Tuesday 30 September 2003

Make Comment!

This whole thing where I write and write and write and you, like, don't comment, saddens me. Especially after everybody was all like "Make blog! Do it, or we will hate you."

If I'm making the effort to post all this stuff, you all get off your lazy butts and comment. Even if it's to say, "Screw you, Uhlman! We'll comment when you start speaking substantial things!", or "We hate you, Uhlman! Nobody likes you!"

Heh. As I was typing that, I remembered my social worker from elementary school. So the story goes that, in my later years at Newcombville Elementary, I had a decided predisposition to spending my noon hours with one or two friends or the teacher on duty. Deciding that my lack of social interaction was not healthy, my teacher recommended that I see a social worker, who placed me in a group with a number of other socially isolated youth from around the area.

As I recalled those old times, and thought ahead to now and the crazy psycho I've become, I wonder why they didn't do a better job so I could actually fit in with people and be less... psycho. ;-)

In other news, I got back my Architecture midterm. Perhaps you recall - it was the one of much reamage, discussed in a previous entry. I passed! A small miracle as far as I'm concerned; miracle or not, though, it has occured. Other than that, I'm spending tonight cooped up at the User Support Centre covering Nancy's shift, because she's not feeling well. Feel better soon! Please?

Monday 29 September 2003

With Regrets

About 11PM last night, I posted, lamenting at some great length the relative lack of hurricane I was experiencing. A friend of mine told me to stop tempting fate, to be careful what I wished for, as it were. Seems I should have heeded her call. Though there was not profound damage here in Wolfville, trees were uprooted, and there was flooding in Halifax County and along the Eastern Shore. Two people, including an on-duty paramedic, were killed when trees fell on their vehicles.

I, for some reason, still find some measure of peace amidst the wind and water. Which, I assure you, did eventually come to the valley, too. All in all, I liked it.

In other news:

I've been fortunate enough to find a friend who is willing to help me improve my swimming, so I suspect I'll be at the pool a bit more often. Yay!

On Thursday afternoon, the South Shore Presbytery of the United Church of Canada approved my request to have a Discernment Committee formed. Over the next twelve months, that Committee will, with me, investigate my suitability for the ministry, and, of equal importance, the ministry's suitability for me.

The Computer Architecture midterm on Thursday was laden with academic reamage. One can only assume that things went just about as poorly with everyone else, when you get an e-mail from the professor which begins, "The following topics have not been very successful and may appear again in midterm 2...", and then names about half the topics covered on the midterm.

Regardless, that's the kind of week it's been. Ta.

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Tuesday 23 September 2003

Democracy and Beautiful Art

It was something I probably ought to have figured out years ago. With a healthy dose of common sense (or even a barely sufficient one), I should have been able to tell this was a hole I???ve fallen into before. With no common sense at all, I still should been deflected away from this by the huge sign which read simply:


It???s taken a while, but I have, with some coaxing from my friends, reached the conclusion that my mind is not a democracy. What I believe, and the resulting actions, is not the respsonsibilty of some committee. It???s my decision, damnit. Like the federal government, or the land???s highest court, it is not for me to throw my decision-making processes to others.

The United Church of Canada, during its triennial meetings last month in Wolfville, endorsed gay marriage by a large majority. A sub-group within the United Church, the Community of Concern spoke against this. In one of their writings, they presented statistics showing that ???traditionalist??? churches have shown continued and sustained growth in the past ten years, while more liberal ???mainstream??? denominations continue in decline. Therefore, they argue, the United Church should return to it???s traditionalist roots, and cease being the acitivist church they currently are.

I disagree, and take from the position of the Church, a nugget of advice for my life. It is not the role of the church (nor my own role) to do what is popular. We are called to do what we sincerely and genuinely feel to be right, which can be something totally different.

Someone recently told me they fancied me ???a bit of a dolt??? until they read my writing, at which time I apparently moved up in their estimation. You don???t know how nice that is to hear that The last person to tell me that I was a good writer was my Grade 7 English teacher, and she was just an amazing woman, who made you feel good about yourself.

Since then, I???ve started using the word git a lot more ??? seems I have Spike to thank for that. But I don???t think that impacts my writing too seriously. If you disagree, you???re more of a git than I initially took you for. ;-)

Finally, random applause for music! It is the opportunity to make beautiful music, with the Acadia Chorus and Chapel Choir, the Acadia Sprit Band and 14 Wing Band at CFB Greenwood, that keeps me sane.

Remember to smile every day.

Wednesday 17 September 2003

Stay Tuned

Just finishing up the conversion to Movable Type, the new content management system I'm using.

Content to follow. Stay tuned.