Friday, December 30, 2005

WGBH (Great Blue Hill)

is an established public television and public radio broadcast service located in Boston, Massachusetts. It operates over ten broadcasts: primarily WGBH 2 and WGBX 44 (television) and WGBH 89.7 FM (radio). WGBH is a member of PBS in regard to its television broadcasts, and both a member of NPR and an affiliate of PRI for its radio broadcasts. The license-holder is the WGBH Educational Foundation.

WGBH produces many shows for the above organizations, including nearly a third of PBS's national prime-time TV.

"GBH" stands for Great Blue Hill, the location of WGBH's FM transmitter, as well as the original location of WGBH-TV's transmitter. Great Blue Hill in Milton, Massachusetts, has an elevation of 635 feet (193 m) and is the highest point in the Boston area.

Blue Hill Ave.

WGBH Forum Network - Weekly Podcasts and New Downloads

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Cocteau Twins, Elizabeth Frazer

"Hindsight is a wonderful thing. When the Cocteau Twins first emerged, they were compared to Siouxsie & The Banshees. In fact - as each of their records cumulatively proved - the Cocteau Twins never sounded like anything or anyone else. And, taken together, their nine albums, and 16 EPs/singles, sound less like a band and more like an element of nature. A freak of nature, even... Which was very 4AD."

Elizabeth Frazer - Vocalist of the Cocteau Twins

Elizabeth Frazer's unique vocal style and "lyrics" (or lack thereof) have been the centre of much debate.

After the breakup of Cocteau Twins in 1998, Elizabeth Fraser provided vocals for Massive Attack as well as Peter Gabriel's millennium project OvO.

She has subsequently contributed to the soundtracks of several films, most notably The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, and has occasionally appeared as a guest artist on other musicians' projects.

In 2004, Fraser was invited to participate in an unique audio exhibit, "Shhh...", at London's Victoria and Albert Museum. Though she has released one white label recording called Underwater (which features a number of trance mixes of the title track) and has reportedly signed to Blanco y Negro Records, little is known about the progress of an officially released solo album.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

The Blue Marble

Everyone knows that NASA studies space; fewer people know that NASA also studies the Earth. Since NASA's creation almost 50 years ago, it has been a world leader in space-based studies of our home planet.

Earth Observatory

Earth Observing Missions

Earth - World Book @ NASA

(what was once...) The Flat Earth

Copernicus - Copernicus' hypothesis contradicted the account of the sun's movement around the earth that appears in the Old Testament (Joshua 10:13).

The Flat Earth Society
(an obvious joke... we hope)

(also) Gaia - The Earth as spiritual and scientific ecosystem.

Gaia as a Greek and Roman goddess, also known as the Earth Mother.

Gaia as a set of philosophical views based on Gaia theory and the concept of a "living planet."

Gaia Theory (scientific) hypothesis that the living matter of the planet functioned like a single organism.

Friday, December 02, 2005

How Can You Mend a Broken Heart

I can think of younger days when living for my life
Was everything a man could want to do
I could never see tomorrow,
but I was never told about the sorrow

And how can you mend a broken heart?
How can you stop the rain from falling down?
How can you stop the sun from shining?
What makes the world go round?
How can you mend this broken man?
How can a loser ever win?
Please help me mend my broken heart and let me live again

I can still feel the breeze that rustles through the trees
And misty memories of days gone by
We could never see tomorrow,
No one said a word about the sorrow

And how can you mend a broken heart?
How can you stop the rain from falling down?
How can you stop the sun from shining?
What makes the world go round?
How can you mend this broken man?
How can a loser ever win?
Please help me mend my broken heart and let me live again

Al Green
How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?


Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Frontline: The Storm

Frontline: The Storm
Originally Broadcast 11/22/2005

Watch the full episode. See more FRONTLINE.

This report examines the chain of decisions that slowed federal response to the calamity in New Orleans, government's failure to protect thousands of Americans from a natural disaster that long had been predicted, and the state of America's disaster-response system four years after 9/11.

Correspondent and producer Martin Smith chronicles the disaster and the decision-making and relief efforts, drawing on footage of the devastation and suffering in New Orleans and interviews with key government officials from New Orleans to Washington. The interviews include former Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Michael Brown -- in his first televised interview since he resigned -- Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge and former Deputy Secretary James Loy.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Las Chicas - Tokyo Salon

Newly Renovated Tokyo Salon offers cocktails, Spanish food, and Cigars for discerning clientele who expect to enter into a space filled with an atmosphere unlike any other. The open-air terrace is especially pleasant throughout Tokyo's warmer seasons. Situated within the hustle and bustle of Las Chicas and in the heart of Aoyama.

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Monday, November 07, 2005

Karen Armstrong: Myths and the Modern World

NPR : Karen Armstrong: Myths and the Modern World
Talk of the Nation, November 7, 2005

As soon as people became aware of their own mortality, writes Karen Armstrong, they created stories that gave their lives meaning, explained their relationship to the spiritual world, and instructed them on how to live their lives.
“Human beings fall easily into despair, and from the very beginning we invented stories that enabled us to place our lives in a larger setting, that revealed an underlying pattern, and gave us a sense that, against all the depressing and chaotic evidence to the contrary, life had meaning and value.”

Sunday, October 30, 2005

The Other Boston Busing Story

Massachusettes Department of Education
Metco Home Page

"The Program has been in existence since 1966 and was originally funded through a grant by the Carnegie Foundation and United States Office of Education. In that year the first Metco legislation was filed, the service provider METCO Inc. was established, and seven school districts began accepting the first two hundred Metco students. Currently, there are about 3,300 students participating in 34 school districts in metropolitan Boston and at four school districts outside Springfield."

"Many people know the story of Boston's school busing order that went into effect in 1975 and of the violence that it spawned (Forced Busing). Few, however, know about the 'other' Boston busing story the one about Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity (METCO), founded in 1966 by black parents and activists as a voluntary school desegregation program."

The Other Boston Busing Story: What`s Won and Lost Across the Boundary Line
by Susan E. Eaton

WGBH Forum Network
Discussion about the successes and failures of METCO,
America's longest running voluntary desegregation program.
Led by Susan Eaton, author, former METCO student, Gary Orfield, director, Project on School Desegregation

video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player

"history nearly as old as that of America"

Dorchester, Massachusettes (Wikipedia)


"Settled one month before its neighbor, Boston, in May of 1630, Dorchester has a history nearly as old as that of America. For its first two hundred years, Dorchester remained apart from Boston, existing primarily as a farming community with small commercial and industrial outposts along the Neponset River at Lower Mills and Mattapan Square, and along Dorchester Bay at Commercial Point."

The Battle of Dorchester Heights
Dorchester Reporter
The Freedom Trail

"The battle of Dorchester Heights was on March 6, 1776. General George Washington positioned his troops atop Dorchester Heights, overlooking Boston. This gave the colonists the advantage of targeting the British, who were stationed in the city, below. Washington had hoped General Howe and his troops would either flee or take the hill. Howe chose to flee, and on March 26, the Redcoads evacuated Boston, and headed to Halifax, Nova Scotia."

Dorchester Atheneum - Lost and Endangered Dorchester

James Blake House - Boston's oldest house

Recent Past

Death of an American Jewish Community
by Hillel Levine, Lawrence Harmon

"In a well-researched, instructive, controversial analysis, Levine, a rabbi and director of Judaic Studies at Boston University, and Harmon, former editor of Boston's Jewish Advocate , show how forces external to the black and Jewish communities of Boston undermined their relationship. At issue: blockbusting in the Roxbury-Dorchester-Mattapan sections of the city, where the mid-1960s population of 90,000 Jews has been reduced to 2500."

Streets of Hope : The Fall and Rise of an Urban Neighborhood
by Peter Medoff

"The distance between downtown Boston and downtrodden Dudley could not be measured by the less than two miles between them. One area reflected privaledge and reinvestment, the other prejudice and disinvestment. Beginning in the 1950's, disinvestment, abandonment and arson turned Dudley homes, yards and businesses into wasteland. By 1981, one-third of Dudley's land lay vacant."


John F. Kennedy Library (above)

The MBTA Redline - Subway line that spans Dorchester, Boston and Cambridge.

"the shot heard 'round the world"

Lexington, Mass is notable as the site of the opening shots ("the shot heard 'round the world") of the Battle of Lexington and Concord, the first engagement of the American Revolution.

Tour Lexington

Friday, October 28, 2005

Rosa Parks 1913-2005

TIME 100: Rosa Parks:

"Rosa Parks Her simple act of protest galvanized America's civil rights revolution"

Thursday, October 20, 2005

The Sun Also Rises

The Sun Also Rises
Oct 6th 2005
From The Economist print edition

Japan's chances of prosperity and influence look surprisingly bright

"IT HAS taken an extraordinarily long time, but Japan really is now recovering from its debt- and deflation-ridden stagnation of the past 15 years. Proper jobs are being created, wages are rising and economists are raising their forecasts of economic growth—all despite worries about high oil prices and an American slowdown."

Tokyo Motor Show, October 22nd - November 6th

Tokyo Motor Show

General Public Days : Oct. 22 (Sat) - Nov. 6 (Sun)
Hours : Weekdays 10:00 - 18:00 / Saturdays and Holiday 9:30 - 19:00
Location : Makuhari Messe, Makuhari, Chiba Prefecture

Thursday, October 13, 2005

God Bless the Child

Them that’s got shall get
Them that’s not shall lose
So the Bible said and it still is news
Mama may have, papa may have
But God bless the child that’s got his own
That’s got his own

Yes, the strong gets more
While the weak ones fade
Empty pockets don’t ever make the grade
Mama may have, papa may have
But God bless the child that’s got his own
That’s got his own

Billie Holiday
God Bless the Child

Sunday, October 09, 2005

nbsa +×÷ (10/9 Shibuya, Tokyo)

10/9 Shibuya Venue: O-East, NBSA (National Band School Associates)

Japan is often perceived as impossible to penetrate or assimilate within. That is true to a point. However, most just don't know how Japan's society has a facet of every part of the world, including black culture. In so many ways, once you get past the language barriers, Japan seems to have more freedom for Africans than not. There is a continual momentum of fundamental change taking place here that often only music can express.

The nbsa fest was unlike none other, and went on for hours. Triumphant, returning from their magnificant Fuji Rock Festival performances, Inushiki ended the 7 hour concert event with an incredible set that left all in awe, friends and fans alike. ("This night has opened my eyes, and I shall never sleep again...")

Inushiki - aka Dogggystyle - Life is Beautiful

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Mirror Mask

Jim Henson Company
- Sesame Street, Muppets, Fraggle Rock,...
Neil Gaiman Original Screenplay - Sandman, American Gods, Coraline
Dave McKean Director - Past illustrator for Sandman, Black Orchid, Hellblazer, Wolverine

A truly visionary film project, uniting the talents of Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean, and The Jim Henson Company is creating an awesome buzz this summer. Titled "Mirror Mask", it is a new kind of movie, wildly imaginative, utilizing state of the art computer graphics combined with a very human story dramatized by live actors. This new piece marks the first produced original Gaiman screenplay as well as McKean's debut as a feature director. Dark

- Windows Media Player (high)
Interactive HomeMain (Internet Explorer)
Dreamline - an unoffical site for the works of Dave McKean

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Legacy: The Origin of Civilization (1992)

Epic Documentary (6 hours)

An incomparable experience in time travel! Historian Michael Wood takes you on a tour of four continents in search of vanished, ancient cultures and societies. Tracing the civilizations of Mesopotamia, India, China, Egypt, Central America, Greece, and Rome, Wood spotlights the legacies of Asian and Western cultures, and teaches world history from a truly world perspective.

Iraq: The Cradle of Civilization
After thousands of years as a hunter/gatherer, man built the first cities 5,000 years ago on the banks of the Euphrates in Southern Iraq. Civilization began. City life transformed the human race with the glorious cultures of Mesopotamia such as Ur, and Babylon.

India: The Empire of the Spirit
Ancient India is with us today in the living tradition of the Hindu religion, the basis of Indian culture. The traditions that are honored by millions of Hindus in the present were born in the Indus valley 5,000 years ago.

China: The Mandate of Heaven
Many breakthroughs on which the modern world is based were discovered in China long ago...iron-casting, gunpowder, even printing. When introduced to Europe, these things changed Western civilization. This episode presents the synthesis of East and West.

Egypt: The Habit of Civilization
Ancient Egypt was the first great nation on earth and endured for thousands of years. The god-like Pharaoh was the rock on which this civilization was built. Ancient traditions come together in the Moslem culture that is the Middle East today.

Central America: The Burden of Time
Isolated from the rest of the world, the Mayans and Aztecs created sophisticated civilizations that in many ways paralleled ancient Mediterranean empires. God-like kings and a priestly ruling class dominated splendid cities of temples and pyramids.

The Barbarian West
Civilization arose in Asia, but it was the West which would create the first world culture. This final episode traces the origins of western culture through Greece and Rome prevailing by borrowing from the legacies of the original five old world civilizations.

Historical Atlas of World Mythology (1988 - rare, out of print)

Historical Atlas of World Mythology: 4 Volumes
Joseph Campbell

The Historical Atlas of World Mythology is a multi-volume series of books by Joseph Campbell that traces developments in humankind's mythological symbols and stories from pre-history forward.

Sunday, June 26, 2005

The World Is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman

The World Is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman

Thomas Friedman and Energy Independence
National Public Radio, Science Friday, June 24, 2005
"According to writer Thomas Friedman, America needs a national science project. The goal? To make America energy independent in 10 years. Friedman talks about his new book The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century."

Friday, June 24, 2005

Live 8

"These concerts are the start point for The Long Walk To Justice, the one way we can all make our voices heard in unison.
This is without doubt a moment in history where ordinary people can grasp the chance to achieve something truly monumental and demand from the 8 world leaders at G8 an end to poverty.
The G8 leaders have it within their power to alter history. They will only have the will to do so if tens of thousands of people show them that enough is enough.
By doubling aid, fully cancelling debt, and delivering trade justice for Africa, the G8 could change the future for millions of men, women and children." Bob Geldolf

Time Magazine - Pooh-bah's of Poverty June 19, 2005

Tuesday, May 24, 2005


Some say the devil be a mystical thing
I say the devil he a walking man
He a fool he a liar conjurer and a thief
He try to tell you what you want
Try to tell you what you need

Standing at the point
The road it cross you down
What is at your back
Which way do you turn
Who will come to find you first
Your devils or your gods

Tracy Chapman


Saturday, May 07, 2005

John Brown: Abolitionist

Biography Explores John Brown's Legacy
Weekend Edition - Saturday, May 7, 2005
John Brown's violent campaign against slavery -- punctuated by the dramatic 1859 raid at Harper's Ferry, Va. -- made him a divisive figure, then and now. He's been portrayed as an insane fanatic and as a noble martyr. His actions unquestionably helped set in motion events that led to the Civil War.
A new biography by David Reynolds examines the abolitionist's life and his far-reaching cultural impact. Linda Wertheimer talks with Reynolds.

Friday, February 25, 2005

Farwell My Concubine (1993)

Director Chen Kaige
Starring Leslie Cheung, Gong Li

Time All Time 100 Movies

In 1977, two old veterans of the classic Beijing Opera are reunited after long inactivity and estrangement. The story ranges over their entire careers, going back to the 1924 warlord era when they were both child apprentices under a brutal, abusive teacher.... By 1937 when war with Japan is imminent, Douzi (now going by the professional name of Chieng Dieyi) has a wealthy patron, while Shitou (aka Xiaolou Duan) marries a beautiful and headstrong prostitute (Li). These outside relationships put a severe strain on their professional team, and further large developments -- the Japanese occupation, the Nationalist uprising in 1945, the Communist revolution in 1949, and the devastating Cultural Revolution of 1966-- lead the characters into lies, betrayals, trials, and deaths. This gorgeous, crushing, magnificently written (based on the novel by Lillian Lee) and acted epic was released in 157 minutes in the U.S. but its original Chinese print is 171 minutes long. For once the astonishing Gong Li is out-acted by a man: Leslie Cheung in the title role.

David Loftus, Resident Farewell My Concubine Scholar

Raise The Red Lantern (1991)

Director Zhang Yimou
Starring Gong Li

Raise the Red Lantern, a magnificent film that confirms Zhang as a world-class director, may cause him more grief. The setting is northern China in the Twenties. The teenage Songlian (Gong Li) marries the fiftyish Chen (Ma Jingwu), a rich and ruthless man who already has three wives. Each night, servants raise a red lantern in front of the door of the wife whom the master decides to reward with his sexual favors. The struggle among the wives for power, or at least the appearance of it, allows Zhang to suggest disturbing links between past and present. Gong Li delivers a performance of exquisite expressiveness that, like the film itself, is unnerving in its emotional nakedness.

Rolling Stone

Sunday, February 06, 2005

Essay: Beyond Children of the Atom: Black Politics, White Minds and the X-men.

Not having much to do, I decided to say something about the X-men and the interpretation of it all. The franchise has done very well; the movies, comics, animation... but why? So, I decided to start by searching google for keywords 'xmen' and 'racism'. The top hit is the essay above.

Essay: Beyond Children of the Atom: Black Politics, White Minds and the X-men.
May 8, 2003

Sunday, January 16, 2005

Enemy Territory Fortress

Enemy Territory Fortres has been released. It is a port of Q3F to Enemy Territory with a ton of bug fixes, changes, and tweaks and is completly FREE.

You do not need to buy anything to play ETF. The only thing you will need to do is download Enemy Territory which is FREE and you can find the download links here (you will also need the Enemy Territory 1.02 patch which is also in our files section), make sure you install 1.0 and patch 1.02.

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Sunday, January 09, 2005

Splash Damage

Splash Damage

Splash Damage is a London-based independent game studio dedicated to online gaming, and has rapidly established itself as one of the leading First Person Shooter developers in Europe.
Splash Damage was formed in June 2001 from key members of the non-commercial online mod-making community. Splash Damage built on the experience gained by its staff in projects such as Q3F to work in partnership with established developers and publishers, and ultimately create stand-alone original games titles.

Splash Damage built bespoke Counter-Strike and Quake III maps for Games Domain. Splash Damage then worked with Network Of the World and Gamer.TV, providing both custom maps and an in-game television production solution. Splash Damage staff worked to produce and present over 150 TV shows based on Quake III Arena.

In 2002, Splash Damage began a partnership with id Software and Activision to work on Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory (free game) which has won several Game of the Year and Editor’s Choice and remains one of the most popular online FPS titles.

Quake 3 Fortress

Quake 3 Fortress

Q3F 2.0 has been developed by the Q3F Development Team, and is a Total Conversion (TC) for the game Quake 3 Arena, deceloped by id Software and published by Activision. The goal with the ongoing development of Q3F has been to modify the multiplayer aspects of Quake 3 to create a much more in-depth and team oriented experience while playing on the Internet, on gaming networks or on a LAN.

The Classes
The Maps

The Team