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Comic Book Legal Defense Fund benefit

“On August 21, Cory Doctorow, award-winning author and co-editor of the popular blog Boing Boing and experimental writer / artist / musician Paul Miller, a.k.a. D.J. Spooky That Subliminal Kid team up for a multimedia speaking event benefiting the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Following their respective presentations, Doctorow and DJ Spooky will take the stage together for an open forum discussion about their work and the futurepresent each eloquently addresses across different media.”

Reminder: Comic Book Legal Defense Fund benefit in NYC on Thursday – Boing Boing

August 18, 2008 at 10:23 am Leave a comment

What I learned in my time away

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I recently stepped away from this blog for a couple of months. Looking back, I wonder how I ever found the time to spend here in the first place. The minutes that had been allocated to blogging were filled with other things almost immediately, like water rushing in to fill a canyon and soon obscuring what lies below. Time is finite, and whether we realize it or not, we’re constantly making choices with every minute that goes by.

Don’t get me wrong: this space has been a labor of love, and I’m not leaving it behind. I’ll continue to post, albeit infrequently, and I’ll drop in now and then to visit the wonderful bloggers I’ve discovered.

However, I won’t be spending as much time here.

Like everyone, I have responsibilities. I have hobbies I take pleasure in. There are also a multitude of things I’d like to learn, places I’d like to visit, and people I’d like to spend more time with. Improving my mind, honing my skills, trying new things, and lending a hand in the community are important to me. In short, my ambitions are far greater than the available hours in the day.

Do you ever experience this conflict? Do the things you love compete against each other for your attention and your time? Do you wonder how you’ll ever fit a new interest into your day?

I think it’s a struggle that every individual faces and deals with in their own way.

October 12, 2007 at 9:44 am 2 comments



I’m going to take a break from this blog for a while. Life is very busy right now — a good thing — and I find that I don’t have much time to devote to blogging. Over the last few weeks, I’ve managed to post now and then, but I haven’t had time to visit and comment on other blogs much, which is half the fun. Take care, and I’ll catch up with you after the hiatus.

July 26, 2007 at 11:07 am 17 comments

Monday Melee 5/21

meleesmall.jpgThe Monday Melee is a Fracas project. You’re invited to participate. Get details and see the participant list here.

The Misanthropic: Name something you absolutely hate.
Waste. Millions of people around the world are going without basic necessities while the privileged few voraciously churn through a constant stream of luxury items, loading landfills and junkyards with products they’ve simply grown tired of.

The Meretricious: Expose something or someone that’s phony, fraudulent, or bogus.
Giving a teenage girl a $65,000 SUV and letting her host a party for a handful of friends at a beach mansion that rents for $10,000 a day. The occasion? Back-to-school. Hubby was channel surfing and landed on this frightening show called ‘Daddy’s Spoiled Little Girl’. It was strange and disturbing: it made me sick and yet I could not look away.

The Malcontent: Name something you’re unhappy with.
I have been really busy lately and haven’t had much time to visit the sites on my blogroll to read posts and leave comments.

The Meritorious: Give someone credit for something and name it if you can.
Journalists and media personnel often work in dangerous places and put themselves at risk in order to investigate and report on world events. In the course of their work, many have the integrity and courage to challenge authority and speak out against injustice.

The Mirror: See something good about yourself and name it.
I appreciate and find happiness in life’s simple pleasures: hanging out with loved ones, a beautiful sunset, the aroma of baking bread, escaping into a good book, checking a task of my to-do list, waking up to birdsong, and so on.

The Make-Believe: Name something you wish for.
I’d like to be able to visit and talk with a person or family from another country, in their home, once a week. I guess I will need to put teleportation and a sci-fi language interface on my wish list in order to carry this one off.

May 21, 2007 at 7:19 am 4 comments

Why I blog

This meme is courtesy of Some Go Softly.

What is this “blogging” you speak of?
That pretty much sums up why I started a blog. I wanted to see what it was all about, and what better way than to jump in and try it? Now that I’ve been blogging for a while, I’ve had time to develop reasons beyond curiosity.

My blog is a place to collect things that interest me or make me laugh. It’s a convenient, searchable repository where I can easily save items and refer back to them later. What makes it even better? I can easily share it with family and friends (and the world at large, when you get right down to it).

Sharing via a blog is nonintrusive. People choose to visit; likewise, they choose to stop visiting if they don’t like what they see. Readers can browse the blog at any time and any frequency that is convenient, and they can comment, or not, as they see fit.

Through blogging, I am able to provide information and promote causes I believe in. It’s possible that an individual might see something on my blog that informs or inspires them in some way.

On my blog, I have a chance to share my appreciation for art, and point out sites where collections can be viewed online. It’s also a perfect place to display quotations that I find insightful, humorous, or thought-provoking.

Laughter is good medicine, and my blog is often light-hearted in nature. I think brightening someone’s day or inspiring a good belly laugh is, in a way, an act of kindness.

By reading a variety of blogs, I am able to become familiar with different cultures, lifestyles, and opinions. I have an unprecedented opportunity to read about life in far-flung locations. I have access to the thoughts of writers the world over, as well as within the United States. I am often confronted by challenging perspectives that differ from my own. I am forced to look at things in new ways. That’s a good thing.

The aspect of blogging that caught me most by surprise is the sense of community that can develop. Comments add a rich dimension of interactivity and camaraderie.

Blogging can be looked at as a self-indulgent hobby. Do I provide anything of value that justifies my use of this corner of cyberspace? I suppose only readers can answer that. Have I ever made you laugh, or introduced you to something you’d never seen before, or raised an issue you hadn’t previously considered? If I have, then I consider my blog a small success.

Why do you blog? Take the challenge and post your answer with a trackback to this post.

May 9, 2007 at 9:51 am 6 comments

Keep an eye on the place, will ya?


I will not be blogging for a couple of weeks. All comments will be held in moderation until my return; I certainly don’t want to end up indirectly selling pharmaceuticals and mortgage refinances during my absence.

While I’m gone, feel free to sit down and enjoy the view, or poke around in the archives – just watch out for the dust bunnies in there!

April 4, 2007 at 1:05 pm 9 comments

Works of M.C. Escher

With this post, I’m trying a new service called clipmarks. You know me: I always have to try the new tools and gadgets.

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Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898-1972) is one of the world’s most famous graphic artists. His art is enjoyed by millions of people all over the world, as can be seen on the many web sites on the internet.
He is most famous for his so-called impossible structures, such as Ascending and Descending, Relativity, his Transformation Prints, such as Metamorphosis I, Metamorphosis II and Metamorphosis III, Sky & Water I or Reptiles.

But he also made some wonderful, more realistic work during the time he lived and traveled in Italy. Castrovalva for example, where one already can see Escher’s fascination for high and low, close by and far away.

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March 20, 2007 at 4:47 pm 4 comments

Thinking Blogger Award

thinkingblogger2ql6.jpg Thank you very much to Daily Piglet who nominated me for this award. You’re too kind. Now I would like to share the honor. Congratulations to the following bloggers who make me think.


Scrapbooking with Words

Penseroso: Words and Pictures


Meditation Photography

Should you choose to participate in this meme, please make sure you pass this list of rules to the blogs you are tagging.

1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to five blogs that make you think.
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme.
3. Optional: Proudly display the ‘Thinking Blogger Award’ with a link to the post that you wrote (available in silver or gold version).

Special note: Every site listed in my blogroll informs, inspires, amuses, educates, or entertains me. Every one of them makes me think in some sense, or they wouldn’t be there. All deserve recognition.

March 5, 2007 at 1:15 pm 11 comments

Why WordPress works

In my first post, I noted my perfectionistic need to explore all the options available for blogging. A new WordPress user (Welcome, nexus101) found that entry and noted that, as I am still active here, I must have found WordPress to be the best. A good prompt for a followup.

When I decided to try my hand at blogging, I investigated quite a few options, and quickly narrowed my search to hosted services, as I don’t have/don’t want, my own server. Then I decided on a handful to try, selecting mainly the free services; I wasn’t even sure I would enjoy blogging, so why pay for it?

I did not care for MySpace at all. Yuck. The interface is ugly and extremely inefficient (IMHO) and personalization relies on third-party workarounds. I was uncomfortable with the atmosphere and focus. It was just not for me.

Xanga has a nice feature for sharing “what I’m listening to” or “what I’m reading” at the end of a post, nicely integrated with Amazon. Other than that, there wasn’t much that stood out for me. Meh.

I was quite impressed by Typepad, and found that it offered the most powerful customization options; however, it is not a free service (I signed up for a free trial). If I were blogging professionally, I would definitely consider it. But I’m an amateur, and I don’t see the sense in spending money for this hobby. I wish I could make money at this, but alas, it is not to be.

Vox is atypical and highly structured/controlled; I think it’s more a community than a blog platform. There are many great things about it, but significant limitations as well.

I could have been happy with Blogger if I had never tried WordPress. No major complaints. I just think WordPress has significant advantages that bring it out on top.

Some of the things I like about WordPress:

There are a lot of options for customization, and still more if you’re willing to spend a very small amount of money.

WordPress offers good support for widgets and other sidebar elements.

The dashboard keeps everything at hand and makes it easy to manage your blog.

The ‘friend surfer’ is a nicely integrated way to keep up with new items on the blogs of other WordPress users. I also appreciate being able to easily follow the threads I have commented on.

Stats! I love being able to review statistics for my blog and see what people are reading and clicking on. You just don’t get this level of information from any other free service that I’ve tried.

You can make or read a comment while still being able to see the original post, because it’s inline rather than on a separate page. It’s also easy to customize the way comments are approved.

Since I’ve been on WordPress, I have seen countless new themes, widgets, and service improvements. It just keeps getting better. My initial complaint with WordPress was speed, and that was resolved brilliantly shortly after I signed up.

That’s not an exhaustive list, but I hope it gives you some idea why I’ve stayed here at WordPress. On the whole, I’m glad I tried blogging. It has proven to be an enjoyable hobby. I’m still not sure I have anything much to say, but that’s a topic for another day.

February 6, 2007 at 1:25 pm 9 comments

The Monday Melee

meleesmall.jpgThe Monday Melee is a Fracas project. You’re invited to participate. Get details and see the participant list here.

Yes, I realize today is not Monday. But I’m jumping in late.

The Misanthropic: Name something you absolutely hate.
Discrimination of all types: racial, religious, age, gender, sexual orientation.

The Meretricious: Expose something or someone that’s phony, fraudulent, or bogus.
Proponents of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge claim that it is necessary in order to reduce dependence on foreign oil. In truth, we cannot drill our way to independence; there is not enough oil in ANWR to make a noticeable dent. It’s a futile and pointless waste of a pristine wilderness area. I strongly believe we need to concentrate on finding alternative solutions for clean, renewable energy.

The Malcontent: Name something you’re unhappy with.
The weather. It’s winter. Blech.

The Meritorious: Give someone credit for something and name it if you can.
My kids have been doing a better job of taking care of their responsibilities without being reminded.

The Mirror: See something good about yourself and name it.
I am fit and healthy.

The Make-Believe: Name something you wish for.
A world at peace and in harmony with nature.

January 30, 2007 at 6:12 pm 1 comment

The doctor is in

I’d like to recommend a site from my blogroll. Traveling Medicine Show chronicles the travels and experiences of Dr. Nostrum and Hatbox Louie. It’s well-written, witty, and interesting. I don’t mean interesting in the banal sense; I mean amusing, informative, clever, eclectic, and so on. I stumbled upon it some time ago via the “next blog” arrow in WordPress, and I’ve been hooked ever since.

So here’s my advice: pay the doctor a visit, slip into a paper gown, and amuse yourself in the archives while you wait to be seen. You don’t need an appointment, and you’re sure to feel better.

January 20, 2007 at 12:09 pm 1 comment

Flash in the pan

I’ve just discovered (and I’m quite disappointed) that I cannot embed a Flash element in these blog posts. I found a nifty slideshow maker at, made a fun slideshow of my own photos, and then tried to post it. No love. I really wish I could combine the best features of the different blog platforms I’m trying.

October 22, 2006 at 6:00 pm Leave a comment

The experience of blogging

I have started this blog not because I have anything of particular import to say, but rather to engage in an activity that seems to be so integral to today’s collective experience. I expect this will be an interesting endeavor. Already, it has created some angst for the perfectionist in me. As always, I feel the need to explore all the options and choose the best possible tools for the job. What is the best feed reader? What are the most edifying or intriguing blogs to read? What is the best blogging platform? What kind of integration can be achieved? What are the benefits and limitations of each? For me, that usually means trying everything. And thus begins my exploration of WordPress.

October 21, 2006 at 12:37 pm 4 comments

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