…my new practice of getting a journal entry in on Sunday if I haven’t done it sooner has called me in here.
I’ve been flailing away to build out a site on Google Sites now that it has opened to the public. I was fearful that all of my content on the old Jot Spot wiki would be lost forever. It is back, and now the “sites” is open for good, I can port the content over myself.
What I mean by this is that I’ve been maintaining a lot of my thoughts, projects, musings and other mischief on a Jot Spot Wiki. (This site eventually became the Lucky Dog Estate after Google bought Jotspot and subsumed the technology into Google Sites.) When Google bought Jot, it wasn’t clear what would happen to that system, or to my content. But now it looks like I can migrate it over. That will be exactly what I wanted.
You see, Google gives me the good stuff without spattering their commerce all over me. There are ads, and there is commerce, but I don’t have to have my nose rubbed in it. So I prefer the Google world over the Yahoo! world where the ads pop up, they spring out, they balloon across the page, and sometimes they even reach out and touch my friends. Not so hot folks.
What else I like about Google is that about the time I think, “you know, I really need this feature,” that’s when the feature appears the next day. So as I work, the things improve to match my growth into the new space. This is what it’s like when engineers are free to build the things they want for themselves.
So now that I can create, host, and share my content online at Google, I’ve been in a flurry to port what I’ve had around for a while, and to create new content as fast as I can learn what’s possible. I’ve been able to embed media such as videos, slideshows, images, and even snippets from other sites into my pages here. It’s pretty amazing and I think there’s a lot more to discover as I go.
I’ve been working with Alesandra Valenzuela to create a Schoolhouse Earth Sustainable Living Summer Tour. We’re going to 8 cities to present music, entertainment, education and raise awareness for things that we can all do to be responsible for the mess we make as we live our lives. The cities are: Olympia, Iowa City, Cincinnati, Columbus, Memphis, Atlanta, Savannah, and Orlando.
Don’t ask me why. It’s a tour designed by a committee of special interests. I don’t even know what most of my own were in that. But we have our tour.
Along the way, we get to stop in Montana and shoot footage for our Thriving Artists Western working-titled “Trail of the Gold” This is the not the first time I’ve tried to do a “straight up” movie. Usually at my level of skill and mastery, it’s a good idea to avoid taking yourself too seriously. But in this production, we plan to showcase music, do one horse riding stunt, avoid the use of firearms except as objects to brandish, and actually deliver a story that’s interesting and dramatic.
I haven’t put sufficient time into these things: studying for either of the courses I’m getting paid to teach, preparing for the 48 Hour Film Project, preparing for the June and July movie nights, or doing anything powerful and direct about my income. Hmmmm… Maybe there’s a clue.
Must get on with it now. Time to make a Western. Damn the bill collectors! Bring on the ponies.