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hello, bay area!

Wow, the last few days have been quite something.

No, it didn't take me a week to get from Dublin to Palo Alto (that only took 20 hours) but it did take me a week to regain my footing somewhat. I'm still looking for a place to live, and there are tons of logistic details to finish, but things are definitely moving along.

Once things stabilize I definitely want to get back on the blogging bandwagon. Get some sleep too. :)

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on July 20, 2005 at 4:44 PM

goodbye, dublin

I'm in Dublin Airport now, waiting for the plane to start boarding. The last 3 weeks may have been a bit crazy, but the last 5 days were downright insane. Packing, moving, cleaning... I lived in the same apartment in Dublin for more than 3 1/2 years and there was stuff in every corner and crevice. I haven't been able to do much work, or anything else for that matter, just getting everything ready (and, as it happens, during three of the hottest days of the year. Nice weather if you're sitting and relaxed... but if you're lugging around 40-pound boxes, well, not so much).

I returned the apartment yesterday, and have been staying at a friend's since Monday, doing things in the city. And what a great city Dublin is. Definitely one of my favorite cities in the world. I've had a great time here, I've met some really cool people and had a good time, even if I was working in one thing or another for most of it :). Many of us in tech are privileged to work on what we love, and a lot of times work doesn't really seem like "work" at least not according to whatever weird measure I have inside my head.

So: Goodbye, Dublin, and thanks! And (more importantly) thanks to all the people that were there along the way. I'm sure I'll be back sooner or later.

At a minimum, for a fresh pint of Guinness. :)

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on July 14, 2005 at 10:17 AM

no words, again

Another day of deep sadness today, this time for London and its people.

It happened about two hours ago, and there's a lot of conflicting reports. The underground network and buses are shutdown, and there isn't much to be found and sky are timing out for me at the moment, but this BBC URL works.

I remember what I wrote when Madrid happened, and I can't think of much more to add, except to reiterate--how long must we sing this song?

Categories: geopolitics
Posted by diego on July 7, 2005 at 11:06 AM

the age of the mix

William Gibson, writing for Wired: God's Little Toys:

[...] I already knew that word processing was another of God's little toys, and that the scissors and paste pot were always there for me, on the desktop of my Apple IIc. Burroughs' methods, which had also worked for Picasso, Duchamp, and Godard, were built into the technology through which I now composed my own narratives. Everything I wrote, I believed instinctively, was to some extent collage. Meaning, ultimately, seemed a matter of adjacent data.
Yep. Technology is freeing creativity in part because it makes the collage technique much easier. What we create (write, compose, paint, even code) obviously has some precedent in our lives--one way or another. Woody Allen does collage with his own life, and what we usually call a reference in literature walks a thin multidimensional line between collage, homage and inspiration.

My favorite paragraph from the article, however, is this one:

Today, an endless, recombinant, and fundamentally social process generates countless hours of creative product (another antique term?). To say that this poses a threat to the record industry is simply comic. The record industry, though it may not know it yet, has gone the way of the record. Instead, the recombinant (the bootleg, the remix, the mash-up) has become the characteristic pivot at the turn of our two centuries.
Concise, yet encompassing. Pure Gibson.

The age of the mix is here.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on July 7, 2005 at 10:38 AM



An open source website editor: nvu now in 1.0. Pretty good CSS integration (a bit clunky, but useful) and straightforward UI. Plus, it's available on Linux, OS X, and Windows. Nice.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on July 5, 2005 at 10:07 AM

preparing... move back to California soon. I got back my passport today, visa and all, and I'm packing and wrapping (and sending) and getting other things ready. Last week was extra busy, which accounts for the sudden lack of posting (again... I know). This week will be no different. Moving is a bit exhausting, emotionally as well as physically, and at the same time it's exciting, so there's a certain schizo-undercurrent to the whole thing... plus you end up feeling that you're rummaging through your life and all sorts of things come back.

The last few weeks have been slightly crazy. So much stuff going on. But it's fun! And it's only the beginning. :)

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on July 4, 2005 at 7:49 PM

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