:July 29th, 2004 06:50 pm (UTC)
It can be done by running this program with your username and password. YOu then just output a html file. If you want I can help you out, let me know on msn.
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Date:August 2nd, 2004 11:10 am (UTC)
I've actually considered saving a copy of my journal as well to provide for the possibility of my publishing it someday. I've also, however, considered doing a kind of "time capsule" thing with it, you know, printing it out, putting it in some air-tight container and burying it deep in the ground somewhere where someone might find it like years and years later. I mean, the historian in my screams out to do this. After all, if someone way in the future had the ability to be exposed to an individual perspective from date A to date B, they could in fact gain some unique insight into the atmosphere (both local and global) of that time period. I know the whole thing sounds like a bit of a romantic notion...and it may be a bit presumptuous on my part to believe that someone else, even in the future, would be interested in my writing. But, you see, the "personal" side of life in various eras has always fascinated me. For instance, if I had my choice to read on Roman history from either the perspective of Tacitus or Suetonius, I'd chose the latter, as he gives you more insight into the personal lives of the Caesars. I mean, I realize that a lot of this "personal information" may simply be gossip and, therefore, not necessarily trustworthy (HE rarely quotes his sources for such information.), it does make for interesting reading. I guess it depends on for what purpose one is reading; for the personal, I'd go with Suetonius, for the political, with Tacitus, when all is said and done.

And, yes, I did watch the majority of the DNC on C-SPAN. I love that network because it covers the majority of so many major political events with little commentary, most of which is biased on the various major networks. I believe that the best speeches I heard during the entire time were those of Carter, Clinton and Obama. THe latter is most certainly a rising star of the party. THough Kerry was a bit more specific during his speech, I wasn't "wowed" by it and he appeared to basically be repeating what he had said in the past. I checked out the Kerry-Edwards site and found it impressive. (I'd recommend that those who haven't seen it visit.) It outlines the "Kerry-Edwards plan" in greater detail and has links to campaign "accessories" including downloadable AIM Kerry-Edwards buddy icons and desktop themes.

As the author of this journal knows, I am morally quite conservative. However, I am fiscally liberal. OVeral, I tend to run more liberal than conservative and am therefore thinking of "defecting", i.e., going Democratic after a few years of being "officially" a Republican. As you might have guessed, I'm not the type to follow the party line like a sheep. I'm a free thinker and, despite the political party to which I belong, I hope to remain so. I despise labels. Verily, I do. I seem to fit into none of them. I guess I just need to get away from all of the leftist rhetoric I hear around my house for a year or so and then make a final decision. I plan to watch what I can of the RNC while at my university.

OK, this has become way too long and I probably should have reserved most of my writing for my own journal. LOL

Ner's Random Musings on a life of interesting insights

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