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Did indigenous people have any important events in history at all: Discovery, Blank Slate, and Episodic Memory

April 26, 2009 by


From Eviatar Zerubavel’s Time Maps: …when we say that Columbus “discovered” America we are basically implying that no one was there before him, thus implicitly suppresssing the memory of the millions of Native Americans who were actually living there at the time of his arrival. As demonstrated by the way we conventionally label anything that […]

Philosophical Nihilism, Recursivity, and Infinity: Fuck It All, You Won’t Complete the Whole, Ever

April 24, 2009 by


The end of Santa Monica Boulevard in Silver Lake in LA has about 20 rows of shops. Despite being in the geographic region defined in popular local mid-20s-30s tacit knowledge as “the place to be”, implying a form of similarity, a sort of organic kinship, the shops, the houses, the apartments all look really really […]

Where Amazing Happens: The People You Meet During Census Canvassing

April 20, 2009 by


When I was a kid, I had this vague dream/desire to sit with and talk with everyone in the world.  I wouldn’t be a celebrity or anything, I’d just have a knowing, understanding, and one-to-one connection with everyone in the world. * * * * * I keep saying to whoever I meet that working […]

Slumdog Millionaire For Reals: The Kid Actors Still Live There!

April 19, 2009 by


I loved Slumdog Millionaire…currently, the movie that battles daily with Forrest Gump and Shawshank Redemption for favorite ever movie, but the drama outside the movie’s boundaries is much more compelling and a lot more tragic. Two of the child actors who starred in the movie still live in the slums of Mumbai. Yeah, those kids […]

Drop the Michael Jordan Narratives, Please: Bulls/Celtics Game 1, 2009 Playoffs

April 19, 2009 by


OMG, The Bulls beat the Celtics 105-103… at Boston…in a playoff game…despite the refereeing…winning for the first time…ever…against Boston…something even Michael Jordan himself wasn’t able to do. Let’s just say a lot of mental blocks and hurdles were at least temporarily vanquished with this win over the Celtics. Now that’s something I definitely did not […]

White Guy Tough Talk: White Vandalism, Black Vandalism, “Other” Vandalism

April 13, 2009 by


Highly fascinating candid camera via the Everyday Sociology Blog via ABC’s 20-20.  “Fascinating” meaning I’m extremely surprised that network TV actually does this kind of thing anymore. In the first video, three white kids are smashing a car in a park.  People’s reactions?  Numerous confrontations and suspicious eyes, but only one phone call to the […]

We Are All Expert Observers: Fashion, Message Board Racism, and Camera Focus

April 11, 2009 by


I usually get people’s interests and why they become interested in it, but the topics they get interested in themselves, I don’t get. I don’t get fashion.  To me it all looks like the same fucking thing. I don’t give a shit about suits or ties.  I don’t care about Versace or Nike, that is […]