blog Action Day

I wish I could have found this earlier, so I could have prepared.

I'm rather split when it comes to the environment. I think being a  non-polluting, recycling, energy-saving person is a good idea. When I go to put it into practice I'm not very consistent. I live so close to work I could easily ride my bicycle for most of the year, it just takes ten minutes longer. But lately I've been lacking energy/gumption to do so. I do try to turn the lights off, close windows, turn off the water completely when I leave rooms.

Recycling is something I paid my garbage company extra for, until just a few months ago. That was a hard concept, coming from NYC where it was included in the taxes and a reasonable sized container was provided (not some dinky little container that filled up in a day or two.) I stopped paying for recycling when I realized the local garbage company recycled everything anyway, because they made money doing so. Why should I pay them to do something they were doing already?

We buy a lot of things that have packing materials that just get thrown away. The thumb drives (aka flash drives, jump drives, memory sticks, USB thingies) that come with lots of extra plastic packaging intended to make them harder to shoplift and easier to spot in the shopping aisle.

What does that mean? Should I sell my gas-guzzling truck and invest in a solar car (not practical yet I don't think).

I do have a lot of energy saving tendencies. I've been fascinated for a long time about energy saving technologies that can be built into homes. The solar water heater is one that I have often wanted to implement. I drew lots of house plans when I was a teenager of homes built into the side of a hill (to provide insulation) with a wall of windows to take advantage of the solar heating, and a windmill on top of the hill to generate energy. I ought to dig one up and post it for ya'll's enjoyment.

What is your relationship with environmental issues?

The gray area of the blogosphere

I've immersed myself in social networking sites and have found them very useful for finding old friends and keeping in touch, even with the friends that live down the street from me. But you, dear subscribers, know how consistent I am at blogging. My lack of consistency sometimes stems from the fact that I am constantly wishing I could blog about things I know I shouldn't.

What I think about often, what fills my mind, consumes my energy, is stuff that is not prudent to write about. Personal details involving other people that could be taken the wrong way. Thoughts on events that some say I have no right to share with other people because then it would be gossip.

Beyond people and my relationships with them are goings on at work that shouldn't be blogged about. I would think that my employer would be okay with positive things I would have to say about work. But my opinions on other subjects might be misconstrued as "official" opinions of my employer and that could be a problem. However, work, seeing as I work full time (at least 40 hours a week) is a big part of my life, and could provide a wealth of inspiration for blog posts. I have begun to wonder recently if I could pull off some sort of balance of blogging about work without offense.

Okay, I've just spent the last hour writing out a test blog about work. I read it over and realized it was very boring. The things I had to say required so much background information that it read like a textbook.

It is also advised to stay away from specific details of work, location, age, name, place of birth, and other personal details that lend themselves to being useful to someone wanting to steal your identity. Sometimes however, blogging about these things would really lend themselves to an interesting read, but malicious people out there would be in for more than entertainment.

I've learned not to blog about how my cat met me at the door when I came home from work. In my experience, it is not wise to blog about this unless there are pictures included. Without pictures people really aren't interested.

What do you consider risky to blog about?

Classes have started, can you tell?

I am taking a class called "Podcasting and Blogging for Influence". Y'all get to my homework, how cool is that? Well, actually, I'm exagerating a bit, you aren't actually my homeowork. I will start a new blog. The "New Blog" will be focused on a topic (like ball room dancing for example) and will not feature any personal diary like posts. (Sorry, no more stories on the "New Blog" about my cat and her crazy antics).

These are the topics I'm considering blogging on:

Kites (I'm a great kite flying at the beach person)

Visual Communication (It would work out really well with another class of mine: "Communication Research Methodology")

Typography (Again, it could be a good research topic. Why not kill two birds with one stone?)


So, if I were to create blogs on the subjects above, what do you think the blog title would be?

How about:


Katy on Kites





I got up way too early this morning. Filo walked on me and woke me up and then I couldn't get back to sleep. That was at 4:30am.

This post is in Tribute to Tamara, who has recently been contemplating not posting.

I will now argue my point in why I post on Xanga. By way of explanation I will start with the beginnings. Several of my friends have blogs on Xanga. Some told me I should join and begin a blog. I resisted reasoning that I didn't want the added responsibility. I felt that if I started a blog I would have to make it something special, it would have to be filled with things worth reading. My friends would carry on conversations about what they had posted on their blogs and I would feel left out. So I started to read the blogs, and I found it to be a great way to be updated on my friend's lives. But the final straw was that I wanted to comment. DOWNSIDES ----> can be a MAJOR time waster. I find myself looking at blogs when I'm bored, and hopping from site to site following comments.

Now for something completely different.

9th grade I was homeschooled
10th grade I went to Waldwick, an SDA day junior academy
11th and 12th to Blue Mountain Academy, a boarding school.

I had this idea when I was in the 10th grade that I wanted to attend Public school for a year, and then to a boarding school the next, so i would four different types of schooling for my high school -- just to see what it was like. My Mom said I should if I really wanted to. I was afraid to attend the public school down the street from where we lived on Staten Island, mostly because my only notion of what N.Y.C. public schools were like was from watching TV. So I ended up going to BMA for two years. I have fond memories of BMA, and on the whole I would say it was a good experience for me. Though if I could have done something differently I would have rather have been a village student. (though I must say I had great roommates).

The reason for reminicing is that BMA threw a mini-reunion/fundraiser at the Alumni House last night. It turned out to be more enjoyable than I thought it would be. I saw people that I knew that I wasn't aware were alumni of BMA. And it was good to know that BMA's enrollment was expected to be 250 this fall (when I was there it hovered around 200). They were fundraising for some big projects, one of which is to update the sewer system, which they were told to do by May of 2006.

So this brings the question, do I give them money? Do I support what they are trying to do? If I had lots of money, sure I'd give them some. But I'm poor (not as poor as some, but I'm definately not swimming in the stuff). What would I go without so that students can attend BMA?

Donating to your alma mater always seemed like someone else's job--those people that are listed in the annual report--their job. But now I wonder, -