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RT @TheGuardian – Copenhagen climate change conference: ‘Fourteen days to seal history’s judgment on this generation’

Earlier today, 56 major newspapers in 45 countries and 20 languages joined together to publish a shared editorial on climate change ahead of the Copenhagen summit, a project largely led by the Guardian.

As the Guardian points out, in a sort of primer to the actual editorial piece, it is immediately obvious that the “the sole representative of the world’s second biggest polluter” – us over here in the U.S. – is the Miami Herald. Then this line is just too good not to quote: “It is hard not to be struck by the parallel with the Kyoto agreement when the US stood to one side as the world began to move against climate change.”

WHERE IS CAPTAIN PLANET?

-Drew

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EV2BK Comment – Happy Thanksgiving

Melissa and I will be heading to our respective Thanksgiving feasts tonight, so we’ll be taking a little break from the jams (but not the yams) until we get back to the city. In the meantime, I’m not sure why these turkeys seem to be getting their disco groove on considering they will soon be in some ovens, but we thought it was funny and more original than posting Adam Sandler’s “Turkey Song” or something like that:

Happy Thanksgiving from EV2BK! We’ll be back with new stuff in December.

-Drew

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Jam of the Day – Columbus Day Boycotts

In a sign of solidarity with those who, like Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez and Brown University students, have enough of a sense of history to question the celebration of a man who “was the spearhead of the biggest invasion and genocide ever seen in the history of humanity” (in the hyperbolic words of Chavez), EV2BK.com has decided not to post a Jam of the Day today. Take five minutes to think about it instead!

-EV2BK

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bk Art – A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Almost every morning on the way to the Nevins stop on the 2/3/4/5, I pass by this totally out of place building that looks like it was transplanted from some village in the Swiss Alps:

Tree Grows in BK - FULL BUILDING

But when you take a closer look at the details, it just gets even weirder:

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

How is that tree growing out of the chimney? I guess Jeff Goldblum had it right in Jurassic Park, when his character Dr. Ian Malcolm muses: “I’m simply saying that life, uh… finds a way.”

Also, what is the deal with that cat? Whoever owns this building is an odd one.

-Drew

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Jam(s) of the Day – Mapping Social Networks and Technology in the Rap Game

Yesterday a friend of mine out in San Francisco sent me a link to this song called “Hit Me On Twitter” by Mistah F.A.B., and it sent me off on a train of thought about the use of various social networking sites in recent rap jams. Even more broadly, it made me start to think about all of the songs that heavily feature some new, cool, technology in the chorus. Does this sort of usage cause a rise or decline in popularity of the social network/technology? Or does it only occur once the social network/technology has reached a certain societal saturation level? I honestly think that it might be possible to reconstruct the evolution of technology, and the popularity of that technoolgy within the culture, by “reading” rap songs.

I’m sure that this has already been contemplated by various stoned white dudes over the years, and I’m not about to try to get into it on a Thesis Paper level of research or detail, but here’s a couple of examples (in text or video) of what I’m getting at, starting with pagers, just to get the conversation started:

Big L – Lyric from “Ebonics”:

“Hit me on the hip means page me”

Lil Scrappy & G’$ Up – Cell Phone Watch:

J-Shin ft. T-Pain – Send Me an Email:

(Anyone who watches A Shot At Love on MTV will notice the Tila Tequila cameo in there)

Brandon T. Jackson ft. T-Pain (?) – What’s Yo Myspace:

(haha I love the part where he starts naming hot celebrity females that he wants to become friends with on Myspace: “Lindsay Lohan, put me in your Top 8!”…also this always comes up as T-Pain, but that just doesn’t sound right to me. Dude ALREADY has a song about emails… one is enough)

Mistah F.A.B. – Hit Me On Twitter:

And honestly, I compiled that list just off the top of the dome. I think this needs to be explored further. Someone want to call up Marcyliena Morgan at Harvard and get her on the case? I smell a best-seller here.

Know any other songs that would fit the bill? Then post it in the comments, already!

-Drew

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More About Turtles and Synchronicity

In a prime example of what Jung would term synchronicity, today I found a turtle wandering around the yard out here on Block Island:

Block Island turtle

Block Island turtle

It seems like this little guy missed out on the terrapin tarmac tryst at JFK this morning. But given that there are over 300 fresh water ponds on the island, he shouldn’t have too much trouble finding that special someone this mating season.

-Drew

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Every Day Our Evergreen is Hustlin’

Apparently, the Chinese restaurant near my work that I ordered from today (Our Evergreen) has been heavily influenced by Rick Ross. The fortune from my cookie:

“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”

Let it marinate.

-Drew

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