No Fancy Name
Thursday, December 14, 2006
for readers who happen to come by here, this blog is officially defunct.

all 1170 or so posts are still available within the site, via archive or search, and will remain so.

i will be blogging elsewhere.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Apparently I was to attach an explanation to my previous post. Sorry about that.

* No, there's nothing wrong.

* Nothing "happened."

* I simply don't have anything to say.

* One could argue that I've never had anything to say, and the previous 1169 posts were wastes of space. I wouldn't go that far. I think 100 or so were useful and relevant.

* Being an "authority" in something is only useful if people actually listen to what you have to say, learn from it, and pass that knowledge on to others. Otherwise, you're talking to a wall and that's useful for no one.

* I have zero interest in putting in the time and effort to remain an "authority" in anything technology-related. If I wanted to remain plugged-in and knowledgable about cutting-edge things, I wouldn't have spent the last year or so trying to disentangle myself from it all.

* I associate blogging with a part of my life that I really have strong negative feelings about. Having a virtual presence keeps more than a foot in a world I really don't dig.

I figured I'd mentioned all this at some point. Must have only been on the phone or whatever to people I talk to in real life. Anyone who knows me at all knows how much I struggle with this whole bleeding-edge technology vs simplification vs utility thing.

Monday, December 11, 2006
nope, nothing to post
Sorry for the false alarm. I have nothing to say.

In fact, I doubt I'll be blogging anymore.

Saturday, December 09, 2006
there's a rumor....
...that I'll be able to blog something today!

[looks around for signs of the apocalypse]

I taught my last class for the semester. I had the last two seminar meetings of the semester. We did holistic grading of the 1A finals yesterday. I only have one more paper to write. In the one paper I did write, I quoted something from a post at Earth Wide Moth. useful!

Later, perhaps, I will have more words on the subject.

Saturday, December 02, 2006
help groom the next generation of social activists
Squid (she is very cool, as is her blog, and as are her kids) is trying to raise money for a local high school girl to participate in The Sojourn Project's ten-day journey retracing the American civil rights movement of the 50's and 60's. Here is Squid's original letter:
Like many of you, our family has decided to focus on the kind of holiday giving that makes a real difference. If you feel the same way, then consider the following opportunity:

My friend Amy Sandia is sixteen years old, and is a junior at Deadwood High School. She "has a dream," which is to go on a ten-day Sojourn Project journey ( that will retrace the steps of the American civil rights movement in the 50's and 60's. I can only hope that my own children will show such a fierce interest in history and humanity when they reach her age.

Amy is a wonderful girl, from a wonderful family, but unfortunately her family cannot afford to pay for all of the trip's expenses. Amy has been doing quite a lot of fundraising, but has not yet reached her goal. The payment deadline of December 7th is looming.

If you are looking for a way to make a concrete difference in a local life--and to help groom the next generation of social activists--then please consider making a donation towards Amy's trip. It will make a lovely holiday gift in the name of your favorite historically savvy liberal.

Thank you,
Squid Rosenberg
Squid originally said she wanted to raise $200. We did that in 12 hours (the internet ROCKS!). Then the trickster said she told Amy she'd try to raise $1000 but she didn't want to be greedy on the blog.

Oh HELL, what do you think the blogosphere is for? It's for HELPING people in some way. This particular way happens to be by foregoing one's quad venti starbucks drink and sticking that $5 into the donation bucket. Go! Shoo! Do it!

Here's my own little story about The Sojourn Project: in my comp class on the day we discussed Martin Luther King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail," one of the quiet kids in the back stuck his hand up and was confident enough to say something insightful and useful for the rest of the discussion. He, too, had raised money and gone on The Sojourn Project's trip when he was in high school. He said it really changed him and he learned a lot. Hey, if a shy kid speaks up in class only once in the semester and it's about King and civil rights, I'm all for whatever got him there.

Here is a link to the Dropcash donation page. It's easy. I've used it multiple times to donate to things (including this, of course!!).

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