KeithSpeak- February 2008
 
February 1, 2008
“When we look in the mirror, we will see the diamond brilliance of purest light we already are.”
Robert J. Haywood


Do you know what a psychomanteum is? It’s you in a mostly dark room relaxing in a comfortable chair in front of a mirror with a little bit of indirect light for about an hour or so. Across the reflection, images and moving pictures are to play out. Nostradamus was to have used one. The most famous psychomanteum was the Oracle of Delphi in Greece. Sounded like fun, so I tried it. Now I didn’t see visions and animated scenes in my mirror, but I did see myself in a hundred different faces, one right after another, I presume, all reincarnations of myself. I say that because these people weren’t strangers, they were, each and every one of them, me. It was really something.

February 2, 2008
Since the first 7 years of this site have basically been removed, a lot of readers have no context for what this is all about. And even though it appears to be about me me me, it’s really about you. But first, a little more about me, haw.

Growing up in America I read poetry and listened to Motown. I’m a keen observer, a good friend, a smooth talker. I adore the companionship of animals and have always thought the Earth is beautiful. I’m a very solid recreational athlete, an average student, a spiritual man. I’m easy to laugh, smart but not brilliant, and have always kept my own counsel. My life is so super that if I told you even 10% of it, you’d either not believe me or hate me ‘cause I’m beautiful. But you know what? It didn’t happen by chance and I’ve got something to say about that, see. For instance: we all live a conscious life. You can wake up within your own life and enrich the experience of living it far beyond its current measure. Can too.

February 4, 2008
An idle musing: Tom Brady and his vaunted Patriots were just beaten by a guy who isn’t even the best quarterback in his own family.

February 5, 2008
Full moon arising over our field. You can’t tell me I don’t live in paradise.
 
February 6, 2008
It’s obscene, the amounts of money feeding this ogre war machine. Would there be anyone who couldn’t come up with a shortlist of where those trillions of dollars could help in America? Why have Bush and Rumsfeld not been tried for war crimes? Why have Bush and Cheney not been impeached?

February 7, 2008
Now that the TSA is seizing computers, cell phones and cameras at will, you watch, the sales of micro flash drives will go through the roof.

February 8, 2008
All right, I have decided that I’m going to recreate the website with a new host. For the sake of expediency, most of it will remain as is, but there will be some changes, although I can’t say what those will be because I haven’t yet started to rebuild it, because I’ve been putting off the work because there is a JavaScript learning curve involved and I have been practicing digital avoidance behavior. However, since this current site will be kaput in the next month, I’d better get my inner webmaster in gear and construct it. Anyway, just thought I’d let you know.

February 9, 2008
Like most good Internet publishing companies, we have our own seamstress on staff. Our wizard of stitches is Mary Hitchens from 100 Mile House - winner of the North Chilcotin Sew Off nine years straight! Why, the gal makes parachute straps in her spare time for cripes sake - which are like one of the most important parts of the parachute! Plus she can lift that dead weight Singer all by herself. She’s a great little sewer, a proven winner and strong as all get out. Our little Mary.

February 11, 2008
Yea, the Writers Guild strike is over. Now I can go back to work. Hey, wait a minute...

February 12, 2008
I forced something today. I asked someone to make a decision that they had been avoiding. I asked them, are you in or are you out? Am I free to pursue other avenues, or am I making a commitment to you? Direct, simple, truthful. We’ll see how well that goes over.

February 13, 2008
Your day has been going nowhere and your phone is ringing nonstop and the e-mails are piling up and as your brain smokes and your stomach tightens you now regret more than ever having had that awful vending machine sandwich for lunch and- Stop! Refresh. Look at the landscape, calm your thoughts, reprogram your head, see how manageable your unmanageable day can become.
 
February 14, 2008
I wonder if sitting amid all the noise pollution from my tower fan droning on incessantly, and the radio waves surrounding my router a mere 18 inches away, have affected anything physiological. Sure, I can’t hear or have children, but could my digital life be responsible for that? Horrors! Tee hee.

February 15, 2008
How can there be the concept of a “young soul”. Doesn’t a soul imply something outside of time? Doesn’t it imply “The ages” and more? So how can one be a young soul, or appear to have a young soul? Oxymoron, right? And yet you can tell that there are those who are, shall we say, less experienced with this reality than others. So are new souls minted? Can a soul be “born”, brand new at the creating game? Hmm...

February 19, 2008
Yeesh, the servers have been down for almost a week and I haven't been able to publish the site. Sorry, all. The good news is that if you're reading this, they're back up. Yea.

February 21, 2008
I’m having a root canal done today. Ugh. As if that wasn’t bad enough, I have to drive 3 hours out of town to have it done. Double ugh. I’ll try this writing thing again tomorrow.

February 22, 2008
I have recreated most of the new website and in about a week I will commence the DNS changeover to my new host. This means that there will be a 2-5 day lag when the site will not be on the Internet as the domain registrar completes the switch. I will let you know a couple of days in advance of the change so you can be prepared for missing me. Only after the DNS change can I implement the new e-mail system and make our RSS feed viable. I am hoping that by early March, everything will be functional again. Or not.

I have also been toying with a few things that may or may not stick. On the new site I might try GoogleAds and I might look to selling the back issues of KeithSpeak. I have to play around with these things to see if it junks up the site too much. We’re all about the esthetics here dontcha know (commerce be damned!). I’ll keep you posted.

February 23, 2008
I was up late last night working on the site.
And I can definitively say, anybody who thinks fabricating a website isn’t dangerous work, has never set their office on fire twice in one night.


February 25, 2008
I was watching this program where they were featuring this couple’s magnificent home. It was an all white house. It had white walls, white ceiling, white trim, white rugs, white furniture, white lamps, white appliances, white cabinets, doors, drawers and windows. It had five white bedrooms, four white bathrooms - even their dog was white. The twist? The couple who owned it were African Americans (he the designer, she the interior decorator), and they put in this exceedingly neutral background so that they would “stand out in gorgeous relief within our own home.” Man, did it work. It was quite striking, really, to see them move through the neutral space. They commanded their home. It was all very modern.

February 26, 2008
In one day we got three notices from three different banks about how they were all raising fees relating to our various accounts at their institutions. Well that’s it for me. That’s right, I’m swearing off banks. I’m gonna get a big safe that weighs 6 tons empty and equip it with a locking mashup that would require the movies Oceans 14-17 to crack, and then I’m gonna throw anything worth anything in it and shut the door, ka-boom. There. Take that.

February 29, 2008
It’s the end of the month, very near the end of the old site, and the soon to be launch of the new site, which is pretty much just a duplicate of the old site, so don’t get too excited, but at this point is still a separate thing that has been pulling a lot of my attention away from this, the old site. Just my long winded way of saying I will start the March KeithSpeak here, but finish it over there. But you may not even be able to tell the difference. So don't get too excited. Hold your breath or anything. I'm not.
 

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