this was a post from long ago that i never published because it seemed so weird… now it just fits somehow
woke up from a dream this morning with the solid feeling that it was the real deal… ever have one of those?
i was looking at a cheaper place to live… business has been scary slow so that’s where that came from… it was a two story building with two small apartments in it. i was looking at the upper one when the person i was looking at it with said there would be no way they could live in that small of a space with me… that i was too large… body? head? ego? who knows… anyway, on the ground floor there was a very large common area with a couple tables with chairs and a couch or two and a tv with a computer hooked up to it. there were a bunch of kids sitting around, for what ever reason i knew them to be seniors. the guys had arranged chairs into a sort of large half circle, there were 6 of them, and a couple girls sitting at a table had papers they were filling out. i just looked at them, they all looked up and said “what?” asked what they were doing and they responded “same as always, nothing”. “start creating something then” i said,” watch tap dogs and stomp”… then i woke up… knowing this was the start of an amazing rhythm group… that they were called “primal alliance” (the name of a band i was in as a teen) and that they’re first album was called “iced-primal rhythm of the streets”. this group was not made up of artists, bitchy devas or bad boys looking to score something. it was a group of people who connected on a primal level to create the universal rhythms we all dance to… with nothing more then what was on hand… chairs, tables, trash buckets, junk… and it was an amazing sound that even now stays in my head.
am i going to “create” this? no… but i think someone should
The surgical ward is a bizarre and confusing place. It’s a little bit like purgatory except, if you’re there for a gallbladder-ectomy (they literally gave me nine leaflets with the proper name on but I’m the worst), the stakes aren’t really that high. Instead of purgatory between life and death it’s purgatory between being able to eat a four-cheese pizza knowing that you might feel like you’re dying for several hours afterwards, and being able to eat a four cheese pizza knowing that the only thing that will might kill you is your terrible diet, and that probably won’t happen for at least a few more months.
Upon arrival in the surgical ward I am handed a gown and no instructions for how to wear it. The nurse draws a curtain around me and I curse myself for not asking as I debate the merits of having the gap over…
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alexa’s response to my good morning today was to inform me that on this day in 1979 the board game trivial pursuit was invented. the trivia part was that it took the creators two years to write the original 6,000 questions and they did it without the benefit of the internet.
i remembered being amazed at the information available while playing. it made you feel smarter somehow. then i wanted to know when the internet (or the “world wide web”) was available to the general public.
august 6th, 1991 double wow… and a head shake
then i remembered my first taste of computers. in the wilds of binghamton, new york i started taking a home learning course on coding. it came with a computer (megabites worth of computer power and very little memory!). after working hours on lines of code, i remember the first time i typed in something on that black screen and waited while things whirred, then magically the words “hello” appeared. it was a defining moment and i was hooked. unfortunately life took me by the throat and shook me around for the next number of years (i don’t remember how many or maybe don’t want to remember) and sadly that was the only piece of code i ever wrote.
fast forward to post 1991 when aol, prodigy, compuserve and genie were the only online public services and everything was on dial-up which means nobody could ever call anyone! i remember hours spent in aol chat rooms, creating friendships and even attended two aol chat meet ups, one in dallas, tx and the other in west hollywood. and it all took forever, dial up was a 5 minute wait, downloading anything was hours if not days… and the entire time we were tying up phone lines, sometimes two. a good blog to read on exactly what it was like in those days is childrenofthenineties.blogspot.com
and now after talking to a friend i realize that most of the children don’t know how to use a landline phone, that watching tv commercials just isn’t done (hear that advertisers? think youtube video where it’s only at the beginning of whatever is being watched or streaming with just a lead in ad).
and now net neutrality is no longer and how many of us knew it was even a thing and how many of us understand what it all really means?
and why is it that an artificial intelligence/social bot is the one who turned me onto all of this?