A sampling of the bikes in the Boston Metro Area, taken October 17-20.
In: Bicycling, Boston, Commuting, Sports · Tagged with: Bicycling, bikes, Boston, Cambridge, gallery, MIT, photos
Just some bikes. I realized I had a lot of pictures of them, and thought I’d share some in their element.
In: Bicycling, No Comment/Other, Personal, Sports, travel, Unusual · Tagged with: architecture, bikes, gallery, New Orleans, Photography
I am writing to express my disappointment in the August 2013, “Best and Worst ’13″ issue of Richmond Magazine, particularly the “Culture” section. Earlier this week, on August 14, Paste Magazine released it’s list of “12 Virginia Bands You Should Listen to Now,” part of The Paste 50 States Project. 11 of the 12 acts on that list are from Richmond, and yet the “Best Local Band” is a cover band that does hits from the 70s and 80s? I do not mean to denigrate Three Sheets to the Wind at all. I am sure they are fantastic, and I also recognize the issue reflects the results of a readers poll. But should you not have guided that poll a bit more? Most polls of this kind would ask readers to choose in categories, at the minimum between best cover band and best band that plays original material, but perhaps also best live band, best country act, best rock act, etc.
Why is the Culture section so small, anyway? Are there not enough performances or people who have seen them to have listed Best Concert, Theatrical Production, Movie Theater, Library, Movie About or Filmed in Richmond, Album by an artist originally from the Richmond area… I could go on! This issue is certainly not reflective of the diverse cultural life in Richmond. In fact, a couple of the categories, “Best Enjoyable Night Out” and “Best Impressive Night Out” seem to deal only with food and beverages. I do believe that these are important parts constituents of culture, but in the categorization schema of this issue, “Food & Drink” are a separate and much larger section.
Your magazine should play a role in advancing the cultural life of the city, and in making people from here proud of the role our citizens have played on the national stage. This issue fails miserably. It seems clear the real goal is to promote potential advertisers. That’s fine, but it shouldn’t be your only goal.
In: Journalism and Media, Virginia · Tagged with: Best of, culture, magazines, Richmond, Virginia
I biked to the Green Line today from my home in MetroWest. For most of the way to the Woodland stop I ride along Route 16 feeling relatively safe. Sometimes the vehicles come a little close for comfort and I worry I might get run off the road. But I’m usually riding down the edge of the road, wearing a helmet, and not at risk of getting pushed into ongoing traffic, so I feel fairly safe. But then I get to that giant clusterf–k of roads surrounding the 95/128 overpass. In rapid succession you have Wales St., Quinobequin Road, the On and Off Ramps for the interstate, Neshobe Road, and finally Beacon Street.Every time I get there I feel like I take my life in my hands!
I obey the rules of traffic as much as possible when I commute by bike. It seems like the safest way. Today I tried to go straight through a green light while oncoming traffic was turning left. I had the right of way, yet they started and just kept going. If I wanted to get through, I would have had to insist. I started forward and whistled as loud as a could. An oncoming utility van with open windows slowed down, yelled at me, “You’re supposed to act like a car,” and then kept going. It was a nerve-racking situation. I was, in fact, behaving like a car, obeying the rules of traffic and I had the right of way. I made it through safely, but I was flustered, and a bit breathless.
In: Massachusetts, Personal, Rants, US News · Tagged with: Bicycling, Boston, commute, driving, MetroWest, Newton, pedestrians, rant, rules of the road, Wellesley
Spring and Summer at the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace is a collection of images and texts from the year I spent as an Americorps volunteer in Hillsboro, WV. I’d like to think the text and images speak for themselves, but the book wouldn’t exist at all if weren’t for the initiative and efforts of Martin Magee, who edited the volume. He saw something worth collecting in my work, and he had the will and persistence to push this project through to completion. I hope you will check out the book!
In: Pearl S. Buck, Photography, Recommendations, Social Media and Interesting Technology, West Virginia · Tagged with: Americorps, books, digital photography, Hillsboro, Martin Magee, Pearl Buck Birthplace
The album from which the Rachid Taha single comes, ZOOM, is released in Europe, and if you go to the YouTube page you’ll get iTunes link from which you can buy it. But as is often the case with music I like from other countries, I can’t actually do so. If I were buying the CD, which I may well do at some point, I could simply use my credit card and the internet, pay extra shipping charges, and take advantage of the borderless world of the internet to get the newest release by an artist I’ve been following for decades. There’s an Amazon link, too. Ironically, the digital store is more locked down.
Yes, I know there are ways around these restrictions such as proxies and such, but that’s not my point. I don’t want to have to result to those techniques in order to legally purchase music, just because the record label has decided it isn’t ready to distribute across the pond yet. And most people don’t know how to do take advantage of those methods yet. Make no bones about it, it’s a corporate decision to lock down distribution this way. The artists, with the possible exception of huge megastars, are usually just thrilled anyone at all is actually buying their music and paying full price for it. They love having fans wherever they are.
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In: Music, Recommendations · Tagged with: censorship, digital distribution, digital media, DRM, Music, music video, Rachid Taha
It’s only 5 multiple choice questions!
In: Activism, Global News, Human Rights and Academic Freedom, The Maghreb and the Middle East · Tagged with: crisis, Hunger, Middle East, refugees, Syria
I didn’t realize what evil I do when I put on that goofy bike helmet and ride down the road or trail, I swear. According Seattle Bike Blog Washington Representative Ed Orcutt argues,
“You would be giving off more CO2 if you are riding a bike than driving in a car,” he said. However, he said he had not “done any analysis” of the difference in CO2 from a person on a bike compared to the engine of a car (others have).
Wow! Just WOW! Every once in a while a public figure says something that just leaves me speechless, and this is one of them.
Even if we never don’t register handguns, maybe we should at least start register these!
In: Bicycling, Higher Education, Human Rights and Academic Freedom, Humor, Massachusetts, Sports, US News, Virginia, West Virginia · Tagged with: accidents, Bicycling, bike trails, birthdays, Boston, CO2, emissions control, Environment, Hillsboro, rhetoric, Virginia, Wellesley
If, and it’s hard to see how they won’t, the “sequestrations” go into effect tonight, it will be a phenomenal act of cowardice on the part of Congress, particularly the Republicans, who will be getting the painful spending cuts they wants so badly, without having to make the necessary painful decisions who will be affected by those cuts.
Let’s review how the process works.
If Congress failed to produce a deficit reduction bill with at least $1.2 trillion in cuts, then Congress could grant a $1.2 trillion increase in the debt ceiling but this would trigger across-the-board cuts (“sequestrations”), as of January 2, 2013. These cuts would apply to mandatory and discretionary spending in the years 2013 to 2021 and be in an amount equal to the difference between $1.2 trillion and the amount of deficit reduction enacted from the joint committee. There would be some exemptions: reductions would apply to Medicare providers, but not to Social Security, Medicaid, civil and military employee pay, or veterans. Medicare benefits would be limited to a 2% reduction. –”2013 Sequestration,” Wikipedia
Legislators don’t have any discretion with the across-the-board cuts: They are intended to hit all affected programs equally, though the cuts to individual areas will range from 7.6 percent to 9.6 percent (and 2 percent to Medicare providers). The indiscriminate pain is meant to pressure legislators into making a budget deal to avoid the cuts. –”The sequester explained,” The Washington Post
If you are a fiscal conservative applauding this because you say that at last government is being forced to make cuts across the board, ask yourself it standards like efficiency, return on investment and the amount of waste in a program matters? Shouldn’t we cut programs that are less efficient or have more waste more than others? Sequestration defies that logic.
If you are a bleeding heart liberal like me, you’re concerns are more about impact. Let’s save programs that address real needs and cut programs that benefit those who are more likely to be able to replace them with alternative sources of revenue. Maybe we don’t need to spend so much on corporate welfare or assisting with research into commercially viable pharmaceuticals or technologies, and more on assistance to those who need it.
Shouldn’t criteria like that matter? Moreover, the fact is that the long term health of our economy requires additional revenue. Even most conservative economists admit this.
And so it is reasonable to suspect the refusal to compromise is largely political. Be able to claim you stood up to the president on tax increases, get your cuts, and not have to explain to constituents why the program that helps them or their loved ones was on the block! It’s politics at it’s worst because it’s not just rhetorical, constituents will actually suffer.
I, for one, am appalled!
In: Politics and Society, US News · Tagged with: congress, Democrats, legislation, Republicans, sequester
Speaks for itself.
From the excellent program Moyers & Company.