Author Archive: konakenny

Resistance Radio – The Man in the High Castle

In a bit of marketing, Amazon.com has put up “Resistance Radio” – or what would be resistance radio in the alt-history 1962 in The Man in the High Castle.  It seems oddly relevant right now.

Also – there are some Trump supporters who are getting mad because they think this is real.

 

Not Missing the Facebook (Day 10)

I’m on day 10 – and I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t miss Facebook.  It’s a nice disconnect, and I think moving forward I’ll not rely on it as much.

It’s Friday and the end of the week.  We’re looking at a high of 29 degrees and Daylight Savings hitting this weekend.  (SIGH).  On the positive – I’m going to try and get a bunch of stuff completed at the house over the weekend.  I’ve collected boxes and I hope to get them all filled and taped up.  I also need to take a look at the garage and purge/donate what I can.

Next weekend, I’m heading the Owensboro for the long weekend with the interview on Friday.  Looking forward to it.  The call this week and scheduling of the interview has helped to focus my resolve.  I was starting to get worried about employment.  But looking into the position, I think I can really make a difference.

The day is starting and the caffeine is just kicking in… =)

 

Lent 2017 – Day 8 and I Have an Interview

Lent Day 8

I am enjoying my separation from social media.  I still wonder what is going on and I still have a disconnected feeling.  It’s been just over 1 week.  I have found that I am sleeping easier, that I am reading paper-based items and my attention isn’t jumping all over the place.

Oh – I have an interview next Friday in Evansville, IN.  This could be HUGE.  It’s for a Safety Coordinator position.  I’ll pony up more details when necessary, but I am very excited.  This could mean some significant changes coming down the line.  A solid job would facilitate a move to Owensboro and ease some tensions there with wedding planning.  I could also make moves to set up the honeymoon.

My current work knows about it, and they wish me all the best.  I think they were anticipating my leave way before this (so was I).  But if everything works out – I could be in KY by April Fool’s Day.

 

Lent 2017 – Day 6 Meh.

It’s Day 6.  It’s also a Monday.

Overcast sky, and temperatures dropping.  As you can probably tell, I’m all kinds of super-happy about that. =/

It’s been a “meh.” of a day.  We’re in between starting a few new projects at work, the stage where the owners have to meet with us and contracts need to be signed, so there’s always that little bit of “something can go wrong” before we actually start.  We’re also bidding two nice size projects at the end of next week and another that following Tuesday.  All the bid invites and follow ups have been sent – just waiting for next Monday to start making phone calls and collecting quotes.

The job boards have been pretty light this morning – I updated my information on Glassdoor’s Know Your Worth, and results are better than expected.  I really should believe in myself more.  I’m still currently getting paid less than the average, but hopefully that will change soon.  ZipRecruiter and LinkedIn have been pretty sparse as of late – a lot of duplicate positions.

Been staying off my social media sites like a boss.

I was online and put together by tuxedo.  I know its WAY early, but I’m ready.  I have to make an appointment to get measured – but that’s a few months down the line.  Our colors are black and blue – which is funny considering how accident prone I am.  The blue has a little metallic sheen to it, and I wanted a full vest and tie.  Not really interested in a bow tie (I know they’re cool and all – but not for me).  No need for shoes – we’re wearing black Chucks.

Tonight is packing boxes – going to try and get everything in a spare bedroom either packed away, donated, or tossed.  I have a bunk bed in there that needs to be disassembled for transport…

It’s a rambling lunchtime post.

Lent 2017 – Day 5 (I think) Digging out the PS3

It’s Day 5.  I haven’t used Facebook, Youtube, and/or Twitter.  I have little to no idea what is going on in the real world, and the POTUS is tweeting like a madman but I am staying away.  I’ve watched an entire season of The Magicians (season 1), and am about to jump back into playing Lego Dimensions (I might have a problem…).  Right now I am waiting for a PS3 update.

I feel a little more free, staying away from those outlets and I can only wonder what I have missed.  I wonder if anyone misses me online.  I talked with my fiance a few times over the weekend, but other than that – stayed in hermit mode.  I was packing for my move and going over the job boards, doing laundry, etc – but I missed my online presence.  I know this is going to fade as the days continue on, and there will be an overwhelming wave of information once I get back.  I’m rambling – probably should have thought this out a little more rather than just starting to type.

I ordered a pizza for the first time this year.  I’ve been trying to eat better, but the call of garlic knots and pepperoni called for me in the middle of the night.  The delivery driver even called me out “…haven’t been here in a while – you’ve been feeling okay?”  to which I sheepishly replied “…I’ve been trying to eat better…”  “Well, it’s nice to have you back.”  and it felt good to be back (?)  Why can’t they have like salad delivery services?  (OMG – did I just admit to that?!)

::sigh::

I’m getting a little anxious.  The wedding is eight months away.  I still have to find a job and move.  I have a lot of people helping me look and while I admit I am excited about starting this new part of my life – I’m scared shittless.  I know this is normal.  It doesn’t make it any easier.

Well, these things get automatically posted to both by Facebook and Twitter feeds.  It’s a nice record down the line. I feel a little like a ghost in that respect.

On to tomorrow.  Why won’t this update data download already….  rrgh.

Lent 2017 – Day 3 The withdrawals are here.

It’s day 3 of my social media cold-turkey abandonment.

I miss it.

I want to know on Twitter what is going on, especially with the current news, and what kind of odd things the new administration is saying and how they’re spinning it.  I miss youtube and my documentaries, my current pop culture.  And I miss my connection to Facebook, and wonder if anyone misses me there…

Lent 2017 – So Far… (Day 2)

So far all is well.  I’ve been on the road a lot with work and haven’t needed a break to escape.

Youtube – I would usually set up Youtube on my kindle to listen to a documentary or news as I fall asleep. That’s been replaced with using my Alexa and “News Briefing” or “Play music”.

Twitter – since the election, I’ve been following President Trump.  Every morning I see the overnight tweets and reply in what I believe to be the appropriate manner – massive amounts of snark.  This has lead to an increase in blood pressure and an inability to sleep.  There have been many times where I fell down the rabbit hole and almost posted items that would incur a visit from the Secret Service, but I pulled back and made edits.  Staying away from Twitter has been a good thing.  The overwhelming information about what is going on in the world – can’t handle it.

Facebook – where am I going to post my Geek musings?  Well, I’m storing them in a folder and will be posting them on April 17.  In the meantime, it is nice to stay away from a lot of the political posts and memes.  On the other hand I do feel a little disconnected from the rest of my family and friends.

My fiance is on a “Alternative Spring Break” with some of her students in NOLA.  They’re working in food pantries, building homes, and planting trees – so she’s physically away.  I envy her.

 

Lent 2017 – Giving up Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube!

Every year about this time, Lent rears its ugly head and friends ask “So, what are you giving up for Lent?”  In years past, I’ve done deserts, chocolate, fast food, meat (I was vegan for 40 days), etc.  This year I decided to cut some ties to my online accounts (albeit for a little while).  I am giving up Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube for Lent.

I found that these three services/products (?) are my largest distraction from every day life.  It is easy to fall into the pit of all three services and while away entire weekends with nothing to show.  So in an effort to become a better person, logging out.

I am following my fiance’s lead on this (she’s staying away from Facebook) and I thought I might share in the e-withdrawals.

 

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