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Back February 2010
metaphorge- the Archbishop of Balogna!!!
just because it's Balogna doesn't mean you can't use it to make a sammich....
talking points for Call the Mayor Day in San Francisco
End Overzealous Enforcement!

Call Gavin Newsom and tell him we do not want our clubs and venues raided by the police department, and we seek better solutions to preserve SF Venues, Arts & Culture. Be sure to remind him you are a registered voter in the city of San Francisco, or that you work here, spend money here, pay taxes here, or otherwise have an economic and political stake in this city.

Telephone: (415) 554-6141
Fax: (415) 554-6160

If You Frighten the Art Scene organizers will stop holding events, and people will stop attending them! The mere threat of a raid is enough to make people stop hosting events, and if there are none left,people will go elsewhere.

If You Frighten the Art Scene public safety is threatened. Would you rather have a bouncer handle a rowdy drunk, or have fights break out in private homes and street corners with no security to stop them?

If You Frighten the Art Scene the economy suffers. People come from the entire bay area (and the entire world) to San Francisco to drink at our bars, dance in our clubs, pay our parking meters (and tickets). They also eat at our restaurants, tour at our museums, stay in our hotels, and in general help make our community stronger.

San Francisco is fueled by the arts underground. People move here to work in our software companies and vital industries because they want to be a part of the local scene. Big businesses pay taxes that hold our city together. Together, the arts underground is the driving force that keeps San Francisco a vital place to live and work for all of us, and Gavin Newsome owes it to us to enforce laws against violence and disorderly conduct – not against arts and entertainment. The Warehouse Alliance has formed to work on these issues, and we urge you to join us.

For more on Call the Mayor day please see http://sfappeal.com/culture/2010/01/whats-shaking-down-sf-venues-call-the-mayor-day-thats-what.php.
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and on the drums: Cesar Chavez!

IMG_7502, originally uploaded by metaphorge.

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Tawaret at the Rosicrucian Museum in San Jose

DSCF0182, originally uploaded by metaphorge.

Anyone want to hazard a guess as to why I'm reposting this particular photo now?

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checking email in Aswan...

DSCF5627, originally uploaded by metaphorge.

...at the McDonald's by the Nile overlooking the felucca harbor and ancient ruins (constructed by Thutmose III) in the background.

I couldn't resist getting darkmoon to snap a photo, great juxtaposition of 3000 years of human technological development.

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headless towel monkey!!!

DSCF5599, originally uploaded by metaphorge.

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Happy Easter everyone!

"Here comes Peter Cottontail
Looking like a fiend from Hell!"

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at the pyramids in giza

DSCF4493, originally uploaded by metaphorge.

More photos from out VERy full day yesterday: http://www.flickr.com/photos/metaphorge/sets/72157616297870907/

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Yesterday in Amsterdam....

DSCF4136, originally uploaded by metaphorge.

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Greetings from Cairo!

Greetings from Cairo!, originally uploaded by metaphorge.

Here's the view from our room at the Ramses Hilton. It took FOREVER to get here, check my twitter if you really want all the sordid details.

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three things
1. I haven't been posting in my blog very much for a while (I'm sure you've noticed). I figured out yesterday that the biggest impediment to posting in my blog has been composing a post about why I haven't been posting in my blog. Sometimes I'm so recursive I want to scream.

2. darkmoon, tyrsalvia and I are about to fly to Amsterdam, then Egypt, on a trip with darkmoon's family. This will give me something to write about once I return.

3. How are you guys?
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"the first war ever to be 100% outsourced to private enterprise"
I've recently fallen in love with the new John Cusack film War, Inc., a darkly comedic satire of the military industrial complex in the 21st century.

Cusack plays Brand Hauser, an assassin (undercover as a trade-show producer) sent to eliminate a local political leader in the central Asian nation of Turaqistan, which has been occupied by the large private corporation Tamerlane, chaired by the former American Vice President (Dan Aykroyd, in a hilarious take on Dick Cheney).

Throw in a crusading liberal reporter (Marisa Tomei) and oversexed Middle Eastern popstar Yonica Babyyeah (Hillary Duff), and things will not go quite according to plan.

Rent it. It's well worth your time. It's very silly, but there's a subtlety to its criticism as well. I particularly liked the tanks covered with corporate sponsorship logos a la NASCAR and the "affinity ads" ("We're building Happiness!" "We're building Freedom!") and gift bags of corporate swag promoting Tamerlane. If you've ever been to a trade show the film is particularly hilarious.

Current Mood : Tamerlane!
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Abney Park
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toying with the election
Hey, you got politics in my action figures!

Hey, you got action figures in my politics!
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steam powered! the california steampunk convention...
... was this just passed weekend in Sunnyvale. I'll have more photos and info later, but here's a photo of tyrsalvia, darkmoon and I in our Sunday outfits:

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effective mind control techniques, chapter 4567
It seems like one of tne of the most effective possible "mind control" techniques would be convincing someone they should avoid doing something because doing so would be succumbing to "mind control".

1. Identify fear.

2. Conflate undesriable activity with fear.

3. Activity will be avoided.

See also: convincing someone to do or not do something because they will be a "sheep" if they do not.
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"What purpose in these deeds,
Oh fox confessor please,
Who married me to these orphan blues?"

"It’s not for you to know,
But for you to weep and wonder,
When the death of your civilization precedes you...."
-Neko Case, "Fox Confessor Brings the Flood"

Current Mood : morose
Current Music : Neko Case - Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
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FansProject's City Commander upgrade armor for Classics Ultra Magnus
Here's a video review (not by me) of one of the most amazing third-party TransFormers items I've ever seen: the FansProject "TF-Parallax City Commander" trailer/armor for Transformers Classics Ultra Magnus:

What's particularly impressive about this item is that it is not made by Takara or Hasbro, but instead comes from a group of fans in Hong Kong. The engineering is amazing on this, and it really demonstrates what is possible with modern prototyping and manufacturing tools for small groups.

Mine's on the way. I'm REALLY looking forward to this set; FansProject will also be releasing a "Shadow Commander" set in December for this year's SDCC TransFormers exclusive, Nemesis Prime, which ends up being the dare-I-say SEXIEST TransFormer I've ever set eyes on:
shadow commander
I always did have a thing for 'bots in black. ;D

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this just has not been John McCain's week:
I thought that the photo I iconized earlier today was the funniest thing to come out of last night's debate. Apparently I was wrong:

I almost feel bad about laughing at this one, because, as Kevin Drum said:
"This picture is a microcosm of the entire campaign. It's totally unfair, it could happen to any of us, it's just an unfortunate trick of timing and angle, but....well, nothing is going right for John McCain this year, is it? The guy is cursed."
It is truly unfortunate, especially considering how the photo apparently came about in the first place:
"There was apparently a bit at the end (which I didn't see myself) where McCain tries to come around the table to shake the moderator's hand, and they both go in the same direction around the table, and then both reverse themselves, and McCain makes a funny face to indicate that they're doing something dopey."
It would be grossly unfair to hang John McCain with his ability to laugh at himself. We need more politicians who can do that.


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GIP: bi-partisanship
Because SOMEONE had to make this icon from this photograph:
Feel free to use it, credit would be appreciated. :)

Current Music : Electric Six - Gay Bar | Powered by Last.fm
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open source doomsday machine research?
One of the things I really enjoy about the Esozone conference is the interesting questions it raises.

Today's question: <b>why isn't there more open source development work done on doomsday devices?</b>

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the 2008 american presidential race (per current CNN polls)

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skullf*cking (work safe and hilarious)

Johannes has an accident
Originally uploaded by metaphorge
We'll get more photos up once we return from KOL Con V in Phoenix, but this video by darkmoon from the opening night of Arse Elektronika 2008 was too good to wait until then to post.

It is, amazingly, most likely work safe.

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so, what's with the wall street chaos?
I don't know how many of you have been following the recent stories of the implosion of several titans of the U.S. financial services industry (Merrill Lynch, Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns) and closely related industries (Washington Mutual is in severe trouble and is putting itself on the auction block, and the Federal Government just bought a 79% stake of American International Group, one of the world's largest insurers, to keep it from going under).

This is an excellent article on many of the reasons why this has all happened.

While you're at it, knowing the skinny on the subprime mortgage crisis in general is not a bad idea, and this article is pretty good overview of the sequnce of events.
And yes, this should matter to you.
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Whomever is doing background checks and spin control for the McCain campaign need to be fired.
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apparently McCain and Palin go way back

McCain-Palin 2008, originally uploaded by metaphorge.

Hooray, I found a photo! John McCain and Michael Palin performing together for a sold-out performance at the Hollywood Bowl back in the seventies, I think it was a benefit for Vietnam vets. Sorry about the quality, apparently this is a video capture from an old VHS tape. I'll see if I can find a better one.

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