Thursday, June 30, 2011

Reading Poetry in Public

I tried a new tactic at the Cantab Lounge last night. Usually if I read at open mic I'm nervous, so I have a couple of beers. However, I have noticed that this does not really enhance my performance so I decided to try mindful breathing instead. Mindful breathing worked great. As the crew of the Boston Poetry Slam set up the stage, I breathed and became totally calm. When the first eight or nine poets read, I was open and receptive and ready to thoroughly enjoy - which I did. When I went up to read I was happy and eager. It was a kind of funny, cute poem I wrote about waiting for Donna outside a store. I'll post it someplace and let you know.

At the break I contacted Simone Beaubien, the driving force behind the Boston Poetry Slam and Host City Director for the National Poetry Slam coming up in August. She agreed to an interview. If you'd like to read it, please click here.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Touching Base

I've been busy. I wrote a poem, an article about some new hardware and I published one of our regular contributors to Eye On Life Magazine: Donal Mahoney.

Like I say, I've been busy. :)

Monday, June 13, 2011

Live, Sort of...

I have started putting vocal recordings of some of my work on SoundCloud. It's a good thing... but I don't want it to take the place of open mike at the Cantab in Cambridge as my spoken word outlet. Nevertheless it is nice to be heard, and one cannot be heard if one is silent. In this way I can be heard even when I am silent.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Sick of Hardware

Oh, not actually. It's just a head cold. But hopefully, since I am taking a day off from being a Hardware Genius, I will get a chance to write a little something in between being horizontal and hopefully unconscious. I've been reading Ben Mazur's "Poems". I could read that. That's certainly enjoyable, and I want to eventually write a review. Or I could write a poem or a hardware article. Or I owe the HP Community an article on the topic of perception.

Then again, I might just watch a Disney Animated Feature.

So much to do. So little time.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Low Voltage Detective

Like many locksmiths, I find myself challenged today by the increasing complexity of electric locking systems. Now that I am in distribution it is my job to know something about these systems so I do my best to educate myself and take advantage of whatever training opportunities present themselves. Customers depend on me to advise them about what hardware they need, how it should work, and what they should do when it doesn't work as it should.

I recently had a technical support adventure on this topic, so I wrote an article about it that you can read here.