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Dec. 15th, 2012

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focus on the good news

[journal edit: Previous post about my dealing with criminal violence is hidden until I can write it with less emotion and more thought.]

I have a job offer in my hands. It's not for the perfect job at the perfect company (it never is) but it's for what I think is a good job at a good company and that makes me feel pretty, uh, good?

Unrelated to the job offer, I think I'm coming back to blogs and LJ and in those medium, back to writing in the long form.

Like USENET after spammers, Twitter has gone from a fun place to chat with some of my friends to a Speaker's Square with unlimited amplification. People I think of as smart, thinking friends go into emotional rage and yell about their political beliefs and call names if you do anything but join them in yelling. I'll stay on Facebook for the time being as it's an easy way to communicate with local friends in Pittsburgh, but I'll never open it up to the Twitter level of loudness. (I wrote a bunch of community software words on my design blog if you're curious about the structural details of online conversations.)

After writing that blog entry, I looked for the writing I've done that I like and much of it is here on LJ. The public words about design and hacking each have their own blog, but the sometimes private and usually friendly words have LJ, for better or for worse.

Oct. 23rd, 2012

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Don't whine or fold, just play your hand.

as did the dancer Bill Shannon, who learned his trade here in Pittsburgh:

Oct. 17th, 2012

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cleaning up

I'm adding and removing people from my LJ friends-list relative to facebook and other areas. This is mostly a cleanup as I change what gets posted friends-only here vs. my blogs vs. twitter vs. facebook.

Aug. 25th, 2012

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another training weekend

Two days of classes on firearms instruction. Today's class was the required fundamental class, "how we teach at the NRA". Tomorrow is "how to teach the pistol", after which I will have NRA Certification as a Pistol Instructor. I can only use that title when teaching/advertising a class, but I can put it on my CV in my list of "third party training/certification".

Jul. 30th, 2012

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sorry to be so quiet

I'm not wrapped up in the "save the well" insanity right now, but I am wrapped up in a lot of personal stuff that needs my time.

Some of that time really is about me and learning new stuff. Tonight I went to a concert by ELCO, a local experimental orchestra that my violin instructor plays with. 1/3 good, 1/3 whatever, 1/3 wtf were they thinking. (Seriously, "All Tomorrows Parties" covers have to beat Autechre as of a decade ago.)

But the good? A great Philip Glass presentation by her and friends and a well, insane, cover of an insane saxophone piece. Yes, it's several minutes long and he never stops playing as he's learned the sort of circular breathing used by aboriginals and mad composers. The local artist put who knows how many hours into playing one piece like this:

(Oh, and it's a solo. One guy, one sax, multiple microphones, and circular breathing all at once)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9YJM2GCvk8

Jun. 29th, 2012

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"Say Goodnight, The WeLL"

With its roots going all the way back to the mid-1980’s, The WELL was a true pioneer of the digital age: one of the earliest virtual communities and a forerunner of today’s ubiquitous social networks.

However, as part of the company’s review of its strategic objectives, we have determined that The WELL no longer aligns with our business plans and accordingly we are exploring transferring The WELL to new management.

The WELL has played a central role in the origin of countless creative endeavors and cultural movements and it’s safe to say there will never be another online community quite like it. Many of you have been active in The WELL since these early days and have played major roles in keeping the community active and engaging. We deeply admire and appreciate that engagement, and will keep you informed as this process develops.

Best regards,
Cindy Jeffers
CEO, Salon Media Group

Jun. 12th, 2012

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learn el wire!

pinkitypinkpink and I are teaching introduction to el wire classes at Hack Pittsburgh. All you need to bring is basic soldering skills and some money to pay for tickets.

Full details are on the ticket pages for the classes being held on June 23 and July 14.

Jun. 7th, 2012

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history of Pittsburgh's smoke

From Hell with the lid taken off, a shot of entering the Liberty Tunnels:

Aug. 9th, 2011

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open source hardware meetup tonight, 7:30pm, hackpgh

I'll give a short presentation about the lasersaur and my build and a few of us will be around hacking on makerbots and whatnot. If you're interested in open source hardware, stop by and chat.

Aug. 3rd, 2011

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support pyrotopia!

pyrotopia has a kickstarter page, help us raise funds to put on a free fire arts festival in Pittsburgh!
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