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Cookn’ With Federico Aubele now available on iTunes
|| 5/31/2008 || 4:26 pm || Comments Off on Cookn’ With Federico Aubele now available on iTunes || ||

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Last week “Cooking with Federico Aubele” [link opens iTunes Store] was released by Washington, DC-based ESL Music. I decided to download the entire album and I suggest you do the same. You can listen to some of his tracks on his MySpace page.

Cookn With Federico Aubele was recorded in Buenos Aires, Argentina in March of this year, this album captures the sound hearing Federico live. In a couple weeks Natalia Clavier, who is the female vocalist on this album & Panamericana, has her own solo album coming out on ESL. I’ll definitely post something here when it’s released.

His last album Panamericana was my favorite album of last year and this studio album features tracks from both Gran Hotel Buenos Aires and Panamericana as well as two unreleased tracks. I’m tempted to post my favorites tracks here, but I’ll refrain for the time being :-)


Streetfilms: Ciclovia in Bogota, Colombia
|| 4/15/2008 || 8:55 am || Comments Off on Streetfilms: Ciclovia in Bogota, Colombia || ||

Continuing on the topic yesterday’s post about how my neighborhood used to be a bike track, I figured that I should follow-up the entry with something bicycle related. I saw this video a few months ago and even sent it to my old Urban Geography Professor. The 7 minute video is about Ciclovia in Bogota, Colombia, which is a a weekly event in which over 70 miles of city streets are closed to traffic. As you can see in the video, residents come out to walk, bike, run, skate, recreate, picnic, do aerobics, and basically enjoy the city safely and pollution-free.

I found the video to be very inspirational. In the back of my mind, I began constructing the theoretical Ciclovia map of Washington, DC. What roads would be closed? Would people take part en masse? Or would it be relegated to some corporate sponsored yearly event like Bike to Work Day?

Frankly, I don’t know, but I think it would be fun to start small. DC currently has miles 17 miles of bike lanes, and I don’t think people would give up their coveted on-street parking in favor of bicyclists, so most streets can’t be closed off. However, there are some streets that could be (and sometimes are) made one-way (P Street) and there are some wide streets that could be partially closed (15th Street). In this respect, DC could do a Cyclovia and it wouldn’t require that much work.

But what about participation? If you delineate it, will they ride on it? That being, if there was to be a Cycloviva, would there be enough people riding their bikes to justify the road closures? Frankly, I don’t think there would be enough sustained interest if it were a weekly event– not enough bicyclists in DC. Instead I think it would work better as a seasonal event. Cyclovia Spring, Cyclovia Summer, etc. and over time there might be a critical mass.

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Queremos Paz – Gotan Project
|| 1/16/2008 || 10:00 am || Comments Off on Queremos Paz – Gotan Project || ||

Been a fan of Gotan Project for a few years and last night I found this video. It really captures the specific time (December 19, 2001), place (Buenos Aires, Argentina), and sound of the city (Tango). If my memory serves me correctly, a good friend of mine was there when that took place. I’ll have to ask him about his recollections. I was in Saint Louis in December of 2001 at home with my old girlfriend on Christmas break from school.

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Happy Orgasm Day
|| 5/9/2005 || 2:54 pm || Comments Off on Happy Orgasm Day || ||

for real….

Brazilian Town Celebrates Orgasm Day

Sex rarely makes the news in Brazil’s conservative Northeast – until a small town declared an official Orgasm Day today.

Espertantina Mayor Felipe Santolia endorsed the May 9 holiday, which he said was intended to improve relationships between married couples.

“We’re celebrating orgasm in all its senses. There’s even a panel discussion on premature ejaculation. But from what I’ve seen, women have more trouble achieving orgasm than men, especially in marriage,” Santolia said.

Santolia said the remote town of 38,000 people has been unofficially celebrating orgasm day for years, but that the town’s former mayor had vetoed a bill making it an official municipal holiday.

The city council passed a law on Saturday creating the holiday. Santolia, who took office earlier this year, said he would sign the bill later today.

“I’m 32, single and I have an open mind. Beside the theme is very much of the moment,” he said.

Orgasm Day celebrations include a series of panel discussions by sexologists from across Brazil and a presentation of Eve Ensler’s play The Vagina Monologues.

Santolia said the idea of celebrating Orgasm Day at first created a scandal in the poor region, known for its religious fervour. But he said residents gradually residents warmed to the idea.

“I’ve seen scientific studies that show when a woman is unloved, when her husband can bring her to orgasm, it affects all aspects of her life, her relationships with her children, at home, with the city and at work,” Santolia said.

If I am lucky, I will be celebrating in style tonight :-D

you a size large, not extra large
|| 9/15/2004 || 10:09 pm || Comments Off on you a size large, not extra large || ||


Its been one of those days where you have so much planned to get done and none of it gets done and you can’t quite figure out why. Sometimes this baffles to me. However, I did get my closet cleaned up and in the process found some classic clothing circa 1995. I don’t understand my predilection for oversized clothing. It seems all of my clothing from middle school was extra-large! I am roughly the same size now and I can’t believe what possessed me to wear such oversized clothing! Must have been that poser skater! At least I found some hot striped tops from my father that were made circa 1985! I am going to wear one tomorrow…

I did get my confirmation e-mail back from the organizers of the Green Festival. It looks like I am going to be “greening the festival” on Sunday- what ever that means, I’ll find out tomorrow night.

This rendering is of Bolivian rainforests, specifically areas in which the rainforest has been clear-cut by farmers. You can see exactly the amount of land that has been damaged by human involvement. Up next is a satellite image of a cloud vortex created by fast moving low laying clouds colliding with a mountain peak. …Man I miss the mountains….

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