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Mr. Wuss
January 12th, 2000

Did Me Or Didn't Me?
I received an email from a fellow member of the San Francisco Bay Area Journals (Not A) WebRing with the relevant quote from Revelations for yesterday's entry that she found on Net Bible:
3:20 Listen! I am standing at the door and knocking! If Building support column on Broadway anyone hears my voice and opens the door I will come into his home and share a meal with him, and he with me.
3:21 I will grant the one who conquers permission to sit with me on my throne, just as I too conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne.
3:22 The one who has an ear had better hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
Evidently the writer of this graffiti was not thinking end of world when he or she wrote it on the building I pass every day on my way to work, but in the more immediate terms of a meal, although it isn't clear if this is meant as a meal for the body or a meal for the spirit. A good meal often puts me in good spirits. Someone who can quote bible passages or write down relevant chapter and verse is unsettling in a time when over familiarity with the scriptures generally means step back and watch out. I'm not sure why there's an extra letter in Hallelujah! but if I were beginning a science fiction story with this graffiti, I'd make it sinister and nasty, implying nefarious designs eventually leading to millennial change and sordid stuff.

Not much to say about today. I walked to work without getting wet, this being good for oft Fellow techie. repeated reasons, work going along at a good clip, walking home up the hill without so much as breaking stride. Now's the time to spread out. Two weeks into the year is enough time to think about doing things and time enough to actually do some. I talked about taking a PhotoShop class this year and recently received a catalog from San Francisco State describing a course of studies that led to some flavor of web design certificate. Three levels of PhotoShop, some Illustrator classes and some other stuff that looked interesting. It will at least get me out of the house and it's located in San Francisco on the other end of the BART line that runs under my office building. In other words I can get there in the evening and get back home without trouble. Berkeley, although it's located a few miles from my apartment, gives classes in locations that are much harder to get to. Interesting. I'm not going to be a graphics designer (as you may have noticed) and who knows what my future will be with the web, but the course of studies should be fun so let's see what I can arrange by the end of the week. I left a phone message at the number they listed in the catalog and the woman on the tape said she would get back to every caller, but I'll call again and make sure. You either do these things or you don't.

A bit of a sales talk, but I'll write about it tomorrow. Interesting to see if I've actually done anything. I talked with a friend from another section of the company walking over to coffee yesterday and she asked me if I were learning Java and I said no, I wasn't going to pursue Java or anything else anymore that I didn't enjoy or wouldn't lead to something I believed I really wanted. Programming wasn't on the list. Good idea, she said. Everybody she knows is learning something with the sole idea of making a living at it, everything is about making a living and nothing about living itself. She's one of those people, way beyond just competent, with a very good bullshit indicator who questions the things she's doing and where they're leading.

I do the talk and the half walk, screw around at quarter speed piddling with this and piddling with that, which is fine if I had fifty more years to piddle. So, as I said, I'll take my little step tomorrow and recap it here. Did me or didn't me?

The banner photograph was taken at home last week with the new 85mm lens. The photo of my coworker was taken on the day I received the new lens under fluorescent light at large aperture.