Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Detroit: The D is for Dumb

Assuming you've heard of "Motorhead Messiah" Jonathan Goodwin, that is.

Also, yesterday was Tuesday.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Post #60

I just had more than a couple chuckles thanks to indexed. Not sure how long I'll remember to check it, but this kind of dramedy is spot-on.

Wednesday is del.icio.us

Despite my recent increased propensity for social networking, I don't think I'll be signing up for all of these sites just yet.

I don't really know why, but I find this list of emergency kits wildly interesting. Maybe it has something to do with my fondness for preparation and mild OCD.

That is all.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Interesting Life

This would totally be my life's theme poster, if not for the f-bomb (which I edited out for the more sensitive folk) and the fact that I'm, you know, not terribly adventurous. Plus, where would I put it?



(And yes, I'm aware that I'm a little hooked on this comic lately, thank you.)

This is not to say, of course, that I would prefer an uninteresting life–quite the opposite is true–it's just that if my life is the beginning of The Hobbit, I'm generally a bit more like Bilbo than Gandalf.

Monday, October 22, 2007

In ur reality

Or, I'm in a posting frenzy and may not survive the day

Making fun of lolcat: yet another reason to love xkcd.

Social Network Binge

I've been on a social network binge, lately. You can see all the networks on which I have a profile to the right (some profiles are clearly more well-worn than others). My point is, for whatever reason, I enjoy trying these things out, if only to see if the interfaces have anything interesting to offer. Most are pretty similar, each with its own fun quirks, but I find I can't actually use more than one at a time with any regularly (or two, if you count my languishing MySpace account, which continually pesters me with friend requests from women/girls who are scantily clad in rooms suspiciously devoid of adequate lighting). I don't know who can keep up with very many of the, to be honest.

Eventually, though, I hope these sorts of networks will cease to be exclusive. My main problem is that it shouldn't be such a huge deal that you can't tote your "friends" from one social network to the other; the goal should be getting all the networks to talk to each other. Think about it this way: when you're comparing email solutions, is it more important to be able to export your contacts to a different service when you change or to be able to send and receive email from anyone & everyone? When are social networks going to catch up?

We're nearing saturation, and the networks are so numerous and diverse that the end result should be obvious: some sort of software/service that gives a person a single identity across the board while allowing the addition of "friends" from any existing network and the ability to utilize any network's features and quirks in a single place. Maybe that's asking a lot, I don't know, I'm not a programmer. I know just enough to think it'll eventually be doable, but I'm guessing not soon enough for me to still care.

Oh, well.

Homework & The Red Sux

I'm not a teacher, and I don't know the stats, but I found this article rather engaging. I think of my sister, who teaches 1st grade, and how she's basically required to give homework to 6 year olds (though she keeps it on the slim side, which I love), and I wonder what a 1st grader learns from homework except to not like school a little bit more. Anyway, like I said, I'm not a teacher, and I don't know the stats. I'm just saying, little kids should be outside playing after school, not doing worksheets. Or is it just me?

Guess who's getting link-happy...

Also, I'm pissed about the Red Sux getting to the World Series over my home-state Indians. I suppose the Tribe did what they could, what with knocking off the devil's own team first, but still. I'm a red-blooded American, I guess, so I hate the Yankees like it's going out of style (xkcd), but there's something about that team from Boston that's almost as annoying as The Boss himself. I think we've all gotten over the idea of the Sox as a small-market upstart (thank you, Dice-K, for exposing that one) , but now that the curse has been broken, can't we all just go back to ignoring the Red Sux (except for, of course, when they face the Yankees)? I mean, does anyone else throw up in their mouths a little bit when they think of Manny Ramirez holding up that gawd-awful World Series trophy again?

Go Rockies (er, what?)!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Intoxication

It is surprising, however, that so few habitually intoxicate themselves with music, so many with alcohol.

from Thoreau's Journal, October 17, 1857
And fewer still with poetry. Or so I thought. Perhaps there is hope.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Epistles

"This epistle is a diamond, and I can't match it", my friend wrote. And today, 85 days later, I want to put together a book of such letters (actually emails, because, let's face it: keyboards and computer screens are the pen and parchment of our day). Perhaps with the subtitle The Epistles of an Intellectual Vagrant.

A sample:
At long last, I emerge from the shadows. I cannot tell you how many times I have looked at your email, waiting with eternal patience for me (it is the chief elder of my inbox), and I cannot apologize profusely enough for my unreasonable delay. It must suffice to say I do miss our discourse terribly, and I hope a new spark awaits us, perhaps (dare I hope?) the result of these words to come.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Baby Jesus

Found Poem (quite possibly my favorite found poem to date)

Anybody missing the baby Jesus
nestled away in his manger?
No crib for a bed, remember.
If you lost your baby Jesus
He is now found–
please contact the manager
for Christ's return.

Monday, October 8, 2007

LOLSign of the Apocalypse

Sign of the Apocalypse #666

Teh Holiez Bibul.

I'm sorry, but

After all, the Bible has already been literally translated several times. Time for our interpretation.
???

Seriously? Let me get this straight: What the world needs is an interpretation of the Bible by people who list among their favorite things bad grammar coupled with annoyingly posed pictures of cats?

The lolcat idiocy needs to stop. Immediately. Right now.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Howling, Unheard, Unhearing

Is anyone awake? I think not.

If anything, this latter-day episode demonstrates how our culture is on auto pilot, that we've become so perfunctorily litigious in the mediation of language and symbols, that the masterpiece "Howl" might as well have been a recipe for pancakes or a wall message from MySpace.
And in the comments:
...the audience in the 50s and into a little bit of the 60s had great talent as an audience, whereas nowadays the audience has virtually none, not even the audience that has a taste for the avant-garde.
Everything's connected, people.
I wouldn't ever say there's censorship in this country. But there's a lot of peer pressure. Because when anybody says anything that's the least bit feather ruffling, everybody just goes nuts. If anybody in this country is forced to undergo a single moment of discomfort, the person who caused it just must go away.

~ Bill Maher, #37
Propaganda isn't just political rhetoric and yellow journalism. It dulls (or at least one effect is to dull) the average citizen to the truth–that is, a more right perspective–and it ripens long after the speeches have ended and the presses have stopped. It trains to violently oppose both the new and unnerving; if possible, it instills disinterest in progress in favor of stagnation. Further along in its evolution, the thinnest skins become normative, and unimportant minutiae of social nicety are attacked, because larger statements against the system are not being made, or, are not being heard–indeed, cannot be heard.

I look around, and I wonder if I'm the only one who knows we're already there.

Go. Read. Think. For yourself.

(footnote)

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Where's the Good News?

Not (hardly) on CNN. Took a quick survey of the latest stories, and I got a count of 11 to 1, in favor of bad–scratch that–depressing news (I did not count those I found to be relatively neutral).

Bad

  1. Top Democrats propose war surtax
  2. Media fight secret probe into mine disaster
  3. Jury awards $11.6M in Knicks harassment case
  4. Blackwater boss defends contractors
  5. U.S. soldier gets 2 years on child porn charges
  6. FBI: $1M heist was inside job
  7. Anita Hill: 'I have to speak out'
  8. Police: Mom suspected of drowning girls
  9. Cops charge kids with stealing final exams
  10. Video shows cop punch cuffed suspect
  11. Teachers put noose on tiny girl at recess
Good
  1. Blind man sees wife, child for first time

Either there really isn't as much good news, or the media outlets have an ulterior motive/incentive to report vastly negative events & situations. The sad part is, I'm almost not sure which is more right.

Just an observation.

Bread of Privation

Found Poem

Although the Lord has given you
bread of privation
and water of oppression,
HE Your Teacher,
will not hide himself from you.
Your ears will hear a word behind you,
"THIS is the way! Walk in it!"
And you will scatter all your impure things,
and say to them,
"BE GONE."
And on that day He WILL give you
rain
and bread
and it will be rich and plenteous.

Isaiah 30:20-23
(line breaks mine, emphasis the Ayars)

Monday, October 1, 2007