Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Wing and a Prayer

Right and Left_Winslow Homer



I just switched from old blogger to new blogger. I hope this time blogger doen't eat my blog. I was terribly upset when that happened but everything seems to be working for now. Welcome to the new blogger "Now for Something Different".


Changing Woman

If we change as she is changing,
if she changes as we change

(If she changes, I am changing)

Who is changing, as I bend
down to what the sky has sent us?

(Is she changing, or the same?)

Annie Finch


"Among the Apache, Changing Woman was the constantly self-transforming earth-goddess who always stayed young, by walking towards the east until she met and merged with her younger self"

26 comments:

Night Rider said...

Hi J_G,

Did you know that your blog name, "Now for Something Different" is a very close saying to what they used to say on the old Monty Python's Flying Circus? They're saying was "Now for something entirely different" LOL :)

Night Rider said...

Hi J_G,

Is Marie going to be switching over to the new one too?

I didn't know that you had problems with the old blog eating your blog that must have been very frustrating to say the least.

Phil Plasma said...

A friend of mine also had a blog-consumption problem on upgrading, however, like you, it was rectified.

You could also have titled this A Wing and a Prayer by a Wing since the author's name is Finch.

Bathroom Hippo said...


That poem really messed with my mind!

Night Rider said...

Hi J_G,

I believe the answer to the question of the poem is "The Same"

Night Rider said...

I forgot to ask you J_G since your great with the Poems, what is the meaning behind Dylan Thomas's Poem Do not go gentle into that good night?

J_G said...

Night Rider, I tried to get that name when i first signed up with blogger but it was already taken. I haven't checked to see if that blog is still around but my version of it has taken on it's own meaning.

Phil,I lost quite a few pages and some hardwork I did on some of the pages I posted but I got over it. The hardest thing was putting all my links back up. I did have some of them backed up but some I had to go hunt down and redo in my template. My links are where I get much of my information, artwork and poetry from. Some of them I have had since I crawled onto the web in 1996 Some have changed addresses and updated their sites but my poetry links have held fairly steady with a few changes.

B-Hip, I have never used that one before because of the time period I discovered the poem. I thought it appropriate for my intended purposes now and I look at it in much more lighthearted perspective now. I'm glad it had an effect on you.

Night Rider,
Do not go gently in the Night
by Dylan Thomas

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on that sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Take this poem Night Rider, print it up, preferably in a fairly large sized font and take the paper and stand up with it. Now read it aloud like you were reading it to an aduience. You are trying to make that audience believe the words you are reading to them so put some feeling into it.

Try it a few times that way don't be shy and don't be embarrased just do it. After you have earnestly done that, then sit down and put the paper down and consider what you have just read and that is what the meaning of that poem is to you. I have my own intepretation but I think by going through what I told you it may help you to understand what those poets were trying to get across to us.

Night Rider said...

Hi J_G,

I did try that link that you told me about
http://nowforsomethingentirelydifferent.blogspot.com
but came up with a 404 error that it couldn't be found.

Would you mind if I asked you a few questions?
So you started on the web back in 1996 when did
you first start a blog and how long did it take
you to learn how to run and manage the blog?
My reason for asking this is because one blogger
told me about the spam that a blog gets, and I was
scratching my head over that one wondering how that
could possibly happen, I mean I have heard of spam
attacking email addresses but have never heard of it
attacking blogs and how in the world could that possibly
happen.

Oh by the way, I did just as you told me to do with the
Dylan Thomas poem, and to me at least it seemed that it
was saying "I don't take no Blank from no one"
I used the word Blank because you know what my meaning is
and I didn't want to use the word on your blog because
it is kind of strong slang.

J_G said...

Night Rider, I started this blog in November 2004 but the start date on my profile doesn't reflect that because of the switch over to beta that went wrong.

Don't worry about spam, just go to the comments section and check off word verification. That has proven to stop spammers and other comments too. Word verification is pretty frustrating at times when it makes you do the letters over and over again but someday blogger will get that fixed too.

Thanks for your cooperation of keeping my blog sparkling clean. I don't mind someone using fowl :-) language on occasion but when someone uses it constantly that irritates me.

Night Rider said...

Hi J_G,

But was it difficult to learn how to use the blog and how to do different things with the blog like word wrap around pictures and such? I guess what I am asking was there a bit of learning involved when you first stated using the blog?

Mike's America said...

Jennifer: After the horror stories I have heard about switching to new blogger I'm staying put with the old. Too much work has gone into my layout and files to lose them.

P.S. I left this as response to a comment you had about the Marine Barracks bombing:

I found it significant that on the 23rd anniversary of the October 23, 1983 attack on the U.S. Marines in Beirut Iran was making fresh threats:

http://mikesamerica.blogspot.com/2006/10/irans-ahmadinejad-claims-iran-nuke.html

if you follow that link, you'll also see the link to the "Beirut Story" a great flash documentary from the Richmond Times:

http://mikesamerica.blogspot.com/2006/10/irans-ahmadinejad-claims-iran-nuke.html

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

I did try to switch to new blogger, but it said it couldn't move one or more of my blogs. I thought it might have been because of Bosun Locker, which I was a contributor to, having switched over to blogger beta without me; but now I think it must be because my poliblog just has too many posts.

And now you folks have me scared of converting. Maybe I'll just open a fresh blog on new blogger and get around to hauling everything on over.

How do you like the features on new blogger?

J_G said...

Word, I think new blogger is pretty good. It does have more convenient features but you reminded me that when I tried to switch over the first time I had two blogs on the same identity and things went south very quickly when I tried changing a few things around on the one blog. Beta blogger got confused and changed things on both. Then everything became so unusable both blogs just locked up and I was unable access either one. I cried, I had a lot of time in the original "Now for Something Different". I did keep copies of all my posts on my computers but all the comments were lost though.

This time I switched only the single blog that I put back together from the wreck and everything went very smoothly. I even got to get rid of the contorted "sign in" I was forced to use after I recreated my blog. Old Blogger wouldn't let me use my original sign in when I did the recreation in Old Blogger so now I'm a happy girl and the world is right again.

You might just want to start a new blog and add all the tweaks a couple at a time while keeping the old one afloat. That does sound like the best approach. You have to create a new sign in so you might as well start a new one anyway.

2164th said...

Glad to hear about your experience. i think i will stay with the old system till they throw me out.

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Jennifer,

I think if I convert, I have to move all of the blogs together; not just one.

I already signed in with my gmail account; so I do have the ability to create new blogs with new blogger; but am resisting a move. I am afraid of losing stuff. My poliblog has over 500 posts.

You might just want to start a new blog and add all the tweaks a couple at a time while keeping the old one afloat. That does sound like the best approach. You have to create a new sign in so you might as well start a new one anyway.

I've thought about that....but 500 posts to move....?! That's a lot of work. I also don't know what to do about the comments, if I did that. A number of them are worth keeping; and sometimes, they're even better than the post itself!

J_G said...

Word, I think the best thing to do is to write to blogger and ask for their advice. It may take a few days but if there is one they will give you and answer. The posts as archived as it's own page is how I do it now but the comments still are a problem.

Marie's Two Cents said...

Looks pretty good to me Missy :-)

I'm with Mike and Word however I'm terrified!!

Some day I will get up enough guts to do it.

J_G said...

Thanks Marie, I wuz scared to do it but I knew I'd have to get around to switching over sooner or later. The only problem is logging into to leaving comments with old blogger. I have log in in new blogger first and then leave my comments. On your blog and Wordsmith's blog and a few others that are using old blogger. I have to pay attention to what I'm doing so I don't lose my comment.

J_G said...

Some things really need work just like old blogger though, it took five tries to post one comment with the pain in the arse word verification

Night Rider said...

Hi J_G,

I am complaining, of course in a nice way, I didn't get an answer to my question, well make that two questions.

From above.

1. But was it difficult to learn how to use the blog and how to do different things with the blog like word wrap around pictures and such? I guess what I am asking was there a bit of learning involved when you first stated using the blog?

2. I asked you J_G, I believe the answer to the question of the poem is "The Same"

Night Rider said...

Hi J_G,

Sorry about the mis-spelled words but I guess that means that I am no liberal.

J_G said...

Night Rider asked...I guess what I am asking was there a bit of learning involved when you first stated using the blog?

A:Yes

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Gayle at My Republican Blog is a convert, after initial resistance.

This reminds me of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers"! It's only a matter of time before they get us all.

Run away! Run away!

J_G said...

WS said...Run away! Run away!

Weren't those lyrics from a Warren Zevon song? ;-)

patterns of ink said...

I had never seen that Winslow Homer.

J_G said...

Patterns, Right and left was one Homer's last great paintings (1909). Here's the information on it. I found it one day looking for paintings of waterfowl, one of my favorite subjects.
Right and Left