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Stop spreading the news…

=== And, via Kottke, an indeed “excellent” article by Dan Baum about his experiences of carrying a concealed (and non-concealed) gun. Set aside 15 minutes and read it. Also, from the same author, a very recent piece which in it’s first few paragraphs, describes one of the main issues in my opinion going unaddressed in the Gun Debate, mental illness (or instability): Compare that to the coverage and conversation after Anders Behring Breivik murdered sixty-nine people on the island of Utøya in Norway, a year ago next Sunday.

Driving on the ‘other’ side

It’s been almost three weeks since we touched down in the land of the free, and home of the brave (can you believe that?). Among other things, we’ve been forcing ourselves to get out and about on the wrong other side of the road. Here are some observations: It takes a surprisingly short amount of time to get used to driving on the other side. By driving I mean mentally positioning your car in the middle of the lane, which means positioning yourself on the slight left of the middle of the lane.

Texas

Ok, ok, ok. Here it is. To everyone who’s emailed asking how things are, thanks for your concern curiosity. Instead of emailing everyone[1. Kelly’s still gonna do this I believe, but she at least has an excuse for the delay in correspondence. I also have one, but it ain’t as legit as Kelly’s.] I’ll write a blog post; this one. So much has — and is still — happening it’s difficult to make a cohesive written testimony of it all, so bear with me.

The Phone Stack

This is a fantastic concept: The Phone Stack, and I’m in 100% It works like this: as you arrive, each person places their phone facedown in the center of the table. … As the meal goes on, you’ll hear various texts and emails arriving… and you’ll do absolutely nothing. You’ll face temptation—maybe even a few involuntary reaches toward the middle of the table—but you’ll be bound by the single, all-important rule of the phone stack. Whoever picks up their phone is footing the bill.

Playing vs winning

While I sat at the Malaysian Open women’s tennis tournament this week, I thought a lot about tennis. It was my first pro tournament, and I was taking everything in: the way the ball boys/girls move the balls around, the role of the umpire as over-lord of the court, and the lack of commentators (particularly during the five minute warm-up where the player stats are usually shown on tv). Another thing I thought about was winning. Obviously, this was a competitive tournament, with prize money and WTA points up for grabs.

Muscle memory

While in Oz over Christmas I made an appointment at the Genuis Bar in Southland’s Apple store to get my iPhone looked at (more on that in a future post) and I noticed something: I instinctively reach for my iPhone, presumably to check Path and/or Twitter and/or Instagram, mere seconds after I begin being idle. Seconds. I noticed only at this point because the Genius[1. Genius? Really? I hate referring to them as geniuses. I’ll look for a suitable replacement in time that respects their knowledge, without doesn’t dilute the true meaning for the word.]

Busy, busy, busy

I’ve been writing less than usual over the last month. Which is less than I’d like to. Also, I’ve not worked on any photography for more than a month (my usual rate was a photo uploaded every few days or so). There’ll be no photo post on bartkowalski.com for the month of August. Why? When I returned from my last trip to Oz I accepted a bunch of free, or novelty-ly paid design projects, some of which it turned out I didn’t really want to do (I wish foresight was as 20/20 as hindsight).