Mike and Me and Tom Servo

The lady who took my picture with Mike
Nelson and Kevin Murphy was as good as her word, and she sent me the
photo in e-mail today. She sent it to me in 400 dpi, so you could
see every pimple and pore on all our faces. Note the clever product
placement of the WREK logo.

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My brother and sister-in-law were visiting Atlanta this weekend, with
my little neice Emily in tow. What a cutie, and she’s too little to do
anything even. Eat, sleep, cry, pee and poop. What a life.

I’m in WREK right now, digitizing some music and working a little
on the UI for the automation system. We’re down to less than 2 months
before I mostly cash out my chips and work on other stuff. I’m
organizing a media blitz for them over the end of October and
beginning of November, to announce their newfound wonderfulness, 24X7
operation, and other bits of fun radio goodness.

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This last week buzzed by. Has it already been a week since I was
plotting to inflict my wrestling tights on Dragon*Con? They are still
wadded up in a chair, in need of a wash. Where is the care tag on
wrestling tights? And do I need to polish the boots? I must learn how
to maintain all this crap now that I have it.

I had my first bad experience with OpenCOLA this week. When the
computer was down, I wasn’t online and logged in. After it all came
back up, all my data was gone. I thought the upgrade process had eaten
it, but when I mailed support they said that the data format changed
and everyone lost their data. Not good, replied I. If it happens
again, I’m cashing out of the beta. It’s a good and cool tool, but not
one I am inclinde to keep setting up over and over again.

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Although it didn’t feel so busy, I was kind of busy. I ended up not
putting anything in the weblog at all. My Dell nightmare is over, with
a new fan replacing the one that sounded like a jet airplane taking
off. One of my pet peeves was exercised, when Dell shipped me the fan
overnight, but Airborne Express wouldn’t deliver it because it needed
a signature. Why does Dell require a signature on what is essentially
a disposable part? If it doesn’t get delivered when no one is there to
sign for it (pretty common, when it is your house and you have a job),
then it isn’t next day delivery, is it?

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We watched More Tales of the City, Parts 5 and 6
tonight. We rented it a while ago, and our Blockbuster had 2
tapes. When the second tape ended on a cliffhanger, we realized that
it was actually a 3 tape set. We had waited about 8 months to finish
it off. It was a fluke, we were flipping channels and saw that it was on and
the parts we hadn’t already seen. It was a little weak, I thought, but
it was good to find out how it ended. I have many of the novels, which
I want to read in that mythical period when I have time.

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Music TopicWe now resume our band of the day festivities. This is yet
another musician I saw at that benefit last January. It is rocker Sonia Tetlow. I saw her at the
Ralph Nader rally earlier this summer (I was the only person in the
entire building who was there only to see Patti Smith and Sonia Tetlow
and had no interest in Nader) and I always enjoy seeing her. She
doesn’t have any downloads on her website but she’ll be at the New
Orleans Hurricane festival, and they have some high quality Real Audio
files on their
web site
. Sonia is a great musician and I really dig her. I asked
her to mail albums to WREK, which they programmed and I hear pretty
often. She has my stamp of approval.

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Blood drive was a washout. I couldn’t park near the GT student center,
so I had to park halfway across campus and walk. By the time I finally
got over there, they were turning people away. Sigh. Maybe I’ll drive
out to the Red Cross place on Saturday. I’d like to be giving as close
to the maximum as I can, 6 times a year or so.

Since I’m on campus anyway, I’m now in WREK digitizing music into
automation. I’m exercising my personal agenda, and only spending time
on the Cajun and Zydeco things in the queue. I e-mailed a bunch of
Cajun labels to get them to send us stuff, and MTE Records was the
only one to really respond, sending us 20 releases or so. At least 6
or 7 of those were programmed, with more still getting worked on, so
it payed off for everyone involved, really. I’m rocking out right now
to Aldus Roger and the Lafayette Playboys. I met my share of Cajun
playboys in my time in Lafayette.

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I’ll be leaving work a little early and giving blood at Georgia
Tech. I’ve been getting back in the habit of doing this regularly. I
used to do it like clockwork but fell away a little. I’ve moved and
lost cards and such, but if you add up all my donations over the last
15 years, I’ve got to be in the several gallons of blood given. Since
I have no problem with it and never have. I in fact give the blood so
well that I used to race my friends – I can give a pint in a few
minutes and if I really pump my fist I can make the tube wiggle like a
firehose. Might as well do my civic duty.

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At this moment, I’m sitting on my couch, listening to some of Steve
Coleman’s music I downloaded, and looking at downloading the
Jabberzilla client. Truly a dorky evening. Must copyedit Moorcock
interview, must copyedit Moorcock interview…

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Technology TopicDid a little futzing around with the wireless network just
now. I moved the access point to under my wife’s desk and plugged her
computer into the switch on the Linksys. We’ll see if she
notices. This is to put it such that I can get a good signal that
doesn’t drop from the couch. The connection was shaky with the WAP in
my office and this reduces the amount of wall between me and it from
the living room. I mostly use the laptop in the living room and my
office, and both have strong fast connections now. All good.

I’m listening to WREK streaming, a radio station sound where the
analog is converted to digital, streamed via MP3 to my cable modem,
then to my NetGear router, under the crawlspace to the WAP, converted
to radio, delivered to my laptop, and the digital finally turned back
to analog. Kind of involved for something that could actually be done
by a crystal radio.

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I’m a little tired after our “school night” excursion. David Ryan
Harris (still no website to link to!) really put on a good show,
playing for 2 and half hours, mostly just him and his guitar. His
bandmate from Brand New Immortals joined him for a few songs
(including their one hit, “Reason Why”) but mostly Dave just rocked,
told jokes and otherwise held court. The place was packed, since
everyone that wanted to go to one and never did knew this was their
last shot. He talked a little about the White Dot, a club I will post
a little bit about later. He used to play the club underaged while I
attended his shows underaged.

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Soon we are going to the last David Ryan Harris Social at Smith’s Olde
Bar. He’s moving to L.A. this month. Very sad, I’ve been a fan of his
solo and in various bands since I was 20.

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For some reason, today is like a week of Mondays all rolled
together. My god, I did not want to get up and go to work today.

One of the things I am strongly resisting in this weblog is to be
driven by “blog envy.” I read Doc
Searls weblog
every day, pretty
much, and he often points to blogs and says “This guy is a heavy
hitter” or “Insightful blog here.” I really am avoiding pandering to
what I think other bloggers want to see. As much as I would like Doc
to think I’m a heavy hitter, that’s not a goal in and of itself and
that shouldn’t address what I do. If I want to talk about the
physio-mechanical issues of wearing wrestling boots, that’s what I
should do. Although I have political and social issues I want to talk
about here, for the most part I haven’t gotten there yet. This is
predominantly a time issue, as to do them justice I need some
uninterrupted cycles. Really, if I had those, I should be putting them
towards finishing “the book that would not end”. Soon enough, though,
soon enough.

I got the Michelle Malone
e-mail newsletter today, and she comes very close to concisely
enumerating my political philosophy when she says “People first, money
second. Remember that and tell your politicians.”

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More t-shirts seen at Dragon*Con:

I am a bomb technician – if you see me running try to keep
up.

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No Linda Blair, she had already boogied. My convention went from being
“ehh” to a solid positive experience by the efforts to two men,
Michael J. Nelson and Kevin Murphy from MST3K. I went to their panel this
morning, which was hilarious. I had not realized that Kevin had a book
out,
A Year at the Movies: One Man’s Filmgoing Odyssey
. I
must buy this. I wish he had brought a few boxes of them, I’d have
bought one and gotten it signed right there. As it was, I got them to
autograph my program book, had my picture taken with them and got
Kevin’s business card so I can send them the tape of the interview I
did with them in 1997 and never did send. They were so funny and
pleasant that they moved the whole congoing experience into the win
column.

I also bought the newest Changelings CD, some stuff from Top Shelf
books including a James Kochalka CD and some graphic novels, and a
Kevin and Kell collection, which Bill Holbrook signed for me. He’s a
great guy. I never assume that anyone remembers me and I try not to
put them on the hook with “remember me?” games. So I mentioned that
I’ve interviewed him and he said, “Yeah, Reality Break, right?” “Wow,”
thinks I. I also showed him and the Plan Nine publisher how I have
Safe Havens and On the Fastrack on my Palm every day, which they
thought was quite cool. They are looking at doing something similar,
and I had to tell them that what I do (use Sitescooper first, then run
Plucker over the resulting files, both on a timer) is not yet a prime
time, average user type deal. Fun talking to them.

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I guess I’ll be going back for a little while today. I’ll see what
closeout deals I can get in the dealers room. I might will pay for
Linda Blair’s picture and autograph, and there is a panel with Mike
Nelson and Kevin Murphy from MST3K at 11:30. Beyond that I have no
aspirations. The flyers for my eBook, Fictionwise and WREK seem to be
going nice and steadily. I like to come back and see some but not
many. If there are none, you never know if someone pitched them. If
there are a lot, that’s not good. I like to have 3 on the table when I
see if more are needed. I’ll be interested to see if Fictionwise gets
a bump from this. If I ask nicely, maybe they’ll tell me how many
people actually redeem the coupon.

Dragon*Con Shenanigans

Is yesterday the first day that I’ve missed since I started this?
Wow. Before we left north Georgia, we made a very brief trip through
Amicalola Falls Park, just enough to convince us that we should come
back some other time when we can do it justice. We power drove from
Dawsonville home and I suited up in my Mexican wrestler outfit. I was
trying to make it to the convention by 2:30 to see Diana Obscura. I
got there about 3:00 and she wasn’t playing, I guess she had
cancelled. Such is life at Dragon*Con.

I refreshed all the flyers, and made another circuit through the
place. I went to a panel on eBooks on which the only panelist was John Ringo (why wasn’t I on that one if there was only a single panelist?
Sheesh!) although Ed Howdershelt from Abintra Press also came up and
joined him by the middle. Ringo is one of those guys that I hate to
have on the same side of an argument as me. He was kind of a blowhard and didn’t have much logical consistency to anything he was saying, mostly a series of forceful assertions.

I drove home and took my wife to dinner, and then suited back up and returned for more. I went to an 8:30 panel on the “Hacker Work Ethic” which compared it to the “Protestant Work Ethic” and
described/defined it. This is a subject I care about, and yet the
presenter was so boring that I walked out. 30 minutes was all I could
take. I met up with the usual suspects for Dragon*Cons – area
writers Rob Sommers, Steve Antczak, Gary Kim Hayes and Jim “Hawk”
Bassett. We sat in the hotel bar for a while, a few of us went
upstairs to the guest VIP room (free drinks) where at one point Phil
Morris (Jackie Childs on Seinfeld), Lou Ferrigno (Incredible Hulk) and
Dave Prowse (Darth Vader) were all up there. That may be the best part of being a guest at Dragon*Con, drinking with the media guests. The
guy mixed rum and cokes so strong that I could barely drink them. You
couldn’t take drinks out of the suite (this must be new because I used
to) so I found myself trying to pound this cocktail and I couldn’t. I
went to the soda table and kept putting more Diet Coke into it in an
effort to make it drinkable. By the time I put it down and left, I was
on my way to being half-lit.

I went back to the prime table at the hotel bar – it was the best view
on the milling crowds in the whole place – where I sat with the guys
for a little while, and then went to see Jefferson Starship play. It
was a pretty good show, but I felt slightly cheated that Paul Kanter
wasn’t there. I was pretty sure all the promo stuff stressed that both
Kantner and Marty Balin were involved and that this wasn’t one of
those “single founder hires new band but uses old name” type nostalgia shows, which in fact it was. It was OK nonetheless. They played “Miracles”, my favorite of all the Airplane/Starship songs. They had a female vocalist in the Grace Slick role who looked to be in her 20’s, younger than Grace Slick was when she joined the band. That’s got to be a tough set of shoes to step into. She did really belt it out for
“White Rabbit.” It ended with some odd schtick of cops onstage cuffing
the guitar player and leading him off – I never quite got that. I
milled around for a little while past that and then dragged my tired
self to bed.

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Still not out the door on this getaway. That’s part of relaxation, the
not being under the gun, I suppose.

A week ago I posted about Usenet, rec.arts.sf.written in
particular. This morning I went ahead and killfiled Del Cotter (to
name names), the same guy who was accused George Alec Effinger of
being a fake years ago. He actually has things to say that are valuable
from time to time, but I just can’t take him any more. I hate the self
appointed gate keepers in this group and I find his efforts to be a
significant reduction in signal-to-noise ratio. He bothers me more
than the things he tries to keep out. In the same way that I dislike
the people in convention security that do it because they obviously
enjoy telling people what to do, I dislike the rasf* hairshirt purity
crowd. As Robert Plant once said, lighten up baby I’m in love with you.

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Shirts seen at Dragon*Con yesterday, in and around the EFF area:

No I will not fix your computer

If you lick it they will come (several instances)

I read your e-mail

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I can’t say that I would have ever predicted that I’d be vacationing
in Dawsonville, GA but I
will be. Life is funny. I’m going to be taking my printouts of the
Michael Moorcock interview to do the first
pass of a copy edit on it (Storm Constantine is already done). Next
week, I’ll be e-mailing the texts to
both him and Storm Constantine and writing intros to the interviews
and the whole volume. To do’s include getting a lawyer to vette my
simple contract with the interviewees (basically the same contract as
for an anthology), doing a preliminary assembly of the volume and
getting a word count, and contacting Literacy Volunteers. I
am going to donate 10% of my proceeds to them (which might be 10% of
squat, but should be more than 10% of nothing) and the contracts have
a check box that the authors can check to have their nominal fees
included in the pool that goes to LVA. I might up the percentages
higher, but that’s what I’m committing to at first. I just need to
find out what parameters they put on things. If they don’t want me
using their name, I’ll just quietly send them a check periodically. I
would like to put on the webpage and perhaps in the endmatter some
information about their organization and links to web pages but I’ll
abide by their rules.

We have new cellphones as we switch from Verizon to Voicestream. It
feels kind of like the move from a frying pan to another frying pan,
but We Shall See. Our Verizon plan wasn’t good, having no roaming or
long distance in it. The one month we really used roaming when Darlene was
in San Francisco, the overages ran close to $150. We could have
paid $10 a month for something we only used once and still come out
ahead. The downside is you are supposed to charge the phones for 24
hours before use, but not much more than 24 hours. With the
spontaneous trip upon us, we have to wait until we get back to fool
with them. As a geek, it bugs me some to have new electronic toys that
I have to wait to play with. Oh well. Plus, these new Nokias have much
better games than the old 6100 did!