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Don't Download This Song

I don't often use the word hero, but Weird Al is the greatest hero in American history.

http://dontdownloadthissong.com/

Music file attached so you can download it.


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San Francisco Photos

So, after way, way too long, I've finally gotten my San Francisco pictures developed. Here are some of the better ones:

Cityscapes:

  • Stereotypical: Coit Tower from Lombard St.  Doesn't everyone take this picture?  But I like it.Stereotypical: Coit Tower from Lombard St. Doesn't everyone take this picture? But I like it.
  • Lafayette Park: Lafayette park (a park near where we stayed), looking towards the city.  Needs double exposure.Lafayette Park: Lafayette park (a park near where we stayed), looking towards the city. Needs double exposure.
  • Polk St: From a window, high up.Polk St: From a window, high up.
  • Muni Metro Subway: No, I was not arrested for taking this picture.Muni Metro Subway: No, I was not arrested for taking this picture.
  • Warehouse: A dock/warehouse in the light.Warehouse: A dock/warehouse in the light.

Bridges: You need Bridges, right?


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Sashas

Gah, sorry for the lack of updates; it's taken me a goddamn week to figure out how to post multiple images in a Drupal post. No, it shouldn't be that hard... but every freakin' thing I try seems to either break or make it twice as hard to do what I want to. Anyway's, I've finally figured it out, I think.

So, to initiate it, here are some Sasha's from my sketchbook:


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Baseball and Urban Development

Being a fan of both baseball and urbanism, I tend to closely follow the development of new ballparks in city centers, like the new Yankee and Shea stadiums in New York, and the new stadium for the Nationals in Washington, DC. In today's Washington Post, this article about the proposed stadium appeared:

If You Build It, Don’t Build Next to It: "Some ideas are so dumb you assume they’ll collapse of their own weight. That’s what we hope will happen to Mayor Anthony A. Williams’s cockamamie brainstorm to construct two vast 13-story towers—filled with condos, shops, garages and a hotel—just beyond left and center field of the new Nationals stadium on the Anacostia waterfront."

Now, in my mind, most stadiums do very, very little for the surrounding community on their own. They only see traffic during home games, and even then, they tend to be themepark-esque complete entertainment venues that encourage you not to visit and/or partake of the surrounding neighboorhood. They, of course, want you to buy everything in the park, and stay there. Not only that, but stadiums are very, very large on a human-scale, so when they're dark, they take up a huge swath of real estate with no purpose; in effect they are an actual impediment to life and to traffic. In fact, in my mind, other than very, very multipurpose arenas, only baseball stadiums come close to avoiding these problems because there are a large number of home games, 81, every year. (Compared to the exact opposite in say, football, where there are only 8). This is not to say that a team is bad for a city: it can often bring civic pride and national recognition to a city, things that can often help elevate an urban area to real-city status, at least in terms of human perception.

Some of the most succesful urban redevelopments that use stadia, however, are the ones that blend the most with the area, that encourage traffic throughout the neighboorhood. In effect, they become a part of the city as opposed to just being there. Three of the best examples of this in my mind are Camden Yards in Baltimore, Fenway in Boston, and Pac-Bell/Generic-Phone-Company Park in San Francsico. Another strategy to avoid the above-described ills is to add more to the stadia redevlopment. That is, make it multipurpose: shops, offices, living space, etc. Make it a place to be both when games are played, and when they aren't. Else, 284 days a year you have a huge, black monolith in the center of your city.


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Targeted Advertising

Targeted Advertising

Got this ad on YouTube. Targeted advertising for the Bronx area? Presented without further comment.


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Comic Style

Comic Style

Goth-y girl. Comic-y style. Was happier with it a few weeks ago... finally got back around to scanning/inking... eh, not so sure any more. Whatever.

Pencil drawing attached as well.


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Police and your Rights

It's unfortunate that we have to watch something like this. It is often hard to watch; it pushes your anxiety buttons. It is scary. But I wholeheartedly recommend everyone watch this video on protecting yourself during police encounters:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NmC5wHfCdM

The advice is clear and concise, and by simply watching the videos, know that at least I feel somewhat more prepared to deal with police encounters, whatever they may be.

It's sad to have to recommend this, but the times we live in demand it. Only can each of us protect ourselfs when confronted by authority. I've suffered with deep-seated anxiety over confronations and authority most of my life due to my anxiety disorder(s?), but certainly this video was most helpful.

Good luck, everybody.


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