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Baby Thoughts

While sitting at my computer desk watching my son play the keyboard-o-rama Elmo game, I started pondering what really must go through his head.

Is it possible to have complex thoughts without language? It must be; people who are born deaf and blind, like Helen Keller, obviously still have complex thoughts, but for lack of a better way of saying it, what’s it like thinking them?

When I think, it seems like a little voice in my head actually saying what I’m thinking– is that only when I’m consciously and deliberately thinking? There?s no way for me to know since I can?t tell what my thoughts are if they?re not conscious. Do people without language think only visually or emotionally? How do they perceive the world around them where things don?t have names?

Language has become such an integral part of who I am, I can?t imagine who I would be without it. Despite that, I’d really like to know–I think it could open up a new level of creativity. Imagine graphic design where your thoughts were automatically visual rather than words. Solving the problem of conveying complex ideas graphically would be second nature… of course, how would you know what you were supposed to be desiging unless someone told you?

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Things I Almost Posted About

I had a few things in mind that I was going to post about, here’s what they were and why I’m not going to:

1. I’m not posting about Macromedia Flex, and how I am (or was) skeptical of it’s success because of the price. Then I watched the presentation on Macromedia’s site…. maybe bigger companies will see the value in spending $12,000 on something that can be mostly done in Flash MX 2004 as is. I’m not posting about Flex because I don’t know enough about it yet; I need to read up a little more. Just like I (still) don’t know enough about Central yet to say that I think it won’t succeed (even though that’s my gut feeling).

2. The Dock vs. the Taskbar. I’m not posting about that because I’ve frankly had enough Mac vs. PC for one day, and even moreso because I’ve not thought about it enough to bullet-proof my arguments.

3. The way desktops should be laid out to increase productivity. I’m not posting about that because my ideas are so brilliant that I’ve decided to sell them to
Xerox and become rich off them. Either that or because I haven’t thought about it enough to verbalize my ideas. I’m not sure which it is.

4. How cool it is that Macromedia blogs and reads weblogs. It really shows they have a true interest in the satisfaction of their users. I’m not posting about that because too many others have said the same thing better than I can.

5. Finally, I’m not posting about all the great books and short stories I’ve been reading lately. Why? Because unfortunately due to other things (like work) I’ve read hardly anything lately. Things are going to change though, I can feel it.

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Hardees – Lame as it Ever Was

I don’t have anything personally against Hardees, but I really don’t see how they are in business still… This whole plot to re-invent themselves with the giant burgers made of 100% angus is interesting, but if you can’t even eat it without the bun falling a part or getting so soggy in mayo that the meat slips out into your lap, it kind of defeats the purpose.

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The Gadget Cycle

It seems like every couple years, the gadget cycle starts up again. My cell phone, the Sony-Ericsson t68i has been replaced by a succesor (and I’ve decided just to cancel service all together), the digital camera– a Sony DSC-S75 with it’s 3.3 megapixel resolution is now begging to be replaced by a Canon Digital Rebel or something more powerful, my Panasonic PV DV-401 video camera which was once one of the smaller cameras in existance is also seeming pretty antiquated and even my fairly new h1915 iPaq PDA is starting to show it’s age. On top of it all, my laptop, a Dell 1.13ghz Inspiron 8100 is now feeling pretty slow compared to computers that almost triple it’s speed. Yes, I find myself at the end of one gadget cycle and wanting to begin another.

I think it would be cool if there was a plan you could get on that would always assure you to have the latest and greatest gadgets. You pay a certain amount each month and when a new model comes out (either that or at a set interval) you are automatically upgraded to the newer device when you send in your old one. It wouldn’t be a lease–you’d own them so if you broke it or lost it, oh well, that’s the end of that. I’m sure there’d be a market for this type of plan… anyone know of a company that does it already?

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Visiting

It seems like there is hardly any time for just sitting around and visiting anymore. With work, family and the Internet and everything else that seems to come up, it’s a rare moment that I find time to relax and get to know someone better.

Tonight I had the opportunity do so and it was great. I met a guy about 55 years old, into Cadillacs. His wife recently broke her shoulder and was recovering. Nothing extraordinary, but it really felt good to just sit down and have some time to talk to someone without everything else getting in the way.

Try it sometime. It’s nice.

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Hardware

Tonight I bought a 160gb hard drive from CompUSA (80 bucks after rebates for the next couple days) and attempted to install it. Isn’t it funny how if you know how to use a computer for anything, ignorant people automatically assume you know how to do everything on computers? Well, I feel sorry for the ignorant person who asks me to help them with a hardware issue… especially if for some strange reason I agree to help them.

Let’s just say tomorrow I’ll be visiting a computer store buying a new wire–you know, the wide fat one, and not the wide flat one with 40 wires, it has to have 80. Soon, I’ll also be reviewing Upgrading and Repairing PC’s, a book whose content many have helped me avoid my present dilemna.

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A Few Good Lists

Every once in awhile, a few good lists are called for.
Tunes I’ve bought on iTunes Recently:
The Chimbley Sweep – The Decemberists
You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban
Fallen – Sarah McLachlan
A Sorta Fairytale – Tori Amos
Upward Over the Mountain – Iron & Wine
Pop Stars – Rooney
Float On – Modest Mouse

Reasons I’m thankful for our Election Process here in the US: (a.k.a. Countries I’m not up for Visiting Right Now)
1. Venezuela
2. Haiti
3. Iran

Most Clicked Program Icons (as of recent)
1. Firefox
2. Flash
3. Photoshop
4. jEdit
5. Dreamweaver

Things I feel like Buying
iPod Mini
External 120gb Firewire Hard drive
Nissan Murano
Alienware Desktop Compter (to replace my dinosaur)

Words/Phrases I’m Tired of Hearing
Vietnam (thank you John Kerry)
Homosexual ‘Marriage’ (thank you California)
Macromedia Central (thank you every-single-flash-blog on the Internet)
SCO (thank you SCO)

And… that’s about all I have to say about that.

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Quick Links for Those Who Think

Today I added a quick links section on the left hand side of this site. It’s a separate blog that I can post quick, interesting links to as I find them without creating a whole new entry in the main blog. Inspired by WhatDoIKnow.

I need to sleep more and play less…

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Read My News

Here’s a link to the news sites I read… it’s on bloglines, a very good online aggregator.

http://www.bloglines.com/public/zzzmarcus

Enjoy.

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Hot Wheels Appeal

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If you’re a guy in the US (possibly elsewhere, and maybe if you’re a girl too, I can only speak for my own sex & country), and if you’ve ever had any tendency to collect anything at all, you’ve probably collected (or at least been tempted to collect) Hot Wheels. I’m not sure what it is about this toy, but it’s the one toy I haven’t been able to resist since I was 3 years old. Tonight at Target I bought one, and I have a secret stash in my closet (including some pretty old ones from when I was a kid).

I’m not positive why they’re so addictive, but from what I can tell, it’s a combination of these things (in no particular order):

1. Price – you can’t beat $.80 for just about anything.
2. They feel solid. They’re made of metal and they don’t break if you drop them. I think most people are generally attracted to things that feel nice and solid, like Hot Wheels do.
3. They’re universal. Everyone drives or rides in car or at least is around people who drive cars.
4. They’re marketed by Ford, Toyota, Ferrari and about every other ‘real’ car maker in the country. Not directly, but all that marketing hype transfers pretty well over to the miniature versions of their products; which brings me to the next step.
5. They’re small. Unlike model trains, transformers, guns or skateboards, you can keep a collection of Hot Wheels in a box under your bed and still have room for all the other stuff you have under your bed. Maybe that’s why people still collect stamps too :).

Now I’m going to set about planning my next entry, thinking of a product that will be equally appealing to the young and old alike for years and years and that will eventually make me rich :).