5 March 2007

The mysterious life of cables

Filed under: Random

This evening I was re-arranging my desk, moving the monitors around, and found the cables hopelessly tangled.

Now, I know that I have a lot of cables, as I have a lot of things connected to my computer. At last count, which is now, I have at one time or another the following things connected:

2 monitors
1 MIDI controller
1 USB mouse
1 Keyboard
1 iPod
1 Blackberry
1 Palm Pilot (which I use to read eBooks on)
1 external hard drive
1 TV card, which consists of a cable connection and two audio cables
1 connection to my TV

And that is just one of the three computers down there. So, needless to say, that makes a lot of cables.

Now I’m not saying that I’m really good about cable hygiene or anything, but I really do try not to mix them up too terribly when moving one from one point to another. So, my question is…how do the manage to get so tangled?

As I was moving the stuff on the desk around I decided to switch keyboards (going back to the analog one with the Russian alphabet on it as opposed to my previous wireless one which kept crapping out on me) and found the cables down there so tangled together I could have used them to rappel off of a cliff if need be.

Now how does this happen? I guarantee that I didn’t mess them up that bad while installing my stuff, placing them as carefully as possible, but when I go to get something out of there they are tied together like they were put there by a bunch of Sherpas.

They must have a great time boogie-ing down there while I’m sleeping, that’s all I’m saying. :)

17 July 2006

Thoughts about time

Filed under: Random

I remember, barely, when I was in high school. Those four years were literally a lifetime to me, punctuated into seasons of winter, spring, summer and autumn.

Time seemed to stretch forever in those days. Reading my journals from that period I am amazed not only about how naive I was, but how things seemed so compressed into such a short period of time. Girlfriends, while few and far between, seemed weathered after just weeks, or in one or two cases months. Now, I’ve been meaning to fix the gutters for longer than that and think, ‘it hasn’t been that long’.

I see this in my father as well. Approaching 82 he is not as quick as he once was, his once razor sharp mind now misnaming my wife’s mother. His view of time is the exact opposite. Things that happened years ago seem fresh, things that happened weeks ago seem current and something that happened last week is so recent he tells me about it twice.

It’s an interesting comment to the passage of time as one grows older, and begs asking what will happen if we as a race to manage to stretch our lifespan out beyond 200 years as has been predicted. How quickly the years between 150 and 200 will appear to pass.

So enjoy this moment, this very one, and the next, because they are fleeting and shall never return. Go, get out, stop reading this, and enjoy your life.

Here, take my keys…

29 June 2006

View from the road

Filed under: Random

I have activated the email function of my blog, so now I will be able to post from anywhere via my blackberry about whatever is on my mind at any given moment, if anything.

Whether that is a good thing or a bad thing, I will leave to you. :)

Sent from my BlackBerry wireless handheld

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