While upgrading my blog I happened to notice that I had published 199 posts. This would then make this the 200th. Amazing!
This blog has certainly come a long way since its beginnings on Ron Paul Radio. It has grown and matured into something wonderful. The success of my iPhone article threw it over the top! I could have never have suspected that, and still feel grateful for the people continuing to read it. I certainly plan to build upon this success. I look forward to another 200 posts.
In 2007, I did the tech work for a weird little venture called Ron Paul Radio. Since I did the tech work, I kind of wanted people to leave me alone, so on the contact form under my name it said: Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain. Since we didn’t have any content, I started doing a little show with the same name. In the course of things we each got our own blog. When the station collapsed I decided I liked having a blog, so kept it and moved on. I stopped doing a show because I got bored with it, but I have a feeling I’ll return with a strange new format. I just have to let things become clear in my head first.
I continued writing articles, and accumulating fun things over time. Mainly my friends would read them, and sometimes someone would find one randomly, but mostly I didn’t expect much traffic, and I felt fine with that. I had a feeling that I should just keep writing, because one day it would pay off somehow. I thought it would happen in some indirect way. I could have never have imagined.
Last June, my life changed forever. I got an iPhone, and it changed my universe as soon as it entered it. I wrote an article to that effect. My friends on Twitter enjoyed the article. A month after that I got an iPad. I had seriously begun to enjoy Apple’s products. In August or so, Jason Scott released Get Lamp, a documentary about interactive fiction in which I appeared. I enjoyed everything – the documentary, the games, and especially the beautiful coins which come in the package. They have real silver in them.
In September I got an iMac, and just in time. A week or so before the autumnal equinox, Andy Baio saw me in Get Lamp, found my blog, saw my iPhone article, and tweeted it to his many followers. With no warning at all, as if Goddess had thrown a switch, I began getting tons of mentions and reads. My praiseworthy iPhone went nuts! For days the awesome onslaught continued, with hundreds of comments. You can read them for yourself. The Mac’s productivity edge showed itself immediately. Within weeks of owning one I could handle an insane barrage of emails, moderating comments, and following twitter. Having the trackpad helps so much. I knew I had found something good.
Since then, a few friends and family have discussed with me what this all means, and how I could build on this success. We have some hot ideas, but I don’t want to speak too soon. Hopefully I will announce something about it sooner rather than later. Suffice to say it involves empowering the blind and others with special needs through this wonderful technology. I feel very excited about it. We just have to get all the details straight.
While doing all this exciting stuff, I decided to volunteer at the Associated Services for the Blind. Follow your bliss. I used the local para-transit service, which gives the disabled $6 door-to-door rides into the city. You can’t beat that. Or maybe you can.
On the ride up, I had an evangelical Christian for a driver. Before I continue, let me say that I respect Christianity. If understood properly it contains universal truths and timeless wisdom. However, to quote the Principia Discordia, I firmly believe that is a mistake to hold firm beliefs.
He first said that he wanted to ask me a few questions for a poll. This got me in political mode, but oh no. He went on and on about various abstract topics. I really just wanted to prepare my thoughts for my very real meeting. He asked what I think happens when we die. My brain slowly worked to come up with a creative response, since obviously I knew where he wanted to go with the conversation. I said that I thought the movie Waking Life had it right: that when we die we exist in the same body in which we dream, but we can never again wake up. I said that we could look to sleep and dream research for a model. Of course he would hear none of it. He asked if I believed in an absolute heaven and hell. I said I see it kind of like a big city or any area, with good and bad places. Certainly some of those places you could consider absolutes, yes, but I try to see it in a less rigid way. Again, he would hear none of my real world examples. I brought up reincarnation, and he said that he wouldn’t want to come back , what with gas at $5 a gallon. To me this seemed like a very depressing world view, and I told him as much. He said “Nooooooooo!” with a joyless joy. It really bothered me. He had started getting on my nerves. Some poll. The Obama pollsters didn’t even get this bad!
He asked me what I thought of heaven. By this time we had gotten close to my destination, thank Goddess. I could have brought up my Discordianism, but I felt this called for a different tactic. I stayed silent and let him talk. He began walking me from the bus to the building. I told him that for me, heaven meant something very tangible. It meant realizing the greatest potential you could bring to earth, then doing it. He gloomily said: “Well, that’s a nice thought, but…..” He walked me through the doorway, and we now stood in the lobby. I got up my enthusiasm. “This!” I stated, gesturing around me. “For me, this is heaven. It’s something tangible. Right here, right now, doing this wonderful work.” He left without a word.