The Big Think

June 4, 2008

Summer of (doing what I) Love

Filed under: Audio,Disclosure,Movies — jasony @ 11:41 pm

Got an email tonight that’s got me all atwitter. It looks like I’ve been hired to do another major documentary project that will require some travel. I’ll post more in a few days when I have things confirmed (and if we can work out schedules), but I’m really jazzed about it. And the CFO of the company wrote me himself to tell me that he had sent word down to “absolutely use” me. Can’t get much better than that. Truly grateful that I’m able to do what I love so much.

Shop Time

Filed under: Woodworking — jasony @ 11:39 pm

Got another 9 hours in today for a total of 135 hours. I did the muntins on the doors, which was a particularly slow and arduous process of cutting 10 pieces of wood to act as window dividers. They’re not perfect, but I’m pretty happy with them. All I have left is a bit of sanding on the doors and muntins, mill up the corbels, and then start in on the finish!

Rep Rap

Filed under: Mad Science — jasony @ 4:17 pm

The RepRap is now self-creating! This small desktop replicator can now create all of the parts necessary (save one or two circuit boards) to make another copy of itself. Now all I need is a friend who has one so I can make my own.

In Defense of Anti-Intellectuallism

Filed under: Education — jasony @ 4:04 pm

My confession of being an anti-intellectual requires a bit of explanation. Being anti-intellectual is not the same as being anti-intellect. My beef is with a particular social class — the “intelligentsia” — and not with the practice of using one’s intellect to reflect on experience. In my experience, intellectuals (as a class) are ideologically intolerant, easily offended by ordinary humor, and pretentious in their prejudices, which they disguise as universal truths…

Moreover, I find a direct relationship between the academic obscurity of self-consciously “intellectual” writer’s prose and the willingness of that writer to justify the unjustifiable.

Brilliant. I would have spelt it “defence” in the title, but that would have been pretension, and I don’t believe pretension befits my intellectual class. For that matter, neither does ‘spelt’.

Stupid Guy

Filed under: Friends — jasony @ 11:45 am

This past weekend (thursday through monday, actually), I was honored to be among the Stupids when my good friend Sean invited me to attend the Stupid Guy Trip to Milwaukee. Sean and a motley bunch of his friends from college and even jr. high pick a location every year to travel to and hang out for a few days. He graciously invited me to become a participant and I couldn’t have had a better time. Sean has a good write-up here about the trip. I was going to do one but I’m too lazy (which also means I’ll probably forget some of the stuff that happened on the trip, but what I won’t forget is that it was a great experience that I’m looking forward to repeating next year.

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