Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Tuesday notes

JW over at his blog talks about his recent experiences in Ft. Lauderdale, partying at the casino, waking up in bed with a beautiful naked woman, etc (all true except the last one evidently.)

He also accuses writers of blogs in general having "random crap in it which spoke little of the author except some random hobbies and an air of staleness." Just to assure readers that Caffeinated Raptor is indeed *not* stale. My early posts tended towards being a bit ranty, I'm sure that those of you who know me can see the rather dim view I have of modern society, and of Tallahassee 'culture' in general. Yes, I am a committed pessimist, and having to pick one out of the Calvin and Hobbes school of thinking, I am decidedly Hobbesian (anybody who has any of the big Calvin and Hobbes 'collection' books can read the section where Watterson compares Calvin and Hobbes to their namesake-inspirations John Calvin and Thomas Hobbes.) Over time (perhaps during that whole 1 year gap between the first post and the time when my blog really took off recently) I decided that I wanted to make the blog less about my personal rants (you can't control Tallahassee drivers with personal opinion) posted online and more about the news that interests me and how I see things. NASA has made this fairly easy for me recently, between Discovery's Return to Flight (and redux) and the ESAS rollout, there's a lot to blog about. At heart, I'm a geek, and space stuff: the shuttles, the ISS, etc etc, they all hit a kind of engineering-technical-otaku geek inside me.

I've kind of skipped over my Internet geek in this blog. You can't throw a stone without hitting a blog about gadgets, software, operating systems, networking, etc (all of which are actually on my 'dailies' list of reads.) There's only so much out there and almost everybody has a blog about those. For my own personal projects, 'Extreme Geekery' is coming, but the progress is slow so far. There's a lot of backend issues I have to work out, but for this blog I've made a pretty personal choice early on to stay away from the more 'tech' and more 'news'.

Anyway, that's about it for the Tuesday morning roundup.


Blogger J.Weston said...

I was speaking in more about blogs in general and that statement was not intended for anyone I know personally.

I rather enjoy your blog and wouldn't read it if I didn't. I know you are not stale. Hahaha. I enjoy the rants and while I will never be half the geek on NASA that you are, I enjoy reading your take on it. It's not like you're just posting a single link to a story and that's it. You blog does speak of your passions, not just random hobbies. Maybe that was a poor choice of words on my part.

Anyway, I just didn't want you to think I was taking pot shots at you or anyone in particular.

September 27, 2005 12:16 PM  
Blogger ZipperSeven said...

Oh I wasn't taking it personally, it was more an easy way to segue into a good 'personal' post. No offense taken.

Honestly I wish that more things happened in my real life that I could blog about, but I know that either it a) wouldnt be that terribly interesting or b) everything would be the hyper-pessimistic rant that I kind of want to avoid.

September 27, 2005 12:41 PM  
Blogger Midnite Raven said...

So are you now saying I am not providing enough exciting fodder in your life? Especially not enough to get you bloggedy about?

September 27, 2005 9:13 PM  
Blogger J.Weston said...

I hope I didn't inadvertently thump the hornets nest with this one. Heheh :)

I can't wait to come up and visit... I swear I'm counting the days now.

September 28, 2005 2:24 AM  
Blogger Midnite Raven said...

Nah, I just like rattling his cage a bit ;)

September 28, 2005 8:39 AM  

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