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Blogging tech… sooooo easy!

So I’ve been spending an hour or two over the past two or three days trying to read SAMS Teach Yourself Movable Type in 24 hours… hah! RTFM is a waste of time for me. I really cannot find the answers to the things I need. If anyone happens to read this, maybe you can tell me why the text formatting buttons for bold, italics, underline, and URL linking do not appear in version 3.0D, neither in my preferred browser, Mozilla, nor in MS Exploder… Reading the book hasn’t helped, and the built-in help doesn’t explain it either. So, my attempt to jump in and get up and running by just *doing* simply isn’t working…
I will keep slogging along, hoping there’s someone who can walk me through the basics, since it’s just not as obvious as it should be.
Meanwhile, San Francisco is at its most beautiful these days. Crystal clear air, fresh wind blowing in from the sea, warm September sunshine. I’ve been taking walks over Bernal Heights, the Mission, Potrero Hill my usual stomping grounds from my new digs on Folsom Street between 24th and 25th. Just walking around is a great pleasure, seeing this city in all its tangled beauty… of course I spend a lot of time imagining how different it could be. Different in little easy ways, and in big hard-to-imagine ways. Oh well.

Just for Openers

I’ve been *thinking* about starting a blog for a while, and can’t say I’ll be here every day like some of those insanely prolific writers I’ve been seeing out there (billmon.org, I hope you start up again soon!). See, already I don’t know how to make that a live link… rtfm I guess. I’m planning to post comments on a variety of topics as I feel the urge: San Francisco history and politics, technology politics and criticism, anti-economy thinking and the critique of wage-labor, and just daily life reflections and connections to the wider world. You can check out my so-called resume if you want to see the long list of stuff I’ve been part of or actually did myself! It’s at
I have two new books coming out soon, so I’ll be adding information on those in the next day or two:
1. The Political Edge, an edited collection of essays on San Francisco politics, published by City Lights (pub date: Nov. 1, 2004)
2. After The Deluge, my novel of post-economic San Francisco, published by Full Enjoyment Books (pub date: Nov. 1, 2004). I’ll be making this available for free as a downloadable pdf, but of course I think you’ll agree that it’s vastly preferable to hold a real book in your hands, well-designed and deserving of your reading time…
anyway, I’ll be back.

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