edg: (loserpig)
I honestly had forgotten about LiveJournal (like, it didn't occupy a space in my conscious mind at all) until I saw someone on Twitter talking about how they got crap for having a four-letter .com address, and that reminded me of all the crap I got from people who wanted to do LJ roleplaying as EDG from Gaming Guardians, and then I thought, "Hey, I haven't checked LJ in a while," and it turns out that I entirely forgot to do a year in review in December, and here it is mid-April, so you know, why the hell not?

It's weird that it's been longer since I defunked this journal than it was between when I started it and when I defunked it. It was such a huge part of my life that it feels like the duration of my active use should have been two or three times longer than my absence, but here we are.

Last year I started a business, called Delight Specialist. It's where I put most of my creative effort these days, and I encourage you to go check it out.

Lots of stuff happened late last year that I don't really want to get into in a public forum, but suffice it to say that I'm still dealing with the fallout, that I'm not happy with any of it, and that as a result I might be packing up entirely and leaving Indiana behind. It's a hard decision (made harder by the fact that I have no money) but I think it's the right one. Nothing left for me here now except memories, which I can take anywhere I want.

I've made it a goal to spend at least 50% of my time traveling. I haven't even left the state since January 2, and I haven't been outside Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Delaware since 2007. That's kind of sad considering the kind of wanderlust I have, and I think it's time that that changes. I might be buying an RV if I can put the money together, in which case, strictly speaking, 100% of my time would be spent traveling. I like that idea a lot.

I think that's about it for right now - a general idea of what I've been up to.

Tell me about yourself! How have you been? What have you been doing? Is there anything amazing that I should know about? Comments are screened, so go nuts.


Jul. 27th, 2005 09:13 am
edg: (Actions have consequences)
It seems to me that there are two components to confidence:

  • A persistent belief that you have a reasonable chance of success; and

  • A willingness to acknowledge failure and accept its consequences.

(The two are intertwined; acknowledging failure and accepting its consequences doesn't necessarily mean that you can't try again, which is where the persistent belief that you have a reasonable chance of success comes in.)

Lacking any belief that you have a reasonable chance of success is pessimism - you're not only willing to acknowledge failure but expecting it.

Lacking a persistent belief that you have a reasonable chance of success is false confidence - as soon as you fail, you'll be back to pessimism.

Lacking a belief that you have a reasonable chance of success - believing, instead, that you have a perfect chance of success - is arrogance.

Lacking a willingness to acknowledge failure and accept its consequences is delusion.

Lacking both - believing that you can't succeed and being unwilling to acknowledge failure - is also delusion, but one that leads to isolationism; if you can't succeed and won't accept failure, then the only course of action is not to try at all.

As it appears to me, then, the key to self-confidence is to abandon the fear of failure and to acknowledge the chance of success. Ipso facto, the key to gaining self-confidence is to figure out how to abandon the fear of failure and to acknowledge the chance of success.

Any thoughts? Am I completely off-base?
edg: (Halo)
How late is too late to start martial arts training?
edg: (Per Ardua Ad Astra)
I am informed, by parties who are as far as I know not on LJ, that James Doohan, best known as Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott from Star Trek, has passed away today at the age of 85. Wikipedia confirms this but does not give details. Does anyone have more information about this?

EDIT: [livejournal.com profile] dj_flx tells me that Fox News has carried the story.

EDIT 2: CNN reports that Mr. Doohan died at about 5:30 AM this morning. The cause of death was pneumonia and Alzheimer's disease.

Vale, Mr. Doohan. Requiescas in pace.

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