Dream Job

I’ve got a new gig.
Co-founded a new company, actually.

It’s called, “Altly” and it has the modest aim of providing an alternative to Facebook.

The CEO and visionary of Altly is my best friend and frequent collaborator, Dmitry Shapiro.
We met at CollegeClub.com over 10 years ago. Back then we helped build a 4 million member social network for college kids. Basically it was Facebook, but WAY too early.
We’ve both spent the last 10 years pushing the digital envelope in different directions – exploring the potential of the web.
In some ways, the social network-connected world of today is the realization of a dream we’ve been brainstorming for a decade. But the current system misses the mark in many critical ways.
It is too early for me to talk about details. But I promise it will be awesome.
Stay tuned…
(& get notified of launch: http://www.Altly.com/)

-Halcyon
Chief Morality Officer, Altly, Inc.

Love-quats!

The tree outside my bedroom window is a fruit-laden loquat tree. Blish mentioned that we should harvest them and make something. So we did!

Loquat hunter Canning chutney

We ordered some canning jars and found a recipe for loquat salsa & loquat chutney. Loquats taste a little like apricots and are the size of large cherries (with big seeds inside.) Since it was mothers day, we made some fun labels and gave our treats as gifts. Fun experiment, but I don’t think I will add “canning” to my list of hobbies.
Mothers day gifts
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Hippie!

I was called “Hippie” last week a couple times as a derogatory term. It is too bad that it has become an insult, since the definition seems to fit me pretty well.

“Both the words “hip” and “hep” came from Black culture and denote awareness. To say “I’m hip to the situation” means “I am aware of the situation.” Thus the word “hippie” means “one who is aware,” and expanded awareness was a goal of the movement. Some created their own social groups and communities, listened to psychedelic rock, opposed War, embraced the sexual revolution, and used drugs such as marijuana, LSD and magic mushrooms to explore alternative states of consciousness.”

Post RIP HugNation

1:00 broadcast. Addressing the topic of the day, the importance of empathy, and explaining the birth of HugNation.

6:00 broadcast. Addressing more of my personal emotions and the importance of being present and focussing on what we have control over. How we can be activists with each breath we take.

Rest In Peace

Have you ever known a dog that had to be put down? One that was mean and viscous? Did you celebrate it’s death? Or feel sorrow for the circumstances that would create such a creature?
I feel like America is like the horrible pit bull owner who created a mad beast. Making it mean and sharpening it’s claws to fight. This animal fought other dogs for us while we rubbed it’s belly and threw treats into it’s cage.

But over time the dog realized it was being caged. It saw through the manipulation of its master. The depth of abuse he and his litter had suffered was overwhelming.

So the dog answered the injustice in the language it had been taught: Violence.

When the beast attacks it’s owner, the owner has two choices: Stop treating creatures so cruelly or put the beast down.

Actually there is a third choice: Spend 10 years and obscene amounts of money to spill 20 times the blood of that first bite.
I will not claim to understand the financial or political objectives of those 10 years of violence. Clearly powerful men made fortunes while poor men bled. And everyone in between paid for it. That we were manipulated by the circumstances is obvious.

But now that the dog has finally put down, I feel no glory or joy. I feel no sense of justice. I certainly don’t feel like the violence is over. I only feel pity for a mean dead dog, frustration at the landscape of war we are now imbedded in, and intense sorrow for the 10’s of thousands that died along the way.

-john halcyon
may 2, 2011

“The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. So it goes. … Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.