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
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
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!
January 28, 2006
The other day I was at school ranting to one of my classmates about how much Hip-Hop culture and rap music has changed. I was telling him that while I do listen to Lil Wayne, Cassidy, Freeway and G-Unit, etc, I was missing the music that i grew up with: Public Enemy, KRS-ONE and Boogie Down Productions, Poor Righteous Teachers, X-Clan, KMD, Just-Ice and Brand Nubian (A Tribe Called Quest, Latifah, Special Ed and De La Soul also get much love and respect!). Then lo and behold today while surfing around Blogger I found a link to D-Nice’s website. Yes sir! The legendary D-Nice from Stop The Violence/Boogie Down Productions fame. Man that was my dude back in the day (I’m really starting to show my 31 years on Earth now…). He’s one of the reasons that I started rapping/DJ’ing back day. Anyway, he’s got this really great article about the Fresh Fest 2005 show (the Fresh Fest is a whole ‘nother post entirely!). I was going to reprint the article, but it looked jankie on my page. So here’s a link to it.
- Monie Love is still FINE in a mutha!
- Brucie B must have been 8 when he started rapping because he don’t look a day over 26!
- Just-Ice should drop another CD just because.
- So should Nice-and-Smooth
I think I’mma have to try to find that Stop The Violence video now…..
January 22, 2006
Ok, finally got my home/mobile office set-up all synchronized. Remember when I said that I had problems getting Ecto to work with Blogger? Never could get it to work. So I broke down and (happily) picked up MarsEdit. If you use a Mac and you blog regularly, I definitely recommend picking this and NetNewsWire up. Perfect combination, plus it synched up with my Blogger account the first time out, so it gets a double toast of vodka and O.J. from me. Like I said before, on the Laptop I have FeedDemon and w.blogger holding me down and the glue is….Bloglines. Huh? I thought you said you were using NewsGator? Well I was, but the guys at Ranchero haven’t added syncing with NewsGator accounts yet, so I’m using Bloglines. It’s cool, I hear in the forums that NewsGator syncing will be one of the new features that they’ll work on for NetNewsWire once they get done traveling across Europe (just playing guys…).
Over at the SVN blog there are some great articles about companies who are only in the game to eventually sell out to other companies. Make sure you go and check it out!
I found a great site where you can mod your iBook;I know I’m probably late in finding out about this site, but I wanted to pass it on anyway. Hope they’re still around in a couple months when I pick up my iBook……. Well, I guess that it’s for now. L8tr!