January 31, 2006
Man it’s hard being me. What are you talking about? Being me: it’s damn hard. Are you poor? Kinda. School loans be damned! Are you homeless? Not hardly. Hungry? Nope, just ate a big plate of Pasta. Then what’s the problem? Well I’m Black. That comes with it’s own set of problems straight from birth. But more specifically, I’m a Black Geek. Being a geek really just compounds the problems that are already apparent in being a Black man in America. Does that mean that I don’t want to be Black anymore? Of course not. I couldn’t change my culture even if I wanted to and trust: I DON”T WANT TO. But being a Black geek means something more entirely that just being Black. For one, a geek is not your average gadget person that just wants what ever happens to be the cool object of the moment. We eat, sleep and shit technology. When you’re thinking about how to pay for those Manolo Blahnik boots you saw, I’m thinking about how I can get my hands on the new Apple Mac Book Pro. While you’re thinking about working out so you can try out for the basketball team, I’m trying to figure out why the code for my software program won’t compile correctly. When you refer to a foreign language, it’s usually French or Spanish, but when I refer to a foreign language it’s usually (X)HTML, CSS or Objective C. You’re inspiration is Oprah Winfrey or Michael Jordan. My inspirations are Benjamin Banneker, Tim Berners-Lee and Steve Jobs. I’m the type of guy that gets giddy whenever a new piece of technology hits the market. Case in point: I found a new Web Application today called feedlounge.
feedlounge is a web based RSS reader like NewsGator or Bloglines. But what makes feedlounge so different is that it is the first Web Application created that looks and behaves like a native desktop application created by Apple. On top of that, the basic package for feedlounge only costs $5 USD per month. Seriously? $5? What’s fuckin’ with that? Nothing right now, but it’s just goes to show what we can do with technology. The lines between the Desktop and the Internet are slowly becoming one singularity.
Ok, forget all this technobabel that you’re throwing around. What are you really saying? That it’s damn hard to be me. Why? Because when you meet a person like me you choose to distance yourself from me based on our differences instead of getting to know me based on our commonalities. You see, even though I’m a geek, I’m no different than you. I love Italian, Brazilian and Moroccan foods just like you. I appreciate Yves Saint-Laurent accessories just like you. I was pissed when the Steelers made it into the Super Bowl just like you. I was amazed that Kobe could drop 81 points in a single game just like you. I miss Aaliyah just like you. I am human just like you. So the next time you meet a Black geek like me take some time to get to know them. You just might be pleasantly surprised…..
January 31, 2006
White dudes are SOOOOO crazy! A spoof on Broke Back Mountain. Enjoy!
January 31, 2006
I found a new blog buddy tonight: Ladies and Gentlemen, meet Cat. She had a post from earlier in the week in which she was talking about songs to add to her iTunes/iPod. So that got me diggin’ into the crates and what I found was this:
“My Heart Belongs to U” by Jodeci. Take a listen and reminiece with me…
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January 31, 2006
On the day of Coretta Scott King’s passing, I start to wonder if any of the advancements that she and her late husband fought for have come to pass. In a lot of ways things have changed, while in so many other areas things have either stayed the same or gotten worse (the devastation of Katrina comes to mind…). But I can say that one of the few areas where things are starting to look a little bit better is in the area of Television Programming. There have been some great shows on over the past few years: The Bernie Mac Show, Girlfriends and The Boondocks on the Cartoon Network come to mind. But one televison show that a lot of African-Americans may not be awaye of is Grey’s Anatomy.
Unbeknownst to a majority of African-American’s is the fact that the shows Creator and Executive Producer is an African-American woman by the name of Shonda Rhimes. Miss Rhimes has done an excellent job of providing a quality show to the executives at ABC (owned by Disney) featuring a cast of great multi-cultural actors. Not only is the show helmed by Miss Rhimes, but the show features three prominent African-Americans as Doctors on the show. James Pickens, Jr. portrays Dr. Richard Webber, a Chief Surgeon and the Chief of Staff at the hospital. Dr. Preston Burke, a top-notch surgeon at the hospital, is portrayed by celebrated thespian Isaiah Washington. Accomplished thespian Chandra Wilson portrays Dr. Miranda Bailey, Resident Surgeon and Director of Interns. Grey’s Anatomy also features the superb acting skills of Sandra Oh who portrays the Asian-American doctor Cristina Yang, an aspiring young intern at the hospital. Although the center of the show is a young white intern, Miss Rhimes has done a great job in showing the difficulties off all the charachters in trying to live life and save lives. The show has already received great reviews and won a Golden Globe (Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Sandra Oh). The show is so good that I have been moved to tears on a more than a few of the epsiodes. It is a great mix of drama, emotion and comedy. I implore each and every one of you to start viewing and supporting this show so that we can help Miss Rhimes get other great programming aired. Grey’s Anatomy is broadcast Sunday evenings at 10p.m. EST on ABC (Check your local listings).
January 31, 2006
While I am in school currently for Computer Programming, a lot of the knowledge that I have attained has been largely self-taught. Lately, I found myself wanting to explore more programming options than just (X)HTML and CSS. Due to the large problems that I’ve had lately with Web Applications like Bloglines and Newsgator, I think that I want to get into developing Web Applications myself. I originally started down this path with Macromedia’s Flash program and learning ActionScript. But with the recent merger between Macromedia and Adobe I am starting to question Adobe’s dedication to the continued development of Flash/ActionScript. Therefor, I have started researching new options in Web Application development and the frameworks that they offer.
Now there is Struts, developed by the Apache Foundation as a loose cousin to Jave Web Apps. You also have Spring and Zope. In addition, you have the newer frameworks of Django, Dojo and Mochkit. But the one that I keep hearing more and more of is Ruby On Rails.
Now I haven’t even begun to start learning the code or playing around with it yet, but there are some good examples of what developers are doing with the frameworks now. And I also found an article which gives a down-to-earth explanation of the technology. Anyone interested in going beyond basic (X)HTML and CSS programming should give it a read. In the meantime, I’ve gotta get back to getting the hang of this Object Oriented thing…..
January 31, 2006
Ok, I have been working my a$$ off for the past few days. Why? Working on a So-Fresh-So-Clean design for the blog. I have this page with Blogger for awhile, but never really did anything with it. Finally got tired of looking at all this green. Now it’s time for something new. So I cranked up Photoshop (CS2 mind you…no Elements!) and got to work. Here’s a small peek at the new design:
Now, I’ll admit, I am not the greatest graphic designer, but I do enough to get by. Actually, I am looking for an experienced Graphic Designer to get down with me here at Viperteq. Must be experienced with Adobe Photoshop CS/CS2 or Fireworks and love designing icons and sites that look like Apple products. If anyone knows somebody who’s interested shoot me an email. Just put Graphic Designer in the Subject header. Oh yeah, once the new design is up, if you like what you see and you want to get your blog re-done, hit me up. I’m dropping my prices for the next month so that I can hustle up a couple books that I’ll need for this new class that I have to take. Salude!
January 28, 2006
This one right here takes me back to the time when I started studying the Ansaaru Allah. Man that was BACK DAY! Much Knowledge, Wisdom and Understanding was gained during this time in my life. See if you can pick out the Ansaaru flag in the clip. Walk with me…..
EDIT: Removed the video because WMP is just damn weird!