It’s been a few days since my rage-induced posting on ObamaCare and I’ve had more than enough time to cool down. Which is probably a good thing or otherwise I’d probably be sitting here and ranting and raving more on it. Hehe. Anyway, I’ve scheduled an appointment with my Health Insurance agent to see what I can do about it. He probably can’t do much as he’s probably just as powerless as the rest of us in this regard but it’s worth getting as much info I can about my options. Otherwise, I’m just focusing on trying to get a job and move forward. I’m not about to let up on the ObamaCare, the NSA spying or anything related to that. While it is not my primary topic on here or G+, I will post about politics from time to time. I have no plans of letting up on the NSA and illegal spying anytime soon. So, if you’re sick of hearing about it over and over again, too bad. Quite frankly, that’s wrong with our society. We have a huge controversy like the NSA leaks and a few weeks later, people want the news to be something different. Why? I have no idea. This is news that affects us all. You may think that we have nothing to hide but privacy is a right given to us. This won’t be a crusade of mine forever, but I’m going to keep talking about it until real change happens.
Do I regret that post and my subsequent raging on FB and Google+? No. My blog has always been about what’s been on my mind and I needed to vent that out. I think I did a reasonable venting without doing too much “damage” anyway. Speaking of which, total damage done socially (by the numbers)? Minimal, if nothing at all on both FB and G+. Granted, I have no idea how people were affected by it emotionally but no one has unfriended me so that says something good about my friends. You know, people and companies are so overly concerned with building the biggest audience possible but they could never do what I just did a couple days ago, otherwise they would have risked losing half or more of their “followers”. It’s a slow and winding road for me, but I prefer it this way because I think it will lead to a much richer experience in the long run.
A minor side note on the government shutdown today but, I think I said it best on social media earlier today:
Mark my words: this “government shutdown” will be fixed in a couple of weeks or less. It’s just one more giant political game being played out, trying to distract us from the real issues at heart. Whether that be the NSA spying on all of us, that ObamaCare is going to do serious damage or that President Obama still wants to go to war in Syria for some unknown reason. All this bluster sounds like “The Sky is Falling” to me and it’ll correct itself like it has done many times in the past.
It’s either that or our government has truly gone insane, which is a possibility I will grant, but pretty unlikely. In a couple weeks, this will be a mere memory.
So please everyone, focus on the real issues this week and not this game.
Ok, now that the unhappy politics are out of the way, let’s talk about this past weekend. Yesterday, my Mom put a bid on a house and the owners have till Wednesday (tomorrow) to answer back on it. I went with her to Portland and I knew once we had entered the house that it was worth bidding on. A good neighborhood, a well built house with the most of the floor plan she was looking for, it was the closest we had ever come for her next dream home. So now, we wait to hear back from the owners of the house. In the meantime, I just setup another appointment for my business which I setup for Friday. That makes me pretty darn happy. I’m also going to be working on advertising at different places in-town and in the Pacific City area.
Yup, Terraria is back in my life. Because I am clearly not busy enough as it is right now. Darn you Swedish friends!!!! ;). So yeah, Terraria just got updated to 1.2 today which adds a metric ton of new content and my Swedish friends have pulled me back into a game I thought I was done with. I guess this is going to be my multiplayer game for the forseeable future, which I’m fine with. At least I won’t be tempted to spend any money, I’ll just be too frakkin busy for my own good lol. The picture up above is me in my newly completed glass room and Copper crafted armor. There is so much good stuff added to the game that I’d be here all day talking about it. Suffice it to say, the 1.2 update was well worth the wait. A lot of new game mechanics, new armor sets, new weapons and enemies and so much more. You might want to consider getting back to it yourself…
Tech-wise, I’ve setup my Linux box again. (For those that don’t know, that’s my previous do-it-yourself gaming desktop being put to use). As pictured above. It’s currently running Ubuntu 12.10 for the moment but I’ve been spending the past couple of nights downloading all sorts of Linux distros. (Which I have to say, it’s absurdly fun to have all these boot-discs). From Arch, Xbuntu, Elementary and more, I’ve got a lot to play around with now and a computer to run them all. I scavenged two older monitors, a keyboard and mouse over the past couple of months so I could have this desktop setup on it’s own without having to rely on my gaming tech.
My plan right now is to just play around with Linux and get used to it. Hopefully, I’ll find a distro that I really enjoy using. Eventually, I’m going to try and use it without having to rely on my Windows desktop. This will be the first step in figuring out what’s missing from Linux to make the move over to it. Then, I’ll setup a dual-boot on my main machine with Win 7 and whatever Linux Distro I decide to go with. This distro will be the “stable” version of Linux I decide to go with while my Linux box’s distro will always be changing depending on my mood. I think this will be the best balance of uses for myself.
My long-term goal is to be running Linux regularly in two years (or less) and completely Windows free in five. The Windows free component depends on sites like GOG.com and a few others adding Linux support. If they switch to Linux sooner, rather than later, then I’ll be Windows free. These are long-term goals because I’m still waiting for some open-source programs to improve that’ll help the move over. I have to be able to do gaming and video editing which is still a bit hit-and-miss on Linux right now. But the way things are going, I think a Linux-only environment is going to be very doable in the near future for me. For everyone else who does more basic things, you can move over to Linux right now and not miss a thing. I’m dead serious.
Gaming & Technology from my Google+ Stream:
Sharing the latest posts that you might find interesting from my G+ stream.
Ok, that’s it! I’m headed off to a friend’s house today and won’t be back till late Wednesday so expect another post on Thursday!
Thanks for reading and until next time…