June 21st, 2005

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I plan to be thoroughly grumpy

The public policy geek in me can't help but see this as a classic network effect. For months I resisted getting on "LJ." But, as more of my friends got on LJ (including my wife, Bad Becky Bird!), the more friends _relied_ on LJ to communicate general news updates about life, and the more they expected the rest of their friends to have LJ accounts, meaning they updated those of us without LJ accounts less.

So here I am, rationalizing that I will spend most of the time reading (as soon as I figure out this "firends list" business) but recognizing I will do some writing because (a) I cannot keep my yapper shut, and (b) it is essential in community to contriubute.

But I resolve to be thoroughly grumpy. In the same way that I utterly refuse to customize my ring tones or otherwise personalize my cell phone, I plan to make this page as vanilla as possible. It's only attraction will be my crumdgeonly postings. Happily, I am not advertiser supported.

Back to work.
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I can't believe I have this many friends

I will have to be grumpier.
Work is friggin overwhelming. If I am so $#@! indispensible to the media reform movement, why can't I get paid more? On the plus side, business has taken me to the new Kosher resteraunt downtown twice in the same day. Eli's, the new place, is well managed and food is good. Nice setting just off the Fruit Loop (as the locals call DuPont Circle). Prices reasonable for kosher in downtown DC.

As a consequence of work, I am doing nothing whatsoever to prepare for my Contata gig. Happily, gorgeousgary has agreed to "ghost guitar" for me, so I will rely on his able talents.

Also, due to the Supreme Court's failure to decide the Grokster case, I will not have much interesting to say at my intellectual property panel.