Toilet Paper Alternative

This is, straight up, a rant. And will likely provide a good laugh 30 years from now when our kids are checking out my blog archives.

So every time I go to blow my nose, I reach for toilet paper. Everybody does right? Unless you’re rich and you buy kleenex or some other brand tissue paper all the time. My problem is that they don’t make tissue or toilet paper strong enough for men. I blow my nose and I invariable have some amount of stubble happening – what man doesn’t right?? And the paper / tissue disintegrates leaving tissue bits on my fast and particles floating in the air. Do they ever test this stuff on men? :/ It can be really frustrating when it comes apart mid ‘blow’ leaving you to crumple all the bits together and look for some alternative to clean up the mess :S

What I regularly turn to is paper towel, finally something thick enough and strong enough for a man! Its nice and large, doesn’t completely disintegrate, doesn’t leave bits of paper on your face and is at least something you generally have around the house for other functions.

Am I the only man in the world who has this problem? I don’t hear about it so I must be. Now, I realize Kleenex and other brands create stronger stuff marketed toward men, but really, why go out and buy something dedicated to that when its much more efficient to have a multi purpose product like paper towel right?

I kinda just wished toilet paper would man up and not self destruct on contact like it was mission impossible and I just found out my impossible mission. Oh the pain and anguish of it all.

Daylight Savings Time

Daylight saving time (DST)—also summer time in several countries[1][2][3][4][5][6] including in British English and European official terminology (see Terminology)—is the practice of temporarily advancing clocks during the summertime so that afternoons have more daylight and mornings have less. Typically clocks are adjusted forward one hour near the start of spring and are adjusted backward in autumn.[7] Modern DST was first proposed in 1895 by George Vernon Hudson.[8] Many countries have used it since then; details vary by location and change occasionally.

So I get DST, allows more sun in the afternoon and therefore evening then ‘normal’. I get that. But why do we need it? I think we should shift ‘9 to 5’ to the average sun up and sun down schedules rather then relying on ‘time’ as we’ve designed it. It should be more of a natural sort of thing, something maybe that shifts every year if needed. They should arrange it so that we the length of sun time is the same on either side of the work day, if there is an hour of sun before 9, then it should be arranged that there be an equal amount after 5.

Take today for instance, theres like 3 hours of sun before I start work, but by 4 PM, its dark out 🙁 Why not start the work day an hour or two earlier?

Today, the sun rose at 7:05am, and will set at 4:51. So the work day should be from 8 to 4 instead of 9 to 5, it atleast allows you to drive home with a bit of light left, or have a game of catch outside with your kids, or even mow the lawn. Doesn’t that make sense??

Oh, if only I made my own hours…. of course, 3 hours in the morning is good for getting my devotions done and this blog written as well, so its not all wasted. I just don’t generally feel like waking up and going out and working in the morning, probably because I’m used to a shorter morning… I could however be getting firewood moved, split, yardwork done, house repairs done… What ends up happening is just an extended fritter time, coffee, breakfast, lazing about. Boo-urns for time wasted.

Compounded here is that Arden is currently waking up at 7am, largely due to the time change which hopefully we will slowly get her adjusted to but as I said, that means 3 hours we’re up before work begins for me, 10 AST(9AM EST).

And there is my rant on DST – who woulda thunk I’d blog on such a seemingly mondane topic eh?!

Vlogs – whats the deal?

I’ve been blogging I guess for a couple of years now and I’ve seen vlogs. To me they are a bit too upfront / real… Blogging, and reading blogs has for me become an excellent morning newspaper type of experience.

ie, you get your coffee, get some breakfast on the table for your kid(s) and sit down for 5 minutes and check the news. The thing about blogs (as opposed to vlogs) is that you can load up the page and read it at your leisure. No speed reading needed, or dedicated attention, if said ‘kid’ goes crazy, you can rescue them mid sentence, and come back to the blog and keep going.  A vlog on the other hand requires dedicated attention, watching AND listening and is something you have to commit to. Sure, you can pause it,.. but it becomes tedious to pause it every few seconds for something, then you forget what was said and there is no transcript for them.

Video blogging, sometimes shortened to vlogging[1] (pronounced ‘vlogging’, as opposed to ‘v-logging’[2]) or vidding[3][4][5] or vidblogging[6] is a form of blogging for which the medium is video,[7] and is a form of Web television. Entries often combine embedded video or a video link with supporting text, images, and other metadata. Entries can be recorded in one take or cut into multiple parts. It is also a very popular category on YouTube.

So all that said, for me its almost like it takes too much effort, plus not many people do it and I’m not about to start either 😛 It requires a lot more energy to string a lot of coherent words together all at once in a video then it does to write stuff in a blog draft and be able to edit it, erase, or otherwise process thoughts before hitting ‘Publish’.

Technologically wise, I think for most us, its a more complicated venture to do vlogs. Just like the consumption of vlogs, creating a vlog takes dedicated time. With blogs, you create a draft or two, WordPress auto saves if you leave your laptop for more then a few seconds (ie allowing you to fill up your coffee again, to catch that child running rampant, or to ruminate a little.). Vlogs, well you need to get ready for them, hit record, talk for an uninterrupted x number of minutes, hopefully without mistake (otherwise you might risk sounding silly, incoherent or at worst, intoxicated…)

Vlogs on the other hand can be more efficient, cleaner, quicker, especially if you have a quiet room within which to create them,  that is, if you’re concerned about saving a few minutes.

Nope, overall, just like Twitter, they do add some colour and variety to the %logging world, but I just don’t see the practical use of them to make me want to get involved more then the occasional view, post or tweet.

Maybe my opinion would change if a had a friend or two vlogging daily. Maybe when it comes right down to it, words written somewhere, on paper or digitally, are more relaxing, less threatening and potentially more thoroughly ruminated on

Anyone else like vlogs?

Beans, Hogs, and Bible Prophecy