Resolving to Blog More Everywhere

bloggingIt’s a tradition of mine to declare each year to be the Best Ever, each summer the Best Ever, etc. What can I say, I wake up every day feeling like I’m going to save the world — whatever that means. Last year really was the best year so far — the longest, most productive, and most enjoyable. Professionally I closed out a year of employ with Warner/Chappell Music and moved on to my current job at Live Earth, where I am director of interactive — a position so exciting, all-encompassing, and full of boundless possibilities, that I am still training myself to get an adequate amount of sleep. Thanks to the closure of the office for the past ten days, I have slept — a lot — and am now gearing up to return to 125% productivity.

My one-day-at-a-time lifestyle makes it difficult to put an entire year in perspective, for I don’t generally think in terms of beginnings and ends; life is more like an upwardly mobile spiral that cycles with the seasons. And yes, I very much recognize the seasons even here in Los Angeles. While we don’t really have Winter, I could never really pinpoint Spring in Chicago. So the grass and weeds in my yard may be greener than they ever have been before (it’s a brown wasteland in summer) but the days are only now finally growing longer.

I’m very grateful to do what I love professionally and have met some incredible people recently and am ambitious about a 2009 which is bound to include many exciting goals, milestones, and accomplishments on a monthly, weekly, and daily level.

I will blog more this year, however, as is obvious by my recent dearth of blogging, I currently favor other publishing avenues – be it my work blog, or LAist, where I continue to serve as News Editor. There are other places where I plan to publish stuff as well — stay tuned on that. (I DO need to update this blog to a new theme and would still like a WOOZradio logo to celebrate the 10th anniversary of my internet radio station).

I’ve added a “lifestream” tab to this blog where you can follow much of my activities, thoughts, and schemes if you wish. Over the past year I’ve continued utilizing the social web as a personal archive and journal via microblogging and other services.

Much of this is aggregated on my Friendfeed page.
I am an active Twitter user.
I enjoy keeping up with friends and events on Facebook and Upcoming.
I actively post photos on my Flickr account and stream live video to Qik, among other places.
And I continue growing my professional network on LinkedIn.

I keep a list of the (many more) social media tools and services I use here. Please contact or “friend” me on any of the above by clicking on the hyperlinked details. If you’re interested in the sites I browse (when I can), you can browse them too or add my OPML feed to your personal news reader at netzoo.net/opml.

Coming soon: I’ll blog about many of the individuals who’s online presence has helped inspire and influence me in the past year via Twitter and elsewhere.

Happy New Year!

Twitter Updates for the week ending 2008-12-14

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Twitter Updates for the week ending 2008-12-07

  • innovation: 1)must ensure net neutrality b4 investing in innovation/infrastructure/govt incentives 2) #
  • concensus for action: 1) make internet a public utility, distant 2) gov’t reform 3) education #ife #
  • Off to #IFE Internet for everyone interactive town hall. Will miss #HHill, #time4wine but will represent ur ideas and Q’s. Bring em on! #
  • Nice to see nic and everyone @theroxy. Now to Seven Grand. Hoping it’s not packed. Dey got jackalopes dere! Who’s downtown? Hit me! #
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Twitter Updates for the week ending 2008-11-30

  • @tomdog yup. Interviewed Fred about 10 years ago at the originl velvet lounge. Neverpublished, still on minidisc. Fred anderson is the man! in reply to tomdog #
  • So incredibly tempted to catch matana roberts/jeff parker/fred anderson at velvet lounge tonight. Miss the chitown jazz scene. Hrmmm #
  • Drinking a Guinness at some new irish pub in Highwood. Yes, Highwood, IL. thinking maybe Bay Area next weekend. Goin to see Milk in a few #
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Lala.com and 1991

Been having fun with LaLa.com lately — really straining to remember the tracks I’d repeatedly listen to back in the day — which for me was 1991, when I’d make a dozen mix tapes and rock out driving back and forth to high school, etc. I was 16 and there was nothing more liberating than driving around rockin’ out.

Lala.com is interesting. First of all, I was confused because I initially signed up for LaLa (under a diff username) when it served as middleman in a CD-swapping online network that never really took off. I traded one CD through the service (Billy Bragg for Swearing at Motorists) and continued to get occasional requests for a few CDs I was happy to part with (Prince 3121 anybody?) and finally closed that account now that LaLa has redefined itself as a legit music listening and sharing (via embed / recommendation / iTunes) social network.

I’m currently listening to this great interview with Paul Westerberg, circa 1986 on the release of Pleased to Meet Me. Westerberg is sounding drowsy, but is definitely at his rolling-stone-critics-poll loves me I’m a serious songwriter phase. He sloughs of the bands “firing” of Bob Stinson noting that he just can’t do stuff like “Nightclub Jitters.” Interviewer Roy Trakin mentions that Bob Dylan bought tickets for that night’s show… “It’s always weird, y’know…” says Paul. Fun chatter about “Alex Chilton” and what happened to Big Star, etc. He kinda likes the Coronas that everyone is throwing around these days, but his preference is Grolsch. Special Export better than Bud. Then your typical “I hate myself… I just don’t understand myself.” The band was making $750/month each according to Westerberg at that time. But the band did it for a good 10 years, and personally, I can never get enough of the ‘Mats.

In other news, I can’t stop listening to Screaming Trees Uncle Anesthesia. It was one of my favorite tapes of the early ’90s that nobody else seemed to be into (ironically, I had a similar experience with Smashing Pumpkins Gish at the time). Mark Lanegan’s voice was the real deal Still is.

Complaints about LaLa: big one here — the AJAX is a little screwy using Firefox 3.0.4 on Mac. I can’t copy the embed code to paste into this blog and I have a little trouble logging in — it often takes two tries for it to execute. Couldn’t copy / paste an embed code on Opera either. Or Safari. I’ve managed to put it on my Facebook profile (via the LaLa app) but that’s about it. I’ll embed this Westerberg Interview as soon as I figure out why I can’t successfully copy / paste the code!

Screaming Trees – “Bed of Roses”