Thursday, September 21, 2017

Dave Winer

Dave Winer is my favorite blogger. His blog is http://scripting.com/ and he operates many other sites devoted to his ideas and the software he creates.  I read him daily.  He is prickly and opinionated and not everyone's cup of tea.  He was one of the A-list bloggers that cyberbullied me around the turn of the century when I was suffering a mental breakdown due to stress and lack of sleep.  Nonetheless, I read him.  I also have written him occasionally to offer tips on subjects he might find interesting, nearly always links. A month ago when I copied him on a tip, I included an unsubscribe button, which he clicked; I have not and will not email him again. Today he posted on Facebook a general warning to all: "Please refrain from sending me unsolicited texts and emails. Should you not do so I will contact the appropriate legal authorities." I guess I am not the only one he is "unsubscribing" from...

Friday, September 8, 2017

Regen VIllages, a contemporary version of the Village of Arts+Ideas?

In the Seventies I was a co-founder of the Village of Arts+Ideas, an intentional community dedicated to a vision of an eco-village.  This talk by James Ehrlich introduces a modern version of that vision.  I am fascinated and intrigued!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Build it or fuck it

I just listened to an old Security Now podcast. Steve Gibson told a long story about a beamed audio device he designed and built as a high school student, which was funny and interesting. The moral was for kids to experiment and build things. This reminded me of one of the mottos back in the Village of Arts + Ideas: "Build it or fuck it", which meant the real test of ideas is to actually create something...

https://twit.tv/shows/security-now/episodes/592?autostart=false

Friday, May 12, 2017

wooden heart

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

the war in Laos in the 60s and 70s

A colleague from my Oracle days once told me to remember that corporations have no gratitude.

A Great Place to Have a War shows that neither do countries.  The Hmong surely know this.

I did not know that more tonnage of bombs was dropped on Laos than on all Axis nations in World War II and that the clandestine war there was the birthplace of today's CIA approach.

A worthwhile book - read it

Saturday, April 22, 2017

music for West Coast Swing dancing

for those curious minds who want to know what music we dance West Coast Swing to... (not the same as Lindy Hop):

http://www.radiowcs.com/radiowcs_live.html

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

frozen and rolling

In the early Nineties I visited Cancun and rode a parasail. GF-at-the-time LRG ( ex-gymnast ) casually swung on the bar and enjoyed the view; Z panoramically shot the view with his video cam and relaxed. I, OTOH, froze in fear of heights, to such a degree that I could not relax enough when landing to run, but instead rolled in my frozen seated position... Imagine me over the Niagra Falls...

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2016/jul/17/niagara-falls-new-zipwire-food-restaurants

Carl Stone's electronic music

Zurkonic review

I wish www.envelop.us or sfjazz.org would invite him to perform.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Oren Ambarchi's Intermission 2000-2008 album

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