Telegram Sam

Three geeky things I’m excited about:

  1. Using apt-rpm, I sucessfully upgraded KDE to 3.1 without breaking anything.
  2. My pal Russ built a nifty website called blinktag.
  3. I had a submission accepted at Slashdot on Friday!

Now, if I could just get my lan browsing working, and convince all three of my machines to see (and use) my printer, I’d really geek out.
Huge thank yous to everyone who e-mailed suggestions on printers for my books. I have narrowed the search down to two places, both of them highly-recommended. It’s just a matter of figuring out who will cost less, and who will print on recycled paper.
Regarding the previous entry, I failed to point out my long-held belief that we are the sum of all our experiences, including the ones we regret. If I’d listened to my advice to my 12 year-old self, I would most certainly not be the person I am today. To paraphrase a certain bald captain: “I don’t want my pain taken away. I need my pain.”
Time for bed. I’m taking my family to climb a mountain tomorrow.

73 thoughts on “Telegram Sam”

  1. Whoa, Wil, your philosophy on being the “sum of all our experiences” is verbatim part of my personal philosophy. I now have to try and remember–or go find it in a file. It was something like:
    “You are the sum of your memories and your reactions to those memories. With every passing moment, you become a new and different person…”
    My original is more eloquent and a bit longer, so I hope I can find it or it pops into my memory… Perhaps it is on one of my ancient disks I used as an undergrad…
    Jim

  2. Wil -
    Why are you *paying* for your book to be printed??? That’s the publisher’s job. Unless you’re self-publishing. And then my next question is; why are you self-publishing? Do you not have a literary agent? A regular publisher that will add credence to your work?
    Your writing would seem to warrant such attention.
    What gives….?
    jk

  3. Recycling is a waste of time and money. Here in Canada, we don’t produce enough paper to create recycled paper so we have to import waste paper from the US. With that waste paper we can create recycled paper to sell; the only problem is that we have to clean the waste paper and its full of contaminants from the ink and coatings and what not. Long story short, recycling paper pollutes a TON of water and in the end it costs more too. The only reason to do it is to sell it to people like Wil who must have recycled paper. Break the cycle!

  4. O, How I would love to:
    Climb ev’ry mountain
    Search high and low
    Follow ev’ry by-way
    Every path you know
    Climb ev’ry mountain
    Ford ev’ry stream
    Follow ev’ry rainbow
    ‘Till you find your dream
    A dream that will need
    All the love you can give
    Everyday of your life
    For as long as you live
    Climb ev’ry mountain
    Ford ev’ry stream
    Follow ev’ry rainbow
    ‘Till you find your dream
    A dream that will need
    All the love you can give
    Everyday of your life
    For as long as you live
    Climb ev’ry mountain
    Ford ev’ry stream
    Follow ev’ry rainbow
    ‘Till you find your dream
    (sorry, I just had to…

  5. I also climbed a mountain yesterday with the family!
    A mountain of snow!
    I made after shoveling the driveway for an hour and a half. (Only in Canada, eh.) It was still fun though.
    And “Tapestry” is one of the best episodes. And arn’t all Star Trek Captain’s bald?

  6. here is some shameless self=promotion for my blog from a gay, arab, latino, american mutt living in New York City Somewhere Over the Brooklyn Bridge.

  7. Prev. posters are correct, it was The Girdled One (WFS) instead of le Capitaine Chauve… :D
    And as for the browsers/printer bit… I’d offer to walk you through it, but A) I have NO idea what systems you’re running, and B) have less of a clue about *nix than you do. Bleah.
    Have fun on hillclimb with family. Take a walking stick; they do come in handy for all sorts of things. :D

  8. oh my goodness, i completely agree! my sentiments exactly. “i don’t want my pain taken away. i need my pain” the last year and a half of my life has been the most painful time in my young ansty 20 year old mind (though i know i will go through much much more pain in my life time, probably even worse pain. :-)), and though i would not wish that pain on ANYONE, i know that pain has shaped me to be the strong individual i am today, so therefore i would not take the pain away for ANYTHING. :-) ciao.

  9. It’s not about whether it’s cheaper to print on recycled paper, it’s about social responsibility! Of course, I also do wonder about the chemicals we spew to clean the paper, but that’s another debate …
    I used to work for a freebie new age mag that had a hard time finding a printer that would use recycled paper – let us know how it works out. Maybe some other aspiring-to-be-published types can benefit from your research!
    A quote – “Experience is the name we give our mistakes” – Oscar Wilde. Nuff said.

  10. Looking forward to your book.
    Just looked at your site here, and I like it and you- the actual person making up the script for his own real life- better than the fictional character made up by somebody else.
    Perhaps more to the point- even if I had never seen any of the series.
    -loyd

  11. Bravo Will,
    I couldn’t agree with you more. We are indeed the sum of our experiences (good or bad)Keep the faith.

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