What’s with this thing anyway!?

I originally started this blog with the intention of it being a place for me to discuss my experiences working in and with technology, specifically the various aspects of software development I am involved in. As you can see by the lack of posts and sporadic posting schedule that that didn’t pan out very well. Other than moving all the material from my older blog, Are those My Gardening Gloves, here there has not been a lot of activity here. There are a number of reasons for that: all the crap that went on in 2012 regarding mine and my families health, focus on my slowly dying podcast Snark Infested Waters, addiction to various video games, demands of my job, my webcomic The Adventures of The Snarky Avenger, various writing projects that have yet to pan out, an attempt to get back into tabletop (or pen and paper) role playing games, laziness, fear, etc. But in truth the main reasons are the last one: fear.

I’m not the kind of guy who wears his emotions and thoughts on his sleeve. I tend to share them with a small group of people. I suspect many of the people I share my thoughts and emotions with would tell you I can be quite funny and insightful when I do talk about the things I am passionate about. (At least I hope that is the case.) I have been held back by the fear of judgement of others. The fear of being wrong about something. The fear of offending people and possibly losing the respect of my friends (or worse, just losing friends in general). In the end, I need to confront that fear if I am ever going to succeed at all in any kind of writing endeavor. And if my thoughts, opinions, and emotions are offensive to people so be it. (My heart is racing as I write this.) As Jeff Hite says in the warnings that graces the sidebar of his blog, Barely Controlled Chaos: “I have opinions and you don’t have to like them”.

So I am going to use this to blog to confront those fears. I am going to write about what is going on in the world as well as my world. Review a few books, audio-books, movies, some music, and a few video games. Write about my other projects: The Adventures of The Adventures of The Snarky Avenger, Snark Infested Waters, a new podcast about technology that is in the works, and some writing I am doing. My gaming interests (table top and computer). My faith (I am a Christian). My personal struggles, triumphs, and failures. People I respect. A bit of politics (I tend toward a Libertarian point of view, fyi). And anything else I feel like writing about, like Resistentialism. Consider it a public journal or maybe a living manifesto. (Yes, I just said I am writing a manifesto). I hope that is it is inspiring, entertaining, and maybe a little educational. I suspect it will be controversial at times. Ultimately, it will be also be a bit geeky.

I’m not going to make any promises on a release schedule. I would like to post something here at least weekly, but I’m not going to set myself up for failure. And if you like what you read here or disagree with it or have questions or comments. Talk to me. (That’s why there is a way to leave comments.) I would like to think that this a place for conversation as much as it is airing my thoughts and opinions.

I look forward to share more with all of you and I promise to make an effort to just writing what needs to be written and let the chips fall as them may.

What are you going to do about it?

Alright, I’ve been thinking. I know, I setup this blog more or less as talk about tech stuff (software development, tools, gadgets, technology in general, etc) and this topic might be stretching it a bit, but it was inspired by technology or, at least, by people whining about technology. (And maybe fueled a bit by death of Andrew Breitbart, not that I was particularly a fan of his, but he did accomplish a lot in his short life.) This topic began to ruminate in my mind when someone said the only people who use Google+ (which I happen to like) are people who want to Google. The conversation then went on to talk how “we should have” backed an open-source social network platform which was better. (I am not really sure what the name of it is.) (I consider the individual who said this a friend and I am not going to name names.) This morning, the one question that needs to be asked here occurred to me, “what are you doing about it?” I mean this person could have created his own community for something he cares about using this open-source social network platform in an attempt to promote it, blog about it, talk about it forums, etc.

This prompted me to look back on my near 44 years life and ask, “well, what have you done about it?” And not to spend all my time tooting my own horn, I have actually done a lot.

When I as teenager, I was big into pen n’ paper RPGs (which I still enjoy), so I helped to start and run three gaming (pen ‘n paper RPGS, board games, card games, etc) club. Later while in the military I got into Anime. I started and ran two very successful Anime clubs. (One while I was in the Military and one after I got out.) I have been into SciFi/Fantasy/Horror fandom for much of my life and have been on staff for three conventions dedicated to these for varying lengths of time.

When podcasting first started, I saw a need for shows that I wanted to listen to, and started several (Snark Infested Waters, The Three Snarks, Ray Gun Radio, Snark Tank Radio, Saturday Night in the Snark Cave, etc) and I have produced over 500 episodes. I still produce shows from time to time to promote people and things I care about.

In high school I wanted to write stories so I gave up a summer and wrote a novel. Since then I have written and published several short stories and articles (many of which were not self-published). Although, I admit ,I still do not have a published novel on the market.

I love Audio/radio drama, so I got parts in several amateur audio/radio drama production; and I have created and produced my own audio/radio drama and a album of music.

I came up some superhero characters and love comic books, so I started a web comic for my character The Snarky Avenger and his friends (The Adventures of the Snarky Avenger) with my friend Aaron Siddall.

Not to mention all the games I wrote on my VIC-20 and Commodore 64, blogs and forums I have run to promote my ideas and faith, panels I have sat at conventions, software tools I have written, people I have supported and promoted, and new projects on the drawing board.

Sure, none of this has resulted in great wealth for me, although, it has given me a modicum of fame. (Which means that many people, narrow minded people, will not acknowledge those achievements.) But I have informed, inspired, and entertained a lot of people without having to compromise my values and ideas, and that is enough for me; and, obviously, there is still plenty of work to do.

This has become the age of DIY. The tools that used to only be available to large organizations and companies are now in the hands of almost anyone. If you can’t find what your looking for create it; if it does exists, use it, adapt it, promote it. Don’t just whine and complain about it. Stop expecting others to do it for you.

What are you going to do about it?