pith.org :: Core

Brief insight. Consider these works akin to an About page, since I'm not about to do up one of those just to satisfy you. Hell, I don't think I'd do up one of those to satisfy me. Also: old school, the beginning, dr. pants.

NYC Hotels
I'm always getting asked about hotels in NYC, and since I never actually need to stay in hotels in this town, I've had to ask friends for recommendations. I've compiled those recommendations on the internets for your perusal.

Back in the late 90s, we somehow thought it would be cool to write incredibly bizarre opinions on the product review site Epinions, which is now how you can find out about couch surfing as a viable alternative to paying rent online. This has never made me any money, regretably.

The Loo Review
Newly revived, one of the least frequently updated sites on the Internet has gotten a new backend to go with its backside and has been reborn as a group blog. We aim (please) to be your one-stop-shop for important and interesting items about toilets around the world and in your own backyard. Though what you're doing with a toilet in your backyard is your own business.

Cuckoo's Nest
October 30, 2005 - Opinion piece written for Gothamist on why you should not worry about stocking up on Tamiflu in preparation for the inevitable avian flu pandemic.

Random crap I've learned about cPanel
We use cPanel on one of our servers and there are all sorts of little tricks that I've learned over time in wrangling this software. It's not bad, per se, it's just a bit sloppy in places and I've had to hack my way around it. Anyway, time to start documenting.

Solving a linux software RAID problem with resize2fs
July 23, 2005 - So our server was having issues the other day, and I wanted to document the steps we went through to find the actual problem and figure out a way to solve them. I figure that by putting it on the web, search engines may pick it up and someone might find it helpful.

Dead Letter Office
"The Postal Service realizes that your mail is important to you and you have every right to expect it to be delievered in good condition."

St. Paul's
A drawing from my notebook. It is important to keep notebooks with ones's self at all times.

Lunch with my friends is always fun! Eggs are yummy! (Note: not as exciting as it might first appear)

Hoisting Walls
Sitting at home all day with nothing to do but stare out the window at the neighbors, one learns a lot about the process of renovating a flat.

Ketchup Journal
A return to the scene of a travesty, captured in photographs. Insight into life in London.

Diary History Project - Personal Recollection
This provides about as much insight into why I do all this than anything else I've written. I was sitting on a couch in a condo in Hawaii, on vacation, trying to figure out exactly what I was going to write. The piece was due that day. Words were a bit hard to come by, but, well, just read. I think it will all become clear afterward.

I had originally written this as a submission to a magazine, but they didn't take it, which is probably just as well because I don't think it's really that good. But I sure gained some insight in writing it. The theme of that issue of the magazine was "Home" and I'd been struggling for some time about what exactly home meant to me.

No, You Don't Want To Be An Internet Rockstar (offsite at uber.nu)
There is something of a celebrity fetish in our society today, be it the celebrity worship that we have for our most famous actors, or the familiarity we all want to feel with our favorite pop stars. This culture finds itself awash in a new kind of celebrity: the self-proclaimed one, who comes out of the Internet and into our laps. And we want to know these Internet Rockstars. Or do we?

Theatrical Biographies - an evolution
"Jesse Chan-Norris (lighting designer) is a writer and web developer who returns to the theatre after a year selling his soul to the Internet startup world. Prior to his hiatus, he served on the producing board of Production Workshop Theatre and designed numerous shows at Brown University, where he received his bachelor's degree in computer science. Jesse only uses his super powers for good. Never for evil."

Cyberspace and the Sprawl
This piece wasn't particularly well written, but it still covers things that I think about a lot, at least in a literary context. That is, I think about these things, and they're covered here in a discussion of Neuromancer. Also, it was written for my "Cyberspace, Virtual Reality and Critical Theory" class in college. Don't you wish you got to take cool stuff like that?


A recipe for hummus
Mish sent me this recipe one day while I was sitting at my former job and now defunct company when I complained wildly about wanting some hummus. Needless to say, I have not made it yet. I can barely make myself Macaroni and Cheese.

Additional Projects

Randy Goldberger
My friend's mother is a stone sculptor and she needed a web site. Though not so much of the graphic designer, I told her I'd do it. The Internet is a powerful tool. I seem to be pretty good at understanding it. I am, however, completely disgusted with what most people, that is, what most companies see it as, namely another source of "revenue." So whenever I can, I like to help artists get their works online, to get back some of that humanity that I think we lost along the way.

Epiphany Theater Company
I am spending too much time on projects that just don't pay. Funny how friendships once gone will resurface again just when you think they've disappeared forever. A high school friend, with whom I had not spoken in years, has re-entered my life. She has started a theatre company and I maintain their web site. I'll do anything to get comped into shows.

Improbable Impractical Theatre Company
A guerilla theatre company. Of sorts. London-based situational theatre troupe with a focus less on politics than on societal relations. It needed a web page, for you are nobody without a web presence. Also, its founder is cute. What can you do?