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Some old stuff made slightly newer (05 Jun 2010 at 15:20)
By the year 2010, I've found that I pretty much only use Tom 7 Radar to announce projects or for carefully-written content. It's become pretty low volume, averaging only one or two posts or per month. That's cool with me; I like to keep a high quality bar. The casual posting I used to do has now moved mostly to Facebook, where I post funny phrases that occur to me, or when I'm traveling to increase the chance of meeting up with someone, etc. You know, "microblogging." If you're reading Tom 7 Radar via its home at radar.spacebar.org, then you'll probably notice that my Facebook posts are now included in with the longer-style posts. (RSS feeds, like the one sent to Facebook itself, do not include this stuff in order to keep the noise level low and to avoid unstable feedback infinite dataexplosions.) It's not easy for me to integrate comments between the two sites, but for now anyone with a Facebook account can read and comment on my feed, which please do. I love comments.

I'm also now including interesting runs in feed. These are mostly part of my Pac Tom project to run the length of every street in Pittsburgh. That work is going along nicely, by the way. An update is due on it. Some runs are races and some are part of my "3D World Runner" project, whose scope remains undetermined, but certainly involves trying to record runs in as many geographically diverse places as possible. I'm leaving out the training runs since those are almost every day, and are extremely boring, even for me.

Every year or so there comes a reason for me to give someone a copy of a book I wrote, and then of course I remember all the typos that I've discovered, and that some parts aren't that good and need some reworking, and how the cover doesn't seem as colorful and bold as it should, so I spend the day preparing a new edition. Here is the fourth edition of His Sophomoric Effort. I reworked the font and background and I'm finally happy with the cover:
His Sophomoric Effort, 4th edition, cover
I still feel like it gets off to a slow start, but it seems impossible to fix without changing its nature. Overall it's a pretty fun read, in my opinion (real-style book copy is only ten bux if you don't like reading on a compuscreen).

Finally, more details on this soon (because I owe readers a post about band activities including a new recording), but my musicband Sick Ridiculous and the Sick Ridiculous will be playing a show in Washington D.C.! It's at 8pm in the Submarine (612 Lamont St NW) on Thursday, 24 June 2010. There's some kind of potluck right beforehand.
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Scott F (pool-74-96-38-182.washdc.east.verizon.net) – 06.05.10 16:25:25
The potluck and show are concurrent, giving folks a chance to eat while bands are setting up and whatnot. "Potluck at 7" is the door time, plus an attempt to make people come early, because we have to start promptly at 8! Otherwise we'll go late, the neighbors will get angry, the market will tank, type-safety will be violated, robot ninjas will take over, etc.
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Tom 7 (c-67-186-6-86.hsd1.pa.comcast.net) – 06.05.10 16:57:03
I, for one, welcome our new robot ninja overlords.
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Scott F (pool-74-96-38-182.washdc.east.verizon.net) – 06.05.10 17:23:07
Yeah but you don't want the market to tank. All those unfair banks will get you down.
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Hock (c-24-4-177-165.hsd1.ca.comcast.net) – 06.06.10 02:37:11
Damn, I missed you again out here. I guess I need to log in to Facebook, or maybe just watch your new convenient Facebook feed. Regarding Soquel Cove, let me get this straight: you ran into the mountains, and..? Do you have a secret mountain base established there, complete with helipad?
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Tom 7 (c-67-186-6-86.hsd1.pa.comcast.net) – 06.06.10 02:41:10
I'll let you know when I'm out there with time to spare. This time there wasn't any. I was staying in the mountains for an event, so that was my base; the Soquel Cove run was just an early morning jaunt to the Pacific.
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