I post my teenage diary entries from fifteen years ago and older. Because fifteen years is a great filter. Then I comment on them as my present day self.
Oh. How old are you now?
I am always today’s date minus January 2, 1978.
What about Mortified? And OPB’s Think Out Loud? The Ironstag Hour?
You know I love Mortified. Here’s a video of me reading at Portland Mortified Fall 2008. And here’s me on OPB’s Think Out Loud with Kevin Sampsell and Ben Yagoda.
How long have you been doing this diary thing?
I started posting my 1987 diaries (age 9) on my Myspace blog in 2006. My goal is be posting daily the same day and month entry from fifteen years ago or older. I try not to read ahead so that the past is unfolding at a rate equal to that of my daily posting.
I want more!
Well, okay: Twitter, Myspace, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, Pandora, and more to come. Oh, I also play Second Life from time to time but have no idea how to connect you to that weird, weird place.
I’m always up to reading funny bits from the diaries for you and your friends (see “What About Mortified?” above), especially if you give me a theme like “unrequited love” or “make-out dreams.” I’ve been working with the fantasy of teaming up with an illustrator to produce tiny graphic novellas. Oh, I also write about writing about naughty things here. Yours, @sarahhoopes & sarah.e.hoopes[at]gmail[dot]com.
I'm the guy with the microphone. A while back, I came to the horrible realization that I had fallen out of touch with some of the most important people in my life, mainly my friends Sarah Hoopes and David Drexler. I came up with the idea for The Ironstag Hour Podcast as a means of keeping in touch with these people, and setting aside some time to focus on what's really important: good company and good conversation.
I've made a decision to keep my identity to myself in this podcast. This show is a vehicle for me to keep in touch with the people who are most important to me in life, and keep myself intellectually stimulated. My goal is to bring intelligent people together and make some entertaining and compelling conversation, and I don't want any personal recognition for doing it, I just hope you all enjoy.
During the past few years, I've been publishing an illustrated zine called Out of Control-a journal of abiotic vampirism. Each issue deals in some way with the idea of ascribing agency or active, malicious, exploitive intent to things generally considered non-living, such as technology or social systems.
The first issue explores the suspiciously common paranoid schizophrenic belief that machines are being used to torture and spy on the patient. It turns out that this delusion has a surprisingly long history, dating back at least to the very early 19th century. I follow the development of this particular delusion and correlate it with the intrusion of schizophrenic thought into consensus reality during the past 200 years. Here I develop my idea that technology itself is an active, living, viral force which has parasitized humans for its own purposes of control and endless proliferation.
The second issue is an investigation of the horrific subject of compulsive hoarding, and the general human tendency to amass risible quantities of useless extruded plastic crap. People seem to enjoy this issue most.
In the final issue, I investigate parasitism as one of the defining dynamics of the interactions of complex systems. Parasitism dominates the Biological, Human, Astral and Divine realms. Gods are shown to be dull, parasitic entities from the lower astral that have colonized humanity. This fairly massive document is really my final word on what I think is basically going on in this world of ours.
Many people find these writings a bit difficult to get through, perhaps due to my penchant for Johnsonian sentence structure and obscure terminology, not to mention the loathsome and repellant nature of the subject matter. But I hope you will at least have a look. Here are the results of one mind's efforts to figure out the nature of our reality.