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Here's what I'm doing this summer. Um, it's a lot. | April 12, 2009
Things still suck with money and dating, but at least I'm very productive these days; and that had me thinking recently about what I might take on as new challenges this summer, coming here to Chicago in just a few weeks finally. Today, my conclusions.

Another Saturday, another afternoon of global cultural inhalation. | January 25, 2009
Yesterday I found myself once again doing what I've done on numerous pleasurable Saturdays -- making my way through thousands of random photos and indie-rock songs and blog entries and podcast episodes from amateur artists around the world. Why? And why so pleasurable? Today, some thoughts on the subject.

More regarding "the conversation." | March 3, 2006
So how interesting is this? A week after proposing a "tag" system here for getting responses to me without commenting, I've stumbled across a group of hiphop DJs in Canada doing the same exact thing! Today, more thoughts on why this might just be the future of online conversation. Plus: Does Fred Hampton of the Black Panthers deserve to have a street named after him?; and won't some sexy little stranger out there help me decide if cybersex is worth the trouble?

Regarding reader feedback and "the conversation." | February 24, 2006
Okay, all this talk recently at my site about "the conversation" between companies and customers brings up a good point - how do readers of mine get thoughts, opinions and responses to me? I don't have commenting abilities here, after all. Today, a fully detailed guide to how you can do so, why I think this is much better than commenting, and how you can easily implement such a thing at your own site. Plus: Speaking of feedback, here's something to ponder - what kind of social application should I build at Ning?; and a few thoughts about Philip K. Dick and the letting-go of our childhood heroes.

PixPulse: Portrait of a company that gets it. | February 23, 2006
I've had this remarkable experience recently with a small start-up company; they've actually been listening to my complaints, and changing the things I've been asking them to change. Today, some thoughts on how amazing this is, why the world is moving in this direction in general, and what other businesses can do about it, before being left behind in the dust themselves. Plus: Behold, the Jason Pettus Widget!

The Jason Pettus Widget | February 23, 2006
A desktop widget for Mac OSX "Dashboard," delivering feeds from five of the places on the web where I currently create new content. Please let me know if you have any problems with it!

I have lots of little announcements for you today. | February 20, 2006
Lots of little new announcements for everyone today, including: I've started up a new blog, specifically for getting reprinted in such mainstream publications as the Washington Post and San Francisco Chronicle (with a fascinating story, too, of how it all came about); I've got new Flickr photos up, including an intriguing set of satellite images; the first 'jasonpettus' tags start showing up in my RSS feed, including one from an unlikely source; and some geeky news regarding code cleanup of my main journal.

You control your technology. I cannot emphasize this enough. | February 14, 2006
Well, only four days since I got this new home broadband connection, and I'm already starting to experience that weird feeling so many of you have complained to me about before: of being simply overwhelmed by all the information now at my disposal. Today, some thoughts on how to reclaim our control over our tech devices, and how to get them to better work for us, not the other way around. Plus: Anyone want to go to a Yahoo Personals event with me tonight?

Look at all the crap I got accomplished this weekend! | February 13, 2006
Wow, look at what an efficient motherfucker this new home broadband connection has turned me into! Today, lots of details of all the new things this home desktop connection has so far brought to my life, including: a recap of my del.icio.us account, detailed last Friday; how to now send an audio comment to me, straight from your computer's browser; new ways I'm interacting with Flickr now; a new service that tracks your comments around the blogosphere; I finally have an OPML feed (maybe); and of course lots of tweaks to the site itself, for geeky designers who care.

More about my arts center, the "lite" version. | February 7, 2006
Part 2 of the details of the new "lite" version of my upcoming arts center; that is, a version that will generate substantially less revenue, but that will be ready to open as soon as this September. Today, all about our upcoming website.

The Heterotopia Report for January 17. | January 17, 2006
Interesting things from other places on the internet, including: the latest from this week's Macworld convention; cool stuff from Boing Boing; Dave Winer has a great idea for 'reading lists;' announcing the Beat Generation Museum; the "International Baccalaureate" style of education gets hot; Google releases a mobile compressor; WAPReview gets snarky about IM; and the Donner Party might not have been cannibals after all.

The Heterotopia Report for January 10th. | January 10, 2006
Interesting things found elsewhere on the internet, including: Why it is that 27 percent of Yahoo users are now using RSS feeds, although only 4 percent of them realize it; how to create your own Dashboard widget; advice from a self-employed programmer; the sudden hotness of the old cartography industry; how blogging can help marketing; top 10 failed tech trends of 2005; a milestone in the world of open access; a report from Microformats.org; mobile Flash Player?; Michael Crichton gets ripped off; JT Leroy is a fake!; and Kodak changes their logo, way too late.

Das Audio ist hier! Das Audio ist hier! | January 9, 2006
Good news - all 24 episodes from last year's podcast of mine, [randommedia], are now imported into this Movable Type database. Today: how it was done, how easy it was, and what this all means for you as a visitor. Plus: a preview of my upcoming book of old black-and-white college photos.

Regarding decentralized social networking. | December 19, 2005
A recent conversation about my "Jason Pettus Instant Locator™" has gotten me thinking again about the concept of social networking. Today, my musings on the subject, and how it would be possible to build a social network without needing a centralized organization maintaining it at all.

I'm going to Nextfest tomorrow, and I'm trying an experiment. | June 20, 2005
Simply put, I'll be posting small entries in real time throughout the event, straight from my cellphone, instead of once every 24 hours...plus photos and audio in real time as well. Today, an explanation of how you can do the same at your own blog, and how you can follow along at mine via RSS reader, email or instant message.

Site development notes for June 20. | June 20, 2005
The latest updates concerning the new version of my website, currently under public beta development. Only two weeks until the new design becomes official - read all about it today.

Concerning the extraordinary and hidden power of blog databases. | June 14, 2005
Now that I've started using MovableType, I've learned a surprising thing - that I'm going to be able to use it to store all my old literary content, not just my blog entries. Today, a few thoughts on why this should matter to you at your own blog as well, and how to implement such a project.

Site development updates for June 14. | June 14, 2005
The latest changes in the new site design, as of June 14th.

Public beta 0.1: Updates for June 11th. | June 11, 2005
The latest updates for public beta build 0.1 of my new journal site. There's a lot of them!

June 11 updates, continued. | June 11, 2005
Part 2 of my June 11th update, explaining the latest changes to public beta build 0.1 of my new journal site.

Public beta 0.1 - there are many updates to report. | June 10, 2005
The latest updates concerning the public beta build of my new personal journal page, being powered now by MovableType.

June 10 updates, continued. | June 10, 2005
Second half of my June 10th entry.

Announcing public beta build 0.1. | June 7, 2005
Public beta version 0.1 of my personal journal, powered by MovableType, is now up. Today, thoughts on what went into designing this version, and what's still to come.