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What the electronica industry can teach us about the future of literature. | July 5, 2010
Today, some thoughts on what I've been noticing recently within the world of electronic musicians, and what it may teach us about the future of something as old-fashioned as literature, especially when it comes to digital books and the eventual fate of intellectual property in general.
Is "Lost" the "Ulysses" of television? | April 5, 2009
I'm trying to get more work these days as a futurist; and that means among other things trying to come up with my own quirky theory about the arts, that I too can write a cultishly popular book about and get invited to South by Freaking Southwest too. Today, first thoughts about that theory, and how it applies to the remarkable developments within the television industry in the last decade.
More about what's been going on with me. | April 25, 2006
A continuation of yesterday's entry, getting people caught up with what's been going on with me the last two weeks. In a nutshell: My Mac Mini finally arrived; I've started playing with Google Earth, and have become completely blown away by it; and an old high-school friend visited town, prompting some thoughts on the "teenage me" versus the current me. Read all about it today!
Random notes. | February 22, 2006
Just some random notes from my life today, including: More on that "RedEye" article I briefly mentioned last week; a new photo from my brother proves just what a dork he actually is; some thoughts about I-GO, a new car-sharing service in Chicago; a Missouri institution closes; when did I become a rebel cult-hero high-school English teacher?; why I'm such an obsessive fan of Flickr; and it's official - Franz Ferdinand rocks my fucking ass.
Look at all that new music! | January 11, 2006
Hey, hey; 600 new songs in the mail this week, mostly by bands I've never listened to before, as a belated Christmas present from an old friend. Today, initial thoughts on a whole bunch of bands I'm listening to for the first time, including Rogue Wave, Freakwater, The Hold Steady, Stereolab, Interpol, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, the White Stripes, The Arcade Fire, The Postal Service, Modest Mouse, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Califone, Spoon, The Shins, Death Cab for Cutie, Young and Sexy, Beulah, Cat Power, Franz Ferdinand, Brandon Benson, Kayne West, The Go! Team, and Bloc Party. Plus: The Mayor wants a 2016 Olympics; reader feedback on my recent field report of Marshall McGearty Tobacco Lounge; alternative lyrics to "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition;" more about Heather Hamilton; and why I'm not too damn excited about all the recent mobile video announcements.
More random notes from St. Charles. | December 28, 2005
More random notes about how my holiday in St. Charles, Missouri is going, including: I attended two, count 'em, two family get-togethers this week; then hung out with my brother's smartass St. Louis friends (and recorded a smartass podcast episode); I discovered something cool at the CNET desktop version; my dad's students think he's 'hot;' I finally click on a Google contextual ad; and I can't stop singing along to the Smiths.
Random notes - the St. Charles, media-rich edition. | December 27, 2005
Just some short notes about how my holiday has been going this week, down here in suburban St. Louis, Missouri. This update in particular includes lots of photos and links to audio files, since I have access to my dad's laptop and WiFi connection, making it just so easy to load such media in the first place.
[story] You fuck like Sleater-Kinney | August 4, 2000
An online version of my 2000 story "You fuck like Sleater-Kinney," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 2000."