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Television

A couple weeks ago, I posted a comment on Kate's status on Facebook where she was contemplating getting rid of cable.
Ok... so I went off a bit half cocked...
I hate television because of all the marketing poison thrown at us. The most sophisticated psychological techniques are applied to make us feel inadequate -- tempting our desires, exploiting our fears - all to make us buy a bunch of shit we really don't need. Yes - this crap is everywhere, not just TV. But TV advertising takes these techniques to the next level and really fucks with your head.

Not enough power Captain!

So yeah, my house is still dark. I'm in this little island of darkness of about 15 houses surrounded by people with power on all four sides. Monday, I drove around until I saw the problem - a lady whose house is about 50 yards from mine had a tree fall on her power feed. Her house and everyone down the line from her are still without power.

This Site

Wanted to give you guys an update on the site... um... updates. The bad news is that my partner and I have gotten a paying client that will have to take priority over the Circus site. The good news is that the last bits of database juggling that have been making us nuts will be solved when we complete their site (and someone is paying us to do it!). In short, as soon as that's done - probably late October - I'll be making some massive changes here.

Read this book

Beyond Civilization
by Daniel Quinn

Many thanks to Matt James for loaning it to me. It took a writer to articulate all the goals and ideas floating around in my head.
Read it! I don't think Laurana had read it when she decided to call our project "the Circus" The significance of our name is stronger for me now... serendipity.

Dread, Hope, and the Rainbow Family

I was doing some research today on fiscal/monetary policy, and I stumbled on an column that literally filled me with dread. The author's viewpoint, if true, explains a lot about current US foreign policy. I've heard some of this stuff before, but he articulates it very well:
Nuking the Dollar
It strengthens my support for Ron Paul - fair warning for you 'statists' among us ;)


Treasurer's Report - 7/7/2007

Current cash assets: $3255.12
---Breakdown
------Bank: $2760.37
------Petty Cash Fund: $100.00
------Additional Cash on hand*: $394.75
----------*Submitted to me 7/5/07 - door earnings from benefit show

June/Early July Activity:
---Beginning Cash Balance: $2615.00
---Revenues: $1010.07
-------Maggie's Dues: $10.00
-------Adam Donation: $5.00
-------June Benefit Show: $600.00
-------July Benefit Show: $394.75 - Does not include food/donations/button sales
-------Checking Acct Interest: $0.32
---Expenditures: $369.95
-------Jenn Flyer budget (cash): $50.00

The True Gentleman (John Walter Wayland - 1899)

The True Gentleman is the man whose conduct proceeds
from good will and an acute sense of propriety
and whose self-control is equal to all emergencies;
who does not make the poor man conscious of his poverty,
the obscure man of his obscurity,
or any man of his inferiority or deformity;
who is himself humbled if necessity compels him to humble another;
who does not flatter wealth,
cringe before power,
or boast of his own possessions or achievements;
who speaks with frankness but always with sincerity and sympathy;
whose deed follows his word;

Desiderata (by Max Erhman - 1926)

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others,
even to the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;

I need some feedback.

Hey guys. I'm getting confused on posts with a lot of comments on them because of the order the comments are displayed. Presently, they comments are displayed newest to oldest, which would be workable, but often people post comments upon comments and the chronology gets all out of whack. I've found myself posting a comment and then realizing later I just repeated what someone else had said - I had just missed it.

Anyone else having a problem with this?

I think it would be clearer if I switched comment post to display the oldest first - the way Myspace does it.

Back in the saddle

I've been unable to focus on the website lately - when I haven't been insanely busy, I've been totally fried. It dawned on me yesterday that the article came out and we would get more traffic. I discovered that I hadn't logged into the site since Sunday - sheesh. Sorry to those of you who messaged me and may have thought I ignored you.

I'm getting back in the saddle here - some updates to the site I've been playing with will be uploaded soon. Also, the Articles of Incorporation have been signed by three board members and mailed off. We're getting there folks.

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