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Strip

The hotel that I’m staying at in Sapporo has a bath on the top floor that everyone is hanging out at. Naked. Because that’s how you roll in Japanese baths. You get naked and hang out together. Gender segregated of course, though that makes it even less interesting to me. I’m not judging or being prude – I just not entirely keen on the idea of hanging out naked with a bunch of people that I’m attending a conference with discussing social movements and big data all day long. Or people I’m not hanging out all day discussion social movements and big data with to be honest. I just don’t want to hang out with a bunch of naked people. Is that too much to ask?

Freeboxing

Traveling for two weeks with only a single suitcase, and already being in a “get rid of everything” mindset I’ve been thinking more about just how to do that. I wrote before about wondering how to give things to my friends rather than sell or donate and I’ve done a little bit of that but the truth is it’s hard to sync up with people to hand deliver items – it’s nice – but it’s not scaleable. Selling things on ebay is a full time gig that I don’t have interest in and donating works fine, feels good, but if given the chance to help out friends or people I don’t know I tend to always lean towards friends. Maybe that makes me a bad person, but whatever.

So I’m thinking of making up a freebox. I’m making this up as I go so maybe it needs refinement, but I’m thinking I put a box by my door at home and try to put stuff in it regularly that I’m getting rid of. I tell my friends who come over (and those who don’t as well to encourage them to visit) that anything in that box is fair game and free for the taking. And perhaps more importantly, once I put something in the box I can’t take it out. At the end of the month, anything left in there goes to the thrift store. So I’m giving my friends first crack.

Might work… gotta think on it a little more.

Fifth Degree

I sat for the godan test last night and failed.

Got hit squarely the first time without even a flinch, got a 2nd chance and while I dodged the strike the judans thought it was a little iffy and asked for once more, on the 3rd try I dodged correctly but didn’t move entirely out of the way and was hit on the arm – and failed. Afterwards several shihan told me that I obviously felt the strike coming but my ukeme was off and I needed to roll not just dodge. I told them I appreciated the feedback for sure, and it reaffirmed what I knew I did wrong. I’ve practiced rolling for years and knew exactly what I was supposed to do, and I didn’t do that. I was distracted, and then panicked. With the first strike there was a train passing the the shihan administering the test said to wait for it to pass, but then I started thinking about the train and that put me off which is why I got hit on the first shot. And then it was kind of over – after getting I knew I’d failed it, even if I passed it after that the first strike was a solid hit which is everything I didn’t want. And that was in my head and freaking me out and I completely forgot to roll. I’m not upset, a little disappointed perhaps but I half didn’t believe I could do it in the first place. So now that I’ve confirmed that I have to defeat it, and I’ll try again at tomorrows class and see what happens.

Relocation

Endless weeks of temperatures topping 90F and near 100% humidity has rebooted the “where can we move because this shit is unbearable” discussions. When I moved to LA in 2001 one of the major draws was the lack of humidity so even if it was hot it wasn’t sticky hot, which coming from Chicago and Florida before that – humidity was I was desperately trying to escape. Some people love even crave the humidity but I can’t stand it. LA was supposed to be the land of no humidity but that has changed. I don’t even know who to blame for it – El Niño? Obama? Terrorists?

In any case it’s crossed a line.

So of course this discussion leads to complicated places -If we’re to move due to climate then we might as well consider political climate as well. Where are we least likely to run into militarized police forces, least likely to be under constant surveillance? But that’s just the start – Where has good schools for the kid, is close to the water, close to a major international airport, has fast internet, a language we speak, etc, etc. And that’s not even thinking about the social bits -do we have friends there or will friends be passing though -don’t want to end up somewhere where we won’t ever see anyone again like what happened when we moved to Venice. The list gets quite long eventually eliminating all possible options. Which then requires a reassessment of those criteria, which are more important than others. So far, no clear resolution.

Handled

Usernames are funny. Pick something unique and interesting so you stand out and then chance it that you’ll ever be able to get that again. In the early 90’s I ran through a variety of screennames because of just that – pick something random and then be out of luck next time. I finally oped to use my full name everywhere. As one of the early twitter users I’m often asked why I didn’t opt for @sean or @s and while I could have gotten @s by the time I got there, 120th person to sign up or so, @sean was already taken. And if I’d been using only “sean” as my name elsewhere that would have been problematic for sure. @s is amusing but doesn’t map to anything. Even on ello @s and @sean are already gone but I easily got @seanbonner. That’s not to say “seanbonner” is in small demand. There are a few other Sean Bonner’s out there who I know I curse me as they regularly sign up for these places a year or so after I’ve laid claim and are stuck with “mrseanbonner” and “therealseanbonner” or “seanbonnerplussomerandomstringofnumbers.” There’s also someone out there who sees oblivious to both the concept that there are any other Sean Bonner’s and also that emails are specific, because I get mail for him about once a week because he’s always putting my email account on job applications and family correspondence. I’ve talked to his sister, his aunt and two of his cousins now who are quite confused as to why their little Seany gave them my email.

inboxing

I opened this window with the full intention of bitching about email and then clicked over to check email and then found that the SMTP error I had the other day which prevented me from sending any emails at all was back and a bunch of stuff I tried to send earlier in the day was stuck in the outbox. I was only able to solve the problem the other day by deleting my email account settings entirely and starting over from scratch which I’d really prefer not to do all over again so I struggled with that for a while and then found a halfassed work around which is less than ideal on all fronts but does work so at least those emails went out but then of course there were new emails. I need to stop treating my inbox like a todo list. That is, I need process a request in an email and put it on my actual todo list rather than leaving it unread as if that will remind me to address it later, which it never does.

I hired a somewhat assistant recently to help with my scheduling of calls an appointments and that’s changed everything for me, I can’t believe I ever tried to do all that on my own before and how much easier it is now just to CC her on my email reply and then magically appointments get worked out between her and the other people and show up in my calendar. I don’t know why I resisted the logic on this for so long but it’s amazing to have it in action now. I wish I could hire someone deal with all my emails too.

Openings

You never realize how confusing publishing openly can be until you try to match up open licenses between different people and then end up arguing for the exact same thing with slightly different wording. I never anticipated getting into the “my open is better than your open” or “your open is more restrictive than my open” discussions. Makes a brother want to just go back to plain old copyright, at least everyone agrees what that means.

Unrelated. When I lived in Gainesville shows shows starting at midnight, 1am or even 2am wasn’t unusual by any means. It was weird for a show to begin before 11pm, almost considered a matinee. Of course now that I’m old I’m used to 8pm and be home in bed by 10. Tonight we’re playing a club that doesn’t open until 11 and going on after midnight. I’m hoping to channel my inner 20 something punk rocker to handle it.

Coffeecommuniqué

Hacking the bullshit “butter in coffee” thing with a vitamix blend of coconut milk, coconut oil (pure MCT), stevia, cinnamon and a chemex full of coffee. Todays coffee is Kenyan roasted by Nomad in Barcelona and I added a scoop of Vega nutritional smoothie mix because I ran out of fruit yesterday and didn’t make it to the store to get anything new so didn’t have anything for my usual fruity morning smoothie and hoped this combo would some how cover the bases. It’s drinkable but in hindsight I should have just made normal coffee and found something else to eat and then just gotten off my ass and gone to the store for some fruit.

Fruit smoothies are tending to be a handful of grapes, an orange, a lemon, frozen bananas, some kind of berries (often blue), some kind of greens (kale or baby spinach, sometimes both), chia seeds and if needed a splash of coconut water. If I’m illin’ a chunk of ginger might make it’s way in there too, occasionally maca poweder too. Finished off with some kind of sweetener which can be anything from a kiki, to a handful of dates, to maple syrup to stevia extract. Blend the fuck out of it, drink. Coffee chaser.

Billions

Greg asked me today what I’d do with a Billion dollars. I immediately jumped to reply and then found it harder to answer than I’d expected. My brain raced with all all the shit I’d want to immediately buy for myself now that cost wasn’t an option, but of course when you have a Billion dollars you don’t want to loose it but you also don’t want to just lock it up – that’s boring – so this becomes a much harder question to answer. If you can do anything, what do you do? This was on twitter so my reply was short (I elaborated later). I said “I’d probably put a bunch in cryptocoins and real property, create a foundation/vc fund to invest some, & make shit.” The Cryptocoins and property are obvious safe holds, with crypto being much more speculative of course. The foundation is less defined in my head but the more exciting one – I see it as a combo of philanthropy and investing, with strong weight on people, projects and results. This got more interesting when Greg threw in the crowd funded superpac idea.

Now gears are turning, I have no idea how this would even work but suddenly super interested in the prospect.

Entanglement

Los Angeles (like many cities around the US) has banned the use of plastic bags in grocery store check out lines and added a tax for use of paper bags in attempt to get people to move towards reusable bags which are better for the environment. The stores were excited because this cut down on their costs – no more buying bags that they end up giving away for free. It’s even opened up a new revenue stream for many of these stores as they are now selling their own reusable bags for their customers to proudly carry around, and of course no marketing opportunity should go unseized so these bags all have the store’s logos huge on either side. One thing the stores didn’t taken into account was that people don’t shop at just one store, and a reusable bag can be reused at any store. The result of this is the hilarious grimacing on grocery store management faces when their customers are walking around in the store with giant advertisements for all their competitors, and filling their cars with mobile marketing for someone else. Obviously there’s no way for stores to back out from this path and it’s not likely they can ban bags advertising the competition, so until some solution is found it’s alls fair in love and brand warfare in the grocery isle.