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The impromptu Avett Brothers haiku ticket contest I launched on craigslist

April 26th, 2010

I had a ticket to Wednesday’s Avett Brothers show at the Boulder Theater. I couldn’t go, and so I went to craigslist to sell the ticket.

I didn’t want to sell it to the first person to email me … that’s boring. So I wrote this in the post: “If you want the ticket, send an email with a haiku about the Avett Brothers. Best haiku gets the ticket.”

Here are the haikus I got:

Hark! Honey on ears
sight, smell, touch, taste envious.
Avett Bros. good sound.

— Sean S.

Retarded are you
In the request that you have
For avett tickets

— Chris S.

Which begat:

Chris didn't mean it
He needs me to reconnect
Him to the beauty

— Kathleen M.

Avett Brothers sing,
soulful music together,
dancing righteously.

— Max B.

Sold yesterdays tickets by accident
Very sad
Makes me cry like the Avett Brothers
when all the pretty girls in their songs dump them

— Kathleen V.

the avetts are here
for truth and love they shall sing
they are fucking rad!

— Taylor R.

joe magically makes
a pretty girl from denver
so very happy

and

poor, starving, artist
can't afford pricey ticket
i'll buy you a drink...

and

ears full of music
ticket with my name on it
joe's my new best friend

— Jackie

And the winner:

bearded brothers play
by guitars grace, tasty lick
paint smile on my face

— Joshua W.

Colorado, Denver, Joe, Music, Places, Rock, Words
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Things you should not tell other people

April 14th, 2010

Joe
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Colorado License Plate of the Day

December 9th, 2009

Colorado license plate of the day
Saw this car parked in front of Denver’s city/county building. Plus one bajillion clever points.

Colorado, Denver, Joe, Places
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thread, pocket, pants

November 23rd, 2009

pocket my pocket my pants didn't fit
  it's the end the end you're over and your thread ends here. punk.
  my pants my pants didn't tell
  didn't know like cloth they dye like yes they pocket all the zippers you've got left. punk.
don't fit: do fit: metal doesn't care.

Ideas
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the wind

November 23rd, 2009

No piece of paper for the weak it's not yours
  it's here shut up shut up shut and fold it
  eight times over in half it won't help
  the wind it takes all yr gold away.
No piece of paper for the weak but for the wind yes there is plenty. Piles. More than you. More than the 1648 version of you, whoever that was.

Ideas
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My sister’s on blogspot, writing about comics and serendipity.

November 17th, 2009

That’s the name of her blog: Comics and Serendipity. She does all of the artwork on the blog.

Family, Friends, Joe
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I’m posting on tumblr now: freejoe76.tumblr.com

October 18th, 2009

Tumblr’s easy to post quick-hit pics and links on, and it’s more social than this lonely wordpress install. I’ll still update Joe Write on the super-occasional basis, I just wanted to let you know.

Catch my stuff on tumblr here.

Joe, Site Stuff
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Holy shit, digital cameras are storing a truckload of data in their EXIF information.

October 11th, 2009

I never knew.

From this photo:
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YCbCr Positioning: Co-sited
Date and Time (Original): 2009:10:05 16:44:22
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Compressed Bits Per Pixel: 3
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Custom Rendered: Normal
Exposure Mode: Manual
White Balance: Auto
Digital Zoom Ratio: 1
Scene Capture Type: Standard
Macro Mode: Normal
Self Timer: Off
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Continuous Drive: Single
Focus Mode: Single
Record Mode: JPEG
Canon Image Size: Large
Easy Mode: Manual
Digital Zoom: None
Contrast: Normal
Saturation: Normal
Sharpness: 0
Camera ISO: Auto
Metering Mode: Evaluative
Focus Range: Auto
AFPoint: Manual AF point selection
Canon Exposure Mode: Program AE
Lens Type: Unknown (-1)
Long Focal: 30.5 mm
Short Focal: 6.1 mm
Focal Units: 1000
Max Aperture: 2.8
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Flash Activity: 0
Flash Bits: (none)
Focus Continuous: Continuous
AESetting: Normal AE
Image Stabilization: On
Zoom Source Width: 4416
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Spot Metering Mode: Center
Manual Flash Output: n/a
Focal Type: Zoom
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Auto ISO: 75
Base ISO: 100
Measured EV: 9.03
Target Aperture: 4
Target Exposure Time: 1/807
White Balance: Auto
Slow Shutter: Off
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Flash Guide Number: 0
Flash Exposure Comp: 0
Auto Exposure Bracketing: Off
AEBBracket Value: 0
Control Mode: Camera Local Control
Focus Distance Upper: 16.53
Focus Distance Lower: 0
Bulb Duration: 0
Camera Type: Compact
Auto Rotate: None
NDFilter: Off
Self Timer2: 0
Flash Output: 0
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File Number: 102-2505
Canon Model ID: PowerShot G10
AFMode: Single-point AF
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Categories: (none)
VRDOffset: 0
Related Image Width: 4416
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Compression: JPEG (old-style)

Joe
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Music!

October 7th, 2009

Yesterday two bands I love released new albums: The Dutchess & The Duke with their second album, Sunset / Sunrise, and the Black Heart Procession with their sixth album, Six.

It’s too bad the BHP isn’t playing Colorado on their tour, but hey, Dutchess and the Duke are. Yup.

Also, hey, you can listen to one of the new tracks from Dutchess & the Duke on my blip.fm profile here.

Joe, Music
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Ken Otterbourg’s post about race, reporting, and why there’s no National White Theatre Festival in the U.S.

August 13th, 2009

I used to work for the Winston-Salem Journal, and I still tune in every once in a while to the blog its managing editor Ken Otterbourg writes. Ken wrote about the newspaper’s coverage of the National Black Theatre Festival, and the feedback he gets from the town.

He wrote this paragraph, which handles gracefully the issue I see some people have difficulty with (most of whom are commenters on The Denver Post’s articles):

One of the issues is of course terminology, its the National BLACK Theatre Festival. And so one caller asked when we were going to cover the National WHITE Theatre Festival and wouldn’t people be up in arms if such an event existed. But of course, such events exist. They’re just not labeled as such. And we do cover them. The labeling along racial and ethnic lines is part of minority groups—racial, ethnic, religious—banding together to tell the majority that they exist. Majority groups don’t have to label. They’re implied.

Joe, Journalism, Media, Places, Winston-Salem
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