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I am become Death the Destroyer of Worlds

Matt Mullenweg creator of WordPress and a idol of mine made a post on his blog to list his accomplishments over the past year leading up to his Thirty Sixth.

So I type him up a happy birthday message and hit the submit button and I didn’t even get, “your comment is waiting moderation”. It just pitched it down the memory hole. So, annoyed, I rewrote a much snarkier version and posted it here on my WordPress site where it will be viewed by at least twice as many people…

If you’re reading this, I hope to run into you online or in person and this year let’s do our best together to leave the world a little better than we found it.

-Matt Mullenweg @ 36

Matt, if you only let brown nosers comment on your blog you’re not serious about doing our best to leave the world better than we found it? I found this world long before you, and at this point I don’t know when I’ll leave it. However I do know that maybe with the exception of the removal of lead from gasoline, (That I didn’t have anything to do with.) there’s no way I’ll be leaving world better than I found it.

I’m not complaining or jealous, but if you loaded latecomers stop logging a half billion air miles per year and figure out how to zero out your carbon footprint you might leave the world no worse than you found it. To me it seems the higher up the ladder of success a person is the bigger the burden they place upon the planet.

Maybe I’m misinterpreting your post, and you’re talking more about intangibles. Like how the use of WordPress can improve our lives and therefore our personal view of the world. But if we are going to take a worldview we shouldn’t overlook the physical attributes of WordPress? Due to its market saturation you have to assume WordPress right now, instantaneously, is consuming enough electricity to power Vegas.

When you seriously think about it, WordPress will belch enough CO2 into atmosphere today to make your 500k worth of air mileage look like a walk in the park!

Seriously, have a Happy Birthday! 🙂

A Lifeguard saved my life — He may have gypped me

Just like the cartoons, in my panic I managed to break the surface 3 times before I started sinking. Strangely enough at that point I was no longer experiencing any type of fear. I was totally relaxed and calm, my eyes were open as I dispassionately watched the surface of the lake slowly retreat. Then it happened, a blinding bright light enveloped my entire field of vision. The next thing I remember was it felt like being tossed backwards a few feet through the air to land on my butt. That sensation snapped my attention and vision back into focus.

At that point about 3′ in front of me I found myself staring at the crouching lifeguard and as soon as our eyes locked he says, “WHAT HAPPENED, YOU WERE DOING FINE?” Dazed & confused my mind was still trying figure out how I got on the beach so I didn’t have an immediate answer for him and he stalked back to his chair, after, commanding me to stay out of the water for 1hr.

Since then my mind has had plenty of time to relive that experience and I’m certain the bright light was nothing more than the noon sun as viewed from the crook of the lifeguard’s arm. He didn’t have to pump the water from my lungs or administer mouth to mouth because apparently I just quit breathing during the ordeal, but I’m not certain I died or was dead long enough to have an OBE and go meet my maker.

The incident has left me with more questions than answers. Here’s one, I was multiple years shy of my teens when this happened. Had it took them a few hours to realize I was missing, at that age I had nothing to be ashamed of, I could have been processed by St. Peter and been admitted into heaven on the spot. Now five decades later, my record may be a little spotty and if I don’t pass muster and have to fry for eternity can I blame the lifeguard?