THERE ARE NO MORE EXCUSES

Actually, it’s a bit odd at the same time; the big news this week is the delayed-but-worth-it release of Ubuntu 6.06 LTS, code named “Dapper Drake”.  All the official Ubuntu downloads are here: http://mirror.cs.umn.edu/ubuntu-releases/6.06/ and all the Kubuntu (KDE variant) downloads are here: http://us.releases.ubuntu.com/releases/kubuntu/dapper/

I’m running Kubuntu and at this writing, I’m sharing these torrents for i386 machines:

http://us.releases.ubuntu.com/releases/kubuntu/dapper/kubuntu-6.06-desktop-i386.iso.torrent

http://us.releases.ubuntu.com/releases/kubuntu/dapper/kubuntu-6.06-alternate-i386.iso.torrent

As you may imagine, I’m quite pleased with the results, though I’m still taking in most of the changes.  Download a ‘live’ version and try one out; just remember that it’s much faster on the hard disk.

As in the past few entries, I don’t have much to muse or report on, or otherwise, write about.  I’ve spent a little time thinking about things, like the effects habits have on how tired a person might feel, or what sort of effects they would have on creativity.

I had several teachers in college, and now that I think about it, high school too, that stressed the importance of writing for its own sake, and while, in time, I understood the reason why I was told to write habitually, and I guess it’s not a coincidence that the understanding came at a time when I indeed wrote habitually, though not as habitually as the teacher at the time would have liked, I often found it excessive and think it might be unnecessary, like the length of this sentence.

My teachers’ objective was to generate a habit of creating, so that writing then flows naturally, as well as a habit of proofreading, so that self-correction becomes normal, and a habit of revision, so that you’re not afraid to alter, recreate, mangle, or otherwise destroy your own works.

The problem, to me, comes when you’ve got absolutely nothing to say.

One teacher said that writing anything that comes to mind, anything at all, even nonsense, helps with this.  The idea is that sometimes you just need to generate material from seemingly nothing, and this self-forcing helps with this.  It also helps you ‘get rid’ of material you don’t like, as if every idea you own lives in your brain’s recesses and can only be disposed of through expression.

Well, I saw his point, and it’s a neat drill, but it’s tedious and sometimes even impossible to repeat as habitually as he’d have liked (which by the way, is six to ten minutes daily.)

When you notice you’re in a cycle of bad habits, in the proverbial rut, the best thing you can do is try to break from the cycle by changing your habits, or at least, taking a break from them as a start.  However, changing a habit is not an easy thing to do, and vacation, even in a figurative sense, isn’t always possible.

How much control does a person have over his or her habits?  What happens when the habit is just a kind of trait developed as a response to outside forces, and if so, how much of that outside force can you change?

And as general and boring as I made all that sound, in fact, all I’m really looking for is some other way to spend my spare time.

Hope everyone’s doing well.

See you next time.

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2 thoughts on “THERE ARE NO MORE EXCUSES

  1. “When you notice you’re in a cycle of bad habits, in the proverbial rut, the best thing you can do is try to break from the cycle by changing your habits, or at least, taking a break from them as a start. However, changing a habit is not an easy thing to do, and vacation, even in a figurative sense, isn’t always possible.”Your preaching to the choir on that one. For me, my habits tend to cling to an environment so I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to end a number of them when move out. Aside from that, my habits always seem to return… low will power I suppose?”And as general and boring as I made all that sound, in fact, all I’m really looking for is some other way to spend my spare time.”That, for me, is directly linked to the habit problem. I have lots of things I’d like to be doing with my time. Now I just need to actually do them! Your suggestion on one of my posts about doing a proof of concept or something similar, once a month or so, is pretty good advice. Thanks! I’ve set up a schedule of sorts to help put that advice to use starting this Monday. Here’s hoping it works *crosses fingers*.

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  2. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People… I live by that book! I recommend it to anyone who has a life… I don’t know how I went without the advice therein. Thanks for stopping by; glad to see you are alive and well!

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