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Too sleepy to post anything more than the following:

Optimus Prime v. Bonecrusher

Activate interview with Jenni Gainsborough, Washington director of Penal Reform International

on hip-hop, hoes and bitch-ass-niggas - a post on "Hip-Hop and Homophobia: Exploring Masculinity, Bisexuality and the DL." by blackademic Larry D. Lyons II.

Not a lot of love in the Haight - LA Times article about how hippie homeowners wish those damn kids would get off their lawn even though those hippies probably did the same thing 30 years ago.

WANT: Dim sum cell phone charms! Too cute.

Edited to add: Why is it "hoes"? Shouldn't it be "hos"? Someone confirm the spelling rule on this one.
Jun. 1st, 2007 11:49 pm


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I enjoy reading SFist because it tells me stuff like 880 commute sucks the most - and why does it suck? People really don't know how to merge on very well. Also, the MacArthur Maze. Fucking death trap.

From Global Voices - pictures of Tai Hu, a freshwater lake in China that is pretty polluted. We went there on our tour, and I guess we got to see the non-polluted side. It sucks, because it's a gorgeous site.

NotCouture - new fashion blog. Drool over pretty things.

I totally WISH I could see this: Damon Albarn of Gorillaz fame collaborates with Chen Shi-Zheng to create a new version of the Monkey King. Animation, too!
Apr. 25th, 2007 11:30 am


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Am home sick today, but I can't sleep, so I give you links!

  • Latest issue of Jump Cut - this month's theme is China and China diaspora film. I have not read this yet, but it seems interesting, and an academic dissection of Kung Fu Hustle sounds like fun.
  • GreenCine interview with the stars of Hot Fuzz. I can't wait to see this movie.
  • Mike Daisey talks to the guy who dumped water on his notes. I really admire Mike Daisey's approach to how he handled this. Plus his act was really funny and it's stupid that he got so rudely interrupted like that.
  • I usually like 60 Minutes, and I'll even concede Anderson Cooper can be pretty. But I hated his "Stop Snitching" segment, in which he blames hip hop for being the cause of black people not talking to police. I mean, really, it wasn't maybe Rodney King or Amadou Diallo? Or even just the collective and justified distrust of police that police have done nothing to mitigate? Hip hop is not just Cam'ron, okay? I wouldn't talk to the police, either, unless I absolutely had to. I have no street cred to protect, but where I come from I've yet to see the police live up to their actual job descriptions. It was overall just lazy, lazy journalism. I'd go on but I think I would explode.
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Ok, Mark TiVoed this: Ego Trip's (White) Rapper Show and we just finished watching it. After watching this, we season-passed it.

The first ten minutes were mostly painful. And fucking weird.

One of the rappers called himself "John Brown" and I was like, ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?! Anyway, he's not that good, and his response to anything he's asked is "I'm the king of the 'burbs!" And for some reason he's all about the "ghetto revival". No clue what that means.

I liked Persia at first, who seemed pretty cool until she blew up at John Brown. She got punished in the show for using the n-word by being forced to wear a giant silver chain that said, "N-WORD", which I actually thought was kind of brilliant. It forced Persia to reconsider what she was saying, and how she'd gone too far. Someone should make Michael Richards wear it.

The show is not a trainwreck in the manner of say, "Flavor of Love". The people who are in this seem to be taking it seriously, and they're staying in the Bronx, and dude, they all got to meet Grandmaster Flash. So far I like most of the competitors, and I liked that at the end of the show, they actually got real critiques on stuff they rapped.

A lot of it was still a trainwreck, though.
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Yesterday we watched Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which is based on a book of the same name by Hunter S. Thompson, the guy who coined the term gonzo journalism. I haven't read Thompson's work, so I have no opinion on that, but the movie I just didn't get. It seemed like one introspective trip that is, because of the drugs' effects, taken outside. It's weird. Mark likes it because it reminds him of his experiences in high school and college.

I finished John Hodgman's Areas of My Expertise, which should be read in Hodgman's voice for the best effect. He's my favorite of the recent crop of Daily Show correspondents, and every time the Mac commercial comes on I have to rewind and watch it again.

I recently bought San Francisco magazine, because I was desperate for something to read on the train ride home. You would think that I would learn my lesson sometime about buying magazines, but no, you'd be wrong. They redesigned their magazine from a normal format to an oversize format - kind of like W, the fashion magazine. The most recent issue has a good, long, thoughtful investigative article about why black people are leaving San Francisco (for Oakland! and Stockton!), the effect of which is totally ruined by the next twenty pages of its special advertising section for new real estate for SOMA and South Beach. The investigative article makes good points about how the only way black people in San Francisco can make any decent money is by selling their property to move somewhere cheaper, right? The advertising section starts out with the following sentences: "Who is moving to SOMA? In a word, everyone."

Anyway, I work in the area in where the advertisers are selling their condos, and if people are dumb enough to spend close to $1 million for a two-bedroom condo atop Safeway, and right next to the 280 freeway, and across from the train station that runs every day until 1am, then they totally deserve those condos.

I realize that magazines are beholden to advertisers, but they really couldn't have put that special advertising somewhere else? Who are these people writing for anyway?

I started Can't Stop Won't Stop, but I think I'm going to have to start over. There's just way too much information for me to process at once. And I suspect I'm going to go on a music buying spree afterwards.
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There's a SF Weekly profile of DJ Shadow, which is really long, with a few surprises. It's kind of disappointing to learn that he lives in Marin County even if, by the writer's standards, it's "modest" - home prices in Marin are astronomical. It is funny, how he's been getting criticized by a bunch of his fans for getting into "hyphy" (which, even though I should know this shit, know nothing about) and having that influence his style. I think people hear about it and think Oakland = black = ghetto = too good for it.

The article also compares his success with that of DJ Spooky, who is black, and while he's been successful, hasn't had the kind of fervent fanaticism that DJ Shadow inspired. DJ Spooky's style, according to the article at least, has been criticized in the past, for trying to sound too intellectual, even though he's experimented in the same way that DJ Shadow has.

While I think race factors significantly into how both are perceived, DJ Spooky's outspoken politics also factor into it. I know nothing of Shadow's political views, but I know a lot about Spooky's just from reading that one article in the Nation, and while right now it's not necessarily an unpopular viewpoint, it would have been considered pretty reactionary in the recent past by the mainstream. Whoever they are.

For the record, I like them both.
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Local media disappointed that traffic gridlock not achieved; the rest of the Bay Area returns to grumbling about their "long-ass commutes" and ignoring the existence of BART workers. Reporters heard bitching about having to stop speculating on what might happen and having to focus on what actually happened. Newspapers pissed off at having to stay up past the midnight deadline as the union kept asking for "one more friggin' extension."

That has been playing in my head all day, because the whole situation just calls for Onion headlines.

The RZA is this month's guest editor for Boldtype. Boldtype is a monthly newsletter of recommended books. It's the spirituality issue, which is relevant, since it's something I've been thinking about a lot lately. (Why don't I have any Wu-Tang Clan on my iPod, though? This must be fixed.)

There's an interview with the RZA, in which he won my heart by saying: I actually collect a lot of books so I can have some common ground with everybody. I get that from coming up in New York where you get all types of people walking around. Books are a common denominator with everyone.
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