Monday, December 31, 2007

5 Buddhist Precepts for Laypersons Interpreted as New Year's Resolutions

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These are 5 Precepts in Therevada Buddhism laypersons are supposed to follow. I interpreted them as New Year's Resolutions. Happy New Year to All.

This episode's links are Logic Tutor, Veterans for Peace, Physicians for Social Responsibility

Obreahny O'Brien

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Obreahny O'Brien stopped in at the NYMIEG/For Your Imagination holiday party on Dec. 12, 2007. I think you'll find her passionate & funny. The interview was impromtu, with the help of Irina Slutsky from GETV. I used some of the same basic questions Nathan Miller of Bicycle-Sidewalk came up with for Vloggercon 2006. I emailed him and asked him what questions he would ask and he wrote me back with these: What got you into videoblogging? Why did you get into videoblogging? What is your inspiration?

You can find Nathan Miller at, Obreahny O'Brien keeps her site at College Wit. Irina Slutsky operated my not so good in the dark camera and I used music from Bre Pettis' free music album.

This episode's links are GETV, College Wit, Physicians for Social Responsibility

Friday, December 28, 2007

Jess McCabe & Sizemore

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Irina Slutsky introduced me to Jess McCabe & Mike Atherton at the NYMIEG/For Your Imagination holiday party on Dec. 12, 2007. Since I was interviewing her for my videoblog, she thought it was appropriate to interview them as well, which I did. I used the same basic questions Nathan Miller of Bicycle-Sidewalk came up with for Vloggercon 2006. I emailed him and asked him what questions he would ask and he wrote me back with these: What got you into videoblogging? Why did you get into videobloging? What is your inspiration? You can find Nathan Miller at, Irina Slutsky hosts Geek Entertainment TV, Jess McCabe at, & Mike Atherton at

Irina Slutsky operated my not so good in the dark camera and I used music from Bre Pettis' free music album.

This episode's links are GETV, The Sizemore McCabe Project, Physicians for Social Responsibility

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Excerpt from The Garden of The Prophet

From The Garden of the Prophet by Kahlil Gibran:

“My friends and my road-fellows, pity the nation that is full of beliefs and empty of religion.

“Pity the nation that wears a cloth it does not weave, eats a bread it does not harvest, and drinks a wine that flows not from its own winepress.

“Pity the nation that acclaims the bully as hero, and that deems the glittering conqueror bountiful.

“Pity the nation that despises a passion in its dream, yet submits in its awakening.

“Pity the nation that raises not its voice save when it walks in a funeral, boasts not except when its neck is laid between the sword and the block.

“Pity the nation whose statesman is a fox, whose philosopher is a juggle, and whose art is the art of patching and mimicking.

“Pity the nation that welcomes its new ruler with trumpetings, and farewells him with hootings, only to welcome another with trumpetings again.

“Pity the nation whose sages are dumb with years and whose strong men are yet in the cradle.

“Pity the nation divided into fragments, each fragment deeming itself a nation.”

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas Episode

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This is an episode for Christmas. I'm going Yuletide for these couple days. Features 30 second clips of Bing Crosby, James Brown & Andrews Sisters.

This episode's links are Charity Navigator, National Priorities Project, Veterans For Peace

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Charity Navigator

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Charity Navigator is an online research tool for people who like to give to charities.

This episode's links are Physicians for Social Responsibility, National Priorities Project, Charity Navigator

Friday, December 14, 2007

GETV's Irina Slutsky

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This impromtu interview of Irina Slutsky was conducted at the For Your Imagination/NYMIEG Holiday Bash on Dec. 12, 2007. The camera was held by Jackson West, the questions were written by Nathan Miller of Bicyclesidewalk, and music is by Bre Pettis from his free for use album.

This episode's links are GETV, Bicycle Sidewalk, Veterans For Peace

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

I Was Made To Love Her

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Featuring open source movie from the and some footage I shot from food shopping and driving from the Midwest.

This episode's links are Physicians for Social Responsibility, National Priorities Project, Veterans For Peace

Sunday, November 18, 2007

NaVloPoMo Contribution

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Contribution for 17th day. Features screen capture of PJKproductions flash meeting with Eric Rice, dm, Eric Lorentz, & The Faux Press. The 45 sec music was used from the Noam Chomsky movie Power & Terror. It is written & performed by Kiyoshi Imawano.

This episode's links are Physicians for Social Responsibility, National Priorities Project, Veterans For Peace

Friday, November 16, 2007

Friday NaVloPoMo

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This is my second episode contribution to NaVloPoMo.

This episode's links are Charity Navigator, National Priorities Project, Veterans For Peace

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Monday, November 12, 2007

I haven't ran this app in over 6 months

I haven't ran this app in over 6 months
Originally uploaded by cisc1970

I didn't want to leave my desktop on at home to do this anymore while I was away. One of the fans started to go on the 2003 Powermac (it's sporadic, once a week, not sure which fan, don't care just got all the dust out for a fix). I usually ran it using OS X's switch user mode in the background. Today, I'll just run it again when I'm home sleeping. It just might warm my studio apartment. Replacing it would be obscene; the cost of native applications and processor utilization are not necessary for recreational video blogging, digital photography, & multi media.


Originally uploaded by cisc1970

I'm running this again 6 months later. The 2003 Dual 1.25 GHZ G4 Powermac doorstop puts out heat that may help my cold studio apartment. If I need to replace the desktop, I'll probably sell the 2003 G4 933mhz iBook as well & go MacBook Pro. Both 2003 machines work fine & dandy though for all this recreational work. They're both paid for and the apps are all native. Looking at it from a processor use stand point, I have more than enough for using Adobe Creative Suite 2, iLife 04, and FCE 2 (which i haven't started using). Windows only machine would be out of the question if I needed to replace these two (it would be like tying one hand behind my back or giving up my dominant hand to do everything).

Friday, November 09, 2007

NaVloPoMo Episode

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Episode for NaVloPoMo. This is my mash of Open Source movies from Archive.Org, "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington"(45 seconds), & my own material. Snippets of 45 sec. music from the Lawrence of Arabia theme, David Bowie "Ragazzo Solo, Ragazza Sola", Shabba Ranks- "Pirate's Theme", and Love & Rockets "If There's a Heaven Above".

This episode's links are Charity Navigator, National Priorities Project, Veterans For Peace

Friday, November 02, 2007


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I'm staying practiced uploading videos & keeping a feed. March 25, 2006: the band Nadir is better today, their tracks on Myspace are better I think. I haven't followed up on them since Hogg (not in the video but heavily featured in my other vlog posts) stopped playing.

This episode's links are Save Darfur, National Priorities Project, The Innocence Project

Friday, October 26, 2007

Nice Leonard Cohen YouTube clip

Come To Oct 27. March for Peace & Justice

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Rally & March for Peace & Justice! Sat October 27 New York City. Muster beginning 11:00 am on 17th St East of Broadway. Keep up by going to United for Peace & Justice.
United for Peace & Justice, National Priorities Project, Exxon Secrets

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Home Media Making Notes

1. Treat each public post as a press release (as discussed earlier this year at the NYC Podcasting Association). This may take the spontaneity out of media making but if you want to aim for quality, I think that's the way to go. Checking to see if it loads properly on your portable media player for example and reading over the draft before hitting the publish button will help.

2. Meta tag appropriately, if not title, so search engines have an easier time finding your media. For example: "fallaciousargument", "netneutrality", "globalwarming", "nucleardisarmament", "freedomofthepress", "thewaronterror". Pretty much every media hosting site out there (Flickr,, YouTube) uses meta tags. Try to get an idea of meta tags.

3. Use a Creative Commons license. It will make your media more available for re use without the extra steps of the user writing you for permission.

The new ways of gathering media can make it easier for people to network and get what they need to do done.


Saturday, September 22, 2007

Plug for One Web Day 2007

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I listen to Mike Pride, Mike Patton, & Yamantaka Eye. This is an imitation of their music using Garageband. I like the creative freedom one can partake in the web.

Save Darfur, National Priorities Project, One Web Day

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Fun with Water

This is not in NYC, somewhere in Europe, maybe in the UK.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

The Stone NYC, Sept. 15, 2007

Sept. 15, 2007 8 PM set at the Stone was comprised of John Zorn (tenor sax), Erik Friedlander (cello), Mark Feldman (violin), Kenny Wolleson (drums), Theo Bleckman (vocals, effects), Ms. Lee (cello) & 3 more musicians I could not recall their names. They were a guitarist, a woodwind player (Ned Rothenberg?-bamboo flute, clarinet, bassoon), and soprano sax player. Ned Rothenberg was billed to play sax but I believe he played the above mentioned woodwind instruments.

The different musicians would play together at a minimal 3 members. The night comprised of at least 4 different line ups and the finale, everyone playing together. All of the musical pieces seem to be improvisational and a have raw, inspiring, & freshness to them.

This is very unconventional music compared to what you would hear on the radio. The closest thing one could compare it to are soundtracks but they are much more lush and hold more potentiality. The pieces were short- about 6 to 8 minutes each and they take you to a mental terrain you may have not known existed.

It's a very good time going to these sets, I feel renewed & somewhat rejuvenated. I feel good that the good, creative things I've done are somehow confirmed and that it's worth doing.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Burt Hasen

Burt Hasen passed away this month on the 7th. I took Drawing I from him back in 1990 at the School of Visual Arts. He taught chiarascuro with chalk, charcoal, vine, and ebony. Out of all the drawing classes I took in art school, I think the techniques he taught were most useful. To this day I keep the drawing supplies he used for class at home.

Letter from David Rhodes (SVA college president)

"It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of artist, distinguished faculty member and dear friend Burt Hasen, who died on September 7th after a long illness.

Born in 1921 in New York City, Burt taught at the School of Visual Arts from 1954 to 2000. He was best known for his encyclopedic knowledge of the history of art, which he used to teach drawing and painting in the traditional ways of the great masters. A onetime resident of Paris, he painted and studied at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere from 1948 to 1950.

Upon returning to the U.S., he began teaching at SVA and showing work at the Brooklyn Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, among many other institutions. He was the recipient of awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the National Academy of Design. Burt Hasen is survived by his wife, Mary, and his brother Harvey.

Our condolences go to the entire Hasen family."

Monday, September 10, 2007

"Over in The Glory Land"

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Last year I had a spot in the pressbox during the 5th anniversary of the terror attacks in the US. I photographed for the mayor's office. I don't mind doing this again, it would be an honor. I hope people will continue to read the names of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attack victims each year. I think it should become a solemn national day of mourning for all terrorism victims and for promoting democratically elected societies.

Monday, September 03, 2007

"Dwayne of the Upper Regions"

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This was performed on June 29, 2007. Daughter of Force went to my high school in 1989. She's also known as the artist Lilah Freedland.

Brute Force is a strong voice and he writes some great pop songs. It was the first time I saw the band and it was with guitar, bass and drums. The songs have a psychedelia about it but not trippy overboard- really good pop songs. I think if someone else covered Bruce's songs they would miss out on his keyboard playing. I had a good time, even though it was hard to tell.

Peter's playing reminded me of Tom Verlaine+Richard Lloyd maybe a little Marc Ribot because of the "chunkiness" of the tone & sustain. The bass was low in the night's mix but I think it would have been way too loud if they raised the volume a little higher. Daughter of Bruce was a great presence too and the rhythm section.

This episode's links are Save Darfur, National Priorities Project, Veterans For Peace

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Happy Labor Day Weekend

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Quick mash of drive, open source movies from the Internet Archive and Labor Day Holiday Greeting. music using Garageband and 34 sec. of Billy Bragg "Power in a Union" (instrumental).

This episode's links are Save Darfur, National Priorities Project, Veterans For Peace

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Outdoor portraits with fill flash


The glass used for this set was a second hand Nikkor 1.4 50mm AIS lens. I used a FM3a at -1 ev to -2 ev Aperture Priority and TTL fill flash using 35mm Fuji Sensia 100. TTL flash filtration is amber.

The f-stop used was 1.4 to 2. I purposely used a shallow DOF to blur the background. In the future I may focus specifically on bridge of their noses (instead of tip) or eyes to get something different. I like these portraits.


I've tried this same 30 yr. old 50mm AIS F mount on a Nikon D-80. The focal length is 75mm in the DX equivalence. It works just as good in manual mode. I'm not used to shooting full manual on a D-80 but with its 3 fps RAW+Large fine jpegs mode, exposure bracketing is not so tedious to undertake.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Quick Stroll Thru Chinatown

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I had to pick up a few tubes of paint in Chinatown. I had an hour on a parking meter so I did a very quick shoot on the way back from Pearl Paint. I'm playing around with the guitar & Garageband again so I added it to the footage.

This episode's links are Save Darfur, National Priorities Project, The Innocence Project

Fatal Fire`

I worked at the fatal fire at the Lower Manhattan Deutsche Bank under demolition. The fire killed 2 Firefighters Robert Beddia and Joe Graffagnino. Whatever I blog, I check to to see if the city or newspapers says it first. It's better not cause cross chatter and speculation in my belief.

The newspapers and the city have mentioned toxic substances, non working standpipes, multiple maydays, and blocked stairwells. There were sectioned off areas where asbestos abatement was going on. The standpipes were dry. I was part of the multiple nozzle teams that stretched extra hoseline off a street level manifold and hiked 14 flights up to douse fire. We relieved a crew out of air and when we were spent as well- were relieved accordingly.

The victims were removed before I went up. The stairwells had blocked off plastic wrapped wooden air tight hatches which made it hard to evacuate or climb. It was something I have never seen in my short 4 years. I could only imagine patting around in the choking gas and fumes in complete darkness looking for these hatches in the pitch dark. These stairwells were hatched and narrowed to facilitate the demolition process.

When I was on the street level, I listened to multiple maydays. Like many others we observed radio silence so the maydays could be addressed. A hose line was already hoisted externally at this time because the standpipes were not in working order.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Worked at a 7 Alarm Fire.

Article here from the NY Times. Started working at 2nd Alarm, got relieved at 6th alarm, left the fire at 7th alarm. Two firefighters died, both from FDNY Ladder 5 Engine 24.

The building was under demolition and was only occupied by the construction crews. It had no standpipes for firefighting. Firehoses were hoisted 15 floors using ropes.

NY Times has a slideshow of this building under demolition, with explanations.





All images NY Times copyright.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Get Firefox already

Big in Bangkok

Apparently I was big in Bangkok in this time period. Just uploaded my Aug. 15, 2007 episode and checked out the stats in Feedburner. I'm really not for popularity and being commercial. I felt disappointed half of my page views used IE 7- get Firefox already.

Johnny Zaldana, Polaroid Fan

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A BJJ practitioner documents the scene with a polaroid camera spanning 10 years and counting.

This episode's links are Save Darfur, National Priorities Project, Veterans For Peace

Monday, August 13, 2007

Home in Google Streetview

Home in Google Streetview

My home as seen on Google Maps streetview. The place reminds me of the Stuart Little apartment house. The one on the center left is being done up like the one I'm in.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

The Dance of the Giglio in East Harlem

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After dropping in on the guys at Vloggercue Frisbee 2.0, I happened upon the Giglio Society of East Harlem, honoring San Antonio. Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in East Harlem, NY is involved with this annual event.

This episode's links are Save Darfur, National Priorities Project, The Innocence Project

Friday, August 10, 2007

Back To Full Duty, Thank Goodness

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At one point I thougth I was going to be fired for videoblogging against corruption and racism on my time off. For a brief 2 months, my employer had to make sure I wasn't a danger to myself and others. I'm back to full duty now, thank goodness.

Some very important people in the place I work- people responsible for policy, well being, and lives, have no clue what a blog is. Maybe because it's not made by Microsoft or AOL. It's like the black monolith from A Space Odyssey: 2001. Maybe I can explain from the average web user knowledge base with my limited patience. What is this thing?

A long time ago, illiterate people had to look at cathedral ceilings to get a depiction of heaven or hell, listen in to the clergy, and pretty much live this way because books weren't plentiful. No one had the time to write them, make them or read them.

Thanks to the Chinese woodblock printing, important documents, didn't have to be copied by hand anymore. Yes, before woodblock printing, books were copied by hand.

The printing press meant more books, cheaper costs to get the word out to people. If you didn't like one thing to read, well, there's something else to read.

So let's look at this thing called a web blog. Maybe It will help to look at John Locke. That's right, the British guy. Yep, the British guy. Speaks English.

He had this thing called the Rights of Man. Someone rich like Donald Trump can put out a full page ad in the New York Times or place superbowl ad fairly easier because he has more money. For the average guy, he would have to combine his efforts with 2 million other people just to get the same financial clout as Donald Trump.

Ok so before I get totally out of focus here, the business model of old media goes out the window with the level playing field of the web. Yes, this site is made with free tools and I've even made most of the material on this blog under a Creative Commons License.

For someone who has taken the time to vlog in front of the UN to promote dialogue (On Dialogue video episode), try at a lighthearted attempt the self defense video genre by way of the Vlog Santa (Vlog Militia Man video episode), encourage charity (Charity video episode), cross cultural exchange (Making Hummus I&II video episodes), make a 2 hour documentary on the victims of WW II, series of interviews of peace activists( United for Peace & Justice video episodes), and cover people at work at fires- it is an extremely distressing and insulting position to be in.

On top of that I've made podsafe free music, Creative Commons images and video for the sole purpose of creative cooperation.

To be considered as potentially making terroristic threats after publicly complaining about a racist rant made me feel like a victim of retaliation.

Who am I to complain? In the plains of Darfur, might makes right as people starve to death, get raped, beaten, maimed, and driven from their land.

The remedy in this situation seems to be say yes to whatever, become a racist, become anti anything from the Middle East (but not Jesus), not get the Buddha, and contribute to the dismantling of the Bill of Rights by bowing to censorship.

Where is it written that exercising free speech is against the Constitution of the United States? Oh oh, I'm not a majority, I'm a minority so I guess I don't a have right to ask this.

This episode's links are Save Darfur, National Priorities Project, Veterans For Peace

Sunday, July 29, 2007

4 year old road warrior

4 year old road warrior

2003 933mhz G4 iBook. OS X 10.39 Panther & iLife 4 makes this a vloggy portable. No need for me to upgrade yet because I haven't changed most of my software.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Lower East Side 1991


This was taken on an Action Tracker back in 1991, using 100 speed black and white film and processed at home. The scan of of this negative came much later. I like the sunlight and the darkness of the person. It would be ten times better if I caught him leaving the store with his head not cut off.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Sept. 19, 2006

I did this last year. I'm running re runs while I'm busy with other stuff. This series is also on and

Friday, July 06, 2007

Was the driver a koala bear?

Was the driver a koala bear?
Some driver with tree branches in his car heading southbound on the FDR drive. I think they were doing something with chroma keying but it looked like real tree branches and it didn't look too safe. Kind of like someone with a mattress on their car.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

June 23, 27 and the 4th of July

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I had the weekend off and worked overtime on the 4th of July.

Forty five second music clips from Luna "Sideshow by the Seashore", the Lunachicks "Say What You Mean", 45 sec. of "A Conversation With Ken Burns", and a sad folk ballad by a lesser known Simpsons character.

This episode's links are Save Darfur, National Priorities Project, Veterans For Peace

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

New Superheroes

(Originally Twittered) Got idea for new superheroes. Mr. Chest Rise. His sidekick is Pulse McGee. Together they check on napping folks outdoors.

As nice weather starts, more and more folks are napping outdoors. Enter these two guys as they pause and check for life. A whole comedy routine could be centered around these two creeping up on nappers outside and getting chased off. Must have seen this formula in Benny Hill or something.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

"Fleetweek, Frisbee, and Crafts"

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For the Thought Police, "Fleetweek, Frisbee, and Crafts" means there are scenes here that depict such times and occurances. It isn't a window to the world conspiracy to make you cry. If it does, there is a power button on your computer to turn it off.

Forty five second music clips from a David Lynch film, the Pixies covering "In Heaven", "Test Tube" by Dekoboko Hajime & Yamantaka Eye, and "The Story of An Artist" by Daniel Johnston.

This episode's links are Save Darfur, National Priorities Project, The Innocence Project

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Part 2, If Rescue Me Had a 5th Season...

The freckled red haired Dominican overhearing Leary's character counseling the gay fireman goes home after fighting a fire. He goes to sleep and has a dream.

In his dream, the guys belong to a club with a nice treehouse. They are squabling why there's never any good snacks around. each time they get their allowances, they pay the club $2.50. The money goes in the treasury can. A while back one of the kids won the 4-H competition for his goat. He on went to become a dairy farm worker. This was 7 years back. The money was $100. He left it for the club house treasury.

Leary's character talks about how their lemonade stand should be pulling more money in and their bait shop shouldn't have to go under. There is no accountability. The monies are shuffled around to get some sort of balance going. In actuality, the $25 bucks has shrank to $9 bucks. Expenses like the wiffle ball set expense are pointed out and the initial outlay for the lemonade pitcher and tumblers.

So in the dream, the gay character talks about how he has to be primary cleaner of the tree house, how he sees others shirk their contributions. Leary's character, then tells him- "the wall of China was built by many bricks", just keep working one brick at a time".

The officer then comments, I know I seem to just be around to wait for what kind of snacks you guys are going to make, but I see him do the hedges alone. The hedges aren't a one man job...

He wakes up.

FADE to commercial

If Rescue Me had a 5th Season...

If Rescue Me had a 5th season and I wrote episodes for it, I would have a character that pretends to be Irish. He keeps his head completely shaved and avoids the sun.

An African American, a second character, observes the cook off between friendly Irish and Italian firefighters.

A third character, is a closeted homosexual. In an act of brotherhood, Dennis Leary's character takes him under his wing. Since the gay character doesn't go to illicit massage parlors or strip clubs with the boys- he gets sent to the medical office for refusing to be "one of the guys".

Dennis Leary's character coaches him- "Tell them you have dreams of just women. You need to rehearse this. You only dream of the babes". In the mean time, he kicks himself for coming along with him when he exhibits a penchant for gambling at Atlantic City, Vegas, and scratch off lottery outlets.

The African American goes to a bachelor party and he and his college buddies take the groom to a drag queen show (music playing is Anita ward's "Ring My Bell") during the night as a joke. The joke is cool until he spots one of the drag queens as the closeted gay guy from his firehouse.

Leary's character catches wind of the situation and takes them all fishing as a male bonding outing. They catch nothing. They decide to pick up sea bass at a roadside stand on the way home.

Someone filling in at the firehouse suggest beer batter for the fish. Flouting the no alcohol ban, they have a fish fry. The bass was excellent and they have a fine meal. Thirty minutes after the meal, they all get extremely sick, starting with the officer. The bass turns out to be New York harbor poisoned sea bass.

Everyone has to go on sick call. The whole house has difficulty breathing, swollen faces and nausea. The whole house is put on quarantine and replacement units are quartered blocks away. The police counter terrorism team responds in moon suits and check for anything suspicious.

The officer who gets sick, gets a ribbing from the command, when they miss a third alarm fire during their illness. The rival fire house makes prank calls pretending to be the insurance agent and inquires if they need a policy that covered ambulance service. It does not go over very well.

TV footage shows the firehouse members taken away in ambulances. Everyone is discharged within 2 days except the guy who pretends to be Irish. His hair grows out and turns out to be a freckled red haired Dominican.

Dennis Leary's character, fooled by the imposter's Irish brogue, does his ball exercise routine pondering what it means to be Irish. Working on his core group, he reminisces about his lost buddies. The music playing in the background is Van Morrison's "Sweet Thing".

He is exhausted and rolls the core ball back to its spot in the gym. He discovers the remaining bottles of beer that weren't used for the beer batter. He puts it in a garbage can and takes it outside.

He sees the African American character come in for work, an hour and half early, like everyone in the firehouse. He says hello, and says to him "I think the cool thing about working in the fire department is the unity in good acts".

The tone goes off and they both drop what they are doing and gear up. It's for a transportation fire, fuel truck vs. a 99 cent store. When they arrive at the scene, guys are laying down foam and news choppers are whizzing by.

The officer and the guys get off the rig, "Let's get to work", the officer says, and the music cues to the Blues Traveler "Conquer Me".


Sunday, June 10, 2007

Deadline June 15

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The video is not my June 15, 2007 deadline letter to the FCC regarding Net Neutrality. What it is a weekend montage piece I made on my time off from my M-F 7:30 to 3:30 desk duty job I have. The music featured is the Ruins and some stuff from You Tube( There are clips from the news, Mario Savio, Howard Zinn, and Jerry Miller. Tell me- is it better to subvert than to speak out? It's best to take action, to do something before it's too late.

This episode's links are Save Darfur, National Priorities Project, The Innocence Project

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Avoiding Fascists at Your Desk Job

Having a desk job at headquarters requires avoidance of ignorant people. If you are to put on the radio softly, don't play Beethoven, Bach or Mozart. This will invite the fascist leaning to comment "That's standard". Play something like Shostakovich. If you want them to think you're really nuts, piano pieces by Bela Bartok will do the job. If you want to make them think you're sensitive and poignant, Eric Satie piano pieces will work.

Number one though is not to invite or arouse the ignorant with romanticized visions of fascism, boots, leather, blood, land and polish. Keep the Mozart, Beethoven and Bach off the radio. Shostakovich should be looped. If you have Verdi, Bellini, Rossini or Italian opera- keep that off too, lest the ignorant start making Godfather speeches.

Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, and Italian opera is for private consumption.

If you have to have something peppy, John Zorn's The Music of Ennio Morricone The Big Gundown will suffice. It's quite possible racist comments will still persist but at least they'll have to think harder to come up with one.

Finally, if all else fails, Riverdance, Irish stepmusic, and the artwork of Thomas Kincade will act like a stealth shield. If you abandon hope, tune in to WABC am daytime radio. Your brain will turn to mush.

It's incredible, despite the oppression, imprisonment, killings, and war that has gone on that people still insist on being racists, hate mongerers, and horders. The wealth of this world continues to be invisible, if only we opened our eyes.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

It's a reprisal now.

Because of this vlog post, photo album, and e-mail reply I've been ordered to see the Chief Medical officer of the FDNY, Dr. Kerry Kelly. I really hope this is some kind of practical joke, sending me downtown using taxpayer dollars (it's overtime- because it's on my own time). I had originally planned my day to get college transfer transcripts from Purchase College and attend orientation for Cont. Ed at CUNY John Jay.

Instead I may be railroaded for complaining and exercising my free speech on my off time. I don't think there's a danger of being sent to the gulag or some political re education camp. It's too expensive. Maybe I'll be ordered to sign papers and leave the department.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

What is a Web 2.0 blog or vlog?

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I drank a small beer with with Bre Pettis, Eddie Codel, and Bill Cammack. I had to ask what makes a blog or vlog Web 2.0. My answer is it's got to be on Wordpress (which I haven't tried yet), have RSS 2.0, and have assorted choices for social bookmarking (which I don't use on my Blogger template). I've become a true Johnny Come lately in the internet.

links: Save Darfur, Voter Reform, The World Can't Wait

Friday, May 25, 2007

Weird Slips

In my interviews of war survivors (see video section), I ran into weird slips of language that stayed in my mind. For example, when I asked in Tagalog what sort of tasks one did as a refugee, one of my interviewees answered "gathered firewood" for cooking, except it was worded first as "gathered toys for burning".

I got shivers thinking about this strange slip. A long time ago, unsupervised as a child, I watched a black and white horror movie (Rosemary's Baby?) wherein babies were burned in a furnace and the heroine freaks out upon this discovery. Also, while collaging I unconsciously depicted a toy bear lying face down first. Upon analysis, I had to affirm my individuality by placing the bear right side up.

I really think that people who suffer from trauma pass these on unsuspectingly on to others like their spouse, children, and friends. Without the cathartic, sublime qualities of art making, insufferable people become codependent burdensome souls (read: family).

Alas one of my interviewees is married to a private investigator, and it has been their business to conduct surveillance on their own family. I think it's a measure for propriety since one of their nephews was jailed for domestic violence. One of the children became a meth addict and died from organ failure, leaving a mistress, wife, and orphan.

The toppled toy bear to me is a conditioned reaction, a surrender to something in the past that can't be put away. I once watched a famine victim talk about eating rats, and it took great bravery and honesty for her to admit it. Society it seemed, does not appreciate survival. There was a hurried move for normalcy and not enough time for debriefing.

Great big boulders and rocks have a threadbare carpet thrown over them. It's like a stiff dead horse with its legs up in the air in the middle of the living room. How can one possibly explain that in dire circumstances, people had to eat anything- rats, twigs, anything they could get their hands on during war and famine?

Maybe there's no need for explanation. Just love from a distance.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Emergency Services

Emergency Services

I have a pager that I subscribe to so I can chase emergencies to cover. Tonight I stayed home to clean my apartment. In that time my service told me about one mysterious package for bomb squad to check, 2 seperate incidents of people leaping off buildings, one electrical blackout in Queens, one ship fire in Brooklyn, one store fire in Queens, 2 seperate stabbings in Brooklyn, one armed robbery in Queens, and an injured sanitation worker.

I made my 4th year as a NYC Firefighter this month. I talked about it briefly in my jobs post. I've made some posts about working at my firehouse: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.

I think the cool thing about working in the fire department is the unity in good acts. What I don't like though is the "spin" people make up, the covering up of truth, and generally censorship you'll also find outside of the fire department.

I see people take unfairly a bad rap, guys with skeletons in their closets, and individuals who agree with the general consensus even if it's false. The rule of thumb is this: what happens inside the red doors (read firehouse doors), stays inside the red doors. This is pretty much the rule for most corporations and in many ways the Fire Department has more loyalty among its members than some families I know of. The team you are in may be the last one you're with in the worst scenario.

My company responded to about 3800 calls last year. Seven blocks south of us, the same type of company (a CFRD engine) had 1000 more. Three avenues east, the same story. Four blocks west, where there is less population, 1000 less reponses.

You can respond to calls but not all of them take time. Tonight, L-154 out in Queens responded to a fire at a store and some 3 hours later an apartment house. It may be two jobs but firefighting is a really physically demanding job. Each guy on average has about 60 lbs of gear on him.

For an engine man you're working with a hose team to get water on the fire. A ladder man could be opening stuff up to find the source of smoke or pulling people out. Both teams work in the dark where footing is slippery and you're really not 100% sure if the structure will hold up after the heat and water has taken its effect.

I could put in a transfer to a different engine company to get more skills. My company is basically in the middle pack as far as responses go. There's a lot of false alarms and we try to cut those down by writing tickets to alarm systems that have too many repeat offenses within a month. It's "bread and butter" work.

My company's location is quite convenient. Port Authority Bus Terminal is four blocks north. Penn Station is five Blocks south. Grand Central Terminal is three avenues east. I've got an urge though to try a different engine company. I'm a cow, looking at the fence, seriously thinking about greener pastures.

What I can tell from experience though is that sometimes the grass is just as good and sometimes much worse. The fire department is great in this respect because if you do leave your company, if things don't go right, you can return from where you came.

This was not the case for the US Army. I was in Europe for about two years and after this I chose to join the 10th Mountain Division in Fort Drum, NY. In Europe, I was in support for the super troopers in the 1st Infantry Division. We went to Bosnia in 1996 for six months.

The six months I spent in Bosnia were better than the eight months I had to serve with the 10th Mountain Division. You had something to do in Bosnia but being in Fort Drum, it was too cold because there was little to do. Everything I learned in Europe went down the drain and I had to culturally re-learn everything.

I think being in the 10th Mountain Division taught me to take my winnings and just run with it. If they blamed you wrongfully, insulted you, stole from you and dished out injustice it was good in the end. Lessons learned, you learn to behave wisely instead of being fool.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Tropical Shirt

Tropical shirt looks like someone falling out of an airplane would see.

Catch Up: Job Union News & Nasty racist E-mails

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I am starting to vlog in 16:9. The Flickr album and Blogspot entry are linked here.

links: Save Darfur, Voter Reform, The World Can't Wait

Catch Up: April 24, 2007

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I read off my blog entry from April 24, 2007. I am starting to vlog in 16:9. The Disney clips are not CC; they are under fair use. Made with iMovie 4 and Quicktime Pro 7 Apple software.

links: Save Darfur, Voter Reform, The World Can't Wait

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Chinese Poetry

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Another quick video post playing with the 16:9 setting on a regular DV camcorder. I pushed it thru iTunes to get its compression iPod compatible (Advanced Settings> Make selection iPod compatible). I want to see if the RSS 2.0 feed picks this up and loads it into a video iPod. The previous video post was picked up by iTunes but the compression had to be corrected. I used the automatic iMovie NTSC 16:9 setting (720 x 480) and made the thing smaller using QT Pro 7. I still looked like Bert though. I think I'll just import directly to DV then downsize it proportionally using QT Pro 7 on the next vlog post.

Bill Cammack has a Vlog Death Match at I've made music vlog posts before- 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5 etc, etc. The challenge is make a music video. I'm really not a watcher of music videos but i have covered live bands (Alice Donut, Dysrhytmia, Hogg, and Jerseyband) on my vlog.

If it's a band, music is number one. I've made lousy music using Acid 2.0 and Garageband, and no freakish music video is ever going to get them any play. I even gave them away for free.

Anyhow my entry is some Japanese chanting Chinese poetry over my baking bread and folding a Judo uniform. The music is called "Song of Friendship in Poverty". You will have to hit up someone like Nathan Miller (who did a great entry) to get a translation. My entry is the torpedo that will sink the party boat.

CC share alike for the video only. The audio isn't mine.

links: Save Darfur, Voter Reform, The World Can't Wait

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Recurring Nightmare Scenario for Horror Flick

I have this recurring nightmare of being in a circus. I hang around the show and the orphanage sends incriminating photographs of me as an uptight square. I never get to be the trapeze artist, human cannonball, or clown. I'm stuck with scooping elephant droppings. The orphanage thinks I have a stake in the cotton candy stand but they are mistaken. Still the incriminating uptight squareness haunts me with every communique ever suggestive of the orphanage's maintained relationship with me. It reaches out with moldering moldy tendrils digging into my skin like roots sucking the life out of me. The branches above me dangle their gnarled claws, sighing "we like sugar, we want sugar". A sign nailed to the trunk says "Mother".

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

NYC Vlogger Meet Up

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Just a quick video post playing with the 16:9 setting on a regular DV camcorder. The lighting was quite awful. Anyhow there are accompanying photographs I took on Flickr (just look me up -fld1970), they're in the Vlog Meet Up album. The photographs are better lit. Next month I'll have something better for the lighting. I hope this 16:9 works fine with iTunes and the iPod. I have a 4 year old mini DV camera. I don't want to go HD yet because my web syndication doesn't really need it. If people want to see my pores or the capillaries in my eyes I will be happy to give them a hi res picture of me if they can't find one on Flickr. Made with iMovie 4 and Quicktime Pro 7 Apple software.

links: Save Darfur, Voter Reform, The World Can't Wait

Sunday, May 06, 2007

One example where education is needed

You'll need to read it in its original size. Even for a union job, stuff like this makes its rounds. The labor movement should not include racists. page 2, page 3, page 4.

Race e-mail

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My reply is:
To the original sender (TERMITEPJ[at]AOL.COM) and forwarders of this e-mail (goughs5[at], lsfdny[at], patriciagibbons[at], amdv1[at], bw5431[at]

I'm really at a lost for what to say. In the War of Independence, people of the same races fought one another, in the War of 1812 too, and the Civil War as well. In WW I (the war to end all wars), WW II, Korean War, and in the Vietnam War- the Vietnamese, the Soviets supplying weapons. I really don't know how to answer your question.

In my family, there's one doctor, 4 nurses, a handful of financial managers, 2 commisioned officers presently serving in the US Navy, one architect, one electrical engineer, one medical office manager, and me a firefighter. I myself served with the US Army in Bosnia and both of my grandfathers were in the Bataan Death March in WW II. The one that survived went on to the Korean War and retired as an captain in the US Army.

As proud as I am of my family, I can't give you an easy answer and a civic lesson is out of the question. Although I totally disagree with your position and your use of racist language, I've taken your e-mail into consideration. I am forwarding this just to the following people and groups for now.

The FDNY Holy Name Society
FDNY Hispanic Society
The Columbia Association, FDNY
The FDNY Emerald Society
The FDNY Vulcan Society
NYC DCAS EEO officer
NYC FDNY EEO officer
NYC DOI EEO officer

Maybe someone will get back with you,

Francisco Daum