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  1. Monday, October 7, 2013
  2. Friday, April 5, 2013
  3. Tuesday, December 4, 2012
  4. Sunday, July 1, 2012

    hello moon 

    hello moon

    this old man was guarding the corner of hollywood and vista
    he was looking at the moon and sitting on a portable chair.
    the kind youd probably bring to a golf tournament or a parade.
    just two legs that fold and a nice little round circle for yr booty.
    he had a fishing hat on, a members only jacket, and a walkman.
    he had his earbuds in and he was looking east.
    all these young people in yoga pants and shorts
    were powerwalking all around him
    dogs in tow, weights on their ankles,
    iphones every one of them.
    they were coming from or heading to the crazy hiking trail
    that spiraled up to the stars
    so you could look down at them.
    at one point the moon just had to get up into the sky
    above the good year blimp, above the x games,
    above the sky scrapers and summer heat
    and was all ladies and gents
    moon’s in the house.
    all of us on the hill
    and the old man below it
    were all nice.

  5. Wednesday, November 2, 2011

    one of the worlds greatest photo blogs turns 1 today 

    lindsey and leah 7 years ago with tony pierce

    a little more than 7 years ago i was working at buzznet

    buzznet was holding a sxsw party in austin and i invited young leah whose blogging skillz i had totally admired.

    she said can i bring a friend? i was all sure. she was all, ive never met her before. i said hahaha ok fine crazy person.

    that new friend of leah’s turned out to be a young lady named lindsey. we all met that night.

    because life is strange and wonderful, leah and lindsey became friends and years later they would become excellent excellent photographers and bffs

    and business partners as wedding photographers.

    their photo site The Life You Love is so beautiful its ridic. its also a great glimpse of Austin. its also a nice look at people at their happiest.

    anyways i had always appreciated their work but not until today when i saw the photo above did i realize that Leah’s Lindsey was THAT Lindsey who i believe she met first on Myspace

    omg life is so strange. and beautiful.

    happy first birthday Leah and Lindsey!

  6. Monday, August 22, 2011

    dear klout, (you can change anything) 

    i went to this park yesterday. relatively new park that promised one could walk in it barefoot because dogs there were illegal.

    thus so was the doggie poopie.

    but when i got there a water pipe had burst and seemed to have been flowing for at least a day.

    since it was Sunday, i guess no one was going to fix it.

    as they say, shit happens. which is fine when its water or, shit, but when its private stuff, just flowing out there, thats… a problem.

    it was nice of you to write me about my outrage that you’d want access to the photos and videos that i have marked private.

    sass in silver lake

    Hey Tony,

    I’m the Marketing Manager here at Klout and want to let you know that your private photos will definitely stay private. We are asking for the lowest level of permissions flickr allows which is read-only access and does include private photos (we can’t change that). However, we NEVER use your auth to display photos, or look at them or share them. Instead, our algorithm looks at the response your photos are getting — i.e. are people commenting, favoriting them etc. We will never access or use your private information. Hope that helps.

    but here’s the problem i have (you can change anything and if you cant yr a follower, not a leader, thus zero “klout”).

    i dont trust that a ginormous tech company like Yahoo and a start up tech company like Klout can’t figure out a technical way to capture those ancillary aspects of my public photos and videos without exposing anything about my private content.

    private means private. and if you don’t truly fathom that concept or value that goal, then you don’t deserve access to any thing i am giving you permission to have.

    secondly, the internet has not been around for very long and it appears that the main goal for most start ups is to sell itself to huge companies.

    like how Flickr sold itself to Yahoo.

    if even in idealistic startup mode you cannot work with Flickr and others in such a way that you receive zero information about my private materials then what’s going to happen a few years down the road when you sell out to AT&T or AOL or TMZ or Murdoch or whoever is suddenly interested in a company with millions of people’s truly private data

    who has just ranked, in order, who that corporation should feel giddy about gaining access to, literally, their back end.

    or how about the hacker group who would be crazy not to attempt to break into the puny start up instead of the megacorp? what a better way into my private data than going through you than thru facebook twitter and yahoo?

    one of the best things about technology is that Anything is possible if you want it to be possible.

    (we can’t change that) is the battle hymn of the lost, not the victorious.

    when you seriously want to seriously take the matter of privacy totally seriously and stop falling for the “omg thats the best we can do, LOL whoops”

    and worse, passing that mediocrity over to your customer,

    then you will be on the right path to establishing trust with me and others who are way more (justly) paranoid than i.

    meanwhile i’m going to revoke your access to the accounts i foolishly trusted you with, because i dont think you’re ready for it right now.

    feel free to figure out how to judge my public online heft by, i dont know, things that i do publicly. which is plenty.

    we expect you to be better than this, No Cal.

  7. Sunday, August 21, 2011

    dear klout, lemme get this straight 

    you are a social media company that gives scores to people based on their online presense

    you track their activity and influence through various ways including having access to people’s accounts

    so you can better track what they are doing and how their network responds to them.

    therefore why on earth would you ask a savvy person for access to their

    private photographs and video

    that they have marked private on Flickr?

    seems to me that if that is a dealbreaker, the people who would be most likely to say screw you klout

    are those who should have the highest klout score

    since only fools would give a new start-up access to anything someone would dare mark private.

    why do you want peoples private materials anyways?

    and why should that affect a number you attribute to someone’s public activity?

    those are the questions i would ask if i was a professional question asker dude.

    instead im just a middle finger holder upper.

  8. Friday, August 19, 2011

    as you know im a 114 yr old bachelor 

    despite what some have suggested, im not resisting anything, nor am i against commitment.

    but one thing i really dont look forward to is wedding / engagement / reception photos

    which is weird because one of my favorite blogs of all time is Leah’s wedding photography blog

    where she and her business partner shows off their amazing skillz

    the other day i saw these pics that at first seem like typical flowerly sticky sweet pre-wedding snaps

    and then turns a corner that made me seriously smile from ear to ear.

    he photographer is Amanda Rynda who during a Tumblr blog comment thread said it was all the groom’s idea.

    “I shot this engagement session for my awesome friends Juliana & Ben. Here’s a link to my tumblr. It’s not as updated as it should be. :) ,” she commented.

    “It was Ben’s idea! He wanted to make sure his manliness wasn’t lost in an engagement session. :) Juliana styled it, I staged, shot & edited it. It was a super fulfilling & creative day for me thanks to Juliana & Ben and their unique view on love,” she added.

    i know resistance is futile. i just hope that who ever gets stuck with me would be up for something that funny for those types of pictures.

    photos by Amanda Rynda