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8/2/10

Our brains reject facts, and misinformation makes us confident. Ah, well.

This tab has been open in my browser at work since July 11th, because I’ve been meaning to finish reading this article and posting it, but I just haven’t gotten to it.

From “How facts backfire” in The Boston Globe:

[W]e often base our opinions on our beliefs, which can have an uneasy relationship with facts. And rather than facts driving beliefs, our beliefs can dictate the facts we chose to accept. They can cause us to twist facts so they fit better with our preconceived notions. Worst of all, they can lead us to uncritically accept bad information just because it reinforces our beliefs. This reinforcement makes us more confident we’re right, and even less likely to listen to any new information. And then we vote.

This dovetails with what Drew Westen was saying when I first saw him at Netroots Nation in 2007, and — going back a few years — George Lakoff’s work on frames.

This being an unfinished thought, I guess I shouldn’t feel too much pressure to come up with some kind of pithy conclusion (beyond this pointless sentence).

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7/30/10

402 posts in 10 1/2 years…

or about 3.2 posts per month. That seems right.

(And this is after importing my NaNoWriMo blog entries and my

Filed under Administrivia, Imagine a Novel Weblog, Uncategorized, Unfinished Thoughts on July 30, 2010 at 7:31 pm
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iPhone 3G + iOS 4 = no good.

When I got my iPhone 4, my iPhone 3G became my new

Filed under Fluff, iPhone, Tech, Uncategorized (and tagged with , ) on July 30, 2010 at 5:43 pm
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7/22/10

Most amusing spammer affiliation of the day: “Frightmare Forest”

I have to go through usernames on GreenGov2010.org (“Building a Greener Governor for California”) to delete the spammers and approve the real people.

There are spans of time in which a ton of users are created by Russian spammers. You can tell because they all live in “Moscow, ALABAMA” and have “.ru” at the end of most of their URLs.

Occasionally some of their fake info is amusing to me, and the title of this post is the latest. (That’s all.)

Filed under Amusing (if only to me), Spam, Uncategorized on July 22, 2010 at 3:26 pm
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7/19/10

To remind myself

I take a fair number of pictures, some of them good enough to put on the wall.

This New York Times article links to several services that will print your photos in a variety of formats (from 8

Filed under Photography, Reference, Uncategorized on July 19, 2010 at 11:16 am
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7/15/10

Where have I been?

As a general partner of Brainwash Movies, which has been the case for a couple years, I am involved in pretty much everything that goes on surrounding the 16th Annual Brainwash Drive-in Bike-in Walk-in Movie Festival in Oakland. It’s fun and very unique; everyone who can go should go!

Just in the last several months, we have viewed over 80 submissions of mostly short, sometimes weird, always independent movies, totaling 30 hours. We judged those movies in June and chose 4 1/2 hours (22 shorts and one feature) to show on August 7, 13, and 14. It could be our best show yet (but I say that every year). I was one of three people to decide which movies to show and which order to show them in. I also laid out the initial version of our printed program and promotional flyer. Next I need to do major updates to the website and our Facebook page (so far, I’ve just scratched the surface).

Also, the San Francisco Improv Festival (headed up by the awesome folks what brought you Crisis Hopkins) hired me to set up WordPress on their brand-new site and to convert someone else’s design to a WordPress theme. I did so and it went well. I plan to continue to do improvements on their site, assuming they don’t think my rates are exorbitant (which they really aren’t).

This on top of a ridiculous amount of work at CLCV (including a big website redesign that will launch sometime this summer) and trying to take some time for myself (including a very nice but too brief 8-day vacation in Milwaukee & Chicago). One of these days I’ll post a bunch of shots on my flickr page (stay tuned).

That’s the update — check out Brainwash and SFIF in August! It’ll be more than worth your time and the very reasonable cost of admission.

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6/3/10

“The Great Car Reset”

Richard Florida writes in The Atlantic about

Filed under Culture, Life, Transit, Uncategorized on June 3, 2010 at 2:44 pm
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Love the commons; hate politics.

Can't wait till the election is over.

[Thanks, Flickr commons.]

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Filed under Amusing (if only to me), Fluff, I Hate Politics, Uncategorized (and tagged with , ) on June 3, 2010 at 1:58 pm
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5/24/10

LOST: See you in another life, brotha (contains spoilers)

Even though I haven

Filed under TV, Uncategorized (and tagged with ) on May 24, 2010 at 11:56 am
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5/20/10

You know you’re in Oakland when…

You get into the Zipcar and it smells like weed.

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Filed under California, I hate Oakland, I love Oakland, Uncategorized on May 20, 2010 at 1:03 am
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