Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Friday, August 8, 2008

A little Perspective

Sometime a picture is all you need to get your point across.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Black Kids On Letterman


The Blacks Kids made their "network debut" on Letterman last night. The show itself was one of the weakest shows I've seen from Letterman. That is until Dave held up the new Black Kids album (that's right. I said album. Meaning on vinyl) Partie Traumatic.

Biggie Tee over at The Urban Core did a live blog last night during letterman. Being all supercool and all down with the hipsters that he is. Biggie was able to get this email from Owen Holmes (Black Kids bassist) prior to the shows performance.

"Just finished soundcheck. Starting on the sour mash. Paul Shaffer
looks old as dirt. All the stage furniture is fucking dingy.
Thermostat is on 48 degrees.

Thanks for the bloggage — Sears gift certificate is in the mail
."


Wasn't it just a few short months ago these guy (and gals) were playing under the tin roof of the Burrito Gallery?

It would normally be easy to feel jealous or resentful for the Blacks Kids meteoric rise. But that is not the case with anyone who has met these kids. They without a doubt are the most down to earth and humble group you will meet. They have worked hard for a long time to get where they have. And I wish nothing but the best for the group. And I will also bet anyone, that no matter how much success the Black Kids attain. They (unlike others) will never turn their back on Jacksonville.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Community, Community, Community Festival this Sunday



It's Memorial Day Monday so some of you should be off. Please come out and support your city, your community.

When: Sunday May 25, noon till 2am. 14 hours.

Where: The Pearl and the parking lot (so bike or carpool if possible)

What: A benefit show to raise money for The Springfield Community Food Garden located on north end of The Pearl's property, to collect cans and non perishable food item for Ultimate Picnic, a organization that feeds anyone that wants to eat. So come hungry for free food. There will be a bazaar/ tents/ booths set up in the parking lot for games, awareness, and workshops. There will also be tours of the community garden. Twelve bands will be playing inside The Pearl. The Pearl staff will be working serving with various drink specials.

Who: The people throwing the event are Jaxscene, Springfield Community Garden and Ultimate Picnic, with special thanks to The Pearl. The bands are Manatella, Tuffy, Wudun, Fruit Machine, Buffalo Tears, Heavy Flow, Tough Junkie, Lazerstar, Airport Factory, Helios Eye, Sharing Needles With Jesus, and America Del Sur.

Donate: Feeling charitable if you want to donate more to The Springfield Community Garden they need old or unneeded garden tools like rakes or shovels, trash cans, extra wood for building, nails, hammers, seeds and garden plants. Please don't buy anything new, the garden believes in being organic and reusing old unwanted items. I know Ultimate Picnic needs old plates, utensils, and cups. Your unwanted can goods and nonperishable food items. Once again nothing new.

Community, Community, Community, set list (second draft might change)
4:00pm wudun
4:50pm tuffy
5:40pm sharing needles with jesus
6:30pm helios eye
7:20pm airport factory
8:10pm manatella
9:00pm america del sur
9:50pm fruit machine
10:40pm buffalo tears
11:30pm heavy flow
12:20am tough junkie
1:10am lazerstar

Cost:$5 is the entry to get inside The Pearl to see the bands, all proceeds go to the community garden. You can also pay with can goods or non perishable food items. $1 off for every item. Bringing food items is encouraged. Bring extra if you feel charitable. The outside event is free.

Reposted from the fine folks over at JaxScene

The Secret to Long and Health Life

It turns out that that if you want to live a long heath life you only need do is follow the simple steps in this video. Or she could just have popcorn kernel stuck.

$100,000 Reward For Proof God Exists



Want to make some quick bucks? All you got to do is prove what no one has been able to do.

Prove that God:
created the world
created life
is sentient and intelligent
communicates with mankind
authored rules for mankind to live by
communicated consequences if mankind does not live by those rules

There may be a few other tidbits of information you'll need to collect you huge reward. You can find all need to know here.

Rocky Goes To Hollywood

Here's a great viral from a series of videos made to promote Levi's Jeans. It tells the story of Rocky, an orangutan struggling in life, trying to pursue a movie career in Hollywood. The video is absolutely wonderful.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Blu - Street Art Taken to a "Whole Nother Leval."

This past weekend San Marco Theater held midnight showings of the movie Bomb It. This is not a review of the movie. I'll just leave it with stating that I enjoy it.

Graffiti and/or Street Art are different things to different people. For me, I can live without the tagging. Great, you can smooch your lettering together in such a way that they are near impossible to read. Nice job. You got mad skills. If it was 1979.

If what you're doing isn't enhancing the environment it is in. Can it really be considered art? The graffiti movement for the most part has figured this out and thankfully evolved over years. It has moved way past the simple tagging of one's name on the side of a building and into a full fledged art movement.

Today I came across this video of Graffiti/street artist Blu's incredible work called Muto. Painted on the streets of Buenos Aires and Baden, this video animation made of the drawings painted on the walls of the two cities. It took months to paint, film and edit. Once again Street art taken to whole new level.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Tom Waits - Pehdtsckjmba

For what will most likely is a first for Jacksonville. On June 1st we will finally have a leg up on the big cites like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. We will for one night actually have art, music and culture rolled up in one very well worn pork pie hat. We will have Tom Waits in concert. That's right June 1st at the Moran Theater we (jacksonville) for at least one night, kick ass. Nana, nana, nu, nu.


I very seldom get excited about any musician or group in concert. But I don't consider Tom Waits a mere musician. He is a true artist in every since of the word. A lyrical poet that paints a vivid canvas with his music and prose in such a way that it forces you to reach out and touch it. Or be touched by it.

Tom's press conference about the tour is something else.


If you are not sure or don't know who Tom Waits is. One word. Google. You'll find plenty of his music online along with him and his videos on YouTube. I've gone ahead and saved you little time by providing one my favorites below.

If I forgot to mention it. Tom Waits is playing at:

Moran Theatre
Tuesday, July 1, 2008 @ 9:00 PM
Jacksonville, US

And for just a little taste of Tom and staying true to this blog. I give you Chocolate Jesus.

A Buttery Surprise

I know have totally neglected you fellow blasphemers of late. My most humble apologies. Duty has been requiring all of my attention on other matters of J-ville goodness.

Every once in while, while just performing your daily routine you are handed a little karmic surprise. A gift that shakes you out of your routine and wakes you out of that trance one falls into when going about the mundane. This was mine.




As I gazed down in into this wonderful little surprise. My mind automatically began flipping through a mental rolodex of all those joyous occasions that is collected though life and one would associate with such an image. As memory after memory clicked by in a rapid 90's MTV, Nike commercial montage kinda way. It was with a broad smile and a warm heart that my minds eye pulled the file card of the little red headed girl and 48 hours of total lust and debauchery. Today's going to be good day. Thanks to a buttery surprise and my dear friend red.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

You Know You're a Floridian If...

Socks are only for bowling.

You never use an umbrella because you know the rain will be over in five minutes.

A good parking place has nothing to do with distance from the store, but everything to do with shade.

Your winter coat is made of denim.

You can tell the difference between fire ant bites and mosquito bites.

You’re younger than thirty but some of your friends are over 65.

Anything under 70 degrees is chilly.

You’ve driven through Yeehaw Junction.

You know that no other grocery store can compare to Publix.

Every other house in your neighborhood had blue roofs in 2004-2005.

You know that anything under a Category 3 just isn’t worth waking up for.

You dread love bug season.

You are on a first name basis with the Hurricane list. They aren’t Hurricane Charley or Hurricane Frances. You know them as Andrew, Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne.

You know what a snowbird is and when they’ll leave.

You think a six-foot alligator is actually pretty average.

‘Down South’ means Key West ..

Flip-flops are everyday wear. Shoes are for business meetings and church, but you HAVE worn flip flops to church before.

You have a drawer full of bathing suits, and one sweatshirt.

You get annoyed at the tourists who feed seagulls.

A mountain is any hill 100 feet above sea level.

You know the four seasons really are: hurricane season, love bug season, tourist season and summer.

You’ve hosted a hurricane party.

You can pronounce Okeechobee, Kissimmee , Withlacoochee and Micanopy.

You understand why it’s better to have a friend with a boat, than have a boat yourself.

You were 25 when you first met someone who couldn’t swim.

You’ve worn shorts and used the A/C on Christmas and New Years.

You recognize Miami-Dade as ‘Northern Cuba .

Friday, April 18, 2008

Chamblin's Downtown Opens!!!


While your out enjoying Earthday at the Jax Landing this Saturday. Stop by and check out the new Chamblin's Location Downtown.








Chamblin opens new book store downtown
By David Bauerlein, The Times-Union

Big box stores make money by selling in volume.

Chamblin Books does it by selling volumes - books, that is - in volume.

Already the biggest used-book dealer in Northeast Florida, Chamblin has opened a second store in downtown Jacksonville. Owner Ron Chamblin calls it a "soft opening" because he's still stocking shelves in the two-story building at 215 N. Laura St., half a block from Hemming Plaza.
Chamblin's expansion will test both the overall book market and downtown's retail scene.

Borders, a worldwide chain with a mega-store on Jacksonville's Southside, announced last month it will be studying financial options including a sale of the company. On the used-book front, three Jacksonville-area stores have closed in the past year - The Old Book Shop in St. Nicholas, All Booked Up in Arlington and Backwater Books in Orange Park.

Chamblin said he's using the same business model at his downtown store, called Chamblin Uptown, that as he uses at Chamblin BookMine off Roosevelt Boulevard in Ortega. Both stores are loaded with books, rivaling the number at a Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million. Chamblin BookMine generates about $1.4 million a year in sales.

"It looks to me like there's so much competition out there and so many opportunities to buy books, so really, the advantage we have is we have so much square footage," Chamblin said. "If you have the square footage, that allows you to have the variety. That's where the draw is."
Another similarity between Chamblin BookMine and Chamblin Uptown is Chamblin owns the buildings where each store is located. Chamblin said by being the owner, he doesn't have to worry a landlord will boost leasing rates and put a financial squeeze on the bottom line.

Chamblin's new store will boost Laura Street's retail activity between Hemming Plaza and The Jacksonville Landing, said Terry Lorince, executive director of Downtown Vision, an organization representing downtown property-owners.

She said Chamblin is already well-known so the store should bring people into downtown with the bookstore as their destination. She said Chamblin Uptown will attract customers, too, from people visiting the nearby main library and Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, plus downtown workers on their lunch breaks.

Chamblin said he considered a suburban location closer to the Southside and The Beaches where many of his existing customers live.

That spot would have given Chamblin better geographic balance with stores on both sides of Jacksonville. But he said he thinks downtown is on an upswing and the atmosphere appealed to him.

"I just think it's more fun down here, getting in on the growth," he said. "It's more interesting to me and more challenging to me."

The current hours of Chamblin Uptown are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Chamblin said he expects to expand the hours after the store is fully stocked and its cafe is up and running.

Monday, April 7, 2008

The Outer Box



With all the pissing, moaning and general insanity going on over at JaxCAL. It was only a matter of time before things started imploding. As a result Brian Grey has started a new blog for the art scene in Jacksonville and surrounding areas.

Brian's description of The Outer Box:
"The idea of The Outer Box is to show the world the awesome work of us southern artists. I am focusing on Jacksonville Florida artists first and foremost. Our town has a lot of local talent and The Outer Box will be here to show the world and the community who we are. This blog is here to display the work of those who think outside the box. I will be displaying interviews with both local Jacksonville artists and folks from outside Jacksonville as well. If you have an upcoming show please feel free to send me the info and I will gladly post it up for you. Browse through the site. Ill have information on local art galleries, gallery shows, and upcoming group shows here in Jacksonville. I want this to be a central location on the web where the outsider artist,urban art, graffiti, tagging, bombing, and illustrative artist can share there work with the public and inform/educate the masses about what we do."

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Lawyer Hans G. Tanzler III is one of two appointees to the St. Johns River Water Management District's governing board.

I don't know about you. To me something about these current appointees to the St. Johns Water Management District stinks.
The article from from the Times-Union is short and to the point. But if you read it a little closer it speaks volumes.

"Jacksonville lawyer Hans G. Tanzler III and a citrus industry executive are the newest appointees to the St. Johns River Water Management District's governing board.

Tanzler, 56, president of Marion Equities, succeeds Duane Ottenstroer, a Jacksonville investor. Tanzler is the son of a former Jacksonville's mayor of the same name.

Douglas C. Bournique, 56, of Vero Beach succeeds William W. Kerr of Melbourne Beach, who is an environmental consultant. Bournique has been the executive vice president of the Indian River Citrus League for nearly 30 years and previously worked for the Florida Sugar Cane League, according to his application.

The board has been wrestling with the task of planning for water demands for the district, which stretches from south of Orlando to Nassau County.

The district is considering allowing some Central Florida utilities to siphon water from the St. Johns River, which has met with growing opposition in downstream communities to the north.

Gov. Charlie Crist announced the four-year appointments Tuesday. They require state Senate confirmation
."

Lets see if we can break this down a little bit. You have Tanzler, President of an equities company. Yep, highly qualified in the field of environmental management. Who is replacing a "private investor" that was appointed not once, but twice.

The second appointee Bournique, has spent 30 years working for a Central Florida citrus grower. And before that work in the Sugar Cane Industry. I don't know how knowledgeable you are about agriculture in Florida. If not, big sugar is one of most thuggish, bullying political powers not only in our state but also nationally. Not to mention one of, if not the biggest industrial polluters to Florida waters.

Bournique is replacing William W. Kerr. An ecologist, Kerr was the only person on the board with any type environmental background and degree.

So let us see what the make up of the new Water Management Board consist of.

The Chairman of a Holdings Company.
Chief human resources officer for JEA.
A civic activist.
A forestry consultant.
Seminole County Supervisor of Elections.
A guy that has no job listed but was an original member of the Friends of the St. Johns River.
Manager of Jones Turf Grass Farm.
Plus the 2 named in the story.

I ask you, other than the forester and the guy with no job and an extensive resume sitting on boards. Why are these guys deciding the fate of our water management? None of them have any type background for this type of service. Does anyone really think that the manager of a central Florida Turf Grass company or a 30 year veteran of a Central Florida Citrus grower have North Florida's best interest in mind? And the rest I'm guessing are on the board just to rub their noses in rectal areas of those with political powers.

These latest appointments still have to be confirmed by state Senate. And they will be. Unless of course you take few minute and call or email your state Senator and demand qualified individuals with backgrounds and degrees in environmental sciences.

And Support The St. Johns Riverkeeper.

UPDATE: Read St. Johns Riverkeeper's Take on Appointees.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

How To Be The Life Of The Party

This being the Sunshine State. I thought I would pass on this tip on how to impress your friends. And the people you're not going to be having sex with after performing this little bit of citrus magic.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Walmart - The Spread of the Cancer

Here is an absolutely amazing video that shows the growth of Walmart since 1962 .

It was done by software developer Toby Segaran. He say about this project. "To create the animation, I generated 30 images for each year starting with 1962. I spread all the Wal-marts that opened that year over the 30 frames. To show the appearance of a Wal-mart, all I had to do was plot a large white dot over the small yellow dot for the appropriate ZIP code."

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The Incredible P-Mate

Now that you ladies have recovered and are streamlined thanks to the previous post. You are going to want to get outside enjoy all your newly found aerodynamic smoothness. But there has always been that nagging question of what to do when nature calls during your outings. Whether you are hiking in the woods, taking in a concert or any type of public outing your choices were pretty clear. Squat in the woods or do that hover thing in a port-a-potty or public restroom.

Now you can relax. For the greatest invention of the new millennium has arrived. The P-Mate.

"The P-Mate is a portable urinating device that allows women to urinate standing up whenever they need to, without losing their dignity and more effectively angle urine samples into testing cups. Easy and hygienic, the device is made from recycled flat-packed cardboard and permits women to direct the urine stream comfortably instead of blindly over a toilet."

Bikini Waxing

OK, Ladies. The weather is getting nicer and it's that time year for a little spring cleaning. I thought it would be helpful if I posted a couple videos that may help those of you that have not yet experienced the joys of a bikini wax.



Bikini waxing tips – by Trixie Suicide – NSFW


No need to thank me. Now just lay back. This won't hurt a bit.

Do You Believe In God?

Well do ya? Take a second to click over to YesNoGod.com and simply hit the yes or no button. Each country is listed individually. And even though most of the countries only list a few votes. I found the results a little surprising. But it is only a matter of time before the christian militia learn of the site and instruct all their minions to form a single file line, take a drink of the koolaid and press yes.