Trade Everything for Peace

Midwest, past stuff, blerp.

'Side Effects' review; read it. Even better, remember this, watch film, come back.

In every new picture, (Soderbergh) attempts to wade through distractions to understand, and then criticize, just how this world operates.

Terrific movie, darn-good review.

Move Soderbergh’s lesser-knowns (e.g., not Ocean’s Anything [though those are still quality]) to the top of whatever kind of list you make for watching films.

Make sure to include “Bubble,” too.

 

thefuuuucomics:

kiss cam breakup

Too much good here to not reblog. Mediation, social constructs, joy in the black-shirt lady’s face, more. Glorious.

thefuuuucomics:

kiss cam breakup

Too much good here to not reblog. Mediation, social constructs, joy in the black-shirt lady’s face, more. Glorious.

(via lalibertarienne)

(I tweeted this a moment ago [@leclairmitch, btw], but I gotta brag on here, too.)

For the 21st straight year, my hometown elementary and junior high school students have won the team first place at the Eastern Coteau Conference Spelling Bee. Heck yeah.

Proud and alive, 100-year-old Rosholt, S.D. Glorious.

(Picture via The Rosholt Review, page 1 this past edition.)

(I tweeted this a moment ago [@leclairmitch, btw], but I gotta brag on here, too.)

For the 21st straight year, my hometown elementary and junior high school students have won the team first place at the Eastern Coteau Conference Spelling Bee. Heck yeah.

Proud and alive, 100-year-old Rosholt, S.D. Glorious.

(Picture via The Rosholt Review, page 1 this past edition.)

(W)here I had written mamma and papà, the edit had transformed to “mamma” and “pappa.” This rather threw me, in part because I had assumed that Americans said mama and papa, but mostly because papà is accented on the second syllable, whereas in Italian “pappa”, with the accent on the first syllable and that double p that Italians, unlike Anglo-Saxons, actually pronounce, is a word for mush, or babyfood.

—"Learning to speak American," a piece by Tim Parks on the nuances, problems and discoveries inherent in translated literature. / The New York Review of Books

(Source: nybooks.com)

thecheekylibertarian:

statehate:

asuperfluousman:

I’d like to point out that Ricardo doesn’t know where Milwaukee is.

Like, when the revolution comes, he’ll be the first one dead simply because he cannot function as a person.

I know it’s somewhere between California and New York.

Why would anyone need to know anything about the Midwest?

Whoa, hey, c’mon now.

Ponds, trees, hard workers, small-town lies, creative uneducated, loose status quos, hills, creeks: all rad.

Did I mention the Browns Valley Man? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traverse_Gap

(^ I originally come from this magical area.)

Or the tip of ancient Lake Agassiz? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Agassiz

The Mississippi’s mouth?

Northern Lights?

All rad.

His name was anathema to the gentry of the Midwest, where he was known as an anarchist, an atheist; the reporters who came to him were often frightened, hostile and suspicious, but his dirt-farmer ways, his gentle good humor and lovability converted them. One very correct young man was astonished to be received in the bathroom where Darrow was shaving in his undershirt, suspenders down.
“Make yourself confortable, son,” he drawled through the soapy lather. “Here, sit on the edge of the bathtub or on the toilet.”

—Irving Stone, “Clarence Darrow For The Defense,” p. 201.

thessmurphy:

Hunter Murphy, 2012

High-res is way good.
Thought that was a shrub with turkeys in it or something. Nope.
Beautiful shot.

thessmurphy:

Hunter Murphy, 2012

High-res is way good.

Thought that was a shrub with turkeys in it or something. Nope.

Beautiful shot.

Talib Kweli: My Top 100 Hip Hop Albums

*My thoughts follow the list. - ML

talibkweli:

Many of you responded to my 100 all time hip hop songs list, and I appreciate it. The list was based on personal preference, as well as the songs impact on hip hop culture as a whole. Your responses made me want to continue the conversation so here is a list of my top 100 hip hop albums. …

Illmatic- Nas
Enter The 36 Chambers- Wu Tang Clan
It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back- Public Enemy
Paid In Full- Eric B & Rakim
Midnight Marauders- A Tribe Called Quest
The Chronic- Dr. Dre
By Any Means Necessary- Boogie Down Productions
De La Soul Is Dead- De La Soul
Aquemini- Outkast
Reasonable Doubt- Jay-Z
Low End Theory- A Tribe Called Quest
Beyond The Forces Of Nature- The Jungle Brothers
Mecca and The Soul Brother- Pete Rock and CL Smooth
Ready To Die- Notorious BIG
The Mis-Education of Lauryn Hill- Lauryn Hill
The Great Adventures of Slick Rick- Slick Rick
Doggystyle- Snoop Doggy Dogg
Amerikkka’s Most Wanted- Ice Cube
Criminal Minded- Boogie Down Productions
Daily Operation- Gangstarr
Straight Outta Compton- NWA
Only Built For Cuban Linx- Raekwon
The Score- The Fugees
The Infamous- Mobb Deep
Fantastic Volume 2- Slum Village
License To Ill- Beastie Boy
Speakerboxx/The Love Below- Outkast
College Dropout- Kanye West
Breaking Atoms- Main Source
Resurrection- Common
Mama Said Knock You out- LL Cool J
Raising Hell- Run DMC
Long Live The Kane- Big Daddy Kane
One For All- Brand Nubian
Mos Def and Talib Kweli are Black Star
Donuts- J Dilla
Get Rich Or Die Tryin- 50 Cent
The Blueprint- Jay-Z
Strictly Business- EPMD
All Eyez On Me - Tupac Shakur
Illadeplh Halflife- The Roots
Goin’ Off- Bizmarkie
Lord Willin’- The Clipse
Chronic 2001- Dr. Dre
Life After Death- Notorious B.I.G.
Ironman- Ghostface Killah
Death Certificate- Ice Cube
Critical Beatdown- Ultramagnetic MCs
Things Fall Apart- The Roots
Talib Kweli and Hi Tek are Reflection Eternal, Train of Thought
Stunts, Blunts and Hip Hop- Diamond D
Liquid Swords- GZA
Hard To Earn- Gangstarr
Cypress Hill- Cypress Hill
Madvillain- MF Doom and Madlib
Black on Both Sides- Mos Def
Graduation- Kanye West
Doctor’s Advocate- The Game
Muddy Waters- Redman
Paul’s Boutique- The Beastie Boys
The Carnival- Wyclef Jean
Inner City Griots- Freestyle Fellowship
Ridin Dirty- UGK
Power- Ice T
Step In The Arena- Gangstarr
Wu- Tang Forever- Wu-Tang Clan
Funcrusher Plus- Company Flow
Jeanius- Jean Grae, 9th Wonder
Capitol Punishment- Big Pun
Supreme Clientele- Ghostface Killah
Phrenology- The Roots
Bizarre Ride to the Pharcyde- The Pharcyde
Enta Da Stage- Black Moon
Atliens- Outkast
3 Feet High and Rising- De La Soul
Eardrum- Talib Kweli
Whut thee Album- Redman
When Disaster Strikes- Busta Rhymes
It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot- DMX
Road To Riches- Kool G Rap and Polo
The Fix- Scarface
The Ecstatic- Mos Def
Stankonia- Outkast
Fear Of A Black Planet- Public Enemy
Marshall Mathers- Eminem
Like Water For Chocolate- Common
Internal Affairs- Pharaohe Monch
Let’s Get Free- Dead Prez
I Am- Nas
400 Degreez- Juvenile
Blackout- Meth and Red
Lyte As A Rock- MC Lyte
Jay Lib- J Dilla and Madlib
93 Til Infinity- Souls of Mischief
Living Proof- Group Home
The Sun Rises In The East- Jeru the Damaja
Late Registration- Kanye West
Unfinished Business- EPMD
Carter 3- Lil Wayne
Lost Tapes- Nas

Below the Heavens - Blu and Exile

Rather than quote a song from one of these excellent albums (obtain any of them, and you’ll be floored; admission: I’ve only listened to ~40% of this list), I’ll post an incredible verse from an album that didn’t make Kweli’s cut: The Black Album, by Jay-Z. Here’s his second verse from “Moment of Clarity,” a song of which I am often reminded when I see/hear “Talib Kweli” (courtesy AZ lyrics):

The music business hate me
‘cause the industry ain’t make me
Hustlers and boosters embrace me
And the music I be making
I dumb down for my audience
And double my dollars
They criticize me for it
Yet they all yell “Holla”
If skills sold
Truth be told
I’d probably be
Lyrically
Talib Kweli
Truthfully
I wanna rhyme like Common Sense
(But I did five Mil)
I ain’t been rhyming like Common since
When your sense got that much in common
And you been hosteling since
Your inception
Fuck perception
Go with what makes sense
Since
I know what I’m up against
We as rappers must decide what’s most important
And I can’t help the poor if I’m one of them
So I got rich and gave back
To me that’s the win, win
The next time you see the homie and his rims spin
Just know my mind is working just like them
(The rims that is)

Back to the list:

When I was about 14-15, I discovered dozens of talented hip hop artists through the Internet. I was living in a small town of 400 in South Dakota, my hometown, which I love. Then, maybe not, but now, I cherish my background.

Without the vast world afforded me through the local web connection to our 56k modem (and Dell computer [$1,700 for 12 gb hard drive, 400mhz processor]), I would not have discovered Kweli, Common, The Roots, De La Soul, Nas, etc.

Take Pharoahe Monch for example: Even more complicated than pronouncing or spelling his name right — Kweli even misspelled it in his list — were real-life obstacles in finite resources. My reality in this world of scarcity had yet to make artists’ works available to wide audiences in any sort of comparable manner to what we can observe with the Internet. When the cost of delivering data (and even the possibility of doing so) shrunk to extremely affordable levels, that availability grew. Quite a bit. All the way to S.D.

I was starting high school in a rural Midwestern town, yet I was soaking some of the best lyrics ever written into my brain. Meeting Pharoahe Monch’s mind at that age — in that place? Incredible.

"Y’all know the name," for peculiar, fantastic reasons.

Parking Panda (+ more, I hope): Coming to you soon.

Parking Panda is a parking reservation service that allows drivers to find and book parking spots directly through their smartphones. It also lets those with empty driveways earn extra cash by renting theirs out.

The app displays parking spots available nearby, which can then be reserved and paid for instantly.

The service, available for the iPhone and on the web, also allows those with empty driveways to rent out their unused spots — an idea that Miller said was inspired by the difficulty he faced in renting out his unused parking space in college.

"We had a townhouse with a driveway, but no car. It was empty all the time and not used," he said. "I thought there had to be a better way to solve the problem."

From the sound of it, this app would greatly improve parking efficiency, range of consumer choice and opportunity for trade. The interwebs are turning the world into an oyster.

Via Reuters, 2012-09-24.

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