Wednesday, June 14, 2006
these are the people i trust with my email and my blog
Here are pics of the senior staff at Google, plus logos, etc. Some pretty good looking people, huh? I know that the photographers and make-up folks for these kind of company photos do good work, but often despite their best efforts, the people are just too ugly to work with. These people aren't ugly.
Perhaps it's their company attitude that keeps them looking so wonderful. Here is some information about their Mountain View campus that almost makes me want to drop out of the ministry path and go back to software. Almost, but not quite. :)
Well I sincerely hope that the trusting person within me is proven right, that these folks will do right by their users and keep innovating to infinity, and keep our private information private. I mean, a blog, obviously is not private, but email and searches should be kept private, until our culture gets to a point of respectful transparency.
So, how did I get to the point of looking at Google people? Well, I followed one of my favorites a while back to Fortune Magazine's "How I Work" section, which I bookmarked a while back when Bill Gates and some others were the focus of the page. I find it fascinating to see how other people get their jobs done, and what makes them successful. Well I saw the picture of Marissa Mayer, and thought "oh, cute, cute," and did a google image search, and came up with that page. Now since there are so many pretty people at that company, I downloaded some of the .tif files so that I can practice my pencil drawing. The face-shapes and the shading have a certain aesthetic appeal. (And if you're really nice to me, maybe someday I'll send you a framed hand-drawn picture of Sergey Brin. Ho ho.)
I remember back when I worked at Annie's Parlour in Dinkytown, Minneapolis, even after I'd been waiting tables for a few years there, I would follow the other waitstaff around and pretend I was a new trainee, just to see if I could pick up tricks on the way they did things. It was stunning to see that many of the habits and procedures I'd developed that I thought were just great were substandard compared to what others around me were doing. In paying attention to them and implementing their best techniques, I got more work done faster, and got better tips, so I could buy more compact discs by The Cure, Cocteau Twins, Pixies, Bauhaus, or Skinny Puppy.
In another, slightly nuttier example, the idea of paying attention to other people's processes was once when some friends of mine and I were up at a cabin in northern Minnesota, a friend and I went out to the two-seater outhouse (a weird experience to be crapping right next to somebody, into the same stanky pit, true), well, after we were done and were cleaning up, I used the process I'd always used, which was different than his, and he thought it to be totally nutty. My process was to stand up just slightly, which as I'm getting older seems to be getting harder on the front of my knees, just below the knee-cap. His process was simply to lean over to the side, keeping one butt-cheek on the seat -- much better on the knees, though you kind of have to put yr hand partway below the rim of the seat. I'm sorry, was all that too much information?
music: She's in Parties - Bauhaus
colors: Black and White
mood: Capital Letters
chant/prayer/mantra: Learn, Evolve.
Here's a site with a musical dancing geek. You can make up dances for him to do.
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
inappropriate saxophone shopping
today while i was online studying up on saxophones for eventually getting one, my sweetie called up all anxious about money and stuff, though i don't think we're really in (or near) financial straits at present. eventually, i'll save up for one of these babies so i can learn tenor sax.
oh, and somehow today i ended up at http://www.alexchiu.com/advertisers/christ.htm. How will the human race achieve peace and immortality? I'm not really sure I can comprehend this gentleman's plan, on account of rich leaders buying in because it will make them richer. Sure, so _maybe_ peace happens on a conglomerated-national level, but within the countries, there's still the rich and the poor, and he leaves a few giant strings untied in his argument, that can only be solved by the messiah.
"Alex Chiu just wants to stay home and feed his cat. If you think Alex Chiu will do those dirty job for the messiah, you must be insanely out of your mind."
I'm wondering if this is the same guy that Steph and I met on the BART about a month ago wearing a jet black wig, with grey hair sticking out underneath. He was going on and on about immortality, and was flummoxed when we said we didn't necessarily want to live forever, if a few "minor" justice issues weren't fixed first. He was so sincere though. Conversations on a loud moving train are often diffficult, especially with strangers....
Oh, and for more info (linked from Alex Chiu's site): check out http://www.insolitology.com/topten/messiah/
The following text is from there:
VOTE ALLEEE FOR MESSIAH !
Our goal is to 1. get one million votes for Alleee and 2. find a prophet. What better way to do these than to use the Internet ?
The prophet part is easy. If you are a prophet, or know a prophet, email us by clicking here. Please specify if you can come to Seattle (WA) by yourself, or if you need airfare. Also send Certificate of Prophecy by email attachment.
(if you can figure out how all the goofness above relates to the title of this post, you get a gold star. tape it to your forehead.)
music: meat beat manifesto - storm the studio
colors: colors of holstein cattle
Monday, June 12, 2006
quiz answers from me
1. What time did you get up this morning? 9:00 am. it's summer, with a little slack time, where i
would normally be going to bed at 3:00 and getting up at 11:00, but i'm trying to avoid getting out
of phase with the rest of the world.
2. Diamonds or pearls? pearls are pretty, but i couldn't ever see myself with one. a diamond would
look nice on a guitar head maybe.
3. whats your favorite bo0k? i have a list of about 300 bo0ks i need to get to, and about 80 that
i've started but not finished. i really like the dictionary, and i have a bo0k of bob dylan tunes i
need to learn i suppose.
4. What's your favorite TV show? i try to watch nothing live because 99% of the commercials disgust
me. i grew up as a latch-key kid, with gilligan's island, and i'm sticking with that.
5. What did you have for breakfast? strawberry vanilla hemp granola with organic vanana yogurt and
rice milk, and some cold coffee with lite chocolate silk soy milk, and some spirulina juice.
6. What is your middle name? the same as my father's first name
7. What is your favorite cuisine? i love so many different types of food. indian, thai, ethiopian,
pizza, italian, mexican. if i had to give up all but one, i'd go with italian.
8. What foods do you dislike? sashimi, foie gras, regular liver, any birds other than turkey or
9. Your favorite potato chip? sour cream and onion
10. What is your favorite CD at the moment? i don't know, so i'll go with the all time favorites. i
will never not be mad about stoner witch by the melvins, daydream nation by sonic youth, hit to death
in the future head by flaming lips, aenima by tool, louder than bombs by the smiths, and ascension by
11. What is your favorite car or truck? i loved my used brown 1976 amc hornet, and would like a ford
f-150 custom deluxe, other than the loudness and the gas mileage. i want my next car to get more
than 60 mph.
12. Favorite sandwich? barbequed beef on bun. :) lettuce and tomato sandwich, and grilled cheese
(cheddar and muenster) with braised tomato and bacon.
13. What characteristics do you despise? stupidity, ignorance, meanness - especially when they are
14. Favorite item of clothing? i found a pair of 36" waist red denim shorts at a flying-j just
outside of chicago. when i'm thin i like them a lot. otherwise, i have several hats i like.
15. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go? india. ideally, through a
route of japan to korea to thailand, vietnam, china, tibet, india, pakistan, afghanistan, iran, iraq,
turkey, moscow, czech republic, italy, germany, poland, scandinavia....
16. What color is your bathroom? my current bathroom is totally blah. i still live in a bathroom at
322 south hamilton with red, white, and blue plaid wallpaper.
17. Favorite brand of clothing? world industries. can skateboarding be a brand?
18. Where would you want to retire? amsterdam
19. Favorite time of day? 10pm to 4am
20. Where were you born? minneapolis, minnesota
21. Favorite sport to watch? volleyball
22. Who do you least expect to send this back? i don't know what this question means, but i am
guessing its not applicable if its not in an email chain.
23. Person you expect to send it back first? see above.
24. What laundry detergent do you use? i'm not really brand-loyal, but i try to find something
organic like eco-something-or-other
25. Coke or Pepsi? fuck, do i ever hate this question. its assumption about product marketing is
extreme anathema to me. when i have a choice, i get the generic stuff like shasta or safeway.
26. Are you a morning person or night owl? night. though i've found it sometimes works to write
papers the morning they're due.
27. What size shoe do you wear? 13 basketball, 14 running, dress shoes, 13 or 14
28. Do you have pets? yes, a dog who is beautiful and cunning and likes to sleep in. two cats who
hang out in a basket and punch at each other.
29. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share with everyone? my studio space / office is almost
organized, and then i will make music and a bo0k.
30. When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up? a president, but knowing the
american system, i see that benevelent dictator would be better. i also thought about philosopher,
but could never figure out how folks like aristotle, descartes, plato, etc were able to make ends
31. What is your favorite candy bar? mars? zagnut? heath? i dunno.
32. What is your best childhood memory? i rode my bike down a big mound of dirt over a block away
from my house and got all the way back to my driveway without ever pedaling
33. What are the different jobs you have had? newspaper subscription seller (never sold one in three
days!), newspaper delivery person, retail service cashier/stocker, dishwasher, waiter, cook, math
tutor, bartender, baker, cab driver, production assistant, shipping assistant, customer service
associate, technical support, quality assurance engineer, senior quality assurance engineer, project
manager, library circulation assistant, audio consultant
35. Nicknames? bud, budward, ace, guido, gump, gilbert, lunk, lunkhead, "the big dumb one"
36. Piercing? yes, five. i had a tongue piercing once, but it got infected and my tongue turned
green. that sucked.
37. Eye color? green
38. Ever been to Africa? not yet.
39. Ever been toilet papering? lots of times in high school. then i got into a car accident with a
few unused rolls of t.p. in the back seat. my parents==not happy
40. Love someone so much it made you cry? yes, sometimes when i think about jesus.
41. Been in a boat accident? i drove a boat directly into a dock once, but it didn't damage anything
except my pride.
(true, same as j.d.)
42. Croutons or bacon bits? both. i like the really spicy oily croutons, and the really fake salty
generic imitation bacon bits.
43. Favorite day of the week? friday, when i like to wear red underwear...
44. Favorite restaurant? pavlov's pizza on willy street in madison.
45. Favorite flower? carnations
46. Favorite ice cream? blue bunny brand, for that funny fake taste.
47. Disney or Warner Brothers? warner brothers, i suppose. though i wish that kind of stuff could be
independent, without the close studio ties
48. Favorite fast food restaurant? taco bell, or arby's
50. How many times did you fail your driver's test? we were supposed to take one?
51. From whom did you get your last email? from one of my fellow seminarians, on the student listserv
52. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? zzounds.com. even though i'm trying to
live simply, i still have gearlust for music equipment, including a tenor saxophone, a left-handed
guitar, and a few specific microphones, plus a metasonix ts-21 hellfire modulator, but i guess
zzounds doesn't have that....
54. Bedtime? lately midnight +/- an hour, sadly.
55. Who are you most curious about their responses to this questionnaire? anyone who responds.
56. Last person you went to dinner with? stephanie and amy and i had indian food on judah.
58. What are you listening to right now? the sound of a gilmore girls dvd
59. What is your favorite color? single color: grey; two-color combo: green and purple; three-color
combo: various hues of yellow, orange, and blue.
60. Lake, ocean or river? cloudy clouds
61. How many tattoos do you have? three, kind of. i plan on more as time, budget, and will call for
62. What is your goal for 2006? to prepare for 2007, and to enjoy.
music: the clash combat rock
no more lists, please. if you made it all the way through this post, congrats, but perhaps your time could better be applied toward better writing material? i'm just sayin..
Wednesday, June 7, 2006
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Tuesday, June 6, 2006
"Legalize Snakes" Protest at SF Carnival Last Sunday
I told this gentleman with the sign I'd post this pic, but just got to it today.
The back story is that as my friends and I were leaving the Carnival Festival just off Mission, we saw a police action, where a guy had a duffle bag that looked like one could carry a twenty five pound dog in it or something, and the police took it, and were in the process of apprehending him when he tried to run around a dumpster and get away (amid ~10 cops). I'm not sure he was sober, but apparently, he had brought a snake with him, and apparently, that's not legal. Hence the protest.
My friend Amy spotted the guy with the "Legalize Snakes" sign, and for some reason we just thought he was a nut who liked to show up with his cardboard sign, but I went over to talk to him after taking his picture, and got a bit more of the scoop about what had precipitated the nuttiness.
music: Phone tones created in Sound Forge. No lie.
colors: yellow and brown
mood: seven-sixteenths apathetic
thoughts: I'm excited because I got the studio finally wired like a pro would do it. It doesn't look like a rat's nest, and I was able to get all of the primary pieces of equipment hooked up in an intuitive and functional way, without even using the patch bay -- just the mixer. Oh, sorry I heard yawning, I guess I'm boring myself and you too. Sorry about that. And sorry for saying sorry.
OK, hugs to you, and pax hominibus too.
Yep, today. The number of Man is come up, once again.
"Three sixes always wins," She said. "Except when you're in poker."
"Three sixes always wins."
"Yeah, except when you get smoked."
Ah, who knows? Maybe this time the angels will get their way finally.
thoughts: i've been all stressed out about tomorrow/today, because of all those Omen billboards plastered everywhere, and all the potential nutty full-moonesque reactions to them. i've had a stress headache for a couple weeks now, and am hoping it cools out after tomorrow.
if we get through this without any incident beyond the normal stuff that appears in the news (which i guess does qualify as incident -- i'm more talking about the gigantic headline type of incident) -- if we get through today without either/or exclusivity freakishness that prevents fun later, i promise we'll get to some fun in the "not too distant" future.
kind of like when the ok-corral gunfighter gets shot straight through, and stands there for a couple seconds, and looks down to see it with that look on his face. today might be when the bullet goes through the heart of humanity, and over the next few courses of events, it looks down and sees the hole, wondering what comes next.
and now he only eats guitars!....
Monday, June 5, 2006
Finally counted up all of the coins I've found that had fallen to the ground
Below are the contents of a spreadsheet detailing how many of which coins and years. I'm glad to finally be caught up with that so I can get on to more important things.
|1968||7||x||1||1 canadian dime|
|1975||14||x||x||2||2||1 one-pfenning (1pf)|
|1978||17||x||x||1||1 half-dollar||1 2pf|
|1979||17||x||x||1||1||2 SBA||1 1pf|
|1980||9||x||x||1||2||1||1 dutch 10-cent|
|1991||14||x||x||2||1 1pf, 1 2pf|
|1995||21||x||x||4||12||1 2pf, 1 1pf, 1 5-centime|
|1996||18||x||x||3||11||2||1 10pf, 2 1pf|
|2000||32||x||x||2||5||4||1 pence, 1 2-Euro|
I'm horribly geeky, I know. But I did decide not to get into the mint of origin for nickels, dimes, etcetera, because I'm not that geeky.
See 'Confessions of a penny planter' for details.