Our House is for Sale

For Sale SignWell the day has finally come. Actually it came last week, but nonetheless, our house is officially on the market.

It’s been a roller-coaster ride for quite some time but it’s been slowly moving downhill for most of it. We’re now at that point where we have to put this in motion and see where we end up.

We still continue to serve clients through Orangejack LLC and we both continue to look for full-time work (Rob’s resume, Patricia’s resume) in Orlando, Greenville, SC, and Northern Virginia. We have family in SC and VA so we can move in with them to start right away if needed. And of course there’s always a chance of finding a full-time job here and then we can take the house off the market. And I can take my business with me anywhere since it’s Internet-based. If the house sells quickly, we’ll move to the DC area right away. It’s like a race to see what huge thing happens first.

But we need stability. We can’t continue at our current pace.

The tough part about selling a house in this economy is that our house is competing against those that went through foreclosure and short sales. It’s not fair to us who have kept up the house and never missed a payment, but our house is worth less because other houses are being sold for 10’s of thousands of dollars less. They are our competition.

So if you know anyone looking to move to the Orlando area, pass this along to them. It’s a great house in a great location.

You can find more information about the listing of the house at the Orangejack Mall.

Front of our house for sale
Front of the House

Back of our house for sale
Backyard / Conservation Area

LOST in Springfield

I ran across the Springfield Punx blog this week where the author says:

Springfield Punx is a little pet project of mine. The idea of doing fan art parodying some of my favorite characters and stars in such a fun and simple style got me hooked immediately. Some of these guys and gals have appeared on the Simpsons and I could just work from that, but most I had to do from scratch.

This week he did a series of LOST characters.  It’s almost as if these characters showed up on The Simpsons!  Funny stuff…

I hope he does more!

Could Jacob be the bad guy?

A few things we know (or at least think we know):

It could stand to reason then that Jacob is responsible for bringing both the Others and Dharma to the island.

We know the Others look to Jacob as their leader, but, in a way, so does Dharma.  Remember Karl and the brainwashing in Room 23?  Dharma was using a video that had the screen cap “God loves you as He loved Jacob”.

It just feels like to me that even Dharma has a reverence for Jacob, but why?

god-loves-jacob

I keep going back to the conversation that Jacob had with his nemesis:


YouTube – LOST 5×16 The Incident – Jacob and Rival

I really think that conversation is really important to the whole story of the island.  I mentioned before, I really think that both Jacob and the other guy dressed in black are the two gods of the island. Here’s the transcript of their conversation:

 

GRAY-HAIRED MAN: Morning.

BLOND MAN: Mornin’.

GRAY-HAIRED MAN: Mind if I join you?

BLOND MAN: [Shaking his head] Please. Want some fish?

GRAY-HAIRED MAN: Thank you. I just ate.

[The gray-haired man sits down not far away.]

BLOND MAN: I take it you’re here ’cause of the ship.

GRAY-HAIRED MAN: I am. How did they find the Island?

BLOND MAN: You’ll have to ask ’em when they get here.

GRAY-HAIRED MAN: I don’t have to ask. You brought them here. Still trying to prove me wrong, aren’t you?

BLOND MAN: You are wrong.

GRAY-HAIRED MAN: Am I? They come. They fight. They destroy. They corrupt. It always ends the same.

BLOND MAN: It only ends once. Anything that happens before that is just progress.

[The gray-haired man stares at his compatriot.]

GRAY-HAIRED MAN: Do you have any idea how badly I wanna kill you?

BLOND MAN: Yes.

GRAY-HAIRED MAN: One of these days, sooner or later… I’m going to find a loophole, my friend.

BLOND MAN: Well, when you do, I’ll be right here.

GRAY-HAIRED MAN: Always nice talking to you, Jacob.

JACOB: Nice talking to you, too.

 

It just seems so epic that you have one guy in white, one in black, talking as if they are the ones in control of everything. One (god in black) can’t kill the other (god in white) for an unknown reason, meanwhile the other (god in white) brings people to the island to the utter disgust of the other (god in black).

Could Jacob possibly not be all that of a good god? He brings people to the island who, in the words of the god in black, will fight, destroy, and corrupt.  Just look at the island folk – all of them fight, destroy, and are subject to corruption. If he’s right about Jacob sets all this up, this paints Jacob in the light of a god pitting people against each other just for kicks (or in the name of “progress”).  So could it be that the god in black isn’t necessarily motivated to kill Jacob but to stop the madness? Of course it takes his death to stop him, but the focus is to stop him.  

Of course it could be a power grab, but from this angle, it almost feels like the god in black could actually be the good guy.  The people on the island are either following Jacob thinking they are good guys fighting to please Jacob or save the world through experiments.  And they follow/respect him because he brought them to Island LOST — even if they don’t know it.

I don’t know where this leaves us, but it sure is fun to think and talk about.

Quick thoughts on LOST finale

I haven’t had a lot of time to process it all, but wow! what a finale!  Loved it.  Some quick thoughts about it all…

  • So from the beginning, it seems there are 2 ‘gods’ on Island LOST. Jacob is the ‘good god’ dressed in white, an unnamed god dressed in black. From the beginning the god in black has wanted to kill Jacob but can’t. In order to do so, he has to find a loophole in the ‘rules’ I suppose.  So he finally figured it out when dead Locke crash landed on the Island.
  • The “shadow others” are aligned with Richard who are all aligned with Jacob (there is no 3rd team). Don’t know why they came to the island, but once there, they needed to “out” the god in black by exposing the loophole he found. Which I guess means that the real others of the island are Jacob’s followers. Frank could be a candidate to join the others – to be a ‘convert’ so to speak.
  • Back to the opening scene where Jacob and the other ‘god’ were talking…I suspect that the first time Jacob brought people to the island was the Black Rock. My hunch is Richard was on the ship (maybe the captain) and Jacob decided to keep him around. The god in black said bringing people to the island would be trouble. Jacob didn’t care and that anything that happens is progress. I can really see the split in these two guys, and they talked as if they were above people — that’s where I’m getting this god analogy.
  • Ben was right: “dead is dead”. Just ask the shadow others.
  • The scene where Ben confronts Jacob so reminded me of when Job confronted God after all the hell he went through and God’s reply put Job in his place. Jacob similarly did the same thing when he said “what about you”?
  • We won’t see Rose, Bernard, or Vincent again. Their story is over.
  • It was sad to see Juliet die, but I called it. I wish I was wrong, but she died just like Jack in the movie Titanic. Her story is over. When they got off the sub and she looked back, she knew it was over. She’s never going home. It was at that point I think her fate was sealed.
  • Off-island, Jacob physically touched the ones he wanted to come to the island.
  • Knowing more about Jacob now, I don’t know how Christian Shepherd fits into the island mystery.
  • I have no idea where we’re going to go from here. The end flashed to white instead of black (did you notice?). Could that be an indication that things are back to good? Next season can go anywhere. But I can’t wait!

My followers on Twitter: Ignore, block, or #unfollowfriday?

I need some help with this.  I can’t figure out what all the hubbub is all about.

Twitter can be used for one-way and multi-way communication/conversation.  You can talk publicly to everyone  or privately to someone.  Some of the rules for how you can communicate are determined by who you follow and who is following you.

When someone decides to follow me, I have a couple of choices in how to respond:

  • I could follow them back so we are mutually following each other (both my following and follower count are now +1)
  • I can ignore them so they follow me and I don’t follow back (my following count remains unchanged, my followers are +1)
  • I can block them so that they will not get my updates (neither my following or follower counts change)

Regardless of the relationships anyone can talk to or about someone publicly using @username. However, only mutually followed people can talk privately using direct messaging (dm).

This is what I can’t figure out: why block anyone?  

I’ve only heard rumor (not first-hand) that it keeps them from communicating directly with me with either @ or dm. Not allowing dm is a given because we’re not following each other. But does this mean they can’t even use @myusername ever in a tweet? Does twitter look at blocked profiles and do something about it?

I’m asking because it doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense to block anyone.  Even if they are a spammer, so what?  They can listen to me but I don’t listen to them.

The same goes with a semi-popular event on Friday’s called Unfollow Friday where people encourage those that are following them to stop following them using #unfollowfriday.  I don’t get it (I do understand it’s a silly game for wome). If you’re not following someone following you, all that means is they can’t send you a direct message. If they stop following you, the only thing that changes is your followers stat by -1.  So?  Ironically, as I’ve seen this go on for a while, many times the criteria to ask someone to unfollow you is because the asker doesn’t like that the follower focuses on their twitter ranking and/or stats, yet the only practical change to an unfollow is stats.  The other occasion I see this used is to try and ‘gang up’ on someone like a celebrity and encourage people to unfollow just to get the celeb’s numbers down.  

Regardless, the bottom line question for me is why worry about who follows you?  From a stats perspective, it effets the follow/following ratio (which I don’t think is as important as it used to be). From a communications perspective, not following back keeps them from privately messaging you. 

So help me out, why worry about who’s following you?

Redheaded Woodpecker

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged or did much photography.  I don’t know why.  But there was a redheaded woodpecker in the backyard this weekend and so I shot it. You know what I mean. Here’s proof.

Redheaded Woodpecker

Readheaded Woodpecker underneath

Don’t forget, these are fairly large birds as hopefully you can see in the shots.  If it weren’t for their bright red heads they would be hard to spot.  You can hear them pecking away, but they are fast movers. They don’t sit still long.