Archive for April, 2008

Is this ok?

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

12K!

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

Hey Sherri!

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

Thanks James!

Monday, April 21st, 2008

Tee hee

Monday, April 21st, 2008

Do we really still need these signs?

Monday, April 21st, 2008

Am I a writer?

Sunday, April 20th, 2008

First off, I am an aspiring writer. Forever a student of the English language, proper form, and knowing the rules so I can break them.

One of the hardest things that I’ve had to do is cut. With the advent of DVDs, we can connect with the directors of a film in a way never before possible. I always enjoy watching deleted scenes with director commentary. For someone making a film, cutting pieces hurts. It is an excellent lesson in the art of brevity though, and there is a lot to learn from directors (good and bad) that cut scenes from films.

As I write for publication, I take a lesson from my high school journalism class. “It’s always better to have too much stuff than not enough stuff.” It definitely is, but you have to cut out pieces that you created. Each word of every piece that I do is part of my creation. Cutting hurts.

But as we learn from Zinsser, “Clutter is the disease of American writing.” So much of what we write can be cut and the meaning does not change. In his book, he talks about taking a first draft of eight pages and having students cut it to four. Students revolt and say it cannot be done. After they find out that it CAN be done, Zinsser would give them the hard assignment. Cut it to three.

I just finished editing my second draft of my monthly column and cut it from around 800 words to around 660. PAIN! But the end product is much better!

Rebuild ye-olde phone system

Saturday, April 19th, 2008

Well, my Trixbox upgrade to 2.6.0.7 did not work as planned.  When I WAS home this week, I had a few calls just drop on me.  So I did the whole backup/rebuild fun today.  Hopefully that will curb the problem and we’ll be all good to go.

Being bad?

Saturday, April 19th, 2008

Airplane!

Saturday, April 19th, 2008

Going to watch airplanes!

Saturday, April 19th, 2008

Dinner

Friday, April 18th, 2008

HEY!

Friday, April 18th, 2008

Am I outside?

Friday, April 18th, 2008

Guacamole!!!

Friday, April 18th, 2008

Fernando’s!

Friday, April 18th, 2008

Big daddy plane!

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

Watching the Mythbusters torch Portolets

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Drivin,

Sunday, April 13th, 2008

NO DOORS!

Saturday, April 12th, 2008