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Mentioned on Today’s Art Beat on WAMU
|| 9/28/2010 || 10:23 pm || + Render A Comment || ||

Screen grab from WAMU

This morning when I left my house to go to the corner store to pick up my morning beverage, my housemate was listening to the Washington, DC NPR affiliate station, WAMU. About 10 minutes later, when I returned home, my housemate said with a big smile, “You were just mentioned on the radio.” I went up to my room, was able to find the segment on-line, and downloaded the MP3.


Click here to listen to an MP3 of the segment.


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(September 28-November 13) LOCATIONAL AVOCATION
District denizen and cartographer Nikolas Schiller combines his loves for art, mapmaking, and technology to produce Geospatial Art, on display at Northwest Washington’s Old Print Gallery. Aerial photography is kaleidoscopically manipulated into abstract and familiar forms through November 13.



WAMU Coverage of the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, Postal Service and the District of Columbia hearing titled “Greater Autonomy for the Nation’s Capitol”
|| 11/18/2009 || 11:13 pm || 1 Comment Rendered || ||

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The D.C. Colonist receives a warm welcome from Senator Joe Lieberman at today’s Business Meeting of the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
|| 2/11/2009 || 2:43 pm || + Render A Comment || ||

Roll Call’s photo of the week from April, 2007

Today I attended the Business Meeting of the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs dressed in my colonial attire. I wear this costume for every congressional hearing related to representation for the residents of Washington, DC. I arrived early enough to snag a decent seat and sat down next to my friend Shadow Senator Michael D. Brown. As the other Senators arrived for the meeting he & I chatted about ideas related to what we can do next to get statehood for the District of Columbia.

A few minutes later when Senator Joe Lieberman walked in, Shadow Senator Michael D. Brown stood up, greeted him, and shook his hand. Senator Lieberman then looks at me and said something along the lines of “I’m glad to see that we have a colonist here. Do you go by the name of Paul Revere?” I said, “No, I’m just a DC colonist.” He followed, “So you don’t have a name? Just ‘DC Colonist’?” and I responded, “I’m just a DC Colonist that suffers taxation without representation.” He smiled, walked over to the end of the table, and sat down at his seat. A few minutes later the hearing began and he decided to greet me publicly…..

Click here to listen to the audio
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Click here to watch the video

[to watch the video, you first need to hit play, then scroll the slider over to about 21:10 to watch the introduction]

Senator Lieberman said:

I do want to note and welcome Mayor Fenty of the District of Columbia we are honored that you are here and a somewhat older resident of the District from colonial times [laughter] also present. I gather you are making the general point about taxation without representation [off camera I nod in the affirmative]. Okay I don’t need to make my case any stronger than that [laughter]. Thank you for being here.



Also worthy of mention is that later on in the hearing (at around 43:15 into the video), Senator George Voinovich mentions the time when the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe were in Washington, DC and we lobbied them on the Potomac River (right photo). Hearing him mention that day made me laugh. It was one of my favorite demonstrations I’ve ever taken part in! I remember watching the parliamentarians applaud our efforts from the ship and the following day they passed a resolution calling on the United States government to give DC residents congressional representation.

In the end, only Senator John McCain voted against the bill, S.R. 160, the senate version of the District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2009, and it passed the committee with a vote of 11-1. Unfortunately, I agree with McCain’s opinion, only states should receive representation in Congress.

I feel that DC Vote and Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton wasted a huge opportunity to give DC residents equal representation in Congress by reintroducing this three-year-old, constitutionally questionable legislation that was written for a Republican controlled congress. Times have changed, however, the bill and its constitutional underpinnings have not. I’m not sure what will happen next to the bill, like when will it be voted on, but I am sure it will be challenged on it’s constitutionality. In the meantime, I’m going to continue to work with my Shadow Delegation on lobbying for statehood for the District of Columbia.



UPDATE: February 12th, 2009 – Comedian Stephan Colbert interviewed Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton the following night:

Its too bad the editors missed the chance with the Colonist…

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YouTube Video of Thievery Corporation’s Radio Retaliation
|| 10/30/2008 || 10:34 am || 1 Comment Rendered || ||

In August I sampled the first 30 seconds of the song above to create the time-lapse video of my nighttime bicycle ride home from the 18th Street Lounge. It’s the title track of Thievery Corporation’s newest CD, Radio Retaliation, which I’ve found to be my favorite Thievery Corporation album to date.

What I like most about the video above is it’s simplicity. You’ve got Sleepy Wonder singing the song in a small crowd, but it’s mainly just him singing and its not laden with fancy editing or too many visual effects that you get in many contemporary music videos. Of all things, the video reminds me a lot of a Wednesday night at the 18th Street Lounge with the band See-I crossed between scenes from the film Rockers. Also, if you look closely, you can see Hutchy in the video :-)

According to my sources, the next video from their new album will be Chuck Brown‘s song “The Numbers Game.” I’ll post the video when it’s released and if you haven’t picked up their newest CD yet, you are missing out on some of the finest music produced in Washington, DC this year.


Click here to watch The Numbers Game.

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Radio Retaliation by Thievery Corporation is in stores today
|| 9/23/2008 || 5:20 pm || Comments Off on Radio Retaliation by Thievery Corporation is in stores today || ||

Image above links to the iTunes Store

Thievery Corporation’s 5th studio album is in stores today. I think it’s their best album yet. It’s well-produced, well-designed, and makes a strong political statement. Click here to listen to the album on Facebook. While I am linking to the iTunes store above, I strongly recommend buying the CD because it comes with a nicely designed poster that features the lyrics as well as quotes and photographs. It’s by far one of my favorite CD’s of 2008.

From Thievery Corporation’s MySpace Page:

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