Bear Droppings
Saturday, November 29, 2003
It's 14,000 words to NaNo, we've got a full pot of coffee, a couple of cigars, it's dark and we're wearing sunglasses.
Friday, November 28, 2003
I love reading a wide diversity of blogs because you never know what you'll find serious, thoughtful, ranking, or funny.
its like Tigger got drunk in tijuana and had an illegitiate kid.

I near spit out my drink when I read that. Here is to diversity of opinions emerging via blogs. And especially the humor they inspire...
You know when you want an online photo collage, try Rageboy. Nobody does it better. (Never really safe for work)
The New York Times had an interesting article on a sociologist living in the environment they are examining. (Thanks to Joi for the pointer) She is in the space of Social Software (LOAF) but the line I liked best was this
"Apparently Friendster management could conceive of only one reason: to subvert the site. So it began terminating the Fakesters. That set off a Fakester revolution, complete with a manifesto: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all fakesters and real people are created equal."

To paraphrase the X-files, the myths are out there. Maybe even more actively created than in the industrial revolution, because of the more inherent social revolution that is side by side with this technological one.

Technology is helping us to rewrite society, it's rules, norms, and social behaviors. It's empowering the individual and their role in society. All is not perfect, this is a difficult and challenging process that we are learning along the way, but I think that is what makes it all the more interesting.
Thursday, November 27, 2003
Happy Turkeyday!
I got up to fix the bird, as I was stuffing the bird I heard a voice in my head two thanksgivings ago Dude your fisting the bird! Peace Reemul where ever you be. Back to sleep for me as this is the middle of my sleep time.
Wednesday, November 26, 2003
He may have been Superman in the movies, but maybe, just maybe he is really Lex Luthor.
Poetry Wednesday

Like winds or waters were her ways:
The flowing tides, the airy streams,
Are troubled not by any dreams;
They know the circle of their days.

Like winds or waters were her ways:
They heed not immemorial cries;
They move to their high destinies
Beyond the little voice that prays.

She passed into her secret goal,
And left behind a soul that trod
In darkness, knowing not of God,
But craving for its sister soul.
- George William Russell

For those of you who like Thanksgiving dinner through a straw
I think I have heard of everything. Can I get some gravy chew sticks on the side please? Or maybe some mashed potato ice cream...
Tuesday, November 25, 2003
Don't try this diet plan at home kiddies, Atkins is a whiney little punk compared to this fakir's plan. My guess three weeks until you see him on Oprah.
My NaNo plot has alot of common elements with Paycheck a Philip K. Dick story that is being made into a movie....great. (CENSORED)
Long day, five hours to go, very tired. That is all...

The Project goes well another week and we will finish up, if this had been a normal week the other person helping out might have completed it, but with Thanksgiving this week it looks like I'll be going up one last time next Monday.

Like via osmosis, I have learned a lot about Indian rugs of the last few weeks.

1 - While there were elaborate rugs before 1930, you can tell in the 1930-40s rug making became more of an artistic and money making venture as opposed to purely practical one. Especially pre-1890 most rugs were fairly simple design it seems to me (very novice opinion).

2 - I get a real thrill by looking at some of the 1960s rugs, because it may have been some of the same rugs my Mother saw when she took her first trip West. I can't say for sure, but I enjoy the thought anyways.

3 - Today, I started to think often about the old trading posts, how many are still out there and operating in the modern big box store era? I am thinking next Spring I'd like to make a few trips out and see what's out there. For instance I know the Goldwater trading post is gone, but how many still exist? It gives me the Winter to do some reading and research, but it sounds like a fun way to spend a few weekends.

4 - I only have scratched the surface on the topic. I think I can tell a Ganado rug, but seeing the differences in styles is difficult if not impossible for me.

5 - I really need to take a nap after working on the project before work. I couldn't get to sleep tonight and can tell the difference. Thankfully I haven't faceplanted into my keyboard yet, unlike some people I know, but 7am is a long ways away. :)

Okay now, that is all.
Sunday, November 23, 2003
My consideration of Dean as a candidate has ended, I don't know who I'll vote for but it won't be him. While I do enjoy his shoot from the hip style too many negatives have racked up against him.

1 - Union endorsements

2 - The idea we should reregulate right more bureaucracy is exactly what the economy needs right now

3 - Lastly Ted Rall has stated his preferance (note his spelling not mine). Rall has been know for his bad taste in cartooning, but he obviously doesn't live on the same planet as I do when he writes "Dennis Kucinich, Carol Moseley Braun and Al Sharpton have brought common sense...". These are three people I don't think should ever be in the same sentence with common sense. So it's an endorsement, big deal, but the Dean camp wants you to know they are happy of his support.

I have a lot of respect for David and Joi, they definitely have helped put him on the map by his intelligent use of the internet, but in regards of policy his values don't reflect mine.
A buddy of mine worked at WTC 7, he had been to the game on September 10 and was running late the next morning. He emerged from the PATH station just after the first plane struck, he saw the second plane come in, and thanks to this man he made it safely back home. Everyday Heros, god bless them.
Saturday, November 22, 2003
Another plug for Day by Day go read it.
Jeff Jarvis reminds us that it's nearly time for the man/dog/overexcited monkey of the Year. He also suggests that bloggers should have a few of their own.

Blogosphere's Fool of the Year - While Josh Marshall is always in the running for his chicken little the Bush Administration is falling posts, I'll go with John Dvorak for his lack of understanding blogs. Note - He has gotten a late start this year but I have strong hopes for Jason Calacanis for next year.

Tyrant of the Year - Hussein is too passe, Kim Chong-il of North Korea has the wacky factor, but I am going with Robert Mugabe on his one man crusade to starve Southern Africa.

Nonstory of the Year - Bush is Evil Dictator that will ruin America. I don't agree with a lot of his policies, I doubt I'll even vote for him, but he is not the worst President we have had. While his black and white leadership is often annoying to foreigners and liberals, it is nice to have a President to point to certain things and say it's wrong and stick by his guns.

Meme of the Year - Wireless, the power of computing is becoming more distributed and mobile and that is a very powerful thing.

and I'll toss into the mix...

Fad of the Year - Flash Mobs

Hopefully a few more by the end of the year.
Friday, November 21, 2003
Get inside the real Joi Ito (a little too close for me really...)
Friday Five
1. List five things you'd like to accomplish by the end of the year.
Finish my Nano novel (over half way there...), find a better job, get the back door of the cabin insulated for winter, make squash soup for my Mom, and enjoy New Years with my friends in Flagstaff at the pinecone drop.

2. List five people you've lost contact with that you'd like to hear from again. James, Sajid, Garth, Jochen, and Tiff

3. List five things you'd like to learn how to do. Get back to learning Tai Chi, fix my drive in golf, find a way to make a living blogging for fun and profit, how to make sushi, and how to make love last.

4. List five things you'd do if you won the lottery (no limit). G4 Powerbook, G5 for home, spare house in DC, go to all the conferences I'd like to attend (SXSW Interactive, Poptech, CFP, Emerging Tech, SuperNova, etc etc etc), and live in Germany for a year to get my fluency back.

5. List five things you do that help you relax. Hiking with my dog, a good beer, better conversation, a good smoke, being at home (Northern Arizona).
Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Poetry Wednesday

Knowing others is intelligence;
knowing the self is enlightenment.

Conquering others is power;
conquering the self is strength.

Know what is enough, and you'll be rich.
Persevere, and you'll develop a will.
Remain in the center, and you'll always be at home.
Die without dying, and you'll endure forever.
- Tao Te Ching

Tuesday, November 18, 2003
PromoGuy's Monday Mission 3.46
1. I read an article that said the reason many people like hot and spicy food is because that pain actually causes them pleasure. Do personally find a connection between pleasure and pain? *pause* ahem, well a little definately for spicy food.

2. On the local NPR station their was a news item that about a recent study which said men who do housework get more sex. What do you think about that? Why would that be the case? Hmmm let's see drunk guy on the couch watching football, vs. helping his S.O. and making her life a little easier, yeah that is a total mystery I don't understand it at all.

3. A friend and I were talking about the stigma attatched to divorce. He said that men can usually be divorced and not have much social backlash, but that women are often looked at as having failed in some way. The church especially, he said, tended to look down upon divorced women as if it were totally their fault and not the man's. Do you think there is a double-standard when it comes to men and women and the stigma of divorce? Well it does not surprise me that a church would be intolerate, while ideal it should be the most open and forgiving place that is not the case I have seen. As for other folks I really don't think it's a stigma that was say 40 years ago.

4. On that same topic, I just read an article (look on Google News) that said parents with daughters are more likely to divorce than parents with sons. Do you think there is any validity to this? From family circumstance I will say yes and agree, but won't go into any detail at the moment, ask me later like in a year or two and then I might be able to web publish a response.

5. Do you think the way a Father raises his daughter has an impact on the type of men she will eventually have relationships with? Yes.

6. Have you ever found your body craving some sort of food? Meat, chocolate, fruit and even water, the body tends to know what it needs. Do you get food cravings? Which are the most powerful? Yes, very much so the craving I get most often is for Sushi. I also get hungry for Cafe Asia's Pad Thai w/ shrimp too yummy for words. I do however get random odd cravings like for animal crackers a few weeks ago. Also since I have been hitting the gym more regularly I get cravings for a burger, which I have never been much of a beef fan.

7. Do you have any type of skills you can "fall back on" if you needed to change careers suddenly? Hmmm let's see Night Auditor (currently using), Line Cook, Jewelry shop assistant (specifically basic watch repair), Cafe Barista (is there a male form of this?), Web design hack, the list goes on and on...

BONUS: Ain't that a shame? Your the one to blame...
Cory Doctrow has a great letter supporting Amazon's new book search function. His point is simple "I want to work *with* my readers, not *against* them." I think this is a good time to plug his new book of short stories and mention I heartily recommend you buy a copy of Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom. It was one of the best books I read this year. If you aren't familiar with his work check out the short story 0wnz0red in Salon. You won't regret it.
I feel so much better since I did this, it was so easy and now I don't feel bad about Madonna, Puff Daddy, and all those other starving artists not getting their money. (Thanks to JOHO for freeing me)
A few weeks back I talked about the developing power of LOAF, well it just continues on. As you can see it is really starting to attract the attention it deserves. I tell you it's the future of social software, it's LOAF.
In the future everyone will be famous for fifteen people.

I love that quote. The idea that some folks are famous to you.

A few for me...
Reemul - Sculpter, Theologian, and General Miscreatant
[CENSORED] - I love a good conversation and thanks to this person I have had a few lately. (identities are blocked to protect the innocent)
Jen Raj - Rock Star to be!!!

So who is famous to you and not the world at large?

Monday, November 17, 2003
The Low-Fidelity All-Star: he was born with the cool, and it's totally natural.  He runs the gamut from Hipster Supreme (only they can ingest as much coffee as he) to the geeky hipster%
You are the Low-Fidelity All-Star. You were born
with your cool, and it's totally natural. You
run the gamut from Hipster Supreme (only they
can ingest as much coffee as you) to the geeky
hipster (Mario Kart, anyone?).

What Kind of Hipster Are You?
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Sunday, November 16, 2003
First snow fall...
The road up the canyon was highlighted by the perfection of Fall colors. The end of the canyon the trees were bare showing Winter's soon arrival. Then on my way home I saw my first snow up close driving home on an empty country road. The snow thick enough that it slowed my progress, but lifted my spirits. It's good to be home.
I got to thinking about the nature of cities, their feel and how it comes about, thanks to a stimulating conversation yesterday. And some words from last night are seeping into my thought process. That consciousness can create reality, I started to ponder that may be why the San Francisco city feel is different from New York, but they both possess a city feel.

Charles and I used to get on kicks of discussing different cities feels that there was a sense of energy and emotion in their experience, seperate from just the buildings and individuals that occupy it. I had not thought of it in specific terms but realized on my drive to Flagstaff today that I think of cities and some towns as in terms of emotions, that they have a spirit to them.

This feel may be the collective subconscious of the residents and their reality that is created. Yes this enters almost into that weird Ghostbusters 2 zone, but I have seen it grounded in reality. Seattle is different from Chicago. In the early 90s it was more laid back and definite Western feel to it. Chicago has a city feel, but more of as the Germans would say a Mensch feel to it. (I still lapse into German when it fits my thoughts, it annoys the hell out of certain friends)

New York as example I wrote one June afternoon
New York assaults the senses on every level,
and feeling.
Everytime you think you think you have seen the most amazing thing
she surprises you.
The worst excess of America and it's brightest moments.
Heart of an urban city and a butterfly sneaks past your face just before you realized it was there.
Harmony in design of a building to the jerry rigged lines in the subway.
The breath of Spring at Central Park to the hint of sewage or far worse in midtown.
She is seductive not in a supermodel way,
but like the old Southern Miss Georgia
she is pretty but there is a molasses in her voice that steals your soul and inspires your dreams.
New York challenges your dreams and sets to allay your ambition.
You want to dominate her like a teenager desires a Playboy centerfold,
but when you are here you are entranced like your first crush.
I sit at a bar at the Empire State Building watching the tourists run by, the New Yorker's living the moment, and watching the dream evolve.

What does it mean? I am not sure, but it is worth exploring...
Friday, November 14, 2003
The Long, Hard Year...
It's sneaking up on a year since I left DC and it's been a hard one. I have lost dear friends then this morning found out my Grandmother had died. Add in an aunt with cancer and my struggle to find a decent job becomes a minor thing. Not that I regret the move though, sure there are moments like a wine festival next week I'd love to attend, but then I see the red rock mesas blasking in the moonlight and night skies so clear you can see the Milky way and I don't mind.

All reminders that time is valuable I suppose. Make the moments count, to dream, to enjoy a friend's laugh, or a warm sunset.

NaNo struggles on I have managed to clear the 15k word hurdle and working tonight to close in on 20k. I have gotten through most of my chartered plot another scene or two ahead and it's vast unknown. I know roughly where I'd like the character to end up, if he manages to life that long *evil laugh*. Not that I really intend to kill him, but it's laying out there tempting me we will see if I resist it.

Because of the loss of the last year I guess it drives me to finish this that I can't let the moment go, almost as if I hear Reemul echoing "go on, do it." Our time is short, can I find all the right words in time? I don't know I hope so, I carry alot of hope in me these days.

So smile, laugh with a friend, as for me I got to go, I have a whole lot of writing to get to and the hour is late.

ps - 6 hours and 4000+ words later... not a bad night ;)
What if your Mom find's out about your Blog, well then do this ....
The web can discuss important things, it can convey valuable information, but this isn't one of those sites. It is, however, hilarious. Every once in a while you find a great site online, then forget about it and end up ever so pleased when you find it again.

Most of it is not safe for work, but as an example...

Raize- can you guys see what I type?
vecna- no, raize
Raize- How do I set it up so you can see it?

It's like a best of IRC.
Thursday, November 13, 2003
Adopt a Cigar
Some friends from Germany just called and they were how do I say, yes three sheets to the wind. The two of them had gone through three bottles of wine and the one sounded reasonably in control of himself the other was rather drunk. Anyway we got to talking and a buddy proposed adopt a cigar program. This program would be similar to the Adopt a Child in the Third World ads on tv. The difference would be an opportunity for American's to make sure Cuban cigars find a good home, since they are illegal to buy here. For just $4 my friend will buy and smoke, even record the pleasure with photographs and written account of the cigar so that you knew it was properly cared for. If it were 1999 I'd be talking IPO, but instead after work tonight while I'll be sleeping, they will be enjoying fine Cuban tobacco. Have fun Franky and Pete and thanks for the call, it made my day.

PS - If anyone is interested just let me know...
PromoGuy's Monday, ahem Thursday Mission 3.45
1. I've found myself using abbreviations and acronyms a lot when I "talk tech" with other geeks like me. I rattle off things like "I took the Jay-Peg into Photoshop and made it into a Jiff for the EightchTeeEmmElle. Then took the Kadd and saved it as a PeeDeeEff with EechsEmElle. So now I'll blog this for you in EmmTee in my PeeDeeAyy so you can use your ArrEssEss reader, hope this isn't too OhhTee. BeeArrBee." Do you ever sling slang from your area of expertise around accidentally and leave folks scratching their heads? Do you feel left out when others start speaking in terms specific to their industry? Gimme some examples! Alot of politicial ones the Floor (of the House of Representatives), HHS (Health and Human services), plus my fair share of tech ones. Although in the last two months I have been using alot of hotel ones ADR (Average daily rate) and Comp (complimentary room).

2. My hotel room this past weekend was on the 8th floor. I rode the elevator a LOT. There is a lot of unspoken elevator etiquette, you know? Here are some of my observations (this is freestyle here - add to them or just tell me what you think) When to hold the door, when to let it shut. Do you put your hand in to re-open it if you are too late to get in? Do you hit the "open" button if you see someone running to the door? Do you press the numbers for everyone? Where do you look as you are going to your floor when you are in there with someone you don't know?... Either at the paperwork you have with you or casually at whoever your are traveling with for pleasant BS chatter or if they are total strangers and you don't feel like talking watch the numbers.

3. Some of the meetings at the conference were just plain dull, I almost fell asleep a few times. How do you make it through a boring conversation or meeting when you are feeling drowsy? At a conference easy get wifi and surf the web or blog :) In a meeting my Palm has saved me numerous times all sorts of good games.

4. Do you enjoy flying on commercial airlines? Ever flown First Class? It's a fast way of getting from point A to B I don't really much think about and have my set ways of flying so that it is more comfortable. I have flown First Class on a few occasions, absolute heaven for food quality and service, but in the end it's just a flying tube and it ain't worth the extra cash.

5. When I book my airfare, I always try to book an aisle seat on the left by the exit doors. That way you have more legroom, and being a "righty" I am able to move my arm and elbow without jabbing someone's belly. When you fly, where do you like to sit? Exit aisle if possible for the leg room or baring that right aisle seat, you can get a little more stretch for your legs and being a left more free space for the arm.

6. Have you ever jumped to conclusions and griped someone out, then later learned you didn't have all the facts? Or had it happen to you? What was the real story? Yes, it happened a few weeks ago that someone was an hour and half late for a shift. The person who showed up let me blame it on another person rather than confess they had traded shifts and simply apologize for being late.

7. At the conference, I saw several "Tablet PCs" and now I really want one. And Digital MP3 player. I don't ask for much. Do you have any techno-lust going on? G-4 Powerbook with Ipod, ooooohhhhhhh.

BONUS: Where do you go, my lovely? Ask Axel...

What Is Your Battle Cry?

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what kind of social software are you?

Wednesday, November 12, 2003
cute but psycho
you are the cute but psycho happy bunny. You
adorable, but a little out there. It's alright,
you might not have it all, but there are worse

which happy bunny are you?
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I always knew Guinness is good for your health. (I would have a link here to the story that was in today's AZ Republic, but they don't have it on their site so read it here instead.)
Poetry Wednesday

A Dream Girl
You will come one day in a waver of love,
Tender as dew, impetuous as rain,
The tan of the sun will be on your skin,
The purr of the breeze in your murmuring speech,
You will pose with a hill-flower grace.

You will come, with your slim, expressive arms,
A poise of the head no sculptor has caught
And nuances spoken with shoulder and neck,
Your face in a pass-and-repass of moods
As many as skies in delicate change
Of cloud and blue and flimmering sun.

You may not come, O girl of a dream,
We may but pass as the world goes by
And take from a look of eyes into eyes,
A film of hope and a memoried day.
- Carl Sandburg

Sometimes the Onion is too perfect for words. (Dad don't look at this, okay kidding)
Tuesday, November 11, 2003
"Not only the greatest dialogue in the history of cinema, but it's a genre that doesn't exist anymore: the newspaper comedy. And it's a blistering social satire'' - Quentin Tarantino in NY Times

Fun interview between Tarantino and Brian Helgeland, but this quote stuck out to me as particularly true.

Why I wondered?

Maybe it is because most newspaper/reporters take themselves to seriously or lack the sense of humor to be a realistic location for humor? Perhaps though I can think of plenty of reporters with a sense of humor.

Maybe more because it would take place in blogs which would not translate well into film medium? Perhaps.

Or maybe it's a combination of the previous two points combined with the point that Hollywood doesn't write great dialogue anymore.
Sunday, November 09, 2003
"Hope. It don't cost nothing." Good Luck Browns, I think you'll need it.
Thoughtful article on why the left hates Bush and right hated(hates) Clinton. It may contain a kernal of truth about the differences. I never hated Clinton like some of my colleagues on the Hill. I didn't know the man and while I didn't agree with his slick style I noticed it was effective. While the article indicates GenX may be more Republican, I am not sure if I buy it, I do think they are more pragmatic and less ideological than the previous generation. In DC this has translated to people I know were willing to go work for someone regardless of their own beliefs if it provided a good job experience. In fact there is a Chief of Staff for a very conservative member who himself is very Libertarian, or another example my own work experience. The key I think is to know your limit and not let it change you. The best way to maintain a balance was trips to where politics isn't the center of the world on a regular basis and having friends across the political spectrum.
Friday, November 07, 2003
A compelling response to Valenti's comment on the Broadcast Flag. I suspect it's workable and will ultimately benefit the masses. I know it's something I'll seriously consider supporting, sure I'll miss Iron Chef, but I have seen nearly every episode anyways.
Thursday, November 06, 2003
Hmmm let's see blogs, German, and Europe in the summer time, where is my passport, I have some traveling to do.
Quick update NaNo continues on I just cleared the 10% mark tonight, and seem to be gaining steam with increasing my word count production, though with today's speed I have hit the stride of the amount I'd like to be writing daily.

Looking back on what I wrote I have realized this much...

- Many drafts until this is readable...
- I am changing perspective in chapters which I hate and I know is wrong, but since I pushing word count, not quality I'll fix it later.
- typos, spelling errors and bad grammer oh my!
- I hate when I typed something and then next day I figured out the character wouldn't know that information yet. At least it's something minor.

Writing is hard, but then I knew that. No regrets and the story is slowly starting to emerge.
Wednesday, November 05, 2003
Okay everytime I think of saying something nice about Dean he promptly puts his foot in his mouth. The bright side of this it shows he is not just regurgitate speeches and thoughts given to him by his handlers, the down side is he embarrasses himself and potentially causing serious damage to his campaign. But if you are going to go down in flames it may as well be for being true to yourself.
Among the Democrats I think have mentioned I prefer Dean among them, not that I am willing to say I'd vote for him yet. But considering that the Bush administration has done a lot to grow government and nothing much to shrink it the Libertarian in me could palette Dean about as much as Bush and remind Republicans they should be supporting individual rights and smaller government. But all of that really has nothing to do with this post I am more interested in Dean's use of the internet.

First off he has a great team advising him. More importantly he is using the internet and media in general to communicate to people that they have a voice in his campaign and this can be a VERY powerful message. True I can cite his blog and that's nice and wonderful, but most every Democrat candidate has one now. His use of the Meetup software likewise has been very astute. But actions like polling people to whether or not he should accept Federal matching funds is even more amazing. I know this is an easy thing to game the outcome especially if some smart system admin worked at it, but that really isn't the point. The point is he is opening up the campaign to people to choose his path.

People rather than the Party Leadership, a powerful message. One that might just lead Dean to the White House and definitely worth keeping watching.
Opposite of Social Software...maybe
Ever since Joi posted about his experiences at Disney, Social Software and crowds, a thought has been rumbling in the back of my mind about what would be the opposite of social software. Here is what I have come up with so far.

A personal software program or daemon. I suspect some of these characteristics will not be available due to computing power for 5 to 10 years.

It would most likely initially be web based agent because of the information feeds necessary it would have to be always online, some people eventually would have them home based with the highest broadband speeds. This would be because it would be tied directly to technorati, google, RSS news feeds, and other publications (think Fast Company, Wired, CNN, etc) to monitor you and news or people you are interested in.

The program would have to been adaptive both in terms of learning your preferences (data display, methods of interaction, etc) and improving it's searches on the web. It also would in this component be the initial receiver of email, IM, and phone calls to block spam. Initially through a whitelist I'd suspect, but also by intelligent processing of email. There would be an initial set up time at first, but then as you use the system it would have incorporate an evaluation mechanism that would help it learn your preferences. This mechanism would be easy to use, but not so obtrusive as demanding constant attention.

This would also mean it would be your central point of contact for your data. You may have your Palm, cell, or laptop but they would sync with this central personal database. The best of Outlook, address books, and calendars without virus issues.

Back to why it would be based on a web platform rather than a home platform more than likely, it would allow you to access regardless of the device (Palm, cell, or laptop) In a customized interface that was very similar but functional. For example on a cell phone you wouldn't have as much data displayed as a laptop.

It will be interesting to see how this idea does or doesn't develop over the next few years.
Poetry Wednesday
A little offering to honor the joy of the first snowfall on the Peaks, hopefully the harbinger of a good winter.

The First Snow-Fall
The snow had begun in the gloaming,
And busily all the night
Had been heaping field and highway
With a silence deep and white.

Every pine and fir and hemlock
Wore ermine too dear for an earl,
And the poorest twig on the elm-tree
Was ridged inch deep with pearl.

From sheds new-roofed with Carrara
Came Chanticleer’s muffled crow,
The stiff rails softened to swan’s-down,
And still fluttered down the snow.

I stood and watched by the window
The noiseless work of the sky,
And the sudden flurries of snow-birds,
Like brown leaves whirling by.

I thought of a mound in sweet Auburn
Where a little headstone stood;
How the flakes were folding it gently,
As did robins the babes in the wood.

Up spoke our own little Mabel,
Saying, “Father, who makes it snow?”
And I told of the good All-father
Who cares for us here below.

Again I looked at the snow-fall,
And thought of the leaden sky
That arched o’er our first great sorrow,
When that mound was heaped so high.

I remembered the gradual patience
That fell from that cloud like snow,
Flake by flake, healing and hiding
The scar that renewed our woe.

And again to the child I whispered,
“The snow that husheth all,
Darling, the merciful Father
Alone can make it fall!”

Then, with eyes that saw not, I kissed her;
And she, kissing back, could not know
That my kiss was given to her sister,
Folded close under deepening snow.
- James Russell Lowell

I was offered a subscription to Fast Company for one of those ridiculously low prices. It works out to a dollar an issue I think, so I figured what the heck and sent in the subscription card. Yesterday my first copy arrived and as I started flipping through it a few thoughts hit me...

1 - Wow, the Dot Ad Boom really is over or this magazine has gone Mad Crazy Atkins, it has gone from it's phone book heft to slim and sleek. But at least it still has kept it's 100,000 year trash life slick paper.

2 - I nearly had an epileptic fit over all the font changes, i.e. type, color, size, bold. It's got it all, in the end it's more distracting than readable.

3 - It may be because it's this specific issue (November 2003) but it seriously gives the impression of the New York magazine from the cover splattered with New York faces to the Jet Blue article on their terminal at Kennedy to a Q and A with New York Life Insurance Co. CEO. I seem to remember last time I grabbed one that it tended to be a magazine that tried to expose people to innovate people across the country, granted it was a boat load of hype but it's hay day was the Dot Com era.

4 - One bright point in the past I was always annoyed by the fact that while they pitched the modern hip company, you couldn't access subscription information via their website. You had to send a letter or call some phone number, a Florida company if I recall correctly. It seems they have jumped on the digital band wagon and you can now access it via the web. Good job!

5 - Joi's blog space gets due credit. I came across his blog via the Cluetrain folks and the diversity of experiences and interesting people have kept me coming back. I have ended up chatting there on a regular basis and am a proud fledgling member of his "posse".

More updates as they warrant.
Tuesday, November 04, 2003
A strangely familiar Democratic candidate, I'd swear I'd seen him somewhere before, but I just can't place the face.
Monday, November 03, 2003
I was awake during the day on my days off so getting back into the work schedule last night was a little rough, my writing suffered because of it, though I did accomplish about half my daily goal. Today I ended up in Flag for a few hours and had a pleasant surprise a nice dusting of snow on the Peaks. It looked absolutely incredible, I had half a mind to drive up the road to the ski resort and check it out, but I was up there for a project. I am doing some data-entry and webpage clean up on a virtual exhibit. Initially the display will be available in the gallery but eventually the pages will be posted online. It is interesting to me because we are making a cultural heritage of making blankets/rugs accessible to a much wider audience, especially once it hits the web. I didn't think much about the blankets, but going through the data sheets I am starting to get an idea of their history and it's pretty amazing and because of the age of these materials, if not for the web it is likely the average person would never get a chance to see them.
PromoGuy's Monday Mission 3.44
1. This week the Episcopal Church USA installed the Rev. V. Gene Robinson was as a bishop of New Hampshire. This would probably not be news if Robinson were not an openly gay man. Critics are upset because their beliefs view bible to be condemning of homosexuality. Another point of view sees this as an opportunity for the church to reach a wider audience. What do you think of the church consecrating an openly gay person as Bishop? Should a person's sexual preferences be tied to religious beliefs? How do you think this should be handled? Should gay people in church leadership even be an issue? Frankly I don't care since I don't practice any organized religion, but if I am forced to have an opinion on the matter people's sexual preferences is something personal and I don't see how anyone else can judge if they aren't hurting anyone else so people should pay more attention to their own business.

2. Have you ever supported an opposing viewpoint with someone just to "push their buttons?" Ever been in a situation where you really didn't care for one side or the other, but just found it fun to watch someone get all worked up in an argument? Only if I could be amused by doing it, which I have so yes I have been known to play Devil's Advocate just for the sake of an interesting arguement, but after all the years in DC I don't think I enjoy those arguements as much as I used to.

3. If you had to pick one, on which of the "Reality" shows do you think you do well? I couldn't begin to guess since I have never seen one, okay I have seen one MTV Real World, but since I am not in their target market I doubt I'd hear them knocking any time soon.

4. Have you, or anyone you know, ever tried any "alternative" healing practices or "all natural" medication? How did it work out? It's very common here in Sedona, big surprise. Like a lot of medicine it's partial based in faith so it has potnetial, I just have my doubts with any practice that poisons the body to heal it, i.e. Chemo theorpy.

5. If you cold write your own prescriptions, what is the first thing you would get? Nothing.

6. Are you getting a Flu shot this year? Do you ever get them? Have you ever had to endure a round of the full-blown Flu virus? I don't get them because everyone I know who gets the Flu shot invariably gets sick shortly there after. Even then they don't predict which strain of the flu will be the popular one any given season, so I add some vitamins, juice into my diet and take my chances.

7. On television commercials, when men get sick they are portrayed like big whiny babies. Based on your personal experience, do you think this is an accurate depiction? If the guy has someone to take care of them perhaps, but you know I think that is true when anyone gets sick they like having someone comfort them.

BONUS: GirIfriend, how could you let him treat you so bad? Yea girl, dat is whack!

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