I love the word practice. How do you get to Carnegie Hall? You practice. How do you get to the Carnegie Hall of your soul, of your life, how do you get to the concert hall where you make best music inside yourself? You practice. How do you practice? You change your behavior. Every day. It’s very difficult, and you constantly are falling down and you have to constantly try to change it again.
Mandy Patinkin on Charlie Rose last night. (via jsmooth995)
While studying my Torah portion and comparing and contrasting marriage in the past and present, I found it would be irresponsible to exclude the topic of gay marriage. I am a very, very strong supporter of equal rights and the freedom of men and women to marry whomever they love.
Collectively, the people I follow on Twitter — book nerds, science nerds, journalists, the uncategorizably interesting — come pretty close to my dream community. They also function as by far the best news source I’ve ever used: more panoptic, more in-depth, more likely to teach me something, much more timely, cumulatively more self-correcting and sophisticated. Additionally, they’re immensely generous with their time and knowledge; in contradistinction to most Internet agoras, the Twitter I know is helpful, polite, and friendly. It’s also a meritocracy; say enough interesting things, and other people will begin to engage with you. Surprisingly often, that engagement crosses the digital barrier into real life — and, without exception, the people I’ve befriended on Twitter have turned out to be terrific. (Twitter’s social aspect can, of course, cross other lines as well. As a friend once said to me apropos of texting, back when that was the breakthrough technology: It’s hard to hate any medium so optimized for flirting.)
And I would say that doesn’t have to be romantic flirting, either. While I know of several couples that have gotten together via the blue bird, potential friends “flirt” too. Don’t you get the butterflies when a person you think is cool on twitter favorites, retweets, or responds to one of your witticisms? I know I do. Do it enough and I’ll be angling to get coffee with you when I’m in your neighborhood.—misterjt
In Louisville, the RFI was issued last week and responses are due Jan. 31. In addition to gigabit fiber, the city-county seeks “discounted or no-cost” service of 100Mbps in low-income areas.
Smith is optimistic because of the early response. “We’ve met with a number of different parties going into this RFI and we already have preliminary interest,” Smith said. “I’m not going to over-promise anything but the fact that we’ve had multiple meetings with some parties makes me feel a little more bullish.”
The area’s current providers, Time Warner and AT&T, are welcome to join the fun.
"I’m not here to say we’re trying to get away from our incumbent providers," Smith said. "This is an equal opportunity situation, anybody is welcome. Time Warner is welcome, AT&T is welcome. What we’re trying to say is, we see other cities offering a digital infrastructure on much different terms than we see them today. We want to be one of those cities."
Something else I learned from working in the music industry was how to present my work. Recording artists had contractual cover approval, which meant that I had to present the work to them, and they had to agree to it. I learned very early on how to explain my work to others, and how to get them to appreciate it. If I couldn’t sell my work, then I couldn’t get it made. That lesson has continued to be very important to everything I do.