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    Monday, June 9th, 2003
    11:22 am
    Long time no LJ
    I think my paid membership at LiveJournal may have lapsed, taking away some of the RSS features I was using to stay in touch with my old small friends community. I'd still like to port my LJ entries over to X-POLLEN or into some yet undetermined system like textpattern of ftrain. Need to simplify.
    Monday, October 28th, 2002
    1:06 pm
    Paid LJ users can add my new blog as a friend
    markpasc set up a RSS channel at http://livejournal.com/users/xpollen/ that will mirror all my posts to my new blog. Now I just need to add the RSS feed for my friends page (if it exists) to my Radio Userland aggregator and I will continue to have the same circle of friends in my new technological wrapper.

    The software shouldn't matter so much. It shouldn't be so political. Migrating should be easy. Data wants to be free (to move).
    Saturday, October 26th, 2002
    4:44 pm
    Lost our lease
    I'm afraid LiveJournal friends, that I'll be vacating this little corner bodega sometime soon, having relocated the locus of my personal blogging to a MovableType-powered blog called X-POLLEN.

    I will try to do a number of things:
    1. Import all my bodega entries into x-pollen (then i may go back and import still breathing and breathing room some day as well).

    2. Try to get this blog or a new one in LJ land to mirror the x-pollen blog or figure out how my friends can add the the RSS feed for x-pollen to their LJ friends lists. I don't want to lose any friends by doing this—I'm already giving up threaded comments

    3. Make sure there is an easy way to get to x-pollen from this blog for old-time readers who may stop by to visit from time to time.

    The move will probably take some time to complete, but I have already begun posting to the new blog, so I can't promise there will be much more here besides probably news about the move and its progress.

    In other xian blog news, I have moved Radio Free Blogistan from http://blogs.salon.com/0001111/ to http://radiofreeblogistan.com/ .

    Lots of fun stuff going on in my little microcontent universe. Nanocontent?
    Thursday, October 24th, 2002
    8:36 am
    It's Otis! He looooves us!
    White liberal guilt has never been so deliciously skewered.

    (via MZ)
    Tuesday, October 22nd, 2002
    10:58 am
    veriSign / netsol evil
    this new two-tiered password scheme of netsol's, surely it is designed primarily to once again entangle passive Internet domain holders into staying with verisign out of inertia or, short of that, stuck like flypaper to the new authentication scheme until the inevitable renewal deadline passes.

    what is the easiest way to get all of my netsol domains transferred en masse to my preferred (or any other) domain-name registration provider?
    Wednesday, October 16th, 2002
    2:35 pm
    Question I just overheard me ask myself
    "Where is my not-bag not-going?"
    Tuesday, October 15th, 2002
    10:26 am
    Things that won't get done today
    review tapers addendum for dead letters magazine
    finish installing pmachine
    install and test rss monkey
    set up godetia and wildflowertrips domains for b
    set up virtuser mail forwarding for antiweb.net
    send book promised to friend
    make household budget
    plan/prepare for moving site root to radiofreeblogistan.com
    *set up rss monkey*
    learn opml
    final notes on j-school panel
    jump menu for sidelists
    rush to judgement mediajunkie.com/rush
    don't know if suexec or cgiwrap available <==figure out!
    Please Notify in my event log. Does that mean rss feed received? How notify?
    possible to do e-mail list, just send summaries?
    Also, how about "Mail this entry..."
    kung-log for MT
    make blog books page, link from masthead
    make colophon
    . typography
    . software, radio, dreamweaver, fireworks, textedit, palm desktop, eudora, ie, mozilla, opera, omniweb, netscape
    . hardware: mac, speakers, camera, handspring visor, pen and paper
    PEP is my codename for my dream application, the Personal Expression Platform
    start blog directory process
    include blog reviews
    blog books
    required reading
    by tool
    respond to blog-related e-mail
    try out manila
    consider bbCMS for ezone/thedeadbeat/mediajunkie/memewatch
    Type design, bold vs italics vs quot marks, not having a style sheet or set design, semantic <strong>? it's more like <span class="thoughts"> and defining that to look italic? accessibility and standards sometimes feel like an infinite regress
    people have died of exposure
    turing test for spam arrest
    q: how to use short listings in rss feed instead of entire post?
    abude brazil ins story meme
    Sunday, October 13th, 2002
    7:05 pm
    Dylan @ the Greek 2002.10.11 notes

    first impression of the band:

    a little more detail:

    the moon was going down

    the greek without the people

    ...and some raw notes

    scribbled during the show:

    if there's interest i'll actually transcribe the scribbles...

    Saturday, October 12th, 2002
    6:07 pm
    Dylan rocked the Greek, yea verily
    ...and mightily he smote them. the rumored covers (Zevon's "Accidentally Like a Martyr," "Brown Sugar," Neil Young's "Old Man"), the reinterps of classics (just like a woMan, i ain't ME babe), the recent material rousing the audience (Summer Days with its Charlie Christian, Django, old-timey feel with Charlie Sexton and Larry Campbell trading eights in their long maroon zoot suits looking reet pleet), the Berkeley crowd cheering that line "Even the president of the United States must sometimes stand naked" in "It's Alright Ma, I'm Only Bleeding," the everlasting resonance of the lonesome death of Hattie Carroll. Now is the time for your tears. Business they drink my wine... Money doesn't talk, it swears.

    Scans of notes and sketches to follow.
    Friday, October 11th, 2002
    10:45 am
    The (other) mouse that roared
    From Court News and Monster Weirdo come this report by DeVon Nolt of a lawsuit against Pixar and Disney on the part of Stanley "Mouse" Miller:

    The lead characters of the movie Monsters, Inc. were illegally copied from characters drawn by cartoonist Stanley Miller in the early 1960's, according to a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against Disney Enterprises, Inc. and Pixar Animation Studios, Inc., the producers of the movie. ... Disney and Pixar allegedly came into contact with Miller's work in 1997, when they reviewed a treatment for an animated movie Miller had proposed.
    10:01 am
    Soothing the savage breast
    Saw New Orleans piano genius Henry Butler last night with Amy DeNaio at the tiny 21 Grand performance space in Oakland (the show was produced by Earthwise, and Butler's appearance is part of a Basin Street Records "invasion" of the bay area also featuring Kermit Ruffins and Jon Cleary at other venues).


    Butler is so amazing. He draws on blues, jazz, country, classical, and just plain atonal weirdness. He has a muscular pounding style heavy on the syncopation, and an incredibly deep voice. One song was just a long serious of tuneful moans—a good fit for DeNaio who does a lot of vocalese in her work as well (she played an accordion borrowed from the next-door shop and later a sax with an effects pedal she played with her hand for her vocals).

    Mixed in with his own material, Butler reinterpreted Georgia on My Mind and, most thrillingly, the Entertainer.

    What a night. Turned my bad mood from the daytime entirely around, as tired as I was.

    Tonight it's Bob Dylan at the Greek.

    (Say, I've noticed that since I upgraded iTunes, iJournal is no longer able to detect the track currently playing....)
    Thursday, October 10th, 2002
    1:33 pm
    50 most loathsome
    The Buffalo Beast names the 50 most loathsome people in America, 2002. Pretty over-the-top (fairly vulgar too), but funny and much of it is hard to argue with.

    A sampling:

    Misdeeds:   Without question one of the most smarmy, vile, hypocritical talking heads on television. Has the uncanny ability to vilify and generalize those who disagree with him, and then state that he's not a partisan person. Exploits his devout Catholicism and patriotism to the point that it makes you think he's selling something—like his book, whose cover features his giant head in front of one of the glossiest, waviest American flags ever. Much of his wrath can probably be traced to his displeasure that Reagan still can't remember his name although he's met him many times.

    Aggravating Factor:   Since 9/11, pretends to be genuinely convinced that anyone who disagrees with the Bush administration does not want America to be safe.

    Aesthetic:   Repressed kid from Long Island who got to college, was scared of sex, discovered other repressed white kids in conservative student group, joined them, devoted rest of life to blasting people who didn't.

    12. EMINEM

    Misdeeds:   Expecting people to care about his shitty childhood because he is white. Dissing his mama. Lifting weights after he got famous. Is the official voice of white teenage suburban boys. Has already worn out his shock value to the extent that his next album will have to include slurs against parapalegics and land-mine victims just to raise eyebrows.

    Aggravating Factor:   For someone who sells millions of records partly due to making fun of other people, has no sense of humor about himself.

    Aesthetic:   Trailer-trash cracker with just a hint of Down's Syndrome.

    (I never said it was PC!)
    Wednesday, October 9th, 2002
    11:42 pm
    Could they possibly cram any more ads into The Onion?
    10:13 am
    9:01 am
    Fog's in
    After two three days of blazing heat peaking in the midafternoon, it started to cool off yesterday and this morning the sky is totally socked in cloudy from the window of my breakfast nook. It's a relief. The ultrahot weather has its charms, especially in the evening when its just balmy outside, but I can get a lot more work done in this cooling fog.
    Monday, October 7th, 2002
    2:39 pm
    Groan from Uncle TJ
    Please don't kill the messenger!
    Mahatma Gandhi, as you know, walked barefoot most of the time, which produced an impressive set of calluses on his feet. He also ate very little, which made him rather frail and with his odd diet, he suffered from bad breath.

    This made him ....what? (Oh, man, this is so bad, it's good.)

    A super calloused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis.
    1:00 pm
    Art of the Mix: Take the 1990s lyrics quiz
    from Art of the Mix (via MZ):
    Do you remember a band called Blind Melon? Can you still rattle off the words to "Shoop" by Salt-n-Pepa? Visit this site to test your knowledge of pop and rock lyrics from the 1990s. Hint: look out for appearances from a few hip-hop and country crossover artists. From Ace of Base to Alice in Chains, they're all here, along with a few acts you'd probably rather forget. Step back in time. It's harder than you think!

    I doubt it.
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