the drought is no joke.

 Bass Lake, June 21 2015my friends and I came here four years ago and kayaked around this meadow when it was still underneath a lake. we were shocked to see Bass Lake more than 3/4’s empty…this was the first time the drought felt so visceral and real to me. 

 floating docks sitting un-used.   
a small stream feeds into the lake. houses that once sat on the waterfront are now hundreds of feet from the water. 

bike ride to point bonita

warning: this is a broring photo life update

It was a gorgeous sunny day out on Saturday so we decided to go out for an afternoon bike ride up to Marin, across the big ol’ Golden Gate.

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Tourists were out in droves, but I couldn’t blame em. The Bay looked ridiculously clear and it felt like the kind of summer you earned after a bitter wet winter…which of course we hadn’t. 😐

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On the way back as I was biking back home up Market Street, I was hit by a car. But I was hit very, very slowly. So slowly it was more like I was gently shoved over. The guy immediately got out, apologized profusely and stuck out his ID for me take a photo. I wasn’t hurt at all though, except maybe my road-confidence. Honestly a giant pine cone that fell out of a tree and stuck the same spot earlier that day hurt more and left a bigger bruise.

Anyway, it was a great day and I needed it. I’m expecting Fast Track to get introduced any day now so I knew I had to recharge to get ready to fight.

I’M READY.

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Returned from New Zealand

I went to New Zealand for the first few weeks of December, and it was a very fun/intense trip.

The first weekend, my colleague Carolina and I put on a digital rights camp for advocates of balanced and/or pragmatic copyright policies that take the reality of the Internet into forefront of their consideration. The following week, we got werd that we “stakeholders” as we’re called, would be banned from the entire venue where the TPP was held (a luxury casino resort in Auckland). Despite that setback, we did what we could to get some influence into the secret trade negotiation meetings.

Auckland was nice. It reminded me a lot of LA where cars seem to dominate the flow and composition of the city. It didn’t make my impressions of the place any better because Internet scarcity was rough; anywhere you went, there were data caps and time limits for any free or paid wifi. But I also had no idea how many Asian people live and work there! I could not walk down a city block without passing 2 Korean BBQ restaurants, 3 cheap sushi shops, and a handful of Chinese fast food joints. It was great.

After that first week of nonstop meetings and hang out seshes with the other awesome digital rights advocates who were there for the camp and the TPP negotiations, I went off for a five day vacation to travel down the North Island to Wellington. Anyway, it’s late and I don’t have time to upload those photos from my play time here tonight, but here are just a few of the photos from the week in Auckland.

I’m uploading all of the best ones to Flickr (yes, that’s right. Fuck Instagram):

http://flic.kr/s/aHsjDgf2P4

 

Man, it's August.

 

I think about what to post here on my personal blog *at least* a dozen times a day: something overheard, a photo taken, sudden haiku, a story I want to transform into a short comic, whatever. But somehow getting myself to sit down actually writing or posting any of it is so fucking difficult.

When I do get to it, I invariably start these a few hours before the Iron Blogger deadline… and so here I am, sleepy and frustrated that all the potential writing/drawing/posting that I’d been daydreaming about have again fallen victim to the procrastination demons. Aye.

Sooo…I’m gonna go ahead and give a real quick life update as a tanka and post some photos from the last few weeks:

 

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mini vacations

warm mountains, music, and home

flurry of summer

a coming full-on battle

against a beast agreement

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Lunch after reaching the top of Vernal Falls // Yosemite

Mariana // Yosemite

Frances // Yosemite

EFF bike ride // Moss Beach

Skrillex // Golden Gate Park

Post-Outside Lands // Golden Gate Park

Mom and Hanami // Pasadena

Now for some sleep.