Notebook Paralysis

I have a new notebook and I’m ready to write. I have plenty of things to write about and plenty of uses for notebooks, but what is this one for? And what are the rules for this notebook? Will I skip the first page? Use only the fronts? Am I assigning a certain pen or ink to this notebook? Is it private? Is it okay to tear pages out? Is it going to be with me all the time? Am I going to keep it forever? Should I fill in the owner information? What should I label the cover? Should I label the cover? Will I write in the margins?

The notebook I’m writing this in has four subjects coded blue, red, gray, and green, as one does. When Chrissy gave it to me I was ecstatic – four notebooks in one, this solves all my problems! Then I took out my Rhodia A5 no skip, fronts only, private, tear okay, always handy, no archive, no cover label, anything goes notepad and starting listing possible categories. It took weeks before I could write anything in here, but that’s pretty good –  I have two notebooks from the ’90s I’ve been moving around the country with, just waiting for the right topic.

The Podcast Formula

Most of the top podcasts are either radio productions or they are made by current or former radio personalities and producers. This means audio levels are excellent, production values are high, and they follow a broken old-world format. Even new-media types seem to get caught in this trap.

  • Intro Song
  • You’re listing to the XYZ Podcast (I worked that out from the intro song)
  • Ad
  • Description of today’s topic and guest, summarizing the show (This is just filler. On with the show already!)
  • Sound Effect
  • Welcome the XYZ Podcast, today we’re talking with [guest] (I know, we covered that.)
  • If you’d like to join the conversation our number is xxx-xxx-xxxx. (Time shifting!)
  • Interview Part 1 (I thought we’d never get here.)
  • If you’re just joining us we’re talking to [guest]. (Nobody is just joining. This is a podcast.)
  • Ad
  • Interview Part 2
  • Ad
  • If you enjoyed the show please subscribe to our podcast. (How exactly do you think I came to hear these words?)
  • Outro Song

First Rules of Gun Safety

Here are some of the different “First” rules of gun safety I’ve picked up from different courses and various reading material:

1. Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. Sometimes worded “Muzzles must point down range”, sometimes “Never point a gun at something you don’t intend to kill”.
1. All guns are always loaded! (Or the better, Canadian version: Assume every firearm is loaded.)
1. Never mix firearms with alcohol. (?)
1. The RSO (Range Safety Officer) has absolute authority over the range.
1. Never point any gun at Dave.
Well okay, that last one was an icebreaker for a class, as in “Hello everyone, I’m Dave. The first rule of gun safety is never, ever point any gun at Dave!” Dave was cool. I miss that guy.

Patrick Kennedy on Drugs

I just listened to former U.S. Representative Patrick Kennedy explain how he did all kinds of drugs in his youth but you shouldn’t be allowed to smoke pot – you know, that was then and he’s a Kennedy. His reason? Pot is the new big business. Pot should be illegal because the driving force behind legalization is money. He didn’t even have to take a breath before explaining that the smart money now is in rehab because pot is now the number one thing people are checking into rehab for. He didn’t bother mentioning that this because misguided courts are ordering it as an alternative to jail, and that people can check into rehab for pot now voluntarily because the social stigma is disappearing.