Signatures

Thanks to the style of blogging employed on this blog the name John Havlik is synonymous with mtekk’s crib. The origins of this style date back to my earliest online presence. Signing each post does a few things for the writer, some obvious, others obscure.

Primarily, the signing attributes the written (typed) words to a specific owner. Many people use the Internet to be anonymous and have good reason to. Some of these individuals face hostile governments (e.g., Iran, and China) in real life. Others commit acts which create a hostile environment for themselves should their true identity be known (e.g., spammers, hackers (black hats), etc.). Either way their credibility is questionable due to their anonymity. Simply put, tracking down someone knowing his/her name presents less of a challenge than tracking down someone behind a pseudonym. By placing my digital signature after each post I take responsibility for the content contained within. Anyone can rant about a boss behind his/her back; it takes guts (balls, craziness, stupidity, etc.) to bring one’s gripes to his/her boss’ face.

Additionally, always signing posts with your name will increase its visibility to search engines. Depending on who you are this can be a benefit or consequence. Due to my commitment to signing every one of my posts (minus some test posts) Google graces my blog with the first result for my name. For comparison searching for JD Hodges on Google does not immediately yield a link to his blog. The last time I checked page ranks for both this blog and his, his had a higher page rank. Realistically, it is pretty hard for JD to not have a higher page rank–most blogs hosted by Weblogs.us have a direct link back to his blog. Obviously, I can safely tell acquaintances to just “Google me” to get in touch as this blog has been at the top for my name for quite some time. JD on the other hand can not do such a thing at this time. However, this could change quickly due to workings of Google.

In the end, adding a signature to a post reflects on the intended audience. Normally, writings intended for other to read are signed (e.g., letters). Conversely, writings without a signature may or may not be intended for others to read. For example, journals (typically) are not meant to be read by others while newspaper articles are, yet both (typically) lack signatures. Signing the document sends a clearer message of the author’s intent for his/her work, and thus leaves the document open to more focused and accurate interpretations. Blogging’s strength centers on its ability to be both a letter to others, a journal, or even a digital news paper, as well as the voice of a real person. This flexibility allows bloggers to choose their format, and ultimately decide if post signatures are appropriate or not.

-John Havlik

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Rain

For the last 48 hours precipitation continually fell from the sky. Standing puddles developed in the yard over the course of the day. They conqueror more of the yard when the rain picks up, and slowly retreat when the rain slows. Supposedly, this weather will continue through the week, spare Tuesday. Thus, Tuesday will be the first day one will attempt to use the forerunner. Sure it boasts water impermeability up to 10 meters for up to 30 minutes (possibly akin one of those auto-manufactures warranty 10 meters or 30 minutes, what ever comes first). Sensibly speaking, GPS receivers do not fair well in cloudy conditions. So one might as well wait for the weather to improve, besides one can run inside anyways.

-John Havlik

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Not Tonight

It won’t happen tonight, or tomorrow.
Not tomorrow night, or the next.
Not next week, month, year.
Not now.

It will happen when it does,
When it has matured,
When it’s complete,
When it arrives.

Do not fret nonetheless,
I promise it shall come to pass.
Just not now,
Not tonight.

-John Havlik

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Pawns

In keeping with the pessimistic view of the media theme of this week, I decided to release a poem that I wrote for Creative Writing.

The media’s captives consume
another war story,
economic issues, news of an urban shooting,
incorrectly used slang, drug use and abuse,
hate, rape, sex, incest, ignorance, and infatuation.

Today’s music consumer enjoys well-rounded plethora music.

-John Havlik

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Water and Socks

Water

Cold, heavy, squishy, slippery, wet, replenishing, and refreshing water is a runner’s friend and foe. It is a vital friend after a race or long run. During the hottest of days it’s the friend that helps one keep running. On the coldest days it helps keep a runner healthy and warm. Yet during a race water can be a runner’s greatest foe. Falling from the sky in various forms cooling a runner past comfort, adding the burden of more weight to increasing fatigue. Water collecting in the low lands on the course creates another obstacle for the runner to overcome.

Socks

Warm, dry, light, wicking, tight, comfortable and cool socks are essential tools for any successful runner. For a runner socks are the first defense against Mother Nature’s wrath. On the hottest days of the summer they keep one’s feet cool, and on the coldest days of the fall and winter they keep one’s feet warm. During the wettest of days socks keep a runner’s feet dry. They tightly cradle one’s foot reducing the chance for the development of blisters and enhancing comfort while racing.

-John Havlik

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