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Post #1202 • June 30, 2008, 5:28 PM • 9 Comments

I note the passing of Critical Miami with a certain disappointment and wonder at what point you should really just admit that you're not merely on hiatus, but halted.

Creative Capital invites me, as an alumnus of their Professional Development Program, to their Ning network. Due to some previous difficulty getting my account shut down on MySpace, which went from an interesting idea to a psychotic festival of lame design and unlettered prattling in a surprisingly short span, I reluctantly join. Then I accept a fellow artist's invitation to join LinkedIn. I love technology, but the lure of social networking eludes me.

My comment on someone else's blog becomes the subject of someone else's blog post. (Kirkland has initiated an interesting project.)

I learn from the aforementioned blog that a Miami artist of some note has been featured on the blog of Kanye West. West's music interests me not at all, but I investigate anyway. Someone comments upon the artist's work: "Ahh hell naw, thats paper. Shit thats crazy man. That guy is super talented. Thnx Kanye, good looking out man." (The artist is actually female.) Last week we rented Idiocracy and something has reminded me of it twice a day since then.

After confusing myself horribly, I manage to install Adsense on Go See Art. Following several weeks of punching data into the site, I notice that I'm starting to convert automatically to military time.

Another day spent on the computer, I realize that I rather badly miss my friends in Miami.

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1.

Franklin

June 30, 2008, 6:07 PM

In other news, the one-man roving art establishment known to frequenters of Wynwood art events as KMan has died.

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Pretty Lady

June 30, 2008, 8:16 PM

Franklin, if you actually want to make money from your blog, Adsense is not the way to go. Text Link Ads are tacky, but they pay an order of magnitude better. I'm sure there are also other niche ad markets opening up daily. If I find any which would be relevant for you I'll let you know.

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opie

July 1, 2008, 4:50 AM

I am reluctant to wish Miami on anyone, but it would be great if you came back.

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opie

July 1, 2008, 5:08 AM

As usualy for discussions of that type, the "quality hunt" over at Winkleman's would be much more interesting if a few basic principles were accepted by those commenting.

But then fewer people would comment because many of the more inane comments would be excluded, and accusations of "narrowness" would fly about.

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Franklin

July 1, 2008, 8:27 AM

Obviously I'm using TLA here and wanted to make the comparison, but thanks for the tip, PL.

Opie, it's nice that people in the places we've been are not generally saying, "We already got rid of you once!" Thanks for the welcome.

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JL

July 1, 2008, 11:26 AM

at what point you should really just admit that you're not merely on hiatus, but halted.

Hmm . . .

I love technology, but the lure of social networking eludes me.

Sounds like someone needs to get with isolatr.

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Franklin

July 1, 2008, 5:23 PM

The other thing about moving back to South Florida is that following the wretched hurricane seasons of 2003, 2004, and especially 2005, not a single hurricane has made landfall in South Florida since I left in 2006. The data correlates too well to not suspect causation.

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Chris Rywalt

July 2, 2008, 9:20 AM

My parents moved to Virginia Beach and that winter it snowed there for the first time in years.

Regarding social networking sites: I too didn't understand their appeal. But lately I've been getting into them more. I recall that when Wikipedia first showed up I didn't think it was anything special; now I'm on there multiple times a day and I even copyedit while I'm reading. So I'm on LinkedIn and Facebook. LinkedIn has already netted me one small programming job; I've only been on Facebook for a few days but I'm making contacts I wouldn't have otherwise. Finding old classmates, connecting with gallerists, stuff like that. Discovering mutual friends.

Facebook has some very neat features. For example, Anna Ortt, one of the partners at Lyons Wier-Ortt gallery, posted some photos of their last opening. I'm in the background of one of them. You can mark people in each photo and label them, so now Anna (and any of her friends) can see who I am.

Is this useful? I have no idea. But it's neat.

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Brutellio

July 7, 2008, 4:59 AM

Hello. I enjoyed reading your website.
Have a wonderful day and keep up the good work.
Brutellio.

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