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I haven't written a journal entry here in a while so I thought I'd write one to catch you all up.

I started a new job in September.  I've worked as a Unix Systems Administrator for the better part of the past 10 years.  When I lost my job two years ago, I was out of work for six months before I found work as a Field Engineer, fixing servers and such.  It was an OK job, but paid a lot less than what I was making before.  Also, the office was small, with just 4 or 5 of us covering 300 sq mile area centered around Omaha, NE.  

Besides the pay, I had to deal with an office of middle-aged, male cry babies.  Most of them would complain about pretty much everything.  All of them were religiously conservative and very outspoken about it.  I had to listen to them complain about our Muslim President constantly (yes, they seriously believed that, along with every other Fox News conspiracy theory you can think of).  Only one of them was of any real intelligence and common sense.  He was the team leader, a South African who at least had a clue as to how the real work works.

Still listening to these idiots talk all day about how much they hated Obama and liberals was stressful.  Being a liberal atheist from New England I felt pretty marginalized.  

Fortunately, as I mentioned earlier, I found a new job working as a Unix Systems Administrator again.  I work 7:30pm - 7:30am 3-4 nights a week (alternating 3 on, 4 off; 4 on, three off).  I love it!  I worked nights before and I really enjoy it.  The fact that I'm making what I used to make is even better.

The family is good.  My son moved back to Massachusetts where he is living with his grandmother, working, and planning to go back to school.  My daughter is doing really well in school.  She's a junior this year and has been looking into colleges.  She's thinking U of Nebraska at Lincoln, or Iowa State.  

So that's it, really.  

Love to all.
I just posted a scan of a photo I took using a pinhole camera back in high school. Pinhole Camera Experiment by primowalker  I loved the hands on experience this gave me.  I also learned about some fundamentals of such as aperture and focal lengths.  

I'm all for progress and I love the flexibility that my Canon Rebel gives me.  I save literally hundreds of hours by not having the develop the film and then print the prints.  There was something that could always go wrong.  Mix the developing solutions at the wrong concentrations, use them at the wrong temperature, or get the timing of how long the film should be in the solutions wrong and your whole roll of film was ruined.  

Once you got past that and had some good negatives to work with then, assuming you had enough print paper to work with, you could then take the time to get the prints just right.  There were many tricks and creative ways to create great works of photographic art in the darkroom.  And each print was a unique work of are because, unless you kept meticulous notes, the chances of accurately reproducing your print was very remote.  

All this gave you a feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction as an artist that is hard to reproduce now with things being all digital.  But where there is a creative mind, there will be unique and beautiful art.  It is the mind, not the medium, that creates the art.  The medium is just a means to an end.  The important thing is to master that medium.

I once mastered the medium of film and print photography.  Now I am learning to master the medium of digital photography.   My artistic vision and devotion hasn't changed, just the knowledge to bring it to fruition.
I haven't written a journal entry here in a while so I thought I'd write one to catch you all up.

I started a new job in September.  I've worked as a Unix Systems Administrator for the better part of the past 10 years.  When I lost my job two years ago, I was out of work for six months before I found work as a Field Engineer, fixing servers and such.  It was an OK job, but paid a lot less than what I was making before.  Also, the office was small, with just 4 or 5 of us covering 300 sq mile area centered around Omaha, NE.  

Besides the pay, I had to deal with an office of middle-aged, male cry babies.  Most of them would complain about pretty much everything.  All of them were religiously conservative and very outspoken about it.  I had to listen to them complain about our Muslim President constantly (yes, they seriously believed that, along with every other Fox News conspiracy theory you can think of).  Only one of them was of any real intelligence and common sense.  He was the team leader, a South African who at least had a clue as to how the real work works.

Still listening to these idiots talk all day about how much they hated Obama and liberals was stressful.  Being a liberal atheist from New England I felt pretty marginalized.  

Fortunately, as I mentioned earlier, I found a new job working as a Unix Systems Administrator again.  I work 7:30pm - 7:30am 3-4 nights a week (alternating 3 on, 4 off; 4 on, three off).  I love it!  I worked nights before and I really enjoy it.  The fact that I'm making what I used to make is even better.

The family is good.  My son moved back to Massachusetts where he is living with his grandmother, working, and planning to go back to school.  My daughter is doing really well in school.  She's a junior this year and has been looking into colleges.  She's thinking U of Nebraska at Lincoln, or Iowa State.  

So that's it, really.  

Love to all.

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Human begin, a father, and lover, in that order. I'm also a secular humanist, an atheist, a blogger (freethinkingfordummies.com), writer, thinker, photographer and and a very amateur musician.

I live in the great state of Nebraska where the Huskers rule and corn is king. It also happens to have the only unicameral state government in the U.S. I love thunderstorms (which is a good thing considering where I live!).

I love science, especially astronomy, physics, and evolutionary biology.

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thanx Jay for faving my Charles Darwin drawing :-) 
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It is excellent.  It really shows his brilliance and dignity. 
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Thanks for the fave
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My pleasure!
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