Monthly Archives: January 2008

Tidbits :: Friday, January 25, 2008

Understanding Art for Geeks: ROTFL!!! via @WordRidden & @AndyBudd

Thomas Hawk on PhotoWalking: I may not agree with TH on all his points, but here is very good guide on how to take daily photos everywhere you go.  The main point is to take a camera with you at all times, big or small, and take photos.

The SixtyOne:  The Music version of Digg. Have you used it? Added songs or got inspired by SixtyOne?

SVN: While I hate SubVersion with a passion, C. Michael Pilato has been kind enough to put up a pdf version of his O’Reilly book online.  I will try to reconcile myself with SVN.  Maybe.  Maybe not.  Darn it all, I like FTP!

My Passport, She has Arrived!

Who cares you say… Well, it does matter, folks, as I sent her off in a little FedEx envelope with a check, an application, and two photos to the Indian Embassy’s outsourcer (yes, they use an outsourcer) a number of weeks ago to apply for a tourist visa to India in anticipation of the Urbanista Diaries trip.
The Outsourcer kindly had an online passport tracker to let me know how it was progressing along a line of desks on Mission St. in San Francisco (hey, if the Embassy is going to outsource, mighty kind of them to do it to my home state). Within an hour of my passport’s arrive, it was “On Hold”. Yep, “On Hold”.
After a few weeks, a few emails, a few phone interviews to clarify my intentions, and two letters on my part, the upswing is that if one is a “Freelance Artist & Designer” from California, one’s visa application will be on hold while the Outsourcer susses out if you are a journalist (no), a filmmaker (no – but you are from LA, no, I am not a filmmaker), a web designer seeking work in India (no, got enough right here at home in California, thanks), or ….
Anywho, after writing the second letter assuring that my intentions for travel in India were honorable and that I will be conducting a whimsical photo tour of India that is a continuation of an ongoing mobile photo project, my visa was approved and my passport returned.
Good thing that the Nokia Urbanista Diaries are merely a global mobile photo and geo-mapping project to showcase the Nokia N82’s abilities and not a film project… ;o)
Today, Jay arrives in Singapore.
Tomorrow, Devin completes his leg of the Urbanista Diaries trip and passes the baton onto Jay, whereupon Jay trots off to Malayasia & Thailand.
Two weeks from today, I will be in Chennai, India.
Two weeks and one day from today, Jay will pass the baton onto me.
30 days from today, I pass the baton onto Ryan in Vienna…

Tidbits from a Sneezy Tuesday Evening or Brain Dump Whilst ill with Head Cold

Listening to “Up Around the Bend” by Hanoi Rocks. Finland produces more than multimedia mobile devices… ;o)
The same weekend of CES and the porn convention thingy (sorry, I don’t pay attention to acronyms at the best of times, let alone the beachballtits acronyms) in Las Vegas is always the weekend of the American Football finals weekend. Thus, my brother, his good buddy Mike and Mike’s dad make their yearly pilgrimage to the Sports Book at Caesar’s Palace to spend the weekend drinking and betting and getting sick from the smoke & viruses brought to the sports book room by all the folks who are in there. Got to love Las Vegas.
Now listening to “El Matador” by The Spores. Molly rocks harder than you.
Whether you go to CES, the porn thingy, PRB, VLV, or any other reason to go to Lost Wages, you will come home with the Las Vegas Flu. The LV Flu is worse than anything you pick up in an airplane. First off there are a wider variety of folk from more ports of call in any given casino in Lost Wages than in any airplane. Then add onto that the canned, recycled air, and SMOKE. Did I mention the extra, pungent, oxygenated smoke that is recycled in Vegas? Add that to at least 243 viruses and you have SICK. Real quick.
Now listening to “Beat Surrender” by The Jam. If you haven’t guessed, I have iTunes on shuffle.
Sin City nothing. More like Sick City. What goes on in Vegas does not stay in Vegas. It comes home with you. If you are a mild mannered (me) or a medium mannered (brother) Hanen, it means coming home sick with a nasty head cold which can develop into more. Now if your manners aren’t mild or medium, then wrap it. I don’t want to hear what you picked up.
So, my brother spent all last week at home with bronchitis, conjunctivitis, and sinusitis. The CL said he had an extendo hangover, but today (10 days later) was his first half day back at work. Hardly a hangover.
Up now? “Not a Crime” by Gogol Bordello.
I felt mild twinges of tummy flu last week but squelched it. I woke up this Saturday for our first day of the Punk Rock Bowling Tournament #10 with my nose dripping at an alarming rate and I was COLD. I am never feel cold. I like 45F. I like skiing. I like cold weather. I run hot. But I have been cold ever since Saturday. I currently have the heat on in my apartment. Shocker.
“Toast of the Town” by Motley Crue from the remastered “Too Fast for Love” cd. Thanks, Alex!
Don’t know if I was getting a bit sick before leaving for Punk Rock Bowling, but within 12 hours I was very sick. Now this makes for a boring weekend. I was in bed by midnight and waking up at 10am. No real drunk, but lots of cold medicine. Bah. How can one flirt with hot 40-something punk men when one’s nose is dripping and one has a sore throat. Really.
Speaking of the Crue and Ikki Nikki Three & a Half… if you have a copy of the original Leathur Records “Too Fast for Love” contact me. That is one of the best punk/metal albums of all times – Dead Boy-esque. The 1981 EMI version is just metal. Bah.
Ha.ha.ha.ha… In your mind you are thinking, “Ms. Jen must be sick and a bit loopy, she just wrote ‘hot 40-something punk men’!” Yes, it was true. But flirting whilst sniffly never is very effective so I have no news to report. But the men were hot.
“Family Tree” by Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra. Love the TSPO. Love ’em.
I hope I don’t get as sick as my brother, as I have WAY TOO MUCH TO DO before departing for the Nokia Urbanista mo-pho adventure on Feb. 6th. Like finish two client websites, update the barflies.net’s CMS, and put together all of the Punk Rock Bowling photos (334 of ’em) into a mammoth photo essay.
“Leavin’ Here” by Lars Fredricksen and the Bastards. Other than Gordy (the Unknown Bastard), none of the other Bastards or alumn Bastards were at Bowling this year. Hmph. Oh, Craig Fairbaugh, where are you? Did you fall off the planet?
Speaking of the Nokia Urbanista Diaries, how did Devin visit Punk Rock Bowling for most of Saturday but he did not post a single photo to the Nseries website? Enquiring minds want to know. I know he got some good photos, as I was with him when he was shooting and talking to the ladies with leopard print Sidekicks.
Do the Devil” by the Amazing Royal Crowns. No websites for the Crowns, other than MySpace and all my old articles and other bits. Hey look! Someone put up a wikipedia article on the Crowns. Yeah!
Actually, I do know why Devin couldn’t post his photos from the Sam’s Town Bowling lanes… if one can’t get a GPS signal than Nokia’s Sports Tracker won’t post the photos from the route taken. Why are we using software that is not working while the first of our four mobile bloggers is already out on the road? If Nokia would just add geotracking to Lifeblog and toss the Flash interface into the can, it could have worked out of the box.
iTunes is now playing “I Can’t Get It” by Hanoi Rocks. Even though I have 1648 songs in my iTunes Library, it keeps coming back to Hanoi Rocks, The Jam, and Sigur Ros. Odd.
Well, to stop the cold induced brain dump now, I will say this, I can’t get it why the world’s premier mobile phone manufacturer insists on using Flash for their website. Ironic when one considers that most mobiles can’t get Flash and Flash Lite is not so great. Gotta agree with Finland’s other export, Hanoi Rocks, right now. I don’t get it at all.