New Hardware Fix

I’m not excited by new technology. I don’t “need” the latest hardware. I’m excited by the possibilities new tech offers.

Personally, I’m more intrigued by the $60 unlocked Firefox OS device than any iOS 8 or Android 4.4 device.

Open Source is a philosophy, not a sales pitch for a bad UX app-focused walled garden ecosystem.

To the Young Gods

With their whole existence
Still in front of them
Time stops
At their dance

With the weight of the world
In their every breath
They can tear down
Rebuild again
Or addify
The lie
We cry

When the old Gods
Meet the new
And begin to die

The time is now
The time is not
Ours anymore

It belongs to a new
Warrior with the forward thrusting
Spear

Carrying life into the abyss
With it
And into a new
Soul

Like an anchor
Pulling us all forward

I throw mine into the abyss
And see if I’ve gone far enough
Will it bounce back?

Young Gods
When it is your time
Remember the old Greek adage
On infinity:

Go as far as you can
And when you can go no further
Throw your spear forward
If it goes forward
You have not reached the end
If it bounces back
There is more on the other side

Close your eyes. Imagine you’re somewhere special and you’re doing something that makes you happy. Now think of someone with you – someone who calms and soothes you. Who do you want that to be? This person is going to help you through this task. With this person beside you, you can accomplish anything. Lovingly, they call out your name and are smiling at you. Open your eyes. Who is it?

Rain

I opened my eyes
And looked up at the rain,
And it dripped in my head
And flowed into my brain,
And all that I hear as I lie in my bed
Is the slishity-slosh of the brain in my head.

I step very softly,
I walk very slow,
I can’t do a handstand–
I might overflow,
So pardon the wild crazy things I just said–
I’m just not the same since there’s rain in my head.

Shel Silverstein,
Where the Sidewalk Ends,
1974

Live from America (on the President’s UN Address) + more

The First Lady at the President's UN Address

We are heirs to a proud legacy of freedom

That moment when the camera pans on the First Lady, Michelle Obama, and the President says: “We are heirs to a proud legacy of freedom.”

It’s so poetic there are no words to truly do it justice.

Her story is the truest (not the bluest) story of the United States of America.

From the person whom she would marry (now the 44th president), to her paternal great-great grandfather Jim Robinson (who was a slave on Friendfield Plantation in South Carolina), and to her beautiful daughters growing up in the Capitol of the United States.

I’m speechless from the long overdue real life painting of my America now come true. My heart beats for the kind of moments captured here. I find it unjust in how rarely noticed such a thing is.

Sadly, Friendfield Plantation today is the kind of place a lot of people like to have wedding ceremonies at – like there is not generation upon generation upon generation upon generation upon generation of pain here on these grounds (the kind that cannot be forgotten and whitewashed).

This is my America. For all of its ugliness there are still moments like the one captured here in the President’s UN Address – of a wisdom and maturity that you cannot buy with money. I try and point them out and hold onto them for as long as I can.

For Mike Brown and the countless generations past of such horrible events that mark and stain the flag we drape our pride and honor for country with. And in the words of the President, “To bridge the divides that existed at the founding of this nation.”

I was so inspired by just the few moments at the end of the UN address that I had to share this. I could go on and on about the rest of the more than 35 minute speech, but sadly the odds are you’re probably not interested enough to watch the full speech – let alone read all of this.

Such is the tragedy of the Information Age. Be not incurious. Do not dull the mind with the fleeting and temporary, but fill it with the timeless and ageless. Enquire within upon all things in the name of science and progress.

President Obama addresses the UN Assembly

Don’t let go

Found on Tumblr:

1) The day my sister got back from the hospital after a suicide attempt. I didn’t let go for about an hour.
2) Kid just found out his brother was shot and killed.
3) A Russian war veteran kneels beside the tank he spent the war in, now a monument.
4) Man sobbing at animal shelter. After being jailed briefly and his dog Buzz Lightyear impounded he couldn’t afford the $400 to get his pet back.
5) A firefighter gives water to a koala during the devastating Black Saturday bushfires that burned across Victoria, Australia, in 2009.
6) Alcoholic father with his son
7) Robert Peraza pauses at his son’s name on the 9/11 Memorial during the tenth anniversary ceremonies at the site of the World Trade Center.
8) Greg Cook hugs his dog Coco after finding her inside his destroyed home in Alabama following the Tornado in March, 2012
9) After two double lung transplants and years of battling cystic fibrosis, my good friend passed away last Saturday. This was one of the last pics taken with his mother.