This looks like Pleasantville meets Land of the Dead, for God's sake. Sold.
Seriously, though, think about it: they are one step away from being Nickelodeon's answer to the Doom Patrol.
With one full-length album (Self-Titled, 2004) and an 8-song EP (The Long March, 2005) the Blue Scholars have emerged out of the erupting Northwest hip-hop scene with soulful beats, poetic yet political rhymes and a reputation for dynamic live performances. With their second full-length release, Bayani, due out on June 12, 2007 on MASSLINE in collaboration with the preeminent label of hip-hop's glory age and the newly revitalized Rawkus Records, the torch bearing Seattle duo blends the personal and the political, unafraid to party in the process.
Emcee Geologic and DJ/producer Sabzi come from vastly different musical approaches to experiment with a unique, new sound that still echoes the classic boom-bap of a bygone era (see: A Tribe Called Quest, Digable Planets). Prior to their collision, Geo had already begun making local rounds as a battle emcee and spoken-word poet, while Sabzi honed his skills as a classical and jazz-trained pianist while attending indie ska and punk shows. This unlikely partnership set the precedent for what distinguishes the group from the vast sea of independent hip-hop artists - the ability to strike a balance between worlds usually seen distant from one another. Poetic lyricism with beats you can dance to. Marxist theory mixed with Baha'i spirituality. Musical influences ranging from Thelonius Monk and Aphex Twin to Marvin Gaye and J Dilla.
However, the bridge between the two artists goes far beyond musical interests. Blue Scholars is as much rooted in the music as it is in serving the people. [...]
Douglas over at Starkgray.net decided to do a nifty mashup--take the sound out of an old Masters of the Universe alarm clock and slam it into a Sony alarm clock. So now he can wake up everyday screaming. Or something.
Of course, it could have been worse: he could have put the little scary retro riff into one of these.
Anyway, I just thought it was cool that the wake up spiel was played off of a mini-phonograph inside the old clock.
Sebastopol, CA, March 27, 2007--Program planning is in the final stages for the 2007 O'Reilly Where 2.0 Conference, happening May 29-30, 2007 at The Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, California. Location industry visionaries are scheduled to present their futuristic ideas and groundbreaking projects in two full days of keynotes, lightning talks, panel discussions, and demonstrations. Now in its third year, the Where 2.0 Conference will provide attendees with the opportunity to discover the technologies, trends, and developments making a difference in location-based technology.
Here is a sample of the high profile sessions included in the 2007 line-up:
-Where.gov: Government Surveillance Using Location Technology
Kevin Bankston, Electronic Frontier Foundation
-Building a 3D Model of the Globe
John Hanke, Google Earth
-Why Physical Location Matters in Online News and Community
Rich Skrenta, Topix
-Learning Lessons from Neogeography
Ian Holt, Ordnance Survey and Mikel Maron, World Kit
-Building out a 3D World
Erik Jorgensen, Microsoft
-Where is Never Again?
Michael Graham, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
-Mapping the Maximum City
Schuyler Erle, MetaCarta
-Getting into the Car: Geo-Located Information Breaks Free
Eric Klein, Dash Navigation
-Love in the Time of Cholera Maps: Mapping Communities from the Ground Up Steven Johnson, Outside.in and author of The Ghost Map
Rounding off the conference will be a number of informal events including Ignite Where, a series of rapid-fire, five-minute presentations by geeks and techies that demonstrate how location-based innovations can improve any area of life. Another highlight will be the Where Fair, a science fair-style showcase of cutting-edge, [...]
Directed by Stewart Bird and Deborah Shaffer
Narrated by Roger Baldwin
- Interview with the filmmakers
- Interview with historian and author Paul Buhle
- Original Recordings of IWW songs
- Photo gallery
- Film maker biographies
Released by: Docurama.
Anamorphic: N/A; appears in its original 1.33:1 format.
My Advice: Rent It.
Early in the last century, a new labor union began. They accepted everyone who was members of the working class: blacks, women, immigrants. They weren't interested in working within the system like the AFL or the Teamsters. They wanted to change the world, and make it so the workers benefited from American prosperity, not the few heartless robber barons that ran the monopolies and the government that aided and abided them. Whether they were singing in solidarity or busting the heads of some strike busters, they were a force to be reckoned with. But while the organization bickered over the impact of the Russian Revolution, the authorities struck back and used patriotic sentiment and the sweeping powers generated by The Great War. The organization was mortally crippled, but their legacy lives on. They were the International Workers of the World, the I.W.W. They were The Wobblies.
"Night of the Werewolf" and "Vengeance of the Zombies" - For the First Time, Uncut and Unedited Versions Remastered From the Original Negative in High Definition; Arising on DVD May 8th for $19.98 Each