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A series of days that have consisted mostly of involuntarily engraving the pattern of the fabric on the winedark sofa on the backs of my legs--there's not much to tell about the life of my brain or body other than what I've been tappity-typing and researchity-researching. I travel out to get ingredients; I prepare and eat food; every once in a while I wander as far as the CD changer and replace its contents. Then I go back to typing, and to interviewing people. Actually, when Lisa's 12-year-old CD changer sputtered and threatened to expire from overuse, I took a bus out to Circuit City and bought a replacement. That was my big WOO! WOOOO! excitement for the last few days. Chelsey and Carrie came over for brunch on Sunday, for which I probably cooked way too much stuff, but it was nice to be able to entertain. (The pomegranate syrup we'd picked up at the African grocery a couple of days before went really well with the cornmeal pancakes.)

Attempting to figure out what I want to make for Burning Man this year. I know I want to make some kind of installation piece to be placed out in the deep playa; I know I want it to change its form, either regularly or incrementally or both, and to have at least some of its changes enacted by the people who visit it. I imagine it as being opaque or solid on its sides and at least sort of open on top; I'd like it to provide an inaccurate and mutable view of what's above it. And I want it to be something that people can "get" instantly. Clearly there are a couple of important elements missing here, like what the hell exactly I'm talking about. But I'm going to bat this one around a little bit and see what ends up fitting my mental specs.

Finally started reading the Eno diary that Leela gave us months ago. I really like it so far, as I suspected I would. I also want a life like his; we'll see about that. Enjoyed his evaluation of New York-as-a-village: "Good sides: osmotic learning/cooperation/informality/support/intense hybridization/shared assumptions; Bad sides: malicious gossip/exclusivity/taking people for granted/lack of focus/small-mindedness/overscrutiny/forgetting that this is not the whole world/backscratching/shared assumptions unquestioned."

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gina said:

i'm curious to know more about your experiences with burning man. i'm sorry to be so ignorant, but i always thought it was a hippy-dippy-type-thing--which, I swear, I don't say with any judgement. (well, maybe a tad.) please enlighten me. best, gina

gina said:

i'm curious to know more about your experiences with burning man. i'm sorry to be so ignorant, but i always thought it was a hippy-dippy-type-thing--which, I swear, I don't say with any judgement. (well, maybe a tad.) please enlighten me. best, gina

gina said:

oops. sorry about the multiple postings.

lauren said:

wait, you know chelsey and carrie? does that mean you met paul already?

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