Monday, December 31, 2007

Hello Goodbye

2007's Leafy Green top 10:
1- getting married on a hot August day
2- a loud-ass jam session in Austin
3- the cherry tomatoes from the garden
4- a loud-ass jam session in Chevy Chase
5- Sunburned Hand of the Man at Wave Farm
6- getting cut loose from the shackles of the IMF
7- bringing tamales up to Connecticut for xmas
8- every one of Jenny Otto's classes (and Douglas Brooks)
9- learning about Allen Ginsberg
10- swimming in the ocean off Copal with the moon and stars above

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Solstice

we've arrived at the shortest day. it's been a fun round trip. now we're heading out of the darkness back towards summer.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Time for a New Country

The Lakota Indians, who gave the world legendary warriors Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse, have withdrawn from treaties with the United States, leaders said Wednesday.

"We are no longer citizens of the United States of America and all those who live in the five-state area that encompasses our country are free to join us," long-time Indian rights activist Russell Means told a handful of reporters and a delegation from the Bolivian embassy, gathered in a church in a run-down neighborhood of Washington for a news conference.

A delegation of Lakota leaders delivered a message to the State Department on Monday, announcing they were unilaterally withdrawing from treaties they signed with the federal government of the United States, some of them more than 150 years old. via AFP

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Street Hassle

Dupont Circle & 19th Street, Thursday 12:15 pm:

Lady Panhandler: Spare some change? I like you!
Me: Sorry, no change.
Lady Panhandler: I don't like you. Fuck you!

Two blocks further south...

Male Panhandler: Merry Christmas, spare some change?
Me: Sorry, no change.
Male Panhandler: Asshole!




Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Majick Community Radio Airplay

Sean at WRYR (97.5 FM in Annapolis -100 watts of power!) played track 4 off disc 3 of the CD-R set...an inspired choice! it's one of the most abstract tracks we've recorded...I love to think of our stuff floating in the airwaves over the "Eastern & Western Shores of the Mid-Chesapeake Bay Region".

Sean's show is every Friday night from 9 til 1.

Thanks Sean!

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Ron Paul? Seriously?

I hear there's a presidential election coming up, unless Bush declares a state of emergency and cancels them. No candidate inspires me, unless you count disgust as a form of inspiration. Speaking of, here's a choice quote from candidate Ron Paul:

Given the inefficiencies of what D.C. laughingly calls the "criminal justice system," I think we can safely assume that 95% of the black males in that city are semi-criminal or entirely criminal.


More details in this post on Blue Hampshire.

Cassette Culture

Just signed up for my second year of Tape Club, the Plastic Crimewave effort that puts a mix tape of psychedelic sixties unknowns in your mailbox every two months. I've written about this before but I wanted to plug it again because I'm a huge fan of Steve Krakow's stuff. His Galactic Zoo Dossier zine is totally awesome (here's an interview with the man).

I listen to my cassettes on a $25 boombox. This is the optimal playback mechanism for tapes. The Tape Club tapes sound great on a boombox. Most 60's music was recorded in mono, meant to be heard through the single speaker of a handheld transistor radio or a crappy AM car radio.

The Tape Club tapes got me to go back through my old tapes. I've heard a few where some drunken finger pressed "record" instead of "play", creating a few seconds of what is today called a "field recording". And even if you punch out those two little tabs, tapes degrade. So the tape you hear today won't sound the same years from now. Degeneration baby! It's cool.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Takoma Crime Map


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Stereogab created this very cool Google Map showing the latest wave of muggings in our neighborhood. It's cool that DC shares their data but if one concerned citizen can build an effective map using Google, why are we paying for stuff like this?

UPDATE 12.12: Found the MPDC Crime Incidents KML file and their Google map but they don't show many of the incidents mapped above. Is MPDC not adding every incident to their database?