Thursday, November 1, 2012

And So It Starts

It's November 1st, which means that it's the first day of National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo, I think). A much, much less popular alternative to National Novel Writing Month, I plan on writing something every day this month. Since it's the first, I'm going to go ahead and cheat and use this day to do some easy housekeeping.

I won't lie: the first few days here are going to be very election-centric. I have generally tried to avoid overtly political posts here, mostly because it's not very enjoyable for you to read and has been much less enjoyable for me to write. Social media has taken the much lamented sound bite--the small out-of-context phrase that gets on the news--turned it into a generic slogan for anger, and opened it up for everyone and anyone to use. I don't like to boo-hoo about how how things used to be, because I'm fully aware that asshats have always existed during election season. It's just that my Twitter and Facebook feeds bombard me all day long with it, and it grows very tiring. Even though I have very strong opinions about many issues, it's no longer enjoyable to defend my positions when you're arguing with a 140 character limit.

So, anyway, I've got a few election-related posts ready to go. They're relatively politically neutral: one is about polling and one is about the (yay!) electoral college. I had, actually, fully prepared a video about the latter--I was ready for C2R to go fully multimedia! Unfortunately, I downloaded from a trusted site (CNET) a trusted program (I don't recall now but it was recommended by about four different sites) to allow me to do some video editing, and I immediately got an unwanted toolbar and my home page was hijacked. I then had to restore my computer at a loss of two hours of my time and by the time it was fixed I had no desire whatsoever to continue. So, sadly, my highly informative video, paired with what I am certain is the dulcet sounds of my sexy, sexy voice, will never be heard. I'll also probably do a postmortem about the whole thing (and will probably be the most political of the posts, depending on my mood).

Of course, after the 30 Days of NaBloPoMo, I usually take December off more or less recovering and preparing the Miserable Crank Awards announced in the last week and a half or so, of which this will be the third consecutive year. 

However, that's going to account for about a week's worth of posts, and I have no ideas about the rest. I'll probably throw some football in there, but quite frankly the football season has been kinda boring so far. I've got some board-game related stuff going on, and I will probably cheat some more and steal some prompts from somewhere. Bottom line: If you have any requests, by all means let me know!

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