Community

prompt

Where have you discovered community, online or otherwise, in 2010? What community would you like to join, create or more deeply connect with in 2011? #

response

I think the word “community” is thrown around way too much by the new media crowd. It seems like the new word used to gloat about how many followers you have. I don’t consider myself to be a part of a community, and I don’t necessarily plan to.

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date Dec 8th 2010
author Mike
category Life
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Make

prompt

What was the last thing you made? What materials did you use? Is there something you want to make, but you need to clear some time for it? #

response

I help make the internet. The last bit of it that I made was I Am The, a ripoff of another site I saw and thought sucked. I went into it knowing that it involved a number of problems that I didn’t know how to solve, and I was able to figure them out. I was pretty proud of it.

My next project is about 20 times as large, 20 times as complicated, and I have even less idea about how to implement it. Last night I bought a new domain name* to test it out on, and new server space over at Linode. Setting up that server alone was an incredible accomplishment for me (I’ve always been with HostMonster and only used their cPanel interface to set everything up…I’m ashamed to say that I know very little about webhosting), but I can’t take full credit for it; Linode has so many tutorials and step-by-step guides that they essentially hold your hand through the setup process. I’ve never used the command line cumulatively as much as I did last night. It feels like such an amazing accomplishment when you set up your own server, install your own LAMP on it, and see Apache’s default “It’s working!” page live on the internet. It’s an even bigger sense of accomplishment when you point your domain’s nameservers to your new IP and see it rendering the content you just added via SSH.

Holy balls, I geeked out hard last night.

* All 4 letter (not character) dot coms were taken in 2007, and there’s a good chance that somewhere near 99% of all 4 character (includes hyphens and numbers) are taken. My new domain is a 4 character dot com, and it isn’t gibberish. It has a 3 letter word followed by a number. And I only payed $10 for it. I can’t even tell you how stoked I am for getting that. Somebody had previously owned it, and let it expire…yesterday. I found it on an expired domain names list, and immediately snatched it up. Hell yes.

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date Dec 8th 2010
author Mike
category Geek, Life
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Let Go

prompt

What (or whom) did you let go of this year? Why? #

response

I let go of photography. I’ve been busy, and I’m forced to be indoors during the only 40 hours of sunlight during the weekdays. To commemorate the loss, here are some photos I took around the Bear Canyon hiking trail yesterday.

12.4.2010-1

12.4.2010-2

12.4.2010-3

12.4.2010-4

12.4.2010-5


See if you can spot the deer in the second photo. The original sized image might help, but I doubt it.

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date Dec 5th 2010
author Mike
category Life
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Wonder

prompt

How did you cultivate a sense of wonder in your life this year? #

response

Wonder is not a keyword I ever use to describe my life. I guess I wondered about the same things everybody else does, but I certainly didn’t do anything to cultivate that sense.

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date Dec 5th 2010
author Mike
category Life
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moment

prompt

Pick one moment during which you felt most alive this year. Describe it in vivid detail (texture, smells, voices, noises, colors). #

response

I have two moments, but since I’m supposed to only pick one, I won’t mention the time Ally and I spent on the balcony of the Eldo.

Instead, I’ll mention a moment from New York, an entire trip I’ve shocking left off of this blog altogether. The entire trip with Ally to New York was incredible. The city itself is so loud, so dirty, so crowded, but inexplicably beautiful. We got to see and do some really great things, and hang out with some of my best friends from middle & high school. But none of them are in the moment I’m thinking of. Ally wasn’t even there.

It was a moment where there was a sunset on the visible horizon (above the tops of buildings), with the kind of colors you know pollution helped create. I was sitting on the sidewalk at the entrance of a hipster BBQ greasy spoon called Fette Sau drinking locally brewed beer out of a mason jar (“local” kind of loses meaning in a city like New York, but the brew was good nonetheless). My fingers still smelled like the ribs, porkbelly, and brisket we had just gorged ourselves on. Fixies outnumbered cabs in the area.

Only an hour earlier I had arrive there via the subway. I had gone underground somewhere in midtown, and emerged almost an hour later in Brooklyn. First time ever on a NYC subway, first time ever in Brooklyn. The buildings were shorter than in Manhattan, but they’re both definitely and distinctly New York. It all smells the same.

It was our first night in the city, we had just flown in that afternoon. Ally was busy doing BlogHer things, so I had the evening to myself. My good high school friend wasn’t arriving from Boston until the next day, so I had to find another way to stay entertained. I decided to get in touch with a not-quite-so-close friend that had moved from Boulder to NY sometime a year earlier. We worked together for a year or so at the Cafe and had hung out a few times outside of work. We always had a good time, so I figured we could do the same in another state.

It turns out we’re different enough that hanging out together was actually pretty awkward. Regardless, it made for an extremely memorable evening. I had a great time, not because I was with him, but because of where I was and what I was doing. There was something about sitting there in silence drinking my beer, taking in the sights and smells of such a foreign world, that made me feel alive that night.

Side note: From his apartment you could almost see Bed-Stuy (birthplace of Spike Lee, Jay-Z, Mos Def, Biggie Smalls, Chris Rock, and Carl Sagan (one of these things is not like the others)). I wonder if Sal’s Pizzeria is still around. “Yo, put some extra mozzarella on that motherfucker and shit.”

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date Dec 4th 2010
author Mike
category Life
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