Posts from December 2000

erik and greg at the zoo

the zoo bar in lincoln nebraska


hey, it's almost a new year. happy new year. and happy binary birthday, meg.

cliff's in lincoln nebraska

Here is a short list of things (much like meg's list) experienced on vacation: America in Passing by Henri Cartier-Bresson (dramatic!), Cast Away (not so good), The Gift, The Insider, Lazlo's, aaron's photographs at Club 1427, Opera by Tosca, snow, Bushmills & coke, and the like.

when you've been on vacation and off the web for seven days, it's hard to know where to begin to reconnect. I guess I'll just be taking it one site at a time: hello, evhead, megnut, and haughey have redesigned. I guess the peer pressure is on. (it's the old blog circle theory in action.)

It's official: weblogs and blogger are news. The New York Times says so.


I'm having a great time with friends and family right now. I hope you're having a good holiday wherever you are. :)

skp and I made it to Nebraska. man, it's cold here.

from JMB: Photographing the Commonplace: "Proust compares our memories to drugstores that contain a range of drugs with a range of possible effects; our memories are places where, he writes, 'chance steers our hand sometimes to a soothing drug and sometimes to a dangerous poison.'"

Hypertext Now: Beyond the Portal: "Many have feared that the future of the Web will recapitulate the history of broadcasting: that it will soon consolidate into a handful of dominant sites eclipsing all the others. However, it is likely that the centrifugal force of links will balance the pull of centralization."

even better than the real thing: democracy. "We were upstairs at this point, and we looked down at him and asked, in a loud voice -- 'Why are you using a public library to promote a junk food product?'"

sometimes you have to make test posts. don't ask why.

Halcyon Days of Broadcast Ad Model Fade by Christopher Locke: "Mass media are "mass" because they have for so long served the core requirement of mass production: to move excess inventory. The more product such advertising could move, the more profit the company made, so obviously, the bigger the audience the better. Mass media are mass because they're huge. And the way such hugeness is achieved is by appealing to lowest-common-denominator tastes in terms of programming content. The content is merely bait to entice the audience. The real show, the real message, is the advertising. Therefore advertisers want to lower the common denominator so that they can get everyone possible into the audience." [via personalization newswire]

I missed this Big Panda Comics plea for micropayments when it happened, but caught it on Doc Searls Weblog. According to Doc he's been successful. Not sure how successful...but it sounds good. It's refreshing to hear someone speak the truth like this.

oh yeah, one more: make the damn punch-card system of voting illegal.

oh, and the software that runs any type of vote-counting machines should be open source. every part of an election should be open to public examination.

Dinah has some great actions that we should take as a country based on lessons learned from this historic election debacle. I agree with all of them, especially proportional electoral votes. (proportional representation in general provides for a stronger republic through greater representation of diverse ideas.) I would also add instant run-off voting to her list.

It's like this:
             There's this bird
And you catch it in your hands
You feel its softness, warmth, its heart
          rapidly beating
But if you keep holding it it's no
          longer a bird
So you open your hands
(Catch it and let it go
                               again and again)

- Wendy Lewis

Yesterday I was absorbed by Roadside Geology of Northern and Central California. I couldn't stop reading it. I wonder if I should have studied geology in college instead of journalism. (though I struggled through my meteorology class, which is an ology. [too much math.]) Some of the book was concerned with The Big One. Word on the street is that you want to live somewhere above bedrock or franciscan rock as opposed to unconsolidated sand, gravel, and sediment. (like San Jose.) I think the most interesting part of the book was learning more about places I've been: the formation of various features around Lassen, the Klamath Mountains (mt. shasta may be an active volcano!), and Bodega Head (which has made the long journey up the coast starting near Mexico). So yeah, interesting book. ;)

At one point yesterday, we ran into a guy on a four-wheeler. It was a little strange to hear an engine cutting through the complete silence of pt. reyes. He said, "Where are you coming from?" Kay pointed a direction, and said "the trailhead." He continued, "I'm lost on 3,000 acres of farm land." A little while later, he ended up on our trail passing us. There were some very narrow parts of the trail that didn't look wide enough for a vehicle. I hope he made it home ok.

matt, kay, skp, and I went hiking at Point Reyes yesterday. I haven't been hiking for a few months...and today my muscles are letting me know that nine miles was too much. As usual, I took some pictures. It was a dreary looking day, but it was great to be outside for a while. I don't have the 35mm pictures developed yet, though, they'll be coming soon.

If you go by the frequency of their appearance on TV, Dirty Dancing and The Breakfast Club are the two most popular movies of all time.

The flowers whirl away
In the wind like snow.
The thing that falls away
Is myself.

- The Prime Minister Kintsune

This has personally been a bad, bad week. But I'm learning things that I wouldn't have otherwise. And that's all I'm saying about that. augmentation by and by.

Clinton: Pot Smoking Should Not Be Prison Offense: "I think that most small amounts of marijuana have been decriminalized in some places, and should be." Why didn't he say this while he was President? Because it makes sense...but would be political suicide. At least he's saying it now. [via metafilter]

I haven't seen it yet, but I hear Blogger is in the Street Cred section of the latest (January) issue of Wired. That's so cool. Update: matt has a photo.

Show them all the beauty they possess inside. Give them a sense of pride to make it easier.

I believe that robots are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way.

"If you assume that there's no hope, you guarantee that there will be no hope. If you assume that there is an instinct for freedom, there are opportunities to change things, there's a chance you may contribute to making a better world. That's your choice." - Noam Chomsky. Sometimes that's not an easy choice.

today I took part in a day without weblogs to shift some attention to the AIDS epidemic. It's amazing that last year there were 50 participants, and this year there were 100 times that.