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this is mostly a friends-only journal these days, other than random time-wasting links, political tidbits, or occasional snippets of not-so-interesting news from my life. so, you know the usual protocol, if you want more than that just drop a line. or add me and wait until i remember to check my friend_of list.
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Whatever happened to livejournal???
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Just found out I got a paper accepted for publication and presentation at a conference this summer on using system dynamics to model leverage points to reduce racial disparities.

Also, I am now (finally) the owner of a graduate degree!
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Here ya go, a feel-good story from my life that isn't just posting DJ sets :)

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inspirational reminder to myself of why this work matters:

a few nights ago I was walking K-dog about 11 o clock or so -- south city has been hopping the past two weeks in both good and bad ways - lots of people out on the streets because of warm weather and spring break, gunshots every night, lots of people on stoops -- the beginning of spring and summer.... -- and all of the sudden I look up and there's about 30 teenagers ready to rumble - total West Side Story style (minus the snapping) - a line of about 15 on one side, a line of about 15 on the other - yelling, cursing, occasionally two breaking out of the group and landing a few punches before joining their respective sides

It's a situation that quite frankly would have terrified me 9 months ago, yet I felt utterly calm. Normally I'd be content to just hang back and make sure no one got really hurt, but J was out front of one side of kids with a brick in his hand and a kid I didn't recognize was out front of the other group of kids with a full-on machete in his hand. I made my way to the middle of them (the dog helped here as everyone backed up) and convinced them that they could fight but they had to put the brick and the knife down. Surprisingly enough, they listened.

So a few more punches get thrown and another kid (a kid who I did /not/ expect to be there as he is one of the most polite bike shop attendees - always yes, sir; thank you, sir; etc) pulls me aside and says "Don't worry E, we're just playing. Don't worry." I tell him that a full on street brawl complete with weapons didn't exactly look like playing to me - then another kid calls him out for talking to me. "Why you talking to him man, who the fuck is he, etc etc" 3 of the kids respond "He works at the bike shop"

Suddenly the fight gets put on hold, literally, and everyone is peppering me with questions about when the bike shop is gonna be open.

"We're gonna be open soon I promise, but ya'll can't be bringing this shit to the bike shop. No fighting allowed."

The response I get:

"Naw man, bike shop is like neutral ground man, it's like that country."
"Switzerland?"
"Yeah man, bike shop like Switzerland."
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Haven't posted anything since Solstice, so I figure the Equinox is a good time, no?

too much spice makes the eyes go blue
(spring equinox mix - stephanie belated birthday mix)

another delay-effected tour through twitch hop, illbient, dubstep and grimy b-sides with a few moments of kick-your-teeth-in bass. best served with something heavy. challenging mix in that I lost the hard drive with over 80% of my music on it, including the original second half of this set. creativity through constraint. and another handful of vinyl ripped.

http://www.lostinthetranslation.net/springaling.mp3

or all the sets

http://www.lostinthetranslation.net/music.html
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Winter Solstice Mix 2008 
down the rabbithole (distort+delay mix)
for mml and mf

another glitch-hop mix all chopped screwed glitched and, this time around, slathered with trance and dark ambient – where else are you going to find traxamillion, too short, public enemy, digweed, dubfire, glitch mob side projects, khia, and excerpts from Pi and Japanese horror movies in the same mix? get yourself up crick crack creek without a paddle, finding your way home is half the fun. mostly mixed while curled up in bed under the influence of the flu. turntables are for those who lack imagination. see you in the spring.

http://www.lostinthetranslation.net/rabbithole.mp3

or all the mixes

http://www.lostinthetranslation.net/music.html
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Good Obama Quote:

"The debates unnerved both candidates. When he was preparing for them during the Democratic primaries, Obama was recorded saying, "I don't consider this to be a good format for me, which makes me more cautious. I often find myself trapped by the questions and thinking to myself, 'You know, this is a stupid question, but let me … answer it.' So when Brian Williams is asking me about what's a personal thing that you've done [that's green], and I say, you know, 'Well, I planted a bunch of trees.' And he says, 'I'm talking about personal.' What I'm thinking in my head is, 'Well, the truth is, Brian, we can't solve global warming because I f---ing changed light bulbs in my house. It's because of something collective'."

Thanks gardengirltx!
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call for editors for radical social work bookCollapse )
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Well that bailout plan sure is working well. Glad we spent it on the bankers and not the people.

10,400 was an important technical floor. 10,000 is an important psychological floor. No limits to the drop now.
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Did Palin just give a series of shoutouts? Or did I accidentally switch over to SNL?
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