Writer by trade. I makes da words purdy.
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Dorky response: Many campers believe their campfire is out when they don't see smoke, and it only feels "warm".
"That won't start a fire," they think.
And they walk away.
The next day a forest fire breaks out, right where they were camping.
Moral: Every fire is different. Some light easily, and burn fast. Others are slow to start, and keep a steady heat. Others smolder for a long time before becoming full-blown conflagrations. So warm your hands by your little flicker. Enjoy its light. Nurture it and feed it fuel if you want it to get bigger.
Now preschool story time is done. Everyone get their blankies out, and lay down. It's nap time.
New roof goes on the house today.
It started raining on Sunday, and basically hasn't really let up since then.
Leave for the UK honeymoon in two weeks.
Got 53 vintage typewriters on Saturday, and went through all of them on Sunday evening. Almost all working. Almost all needing a little TLC after 12+ years in storage. Got homes so far for about half of them, I think. Will be photographing them all this weekend, I expect.
Started watching "Norsemen" on Netflix, and I could not be happier. It's like "Vikings" meets "Monty Python", with sardonic Norwegians. It is simply brilliant and funny.
And I am eating a mini blackberry pie for breakfast, that I got at the West Seattle Farmer's Market. It's yummy.
I'm not much of an artist myself, but I love art, and I love to help artists create things. I like to make spaces in which art can happen.
My friend Lauren has a vintage typewriter collection. So I had the idea to collect a bunch of tables and chairs, and for us to set up a bunch of typewriters in random parks around Seattle. Passersby were able to sit down and type whatever they wanted to. We made sure the machines were working well, had paper and ribbon, and even had some writing cues laying around for those who didn't know what to write, but wanted to.
It was apparently newsworthy, and over two summers we did this in 5 or 6 parks around the city.
Writers were welcome to give us their work, and their address. We would then shuffle all the submissions, and people would get someone else's work in the mail, months later.
We called it The Carriage Return and published many of the pieces to this tumblr.
I've also produced a bunch of raves/Burning Man events.
And this is me being the emcee for another year's decompression event I helped produce.
So those are some of my artistic endeavors.
And on Saturday, I picked up another 50 vintage typewriters...
SO GLAD you guys did this!
I used to work with TechStars (YC in Seattle), and consult with some of their startups on marketing, user stories, positioning, competitive landscape, etc. Some of the most amazing people I know came from that experience.
And it is fascinating to watch how quickly the bad ideas and non-workers just shrivel and die under the scrutiny.
Any business that survives the crucible of YC/TechStars is going to be around for a while, and be valuable. All the bullshit gets carved away quickly, and what's left is a pure, raw idea that's ready to rock.
And now I need to go sign up for Forever Labs! Can't believe I haven't done this yet...
- ... way more likely to pluck away if it's in a stand or on a hook...
You have no idea how many times I have seen someone dig a case out from behind/under something, open it, smile, and pull out the instrument inside with a big smile on their face. They then kinda "go away somewhere" and plink away on the instrument... in a happy place, remembering maybe the last time they played it, or who they played with, or whatever...
... and then they put it sadly back in the case.
Cases are where instruments go to die.
Put that thing out in the open, where you can always reach it... and you will reach for it.
You aren't going to go under your bed to dig out a case and twiddle for a few minutes.
I don't like Starbucks coffee, yet I get one almost every morning, for two reasons:
1. They have protein-rich items for breakfast. Not just sugary pastries.
2. It's easy.
Starbucks coffee tastes burned. I have no less than 5 locally-owned, small-business coffee shops available to me on the way to work, and they all have incredible coffee. (Stumptown, Herkimer, Verace.) I love each of these boutique coffee shops.
But: They don't have a drive-thru. They don't have protein items for breakfast.
I know. I am shallow and weak and useless, and hurting small business and helping a big corporate behemoth (that, incidentally, was the first major employer in WA State to provide Domestic Partner benefits, and have successfully created safe public gathering spaces (their "third space") for every gender, race, color, and creed, in almost every country in the world) , but the truth is that it is 6:00 in the morning, and I just want a fucking coffee and something to eat that isn't going to spike my blood sugar and leave me crashing by 10:AM.
On the weekends, with my wife, with friends, etc, I would never touch a Starbucks, and often introduce people to my favorite little coffee shops.
Driving to work in the morning? It's talk radio and the Starbucks drive-thru.
And yes, I am ashamed. Ashamed and caffeinated.
I know stringed instruments very well, and my opinion is that your mandolin needs to be cut loose and sent on to another home.
Basically, the neck is bent. Yes, there is a truss rod that can be adjusted that will take some of/most of the warp out of the neck, but the nut and tuners are still going to be a problem. An enthusiastic player could put the work into restoring it and getting it working properly again (at which point something else will break), but you won't.
What you need is a "player" instrument. Something that just works, and lets you plink away at it any time you want. Doesn't need to be pretty or fancy in any way at all. Just something you can hold in your hands, stays in tune, and has a reasonable amount of sound output.
Because you aren't a "player" yet, you need something you can just twiddle on whenever the feeling strikes you. Pick it up, pluck a few notes, see if you want to pluck a few more.
If every time you pick it up you need to adjust the tuning, or the nut, or you know you can't play in tune above the 6th fret, then you won't get any pleasure out of twiddling, and therefore your twiddling won't become playing, and playing won't become a passion.
And, one last thing: When you replace this mando, store the next one you get properly. Don't hang it up in a sunny window, or lay it on a shelf in a damp basement. Put it in a stand or a wall hanger, where it is out of direct sunlight, but easy to reach, and in a room where the temperature don't vary crazily. (Don't hang it over the fireplace.) Wood flexes with moisture and temperature. When stringed instruments flex, they crack, warp, go out of tune, etc. And don't leave it in the case. Cases are for traveling, not for storage, and they prevent you from picking the instrument up on a whim and widdling away at the strings whenever the passion strikes you.
THIS particular vulnerability has been patched... after being around for four years or more.
But this won't be the last Bluetooth vulnerability discovered. It's shitty technology, poorly implemented, and now used in everything from refrigerators to cars.
This is just - yet another - warning about relying on Bluetooth.
The big idea behind BNC is to replace career politicians with real people who have actually held a job at some point in their life, and have some grasp on the reality everyday Americans face.
Congresscritters are so inured and shielded against facing the everyday issues everyday people face - healthcare, transit, rent, job searches, etc. - that they spend their time dealing with moronic statues in parks, rather than addressing anything of material value.
In addition, the longer you are in Congress, the less work you do. As you become more senior, more of your time is taken up with fundraising and meeting with lobbyists, because seniority = power.
If you replace half of Congress with actual Americans who have had jobs (recently) and lived in the real world, the thought is that the cycle of politician-lobbyist-fundraiser could be broken, or at least drastically altered.
In short, the system is ineffective. Small changes (See: Tea Party) will have no meaningful effect.
So BNC is attempting to address the problem in a big way, that is statistically and practically possible... it just needs a head of steam, which is hard to drum up when people are so politically tired, right now. And this may be its biggest hurdle. But, hey, when something goes viral, change can happen realdamnquick. So maybe there's a chance...
Or we could throw out hundreds of legislators and elect a Brand New Congress.
I love the pluck of these people, and idea that a lot of small efforts will add up to one big result. I hope this gets some momentum and becomes A Thing.