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Let’s Try It Again

I’m going to try again. For me, maintaining a blog seems to follow a pattern. I started with a collaborative blog that seemed to die after a few weeks. My next attempt was a personal finance blog, that lasted a few months and then died (I think it’s still out there). My latest attempt is this blog and after the trip to Europe I sort of let it die. Today, while walking around the National Mall and re-reading Bringhurst’s The Elements of Typographic Style, I started thinking about how I want to do creative things. I have all this cool software and how-to books but I don’t really create. I want to create. I can appreciate beautiful things but I want to do more than just appreciate.

At some point in my walk I started thinking about writing and this blog. If you can’t even update a simple blog on a routine basis how will you improve your writing? Determined, I walked to Caribou Coffee. Here I am.

Let’s try this again.

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Filed under: hmmm

Using the “PC Hammer”

There’s no better way to weasel out of a discussion than saying “You’re just being PC!” People hide their ugly and stupid beliefs by saying “That’s just PC man, fuck that!”

No, I do not mean that you have to sanitize your language but own up when you say something. This idiot, Josh Homme, frontman of Queens of the Stone Age, just launched the word “faggot” like there was no tomorrow.He’s rightfully getting a lot of flack for it. But instead of penning a nice mea culpa, he sends out an ugly statement that a 12 year old might pen. He wrote:

By that logic… I also told that young whipper snapper I’d have anal sex with him… how can I possibly reconcile these opposing viewpoints? I called him a pussy too. Does it mean I hate our one worlds’ collective vagina? I never have been nor intend to be politically correct. That’s your cross to bear. To me, that PC world would suck more shit than the porta-potty truck at Glastonbury. Homophobic? I’m in Queens of the Stone Age for crissake… You say, “So. Your band name doesn’t prove anything.” Maybe not. But it’s a helluv a lot more definitive than the logic of some watchdog… (sorry canine-American, canine-European, canine-African, canine-Australian & canine-Asian) moralist, keeping score from pure perfectionville?

You see what he was trying to do? Deflate a real argument about using such powerful words that reflect such pure hatred. No one wants to stifle his verbal diarrhea, keep doing it idiot, I’m just not buying any more of your music.

Would Mr. Homme have used the n-word when insulting the guy who threw that shoe?

Filed under: hmmm, random

Baltimore is Reeaaal

This last Saturday we headed to Baltimore with a couple of friends. We first headed to American Visionary Art Museum to check out a PostSecret exhibit. The museum was aaaiiight but the real jewel was the museum store. The museum store was quite possibly the kitchiest place I’ve ever seen. There were so may things I almost bought but decided I had squeezed out all delight by merely holding them.

We also went to a magical place called The Book Thing where we dropped off some books we no longer wanted and came back with lots of books we did want. I came back with:

  • The Age of Absolutism by Max Beloff,
  • InDesign Killer Tips by Kelby and White, and
  • LaTeX, A User’s Guide and Reference Manual by Leslie Lamport.

Baltimore… is an interesting city. And as if the Baltimore overload wasn’t enought we also started watching The Wire.

Filed under: random

Triumphant Return

All this talk of vacation, it seems I took a little vacation from the blog as well. I’m sure more ramblings will show up soon…

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The Trip

Arrive in Barcelona.

Head to Toulouse.

Head to Biarritz.

Head to San Sebastian (Donostia).

Head to Deba and Bilbao (small stops).

Return to Barcelona.

Filed under: hmmm, images

Heading to Spain and France!

I’ll try to update from there!

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Hoarding Books

I feel like I’m hoarding books, I’m lusting after books. I’ve recently been inundated by books, although surprisingly, they’re all non-fiction. Here’s a listing of what’s in my queue:

All 4 of Tufte’s books, I’m going in order, I’m now on Visual Explanations. They really are beautiful books and I’m learning a thing or two.

My old statistics book (thanks mom and dad!). I have fond memories of this book, I want to relearn some stats and this is just the ticket. This itch to re-familiarize with stats is blatantly related to the Tufte books.

Letter by Letter by Laurent Pflughaupt, should reach my hands this Monday or Tuesday. It seems like it will be an interesting read.

The Elements of Typographic Style, should also reach my hands this Monday or Tuesday.

Filed under: hmmm, random

Feliz Dia de las Madres

Mother’s Day in Mexico is always May 10th, the Washington Post had a short article (with all sorts of tiny inaccuracies) that is really only worthy for the photographs. The photos made me strangely emotional, perhaps it’s because I only see my mother about once a year, twice if I’m lucky. In parts of the border where fence is more forgiving, scenes like these take place:

After a year apart, Menchaca’s mother arrived in her flowered straw hat here Saturday and put her small, wrinkled hands up to the cast-iron gate, Menchaca reached out and touched them.

Filed under: images

It’s Over Hillary, Please Don’t Make a Scene

A politician… so shameleslly and overtly a politician… I could have told you this about Hillary since before this whole debacle. I called her a whore of Babylon before Obama ever spoke at the 2004 Democratic Convention. That woman irked me in so many ways, she only dealt with the gays when others weren’t watching. Ben Smith at Politico said it better:

Hillary just gave a speech to a luncheon of the gay rights group Human Rights Campaign, before an audience of about 400, HRC spokesman Brad Luna confirms.

It was a pretty closely held secret, this speech: Not on the public schedule, and Human Rights Campaign hasn’t been responding to calls or e-mails about it over the last couple of days.

Clinton, for her part, is on pretty solid ground with the gay political establishment but faces some pressure from Obama, who has said he opposed the Defense of Marriage Act back in 1996 and who talks about gays in public speeches, unprompted.

I waited for 2 hours in 17-degree weather to hear Obama speak, I had never felt so energized and excited about any political candidate. I won’t say he’s perfect, the last month has certainly taken some of the shine out of him.  He’s still a completely different kind of politician, I actually believe him. And I thought I was a jaded old thing.

Still, the most unbelievably stupid thing she’s ever said:

” ‘I have a much broader base to build a winning coalition on,’ she said in an interview with USA Today. As evidence, Clinton cited an Associated Press article ‘that found how Sen. Obama’s support among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans, is weakening again, and how whites in both states (those voting in Tuesday’s Indiana and North Carolina primaries) who had not completed college were supporting me.’ ”

“There’s a pattern emerging here,” she said.

Yes there is…

Filed under: politics

Insure versus Ensure

This is from the New Yorker:

Via Andrea.

Filed under: curios, hmmm, random

Apollyon

And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months. And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.
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