Archive | July, 2006

Dog Attack

Poppy Before Being Mauled

A dog attacked my daughter’s beagle on Thursday while I took on her an evening walk. I want to say a dog attacked my family — but this sounds like the dog mauled everyone in my family which it could have but instead it only mauled the beagle. Although we all feel that we have been mauled, the beagle is the only animal in our family with teeth holes in her fur.

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Crocodile

— The crocodile almost ate me.
— That’s okay. If he ate you, you’d be a legend.

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Hyperactive Interactivity

The Art of Computer Game Design by Chris Crawford is is a classic of game design and contains to me a useful explanation of real interactivity. My own two cents are that text is vital to the function of the web, but it is vital as UNDERLYING medium and eventually a user would never encounter a full text — they find themselves in a simulated environment which they would interact with as they interact with a room occupied by objects.

I don’t think we are as far away from this kind of information environment as we may think — we are probably as close to this as people were in 1992-3 to the WWW.

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Shoot the Buffalo wins the American Book Award

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I found out yesterday from Matthew Stadler, editor of Clear Cut Press, who called me while I was busy drawing a business process flow chart in a building near the Renton S curves that Shoot the Buffalo was selected as a winner of the twenty-seventh annual American Book Awards for 2006.

The prize is awarded by the Before Columbus Foundation.

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Heck No Report 2006

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What the Heck Fest is already laid back and in fact it was so laid back this year that everyone was laying on the grass staring up through the trees into to the sky at Causland Park on Sunday in Anacortes. I missed what was reported as a great show with Anna Oxygen, The Blow, Karl Blau, and Yacht at the town hall. Someone said to me, “Everyone was good. They all seemed on.” Instead of seeing any live music, I drove to the top of the rocks around Anacortes and looked at water. I watched Syd Barrett videos on YouTube.

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Review of John Yau’s Paradiso Diaspora in The Stranger

The two words in the title of John Yau’s latest collection, Paradiso Diaspora are anagrams. The title creates multiple meanings: The book is as much about Yau’s own diaspora into the ironic paradise of America as it is about the dispersal of paradise like water spewed from a sprinkler. [for the full review]

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A PUBLIC ADDRESS EVENT hosted by Clear Cut Press

Sunday July 16, 3pm CAUSLAND PARK in Anacortes, Washington State

A PUBLIC ADDRESS EVENT hosted by Clear Cut Press
“I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You” ~ Writers reading writing.

Readers to include: Sam Lohmann, Bret Lunsford, Matt Briggs, Jay Chilcote, Emily White, Phil Elverum, Claire Evans, Matthew Stadler, Rich Jensen, and members of the public so moved.

What the Heck Fest 2006

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Two New Stories Online

I have two new stories posted online, at The Mississippi Review and Slouch Magazine.

Mississppi Review
James Whorton Jr. has edited a collection of “Partly True Stories.” In his introduction, he writes, “The idea for this issue of Mississippi Review Online came out of the hubbub following the revelation that a certain memoir, made famous by Oprah, was partly made up. Credulous readers who’d swallowed that story whole were unhappy; literary types, connoisseurs of genre confusion, were delighted.” And this issue includes work by Pia Z. Erhardt, Gary Percesepe, Claudia Smith, and myself.

Slouch Magazine
The fine poeple at Portland OR’s Slouch describe their efforts as: “We try not to fill up our brains with too many opinions, so our ideas have plenty of room to grow. in a world of imitations, we get busy with the innovation. there are plenty of magazines out their for people having trouble with their mom or their ex-wife, for people who believe there’s nothing west of the hudson, or for people who think that “tristan” and “amelia” are good names for characters, but not SLOUCH.” Here is my contribution…

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BR

Through the arbitrariness of technology, in seventh grade, I was assigned to share a desk with Lorrie Brown. Our similarities began and ended with the beginning sound of our last names, BR. She wore downy blue sweaters and a minute silver chain dangling a tiny heart in the furry cleft of her breasts. I wore flaking white Reeboks. I didn’t change them. Adam Ant transformed Stacey. She ended the term in leather pants and a Union Jack bandana. How could she have abandoned me when we shared the same consonant cluster?

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Report from the South (South Edition)

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The Mojave Desert, June 25th, 2006

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