Ticking by in agony a celebration of daggers thrust into time's heart Waiting message read dot dot dot disappearing Were my words seen? Was it all it should have been an arrow on the mark or missed Waiting dot dot dot waiting...
Lost in a sea of despair Without you here is unfair a nation mourns with grief beyond belief for our moral compass A man who encompassed Limitless optimism and hope The son of a sharecropper, With the soul of a preacher on a mission to liberate he felt the call to create freedom in our state without prejudice and hate Increase humanities scope And when that hate did not abate he would not be satiated or contented He would not take a back seat; he confronted a fleet of demons set loose while white hoods tightened their noose On his brothers and sisters Standing tall, sailing across a bridge named for a traitor who lost Whose descendants beat Lewis They could not cut through his Indomitable spirit His bravery, a light that shined To a nation in need of redesign In the struggle for equal rights for all those in sight he stood beside King listening in the wing. He then spoke words that demanded to sink in on the steps before Lincoln Lewis with a refined gate sang out a clarion call equality for one and all We can not wait For racism to recede He would not be defeated "until Revolution of 1776 is completed.” “Freedom is not a state; it is an act” that is a fact we show gratitude to liberty by standing with thee against those who seek A future most bleak Without our right to vote We cannot be quiet, we need to speak at this unique moment in time Bear witness to a crime when inequality is once again laid bare we know your memory will be there A light to guide our way When our children ask "What did you do, what did you say" We’ll reply, we stood on the shoulders Of what John Lewis achieved We voted, advocated, legislated and initiated change; that we were not subtle and that we got into "good trouble.”
The United States has lost a giant. Rep. John Lewis was a moral compass, someone who spent his entire career fighting for equality and justice. Losing such a clear voice and advocate for democracy and voting rights is heartbreaking.
If you’d like to learn more about Lewis’ life, I’d start with the excellent series of graphic novels that he wrote about his life. I used the second volume in my language arts class a few years ago, and my students were entranced by the story. This clip of him (which is making the rounds on twitter today) accepting an award for the series is incredibly powerful. His love for reading contrasted with his inability to get a library card is heartbreaking.
The poem was inspired by Lewis’ life and this list of quotes compiled from USAtoday. Let us continue to advocate for equality and the right to vote for all of our citizens. Call your senators and the senate majority leader and demand action on the Restore Voting Rights Act. It deserves consideration and to be heard. It deserves to a law.
Between the screen the green and blue of the world silence and serenity Between the noise and boisterous sound of blue birds flittering around silence and serenity Between the posts and screaming ghosts of arguments past silence and serenity Finding small moments deep in thought combat what modernity has wrought
To Beta, or not to Beta - That is the question:
Whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The bugs and glitches of pre-production software
Or to wait patiently for fall general releases
And by stalling better enjoy them. To install, to test-
Evermore— and by test we say to dive into
New features, widgets, scribble by pencil
That iPads, iPhones, and Macs are destined for.
It’s a consumption, to devoutly be wished.
To install, to test-
To test- perhaps to dream of unreleased devices
For in that dream of Apple silicon
Amongst the mountains of Big Sur
Are the possibilities we yearn for.
Apple has released public betas for their major fall releases. I already have it running on my iPad (where I’m writing this post) but I know better than to put it on my iPhone or watch. I write most of my poetry by hand with the logitech crayon, and then type up the handwritten notes. I really couldn’t wait for scribble which promises to really help my work flow. The widgets are fun, but ultimately I know that the real excitement will be when developers release their app updates in the fall. As the summer goes on I’ll update with more impressions, but until then beta at your own peril.
The Declaration is a promise not a celebration of a perfect nation The Declaration is a commitment not a receipt of past liberation or a yearly excuse for exhilaration Liberty, an idea that reverberates even among times where it abates We can do so much more this 4th of July While politicians keep score our Black citizens die In our streets take action heed the fallen's cry! Speak out, speak up let us lead a nation filled with sorrow dreaming of tomorrow Be not afraid to disobey privilege and power to scorch and scour for a sense of freedom long delayed A promise one we struggle to fulfill "We hold these truths to be self-evident that all are created equal" We decide the fate of the republic and with each tick of the clock we decide the character of the nation where we reside
The 4th of July should not be a celebration of liberty achieved, but rather a reminder of the obstacles that we have still to overcome. Ibram Kendi makes a fantastic argument in his piece “What to an American is the 4th of July” examining the the role power plays in achieving freedom. I’d also recommend re-reading Frederick Douglass’ classic speech “What to the slave is the 4th of July.” As a society we can not claim to celebrate freedom for all if there is not freedom for every citizen.
Maybe you imagine that smart glasses will be the answer to all your questions you will be sanguine amongst the disconnected masses until after several disconnections you curse the six hundred dollars spent and wonder where the future went
Google bought smart glasses company North and announced that they would be winding down their support for North’s focal smart glasses over the next year. the CEO of Sonos has made a point of arguing that it is near impossible for small tech companies to survive and play in the market and this is another nail in the coffin for competition. Perhaps google will find a way to make an interesting set of glasses; but after seeing google glass and the decline of the Pixel, it is hard to have confidence in the google hardware team.
Include a charger For rampant consumer needs Throw it in a drawer Leave it in the box Who weeps while the planet bleeds?
I thought this piece from Dieter Bohn on the Verge was spot on. I spend a couple of days preparing to move just going through endless drawers of wires and old connectors. I have somewhere to the tune of 20 usb chargers, not including usb hubs and power strips that have additional USB ports built in. Most were from old iPhones and iPads, but some were novelty. (One even had my college logo on it)
If Apple decides not to include chargers, I think that’s a step in the right direction. E-waste is something that we’ll have think about more in the future.
I’m always running toward you,
you’re always running away
In these hallowed moments
I never know what to say
When the morrow meets the sky
This desperate twilight hour
When the cold air whistles
and starts to devour
I catch just a glimpse of you
stars in your eyes
Slowly fading away
an ethereal demise
Where do you go?
My heart desires to know
Write Drunk, edit sober
the cycle reflects over and over
A masterpiece, a symphony
Whatever words come to me
So sing songs
Rhythm, write, read reflect
in these moments of near neglect
talk not of the meek
to trading tales of terror
thinking throughly tonight
this again and again
A voice, indeed a clarion call
Those humble words that define us all
Martyr, sinner, soldier, saint
With this brush I thee paint
Supple sprite, oh muse of mine
In me I hope thee finds thine
As darkness lays still her gentle hand
I turn to you once again