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Conversations with a Stranger, pt 2.

Getting on the D6 at 13th and K, headed towards Stadium / Armory.

Sitting down I turn to the man in the seat next to me and say, “Morning.”

He responds, “Good morning.” After a pause, “they’re saying the sun is going to come out today. I do hope it hurries up and happens.”

“Yeah. But at least it isn’t going to rain today, like they had been predicting.”


“It looks like they’re calling for rain from Thursday to Sunday.”

“Yeah, I don’t mind. As long as it doesn’t snow again. I’m done with the snow.”

“Spring is only eleven days away.”

“The only thing I don’t mind about the snow is that where I live, there are lots of old people. And they see me shoveling and call me over.  ’Clean my walk when you’re done and I’ll pay you.’ Of course I did it.”

“Not a bad way keep busy.”

“For three days all I did after that last big snowfall was shovel. My son came over and said, ‘all you do is shovel.’ I told him I was getting paid.”

“That is a lot of shoveling.”

“Yeah, but I made $600.”

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Conversation with a Stranger

After two days of blizzard and working at home I decided to take the bus to the office. I took a bus south on 14th St to K, where I transfered from the 52 to the D6.

Crossing K I had to climb over a sizable snow bank.

A gentleman at the bus stop says to me, “You getting through okay?”

“Yeah, but they don’t make it easy for us.”

Nodding he responds. “True,” and then with laughter, “we’re going to make it through anyhow. We’re going to make it through.”

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France considers new metrics for grading national well being.

This is good news. The sooner developed countries stop measuring success on strictly economic grounds the quicker the world will slow down growth.  Slowing down growth means a shot at sustainability.  And that means a healthier planet and a more optimistic outlook for our species.

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Peaches this week, on Scrapbook.

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Scrapbook: Week 25

This week in Scrapbook.

Saturday, 815: Understanding Architecture from the Inside. Tom and Geoff Manaugh.
Friday, 814: If I Only Had a Brain. Abbey Lincoln and soulholder.
Thursday, 813: Rain. Jack Gilbert.
Wednesday, 812: The Anatomy of a Horse. Mark Weaver.
Tuesday, 811: Rubber Foot. Scientist and Steven Hayes.
Monday, 810: Confound.
Sunday, 809: ‘One Strange Party,’ By Mind Alone, part II. Larry Niven, Lee Noble and Steve Molyneux.

I plan to do this every week, from here on out.

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Reading List 002

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Reading List 001

Right. I used to do something like this way back in the day — laboring to compile links for a non-existent audience (no offense). Lacking a great public place to track my own reading and saved articles, this new reading list will serve to contextualize everything that is going at Knock Twice and in my brain.

Hope its not too distracting.

  • Disconnecting the Dots: It struck me as odd that the two actions were so out of sync with one another. Getting to a higher floor in one building and the act of climbing up the wall in another were totally disassociated, even though they were essentially the same act.
  • Strapped Cities Outsource Transit Lines: Across the country, the traditional revenue streams that transit agencies rely on are declining, but interest in bus and rail service is growing. Faced with a budget crunch, an increasing number of cities may join New Orleans in seeking to curb costs by turning operations over to private companies that can potentially run systems more efficiently.
  • Transit Outsourcing Booms — But are There Safety Trade-0ffs?: But no matter what term is used, letting contractors bid to manage local transit raises the question of whether safety and service trade-offs are inevitable as the firms work to maximize their profit potential.

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Lay of the land

“So by now, as Borges would say, we’ve mistaken the map for the territory. We’ve mistaken our jobs for work. We’ve mistaken our bank accounts for savings. We’ve mistaken our 401k investments for our future. We’ve mistaken our property for assets, and our assets for the world. We have these places where we live, then they become property that we own, then they become mortgages that we owe, then they become mortgage-backed loans that our pensions finance, then they become packages of debt, and so on and so on. We’ve been living in a world where the further up the chain of abstraction you operate, the wealthier you are. “

– Douglas Rushkoff in an interview with Peggy Nelson for Reality Sandwich.

Thanks Dave.

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I’m taking a macroeconomics class at the USDA. You can follow my reading and lecture notes here.

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Managing KTR’s Exquisite Corpse

Back in March I started a project — a collaboration — with friends and fans of Knock Twice Radio. An exquisite corpse, this project was designed to utilize the input from as many people as possible while requiring a minimum amount of work. By lowering the barrier to entry I thought this project would move swiftly.

I was wrong. The two main challenges I have encountered are: (1) keeping 30 + engaged and participating, and (2) keeping myself engaged and active.

Managing a collaboration of more than thirty people turned out to be harder than I anticipated… but the hardest part about it was keeping myself excited and interacting with the participants.


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