betterbooktitles:

Mark Z. Danielewski: House of Leaves

Better Blog Title: “Most Things Are Easier To Ignore Or Marginalize If I Simplify My Thinking Into Casual Strata And Use Demeaning Language To Obscure The Fact That I Can’t Be Bothered To Think Any Harder About Anything Than Is Allowed Within The Momentary Gaps In My Rigorous Schedule Of Tumble-Logging Condescendingly About Real Efforts Other People Have Made At Understanding And Synthesizing Their Experiences Into Art, Which I Not-So-Secretly Feel I Will Never Approach But Long For Unendingly, And Therefore Must Sap And Leach Possible Strength From The Works Of Others — And Thereby Enable Others To Do The Same, By Posting Said Lechery In Easily-Digestible Chunks On The Internet — By Poorly Manipulating The Covers Of Their Monumental Books To Instead Say Something Degrading And Worth A Quarter Of A Chuckle If Someone Can, God Help Them, Even Possibly Be Amused By Half-Assed Hateful Bitter Book Titles.”

betterbooktitles:

Mark Z. Danielewski: House of Leaves

Better Blog Title: “Most Things Are Easier To Ignore Or Marginalize If I Simplify My Thinking Into Casual Strata And Use Demeaning Language To Obscure The Fact That I Can’t Be Bothered To Think Any Harder About Anything Than Is Allowed Within The Momentary Gaps In My Rigorous Schedule Of Tumble-Logging Condescendingly About Real Efforts Other People Have Made At Understanding And Synthesizing Their Experiences Into Art, Which I Not-So-Secretly Feel I Will Never Approach But Long For Unendingly, And Therefore Must Sap And Leach Possible Strength From The Works Of Others — And Thereby Enable Others To Do The Same, By Posting Said Lechery In Easily-Digestible Chunks On The Internet — By Poorly Manipulating The Covers Of Their Monumental Books To Instead Say Something Degrading And Worth A Quarter Of A Chuckle If Someone Can, God Help Them, Even Possibly Be Amused By Half-Assed Hateful Bitter Book Titles.”

Found via betterbooktitles. Posted Friday, April 29th, at 2:25 AM (∞).
Posted Monday, October 18th, at 10:56 AM (∞).

The other night, at a surprise rock show down the street, an enormous white dog whose “ownership” I never quite placed began wandering through the crowd, accepting love and inspecting the guitars. It felt like a benevolent spirit protecting us — even though that sounds ridiculous.

That night, plus this video, has bestirred in me an affection for huge dogs that I’ve never even remotely had before. My childhood neighbor Brandon was stricken dumb with fright at the appearance of even a medium-sized dog, and so at around 7 I absorbed that dog-reluctance in order to sympathize with him. Since then, dogs have mostly just seemed gross and annoying, as did all things natural and not-yet-sterilized by electronic capture and transmission. The last few years have seen a gradual shift away from that perspective, and what it most feels like is the opening of previously-locked chest doors; I saw that big dog meandering through a crowd of people enjoying really loud music, and a little cuckoo-flap opened in my sternum and warm light flowed in and out. It’s a great feeling to not be closed up to the world!

Huge dog to protect and soothe human larva? WONDERFUL.

Posted Thursday, April 29th, at 1:30 PM (∞).

Pretty thorough breakdown of Lady Gaga's "not not dumbness" by Mark Dery on Trueslant.com

via Warren Ellis.

Posted Thursday, April 29th, at 1:17 PM (∞).
Tonight, my brother and I (not without a few oblique hints) deciphered and acquired the “Painstakingly Concealed Secret Track” from MC Frontalot's most recent album, Zero Day. Which is so good.
We saw him and his band play twice in one weekend, in Atlanta and Athens, and had the best time, both times. There is no paradox.
His bassist Brandon Patton's most recent album, Underhill Downs, is really good, too, and I’ve listened to keyboardist Vic-20/Ken Flagg’s other band Edible Norris's album Ready, Set, Gonads approximately 2 dozen times in the last week.
Exquisite. All of them.

Tonight, my brother and I (not without a few oblique hints) deciphered and acquired the “Painstakingly Concealed Secret Track” from MC Frontalot's most recent album, Zero Day. Which is so good.

We saw him and his band play twice in one weekend, in Atlanta and Athens, and had the best time, both times. There is no paradox.

His bassist Brandon Patton's most recent album, Underhill Downs, is really good, too, and I’ve listened to keyboardist Vic-20/Ken Flagg’s other band Edible Norris's album Ready, Set, Gonads approximately 2 dozen times in the last week.

Exquisite. All of them.

Posted Sunday, April 18th, at 12:09 AM (∞).

I’m getting tired of my brain being completely filled up by trivia, minutiae, computer-noise and other people’s drama/business/needs.

I can’t hear my own voice anymore.

Yipes!


Posted Thursday, April 15th, at 8:10 PM (∞).
The web site I’ve been working on for months (at a fairly consistent pace, give or take) is now public. It’s for a local apartment management company, owned by the father of a friend. That friend also works there. She endured many hardships since asking me to make them a site in… October? Roundabout?
"Can it be ready by the end of November?" she asked.
"Oh, of course," I said.
… I’ve heard that big projects always take three times the original estimate. That’s about right.
It’s not even that big or complicated, but represents an enormous amount of my time and is without a doubt the most-involved web-related project I’ve ever completed. Plate’s ‘lets took more of a certain kind of work and there’s “more to show” for that, but in terms of web thingamajigs, there’s a lot more structure and hidden stuff involved in GPM’s site. Every other project before this has been essentially a veneer of divs, purely visually-style. This one’s not much deeper, but there’s jQuery, and php, and it was written in haml and sass and then output through nanoc… some of which mired me for weeks, some of which compensated for that lost time through increased efficiency. Mostly I just learned and learned and learned.
I would like very much to document the various drafts and steps, for posterity and my own interest and because Frank Chimero said there’s not enough talk about process on the internet. And I agree. But not now.
That’s quite enough for tonight. Tell me if it seems broken or wrong in any way.

The web site I’ve been working on for months (at a fairly consistent pace, give or take) is now public. It’s for a local apartment management company, owned by the father of a friend. That friend also works there. She endured many hardships since asking me to make them a site in… October? Roundabout?

"Can it be ready by the end of November?" she asked.

"Oh, of course," I said.

… I’ve heard that big projects always take three times the original estimate. That’s about right.

It’s not even that big or complicated, but represents an enormous amount of my time and is without a doubt the most-involved web-related project I’ve ever completed. Plate’s ‘lets took more of a certain kind of work and there’s “more to show” for that, but in terms of web thingamajigs, there’s a lot more structure and hidden stuff involved in GPM’s site. Every other project before this has been essentially a veneer of divs, purely visually-style. This one’s not much deeper, but there’s jQuery, and php, and it was written in haml and sass and then output through nanoc… some of which mired me for weeks, some of which compensated for that lost time through increased efficiency. Mostly I just learned and learned and learned.

I would like very much to document the various drafts and steps, for posterity and my own interest and because Frank Chimero said there’s not enough talk about process on the internet. And I agree. But not now.

That’s quite enough for tonight. Tell me if it seems broken or wrong in any way.

Posted Thursday, March 4th, at 12:00 AM (∞). Available in higher resolution.

Geekologie linked to a video for the “Dork Anthem,” and I won’t link you to it, because it’s terrible. My comment, recorded for posterity, because I doubt it will be approved on their YouTube page.

Trite. Same jokes have been made in much better music and with a much higher concentration of humor and originality. See: Weird Al’s “White and Nerdy,” and anything by MC Frontalot, other songs already mentioned in the comments.

Also, does it trouble anyone else that “dorks” seem to define themselves entirely by which worldwide-distributed intellectual property they like best? And how much of the merchandise they are willing to purchase and show off in their rooms? This is bothering me more and more.

It’s fine to be enthusiastic and interested in absolutely anything, as far as I’m concerned. But:

Your value and credibility are defined by your ability to create and originate, not your dedication to consumption.


Posted Tuesday, March 2nd, at 12:48 PM (∞).
Been staring at things like this for hours. But not just at them; through them, and into the future.
Wrapping up a 7-ish hour session of web work. The second workday worth of work I’ve done since waking up this morning. I got an awful lot done, though there’s still a good bit to do. Turned out that several things I thought were pointless tangents a couple of months ago (12-column grid css, HAML) came back in a rush tonight to solve a bunch of problems. To facilitate pumping out all of these pages in rapid-fire, I’m going to give nanoc a try tomorrow. I wish I had it in place earlier this evening; might have saved me 30 minutes or so of page-by-page copy&pasting by inserting partials of the navigation bar, footer, etc. No big thang, but since I had to switch to HAML to get something else to work, it won’t take long at all to drop the files into a nanoc project and reap benefits. Reap reap reap.
I listened both of The Protomen's albums on loop the whole time, which means I heard them both 4 or 5 times. That first album took a while to grow on me, but it's great work music, especially in context with Act II. They're playing at the Caledonia Lounge on April 17th, and that is going to be incredible you guys they are so good.

Been staring at things like this for hours. But not just at them; through them, and into the future.

Wrapping up a 7-ish hour session of web work. The second workday worth of work I’ve done since waking up this morning. I got an awful lot done, though there’s still a good bit to do. Turned out that several things I thought were pointless tangents a couple of months ago (12-column grid css, HAML) came back in a rush tonight to solve a bunch of problems. To facilitate pumping out all of these pages in rapid-fire, I’m going to give nanoc a try tomorrow. I wish I had it in place earlier this evening; might have saved me 30 minutes or so of page-by-page copy&pasting by inserting partials of the navigation bar, footer, etc. No big thang, but since I had to switch to HAML to get something else to work, it won’t take long at all to drop the files into a nanoc project and reap benefits. Reap reap reap.

I listened both of The Protomen's albums on loop the whole time, which means I heard them both 4 or 5 times. That first album took a while to grow on me, but it's great work music, especially in context with Act II. They're playing at the Caledonia Lounge on April 17th, and that is going to be incredible you guys they are so good.

Posted Saturday, February 27th, at 4:36 AM (∞).

Need answers before 12:30pm EST

mathicaspi:

What should I have for lunch?

1. Earth fare’s salad bar

2. Earth fare’s hot bar

3. Sandwich from local deli

4. Chic-fil-a kid’s meal (my weakness)

5. Some sort of yummy organic soup

You might have gotten answers if you’d ended this post with a ? mark. Enable answers to get answers!


Found via mathicaspi. Posted Friday, February 26th, at 4:05 PM (∞).

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