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Aug. 16th, 2009

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Just a little harmless bragging

I got it into my head yesterday that I needed yellow flats. This morning I was browsing online shoe sites, trying to find the ideal pair. I'd narrowed it down to a few, of which the lowest-price pair was $35.

Then Karsten and I randomly stopped in a thrift store on our way to a party, and I found yellow shoes. Not quite flats, but low wedges, so they're almost better, because flats actually make my size-11 feet look huge. (Well, they are huge, but they don't have to be so obvious about it.) 

And they were only $6. Yay!

Jul. 15th, 2009

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Email from Karsten

> From: karsten soltauer
> Date: July 15, 2009 3:25:12 PM CDT
> To: Stone Fox
> Subject: techno sapien
> have you seen this? would you like one? let me know.
> http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2106/2414194397_9a484b1d75.jpg
> love you.

Jul. 11th, 2009

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A rainy stroll through Germantown

I walked to Zackie's for a veggie dog at lunch, and although it was drizzling and although I am miserably sick, I was safely under an umbrella, so I took it slow and snapped a few glistening pictures of the neighborhood. I'd like to show some to you.

High on our list of criteria for a livable neighborhood when Karsten and I were house-hunting was that it had to have sidewalks. Some cities take this attribute for granted, but many of Nashville's neighborhoods don't have extensive sidewalks, so this truly was a limiting factor in selecting a location. In moving to Germantown, not only did we get sidewalks, we got charming brick sidewalks:

rainy Germantown brick sidewalk

One of the best things about this neighborhood (and maybe it's to do with the culture of the South in general) is just how much gardening goes on. There are some beautiful gardens just on the blocks we walk the most, and we never take them for granted.

Here, the lilies seem to be peeking up over the hedges. If you could only take a picture of scent, I could have let you smell how deliciously wonderful these smell.
lilies peeking up over hedges

Even a simple decorative purple border of petunias looks better when it's drizzling:

And this? This is the best garden in Germantown, if you ask me. A whole side lot dedicated to a lush, gorgeous garden, filled with what must be hundreds of varieties of flowers and other plants.
Germantown's best garden

I love living here.

Jun. 24th, 2009

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Deep thought about beauty

It's not very motivating to do one's hair or makeup when the stupidly large bathroom has no air and only a ridiculously tiny window.

I'm just saying.

Jun. 23rd, 2009

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Lifehacker - Zoning Out Is A "Crucial" Mental State, Studies Say - Focus

From Lifehacker - Zoning Out Is A "Crucial" Mental State, Studies Say - Focus:

Discover Magazine references several studies on the importance of zoning out, including a University of Santa Barbara case that asked participating students to read from—what else—War and Peace and to tap on a computer key when they weren't thinking about the book.

They make it sound like such a chore! I loved War and Peace.

Apr. 20th, 2009

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Posting from the road....

Posting from the road. My dad Hall of Fame induction ceremony was great, could it gone better. And I'm now driving back to Nashville and it's pouring rain but I'm trying out posting via Jott. So, here goes.

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(edited to say: Not quite, but close.)
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Apr. 16th, 2009

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So beauty doesn't crap on me

There's a huge flock of cedar waxwings gorging themselves silly on the hackberries high up in the trees around our garden. And crapping all over the garden, which means the planting I was going to do can wait.

It's OK; they're beautiful. I don't mind waiting on beauty.
orange-y looking up

More original content!

I've disabled the cross-posting by default from my Honey Bowtie Music blog. This is for several reasons:
  • It's too repetitive, and I dislike the fragmentation of comments. 
  • I'd already planned to separate my posting there and here, but didn't really follow through on it, and I think the cross-posting feature was a crutch.
  • I've got several other blogs now besides the one at honeybowtie.com (there's my internet marketing blog and the Corporate Idealist blog), and it seems a little arbitrary to cross-post only the content from one, but it would be overkill to cross-post the content from all of them.
  • I keep trying to get myself to write more consistently about music and songwriting over at honeybowtie, and instead I keep thinking about it as my personal blog when, really, this is and has been my personal blog.
  • Thanks to therealjae, I created a Dreamwidth account and I want to give it a fair try, but I want to use it more for the features that probably make it a good community blogging platform and not what might make it a poor mainstream blogging platform.
  • I'm trying to get back to setting time aside each day for blogging for a variety of reasons, so I think I'll be better prepared to keep up with having separate places to write, which was a problem of priorities for a while.
  • I felt like I was doing myself a disservice here by largely posting content that wasn't intended for this format, and I don't think my friends were reading as consistently as they would have if I were standing in the community and actively participating in it rather than throwing stuff over the wall from outside. And non-acknowledgement is a pretty fair response to non-authentic participation, if you ask me, so I want to change the way I participate.

So there you go. The upshot: more content written here, intended for here. Hope you like the change, and if not, let me know why not. If you want to follow my blogging elsewhere, the links to the blogs are above but I'll make it even easier for you: here are the links to the RSS feeds: 

Kate and Karsten's songwriting blog feed
[meta]marketer web marketing blog feed
Corporate Idealist blog feed

Apr. 15th, 2009

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My dad's getting inducted into my hometown's Hall of Fame

From the announcement


Through his efforts for children, his church and his community, the late Marty O’Neill was a tireless volunteer.
From coaching girls’ softball to his caring church work, through his participation in the Park Forest Area Chamber of Commerce, O’Neill was a solid and consistent force for good in the community.

He served as a mediator for St. Irenaeus Catholic Church called upon by Fr. Daniel O’Sullivan to solve conflicts among parishioners. Marty lead through fairness and patience to establish a peaceful atmosphere within the group. He was instrumental in helping an organization assisting alcoholics and their families locate in Park Forest.
Fr. O’Sullivan supported Marty’s nomination, calling him a “man of character.”

As an extraordinary volunteer in the Park Forest Area Chamber of Commerce, O’Neill gave his time, talents and strengths to enable the organization to prosper prior to its merger with the Matteson Area Chamber of Commerce.

As a coach, he helped build character and served as a positive role model to his charges, being especially supportive to those who needed it most.
He and wife Georgia O’Neill, now a Park Forest trustee, raised three children. O’Neill, a 35-year resident of Park Forest, died in 2005 after a three-year battle with cancer. Before his death, he received a Leadership Certificate from Barack Obama.

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Apr. 10th, 2009

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Depeche Mode, iTunes, and the state of the music industry,

I hadn’t heard about the Depeche Mode iTunes Pass fiasco:

Just recently, Apple introduced its iTunes Pass program with Depeche Mode, only to find the proposition dismantled by the internet itself.  The Pass builds extras around a formal album release date, and packages everything into a multi-week program.

But all of that is predicated on scarcity and control.  What happens when the album leaks?  That is exactly what happened with Depeche Mode, to the surprise of few.  Buyers were left holding the bag on an $18.99 extravagance, while those paying $0 were granted access to the entire album - and various extras as well.

(via Resnikoff’s Parting Shot: Not Your Father’s Release Schedule… — Digital Music News.)

Interesting attempts to innovate and consequences in the music industry right now. I’m just realizing I didn’t blog here about the Leadership Music Digital Summit Karsten and I attended a few weeks ago, and what my impressions of that were. This was basically it: there’s so much disruption in this industry right now, and some very bright minds are trying many different approaches to make something new work, find a new model, build out lucrative side businesses from that model, etc. But it seems that the disruption is happening faster than the innovation, and that’s really freaking everyone out.

I mean, truly, that was my overriding impression from that conference: not one of hope and excitement, but one of a general anxiety and fear about what happens next.

But the flip side of that is, it’s just about anyone’s game right now. Anyone with an idea could come along and innovate on behalf of music makers, and on behalf of music lovers. There certainly are innovators already. It’s just that there’s so much room for more.

Originally published at Sticky, Sweet, & A Little Overdressed. You can comment here or there.

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