2001
12.31

Before I start posting new items, here are two journal entries that I wrote offline while I was sans-internet at the farm.

I’ll start with the more recent one. It was from Dec. 23rd (I think, not sure on the date) when I was driving to Lawton to do some Christmas shopping. Enroute, I saw a sign for “Ft. Sill National Cemetary, 3 miles.” I thought maybe that was where Geronimo’s grave could be found so I followed the sign. When I got there though, I found out that Geronimo was buried some place else on the base as this was a fairly new national cemetary.

So, I kept on driving and came to the most beautiful vista. The road I was on was a section line road on high ground a few miles East of the H.E. Bailey Turnkpike. To the west, there was a large valley that the turnpike ran through and a few miles west of the highway the Wichita Mountains.

I was amazed at the beauty of the spot, so I stopped my car for a moment and jotted down these words…

Golden sun setting over the Wichita Mountains,

Tinting the grass a coppery glow.

Down lower there is a valley (undiscipherable word)

Green winter wheat,

and on the close horizon are trhe peaks of the Wichitas,

as the big brother, Mt. Scott presides over them all.

Thest sky is completely clear and is bathed in soft hues.

The second journal post is dated Tuesday, December 18: I arrived last night. Cold and in the 30’s. Coyotes howling across the way, Banjo seemed happy to see me. Stars were breathtaking. I started unpacking my vehicle before bed.

This morning it is bright and clear but windy. I finished unloading the vehicle, but have a long ways to go in unpacking.

2001
12.30

Links:

Watching world music videos on World Link TV, I saw the most hillarious video by the The Night Losers from Romania. Checking their website, it looks like they have a couple of mp3s available for download.

On another subject, here are few special features from the NY Times.

Latest news of note:

Opinions worth noting

2001
12.30

Good news!!! I (finally!) have internet access from the farm! Thanks to an inline filter given to me from my friend Tim Burger, I am able to get dial-up access at the blistering speed of 14.4! — That’s the only bad thing about rural areas is that the phone service is pretty bad. Right now though I’m happy to be connected at all.

More coming soon…

2001
12.30

Good news!!! I (finally!) have internet access from the farm! Thanks to an inline filter given to me from my friend Tim Burger, I am able to get dial-up access at the blistering speed of 14.4! — That’s the only bad thing about rural areas is that the phone service is pretty bad. Right now though I’m happy to be connected at all.

More coming soon…

2001
12.25

Merry Christmas!

Doing another quick email check/blogger post from the office in Newcastle. I should have internet access from the farm by New Year’s hopefully.

Links:

2001
12.18

Doing a quick email check and blogger posting from Kinko’s in Oklahoma City. It looks like I won’t have home internet access until after Christmas regretably.

Latest news of note:

2001
12.17

Today is moving day! Lord willing, I’ll be at the farm late tonight. For any of my friends, my new phone # will be 405-643-2750. I’ll post an update on life at the farm in a few days once I get settled in.

2001
12.17

Sorry for the lack of updates of late, but I’ve been rather swamped with work & getting ready for my move to Oklahoma these last few days. Today is moving day, so as of tonight my new smail address will be:

James M. Branum

Rt. 1 Box 525

Ft. Cobb, OK 73038

I will not have internet access at the farm for likely a 1-4 weeks (phone lines are poor in that area, so I have to get satellite internet access installed). In the meantime, I will only be able to post to this blog & check my email at least 2-3 times per week. (from public library terminals and when I am in OKC area) Sorry for the slowdown, but hopefully it will give me some time to do some non-political writing for awhile.

Also one last parting shot… in private conversations I have found out that my readers may misunderstand what this website is all about, and might even think I am “unpatriotic” because I dare to criticize the administration in a time of war.

So, I want to set the record straight. It is because I love America that I criticize what is happening in the world. I believe that the founding fathers articulated an incredible vision in the Declaration of Independence with the immortal lines, “We hold these truths self-evident, that all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights — the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” (sorry it’s not an exact quote, but I don’t time to look it up right now)

Those men were flawed men who were unable or unwilling to fully live that vision. (It boggles my mind that the author of those incredible words, Thomas Jefferson owned slaves and even took advantage of his position as master by impregnating at least one of them.) Yet despite their failure, these were men of vision. I think they were willing to throw out that vision, because they had hope that future generations would fulfill it. As such, I think it is the duty of every generation of Americans to work to bring that vision closer to fruition. It is because I share their dream, that I must cry out against the injustice that our great nation commits. I challange our government because I love America and want it to fulfill that dream.

2001
12.12

Original JMBzine.com Content:

I finally have finished the term paper. I am posting a link to it here:

The Blogging Phenomenon: An Overview and Theoretical Consideration (currently in MS Word format, I’ll provide an html version later)

Here is the introduction of the paper:

    In this paper, I will seek to explore the meaning and significance of the blogging phenomenon. I will begin this exploration by looking at the definition of the term, the origins of the phenomenon, and how individual blogs might be classified. From there, I will look at the strengths and weaknesses of the medium, and finally examine the phenomenon though several theories of Mass Communications.

I would appreciate any and all comments, critiques, flames, etc. via my email or icq addresses listed above.

2001
12.12

Links & Randomness:

  • It’s 3 a.m. and still working on the term paper. Look for it to be posted here at www.jmbzine.com sometime late in the afternoon. As far as I know it is the first academic paper written on the blogging phenomenon. (Or at least the first one that is published on the web.) Other papers have mentioned blogging, but I haven’t seen one that focuses on it. BTW, once it is up I would appreciate any and all comments, critiques, flames, etc. Just send them to me via my ICQ or email listed above. Your thoughts will be considered as I rewrite and revise it for a planned revision. (In an informal sense, this will be a kind of “peer reviewing” of sorts here in the blogging community.
  • The Flag Burning Page – Not that I support flag burning, in fact it disgusts me…but like it or not, it is protected by the First Amendment. As much as I love the flag, I love the First Amendment more. I don’t think you can truly value freedom until you are willing to permit someone to do something you hate with the freedom that they have.