A thunder storm?

I’m sitting on my porch right now. Lightning has been shooting through the sky for about fifteen minutes and the thunder that follows it is making its voice heard.

The first drops of rain are beginning to fall. It looks as though we’ve got a genuine east-coast-style thunder storm on our hands!

Something about this moment feels so American to me. Something besides the fact that I’m drinking a Budweiser…

On the rare occasion that we get a thunderstorm out here in California, I’m unequivocally reminded of my childhood. I had forgotten how much I missed sitting on our porch back home in New York, just watching the rain. When I was growing up, my Dad often used to take me up to my grandparents just before the storm would begin. We would sit on the porch – usually with my Grandpa Lauster and talk or reminisce. Seems like I had a lot more time to reflect back then. Or perhaps I just had a lot less to reflect about?

I hope all my ex-east-coaster friends here in California got to relax and enjoy the thunderstorm this evening. It sure felt good.

Attacks on the U.S. – my initial reaction

I don’t believe any of my family were injured as result of the horrific events that are still unfolding today, but I just couldn’t remain silent.

My initial reaction follows:
This attack on the U.S. and especially on the thousands of civilians in the World Trade Center towers and on the airplanes was unquestionably a malevolent, disgusting act. Only time will tell if we will learn the true motives behind these crimes against American society and humanity. In the meantime, I’m left wondering what I can do.

Lots of Bay-CHI this month

Lots of Bay-CHI meetings coming up this month:

Bay-CHI:
An Interactive Virtual Fish Tank and Visualization For All
September 11, @ 7:00 p.m.

Bay-CHI Kids’ Media:
Handheld Computing In Education
September 13, @ 7:00 p.m.

Bay-CHI Usability Engineering:
Group Task Analysis & A walkthrough early-stage usability evaluation, Oracle style
September 18, @ 7:30 p.m.

Canceled because of Sept. 11 Bay-CHI East Bay, featuring Jared Spool:
Designing for Revenue:Using Research to Fulfill Business Goals
September 19th, @ 7:00 p.m.

Bay-CHI North Bay:
Promoting and Facilitating User-Centered Design and Usability in a Fast-Paced Corporate Environment: Techniques and Tips
September 25, @ 7:00 p.m.

Bay-CHI Web:
Using Task Analysis to Improve the Structure of Your Web Product
September 27, @ 7:30 p.m.

Also, the North Bay Multimedia Association is having a talk given by Christyne Sisk of Foundry 360°, entitled Human Centered Interface Design.