April, 2007: 38 posts.
- Greenspun points out exactly how stupid that list is.
- All the worlds’s a (amateur) stage
- firefox/delicious integration
- Well, a sleeping giant, or maybe a doddering, zombie giant.
- Audrey Kawasaki
- Labels suck
- intriguing art on wood
- Goofy: Tobacco Junkie cartoon
- Vendetta and Charlotte. And the Big Kitty!
- A.C.L. Woo!
- MyMaps allowed me to make a map of my life in about an hour. Something I’ve been meaning to do for years.
- Mark Evanier writes about the controversial Johnny Hart
- I got an eye exam recently. I have reading glasses coming my way in 7 to 10 business days. I have noticed in recent years my eyes get tireder when I read.
- Still no new car. We need to rectify this and have been getting by with rentals. Time to do the deed. *
- We need to be moved by the end of the month. Packing and moving sucks. *
- Easter was lovely, no kids, but still lovely.
- Work is great, thanks for asking.
- Taxes, oh yes, taxes. Also on the to-do list. *
- Laundry can be kind of fun with help.
- I look silly in a bonnet. That’s not really a shocker.
- It’s chilly the last few days. Hey! Weather! What gives?!?
- Trail-riding on a bike is pretty fun. The bike I got is really not for off-roading though. It can do pebbles and streambeds okay, but anything that Mountain Bikers describe as “a little technical” ends up being more than it’s suited for. But I can see that a beefier bike is likely in my distant future. First though, I need some shorts with the padding in back, dude. And a nice windbreaker.
*Three expensive things in one month sucks.
My feedreader has the remnants of his blog Raving Lunacy, and I mark the point where it is gone now. His last, and now deleted post was:
I have to say, the whole Kathy Sierra thing is just the dumbest trainwreck of a series of events ever in blogging. Very very dumb.
- applied to Game Design and play
- Presented with a random powerpoint presentation, can you narrate it effectively?
From my favorite geopolitical thinker, Thomas Barnett: NPR : The Middle East and U.S. Policy
And then in a more salient, how the world views us sort of way, I really argue that the Bush post-presidency began, for all practical purposes, with Katrina in New Orleans, when the world basically found out the double message of the Bush administration which is they cant do that kind of stuff abroad effectively, and guess what? They cant really do it at home very effectively.
- “THE GREAT CLOMPING FOOT OF NERDISM”
- I got this for my phone, and my boys and Leah have it to. Opera’s mindshare in my family just quadrupled. Go Opera!
- so unbelievable it has to be true.
- From the smoking gun
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Book and lyrics by STEW
Music by STEW & HEIDI RODEWALD
Directed by and created in collaboration with ANNIE DORSEN
Movement Coordination by KAROLE ARMITAGE
Featuring de’Adre Aziza, Daniel Breaker, Eisa Davis, Colman Domingo, Chad Goodridge, Rebecca Jones, Stew
From Los Angeles to Amsterdam to Berlin and back, PASSING STRANGE takes musical theater on a whole new trip. From singer-songwriter and performance artist Stew comes PASSING STRANGE, a daring new musical that takes you on a journey across boundaries of place, identity, and theatrical convention. STEW, a popular performer at Joe’s Pub, was commissioned by The Public to develop this moving and hilarious story of a young black bohemian in search of self and home who charts a course for “the real” through sex, drugs, and rock and roll. A co-production with Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
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Major support is provided by The Shubert Foundation, The Ford Foundation, The Carnegie Corporation of New York, The George T. Delacorte Fund at the New York Community Trust-Fund for Performances at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, Warren Spector and Margaret Whitton and The Starr Foundation. Pepsi is the official beverage sponsor of The Public Theater.
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Last weekend we engaged in some nostalgia for the kids, taking them to a park they used to play in, oh, 8 years ago. It was fun watching and hearing them talk about that time. A blessing, really. They look great. I like how they seem a little tentative here. Are they thinking “you can never go back again?” — or merely “Mom, please stop taking our picture!”
Thomas PM Barnett remains my favorite geopolitical thinker. Embedded in his talk (downloadable as a Podcast) from Pop!Tech is a short talk on Iran. He makes a metaphor about Iran that feels very true, and with that short metaphor explains their desire for nuclear weapons:
Two thirds of the oil that comes out of the Straits of Hormuz goes east, not west. America takes about 15% of the oil. In 20 years we’re going to take about 10% of the Oil. Asia will take 80%. So it’s basically their oil, our blood. And they know it, and they don’t like to have that conversation. Three key players in this instance. Iran is the avis of oil and gas. It has two new big friends: China and India. We are not going to successfully isolate Iran under any circumstances. In fact, Iran is the key to making stability come about in the Middle East. They can effectively veto our efforts throughout the region. They have reached for the bomb, go figure! I walk up to a park bench — three guys sitting on a park bench — I shoot the guy sitting on the right through the forehead — I double tap the guy on the left — in the meantime the guy sitting in the middle reaches for a weapon. I ask you: is he irrational? [pause, crowd laughs] Or did I make that choice for him?! Is Iran irrational? Can it be deterred? I think it’s pretty clever. And I think we just got a demonstration of how clever they were, and are in Lebanon. A preemptive strike, very deftly waged. All the reasons why Nixon wanted Iran as a regional security partner are still there. They are Persian, not Arab. They lead the Shia world, not the Sunni, and Al Queda, and the global Salafi Jihadist movement is exclusively Sunni. So I look at Iran, and I see late Brezhnevian Soviet Union, a country ripe for the soft kill of connectivity. It’s the one country in the region where the people like us; and it’s the government that hates us.
I’ve known for years that (my hero) Frank Zappa had appeared on 1980s tv show Miami Vice. Until this morning, I had never seen anything from that show. Thanks to YouTube, I can enjoy it in all it’s (terrible) glory:
Spectacles were invented in the 13th century. In the year of our Lord, 2007 — yesterday, in fact, I received a pair of eyeglasses which I will attempt to wear for reading and otherwise. I am 37 years old. Dr. Kubota, the Japanese-American eye doctor I went to was most professional. I really liked the Maneki Neko cat statue she had in her front office. I found it comforting. She even offered retinal scans if I wanted them. I’m still unsure what the diagnostic benefit would be. I’m merely happy to have something to reduce my eyestrain and make it possible for me to read for a longer period of time before my eyes are tired and I flop asleep, or am forced to stop. It’s had an impact and I’ve considered getting my eyes tested for several years. Fear of aging, I suppose, kept me away from finding out whether I really needed anything to help with my vision.
Eyes are a big theme in Blade Runner. Aging and death too. “Accelerated decrepitude” is what Sebastian has.
So what Dr. Kubota told me if I drove a truck for a living my eyes would have gotten bad in about another ten years. Quite literally, my job made my eyes worse.
Mamas don’t let your babies grow up to be web developers.
I’m okay with glasses. It’s the kind of identity hack I’m pleased to try out. I remember a class I had in High School — I answered to “Art” as my name in that class. It’s my middle name, and it was almost entirely people not from my own grade (I was a senior at the time). I liked exploring this other person.
In my twenties, I grew my hair very long, and sported a full beard or goatee. This was an effort to not look so babyfaced, and to be somewhat fearsome. A friend of mine recalls being asked who “that scary guy” was with him. That still makes me smile. Not that I wanted to look scary, but it was a shift from the “new kid”, the chubby kid that was my identity growing up.
Now of course I am older and wiser and to some extent people recognize me for more than my appearance. But like I said, I like the notion of the glasses. Here I am this morning, half awake, with the device that takes photographs and can transmit them, via the global communications network, to anywhere on the planet.
My friend Chris pointed out that here we are in 2007, the year that the TV miniseries Wild Palms was set in.
I just do eyes. Genetic design, just eyes.
It’s really okay, aging. I kind of like it, and I’m glad of the fact that I do have some measure of control over the process. Not total control of course, I could come up with a cancer any day. But the means are there to wrest fleeting control over inevitability. This is a comfort I am learning, slowly, to take advantage of.
If only you could see what I’ve seen with your eyes.
It’s no surprise that futurity is what’s on my mind these days. I’m feeling much more like a father than ever before. I am a breadwinner in ways I never previously understood. I’m getting right with the universe and I think I have a slippery handle on what it means to be a spouse. What the twentysomething version of myself would make of where I am now, I have no idea. But Me, now, thinks the twentysomething me has some pretty screwed up priorities relationship-wise. I’d love to tell that kid it’s alright. But such time travel is not in the offing, as Napoleon Dynamite showed us, I suppose.
The 17 year old version of me was obsessed with Blade Runner. The current me really likes Blade Runner too. But I think Children of Men must join it on the shelf of my brain when I think about possible futures. 20 years ago me would marvel at the machine I’m typing this on: I can look at music and movies, I can photomanipulate images in a way Soviet autocrats would salivate over. I can instantly talk with people on any continent I choose. I own a device that is basically a Star Trek communicator. I can contact anyone on the planet with a similar device, and more, I can play electronic games on it that in 1987 were housed in cabinets the size of a refrigerator. If I choose I can send email directly to some of my heroes: particularly Bruce Sterling, but I see this as no big deal. The world is at once small, and yet vast in scope. The apocalyptic thinking of my 17 year old self would be satisfied by terrorism and chaos the world over. He would be shocked to learn that the Soviet Union no longer existed. He would be shocked to know that no nukes were fired in anger before the year 2000. I know, because I lost that bet with Chris. The bet from the 1980s was that a nuclear device would be used in anger before the 21st century. I was right, but I missed the point, right? The world is scary in different ways. I think too, that my young self would be shocked to hear that I had been divorced, ever. I was convinced that this would never happen to me. I think I’d be shocked to hear how much the Star Wars prequels basically stank. I would marvel at things like Google Earth and Wikipedia. I’d marvel at the fact that the person with whom I had associated eyeglasses with the most in my life, my father, no longer wore them because yet another eye doctor had used a laser ( a laser! how much more science fictional could you get in 1987?!?) to alter the shape of his eyeballs such that his vision was corrected surgically.
My having eyeglasses is a kind of reversal, maybe. “My boy, was just like me” indeed.
I’m not sure what any of all of this means, other than it’s early, I’m tired, and feeling a bit philosophical about these new glasses, which feel pretty good.
It’s a brand new day y’all. And without further ado, let me say, onward.
- this would make a good post to sandiegoblog, but i haven’t the time
- libertarian political allegory
I have received a lot of advice that I should not attend the festival. I’m told that paparazzi will take unflattering pictures, people will be unkind, etc.Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn. As a journalist I can take it as well as dish it out.
Fred Fish died at his home in Idaho on Friday April 20, 2007 at the age of 54
I was free software before free software was cool. 20 years ago, we all were.
- Night Flight really was awesome.
- Brian Denham works in illustrator to make comics.
- 5 million pageviews is the limit for a free google analytics account.
- making super 8 with an inkjet printer. that’s wacky!
- Clay Shirky gloats a little. I found McCloud’s argument compelling, but Clay is right here.
- fun workplace lip sync.
- someone built a robot to play wii sports bowling perfectly.
- beautiful set of photos
- Fascinating story of a dual-officed company changing strategy as conditions change in India
This weekend we are:
Moving to Moorpark
Please begin transmitting positive energies our way NOW.
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