Bear Droppings
Wednesday, December 31, 2003
 
Happy New Years
Tuesday, December 30, 2003
 
More navel gazing by Big Media of blogs in the USA Today. It's not really that bad of article, but it only looks at the political angle, of which blogs often contain far more. The article mentions the big dogs of course, but ignores the niches and small publishers that make it interesting. I don't say this out of personal spite, just that oh wow politics angle got written up, been there seen that before. Maybe it's just easier for things related to politics make it easier to get print, but places like Making of a Restaurant (sadly over) or Blogcritics are changing the way people interact with media and it while politics is a segment of it, it's not all of it. Most of these newspaper articles seem to miss out on that perspective.
Monday, December 29, 2003
 
PromoGuy's Monday Mission 3.52
1. So, what did you get for Christmas?
Some books, cigar case, DVD of Blade Runner and some luggage.

2. Are you returning any gifts you were given for Christmas? One present I am considering it, while I appreciated the thought it is not something I would ever use.

3. For me, the best part of Christmas being over is that there will be no more Fran Drescher "Old Navy" commercials. Ugh, bring back Morgan Fairchild! What is the best part of Christmas being over? The worry and struggle to get there is over, it has not been the best of Christmases or Year, so I'll be happy when it's over.

4. Used to be, we would always get together with friends and have Margaritas on New Year's Eve (though time has passed and friends drift apart, so not anymore, sadly). My Grandma always makes sure to eat Black Eyed Peas on N.Y.E. I know of another couple who "do it" on NYE, and time it to reach their "peak" right at 12:00 AM! Do you have any traditions each year for New Year's Eve? Normally have dinner together and then go up to Flagstaff for the Pinecone drop, it's silly, but it's home.

5. If you could go back into 2003 and change just one thing, or get a "do over," what would you do? There are too many things I wish hadn't happened this year, but they did, I suppose I am just happy to be close to my family. So it has been difficult to pick just one thing out.

6. Is there anything you want to accomplish in 2004 that seems within reach?

- Launch Geistbear.org, it's close though and I may finish the raw form before New Years.
- Edit my Novel it needs a lot of work, but I want to get it ready for publishing, but it has a ways to go.
- Write and sell a non-fiction book a friend and I have been tinkering with an idea.
- Get a better paying job, hand to mouth sucks.
- Attend 3 professional conferences i.e. CFP, PopTech, and SXSW or Emerging Tech

7. Is your online personality very different from what it would be like if I were meeting you in "real life?" I have been told I am little more serious and thoughtful in person, that my blog is more light hearted than in person.

BONUS: What you gonna do when you get out of jail? Do what ever got us there to begin with again.


 
I have pretty straight forward directions about installing the new MovableType based site, but as I go through the process, making mistakes left and right going back to fix and then waiting to see if the database updates properly all I can think is next time I'll pay to have the work done for me. I'd rather it just work and don't really care how it gets there...
Sunday, December 28, 2003
 
Crazy Thought of the Day
People joke or rumor about changing the Constitution to allow foreign born nationals to become President, specifically Governor Arnold. But the thought occurred to me tonight, wouldn't it be far simpler to invade and annex the country, I mean Austrians are used to being annexed into countries already. (Joking...joking...)
Thursday, December 25, 2003
 
Phillip Torrone did an experiment of taking a picture of himself every 30 minutes, 24 hours a day, 7 days, for 3 weeks. My immediate thought is sleep deprivation, which he verified on irc it messed with his REM patterns.

He notes in the comments of Scoble's blog
actually, the reason the expression(s) are the same is: to have the viewer (ya'll) ignore the human in the photo (me). after looking at a few hundred photos, the person in the photo in this case goes away, and you look at the background only. at least that was the experiment.
The funny thing is while I notice the background I constantly referred back to Phillip's picture as I went through it, it would be one thing if he just clicked away pictures, but the fact he remains a frame of reference through out the series means you notice details on his face, and lack of smiling. I don't know, maybe it's just a personal perspective that I noticed the people out of things, but it just seems difficult not to notice the point of reference in the series. It is definately a unique project worth checking out.

Sign you are an Apple Geek #1576 the picture that stands out most in my mind in the series is the one of Phillip at the Apple store in Tokyo, granted I have never been to Japan, but thanks to this movie, I know what it looks like.
 
Merry Christmas all,

a little holiday flash fun.
Wednesday, December 24, 2003
 
Blogroll and comments hopeful fixed.

or maybe not...
 
Tim Blair has quotes from the year, check it out funny stuff.
 
Poetry Wednesday
Maybe a holiday poem will cheer my mood, perhaps yours as well.

A Visit from St. Nicholas
’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her ’kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;
“Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!”
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St. Nicholas too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a pedler just opening his pack.
His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle,
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night.”
- Clement Clarke Moore

 
Had the holiday blahs this last week or so between work, job hunt, and other asundry issues. My spirits have been better frankly, but I'll survive. I changed the templet here as well, why? well I am helping a friend to start blogging and need to play with templates a bit, I'll probably leave it in this new style as the blog will be moving very shortly anyways. And with the change in formats I have my archives back, very cool development and will help in the move to the new location.

Just a quick wish of happy holidays.

ps- I just realized as of November 7, Bear Droppings is two years old, wow!
Saturday, December 20, 2003
 
Every year I forget mentioning folks about Despair products until it's too late, I especially love this years thoughts on what Ambition gets you.
 
Anyone around here want to buy a town? First order of business is fix their caps-lock button, granted it's alittle too far into the desert for my taste, but your mileage may vary.
Friday, December 19, 2003
 
What do you know, the government gave a Xmas gift to the internet. (Via Drudge)

The policy meaning of this is clear, if it stands, write your members of Congress and urge they support the internet, not corporate entities wanting to sue children and grandparents, and well the poor.
 
Blog's of note points to Fox Searchlight pictures which is basically a bad press release site, using blogger software, under another name Jeff Jarvis media guru has the details.
 
Death and Writers study, I don't know if it's true but it is intriguing idea, hmmm no explanation why Poets are more likely to die sooner. I wonder where bloggers will fall into the mix...
Thursday, December 18, 2003
 
Interesting piece of campaign management by the Dean campaign. It took a good degree of web surfing to figure out what Howard Dean's undergrad degree was in, it turns out Political Science. So while his campaign touts his medical background, and I don't mean to imply he isn't a Doctor, but he has been a politico from day one. Not that it is necessarily a bad thing, it just would be the more honest admission. His official biography page and most of the prominent google hits only site him as receiving a degree from Yale in 1971, but no indication as to what it is.

What started me to wonder about this was the recent report of Dean taking a number of courses on the Soviet Union and Marxism. I took a number of similar courses, three or four I think, as well in my international affairs degree but then I don't report my academic history as B.A. from Northern Arizona University in 1995. It just strikes me as he is hiding his background not unlike he did with his governor records. It also just a bit tarnishes his outsider to politics image.

Followup: I noticed this article in the Washington Post, but it took me until this morning (Saturday) to find it again. I think this quote by his campaign manager is even more evidence that this idea is manufactured by intent not accident. "Trippi insists. "The guy is more of a doctor than he is a pol."" But the problem with the statement is he become a Doctor in 1978, ran for office successfully in 1982. He has been in one political office or another ever since. Not exactly the career of a Doctor.

Granted there have been examples of Doctors maintaining their practice while serving in political office. The former Representative "Doc" Coburn (R-OK) as an example, he was well known to some Hill offices as their unofficial Doctor during his tenure. Representative Coburn also scheduled doctor office hours on Mondays and Fridays during in session and at other hours when he was in the district. But it does leave open the question some blogger should address, did Howard Dean continue practicing medicine after elected to office? If not his political science degree and career record show his in fact a politician and not the outsider image his campaign likes to maintain.

 
Dean sealed his gubernatorial records, and this makes some suspect he was an abortionist who sold the sundered remains to Satanists for Black Mass rituals.
Not that I believe it, but it is an interesting theory and can't be disproven until we can see his records.

Some days Lileks is too fun for words.
 
Remember folks if you are going to buy music this holiday season support independent artists and labels, especially certain new albums, otherwise be ready for what a crappy present. Or simply don't buy music as a present...

(yes brother this might be viewed as a hint as well)
 
Clay Shirky has another essay this one on how the RIAA is succeeding in driving encryption to the masses in a way that sci-fi never could, like his other articles it's well worth the read.
 
If it hadn't been for the fact he killed her she would be really happy with his work File
Some quotes are too funny for words...
"If she had lived, Mary Jo Kopechne would be 62 years old. Through his tireless work as a legislator, Edward Kennedy would have brought comfort to her in her old age." - Charles Pierce in a January 5 Boston Globe Magazine article. Kopechne drowned while trapped in Kennedy's submerged car off Chappaquiddick Island in July 1969, an accident Kennedy did not report for several hours.

A number of great media quotes from the year.
 
Verisign is Clueless. The fact that the internet is based at the edges is what gives the internet it's strength, having it managed from a central location gives greater opportunity for regulation, bureaucracy, and censorship. It's also gives a primary point of attack for those wanting to disrupt the network. It's more than a bit frightening that the head of a major Internet company does not understand the medium in which his company makes it's income.
Wednesday, December 17, 2003
 
Poetry Wednesday
Winter is in the air...

Sonnet XCVII.
How like a winter hath my absence been


How like a winter hath my absence been
From thee, the pleasure of the fleeting year!
What freezings have I felt, what dark days seen!
What old December's bareness every where!
And yet this time removed was summer's time;
The teeming autumn, big with rich increase,
Bearing the wanton burden of the prime,
Like widowed wombs after their lords' decease:
Yet this abundant issue seemed to me
But hope of orphans and unfathered fruit;
For summer and his pleasures wait on thee,
And, thou away, the very birds are mute:
Or, if they sing, 'tis with so dull a cheer,
That leaves look pale, dreading the winter's near.
- William Shakespeare

 
Social network article from NY Times, mostly just posting so I don't forget it, but if you are interested in how the internet is being used for social purposes check it out.
Tuesday, December 16, 2003
 
I didn't feel comfortable with Dean's foreign policy speech, but could not put my finger on why until I read this, then it suddenly becomes all too obvious. Further more his comments on the intelligence organs for the US did not make sense, yes he wants to fix them, but he does not explain how. Sure there should be more domestic-foreign cooperation, but Bush has addressed this and the results of Bush's effort will take time. All and all I am not any less convinced he is the wrong candidate.

As for AIDS it is easy to speak now when Bush has made a larger contribution of any previous President, but I can't help but wonder will it pan out or where will he find the budget for it?

Most importantly, Dean is a Doctor, he understands in theory preventing future illness through advanced preparedness, I don't see the wisdom in his comments. I really wish I did.

Because of Dean's internet savy I want to be sold on his policy, I really do, but I haven't been able to thus far.

PS - Slate has a followup on Dean's foreign policy that sheds more light on the issue.
Monday, December 15, 2003
 
casablanca
"You must remember this, a kiss is still a
kiss". Your romance is Casablanca. A
classic story of love in trying times, chock
full of both cynicism and hope. You obviously
believe in true love, but you're also
constantly aware of practicality and societal
expectations. That's not always fun, but at
least it's realistic. Try not to let the Nazis
get you down too much.


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I could have easily predicted this outcome, so to those that have received a drunken phone call or email at three am akin to Sam's behavior, please forgive me ;)
Sunday, December 14, 2003
 
I awoke to this news with two dogs jumping all over my bed, who knew dogs were so politically aware. This should make our troops job a bit easier.

ps - after the next four to eight weeks...
Friday, December 12, 2003
 
Okay, I admit, I listen to too much late night talk shows deadicated to spreading fear and paranonia across America. But that said I not opposed to the flu shots as part of some crazed govt conspiracy, I just think it makes more sense to build ones immune system than shooting it with a shot that may or may not be the designated govt thought to be flu of the season. Weather forcasters do a piss poor job of predicting the weather so I ask you, why do we think the govt will do a good job of predicting a virus 3-6 months in advance? I would argue it is an even tougher prediction.
 
Certain friends who I shall not name, give me faith, they make me read things I would not have read. Okay maybe in paperback a year or three later, but if I could find it for a good used price. And they help us to think, and maybe, just maybe will help us to grow and learn.
 
Bureaucratic creep always happens if a technology can be used for tracking sooner or later it will. The latest example is EZ pass. People were told, no it won't be used for tracking purposes and now it is. I think that is why I continued to use the old fashioned paper cards on the DC metro system, not that I had anything to hid or worry about but they were untraceable, unless you bought a card using the credit card but even then it would be only trace your initial purchase time/location. The new chip based cards, while I have been told are untraceable, I am still not convinced, but it will be interesting to watch and see. The advantage of new technology you can find anyone anywhere, the disadvantage of new technology you can find anyone anywhere. A double-edged sword.
Thursday, December 11, 2003
 
Poetry Wednesday
Yes, it's a little late, been occupied with other stuff.

Here the Frailest Leaves of Me
Here the frailest leaves of me and yet my strongest lasting,
Here I shade and hide my thoughts, I myself do not expose them,
And yet they expose me more than all my other poems.
- Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

Tuesday, December 09, 2003
 
More on the UN attempts to take over the internet from Jeff Jarvis. For the moment breath a sigh of relief, but as typical with bureaucrats once they get their eye on something keep an eye on it just in case.

I think he covers the key points and a few that I would have missed. It's the monopoly interests in developing countries that are holding up internet development, not the developed world as India has demostrated.
Monday, December 08, 2003
 
Forgot to post something, something I have posted in the past to other folks but for some reason it did not occur to me until today. Friday was a very important day in history, my father was born.

Belated by Happy Birthday Dad!
 
PromoGuy's Monday Mission 3.49
1. Do you have any vacation time from work saved up for the Holidays? Or are you taking any time off or traveling this month? What are your plans?
Nope since I am working service industry this year time off won't really be happening. In fact Christmas morning since my alternate will be out of town I'll be getting off work and then driving to Phoenix to be with family, a few hours sleep and then back to work. It happens.

2. When do you do most of your blogging? During the day, at work, at home, at night? When it strikes me I'll blog day, night, work or home there is not a specific pace it's just when something fascinates, infuriates, makes me laugh, or think. And sometimes just to be silly.

3. What tends to keep you from blogging more? Or could it be that you blog too much and should do less? Hmmm maybe just right I suppose, I started it as writing practice and continue with it today for that reason, it pushes me to do at least some writing every day.

4. Do you like dressing up and/or "role playing?" I enjoyed role-playing when I was younger, but I really haven't done any in years.

5. When choosing a mate, there are some things you can overlook (boob size, hairy backs, beer belly, bad teeth, hair lip, etc.) and some things you just can't (see previous list). What are some of thing things you can live with when picking your partner, and what are the things that are a "must have?" Must have good sense of humor and a curoisity about the world. I see people who seem happy having the same job for the rest of their lives and that isn't really part of who I am. Maybe I'll reach that point someday, but right now I like the growing, new experiences and learning, I suppose I got that instilled from my parents.

6. My neck and back are in a constant state of tension. In fact, on the rare occasion that someone gives me a neck/back-rub, I am so tense that it hurts when they work out the kinks. I am just more used to being tense than not. I think I need help. Have you ever had a professional massage or ever been to a Chiropractor? No.

7. Inspired by the Amazing P3nis Patch.... Does size really matter? Yeah you know exactly what I mean too. Men, what have you been told and what do you know to be true? Girls, what is the real story and is that what you tell the guys? Have you ever been scared of one that was too big? For both: why do you think this debate is still going on? Doesn't matter. People are bored and/or insecure so they have to have something to talk about.

BONUS: Do they know it's Christmas time at all? Is it? Actually work has their Xmas music on already but behold the power of the Night Auditor find a certain key and less than an hour of Christmas music a night and that really isn't so bad no is it?
 
Last week I mentioned how the UN wants to get involved in the internet. This would be a great opportunity for freedom and participation right?

Maybe not...
Paul Twomey, the president of the Internet's semi-official governing body, Icann, learned Friday night what it feels like to be an outsider.

Mr. Twomey, who had flown 20 hours from Vietnam to Geneva to observe a preparatory meeting for this week's United Nations' conference on Internet issues, ended up being escorted from the meeting room by guards. The officials running the meeting had suddenly decided to exclude outside observers.
...

"I am not amused," Mr. Twomey said via a cellphone outside the conference room Friday evening after he was barred from the planning meeting. "At Icann, anybody can attend meetings, appeal decisions or go to ombudsmen. And here I am outside a U.N. meeting room where diplomats - most of whom know little about the technical aspects - are deciding in a closed forum how 750 million people should reach the Internet." Mr. Twomey said that others were also kept out, including members of the news media and anyone who was not a government official.
- NY Times
If this is the kind of openness that the UN will bring to the internet then we will have some serious issues. I went to a meeting on internet and diplomacy while living in DC the most telling event out of the experience was while they were discussing internet issues no one out 40 in the room had a laptop. That would be unheard of in a tech meeting, but such was the case in this policy meeting. It's a clear case of sticking your nose into something you don't understand. ICANN has many serious problems but this is not the way of fixing them.
Saturday, December 06, 2003
 
Quote of the Day "duct tape applies to everything"
Friday, December 05, 2003
 
Salon has an article on youth and activism that is interesting.
But in interviews with more than 30 fans attending the Tell Us the Truth tour in New York and Boston, two criticisms repeatedly emerged. First, concert-goers were turned off by the shrillness of the political rhetoric. Second, they wanted to know how to become more politically active; they weren't content with simply being in the audience.

It's a limited survey but it is showing some interesting trends, remember this is the first generation to grow up with the internet around, frankly I didn't use it until the end of my college years, but these people have had it around and gotten used to it. It is an interactive medium which means people participate. They have gotten used to that as a requirement for their attention, if they are going to bother spending time with your product/political campaign/media they need to be able to participate. And not just a bit of Flash on a website either. Frankly while I enjoyed watching Dawson's Creek it's website was pretty corporate, push-media oriented.

If this trend holds, and I suspect it will, this will be the beginning of the death nell of broadcast television as a dominat medium, not that it will go away, just it's importance will diminish. Additionally, if you think about the recent demographics that 18 to 34 year olds turning away from television further illustrates the trend.

But granted this so far antimedia argument, there has to be some evidence to support the position? Well how about the Dean campaign as a good example. He has activists signing up on a daily basis, participating in the blog, and doing meetups and other local activities. The fact that he his giving buy in to voters on a local level is a powerful message. You could call it lip service, but I think that he had supporters decide if he should take matching federal funds a great idea.

The point about tone mentioned in the quote is another key point. As I have argued in the past I think is a common thread of Generation X and younger generations is that they are by and large sick of dogmatic partisanship. The shrillness of modern politics only leaves most of this generations and a lot of other Americans turned off to the political process. I think this is a serious issue for Dean and one that may cost him in the long run regardless of how well his people run a website.

Meaningful participation seems to be the point in the end. The internet enables it and we have generations growing up on it, it will be interesting to see what the future brings.
 
Washington Post has an article on the upcoming UN summit on the internet. ICANN does have serious problems and needs reform, but when it comes to freedom and free speech I am not sure that the UN will do any better job than ICANN has done. Especially since certain nations like France and Germany have a history of banning speech if they don't like it, granted the US has similar problems with free speech in regards of copyright issues, but overall I think we are more balanced than most other nations. China and most of the Middle East use content filters. It just strikes me that this beaucracy will not improve the situation, but can do plenty of harm. I am all in favor of the UN getting involved when there is a benefit to their involvement, but this is not one of those areas.

More on the Summit...
 
you are lightsteelblue
#B0C4DE

Your dominant hues are cyan and blue. You like people and enjoy making friends. You're conservative and like to make sure things make sense before you step into them, especially in relationships. You are curious but respected for your opinions by people who you sometimes wouldn't even suspect.

Your saturation level is low - You stay out of stressful situations and advise others to do the same. You may not be the go-to person when something really needs done, but you know never to blow things out of proportion.

Your outlook on life is bright. You see good things in situations where others may not be able to, and it frustrates you to see them get down on everything.
the spacefem.com html color quiz

 
Shadows are falling and I'm running out of breath
Keep me in your heart for awhile

If I leave you it doesn't mean I love you any less
Keep me in your heart for awhile

When you get up in the morning and you see that crazy sun
Keep me in your heart for awhile

There's a train leaving nightly called when all is said and done
Keep me in your heart for awhile

Sha-la-la-la-la-la-la-li-li-lo
Keep me in your heart for awhile

Sha-la-la-la-la-la-la-li-li-lo
Keep me in your heart for awhile

Sometimes when you're doing simple things around the house
Maybe you'll think of me and smile

You know I'm tied to you like the buttons on your blouse
Keep me in your heart for awhile
Hold me in your thoughts, take me to your dreams
Touch me as I fall into view
When the winter comes keep the fires lit
And I will be right next to you

Engine driver's headed north to Pleasant Stream
Keep me in your heart for awhile

These wheels keep turning but they're running out of steam
Keep me in your heart for awhile

Sha-la-la-la-la-la-la-li-li-lo
Keep me in your heart for awhile

Sha-la-la-la-la-la-la-li-li-lo
Keep me in your heart for awhile

Keep me in your heart for awhile
- Warren Zevon

It figures and I think Warren Zevon would apprciate the irony that the year he is nominated from five Grammys is the year of his death. At least they finally noticed what some of us have known for a long time, he was one of the best folk-rock writers around.
Thursday, December 04, 2003
 
There is something in the air, big things are going to change for Bear Droppings. New host and it's own domain, hopefully I'll have something for people to see before the New Year. In the meanwhile got a bit of learning to do on SQL, Perl, and maybe PHP.

I'll also be willing to offer dirt cheap hosting for domains if any friends are interested let me know.

Greymatter? Movable Type? Other blogging tools? Feel free to share your experiences in the comments I need the input. While I have loved using Blogger it doesn't offer categories something I have wanted since day one and is a requirement for the new site.

A major word of thanks to Blogger. Yes it has problems but if you want to get started blogging I would HIGHLY recommend Blogger. It's easy to use, simple and direct interface and just works. But it's time to grow...
Wednesday, December 03, 2003
 
Here at Bear Droppings I like to highlight the best in ursine humor when available, but in the meanwhile how about a panda joke.
 
Necessity is the mother of invention an interesting story of high tech engineers learning how to make low tech or low economic devices.
 
Poetry Wednesday

Meeting and Passing
As I went down the hill along the wall
There was a gate I had leaned at for the view
And had just turned from when I first saw you
As you came up the hill. We met. But all
We did that day was mingle great and small
Footprints in summer dust as if we drew
The figure of our being less than two
But more than one as yet. Your parasol

Pointed the decimal off with one deep thrust.
And all the time we talked you seemed to see
Something down there to smile at in the dust.
(Oh, it was without prejudice to me!)
Afterward I went past what you had passed
Before we met and you what I had passed.
- Robert Frost



 
Protesting the RIAA a rather underground way, I don't know that I would have included pictures of myself in it, but I can't deny I am sympathetic to the idea.
 
Working night audit I listen to a lot of Coast to Coast AM, it's an admitted guilty pleasure listening to some very reasonable folks and well a whole lot of freaks. But one thing struck me tonight while listening... to American ears nearly anything suggested by a British accent will sound reasonable.

"and then of course the seaslugs will take over civilization from man, it will to be sure quite an unusual experience, but we will adapt."

Of course I already had a crazed British roommate so I am immune to the effects.
 
Neat little quick writing exercise. I am posting to remember myself as well as point out to folks like Jen who may enjoy.
Tuesday, December 02, 2003
 
After Nano, like I said I did it, but you fair reader are probably wondering how I will ever keep occupied now that NaNo has passed, never fear for I had made plans!

December NaFiThFlMa - National Fight Your Way Through Flagstaff Mall, as the towns 50,000 residents try to squeeze into the space of a single Walmart

February NaFlSnSiDa - National Flagstaff gets 50,000 Snowflakes in a Single hour for a Day (weather pending)

March NaCoPCMo - National Consume Potato Chip Month, 31 days, 50,000 chips

April NaHaHeAtMo - National Have a Heart Attack Month, after eating all those chips

May AnBlMoMo - Flagstaff's Annual get Blown of the Mountain Month (actually this is really in April, but you know after all those chips it will need to be pushed back a month)

June AnAvKiToMo - Annual Avoid being Killing a Touron Month, 50,000 mob of Tourons hit Flagstaff and they are deadly!

August NaReCoMo - National Return to College Month, in Flagstaff this means the students and 2.4 relatives return to college meaning a confused mob of 50,000 (sensing a theme here?) hits town.

October, well for October I'll be just preparing for the madness that is NaNoWrMo again.
Monday, December 01, 2003
 
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