Friday, June 28, 2002

Here's my photograph I bought a few weeks ago. We went to an arts fair in Northampton, MA. and I fell in love with this photo for some reason. It's a line of trees over a dike in Holland. In the background is another line of trees along another dike. I kind of imagine the trees as people.

I guess I am now an official art collector.

Thursday, June 27, 2002

This was just too funny...

NEW YORK (Reuters) -- It's official. Men really are afraid of commitment.

Confirming what women have long known, an American study released on Wednesday shows men are dragging their feet on getting married.

Researchers say one of the biggest reasons that men are delaying marriage is that more and more couples are choosing to live together before marriage. As a result, sex -- traditionally one of the main reasons for men to marry -- is relatively easily available, they say.

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Saturday, June 22, 2002

From Slashdot...DaisyMan over on ArsWare has come up with a software based Dead Man's Switch that will, if you don't 'check in' every so often, post a message (presumably about your demise, but whatever you wish) to various message boards, send email (maybe that incriminating evidence?) to your friends, and encrypt specified files on your computer so that 'they' can't have them. Paranoia? Yeah, but they really _are_ watching you ..." [More]

Thursday, June 20, 2002

Okay. I've been a bit inattentive lately, but for good reason...

Anyway, I just read this and thought it was cool...

'Thinking' robot in escape bid - Scientists running a pioneering experiment with "living robots" which think for themselves today said they were amazed to find one escaping from the centre where it "lives".[More]

Wednesday, June 12, 2002

I belong to a email list about Richard Buckner. This whole week has been filled with opinions about selling out, etc. because a Jay Farrar tuned showed up in a VW commercial. Anyway, another topic has been favorite RB stories. This one made me laugh...

From: "Neil A Gray"
Seriously though, I was reminded a little while back of my first
buckner show (someone mentioned what i think was the same story). I
believe the venue was called little brother's, in columbus (drove down
from cleveland). anyway, as was mentioned, some woman's cell phone
off twice (i can't remember which song, but it was something quiet off
the hill - maybe emily sparks?). it was really a horrible moment; she
was right up front too. I believe his exact words were "what the
fuck?!?". his exclamation was about ten times louder than the music
been, leaving a gaping silence afterwards. She sort of
"i thought i turned it off" and ran out the back.
While I do feel bad for her (I know I'd be traumatized if buckner
cursed me out), i have to say i can't blame him. between her, and
bleeding through from the other stage, he'd taken enough shit for one
night. plus it was just kind of cool: he was sporting the beard/long
hair/mountain man look, and was downright intimidating.

Monday, June 10, 2002

So I had a long week. It all started last Sunday when I slept for about 3 hours and then woke up early to run the AIDS run. I didn't manage to catch up on my sleep until this Saturday when I took a long nap. Between work, and then going to a couple of interviews and then going to Northampton on Thursday night to see Richard Buckner in concert, I barely got any sleep.

That night, I left Northampton at 1:30 am. I drove for about a half hour before I decided to stop at a rest stop on the turnpike and take a nap. I was going to do a power nap, but after my alarm went off, I kept sleeping. I ended up sleeping for an hour between 2 and 3 am. Then I got back on the road. I ended up getting home around 4:30 am. The whole time I was pretty much freaked out. I was very tired, and there were no cars on the road, so I couldn't tell how fast I was going unless I looked down at the speedometer. Every time I looked though, I had a hard time switching context from the speedometer to the road, my eyes started playing tricks on me.

It was kind of strange, because before the concert, I went to see Insomnia at the theatre across the street from the club, and Al Pacino's character in the movie suffers of insomnia (for various reasons, I won't spoil the film). By day 3, his eyes start playing tricks on him, and he starts getting flashes of past occurrences, etc. That's all I kept thinking about when I was driving, blasting the music away. I don't really recommend driving in that condition, but I had to get home...

Sunday, June 09, 2002

So I added a Songs section. For fun I record some guitar and vocal tracks. Mostly covers of songs I really like. My first one I'm putting up is a song I just found recently. It's from the Varnaline CD, "A Shot and a Beer". I had the mp3 and just found the CD that the track is from at CD Spins. Unfortunately the CD is out of print. I have some snippets of an original song I'm working on. I'll put that up later....
Some interesting articles on US consumerism and wealth. Someone must of released a report or something, because there are several of these articles hitting the press recently...

Why the U.S. Will Always Be Rich

Living Ever Larger:How wretched excess became a way of life in Southern California.

Sunday, June 02, 2002

Hey, I'm back. Long time no see. How's it goin'? Are you flowin'?

Got lots of stuff to write, but I'm kind of beat. Since I last wrote, I went to Italy for a little family vacation, then spent one awesome night in Dublin, then flew to Vegas for a little 3 day fest with friends. My father then wanted me to help him with some computer matters at his office, so he flew me into LA and I spent a few days in Bakersfield, doing a little work and hanging out with friends. I got my 3rd game of golf in while I was there and shot an amazing 135 ;)

I just wanted to post our times from today's AIDS Run. It was a 5K. Jay asked me to go run with him, though I wasn't really planning to, and I didn't raise any money, but went as a show of solidarity.

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163 JAY BREWER 803 35/82 M3039 CAMBRIDGE MA 24:12 7:48
181 RICHARD COOK 849 64/108 M2029 SOMERVILLE MA 24:45 7:58

Not too shabby.

I think I could have done better and here are the reasons why:

1) I went on vacation for the past 3 weeks and didn't workout.
2) I ate everything that was put in front of me while I was on this vacation in Italy, Las Vegas and Bakersfield.
3) I ate Mexican food for almost every meal while I was in Bakersfield.
4) The night before the race I stayed up playing Halo on the X-Box with Ryan and had 3 beers.
5) I had 3 hours of sleep before the race.

A few of us were going to run the James Joyce Ramble (a 10K) a month ago, but ended up not following through. Jay's promised to run a 10K with me this year, which I think I'd do better. Of course, I've never run a 10K race before...

Afterwards, we went walking around downtown and helped Maya look for a dress of some sort. Interesting story....While we were in Ann Taylor, the employees there asked us to leave since they were closing the store due to a BOMB THREAT. We left the story and promptly exited the Copley Mall. While we were leaving, we were looking around to see if anyone else was leaving, but it didn't really look like there was any unusual activity going on, so we were kind of confused as to what was going on. As we were walking out the door, we saw a sign which said, "This facility has had a bomb threat called in. The matter is being investigated and the mall is still open." The unusual part was that this wasn't some sign hand scrawled on a piece of cardboard in a haphazard way. It was like a stock sign that had printed up awhile ago, type of sign. That was kind of disturbing because I have never really been in that kind of situation before...Weird...Good news though. We went to Lord and Taylor next door and then had lunch by the church in Copley Plaza and never heard a bomb go off. I guess it was a hoax...