Father’s Day Poem


Saw this poem on The Art of Manliness and liked it, so I thought I’d share it with everyone on this Father’s Day.

A careful man I want to be –
a little fellow follows me.
I do not dare to go astray,
for fear he’ll go the self-same way.
I cannot once escape his eyes.
Whatever he sees me do he tries.
Like me he says he’s going to be –
that little chap who follows me…
He knows that I am big and fine –
And believes in every word of mine.
The base in me he must not see –
that little chap who follows me…
But after all it’s easier,
that brighter road to climb,
With little hands behind me –
to push me all the time.
And I reckon I’m a better man
than what I used to be…
Because I have this lad at home
who thinks the world of me.

Will E-books Kill Hardcopy Books?


Will e-book readers kill hardcopy books?

This post was inspired by the Kaizen Reading blog. I don’t know the answer to the question posed in the title, but I will share my thoughts.

Upon reflection, I came up with a few main points. First, computers didn’t end pen and paper or hand writing, but they certainly affected them. Second, this reminds me of the fountain pen vs. ballpoint pen debate. Ballpoint pens have replaced fountain pens for most people, but some still use fountain pens. Their reasons sound very much like the same reasons people still read books, i.e. the feel of a fountain pen in your hand is more satisfying than a ballpoint pen. In the same way the feel of a book in your hand is just better than reading it on a screen. Third, there are parallels with the rise of electronic movie and music formats. Now, what format will e-books take? I used to think that they would be like CDs. One book loaded onto a disk that you pop into an e-reader. That would leave the book publishers in control of their books. But… now I don’t think that is what’s going to happen. Music evolved past CDs into purely online electronic formats with DRM, and I think that’s the same way e-books will evolve. I think e-readers may take on characteristics of expensive books. They may be made of more expensive materials and made to mimic old books at first, then simply be made of expensive, non-plastic materials, such as wood and metal, to appeal to aesthetics.

In my opinion, not only are e-books here to stay, they will replace books in the same way that ballpoint pens replaced fountain pens. I think some people will still prefer hardcopy books just as they prefer fountain pens. However, e-readers have access to a huge library without the need for corresponding storage space. In the same way storage of newspapers was replaced by putting their contents on microfiche, most books will be replaced by e-books. I love that e-books can now be self published as easily as music can. Just put it up online and anyone can enjoy it. If you want to make money, slap some DRM onto it, or maybe don’t even bother if you charge a price most people think is fair.

Another consideration is the content of books will tend to increase in importance as the book’s cover is no longer an issue. The phrase “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.” will become something you have to look up to find out why it’s used. In the same way that “Going off half cocked” is a phrase we don’t have any current experience with, you’ll have to do some research to find out what that phrase means.

The one objection to e-books that I’ve heard and agree with is the difficulty of citing a page from an ebook, especially one with no page numbers. Different readers have different pagination. What’s on page 300 in one e-reader will be on page 312 on another, so if you’re reading a reference book or scholarly work and you need to cite it for your own work, how do you do that? Well, it turns out there are a few ways to cite e-books. A few methods are listed below. There are more:

1. The Chicago Manual of Style

2. The APA (American Psychological Association

3. MLA (Modern Language Association)

4. Turabian

Different editions of a hardcopy book will have different pages cites, so I think if people start to follow a convention in citing e-books, it won’t matter as much since they’ll just be considered a different edition.

Those are my thoughts on e-books vs. hardcopy. Not as polished as I would like, but you get what you pay for. Comments and differing opinions are welcome.

My Take on Circumcision

Why am I writing this now? Because it has come up recently on a Facebook page I follow, I think it is important, and I need to get this off my chest. So, here goes:

1. I never had a choice. It was done to me without my permission or consent. (I understand it was the thing to do at the time, and my parents didn’t know any better, so I’m not blaming them, but I’m still ticked off.)

2. It is not necessary to circumcise. Being intact is the norm for human males.

3. It is generally considered illegal and immoral to circumcise girls, so why it is ok to do the same to boys?

4. The doctor should have refused to circumcise me because it was medically unethical to do so. (Yes, I do blame the doctor for doing this. He should have known better and he took an oath.) It was medically unethical in my opinion because of reason 2 above. The surgery was unnecessary. I was not having any problems with my foreskin, so I think cutting it off was highly unethical, especially when you consider that it’s done because there is a very profitable market for the foreskins. They don’t just throw them away, they sell them and make a ton of money while charging the parents to have it done as well.

I really could go on and on about this for pages, but that is my opinion in a nutshell.

Happy Facebooking!

Happy Face

Finally I found a nice WordPress plugin that will allow me to update Facebook with my blog posts. Yes, I haven’t really been updating my blog recently, but that’s going to change since I’m on a kick to record all the stupid and banal things going on in my life for everyone to fall asleep reading. Seriously folks, you ought to have figured out that I write this stuff for me, and if you enjoy it and find it interesting, then I’m happy for you. However, in the end it’s for me and if nobody in the entire world likes it, I don’t care. Well, maybe I care a little.

Oh, it’s called Facebook Page Publish 2 if you’re looking for something similar.

Rocks that roll back downhill

Well, I was planning to get back into World of Warcraft in the near future, as soon as I started earning some money from a job. I started doing the updater to make sure I was all up to date and would only have to buy Mists of Pandaria and then activate it, but I kept getting an error message.

Now, as usual, when I get an error message, I fire up my trusty web browser and hit Google with the exact text of the message. This has always given me good results, linking to forums and even the software support pages with other people having the same problem, and super smart nerds telling them what to do to fix it. (Yes, I’m also a nerd. Shut up.)

This time, it was talking about the launcher having compatibility issues with the version of WoW and if you didn’t update in a timely manner (which I didn’t, having quit WoW when I was short on money because I was totally not addicted. Shut up.)… um… oh… if you didn’t update in a timely manner, you couldn’t update after a certain version without performing some software gymnastics. I tried some of the solutions they offered, but none worked. Kept digging and finally discovered that since my MacOS has not been updated past 10.6 yet (because once you do that, you can’t run Neverwinter Nights), I can’t update and run WoW.

Now, once I update my MacOS, I’ll have to create a new partition for Windows, and I have and old version of Windows XP hanging around. That’s all I need to run Neverwinter Nights anyway. It’s not like I’d ever use Windows for anything else. So, the current problem is that since I’m sharing my computer with Anne until we can fix hers, I can’t create another partition, since we don’t have the room on the hard drive.

So… my grand re-entry into WoW is once again delayed. I’m going to blame Windows for this because, hey, why not?

Shut up…