Summer. Time to get a haircut.
then come back and read this:
I wrote an essay in college called “Can You Hear Me Now: Cell Phones and Social Interaction”. It was boring for the most part but had a few good tidbits about the metamorphosis of people into “cyborgs”; I stuck to what I had viewed at UCSB and referenced Donna Haraways Cyborg Manifesto to back-up my case studies. This article goes one step beyond, since MySpace and Facbook (and other copycats) have bulged to enormous sizes, quickly becoming hubs of social interaction. I could not have imagined this happening, but I did point out the key points of the article in my essay.
I would like to discuss this further with anyone who is interested in internet culture, or who slaves away daily staring at a computer screen like I do. What do you make of all this? Have you noticed change in yourself? In friends and family?
I worry about future generations. They do not have context to place this all in. I am only 24, and when I was 2 my family bought their first computer. However most of my younger years were spent playing outside in the dirt, going on bike rides around the neighborhood, and generally participating in activities that kids have been doing for many years. But kids nowadays have so many techno-gadgets that I feel they are losing their childhood and quickly immersing themselves in a “cyber-reality”. Im not sure if its this generation, or the next, but within three generations I see education moving away from books entirely. What will this do to the human psyche? the soul? Will we become hollow beings whose existence is centered around electronic devices? Are we already like this?
Not to seem worried or anxious or paranoid, just asking questions to spur debate. More to come on this in future days, and perhaps a bit of prose to go with this banter.
i have just recieved word that my story entitled “She is His Story” will be published in an anthology put out by Another Sky Press called Falling From the Sky. I am very excited about this because it is my first piece of writing to ever be published anywhere. If you would like for me to email you a copy of the short (18pg) story, comment me and I’ll be sure to get you a copy.
In unrelated news, I got my home studio setup. By studio I mean two keyboards and mixer… although the MO-8 can hardly be called a keyboard, it is more like a digital synthesizer workstation. It is rather impressive and hopefully I’ll pay it off soon :o)
Stay tuned for music and more updates on Falling From the Sky.
Meanwhile check out web design from scratch – its so brilliant, yet so simple. Things all designers know but need to be reminded of from time to time.
in good times and bad times, sometimes at the same time.
say a prayer for tiffany’s grandmother who passed away earlier this morning. say another for her family who misses her dearly.
life is good, except having to deal with death, which is hard. even if it is not within my own family, i feel as if it is. i love you and i am here for you. you have gone through a lot and i can only empathize with your situation. even thought we may not see each other every day, we think of each other every second. yes, this is mushy but i like being mushy.
band is going good… we’re optimistic and ready to create and tickle the minds of all those we can reach. i love those guys. they are my true friends (and ray too cause he went with me all the way to victorville and still came out for the show in LB, which meant so much that he might never know)
design is going good. im getting better at it, everyday, striving to do one step beyond what i normally challenege myself to do.
i am happy and mournfull in the same breath. it is an odd feeling, but one that keeps me grounded and makes me realize how much i have and how much i love.
today i am set about the task of creating a flash video player. i’m not intuitive enough to just know how to do it, so i’ve pulled up a good tutorial that walks me through each step of the process. this way, i am learning how to fish instead of going to del taco for fish tacos.
i feel refreshed today, ready to take on the weekend, to spend time and relax with the people i love. i am having a bbq at my house tomorrow and anyone who knows where it’s at is invited. there will be lots of beer, food and smiles. feel free to bring your trunks and take a dip in the pool.
there’s a llama that loves me.
Don’t read this until you’ve checked out Another Sky Press and read what they have to say.
Finally, someone is doing something intelligent with the resources we have. The group at Another Sky Press is taking literature to the next level. They are producing new works of fiction and providing them for free on the net. Also, they are selling books at cost with optional donation. I desperatly need to be a part of this movement. I have for a while now had a goal of creating online interactive storybooks for children, and this I think is a step in the right direction. I would like to see literacy abound on the net, not become condensed and confabulted by the myriad of forums, blogs and community sites. The intelligent people need to step forward and claim the net back from the marketing strategists. Believe in a better existence, both on and off line.