I’ve put it off for over a week, ever since I last faced the ancient web site…the ancient software needed to update it. Over a decade ago, I grabbed the best solution available to build a text site for a shoestring nonprofit run by a nationally respected visionary. They wanted fast downloads on already obsolete machines, on dial up systems. They wanted more text than most people could imagine. They wanted it easy on the eyes.
People still go to it, despite its age. Its most valuable commodity needs updating. That has been what I’ve been up to, in the dark hours. Once again, perhaps for the last time, I go to update www.UniversalLivingWage.org.
As our neck of the Great American Southwest emerges from a rather historic weather weekend–the last time it was this wet for this long in November was in 1900–I’ve been singing the praises, early and often, of the engineers who … Continue reading
Writer Amy Sterling Casil is simultaneously the most forthright and most deceptive person you may ever read. Casil is someone who can make exquisite art and teach a room full of people to start thinking. Casil is also a former child who “dug the wires out of Barbie’s legs and popped off her head, much to my dismay when I realized that head was never going to be quite right ever again even with ample glue and child-like blow-torching.”
I somehow managed to get in on the bleeding edge of personal computing while working at a company that manufactured high-end television broadcast and production systems. Not, mind you, quite as bloody an edge as my friend Wayne, who informed … Continue reading
Writers live for local color. There is nothing like it; it is the entire point of travel and we pursue it with passion. And oh! there is a great bar in downtown Laramie, clearly the Wyoming version of the Mos … Continue reading
So I came out of the shower (at five-thirty this morning: apparently this hour is not after all a fiction in the mind of clockmakers) to find myself weltered in gore, as the cut on my nose opened up again. … Continue reading
Last night I stood higher on this planet Earth than I think I ever stood before. The Wyoming Infra-Red Observatory is in the proper place for such a thing, atop a mountain, at the end of one of the most … Continue reading
This may be the first time I’ve ever been grateful for America’s early dining hours. We break for dinner at five o’clock; and by five o’clock, am I ever ready for a break. I don’t always want to eat (nor … Continue reading
Heard while standing on the observatory roof in Wyoming: Oh my god. Holy fuck, there are stars! Wow, there are a lot of craters there. Were there fewer in the Cretaceous? Oh, wow. Like, wow! Is this the bit you … Continue reading
[written this morning, because Other Reasons] Humans are pattern-seeking animals. Yesterday we were looking for patterns in spectral lines, which will hold true in perpetuity – sodium will always have two heavy bars of yellow; when that changes, it won’t … Continue reading