Browsing All Posts published on »March, 2009«

Identity and Amnesia on the The Wire

March 30, 2009 by


Michael Lee, from the Wire, the new stoic stick-up man of Baltimore… derived from… Michael Lee, from the Wire, an extremely moral kid who does everything to protect his little brother and his friends. After a drug gang takes care of a problem for him that the police and the justice system can’t, he becomes […]

Border Surveillance, the Drug Trade, and Immigrants

March 26, 2009 by


Credit to Sociological Images for pointing in this direction., watch the fuck out for it and offshoots of its kind. is a minutemen-ran project out of Texas aimed at the surveillance of US borders (The borders down south of course, the ones used to keep brown peoples out). Cameras are placed on private […]

A Cultural History of Numbers by Karl Menninger

March 24, 2009 by


Number words and number symbols. I read Karl Menninger’s work after reading Where Mathematics Comes From by George Lakoff and Rafael Nunez, of which my interest stemmed from reading about the Piraha, the Amazonian tribe with no numbers. I kinda wonder whenever I hear/read someone say that math is the universal language and can explain […]

Reaching the Terminal Point and Fatigue

March 23, 2009 by


This past weekend I had about 4000 items unread on Google Reader.  While usually I do my best to make sure every item is read every day, this past week, I wasn’t in any mood to read too much of off google reader.  So the news items piled to the Tower of Babel. I can’t […]

Understanding “Fuck The Police” Sentiment and Community Policing

March 19, 2009 by


I just got finished watching 4 seasons of the epic HBO show The Wire (I skipped the mind-numbingly slow season 2).  An incredibly heavy-hearted show about the unseen America.  It’s fictional, but it puts itself out there publicly as highly authentic and syncs with realities in urban America.  There are plenty of real ex-traffickers, police […]

World Water Day

March 19, 2009 by


The most visible body of water in the Phillippines near my family, the Pasig River, was killed by industrial and infrastructure development in a matter of 30 years.  My mom said that back in her day, people swam and fished in it.  Now, it’s little more than a large sewer system. When I visited way […]

Gender and Remaking Public Spaces

March 12, 2009 by


When I think of public space advocacy, I usually think of the USC study that found public space lacking in brown and black neighborhoods. I think of public space mostly in terms of getting it into South Los Angeles, or getting it to Downtown. With history usually supporting the richer areas, getting populations access to […]

The Wire, Number Fetishes, and Organic Ecology

March 11, 2009 by


Commensuration makes a complicated world seem easier to control. It bolsters our courage to act. Espeland, Wendy, “Commensuration and Cognition” Culture in Mind (2002) The Wire was the groundbreaking TV show that nobody watched.  It dealt with the issues of drug trafficking, sex trafficking, the education system, the corrections system, and the police in Baltimore.  […]

Cognitive Properties of Hip-Hop Freestylers and Hip-Hop in Popular Discourse

March 3, 2009 by


Freestyle rapping, the art of rapping about things off the top of your head within rhythm.  Having grown up in this generation and having a few hip-hop head friends, I’ve seen and heard quite a few of these freestyling sessions. But that doesn’t mean that I’ve acquired any freestyling ability whatsoever. If there were a […]

The Youngest Memories and Your Narrative Socio-Cultural Environment

March 2, 2009 by


The first episodic memory of myself I have is when I was about 2 and a half.  Not sure if I was walking or talking yet.  But my mom was carrying me on her back in some kind of public pool.  The splashing got to me, invaded my lungs.  I really felt like I was […]