Archive for October, 2007

Quote of the Day

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No team that wears tank top jerseys can beat the damn Red Sox - anonymous Boston fan

No this isn’t an ad for the kkk… the Red Sox have thwomped the Rockies in an unexpected game one rout.AA It’s kinda true though, they do kinda wear tank tops.

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Posted: October 25th, 2007
at 2:23am by Black Ock


Categories: games,clothes,quote of the day

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Special Feature: Microsite Takeover

Architecture has been a boon to us here at myninjaplease. As many of our daily readers know, our microsite brethren architecture.mnp is our most popular joint, grossing thousands of hits daily. The MNP Group consists of multiple people of various talents that come together to form a cohesive and powerful whole.

In that jolly spirit, we invite you to come with us on a quick journey and review of some of the more prominent happenings in our own personal interweb:

If you’ve been reading music.mnp you know that our ninja Trizlam has just conducted an interview of UK reggae legend Brother Culture.

I recently got the chance to sit down with legendary UK MC Brother Culture at the Dogstar Pub on Brixtona€™s Coldharbour Lane. As the weekly Tuesday night roots session warmed up, Brother Culture shared some memories and opinions about the history of London sound systems, the UK dub scene, and his travels around the world. The following interview was conducted in October of 2007. - click here to read the interview

As if that wasn’t big enough news, Film Friday’s on music.mnp have been consistently amazing. Our ninja reporter at large, B Mac has been diggin’ through the proverbial crates with this new MNP exclusive feature. Her most recent entry was on the film Suffering and Smiling.

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Suffering and Smiling follows the trend of documentaries in which the subject matter is a mixture of music and politics. This one in particular focuses on the tumultuous state of Nigeria, the late afro-beat pioneer Fela Kuti, and his son Femi Kuti. Ia€™ve seen the doc twice now, and was a lot less impressed the second time. read the review

If reading the collection of reviews and interviews (including a review of JosA© Gonzalez’ new record and Radiohead’s newest gem) doesn’t keep you busy the ninja Trizlam also has been doing a great feature called Soundtape Sunday. I must say that, though, that my most favorite recent post is a short expose on rap in commercials.

no ninjies, this isna€™t a rant about how my favorite rapsters have turned wack, or how project blowed is the apex of true hip hopa€¦ instead i decided after looking at this blog post that i should do a tribute post to some of the more endearing combinations of shameless advertising and quality raps. read the post

Green.mnp is in the first stages of what should turn out to be a deep resource for DIY green projects. It’s already a great page, but it’s depth is expanding every day. We dropped the exclusive before, but, our green women are doing a weekly series called Savage Worms which basically teaches you how to do some vermicomposting with red worms in the comfort of your own home.

Wea€™re going to try feeding the worms more frequently, since they seem healthy (for the most parta€¦) and happy. Hopefully they will eat more and help us get rid of all the crap, i mean scraps. Their appetites seem hearty, as you can see by the avocado pit below that they have been licking clean. Read the latest entry or check out the series.

Besides some interesting posts on green fast food and ladybug invasions, Jessie, our main ninja over at green.mnp has started up a serial feature about her pops’ straw bale house. Go check out the page and see what her pops (a ninth dan black belt of the dojo) has to say.

Since I was a little girl, my dad has been indoctrinating me with a love and respect for the environment. Hea€™s a true outdoors-man and conservationist and has been recycling, composting, shutting off the lights and turning down the heat since before it was easy or cool, despite the (occasional) aggravation of his family. Now that he and my mom are getting close to their retirement years, he has decided to take his environmental consciousness to the next level. About a year ago he began researching and making plans to build an energy efficient straw bale house in the East Mountain area outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico. check out the plans here

Still with us? Thought so.

Politricks has always been a hot topic over here at myninjaplease, so much so that we dedicated an entire blog to it. Traditionally what has been our slowest blog, politricks.mnp is gaining momentum as we come closer and closer to the next election. Or ninja Brendan has been tearing it up over there with multiple posts a day to keep you informed on what’s going on in your hood, the nation’s capital, and the world at large.

I dona€™t know what to do with this, really, other than to say come on, Iowa. You can do better than this schmuck. (For those wondering, no, S-CHIP doesna€™t cover illegal immigrants.) Read everything you need to know about the world.

Our ninja Brendan has also been writing heavily. We’re inviting all you ninjas to join in and discuss the issues over at politricks.mnp.

Now, to anyone reading the piece without an agenda, Hamilton was explaining why having one President was a better idea than having, for example, a Roman-style triumvirate, not why the United States should have a totally unaccountable executive. This didna€™t seem to bother Meesea€™s lawyers. Now those same lawyers, and their disciples, are in charge. So we have the Administrationa€™s top lawyers, clinging to the basic Nixonian principle that (to quote the man himself) a€oeWhen the President does it, that means that ita€™s not illegal.a€A Cheney 101

Now this is about the point in the post where most of you start asking, BUT WHAT ABOUT ARCHITECTURE?? DIDN’T CHU SAY ARCHITECTURE WAS SOME SORTA… BABOON FOR MNP??

Whoa, well, calm down there, kimosabe. We over here at the main page decided that architecture.mnp needed it’s very own microsite takeover post. That’s coming soon; a post in which we will look at what our ninja Orange Menace has been doing for the better part of six months. You can go check out the page of course, but until then, try some of our lesser-known but tried and true ninjas: The Pimp’s Corner and Robot Ninja. Besides, we got a bit link happy with this post, so we’ll leave you the requisite time to absorb it all.

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Posted: October 24th, 2007
at 10:33am by Black Ock


Categories: myninjaplease,music,life,green,film,politricks,architecture,photo,design,contemporary,2 hours on the internet,boredom killer

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Quote of the Day

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"I think I’m just lucky to be at the top of the boom. I’m just one of many many millions and am blessed to have been in this generation and really blessed and to take my Social Security now," Casey-Kirschling said during a ceremony held at the National Press Club featuring Social Security Commissioner Michael J. Astrue. [via]

Our first baby boomer has filed for social security. Um… why are they holdin’ ceremonies honoring our future brokeness?

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Posted: October 24th, 2007
at 12:50am by Black Ock


Categories: not ninja-worthy,mnp is for the children,politricks,real life news,quote of the day

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ee-ko-sis-tem’ay : Ecosystem design

read the ecosystemae manifesto (8 pages html)

Amplify. When Environment Design and Continuous Experimentation are practiced together synergistically, the outcome of people’s efforts are amplified, sometimes significantly. Also, the safety and stimulation provided by well-designed environments makes Continuous Experimentation less risky and more natural.

Expand. When Environment Design and Create a Gap are practiced together synergistically, people learn and expand more rapidly and more comprehensively. Environment Design feeds the expansive effects of peoples visions, while providing the safety necessary for people to take more risks.

Inspire. Continuous Experimentation can be incredibly inspiring when there is a bigger game to play. And, the bigger game is far more fun and exciting when it is not fettered with rigid goals and instead characterized by experimentation and serendipity.

Evolve. When all three practices are in play, synergistically, the result is evolution. Evolution is not the same as change. Change is executed in response to a particular alteration in the environment. Evolution is not about responding, per se. It is about being tuned to your environment and yourself, such that responding to changes around you is very natural.

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Posted: October 23rd, 2007
at 6:00pm by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: myninjaplease,life,design,science

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Reflections on Permaculture

Ita€™s hard to describe just how radical Permaculture is without delving into some examples of how it has worked in the past. One of my favorite is the story of how Permaculturalist Geoff Lawton a€oeGreened the Deserta€A on 10 acres of land in Jordan, near the Dead Sea. With no synthetic chemicals and 20 percent of the water usually used in the area, Lawton and his team turned salted, dead land into a productive orchard within six months. How? Through careful application of design appropriate for the areaa€"the use of swales as rainwater catchments, heavy mulching of agricultural wastes, the planting of various soil fixing and carefully placed shade trees, etc. Within a few months, scientists from the local agricultural college discovered that mushrooms growing under the mulch were effectively locking up the soila€™s salt and rendering it inert. To Lawton, this implied that given enough resources, the techniques of Permaculture could regreen the middle east; as he puts it in the presentation, a€oeyou can fix all the worlda€™s problems in a garden.a€A

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Posted: October 23rd, 2007
at 4:00pm by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: green,design

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food.mnp: the hare krishna edition

no people, this is not just an excuse to post this picture of the rarely seen hare krishna thizz face…

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instead i want to highlight the fact that these people (who i always used to think just walked around in a line through city streets ringing bells and whatnot) actually give away free food, and its proper! yea i know what youre thinking… free food? there must be something wrong with it. thats normally my thinking too my ninjas, but having recently moved to the most expensive place on earth, i decided it might be worth it to try some of the grub that these people were offering. to my surprise, it was actually bombs!

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today i had the orange stuff, which came with rice and a little piece of vegan-desert that i gave away to my p’n’c. the orange stuff was good, but the other day i sampled the brownish-yellow stuff, and that was sheeerious! really though, this was some quality vegetarian food, well spiced, veggies cooked to an ideal tenderness, perfect rice to curry ratio-it was so good actually that i fell asleep in the library within a half an hour of eating (i generally dont condone eating food unless it makes me sleep within forty-five minutes of consumption). the other nice thing about it was that i didnt feel like i was being proselytized, there was no members-only rules, no brainwashed eye-glazing, no weird literature being given out, none of that feckray found at places like common ground (my favorite cult-dining locale), this was just plain commitment-free food-gratis! so if anyone else is too cheap to eat food that you gotta buy, head over to SOAS around lunchtime and stand in line with all the trendsters for a plate of goodness. it sure beats eating at places like this—

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Posted: October 23rd, 2007
at 2:00pm by trizlam


Categories: life,too good to be true,apple,grub,fo' real?

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Future Tech: Attention Economy

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Why does attention become relatively scarce in a Media 2.0 world? Fundamentally, because 2.0 technologies create a Cambrian Explosion in number and kind of media a micromedia explosion. Since its birth, media has been limited in number and in kind. But cheaply networked digital technologies, on the other hand, are producing vast amounts of entirely new kinds of media more than have ever concurrently been seen before.

By networking digital media, the incentives for prosumers to produce a huge plethora of forms of micromedia pop into existence; blogs, podcasts, vlogs, machinima, fan films, and cosplay are just a few examples. The relationship between technology and media relationship has undergone a phase shift: from one to one, to many to one. This is the Cambrian Explosion in micromedia.

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Posted: October 23rd, 2007
at 2:00pm by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: web,business

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tokyo urban cammo

Todaya€™s New York Times includes an article on the efforts of Aya Tsukioka, an a€oeexperimental fashion designer,a€A to allay Japana€™s growing fears about street crime by creating a new line of clothes and accessories that double as urban camouflage. In a moment of panic, you can transform your dress into a vending machine, your backpack into a fire hydrant, and your purse into a manhole cover. The idea is for the people who wear these clothes to hide in plain sight when they feel threatened, evading their would-be attacker.

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Posted: October 23rd, 2007
at 12:00pm by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: clothes,design

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Joel Sternfeld: American Images

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Posted: October 23rd, 2007
at 10:00am by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: photo

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