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How to stop getting phone books

Posted in Community, Transhuman Morality on February 1st, 2009 by leodirac – 2 Comments

A while ago I posted about how to stop getting Dex phone books delivered in Seattle. Unfortunately doing that wasn’t enough to stop all the dead trees from showing up on my doorstep. Now there’s a new grass-roots service called Yellow Pages Goes Green which handles this nation-wide across all providers of phone books. They liken themselves to a national do-not-call registry for dead trees. If you use the internet or your phone to look up people and businesses, I encourage you to visit http://www.yellowpagesgoesgreen.org/stop-yellow-pages/ and stop the unsolicited deliver of unwanted phone books. Even if recycled, these books waste…

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How to stop getting DEX phone books delivered

Posted in Community, Seattle on July 9th, 2007 by leodirac – 3 Comments

“The new phone books are here! The new phone books are here!” -Steve Martin in The Jerk Steve Martin was very excited to get the new phone book because his name in it meant he was somebody. But in 2007 when 10 pounds of dead tree show up on my front porch, I’m just annoyed. The phone company wants to deliver this to me because their advertising rates are based on the number of phone books they deliver. It doesn’t matter that there is zero chance I will even open the thing. I take it straight from my porch to…

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Social mixing at foo camp 2007

Posted in Community, Ego, Psychology, Technology on June 25th, 2007 by leodirac – 1 Comment

I just got back from foo camp, a small unconference-style event held on the Sebastopol campus of O’Reilly. FOO stands for Friends Of O’Reilly. (The name came out of a joke about having a “foo bar” at a conference. This bar served me too much wine over the course of the weekend.) Tim O’Reilly likes the conference because it helps him spot upcoming trends early, which is an important part of O’Reilly’s business both as a publisher of technology books, and as an organizer of large public conferences. The conference is small and invitation only, and pretty much everybody there…

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20 slides for 15 seconds each!?

Posted in Community, Ego, Seattle on February 13th, 2007 by leodirac – Comments Off on 20 slides for 15 seconds each!?

So I’m preparing my slides for my Ignite Seattle talk tomorrow night (tonight? Tuesday night) and I go over to my friends’ place to practice with them and I am reminded that the format is not 15 slides for 20 seconds each but rather 20 slides for 15 seconds each! So now I’m trying to split each of my slides into four thirds and rejigger all the timings. Fun! I’d like to take a few moments out of my busy schedule to apologize in advance to anybody expecting a polished coherent lecture from me. I decided to take an extra…

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I’m talking at Ignite Seattle

Posted in Community, Ego, Seattle, Transhumanism on February 5th, 2007 by leodirac – Comments Off on I’m talking at Ignite Seattle

Next week I’ll be giving a talk at Ignite Seattle about Transhumanist Morality. It’s going to be a fun challenge to summarize my thoughts on the next thousand years of human history and how it forms a basis for a system of morality in 5 minutes or less! But I’m up for the challenge. The real question is if anybody else will get anything out of it. ;) The last Ignite Seattle event was tons of fun and highly educational. A really good crowd of people — a great way to meet like-minded geeks in town that you didn’t know…

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Dodgeball Etiquette

Posted in Community, Personal Growth, User Experience on January 3rd, 2007 by leodirac – 2 Comments

“Should we dodgeball?” my ex-girlfriend asked as we sat down for brunch. The question struck me because nobody had ever asked me that before, although the question should have come up a lot. She had figured out a key question about proper dodgeball etiquette which had been bugging me. I’ll explain, after some background. What is Dodgeball? If your friends have discovered dodgeball, I’d guess you’re probably in one of three states: Infatuated with this neato service that broadcasts SMS text messages to your friends when you go out Wondering what your friends are always doing with their phones under…

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Creative Traffic Controls

Posted in Community, Seattle on November 2nd, 2006 by leodirac – Comments Off on Creative Traffic Controls

Hats off to the Squire Park Neighborhood Association! Not too long ago (not too recently either — I’ve been a bit of a pile about posting this) they blocked off my street for a couple weekends and painted a giant mural in the middle of an intersection. Why? To slow down traffic of course! How does paint on the ground cause people to drive slower? I’m not really sure, but it sure does. I see cars slow down and even try to “go around” whatever this thing is in the middle of the street. I think the fact that it’s…

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