I had an idea!

The website twitch.tv facilitates online content creators "streaming" themselves to audiences sometimes in the tens of thousands. This is the future of TV/the internet, as content will range from full ESPN-style productions to one-man shows supported by monthly $5 subscriptions.

These shows feature some level of collaboration in the form of a "chat" - a hivemind spectator of many voices and reactions that flow together in a single stream that can't be entirely absorbed.

But just as we moved from television broadcasts to two-way communications, so must these conversations. Google Hangouts don't catch on because we are all busy and we don't know people in the group video-chat way - we all have our own networks that don't translate cleanly. But group video chats, put together on the basis of topics, are going to start coming. Imagine:
  • Live videochat rooms for those watching sports games
  • For those wanting to discuss the day's news
  • For those wanting to discuss professional developments in a given world
 These rooms can be private or public, but unlike podcasts they need not be edited, because the point isn't to have a show, but to host a conversation - just like every lunch table around the globe. Imagine coming home to a familiar apartment and hopping into a room for fellow activists. Instant networking, possibly.

I also think there are avenues for monetarization, butam not sure about those. I just know that it's coming, and I think it will be pretty neat!

Invictus by William Ernest Henley

(thanks Poetry Foundation): Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.

C.S. Lewis, on Friendship

Quote For The Day - The Dish:
“In a circle of true Friends each man is simply what he is: stands for nothing but himself. No one cares two-pence about anyone else’s family, profession, class, income, race, or previous history…That is the kingliness of Friendship. We meet like sovereign princes of independent states, abroad, on neutral ground, freed from our contexts. This love (essentially) ignores not only our physical bodies but that whole embodiment which consists of our family, job, past and connections. At home, besides being Peter or Jane, we also bear a general character; husband or wife, brother or sister, chief, colleague, or subordinate. Not among our Friends. It is an affair of disentangled, or stripped, minds. Eros will have naked bodies; Friendship naked personalities.

Hence (if you will not misunderstand me) the exquisite arbitrariness and irresponsibility of this love. I have no duty to be anyone’s Friend and no man in the world has a duty to be mine. No claims, no shadow of necessity. Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art, like the universe itself (for God did not need to create). It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which gave value to survival,” – C.S. Lewis

What "actually matters" and what actually matters

Madison Updates:
  • A few Fridays ago, I had one of those ubiquitous nights that felt very "American"....I suppose. 
    • I drove straight from work on Friday to a soccer game at an indoor field. Organized sports are the best way I've found at getting and keeping my heartrate up, but for the first time I played with a team of "free agents" - I actually joined up last minute when they sent out an e-mail call for more guys on Friday nights.
    • Next up, I went to a gathering of friends I joined more than a year ago that play board and video games regularly together. I'm pretty sure I lost every game, but that was fine - the games aren't what actually matters.
    • Last up was karaoke - in a bowling alley, with a big group of all ages, sexes, and races. There were bad "parties lights" spinning around with no discernible rhythm.
    • I read a lot about (and experience in part) other cultures from around the globe, and despite my many frustrations with the US, there is something fundamentally wonderful about these events and the ease with which we support so many different endeavors. It's safe to become fast friends here, and that's good for building social networks (and having the courage to break old ones when appropriate).
  • Winter is coming. I am not pleased, except for the fact that the Sing Off is coming with it!

Political Updates:
  • The importance of hypocrisy
    • Yes, the US practices espionage. No, we don't talk about it. Diplomatic practice is to pretend you don't spy while you do spy. For the record, I'm down with most parts of organized espionage EXCEPT for corrupting human agents.
  • I can't figure out exactly what I think about Snowden. I do think Manning did something much more foolish.

Personal Updates:
  • For a long time in my life I was someone that kept a fairly flexible schedule. I liked being able to "drop everything" for someone else. I find myself busy more and more these days - and it's a blessing, as well as something that makes me understand others that weren't as available what I might have wanted in the past.
  • Ultimately, having good people in your life and enjoying their company (both friends and family) is what actually matters to me. I don't have to be in the same location as them, but weekends like this in DC are a big part of my happiness and I am grateful for them.