"Undermining my electoral viability since 2001."

I Used To Be A Real Good Writer

Sorry if it sounds pretentious, but sometimes I just love the archive:

I've grown to love this kind of egress from civilization in a way that makes me miss my estranged father, even though I suspect the image of his Only Son splashing around bare-assed, drinking beer and shooting dice around the campfire with a bunch of tattooed outlaws like some kind of second-generation dirt-worshiping hippy would probably put him even further off. He maybe gets hung up on appearances though, and would really appreciate the spirit of the thing if he could perceive it, so I think about writing a fathers-day letter (and maybe I still will), but mostly I just drink up the earth and do my level-best to be Present. It's good. Much glory all around.

There's a pretty neat video taken while driving on Salmon River Road too.

Note to self: retain freewheeling sense of outlaw Fun even as aging/maturation progresses. Alternatives, unappetizing.

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In Which I Ponder My Life and Career and Think About Working Out

Spent this past week at this little get-together called Drupalcon. I've done a poor job in general explaining what this "Drupal" is to my non-nerd quadrant of friends, and it's a pretty long story with a lot of angles and beautiful idiosyncrasies. And also now kind of a big deal on these old internets. Like, 3000 people showing up for a conference we organized, with major sponsorships from technology heavyweights and a presentation from the White House.


The first wave of my professional life was very startup-oriented. Silicon Alley from '98 to '01. I never made any money of course, but as a 19 to 22 year old kid it was amazing experience both on technical and business fronts. The second wave was all about politics, but definitely had that scrappy startup kind of vibe, bootstrapping an insurgent campaign and then getting the non-profit equivalent of venture financing to try out some totally unproven ideas, including building a professional space around Drupal and participating in the dot-org boom. After that I took some time off and freelanced, then started a company. While starting ones own company is an integral part of being an entrepreneur for real-real, the first few years of this were a lot of hard learning curve for me, and to be honest it was a lot harder than I thought.

Now, exhausted from an excessively busy week and battling a devilish low-grade cold, I still feel like, once again, the buzz is back. It's a new wave. I'm back to sleeping six hours a night and waking up jazzed.

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Bridge sunset

View from the bay. Pretty hot.

Astral Weeks

Blog-radio silence lately. I've been deep in the throes of nerd-dom (as the old tweets would attest) and haven't had the energy or will to come up for air and put it all together.

And this isn't me doing that either. This is me apologizing and promising Better Things To Come(tm) in the not too distant future.

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American Dream

I love Brad Neely. When I feel uncertain about my future as a capitalist, there's a song to cheer me up:

Creased comics.

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What you do when you employ 20 people

Revolution in Central Asia

Thanks to the magic of the internet, you can watch some relatively in-depth coverage from Russia Today:

Now, you can take it with a grain of salt — this is Putin-approved news, even though the tone is on par with CNN or the BBC — but the broad outline of events is consistent with other reports, and it's another data-point from a different perspective.

It's also interesting to see how Russia Today supports the change in power, and drops in that there may have been Latvian, Georgian or Chechen "mercinaries" involved in defending the ousted president and using deadly force against the protesters (near the end of the video). I dunno about Latvia, but Chechnya and Georgia are definitely on Vlad's shit list.

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Put Down That Styrofoam

I have a sort of heady blog post brewing from the drive up to Humboldt (back for a week), but I'm low on sleep and dopamine, so it's gonna have to wait. In the mean-time, here are some links:


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The Girth

Headed to the east bay to have a cocktail with my man. Just in case you forgot. This is the man.

"I think America is ready for a man-hunting intergalactic space monster."

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Hipsters With Bazookas

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