Thursday, July 29, 2010

color photos from the 30s and 40s are pretty.

via mission mission, pretty much the most awesome collection of old-timey photos i've seen. ever.

word.

thanks, denver post!

Monday, July 26, 2010

monday morning spruce

my mondays generally aren't that bad. for the most part, i don't have all that much to worry about: a disappointed attorney that wanted a conference call set up at an ungodly (and completely unreasonable) hour, a couple crack heads testing me to see if they've found a new mark, a hint of a hangover from an awesome saturday birthday party (getting older sucks).

but i've heard that other people have a hard time on mondays. like it's a big deal. and while i don't really get it, i don't like for my peeps to suffer, so i spent some time this weekend creating a little playlist that i think might make their monday a bit more tolerable.

here's hoping your monday doesn't require any sprucing up:

PLAYLISTS! (I fixed the link!)

Sunday, June 20, 2010

happy fathers' day

i'm not really big on the assumed necessities of familial obligation. on the other hand, i'm absolutely enamored with some of my family. i admit that it could be a case of "like seeks like," but i find myself in disagreement with them often enough that i doubt it.

yesterday i celebrated my brother and sister's biological father's widowed-mom's husband's 80th birthday (i once thought that english didn't have enough terms for blood relations... now i'm sure of it). he's my grampa, and has been for longer than i can remember. and this morning i celebrated fathers' day with my father, my brother (who is a father) and said gramps (who has no children, so far as i know).

while hallmark and friends may've devised this recognition of paternity as a means to scrape up a little more scratch from those that feel guilty about not appreciating their fathers enough, i admit that my dad doesn't get enough credit for shaping me. when my mom split to another town (and then another continent) when i was five, he didn't only take on me as a responsibility, he also assumed responsibility for her two kids from her previous marriage. busting his ass for the autistic society in austin, he put all three of us in private school, knowing that austin's public schools (at least where we lived...) were crap.

he then moved us to california, which, at the time, had arguably decent schools. we moved to a neighborhood with a magnet program in its local high school (to which my siblings attended and excelled) and which allowed me to attend a magnet primary school that allowed me to play woodstock (from peanuts) in a play written by 3rd graders... we were a creative bunch.

and pops was rarely around. even in the late eighties it was tough for one income to cover a mortgage and raise three kids. but he did the best he could. and rather than struggling through a loveless partnership (hi susan), or marrying just for the sake of having a partner that was familiar (hi ann), he powered through. i'm sure i'm oversymplifying, but i'm also working with the memories of a child... blow me.

what he was around for, though, was us. well, me, at least. i can't speak for how my siblings feel... but when shit went down, he was there in full force. no hesitation, no rebuke, no guilt. just there with honest, plain, and unconditional love.

so even though i mean this every time i speak with him and tell him i love him, i'm gonna do it again, but more explicitly: pops -- without you i'd be nobody. i wouldn't even exist. through you, i've become who i am. with you, i've challenged myself to be better. when you're gone, i'll look to my memories of you to know how to be a better person.

i love you,

a

Thursday, May 6, 2010

the boing on the latest of fb's privacy mis-steps


boing boing, once again, pointing out why facebook fails at life.

i dropped my account on monday evening and have been going through withdrawals, but i'm still happy (happier after this news) that i kicked. the one complaint i keep hearing, though, is "what's the alternative?" i don't know... i'm thinking about creating something like a group blog that i'd host on my own computer, where everyone gets to create a detailed (or not, whatevs) profile page of their own, and also contributes to one master bulletin board type thing that everyone sees. pretty much my own private facebook -- invite only, not google-indexed, ad-free... you get it?

anyhow, there's the little problem of not knowing how to get it started. not like "how do i get all my friends to join," but rather "how the hell do i create this thing?"

suggestions? is php the way to go? ruby on rails?

Thursday, March 4, 2010

i suppose being the most popular blog on the planet has its advantages

boingboing, as usual, has linked to something that is relevant to my interests. my first introduction to dawkins was on boingboing several years ago, and that little taste inspired me to read "the god delusion" and begin my journey toward a more fully examined philosophy.

so above i've linked to boingboing's latest taste/introduction to dawkins.

enjoy!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

this guy shoulda been at TED

and maybe he was. i didn't actually check.

anyhow, he's got some really smart ideas. he's looking at the trends in gaming (it is a gaming conference, after all...) and then in applying that to cultural trends he predicts the future. and it is a potentially amazing future. there are some brave new world aspects that frighten me, and some 1984 aspects that frighten me, but he does a good job of staying pretty optimistic and positive and i generally like what i see.

i know it's a bit long at 28+ minutes, but it's well worth it. he's obviously skilled with the power-point, keeps us engaged with humor and revelation, and actually has a point: who is going to lead us into the great unknown? while that particular question (at least, technologically) is not connected to the point of this blog, it is relevant to my interests. technology and its implications in the realm of social justice is very important and something i work toward reconciling. those that hold the keys to this new world he's talking about have immense power over the rest of the world. i'm glad that he's raising these questions. i just wish it was at a venue with a little more umph, you know?

so take a peek. it's totally worth it. make sure to stay to the end, as his last ten minutes are simply amazing. i laughed the whole way through.

http://g4tv.com/videos/44277/DICE-2010-Design-Outside-the-Box-Presentation/

(cross-posted at tech light)