Not a Baby Post

October 10, 2008 at 11:16 am (Horror, Movies, Writing)

I’m sure everyone is horribly disappointed, too. Don’t worry, I’ll be posting more pictures of my beautiful baby right after this. But, in honor of it being October, and therefore nearly Halloween, my favorite holiday of the year, I thought I’d post this link:

It links to a short animated video. The text is of a poem called “Mulberry Fields,” and is read by the author, Lucille Clifton. The animation is by a college student somewhere, and is wonderfully spooky. The poem itself is almost certainly NOT intended to be spooky, but instead about the legacy of slavery and racism in some part of the US. That said, with the aforementioned spooky animation in the background, it’s easy to forget that it isn’t about ghosts and ghouls and elder evils…

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I Have a Small Brain…

April 28, 2008 at 11:38 am (Economics, History, Writing)

…so I love it when really smart people come up with really simple explanations for apparently very complex problems. Case in point: NPR on the current credit crisis, specifically why people just don’t seem to save money. I strongly suggest you listen to the article, rather than just read the synopsis, since it is, in fact, only a synopsis, and (as that name might suggest) leaves out some of the most interesting and compelling details. Read the rest of this entry »

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New Year’s Resolved

January 3, 2008 at 9:42 pm (Dissertation, General, Writing)

Although most of you will find this hard to believe, I am my own harshest critic. Although I might wax publicly about how awesome I am, I spend (and always have spent, at least since I was a teenager) a significant portion of my waking hours depressed, because I feel that I do not measure up against some internal yardstick. Usually, the measure at which I fail is discipline, inasmuch as I haven’t yet completed my dissertation, even though I’m 30 and ought to be done already and getting on with my life, and why can’t I just buckle down for eight hours a day like everyone says I’m supposed to, and… Well, you get the idea. I’m like that about everything that I try doing: Languages, school, writing, art, cooking, etc. I’ve always had a short attention span, and that makes it hard to get anywhere with a specific project. Read the rest of this entry »

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Generation V

November 15, 2007 at 11:05 pm (Computers, Movies, Writing)

I have finally gotten myself a Youtube account, under the handle johnlynch1977. Can you believe that jlynch1977 was already taken? I’ve already uploaded two videos, one of Monkey playing fetch with a sponge (he’s funny like that) and the other of a little off-roading excitement during our recent trip to Joshua Tree National Park with Michelle and Omar (and hopefully I’ll find the time soon to create a Flikr account or the equivalent and get a few of the photos from that online; good times were had by all). I’m linking to them here.


Joshua Tree:

Unfortunately, I now have a problem, one that I really didn’t foresee but is suddenly driving me up the wall: How do I start using this ability to make and upload videos on a regular basis? It may sound silly, but if you’ve followed my thoughts on this blog, you know that I’m obsessed with storytelling in various media. I’ve been thinking about various video-related projects for a while, a couple that even involve Youtube, but these were complex projects involving planning and scripts.  I never really saw video as something just created on the fly, the way that I might take a picture. But both of these videos were just that, created on the spur of the moment. Heather was showing me Monkey’s new trick, and I grabbed the camera for kicks. I was photographing the Jeep’s situation, and just threw the camera into video mode for fun.  From actual event to digital form, ready for upload, within five minutes. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Failed Experiment

November 1, 2007 at 1:36 pm (Dissertation, Family, Travel, Writing)

Sadly, I have been forced to mark my recent trip to Connecticut as a failure. Not because of any lack of fun or happiness in the trip itself; we had a great time, got to see a lot of family and friends, and generally enjoyed ourselves immensely. However, in terms of my “grand experiment,” to blog the entire trip on a daily basis, I was (as you can see from the lack of posting on the blog) rather unsuccessful. Read the rest of this entry »

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Digital Locative Storytelling

October 24, 2007 at 2:45 pm (Arts, Books, Comics, Computers, Movies, Travel, Writing)

I’ve been thinking rather a lot about geotagging lately, not only because my new job is with a project to map cultural heritage data, such as archaeological sites and antiquities collections, onto Google Earth. In fact, it really starts with my recent trip to Spain (which maybe I’ll blog about one of these days, if I can ever get over my perfectionist streak), namely, the possibility of geotagging my photos to construct a locative narrative. For those of you who don’t know, “geotagging” is the act of adding longitude and latitude data to a photograph (or any digital object, really), which enables it to then be plotted on a map. And “locative” is a great linguistic term referring to units which mark a noun as a place at which something happens, and which I’ve borrowed to also describe any narrative in which geographic location is an important component (not just that the actors in the narrative travel, but that the viewer of the narrative travels, as well). I have two main questions. The first is, “Why?” and the second is “How?” Read the rest of this entry »

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Santa Cruz Island

October 12, 2007 at 5:38 pm (Diving, Environment, Travel, Writing)

(I originally wrote this in mid-July, and just never got around to revising and posting it. So, here it is, months late!)

According to the official National Parks’ reservation website, Santa Cruz Island has campsites set aside for walk-ins.

Now, that may not seem odd to you at first. After all, doesn’t every national park have some campsites set aside for reservations, and others available on a first-come, first-serve basis? Sure. But other national parks aren’t, well, islands. Getting to Santa Cruz requires a one-hour boat ride from Ventura Harbor that sets you back $60. This isn’t really the kind of thing that you just do on a lark, hoping they’ll have space for you. Getting out to the island isn’t a jaunt, it’s an investment. Read the rest of this entry »

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Adventures in Riesling

July 1, 2007 at 3:22 pm (Humor, Travel, Wine, Writing)

Note: This entry is a fuller description of a story synopsized elsewhere in the blog. Please forgive me repeating myself as I play around with storytelling.

During a recent trip to California’s Central Coast region, my wife and I dined at a well-known restaurant, the name of which I feel inclined to withhold. This isn’t because our meal or the service was in any way lacking; in fact, the opposite was the case. It just seems more… polite, if you will, to grant the sommelier in question a certain amount of anonymity, since the experience, in the final analysis, wasn’t negative, just rather bizarre. Read the rest of this entry »

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Getting Old, Fast

June 13, 2007 at 10:56 am (Family, General, Sports, Writing)

My 30th birthday is right around the corner. In fact, it’s two months from tomorrow. And it scares me.

Now, all of my older family and friends are going to laugh when they read that, even though they went through it, too, when it was their turn. After all, isn’t forgetfulness one of the true benefits of experience? Or is that one of the benefits of old age? Which is rapidly closing in on me? Ah, well, they say the memory is the first thing to go… Read the rest of this entry »

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After a long silence…

June 2, 2007 at 9:28 pm (Computers, General, Writing)

Well, after a long silence, I have returned to broadcasting on the inter-waves! I could in theory claim computer troubles, since I’ve had a lot of those lately, but I work in computers, so it isn’t like I don’t constantly have between two and fifty computers readily available for me to use. Really, blogging takes time (at least, at the level of quality at which I like to write), and I’ve been prioritizing my time elsewhere, specifically, writing my dissertation proposal and working out the aforementioned computer kinks. I’m hoping that by spending less time editing and more time writing, I’ll at least get regular updates out; we’ll see how it goes, and please forgive my shoddy writing!

EDIT: I just posted this last night, and already this morning I’ve gone through, rewritten part of this post as a new post, and am planning on doing the same for the last section. Sigh. It’s tough being obsessive-compulsive.

EDIT 2: I’ve now removed the second part and made that its own entry, too. Much better!

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