Just Thinkin has moved.

So it’s been WordPress.com and 130 posts or so and now it’s time to move into my own WordPress install. Kinda’ like moving from an apartment into your first home which means all the problems of ownership (except at the server end of things) are now mine but on the other hand…I can fix them as well.

It also makes me free to mess things up as I see fit thus giving me badly needed training on what not to do when configuring my own blog site and for any readers I might have, a whole lot of laughs.

So for awhile I’ll put the first part of a new post here with a link to the new site and after the new site’s rank is back up I’ll stop doing that as well. This post will always be at the top.

Meanwhile, here’s the link to the new home of “Just Thinkin”:

http://just-thinkin.net

All past post have already been transferred over but like in any move some things get left behind and as such, all the previous comments seem to have evaporated into thin virtual air. Such is life. Plenty of time for more comments on this, that, and the other thing.

Many thanks to WordPress.com for hosting this small portion of my life.

See ya’ at the new site.

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Sneak Peek!

Hello all.

I’ve got a secret…

If you want to know what it is…

Take a look over here (don’t fret now, it’s safe enough).

It’s not quite ready yet but I think it’s pretty cool.

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A dream come true

Like many others, I’ve been closely following Anousheh Ansari’s blog that she has been writing starting with her training as an astronaut, her journey to the ISS and now during her nine day stay at the station where she is conducting testis and doing routine maintenace and operations. Not exactly living up to the definition of “space tourist” she is a working member of crew during her time there and during the flights to and from the space station.

In case you’re wondering about or if the name Ansari rings a bell, she and her family are the title sponsors of the “Ansari X-prize” that was won 2 years ago when SpaceShipOne flew to the edges of space and back in the first private endeavor to build and fly a privately funded spacecraft to near orbit and land successfully and do it more than once in a given time period.

This woman is currently living the peak of her dream with her flight to the International Space Station after long years of hard work and study. A pioneer and entrepreneur in the truest sense of the word and obviously very well thought of to boot which, unfortunately, seems to becoming a rare thing these days. Since there is so much interesting info on this woman and her endeavors, I’ll let you folks hit the links above and find out for yourself.

I recommend checking out her Flickr photos some of which she has taken during her stay on the ISS.

May the younger folks out there pay heed to this amazing women and perhaps follow in her footsteps to their own dream someday.

 

Update on Park(ing)-

Back on May 23rd I wrote a short post about a group called Rebar that created a “park” like setting (complete with grass, a tree and a park bench) by “leasing” city space by feeding the parking meter of a paid parking space for couple of hours.

Before I went down to Boston for surgery, I received a newsletter from the group announcing September 21st, 2006 as “Park(ing) Day” asking for volunteers and such.

“Rebar, the San Francisco collective that brought you PARK(ing) – a public park in a metered parking spot – is expanding the project into a nationwide event!

On Sept 21st, 2006, Rebar will create a distributed network of public parks in parking spots around San Francisco, delivered entirely by bicycle.

In addition to our network of PARKs, groups from around the country will be building PARKs in their own local urban environments.

So far we have commitents from folks in about 6 cities, and could use your help to inspire more people and get the word out about the event!

– If you have a BLOG, we’d love it if you posted about this event.
– If you are a member of the press, we’d love you to cover our event.
– If you’d like to create a PARK of your own – go for it!

Attached is a page about the event, and more information is availble on the Rebar site:”

This is a very cool thing indeed and people even used it! Here’s the link to that particular page on their site and if you check out their main page you’ll find some pics and a video of their first “Park” in San Fransisco.

What a great idea. 

Poor Robert

I was banging around in my WordPress.com admin page trying my best to screw up the looks of my (little known) “Back Woods Tech” blog which I managed with more or less success. I think.

Well, the blog does look different now anyhow.

Can one be pleased by failing to screw something up intentionally?

Anyway, as I was failing to screw up, I happened to notice in the Top Posts column of WordPress’s front page, a post by Robert Scoble (Scobleizer) concerning Windows Live Spaces and the blogs incorporated therein. I had to chuckle not only at the fact that Robert had found, or not found depending on how you look at it, the same type of content (or lack thereof), that I did when I recently wandered over to have a look around Spaces myself last week, but at the comments as well.

Poor Robert was bashed,harangued and rather badly hammered about his “egotistical” critique of WLS and the problem was that I agreed with him. So I’m egotistical as well? I don’t think so.

Heck, I’m still new when it comes to blogging (but very little else mind you), I freely admit my guilt. I’m still trying to get a handle on Pings and Trackbacks for cryin’ out loud. But while new at blogging , I am most certainly not new as far as the Internet, computers and research are concerned. I began my career back in the seventies, years before the first Sony Walkmen even hit the streets, let alone a PC.

Where was I? Oh yeah…

“Scobleizer” for example, has a Google rating of 7 out of 10 and as screwed up as Google ratings can be at times, that kind of rating still means you have to work for it. On the other hand, my little “Back Woods Tech” blog has no rating at all and that’s just fine with me. I’m doing this strictly for fun and the experience of actually trying something new.

So look…about half of his posted “Fifty” had no entries at all and one of them actually stated that “This blog is intentionally left blank”. So these individuals are maybe making a statement here or something? Bah.

Putting up a blog and doing absolutely nothing with it is just taking up a piece of blog space that someone else might use for some actual content…even if it’s only a few pictures in hopes that Grandma might get to see them. Also, I can probably forgive “…intentionally left blank” now that I think about it. The person behind that one most likely is making a statement although one we will probably never understand.

Hmmm. In that case, could “…intentionally left blank” be considered art?


What’s my point you ask? No point, I answer. I’m just stating the fact that I read a blog called “Scobleizer” (So I like his blog…so do a lot of folks) and how I reacted to one of his posts and following comments.

I don’t always have to have a point…

It’s my blog, isn’t it?

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