01 May 2006, 06:20

Not at all a bad way to spend a Sunday evening

Here’s something fun you can try at home. First, find a cool spring night. That could be kind of tricky depending on the time of year, but I just happen to have one right here that I’m going to use. Next, open up a bunch of windows in your house/apartment/whatever. Ideally you should be able to hear crickets, but if not, no big deal it’ll still work. Maybe turn on a fan or two and get a nice breeze going. Fire up your media player of choice and load up “Wien” by Labradford from their album Fixed::Context. If for some reason you don’t already happen to have this track handy, it can be easily and cheaply obtained from eMusic. Once you’ve got it loaded, set it to repeat and hit play. Now for the final step (and here’s where it gets good): just sit there. See what I’m talking about? I know, you can thank me later.


Comment by Posko on 2006-05-01 05:26:17 +0000

Now, just throw in being naked… and you’ll be all set!

Comment by Will on 2006-05-01 16:47:46 +0000

Hey, once you have the basic routine down feel free to improvise as you see fit.

Comment by dad on 2006-05-04 09:00:54 +0000

Be warned–Don’t go posting psuedonymous comments to inflate your blog’s ratings! Excerpt from May 3, 2006 InformationWeek Daily follows:

  1. Editor’s Note: Blogs And Ethics Can Coexist

The Internet for years has been cutting into the circulation bases and advertising revenue of daily newspapers. The dailies have been generally slow to adapt as Web sites offered the timeliest possible news, blogs, and compelling online presentations featuring lots of links to outside and related resources.

One less positive development when it comes to online news and journalism has been the ever-more-fuzzy distinction between blogs–with their lack of fact checking and their flame-oriented reader comments and other shortcomings—and the journalistic work that drives daily newspapers. Particularly for twenty-somethings and those even younger, I wonder whether they can recognize the difference between blogs and the more traditional forms of reporting and journalism in newspapers.

But recent events should make that distinction more clear and raise the level of accountability among bloggers. A Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter at the Los Angeles Times was using pseudonyms to post comments on his and other blogs, including comments that deal with his column and other issues involving the newspaper.

The reporter was suspended by the Times , his column and blog were axed, and he’ll be reassigned upon his return. In an explanation (reg. required) to readers, the Times said, “…employing pseudonyms constitutes deception and violates a central tenet of The Times’ ethics guidelines: Staff members must not misrepresent themselves and must not conceal their affiliation with The Times. This rule applies equally to the newspaper and the Web world.”

The widespread use of blogging makes it extremely difficult for an organization like this to apply commonsense rules that respect the integrity of its traditional products and readers and require its employees to apply similar ethics online. The Times has succeeded in doing both. It’s allowing high-profile writers to blog while also holding them accountable. That’s a noteworthy step forward for blogging, as well as for newspapers as they try to balance online and offline businesses. Do you agree? Please weigh in at my blog entry .

Tom Smith