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Cool Nights, Refreshing Mornings

Posted by Thunder Pig on July 17, 2008


This has been a cool summer for the most part. The nights have been cool in the valley, and the mornings have been refreshingly cooler.

This morning, I was reminded of a fall morning when I stepped out at 4 o’clock to listen to the birds cheerfully greet the dawn. It was one of those moments that I wanted to last forever, wishing that I could somehow save it for later recall.

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Ithaca by C.P.Cavafy

Posted by Thunder Pig on July 10, 2008

I am in a weird mood, and to convey it to you, here is the poem Ithaca by C.P. Cavafy as recited by Sean Connery with music composed by Vangelis:

As you set out for Ithaca
hope that your journey is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.
Laistrygonians and Cyclops,
angry Poseidon-don’t be afraid of them:
you’ll never find things like that on your way
as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,
as long as a rare sensasion
touches your spirit and your body.
Laistrygonians and Cyclops,
wild Poseidon-you won’t encounter them
unless you bring them along inside your soul,
unless your soul sets them up in front of you.

Hope that your journey is a long one.
May there be many summer mornings when,
with what pleasure, what joy,
you come into harbors you’re seeing for the first time;
may you stop at Phoenician trading stations
to buy fine things,
mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
sensual perfume of every kind-
as many sensual perfumes as you can;
and may you visit many Egyptian cities
to learn and learn again from those who know.

Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you’re destined for.
But don’t hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so that you’re old by the time you reach the island,
wealthy with all you’ve gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaca to make you rich.
Ithaca gave you the marvelous journey.
Without her you would have not set out.
She has nothing left to give you now.

And if you find her poor, Ithaca won’t have fooled you.
Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,
you’ll have understood by then what these Ithacas mean.

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Round And Round We Go

Posted by Thunder Pig on July 8, 2008


Well, my Verizon DSL is back up and running again. Here’s hoping it stays up.

I’m too tired to take advantage of it today, but will be up before dawn, posting away.

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Happy Birthday Thunder Pig!!!

Posted by Thunder Pig on May 14, 2008

On May 14, 2008, I logged onto a public terminal in the Jackson County library and created this blog on a whim. I had been thinking about doing it for months, as I read other blogs from around the country, and listened to Ken Bagwell on Heads Up America (the 1350 WZNN incarnation). I noticed that there were no blogs covering western North Carolina from a conservative perspective. There was no one that posted on a regular basis, or would last long if they did.

We were, and still are eat up with progressives, and those who are slouching toward it.

Here is my very first post, and I think I have lived up to my original vision, nor have I gotten around to posting that short, horrid bio I had promised.

Then and Now comparisons:

Then…I had a 28.8k dial-up telephone connection that clocked a reliable 19 to 21k, Now….I have Verizon DSL with around 3Mbps download and 768k upload speed. Note to self…update this post with the results of my latest speed test when I get home tonight. (I’m still giddy over that). Here are my stats for my current location:

Then…My computer had a 6GB Hard Drive and 256MB RAM and a 1.44MB Floppy Drive and a CD-ROM drive (no burner).
Now….My desktop has a 80GB Hard Drive and 512MB RAM two combo CD-DVD Burners. I can run multiple monitors when the need arises.

Then…My portable memory needs were met with a stack of 1.44MB floppies that I carried around to use in public terminals to save my work, and to save webpages for later viewing.
Now….I have portable Hard Drives that I use, depending on the purpose. I have an ultra portable 60GB WD Passport, a bulky 80 GB Seagate, and my everyday workhorse 320 GB WD Passport that has my life on it. Sadly, it is not backed up, so I am living on the verge of information disaster.

Then…I had a no-name 2.1MP digital camera with with I took pictures, and silent movies. I once lost it at work while weed-eating, and found it three weeks later (after several rains), dried it off for a week, and it was as good as new. In fact, I still have it as one of my backup cameras.


Now….I have a Kodak EasyShare Z710 that takes excellent 7MP photos and movies with sound. [flickr] [youtube]

Then…I had a dream of uniting conservatives in western North Carolina into a coherent online community with efficient sharing of information, and a pool of writers and citizen journalists armed with audio, video, and photo recording equipment to document the actions of local and state governments…and having that information posted in a timely manner so people could act as appropriate to their conscience.
Now….I still have that dream, although I now fully understand the Rear Admiral Grace Hopper quote:

“The most damaging thing in the language is–‘It’s always been done this way.’

I have learned that conservatives are like cats…they cannot be herded in a new direction easily.

Then…We had a Republican President and a Republican Congress…I paid $2.25 a gallon for fuel.
Now….We have a Republican President, and a democrat Congress, and I pay $4.49 a gallon for fuel.

Chart courtesy: Gas Buddy
Why Diesel Prices are higher than gasoline.

Where will I be in 3 more years, provided I survive?

I have no clue. I hope that we will be thinking about which conservative will be the best to replace McCain with in 2012.

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Rediscover Your Party Part 4

Posted by Thunder Pig on October 8, 2007

I have updated West Carolina Report for today, and will try to upload a video or two I took at the 2007 Vance Aycock Dinner on Saturday Night.

I received a new video editor, and did not realize how much just adding a few titles added to the file size (nearly tripling it, and going waaay over the 100MB limit for youtube!)…so I may have to just upload one of the raw videos, or use a different codec.

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Thunder Pig Wins At BlogAsheville! Everybody hates my desgin!

Posted by Thunder Pig on October 3, 2007

Thunder Pig was voted most in need a a re-design at the Blogapalooza held by the blogerati in Asheville. I could not attend due to it being held past my bedtime, which rolls around at 8pm so I can be up by 2am to gather news content for West Carolina Report, which I just finished updating…so check it out!

A comment about the re-design “suggestion”…everybody has been hammering me from the right and left to “get rid of the fat” and go lean, fat boy. I admit, I did get carried away with the big photo files and shiny objects, and have dumped a few, and am pondering the drapes, should I go with pastels?

Do I get a button, or should I design one myself?

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Massive Redesign of Thunder Pig Coming

Posted by Thunder Pig on September 25, 2007

Your voices have been heard load and clear, West of the Balsam Readers!!!

I fully admit to having abandoned load-time for “pretty pictures and shiny objects.”

My recent access to a Giga-bits per second connection from a secure location has blinded me to the needs of my Primary Audience…the people from West of the Balsams.

From home, I have access to the intertubes via a “56k line” that seems to average right about 40k or so, with swings from 22k to 45k depending on how many clouds are in the sky, birds on the wire, and Floridiots lost in my driveway.

I test loaded Thunder Pig from home last night, and was shocked. My blog took 13 minutes 42 seconds to fully load, although posts were readable nearly 8 minutes into the loading…a full minute behind the local paper.

I apologize, and will work on correcting that grave error.

I’ll work on stripping the time-consuming photos and graphics from my sidebar on Friday, and be ready for a leaner, meaner, relaunch on Saturday with Thunder Pig 3.0.

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West Carolina Report for 0827

Posted by Thunder Pig on August 27, 2007

The Muse has left me today, so I’ll gently remind you that of one my other Internet Adventures, the West Carolina Report has been updated for today.

I typically begin gathering them between 2am and 3am every morning, with a morning off every once in a while so I can sleep in until around 5amish on a weekday, or 7amish on the weekends. The sleeping part is getting easier, because it is finally starting to cool down a little at night.

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