Balustrade’s Blog

About

This blog is a little bit different from the rest. No, it’s not better written or more insighful than other blogs (or even funnier!), but it does have an editor. Unpaid and semi-motivated, but an editor nonetheless. Why? Well the author, although he wants to share his thoughts with the world and works in IT, apparently does not know how to create a blog – even though all sorts of less qualified folk seem to manage on a daily basis. In any case, the editor (on a pro bono basis, how magnanimous, right?) created this WordPress blog, formats the author’s posts, and tries to add some color (like links). Any complaints as to the content should be directed at the author, in the comments to the posts. Any other complaints will be ignored.

The author suggested I ask him some questions as a way to flesh out the About page, so I did – and he answered. Enjoy.

 

1. In a world where everyone and their grandmother has a blog, what can you offer the average Joe who stumbles across your site while avoiding the work he should be doing?

A. Absolutely nothing.  That’s why you didn’t have to pay to read this.  You came to me.  You’re the one searching for something.  It’s up to you to decide if you find it here.  If so, you’ll be back.  If not, you won’t.  My goal is to make it interesting enough so you do come back.  

2. Tell us enough about yourself so that we can determine your biases, without so much information that we will be able to find your house using Google maps.

A. I’m a fairly devout (by today’s standards anyway), practicing Roman Catholic, though I laugh openly at much Church Dogma.  I’m an optimistic, glass half full kind of person, who sees opportunity in the midst of destruction.  I’m an amateur comedian, and one of my greatest joys in life is to watch people laugh hysterically at my jokes, not because I want credit for being funny, I just like watching people who are so happy they can’t stop laughing, knowing I had a part in doing it.  I am also a trained computer programmer and electrical engineer.  I think logically, methodically, with an eye towards what’s to come.  Poor engineering at the beginning means only one thing, a lot more problems down the road.  If you’re going to do something, then do it right, from the start, and it will be easier in the end.  And I like pets.  

3. Who did you vote for in the last election, and why?

Don’t really remember, to tell the truth.  I know who I did not vote for though.  I did not vote for McCain because of his view on the limitations of my right to free speech.  And I did not vote for Obama because of basically every idea that came out of his mouth.  I was interested in the least how pretty it sounded.  All I care about is does it sound like a good plan or a bad plan.  And his plans sounded terrible.  And now we’ll get to find out if I was right.  

4. What are the last three books you have read, and why?

Don’t remember the exact last three, because I tend to read several items at the same time, lots of periodicals, the Bible, and tons of books helping me to understand, not the lessons of the Bible, but what the actual text is and how it got that way, so I can determine for myself what it really means.  So here’s three recent books that stand out because I enjoyed them so much.  In no particular order:

Economics:  A Citizen’s Guide to the Economy, Dr. Thomas Sowell.  I got tired of people and media throwing around economic terms all the time, with out having the slightest idea of what they mean.  So rather than spout off like all the other idiots, I decided to learn about what I was saying before I said it.  And I learned a bunch.  I highly recommend this book to any and every one.  I gave a copy to my Priest as a gift.  

Isaac Asimov’s Guide to the Bible, Isaac Asimov.  Should be required reading for any laity claiming to have the slightest idea what is actually in the Bible.  He explains everything in the Bible that pertains to the verifiable historical record.  In other words ‘this happened, these were the real players, and this is what eventually happened in history.’

[Editor’s note: No, you didn’t count wrong. He only gave two books. Now you see what I’m working with.]

5. Can you see Russia from your house?

No.  But I can see modern liberals, and they may be worse.  

6. Who is funnier: Michael Moore or Ann Coulter? Explain your answer.

Ann Coulter.  And if I have to explain why, save yourself some time and hit the back button on your web browser.  

7. If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. What do you do if it stops moving?

Subsidize it! 

[Editor’s note: For those who don’t get the reference…]

8. How often do you pledge to post to this blog?

As often as I can think of something interesting enough to post.  I don’t want to waste your time, I hate stand-up comedians with lame jokes.  It either works or it doesn’t.  If it doesn’t work, it doesn’t go up.  It goes up when I think it works.  

9. Anything else you would like to share?

I’m a Scorpio, I like long walks, moonlight, soft music, kittens.  My favorite color is magenta.  I get teary eyed at some romantic comedies.  And I love the smell of napalm in the morning.  Smells like…victory!

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