Archive for November, 2007

Win A Subscription to dwell


That’s right my ninjas - we here at MNP are giving away a subscription to dwell [I believe that’s 10 issues over 12 months] to one of our readers. How do you get in on this, you ask? It’s simple - every visitor who leaves a comment [a content-related comment, not just ‘first!’ or something foolish] on ANY MNP SITE, along with their email address will be entered. The ninjas will then select a commenter at random, and name the winner on Novermber 26th. Every individual comment counts [the more you comment, the more likely you are to win] so visit all of our sites and let your voice be heard.







the pimp’s corner [warning: may be too hood for the white belt]

Too lazy to post a comment? Well, we won’t give you anything for free - but you can follow this link to pay for your own [discounted - 2 bucks is 2 bucks] subscription to dwell. There are only a few publications we’ll point you to off-line, and this is one; don’t sleep!

[helpful hint: look in the ‘Talk of the Dojo’ section of the sidebar to read comments made by other MNP readers]


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Posted: November 15th, 2007
at 10:00pm by orangemenace

Categories: myninjaplease

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M-nus the CO2, Minimizing Your Impact


Richie Hawtin, Berlin-based techno DJ, has started a campaign with his record label Minus to get musicians of the electronic persuasion to reduce their carbon footprint. From the official press release:

In response to the times we live in, and due to the ever-increasing amount of proof regarding the impact of human activity on our planet, I am pleased to announce our current environmental initiative. The aim of this strategy is to one day become a carbon neutral company. I also hope that our efforts will both encourage and inspire other musicians, DJ’s & entertainment related companies/individuals to find their own ways to limit their impact on global climate change.

Hawtin is focusing initially on emissions resultant from his constant air travel and Minus’s manufacturing practices. To offset the dirty air travel of himself and all the Minus employees he has been…

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Posted: November 15th, 2007
at 12:27pm by Black Ock

Categories: green

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The Straight Talk Express in All Its Glory

The newest bit of controversy on the campaign trail has been provided by the McCain campaign (really, he’s still running, don’t let the 3rd or 4th-place standing fool you). Let’s go to the clip:

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Note that the reaction of this noble, upstanding war veteran is not to admonish his supporter for insulting one of his fellow Senators, but rather to laugh and then discuss his numbers against Hillary Clinton (with a nice little reference to the "Democrat" party thrown in, which I won’t go into here, but may later). Consider this for a moment.

There are two potential ways I could address this…

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Posted: November 15th, 2007
at 12:19pm by Black Ock

Categories: politricks

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A New London Underground

London is fast becoming a city of burrowers. Land is all too often so expensive, hard to find and, in any case, ringed around with heritage concerns and planning restrictions, that increasingly the only way to extend a property to any significant degree is to dig, dig and dig again.

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Posted: November 15th, 2007
at 12:00pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: green,architecture

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Smelly Proof Bags

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Posted: November 15th, 2007
at 10:00am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: drogas,gear

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How to Break into Cars

Ok the first thing I am going to tell you is my philosophy, ignore this part if you don’t care. Ok, I believe in anarchy and for me stealing cars is a way at getting back at society for all the shit it puts on us kids. I mean by 2020 we’ll probably be put on a database, and our movements will be monitored, we wont be free, even now we are not free. I steal cars to repay the insurance company’s and governments that enslave us, every car costs them money, and every cent takes them one step back from implementing these databases and monitoring systems. I also believe in being who you want to be, so if your reading this just to show off to your mates, then I spit on you, but I will not deny you this information, that is your prerogative. I just want to inform you that you are enslaving yourself, always trying to be better than your friends, not doing the things you want to do. Anyway that’s enough of me, on to the good stuff.

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Posted: November 15th, 2007
at 9:27am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: not ninja-worthy,whips,weaponry

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James J. Kelewae : Hotwax 13

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Posted: November 15th, 2007
at 8:00am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: art

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The White Stripes - Fell in love with a girl

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Posted: November 14th, 2007
at 6:31pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: youtube,music

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An MNP Interview With Bikes Not Bombs


Bikes Not Bombs is a Boston-based bike shop that does a lot more than sell bikes. In fact, calling BNB a bike shop is a bit of a misnomer, since it functioned as an international outreach organization long before it started selling bikes locally. Founded in 1984 by Carl Kurtz, BNB started out sending used and recycled bikes to Nicaragua in protest of the US backing of the Contra War during the 1970’s and 80’s. Since then, the bicycle activism of BNB has only multiplied. In their own words:

Who We Are: Bikes Not Bombs promotes bicycle technology as a concrete alternative to war and environmental destruction. For 23 years, BNB has been a nexus of bike recycling and community empowerment both in lower income neighborhoods of Boston and in the nations of the Global South. BNB’s programs involve young people and adults in mutually respectful leadership development and environmental stewardship, while recycling thousands of bicycles.


Aside from international, local community and retail work that BNB does, they also offer bike mechanics training classes to the community at large. I recently signed up to take one of these classes in order to get a little more intimate with my bike, and decided it was about time BNB got recognized on green.mnp. The organization holds ideals near and dear to the heart of green.mnp and the shop staff is always more than helpful when it comes to any bike-related query. I caught up with Matt Coe, a manager of the Jamaica Plain bike shop (and my bike mechanics sensei), and Lee Archung, BNB Board member and Treasurer, after one of my mechanics classes and asked them a few questions about the work that BNB does locally and globally:

Can you tell me a little about the history of BNB and how it has maintained itself and grown over 23 years?
Lee Archung: Bikes Not Bombs started in 1984 during the Nicaraguan Contra War and that whole series of US interventions in Central America; the organization was founded on the logic essentially that, as a country, the United States is sending down all this armament and technical training used by the military causing all this death and destruction, why don’t we send something practical? I think the first shipment was a few hundred bikes that went into Nicaragua, and over the years they went into Nicaragua, El Salvador and as the momentum built, and as the organization got established as a 501c3 non-profit, that program expanded.

Read the rest of the interview at green.mnp!

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Posted: November 14th, 2007
at 11:45am by Black Ock

Categories: green

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