Friday’s Feast! Sporting new URL

The Friday’s Feast is sporting a brand new URL! Come out and play!

Appetizer
What are you proud of?
I have been accused of being prideful in the past… not sure if its good or not, but I am proud of my countries, Colombia and the US. I am proud of my family and the way I grew up. I am proud of what I do and how I do it!

Soup
What is the best thing you’ve ever won as a prize?
I wish I could tell the best story, but it involves a friend and his Mom… and its kind of private.

Salad
Name something you do that is a waste of time.
Uh… Besides Mafia Battle… I think probably video games. I don`t watch as much TV as I used to, but I think that is more of a waste of time than video games.

Main Course
In what year of your life did you change the most?
2004 was probably the year I changed the most. I was probably shaped more by that year than any other in my life.

Dessert
Where is a place you consider to be very tranquil?
Home, and I think it should also be for everyone… I think home should be a safe heaven.

A Blast From The Past

Before we get into the actual post I have to tell a story. Back in the College days when I saw both Melissa and Travis all of the time there was 3 Johns. One was John Pearson, then John Green the III and last but not least there was me. (Disclaimer * Names have been changed to protect identities.) It was tough to have 3 John’s around all the time, but I thought that with the last names we had it all figured out. Little did I know that my friends had a nickname for me behind my back.

Pearson was absentminded at times. They had kept the nickname secret for a while, but one day while bowling John P put a name I did not recognize up on the score board. That is when I first found out I was being called Paco behind my back. All of my friends waited for my reaction, but I embraced it. There are only 4 people in the world allowed to call me that to my face, they earned it by putting up with me during college and those are Melissa, Travis, the Vodka kid and Eric. The other people from that era have pretty much dissapeared from all of our lives.

Now you can understand why my first online handle was Devil_Paco. If you have known me for a while in the internet world, you would have probably gotten an e-mail from that e-mail address. It has now been retired for about a year… not sure why I kept it for so long but it was almost like a reminder of simpler times. While being with that same group of friends I came up with the handle Logtar. I was tired of having to use something different every time a system did not like the underscore. Playing Warcraft II over a home made network (which was a big deal back in 96) I decided that the Ogre’s were saying Logtar after you gave them instructions. I am sure my interpretation was not the most phonetic persay, but hey, its 6 characters and it was unique. I have only found two posers trying to wear the logtar handle… believe it or not this tirade is not about handles… is about my fast horrible attempts at web design.

The very first webpage I wrote cannot be found anymore. That is a shame because it was sweet… ok, it was not but since there is no record of it, I can believe whatever I want. We can call that (Site-Beta). The first release was under another name of my webmonster was done under the geocities banner flag… and it was called (Devil_Paco’s Homepage). I thought those days of horrible web design were over, but then My Space came out to make me wrong.

I thought I was super slick when I did the second version of my website, and I was even more excited with making graphics and that point… I thought I had true design skills… here is (John Guzman Personal Web Page). Frame on the top… back then it looked better when it was seen on a smaller screen at low res. I even built the little click buttons for my links, but no mouseovers yet.

After that I have a site that I did not update much, but I did have a version in Spanish of it. I remember I put a picture of my first house there but I think that one is not backed up all the way… I then started sporting the logtar handle in the URL. I even had my very first rudementary blog like page… lol.

I then started to think of a domain and I settled on something simple, something that would be easy to type and easy to remember… why not my handle! And Logtar.com was bought. The First version started being worked on here, but the final version was actually finished my one of my friends back then. It was a very heavy background with just some text… but it was a start… around the same time I discovered Jason’s blog and I thought wordpress was the coolest things since sliced bread… I have not looked back ever since.

Right now, logtar.com has two subdomains. The blog, and Proyecto Colombia. The website about Colombia is going to go through some mayor changes… stay tuned. My main domain is a little more driven towards the professional world… and well, if you read my blog you know more about me than you ever wanted to know. One thing I do wish I had done is to have kept screen shots of my old blog versions… we’ll see, wordpress is cool enough to let me go back to old themes… someday maybe. Hope you laughed as hard as I did.

Lo Que Pasó, Pasó…

Even though in English the play on words is not the same… what happened, happened! as in “it already passed” is a powerful statment. One of the most painful things in my life has been that a lot of people around me have not been able to see what they have until they lose it. At times I have felt like I am trapped in a bad psychological sci-fi thriller where I am the only one that can see reality and everyone else is still plugged to the machines. That can also mean that I am crazy and live in a alternate reality of my own… but thankfully I have found other people that are unplugged and have made me feel somewhat sane. At least as sane as they are.

Life is a beautiful thing that needs to be enjoyed. Living in the past is something that many people fall pray of, not realizing that by carrying the past, they clutter the present and don’t leave room for the future. The living in the future can be just as dangerous… wondering what will I do if this happened, how would I react if that happens… While planning is not a bad thing, we never know what tomorrow brings, enjoy the present already!

The past has the power to define who we are, but we still have that whole “free will” option. People think that fortune telling has no power, but wait until you hear something someone tells you in one of those sessions and a lot of times we make those things happen. I believe we can change who we become even with a dark past. Bad things happen to good people, but bad circumstances should not make bad people. Change is difficult but possible, and the fist step towards a clean future is to cut ties with the past.

I hate regret and try to avoid it… I was taught a hard lesson not too long ago and learned the meaning of the word regret for the first time. If I could go back in time, there is now something that I would take back… it does not matter how much I learned, it does not matter how much I grew because of the experiece, it does not matter how much I want to be positive about it… I want that time back… I learned about regret.

I wonder if having failed relationships makes you a better person in the end. I wonder how jaded you become, and how much that truly affects your ability to love. Learning about what to do and not to do in a relationship, does that require pain and heartbreak? Learning to trust your instincts, learning what trust is, learning who deserves trust; does that require your trust being broke? I wonder, is getting married to your highschool sweetheart better than dating a couple of satan’s daughters before you meet the woman of your dreams? Are we going to be able to appreciate the right person when they enter our lives? Do we take for granted our highschool sweet heart if that is only person we have only dated as adults? Is the question, “where have you been all my life” even valid?

Here I am, trying to drink my own koolaid and chocking on it. Maybe this is one of those lessons in life that teaches me about fear. I had feared regret and that is why I had avoided it so much; now I can say that I have experienced regret and can live with it. I can actually say that knowing about regret makes me a better person and lets me know what to do and not to do. It also teaches me not to take anyone for granted… including myself. You would think that a big regret will make you change who you are… in the end, at least for me, it solidified everything that I had believed. It all comes with the territory, being a positive cynic and all!

Advertisement

I cannot understand what is going on with the advertisement world. There are so many commercials on TV that I laugh at, and not because they have great humor. It has become a sad thing when I seriously think that I can do a better job than the people that made that stinker of a commercial.

My first complaint is that I cannot remember the product. It seems like now there are two modes, either infomercial, I will shove the product down your throat for only 29.99 or the Nikemercial, I will show you a closely related “idea” to my product and then show you a logo, yes I am that cool.

I would place most related adds with the infomercial category, except that they are a special kind… why are people so happy that they have herpes?

I really want to have a point, but I am just tired… most people are lucky, they do not get to see the horrible advertisement in Spanish TV in America. I swear that most people think that every single Spanish person is a pervert that watches soap operas all day… that is truly how they advertise. At least some of them actually attempt to make original content for their commercials, the more insulting ones are the ones that are just voiced over.

The invention of the DVR has changed the way I watch TV, since I just ignore commercials for the most part, but when I have to watch live TV, it is almost torture. When are advertisers going to get a clue as to how to sell us something. I guess at this point we have been so trained by them that they don`t even have to try.

So what are some of the commercials that annoy you the most?

Change your password Monday

Lets be honest, most people do not change their passwords very often. While I keep some of mine fresh, like my email addresses ones, there are many that unless something like going to a phishing page happens they do not change their passwords. I am making this a blog PSA and saying change your passwords today! All of them… if you must have one that you remember, mix it up with a word… so password4mail or password4amazon of course making password the new one you are going to use… be creative, if you need ideas use the guide I wrote… but change your passwords. (also don`t forget to backup).

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