File-sharing is here to stay. It’s going to go through many changes in the coming years. I suspect that most people who are online in the next five to ten years will learn about it and start using it.

BitTorrent is the most popular file-sharing protocol used on the Internet today. It’s probably the easiest and fastest way to download, upload and transfer content to and from the Internet. Thus, it’s going to be the biggest threat to the movie, television, and music industry to date. You’re going to hear a LOT about this technology in the future.

Wanna know what I’m talking about? Go to Wired.com and check out this article.

My personal favorite BitTorrent software is called Azureus.

This is the first time in my life, at least as I remember it, that I’ve not attended a Christmas Eve service at any church. There are local churches in the area and we probably could have stuck out a long wait to get to one of the services, but instead we opted to visit with this 92 year old man.

Over the years, I’ve made many visits to nursing homes, old people’s houses, and other places which house the elderly. It didn’t take me long to figure out that I don’t really enjoy spending too much time with the elderly. Maybe it’s because I’m not patient. Maybe I’m not very compassionate. Maybe my attention span is too short for the long stories in which they usually engage me. I tend to get bored, lose words, and often never know what to say. I get uncomfortable with the silence between conversations because I know a lot of them are waiting for me to bring up the conversation. I’m not usually someone of many words, especially when I can’t think of anything significant to say. Thus, visiting the elderly has never really been that enjoyable to me.

However, I know that I need to learn more patient, learn more compassion, learn to deal with this problem because almost everyone I know who is as old as my parents will eventually become those elderly people. And I’ll want to visit them. And I’ll want to know how they’re doing.

I know that we made that man’s evening. He was very excited and happy to have visitors. His mouth was moving light speed with story after story about how he used to work, what he used to do and how intelligent he really is. Although I could only understand half of what he said, I know that sitting there and listening was probably more effective thing to do with my time than going to a Christmas Eve service. We reached out to someone, helped bring Christmas cheer to him. Sometimes, I realize I must use humility and forget my selfish ways to make a difference in others. It’s not always going to be fun, it may not be what I really want to do, but it’s more important than anything else that I could have done.

Last time I looked outside at the thermometer, it read -9 degrees. Yes, this is negative nine degrees below 0. Baby, it’s COLD outside.

My stay in Colorado has been nice so far. I’ve been to my mom’s store to see what she does for a living. It’s an antique store in downtown Florence, Colorado and one of maybe 6 or more on two blocks. The main difference between her store and others is that she owns maybe 85% of the items in the store, and the rest of it is sold on consignment. So most of what she sells is pure profit. I realize after spending a few hours there that I couldn’t do that for a living. Antiques generally are boring to me. Now, put me in a technology or music store, I could probably live with that.

It started to snow on Tuesday night, was patchy through the day and didn’t stop until Wednesday night. So there’s probably a couple of inches on the ground. Most of it is going to melt by the time we leave for Boulder and Estes Park on Saturday but it’s nice to see it while it’s here. I really don’t have any photos either because of the fact that’s it so bitterly cold outside. Maybe I’ll snap a few photos tomorrow.

Man, I’m gonna be a big fattie next week. All I’ve been eating is chocolate, fudge, more chocolate, chocolate covered cherries, more chocolate, and some ice cream. I’ll also have some chocolate the next couple of days. Did I mention that I’m eating a lot of chocolate? Oh yeah, by the way, the number one food of this holiday is overwhelmingly chocolate. Mmm… chocolate.