Last night I attended SHARE #19, a creative night that occurs every couple of months here in PDX put on by friends. A prompt is given, and then you get two hours to make something – anything – inspired by that prompt. The prompt last night was “Manufactured,” but that only made me think of the negative aspects (for those two hours as least), and I ended up creating a Google Presentation as my work. As the name of the event indicates, it’s meant to be shared. So here it is – “MANUFRACTURED” (and here’s a link to it on Slideshare, in case that’s your poison).

The Most Interesting Thing Ever

And you can’t see it. What if that most interesting thing ever were the internet, or whatever it is that you were trying to find on the internet today? This censorship would be the reality.

SOPA and PIPA are two bills made by old congressmen who don’t understand young technologies. Lots of money has been thrown at them by special interests who are trying to make money by limiting access to information. That’s anti-American. If you think the government has no place telling you what you’re allowed to read, see or think, then you should be aware that these bills are an audacious and insane over-reach of power.

Here are some places where you can find more information about them and other sites supporting the SOPA/PIPA blackout and awareness day today:

Walking Around The Fish Market

Walking around the fish market in Santa Caterina Market, Barcelona, Spain. The variety and availability of such fruits from the sea is impressive. It made me wish I had the time and the kitchen in town to buy some of these things to prepare, but such was not the case for this journey.

Go full screen and 720 HD for any amount of detail. The lighting is better after turning the first corner.

The Walk To Timbuktu

I went out to walk Paul Auster’s dog today to Timbuktu and back, but he got away from me when he caught smell of Rocco – one of the semi-feral cats from next door.  Black and white patchwork, he had to abandon his usually slinkily suave gait.  It seems more pronounced in west coast cats, the way their shoulder blades stick up and their bellies hang low off their hips like sizes too big cargo pants.  But with a dog on his trail, his posture snapped right back into place before bolting deep into the shrubbery.  Rocco was confused, because no matter how many dead birds and gophers he brought home and dropped at the door, his owners always seemed mad at him.

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