I went to the Ignition NW town hall yesterday, it was pretty much a good time. The various INW initiatives have been going swimmingly, and the B/IAS project has accumulated world-wide fame. It's the largest art installation of its sort in the world, and this summer is going to be busy with people coming from various areas (the east coast, germany, other europeans) to check it and its surroundings out. There are also going to be a series of events there during the summer that should really engage the local community, a number of which I'll be attending most likely.
The Jason Webley show on 7/3 will most likely be epic beyond all reasonable belief.
The other things at the event were a long speech from one of the guys who builds the man, who I last spent any time with in a long and wacky time several years ago that involved angry federal law enforcement, an arrest, and a shovel. It was a good time, and the presentation wasn't about any of that.
It was a good time, and I think reflects well on the growth of ignition nw as an organization and the people involved. I'm undecided about whether or not I want to run for the board again this coming year, but largely for internal reasons and not related to the organization.
The story about the story about the pentagon violating rules about propaganda winning the pulitzer prize seems to be getting as buried as the story itself was. You should read this salon article for a flash of irony. Liberal and Conservative commentators alike seem to feel that this is a scandal. It's interesting, because it is a big issue for American values as I was taught in school as a kid, but it seems to have been right in line with the Bush administration's dealings with the press. It remains to be seen if the straightening up of press matters with the Obama administration will extend to major news corporations stop using vetted 'analysts' to speak on issues -- certainly, we seem to be doing a good job of repolarizing the country.
Anyway, that's that. I'm looking forward to the art this summer, it's going to be a very fun and productive one.