Saturday, March 12

It's Just a Jump to the Left

For a while now I've been considering starting a tumblr blog.
If you're not aware, tumblr is a template-based blog system a lot like wordpress or blogger, but with more of a social networking mindset behind it. Blogs can follow other blogs and content can be reposted and shared across the network. It's a much more streamlined design set than blogger, and it was built to better integrate with all the micro-blogging sites out there (twitter, facebook). Essentially it's the newer-model car that gets better mileage and has cooler looking dials on the dashboard.

That being said, from what I've seen it's also mostly picture/video/audio-oriented, which is cool -- but also sort of leans away from the main reason I started making websites like this in the first place, which was to have a place to write.

If you've been here much at all lately you've probably noticed how much I'm not writing, despite getting back to semi-regular posting in the last few months. I go through breaks with it on a regular basis -- but lately it's seemed more than that, much to my concern. I'm still writing here and there when I can, contributing to O Hell Nawl and keeping up on twitter and facebook -- but it's not really the same.
Hence my hesitation with tumblr.
On the one hand, it's time for an upgrade. Despite their best efforts, blogger looks like crap on most smartphones. Comparatively it's clunky and slow to work with. But it is a place to write, and as far as I can tell tumblr isn't.

Not that I'm worried that I'll stop altogether -- but that ease and convenience has shown itself again and again to be a powerful opiate when it comes to online interactions, and despite the belief that I would never be able to, I've discovered that I'm gotten fairly comfortable speaking in 140-character thoughts most of the time.

I don't know -- it's probably a deeper discussion, the difference between having a place to write versus having a place to post and what that means in terms of motivation and follow-thru, and I imagine as I start out on this new page I'll get a better look at that divide face to face and see how I feel about it.
I honestly think I that still have words to share.
But while I'm finding my way through to them, there's a new place I'll be hanging out at. If you're interested, you should come over and have a look:
Always Crashing in the Same Car

[Listening to:  Ronny Jordan - "The Jackal" ]


Tuesday, March 8

Shine


Only slightly unrelated: the Esperanza Spalding tickets I couldn't afford when I first heard about the show are totally sold out.

There was a time when I gladly would would have let the electric company shut off my lights before I'd let seats like that go by.
..Growing up sucks.

[Listening to:  Van Hunt - "Precious" ]


Thursday, March 3

Witchy Woman

Maaaan, now I gotta pretend like I enjoy listening to Arcade Fire.
What's that -- You're on a roller derby team? You don't say.

[Listening to:  Van Hunt - "Hot Stage Lights" ]


Wednesday, March 2

Red Rain

True Story: When I was a kid growing up in Colorado, I was absolutely TERRIFIED of car washes.
Part of this I think is normal, because when you get right down to it the whole experience is a claustrophobic mess of white noise and huge alien-looking teeth coming right at your window -- but I also can't really discount the fact that I have a distinct memory of watching an old movie with my dad (I want to say it was Bullit, but I could be wrong) where a woman was in a car going through a wash and suddenly a bunch of bad guys basically appeared amongst all the water and brushes..
So believe me when I say that I totally get where Haiku the dog is coming from on this one.
Funny thing though -- as I got older I kinda grew to really dig going through them. In fact, I once dated a girl who kinda had a thing for..
Anyways, I digress.
What kinds of things were you scared of when you were little?

[Listening to:  Stateless - "Bloodstream" ]


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