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"And all they did for the common good proved to be futile and absurd"

The majority of the people of that time paid no attention to the broad trend of the nation's affairs, and were only influenced by their private concerns. And it was these very people who played the most useful part in the history of their day.

Those who were striving to understand the general course of events, and trying by self-sacrifice and heroism to take a hand in it, were the most useless members of society; they saw everything upside down, and all they did for the common good proved to be futile and absurd...

-- Leon T



(from Craig Newmark)


Of course, most everyone who reads this will think it applies to the people they disagree with, and never consider that may it's about themselves...

Syndicated 2007-09-03 17:44:12 from Mark Atwood

Back home from the weekend at Lake Bronson Burning Man

Back from Lake Bronson. Lightly sun toasted. Picture are uploading to Flickr as I type.

Syndicated 2007-09-02 23:08:00 from Mark Atwood

Lake Bronson, with a bunch of burners

I'm at the Lake Bronson private resort, with a bunch of burners who couldn't go to Burning Man. The regulars here, who are almost all retirees with big RVs, are friendly but confused towards the crowd of weird geekraverhippies under the huge parachut tent, what with their weird music, and brightly colored plastic junk.

The burners are building a wooden man in the firepit, which they plan to ignite at the same time as the burn in Black Rock City.

Syndicated 2007-09-02 02:15:11 from Mark Atwood

I'm published in HowStuffWorks

Last May, I posted that HowStuffWorks asked for publication rights to some of my Flickr photos. Their page that has one of my photos is now working, at Wild Garden Ideas.

Syndicated 2007-08-30 20:51:24 from Mark Atwood

Big Flickr upload

I just did a big upload to Flickr, over a month's worth of pictures. BiCamp 2007, OScon 2007, my recent trip to Utah, the Olympic Sculpture Park, and other stuff.

Check them out, feel free to leave comments.

(Wow, they're already starting to get views, after only an hour online. My philosophy of having lots of topical tags seems to work well for getting eyeballs.)

Syndicated 2007-08-29 22:43:58 from Mark Atwood

More free wifi, Bellevue

Cool. The city of Bellevue has free WiFi as well. So I can sit in the Starbucks, and be online, and not pay SBC for the Starbucks connection, or ATTWS for the B&N connection next door.

Syndicated 2007-08-29 22:39:37 from Mark Atwood

Kirkland's municipal free wifi, and yummy berries

City of Kirkland has installed free public wifi that cover the downtown core and a couple of downtown parks. The connection is good, decently fast. I found an power outlet even!

The only problem was finding shade.


I also discovered that Wednesday's are Kirkland's farmer's market. Berries are in season and are cheap. I bought a half flat of mixed blueberries, blackberries, and rasberries for $10, and then found a sale and bought two full flats of blueberries for $36. Good for smoothes and for freezing.

Syndicated 2007-08-29 19:43:53 from Mark Atwood

"...rigorously apply artificial and unreliable diagnostic categories..."

You should only get Ritalin for indicated disorders by prescription from a physician. Ok? Because the doctor will rigorously apply artificial and unreliable diagnostic categories backed up by invalid and arbitrary screens and queries to make a diagnosis. So after this completely subjective and near useless evaluation is completed, your doctor should be able to exercise prudent clinical judgment to decide if Ritalin could be of benefit. In other words, he will ultimately decide based on little else but his own prejudices and/or consult the Magic 8 Ball. That'll be $250, please. Cash appreciated. (link)

Syndicated 2007-08-27 05:21:46 from Mark Atwood

The Weekend

Thursday. Afternoon gym, legs. Went very heavy. Lent my car to [info] jezel for the evening. Met up with [info] intrepid_reason , stopped at Whole Foods, enjoyed a picnic at Ravenna Park. Hiked around the park. It's big, much bigger than I had thought. Watched a movie, Man of the Year. I really liked it, now my favorite Robin Williams role. Ignore the trailers, ignore the critics, go rent it. Went dancing at the Grind. Lots of people there. Had fun. Expected the back rooms to be crowded because the dance floor was, but they were almost empty. Weird.

Friday. Went to Penny Arcade Expo, got a one day pass. First time I had been inside the convention center since LISA`99. Wandered the expo floor, watched the demo of Rock Band. Think "DDR of a Rock Band". Got interviewed by Yahoo Video. Met Wil Weaton(blog). He was genuinely nice. Ate vegan hot dogs. Relaxed in hot tub.

Saturday. Gave ride to Adrienne to PAX. Legs started getting very sore from gym (it usually takes 2 days). Picked up [info] amythis from ferry. Went to [info] chemicallace 's 21st bday party at the Chapel Bar on Capitol Hill. Good party, bad service. Relaxed in hot tub.

Sunday. Walked to Cal Anderson Park, for a FOAF's brunch. Listened to several more chapters of The Golden Compass. Went mini golfing with a group, got a surprisingly good score. Got an SMS invitation for a ride to Burning Man, had to regretfully turn it down. Immediate plans? Relax in hot tub.

Syndicated 2007-08-27 05:08:03 from Mark Atwood

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