I decided it’s time for me to have a blog. Jared has a blog, Scott has a blog, even my own sister created a blog before me. And I’m supposedly the geek in the family. It seems I’m late. So, here it is. A blog. At the moment, this blog is powered by Blogger (though it’s web editor is a pain as far as generating appropriate HTML). I don’t really plan on keeping this setup, since it’d be much geekier to write my own blogging software, even though it’s reinventing the wheel, probably won’t run well, and will look like crap inevitably. We’ll see…

What’s in a name?

Among the first questions Blogger’s relatively painless setup utility asked was, “What do you want to name your blog?” Well, that poses an interesting question. What do I want to name it? If I were witty, I’d think of some wisecrack to put up as a title, but thus far I haven’t come up with anything more original than <geek>, which is utterly unoriginal. For some reason the lyrics to Eve 6’s “Inside Out” came to mind, specifically “SoCal is where my mind states.” Perhaps I would use Where my Mind States, but that didn’t quite appeal to me either. Casting about aimlessly in the depths of memory, my brain contemplated other lyrics, then decided to consider how lyrics are like poetry. My brain first made that link in Ms. VandeHei’s 7th grade writing class, when Jake LaSota and I interpreted the lyrics of “When You Believe”, featured in The Prince of Egypt. Jumping from that 7th grade connection to the more recent past, I lighted upon some of the most important words I, personally, have ever read:

Scratch through the diamond shelter of ambiguity, to discover calm within unity.
We have never truly been left behind.

To the author, who knows well who he is, I cannot express my gratitude sufficiently, for the verses, and for everything. For everyone else, suffice to say that those words are the source of my blog’s current title.

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