Ramblings & ephemera

My new business idea

A coffee shop where the employees all wear platform shoes, glitter make-up, orange spiked hair, feathers, and silver spaceman pants. It’s name: ZIGGY STARBUCKS! My friend Michael Krider made the following suggestions: Drink names: The Cafe Young Americano Caffeine Genie Sumatra-jet City When employees hand your money back after a sale, they say, “Here’s your […]

Sneaky advertising

I bought a mug that has no handles on it at all. I noticed that the accompanying slip of paper said, “Most Copco travel mugs are intended for right or left hand use.” Well, yes, if there are no handles, that would make sense. It goes on, “If your mug is handled, the lid is […]

Thoughts for a Lovecraftian tale

Cthulhu in ancient Rome Tennessee farmer David Lang’s disappearance into thin air Lovecraft’s victims’ tendency to write in diary/account as things happen to them: “It devours me!” A forgotten skeleton

More on memory

Memories are passive fragments. — Scott Granneman

Quote by me

“When nature calls, I answer on the first ring.” — Scott Granneman

Tragedy in film

Modern tragedy in film: one man’s death invites the gaze & sympathy of millions, ignoring the other deaths that occur all around us all the time.

The late great Hungry Buddha

This was written 15 January 2002, & the Hungry Buddha is gone now, but this is still an interesting description. Just got back from lunch at the Hungry Buddha. Man, that was good. It’s a small place on Washington Street in downtown St. Louis. There are signs all along the walls: “Buddha would bus his […]

You always remember your first time

I remember the first day I ever got on the Internet. I was an English teacher working at a camp for gifted high school students, and a technologist was there talking about this thing called “the Internet” and how it was going to change everything. It sounded fascinating, so when I returned home a few […]

The network is central

The centrality of the network in modern life, thought, & technology is apparent in that both ends of the use stack – users & developers – now think of the network as a given. A developer doesn’t graft networking on to software later in the process; instead, software is built assuming the network. Users expect […]

Memory memories

Some gathered thoughts on memory: Wanting to remember & forgetting, or knowing you’ll forget  My father’s memories, & a chosen few passed along to me – of those chosen (or random) few, how many do I pass along? Emotion recollected not in tranquility, but sometimes in seething emotion, in inner turmoil or pain Flow of […]

Bringing up the rear

Two things people have said about Jans: "With friends like Jans, who needs enemas?" "Jans is a social laxative – he loosens everyone up." 

Responsibility vs accountability

Responsibility: "I’ll do it." Accountability: "I’ll pay a price if I don’t do it right." 

My high concept Hollywood movie

In Hollywood there’s a meme known as “high concept”, the idea being that you can explain all there is to know about a movie in just a few words, ideally relating to another movie. So, for instance, you might describe a movie you’re looking to get a greenlight for as “Die Hard on a chicken […]

A walkway of the dead

I was walking around on Wash U’s campus a while back – I don’t remember where, exactly – when I looked down and noticed that I was walking over bricks that had been “donated” by folks who had given money to WU. This is standard practice a lot of places: donate $$$, get a brick […]