January 23, 2008

The new YCTB Album

Album Cover Project

“The first article title on the page is the name of your band.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random

Mine: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yokohama_City_Transportation_Bureau

“The last four words of the very last quote is the title of your album.”

http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3

Mine: www.quotationspage.com/quote/1362.html

“The third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.”

http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days/

Mine: www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=2209382960&size=o

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January 21, 2008

In The Name of Love


MLK Jr Stencil (Originally uploaded by emdot.)

On the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday here are a few thoughts courtesy of an e-mail thread at a friend's very progressive company (props Vera):

“A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies. On the one hand, we are called to play the Good Samaritan on life's roadside, but that will be only an initial act. One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho Road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life's highway. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.”

Written while grooving to the always tasty Groove Salad on SomaFM (yay area!)

“A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth. With righteous indignation, it will look across the seas and see individual capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa, and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the countries, and say, ”This is not just.“ It will look at our alliance with the landed gentry of South America and say, ”This is not just.“ The Western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn from them is not just....

”A genuine revolution of values means in the final analysis that our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Every nation must now develop an overriding loyalty to mankind as a whole in order to preserve the best in their individual societies.

“This call for a worldwide fellowship that lifts neighborly concern beyond one's tribe, race, class, and nation is in reality a call for an all-embracing and unconditional love for all mankind....We can no longer afford to worship the god of hate or bow before the altar of retaliation. The oceans of history are made turbulent by the ever-rising tides of hate. And history is cluttered with the wreckage of nations and individuals that pursued this self-defeating path of hate. As Arnold Toynbee says: 'Love is the ultimate force that makes for the saving choice of life and good against the damning choice of death and evil. Therefore the first hope in our inventory must be the hope that love is going to have the last word.'”

From a personal reflection of a senior colleague:

I am not as familiar as Bill or Jennifer with MLK's writing or speeches. However, when worked in the Citywide Testing Office of the Chicago Public Schools, I had a truly transformative experience that was linked to Dr. King. I was visiting schools during the week that was prior to the MLK holiday. I made a visit to an elementary school that was 99% African-American and in the poorest section of the city. Let me share a couple of details about the school. All the windows on the first floor were broken and had been boarded over with plywood. There were armed guards in the hallways. There was no money available for children in Kindergarten, first and second grade to have “pencils” --hence children were learning to write the letters of the alphabet using little, tiny stubs of broken crayons. There were no books (that's right, no books) in the first grade--the books were rolled into the classroom for reading instruction on a cart and then rolled out. It was the first time I had worked with first graders in a US public school that had entered school having never held a book in their own hands. To enter the building, I had to walk around the remains of several dead rats.. At the time of my visit, all teachers and children were convened in the auditorium where they were celebrating the memory of Dr. King. The five and six year olds were about to make their contribution to the program. I stood in the back of the auditorium and listened as these very young, very poor children, stood on stage, “hand-in-hand,” and recited the words of King's “I Have a Dream” speech. Given the condition of their school and their life chances, it was very hard to watch. After the assembly was over, I left the school and understood, more clearly than ever before, what institutional racism looks like. A week after this experience, the mother of one of the children in this school, was murdered on the playground.

We've got to do better for our children and for ourselves. Dr. King's actions and words point the way.

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January 11, 2008

?uestlove Interview

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Who knew there was a Red Bull Music Academy? THe list of artists they've done interviews with is right up my hip-hop alley though I was drawn by the ?uestlove interview to be sure.

Written while groovin' to I Asked When from the album “So Much More” by Brett Dennen

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January 07, 2008

Science and Religion

My friend Stephen Phelps was interviewed by the folks at the UK Guardian as part of their science podcast. Stephen was at Stanford recently talking about the topic of the new atheism that's sweeping the nation these days (in reaction, I believe, to the religious right's zealotry). His point, which is consistent with his (and my) beliefs as a Baha'i, is that “God and science are not in competition - indeed, he believes evolution is the founding premise of religion, and its purpose is ultimately to push humanity to the next level of consciousness.”

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January 06, 2008

For my own future (but not too future) reference

A stamp costs $0.41 these days (Jan 6, 2008).

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January 04, 2008

No Need To be Signed

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Radiohead proved that success in record sales doesn't require a record label (even if it was association with said record label that got to that point). If you're an indie author, filmmaker or musician now is an exciting time to be coming up. These three examples of relatively new services to produce and make available your wares represent the tip of the iceberg of change the traditional industries of film, publishing, and music are passively aggressively fighting.

http://www.Lulu.com
http://www.Blurb.com
http://www.createspace.com

Written while groovin' to Almost Ready from the album “Beyond” by Dinosaur Jr

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January 03, 2008

January 02, 2008

At What Bitrate Should I Rip My CD's?

I've asked this question myself as I have yet to rip the bulk of my CD's at home: What bitrate is the best combination of quality versus size and compression? This article convinces me that 192 is prolly best for me. (props to spaceman MT for the reference)

Written while groovin' to Dave Geene - The Call from the album “Re-Brahim - Abdullah Ibrahim Remixed” by Abdullah Ibrahim

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January 01, 2008

Animation's Revenge

Thanks to Pejman comes this one:


Animator vs. Animation by *alanbecker on deviantART
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