Tranny Rock at the DUMBO Art Under The Bridge Festival

Last weekend, I walked across the Brooklyn Bridge to DUMBO for the Under the Bridge Festival. Here are some pics from a tranny rock show I wandered into.








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Beck: The Information


Beck: The Information

My latest Amazon acquisition. I don’t usually buy CDs anymore, but this one comes with stickers to make your own album art and a DVD of all the tracks. Plus, I had an Amazon gift certificate from my credit card rewards points.

The review haiku:

Genre is Beck’s whore

Hip hop trailer trash bitch slap

Rimbaud with a beat


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Brooklyn Bridge


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a bit of history


I found out the other day that my building, in NYC on Broadway between Franklin and Leonard, is a historical landmark. It housed one of the portrait studios of Matthew Brady, a famous American Civil War-era photographer, from 1853-1860, which means that the building itself must be at least 150 years old.

A self portrait of Matthew Brady circa 1875:


An etching of what the interior of my building looked like during Brady’s day:

Some more links about Brady and 359 Broadway:

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2 self-portraits

Here are two self-portraits that I took of myself posing in front of my roommate Tasha’s painting, which hangs in the living room of our loft:



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Japan’s Paradox of Wealth

Here’s a very interesting article that sums up the idea that Japan is a rich country with a relatively low standard of living.  That is to say that the nation is affluent because the citizenry put in long hours and live in cramped, uncomfortable apartments.  I can definitely identify with this having lived in Japan for 3 years.

Not too much to report on the personal front.  I was doing some web research this morning for work for Japanese university recruiting contacts and I came across the article above.

I do miss Japan a little, but I love my new job and my big city life in NYC.

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Challenging Columbus Day

Next Monday is Columbus Day in the US, a day that perpetuates a hegemonic myth that justifies and even celebrates colonialism, imperialism and genocide.

To find out more about why we should protest the holiday: 

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