last night, during my dinner/laundry preparations i sliced open my thumb. i figured my spinach needed more dicing. carefully, i laid out the spinach on to my blue cutting board and moved the knife across the tip of my left thumb. this pain, was the warm up to news my roommate would later break.
about two hours later, my roommate comes into our apartment in her normal fashion, where she immediately falls into her bedroom. a few mins later, sabrina starts asking me about what do i plan on doing with the apartment. the verbiage while particular, was not shocking, it's how she refers to the apartment.
standing in the kitchen, separated by a skillet, she tells me that she's going to move out. when? she doesn't know. can we discuss this matter? no. she doesn't want to live with a stranger for half a year, nor does she want to go through the hassle of finding someone to live with. which i can understand, but now i'm faced with a series of questions...
- do we both move out on july 1st? (ps - i love my apartment. i really don't want that to happen.)
- should i ask her to move out early so i can find a roommate while turing around and subleasing my space a month or two later?
- do i move out and have her find a replacement roommate?
- do i sublease the entire apartment and broker a deal with the landlord?
without a doubt these are some fun questions to debate over the next few months. in the meantime, today i'm running out and purchasing a camera and a sleeping bag. tomorrow, i leave for geneva to kick around the old city before the lift conference. equipment report when i get back.
what's more absurd than having the President demand the placement of political appointees behind every door in Washington?
how about allowing the police department decide what constitutes free speech? how about making a ruling so vague that they can "enforce" the law, while yelling out "let's decide it in court?"
absurd, yes... reality, YES! believe it or not the NYPD does not like your freedom to assemble. to the NYPD's brass, your impediment of cars is not just troublesome, but you threaten the lives of everyone. yes, your ability to congregate and speak freely constitutes a threat!
Tomorrow, we rally! On the steps of One Police Plaza, we will gather and demand our freedom. Join us at noon??
CIVIL LIBERTIES ADVOCATES SPEAK OUT AGAINST NEW ASSEMBLY RULES, CITY COUNCILMEMBER MENDEZ VOWS TO REVERSE NYPD RULE CHANGE
Contact: Mark Taylor, Assemble for Rights Campaign (646) 338-5643 info(a/t)a4rnyc.org
What: Rally to Resist NYPD's New Public Gathering Rules
Who: Civil liberties organizations, City Councilmembers, bicycling advocates
Where: One Police Plaza
When: Wednesday, Jan. 31, 12:00 noon
LOWER MANHATTAN - Community groups including Transportation Alternatives, civil liberties advocates including Norman Siegel, and members of New York City Council including Rosie Mendez will rally on Wednesday, Jan. 31, at 12:00 noon outside One Police Plaza to protest New York Police Department Commissioner Ray Kelly's most recent attempt to chill the exercise of free speech and gatherings in public places. On Friday Jan. 26, the NYPD promulgated new rules dictating when and by whom parade permits must be obtained.
City Councilmember Rosie Mendez promises to overturn these rules in City Council. Ms. Mendez stated: "I believe that the NYPD 's continued attempt to regulate our free speech is unnecessary and continues to infringe on our First Amendment rights…. permits should not be conditioned on an unreasonable and arbitrary number and they should definitely not be required by groups who stay within the limits of the law." Ms. Mendez continued: "I vow to work with my council colleagues to protect First Amendment assembly rights and reverse the NYPD's amendment."
Citizens and civil rights advocates from across New York City call on the City Council to exercise oversight of the NYPD. Police Commissioner Kelly should not be the arbiter of when and where people can gather on streets to voice their grievance, particularly considering that, at times, those grievance concern NYPD. Assemble For Rights coalition asserts that only New York City Council, as the elected representatives of the people, possess the authority to make laws affecting our civil rights. NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman echoed this position: "changes to our city's permit laws should be made by the City Council, not the police department."
These new NYPD rules, modifications of rules NYPD sought in August but met with fierce opposition, require that any public gathering by a group of 50 or more obtain a permit. Furthermore, groups of pedestrians and cyclists must apply for permits even if the group is in full compliance with all traffic laws. Anyone without a permit is now subject to arrest. Publishing the new rules means NYPD can begin enforcing them as of Feb. 25.
Section 1 a. of the newly published rules says: "A 'parade is any procession or race which consists of a recognizable group of 50 or more pedestrians, vehicles, bicycles, or other devices move by human power, or ridden or herded animals proceeding together upon any public street or roadway."
i need to increase the ticker on the right from 31 to 38 donors. for more info, read below.
We were so close... Oh-so close we were...
My father, god bless him, had been in the hospital with a UTI and something that he rarely uses the size of grapefruit. In my infinite concern for his health, I called his cell phone and left a loving and cheerful message. In my father happiness, he decided to put me over the $777.77 goal. Mind you he was medicated and his heart, which faces another ailment, has always been in the right place. This is really one of those jokes one might say, but never think could really happen.
For the past 24-hours I've been speechless, and now I wonder how to accomplish the next fundraising hurdle. Kris' matching donation would have sent me on the fast track to making this site public and therefore fundraising a good amount of the $7777 within two months.
Kris' new proposal is more intriguing than the last. Every day I have exactly seven donors, he'll make a donation also featuring the number seven. It's a ambiguously ambitious goal... One that makes, this next fundraising bout much harder.
I can only promise you that this is just the start of the interesting situations...
THANK YOU WEEKEND DONORS!!
- Noel Hidalgo <- Thanks dad!
- Olaf Bertram-Nothnagel
- Veronica Dougherty
- Hilary McHone
- Lauren Stolzar
right at the end of last last year, i was randomly introduced to an unbelievable personality - Bre Pettis. as a former teacher, Bre is known for his delightful humor, ability to build things, and wacky antics. sure enough, Bre arrived here in nyc refusing to deal with another seattle winter, yet only experience new york city for a month. as is the story with many who come to "visit" new york, once Bre started exploring... well, needless to say he's coming back in three weeks!
over the weekend, Bre and Brooklyn Hillary did a bit of culture hacking. check out Charles' blip clip. using the rastorbator software, they blew up self portraits and took them around town. if you're in the area of 11 spring street, check out their work! in the meantime, Brooklyn Hillary is raising money to purchase a new camera. Check out her chipin campaign, and help a fellow brooklynite purchase a new camera.
photo in post used with permission by bre pettis
this past weekend, i helped host drupalcamp nyc 2. once again, i was in total awe of organic conversations convening to network, discuss and hammer out problems. then this evening, i attended one of the first offical SXSW interactive happy hours, and once again was in total awe. the power of convening is one thing, but the power to network is a whole nother world.
isn't it time that conferences realize that their true value is conversation not broadcast?
on the way out, i had to profusely thank Megan Adams for taking the leap of faith and hosting this party. without fan fair, 60 or so people got together, mingled and chatted about why they would be attending SXSW. as long as i wasn't talking to a recruiter in some snazzy outfit, i was having a blast. thank you SXSW, i'm glad to know that you "get it!"
as for fundraising, we are $164.43 short from reaching $777.77, our first fundraising goal. as promised by my good friend kris swanson, once the chipin widget says $777.77, he will match all previous donations! that's roughly 14 more people!
maybe we'll reach that goal with in the next day or so. tomorrow night, i'll be presenting at the SF vlogger meetup. yeah!?!?! how freaking cool is that!
place your luck on seven and donate today!
thank you weekend donors!
- Sabrina Wells
- Enrique Montalvo
- Michael Meyers <- thank you for your generous donation!
- Andrew Hoppin
nonetheless, according to this "frequently emailed story" couples are selecting 7.7.07 in droves. according to tonya simmons, wedding specialist, "it's the most popular date -- ever!" who can argue with all these happy loving couples and their decision to get married on one of the luckiest days of this millennium. just think, there are only going to be two more days - 7 september 77 and 7 september 70. the likely hood of me seeing any of those is nil.
thanks heather parker for forwarding that link, and thank you to our new crop of donors!
- William James
- Eric Klotz
- Joshua Schultz
- Josh Koenig
- Robert Dahlquist
- Doug Wheeler
- Frankie Wheeler
- Kristen O'Connell
my old friend, fellow troublemaker and bevercreek graduate, kris swanson, is willing to match US$777.77, IF i can get the donation ticker to read $777.77. with 426.68 in the kiddy, i'm only going to need 38 donations of US$11.11 to get me there. mind you thats more donors than i have now... are you ready for the challenge? ps - if it's close, can you do me the favor and peg it at 777 and shoot me a photo?
on to the follow up...
thanks to michael nutt, heather parker and whurley for their contributions to the flickr group! i love them all! YO thank you! i'd like to thank the following donors for their contributions this weekend!
- Christopher Erin
- Elana Shneyer
- Michael Nutt
- Sid Sowder
- Lucas Peterson
speaking about weekend stuff, i thought about myspace - not just the website, but also the overwhelming amount of data we all see. saturday afternoon, i had the opportunity to meet up with freeculture.org's summit on open access at NYU. many kudos to the organizers for lining up the three best speakers. in summary, open access is the belief that access to digital scholarly material should be free.
since 2002's Budapest Open Access Initiative over 200 organizations have subscribed to the belief that data like information needs to be free. logically, one would think that scientists want to share information and findings. yet, the real power of science is held in the hands of ever decreasing number of science journals.
as the number of publications have decreased, the walled gardens grow larger and more obscure. Jennifer Mclennan of the scholarly publishing and academic resources coalition (SPARC) made the first astounding statement. through surveys, the average cost of science journals have increased in price by 200%! libraries can not keep purchasing journals at this inflated price, and therefore start limiting the avenues people can use for research.
Gavin Yamey of Public library of Science presented next, and not in so many words said that we are under monopolistic conditions with Thompson Scientific controlling the rating system that determines how grants and government funds are distributed. low and behold, his organization, PLoS, is a non-profit open source journal. their studies have proven that being open is not only fruitful for new discoveries, but openness allows for more citations and therefore more exposure.
finally, we were blessed John Wilbanks of Science Commons. John's slide show was the lease dense with facts and figures. he could have done his presentation on a white board with fancy colored markers. nonetheless, it was great. John's argument rolls out the following formula... science is data. data can be structured, checked and digitalized. once digitalized, it can be turned into code. once as code, it can be processed for arguments and VOLA, made into something else. why should science be codified?
if you took every scientific paper written about the b13 gene in the past six months, and started reading a paper a day. it would take you SIX YEARS TO READ THEM ALL!!! yes, six years for six months worth of publishing.
he then when on to show a bunch of cool pictures of things that are totally over my head. these far out contraptions of programmed bacteria and other things, John concluded that we must find a new common ground for science. with my brain on the verge of exploding, my buddy, michael and i departed for SOHO and Chinatown to snap pictures of sevens.
then later that night, i met up with lovable, huggable, vlogable - Bre Prettis of Make magazine. some how i worked my way into an itty bitty venue aptly named, the monkey, to see modal kombat. btw, if you've ever wondered what it's like to play nintendo with musical instruments, you must catch these guys. for about an hour, the duo of modal kombat played pong, mortal kombat and concluded with mario kart (the original). if there was an emotion for "hang loose" hand sign, i'd insert it here.
afterward, we met up with charles for some "blip'in" conversations and arguments of how the world's new left is emerging. which really got me thinking of myspace, the social networking site. if you are an activist like me and you've ever consider using the groups functionality on myspace, forget about it. it sucks, flickr, facebook, hell even couchsurfing has better functionality.
yesterday, i was in a meeting with a bunch of progressive publications, and as we discussed the nature of communicating with subscribers, we brought up social networks. across the table, jason das said "we use it as a bumper sticker." which got me thinking to all the organizations who use profiles instead of groups - drinking liberally, theburg.tv, and the million and one other orgs - myspace never considered groups to be a focus... and after further poking around... why in the hell do we continue to use such a piss poor product? so without futher ado, click here to friend "Luck of Seven" on myspace.
Starting off a travel project, based on the number 7 is not the easiest thing. Add an ask for money, and people want something back. Just like my old scooter friends, it's easier to ask them for a dollar before I jump off a cliff then it is after. HEY and if you guys are reading this, I will not jump off a cliff again... Or when I say "cliff" do I mean the mechanical horse on Ave A and First Street... If you are really interested, you'll find the true meaning.
So with that Mr. Rodgers into, let's get down to the nitty gritty. My buddy, Amit Gupta has a really cool project, PhotoJojo "we find the best photo shiz anywhere." Since it's inception, every two weeks, Amit really does find really cool stuff! It's the best!
What does that have to do with 777? Easy, I want your photos! If you are on flickr, start taggin your photos with "luck of seven" and "777". Don't forget to join the luck of seven group! If you have original art work, and wanna share that too... by all means, let's get those sevens rollin!
As for facebook, myspace, and last.fm, upload your photos to the forum under this post. If you can chose your type of copy protection, please consider using Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 By Wednesday, we'll see who's got the bacon bits! If you like a photo, please vote with your keyboard!
first, i'd like to thank yesterday's donors!
- Noel & Marlyna Hidalgo (Mom & Dad)
- Joel Hidalgo (little bro)
- Scott Trudeau
- Adam Quirk
- Jacob Redding - THANKS for being so generous!
- Naveen Selvadurai
- Eric Skiff
if you haven't donated, push me over the top...
now it's on to promotion, instead of sending out a blast email, i'm teasing the water though my social networks. last year, as an april fools joke, i threw out oralpixation as a global photo project. (don't worry, we'll do it again.) since rootscamp dc, facebook has been on fire... and what's my bread and butter? networking. so why not start off small?
over the past year, i saw some press about a photo book started on a flickr group. through my research, no travel book has started on a social networking site. (please correct me if wrong.) so let's make history!
- Flickr - http://flickr.com/groups/luckofseven/
- Couchsurfing - http://www.couchsurfing.com/group.html?gid=4415
- Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2228778415
- MySpace - http://www.myspace.com/luckofseven
- Last.FM - http://www.last.fm/group/on+the+luck+of+seven
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yesterday, while my friend assisted in editing my first post, she kept asking me why are people going to care? from her point of view, everyone travels and writes about their journey. why would anyone care about this trip? after thinking about it, she is right i need to detail my rational for topics i will be covering...
the seven topics of freedom
- free culture - originally a book by lawrence lessig. free culture is now a movement to break through the walled gardens of our minds and share information. if you scroll down to the footer, you'll see that this site is under creative commons. what does that mean? just like you have shared information with me, you can take this content and share it. as long as you don't make a profit; you are free to use this work. wikipedia on free culture.
- free and open-source software (F/OSS) - there are many examples F/OSS, firefox, open office, wordpress, and drupal, just to name a few. (more on wikipedia) sadly there are only a handful of profiles and conversations of their products outside of their respective communities. as we will see, the agents of open-source software are diverse, eclectic, and highly lovable.
- couchsurfers and bloggers - imagine opening up your house and letting a complete stranger sleep on your couch? believe it or not, there is a social network dedicated to couchsurfing. as an avid supporter of couchsurfing and people who share their life online, i am looking forward to the network of connections and a wealth of stories.
- agents of progressive social change - if global agents of change are as unusual as my friends, their stories will be pure insanity. here's to the crazy ones!
- barcamp & coworking - are two mimes espouse physical conversations organized through the internet. barcamp is a grassroots technology unconference where attendants are presenters and presenters are attendants. ironically, there is a workplace equivalent, coworking. coworking is a grassroots organized office with café culture. both mimes have demonstrated unbelievable levels of free thinking.
- happenstance - happenstance is the art of random interaction. i bet you are thinking it is not possible to focus on happenstance. if you do not believe it, i will free your mind.
- our environment - nature's beauty is quickly being consumed. i will spotlight locations and the people who are protecting them. my focus will be on the destruction we don't see on the evening news.
as you can see this project is about many things. many of these things i can no tolerate languishing on the back burner. if life is a fickle flame, i must let it burn brightly. last year at this time, i was stuck in a serious rutt. frequently, on my journeys, i quoted former fellow gemini henry kissinger, "there comes a time in every rightly constructed boy's life when he has a raging desire to go somewhere and dig for hidden treasure."
for the past few months, i've been hung up on the fact we are losing every element of our freedom. the world i knew as a child is not the same; the world i knew ten years a go is not the same. as the years move on and information becomes entertainment, we are enveloping ourselves in a world devoid of freedom. from nature and property, to rights and intellectual property, i see our lives slipping into an abyss devoid of alternatives.
I've been sitting on my inaugural post for too long. It's been over a year since I first conceived of this, and despite all of my work on paper, I still can't think of an opening. Time and time again, I mention the same words over and over... seven, seven, seven...