The world is becoming a weird place. Not just because we're all getting older, but because everything with which we are familiar keeps shifting and changing in meaning and purpose. Words don't mean what they used to. Teenagers no longer date, or even "go out." Today they are "talking" which can mean anything from what we would have called dating to having sex. There's no telling what it means, if it means anything at all. Cartoons and comic strips are no longer artistic, like they were in my childhood, they are jaggy and primitive looking, they are what I would call lousy artwork.
Art and music today are teeming with violence and becoming so dark it's hard to find anything to appreciate. It's everywhere around us. Music is no longer very musical in the world of popular music. It's filled with driving beat/rhythm and words you can barely understand. Very little melody, just repetition and noise. When our children grow up, will they have any sense of beauty if this world of art is all they ever see?
The only way to keep beauty and real music alive for future generations is to introduce it to our children. Show them the great stuff and they won't find the really inane and dark stuff so attractive. At least that's what I hope.
Scripting, databases, extensions, addons, and plugins are all part of my vocabulary, just part of the growth in technology I've had to experience since starting web work in 1996. HTML is rarely part of my work anymore. But the added dimension of security has become the camel with its nose in the tent. Yesterday is a case in point.
The longer I live the more conscious I become about time, how quickly it flies by, and how much of my life is wasted on dealing with stupid trivial junk that doesn't matter. And so I spend some of my time finding ways to avoid wasting it. I now have a telemarketer blocker on my phone. No more computer generated calls asking me to support a political party or donate to some nebulous cause. As a matter of fact, the phone seldom even rings!
I think I've chased my tail for so long I forgot what I planned to do if I caught it! Have you had one of those weeks? Where things snowball one into another and you just keep rolling with very little slowdown. Sometimes we roll from one urgent need to another, and finally the day comes that you can stop long enough to look back and see all the things you have been doing. We stay so busy...
In the last month I have lost two very dear friends. It seems the older we get the more frequently we visit hospitals and funeral homes. And quite frankly, sickness and death seem to be touching everyone I know lately. Several friends are battling cancer, a few others have children with recently detected serious health issues, another facing surgery, it's just EVERYWHERE right now. With this severe round of the flu I see a big jump in the number of obituaries for senior citizens.
A friend asked me tonight if I was going to write any new ramblings since it's been several months since my last post. I kept intending to write. In fact, I think of all these things I want to write about...when I'm driving in the car. If someone would come up with some technology that would let me "call" my website and "speak" a post and have it magically appear (complete with spellchecker!) I think I could really keep this rolling in style!