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Master of My Domain Sale
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I'm settling in nicely, albeit slowly, into my studio apartment in downtown Buffalo. It's not quite New York City but the experience is a sort of New York scale that I can afford - maybe. I calculate that I can if I'm disciplined with my budgeting, but, that caveat of if is ever a question.

In any case, for the moment, I now live in a trendy neighborhood filled with art galleries, eateries, bars, and nightlife, which, as a late middle-age balding 53-year-old among all the young people, makes me somewhat of an instant lech just by the mere act of swaddling into any one of them in a sad unimaginative bid to sow wild oats. But I enjoy it nonetheless. My mother dragging me to bars for a time in her own bid for nightlife, back in the day, must have planted some taste for the atmosphere I can't explain. Whatever, the easy access to all these places is just heart warming. Plus I live just blocks away from a subway station, part of Buffalo's tiny light rail system, which adds all that much more to the NYC zeitgeist that I so embrace.

The studio is more like a full fledged one bedroom apartment only deemed a studio for some property-oriented legal technicality mentioned by the rental company I forget at the moment, which is a point of bonus since I had a dread of the dreary single-plane space that a studio traditionally amounts to. As it is, I have a two-part layout where I am able to separate a sleeping/living area from a kitchen and full-fledged working studio I figure I may need to one day be employed out of.

To be sure, I wouldn't normally be able to afford this but I received a fortunate bump in life, if you will, by being the owner of the web domain openness.org which a company that turned out to be Intel Corporation took interest in in order to brand one of their technologies (take a look at what they are doing with it). I purchased the domain in the mid-90s to support my pet cause of keeping police radio traffic open to public intercept, but that cause has long diluted and the domain was more or less languishing with some personal idea of mine to reactivate it for the cause, yet, never quite doing so. You can see I tried to associate it with one of the pages at this website but the effort was 'meh' at best.

I hate to say I had a price for giving up a domain I once so strongly defended from a soulless implementation by anyone else, but I did. And it was one that I kept fairly high in order to specifically discourage people from wanting to solicit it away from me; I didn't want the moral conundrum. I never counted on anyone actually offering to pay it, yet that is exactly what happened.

I'm not a 'domain profiteer' so I will never know if I might have negotiated more, I just knew I was being offered enough money to erase the past years of reckless spending while living in New York City plus some, even after taxes. As a first-time player in the domain selling game I didn't think the ceiling was much higher for a .org, which I hold is an accurate assessment. I can't stress enough how not mind-blowing the amount I ultimately sold it to them for was, just that it was a lot to me today and that it solved a lot of self-made problems in one fell swoop. I made the deal.

And that deal allowed me to tuck away some emergency fund monies in addition to paying the deposit, first month rent, and all the other capital costs associated with a simple move. I could have done it without this good fortune but it would have amounted to another financial reset in my life. The move itself had to happen - domain sale or not - given that the pressures and impact of living with an ex-romantic partner were becoming increasingly clear, unfair, and selfish.

Busted Chair, Happy Cat
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I have a busted office chair I'm using right now. Yeah -- I totally need to get it replaced and I'm working on that. In the meantime though, Misty is using it to join me in my computer time.

We Have Cool Cats
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Our cats (my roommate is careful to correct "her cats") were featured on America's Funniest Home Videos last Sunday night. That was pretty fun! I've had the video of "our" two cats playing around Christmas fixin's for about three years now andI've long since posted it to YouTube and Facebook.

Still, with the idea of maybe winning some $$$, about four months ago, I took a few minutes to upload the video to the AFV website. Last week the producers called to let me know they would be featuring it on Sunday's airing.

We didn't win any money, established ahead of time on the notification call, but also because I had not to that moment been jetted out to Hollywood the week of the show's taping. But I am getting a t-shirt out of the deal and it made for great Facebook feed fodder.

Speaking of which I created a new meme to reflect the excitement of receiving external validation from Facebook friends about our lives.

Cats and red dots human and red dots meme.

My First Computer
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Timex Sinclair

The Timex Sinclair 1000

That's my first personal computer which was a Christmas gift from mom in 1984 or so. I believe it was sold at the time for about 100 bucks at Boscovs in Wilkes-Barre, PA. At the time that was the probably among if not the cheapest computer on the market. But man, did I make the most of it. Those keys are worn flat by my trek through learning BASIC, or at least Timex Sinclair's version of it (not sure anyone anywhere ever learned whatever the "pure" form of BASIC might have been). It led to bread and butter for the rest of my life.

There were a lot of these on the market so it's not a valuable artifact of early computing; they can be found on Ebay for about 50 bucks. I am not sure of the whereabouts of the one above anymore.

The "Timex Sinclair 1000" was actually the British "Sinclair ZX81" and was fascinating more for its cheap price and able capabilities if you didn't want to do too much and were also able to put up with the flimsy engineering just 100 bucks got you. It was in every sense of the word just a way for someone who wanted a computer for computing's sake with respect to learning and experimentation.

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