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Barnson: Portrait of a.. Barnson

Matthew has graciously allowed me to post a random thought here and there because honestly I don't have the wherewithall to run my own blog.

This is not the first or probably the last time I will turn to Mr. Matt for tools that allow me to do that which I can't on my own. It is the nature of our friendship, and so.. being that Barnson is so candid with his first person view of the world, I wanted to share a candid third person look at him.

My perspective on Matt is unique, in that he preceded me in many many ways. I arrived at Quince Orchard high school an annoying freshman who plunked on the piano and guitar and tried to write songs, most of which.. well.. sucked. I wanted to act, be in show choir, and above all not be an annoying freshman. Enter Barnson, a Senior who did everything I did.. but better. He was eccentric, loud, brave, and underneath a nice person. So, I bugged him and bugged him until he would be my friend. Well, that's probably the story he would tell.

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OCM and Landing That Next Big Job

Confident, and competent. I don't know what I can do to try to reinforce it more than that: Confident and Competent!

OCM (Outplacement Counseling for Management) consultant Don Martin animatedly paced the floor, talking with his hands, his middle-aged face the picture of wisdom and experience in human resources.

"You're going to get a job. Just get past that thought that you're not right now. Every person in this room is going to have a job soon! I have this little paper," he said as he held up an 8.5 x 11 inch photocopy, "that describes the phases we go through in handling stress.

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George Bush and Money

Jon Brusco has an interesting take on George Bush Spending Our Money. I recently re-read this, and it bears mentioning again: we pay our soldiers pitifully for the risks they take. And we extravagantly overpay U.S. or other Western firms to undertake reconstruction that could be accomplished at a fraction of the cost by skilled local engineers and laborers in Iraq.

Oh, common sense, where art thou?

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LAN party

Oy, I went the whole weekend without a blog entry. Went to a LAN party at my buddy Damon's house over the weekend. Damon is just an incredibly cool guy. Anyway, the group of us twenty and thirty-something guys is called the ULANG, or Utah Local Area Network Gamers. We usually get about 9-15 people showing up to these things, which is just around the right size for Damon's house. Started at 7 PM, ended at 2 AM... these things rock.

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Avast, ye scurvy dog, an' have at thee!

In case ye be not knowin' it, 'tis Talk Like A Pirate Day. The honorable Wil Wheaton has posted himself one of them weblog entries in honor of tha celebration.

So, shorten yer mizzenmast and pander ta yer bilgewater, folks; foreshorten the yardarm and polish yer sideiron! Learn ta talk like a pirate yerself, and join the "festivities", missy! Land Ho!

Or something... I don't do that very well...

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Orson Scott Card on copyright

Many of us are probably familiar with Orson Scott Card through his fiction works, such as the immensely popular "Ender's Game".

Well, Orson has something to say on copyright, that rings true to most of us. The RIAA was launched from the obscure agency that gave away annual "gold" and "platinum" album awards, to being the vocal opponent of peer-to-peer file sharing several years ago as it received more money from the record studios it represented. It is now turning into a blatantly profiteering, slanderous, and anti-competitive organization bent on destroying any technology that might endanger its current profit model.

Copyright owners are speaking out. I join my voice with Card's in support of this essay:


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My Dirty Little Secret

On a nondescript evening I went into Border's bookstore and nonchalantly made my way past the cappuccino swilling intellectuals and toward that one section of the store I know so well. Looking left and right I pretended to be looking at one, more respectable thing.. when in deed I was looking out of the corner of my eye at another. When no one was looking, I darted my grubby left hand outward and grapped my prey. I placed it on the counter face down, hoping no one would see I was buying it. I rushed the salesperson to put it in a bag, and nonchalant;y said, "some light reading".. chuckling, but ever aware of the judgmental thoughts in the middle aged woman's eyes. "He's one of THOSE" she must have thought.

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Sunday Sermon: Fixing the wrong problem

The sound of crying echoed down the hall, jolting my ears with the harsh harmonics natural to the vocal folds of your average one-year-old human child. For a few scant moments, in half-awake state, I reflected on how interesting it was that Nature has provided us with such a stimulus-response pattern, engendered in our forbears and, with rare exception, honored by parents, to force action to the distress of an infant. Equally remarkable are the changes to the tonality of their cries, such that even by the age of three years, their tone is not so tuned as to arouse paternal responses in strangers, but instead engender annoyance.

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Matt's Music Page

I created this Music page in hopes that it will help visitors find the music I've recorded without having to wade through years of weblog entries. You should be able to reach it through the "music" link permanently anchored now at the top of all barnson.org pages. Enjoy!

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Found an old friend!

I found an old friend's web site. Jenny Gagne! I'm pretty sure the name means nothing to most of you, but her site looks interesting and promotional of her artwork. Which reminds me, I need to get a "listen to my music" and "buy my music" link up here some time so people don't have to dig through months of old blog entries to find the songs that are going to show up on my CD in December.

Anyway, she keeps up with her weblog, I look forward to catching up on her life. We met back at Ridgeview Jr. High School. Unfortunately, I can't remember exactly how we met. I think it was just through a class or something. There are some stories that are incredibly vivid because they were so weird (like meeting Jon Brusco on the bus, that was a very odd encounter), but in Jen's case... darnit, I can't quite remember. I remember her little brother, Stefan was fun, but incredibly, incredibly brainy. He's pretty active in developing modules for Neverwinter Nights, a game I used to play more than I do now.

The older I get, the more I need friends who knew me when I was young.

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