June 29, 2006

Where is Brian?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Brian @ 6:04 am

Yes, I have been quiet here, recently. I am still around, just a bit preoccupied with some real-world activities.

I’ll be back soon.

June 20, 2006

Not Having Much Effect

Filed under: pointlessness, productivity, Uncategorized — Brian @ 6:06 am

Tomorrow’ll be two weeks without coffee, and I have just about nothing to report. I am over whatever had me feeling ill, now, and I’m still waiting for that increase in energy I’d hoped might come with the stopping of the coffee. I don’t feel any different.

But I haven’t left my thermos behind at work a single time! That’s easier when it stays home in the cabinet.

I am surprised that – for how regularly I normally drink coffee – I’m not really having a problem avoiding it. I take that as a good thing, it’s just unexpected.

June 11, 2006

Coffee will Turn On You

Filed under: productivity — Brian @ 12:01 pm

Well, I’m no less tired than I was, and now I have an annoying sore throat and cough! Turns out the caffeine has been keeping me healthy all this time. I turn my back on it, and look what happens!

Or perhaps the two are unrelated, and I’m tired now because I’m sick.


Right now, with the sore throat, hot black coffee doesn’t sound the least bit appealing. I’m going to take a nap.

June 10, 2006

Jennifer’s Meme

Filed under: Uncategorized — Brian @ 7:29 pm

Jennifer started this, and now she and Gwynne and Jim have done it, so I can’t put it off any longer.

1. When you meet someone new do you trust them or do they have to earn your trust?
I take people at their word, but won’t truly count on them without knowing them well.

2. What do you pay attention to when you meet someone or visit with someone you know?
Hints on their outlook on life (optimist/pessimist) and how they treat the transient people you encounter, like waiters and bus drivers. I’m looking for a positive and respectful person.

3. When you were in high school or college what did you want to be when you grew up?
High School – a chemist. College – a concert roadie. Then, about a year too late, a computer scientist.

4. If you could have any career now what would it be?
Computer scientist. Or artist.

5. Name a life changing moment that made your life better. Why?
This comment thread at Eric’s place. (I was posting as ‘BB’ then). I’m so glad I finally found it!. The part you don’t see in that thread is where I kept repeating to myself Eric’s words: “…[t]hat’s between you and God. I just hope that you’ve truly talked that decision over with Him and that your motives are pure when you make the decision.” I hadn’t talked it over with Him at all, and that made me pretty uncomfortable. I realized I was faking that whole part of my life, and really started to look into it. Just over a year after that post, I was baptized and joined my church.

6. Name a life changing moment that changed your life for the worse.
Sheesh, I don’t know. When I moved away from Chicago hot dogs and pizza?

7. Which do you crave more-being at home or traveling?
Being at home, where I can be comfortable.

8. What do you collect?
Art supplies. Computer parts. Ambitions.

9. Do you have a recurring dream or nightmare?
Kind of. It’s very short but very specific. I’m in the hallway of the high school I graduated from, but only attended for three semesters. I can’t find my locker or remember the combination, the semester is almost over, and I can’t remember if I should have been attending a particular math class all this year. I haven’t been going, and I’m trying to figure out how to talk myself into a diploma anyhow.

10. Why did your parents give you the name they did?
First name, because nobody else in the family had it. Middle name because it’s my maternal grandfather’s first name, and he was the last man in his family, so his family name died with him. Just last month. My younger son also carries his name in the middle, now.

11. What motivates you?
Food. A sense of helping people with important things.

12. What scares you?
Letting down someone I love.

13. What three things do you need most day to day?
coffee, a little quiet, and time to draw.

14. What do you think God is like?
The ultimate physicist and compassionate provider.

15. What do you read?
The blogs in my blogroll. Popular Science, Discover and MacWorld magazines. Computery geekish things.

16. Name at least one book you’ve read that’s influenced your philosophy.
The Bible – at least what I’ve read of it so far, which isn’t enough. The Pragmatic Programmer. The Creative License. First You Have to Row a Little Boat

17. What thrills you?
Looking at a drawing I’ve done and honestly liking it.

18. What do you struggle with repeatedly?
Forgetfulness and inattentiveness.

19. What makes you laugh?
My boys. My wife. My sister. Badly-written advertisements.

20. What makes you cry?
Why does everyone want to know about the crying?

21. What do you want your life to look like in 5 years?
Less cluttered. More deliberate. More spiritual.

22. What is one thing you would like to achieve before you die?
Help my boys move into their first homes. Then drive back to mine without having to discuss question #20.

23. What talents do you have?
Quickly deriving the whole picture from small pieces of information. Fixing things around the house or on the computer. Making bread. Drawing (though I think this is more a skill than a talent).

24. Which one is your favorite and why?
Drawing, because it’s completely pointless. It serves no other purpose apart from the act, the observation and the creation. Everything else on that list is to serve some other purpose, and can get to be annoying when I need to do it, but don’t want to. I am never forced to draw.

25. What’s one thing you don’t think other people know about you that you would like them to know?
I am very critical of myself. When I disappoint you, I probably already know it, so a little word is all it takes for me to get the point. This makes me an annoying person to fight with, as I’ll concede your point (if – and only if – it’s a valid one) before you’ve had a chance to vent on me.

June 9, 2006

No Coffee, Day 2

Filed under: productivity — Brian @ 6:04 am

Yesterday was fine. Nothing to note, except no coffee.

This morning I have the headache. Not a terribly bad one, but enough to notice it. This is what happened last time I did this – I had a low-level headache for a couple days. Just enough to notice. Enough to remind me that I’m making progress.

June 8, 2006

Sleepiness and Coffee

Filed under: productivity — Brian @ 6:13 am

I’ve been tired quite a lot lately. I’d been blaming it on various things – a general busy-ness, recent emotional stress, etc – but I kept coming back to coffee. Both as a drink to keep me alert and as a thing that may be contributing to my tiredness.

I *love* coffee. Just coffee. I’ll do a Frappucino now and then, but mainly, just thick, dark, hot coffee. I drink a few cups every morning, and sometimes after dinner. Anytime I wake up from sleep or a rare nap, I usually put some coffee on.

At a summer job in college, I made friends with a guy (easily three times my age at the time) who had recently given up coffe. He told me he had quite a lot more energy since quitting. That seemed backwards to me at first – how does “no caffeine” give you energy? But it makes sense. Caffeine doesn’t *give* you energy, it *uses* the energy you already have, right? It’s a push on the accelerator, not a stop at the gas station.

So I am taking a coffee break. Ha ha. Yesterday morning was my last coffee until July 7. I expect it’ll take a few days to adjust, and then I’ll have three weeks of caffeine-free days.

We’ll see if I’m better-rested then. And if I am, um … stop drinking coffee altogether? Ugh. Maybe decaf.

June 5, 2006

Happiness in the Woods

Filed under: pointlessness — Brian @ 7:32 pm

I’ve decided that, instead of just keeping these to myself now, I’ll post them here. “These” are things I’d have e-mailed to Dave to laugh about later.

Item: What happens when you combine 200 liters of Diet Coke and over 500 Mentos mints? A video from someplace called “,” if that tells you anything.


Filed under: Uncategorized — Brian @ 7:09 pm

To make fart jokes here, or nowhere.

Because (1) on the Internet, nobody can hear you laugh and (2) it’s been a while since I was twelve.

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