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Good afternoon from California

Thursday, July 10, 2008 by Dave Winer.

A picture named accordion.gifI'm back in California, feeling pretty good. Permalink to this paragraph

Listening to the original version of For Free by Joni Mitchell from Ladies of the Canyon. There's a later version from the live album -- Miles of Aisles, but I like the original better. Permalink to this paragraph

The one man band by the quick lunch stand. He was playing real good for free. Nobody stopped to hear him, though he played so sweet and high. They knew he had never been on their TV, so they passed his music by. I meant to go over and ask for a song, maybe put on a harmony. I heard his refrain as the signal changed. He was playing real good for free. Permalink to this paragraph

Everyone is so confused about blogging. You don't blog to build an audience or have a conversation. You blog because you have something to say. There's nothing more to it.  Permalink to this paragraph

I saw the story about the librarian who wasn't allowed to wait for a McCain event because she held a sign with a political message, a subtle one, a thought-provoker. She was playing real good for free, her instrument was our political system, but the cops passed her good music by. Permalink to this paragraph

When you put on your plastic lapel pin, you should think about the Government of the People, by the People and for the People -- people playing real good for freedom. Permalink to this paragraph

McCain could give a speech about that librarian, that would be truly impressive. Here's something he can fix right now. Tell the people who watch the people lining up to let people express their political thoughts, esp those who do it legally and peacefully. Permalink to this paragraph

The spirit of America, imho, is not the flag, not the government, not our pride -- rather it's the one man band by the quick lunch stand. Permalink to this paragraph

PS: Here's a live version of For Free, performed by Joni Mitchell on the BBC. Permalink to this paragraph


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A picture named dave.jpgDave Winer, 53, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.

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