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Fri, 11 Jun 2010 13:16:32 GMTI wouldn't say I got up on the wrong side of the bed so much as I got up on the side of the bed where I'm basically a 90 year old bachelor whose dog was run over the night before by a bunch of teenagers doing donuts in his heretofore manicured front yard.
Wed, 21 Apr 2010 19:26:58 GMTI wonder if when we look back at this month of iPad if we'll think what an amazing moment to have lived through, or if it will be like some guy with sideburns telling your dad about the reel-to-reel player in his carpeted van.
Mon, 19 Apr 2010 05:45:47 GMTSometimes I rue the lack of real seasons that our post-agricultural work lives have engendered. That moment when one takes stock is no longer reliably at the end of a fall harvest, nor will its end result in a quantitative and definitive idea of what the following season will hold. I have no idea the reality of this scene, of course, but I imagine an experienced farmer of yesteryear could enter his silos and instantly know how much wine would be had for that year's celebrations. On those years when the sun and insects had conspired against him, perhaps those silos spoke of debt, and perhaps just one bottle of wine would be added to that debt, to ease its sting and to bring hope to the prayers spoken for the next spring.
Tue, 13 Apr 2010 04:46:18 GMT"You look like a father now. I remember when you were just the cute guy behind the wine bar. The one who lived in his gallery."
Tue, 30 Mar 2010 14:58:05 GMTI'm in that place where everything is tolerable but not yet perfect or finished, and the list of everything is rather long. Having trouble connecting this long list of next todos to anything that might motivate me to accomplish them (funny how much effort a single phone call can take sometimes) or deciding which of the long list is most important right now. Nor do I have any tools (software or wetware) to help in this matter.
Mon, 29 Mar 2010 15:20:32 GMTSo now that I'm caught up on Lost, I'm wondering why I didn't hear any uproar from Christians about the latest episode, given the way it seems one of the main elements of the Lost world runs totally counter to Xian worldview. I know there are some evangelicals out there totally into the show; were they all too busy being up in arms about how our government wants to help protect the widowed and orphaned to notice how a huge cultural development is attacking the core of their religion? Is there going to be some tie-in to western religious thought, or is there some other religion (or mix of religions) that Lost seems to be drawing from?
Fri, 29 Jan 2010 20:29:24 GMTWestern religion (like all religions) is an aesthetic. It used to be the driving aesthetic of our overall culture. Now it is primarily following cultural trends. This is how it has failed. Not as a spiritual practice, of which it is one of many and as relevant as any, but rather in pretending its spiritual directives ran counter (or at best secondarily) to its cultural directives.
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Fri, 08 Jan 2010 17:52:56 GMT
We procrastinate because we are afraid. We’re afraid it’s too much work and that it will drain us. We’re afraid we’ll screw it up and get in trouble. We’re afraid we don’t know how to do it. We’re afraid because, well, we’ve been putting it off forever and every time we put it off it seems a little more fearsome in our minds. That’s why not putting things off is so liberating. We’re forced to confront our fears, not let them grow bigger by repeatedly running away. And when we confront them, we find they’re not so scary after all.http://www.aaronsw.com/weblog/doitnow
Wed, 06 Jan 2010 04:20:57 GMT
The human mind delights in finding pattern—so much so that we often mistake coincidence or forced analogy for profound meaning. No other habit of thought lies so deeply within the soul of a small creature trying to make sense of a complex world not constructed for it--Stephen Jay Gould via
Tue, 05 Jan 2010 16:07:39 GMTDear Editor:
Fri, 01 Jan 2010 05:30:44 GMTYou know what #1 is going to be already, right? :)5. My Art. What you say? That also made my top 5 list of failures for 2009? It did. But I did release a digital EP that I am proud of and I did a benefit single collaboration and I did continue to get some work published in a small UK publication and I did make a couple little videos. I have a lot more to do and not as much time to do it, but at least I'm not completely stalled.4. Friends. We made new, good friends and continued and strengthened old, rich friendships. We had good times. I liked Carissa's description of one of our too-infrequent brunches: This is the time frame in most of my friend's lives where we're all settling into this world we created. We're settling in to our ideas and our beliefs and how it's all panning out. We're settling into our mates or what we want out of a mate and understanding more about what was so totally wrong with that last boy/girl friend. We're nestled in with sticky-faced children. We pride ourselves more on our practical functionality and less on our storebought fronts. We're not so swept away by the masses, trends or media and can focus on the big and small pictures individually. When we gather around food and beverage we can connect things from all over and we suddenly need to take care of one another.3. Family. Parenting also made my top 5 list of failures for 2009. But you know what? The other 60% of the time, total win. And collectively? We always win. The four of us have little tough spots almost daily but overall we rock. There is rarely a day when we don't find ourselves all gathered around and I have these really lucid thoughts about how much I love all three of these other people and how well we all work together and how happy I am that we found ourselves together forever.2. Collecta. I totally fell into this job but I am constantly amazed at how much happier I am with my work than I have been in a long time. The people I work with are incredibly smart, capable and passionate. We're building something important. It's a shit ton of hard work, don't get me wrong, but this is the environment I thrive in. And we ship and iterate and ship and ship and ship and ship and iterate and ship and ship. This, my friends, is the way it's done. As I put it to the team at one point: I wanted to mention that I freaking love working with you guys. By far the most brilliant--intimidatingly so--and fun group of people I've ever worked with and the most engaged I've ever been in something I didn't start myself.1. Margot. I had no idea. People had told me, I had drempt about it many times in the past, but she's really here. I have a daughter. A baby girl. Who's the cutest baby anyone has ever seen. I can't wait to watch her grow up.[...]
Thu, 31 Dec 2009 05:30:44 GMT5. Intellectual property. We have billion-dollar corporations suing house moms for millions over file sharing while I can't successfully track down a person to pay for recording a cover tune on my record (despite many attempts). Even if I could track down the legal entity responsible, we can't seem to figure out a reasonable way to compensate them for allowing that recording to be played and downloaded over the web. Meanwhile so-called news sites (aka poorly modified WordPress and Drupal templates) and "lifestyle blogs" are straight-up copy-and-pasting their content from other sites/publications/Flickr/emails/you-name-it. Why bother with writing and editorial staff in the first place? Just deploy some spam-blog code and be done with it.4. Nonprofits. From One Laptop Per Child (which I was an early supporter of) to the what-was-the-big-deal-again? Open Source Applications Foundation (which I modeled my own non-profit after in 2003) to locals whose cost-to-benefit ratio must be the worst of any charitable organization ever. There are a lot of high-value non-profit organizations out there, sustained because of that value. But there are (seemingly) equal numbers of those sustained solely by their ability to execute on public relations. 3. Art. I could discuss the validity of hanging art on walls and charging money to take it home all night long (preferably over numerous adult beverages) but that debate aside, if you are going to engage in such an activity, please hold yourself to some objective standard. Due to the wonders of modern technology, it is now possible for any person with a ticket to Thailand, a DSLR and a handful of free Photoshop actions downloaded off the internet to create a nice little series of photographs. Hell, there are thousands uploaded to Flickr every day. We have the internet, people--go forth and publish! But art...art...that takes work! Disclaimer: You'll notice I have in the past been very guilty of all three of the above. Hell...I founded a nonprofit that helped start an eponymous art gallery and produced software for people to better create, organize and share intellectual property! The fact that I still have strong opinions about these areas is because I still have strong passions in these areas and would love for others to learn from my mistakes. Respect others, learn about intellectual property issues, don't be greedy. Don't work for fame, work for love and let your ideas be honed in the great tumbler of the market (if that is where they truly belong). If those ideas turn into art, then consider their place within our culture before thrusting them upon the world; trade some of that scrap for some wisdom.There are a million great examples out there of all the above done to perfection. My previous list should have been much longer (but I went for quirk over quantity). Creative Commons, Wikipedia, 20x200...and on and on.2. My art. I haven't had the time or propensity to do anything artistic in the manner I would expect from myself. I haven't put in the work (as described above). Even since ditching some of my previous endeavors like photography, I'm still spread pretty thin with writing, music-making and coding/designing. I finally achieved two long-held dreams, professional and personal, but neither of those involved art. I did release a digital EP that I am proud of and a benefit single collaboration, but haven't written music all year otherwise. I haven't really played out or gained any traction. My web sites are a mess, I've barely written. I've had some work published in a small UK publication and that was a great pleasure. One of my favorite creations of the year I did in one night, with the cheapest possible equipment; it was more an act of[...]
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Wed, 30 Dec 2009 04:42:14 GMTIt started with a couple few tweets. Which I can't find. But I complained because I bought some bad beer.Then I got this message on Facebook:Hi Daniel,Lennie from Saint Arnold here. I saw your tweet and wanted to send you a DM but you aren't following us. Sorry you had a bad experience with the DR9. I suppose it is one of those love it or hate it kind of beers. We have been lucky though that, so far, the response has been overwhelmingly positive. If you are interested at all, here is what some other folks are saying about it: http://bit.ly/87B2YFYou asked what we put in it. The answer is: pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices, lot's of chocolate malt, hops, yeast, and water. Our goal was the make the best pumpkin beer ever, sorry you don't agree. We aren't aware of another Pumpkin Imperial Stout out in the market.We won't be able to give you your, "goddamn $$" back but if you ever see that we are doing an event in the DFW area please stop by and we'll be happy to buy you a couple beers. I'm sure there is someone that would love to take the DR9 off your hands. Hope the rest of your holidays are better that last night. Hope we didn't ruin them. Cheers,LennieSo I replied:If the 6 pack was a normal price, it would have been, "Eh, another Saint Arnold (or any other beer) I don't like." (The Lawnmower is also horrible, but more in a Bud Light way, and I didn't even ever buy it to try it, someone had a keg of it at a party one time.) But the Amber I LOVE and have spent $100's (probably approaching $1000's) on, the Christmas is also quite good and I have had it on a number of occasions already. I've had the Brown from a keg and it is rather good although from a bottle it was not worth returning to (but didn't offend me either).The trouble is when things are so bi-polar. Amber is literally my favorite beer to have from a bottle. This Divine 9 is truly the most awful beer to pass my lips. It's like some kind of bait and switch with you people. It's like a bad relationship. You're like a woman who's always pregnant but with no baby at the end of it.I've had pumpkin ales before. This had no hint of pumpkin. The reason I asked if it had anise (or some relative herb) in it was because it tasted exactly like beer with a shot of Becherovka in it. And I like Becherovka, but I've never put it in my beer. Maybe it is the high alcohol content? Except I've had other high % beers before and enjoyed them, even. Maybe it is that combined with the spices? I don't know, all I know is my experience was so bad it left the realm of the subjective.I'll tell you what, tonight I'm going to pour a bottle into a glass and put a "goshdarn" (better?) thermometer in it and check on it every 5 minutes until it is exactly 50 degrees and then have a sip. But let's just say my expectations are low.For what it's worth, I've already had free St Arnold at an event, so we're even already. That's how I got introduced to the Amber and the Brown. And since then, some St Arnold's employee's kid has had her teeth professionally straightened. You're welcome.And I will probably come back to the Amber after a break. I'll stand there looking at the selection and I'll hate myself for it but I'll grab the Amber. Then I'll re-schedule with my therapist and ask her why I like to be in abusive relationships.PS. It would be "lots of chocolate malt" not "lot's of chocolate malt," unless you meant "Lot's chocolate malt," which might be the problem, I think he was more of an expert in the savory flavors.To which he replied:Wow. You are one passionate and flowery dude.[...]
Thu, 17 Dec 2009 07:58:12 GMT(image)
Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfumeMy friend and colleague Wood Ingham wrote the most amazing Christmas poem, one of the best things I've read all year, something I've read over and over, and something that has sent me down giant rabbit holes the likes of which I have not experienced in probably two years (and inspired this tweet). Seriously, go read it.
Breathes a life of gathering gloom;
Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying,
Sealed in the stone cold tomb. #
Thu, 26 Nov 2009 16:25:14 GMT
Margot has passed the pesky fussy caterpillar stage and butterflied out into adorable. She is wide mouthed smiling happy most of the time. Her powerful cuteness causes entire grocery store aisles to spontaneously line up and goochey-goo. Her dimples can draw an entire crowd of kindergartners from a playground. Her eyes still twinkle a mystery of colors. Golden nugget giggles drip out of her mouth when we manage to kiss the right toe....Carissa Byers: Raspberries
Sun, 08 Nov 2009 21:40:50 GMTHaving an older Mac that positively freaks out when I try to watch videos or do anything else rather CPU intensive, and even having a relatively brand new one that gets pretty hot doing the same, I was excited to find in my Twitters this morning a YouTube HTML5 Viewer that takes a given YouTube link and renders it using the new(ish) HTML5 video tag. Common sense and the blog post that introduced it claimed to use less CPU than Flash on Mac and Linux. Here were my quick and unscientific findings.
Tue, 27 Oct 2009 03:31:05 GMTWhen pressed for a new "about me" for my Google Profile, which I was setting up now just so I could test drive their new social search:
Too much a designer for the developers and too much a developer for the designers.
Too much a heathen for the Christians and too religious for the heathen.
Too much a lycra-wearer for the hipster fixie crowd and not hardcore enough for the racing scene.
Too much a fan of pop music for the indie scene and not glamorous enough for pop music.
Too opinionated about art for the local art scene but too into outsider art for the art academy.
Too much a meritocrat for socialism but too humanist for capitalism.
I live on the edge, in the sense of the word that involves lots of paper cuts.
Thu, 15 Oct 2009 05:46:25 GMTPresteign, randomly found site, love the overall aesthetic. Music-group-as-corporate-entity is not new (see dfg corporation #) but I also like the music-group-as-cultural-ministry, and the above-linked site pulls it off with a nice, subtle European flair.
Call it God, magic, fortune or simply the sum of the variables you cannot understand or control, but know that your very best work cannot be scheduled of produced on-demand. You’ve got to be patient, you’ve got to try and try again and you’ve got to let God in.-- from Let God In.
Fri, 11 Sep 2009 23:00:14 GMTI've had a ton of blog entries stuck in my head and unable to make their way into any of my various publishing systems...something about having a baby and working for a startup. And getting old. But Carissa's take on our brunch last weekend was perfect:(image)
This is time frame in most of my friend's lives where we're all settling into this world we created. We're settling in to our ideas and our beliefs and how it's all panning out. We're settling into our mates or what we want out of a mate and understanding more about what was so totally wrong with that last boy/girl friend. We're nestled in with sticky-faced children. We pride ourselves more on our practical functionality and less on our storebought fronts. We're not so swept away by the masses, trends or media and can focus on the big and small pictures individually. When we gather around food and beverage we can connect things from all over and we suddenly need to take care of one another.
Thu, 30 Jul 2009 18:53:30 GMTwe had a baby, in case you don't follow the twitters, facebooks, or even my boring old website.
Fri, 08 May 2009 04:06:21 GMT(image) My songs were featured on a German online radio show (links actually came from here), I can't find an mp3 to download, but the gist of it was about free music in these troubled economic times. I don't know how they found me but I'm stoked! (Although I think they misunderstood the meaning of "What Am I Supposed to Do?")
Sat, 18 Apr 2009 16:43:54 GMT(image)
The king of Twitter isn’t amused.Urlesque