Windows Live Suite

Ok, I’m thinking about making the switch from traditional web clients (GMail, WordPress, Blogger, ect.) to using Windows Live.

Why?

Simply put, these programs are shiny. And like a two-year-old, I am attracted to shiny objects. Will these programs lose their luster? Undoubtedly. Will I find value in using Live programs after using them for a while? That’s the hope. I’m going to try to find out why using these programs is more beneficial than, say, using GMail to keep up on my email. Besides, as far as I know, Live doesn’t have stats for your blog like WordPress and Blogger do. Continue reading

My little experiment

Wow, this little “blog everyday” experiment is growing on me. I like it because it forces me to stop and think about exactly what it is that I’m thinking about. It clears my head for a precious few minutes because it forces me to dump a part of myself on screen. The more difficult it is to write, the harder I have to think, and the better my posts become.

I’m really looking forward to November when I get to read everything I posted this month. I’m curious how much of what I post is quality and how much is just “fluff.”

Why Philosophy is Important

I studied philosophy informally for the better part of a year. And even though at the time I was infatuated by philosophy, I could never find any pragmatic application for it.

But I feel that dabbling in the writings of Nietzsche, Marx and Mill (along with Locke, Descartes and Humme) forced me to critically analyze my political, personal, and religious beliefs. Most of my beliefs at those times were products of what my family and friends believed. And while environment plays an important factor in shaping beliefs, I don’t think that people’s beliefs should be a product of their environment alone. I think they need to critically analyze what their environment presents them with. Otherwise, I don’t think their beliefs can be their own.

What I enjoyed about philosophy was that it exposed me to parpdoxes and conflicts in life. And while plenty of perspectives were offered on how to ‘solve’ these problems, I somehow doubt that finding the solution was the underlying intention of any philosopher. Even when Descartes used his faith in God to come to terms with his understanding of objective reality, I think he was calling his readers to further analyze and critique his findings.

If I had never studied philosophy, I would still have my mother’s morals, my father’s God and my roommate’s politics. My understanding of the world would be through other people’s perspective and not my own. And while I’ve decided to not devote any significant amount of time to philosophy anymore, I’m glad I spent time studying it.

Community

How do you know when your blog is successful? Obviously, different people have different criteria for success, but I think your blog is successful when you build a community around your blog or a group of blogs.

Take this blog for example: I have a couple of regular readers who comment on my posts that they find interesting or relate to. I read their blogs back and do the same.

Much to Facebook and Myspace’s ailing, blogging may just be the most intimate and interactive form of social networking on the Internet. Facebook and Myspace tried to copy that format, but nothing beats having your own web page as a blog.

With most blogs, prime posting time is 8:00 a.m. Eastern time. My audience tends to read in the evening, so I can get away with posting after work.

Unlike Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, Digg, and other social media, my Blog is a decent representation of who I am, which is why I strive to post every day.

I’d keep writing, but my parents are watching TV and it’s impossible to concentrate.

Upcoming Anniversery

My blog is almost a year old!

Earlier today, I was looking through some of my old blog posts. The tone has changed from wannabe-philosophical to pseudo-introspective, but has always included an assortment of things I liked or found interesting. But the later posts haven’t been positive like the previous ones have been.

This blog is “Bryan’s Sophia.” I want it to be a representation of things I love. So starting now, I’m hoping to turn this blog into a better representation of things I’m doing, things I’m interested in, and things that make my day.

I’m kicking it off with a blog re-design. The current design may be temporary. I’m hoping to find something that’s a little more “me.”

Existing vs Living

Here’s a bit of pragmatic philosophy.

People who talk with me and read my blog know that I’m fascinated with what our purpose in life is. The conclusion I came to is that we don’t have a purpose. I know, it sounds kind of nihilistic, but I think it’s kind of cool. Our lives are %100 open ended; we can take whatever path in life without all striving for the same goal. Pretty cool if you ask me.

I was looking around at the people who work with me today and I couldn’t help but ask myself, how many people around me are actually living? It’s one thing to exist; it’s something that’s forced upon us, and it’s pretty easy. But living? How much of it actually do it?

How many of us set goals, then discipline themselves to achieve them? How many of us say “I want to travel to Germany,” or “I want to run my own fortune 500 company” then put in the time and effort to achieve those goals?

This may be a bit extreme, but I look at falling into the same 9 to 5 rut as mere existence (assuming you hate your 9 to 5), and what’s the point in that? If life really has no “point,” then mere existence certainly  does not!

While living may fall into the category of “existentially absurd,” at least through living, you can carve your own path through absurdity and enjoy your existence.

To live, however, I feel that people need not be afraid to overcome barriers that stand between them and living. Some of these things can seem overwhelming (economic standing, socio-economic factors, parents), but these can be overcome through sheer determinism.

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No particular subject

Ah, Sunday is typically a ‘Crunch’ day, but I haven’t done anything to wind myself up for getting stuff done. I have a social media release due, a resume that I want to touch up and a bunch of research I want to complete, but I’m sitting at the desk in the library concentrating on something completely non-related.

But the weather has been good out, which, believe it or not, makes all the difference as to how I feel. I think, if nothing else, it motivates me. It reminds me that there’s a whole world out there that I need to go out and experience.

It also takes my mind of the fact that some things just aren’t working out as well as they could.

Wow, my blog is becoming more and more abstract…

Things are really lovely here

It’s easy to lose track of how fortunate I am to be at school when I have homework piled up high and awaiting my attention. I was thinking the other day how bad I wanted everything to be over, to have graduated and finished college. I was sick of the workload and all my extracurriculars and wanted to be in the workforce and done with school.

It’s easy to loose sight of the fact that the real world throws so much more at people than our little micro-chasm we have at the UofO does. We are sheltered from any sort of real responsibility, save that of being diligent with our studies and paying rent. Where else can we spend a couple hours studying, a couple hours working with a student group, and a weekend hanging out with friends?

That’s not to say I’m not ready for things to be over completely. 75% of the time, my normal motivated self is ready to go out into the real world and get my hands dirty in an actual profession instead of just studying about it most the time, but on days where it seems I’m overwhelmed with work and can’t muster enough energy to get things done, I long for something else.