Wednesday, June 22, 2005

WHOA! Part One - Racial BDSM

While checking out different tribes on, I found something that threw me for a loop. Now, I'm all in favor of hedonism in general, and going to great lengths to find that pleasurable activity in particular. I'm also in favor of living and letting live (I wish some people I know could do the same, but that's another story)....

Racial BDSM, on the other hand, takes it to one of my limits, IMO. Here are some excerpts from the article:

"begun to engage in what is called 'race play' or 'racial play' -- that is getting aroused by intentionally using racial epithets like the word 'nigger' or racist scenarios like a slave auction. "

(Bond refers to Mike Bond, a Racial BDSM proponent)
"During his workshop, Bond told the audience about his own history. He first considered race play when a partner asked if it was humiliating for him as a black man to bow before her, a white woman. He hadn't thought about it before. 'But if that made it more embarrassing, ' he said, 'then I was all for it.'

On the panel with Bond were three white women he has played with. They emphasized that race play isn't about hate. For one woman calling Bond 'nigger' was just another bad name that aroused him. But another woman, who is Jewish, said it took time and encouragement to be able to relax with race play. After the talk came the demonstration: A woman dressed in a business suit and planted in the audience heckled Bond, then grabbed him by the collar and threw him down, all the while yelling about what gave Bond the right to criticize 'her people' (rednecks)."


I don't have any words for now. I do know that I don't want togo there when I'm in the bedroom. Too much blood going in both directions...something has to suffer for it.

If you have any comments on this, let 'er rip. I've removed the login requirement, so hit me up.

My New Sidekick

No, I haven't moved on from my lady. It's the T-Mobile Sidekick, which we both picked up for the woman's birthday. It's a pretty nice device for staying connected, with Instant Messenger (AIM and Yahoo), email and even an SSH client. I've had it for a few days and it definitely simplifies life, gives a brother more time to read emails on the subway, or bounce an app server remotely.

There are problems, however. First, the web browser is weak (doesn't do javascript). The network can be goddamned slow (I should have expected this, considering it's T-Mobile). I also ran into an unexpected situation last night with the UI. I'd just left a message for a friend and thought I turned the phone off, but I didn't. I then proceeded to talk for 5 minutes, filling up the voice mail box with random conversation. Not cool. Turns out that my gf has done the same thing over the past couple of days. Word to the wise, please check that your phone's off before you start speaking!

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Ish's 28th Birthday on June 11th!

Click Here to see Pictures of Aisha's Birthday Celebration

Happy Birthday Ish. People came from far and wide to celebrate your birthday. We all had good food and fun. The top floor at Madame X is the only way to celebrate. The lounge with the nice soft couches were perfect to relax and talk in like adults. Maroons is a fantastic restaurant as well, with top of the line service. What else can be said?

UPDATE: The link is fixed, okay

Hopstop: Mapquest for NYC people

Thanks to the Burner list; someone on there dropped the dime on HopStop, a Mapquest based on travel by subway, since most of us in this city don't have a car, and those who do, don't use it. Check it out; makes scheduling travel a lot easier. It evidently even estimates travel based on train speed at the time of day, so it'll take into account the 8AM slowness of the 4 and 5 trains headed downtown.

Outlook and Plaxo rule my life

I wake up in the morning, start up Outlook, review my overdue tasks, push some forward, delete others. I log onto Plaxo, check to see which of my contacts have been updated, sync my tasks for when I'm on the run. Right now, life looks like a mountain of obligation, a towering stack of Post-It Notes, with rays of sunshine, and the faint aroma of fresh air and a precious life peeking from around the other side of it.

I shouldn't even be typing this; I've got an unorganized apartment, work tasks spilling over to my home life, a load or two of laundry at the laundramat. I'm just keeping in practice. With that said, I'm out the door!

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Happy Birthday Jay Lewis!

Jay Lewis at Maroons

Jay Lewis at Maroons, a nice Jamaican restaurant in Chelsea. People need to go there; it's a fantastic place with good food that can handle large groups, a rarity in NYC.

All these parents conceiving in September - October leading to all these June babies. I've got about 5 birthdays to observe/check out/sing at from now until July. And that doesn't count the random person's party I'll probably run into while taking a break from class with my good friend Patron.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Picasa -> Hello -> Blog?

I'm having problems publishing photos from Picasa to this blog. Hopefully, I'll figure out the missing ingredient in the secret sauce. That's it for now; I've got discrete math studying to do. I'm out for now.

Friday, June 03, 2005

Finally copped that Little Brother joint

I know I'm late on this, but I finally checked out that Little Brother album, The Listening. What can I say that hasn't been said already? It's a nice, cohesive piece, 9th Wonder's production is tight, Phonte and Pooh have that undeniable chemistry, and they rap about real life situations, from pseudo-righteous coffeehouse cats on "The Yo-Yo" to life moving too quickly on "Speed". It's in my regular rotation now, joining Common's "BE".

I got the listening from eMusic, my favorite music download service. For only 20 bucks a month, I get 90 tracks from a pretty large catalog of non top-40 music. These are VBR MP3s with no DRM; no restrictions, they're yours to keep. You won't find all the latest releases from the hottest artists (according to radio) on there, but I'm not looking for that anyway. If you were looking for an obscure demo or live performance by your favorite non mainstream artist though, you've come to the right place. It's also emerged as a distributor for smaller labels. If anyone wants to try it out, leave a comment on the page.