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Books a go go

October 30th, 2006 (06:47 pm)

current location: Homey home.
current mood: bouncy
current song: The Kingdom of Spain by The Decemberists

1. Bold those books you've read.
2. Italicise started-but-never-finished.
3. Add three of your own.
4. Post to your livejournal.

1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman
4. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling
6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne
8. 1984, George Orwell
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis
10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD SalingerThe middle of the listCollapse )
477. Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge, E.O. Wilson
478. Infections and Inequalities, Paul Farmer
479. Ordinary People – Judith Guest
480. Leaves of Grass – Walt Whitman
481. Naked Lunch – William S. Burroughs
482. Franny & Zooey - J. D. Salinger
483. Les Belles-Soeurs - Michel Tremblay
484. The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz - Mordecai Richler
485: Accelerando - Charles Stross (yay singularitarianism!)
486: Trading Up - Candace Bushnell (yay gossipy chick lit!)
487: Elements of Style - Strunk & White (something for everyone)

JenForUnity [userpic]

Help Harry Give 'Em Hell

October 18th, 2006 (09:30 pm)
current location: Home
current mood: running hot
current song: Delirium's "Angelicus"

I posted this over in the Unity Community but I'm not really clear on how LiveJournal works and who is likely to read what... and so I'm posting roughly the same thing here :-)

Harry Welty is a Congressional Candidate running to represent Duluth, Minnesota. He's also affiliated himself with Unity08 and the Unity Movement, a multipartisan movement with the goal of getting national attention off divisive issues like abortion and onto issues that will seriously affect the welfare of Americans for generations to come, like the massive National Debt that threatens to fiscally cripple the U.S. just in time for our young people to inherit it.

If this is the first time you've heard about Harry Welty you can get a quick one page summary with links to his blog and his campaign website at this website:


Harry was been told by the Duluth News Tribune and the local public television station WDSE PBS-8 that he can't debate because he doesn't belong to a political party that fielded a candidate who won at least 5% of the vote in the previous election. 14 years ago Harry Welty ran as an *unknown* independent against Oberstar and took 7% of the vote. Since then he's served on the Duluth School Board and been a columnist for The Reader Weekly. *So far* that doesn't matter to the people in charge of the debates (but we're trying to change that).

The decision makers seem to care about political machinery instead of people, parties instead of candidates. It's not right. Harry deserves a chance in the debates. Please forward this email to everyone you know who might be interested. Then go to the link below and learn about emails and phone calls you can make to try to help Harry get chance in the debates:


Thanks for taking the time to read this, thanks for taking the time to pass this on, and thanks for visiting the link above and doing something to help Harry. Please do it fast. The debates are on Friday, October 20, 2006 and after that point forwarding this or sending email won't be very useful.

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Still here.

September 26th, 2006 (10:12 pm)

current location: Home
current mood: peaceful
current song: Anubian Lights

I'm still alive and checking back here every so often. Not much. I haven't tried contacting people in LiveJournal to spread the word within the community, but maybe I will in the next few months? Right now I've got other stuff jumping so no need to take on new projects :-)

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Joining and joining and joining...

July 31st, 2006 (07:58 pm)
current location: Home on the range.
current mood: accomplished
current song: Sadly, none.

This is getting kind of silly. In an effort to mobilize a lot of people I've been joining and joining and joining. This place. Then Campaigns Wikia to spread the Unity word there. That lead to thinking it would be cool to mobilize various online communities by linking them into Campaigns as factions... Which lead to joining Digg to eventually send them here and K5 to eventually send here... I wonder where I'll infiltrate next?

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And now: the promotion whoring starts...

June 9th, 2006 (12:51 pm)

current location: Home again.
current mood: chipper
current song: Birds whistling.

A large reason I joined LiveJournal is that I wanted to use it's community features to start a LJ community for Unity Party Supporters as part of a general effort to kick off some grassroots organization by Unity Party supporters.

The Unity Party is an experiment in compromise, centrism, and civility. Their goal is to get 20 million people to elect a bipartisan ticket (a liberal Repub and a conservative Dem in either order) in an online convention in mid 2008 that focuses on pragmatically important issues instead of polarizing wedge issues like abortion, flag burning, and so on.

I like the idea enough that I'm willing to put in some effort and money... I'm trying to plant some seeds by starting open, relatively non-hierarchical, online communities that can figure out what they want out of the Unity Party and then start organizing in RL...

Pieces of this effort to "seed the web with independent communities" include: a Unity Supporters Web Forum that's already growing reasonably robustly, a UnityWiki, the LJ Community I mentioned above, and (if you'd rather interact by email than the web) two mailing lists: a Unity Supporters Yahoo Group, and a Unity Supporters Google Group.

Thus ends the promotional flagellation... thus begins the sermon:

I'm not entirely certain that the Unity Party is necessarily going to be a good thing but it feels to me like it has an incredible *potential* if people start organizing on the net and jump in early to fundamentally change the trajectory of US politics. If lots of people committed to civility, inclusion, and compromise, get involved at the grass roots level (1) from the get go, (2) on the net, and (3) then in RL... then I think the Unity Party can live up to this potential.

So go check out the LJ Unity Community, or the Hub site for supporters and let's get experimental!


JenForUnity [userpic]

Hello to the world.

June 8th, 2006 (12:48 pm)

current location: Home
current mood: hopeful
current song: None

Live Journal *finally* got me. I'm so terrible at early adoption of technology. I have this fear that I'll end up "owning a Beta instead of a VHS" or that I'll learn a million things about an early version of a technology and then when better implemented copycats appear I'll be locked in by the fact that for any given "thing I want to do" using the old version will be easier for me than relearning a slightly better version and *then* doing it.


Anyway, I was finally convinced that the blogging thing wasn't going away and that Live Journal was the non-evilest, large-community-having entry in the market. It's like I finally broke down and got webmail a year or two ago because gmail lets you use a POP client for free... so I can get my mail out of it anytime I decide they've turned to the dark side... and they don't seem to want to own my soul. Same principle with LJ, basically, so here I am :-)

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