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Archive for December 2005

Comment Spam

Wednesday, 28 December 2005, 09:51

For the past few weeks, I’ve been deleting upwards of a dozen comments re: various bodily organs. Unfortunately, the program that’s been harassing me is more patient than I am, and I’ve finally had to put the kibosh on it. I’ll be experimenting with various means of restriction. Once the current flood subsides, I’ll open […]

Afenhyia Paa-oo, and Firming my New Year’s Resolve

Monday, 26 December 2005, 15:57

Ghana’s predominantly Christian, and Christmas is a major holiday, but in the Asanteman, at least, the pre-Christian New Year’s greetings still win out over any direct translation of ‘Merry Christmas.’ Afe nhyia paa! is the greeting: May the year meet (you/us) well! And the reply, Afe nkɔ mmɛto yɛn!: May the year go (out) and […]


Saturday, 17 December 2005, 03:57

A couple dozen cops, directed by Officer Andrew Cohen of Bayview Station, produced a number of skits for a DVD to be shown at the station’s Christmas party. On 7 December, a copy of this DVD was brought to Police Chief Heather Fong’s attention. She, in turn, brought the DVD to Mayor Gavin Newsom, who […]

Why do we keep running away?

Wednesday, 14 December 2005, 08:14

I saw Brokeback Mountain, the other night, with housemates Shauna and Dax. It wasn’t the film I wanted it to be at any point. It wasn’t sexy, it wasn’t touching (there’s only one seen between Jack Twist [Jake Gyllenhaal] and Ennis Del Mar [Heath Ledger] where any affection came through), and after the first twenty […]

Tookie Williams Executed at 12:01 AM Today

Tuesday, 13 December 2005, 09:38

I wasn’t able to make it to San Quentin for the protest/vigil. Yesterday was a revisitation of that nightmarish feeling of guilt by impotence — the same feeling I felt during the lead-up to the war in Iraq: You know that you’re about to be party to something truly horrific, and there’s nothing you can […]

I Am an Idiot

Monday, 12 December 2005, 23:20

I don’t even know what to do with this stuff… It’s late — not that late, but I’ve been working (in various sense of the word) straight for two weeks. And I will work again tomorrow. A couple months back, when my friend Emily was visiting, I told her about my fears concerning the quality […]

Please Call to Save Tookie Williams

Friday, 9 December 2005, 10:20

Call Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger at (916)445-2841 to ask that he grant Stan Tookie Williams clemency.

2005 San Francisco Collaborative Food System Assessment

Saturday, 3 December 2005, 21:08

This is not one of the aforepromised heavy posts, but will likely be of interest to some of the San Franciscans who read this blog. I’ve been getting involved in some political/social volunteer work that I haven’t mentioned, really, in this blog as I haven’t wanted others I’m working with to worry about whether or […]

Re-Visiting and Re-Vising Experience After the Fact

Friday, 2 December 2005, 09:24

Sometimes, it’s better to piss than to pour a libation.

To all my people in DC

Thursday, 1 December 2005, 12:33

Hope you’re having fun at the AAA Annual Meeting!