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March 31, 2004

Noam Chomsky's weblog: Turning the Tide

Political activist and MIT linguistics professor Noah Chomsky started up a personal weblog a few days ago called Turning the Tide. I found it by way of a Dutch weblog that recently linked to one of my entries.

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March 29, 2004

Another Nebraskan lands in Boston ... soon!

My favorite human from my days at Scribner-Snyder High School in Scribner, Nebraska, emailed me yesterday to say she and her husband will be moving to Boston for a year. She got an internship at the Museum of Fine Arts via her grad program. This is really good news. This is better than if Sondre Lerche showed up at my house to perform a private concert for me and a few pals. (If Sondre would like to do this, he is certainly more than welcome. How about once Sandy and Dave get to town?)

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March 26, 2004

To do

I have been working on exploitboston.com lately and I want to finish up some work on it this weekend. Spring is a good time for some website house keeping and catching up on projects that have been lingering and collecting dust. So, in the spirit of "if I write it down maybe I'll actually do it", here's what I'd like to accomplish this weekend:


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BloggerCon II party ... cool venue possibility

Last Fall I helped Wendy Koslow at Harvard's Berkman Center find a venue for the Bloggercon pre-conference party. We ended up on the 2nd floor of the Hong Kong Restaurant in Harvard Square. Seems like most everyone had a good time. This time around I think it would be fun to have it at 38 Cameron. They've got a really interesting event space in Cambridge (near Davis Square down the bike path and just off of Massachusetts Avenue past Porter Square). And as an added bonus, they're setting up wifi this weekend. They can accomodate up to 150 people. How many people from BloggerCon would show up? Maybe it would be better to have it there on Friday night as a pre-BloggerCon event and not Saturday night (as I was originally going to suggest.) I posted a discussion topic over at the BloggerCon website in case anyone is interested in offering up ideas and suggestions.

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March 25, 2004

Bob Mould on relating to new music

Bob Mould (Hüsker Dü, Sugar) has a blog? Allright! Thanks to the link on Brad Searle's site, I just spent a few minutes reading through some of Bob's recent entries. The other day he wrote about what it's like relating to new music as you get older, etc. There's something inexplainably cool about being able to read a website describing (in first person) the various thoughts and tidbits of a favorite musician.

An example would be, oh, something like "I liked Crazy Rhythms the first time around" ; it doesn't mean I think any more or less of The Strokes (remember them?), but the emotions they evoke, due to their sometimes uncanny resemblance in look and feel, are attached to my youth, and to the why and where of that original moment. It's the way we describe things, using comparison and reference, that speaks on our own personal experiences, the things we hold important and lasting.

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March 24, 2004

CVB Space : Awesome NYC artist loft and event space

CVB Space, Cynthia von Buhler's huge artist loft at 407 West 13th Street in the meat packing district of New York City is available for private party rentals. Anyone who has a spare $1000-$3500 burning a hole in their pocket should let me know. I'd love to help throw a party there!

Throughout April, CVB Space is home to "Growing", a group show of artists mostly from Europe. The opening reception is April 1, 6pm-8pm. Check out the CVB Space website for the event calendar.

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March 23, 2004

What I Love

(This is a work in progress inspired by this.)

acronyms, live music, bats, Boston every season except winter, bourbon with coke and two lime slices, candles, fountain pens, frozen grapes, iced chai NEVER hot, independent bookstores, independent music, independent web, lima beans, office supplies, peonies, people watching on the bus, musicians who don't hold back like Rose Polenzani and Sondre Lerche, sushi, tempeh, throwing fabulous parties, nostalgia, Nebraska now that I don't live there anymore, connecting people/making introductions, genuine smiles for no good reason, receiving a handwritten letter, sleeping in under a pile of blankets, learning something new, collaborating on a project, cooking brunch for friends, wifi throughout the house especially on the porch sitting on the couch with my feet up, sharing music with friends, mixed tapes, pugs, surprises, road trips with no specific destination, reconnecting with someone after a long time, bed & breakfast inns, the hope that Moxy Fruvous will tour again someday, checking most everything off today's to do list, life.

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March 22, 2004

Connect the dots

Karl Dotter brought his college radio show "Connect the Dots" back to life for a few hours tonight. Listen to the shoutcast stream 9pm-11pm EST. He's on air at KSCU 103.3 FM, Santa Clara.

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What do you love?

Combine this with this [via Wendy] and you have the perfect "about" page.

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March 20, 2004

The world we live in

I'm doing a little computer housecleaning and found this bit of good advice. It doesn't have a source on it. I'm not sure where I found it.

The World We Live In

People are illogical, unreasonable and self-centered;
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies;
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today, will be forgotten tomorrow;
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable;
Be honest and frank anyway.

Give the world the best you have to give and you get kicked in the teeth;
Give the world the best you have anyway.

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A year ago

My mom passed away a year ago today. Photo #1 on the left is my mom in the brown shirt, her best friend (since high school) Eileen (in the blue shirt) and two other friends from Scribner, Nebraska (my hometown). Photo #2 is the street where my mom lived. Photo #3 is a sunset over a nearby soybean field. Photo #4 is a rose from one of the dozens of funeral flower arrangements. Click each image for a larger photograph.

When the Heavens Light Up by Patty Larkin

Look at your hand there in the wind
Familiar as your name
You're gonna spread your fingers like a wing
That will lift you up when you wave

You're gonna wave good-bye
And the world will sigh
When The Heavens Light Up

You're gonna hear a string of violin
Whisper soft and low
It's gonna take you where the ocean ends
To the river red and gold

You're gonna wave good-bye
And the world will sigh
When The Heavens Light Up

Look at your hand there in the wind
So far away, so near
You're gonna leave a pillow when this ends
With a feather and a tear

You're gonna wave good-bye
And the world will sigh
When The Heavens Light Up

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March 19, 2004


Flickr's creators are interesting people so I thought I'd check it out and sign up. They describe Flickr as a real-time media-sharing community. Looks interesting! Here's my mostly-empty-for-now profile.

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March 18, 2004

Howard Dean's new thing ... an ugly website

Howard Dean launched his new project today, Democracy for America. I've spent about 15 seconds on the website. It's about all I can give it right now. What an amazing eyesore of a website. As a Dean supporter during his campaign, I was interested to see what he'd be up to next. I'm so disappointed. There were over 600,000 supporters and no doubt a lot of those people are talented unemployed or underemployed web workers. Not that Joe Trippi's Change for America website is any better. What are they thinking?

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March 17, 2004

Photos from the South by Southwest Interactive Festival

I borrowed Michael's camera to take a few photographs while I was in Austin for SXSWi. The collection is in my photo album over at capricious.org. The unofficial SXSW blog has a lot of photos, too.


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March 16, 2004

Audio blog tidbits from the South by Southwest Interactive Festival

I didn't do much with the audio blogging thing (1, 2, 3) like I had thought I might do the past few days. A couple people recorded something Monday, late at night on the rainy streets of Austin. I was welcomed back to Boston tonight with a bunch of snow. Makes me look forward to the next SXSWi all over again. Pictures coming soon.

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March 12, 2004

I approve this message

My pal Sarah endorses this idea; but maybe she's just being nice. Since Zippy (my notebook computer) is not feeling well enough to attend SXSW, I thought I'd do some audio blogging with my mostly-as-yet-unused audblog account. So, I was thinking of asking people to blather on for up to 2 minutes with the only requirement being to say "My name is (insert name here) and I approve this message." It's the phrase that all the presidential campaign television ads need to include. Sarah suggested I bring a stopwatch with me so I can let people know when they have 15 seconds left to talk. She's always thinking. I figured if nothing else, it's an excuse to go up to someone if I'm feeling otherwise shy.

In my little dreamworld, it would be great to somehow get a minute or two with Joe Trippi and the guys from MoveOn.

I recorded two (1, 2) audio blog posts on January 20th at the 2am Howard Dean Rally at an airport in Portsmouth, New Hampshire when he got back to New England after the Iowa cacus. The recordings are from the crowd about 20 feet away from Dean.

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March 11, 2004

A simple test: no email

It's probably not the end of the world. But then again, logic doesn't always feel relevant. Dreamhost seems to be having some problems today so my email has been down for a while. I've read mixed reviews about their web hosting service but until today I can't even remember the last time I was without email since moving my websites back to them in 1998. But that doesn't mean they shouldn't hurry up and fix it!

Update: It's working again. Yipppeee.

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Halcyon's tidbits on the big deal with blogging

John "Halcyon" Styn wrote a mini-essay today about blogging and what it means to him. Whenever I hear/read someone talk about weblogs and blogging, the first thing that comes to mind is "blah blah blah"; but this one is good! I can relate to what he's saying.

Being a blogger doesn’t mean you use a certain type of content management software…it means you embrace the web as the greatest communication tool in the history of our species. A true evolution. It means you understand that your words and ideas can be GLOBAL.

And that with a voice that can be heard around the world, you could never be powerless.

You could never be truly alone.

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SXSW 2004 Community Blog

South by Southwest, host to this month's music, film and interactive festivals in Austin, set up a community blog on March 5th for Interactive Festival participants. It's using the weblog publishing system from InkNoise. There's an RSS feed, too.

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March 10, 2004

Sondre Lerche's new album and a concert in Boston in May

This is an alert to friends, aquintances and whomever else passes by my website. You've got plans in May at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston the evening of Tuesday, May 4th. My favorite Norwegian singer-songwriter, Sondre Lerche, is headlining a tour in support of his new album, Two Way Monologue that was released yesterday. The Paradise is the best mediumish sized venue around Boston to see a band. Sondre is headlining this time around with a full band. Good times! The video for the tune "Two Way Monologue" is online, too. It's hilarious. And a good song, too.

Here's what Sondre had to say about the new collection of tunes. The typos are his.

"This record is good. But it will most certainly take some time to get into. I guess that's some kind of cosy warning. I knew this when I made it, but forgot it when I had finished it and was finally into it myself. Then I rediecovered the fact just now when I played it for friends. It's a grower. Of course, folks may like it or not, but let it grow and it'll open you up. If it doesn't after 20 spins, you may very well be excused and should perhaps concider another artist. I respect that."

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Howard Dean and John Kerry conspire in Washington D.C. today

John Kerry's blog has a photo of Kerry and Howard Dean holding their hands up in the air during Governor Dean's stop in Washington D.C. today. There's no mention of this visit on Dean's weblog.

Oops. I originally wrote that this was in Boston. It's in Washington, D.C.

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Let's do the time warp again

Matt is boycotting Lockergnome because they are taking a step back to the mid-1990s with the HTML code on the Lockergnome.com website, foregoing standards such as CSS for layout. I always got the impression that Lockergnome's content was intended for tech hobbyists -- not so much for people who work for a living in the tech and online worlds. (And I'm mostly a tinkerer myself when it comes to my own website projects.) It seems like they have a responsibility to do the right thing to set a good example.

And speaking of Matt, I finally get to meet him at South by Southwest's Interactive Festival this weekend. My plane gets in late on Saturday so I miss all the evening festivities Friday night and the first day of the conference on Saturday. But spending 3 1/2 days in Austin is a lot better than the zero I spent there last year.

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ee cummings

A favorite poem by a favorite poet.

"if strangers meet" - ee cummings

if strangers meet
life begins-
not poor not rich
(only aware)
kind neither
nor cruel
(only complete)
i not not you
not possible;
only truthful
if strangers(who
deep our most are

(and so to dark)

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March 09, 2004

The Lost Girls

(I found this poem on a friend's Live Journal.)

Linda Hogan, "The Lost Girls"

I don't remember when the girl of myself turned her back and walked away, that girl whose thin arms once held this body and refused to work too hard or listen in school, said the hell then and turned, that dark child, that laugher and weeper without shame, who turned and skipped away.

And that other one
gone from me
and me
not even starting to knot
in vein or joint,
that curving girl
I loved to love with,
who danced away
the leather of red high heels
and thin legs, dancing like stopping
would mean the end of the world
and it does.

We go on or we don't, knowing about our inner women and when they left us like we were bad mothers or lovers who wronged ourselves.

Some days it seems
one of them is watching, a shadow
at the edge of woods
with loose hair
clear down the back
and arms with dark moles
crossed before the dress I made
with my two red hands.

You there, girl, take my calloused hand.
I'm going to laugh and weep tonight,
quit all my jobs and I mean it this time,
do you believe me? I'm going to
put on those dancing shoes
and move till I can't stand
it anymore,
then touch myself clear down
to the sole of each sweet foot. That's all
the words I need,
not poems, not that talking mother
I was with milk and stories
peeking in at night,
but that lover of the moon
dancing outside when no one looks,
all right, then, even when they do,
and kissing each leaf of trees and squash,
and loving all the girls and women
I have always been.

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March 05, 2004

Magnetic Fields Return From a 2-year Haitus with a Show in Boston May 22

Mike Yesenosky sent a little dispatch to Boston pals earlier today about the Magnetic Fields (he's their sound guy) show coming up in Boston on May 22nd at the Berklee Performance Center. For two weeks, discounted tickets are available at Musictoday.com. Mike wrote: "Musictoday is a company that was formed by the Dave Matthews Band to combat Ticketmaster and their high service charges. Now lots of artists use it to save their fans from being ripped off. But in this case, they can only sell through Musictoday for 2 weeks, starting today."

If a lot of people buy tickets in the next two weeks they may add another show.

Discounted tickets are on sale at www.magneticfields.musictoday.com. (Registration required.) After March 19th, tickets will be available through Ticketron and the Berklee Performance Center's box office.

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You're Invited: Ryze Boston mixer on Tuesday, March 9th

The monthly Ryze Boston networking mixer that I help organize is coming up this Tuesday, March 9th at Caveau. I love that place. It's part of Marche Movenpick inside the Prudential Center. They've got a big fireplace towards the middle of the room, good food and an all-around great atmosphere. Andrew Kraft the organizer for Ryze NYC is going to be in town and will lead a 10-minute talk about getting the most out of Ryze (online and at in-person events). The event runs 6-9pm. There's a discounted rate ($12/$15) for Ryze members. Regular Ryze membership is free. You can also show up at the door and pay $20. Along with an assortment of hors'deuves there will be a few drink specials, too.

I've never been a fan of events that call themselves "business networking" events since the atmosphere can be so artificial. Fortunately the Ryze Boston events have been great. There are over 400 people on the network and each event (we've had three so far) has been an interesting mix of humans from all sorts of backgrounds and industries. There's a "networking game" to help facilitate conversations that seems to go over well. It's essentially just an excuse to go up to someone and talk to them. Sometimes that can be helpful when you're in a room full of strangers.

For more info visit the RSVP page at http://bostonevent.ryze.com or let me know if you have any questions.

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March 03, 2004

I Dream of Context

Dave Winer writes that John Kerry may have raised $1M from his website in one day: "This is apparently a record, at its peak the Dean campaign didn't raise so much in one day.

Dean raised (at the time) record amounts of money online when he was competing amongst nine candidates and he wasn't winning any of the primaries or caucuses either. I would hope that now that all of the attention is on Kerry as the Democratic nominee that he'd be able to raise more than Dean.

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March 01, 2004

How to Be a Rock Star: Freezepop's DIY Guide

Freezepop, a Boston computer-pop band, are featured in the March issue of Wired Magazine talking about their DIY approach to making an album, getting the word out, distribution, touring, etc. They've got a CD release party coming up on March 27th upstairs at the Middle East in Central Square, Cambridge. Doors open at 9pm, $9 , 21+.

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We're Invited: BloggerCon II Registration is Open

BloggerCon II registration opened up today for the one-day event on Saturday, April 17th. The event will be held in Pound Hall at Harvard Law School 8am - 5pm. There's a party that night, too.

How about a gathering the night before on Friday, hosted by Boston webloggers?

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