Usually I come to this page with an idea of something to write about. Not today. This will probably be one of those random posts with little bits of everything in it. Have you ever noticed that my first paragraph is always long enough to make that drop cap thing on the left look right? Often I'll want to start off with a single sentence, but I write some fluff to make it look right.
I just gave my fish some medicine. They still have fin rot. It's really scary because huge chunks of their fins just dissolve into the water, so they look really pitiful. I've bought tons of different kinds of medicine for them, but none have fixed them yet. Each time they seem better, but then after the treatment the symptoms start showing up again. Of course I'm trying to treat the root problem, too, although I don't really know what it is. I change the water and feed them less. Almost everyone feeds their fish too much.
I really love my fish. I think they're the best pet ever. I can go out of town and not have to worry about them, but whenever I have a spare moment I sit and watch them swim around. Now I don't like watching them as much because they're sick so it makes me feel bad. It's amazing that they can just swim around and not die of boredom. I couldn't.
I watched a couple documentaries recently. One was about String Theory. It was really fascinating. I love it when I know nothing about some subject, then I learn about it and all of a sudden it changes how I look at life. Maybe not in a big way, but enough that it has had an effect. I watched another documentary on the Concorde, too.
I was going to ride on the Concorde once. I found this crazy deal to ride it for $1000 to either France or England. Normally it's $20,000, so I was really excited about this. I tried to get my friends to go, but no one wanted to. How is that even possible? You're in a plane that flies FASTER THAN A RIFLE BULLET. That's insane. It was the 31st of the month and I thought "well, if none of my friends want to go by tomorrow, I'll just get a ticket and go by myself."
The next day the deal was dead and I never went. Now it's out of commission so I may never get to ride it. Never skip opportunities like that.
I got new sheets the other day. They're really comfy.
I also got new underwear. I used to wear really dumb baggy underwear that made it hard to wear tight pants. Katya suggested this Perry Ellis underwear, which I liked a a lot, but I could only find it in XL. I'm nowhere near XL. It would fit snugly enough in the morning, but after walking around a lot it got way too loose by night time.
Buying underwear is hard. There are a lot of choices. I bought five different kinds and have been trying them out. I think I've got a winner.
I have a ton of self discipline. I have no idea where I got it from or when this happened, because I feel like I used to be completely not discplined. I see all these people doing things that are just insane. They smoke. They eat unhealthy foods. They play video games. It's amazing. Why not just exercise some discpline and cut these things out? Even with my discipline, I'm not perfect. I can't get myself to have a normal sleep schedule. I spend too much time on the computer (which is why I'm getting rid of it). I imagine life would be even better if I was more disciplined.
My life is fantastic. Every day I laugh because I'm so lucky to have such an awesome life. The best part is that it seems to keep getting better. Good things happen to me, good people come into my life, and "bad" events end up being good in the long run. The other day a friend was explaining this exercise where you think of something negative that happened to you. I couldn't. I really tried, and couldn't. I'll try right now again.
Ok, actually that was easy. I'm fixing my old car to sell it and the water pump needs to be replaced. I don't really care, though. My other car had a really annoying problem that I've been trying to fix, but Ben's Workshop fixed it for me for FREE! I was so happy because I was expecting it to be at least $1000.
I set up an account at www.emigrantdirect.com and have 10% of all my income going there. I'll never spend that money, only the interest. You guys should try that too. It's cool to have a savings account that you KNOW will never go down. It feels like playing a game.
Ok, that's enough random thoughts.
Oh, I am totally aware of that factor, too. That's why it bugs me so much when people say global warming is a bunch of bullshit. Corals only grow six inches per year, and they're dying off faster than they can regenerate due to warmer oceans and various forms of habitat vandalism. I was talking more about the fish population being harmed by collectors than the corals.
Yes I thought that also, but after discussing it whit a marin bilogist, the best in my country I belive othervise. Only a half a degree rising of temperature in the oceans and most corals are gone, the biggest die off off corals happened due to cemical or temperature changes in the ocean. No amount of hunters whit dinamyte can kill half the corals on the planet.
Saw the Nova string theory mini series last year and loved it. If you want to watch it online, you can do so here: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/elegant/program.html
Actually, part of the reason several species of tropical fish are going extinct is BECAUSE of aquarium people. There is a huge market for rare, saltwater fish and some collectors go as far as blowing up small portions of the reef to expose the fish. Sometimes they even use chemicals such as CYANIDE to "stun" the fish so that they will float up to the surface for easy retrieval.
Also Tynan, I watched that string theory thing, too. It was by far one of the coolest things I've ever seen on TV. Too bad I only saw the last part of it... I hope it comes on again soon so I can get the whole story!
Uuuu if I could afford it I would get a slatwater tank. We should all get one and learno how to propagate corals and fishes cos soon they r going extinct and then its up to aquarium people to keep them alive on this planet. Laugh at me if you dont belive it, but we will see.
Btw I play video games, so? The new Hitman is awesome, so much fun.
fish are pretty awesome, I had a salt water tank a while back. Absolutely loved the fish, amazing colors and just the diversity of them all. Unluckily though, right about when the tank was about to be cycled or what ever they call it, the tank broke and sprayed water all over the place. I tell you that is a horrible way to wake up in the morning, not to mention I live on the second floor of an apartment. I saved the fish, found a new home for them that day, I'm still debating if I should try it again.
On my fancy Treo 700 I have a little plugin that shows my daily todo list and calendar entries below my programs. I have to do this because otherwise I never really notice the things I write there, and thus don't do them. I use the todo list a lot, but the calendar is basically empty.
Today I looked down and saw something unusual. "Are you totally ripped? Bet."
No, I'm not.
"I feel stronger." Years later, the line still randomly comes to me, unbeckoned.
It was from one of the most odd and intriguing video games ever made -- Planescape: Torment. You woke up in the morgue as a scarred and battered man who didn't know his name. When you got killed, you would… wake up back in the morgue. You were immortal. You couldn't die. Your goal was to figure out how this happened, who you are, and what you should do about it.
It was beautiful, well-written, and immersive. But the point that still stands out to me is that line.
"I feel stronger."
It happened when you leveled up. The levels up weren't something you chose; they just happened when you accumulated enough experience. It's an interesting metaphor -- you wake completely ignorant, but as you accumulate experiences, you feel stronger. Not "I am stronger." I feel stronger.