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June 20, 2007 [ More archived home pages here ]

Summer's Here!


The above image, Encounters of Doubt is also available as a Desktop

Today's song is I'll Think Of Summer by Ronny & The Daytonas, released in 1966.

The warm gentle breezes are blowing through our home. Soon our daughter and granddaughter arrive for a visit. It's summertime in San Diego and we love it here.

When I was a kid in elementary school I couldn't wait for the school year to end in June because then I had two months off! I felt the same way in high school. It was 39 years ago last night I graduated from high school.

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Today is my last day as a regular attendee to my Twin Oaks Toastmasters meeting for the next couple months. I serve as Toastmaster and run the meeting today, my theme is Summer Dreams. That club is so much a part of me. We are gaining new members each month and watching those new members evolve and removing their doubts about themselves.

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Today is my 27th year in using computer technology. Monday, I updated my Bryce software to the newest version, Bryce 6.1. The above image is my first creation from that version. A recent conversation with a friend inspired its birth.

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Last Saturday I spoke with one of my cousins, Dennis Wilson. Dennis and his wife now live in Bothell, Washington. Dennis is the person who persuaded me to purchase an Apple II+ computer in November, 1981. He doubted I would be happy with any other kind. Thanks, Dennis!

Check out his business Black-Arrow Technologies. Dennis increases the number of family and friends I have that live in that Northwestern state. I get a lot of site traffic from the Seattle area already. It will certainly grow more now. :-)

I had an opportunity in 1978 to go to work for Boeing in Seattle, Washington, as a machinist. I was made an employment offer by them, but decided to stay with International Harvester instead. I sometimes think how I would have evolved had we moved. In my heart, I feel I've been on the right path with the choices I made in life. No doubt about that!

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Paul Potts is great, watch him sing on YouTube.

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We consumers won in two recent Court rulings. It doesn't happen that often, as you may already know.

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Did you know the world will end in 2060 or later? I'm betting on it being later, much later. In fact, so far in the future, it doesn't matter.

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One of my favorite movies is, Somewhere In Time. I watched it the other night. The character, Elise McKenna looks a lot like a young woman I knew in my years before I was married, especially when she smiles for the character, Richard Collier in the scene where the photographer is taking her picture. It's uncanny how much that smile is the same as was once smiled at me.

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I've have no doubts about how to end this message with the following Digital Insight.

Stalemate of a Thought (Created in August 2000)

The cognitive process we call thinking can be characterized in three forms. One, where almost no consideration at all is made for anything except what the present emotion urges us to do. Those situations are best reserved for "true" emergency circumstances, when time is of the essence.

The more common form is where a certain amount of time is spent on deliberations using more logic than emotion. In that form it is the goal to be "right" from the perspective of argument, should one arise.

The remaining consideration of thought is more rare and unusual, hard to define in concise terms. Its appearance is marked by deep thinking for prolonged periods of time as every legitimate input is regarded and either kept for future reference or discarded outright as preliminary conclusions are reached.

It is the ultimate conclusion that suffers delay in this form, near the end, yet an intense amount of hesitancy remains as the final few questions remain unsolved. It's as if a mind that is often the shining example of clarity is now surrounded in a fog of improbable outcomes as the answer lies just out of reach. Using my own words, I quote a portion from that page's narration:

"Sometimes a thought just can't be completed although all the inputs are there."

Don


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