August, 2003: 52 posts.
The word for the day is “Bubweiser”
Last night watched a terrible movie and bed-and-breakfasted with friends in their place.
Best. Sleepover. Ever.
So to those of you far away, sorry, I’m not moving near you.
And to those of you who are not far away (aka close), I’m not leaving.
Finished re-reading Snow Crash a few minutes ago.
It’s a beautiful day.
Perhaps some basketball with my lady today.
A job offer to consider this weekend.
Saw fireworks last night with buds. Awesome.
Rode in the back of a jeep in the cool night air. Awesome.
Watched Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women yesterday. It was awful. Awesome.
Played fetch and tug-of-war with a dog this morning. Awesome.
This week I: cleaned the bathroom floor. And: cleaned the kitchen floor. I didn’t think it was possible.
Now Playing: Black Napkins from FZ:OZ
Today I’m doing nothing. Awesome.
I love the mixup which has “Bring the Noise” layered over M’s “Pop Musik.”
Black is back / all in / we’re gonna win / check it out / yeah y’all ya know / here we go again
I think Chuck D may be the first person I ever listed to who said that the media was there for the taking.
And I definitely listened.
For those who were wondering, the new Stew album, “Something Deeper Than These Changes” is slated to hit the shelves on September 23rd. I’m sure more details will be trickling in soon.
via the negro problem mailing list. more info at stewsongs.com
Last year the sh*t hit the fan in my life.
My wife left me and everything turned inside-out and backwards and it all hurt like hell.
(Everything is healing nicely, thank you)
So when all that happened last year, something interesting happened. I kept blogging. I said:
I’m at a loss right now as to why I am sharing any of this here. I have not as of yet told my friends. Why make this most sensitive of topics available to anyone who cares to read it? The plain answer is that it feels honest to do so. I’ve been keeping this journal for over a year now, and this is something so earth-shattering that I can’t not put it in here.
That was May 5, 2002.
So I shared myself on the web. Real emtional stuff. I met new people, forged new relationships, and learned a great deal from it. The commiseration of many people meant a lot to me.
I feel some surprise. I feel like, hey, man, this is so serious, don’t put this online. Don’t waste energy blogging, save it for the therapy.
Then I laugh at myself a half-a-second later and think, of course, it’s exactly what you have to do. Express yourself. Put it all online. Be yourself. Share yourself. The net has a pretty big shoulder, man, and if you even get a few people commiserating with you — maybe this person knows a good doctor. Maybe this person has good ideas for alternative therapies. Maybe another has suggestions about nutrition. And more — there are probably folks who have gotten that very disease and can tell you there experience. I wish Chuck the best, and I’ll be cheering for you. Yeah, I’m an agnostic, and at times like these I wish I could let loose with an honest may God be with you. But I can’t. Instead I’ll preach a gospel of self-knowledge, and positivity. Attitude is so important in facing anything out there. Kick ASS! is the phrase I like best. Whatever challenge you have before you — go with gusto and find the strength inside you and kick that challenges’ ass!
So Chuck, hang in there, and KICK ASS!
And, dear readers, do you know anything about cancer? Have experiences that may be worthwhile? Read his blog, and perhaps you’ll have the notion to express yourself to him.
Peace to you all.
Back on July 4, I noted that the Union Tribune started blogging
I would so love to work at a local news outlet and be their guru for all things blog.
(that band includes stew)
And be sure to check stew’s interesting journal, stewsez
And have you visited my stew/negro problem lyrics and links page?
Yes, as a matter of fact I do think stew is a genius.
But tonight I’m catching up on things I’ve been behind on. Site corrections. Correspondence. The whole nine.
Right now I could use some serenity.
But I know it’s gonna be alright.
More stuff done.
Feeling less surly.
Time for bed.
Good day today. Productive work. I went to a used bookstore today and appreciated some old books on typography. Wandering and enjoying the phenomenon of downtown San Diego.
I’m thinking about a post for San Diego Blog – a nostalgia piece. Still not sure what shape that blog is taking. But that’s cool. What’s the hurry?
Next week: moving starts and continues through the end of the month.
Next week, websandiego.org is glomming onto the webdesign meetup. It’s gaining a lot of members. We’re (San Diego is)#5 worldwide. I want to do something interesting. Ideas percolating for something interesting. We’ll see if the idea germinates or remains a seed.
Things aren’t bad all in all.
More later this weekend.
Check out these shots of a bikini woman — you see the “final” image when you first visit. Then put your cursor over the image to see what it looked like before digital processing: Bikini Girl.
If one is wondering how we develop impossible standards of beauty that give girls and women neurosis about how they look, perhaps it’s because we quite literally have imagery that is inhuman. Anorexia, botox, liposuction and many other ills seem to me quite intuitively linked to producing expectations in females that are not possible to obtain.
I set up a demo blog for a colleague a few weeks ago, and with Blogger it was trivially easy. I was pleasantly surprised by how well it worked, and how quickly they could get in and participate in the blog, without any previous knowledge.
When I started my San Diego Blog I considered waiting for something better, or doing the Movable Type thing, but, feh, it still bugs me how it’s the default answer for setting up a complex blog. Here’s where I again wonder why there isn’t anything as slick as MT which is open source. Blog software is not hard to write, but making it as intuitive as possible, easy to learn, is an interaction design and UI challenge. And I suppose open source stuff still stinks at that.
Almost done importing music. Today listening to lots of Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music at work. Spoils of that manual labor importing mp3s into iTunes.
Only one link today: Jessie “The Body” Ventura” gives advice to Arnold Schwartzenegger
Brief Political Musing: I was against the recall (we have ELECTIONS to do what’s happening now); but is it possible this recall is more like democracy than our usual elections? People are confused and it’s all entirely chaotic. The field seems wide open, and with the person with the best name recognition leading the pack.
In this environment, perhaps political power is all about the Q Score.
Go Union Trib!
A wee bit of circuitous synchronicity for a Tuesday evening.
Good stuff happening. Moving this week and through the end of the month. Leah is here too. Pretty awesome all around. Is this place going to hold all those people?
I guess we’ll see.
Stay tuned. There’s lots more news coming here in August.
Thanks for your patience!
used this page to solve my problem (exactly the content of the page – I’m using PHP). The most relevant page I found.
I love little notes like that! You’re welcome Thierry!
Gutsy. Crazy. Awesome.
Everything I have is in boxes. My pal John helped out a lot today.
Leah’s stuff is all here.
Leah made pasta tonight.
Even though much of what is here is in boxes, it feels homey.
I love Leah. This is home. This is a big change, and I was very emotional earlier thinking about what a change this is.
I am much more serene now than I was this morning, too. I got a lot done, but I was buzzing with stress too. The stress of packing every single item in your life into a truck. Well, almost everything. More tomorrow.
But tonight, serenity.
More moving today. Rock on.
Color me intrigued.
I supposed Wired should have been blogging years ago though.
Well, turns out they’re idiots.
In addition to executing MY MONDAY ORDER to transfer service to me and my name for my new place; they executed another order.
The other was THE PREVIOUS TENANT’S ORDER to terminate their service.
Now, when I, diligent customer that I am, had them bring the property under my name, one would think that the person taking the order would say, “hey, there’s a stop order on that property, let’s not carry that out.”
Think again kids.
Someone had to come out because apparently they actually *cut cable* to terminate service on this property.
They’re crediting my account $20 and got it back up 24 hours later.
Nice of them, but — was this trip really necessary?
Love that we have an avocado tree in the back yard
$1.07 shower curtain
View of San Diego skyline
No “designated” parking
Shared but good washing machines
Killer art room
Need more curtains
Loving it so far
16 minutes home from the time I get on the bus to the time I step in the door
Walking distance to Influx
Going there now
here’s my test journal: http://journals.aol.com/artlung/thoughts/
rss by default
comments enabled (can be disabled)
easy to edit
can all be done via the web
can have more than one journal
love: post via AIM
lots of AOL branding
slightly too long url
I have more to do at the old place today. The last of the “stuff” to remove, many small boxes, plus cleaning of the kitchen and the bathroom needs to be done. And nails to remove.
It’s going to be a full day I think.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
And I got word today that a new Stew Record: Something Deeper Than These Changes will come out later this month. By the way, his lyrical nearly incoherent musings on craft vs. formula are there on his journal, stew sez.
So, when’s Stew going to come to San Diego again?
Other notes: I borrowed a car this weekend from a family member and it has worked out stunningly well.
Okay, more unpacking.