4 days untethered – and it was kinda nice

If you sent me a text or called me on the cell since last Monday, I didn’t get it. It seems I’ll never get it either. The cause? I’m an idiot and left my cell phone on the roof of my car. It is now, I suspect, being slowly ground into the feeder road of I-10. mobile-phoneI lost a month of photos but that’s about it, and of course it was locked and, well if you know me, it was locked down. Not that it matters if it is in parts and pieces being massaged by Pirellis.

First – How was it for me? Well, I spent four days without a cell phone. And it was refreshing.

Second – While I was seriously tempted to continue the lifestyle of what was once called “being a normal human being with freedom” I came to the conclusion that my responsibilities said otherwise.. I am now tethered, monitored by PRISM again, consuming Soylent Green again like everyone else and accessible at all times via a small rectangle when it skitters across the desk vibrating. A compliant-monitored-geolocated-citizen here to serve you.

Still, four days of knowing I couldn’t reach the tribe for help, nor they me, was actually relaxing. They are quite capable. I’m the air-head. Yet I’m also pretty fault tolerant so I wasn’t too worried about me. It was the “I’ve committed to these people” factor, the DUTY factor, that made me pay the egregious cost of a cell phone without the contract benefit given it was a replacement.

Bottom line. I love freedom. I also understand that it comes with responsibilities. And as much as I wanted to opt out, that isn’t fair to everyone else in my current role. We all have a role. And those roles change over time. I get that. So I have my mobile back.

Oh, and if you sent me a text in the last week I did not receive it. Check the feeder road or resend it.

RESTLESS from Democracy in America

lady in red
“…IT IS STRANGE TO SEE WITH WHAT FEVERISH ARDOR THE AMERICANS PURSUE THEIR OWN WELFARE, AND TO WATCH THE VAGUE DREAD THAT CONSTANTLY TORMENTS THEM LEST THEY SHOULD NOT HAVE CHOSEN THE SHORTEST PATH WHICH MAY LEAD TO IT.

A NATIVE OF THE UNITED STATES CLINGS TO THIS WORLD’S GOODS AS IF HE WERE CERTAIN NEVER TO DIE; HE IS SO HASTY IN GRASPING AT ALL WITHIN HIS REACH THAT ONE WOULD SUPPOSE HE WAS CONSTANTLY AFRAID OF NOT LIVING LONG ENOUGH TO ENJOY THEM. HE CLUTCHES EVERYTHING, HE HOLDS NOTHING FAST, BUT SOON LOOSENS HIS GRASP TO PURSUE FRESH GRATIFICATIONS.

IN THE UNITED STATES A MAN BUILDS A HOUSE IN WHICH TO SPEND HIS OLD AGE, AND HE SELLS IT BEFORE THE ROOF IS ON; HE PLANTS A GARDEN AND LETS IT JUST AS THE TREES ARE COMING INTO BEARING; HE BRINGS A FIELD INTO TILLAGE AND LEAVES OTHER MEN TO GATHER THE CROPS; HE EMBRACES A PROFESSION AND GIVES IT UP; HE SETTLES IN A PLACE, WHICH HE SOON AFTERWARDS LEAVES TO CARRY HIS CHANGEABLE LONGINGS ELSEWHERE. IF HIS PRIVATE AFFAIRS LEAVE HIM ANY LEISURE, HE INSTANTLY PLUNGES INTO THE VORTEX OF POLITICS; AND IF AT THE END OF A YEAR OF UNREMITTING LABOR HE FINDS HE HAS A FEW DAYS’ VACATION, HIS EAGER CURIOSITY WHIRLS HIM OVER THE VAST EXTENT OF THE UNITED STATES, AND HE WILL TRAVEL FIFTEEN HUNDRED MILES IN A FEW DAYS TO SHAKE OFF HIS HAPPINESS. DEATH AT LENGTH OVERTAKES HIM, BUT IT IS BEFORE HE IS WEARY OF HIS BOOTLESS CHASE OF THAT COMPLETE FELICITY WHICH FOREVER ESCAPES HIM. ”

via Tumblr via http://www.sewanee.edu/faculty/willis/Civil_War/documents/TocquevilleRestless.html

open source software accounting search

Searching for an open source accounting software that might integrate well and it seems I am not the only one.

  1. Techsoup lists the usual suspects here.
  2. More interestingly the software freedom conservancy has a Fundraising Campaign for Non-Profit Accounting Software
  3. This led me to GNUCash
  4. And a command line ledger
  5. SQL Ledger if you like Perl
  6. Tyiton and OpenERP. Except OpenERP isn’t really fully open source it seems. So the only one I’d add to this list of the two is Tryton.
  7. Tryton’s main site.
  8. An interesting Tryton and Django integration project. Both are postgres and python so a logical combination and one that would fit with Tendenci’s model.

Any other suggestions? Maybe even something that uses the NCCS NPO Unified Chart of Accounts?