Yes, I am around still, somewhere behind the litany of politicoposts.
Been working extra hours, and it’s chewing into my usual time reserved for blogging. 🙁 On the plus side, although I’ve been working more, it’s been a single task, which is nice from the perspective of not needing to continually refresh my memory on where I left off.
Cameron‘s holding a photo contest of sorts over on his blog. I encourage everyone to go check it out and consider participating. The due date is the end of the month, still plenty of time to go. I’m kinda curious what kinda “urban” shots he’ll get from the locals. There’s nothing in Sarasota I’d consider typically urban. (You need tall buildings for that! 🙂
Last night I got out to a pickup Ultimate game; there were 29 people! You only need 14 to play, so there were a lot of people waiting on the sideline to run onto the field after every point. Line changes in Ultimate are typically self-regulated, as are the rules. It’s a real “player’s” type of sport, because so much of the game works at an individual level. Rarely are teams judged as a whole, because the core notion of spirit of the game puts responsibility in the hands of each player. Next week the UPA Club Ultimate Championships are once again being held in Sarasota, so I’m going to be volunteering to help out with that. Should be a lot of fun.
Other than that, life’s been pretty steady out here. The election atmosphere has been heating up; on the first day of early voting (a couple of days ago), there were hour-long lines to cast your ballot; last night on the way back from Ultimate I saw my first standalone (i.e. non-bumper sticker) political sign — a 4×5 foot poster for Bush on the side of a main road in Bradenton. I expect I’ll probably be seeing a LOT more for both Kerry and Bush over the next two-three weeks. The latest hubub says there are disturbing number of voters registered to vote in multiple states, enough to swing an election. Here’s the article which broke the news, published by the New York Daily News (published in August), as well as a followup done by the Tampa Tribune earlier this month. Hope that gets sorted out… can you smell the déjà vu?
Been listening to Sasha‘s Involver since Wednesday night, and let me tell you, it’s every bit as amazing as Jim said. This is unique, fascinating, curious music. It’s is a mix CD, yes, but what makes it interesting is that every track on the album was remixed by Sasha too, blurring the line between DJ and producer. It’s an exciting new direction for electronic music, and it’s already attracted a number of the bigger names in a forward-looking electronic sub-genre (known simply as “progressive”) — such as James Holden of the UK, Max Graham from Montreal, Luke Chable from Australia and of course rising star afk from a little town called Vancouver.
🙂 Anyhow, I’m off, must drive 21 miles north to drop off $375-worth of fall-league player registrations for my Ultimate team. Have a great weekend, stay safe!