Shades of Grey….

So did anyone happen to actually watch the NHL All-star game last night? The first hockey All-star game in three years seems to have been met not with anticipation, but rather a complete sense of indifference from the masses. Over the course of the last week I have listened to hockey analysts from all over weigh in on how the game is nothing more than a joke and really means nothing to the players or the fans. I guess I would have to agree with this as I felt my time was best served elsewhere while the best and brightest from the NHL fired puck after puck at those poor goalies. So I guess the question here is show the NHL even bother with the game and festivities or move on with the much more important season games.

Does any have an opinion one way or the other? Or, like me, do you simply not care.
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Its seems that all my hockey lust has been directed to my duties with the ECHL fantasy hockey league that Rick and I are running this year. Now the zonk-trolls would have you believe that I have blown a gasket so soon into the season, but in reality all is well for me. I have enjoyed answering emails all day and look forward to running the games each night. Rick has been a big help stepping in to handle the one thing that I didn

DO PEOPLE SMILE ANYMORE?

I thought about this the other day. I was looking at the local Metro newspaper going into a meeting and saw this photo.

End of day. Toronto. People rushing home. Every face. Glum. Expression-less. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve been like this at times but more to do with thoughts — I guess all those thoughts about writing more for blogs. :-)

Anyway, it has become so utterly obvious. So many of us have found our lives so transformed by workplace policy — those casual Friday’s in some companies are perks to keep you working longer…trust me, I’ve heard it. Those shifted policies for FAMILY are subtle methods to bring work home…to blur the line.

The freedom to relax and think freely and creatively is dying a quick death. Sure, people can walk away. But it’s an addiction. If you’re addicted to information, you simply can’t unplug from the Matrix. While society exists to create supports and stability, sometimes one has to wonder if the expended resources can be put elsewhere for certain causes. The debate over marijuana, right to die, drug control rages on…along with gun control. Are they real issues? Depending on the individual.

It just seemed interesting…that photo. I was waiting for all the glum faces to turn into Munch’s famous SCREAM. People need to relax. As much as they can. I’ve found new spirited distractions since my departure from one company. It was a real eye-opener. I think some colleagues have been paramount in that transformation. I call it a personal PARADIGM SHIFT. Sure, with some changes, there were additional shifts. Some have obviously departed as my own map on the internet changed focus, but others have been extremely supportive. The best thing — I took courses and pushed the envelope on a few things — I found a passion to mentor, debate, and discuss. And a few said long ago that I could do something in that area. Of course, that old shell of non-action died a quiet death and I pursued writing…no, I am not talking about a Pulitzer Prize here, but I am talking about an outlet and a new enjoyment that I never saw, even if I always dwelled in futurescape.
So, people…try something different. Get out of that rut. I have a brother who does Yoga and other experiential activities that I would have NEVER EVER considered possible with him. He’s different than me and I think it’s great. Sure, I watch out for him but I am absolutely happy that he’s taken some new direction in his life and that I have helped in _some_ way. I love to motivate and encourage and inspire because the constant challenge and excitement of new things is what drives life. That is why my own map on the internet is mired in the world of innovation and technology.

People automatically write off the new iMac and it’s base/stem design. But the reality is that industrial designers, “engineers”, and ergonomic experts put countless hours of “thought” into a feature that no one else would dare spend time on. Do we want a world of sugar water or do we want to constantly push our envelopes and buttons and take things to the next level. This is the Power of Steve Jobs (squared!). And is the true essence of spirit and humanity. WITHOUT this basic condition, we would be nowhere today. We’d still be in caves and we probably would have never left the surly bonds of Earth. (actually, there are still some in caves who spend a great deal of time hating rather than realizing that the foes they are against have ADVANCED and it is because of their system of thought, that they have advanced — certainly a lot of the world’s creations have been made in one nation

Capture something people. It’s one life and it is limited. Do it within reason. If you have financial issues, take care of them. Don’t let commercial systems dominate your life and decisions. Solve the problem, and move forward. You’ll be amazed how renewed and refreshed you feel.

I am smiling again — for several reasons. A new place to call home. A new voice on the e-map. And lots of opportunity to meet and discuss ‘ideas’ with people because that is what I like to do. Collaborate. Talk business. And think. It’s me, and it definitely isn’t everyone. But I’ve tapped into it and I enjoy it.

Smile again and again. Buy McDonald’s.

Rick — sorry for the one post but I hope the length makes up for the week. And welcome back!

Alex.

Kip Blogs on Thursday

Well, I certainly didn’t expect this whole experiment to turn into a discussion of those TV shows we all used to watch as kids, but this is fun. I believe I the single-line guy that Rob was referring to on the zonkboard was La Linea , (The Line), and I managed to find some pics here. As for LeVar Burton being the guy who showed the cartoons, I appear to have been mistaken. I think my brain substituted my memories of the actual guy with Mr. Burton.

Well, I’m at work and my break is almost over, so I’ve gotta keep this short. Might jump in later and add to this woefully lame post.

Adio’s Amigo’s

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I miss the old days.

Good day, everyone. Hope everyone’s doing well.

So here it is, Wednesday, and I’m feeling guilty for not blogging before now like I said I would. Problem is, I don’t really have a topic in mind, either. So, to steal a page from Rick’s book, here’s your Slightly Delayed Monday Mission(TM).

1. Friday I wrote about “People I Can Do Without.” How about adding to the list with a few people you can live without?
Yeah, I can come up with a few… how about people who let their kids run around yelling and screaming – inside – and not doing a thing about it (I used to work at an amusement park); people who figure they can hit me up for free advice on how to fix their computer whenever they see me (I’m a computer consultant); and people who have no common sense whatsoever (as I have to live in this world with them). Gee, do I sound bitter? While we’re at it, someone buy me this tshirt.

2. Have you ever felt like someone truly respected you? What does being respected mean to you personally?
There are times when I feel respected, but to be brutally honest, not nearly as often as I would hope. I try and make a point of telling people that I respect how I feel, and I know that I don’t do it as often as I should, but even so… I dunno. Nobody ever does that with me. Being respected (to me) means that you’ll do what you promise me you’ll do, show up on time for plans (or at least phone me to tell me that you’re going to be late), don’t ditch me at the last second (and make me phone you to find that out) and most of all, listen to what I have to say. I am a man of few words, and that’s usually because I only open my mouth to say something if it’s meaningful.

3. In (past or current) relationships, what is the “one thing” your partner would change about you if they could?
I have to be careful with this one, because I know my girlfriend is going to read it. :) I think I’d have to say that she’d change my inferiority complex. I’m sure that both she and Rick would say that I tend to find people disrespecting me where no foul was intended, and over the years it’s built itself up into an inferiority complex. Every now and again I’ll get depressed over it, and I’m sure she’d like to see that change.

4. Have you ever tried to change who you are to please someone? How did that turn out?
I can honestly say that I try not to, but I know that I’ve failed. There was a point in time where I was a different person with each person I knew. But for the past what, 8-10 years or so, I’ve defined myself as a person and adopted a ‘take it or leave it’ attitude about it. Not saying that I’m a hard person to get along with, but I became tired of wearing so many masks. So, what you see is what you get, which is how I think it should be.

5. Do you believe in love at first sight? Can it really happen?
I suppose that it can happen, but I can’t say that I’ve experienced it myself. To me, a relationship is more meaningful if you have to work at it a bit rather than just have it fall into your lap like that.

6. Today is “Martin Luther King Jr. Day” in the United States. King’s non-violent protests against unequal treatment of African-American people led to radical change in America, and ultimately, his assassination in 1968. How have Rev. King’s accomplishments impacted or influenced your life?

Y’know, that’s a really good question. And I don’t know if I know the answer to it, to be honest. I was lucky enough to grow up in Bolton, like Rick, and I can’t say that I’ve ever really seen any unequal treatment or racism first-hand here. Now, granted, when I was growing up there weren’t many black families here, so it might just be that I didn’t get the opportunity to see hatred because there wasn’t anyone to hate, but… *shrug*. I do know that I have a friend over the Internet who is black and living in West Virginia, and he experiences racism on a daily basis, and it boils my blood to see that people are still so ignorant in this day and age, but there’s not much I can do about it other than listen to his problems and try and help him through it. Not much, I know, but everyone needs someone to listen to them.

7. In America, our President declared yesterday to be “National Sanctity of Life Day.” While it enacts no change in policy or program, it does allow our country’s leader to make a declarative statement about abortion. How do you feel when you hear about a government taking a position such as this?
I feel it is the responsibility of the government to take a stand on every issue, whether it’s popular or not. They are elected to represent the people, and if they’re wishywashy about things then they’re not doing their duly elected duties. However, I do find it rather telling that “Dubya” is declaring a day “National Sanctity of Life Day” when they’re gearing up for a war. It’s like handing someone an olive branch then slapping them one.

Anyways, that’s it for me for now. I’ll try and get annoyed about something later so I’ll have material for a second post. :)