Monday, July 29, 2013

A Jeff Stark Nonsensenyc List Again

And so another one of those weeks has rolled around here on planet earth to where I find myself receiving another one of those weekly email Nonsensenyc Lists that I have found myself subscribing to with that discriminating resource for independent art, weird events, strange happenings, unique parties, and senseless culture to be found in New York City, this really cool list of just about underground everything when it comes to parties and events. And as far as I blogger know, Jeff Stark had this really cool before we were ghosts illegal party in an abandoned subway station deep under NYC a few weeks ago on that Make Music New York day of a year. And with the exception of the New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority wondering why are you going your way in that subway tunnel, it became a question of why was I not invited to this really cool subway party. And so a few weeks later another one of those Jeff Stark lists has arrived in that email inbox again that reads something like as follows. And I decided to post this list on this blagh again because hey, it's less writing sometimes I think, in an attempt to maintain content for this blog and my other blog whenever blaghers block possible. Have a great Jeff Stark party list day.

Friday, July 26
* Salish, Brooklyn
* Head On: Punk vs. Glam, Brooklyn
* Music Producer and Artists Networking Party, Manhattan
* Haunted Murder Mystery Beach Party, Brooklyn
Saturday, July 27
* Tribes By Air, Manhattan
* Coalition of the Illing, Brooklyn
* Reverend Jen's Troll Stroll, Manhattan
* Fall of Rome: An Unofficial History, Brooklyn
* Rumble, Brooklyn
* The Motor Room, Brooklyn
* Fourth Annual Coney Island Talent Show, Brooklyn
* Pronto Comics's Third Phrases to Pages, Manhattan
* Pulsewave: Quebec Edition, Brooklyn
Sunday, July 28
* James Bond NYC Presents: Welcome to the Orange Club, Manhattan
* The New Amsterdam Pastiche Regatta, Manhattan
* My Brooklyn, Brooklyn
* SnapCrackle, Brooklyn
* Hissy Fit, Queens
* Flux Fest: 10 Short Films About Time Travel, Brooklyn
* Traces, Manhattan
Tuesday, July 30
* Dogs in Space: A Variety Show, Manhattan
Wednesday, July 31
* Date My Friends: Grow Young With Me, Manhattan
* The Skinny: America Under Surveillance or Let's All Show Each Other Our Privates, Manhattan
Thursday, August 1
* The Future Is Now, Manhattan
* Twin Peaks: The Beginning, Brooklyn
* Vendy artists
* The Easy Ice
Free Summer Stuff
* High season
* Excess Anonymous
* Chinatown Summer Street Festival
NOTE: For some navigation help, or an explanation for what this is all about, scroll all the way down to NONSENSE. You'll find snarky editorial comments and little bits of praise littered throughout this list. These nuggets are marked with all caps, like this: NOTE. You can donate to this project at
Also: We make a lot of mistakes, especially with dates; you should always double check our work before you go out.
A Brooklyn Bridge getaway.
Title:Point presents:
A maddening trip through the dark comic ruminations of the defeeted. Title:Point is excited to invite you to Salish, a full-scale theater production in New York's coolest altarts mecca, the Silent Barn. Salish is Title:Point's fifth event of 2013 and a worthy follow up to the Wild Boys, the immersive exploration of William S. Burroughs' classic novel as well as May's Q and Y: A Brief Comedy About Death.
Salish is the journey of two isolated strangers who must navigate through an obtuse landscape and it's mysterious inhabitants to answer the question: Where did all of these severed feet come from? It is a comedy.
Created by the Silent Barn's resident psychedelic theatre company, Title:Point Productions- Ryan William Downey, Theresa William Buchheister and Scott William Ries. Featuring: Sam Mickens, E. Jim Ford, Catrin Lloyd-Bollard, Joey Lepage, Ryan William Downey, and Theresa William Buchheister.
Silent Barn
603 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn
7:30p doors, 8p show; $8
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Head On: Punk vs. Glam
Head On is a dance party where every month we pit two themes against each other, head-to-head, Thunderdome-style. This month we've decided to get back to our all-ages rock show roots by pitting punk against glam. You'll have to decide whether you should pogo or ... er, do whatever it is people do when they listen to glam? Oh, that's right: dance their asses off.
At midnight, two of our DJs will take opposite ends of the stage and pit song after song against one another while you work yourselves into a frenzy. Based on your dance moves and your cheering, we'll crown a winner, who gets a victory lap as we settle in for more glam rock, punk rock, and a smattering of post-punk for good measure.
Will the winners be the Clash, the Ramones, the Sex Pistols, and their be-leather-jacketed brethren? Or will the likes of Bowie, T. Rex, and Queen end up as champions? And what side does Iggy Pop fall on anyway? With resident DJs Brian Blackout, Spoolwork, and Lepaux. Two DJs enter, one DJ leaves.
Bell House
149 7th Street, Brooklyn
10p-late; $free
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Music Producer and Artists Networking Party
The Set NYC presents a night of music producers, DJs and producers, and visual artists. Featuring Mason Gross School of Art Bethany Robertson, Sullivan Room music producers, and projection mapping visual art by Jiggy Wiz among others. Showcase your art, talent, music, original beats, and network with NYC's industry people. Tell your friends and send some invites, post it on your wall and remember to bring business cards.
Featuring visual artist and producer DJ Exit, Mason Gross School of Art Bethany Robertson, DJ Neon Mansion, painter Meghan Oare, producer Etai Tarazi, DJ Viberous, pro beatboxer Spencer Polanco, photographer Tobia St. Germain, producer George Vala, abstract artist Christiano, producer Jay Pluto, artist Michaelle Fiore, artist Murjani Holmes, photographer Jessica Glick, and art by Iwona Drelich.
Klimat Lounge
77 East 7th Street, Manhattan
10p-2a; $free
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
Haunted Murder Mystery Beach Party
Celebrate summer, art, and good times at LaunchPad's Haunted Murder Mystery Beach Party, an interactive evening where the audience will work together to solve a murder mystery while experiencing awesome art and performances, or just hang out, drink, dance, and party amid the artistic chaos. It's up to you.
One year ago legendary boogie-boarder, Chip Rigby, died in a freak accident at the national boogie-boarding championship (hosted by LaunchPad, of course). Some say that ever since that day his ghost has been haunting LaunchPad trying to solve the mystery of his death, which prevented him taking the championship title in 2012. On July 26th, LaunchPad hosts the 2013 boogie-boarding championship featuring many of the same competitors, who are all suspects in Chip's eyes. Strange vibes are afoot, dudes and dudettes.
Featuring surf rock by the Ape Hangers, readings by Niina Pollari and JD Scott, video by Julianna Schley, MIDI karaoke madness, home brewed by Honest Pete, wine provided by Wino(t). Beach attire strongly encouraged.
721 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn
9p, $10 suggested donation
Tribes By Air
Tribes By Air will take place on the top floor of a parking garage in Chinatown that we're calling the Flight Deck. We're bringing in our boys Thesthetics to transform the space as well as it's rooftop with installations and projections and have an incredible list of DJs lined up to pump jams all night long. With Obey City, Dkds, Sophia M.A. back to back with Medina, and Wodge Daddy.
Flight Deck
Buy tickets for address; Manhattan
10p; $10 presale, $15 door, $20 weekend pass
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Coalition of the Illing
Brooklyn's flagship beat scene party is coming to the new outdoor back patio stage at the Paper Box. After a spring and summer of parties and live-streaming events, let's all gather together under an open roof and groove out this Saturday night. With a few favorite beatmakers from past parties as well as a headliner from Modeselektor's own label, we guarantee you will get your beat fix this weekend. The party is hosted by Brooklyn's prolific MC Fresh Daily. In case it rains, we will be inside in the other brand new stage. Lineup: eLan, Ohbliv, AwNaw (Josh Hey and Swarvy duo), and Suzi Analogue. Hosted by Fresh Daily.
Paper Box back patio
17 Meadow Street, Brooklyn
L train to Montrose or Grand stations
9p-3a; $12 advance, $15 door
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Reverend Jen's Troll Stroll
Have you ever wanted to stroll the Lower East Side led by one of New York City's last remaining eccentric bohemians who actually lives on the LES? Now you have the chance. Reverend Jen, an elf who lives in a Troll Museum will give you one.
There will be several fascinating stops on this stroll. It will start on the southeast side of Delancey and Orchard, directly across from the Tenement Museum where the Rev. was just unjustly fired after 12 years of loyal service, then head to various historic sites (like Jade Liquors and BandB 99-Cent Plus) before finally heading to the world famous Troll Museum. It will be fun (though walking shoes are advised). The Troll Stroll's mission? To keep the Lower East Side weird while also celebrating its history as a birthplace of diversity, labor reform, and drinking. Rev. Jen will even throw in a Tarot Reading for a small extra charge. And there will be a bikini-clad assistant involved (weather permitting.) There is no dress code, by the way.
Southeast corner of Orchard and Delancey, Manhattan
3p; $20 heavily suggested donation and maybe a beer or too, but no one will be turned away because of lack of funds
301 655 2820
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Small Claims Court presents:
Fall of Rome: An Unofficial History
A performance in vignettes, Fall of Rome is a contemplation of strangers and strangeness inspired by Anne Carson's the Fall of Rome: A Traveller's Guide. Small Claims Court is a newly formed devised performance group based in Sea Cliff, Long Island, led by Sarah Matusek.
Silent Barn
603 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn
10p, after Title:Point's show Salish; $8
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Rumble is Brooklyn's finest retro greaser rock n roll party for queers, freaks and the otherwise sexual. Summer got you sweltering? Dance it off to our signature mix of soul, garage, rockabilly, and punk. Featuring on the ones and twos: DJ Johnnie Valentine and DJ Drumpelstiltsken. Be there or be square, and don't be square.
One Last Shag
348 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn
G train to Bedford-Nostrand station
9:30p-3:30a; $free before 11p, $5 after
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
The Motor Room
An interactive evening of dance, music, food, and celebration, featuring Lea Fulton.
501 Union
499 Union Street, Brooklyn
7:30p doors, 8p show; $15
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Fourth Annual Coney Island Talent Show
Join Hostess World Famous Bob and the fanfare of legendary talent. Categories for this year's talent contest are, creative kids 9-12 years old, creative kids 13-17 years old, circus freaks and sideshow geeks and song and dance. First prize in each category will receive a cash prize of $250, and day passes to participating Coney Island Amusements.
The Best Dressed person in each category will receive a special mystery prize. This year's celebrity judges include; Balkan accordionist with Raya Brass Band and music director of the NYC Village Halloween Parade, Matthew Fass, the Burlesque mayor of NYC, author and playwright, Jonny Porkpie, the Tap Dancing Tornado Helen Pontani, and Brooklyn Based Performance Artist, Dancer and Producer, Darlinda Just Darlinda aspiring musician, 14-year-old Sequoia Harrison.
Coney Island Boardwalk, between 10th and 12th streets, Brooklyn
3-8p; $free
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Pronto Comics's Third Phrases to Pages
The event will feature contests, industry guests, refreshments, and music -- plus free drinks. Bring your portfolios and scripts, as Pronto Comics will also be reviewing portfolios and scouting for new talent. Contests will consist of writers and artists pairing off, being given a mystery phrase, and drawing and writing one comic book page based on the phrase. Winners will be published in a special portfolio comic, given to industry professionals and available at conventions.
Pearl Studios
500 8th Avenue, 12th floor, studio 1209, Manhattan
7:30-10:30p; $10
21 and over!/events/534671656595208/?fref=ts
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
Pulsewave: Quebec Edition
Pulsewave started in March 2006 as a way for chip-music composers from all over the world to showcase their live music, paired with live visuals, on a monthly basis. Chip music is a kind of music made from archaic hardware, including Nintendo Game Boys, Nintendo Entertainment Systems and Commodore 64s. This month's event features Battle Lava, Pocaille, XC3N, and visuals by DIY Destruction.
721 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn
2,3,4,5,C to Franklin Avenue station
8p open mic, 9p show; $10 suggested donation
James Bond NYC Presents: Welcome to the Orange Club
Influential elements have resurrected an old and cherished institution: the Orange Club. Once the playground for the powerful, the Orange Club was a private casino club where often the fates of man were decided. Today's society views such clubs as the romantic subject of yesteryear; a bygone era of catchy mad men spies and campy super villains. Surely civilization no longer stakes its future interests at a poker table.
A poker tournament involving international persons of interest will be conducted in a secret Midtown location. Right under the noses of the cable media, Google, Facebook, Congress, even the NSA, the fates of man are being decided again. Cards are not electronic, cards are not traceable. Trust is always in the cards.
Gaming by Traveling Poker Academy, LLC, story by James Bond NYC and Everything Epic Games, featuring Ember Flame as Katja Malin, photography by Gianna Leo Falcon. One-third James Bond Live Action Role Play adventure, one-third casino gaming, and one-third cocktails, all shaken, not stirred. James Bond NYC is the only 007 themed role-play group in the world. This group is for Bond fans that appreciate creative and exotic escapism. We specialize in professional casino gaming plus detailed role-play challenges. Every event is deeply immersive within the universe of Bond. Beginners encouraged.
Secret midtown location
RSVP for address, Manhattan
5-10p; $20]at]
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
The New Amsterdam Pastiche Regatta
An afternoon on rowboats on Central Park Lake, featuring competitions of rowing skill, social graces, sartorial extravagance, and exterior portable dining prowess. Rain date: August 4.
Central Park Lake, Manhattan
2-5p; $36 per boat, or $9-18 per person (cost of renting a boat)
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
My Brooklyn
People were so moved by this film when we showed it last September at the Myrtle Village Green Opening, 596 Acres is doing it again. My Brooklyn tells the story of the changing of downtown Brooklyn in recent years and explains the role of city policy is determining what our neighborhoods look like. You can read about the film below.
This screening is part of a series of house parties this July for people to see and talk about the film. There will be a facilitated discussion after the film, based on questions and suggestions for concrete action that the filmmakers have developed. If you'd like to volunteer as a facilitator, email us with My Brooklyn in the subject.
Myrtle Village Green
636 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn
dusk; $free
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
The SnapCrackle party pops up (and pops off) at a new location. It's on a roof and it's in Brooklyn. And it's got a lovely view of the sunset over the Manhattan skyline. And it's close to a subway. RSVP to find out the rest. Join DJs Agent Trevor, Malik Work, Misbehaviour and Kenny Nix, on rotation on the (now mobile) SnapCrackle sound system playing top-notch classics of the past, present, and future.
RSVP for location, Brooklyn
4-11p; $free
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Hissy Fit
Brought to you by the guys behind Bushwick's queer electropop party Tantrum. Featuring live performances by North America and Ca-The-Drals. DJ sets by Jessamess, Scot Bowman, and DJ Pegasus. Drag shows by Untitled Queen and Lady Simon.
98-1 Shore Front Parkway, Queens
1-9p; $free
all ages
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Flux Fest: 10 Short Films About Time Travel
Mythic Bridge, a non-profit organization committed to providing filmmaking education to the underserved and Big Vision Empty Wallet (BVEW), a networking platform to develop and showcase creative projects, have teamed up to present Flux Fest 2013. Flux Fest is a film festival that commissions up-and-coming NYC filmmakers to make short films about time travel in under eight weeks.
The third in an ongoing series of festivals, Flux Fest follows in the footsteps of its predecessors -- Spooky Fest and Love Fest -- in challenging a group of young filmmakers to produce high-quality, entertaining works of cinema inspired by a series of creative prompts drawn by each filmmaking team at random. The teams have only eight weeks to take their projects from concept to completion, all culminating in a night of screenings, networking, and celebration.
Sandbox Studios
154 Morgan Avenue, Brooklyn
6p; $10-15
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
The Harvard Alley Workshop's presents:
Traces is an original multimedia performance devised in collaboration with Jennifer Restak, Catalina Lavalle, and Amanda Alef of the Harvard Alley Workshop, a multi- disciplinary performance workshop incorporating visual arts, writing, music, and sculpture into the creation of original performances.
The piece incorporates movement, video, music and spoken word combined to locate the audience within the process of dislocation and recovery experienced by the main character. A live performance can become both enhanced and eclipsed by video and multimedia, as the screen competes with the performers for the viewer's attention. Traces engages this conflict, using video-- specifically the footage of traces, social media and communications technology-- to depict the emotional struggle of this woman and our creative process. Moreover, through social media technology, we self-curate a public image and identify with that. The tension between rehearsal and performance is similar to what happens when technology substitutes for lived experience: we ourselves watch ourselves living.
357 West 36th Street, third floor, Manhattan
7:30p doors, 8:30p show; $10
Dogs in Space: A Variety Show
With Matt Koff, Emmy Blotnick, George Gordon, Florence, and Fantastic Gary, hosted by Ashley Brooke Roberts. Plus interactive games for the audience (that involve space and dogs).
Brit Pack Theater
153 Lafayette Street, Manhattan
9p; $1
Date My Friends: Grow Young With Me
Matchmaker to the stars, Amy Van Doran, hosts her seriously fun monthly singles mixer for her gorgeous and amazingly cool friends. This month, she is turning Culturefix an art gallery/ bar into the most glamorous of singles retirement communities for your mingling pleasure. Make new friends, fall in love over musical chairs, throw a hip out during the limbo contest, or win the bingo jackpot.
9 Clinton Street, Manhattan
8-10p; $15, and ticket sales go toward the big bingo jackpot
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
The Skinny: America Under Surveillance or Let's All Show Each Other Our Privates
Imagine Meet the Press crashed into the Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson. The end result would be the Skinny with Peter DeGiglio, a comedy news talk show that tackles a new hot button sociopolitical issue each month; often ripped right from the headlines.
For each month's show the Skinny features two guests: the Skinny Exclusive, a local artist commissioned to create a performance centered specifically around that month's theme, and the Very Special Guest, a high-profile figure from the world of journalism, literature, politics, academia, grassroots or the media. This month's show features comedian Ike Ufomadu as president Barack Obama and Dr. Alice Marwik, professor of Media, Culture and Communications at Fordham University.
Under St. Marks Theater
94 St Marks Place, Manhattan
9p; $10
212 777 6088
The Future Is Now
This unique invitational brings together a curated selection of prolific street and urban contemporary artists and musicians for a weekend of cutting edge art, music, technology, and performance.
The Future Is Now serves as the blueprint for the 21st Century's multimedia art experience. Please join us while we make history together. Roster of artists: Jordan Betten, John Breiner, Ross Brodar, Alison Buxton, Garrison Buxton, John Arthur Carr, Cern, Deedee Cheriel, Chip Love, Steve Cogle, Joseph Conrad Ferm, COPE2, Spencer Keeton Cunningham, Cycle, Cyrcle, Dalek, Adam Dare, Katrina Del Mar, Elle Dead Sex, Brian Ermanski, John FeknerEric Foss, Mike Fitzsimmons, Ellis Gallagher, Mike Giant, Maya Hayuk, Hellbent, David Hochbaum, David Hollier, Michael Holman, Ben Horton, Kimyon Huggins, Indie 184 , Ian Kuali, Dave Kinsey, Koralie, Kool Kid Kreyola, Nick Kuszyk, Greg LaMarche, Craig LaRotonda, Don Leicht, Chip Love, Adam Ludwig, Joe Lurato, Tara McPherson, Alice Mizrachi, Billy Mode, Morning Breath, NDA, Nobody, Olek, David Ortiz, William Quigley, Leon Reid, Skewville, Specter , Beau Stanton, Chris Stain, Swoon, Nick Taylor, Thundercut, Chris Uphues, Michel Bellici, An drea Von Bujdoss, Kennedy Yanko, and Deborah Yoon. Special musical performances by Gray, Ralph McDaniels, and Todd Sines Live.
The Highline Loft
508 West 26th Street, Manhattan
4-11p; $free
Continues through SUNDAY
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
Silent Drape Runners present:
Twin Peaks: The Beginning
The final live performance. After selling out numerous performances across the country of their critically acclaimed calling-card Twin Peaks: The Beginning live Twin Peaks resoundtracking, Silent Drape Runners are putting an end to it. And themselves. Tonight, say goodnight and goodbye to Laura Palmer and to Silent Drape Runners the band as they perform Twin Peaks: The Beginning for the final time.
The Bell House
149 7th Street, Brooklyn
8p; $20
* Gemini and Scorpio 10th Anniversary Celebration, August 9-11
* 10th Anniversary Blackout Party Re-Enactment, August 14
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Monday, July 22, 2013

Kids Again

The only thing constant is change and some stories do not end as you expect. You take a deep breath, you jump and you hope that there is water in the bottom of the pool when you land. And a host of other blaghing thoughts and philosophies on this blogging day. And so as that Google page rank update still wants to send me in search of a fifth full time job when that internet get rich quick thing does not get rich quick, I find myself going through this blog in search of another one of those recycle this blog posts to post on this blog in an attempt to maintain content for this blog and my other blog whenever blaghers block possible. And in other blogging thoughts, boy is there weird wacky extreme weather on planet earth these days and times. And that's a whole another climate change global warming blog post....


Hey Bloggers, or at least whoever may be reading this blog post. And I am not exactly sure how I came across this one in my internet travels in internetland, though it seems to be from that publication WIRED, and I sure seem to find it sitting in my email inbox as if it could be waiting for me to post it on this blog or something. And the following is one of those postings I find myself posting that I thought was interesting to repost, and besides, hey it's less writing sometimes... Have a great 100 things your kids may never know about day.

Audio-Visual Entertainment

1. Inserting a VHS tape into a VCR to watch a movie or to record something.
2. Super-8 movies and cine film of all kinds.
3. Playing music on an audio tape using a personal stereo. See what happens when you give a Walkman to todays teenager.
4. The number of TV channels being a single digit. I remember it being a massive event when Britain got its fourth channel.
5. Standard-definition, CRT TVs filling up half your living room.
6. Rotary dial televisions with no remote control. You know, the ones where the kids were the remote control.
7. High-speed dubbing.
8. 8-track cartridges.
9. Vinyl records. Even today’s DJs are going laptop or CD.
10. Betamax tapes.
11. MiniDisc.
12. Laserdisc: the LP of DVD.
13. Scanning the radio dial and hearing static between stations. (Digital tuners + HD radio bork this concept.)
14. Shortwave radio.
15. 3-D movies meaning red-and-green glasses.
16. Watching TV when the networks say you should. Tivo and Sky+ are slowing killing this one.
17. That there was a time before ‘reality TV.'

Computers and Videogaming
18. Wires. OK, so they’re not gone yet, but it won’t be long
19. The scream of a modem connecting.
20. The buzz of a dot-matrix printer
21. 5- and 3-inch floppies, Zip Discs and countless other forms of data storage.
22. Using jumpers to set IRQs.
23. DOS.
24. Terminals accessing the mainframe.
25. Screens being just green (or orange) on black.
26. Tweaking the volume setting on your tape deck to get a computer game to load, and waiting ages for it to actually do it.
27. Daisy chaining your SCSI devices and making sure they’ve all got a different ID.
28. Counting in kilobytes.
29. Wondering if you can afford to buy a RAM upgrade.
30. Blowing the dust out of a NES cartridge in the hopes that it’ll load this time.
31. Turning a PlayStation on its end to try and get a game to load.
32. Joysticks.
33. Having to delete something to make room on your hard drive.
34. Booting your computer off of a floppy disk.
35. Recording a song in a studio.

The Internet
36. NCSA Mosaic.
37. Finding out information from an encyclopedia.
38. Using a road atlas to get from A to B.
39. Doing bank business only when the bank is open.
40. Shopping only during the day, Monday to Saturday.
41. Phone books and Yellow Pages.
42. Newspapers and magazines made from dead trees.
43. Actually being able to get a domain name consisting of real words.
44. Filling out an order form by hand, putting it in an envelope and posting it.
45. Not knowing exactly what all of your friends are doing and thinking at every moment.
46. Carrying on a correspondence with real letters, especially the handwritten kind.
47. Archie searches.
48. Gopher searches.
49. Concatenating and UUDecoding binaries from Usenet.
50. Privacy.
51. The fact that words generally don’t have num8er5 in them.
52. Correct spelling of phrases, rather than TLAs.
53. Waiting several minutes (or even hours!) to download something.
54. The time before botnets/security vulnerabilities due to always-on and always-connected PCs
55. The time before PC networks.
56. When Spam was just a meat product — or even a Monty Python sketch.

57. Typewriters.
58. Putting film in your camera: 35mm may have some life still, but what about APS or disk?
59. Sending that film away to be processed.
60. Having physical prints of photographs come back to you.
61. CB radios.
62. Getting lost. With GPS coming to more and more phones, your location is only a click away.
63. Rotary-dial telephones.
64. Answering machines.
65. Using a stick to point at information on a wallchart
66. Pay phones.
67. Phones with actual bells in them.
68. Fax machines.
69. Vacuum cleaners with bags in them.

Everything Else
70. Taking turns picking a radio station, or selecting a tape, for everyone to listen to during a long drive.
71. Remembering someone’s phone number.
72. Not knowing who was calling you on the phone.
73. Actually going down to a Blockbuster store to rent a movie.
74. Toys actually being suitable for the under-3s.
75. LEGO just being square blocks of various sizes, with the odd wheel, window or door.
76. Waiting for the television-network premiere to watch a movie after its run at the theater.
77. Relying on the 5-minute sport segment on the nightly news for baseball highlights.
78. Neat handwriting.
79. The days before the nanny state.
80. Starbuck being a man.
81. Han shoots first.
82. “Obi-Wan never told you what happened to your father.” But they’ve already seen episode III, so it’s no big surprise.
83. Kentucky Fried Chicken, as opposed to KFC.
84. Trig tables and log tables.
85. “Don’t know what a slide rule is for …”
86. Finding books in a card catalog at the library.
87. Swimming pools with diving boards.
88. Hershey bars in silver wrappers.
89. Sliding the paper outer wrapper off a Kit-Kat, placing it on the palm of your hand and clapping to make it bang loudly. Then sliding your finger down the silver foil of break off the first finger
90. A Marathon bar (what a Snickers used to be called in Britain).
91. Having to manually unlock a car door.
92. Writing a check.
93. Looking out the window during a long drive.
94. Roller skates, as opposed to blades.
95. Cash.
96. Libraries as a place to get books rather than a place to use the internet.
97. Spending your entire allowance at the arcade in the mall.
98. Omni Magazine
99. A physical dictionary — either for spelling or definitions.
100. When a ‘geek’ and a ‘nerd’ were one and the same.

My thanks go out to all of my fellow GeekDads for their contributions to this list.
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Saturday, July 13, 2013

An Occupy Music Art Show

And as I type this blog entry, on this day finds itself a sad day in America that has entered North America into the dark ages with that Trayvon Martin verdict in the headline news.  And in case you have been hiding out under a rock or have been stuck in the stone ages, this story could also seemingly have something to do with an Occupy the NRA page. And if you happen to be in that city of New York, there is a #HoodiesUp for Trayvon. Sunday 6pm ALL OUT NYC event going on at Union Square that reads:

Sunday, July 14, 2013  6:00pm in EDT

Union Square

It has been decided: black life isn’t worth shit.

Come together in force across the country tomorrow at 6pm.

Let’s not ask for justice

The clergy won’t save us

The politicians damn sure won’t save us


Take Court to the streets. 6pm Sunday 7/14.
*Check site for an updated list of events happening around the country.

And in other blaghing thoughts on this day, there is also an Occupy Music Art Show going on in that city of New York around the same time as that Union Square event, Sunday July 14th. And I know this Occupy Music Art Show is going on July 14th at 7pm in New York City because that Occupy Music photo that finds itself posted above and all of that artwork that finds itself scattered on my floor for this event says so. And ditto, that last photo that finds itself posted above, well that photo was added to this blog post a few days after that Occupy Music Art Show. And with this Travyon Martin verdict news on this day it seems as if it wants to turn this Occupy Music Art Show into an Occupy Music day of mourning. And what, if anything, does this have to do with a No Police State. Occupy Wall Street Worldwide.
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Thursday, July 4, 2013

An Occupy July 4th Holiday

And so it's that patriotic flag waving and barbecueing time of 4th of July year again in that country of North America here on planet earth to where I find myself blogging about something in an attempt to maintain content for this blog and my other blog whenever blaghers block possible. And so I find myself posting this Restore The Fourth NYC - March to the Birthplace of the Bill of Rights facebook event invite that seems to have something to do with an #restorethe4th Anti-NSA protest LIVE UPDATES article and an anti-NSA surveillance nationwide protest and online campaign that is launching on Thursday, and a lot of "Snowden is a hero" and "first they came for the whistle blowers" signs to be found at this march. And that facebook event invite reads something like as follows. And what, if anything, does this have to do with a No Police State: 

Thursday, July 4, 2013     12:00pm in EDT

March with us to Federal Hall, where the 1st Congress passed the Bill of Rights in 1789.

We refuse to trade our liberties for a false sense of security.

End the 4th Amendment violations:

Demand an end to unconstitutional NSA spying!
Abolish surveillance that targets Americans based on their race, religion, or political beliefs!
Stop Stop & Frisk!

Union Square Park
New York, New York

During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. - George Orwell. 2012, 2013=1984. Occupy Wall Street Worldwide.

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