April 10, 2007

Blog Maintenance.

I’ve updated my blogroll over there in the right column of my blog pages. Now my blogroll is up to date and if I’ve forgotten any that I read then I guess I’ll have to add them too. I’ve also changed my picture just for the heck of it. I just thought I’d throw that out there.

I’ve adopted this quasi-superhero sounding screenname of jp2.0 for various sign-ons I have scattered about the web. It makes me feel all techy. I guess I needed a change of pace or something.

I did have someone recently ask me about “Owl”, which usually appears up in the address bar of your web browser when you land on this site. He looks like this:


Owl has been with me since 1990 when I was using Microsoft Windows/386 (that would be Windows 2.1, golly I’m old). He represented a maintenance program on an old IBM PS/2 and I thought he looked pretty groovy, so I copied him and brought him along for the ride with this geek. I used to drop him on the desktop of any computer I worked on so I’ve spread some owl love back in my day. I also put him somewhere on every website I maintain (including the ones I get paid for). He appreciates the gesture.


A couple of years ago I noticed that a certain number of business professionals had migrated from the traditional briefcase or laptop case over to something you would normally see in a busy airport: luggage with wheels. I found this to be somewhat surprising, considering that technology is suppose to be leading us toward an increasingly paperless society.

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve noticed that the luggage with wheels has become more prevalent, this time on my college campus. One of my classes is in a large lecture hall, and there is often a “crunch time” where there’s a traffic jam at the entrance to the hall as students fight to get their body and tow-behind trailers jammed through the doorway.

I’m starting to think that this is indicative of a lazy society.

I can’t think of one instance where I’d need to drag my luggage throughout the entire campus. Yes, I sport the always trendy backpack, but even if I were to carry all of my books for all of my classes at one time I wouldn’t need to pack everything in a suitcase. I simply don’t have that much crap to take to class.

When did it become acceptable to haul luggage everywhere? Are they related to the baby buggy terror mobiles? Are people becoming so lazy that they can’t carry their bag and they opt to drag it instead? I’m thinking that this is the case.

I don’t know why I’m surprised. A while back I mentioned that I was seeing ads for a drug that makes going the bathroom easier. (“It doesn’t make you go, but it does make it more comfortable”.) The number of ads for this product has increased and a competing drug company has seen the dollar signs and are now advertising their version of the same thing. (If I see a lunesta butterfly fly out someone’s ass, I’m changing the channel permanently.) You can’t watch TV Land or Lifetime without being reminded that going the bathroom the way nature had intended, and we humans have been doing for a couple of thousand of years, is now wrong and the experience should be no more difficult than pushing rose petals out your butt. I don’t know why we just don’t go all the way and buy food that we simply flush down the toilet. It takes a lot of effort to chew, you’d save a ton of calories and you wouldn’t have all that effort of squatting or sitting down and pushing.

So if going the bathroom is hard then hauling your papers or books to the office or class must be damn near impossible without a wheeled assist.

Next thing you know they’ll tell us that it takes too much effort to suck on a cough drop or something and that we need something that melts on our tongue.