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Married,moved,and getting it together.

May 2006 Thirty-five posts



Progress indeed.

Slog, perservere.

Pray for the courage to act in a way I would admire in others.


Question of the day:

What would Zappa do?

Iraqi Insurgency, Open Source, and the Bazaar

This article reminds me very much of The Lawrence Doctrine and Postindustrial Insurgency, from Islands in the Net:

The decentralized, and seemingly chaotic guerrilla war in Iraq demonstrates a pattern that will likely serve as a model for next generation terrorists. This pattern shows a level of learning, activity, and success similar to what we see in the open source software community. I call this pattern the bazaar. The bazaar solves the problem: how do small, potentially antagonistic networks combine to conduct war? Lessons from Eric Raymond’s “The Cathedral and the Bazaar” provides a starting point for further analysis.

MacGathering Website Seminar Uploaded

Internet Archive: Details: Elements Of A Successful Website: Joe Crawford: MacGathering

I myself have not yet listened to it, but there it is, in all its imperfect glory.

It’s not through any great foresight that I have a recording of it, rather, Chris Glenn of Christopher Glenn Photography managed to record it and send it to me. Thanks Chris!

More about MacGathering

May Rain

It’s raining this morning here in Simi Valley. Nice somber rain, perfect for a mellow day like today.

On the agenda is some work, and some other things too. It’ll be another busy week of learning and life.
My favorite color is green.

Easy Things First

Sometimes the only thing that feels possible is to do the easy thing first.

Small task completion is so much more satisfying than working on big tasks that take lots of time and never seem to be finished.

But then if all you ever work on are small tasks, big tasks will never ever get done.

And then where does that put you with your true responsibilities?

(Wait, back up, the implication is that the big ones are the only true ones, that’s not true. The small ones are true too).

Prioritization, then, is the watchword to meditate on today. Also, courage to tackle the things that seem insurmountable.

Just what makes that little ole ant think he’ll move that rubber tree plant?

Questions to ponder, brother.

Straighten up and fly right!

Love Will Tear Us Apart

My Old Kentucky Blog: Love Will Tear Us Apart Covers

One of my favorite songs, ever. All about exultant depressed bittersweetness.

via kottke.org

2411th Post.

I’m sort of between things just this second. Doing lots of work psychologically and spiritually. It’s really hard work.

Lots of other stuff going on, but I’m not going to talk about them just now.

Hard work, but rewarding work.

Affirmation of the day:

The pain that I might feel by remembering can’t be any worse than the pain I feel by knowing and not remembering.

And another one:

Just for today I will act in a way that I would admire in someone else.

Three month coin.

Thanks for listening.

Happy Mother’s Day

For Leah especially, and for my Mom and Mother-in-Law, and all Moms in the world
Happy Mother’s Day!

I actually only have 6 keys on my keyring, but…

So the contents of my keys and wallet were the subject of today’s brilliantly funny slice-of-life post over at leahpeah: I Don’t Want One wherein she says:

and I continue to drive Joe a little crazy because he is the kind of guy that has had the same 3 club cards for over 5 years and they are always in his wallet in the same slots. But he also carries around 500 keys that he doesn’t need, so whatever.

It’s true. I don’t mind doing the monkey dance for the store people, and I hate to be unprepared when someone wants to see my documents, licenses, access codes, club cards, etc. I get really embarassed and feel like a dope. It’s years of family training to NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER lose your keys, or your passport, or your proof of insurance, or your bank book, or leave your keys in your car, or forget your home phone number or address or else the GODS OF BUREAUCRACY WILL PUNISH YOU AND YOU WILL NO LONGER DESERVE TO HAVE THE SURNAME CRAWFORD. That’s only a slight exaggeration.

So let’s clear up the contents of my keyring. I have 6 keys, 3 swipey things, a bottle opener, and a electronic door opener thingy. The keys are to the house, the mailbox, the car, actually the other three are to uh… okay, I’m not sure, but it’s only three keys I don’t know, and NOT 500, but when I need them I’ll have the last laugh! And yes, if I have my keys I am ready AT THE DROP OF A HAT to purchase at club card prices at Ralph’s and Albertson’s. Taste the savings! I can also get into our gym at any second as well. My Vons card is in my wallet, since they’re pretty much Nazis and haven’t caught on that the little key fob bar code thingies are really the right way to go when it comes to shopping discount technology. I don’t think the “oh, you don’t have your card, give us your phone number” works for any of them since they’re all tied to phone numbers I had sometime during the Clinton administration. Thus, Leah would not really have access to my super-secret club discounts. I do intend to update them so that my wife can use my discountsclub information, but it’s not high on my to-do list. I do, however, have a little slip of paper in my wallet from Ralph’s reminding me I need to do that since a few weeks ago when I didn’t have my keys and I had to give them like 3 phone numbers before I got one that worked to give me the discount on the bread, wine, and water I had bought. The NSA has nothing on Ralph’s when it comes to knowing my personal home phone number history.

It’s at this point I’ll point out that I need to get back to work, since that’s what I need to do today. The watchword is goal completion today, baby. If I can stick to a goal like “I will not lose my club cards EVER, since without them I can’t save 15 cents on Gatorade for the boys” I should be able to meet deadlines too. So, yeah.

Godspeed, y’all.