Technology is anything invented after you were born. Technology is anything that doesn’t work yet. I love these two half-comic definitions quoted by Kevin Kelly in this TED talk.
Paraphrasing Kelly: The real tricks are exploring the exploration. Technology is about better ways to evolve. The infinite game. A cosmic force begun at the big bang. It’s the expansion of options, possibilities, differences, freedoms. Technology wants a trillion zillion species individuals discovering differences. It’s a way of playing the game by playing all the games.
Every person here has an assignment. Your assignment is to spend your life discovering what your assignment is. That recursive nature is the infinite game. If you play that well, you’ll have other people involved so that that game extends and continues even when you’re gone.
That is the infinite game, and what technology is, is that medium in which we play that infinite game. And so I think we should embrace technology because it is an essential part of finding out who we are.
I love it. What a freeing view of technology. An assignment to discover.
Maile knows a wonderful Russian woman named Vera who studied drama and taught it to kids. So when we were looking for someone to speak Russian for a kid’s album I’m working on, Vera immediately came to mind. Tonight she came over, preformed and translated this poem.
Since Maile’s skater-cousin Addison arrived in Austin to work for a few weeks, we’ve been spending weekends hanging at skate parks and discovering new spots. I alternate between remembering how to ride a skateboard and shooting pics and vids of him.
Finally, today, Adds and I cranked out a little montage of the best footage we’d got so far. We were pleased.
Thanks to Lib, I got out to hear a great Montreal band called Timber Timbre. I thought of M Ward singing Tom Waits. Taylor Kirk delivers his wonderful lyrics, a kind of carnival biblical blues (Waits, Cohen) with a steady kick and occasional intense twitch. And on either side of him eerie, atmospheric strings, a violin and a steel guitar, both through arrays of haunting effects. Wonderful show.
Flea/Bee – Ian plays and Jason sings the song they wrote a few weeks ago.
[audio:http://jasonmolin.net/projects/austinguitar/mp3s/Culdexmas/Flea_Bee.mp3] World War 3 – Katie sings and plays the song she wrote.
[audio:http://jasonmolin.net/projects/austinguitar/mp3s/Culdexmas/World%20War%203.mp3] Blowin’ in the Wind – Abby sings and plays Bob Dylan’s classic.
[audio:http://jasonmolin.net/projects/austinguitar/mp3s/Culdexmas/Blowin%27%20In%20The%20Wind.mp3] Twist N’ Shout – The Guit’rs (Reed, Kyle, Jason) play the Beatles.
[audio:http://jasonmolin.net/projects/austinguitar/mp3s/Culdexmas/Twist%20n%27%20Shout.mp3] But My Soul – The Guit’rs (Reed, Kyle, Jason) play a song written by Kyle and Jason.
[audio:http://jasonmolin.net/projects/austinguitar/mp3s/Culdexmas/But%20My%20Soul.mp3] Song for Andrew – The Guit’rs (Reed, Kyle, Jason) play a song written by
Kyle and Jason for Andrew for the first time.
[audio:http://jasonmolin.net/projects/austinguitar/mp3s/Culdexmas/Song%20For%20Andrew.mp3] The Box – Ellyn Hickey tells the story she wrote about boy who was the prince of Egypt.
[audio:http://jasonmolin.net/projects/austinguitar/mp3s/Culdexmas/The%20Box.mp3] Angels We Have Heard On High – Abby sings and Jason plays the xmas classic.
[audio:http://jasonmolin.net/projects/austinguitar/mp3s/Culdexmas/Angels%20We%20Have%20Heard%20On%20High.mp3] Jingle Bell Rock – Katie sings and plays.
[audio:http://jasonmolin.net/projects/austinguitar/mp3s/Culdexmas/Jingle%20Bell%20Rock.mp3] Lord I Lift Your Name On High – Kyle plays and Jason sings a worship song.
[audio:http://jasonmolin.net/projects/austinguitar/mp3s/Culdexmas/Lord%20I%20Lift%20Your%20Name%20On%20High.mp3] Sing-along Medley – Overlookers: all together now!