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In The Crowd

Tuesday, August 30, 2005


I can't stop watching the news or reading obsessively about the hurricane damage. They are now beginning to evacute everyone from the city, even those in shelters. They're advising parents who already evacuated to enroll their children in the local schools, since it will be months before they can move home. FEMA is establishing a permanent office in New Orleans, and predicts that clean up will take so long that some people will spend their entire career working only on the damage caused by Katrina. It is being called the greatest natural disaster in the history of the nation.

Now would be a good time to donate or, if like me you have more time than money, to volunteer.


  • At 9:18 AM, Anonymous stan said…

    We can also be fairly certain that in the coming weeks and months, there will be a need for donated blood. Those who are able should consider it.

  • At 12:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

This is Swifty

His previous owner baptized him, but I think Swifty and I will be spending many happy hours together. He just needs some accessories...oh hey look. Craigslist provides.


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  • At 10:00 AM, Anonymous Ian said…

    How did you beat the hordes to acquire this beauty? - the original craigslist entry has been deleted.


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Saturday, August 20, 2005

Tidal etchings

I've posted some of my grandfather's photographs over at flickr. He would have hated the idea, he was paranoid about people stealing or devaluing his work which is why the scans are all low res. But he isn't around anymore to say no and I wanted to share them. They are hauntingly beautiful, maybe someday I'll inherit a print.


  • At 9:33 PM, Anonymous Martana said…

    They're really beautiful and go quite well with the Hildegrard von Bingen "Voice of the Blood" CD Bill is currently playing....

  • At 9:59 PM, Anonymous shoshie said…

    "Peaks" is the one at your mom's, right? I think "Nude Flowers" is my favourite. There are some kind of creepy shots in there, too. "Storm," for example, looks like an illustration from a Grimms' fairytale.

    They're remarkable (obviously, as I'm remarking about them). What's even more astonishing to me than the niftiness of your grandfather's photography is that these are naturally occuring "pictures" in the sand.

    I just love stuff. Love love love.

  • At 3:30 PM, Anonymous Jason said…

    Alicia, completely irrelavent to this post (lovely pictures, though), please do the tech community a favor and apply for this:


  • At 12:09 AM, Blogger Alicia said…

    How great a job would that be? Pretty damn great. Okay I'll try, but if they reject me for a more, uh...conventionally enthusiastic person I won't be too shocked.


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Friday, August 19, 2005

Proposal submitted

I sent this today to the folks over at Webzine. My career as professional curmudgeon has begun! It's one of skills passed down through the generations in my family, as many of you know. Wish me luck.

Every day I see the same crop of blogs promoting the same brand of whiz-bang boosterism. It reminds me of 1998, only the soundtrack has changed. Am I the only one who's read any Sinclair Lewis?

You need a contrarian viewpoint, just to balance things out. Web conferences are universally venues for software developers or content creators to promote their work or their philosophy of the web. No one ever calls bullshit, or asks questions like "is LiveJournal's best feature that fact that it segregates the diarists from the rest of the world?"* or "are blogs increasing the sum total of ignorance and stupidity in the world?"

I'm available to stick a wrench in the promotional machine for the low, low price of enough beer to get me tipsy. And maybe a couple of cigarettes, if I haven't quit again.

*Shoshes excluded.


  • At 11:05 PM, Anonymous shoshie said…

    Well of course, I am always the exception dontcha know. ;)


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Thursday, August 18, 2005

New links

It occurs to me, as I look at my two newest del.icio.us links, that there is a business opportunity here.

Let's see...affordable American Apparel screenprinted t-shirts, no set up fee, no shipping charge, no minimum.

And a de-luxxxe craft store with free set up, picture hosting, shopping cart, and minimal fees.

Now if only I could draw.


  • At 11:04 AM, Anonymous shoshie said…

    Ooooooooooh.... I can kinda draw, and I can fuck things up in Photoshop. What shall we make?


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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Lingua tonsoria

I like to think I'm a good communicator. After all, for years I have made a living off my ability to use words to persuade people. I understand people, and I find it easy to get them to understand and listen to me.

Except hair stylists.

Do you remember the Cone Of Silence from the TV show Get Smart? I'm convinced there's a reason it looked like a giant clear salon hairdryer. It's as if common English words have completely different meanings when speaking to your stylist. Consider this handy chart:

What I sayWhat they hearWhat I mean
I want a changeJust a trim, pleaseI'm bored, surprise me
Something really differentI fear changeNothing is too radical
I like to experiment with itI wear a ponytail sometimesWeird is good
I want longer layers all overNo layersNot a short crop
I was growing it outI'm wishy-washyNo helmet hair
I like the wispy bitsIgnore me, I'm babblingLonger near the ears
I like her hairI wish I were her ageLook! Like THAT!
See, what I'm trying to do...Wah wah, wah wah wah waaahYou are an idiot

Meet the new 'do, same as the old 'do.


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  • At 1:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey not too bad ! Nice blog. I bookmarked it. I have a site Agent Orange mostly about VietNam, heart disease and such. Check it out if you get a chance.

  • At 10:40 AM, Anonymous stan said…

    Dude, when you come to visit me, you are getting a haircut at the Derby. It's not too pricey, and they really listen. You've seen how cute my hair is...

    If I had a blog, it would be, "I'm not interested, so don't bother."

    But really, I'm feeling a bit happier these days.


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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Movies! Movies! Movies!

One of the advantages of living in a town too artsy for its own good is that there are always a lot of movies to see. However, this week a couple of especially nostalgia-inducing things have come to my attention.

Number one: The Goonies! Everyone else I know considers this movie to be one of their most cherished childhood memories. So they're always horrified when I admit I've never seen it (or A Christmas Story, but that's a different post). It doesn't help that I keep getting it confused with Gremlins, which I did see multiple times. Happily, tomorrow night not only will I finally see it, but I will see it for free, on a big screen (okay, the side of a house) with free popcorn and BYO adult beverages.

Number two: My love of action films is no secret, and I have already discussed the special place I have in my heart for Bullitt. So this is just...how shall I put it? FUCKING AWESOME. If someone with a car (and here I'm thinking either a Safety Yellow hatchback or perhaps a killer Mustang) would like to participate in this with me I would be very, very happy. Be sure to check out their other events on that page too, because it will blow your tiny little minds.


  • At 8:38 PM, Anonymous shoshie said…

    Oh. My. Holy. Hell.


    I might drive a boring brown Jeep Liberty and not know my way around SF except by BART, but I do have a digital camera and a thing for Steve McQueen.

    ...am I in?

  • At 4:59 PM, Anonymous she said…

    Count me in, assuming I can wrestle the Safety Yellow Mazda from Ian's hands, and assuming I'm not working in a new exciting, highly payed, fulfilling job by then.


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Friday, August 05, 2005

Local character

Last week, while returning some shoes I bought online to Nordstrom, I saw something that made me kick myself for not bringing a camera. It was two elderly women twins in matching sailor suits and wigs. Imagine how excited I was today to find a picture of them online! No sailor suits, but you'll just have to use your imagination. Now that I know their names, I'll be sure to say hi next time I run into them.


  • At 5:27 PM, Anonymous stan said…

    Ah, yes. Let me tell you a little story about the time that I, too, saw these lovely ladies. They were wearing matching minty green suits. I had the brilliant idea to take a picture, but was disappointed when I got it back-- apparently I was a little more intoxicated than I thought I was and neglected to notice that the window of the car I was riding in may have decreased visibility. In fact, it decreased visibility to a point that all I can see is two sets of feet, and it's all but impossible to tell that they are matching. What does the rest of the picture look like? Window glare. Remind me to show you sometime. Doh!


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Wednesday, August 03, 2005


Ich bin endlich Autofrei.

This afternoon at 3:30 I signed away all liability to and ownership of my car in exchange for a tidy sum of money. It's taken a month to get to this point and I'm really glad it's over. In fact, I felt a huge wave of relief as I walked away from the DMV. No more waking up in panic at 6 am when the street sweeper goes by, wondering if I remembered to move my car. No more paying insurance, or registration, or gas, or oil changes, or tune ups. No more cringing when my roommates leave the house, knowing they have to shuffle three cars to get out of the garage. No more giant metal albatross.

Also, did I mention the fat wad of cash?


  • At 12:23 PM, Anonymous shoshie said…

    Huzzah! Even without the stickers!

  • At 3:08 PM, Anonymous she said…

    Fantastic! Having just paid a huge wad of cash to the DMV yesterday, and another huge wad in insurance today, I am extremely envious.

  • At 7:23 PM, Anonymous shoshie said…

    Ugh, no! Don't talk about DMV and insurance! I still haven't paid them... Maybe I should sell my... uhm... dinosaur, yeah...

  • At 2:22 PM, Blogger Camilo said…

    Ahh, no car, the joys of walking, of losing wait, of waiting for the bus...

    I sold my car about two weeks ago. And feel so free!


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