Beep Boop Boop Beep – The sound a Redux makes when no one is listening

Hey everyone!

So this is the (almost) yearly reboot of The Hurley Edition. I can only say that I will do my best to not let this go dormant. I’ve got the usual excuses….health, health, and procrastination. However, I do have some interesting news to tell you about. I have made a visual change to the site, which is kickin the black a bit. Put in a new graphic at the header, and a few other things under the hood.

Other news I have, is that I have finally decided to take the plunge and participate in NaNoWriMo, which stands for National Novel Writing Month. It is an annual event that takes place online and it is a challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days during the month of November. There is a website (www.nanowrimo.org) and it is a charitable organization. I donate to them because they contribute to reading and writing programs all over the world. I can’t use as a tax deduction, because it only applies if you live in the USA. However, it doesn’t matter to me, it’s the actions behind the organization that count in my book. Get it? My book! Anyhoo – I am entering this year’s challenge with a Novel that I have tentatively titled “Ned Webster”. Of course, that is only a working title as everything is totally first draft in this competition. If you keep checking back here at the site, you will be able to follow my progress as I struggle through this huge undertaking. There is a little widget to the right in the sidebar that will be tracking how many words I write per day, every day during the whole month. So watch as it shows my glaring low word count as I peck away at the keyboard. I hope I can count on you for some encouragement as the month goes on. It’s actually a pretty big deal to write 50,000 word in just 30 days so anything at all will be hugely helpful, especially in the middle part of the month. So help a buddy out…..that would be me. As I already consider myself a writer, I am trying very hard to legitimize myself to the world to say “I am a writer!” Somehow, us writers don’t feel like we’re really writers until we get published, which is a load of crap when you think about it. I mean, the definition of a writer is someone who writes, so that should make me a writer already. But any and all steps that I can take to get me that one step further, I’ll take if it means some sort of recognition as a writer.

But believe me when I say it isn’t the recognition that will be the most satisfying or the most legitimizing, no. It will be the knowledge that I managed to overcome a huge challenge on my own in the glaring light of public scrutiny. That will mean more to me than anything else. As most of you know, I am disabled. I’m not able to run marathons or climb mountains, but this is something that i CAN do. This is MY marathon! So I mean it when I say every little comment of support counts. For anyone who has run a marathon, I’m sure you can agree, some cheering no matter how small can be the biggest boost to getting through the marathon. For it’s won in your head as much as it is in your feet, or your fingers in my case.

So cheer me ¬†on and visit the site. They are a great organization! Here’s to my first attempt and hopefully win at writing 50,000 words in a month! GO NANOWRIMO!

Stand Up To Canada Post From Stopping Home Delivery

Hi everybody and Happy New Year!

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted, however things have been a bit crazy for me lately. I just wanted to send out a quick note about something that I think a lot of Canadians would be very interested in helping out with, and even some Americans as well. There is a woman, Susan Dixon, who has started an online petition to stop Canada Post’s plans to stop door to door urban delivery and replace it with the so-called “Superboxes” of banks of mailboxes that just stand there outside at the end of a block.
Check out the article about Susan Dixon and her particular plight and why she’s petitioning the government and Canada Post. Click here to see the article.

I, myself, am disabled and I require forearm crutches or my power wheelchair to get around so this has great significance for me, but I think it should have great significance for any Canadian who currently gets their mail delivered to their home.
So if you agree, please take a moment to go to the petition site and sign up. It even has a section for U.S. residents to sign as well. It seems to be working backwards, you’ll see what I mean when you get there. So please follow this link if you care about this issue at all. She already has over 128,000 signatures and she needs 150,000 total, so she’s getting so very close!

Please help out if you can by going to the petition site and signing the petition.

Thanks and talk to you soon!

~ todd

Google Glass: A Lot Of Buzz, But Will It Ever Be Widely Used?

 

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Google Glass: will it ever be mainstream?

While Google Glass has been around now for quite a while, it still hasn’t gone into major production. I can’t help but think that the longer it takes to hit the mainstream, the less likely it is to actually catch on. With the news this week that the most likely release date being in Q2 of 2014, it seems to me that I tend to be just hearing about it and not really ‘learning’ anything about it. At this rate, Google could very well run the risk of boring the mainstream, instead of captivating them. By the time this device (as cool as it is) hits the stores, people could very well have lost interest before the main climax. I mean, they are already running the risk of blowing their load of media hype, do they really think they can sustain the climax that long and still pull off the expected high?

If they can, good on them. I’m just saying that sometimes too much hype can result in a state of diminishing returns. I mean, this thing had better deliver hugely on all expected promises…all of them. This prolonged extension of climax, either intentional or not, could seriously backfire on Google in such a way as when people finally get their hands on one, they could end up saying, “Is that all there is? Or there will be such a backlash, it could be worse that the original E-Macs. Remember all THAT hype? Remember how Apple got out of that one? Steve Jobs. Unless Google has some future “Steve Jobs” hidden away on a floating barge somewhere, then I don’t see how pushing the release date repeatedly back for a device that has, quite frankly, yet to deliver much of anything at all, can be good.

So all I’m saying is, Google, Hurry up and get Glass out or we’ll all be asking ourselves: Can you hear the sound of Glass breaking, if there’s no one there to hear it?

~ todd