One Life to Live…

So I’ve been doing quite a bit of introspection on my life recently, trying to get things in order, trying to bring order to it, trying to give up control of it and trying to do it without having zero personality whatsoever.

So you might be the only person in the world reading this blog and wonder, “What is Dan talking about?  What changes are in store for my friendship with him?  How does this affect me?”

What is Dan talking about…

April 2, 2004, I nearly died.  I know, I’m probably adding hyperbole to the situation, but my car was crushed and I walked away unscathed but shaken up.  Since then, I’ve looked back every year to see what I’ve done, what I’ve accomplished; specifically looking for measurable events of growth.  Those measurements have been far and few between.

What changes are in store for my friendship with him?

Good question.  I suppose it depends on who you are.  If you’re a tight friend of Dan’s, then more than likely he’ll actually start opening up to you more and more – realizing that the shield that he has held tight to his heart these 28 years that he’s been here needs to be loosened to those that are close, those that are loved, those that are deep enough to dream with him.  For those of you that know Dan as an acquaintance, that sharp guy that knows a lot about Microsoft Infrastructure, and Physics, and well, a lot of things… you might not see many changes, you’ll just have the happy go lucky Dan that you’re used to seeing (or at least hopefully happier :)).  For those that don’t know Dan at all, well I guess things won’t change at all.

How does this affect me?

Again, great question.  I think it’s more or less answered above though 🙂  Though seriously it means that there is going to be pain in friendships that Dan puts there to test those friendships, to see what their purpose is and maybe spur things in ways not currently explored.

Where’s all this going?

Good question.  The future isn’t written.  Sure there’s physics which predicts the coordinates, velocities and accelerations of bodies within space – decent predictor of the future.  I’m changing that future right now – reversing things that should never have been, returning life to an unstable equilibrium of adventure.

It’s time to take some risks… we only have one life to live and to give.

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Brian Regan – Standing Up – Comedy Central Special

So I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the Brian Regan special on Comedy Central tonight, however at the same time I was a little disappointed in the lack of new material. Perhaps it’s the fact that in the past few years I’ve seen him a grand total of four times, or the fact that a good friend down at UVA finishing up his PhD in Atomic, Molecular Optics and I would scour the Internet for Brian Regan clips through YouTube and other outlets (amazingly there are bootleg copies of him at different comedy clubs across the nation too).

So does that mean that his current tour is going to be watered down? Probably not, if anything I’m slapping my forehead for not having to have gone and seen him at the Strathmore in Betheseda this evening.

Watchdog Group Slams Google on Privacy…

So apparently the Huffington Post has an article regarding how a watchdog group is slamming Google for the lack of respect for privacy.  Now, it may just be me, but this is old news.  UVAGeek reported on this a year and a half ago in a story when Google was starting to work on Google WiFi.  Google has slowly but surely been aggregating information on users for quite some time now, such that they could probably match up very easily someone’s name, their likes, their relationships, their religious beliefs, their shopping preferences and anything else that you could think of.  So really, I don’t know what all the fuss is that a watch dog group is just pointing this out when UVAGeek did this quite some time ago; and the fact that really it’s common sense…

Watchdog Group Slams Google on Privacy…

So apparently the Huffington Post has an article regarding how a watchdog group is slamming Google for the lack of respect for privacy.  Now, it may just be me, but this is old news.  UVAGeek reported on this a year and a half ago in a story when Google was starting to work on Google WiFi.  Google has slowly but surely been aggregating information on users for quite some time now, such that they could probably match up very easily someone’s name, their likes, their relationships, their religious beliefs, their shopping preferences and anything else that you could think of.  So really, I don’t know what all the fuss is that a watch dog group is just pointing this out when UVAGeek did this quite some time ago; and the fact that really it’s common sense…