Dance Music For Nerds

Roller Skate Jams
1/30/2005, 10:21 am
Filed under: General, Music, Social

Through a week in which I averaged three hours of sleep due to my gross underestimation of what is involved with writing a laboratory report ready for submission to two nights of DJ’ing in a row. First was our regular weekly Thursday night shin-dig, Dance Music For Nerds, which my old friend Mr. Beeby and I host. Next up was the latest edition of 80’s night, which is put together by James and myself. James is responsible for all of the wonderful fliers. All in all it was a success, though some people are never happy. The highlight of the evening was two guys showing up in homemade Ghostbuster outfits. To see people put that much time and thought into going out to the event really makes it worth while. Of course, Will’s favorite local drag queen performed. It’s nice seeing them in an entertainment setting outside of your standard drag show at a gay club. While a large percentage of the female impersonators out there are shite, there are quite a few who have good persona, stage prescence, and are able to interact with a crowd. Unfortunately, very few make, or even think about making, the leap to becoming just standard entertainers in settings outside of the drag world.
So, where was I going with this? Oh yes, now I am well rested, it is Sunday morning, I have had my coffee, bacon, eggs, and weekly shot in the arm of Sunday Morning on CBS. Just got to take care of my sick girlfriend, a task which I love, and get caught up on some school work. Many tutor sessions with athletes this week and lots of homework too.

Robert Burns Party AKA If it’s not Scottish, it’s crap.
1/23/2005, 11:07 am
Filed under: Social

Our friend Dan, who is from Scotland, hosted a Robert Burns party in RTP last night. Lots of Scottish beer, a little Scotch, and a bit of haggis. To quote the invite:

Robert Burns“The annual celebratory tribute to the life, works and spirit of the great Scottish poet, Robert Burns (1759-1796). Celebrated on, or about, the Bard’s birthday, January 25th, Burns Suppers range from stentoriously formal gatherings of esthetes and scholars to uproariously informal rave-ups of drunkards and louts. Most Burns Suppers fall in the middle of this range, and adhere, more or less, to some sort of time honored form which includes the eating of a traditional Scottish meal, the drinking of Scotch whisky, and the recitation of works by, about, and in the spirit of the Bard”

The party was fun and Dan was a great host! Complete with a reading of Burns’ own “To A Haggis” by Jordan and the traditional stabbing and toast of the haggis. It was quite a multicultural experience.

Check out the pictures here.

What can I say
1/20/2005, 2:55 pm
Filed under: Frustrations, Politics

Four More Years....ugh Raise your hand if you’re…
(insert your own derogatory phrase here).

Props to Michael for the original post

God is not a right winger
1/20/2005, 6:21 am
Filed under: Frustrations, Politics, Spirituality

Book CoverSaw Jim Wallis on the Daily Show two days ago. He is a well-spoken, well-reasoned man of faith. I want to get his book

He was quick to point out that there are over 3000 verses in the bible dealing with helping the poor and disadvantaged and none about a capital gains tax cut, etc…

Here is the review from Amazon:

Since when did believing in God and having moral values make you pro-war, pro-rich, and pro-Republican? And since when did promoting and pursuing a progressive social agenda with a concern for economic security, health care, and educational opportunity mean you had to put faith in God aside?

While the Right in America has hijacked the language of faith to prop up its political agenda — an agenda not all people of faith support — the Left hasn’t done much better, largely ignoring faith and continually separating moral discourse and personal ethics from public policy. While the Right argues that God’s way is their way, the Left pursues an unrealistic separation of religious values from morally grounded political leadership. The consequence is a false choice between ideological religion and soulless politics.

The effect of this dilemma was made clear in the 2004 presidential election. The Democrats’ miscalculations have left them despairing and searching for a way forward. It has become clear that someone must challenge the Republicans’ claim that they speak for God, or that they hold a monopoly on moral values in the nation’s public life. Wallis argues that America’s separation of church and state does not require banishing moral and religious values from the public square. In fact, the very survival of America’s social fabric depends on such values and vision to shape our politics — a dependence the nation’s founders recognized.

God’s Politics offers a clarion call to make both our religious communities and our government more accountable to key values of the prophetic religious tradition — that is, make them pro-justice, pro-peace, pro-environment, pro-equality, pro-consistent ethic of life (beyond single issue voting), and pro-family (without making scapegoats of single mothers or gays and lesbians). Our biblical faith and religious traditions simply do not allow us as a nation to continue to ignore the poor and marginalized, deny racial justice, tolerate the ravages of war, or turn away from the human rights of those made in the image of God. These are the values of love and justice, reconciliation, and community that Jesus taught and that are at the core of what many of us believe, Christian or not. In the tradition of prophets such as Martin Luther King Jr., Dorothy Day, and Desmond Tutu, Wallis inspires us to hold our political leaders and policies accountable by integrating our deepest moral convictions into our nation’s public life.


Jim Wallis is compelling, provocative, and inspirational, with faith that can move mountains and can certainly move people and communities.
-Archbishop Desmond Tutu

First Hand Tsunami
1/19/2005, 10:37 pm
Filed under: General

An old friend of mine from my college radio days was asleep in a guest house on the beach in Sri Lanka when the tsunami hit. You can read about it on his blog here. Start out with “My Story Part 1” and work your way up.

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Up late, for the wrong reasons
1/19/2005, 10:17 pm
Filed under: Frustrations

Here I am once again, procrastinating. Got to start writing a lab report, writing a program, and studying the wonderful subject of thermo-dynamics. Not to mention getting together stuff for Dance Music For Nerds. On the other hand, I have finally bought a domain, some hosting space, and started setting up this site. Things I have been meaning to do for years. Also, while doing that I got to practice moving around this linux server, which is a skill I need to master before moving on to the graduate program. Always look on the bright side….

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1/19/2005, 8:20 pm
Filed under: General

Installed, up and running, now I just have to make it pretty.

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