Friday, November 12, 2010

I don't have tomato Oreos

If you use an iPhone, you have to visit http://damnyouautocorrect.com/. Good example of that whole love/hate relationship with technology thing I'm trying to work out here.

I came across the site through a link posted by Xeni Jardin over at BoingBoing.

Friday, October 15, 2010

When the Rain Comes

On Twitter this morning, @Gawker posted a link to a story about Gregory Thielker. Gregory paints images that appear to be photographs taken from inside a car through a rain-covered windshield. These images are so familiar, and would be so easy for anyone to capture with a quick click of their iPhone camera. But that's not what this is. This is an artist, using his hands, a canvas, brushes and paint, using his time to reflect on and reproduce these moments when we see our surroundings in this particular way.

These images instantly put me in a time and a place and a space that I know and understand.

When I was little I was fascinated by the pattern the windshield wipers made on the windshield. Each cycle of the blades carved out this consistent pattern of arcs on the glass. I imagined the wipers were creating some type of force field, protecting ... I don't know what, some little city or something along the bottom border of the windshield frame. The force field would always be undone by fresh raindrops just as quickly as it had appeared. A heavy enough rainfall wouldn't even let the force field fully establish itself -- instant obliteration. "BOIZH!" (That's the explosion sound effect that little boys make. How would you spell it? Not quite onomatopoeia, I suppose, since there's no word for it. But every boy has some form of this sound effect encoded in his DNA.)

I'd like to see Gregory do one of these paintings from the vantage point of the backseat, like a kid would see it. That whole feeling of being safe inside a car in the rain.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Chrome if you want to

I keep my prehistoric laptop around for occasional surfing--nothing else. But fire it up and the poor thing is overwhelmed with anti-virus definition upates, virus scans, Windows updates, and who knows what else. This is when it all seems ridiculous. The thing is unusable for like half an hour. By the time it's done getting itself together, I've usually found what I needed on my iPhone.

Some geek, relying on a 2004 laptop.

And once all that nonsense is done with, IE is just a nightmare. You'd think clicking that little blue 'e' icon is meant to reformat the hard drive. The thing just grinds away for easily a full minute before my homepage loads. I finally decided to switch to Chrome, seems to be an improvement.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

I Am The Ambivalent Geek

Ambivalent \am-ˈbi-və-lənt\ adjective
having simultaneous and contradictory attitudes or feelings (as attraction and repulsion) toward an object, person, or action; continually fluctuating (as between one thing and its opposite)

Geek \ˈgēk\ noun
an enthusiast or expert especially in a technological field or activity (e.g., computer geek)

My love/hate relationship with technology, how it fits into my life and work, and maybe even what it says about truth, humanity, love, death, raising kids, money, philosophy, the big bang ... I'll give it a try, anyway.