Friday, August 26, 2005

Flash of Insight

After spending a few minutes this morning thinking about how busy and full my schedule is and will continue to be, I came to the realization that if I don't slow down, I'll be dead in eighty years.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Back in the saddle again.

I never realized the redundancy of that line before this evening.

With that out of the way, I've returned to my Law Studies after a week and a half of 'vacation' pending the approval of my class transfer. Since the transfer did go through, as referenced in the previous post, I now have to catch up hour-wise with the rest of my new class.

I realized yesterday that I'm joining the class about 80 hours behind everybody else (5 and a half weeks * 18 hours per week). Consequently, I'm going to aim at getting in 30 hours a week of study time. I'm on track this week, and should catch up in less than two months. The downside of this is that - so far - I have had to stay up well past midnight each night to get enough hours in. Hopefully, things will settle out in a few weeks.

In other news, OCU Edmond is putting on 'Shakespeare in the Park: Romeo and Juliette' this weekend, and there's a group of us getting together to go see it. I'm planning on being able to make time for that, but I'll have to get in the 30 hours by dinner time on Saturday. It should be doable.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

New Classification

It's official: I'm now in a new class. Over the past two months or so, I had been steadily getting farther and farther behind in my studies, so I applied for a class transfer. The transfer was accepted today, and I'm now 5 weeks into the second semester of my second year of law school.

The vacation is over.

I'll now have to put in the whole number of hours for this semester starting today, and ending sometime in December - I'm starting out 5 weeks behind, but I'm already familiar with the materials, so I should be able to catch up in time. I guess we'll have to wait to see how it all works out.

On a positive note, I feel a lot better now. It was very nice to take a 12 day break from studies. Too bad it had to happen during one of the busiest weeks of the year...

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Clean Windows! I have Clean Windows!

Shortly after lunch today I walked in my apartment and found that the outside of my windows had been washed! It had been quite some time since they had last been done, but due to the slow nature of the accumulation of grime, I hadn't noticed how bad they had gotten. Well, this afternoon I noticed.

It's sort of like getting glasses for the first time - suddenly everything is in focus, the world is clear, and colors are brighter. This was the perfect day for brighter colors, too. The sun was shining (as it typically is this time of year in OK) and there was a beautiful blue sky - there may have been a few clouds, but that's beside the point. Looking out of my window I have a clear view of our back parking lot and fence from a third-floor perspective, and the greengreen shrubbery along the east (left hand) wall separating our lot from a ten storey parking garage. Somewhere along the wall there's a flowering bush whose bright pinkish-purplish flowers were absolutely stunning through my freshly cleaned portal overlooking the southern world.

Wow- that was getting eloquent. I have the sudden urge to wax my car.

In other news, I had the opportunity to "error-check" a friend's WinXP laptop last night. It did not go well, and I have a much higher appreciation for the UNIX way of doing things.


Thursday, August 04, 2005

Purpose of Blogging

A friend of mine started a blog recently. Actually, the blog is named 'Scribblings' and not 'recently', but it was just started last week. So I guess it was named recently. Sort of a conundrum, really.

Anyway, after I read his first posting I suddenly felt as though our blogs were competing against each other. Since we both live and work at the same place as each other, I guess it's easy to slip into 'comparison mode' and to prove the validity of my blog in relation to his blog. Suddenly, there is a yardstick for me to measure my blog by - and since my friend is a writer/editor, the yardstick is quite above my level.

So, to come to the point of my title- What is the purpose of blogging?

For me, the it was something along the lines of "Hey! I can do this! It's on the internet!" At least, it was initially. I'm not sure where I'm at now with it. I think for Scribblings, the purpose is to practice writing - more of a self-improvement project than a technological demo.

There's nothing inherently competitive about the nature of the two blogs. They're not necessarily targeting the same demographic, and the success of one does not imply the failure of the other. I guess ultimately, the two blogs can't compete. They're not exclusive, and consequently, there's nothing to compete about. The whole competition is pointless.

Except for the fact that it motivated me to write this.

Sort of a conundrum, really.