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July 25, 2005

iamfuckingterrified

Going on with our London lives is not something we're doing as a protest to the bombers. We just sort of have to.
Why I am fucking terrified.com

July 23, 2005

sukula family must stay

'My name is Daniel and I am 15 years old.

'I am writing this because me and my family face deportation to Congo. I don't want to go back to Congo because there is a war there and, if I go back, my life will be finished.

'One of my mum's friends who was deported was killed in a prison in Congo. If we go back, we might also end up in prison, so please help us. And I am scared that if I go back, I will be forced to become a soldier. I don't want to be a soldier when I am older. I want to be a football player. I play for a local team and, when I am older, I want to play for England.'
Daniel Sukula launches an anti-deportation campaign (from Nostalgie Ya Mboka, on the best radio station in the galaxy, Resonance FM).

July 22, 2005

The Race That Shall Not Be Named

Poynter Online - Harry Potter And The Imbalance of Race

I'm sure she's a fine person. I'm saying she should stop writing as though white is normal and needs no identification, while every other race is so one-dimensional that a single word — black — sums up shade of skin, expression of eyes, length of nose, color of hair. She should describe my black friends with the same gifts of language that she uses on the white people.

July 17, 2005

New Freedom Initiative.

Nancy Levant: Mental Health Screening in Schools Signals the End of Parental Rights
The fact is that our president has mandated that every American child, age 3 through 18, is federally ordered to be evaluated for mental health issues and to receive "enforced" treatment. Welcome to President Bush’s New Freedom Initiative and New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. Welcome to life-long profiling and drug addictions, New Freedom-style.

July 14, 2005

Potter Fully Processed


Potter Fully Processed
Originally uploaded by michaelkpate.

July 12, 2005

the story of a london street

The people who are trying to get inside our heads and rewrite our sense of our city may not realise just how much there is to rewrite.
John Lanchester's excellent essay on his favourite London street. The road leads from the Strand to Hampstead, and on the Woburn Place section, the number 30 bus was blown up last Thursday.

burning love

When sounds first enter the brain, they activate a region near the ears called the primary auditory cortex that starts processing sounds at their most basic level. The auditory cortex then passes on signals of its own to other regions, which can recognize more complex features of music, like rhythm, key changes and melody.

These music-processing regions may be continually looking for signals in the brain that they can interpret. When no sound is coming from the ears, the brain may still generate occasional, random impulses that the music-processing regions interpret as sound. They then try to match these impulses to memories of music, turning a few notes into a familiar melody.

For most people, these spontaneous signals may produce nothing more than a song that is hard to get out of the head.

Research into musical hallucinations is illuminating the phenomenon of the song that gets stuck in your head. My four-year-old was afflicted recently — he looked up from a construction project to say, in a bewildered tone, "Now all I can think about is Elvis."

July 8, 2005

kodak moment

Washington Post: Patrols on Mass Transit Intensified but Scattered

At L'Enfant Plaza, Metro officers displayed their submachine guns for a phalanx of television crews from around the world. They walked through the station, sweat pouring onto their backs from beneath their bulletproof vests.

One stepped to the side to check a trash can. Another tried the knob on a door to make sure it was locked. A third looked for anything unusual near the fareboxes. They fanned out when they reached the mezzanine, some taking position next to escalators, others staring down at passengers and the rest sweeping the platform.

An astute bit of journalism points out that, in response to the London bombings, USA's first order of business was to get pictures of guns on our subway to the media. Images of security now stand in for the real thing. Are they going to shoot the bombs?

July 5, 2005

wwwa

On The Media- White Noise

For most of history, journalists could afford to spend their time covering wars, famines, politics and business. The reason for this is that everyone knew where the white women were at - at home, probably in the kitchen, minding the kids.

July 4, 2005

bzzzpeek

Bzzzpeek: animal and machine sounds according to speakers of 17 languages.

July 1, 2005

Explore Your Town

The original boundaries of the Capital City encompassed a ten-mile square, or an area of 100 square miles, in a diamond shape with north, east, south and west corners as indicated in the diagram. Four boundary stones were placed to mark these four corners of the diamond. Smaller stones were added at one mile intervals between the four corners for a total of 40 stones. ...

Born in 1731, Benjamin Banneker, was the free, self-taught mathematician and astronomer known as the "first black man of science" and part of Andrew Ellicott's survey team that laid out the boundary of the District of Columbia, at the direction of George Washington. Banneker fixed the position of the first boundary stone by lying on his back to find the exact starting point for the survey of the District, and plotting six stars as they crossed his spot at a particular time of night. This first cornerstone was set on April 15, 1791, and marked the south corner stone of the District of Columbia. From that location, the surveyors advanced northwest into Virginia and then crossed the Potomac into Maryland.

Origins of Arlington (with map!)

In a retrocession in 1847, the Federal government returned Virginia's portion. This former piece of the District of Columbia today forms the County of Arlington and a section of the City of Alexandria, Virginia. ... Many of those old stones remain in place, including some marking the pre-1847 boundary.

Washington, DC Boundary Stones (with photos)

I've only seen the southern and northern stones, but now I want to visit them all or watch a documentary about them.