A Microserf style blog

Hello, I’m reading a book by Douglas Coupland called “Microserfs”. It’s written in the journal style but it’s “written” by the protagonist at multiple times during one day. I love the style of it so I am going to give it a go.

I’m currently on holiday from work. Time is dragging so much. I love that it is. I’ve had such little plans for my time off that it’s absolute bliss. I’m going into work a bit later, only to drink coffee and pick up a belated birthday gift from a colleague. It’s vinyl, that’s all I know. I have a very specific taste when it comes to vinyl but I’m assured I’m gonna love it.

I went into work to pick up my belated birthday gift, my mind preparing myself in the event of not liking whatever it is I’ve been bought. I know that sounds very ungrateful but it’s something that most people contend with… However, it is a fantastic gift. It’s a strange Radiohead EP in vinyl I’ve never heard of before with random songs of theirs I didn’t know was on vinyl (“Talk Show Host” being the main one). I pretend to myself that people don’t know me that well but they do.

Words and writing has been a passion of mine for a while so I’m trying to get myself back into all that kind of creative goodness. I’m currently doing my best to write lyrics to a new song. I’ve not written a song for a few years. I’ve been inspired by the Lead Belly LP my wife for me for my birthday. That guy did all that stuff with a guitar. I’ve got a guitar. I can do something I’m sure. I’ve already written a sonnet. It was a ball ache but my my it was an enjoyable experience.

It’s taken me 45 minutes to write 12 lines. I should write a throwaway tune. That usually blasts the cobwebs out.

I need to stop paying attention to the news

I just got up from a very peaceful sleep and I feel all lovely. I’m gonna fix myself some breakfast, have a cup of tea and probably watch some TV. As I always do, I go on the internet to see what is going on in the world.

That was a mistake.

I shouldn’t read the news. It’s too depressing and overwhelming at times.

I was talking to my Mum and Dad yesterday and we were talking about things and the news came up and hearing how my Mum was reacting to news stories made me sad. The world is a horrible place. There are evil shitheads out there who ruin it for everyone else.

I need to stop paying attention to the news.

It’s all about attitude

Had I have been in a different mindset I would have classed today as a shitty day. Things kept going wrong but somehow it didn’t bother me. If anything, I thought it was funny.

What sort of thing went wrong? Well at work we had a “fire health and safety person” come in and what happened? Our fire alarm messed up and started going off for no reason and I had to evacuate the store. Seriously, could you have written that?

I think it’s because I am in a good place mentally. I’m not letting things bother me or take up too much of my time. I’ve found that it’s all to do with attitude. I could let the landslide of crap wash me away but I didn’t.

Things included: two different deliveries arriving close together whilst it was busy, spilling a cappuccino on my foot, trousers and apron and a few awkward people.

Well that’s about it.

Welcome to my world

I guess it’s about time that I come from out in the wilderness and post something new here.

I’ve not really been up to much. I’ve been working on my podcast and I’m really pleased with the way that it’s going. The problem with the way I do my podcast is that it’s much easier than sitting down to write a blog. With text, it’s easy to want to edit the shit out of it. Blogging is a lot less organic. It’s all about keywords, tags and SEO (if you know what that is, stop reading my blog). I want to get back to the roots of what blogging used to be all about for me.

I think the problem I’ve had in recent months with my blog is that I don’t know what the Heck I want it to be. It was supposed to be about lifehacking etc but it became a diary of my mental illness. I think that I’m going to use it as a place for me to post snippets of my life. The only connection between all of it is the person who wrote it.

I think that’s OK.

When I started this blog I wanted to make a living out of it. I don’t care about that any more. I don’t care about money. I want to do what I want to do and so that is what I am going to do.

Today it was announced that Cliff Richard will have no charges brought against him regarding alleged sexual abuse accusations. You’d expect that to be that but people are still arguing that there being “insufficient evidence” means bugger all.

The news according to Facebook

I read earlier that Facebook “curates” the news it shows on their “trending news” section and although it doesn’t surprise me at all I think that they should not do that.

I read earlier that Facebook “curates” the news it shows on their “trending news” section and although it doesn’t surprise me at all I think that they should not do that. The news it omitted is mainly right-wing bullshit which, although is bullshit, is being shared by a lot of Facebook users so it is trending. They also added news that wasn’t trending so people would read it which undermines the idea of Facebook being a purveyor of “trending news”.

I’d say that most users of Facebook get their news from Facebook so Facebook should not mess around with it. I am not right-wing, I don’t agree with the stuff they “curated out” but it should be included in the interests of being fair and even.

I’m not going to pretend that Facebook is a squeaky clean operation but they should at least be unbiased and give us accurate information about what is trending.

I find it intriguing that they see fit to edit what is trending to suit them but then they’re slow to take action with graphic imagery (beheadings etc) from their site because it’s in “public interest”. Well, it’s in public interest to see what everyone is talking about.

I don’t like Facebook but need to use it to keep in contact with my brother. I actually don’t see the trending news section (as well as a bunch of other crap) because I use a Firefox add-on to remove it for me called “Facebook Purity“. I recommend it highly!