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I grew my Dreamwidth reading list a little more, it's pretty exciting browsing around and seeing so many interesting folks from all over! I get this feeling here like "this is a huge part of what the Internet was originally intended to be". And now I wish I could have gone to WisCon, but I'll just have to live it vicariously through blogs. :)

Work has been going really really well. I'm branching out and meeting new folks, I even have on my daily TODOs "Meet one new person" and "Check calendars to see about tagging along to something". Got some brand-new steel toes for the plant which I can hopefully keep clean enough for dates. (Tangent: My wife and I got married in matching black steel-toe boots. She's so awesome.)

At a meeting today someone was asked about the formula used to derive an important number, and they replied that it's a complex Excel sheet and they will write up the formula for it later on in a report. But that got me thinking about re-creating a tool I had made once for the Other Company: the Excel Dereferencer (ED). )

Home life is pretty good too. We hit a new burger place last night that wasn't all that hot, but they had decent ice cream to make up for it. Friday night we've got tickets to see The StepCrew in Midland, and I'm thinking the weekend we're going to spend indoors and 100% lazy (finally!).
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I didn't have much on LiveJournal, but what was there was important so I migrated it over just now and did a little bit of care and feeding on the old stuff.

I really like this Dreamwidth place. The community is active, the people interesting, and I find many of them amazing in their journeys. I think I'm going to upgrade to a paid account in a couple months once I get an actual check from work. The only thing I miss, and maybe I misremember it, was that the really old LJ had a search for people who had similar interests and would find those whose interests most closely matched yours. It was a great way to stumble onto interesting people.

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Jun. 4th, 2011 08:01 pm
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This one will be short yet take forever to type in on my iPhone. I've spent most of today chatting and hanging out with my wife. We picked up some antique chairs for the new place, had some very good Italian food (but alas it "messed" with us), and now I've got some time to post while doing this week's laundry.

I've been thinking about the differences between writing here vs Facebook vs LinkedIn vs Reddit vs other forums. It feels to me that LiveJournal-style writing is ultimately better for me than the others because it encourages me to get my entire thoughts out rather than short soundbites. Which coincides with the "word magic" that Kiersey associates with NF types. Reddit is great for longer thoughts only for technical matters, instead it feels great for fast zingers. Facebook is only useful for announcements at least for me, which I hear is also Twitter's strength. But right now what I want is full thoughts, even the dreaded "wall of text". (But I'd also like the occasional pic to break things up.)

So what's in store for this journal?

First: I want to get better at opening up. I have kept way too much inside, especially between 2004 and now. I could be so much better at writing, it's a great skill to have and if I could get faster at it I could both do great at work/life and even better unburden my soul.

Second: get happier with my soul. OK not the same "soul" Christians are trying to save but the emotions and feelings that color everything else I do. I am INFJ but also so much more than the profile. I was such an unhealthy INFJ for so long, I even tried to kill myself a couple times and spent years coming back from that. But now I have started building a history of bringing light to dark places both in helping people and in solving difficult technical problems that help society. My wife and I are starting a major new chapter in life and I literally have a job that will contribute in a small way to saving the world.

Third: in the spirit of #2 above journal my forays into Zen meditation, better diet and exercise, focusing on the good parts of life, and working to change myself first before seeking to change others.

Fourth: join the community of others trying to do the same for themselves. For too long I have dismissed such efforts as needless distractions but in truth "those people" who do things like sit still every day or write twenty pages everyday or question the utility of technology or discuss the human condition for hours at a time... those are *my people* and I need to support them.

Well the laundry is almost done so I am out for now...


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