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summer plans still TBD

I almost certainly will be in Baltimore for the summer. Wendy and I are going to be trying a scary and exciting experiment of living together for the summer.

I don’t want to go into detail about my summer plans because they are not finalized, it is late and, most importantly, I’ve already written about the project twice. More specifically, I wrote a welcome to the Music Manumit Lawcast and a recap of the work I did during the winter break.

I hadn’t announced the launch of the Lawcast here, so that is one of the things I wanted to do in this post. I also wanted to give a slight update to the project that I didn’t feel warranted a post on the Lawcast.

1) Stephen of Cyberunions and I will decide in March if we are going to do a sports podcast. While ultimate transparency would suggest I should tell you what we’ve decided so far, the matter is subject to change. Plus, Stephen and I have been discussing the potential for the show on status.net. Consider this a small enticement for using status.net instead of the t-word.

2) I have been kicking the idea around of working on a book. Stephen and I have been discussing the name for the book. In the process of discussing the potential project with John Britton, he pointed me to this book by Mozilla. The current idea will be that the book will be a collection of essays on openness in various disciplines. Often we get fractured into various camps due to requirements of specialization, and I feel like the world needs a “from the trenches” book that places various ideas together in one space. Too often corporate entities and academia set the terms of discussion. Even though the SOPA protests wouldn’t have been as powerful without Google and Wikipedia, the fact of the matter is we as a global society are under-going change. The Occupy movement is a part of that change as was the Arab Spring (which of course is on-going in Syria, to the extent that situation qualifies). We can have a list of bloggers or a list of social media pages, but the Internet lends itself to choice, of à la carte. While I am a huge fan of choice, there is value in occasionally being forced to take things as a whole. If we only allow ourselves “similar items” we risk missing new and exciting interests.

I certainly have some ideas as to people I will want to be involved in the project, but if you are interested in getting involved, please let me know.
I will need, at the very least, writers. I will also need promoters. I will need a domain name complete with web-developer/web-host. I will need people with insights into the publishing industry*.





*Plan A is to release through Amazon and/or Lulu, but the project is not far-enough along for me to have looked into the details. I need to get through the semester first!

Baltimore (and debt), here I come.

The plan[1] is that I will be in Baltimore this summer (3 months) and need a summer job. As many of you know, am currently in school, but already have a master’s in information science. That said, being in Baltimore is more important to me at current than having a job for which I’m qualified. I was initially planning on working at a YMCA or something like that. I realize this is probably early for summer jobs, but the post is unlikely to go anywhere so perhaps people will find it closer to time. I can always give a reprise/update on the situation.Aside from the job thing, I’d be interested in getting to know the GNU/Linux community in the Baltimore if anyone stumbles across this.

As to the job situation, I was not that concerned about it until an auto-shop said I needed $810 work done on my car[2]. That spurred me to do some number crunching and I realize now that if I don’t work at all during school that I will end up ~$75000 in debt. This is projecting housing costs and (obviously) some other stuff over the next 2.5 years but at the very least it seems I’ll be $60,000 in debt. This not a number with which I am comfortable. After graduation I do not want to be a slave to some corporation doing things in which I don’t believe. My savings from my former Wisconsin job does not go nearly as far as it needs to in New England.

I have no idea what the job market is like in Maryland, but I’d like something that is more than $10/hour and around 20 hours a week. The hours are flexible. I’m working on an independent project for the summer, so I don’t want something full time, but for the right price/opportunity I would definitely consider it.

Obviously, I’m willing to send a resume but just to give some idea of the breadth of jobs I would consider:
I have experience in film, music, organization development, event planning, podcasting, biology (my undergrad degree), sports (was paid to coach), healthcare, Windows, Mac (though not recently) and GNU/Linux.
Additionally, I’m trying to shed a Teeter Hangup and some other stuff which can be found on flickr. For anyone that stumbles across this that is in Concord, let me know if you know of cheap housing options.
[1] I’m still considering whether I’d like to “work” as an intern for EFF, Creative Commons, SFLC, IBM, Google or Red Hat. It’s unlikely any of those will have me in Baltimore. That’s a decision I will have to weigh if an opportunity arises.
[2] I am going to get a 2nd opinion since I am not having any problems with the car and took it in just to get a flat tire repaired.


EDIT: I was substantially (factor of 2) off on my calculation for tuition, meaning the number is probably in the $50,000-$60,000 range, which is still not a number with which I’m comfortable. However, that keeps me in the Stafford loans rather than other loans, so I’m no longer freaking out about it, but I would still like a job. Something to keep my tech skills up or something where I am getting exercise would be ideal.