Ping

Thursday 2014-06-12 17:00 -07:00

from the status-update dept.

Here’s a roundup of things I’ve done over the past six weeks:

  1. Got back into music. I’ve been working on two songs – my first two songs – for about a year now. They’re doing okay, and I’m going to have something good to put on SoundCloud soon.
  2. Switched hands. I’ve always been left-handed, but I began doing calligraphy with my right hand as a joke. Guess what? It’s much better than my left-handed handwriting. O_o. More on this unique experience to follow.
  3. Bought paints, began painting and drawing. (Not again, began period.) More fallout from switching hands.
  4. Regular yoga and meditation – well, not as regular as I’d like, but better than before, better than nothing.
  5. Cooking. My partner and I have been upping our culinary game lately, and the flavours are amazing. I love the technical side of cooking. It’s just another art form.

With all this awesome, blog posts have sort of trailed off. However, I’ve got a lot of ad hoc public content on my Facebook page that I vow to import here as soon as I have the time to write an RSS feed scraper for the handrolled blogging engine I use. (This is less work than it sounds, but at the moment this is a statically generated site, so there are some wrinkles to accommodate.) I intend to keep this blog going; I promise. There may be more breathers for creative work, however. :D

 

Pluses and Minuses

Tuesday 2014-03-04 11:16 -08:00

from the sitting-in-dark-with-lights-out-is-boring dept.

Girl wearing Anonymous mask
Girl wearing Anonymous mask, ACTA protest, Toulouse, Feb 11, 2012.
Pierre-Selim, for Wikimedia Commons. CC Attribution Sharealike 3.0 Unported

About two months ago, I deleted my Google Plus profile. It was shortly after Google tied G+ to YouTube.

I’m still extremely wary of social networks, especially post-Snowden. However, I’m a writer, and I need to be read. I have decided to reengage with Google Plus for the same reason I deal with publishers and venues: I want exposure. I resent that every Google service is now a gateway product for Google Plus, which in turn profits from the information it collects, but the same could be set for Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr/Yahoo, or nearly any other number of free online services.

Yes, this is selling out. But it’s the kind of baseline selling out required to get your foot in the door, to exist. And I am willing to make that trade.