What's on the Wifi Mind

07/04/06 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: WiFi

Been goofing around with the Tremont Wifi Neighborhood website of late and decide that for content, I'll be doing my Wifi blogging from there.

I suppose I'll point to it in WITB, if it seems like it belongs "in the bag."

The last post is a summary of what has been accomplished by TWifi since the new year.

A lot has happened, but just wait to see what is in the works for this summer!

I Don't Post...

07/02/06 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: Poetry, Blogging, personal, humor, rant

…so go read another blog.

No apologies here. I’ve always said that my blog was basically for me with a big wide open door to anybody that is interested in the mundane and (dare I say it) banal scribblings (can you scribble on a keyboard? Maybe call it clicklelings.)

Steve&KathyHowever, there is never a dearth of reading material on the wayout-wide-wye-web wonderland. I introduce to you all a NEW blog based here in NEO, at least until August. Walking On Thin Ice is yet another Kathy Ireland Smith/ Steven B. Smith collaborative. In their own words:


Our blog’s initial goals is to document our journey through Europe and also our lack of safety net, our trapeze act. We don’t have jobs, don’t have much money, and we don’t have health insurance. Have had to figure a lot of things out, tho.

Hence the title, On Thin Ice.

Featured Poet, Moi

06/19/06 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: Poetry


Check out the last name on this poster for an event this Weds June 21 at The Church on w14th street in Tremont. Yup, you read right. Yours truly is a featured reader for this evening of sound and poetry.

This is my first featured poetry reading, so if you want to witness the beginning of a new career (albeit a nonpaying one) and perhaps the end of the same one, come down to 2681 W. 14th Street at around 7:00pm.

Cafe Culture Italian Style

06/18/06 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: Community, Social Networks, Coffee

I've been working too much. That is a statement of fact, though Sarah at Phoenix may think otherwise. So I have been very intentional to give myself ME time that does NOT include computers, wifi, civic stuff, PR writing, web coding....any of that even though it I enjoy most of it as an activity in itself. But all those things have consequences, obligations, and expectations, and I need some good ol' ME time no strings attached. and no alcohol or late nights that require some recovery time. Recovery time is not ME time.

That leaves coffee (without hawking it) and poetry. So I put on my outback hat, shades, light loose fitting shirt and cotton pantaloons; pick up my poetry bag of my scribblings and a book; and stroll out to Civilizations Coffeeshop by Lincoln Park in Tremont. After getting an iced mocha, I pull out my pad and start writing.

As I indulge my fantasy of being at Parisian cafe, doing the expat bohemian artist thing (midlife crises are great for the imagination), a very stately, European looking gentlemen politely asked with an Italian accent if he may sit at the mini-table next to me. He was holding a demi-tasse, and I was intrigued about his opinion of an espresso from Civ with their not exactly primetime machine as well as having at around 5:30 in the afternoon.

He is a regular at Civ and lunches there each day. He very much likes the espresso from there (Of course, Dessire is barista and she is one of the best.) We introduce each other and his name is Louie, tho I suspected it is really Luigi. He is from just outside Rome, recently divorced, and the last time he was in Italy, he was in Rafallo, Amalfi, and Capri. The same places that the ex-wife and I visited.

With this confluence of commonground, we chatted very happily about Italy, food, coffee, and how much we love Tremont.

To this, he said that one of the reasons he like Civ as a cafe, is that it has the feel of being on the piazza, where you can see anybody and everybody in town, or in our case the 'hood. This was bucked up by a near continual wave of hellos he and I had with people we knew walking by.

Louie added also that in Italy, if you sit down at a table on the piazza, you never order only one drink. You order two. Or if you are there with a friend, you order a third. The extra is for a friend to join you. It is a tacit invitation. It may be someone you know and happened by or the future new friend that you struck up a conversation with. Like Louie.

HHDL Knows of Darfur, Do you?

06/14/06 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: Political, Buddhism

This is usually Jeff Hess's baliwick and he is much better at advocating awareness of the genocide in Darfur. Anyway His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama spoke in Brussels criticizing the UN and their lack of action for Darfur. From the Times of India via the Buddhist Channel:

He (HHDL) added that countries on the council with nuclear weapons capabilities should not have a "permanent right" to dominate other nations. "This is wrong," the Dalai Lama told a news conference. He also said with the UN being "a body of the governments, so not necessarily the body of humanity," representatives there are "always making tricks" and the poor people suffer in the end. "Look at Africa, Darfur," the Dalai Lama said.

"I think some kind of corruption of the highest level ... and the poor people suffer, look at Africa, Darfur."

The last ellipses are in the post.

Poetried by Versiflying Clevandlers

06/04/06 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: Poetry


Just like it says: This Thursday. Literary Cafe. 9:30 to Tenish start. Great features in Kate and Chris. Bring your own scribblings for open mike or create NEW, spontaneously in our Penpad-Padpen Poetry Open.

Do it for the chapbook. Do it for the fun. Do it for yourself. Just DO IT. (no apologies to nike, the slave traders of the modern world.)

Keeping Freedom Ringing

05/26/06 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: WiFi, Blogging, Political, Economic Development

Looks like we will have the chance to keep the Net freedom ring resonating. Yesterday, a a bipartisan majority on the House Judiciary Committee passed the "Internet Freedom and Nondiscrimination Act" -- a good bill that would protect Network Neutrality and prohibit large phone and cable companies from turning the Internet into their private domain.

Bill HR 5417 was introduced by Committee Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner, Ranking Member John Conyers and Rep. Rick Boucher and Rep. Zoe Lofgren. It passed out of the Committee by a vote of 20-13. Fourteen Democrats and six Republicans voted in favor of it, and 13 Republicans voted against it. One Democrat voted present.

I'm sure the pressure is on now, so we have to continue to mobilize our resources, engage the public and put Congress on notice. We do have friends on the Hill such as Senators Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota) who introduced the bipartisan Internet Freedom Preservation Act to counter the Stevens' bill.

And bloggers, we have over 5000 of us linking to the SavetheIntenet.com site. Ben Scott of FreePress.org (I met him at the National Summit) testified to 700,000 signatures on the petition and other stats at the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Here is the full testimony.

We're making a difference! Let's keep it up.

[Full disclosure:I stole most of this from an email and the blog of savetheinternet.com]

Happy Anniversary, WT.

05/25/06 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: WiFi, Community

Wireless Toronto is celebrating the first anniversary with a party. They are also making it a fundraiser. I should find out when TWifi actually started and do the same thing.

Wish I could make it to Canada, though.

I'm Scared

05/24/06 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: Poetry

I'm scared:

  • cuz I'm going to the Recycled Rainbow this weekend.
  • cuz there will be REAL creative people around.
  • cuz ..like.. I really just pretend...sometimes
  • cuz there may be some weirdness going on.
  • cuz I might like the weirdness.
  • cuz I might MAKE the weirdness.
  • cuz I was invited, so they figure I WILL do some weirdness.
  • cuz this may be the most amazing experience in my life.

recycled rainbow

Everyman has created these salons at his home to give artists and like-minded people a place to gather, to share art and ideas, philosophy and experiences. Explaining Recycled Rainbow is about as easy as explaining Burning Man. On the surface level, it can be described as "what you get when you combine the party headspace with a workshop headspace." It is:
* A modern experimental salon.
* A community of local friends (and people who have never met.)
* A small festival in a house that goes all weekend long.
* A "no spectator" event. Everyone who attends is expected to participate in some form.
* It is also a "no vendor" event. No one will profit off of RR. Trust us on that one!

It is easier to understand if you check out the info at the website. As for where, since it is at Everyman's house, he asks you to signup at the website to get the address. Be sure to check the first timer page. (Must be careful. It IS his home afterall.) Hence, it becomes an invitation and you are his creative, participating guest.

This year, he wants a stronger spoken word presence, so I'm going whether or not that helps. Are you?

Strange Bedfellows

05/20/06 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: WiFi, Blogging, Political, Economic Development

Lawrence Lessig (via BFD, thanks G for reading all these blogs when I don't have the time!) reports that the Christian Coalition has now helped by announcing their support for Net Neutrality principles.

How did this BuJu liberal republican find himself on the same side on an issue as a group that thinks I'm going straight to Hell because I evangelize coffee instead of Jesus?

It just shows that Net Neutrality is not a right/left, over-regulation/under-regulation, rich/poor issue. It is a basic 1st amendment right issue. How else can the choice/life, church/state, capital punishment/life sentence debates continue?

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