Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Seen in New York

This got a chuckle out or me on the way to work. In case you can't see the difference initially, look at what's been written in place of "works" in the ad. This was at the 116th B/C station, AKA, Heroin Haven (although it's a lot cleaner for the gentrifiers).

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Read A Book lyrics and video

I've just recently realized that most people are linking to this site looking for the lyrics or video to the "Read a Book" song. Now that the video's out, it's gained a lot of traction, which is good. Unfortunately, Jesse Jacskson doesn't think much of the piece. I guess the Fresh Prince was right; Parents Just Don't Understand.

Anyway, I don't have these on my blog, but you can see the video here. For those who have problems figuring out the words and want lyrics, you can get them here.

Finally, if you want to hear some good hip-hop, check out my radio station here.

"Cause when you take that bus...you get there"

Monday, September 10, 2007

First the Fat Boys break up, and now, this...


So now I've got a wife and a dog. I've gotten so domesticated. Between that and school, work, the radio station and assorted odds and ends, there's barely time to breathe. So you won't be seeing me on my favorite emails lists or at my favorite parties for awhile, I'm afraid. If you need to reach me, try the contact information you've got. I'll hit you up as soon as I can.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

I love Mika Brzezinski

This is probably the most wonderful moment in television journalism to date. Kudos to Mika for standing up for what she believes in. Watch her refuse to report on the Paris Hilton "story"

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Landlord forced to live in own building (no heat, water, stoves, ovens)

LAKEWOOD, Ohio, May 22 (UPI) -- A Lakewood, Ohio, landlord has been ordered by a judge to house arrest in one of his derelict buildings until he makes the proper repairs. Turnabout is fair play, indeed.



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Sunday, April 29, 2007

“So You Wanna Be A Rockstar?” Online Auction & Willie Mae-ra-thon Benefit Concert Weekend

My writer friend Suzanne's been working with the Willie Mae Rock Camp for awhile. it's an organization dedicated to making girls into rock stars, with camps and workshops. They're got an online fundraising auction drive that's going on until May 7th. Read below and please check it out.

Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls is pleased to announce two upcoming fundraising events to raise money for scholarships to send girls to camp this summer.

The “So You Wanna Be A Rockstar” Online Auction is an opportunity for you and yours to get the hottest rock star hook ups – all for a good cause! Awesome items are on the block, including a guitar signed by the Beastie Boys, a bag by Marc Jacobs, weekend getaways, recording studio time, and much much more. The auction runs April 23 thru May 7. 100% of every winning bid will go straight to scholarship fund. Visit http://www.williemaerockcamp.cmarket.com


The auction is being held in conjunction with the first annual "Willie Mae-ra-thon" – a Benefit Weekend of shows and events, April 26-29 at venues in Brooklyn and Manhattan. 5 shows over 4 nights plus an afternoon matinee, starring nearly 30 bands, including Boyskout, Flying, Care Bears on Fire, The Shondes, Taigaa!, and Modrocket. From Union Pool to Cake Shop, Banjo Jim's and points in-between, come for the music, stay for the Online Auction Bidding Portals, Campfire, Singalongs, Kissing Booth, S’Mores & Trapeze Artistry! All proceeds go to the Willie Mae Rock Camp scholarship fund. A list of shows is below. Up-to-the-minute details can be found at www.williemaerockcamp.org/marathonwknd.html.

Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls is a non-profit music day camp serving girls ages 8-18 in New York City.

Schedule for the 2007 Willie Mae-ra-thon:

Thursday, April 26 at 8PM
Union Pool in Brooklyn
484 Union Avenue, (Union & Meeker, Bklyn)
$10 Suggested donation, 21+
w/ The Goddamn Rattlesnake, Madeline, Hogzilla & The Shondes
along with special guest -the fragrant, flagrant, and fabulous Fawn Doe on Trapeze!!


Friday April 27 at 9PM SHARP
Banjo Jim's at 9th & Ave. C
k. with Rose Thomson and Matt Schickele
$10 Suggested donation, 21+
K. is Karla Schickele of the band Ida, joined by drummer Ruth Keating and guitarist Matt Sutton of The Malarkies. Opening are Rose Thomson (The Walking Hellos and the M Shanghai String Band) and Matt Schickele (also of the M Shanghai String Band) performing solo sets.


Saturday April 28
Venue & time TBA
$15 Suggested donation, 21+
Taigaa, High Places, Rasa Radiata, & Boyskout, + Special guests

Sunday April 29 at 5PM
Cake Shop 152 Ludlow Street
ALL AGES
$10 Suggested donation
LEGS, Modrocket , Magnolia, Care Bears On Fire, Fiasco, The Bones Royal
Sunday April 29 at 8PM
Cake Shop 152 Ludlow Street
21+
$15 Suggested donation
Flying, Christy & Emily, Nymph, Lucibel Crater, Broadband, Zoie & Ava, + appearance by Ladies Rock Camp band Royal Pink!

For more information, visit www.williemaerockcamp.org

Monday, January 15, 2007

Reflections of Ghana: Cultural Differences

Our experience in Ghana was unlike any other place we'd been to in a variety of ways. There's the standard of living (the median income in Ghana is $406/year), and the infrastructure challenges (power and water can cut out sproadically). The most significant differences we encountered were cultural. For the most part, Ghanaians are very friendly, extremely polite and very non-confrontational. A couple of stories will illustrate.

One day, my Aunt Gloria told us the tale of this American expat living in Accra. Most Ghanaians wake up relatively early. Some tribes actually have a word for early morning, which for them is between 3:30 and 5:30 AM. This woman however, did not like getting up before noon. After being awoken by her servants at typical Ghanaian times, this woman declared "If I see any of you before noon, you're fired!"

A day soon after, my aunt came by to visit this woman at 11AM. She asked the servant if the woman of the house was in. He responded by nodding silently. She asked if she could stop by. The servant started shivering and stuttering, while shaking his head no. When she asked why, he told her about this rule that had been set. He was upset at not being able to fetch the woman for my aunt, as well as the thought of violating the 12:00 rule. My aunt went upon her way once she realized this.

We ran into this ourselves when we were leaving Ghana. At Kotoko Airport, we were at customs. We expected to quickly hear the three standard questions and be on our way:
1. Have you received a gift or package from anyone?
2. Did you pack your bags?
3. Have your bags been in your possession the whole time?

Instead, we heard a stuttering agent, new on the job, say "Ha- Ha- Have you been the ..uh..owners of you-your bags?" We responded yes, because it seemed like the right answer. The next two questions were filled with pauses as well. "Maybe his English isn't so good" I thought. As soon as he'd finished asking those questions, he rattled off instructions fairly easily. Evidently, asking those types of questions isn't done in Ghana. Decidedly different from New York, where people you don't know feel comfortable asking you all sorts of questions (yes, I've done it myself).

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Reflections of Ghana: First Round of Pics up

The first round of pics from our vacation are up and available at Snapfish; go and check them out. We took over 400 in total, it's likely that 250 - 300 will make the final cut. These are an account of our travels in Accra, Cape Coast and Ho.

My trusty camera that I've banged on for years died on the day that we visited the slave castle in Cape Coast. If anyone has recommendations for a new digital camera, pass them on.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Merry New Year!

So 2007 is upon us, leaving behind a crazy, exciting, challenging 2006. The good, the bad and the ugly was heaped upon my plate. I got the courage to leave a comfy but frustrating job and start my own venture. I also got engaged, and am happy to start building a life with a special woman. I made it to the motherland and enjoyed life like I haven't in a long time.

On the other hand, I also gave myself high blood pressure by trying to do too much in too little time. Sleeping three hours a night for two months at a stretch may work for those early 20 year olds, but I just can't do it anymore. I'm going to get things done by taking it easy. I'm not going to make any resolutions per se, but just change directions as needed.

On another note, the trip to Ghana was fantastic. We've got about 400 pictures and lots of thoughts to chew on. Future blog posts will be titled "Reflections of Ghana:" with a specific subject.

Watch this space.