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It's been a pretty wild week for me. Ideafest kicked off her in Louisville on Wednesday night outside of the 21C Hotel on Main Street. I was conscripted to stand on the corner of 8th and Market with a giant red penguin (the hotel's signature image, the penguin). Basically I was marking off the turn that this bicycle race was going to pass. So after about 45 minutes of waiting, looking all Agent-ish, they started to kick off the party. I wandered around and mingled a little bit, but I'm not one to strike up a conversation with random strangers. I felt like I was in the scene from "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" where Hunter is in the casino bar and everyone turns into lizards. I guess that says something about me.

The next couple of days I wasn't able to work at Ideafest unfortunately, but I did return on Saturday for the Blog and Twitter lounge. I talked to a couple of really neat people, Mike Stevens a lawyer, Jeffrey Manber a.. well.. space business man I guess, and a women who used to program old Unix systems. Unfortunately I missed her name but her husband does something with the Computer Sciences department at U of L. Really great people to talk to, and I actually felt mentally engaged when speaking with them. That doesn't happen a lot, I usually do the engaging on the internet. I actually stayed awake for over 20 hours, which is something I haven't done in quite a long time. I felt pretty woozy by the time I crashed into my bed.


The Ghost of a Printing Press, a photograph by Chris Norris. Chris captured this haunting memento when his employer, a commercial printing outfit, discarded its last press in favor of more current equipment.

This morning I'm taking it easy. Hanging out with Vigo on the steps next to me, I watched as our newest house guest scurried past my feet. We have a little brown mouse in our house. So far he hasn't gotten into anything, but I'd imagine it's only a matter of time. We've got to catch him some how.

Ashley and I got The Force Unleashed for our XBox 360 yesterday. I foresee many hours of disheveled, underwear clad people playing. That is to say, it's a lot of fun.


whenever conservatives talk about socialized services they seem to conflate problems of government corruption, bureaucratic inefficiency, and unpopular government with the socialized institution. but you're forgetting that public schools, law enforcement, fire departments, public libraries, roads, post offices, etc. are all socialized public infrastructure. if you really think that having government run infrastructure (in other words, having a government) is a bad idea, then wouldn't it be worse having them run the military, police, and writing laws?


This is a recent comment on Slashdot about how Australian ISP's consider Net Neutrality an a American problem.
The first thing that came to mind was... well.. because all of those institutions are run so well... People amaze me. I think about the only things in that list that operates decently is the fire department and post office. Dumb.

This video has been making the round on the intartubez:

Adam Kimmel presents: Claremont HD from adam kimmel on Vimeo.

It's pretty good, but I like this one better (Warning 182M .wmv).


This is a great cover of Aphex Twin by The Bad Plus


That's all I've got for today.