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::: Wednesday, March 29 2006
- ::: The Dunn Phraser Gun: Ed Dunn of Fooky.com
- ::: Shirley Staples: Getting It Together
- ::: RAQs of rasx(): Rarely Asked Questions, Volume One
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Chief Technologist and President of Fooky, Inc. Ed Dunn shares his worldview of search technology and what he has to offer in the field that many pundits consider a closed frontier. We also get personal and look unflinchingly at what it means to be IT Africans in a society conditioned to see us more comical or political than technical.
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Adventurous alibris.com shoppers should find a link to the title We Speak as Liberators: Young Black PoetsâAn Anthology, by Orde Coombs. In this rare and valuable book of 1970 is the work of Shirley Staples, âA nineteen-year-old junior majoring in English at Tuskegee Institute, Alabama.â Her poem âGetting It Togetherâ is wakeup call to selfâone embracing the Black consciousness of the time. This is a wonderful snapshot of the political world of a young woman in 1970âa youth of the Vietnam era, a maturing adolescence that may provide some reflection and focus for the teens of the Iraq era.
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Rarely asked questions is a series of short, flippant answers to questions that interest me but probably do not interest youâuntil perhaps you see the words rendered here running across the crystals or the phosphors toward your mind. Do I make your clean, green, suburban lawn dirty? Are you keeping it realâpaying abstract property taxes on the surreal estate?
*.dll.refresh and ASP.NET
The new ASP.NET Project types Visual Studio 2005 presents some new issues. This Blog post covers one of them.
Sending Email with System.Net.Mail
Scott Guthrie: â.NET 2.0 includes much richer Email API support within the System.Net.Mail code namespace. I’ve seen a few questions from folks wondering about how to get started with it.â
VS.PHP Brings PHP Coding Power to Visual Studio
Environment for PHP for Visual Studio 2005.
Articles about Creating âBindableâ Objects
Currently I prefer to use XML based solutions for âdata bindingâ however, I still need to know a little bit about prepping data objects for âtraditionalâ Windows Forms. âInterfaces Related to Data Bindingâ serves as an overview. âHow to: Implement the INotifyPropertyChanged Interfaceâ scratches the surface.
sano the super geek: âI do quite a bit of UI design work during my spare time and often find myself with the need to sample colors for my designs.â This is not a .NET 2.0 application but here we areâŠ
Today is a rainy day here in sunny Los Angeles. As my pants and jacket dry off here in my cubicle letâs take some time to review the continual inconveniences of the current state of my local civilization. Surely it must be an act of subversion to dare to critique any civilization founded by âthe greatest empire television has ever seenââto quote Monty Pythonâs Flying Circusâbut there are a few naughty bits that must be worth mentioning. Before I shoot the real bullets, letâs list the meta-bullets:
- My inconveniences are insignificant compared to the street existence of a small boy in Iraq and the village death of a little girl in Darfur. However, the assumption here is that my inconveniences are caused by the same âuniversalâ mindset developed during the imperialist revolutions culminating in the Roman, Messiah-killing age we live in now.
- It may seem strange for many who have only seen Los Angeles on television to get complaints from a native Angelino.
And now for something completely different:
- The almost continuous inconvenience here in Los Angeles is the traffic. It is so bad it even gets into my poetry. When I was a young, white liberal I used to get upset about white people not âbelievingâ Black history. Egocentrism causes more sadness than giddy delusions of grandeur. Such pathetic sadness went away when I realized that these are certainly the same white people sitting in a traffic jam thinking nothing of itâthinking nothing about the âblackâ history of how the diesel engine was used with fossil fuel instead of vegetable fuel and the deliberate sabotage and underdevelopment of public (communal) transportation. Nevertheless, my triumph over ego is limited: I still hate traffic jamsâbut I know what caused them so I do not have the road rage of the ignorant.
- Another prominent inconvenience is the difficulty in finding and procuring real food. Our local supermarket chain Trader Joes went heavy into GMO a few years ago drastically reducing the surface area. When we walk into any of the ânormalâ chains like Ralphs it is almost like walking into a desert: there is very little life-renewing food in the storeâjust call out to all the high glycemic index carbohydrates and ask them walk out the storeâthe store will be almost empty. So we are forced to shop at expensive-ass Whole Foods or stumble upon a farmerâs market. I am completely aware of how silly this sounds to most of the civilized folk of Los Angeles and I am aware that there is little sympathy for this inconvenience. So now letâs have a fake conversation about the obesity epidemic in North American childrenâŠ One related tidbit: when many people see me they often think I was born and raised in the continent Africa (which, dude, is totally cool). One of the reasons I think they think this is because I am not obeseâmany, many âAfrican Americansâ my age are obeseâa clear sign of assimilation. And I say this not out of arrogance because my mother and fatherâmany in my familyâsuffer greatly from her past American food styles. Sufia Giza and I chatted about this back in 2003. Did I mention that we buy bottled water exclusivelyâeffectively permitting the commercial sector to sell us our potable water?
- The dominant monthly inconvenience is paying rent. My father had me and mother and brother living in a house by the time he was 24. I am almost twice his age and renting an apartment! Hereâs a clichĂ©: housing costs are too high in Los Angeles. But, again, historical, metrical information is the savior from neurosis: the dollar is now currencyâback in my fatherâs day, the dollar was money. Also there was a law passed when I was a child that encouraged the development of commercial property over residential property. Oh yeah: thereâs my personal relationship to finance that I can quickly summarize by comparing my debt status to that of an African country financing with IMF auspices.
- Rainy days like this one reminds me of the inconvenience related to driving into work. As a computer programmer, it is outright insulting to have drive into work. But this one circles back to the traffic thingâŠ
- One yearly disappointment, at tax time, is not really knowing what my taxes are doing apart from killing people in Darfur and Iraq. Iâm pretty sure my funds are being used to provide money for oil barons who are saving up for their own rainy dayâŠ I donât see my taxes educating American children or preventing young people from being punished by law enforcement (instead of being rehabilitated by community empowerment). Whatever ârabid and ironic racismâ white people are wont to accuse me of, it does not provide excuses as to why education, featuring the development of thinking powers, does not happen en masse in my âcommunity.â
Iâm going to go with this one: Cities are ego centers for the white town fathers of all colors. In China and in India, billions are evacuating the underdeveloped villages and are packing into the giant slave ship slums. They are dreaming of a semblance the lifestyle I dislike today. Oh, I am so ungrateful!
Using Webservices and Xml Serialization in CLR Integration
âCalling webservice methods requires serializing all the types being used to xml. Outside SQL Server, this serialization code is generated at runtime, compiled and loaded in the application. However, for security and reliability reasons, SQL Server does not allow you to dynamically load assemblies.â This post addresses this constraint in SQL Server 2005.
SQLCMD Utility Tutorial
âYou can use the sqlcmd utility, a Microsoft Win32 command prompt utility, to run ad hoc Transact-SQL statements and scripts.â This information was attractive to me until Microsoft figured out how to get the SQL Management Studio CTP loaded on my development workstation.
A Dynamic Sql-Based Self-Caching RSS Feed Generator
This article is a SQL-Server-centric follow up to my earlier post about the role of
Introduction to XML Extender
âXML Extender provides the ability to store and access XML documents, to generate XML documents from existing relational data, and to insert rows into relational tables from XML documents.â I first heard about this tool from a Java programmer who says this tool sucks. I think he said something like 12 relational tables are needed just to parse one XML document. He refuses to name the authority figure that authorized is featured use in our 3.x version application. There is an approved proposal to remove XML Extender in out 4.x version.
Last week Jerry Quickly interviewed a group of âprofessionalâ poets on KPFK. I will assume that most of these people were souls of African descent. The poets were on the air to promote at least three bullets:
- Their show at the L.A. Theatre Center.
- The pathetic state of the âartâ of spoken word.
- The âprofessional poet.â
In the promotion of the show at the L.A. Theatre Center, I recognized the name Jaha Zainabu. We are proud and pleased to host a small sample of her work here at kintespace.com. The second name that was known to me was Gina Loringâalso here at kintespace.com. None of these names were represented during the Jerry Quickly interview so whatever âbad stuffâ to be said in this Blog post have very little to do with themâŠ
The Approach toward the Pathetic State of Spoken Word
The speakers in the Jerry Quickly interview came at the pathetic state of spoken word from a fundamentally Babylonian shopkeeper point of view instead of a political point of view. I see this approach as incorrect only because I do not intend to âmake a livingâ off of poetry. The solace and nipple comfort for the people who are trying to make a living being an âartistâ these days is that I am not talented or skilled and, in fact, I am a part of the tyranny of mediocrity that dominates the poetry scene. This of course is an act of murder toward an innocent man and I choose to escape as a fugitive instead of trying to represent myself in an artificial court of lawâfor laws laid by corrupt flesh men.
My recommended political point of view looking on the pathetic state of spoken word is to see the possibility that the hordes of mediocre poets out there are developed deliberately by a dominator culture. An empire cannot contain a population that knows how to think and command language. My recommendation is not to condemn the victims but to take the opportunity to remind us of the systems in place that create such bland, dependent and egocentric people. Speech itself is under attack because Hitler knows what brought him to powerâŠ
Regarding the âProfessional Poetâ
The opinion here is that the poet is fundamentally fascinated with language and speech itself. This area of fascination is most rewarding for poets of African descent because they descend from the oldest cultures on Earthâpeoples so old that they have a collective memory of the innovation of word making (logic) itself. My discipline based on this fascination immediately permits me to ignore âartistsâ who find no value whatsoever in this primitivism. This is not destructive on my part because any agile and swift Babylonian shopkeeper can spot a customer who is not going to buy it and they ignore me before I have âmy chanceâ to ignore them. Itâs a win-null situationâme with nullâŠ
The grounding here is that a poet who professes is not far from a prophetâand when you hear a prophet speak it will âmove youââto quote two words I heard during the interview. What I came away with from the Quickly interview is that the mediocre masses should be willing to pay money to listen to words that surely may question the need to make money. The mediocre masses are willing to pay money to not listen to the mediocre massesâthey need a âprofessionalâ insteadâa very New York state of mindâŠ Itâs like a little empire state building inside of an empire state building. No thing is free and materialists get what they pay forâŠ
So let me guess hereâŠ
- A small cartel of spoken word artists will form a caste system that companies like Viacom can package and shop around as voices of diversity. It looks similar to the time in New Orleans when creoles approached the white town fathers with a dealâŠ
- The business model of the âprofessional poetâ will resemble that of the ârap artistââfrom the much respect deserved for the work of Mos Def down to the television appearances of famous names we all know and we donât want the search engines to hit here todayâŠ
- The âprofessional poetâ will become a recognizable product for the entertainment industry and this will be seen as an innovative achievement instead of yet another Negro job program for talented, charismatic tokens used to pacify the mediocre massesâŠ