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Dreiunddreissig ist jetzt mein Alter! Kommt! Sofort!

Happy Birthday to Me, I'm Thirty-Friggin'-Three.

Es ist mein Geburtstag. Ich bin dreiunddreissigjaehrig!

Heidi Klum didn't show up (as usual), so I'm honored to let uber-thespian Alan Rickman help me "celebrate" my 33rd birthday. It's not for a few weeks. But once you pass 30, you start to just brace in advance for the coming punch. I'm sure you understand... What's a few weeks, when you're facing the inevitable?

"Dreiunddreissig Das Stockwerk. Kommt. Sofort!"
Alan Rickman as the singular, classic, quintessential ultrasmooth movie villain Hans Gruber, In the original Die Hard.

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Art in Motion: Specialized Allez Elite Double

Art in Motion: Specialized Allez Elite Double

The silver thing in the photograph with the wheels (above or below, depending,) is referred to by most people as a bicycle. However, in certain circles it is also known as "Dharma". (Thanks, Big Al!)

Damn cool ride, too. It's a Specialized Allez Elite Double. I don't know what "double" refers to -- I mean, these are great bikes, but I only see one of them in the ad. [Update: My brother has explained it refers to the number of cogs on the front spindle, which as you may know determines the range of gear ratios.] These high-end machines are made about an hour from where I live, in Morgan Hill, which is an odd coincidence; I grew up riding them back in New York City... well, starting when dad became a rich man, anyway. I think he only bought two for himself. (Though I'm hardly one to judge if you look at my guitar collection. Ya gotta do what you love. Of course, I made my bones at 24, while my dad took slightly more than twice that long to find his pace, so I guess I might cut him some slack.) As it goes... or rather as it went, back during my "days of origin" in New York, Northern California was just a distant dream for me. And far from biking distance, if you catch my drift.

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From 'The Sac', & Straight back into the Sack

Riding from rural California, through the subdivisions, and back into to the Bay Area, my trusty, as-yet-unnamed GPS phone getting me there safely and speedily*. (Well, the 4-liter V6 in the Impala helped a bit with the "speedily" part.)

Sacramento, CA
*Your help is needed to assist me in thinking of a name for my phone! See My Previous Journal Entry for how you can help, and maybe get one of these indispensable things in your own hot little hands.

Ever been tired from a vacation? When it's from too much fun, you know things are going pretty well. Anyways, it's good to be home. Not as good as still being on vacation, but what're you gonna do? Revel in the memories, that's what.

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Travels and Travails

Rush - Snakes & Arrows CoverRush - Snakes & ArrowsPrelude:
Driving away to the East, and into the past
History recedes in my rear-view mirror, carried away on a wave of music down a desert road...
Riding through the Range of Light, to the wounded city, filling my spirit with the wildest wish to FLY!
Taking the high road...Taking the high road! ...To the wounded city
Memory strumming at the heart of a Moving Picture...
Driving down the razor's edge, between the past and the future
Ohhh, Turn up the music and smile!
Get carried away on the songs, And the stories of vanished times...


Travels and Travails

(Sun, 08/05/2007 - 9:45pm - Sacramento, CA)

This past week has been the culmination of so, so much ...life... from the last half-year or so. So...

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Imagination plus Automation equals Satisfaction. Add Aberration...? Delirium, Hallucination.

I recently came across something about the operation of the site which is probably trivial to you but which bugged me. So I spent a relatively superficial amount of time finding a quick and creative solution to fix the problem that no one cared about. That's right, I used a hack.

Did it work? Yep.

he Originator The True Modern-Day Warrior
Is it elegant? Maybe. Seeing as I was forcing the site CMS to do something I figured it should have been doing already, the elegance argument is kind of moot. Saved, as I was, by the fact that my hack could hardly be worse than that which I was hacking, since as far as I could tell, the feature was broken. Thus the need for the hack.

But with most hacks (of the creative kind, we'll not go there) there's an immediate sense afterward of, where does this lie on several spectra? (That's plural for spectrum. If you've gotten this far, you're smart, but I've no illusions about Stephen Hawking reading my site.)

The first is effectiveness. OK, it's effective. It didn't do anything (immediately -- that's key) to bring the world to a screeching, groaning halt.

The second is elegance -- in most people's perception. But I've just discovered the hidden criterion. The one we all feel after the creative spurt has given birth to a real, live, working solution. I'm sure there's a wonderful word that exists in the English language, but English is so limiting. Let's call it the "OhGawdJebus Please Don't Send The Earth Spinning In The Wrong Direction Just When All Seems Well" Factor.

That's what it's called for now. The gods of brevity aren't with me right now. They're probably downloading porn or something.

I mean, it's pretty obvious when a creative solution works right away. But as creator, you know there's a moment of cognitive dissonance: Sure, this works now. But is it going to keep working? I think somewhere in the inner workings of the creative mind, there's this unique node of anxiety. Anxiety has its purposes. And I'm sure this is one of them.

Let's face it. Life On Earth is perpetually in beta stage. And it's not going final anytime soon.

Jeremy Isaac

Views - Mission Accomplished (don't ask how)

Well, that was fun. I guess it's just one of the man-vs.-machine(which was of course made by man) things. Software can be complex and still good. Nothing Great was ever easy, even if it seemed that way.

Jeremy Isaac