Magic Numbers

I picked Morgan up at her mom’s yesterday. On the drive back to my place, I looked at my odometer and saw that my car was close to turning over to 10,000 miles. I felt like this was kind of a big deal, so I asked Morgan to grab my backpack from the back seat and get out my camera. As we drove, keeping an eye on the odometer, I started thinking about that magic number in my head. Finally, I said, “Your dad’s a big nerd, kiddo.”

“OK…” Morgan said. “Why?”

“Because I want to take a picture of the odometer when it hits 10,000. But if I get a picture just before that, it will be 9,999, which is a palindrome. Or if I get the picture just after that, it will be 10,001, which is also a palindrome. I like palindromes a lot.”

“Why don’t you take pictures of all three?”

“Of course! Yes!”

I drove while Morgan kept watch on the odometer. Luckily, we were on pretty quiet streets, so when the odometer hit 9,999, 10,000 and 10,001, I could snap pictures without needing to take Morgan up on her offer of holding the steering wheel while I worked the camera. (In retrospect, I probably should have asked Morgan to take the pictures. But I was too excited at the time. I wanted to do it myself.)

I may suck at math, but I still geek out over numbers.


Facing Up to Facebook

Four months ago, I deleted my Facebook account. Yesterday, I went back to Facebook.

My issues with Facebook haven’t changed. But I have to admit, there are friends and family I have limited contact with outside of Facebook, and I don’t want to lose touch with them. So I went back, but this time with a more focused perspective on the site.

I won’t be friends with just anyone. I have no intention of using Facebook for professional networking, so if you and I both happen to work in libraries, there’s no point in friending me unless we’re already friends in real life and have something besides libraries to talk about. If that’s not the case, we’re not friends, we’re just two people who share a profession. If we work together but don’t socialize outside of work, I’m not going to friend you. We’re coworkers, not friends. I don’t need to know what’s going on in your life, and you don’t need to know what’s going on in mine. If we’re already friends in real life and see each other in person fairly often or interact on other social networking sites, there’s a good chance I won’t friend you (unless I really like you a lot).

I don’t plan on posting a lot to Facebook or uploading much content. I don’t want to use Facebook as a one-stop-shop for all things Josh. It’s simply a tool for me to keep in touch with friends and family I care about.

Leaving Facebook was good for me. Now I have a better idea of what I want to do with the site. And what I don’t want to do with the site.

Parsec Awards

Thanks to my friend Anna Creech, I had the honor of being a judge for this year’s Parsec Awards. I was a judge for the “Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Short Form)” category, and it was great listening to the different podcasts. All of the submissions were at least good, and many of them were very, very good. Sadly, I couldn’t go to Dragon*Con to be at the awards ceremony. Maybe someday…

At any rate, congratulations to all of the 2010 winners!

A Way of Living

“The socialism I believe in is not really politics. It is a way of living. It is humanity. I believe the only way to live and to be truly successful is by collective effort, with everyone working for each other, everyone helping each other, and everyone having a share of the rewards at the end of the day. That might be asking a lot, but it’s the way I see football and the way I see life.”

Bill Shankly

I like this quote a whole hell of a lot. Cheers, Bill!