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April 30, 2000

We always think in terms

We always think in terms of opposites. But God, the ultimate, is beyond the pairs of opposites. That is all there is to it.
   -- Joseph Campbell

April 29, 2000

from Walking While Black: The

from Walking While Black: The Bill of Rights for Black Men by Bryonn Bain in the Village Voice April 26 - May 2.

While home from his first year at Harvard law school, Bain was arrested for a crime he witnessed someone else commit. In his article he describes the special Bill of Rights for nonwhite people in the US that is applied with particular severity to Black men.

Amendment III: No nigger shall, at any time, fail to obey any public authority figures-even when beyond the jurisdiction of their authority.

"You boys out here throwin' bottles at people?!" shouted the officer. Asking any of the witnesses would have easily cleared up the issue of who had thrown the bottles. But the officer could not have cared less about that. My family and I were now being punished for the crime of thwarting the bouncers' unauthorized attempt to apprehend us. We were going to be guilty unless we could prove ourselves innocent.

originally posted by hcog

April 28, 2000

This person knows an absurd

This person knows an absurd amount about radio stations in the DC area, including (coolly enough) what many of the call letters stand for. (For instance, 'HFS is "High Fidelity Stereo. Didn't know that.)

Justin Quinnell's bath, as seen

Justin Quinnell's bath, as seen by his tongue? Justin held a film canister in his mouth to achieve this perspective. My new digital camera should arrive any day now, but in the meantime I'm developing a fascination with pinhole cameras. I'll probably make my first one out of an oatmeal box. Some people get into the technical aspects of pinhole photography, (you can be extremely precise if you wish) but I'm drawn to it for the opposite reason -- without a viewfinder, a precision lens, and a computer controlled shutter, you can't possibly know quite what will develop. I'm also a sucker for anything with such a wonderful history.

April 27, 2000

Dr. Dre has followed through

Dr. Dre has followed through with his threat to sue Napster. He issued a statement yesterday in which he stated 'I don't like people stealing my music'. I guess it wasn't 'stealing' when Dre made all those mixtapes that used be sold at the LA swap meets back in the early days of his career. I have a couple of those tapes and I don't think Dre got any of the music cleared, nor do I think he sent any of the artists royalty checks for beats used on those tapes.

-- Davey D takes Dr. Dre to task in the latest edition of his FNV Newsletter.

April 25, 2000

"I learned about black consciousness

"I learned about black consciousness from Tyson," Gore said. Tyson got him to read The Autobiography of Malcolm X and Eldridge Cleaver's Soul on Ice. Gore said he remembered "loooonnng conversations at night in the bunk beds, top to bottom and back again" about the books, and how and why blacks perceived the world differently from whites. "You know, the way concepts of value and worth and beauty and normality are all defined in a majority culture in ways that can be hurtful . . . It was really quite an education."
The Washington Post Magazine presents 13 Ways of Looking at Al Gore and Race. John Tyson was Al Gore's roommate in his junior year at Harvard.

This frightens me.

This frightens me.

April 24, 2000

Three things I want to

Three things I want to find in the Northern Virginia area: vegetarian restaurants, farmer's markets, and food co-ops.


I know I won't find vegetarian Chinese food as good as Hunan Delight in Brooklyn or Vegetarian House of Dim Sum in Manhattan's Chinatown, but I'm going to keep my eye on the vegetarian resources listed at dcpages.com, and maybe one day make it out to Rockville MD to try Yuan Fu. The Vegetarian Society of DC also keeps a list of area restaurants and groceries.


Since we won't be able to get great produce by just walking down the street, we're going to have to figure out the farmer's market scene.


We never joined the Park Slope Food Coop, probably because they didn't let non-members shop and membership required a $100 deposit. A membership certainly would have been worth the money, but it never seemed to be the right time. Natural food stores are few and far between, but there's Straight from the Crate in Alexandria, and The Uncommon Market, a cooperative in Arlington. Kendall at monkeyfist has a good explanation of why I want to avoid shopping at Fresh Fields as much as possible.

We'll also need a source for fresh bulk spices, and ingredients for Indian, Japanese, and Chinese dishes that we make. This Washingtonian Restaurants and Dining section actually has a good deal of info about shopping for groceries. According to this Washingtonian article on 'ethnic' markets, there's a great Indian spice store in Arlington. So I guess we'll be alright.

After 35 years, the fabled

After 35 years, the fabled movie cut from hours and hours of film and audio tape recorded on the Merry Pranksters' bus is being released on video in 10 or so episodes. I found out this morning and ordered a copy of the first episode right away. I've been wanting to see this ever since I read Tom Wolfe's Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, and the $29 tape includes footage of Neal Cassady's famous rants -- the same Neal Cassady who became Dean Moriarty in Kerouac's On The Road -- which makes it priceless, if you ask me.

All of our stuff is

All of our stuff is packed in candy boxes we found on the street on recycling night -- Bubblicious, Twizzler, Kablooie Blast, Lemonheads, Gummy Wormz in Candy Dirt, Ludens Cherry Lozenges, Swedish Fish. Sometimes I think I'd rather open a box and find the candy than a bunch of cords and markers and papers and floppies.

MP3 new$: Metallica $ue$ Nap$ter.

MP3 new$: Metallica $ue$ Nap$ter.

April 21, 2000

Sometimes (like just now) drinking

Sometimes (like just now) drinking beer gives me the hiccups. That's weird, but not as weird as my wife, who gets hiccups whenever she eats boiled eggs or french fries. I've always found the 'cures' (holding your breath, breathing into a paper bag, drinking from the far side of a glass) to be unreliable, but it took google about 3 seconds to find me a cure that worked.

The Onion has a couple


The Onion has a couple
more Easter card designs on their site, and isee isay is celebrating this
Easter with an investigation into the true nature of peeps, those bright
yellow sugar-coated marshmallow ducks which inspire either candylust or
revulsion (occasionally both) in everyone I know.

It's like suddenly learning how

It's like suddenly learning how to program in C++, only you have to eat the guy from tech support to see the benefits.
Genetic algorithms -- programs which are seeded, evolved, mutated, and evaluated rather than engineered -- are finding their way into software (like the game Evolva due out this month) that you and I will be using in the near future, according to FEED's Steven Johnson.

Smash! in DC, some record

Smash! in DC, some record store in Portland OR, and See Hear in NY are some places I've found copies of Cometbus, my favorite zine. Read Punk Rock Love and see why.

"According to Steven Hager, editor

"According to Steven Hager, editor of High Times, the [tradition] began in the California city of San Rafael in the early 1970s, when a small group of high school students called the Waldos began gathering every day at 4:20 p.m. to toke up at the foot of a statue of Louis Pasteur." Apparently lots of people got high yesterday.

April 20, 2000

Everybody was linking to the

Everybody was linking to the Constructor recently, but it didn't hold my interest. I just found Gravilux, and I'll probably be playing with it all day.

Harrowing account of attack on

Harrowing account of attack on Black Zimbabweans, vis-à-vis robotwisdom.

April 19, 2000

Apparently angling for a picture

Apparently angling for a picture in the dictionary under 'myopia', the Librarian of Congress declared last week that the Library of Congress will not digitize its collection. I guess he misplaced his copy of the mission statement or something.

I'm not a moderate person,

I'm not a moderate person, I either hate something or I love it. I loved American Movie, but hated Being John Malkovich, even though they're pretty close. But I *hate* SUVs. I hate them.

The appeal of laissez-faire capitalism,

The appeal of laissez-faire capitalism, as it spread around the world until it vanquished even the Soviets, was simple: You need neither a change in structures nor a change in human nature. Instead, the bad side of human nature -- the greed, competitiveness, and materialism -- could be counted on to magically produce enough wealth that many people could actually enjoy the easy life that the utopians and commissars could only promise. That is the revolutionary idea of our time, and it has cast into a sepia shadow both Gandhi and Lenin. We distrust moralizing as thoroughly as we distrust government; in a cynical age, our ultimate trust is in the notion that trust is unnecessary, that we should each simply advance our own cause.
Bill McKibben writing for Mother Jones about the joys of renunciation. thanks, riothero.

April 18, 2000

Here's a page of Godel,

Here's a page of Godel, Escher, Bach resources. One day I'm going to read this incredible book all the way through. Who? Godel, Escher, Bach. Why? Take a peek at what's inside.

The best pictures yet

The best pictures yet of Area 51 were recently released. No one can get through to the official site, of course, not even Mulder and Scully.

Bryan Boyer's Hidden Information Spaces

Bryan Boyer's Hidden Information Spaces is required reading for Web designers. thanks, invisiblog.

Find the Black Dot. I

Find the Black Dot. I dare you.

originally posted by tragicM

xblog reminded me that Scott

xblog reminded me that Scott McCloud's new book Reinventing Comics (a follow up to Understanding Comics) is due out soon. I'm going to keep an eye on xblog's archive of comics links.

William A. Dickey renamed the

William A. Dickey renamed the peak, the tallest point in North America, Mt. McKinley in 1896. Why he got to name it is hard to fathom. Dickey had come to Alaska spurred by discoveries of gold in Cook Inlet. With three companions he made it to Talkeetna and saw Denali, "the great one" in the language of the nearby Tanaina Indians. According to C. H. Merriam, testifying before the U.S. Geographical Board in 1917, "The right of the discoverer to name geographical features has never been questioned," but Dickey was no discoverer. Native people had discovered the mountain thousands of years earlier. Even if only white people "discover," Russians saw it in the 1770s or 1780s and named it Bulshaia Gora, "big mountain." Even if only English-speaking white people "discover," George Vancouver saw Denali in 1794. Dickey was not even the first white American to see it; other Americans had preceded him by a quarter century.
Excerpted from James Loewen's new book Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong. Read the first chapter at washingtonpost.com.

April 17, 2000

My favorite typo is because

My favorite typo is because -> becasue. I always wonder who Becca Sue is, and why I type her name so often. There's always asdf.com.

April 16, 2000

indymedia: live coverage of imf

indymedia: live coverage of imf & world bank protests


studio X live audio coverage of a16

mobilization radio

a16 official site

monkeyfist a16 coverage

yahoo IMF news photo search

washingtonpost.com special report

c-span streaming video of rally & march

kidspost: the protests explained - "Do the two sides agree on anything? They agree there are more than a billion people on Earth who barely have enough money to survive."

wp cameraworks top story

infoshop news (scroll down)

znet a16 coverage & analysis

a-infos news

April 14, 2000

Some really good Boondocks strips

Some really good Boondocks strips recently:

Gotta remember Teaser anticorporate media

Gotta remember Teaser anticorporate media and resources.

Romans did not consider male

Romans did not consider male genitalia obscene or pornographic, or even particularly arousing. Instead, erect penises were regarded as a good-luck charm. Painted or sculpted, they stood in every part of the town, and measured all possible lengths, from four feet downwards. They appeared on shops, factories and taverns, above the doors of houses, on statues adorning fountains, gardens and private houses, on lamps, tripods, necklaces, bracelets. Several comic depictions show men - and, on occasion, gods - with grotesquely enlarged penises. In one case, a gladiator is pictured in apparent mortal combat with his own penis.
It's funny, the things you don't remember from 4th grade social studies. Closed to the public for 200 years, the "secret room" of the National Archaeological Museum in Naples is now welcoming visitors. thanks, flutterby.

April 13, 2000

"I can remember waking up

"I can remember waking up one morning in my native Manhattan, all
ready to go out and roast a pig's tail over an open fire, just the way the
Ingalls family did. It seemed only natural. More than anything, I longed to
see someone construct a log cabin by hand." Melanie Rehak loved
to read
as a child.

Now showing at the sitesalon

Now showing at the sitesalon gallery:
"four hundred weddings and an erection showcases a small sample of
the millions of photos which lie uncollected in the backrooms of chemist
shops and developing labs."

According to CNN, some episodes

According to CNN, some episodes of Iron Chef were taped in New York recently
pitting Food
Network stars against the Iron Chefs
themselves. I would love to see
Chin Kenichi kick Sarah Moulton's ass, and then looked shocked when he won.
The best battle, of course, would be Emeril Lagasse vs. Morimoto Masaharu.
BAM! I doubt that's gonna happen, though. The news on IronChef.com suggests that only one such
episode was taped, which will air on June 26th. I can't wait! thanks, rc3.org.

While New York's high tech

While New York's high tech industry has all sorts of magazines and mailing lists devoted to it, the only thing I can find for the DC area is a column in the Post.

April 12, 2000

Let's celebrate 25 straight years

Let's celebrate 25 straight years of rockin' with Sudama. Happy birthday, dude.

There's a great Ask Slashdot

There's a great Ask Slashdot discussion going on about computer companies and social responsibility. If you can cut through the "free" market rhetoric you'll find some great info, such as this post with the news that the plastics used in Apple's iMac carry some health & environmental risks.

I've never been given a

I've never been given a definition of gentrification I was satisfied with, so I'm always working on my own. If you asked me today, I'd say gentrification is when white people occupy a poor neighborhood and drive out residents by increasing costs of housing & goods, such as is happening in the Shaw, Anacostia, LeDroit Park, and Columbia Heights neighborhoods in Washington DC, in Harlem, in San Franciso's Mission District.

This is certainly a problem in my neighborhood, and a local community organization has come up with a creative approach to the problem -- they've established a so-called displacement-free zone within which they plan to strategically defend low-income residents against being forced out of the neighborhood.

The day in photos --

The day in photos -- check back tomorrow for today's pics.

"On April 12, 1961, Soviet

"On April 12, 1961, Soviet Major Yuri Gagarin, aboard the Vostok I became the first human to travel into space." What else happened today? How about in Asian history? Radical history? Black history? Rock and roll history?

April 11, 2000

I'm excited about Upski's appearance

I'm excited about Upski's appearance at ABC No Rio this Thursday. I wonder if I'll also be able to make it a week from Friday when "classically trained composer Evan Hause will perform the entire double LP, KISS Alive! (1975), on solo electric guitar and voice, accompanied by a moderate amount of critical commentary and musical analysis."

I was looking for the

I was looking for the lyrics to Fugazi's In Defense Of Humans (one of the greatest songs ever), and accidentally came across this page. Now I feel like I've been spying on someone.

Infolets is blogging "Internet innovations,"

Infolets is blogging "Internet innovations," which turns out to be a bunch of interesting and useful stuff.

Standing in the middle of

Standing in the middle of a six-lane street with his arms spread, Miremont somehow managed to convince three lanes of traffic to stop, while coercing another crew member to stop the opposing three. The shut-down was mounted five times over a two-hour period, and Meza, used to getting stopped by LAPD on an irregular basis, was sure he would go to jail that day. But with all the blessings heaven could spare, a patrol car never even cruised by, not even when traffic was flowing smoothly. With traffic stopped, Ron (Garcia, who played Leonard) would drive out onto Colorado, speed through a red light into the intersection for certain shots, or come to a complete stop in front of a green light...Why no one called the police is a mystery.
From the presskit for "Staccato Purr of the Exhaust", an independent film. thanks, looka!

I'm fascinated by the situation

I'm fascinated by the situation in Zimbabwe but the BBC's coverage somehow leaves me cold. Perhaps that's because British colonialism is at the root of the land ownership disputes today between a minority of wealthy white farmers and the government.

April 10, 2000

On the way back to

On the way back to New York, looking out the bus window, I saw two things I'd never noticed before. The first thing gave me a chill as we reached the top of the Delaware Memorial Bridge. An unmistakable nuclear cooling tower sat on the horizon looking like a cartoon. It seemed impossibly huge and far away, though it was probably quite close. This might have been the Hope Creek plant, or maybe Salem (pictured). I almost wish I hadn't seen it. The second thing I almost missed as we crossed a bridge over a small creek on New Jersey Turnpike. I stared for a moment before I realized what it was -- an old brown riverboat, intact but bare as a skeleton and lying at an unnatural tilt -- and in that moment it was gone.

When a white woman in

When a white woman in Harlem doesn't know what the term "police brutality" means, that's white privilege.

When Black women are strip-searched

When Black women are strip-searched twice as often as white men and women, that's institutional racism.

April 9, 2000

I wonder what the trial

I wonder what the trial of the Chicago Seven would have looked like on Court TV.

April 7, 2000

Aurorae were seen as far

Aurorae were seen as far south as North Carolina in the U.S. last night, due to an intense geomagnetic storm. There's a chance they'll be happening tonight too, so if you've got clear skies and relatively little light pollution, go outside when it gets dark and look towards your nearest pole.

disinformation has compiled a dossier

disinformation has compiled a dossier on Terence McKenna.

Ain't-it-cool says a Prisoner movie

Ain't-it-cool says a Prisoner movie is in the works, and here are some sure-fire ways to fuck it up. Be seeing you!

Big news for computer people.

Big news for computer people.

Camera Works, a new feature

Camera Works, a new feature of washingtonpost.com, offers a smart combination of photos, flash presentations, and streaming video in an attempt at 'new forms of storytelling ... merging the best of print journalism, photojournalism and documentary filmmaking with the interactive properties of the World Wide Web.'

Apple is hosting the first

Apple is hosting the first trailer for the upcoming Lord of the Rings movies.

"I hope this doesn't insult

"I hope this doesn't insult current LSD fans, but the last time I did it, it seemed like a Sopwith camel or something. We were airborne, and below us were the green fields of France, but you could hear the air shrieking over the control surfaces and feel the wind blasting your face. What I had become used to was the cockpit of the space shuttle. Yes, LSD is a psychedelic drug. But it's a psychedelic drug in the same way a fruit fly can fly."
Terence McKenna died on Monday the 3rd. He introduced the world to the DMT elves and the Time Wave, advanced the study of ethnopharmacology, and wrote the book on magic mushrooms. For a brief introduction, skip all the links above and read this.

April 6, 2000

A Letter of Apology to

A Letter of Apology to Elian Gonzalez from Michael Moore. This is the first thing I've seen about this situation which even begins to make sense.

April 5, 2000

Free spoken word recordings at

Free spoken word recordings at MP3LiT.com from authors such as Upski, Audre Lorde, Jack Kerouac, Regie Cabico, Noam Chomsky, Toni Morrison. If you've got 5 minutes, let Deepak Chopra turn your head inside-out.

Everyone should know the proper

Everyone should know the proper way to slice and chop. Chopping onions is its own reward.

"... [E]lectronic poetry is not

"... [E]lectronic poetry is not just a sonnet etherized with silicon or a Y2couplet. It is a high arc in a trajectory that has been long in the making." The Electronic Poetry Center (EPC), a great site housed at SUNY-Buffalo and dedicated to ultra-avant-garde-post-modern versification, has assembled a collection of visual/audial/hypertextual poetry for April, the so-called "cruelest month." Consider it, perhaps, their response to National Poetry Month, which EPC Director Charles Bernstein has a few choice words about.

Just to toot my own

Just to toot my own (employer's) horn: we have a pretty darn comprehensive page of links related to public radio. For some reason, my boss recently sonified it.

With public radio powerhouse Minnesota

With public radio powerhouse Minnesota Public Radio's recent takeover of Pasadena, CA public radio station KPCC, the station's eclectic music/talk format has been obliterated in favor of a more commonly found news/talk format. One casualty is The Sancho Show, which I've never heard, but which sounds great, and the host appears to be an incredible guy--as articles on the show's site attest.

I'm excited to see that

I'm excited to see that Don Delillo's new novel will be out next year. Perhaps after reading this item you could explain a) what a "thrill writer" is and b) why DeLillo has been labeled as one.

Minidisc resources: minidisc.org and t-station.net.

Minidisc resources: minidisc.org and t-station.net.

In the future, we are

In the future, we are transparent.

April 4, 2000

12th Annual Who Reads What?

12th Annual Who Reads What? Celebrity Reading List. thanks, bird on a wire.

It's DJ's birthday today. Happy

It's DJ's birthday today. Happy birthday, Soul.

"Somebody assembles knapsacks on the

"Somebody assembles knapsacks on the ground, spaced apart to serve as goals. 'We don't have boundaries, but we do have goals,' Munson likes to say." The Washington Post's Richard Leiby gives you a silly but interesting account of soccer and other habits of DC-area anarchists. The soccer league is kind enough to offer DIY instructions.

Monkeyfist, a most excellent weblog

Monkeyfist, a most excellent weblog on progressive politics, has set up a16.DC, a most excellent weblog on the upcoming April 16th protests in DC intended to focus global attention on the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund in the spirit of Seattle. The Washington Post recently had a cover story looking at how both demonstrators and DC police are preparing for the event.

Put simply, so long as

Put simply, so long as our society is one in which certain folks -- say, white, heterosexual men -- are disproportionately found in prominent decision-making positions, and certain other folks -- say people of color, women of all colors, and gays and lesbians -- are disproportionately found in subordinate positions, it will be seen by many as quite obvious that those straight white guys must be smarter, or harder working than the rest, and thus, "deserve" their position, while those without power must likewise "deserve" their subjugation thanks to one or another genetic, cultural or moral flaw. This is how the myth of meritocracy works with regard to class, and it works just as well with race, gender, or sexual orientation: inculcating the mindset that the "winners" won because the "losers" are, well, losers.
Remember the President's Advisory Commission on Race? According to Tim Wise, we'll never see their report because they intended to focus on "white racial privilege". What were they thinking?

Want to know what really

Want to know what really happened last year? Note: though referred to as news, the stories showcased in Project Censored's top 25 underreported news stories of 1999 may actually be true.

April 3, 2000

Mount Etna, Europe's most

Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano, has been blowing perfect smoke rings. Stromboli on-line has more photos and video footage.

A Tourist In My Hometown,

A Tourist In My Hometown, Once Again, in which Susan Kitchens and a digital camera achieve beginner's mind and then use Bryce.

Speaking of unannounced products, if

Speaking of unannounced products, if this Palm-based Sony minidisc player is for real, the digital camera is going to have to wait. One thing that won't wait however is Kieslowski's Decalogue on videotape or DVD—the company releasing them in the United States only has the rights for one year.

Is there room for another

Is there room for another mac rumors site? To be honest, I've always wanted to start one myself. In my fantasies, insiders send me blurry jpegs of unannounced Apple hardware and puzzling fragments of overheard conversations at Cupertino pizza joints; I'm guessing that chaosmint shares my perversion. What I find odd is that macrumors is using php and claims to have trained squirrels managing the submission process, which I thought was exclusive to CmdrTaco's perl-based slashcode...

"The living arrangement Americans now

"The living arrangement Americans now think of as normal is bankrupting us economically, socially, ecologically, and spiritually. The physical setting itself — the cartoon landscape of car-clogged highways, strip malls, tract houses, franchise fry pits, parking lots, junked cities, and ravaged countryside — is not merely a symptom of our troubled culture but in many ways a primary cause of our troubles." -- James Kunstler in The Geography of Nowhere.
The current issue of Adbusters suggests ways we can reclaim urban space with symbolic yet transformative gestures. I love the goals and methods of culture jamming—a well executed jam can function as a "wake-up stick", urging the unsuspecting to reflect on their assumptions & comfort levels.

"If we're boring, and that's

"If we're boring, and that's if we're boring, and I know you've come here today just to see for yourself that we're not boring, then I guess we're boring by design. We don't like the word 'boring,' obviously. We prefer to say 'relaxing.' " Kenny King, program director at WJZW-FM, Smooth Jazz 105.9 in Washington D.C., is just doing his job.

Old Rag is probably the

Old Rag is probably the most famous, and nearly the most crowded, hike in Virginia. I can't wait to do it myself.

April 2, 2000

Forbes online wants you to

Forbes online wants you to know that "Beginning with 250 stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, this summer 7-Eleven will offer bill payment, payroll check cashing, money wiring and ticket purchasing for entertainment events and travel--all on the souped-up terminals. Next step (negotiations are under way): Get Web-order companies to send products to the 7-Eleven distribution network for pickup at a nearby store." thanks, davenetics.