Jessamyn, who I'm happy I've sporadically kept in touch with but with whom I wish the in touch were less sporadic (it's all me) is doing a superb job just mellowly observing and blogging the Democratic National Convention.
I've long admired her passion and integrity and it's inspiring to think that random people who are reading about her in the national media might get an unexpected dose of Jessamyn. That rocks, as does her pomo observation on Day 1 of the DemFete(tm):
"It's all so very meta-everything. We watched Howard Dean. The other media watched him. They watched us watch him. We watched them watch us. They watched us watching them watch us. They photographed us photographing them. We photographed them photographing him.
It becomes harder and harder to step outside the frame of self-reference. That's why I'm writing this at home while drinking coffee and staring out the window."
Update: OK, so you should really just read the source straight up, but I can't resist reposting this observation: "What's it like? It's like Burning Man for Democrats, without the nudity or the drugs. Everyone is walking around grinning like they've just had their first threesome. I can't even imagine what it's going to look like on Thursday, but I am starting to get just a little nervous."
California rockers Dios, whose debut album of the same name was released in March, have changed their name to Dios Malos after a cease-and-desist order was issued by Ronnie James Dio. The singer, who since 1983 has fronted the band Dio, believed the similarity in names would cause confusion among audiences.
"It's pretty retarded," Dios' bassist J.P. Cabellaro says. "It seemed like a joke at first."
Unfortunately, Dio wasn't kidding. Despite claims from Dio fans that the band purposefully chose a name after the heavy-metal vocalist, Cabellaro says that was never the intent.
"When we named our band we were thinking of God," he says. "[Dios] is 'God' in Spanish. That's what it means to hundreds of millions of people all over the world. It didn't really seem like there was going to be any point of confusion. We're up against rainbows and magic. "
For example, I'm completely psyched about the Homer Harris Park project. I think it's the epitome of coolness that you're still alive and there's a park being named after you.
Thanks to the tour I saw my neighborhood in a new light and am completely thrilled by what's going on in the Union Street corridor. I drive past this junction just about every day but had no idea--until I got out of my car and walked--what was popping . . . Cafe Stellina, the Mind and Body Cafe (which also provides budget yoga and pilates), and then of course there is Kevin who is opening a the Central Cinema in November which will offer pizza, sofas and indy films just down the street. Having picked up far too many fast food containers and fourty ouncers from my street I have to say, this is the kind of gentrification I just love.
Oh, but the key to gardening success which I discovered is this: be gay. Of the sixteen gardens we looked at it was indisputable that the top three were at the homes of gay couples. So I guess need to turn over a new leaf.
Despite what you might think reading Joygantic, I've actually been writing quite a bit. Much is in draft mode and this is an excellent development. I've always taken pride in editing my writing. Most of the posts on Joygantic are relatively unedited as a key purpose of Joygantic is simply to get me to carve out sentences and paragraphs (mostly) every day. Having longer pieces in the queue means (to me) that something is going on . . . something is going on and I find myself happily standing at one of those transformative moments in life, which previously would have seemed scary but now is pretty much, like, bring it on.
I'm in Universal City, which is actually just the hotel annex to Universal Studios. I'm down here for iWireless World, which is always a good event if you measure these sort of things by the people who show up to them. I'm also a stone's throw from my in-laws, but it's not looking like I'm gonna get a chance to see them.
Due to various scheduling confusion and last minute change of plans I was in San Francisco for about 20 hours which involved email, but also a needed trip to Amoeba with Matt, a superb burrito at El Farolito, and some quality time with the fine folks at Listen.com.
The SF-LA transition took several hours as I decided to shun airplanes and ride shotgun with Seamus (whose blog is on hiatus) as he barrelled down I-5. It was an excellent mode of transportation and did not require me to show my ID or remove my shoes and belt before boarding.
AT&T Wireless launched North America's first 3G network today, which I think is exceptionally cool.
If you were to purchase one of their 3G phones with an unlimited data plan you'd find "Real - rTV" listed #1 in multiple mMode categories, which of course would entice you to subscribe, right? And then you'd be enjoying the first 3G video service in North America and you'd be very happy and would show it to all your friends.
And the fact that you can do that today is wholly a function of the amazing work done by our team. Yay team!