Audio Archive

January 16, 2010 Topics: , , ,

Presenting a new program from, The Citizen Reporter Weekly News Review, which aims to go over global news stories with the help of guests in different corners of the planet.  This week being our first attempt at it, my guests are Bente Kalsnes in Norway and Atul Chitnis in Bangalore. We cover: The Earthquake […]

June 16, 2006 Topics: , , , , ,

The semester is over, yet the fishtank spilleth over at work these days. A neverending wave of American and international students are here to participate in the plethora of summer programs that are offerred. The groups I notice most of all are the American ones.. boston university, nyu, minnesota… you can’t miss them as their […]

June 15, 2006 Topics:

I’m fiddling with new looks this morning. Shield your eyes. ***Update*** That went terribly wrong. Nevermind.

June 13, 2006 Topics: , , , , , , , , , ,

I may or may not have mentioned that I’m involved in the We All Speak Football initiative that brings together a boatload of bloggers/vloggers/podcasters to produce content about the tournament and spend a few days partying in Berlin at some hipster penthouse apartment. Myself I leave for Berlin this weekend. But contrary to the neverending […]

June 12, 2006 Topics: ,

I thought after this weekend life might get care free and easygoing. It probably is, but I’m buried under last-minute editing work because I live below the poverty level and needed the income. For all those who want to move to europa and live the life, beware, good paying jobs, hard to come by for […]

June 11, 2006 Topics: , , , , , , ,

There are so many ironies and things that just make no sense in this world, obviously we’ve all noticed that at some point in observing how things work. On the one hand the government, any government, but lets just say the American one – can seem very in control, very underhanded, and very capable of […]

June 10, 2006 Topics: , , , , , ,

It’s the busiest weekend of the year for me. Which means, while I’d very much like to dig into the issue of Europe’s shameful collaboration with the CIA secret torture flights and prisons, and I’d like to talk about my worldcup fantasy team and why its interesting, all of that will have to wait until […]

June 8, 2006 Topics: , , , , , ,

An imaginary terrorist was killed today. Check that. We are supposed to believe, because experts tell us, that an imaginary terrorist was killed in Iraq. At the same time, political leaders, with almost invisible public approval ratings, and even less visible understanding of how many people’s lives they’ve helped ruin around the world though their […]

June 8, 2006 Topics: , , , , , , ,

My family members are pretty avid readers of blog. At least as far as I know. I try never assume that they are or aren’t reading. But I can tell you it’s been a world of help in keeping in touch.. for a boy that has lived across the ocean for the past 5 years. […]

June 6, 2006 Topics: , , , , , ,

Every year I get invited by a friend at the U of Amsterdam who teaches a class on media, to do a guest lecture about alternative journalism internet and non-internet based. It is one of my favorite traditions, where I get to talk about all things from alternative weeklies to online newsites to blogs, vlogs, […]

June 2, 2006 Topics: ,

I was cruising down the Prinsengracht today, heading towards home, and wondering what had become of my dear friend Krizushka who last I heard, had moved to the Pijp neighborhood of Amsterdam. I had forgotten about the exciting and bizarre project she is involved in; tonight when I found her on skype, she had just […]

May 31, 2006 Topics: , , , , , , ,

As many of ye blog readers know, yours truely was born and raised til his teen years in the ironbound section of the city of Newark, New Jersey. I often feel like the least likely candidate to be someone who came from Newark, especially when so many people around the world equate the city with […]

May 27, 2006 Topics:

It’s Saturday night so nobody is reading this. Except you thousand+ subscribers, you’ll be reading this back at the office on monday.. hope the weekend was fun. Madge Weinstein is talking to me from some expensive on-plane internet access. Which sounds fancy but actually the plane is not in the air. Actually according to Madge, […]

May 26, 2006 Topics: , , , , , ,

As I write these words, the internet’s most beloved Lesbian and former manager of the Grrl Band Goddess Riot Juice is flying over the atlantic on route to Amsterdam. She’s no doubt scrunched into a coach seat, cursing the polyester clad stewardesses, and complaining about the small portions of food. As soon as she lands, […]

May 25, 2006 Topics: , , , , , ,

Cold Thursday nights in late-May Amsterdam are a goodtime for watching the LOST season finale and taking a stroll down memory lane. Back when I worked for the Dharma Initiative….. ha, just kidding; the internet does not need more TV blog posts. I’ll start again. Back in 2001, right around the time the WTC towers […]

May 19, 2006 Topics: , , , ,

“So who’s still around?” Brooke asked me, fresh off the plane from Berlin. Who is still around. Tricky question in most beloved European cities these days. I tried to name names, stumbling when I’d realize she never knew this person or that person. Sometimes I’d name someone I knew from 4 years ago, other times […]

May 19, 2006 Topics:

Hello dear readers. As a result of a massive computer problem at the secret server location somewhere in the northwest of the United States, the entire blog has been taken back in time by one week. Fear not, I have backups – sort of. So all the posts of the past week will be […]

May 17, 2006 Topics: , , , , , , , ,

Anyone who remembers the murder of the film director Theo Van Gogh is likely to remember the person who wrote the film that he would later be murdered over. Somali born asylum seeker and member of Dutch parliament Ayaan Hirsi Ali has won international admiration as well as cirticism over the past few years, as […]

May 15, 2006 Topics: ,

Rainy days ahead in Amsterdam. The Red August has been properly covered so hopefully nor rain nor empty beer bottles will find their way into the boat. But nevermind that… there’s a whole world going on out there. Instead of starting a conversation about the very peculiar situation with just who is leading the Polish […]

May 14, 2006 Topics: , , , , ,

It was designed to be an independent agency of the US government, to maintain standards in the areas of food, drugs, and cosmetics. But in the past few years the FDA has been hesitant to make decisions, especially when it comes to anything related to sex. Why is this happening? Who is benefiting and creating […]

May 9, 2006 Topics: , , , , , , ,

Anyone who watched the film The Constant Gardener is familiar with the theme of a pharmaceutical company pretending to give free vaccines in Africa while secretly testing drugs on the public. Well the real thing happened, almost 10 years ago, and only now is the truth coming out. *fixed for annoyingly mysterious reasons that keep […]

May 8, 2006 Topics:

Ok I promise this won’t be an excessively frequent topic on the blog. At some point I may actually get completely tired of it and you’ll never hear me mention it again. But until then, I have now become a pretty frequent participant in Second Life. Not to get into all the explanation of what […]

May 6, 2006 Topics: , , , , , , ,

Combination of lots of time on the boat and working on boat related creations involving wood and hammer, visitors from different parts of Northern Europe, and Second Life, have made me fall very behind on all things blog. I could tell you about my upcoming podcast focusing on crazy or not so crazy charles taylor […]

May 5, 2006 Topics: , , , , ,

The State Department’s annual terrorism report has been partially hidden away and kept from the public. Yet even the information they did release reveals some cold hard facts that bring real questions about the “war on terrorism” and how it is being carried out. AudioCommunique #126 (mp3) Useful Links: The Report Washington Post Article CNN’s […]

May 4, 2006 Topics: , , , ,

Podcast will be recorder later this evening. Its 22 degrees C, sunny, and the entire city of Amsterdam is fleeing the office buildings and sprawling themselves out everywhere and anywhere. This means one thing for me: to the boatmobile! Tonight I address the State Department’s Annual Terrorism Report. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and then you’ll […]

May 1, 2006 Topics: , , , , , , ,

In the public perception battle between hackers and the media, it is the hackers that have long been painted as criminals and dangers to society. However I now know of at least one area of the world where this is not the case, and the hacker community has remained creative, vibrant, and growing. Tim Pritlove […]

April 30, 2006 Topics:

Pffft…. after an entire day navigating the waters of Amsterdam on the craziest day of the year — queen’s day — there’s no way I’m going to try and write big stuff. I’d rather say, here look at these photos, and then talk to you all tomorrow.

April 27, 2006 Topics:

With another graduation for international masters fish about to take place tomorrow, as I sat in the fishtank today there were a few old familiar faces from last year, wandering around. They typically go home to finish their masters thesis, or they go off to Uganda to observe Ugandan underwater basketweaving and by the time […]

April 26, 2006 Topics: , , , , , , ,

Atop any list of underreported nations in Europe, Hungary has handled huge changes over the past 15 years. Henrik of the Hungarian Accent blog joins me to discuss Hungary: from the end of the communist regime, to joining the European Union, to the cold hard truth of what lies ahead for the Hungarian people. AudioCommunique […]

April 25, 2006 Topics: , , , , , ,

In honor of my favorite Portuguese holiday of the year: Also read my previous years’ entries.

April 23, 2006 Topics: , , , , , , , , ,

Ever since the dawn of the blog era, anytime someone commits a terrible crime and they are bloggers, there is always alot of attention given to that persons writing. Some say it should be taken down and destroyed along with the person. While others see a chance for we the people to read and understand […]

April 22, 2006 Topics: , , , ,

The women of my life don’t get nearly the amount of blog attention they deserve. This could be due to the fact that since the blog began, more than 4 years ago, I’ve never found myself with a girlfriend. Still there have been times where I mentioned or should have mentioned a special female in […]

April 21, 2006 Topics: , , , , , ,

This boating thing could really make one forget about all the problems in the world. I smell complacency everytime I lie back and stare at the cyclists riding by. Maybe it would help if I brought my powerbook and parked where I could catch some wifi and from there I could keep abreast to all […]

April 20, 2006 Topics: ,

Naturally I can not close the book on easter without putting out a vlog. This one features my family in Belgium; specifically my cousins, as they scour their yard for eggs and gifts. The little dialogue there is in mostly in French, some in Portuguese. If you listen close you’ll hear me in French for […]

April 20, 2006 Topics: , , , , , , , ,

I’ve not yet read Truman Capote, but I’m going to. Like so many media consumers these days, I had to first see the recent movie about his work on the book “In Cold Blood” to get inspired to read the actual book. Sad but true. In Cold Blood was about the murder of an entire […]

April 19, 2006 Topics: , , , , , ,

Only a month ago the international community was demanding and encouraging free and fair elections in Palestine. But then HAMAS was elected, ever since then the international community has turned their back on the new government, withheld funds, and are now holding them partially responsible for any violence against Israel. What story do the numbers […]

April 17, 2006 Topics: , , , , , , , , , , ,

On the Amsterdam to Brussels snail-rail train this morning, I couldn’t avoid hearing an American couple across the isle. Nice little couple, in their 50’s, presumably travelling around Europe for the first time. They talked during the whole ride, it was exhausting. I put the volume up on the K’Naan album and luckily a hip-hop […]

April 16, 2006 Topics: , , , , , , ,

Back in 2001 I was working at the Voice, and even then the writing was on the wall: business was booming, and the new media empire would keep growing, and the old values of alternativeness were slowly being discarded, along with the journalists who believed in them. AudioCommunique #121 (mp3) Also: Some audio courtesy of […]

April 14, 2006 Topics: , ,

Actually I can’t say anything just yet. So instead, I present to you a sketch of the future, provided all goes well. To help a little with funding for my little project, in the left column you can find a tip jar. Anyone who tips gets a guided tour when they’re in Amsterdam. What a […]

April 13, 2006 Topics: , , , , ,

I burst into the amsterdam vlogger meetup this evening and my opening statement was as follows: If you don’t want other nations to get nuclear weapons, try not developing them in the first place. I listened to radio open source on the way from the oud west to de balie, and they were talking about […]

April 12, 2006 Topics: , , ,

Check out my doctor’s office! Not Impressed? It’s part of the former hospital that was squatted decades ago. Still not impressed? Well I am. See I realize many of my readers have lived or do live abroad. Others of you have never lived abroad but you’ve pondered it in your head. Whatever the case, one […]

April 11, 2006 Topics:

While experiencing one of the most dramatic falls from grace since his fathers unpopular post-gulf war presidency-gone-limp, GW Bush and his footsoldiers are now trying to create another war. John Aravosis of, joins me to discuss white house leakage and the plight the United States both in terms of Iran or anywhere in the […]

April 10, 2006 Topics:

I can barely watch the carnage. The last few years have been bad enough. But now I cover my eyes everytime new articles pop into my Village Voice feed – THEY HAVE DESTROYED AMERICA’S LEGENDARY ALTERNATIVE WEEKLY. DESTROYED IT. Let’s put aside who “they” are for just a moment. Long ago, in the year that […]

April 8, 2006 Topics:

Discussions about publishing audio content on the internet always involve the fact that there is a global audience, a seemingly limitless reach so long as someone can get on the internet. My guest in the garden, Digital Artist and Rebel Lotte Meijer, takes us back to the magic and beginnings of broadcasting at the community […]

April 7, 2006 Topics:

I was ringing ringing the artist formerly known as frisbee girl’s doorbell last night, as we were set to go catch “Me, You, and Everyone We Know”. As I stood there and the little intercom featured her voice saying — be right down– I noticed three bike cops standing next to me. I looked at […]

April 5, 2006 Topics: , , ,

Actually I don’t know anything about Charles Taylor the Republican House Rep from North Carolina. I just found it fun that he shares a name with the ex-Liberian president now on trial. Charles G. Taylor, American-Liberian. Meaning born in Liberian but having American roots in his family. I know it’s common human rights protocol to […]

April 4, 2006 Topics: , ,

Lodged between India and China who perhaps steal the spotlight, Nepal continues to suffer as the King tries to keep a tight grip on citizen rights. Meanwhile Maoist Rebels and Government troops clash in a struggle for power. In between these two forces, you will find the Nepalese people growing increasingly impatient with the behavior […]

April 1, 2006 Topics: ,

During a recent press conference when asked why he wanted to go to war so badly, GW Bush told Helen Thomas that no president wants war. Yet this president, like many before him, encourages the development of new nuclear weapons and conventional weapons that can cause more destruction. Today the military announced new tests in […]

March 31, 2006 Topics:

For we of the four day work week, the weekend has arrived. Which is good cause its 2am and I’m exhausted from my various jobs as well as podcasting til 3am last night. However, tomorrow will be time to take on the garden, as recently nature freed up some space and now I have room […]

March 30, 2006 Topics:

It was more than a decade ago, March 24th 1989, when Exxon’s oil spilled into the Prince William Sound. Everyone remembers the images of the dead sealions and otters being picked out of the toxic sludge and thrown into the fire. But who remembers the fallout, as the community imploded and their industry choked to […]

March 27, 2006 Topics: , ,

Sometime during one’s primary and secondary education, for those of us lucky enough to have gotten both, we probably learn some things about poetry. It may not be much or it may not always stick with us, but hopefully there was a teacher who was passionate enough about poetry to awaken the appetite of the […]

March 26, 2006 Topics:

I could almost taste the rain that hadn’t yet started, as I rode towards home trying to somehow cycle faster than is humanly possible. The phone rang and as per tradition, I couldn’t find the right pocket out of my million coat pockets, each filled with a different electronic device that only a citizen reporter […]

March 25, 2006 Topics: , , , , ,

It becomes hard to tell what is really happening in Venezuela with all the conflicting reports coming from the United States government, US media, the international press, and the country itself. How you view the situation seems to hinge on whether you are pro-Chavez or anti-Chavez. While I was in New Jersey in December, my […]

March 23, 2006 Topics: , , ,

B has been in Amsterdam this week, visiting from Paris. He’s been living in Paris for something like 5 years now, along with his fiancé. B and I go way back to the days where we studied together in Aix-en-Provence, down in the sleepy south of France, 2000. As cosmic forces would have it, we […]

March 21, 2006 Topics:

There’s lots of talk about how the Bush Admin’s policies are a distaster, and how the approval ratings are at an alltime low, and it is almost assumed that there is light at the end of the tunnel in the form of a u-turn in policy and representation. But is that really true? Do these […]

March 20, 2006 Topics:

Riding my bike past the zoo (artis) and towards the economics faculty of the U of Amsterdam, with visions of baklava in my head, I was listening to my usual lineup of podcasts. Australia’s Radio National has long been a source of great journalism for me, but what I heard today was much more important […]

March 19, 2006 Topics:

Inappropriate Brian works in the television biz, here’s how our conversation started today: Inappropriate Brian: so guess who was on the show… well u would never guess… bicyclemark: who who? Inappropriate Brian: Ice Cube and guess what i played him. bicyclemark: what what? Inappropriate Brian: Nina Gordon’s Straight outta Compton. bicyclemark: hahah had he heard […]

March 18, 2006 Topics:

South Dakota found its way into the news earlier this month with its ban on abortion. So what other states might follow? What are the ongoing battles within the question of reproductive rights, and what issues will emerge now that power has been consolidated within the supreme court? Amanda Marcotte, direct from Austin, Texas, blogs […]

March 17, 2006 Topics: ,

Last night at the “little” Dutch Vlogger Meetup, I rehashed a topic that I began talking about during the bloggers in Amsterdam roundtable a few weeks ago. The topic involves a personal belief of mine that producing personal media: blogs, podcasts, vlogs, photoblogs; and sharing them with people around the world, increases incultural exchange and […]

March 15, 2006 Topics:

Only a few days after the death of Milosevic, I walked in to my favorite pizzeria in Lisbon to enjoy a meal and visit with a Serbian friend. While I was there he could hardly contain the rush of thoughts and emotion about what had happenned. These are his thoughts and the story of that […]

March 15, 2006 Topics: ,

I felt dumb walking around with a coat under my arm on the way to the airport in Lisbon this afternoon as it was a summer-like 22 degrees C. Then I got off the plane and zoomed out of the airport here in the Netherlands and felt dumb for not having more layers. So it […]

March 13, 2006 Topics: , ,

One weekend of being nearly disconnected from the world and man oh man did alot happen in the world in the last 72 hours. I want to start with the one that has me most alarmed as trusty Portuguese TV news has been showing tons of footage from it: the student strikes at the Sorbonne. […]

March 11, 2006 Topics: ,

On the road in Portugal, currently tending to the family business – this is me in the car talking about whats going on in Portugal and Europe’s role in Iraq. All Portuguese-language music as well. AudioCommunique #111 (mp3) Musica: Fernando Lameirinhas – Lusitano Os Humanos – (Track 1 I cant remember) Vinicius Cantuaria – Re-Entry

March 11, 2006 Topics:

The public internet spot I’m sitting in claims to have wi-fi. What I’ve discovered is that it is one big tease…. 10 minutes of wi-fi and then it drops you… repeat over and over… madness. My podcast will have to be posted from the McDonalds parking lot.. strangely enough the only wi-fi hot spot in […]

March 10, 2006 Topics: , ,

Greetings and good evening from Lisbon, Portugal. Capital of this funny little country my family hails from. People park on the sidewalk, dogs poop everywhere, random construction projects are everywhere; this is Lisbon as I know and love it. Cept that cars on the sidewalk, thats just annoying. Oh wait.. lots of things are charming […]

March 9, 2006 Topics: ,

Tick toc, tick toc, clocks are my enemy and in a matter of hours – poof, I’m off to Lisbon to see my people, my grandparents, my motherland. It’s always an exciting feeling to step out of that airport, as you stare out past the taxi stand, you can see down to the former site […]

March 8, 2006 Topics:

Following the interview a few weeks ago with GI Jane, GI Joan contacted me to express how she saw things as a national guard soldier who joined prior to Sept. 11th. In this interview we talk about her view of the military, the invasion of Iraq, the government, her experience helping with hurricane recovery, and […]

March 6, 2006 Topics:

I realize that many internauts still haven’t gotten into videoblogs. Some believe they take up to much time and too much of one’s attention. (both audio and visual) Others believe they don’t cover anything of interest. Still, I believe it just takes time for the critics to realize the value and the wealth of entertainment, […]

March 5, 2006 Topics: ,

Once hailed by some as the economic miracle of west Africa, Ivory Coast has been in a tailspin of political instability, economic dowturn, and de-facto civil war for the past 5 years. Now the clock is ticking, while the UN and France stand guard, for a new peace agreement to take shape and the road […]

March 3, 2006 Topics:

It has been quite some time since I last wrote about the cross-atlantic star of my family; the champion of potty training; the sultan of using sticks to drum on things; my toddler nephew who will one day read this weblog and laugh: A-Ren. Mom told me to go check out the private photo stash […]

March 2, 2006 Topics: ,

It’s interesting, comparing the present to the past. And I’d add, it is not done often enough. Let us start in the present, shall we; as the AP reports on the Saddam Hussein trial: a defiant Saddam admitted in court that he had ordered the trial of the Shiites who were eventually executed, but he […]

March 1, 2006 Topics:

While much of Latin America has clearly turned to the political left in the last few years, Costa Rica continues to be a nation that does things their own way. With all the hype surrounding hi-tech industry and eco-tourism, what’s in store for Costa Rica following these elections? Taylor Kirk of the LatinAmericanist blog joins […]

February 27, 2006 Topics:

I think things were going well, til I started talking instead of drinking and then I swear I saw tears well up in her eyes….. One thing you need to know, in case you didn’t already, about the difficulties of expat life, is to have visitors that you really enjoy, and that almost completely and […]

February 26, 2006 Topics:

Washington DC based writer, political consultant, and blogger @, John Aravosis has been in Amsterdam for the past few days. During a recent walk back from the Albert Cuyp market we recorded this talk about the Port Sale issue, the fatal errors of the Bush administration, multinational corporations and the World Bank. Talk about […]

February 25, 2006 Topics: ,

…. that’s the crux of one of the conversations we the bloggers have been having over the past few days. John says whenever he goes on trip somewhere, the less people read or comment. Tony has observed similar. Is it a coincidence? Maybe people don’t like to hear about nice places and how good life […]

February 24, 2006 Topics:

You wouldn’t have to dig very far into my archives to find a story about how I enjoyed meeting another blogger or podcaster in person. I would probably write quite a bit about how often it seems like we’re old friends who have known each other for ages. And while last weekend I got to […]

February 23, 2006 Topics: ,

With the recent announcement by the World Trade Organization which finds the Europe Union at fault for stopping Genetically Modified Food from entering its markets, what will happen now? Who benefits if things continue this way and who is at risk? Where do national laws and policies fit in against the backdrop of WTO conclusions? […]

February 19, 2006 Topics: , , ,

In the town of Alang, in the state of Gujarat, India, the ship breaking industry once accounted for half of all the world’s ships that are broken down. It was also once a clean and beautiful beach. Neither is exactly true anymore, and the case of the Clemenceau may become the watershed moment in the […]

February 18, 2006 Topics: ,

Despite the fact that its Saturday night and we all know people don’t read as many blogs on the weekend since you’re not pretending to do work at work, as you normally are; I wanted to report about the big to-do here in Amsterdam. A group of prominent US bloggers are in town on a […]

February 17, 2006 Topics:

Generally speaking, simply based on some odd experiences, I don’t trust police in Amsterdam. That’s a big generalization, I know. But it’s truth. Maybe it’s because my paperwork isn’t exactly in order, or maybe it’s because I run lots of red lights on my bike, but I generally keep a look out at all times […]

February 16, 2006 Topics: ,

This is a very sloppy background into who Cheney was hunting with and what connections they have and the ethical questions involved. Also it’s an analysis of how the press has focused on the talking points and the smaller points instead of asking hard questions about how Cheney hides things from the public and illegally […]

February 15, 2006 Topics: ,

Like many of you, I have my podcast listening habits. They include probably about 30 podcasts that Im subscribed to, 4-5 of which are essential for how I get my news and commentary about what is happenning in the world. Naturally I hope the topics they cover will be diverse, interesting, in-depth, etc. Often they […]

February 12, 2006 Topics:

Tonight I am in a great deal of pain. It has nothing to do with snowboarding. Tonight I came home from a weekend of isolation to find someone very special died. I didn’t know him, and yet I knew him. That fact alone upsets me. He was the a partner of a amazingly inspiring friend […]

February 10, 2006 Topics: , , ,

Growing up in Berlin during Hitler, then moving to British controlled Palestine, witnessing the creation of the Israeli state, Hanna Braun talks about the underlying agenda and the undeniable hypocracy therein. AudioCommunique #103 (mp3) In this show: Edward Said on Finding the Truth The way Arabs are drawn now, the was Jews were then = […]

February 9, 2006 Topics:

If you search the 2004 archives of this here blog, you’ll certainly come across the name Torontonienne, or as she would later be introduced into the blogosphere – Brooklynzon. And if you read through those posts from back then, you’ll recognize that she and I were fast friends and shared many an adventure in this […]

February 7, 2006 Topics:

My tribute to Grampa Al Lewis, a man who made me more aware of the world around me. In this program I pick apart the US Federal Budget. AudioCommunique #102 (mp3) On the Agenda: Al Lewis Passed Away – A little on him The Budget – Anyone can and should read through it Budget Watchdog […]

February 6, 2006 Topics: ,

It was January of 2000, and as I looked out the window of the plane, I could no longer see the Alps. For the past few hours I had been staring at them, occasionally looking away to say something to my new friend B. He was also from New Jersey, Fair Lawn to be exact, […]

February 4, 2006 Topics: ,

The co-producer and co-director of the documentary Still We Ride joins me to discuss the history of the critical mass movement and in particular, the Republican National Convention 2004 in New York City where cyclists have become the target of a police campaign. AudioCommunique #101 (mp3) Discussed: Emmanuel from Off the Hook’s experience at RNC […]

February 2, 2006 Topics: ,

It has been awhile since I last gave some credit to the great and dedicated comment leavers on this weblog. And naturally there are plenty of gems that I’m going to repost here and share will all of you… specially since I’m exhausted from 3 days of non-stop guiding 30 or so American exchange students […]

February 1, 2006 Topics:

A train wreck? Maybe. But its my 100th show and as an alternative to the state of the union address which says almost nothing year after year, this is my State of the World address. AudioCommunique #100 ! (mp3) Too many podcasters mentioned to link in this post… they are all in my blogroll (list […]

January 29, 2006 Topics: ,

After another Portuguese-in-Amsterdam dinner last night, involving some of my favorite former Lisbonites turned Amsterdamers, I decided 1 in the morning was a goodtime to finally sit and watch the Constant Gardener. Now I wouldn’t normally talk about films on the blog, unless they really deserve to be spoken about… and this little picture caught […]

January 28, 2006 Topics:

By now you’ve probably heard about or consulted wikipedia to seek information and answers to life’s questions. But what do you know about the collaborative encyclopedia? What about the rules and the people working behind the scenes, how do they manage or not-manage the content that can so often be contreversial or simply vandalized. Im […]

January 26, 2006 Topics:

My roomate glanced at the calendar and wished me a happy Australia day. And I went over to wiki-P and read about the fact that yes indeed it is Australia day and why. Since many of you don’t live or hear much from that part of the world, here it is in a nutshell: Australia […]

January 25, 2006 Topics:

Part of living abroad for years and years is to not think about the past too much. Of course you have your good memories, but in general I think the focus is on today and tomorrow, because if you think too much about yesterday you start thinking of people and places from the past.. which […]

January 24, 2006 Topics: ,

Jane is an American soldier who was supposed to be a civilian by now. Instead, with questionable body armor, little notice, and being legally blind, she’s being shipped to Northern Afghanistan. Hear the excellent and eye-opening conversation I had with her recently from her base in the US. Special thanks to Madame L for putting […]

January 23, 2006 Topics: , ,

My arms and legs are like dead weight, but I want to type out this story before anything else. The point is not only to share a story with you, but to put it into a larger social context in different cultures and perhaps generate some thoughts. I have often heard about the sauna’s in […]

January 22, 2006 Topics:

Limited typing ability as my wrists are thoroughly bruised. As are my knees, elbows, chest, and basically everything that can be bruised when you repeatedly tumble down steep and not so steep hills with a snowboard attached to your feet for a weekend. After a painful day one that saw me hitting amazing speeds for […]

January 20, 2006 Topics: ,

Canada’s biggest elections in a decade are days away. Many predict the conservatives will take control and push a very American-Republican type agenda. Others say it’s too close to call. I’m joined on this program by one of Toronto’s most beloved bloggers the Accordion Guy – Joey Devilla, and then from Victoria, British Columbia, blogger […]

January 19, 2006 Topics: ,

I’m just gonna list a bunch of points tonight, because I’m generally annoyed with the story that everyone seems to just buy into about some guy named Bin Laden and his request for a truce. I hate talking about what every other Tom, Dick, and Harriet is blogging about, but tonight I’ve got to be […]

January 17, 2006 Topics: , , ,

Some European governments are talking about reforming national health systems. They don’t use the word privatization, but the old national health systems are certainly the target of big changes. Is privatization near.. what’s going on with Healthcare in Europe? Mindcaster Marc here in Amsterdam and Martin G. in Stockholm discuss the cases of the Netherlands, […]

January 16, 2006 Topics:

Martin Luther King Jr. day has almost ended here in Amsterdam. Not that you hear anything about it on the streets, since it’s not a holiday, but I did manage to ride by Martin Luther King Park today. (nevermind that one has nothing to do with the other, its good enough for me today!) MLK […]

January 15, 2006 Topics:

During the chilly ride from the bicyclemark ranch to crazy dr. m’s super delicious paella dinner, my dear roomate summarized the experience of living abroad as being like a relationship or a marriage; initially you’re crazy about each other and every little thing and day is wonderful and new and a joy. And then a […]

January 13, 2006 Topics: , ,

FIXED*Lots of people won’t want to hear the comparisons or the logic behind this program. This show presents the history and current state of 3 political parties which are related to an infamous terrorist group. The idea is that there is evidence that such parties, if engaged and allowed to be involved in the political […]

January 12, 2006 Topics:

As tonight’s podcast is still in the research process, this one is purely technical, but since you’re all reading this via the internetS, I recommend you read on. First I hope you’re using firefox for your webbrowsing. I consider it the online equivalent of using a very comfortable and pretty condom, before you go surfing […]

January 10, 2006 Topics: , ,

I know I have a decent amout of readers who are diabetic. I also can think of one friend and blogger who is. Not to mention in my family, where I know there have been some diabetics including my dad who may be reading this right now on his shiney new computer. Yet somehow, in […]

January 9, 2006 Topics:

This program looks into not only what happened at the Sago coal mine in West Virginia, it examines and scrutinizes the record of International Coal and other mining companies, the state government and regulatory agencies, and the senate and white house relationship with these companies. The point is to understand why such accidents happen, and […]

January 7, 2006 Topics: , ,

I guess I’m a small time internet celebrity. Maybe not. But in my daily life, it sure feels like it. things happen, people get in touch, do things for me, connect with me…. its a crazy feeling. Kind of like a walking on air, I can do anything type of feeling. Which is amazing cause […]

January 5, 2006 Topics:

FIXED – I’m joined from Chilé by Brad from Willing, one of the most dynamic new videobloggers out there. We discuss the upcoming elections and their significance for the country, the region, and hey – the world. I also break down the good and the bad of the private social security system there with […]

January 4, 2006 Topics:

Now they’ve gone too far. Wikipedia deleted the entry about me as well as my blog and podcast. I’m extremely disappointed. This time it’s personal. I recently wrote to wikipedia and asked to speak with a rep for one of my future programs; to discuss the work and future of the resource. But now this […]

January 2, 2006 Topics: , ,

I always feel like I missed the bus when it comes to living in the era that best fits me. Old professors used to talk about taking over various school buildings in New Jersey and I used to think – man I wish I’d lived in that time. I read about the spanish civil war […]

December 31, 2005 Topics: , ,

While saying goodbye to 2005, I respond to a critique that what I do is not journalism. I also break down what podjournalism is about and why it exists as a response to a flawed tradition of designating newspaper reporters as credible. AudioCommunique #92(mp3)35min+, 80kbps, 21Mb+ Discussed: Back in Amsterdam, constant explosions outside Is what […]

December 29, 2005 Topics:

I didn’t think it was possible for Jetleg to get worse, but mine has. So naturally instead of trying to sleep, i spent time doing work, messing up my blog, posting a new videoblog, and finally finishing Jamie’s book, Envy the Rain. Jamie handed me his book during one of our dinner’s in the East […]

December 28, 2005 Topics:

I cruise around the US capital with my buddy D-Rock behind the wheel and we discuss important and unimportant issues like two old creepy guys. AudioCommunique #91(mp3)34min+, 80kbps, 20Mb+ Discussed: Me at newark airport about to leave Drock in the Zipcar Soundseeing in the heart of the District The perpetual campaign problem congress and reform […]

December 27, 2005 Topics: ,

24 hours from now I’ll be back to full on blogging about world affairs, injustice, and the occasional story of flying discs. (oh how I miss playing frisbee) As you’ll read about over at Ms. Thingk’s blog, Brooklyn’s internet diva came to New Jersey for some down home Portuguese-American christmas rituals. My family was thrilled […]

December 25, 2005 Topics:

It is apparently still jesus’s birthday today, if you’re into western mythology as much as I am. And like so many families, mine too has its get togethers here in New Jersey, where family and friends sit down at a table together and eat food and talk about things. Being the debate and dicussion magnet […]

December 22, 2005 Topics:

Just arrived back from DC, and I have plenty to talk about, but zero time to spare. I actually have a work deadline for tomorrow and I won’t be sleeping tonight. The fun-filled DC stories will come later tonight, for now I’m still reminiscing and looking over photos from my visit to Philly and how […]

December 21, 2005 Topics:

Here I am in Philly.. or actually.. uploading this from DC.. either way.. its me this morning talking about how and perhaps why Philly is changing. I also get into the NYC transit strike and how the media covers it, as well as a little on the new Bolivian presidente. AudioCommunique #90(mp3)29min+, 80kbps, 17Mb+ Im […]

December 19, 2005 Topics:

Growing up in New Jersey, you always hear about Atlantic City. Your town has buses that old people pile into and drive down to that mythical city where you can gamble your troubles away. Then, as you reach that legal age, you’ll hear friends talking about driving down to “AC” for the night, to roll […]

December 17, 2005 Topics: ,

Im somewhere in South Jersey hell. Where the only wi-fi I could find was in the parking lot of this helliday inn. On the drive down here, with my parents, my mother started talking about the details of the presidents’s beloved No Child Left Behind initiative, and whats happenning to schools because of it. AudioCommunique […]

December 15, 2005 Topics: ,

I haven’t been talking about the meetings, the observations, and the thoughts, Ive been having since being back in New Jersey. Mostly because days melt into days and like some kind of battery-recharging, I don’t tend to do much with my time here, besides read blogs, play with the A-Ren, and take care of xmas […]

December 14, 2005 Topics:

I react to Tookie’s Death, play his final interview and other observations from outside San Quentin. Also New Jersey’s number one newspaper is in my crosshair. AudioCommunique #88(mp3)28min+, 80kbps, 16Mb+ Discussed: Tookie’s final interview on WakeUpCall The execution and an actor-turned-governor’s decision to kill Reviewing the useless content of NJ’s most important newspaper Had Dinner […]

December 13, 2005 Topics:

Stare at this photo. Picture it… think about it… the lethal injection.. the solution so many Americans (and lots of people in other countries too!) see to the issue of crime. Stare at it – it is done in your name. In our name. Doesn’t matter what your nationality, you’re human, and these are follow […]

December 12, 2005 Topics:

Somehow I wrote this post and lost it, classic move when Im somehow still jetlagged and dosing at the keyboard. Place: St. Mark’s Ale House, St. Mark’s Place, right across from Cooper Union in the East Village Date: Thursday, Dec. 15 Time: 16h / 4pm til dinner, so show up whenever Who: besides moi, such […]

December 12, 2005 Topics:

Not even 8 hours after arriving, I’m driving around New Jersey and recapping how terrible air travel has become thanks to paranoia and irrational policies. AudioCommunique #87(mp3)30min+, 80kbps, 17Mb+ Discussed: I’m driving Listening to WBAI New York member supported radio which I was raised on My terrible flight with KLM Irrational drama queen passengers Apparently […]

December 9, 2005 Topics:

KL 6 something something to Newark, leaving in 3 hours…. I love the smell of travel in the morning. Its time for one last bowl of Special-K with Soymilk. A quick banana. Load up the i-river with enough podcasts to educate and entertain the world, including a certain travelling fat-bian. My final thoughts from these […]

December 8, 2005 Topics: ,

The first ever skype call to the continent of Africa on my show, we speak with Jesse the LoungeChicken, blogger and global citizen, about the country where he lives: Malawi. AudioCommunique #86(mp3)43min+, 80kbps, 24Mb+ Discussed: I have 24 hours left before its time to fly, so Im keeping notes to a minimum; Robert Fisk on […]

December 6, 2005 Topics:

Scuse me while I don’t blog about world affairs today: 4 more days and I’ll say to hell with all these little jobs I’ve taken over the past 5 months that have completely kicked my ass and left with a constant feeling of “you should be working on that job right now.” It’s 1AM and […]

December 5, 2005 Topics:

Travel with me back in recent time: Saturday night and Toronto’s finest Chef in exile calls me, “Yo man, Stars at Paradiso tonight, I put you on the guest list as bicyclemark +1.” I thanked my good buddy, as he always goes above and beyond for me, especially when his longtime friends the Stars are […]

December 2, 2005 Topics: , ,

Radio Journalist and Blogger Peter Gentle joins me from Warsaw, to discuss the talk about CIA gulags and where these prisons might and might not be. We also get into the role of Europe has a landing pad for the torture flights, etc. AudioCommunique #85(mp3)31min+, 80kbps, 17Mb+ Discussed: The Beatroot – blogjournalism Radio Polonia unnamed […]

November 27, 2005 Topics:

You’ve heard a few things about Stanley Williams from a scattered few media sources, now hear more about the man and the case, the details the media ignores. AudioCommunique #84(mp3)31min+, 80kbps, 17Mb+ Discussed: Tookie Williams on Wikipedia, the entry Ive been fighting to fix Mumia on Torture South Central LA in the 70’s The orgins […]

November 21, 2005 Topics:

Like many cities worldwide, once easy-going Amsterdam has gone the way of the police state. This show was inspired by the events you can watch on Gabe’s video blog. AudioCommunique #83(mp3)31min+, 80kbps, 17Mb+ Discussed: Listen to the show and you wont have to read this.. cheater. audio from Thilo Ms. Thingk in Brooklyn Mindcaster […]

November 15, 2005 Topics:

World Famous dj, mashup artist, and podcaster Tim of Radio Clash joins me to discuss our right to podcast what we want and the conflicts with money, commercials, and laws. AudioCommunique #82(mp3)42min+, 80kbps, 24Mb+ Discussed: Radio Clash’s 1-year anniversary Adam Curry and EU laws Mashups Aren’t Selling Anything Commercial Podcasts Should Pay Advertizements on the […]

November 12, 2005 Topics: ,

OK not really. But I’ve been in the neighborhood in the past 24 hours and this podcast was recorded whilst walking around the suburbs. AudioCommunique #81(mp3)22min+, 80kbps, 13Mb+ Discussed: Reactions and Reflections on my Interview Style Armistice Day in Belgium Central Europe’s War Wisdom Adam Curry’s Visit to the EU parliament dutch podcast meetup today […]

November 8, 2005 Topics: , ,

Join me and my guest Sophie as she shares how things look within France while the uprising continues across the country. Also BREAKING NEWS about chemical weapons used in Fallujah. AudioCommunique #80(mp3)29min+, 80kbps, 16Mb+ Discussion Includes (for those too lazy to listen!): Amy Goodman speech on media Podjournalism revolution Story breaks about US use of […]

November 3, 2005 Topics:

Examining the forces behind the push for water privatization and the track record of one company that makes unbelievable profits and is made up of current and past government officials. AudioCommunique #79(mp3)30min+, 80kbps, 17Mb+ Discussed: The world water reality Public Management versus private Reasons and actors behind the push Bechtel – the long list of […]

October 30, 2005 Topics:

An interview with an excellent photojournalist, social scholar, and friend of mine who recently returned from working in the West Bank, where he interviewed children and their families about the culture and practice of throwing stones at soldiers and tanks. AudioCommunique #78(mp3)29min+, 80kbps, 17Mb+ Discussed: Why he decided to go to refugee camps in Palestine […]

October 29, 2005 Topics:

Instead of blabbing about how tired I am and speaking about Haloween in Amsterdam and frisbee. I’ll simply share images of my day. We lost all our matches, my excuse is I belong playing outside amongst the dirt and wind. Sniff sniff… I smell.

October 26, 2005 Topics:

That’s right. Read the title. Circumstances in my own life and all over the world have left me with little choice. Bicyclemark hereby declares a personal nonviolentFatwah against Temp Agencies around the world. They started it. With their shitty benefits, fake smiles, and insulting -nee – degrading salaries. With their staff of young good looking […]

October 25, 2005 Topics: ,

(REPOST Due to hurricane damage)Shirley Horn and Elvin Jones Remembered. While East Timor seems to have been forgotten. AudioCommunique #77(mp3)28min+, 80kbps, 16Mb+ Discussed: Shirley Horn Died Elvin Jones Died and Carlos Santana Reflects on Popular Culture’s Ignorance East Timor – The Post-Colonial History Henry Kissinger and the invasion of East Timor The mass murder of […]

October 25, 2005 Topics: , ,

I’ve been thinking alot lately about work, unions, health insurance. Three terms that long ago, went hand in hand. Long, long ago. Before my time actually. Several sources have triggered and fueled my thoughts on this topic, among them: Bill Maher shutting down that bow-tie wielding simpleton Tucker Carlson, on the subject of 44 million […]

October 24, 2005 Topics:

The non-stop Amsterdam autumn rain has arrived. Marking the beginning of human hybernational season; where the only thing we do in the daylight is go to work, and the rest of our time is spent indoors, often waiting for the gaps when the rain lets up long enough for us to get to a cafe, […]

October 22, 2005 Topics: , , , ,

Earlier this week I voiced doubt that the Syrian president was the underhanded tyrant the American government claims him to be. I believed, as I still suspect, that the military/government machine that he was born into functioned largely without his consent/knowledge. So now a UN investigation has come out with information that links both the […]

October 21, 2005 Topics:

The Global Corruption Report, the inevitable distaster of bird-flu, and Marshall Law on its way to the USA? AudioCommunique #76(mp3)29min+, 80kbps, 16Mb+ Discussion Includes: Mentions of all the great email Gore Vidal on Radio Nation Transparency International’s annual report and what I find poor about it Lots of old-school poultry audio Could be a good […]

October 18, 2005 Topics: ,

I just wrote and lost a post about how the Syrian president is in no way the evil dude the white house tries to paint him as. Matter of fact, I find him charming in that odd sort of tall lanky middle eastern prodigy – way. And when he’s speaking english, he’s super timid. and […]

October 17, 2005 Topics:

Whereas the internet is fertile ground for so much excellent alternative media and alternative styles of reporting on the world around us. I know that many of you, myself included, still look to those more traditional alt. newspapers we used to pick up for free on the streets of our favorite american city. Unfortunately not […]

October 16, 2005 Topics: ,

Robert Macnamara, in the documentary The Fog of War, points out from first hand experience exactly what the media and the public isn’t talking about – The New Nuclear Weapons Program of the US government. AudioCommunique #75(mp3)30min+, 80kbps, 15Mb+ Discussion includes: Lots of Audio of Macnamara Cuban Missile Crisis Redux Fire Bombing, Nucs, and War […]

October 15, 2005 Topics:

My biggest method of knowing whats really going on in terms of television, is to download shows off bittorent. Bitorrent is the greatest thing to happen to the internet since.. email; and maybe blogging. But thats not the matter at hand here today. Thanks to noble file-sharers everywhere, I get to pick and choose what […]

October 14, 2005 Topics: , , ,

It has been a while since I’ve talked about space programs, especially those non-American ones. Some of you may recall that I’m a huge fan of the space programs belonging to the European Union, India, Japan, Brazil, and of course – China. This because NASA has proven over the last decades that they’re basically the […]

October 13, 2005 Topics:

Riding my bike across Amsterdam discussing the Earthquake, feedback I got, and the inspectors who worked in Iraq. AudioCommunique #74(mp3)24min+, 80kbps, 13Mb+ Discussed in this show: Krizushka’s interviews Andywho said podcast while on bike please The fact that militaries are poorly trained for humanitarian emergencies I race Tram10 UN inspectors and the great interview I […]

October 12, 2005 Topics: ,

I’m sleepy and I wrote fun things a year ago, so let me take you back to Oct. 12th 2004 – cue the music: I’ve appointed a personal independent counsel to observe hairline security. I suspect there is serious receding going on, but I’m reluctant to declare the onset of balding. Jimmy Carter and his […]

October 9, 2005 Topics:

This is part 2 in my miniseries on how Public Relations, inspired by theories of Freud and other social theorists, manipulate the public for the benefit of business and government. AudioCommunique #73(mp3)30min+, 80kbps, 17Mb+ Once again I follow the audio from Adam Curtis’s Century of the Self documentary, which is now available for download on […]

October 9, 2005 Topics:

Yet another endearing Amsterdam factoid – you’re never more than 30 minutes from total nature. And by total nature I mean lush green fields, old men fishing, stinky fat sheep, and endless bike trails without petrol powered monsters. I’m involved in a top secret internet related project in a town called Ouderkerk on the Amstel […]

October 6, 2005 Topics:

AudioCommunique #72(mp3)29min+, 80kbps, 16Mb+ Too much to mention, but the discussion involves : The documentary: Century of the Self, by Adam Curtis The Father of Public Relations, nephew of Siggy Freud – Eddie Bernays Freud’s theories on the nature of people and psychoanalysis Corporations and the US government get into the business of understanding how […]

October 5, 2005 Topics: ,

Since Ms Thingk told me to talk more about Amsterdam life, especially the personal details, this is going to be an exciting update to my fledgling ultimate frisbee career here in the Netherlands. As many of ye readers well know, I’m a very active new member of the Amsterdam City League, and I practice with […]

October 3, 2005 Topics: ,

Join the Mindcaster and myself as we sit in my garden and tackle cultural issues, especially relationships and civil unions in the Netherlands. (experimenting with a microphone… hence the odd sound) AudioCommunique #71(mp3)28min+, 80kbps, 16Mb+ Topics Include: The Misuse of Public Funds by the Bush Admin The Dutch government won’t share their intel on the […]

October 2, 2005 Topics:

Apparently the frisbee team is playing against Arnhem in a few hours, and I’ve agreed to fill in for some missing players. I’ve never been to Arnhem and I wonder if the idea that since Amsterdam is that capital they will fear us, holds any water. I mention these mundane daily life details because my […]

September 30, 2005 Topics:

This post is about ex-pat life and the people who make up your life. Actually it doesn’t matter if you’re an expat, I’m sure where ever you live, you’re in the business of surrounding yourself with people you admire, enjoy, learn from, and just plain feel like “your people”. For many, family is a good […]

September 29, 2005 Topics: ,

An important interview with a friend who just returned from the refugee camps on the border with Darfur, Sudan. AudioCommunique #70(mp3)27min+, 80kbps, 15Mb+ Subjects Include: Donahue Is my show about Amsterdam or World Affairs – a response to listener mail An interview with my friend Fannie direct from Montreal A recommendation for action Music Includes: […]

September 28, 2005 Topics: , , ,

There was one specific New Jersey summer, when I was 16, that I picked up a copy of “On Revolution” – selected writings of Ho Chi Min. The book was 25 cents, and I recognized the name as one of those personalities from history that public school education teaches you was basically evil. Of course […]

September 24, 2005 Topics:

Private armies are growing, worldwide. From Iraq to Afghanistan to the streets of the United States; this is an overview of who is who in the private military scene. AudioCommunique #69(mp3)25min+, 80kbps, 14Mb+ Discussed in this podcast: Mikeypod on the Bayou Executive Outcomes Brown and Root and Dick Cheney’s Surgery Gurkha International Sandline SMRI, Northbridge […]

September 23, 2005 Topics:

The other night, as I finished editing the most recent podcast, which naturally keeps me up til 2am… for some strange reason I turned on the TV with the sound off… not really sure what I was looking for. Sure enough, as I pause on CNN international, they’re following a plane with as it flies […]

September 22, 2005 Topics:

Critically acclaimed podcaster Madge Weinstein during her fear and bloating in Amsterdam. AudioCommunique #68(mp3)28min+, 64kbps, 13Mb+ 2 Parts: A boat ride to the Jordaan Festival followed by IceCream in my garden. We discuss: Gay and Lesbian Cruising Girls keep throwing themselves at Madge Whats changed in Amsterdam in the last 5 years Does this country […]

September 18, 2005 Topics: , ,

Our wacky german neighbors are having elections. And I just love when it’s election time in the .de. Not only because I think it’s an extremely interesting and fairly healthy democratic system, but because it brings back memories of me and my buddy… Koblenz’s Martin G.. when we first arrived at University in Amsterdam and […]

September 17, 2005 Topics:

Oil, Shell, Nigeria, and Struggle: The story of Ken Saro-Wiwa and the people of the Niger Delta. AudioCommunique #67(mp3)27min+, 64kbps, 13Mb+ In 1995 a Nigerian author and playright, Ken Saro-Wiwa was murdered along with his fellow activists, following years of resistance and struggle against the oil companies that were destroying their land and killing their […]

September 17, 2005 Topics:

With all the issues of concern in the world, I haven’t spoken of the ‘dam lately…. A cold wind has blown in from the North Sea, and brought that familiar fall rain with it. Moreover, it has brought Madge Weinstein and the Vlog Europe conference to town, which means it is garunteed to be an […]

September 15, 2005 Topics:

I’ve got some world bank people reading this here blog, which is good, because there are no sacred cows here — it’s time to tear into the WB. Specifically there “Doing Business 2006” report which just came out with rankings for what countries are “best” for doing business. Immediately this begs the question — what […]

September 13, 2005 Topics: ,

Remembering Sept. 11th and whats happenned since…. with D-Rock in DC.. AudioCommunique #66(mp3)32min+, 64kbps, 14Mb+ Although it might be cliché the way Sept. 11th is talked about in media circles, this is an oral history based on how it was lived by my buddy D-Rock in Washington, DC. The first person to call me that […]

September 13, 2005 Topics:

Please remember Victor Jara.. in the Santiago Stadium… Es Verdad? Those Washington Bullets Again.. As a teenager I used to (i still do actually) sing along to these lyrics along with basically every Clash song there is. And of course, it led me to want to know more. – Who is this Victor Jara… and […]

September 11, 2005 Topics:

German Elections are fun; A discussion with two wonderful and intellegent humans… my election specialists. AudioCommunique #65(mp3)30min+, 64kbps, 14Mb+ My guests: Krizushka and Nicole Simon of UsefulSounds, discuss: SPD, CDU, the KGB, FBI and VD. or something like that. Women and german politics Europe’s baby having problem The Bee coalition The Greens sold out? The […]

September 10, 2005 Topics:

Since its Friday night/Saturday morning, and this town is bustling with partying people… I bring you — Comment Madness from this past week: Ectropy in reponse to my post about the sad truth that black people’s lives are worth less then white lives worldwide: This type of racism is worldwide like you said. It goes […]

September 8, 2005 Topics: , , ,

As the evening became morning here in the Netherlands, I spoke with my dear Ms Thingk last night. One of my most favorite people in the world, who around this time last year, I met here at the fishtank, where I work. Now dwelling in the people’s republic of brooklyn, Ms. T asked me about […]

September 7, 2005 Topics: ,

Now comes the wierd part. It has been a week and lots of people will say or think — I don’t want to deal with it anymore. You’ve probably heard quite a bit about the crime against humanity, the neglect, the death, the destruction. So much so that you may have decided you know enough […]

September 6, 2005 Topics:

Labor and Life; This is my American labor day tribute to working people around the world. AudioCommunique #64(mp3)29min+, 64kbps, 14Mb+ Talking about: The concept of only one issue dominating our thoughts – which is crap. The peace train to DC Bread and Roses Strike Labor Struggles Around the World Tinkoff Radio Some Music in this […]

September 5, 2005 Topics:

Sometimes.. though very rarely, I like to mention my activities in fantasy sports leagues. Some might consider this useless information, but I would suggest otherwise. Of course, if you don’t know, fantasy sports leagues are where you sign up with someone like yahoo, and you get a team, and you draft a group of players, […]

September 2, 2005 Topics: ,

Soon the comments on this blog will require peacekeepers or national guard troops to keep things from getting out of hand. Obviously I sparked some emotion yesterday, and all I can say is — if you’re not angry.. then you’re not paying attention. If there’s one person I look to for alot of information and […]

September 1, 2005 Topics:

Poverty and Distasters – Whats the Connection? AudioCommunique #63(mp3)28min+, 64kbps, 13Mb+ Discussion includes: Shitty Media Behavior on the Bayou The Poor are always the victims US Census Bureau’s Poverty Index UN Development Index WorldBank’s Stats All music on today’s show is from the wonderful STARS: This Charming Man (Nightsongs) On Peak Hill ” Calender Girl […]

August 31, 2005 Topics: , ,

As the first days of September are upon us, I’ve been remembering this time last year, during the Beslan hostage crisis. Last night I watched a documentary on BBC1 which consisted primarily of interviews with children who survived, images from the seige, and english subtitles. To say that it was a sad documentary would be […]

August 30, 2005 Topics:

What is it about Canadians? Stay with me here— I can’t resist the friendliness. The coolness. The relaxed; good-heartedness; so many of them bleed. Not only here in Amsterdam, but all over the world, I have Canadian friends that I adore living outside their home country. They are often the ultimate expats. They blend in. […]

August 27, 2005 Topics:

Progressive Podcasts Review; What I listen to and why. AudioCommunique #62(mp3)30min+, 64kbps, 14Mb+ Public Radio Podcasts Discussed: Democracy Now Off the Hook Radio Open Source Media Matters On the Media Traditional Alternative Media Podcasts: Fire On the Prairie from In These Times magazine, NOT the New republic. Whoops. Radionation Indymedia Podcast Feed Native Podcasts: Yeast […]

August 27, 2005 Topics: , ,

I figure since the blog felt dead for 24 hours… I would tell about the circumstances in which this communique of mine was born: The year was around 2000 and I was busy playing horn for OCG, working on my bachelors, and plotting a move to France for a semester or so. I’d been an […]

August 26, 2005 Topics:

Dear Readers, the site was down for 24 hours. During that 24 hours I was mentioned on Adam Curry’s Podfinder amongst other places. Meaning hundreds of new visitors came here and throught — doesn’t work, this sucks. Thus is life when your domain registrar is probably run out of a shack in southern cal. Still, […]

August 25, 2005 Topics:

I don’t often go around pushing the films on all of you out there in blog reading land. But tonight I was unexpectedly left completely shocked and disturbed by a German Film – Das Experiment. The film is based on the Stanford Prison Experiment, which was basically a psychological experiment involving a fake prison where […]

August 24, 2005 Topics: ,

Almost Eaten by wild animals in the Ardennes forests; hear the sounds of wild streams and trees as I was in Belgium this past weekend. AudioCommunique #61(mp3)30min+, 64kbps, 14Mb+ Some Highlights: Pictures Here About the Ardennes Fishtank (Work) Fieldtrip French Speaking Items in Belgian News Missick was on the DailyShow and… Music/audio from: Bob Dylan […]

August 23, 2005 Topics: , , , ,

You might think this is a repeat of my report about the raging fires in Portugal, earlier this month, but it’s not. The situation has actually gotten worse, if that could be possible. Some 400 incidents reported over the weekend, the country is in terrible shape. For some reason, only now has the country appealed […]

August 22, 2005 Topics:

(Download Fixed*) Live from Sail ’05 in Amsterdam, where the whole town goes nuts for ships and seamen. AudioCommunique #60(mp3) 29min, 64kbps, 13Mb+ Yes its Sail ’05 nightlife. I’m joined by the Mindcaster and my new friend C as we watch the fireworks, catch some live music, board the Portuguese ship “Sagres II”, and eventually […]

August 22, 2005 Topics: ,

The eyes are barely staying open. As you can tell by the lack of posts over the past 48 hours, I’ve done the rare thing and gone on a weekend getaway without my beloved powerbook. Fear not, I did bring my iriver and there will be an ardennes podcast ASAP. Though the rule is never […]

August 17, 2005 Topics: ,

Amsterdam On the spot report: Sail 2005 is going on just accross the street from the fishtank. For those who enjoy puns, their slogan is “Enjoy a World of Friendships.” Lunchbreak was a little too early and I didn’t get to see the ships come in… tall ships from all over the world.. including the […]

August 17, 2005 Topics:

Gaza Withdrawal, the obsession with ratings, and a film recommendation. AudioCommunique #59(mp3) 26min, 64kbps, 12Mb+ I mentioned: Yeast Radio The film: Freedom Downtime Music by: Gil Scott-Heron – Revolution Will Not be Televised Trembling Blue Stars – The Ghost of an Unkissed Kiss Midtown – Nothing is ever what it seems Faudel – Salsa […]

August 16, 2005 Topics: ,

Back in 2000-2001, while I finished up the royal bachelors degree in new jersey, I worked numerous odd jobs, including being a waiter for one of NYC’s premier catering companies. How do I know it was premier? Let’s just say each job involved a museum, a rock star, and the occasional brush with Hillary “Rottenham” […]

August 15, 2005 Topics:

Its Sunday and within a few weeks I shall be packing up the bicyclemark ranch and moving across town to the Old West. Where at high noon I’ll probably have to draw my six shooter against some Dutch outlaw. No wait.. wrong year, wrong region, wrong neighborhood. Old West is a lovely place where children […]

August 13, 2005 Topics:

Information is Power. Along my guest today – Dave Brightbill from, we discuss how the US government is trying to control and surpress access to broadband and wireless internet. AudioCommunique #58(mp3) 30min, 64kbps, 14Mb+ Music by: Lisboa Para Tras, Featuring Toka Collective Lali Puna – Cooking the Books, from the B-sides and Remix album […]

August 11, 2005 Topics: , ,

Last night was my last night in Lisbon. For this vacation anyway. Like so many nights when I did live there, I took myself to dinner, chose a little table in the corner at my favorite Indian restaurant, and ate very slowly while listening to the cornocopia of conversations going on in the room. Lisbon […]

August 9, 2005 Topics: , ,

Winding down in Portugal; Issues to discuss before I leave tomorrow. AudioCommunique #57(mp3) 25min+, 64kbps, 12Mb+ I get into: A great email from Vancouver gets me talking development and Portugal. Long-term versus short-term thinking in the US and here. and a radio show that greatly influences me – Off the Hook. Taxes in three […]

August 8, 2005 Topics: ,

Wanna know why this blog is called the communique? I think I’ve never talked about it, much like I don’t spend much time explaining the bicycle part. But I just noticed a news item that inspired me to mention this. For me, the name Communique, though quite common for lots of messages prepared for a […]

August 6, 2005 Topics: ,

Portugal is on fire, the sky is black, and Im uploading this from the mcdonalds parking lot where wi-fi aint cheap. AudioCommunique #56(mp3) 30min+, 64kbps, 14Mb+ I get into fire, european union emergency measures, a bit on radio clash, and email of course. Oh and an interview with my mom. Music includes: Injuria – Zeca […]

August 6, 2005 Topics: , ,

Terrorism gets tons of attention as the big fear around the world. But here in Portugal, there is something that is much more dangerous and terrifying than terrorism. And it doesn’t just blow up in crowded places or involve religion or class. The force I’m referring to actually happens right before everyones eyes, though they […]

August 5, 2005 Topics: ,

(written this morning but WIFI ran out before I could post it) Bout 5 minutes left on the WI-Fi. Podcast in the pipe, later tonight. I’m in Porto, second city (though don’t tell them that) of Portugal. Being here has reminded me of that wild summer of 2001 that forever changed my life. I had […]

August 2, 2005 Topics: , ,

I would love to try and yell about John Bolton becoming nominated undemocratically as UN embassador to the US, but why bother, it goes with the overarching theme in washington. Who needs accountability and qualifications, we got the good ol’ boys. So lots of exposure to Portuguese news on television actually means lots and lots […]

August 1, 2005 Topics:

Nothing of world-wide substance has been discussed in the last week here at the communique. It’s no excuse, but thats what vacation adventure often brings. Tonight I sit in Caldas da Rainha, using dial-up; which is terrible, but slightly less terrible if you’re on a powerbook listening to the Sloeries, as I am. This city […]

July 31, 2005 Topics:

I was mugged while doing a soundseeing. Original audio was lost, but there’s a twist to this story, I followed them and well… listen to my story. AudioCommunique #55(mp3) 22min+, 64kbps, 11Mb+

July 30, 2005 Topics:

This is no joke. My ears are burning from the headlock the guy put me in. My ankle is sore from the other guy who kicked me from behind. It was completely surreal. 3 guys who I thought were just out on the town, on there way to a club or something. I was almost […]

July 27, 2005 Topics:

Two things are scarce in the South of Portugal; Water and WiFi. AudioCommunique #54(mp3) 17min+, 64kbps, 9Mb+

July 26, 2005 Topics: ,

These hotel people can’t handle me. I sneak into there lobby and when they ask who I am… if they even ask.. I say I’m waiting for someone.. and I’m a journalist and there’s going to be an interview. After that they never ask with who, which is good because I run out of bullshit. […]

July 23, 2005 Topics:

For your reading pleasure, I present a collection of great comments from this week on the communique: On my questionable opinion about the London bombings and public outry: Not to be unorigional but I totally agree. I am saddened by the anger. I think if we recognized that we are complicit in the development of […]

July 22, 2005 Topics: ,

2 weeks. 15 days actually. Technically that’s 50% of the amount of vacation I’m allowed as a Europeeuhn. Yet being a migrant worker in Holland, I tend to fall through the cracks for alot things I’m “supposed” to have. The point being; 15 days is the longest vacation I have had since… hmm.. maybe since […]

July 22, 2005 Topics: ,

2 weeks. 15 days actually. Technically that’s 50% of the amount of vacation I’m allowed as a Europeeuhn. Yet being a migrant worker in Holland, I tend to fall through the cracks for alot things I’m “supposed” to have. The point being; 15 days is the longest vacation I have had since… hmm.. maybe since […]

July 21, 2005 Topics:

The Judgement: A message to burnt out podcasters, listener email talk, supreme court stupidity. AudioCommunique #53(mp3) 26min+, 64kbps, 12Mb+ I refer to an article by James Ridgeway, and lots of info comes from Wikipedia.

July 19, 2005 Topics:

Readers round these parts probably know that I consider myself a world citizen. And as such, the only organized government that I remotely believe in is the United Nations. Flawed and perpetually in crisis, I believe in the concept of all nations working together for peace, justice, and a decent standard of living. And so, […]

July 18, 2005 Topics:

The reoccuring thought in my little brain, and the frequent topic of conversation with some old high school friends who happenned to be in town: community. It’s part of the reason why you’re here. It’s a good part of the reason why I write. Community. In this case, online. But regardless of the venue, it […]

July 17, 2005 Topics:

Crusin the Canals with Amsterdam Bloggers AudioCommunique #52(mp3) 24min+, 64kbps, 11Mb+ Come along as BlondebutBright and the Mindcaster climb aboard, and we cruise the canals of Amsterdam. Highlights include: Speaking with Dutch hicks, and well – thats it. Photos of most of it can be seen here. My Odeo Channel

July 14, 2005 Topics:

From Brussels with love; Uncle BM presents his Brussels slideshow. AudioCommunique #51(mp3) 26min+, 64kbps, 12Mb+ To follow the photoshow, click here. I answer back to a conversation about podcasting as a hobby. A photo tour of our union’s capital. A lil’ on EU initiatives Also in this show I mention Caribbean Free Radio and Radio […]

July 12, 2005 Topics: , ,

The year was 2000, the season was spring, and the journey was from Marseille, France (my place of residence at the time) to Amsterdam, NL to visit the D-Rock. (as he was residing in the dam then) It was pretty luxurious for a student, TGV to Lille, Eurostar to Brussels (stopover to see family), and […]

July 11, 2005 Topics: ,

Greetings from THE Belgium my friends. Brussels, to be more specific. After going more than six months without seeing a family member in the flesh, I’m here visiting my wonderful cousins, playing with obscenely energetic children, and doing a bit of tourism, despite the fact that I’ve made this trip countless times. If you’re thinking […]

July 9, 2005 Topics:

50th Show! From London to DC with our Washington insider D-Rock AudioCommunique #50(mp3) 44min+, 64kbps, 20Mb+ (longer then normal, as it’s a special occasion) You’ll probably be offended as I lay out my opinions on the London bombings George Galloway says it better Direct from DC, D-Rock reports on terrorism, drugs, Uzbekistan and the Conan […]

July 7, 2005 Topics: , , ,

At the fishtank today, I sat down to lunch with mrs toronto’s greatest chef in exile. The man himself was doing his thing in the kitchen. He feeds the fish all summer long. But the conversation at lunch today was one that I immediately thought to bring on the communique.

July 6, 2005 Topics:

Hippies, Thugs, and Reporters: Tales from the Voice Part 3 AudioCommunique #49(mp3) 25min+, 64kbps, 12.1Mb+ Port Wine G8 Protest; Sounds from the streets Indymedia Always Pegged as Terrorists Spineless Reporters Reveal Sources, we all suffer. The article I worked on about spanish camp Dorothy Day Portuguese Soccer Talk With Italian Thugs Show 50is next, send […]

July 4, 2005 Topics: , , , ,

750 is a hell of an anniversary. Thats my thought for today. I’ve not been to Kaliningrad – yet. But I will, this I promise. I’ll find an affordable ride across Germany, then Poland, and poof, I’ll be in this tiny Russian enclave on the Baltic Sea. And it will be lovely. I’ll take photos […]

July 2, 2005 Topics: ,

Minority Reports: Society’s fetish with categories, and breaking news from sweden. AudioCommunique #48(mp3) 27min+, 64kbps, 12.5Mb+ Live8 – Are these concerts really making a difference at all? Categories, the world’s obession Looking at all these developments, new directories, categories, everyone must fit into a box. Im listed under Dutch and Travel. Does that really define […]

July 1, 2005 Topics: ,

One of the reasons I left the united states had to do with debt. No – I didn’t owe any. No I wasn’t in trouble with the mob (hell, I was their favorite reporter). But the mere fact that I didn’t have any type of debt made me an exception – a weirdo. Everyone around […]

June 30, 2005 Topics: ,

Much of the internet has been broken today. Funny how that can happen. Servers overloaded. Websites down. Feeds getting pounded. Hooray for chaos. As you can tell, I’m one of those old time Anarcho-Syndicists. I’m lazy so I won’t check on the spelling, but they’re the working class people who fought Franco and his fascist […]

June 29, 2005 Topics: ,

AudioCommunique #47(mp3) 27min+, 64kbps, 12.5Mb+ This podcast is a call to audio-arms! Seize the air… stop worrying about being —-safe. I take a bite out of apple, like a flea on a fat dog, with lots of my own half-assed mixes. Audio in this one includes stuff from Yeast2 and the Overnightscape, neither with permission, […]

June 26, 2005 Topics:

I’m feeling that cabin fever. While the ‘dam is a wonderful place, and I still walk down the canals everyday loving the sounds and smells – I haven’t left town in ages. Beyond that I’m in a mental rut, and I just thought I’d share that with you instead of trying to hide behind some […]

June 25, 2005 Topics: ,

AudioCommunique #46(mp3) 23min+, 64kbps, 11Mb+ 1 #46 – Fly me to Senegal 2 Update on the squat. 3 Airbus, I was watching a cool documentary about the A-380 3.1 Largely underreported landmark, 3.2 What it SHOULD mean, even though it doesnt. 3.3 Benchmarks, 747, Concord… very few since then. I look at planes and I […]

June 24, 2005 Topics: , , ,

There was a time when I was always in the middle of it. The demonstrations, the political discussions, the cool mob-related scandles… THOSE were the days. I even had my Israeli manufactured gas-mask shipped to me in Europe, to be prepared for all those protests and other rebellious events, I would be attending over here. […]

June 23, 2005 Topics:

Before I show you the glossy goodness that was wednesday ultimate frisbee practice, I must say happy blog birthday to two of my favorite all time bloggers and real life friends: BlondeButBright (who turns one) and the Lilia of Mathemagenic (turning three). Best wishes to two of the finest minds on the internets. Now to […]

June 22, 2005 Topics: , , ,

AudioCommunique #45(mp3) 25min+, 64kbps, 12Mb+ Notes: 1 AudioCommunique #45 – Dad Remembers Dictatorship 1.1 Today’s Show features my father’s experience immigrating from Portugal to the US in the 60’s, and more specifically; what it was like to live under a dictatorship. 1.2 First I have to mention listener mail; Brandon in China, Lotte in Amsterdam, […]

June 20, 2005 Topics: ,

I went to grammar school (primary) in the lovely city of Newark, NJ. Not just any school, I went to a Polish Catholic school, since it was right across from where dad worked, and the leftover bastion of polish catholic strictness went well with the values of Portuguese brand catholicism. Something about the pulling of […]

June 19, 2005 Topics:

Thanks to the wonders of filesharing, I watch my Daily Show every evening over dinner. Well, I watch last night’s episode, but that doesn’t make it any less of a hilarious show. But what really fascinates me about this program is its popularity and its message. When I was a college student in New Jersey, […]

June 18, 2005 Topics: ,

AudioCommunique #44(mp3) 28min+, 64kbps, 13Mb+ I was at a party and people were talking about how the Afrika Squat was being raided and evicted. As a self-proclaimed friend to all squatters and believer in that once thriving Amsterdam movement, I grabbed my covert earphone-microphones and head over to report about it. In this podcast I […]

June 17, 2005 Topics: , ,

As much as I consider myself an informed brother , with all the whistles and bells coming out of my beloved powerbook, I admit to you dear readers — I haven’t been reading Portuguese news. It’s a bit shameful because, besides being a citizen, I used to follow events very closely, just like I used […]

June 16, 2005 Topics:

AudioCommunique #43(mp3) 26min+, 64kbps, 12Mb+ Don’t be fooled by all the positive olympic press, my LA expert talks about the reality of after-olympics life in the big city.Show notes

June 15, 2005 Topics:

My readership varies in terms of tech savvyness. Some of you are computer junkies. Some of you aren’t. Some of you have blue-tooth and wi-fi devices coming out the ying-yang, while others have the misfortune of having to dial-in for internet access. And keeping this in mind, I occasionally try to introduce you to essential […]

June 13, 2005 Topics:

AudioCommunique #42(mp3) 25min+, 64kbps, 12Mb+ A friend visiting Amsterdam who works in Iraq talks with me about: The El Dorado of the middle east, the mad rush to profit. The destruction of Falujah Kidnappings and lack of journalists The Uncertain Future Apathy

June 12, 2005 Topics:

It’s 3am, and I’ve just walked in from the final night with the fish tank alumni, who are loving their nostalgic activities. I’ve mentioned this the last few days, but how can I NOT mention all the time I’ve spent speaking with amazing people working all over the world and sharing this common bond with […]

June 10, 2005 Topics:

The zero hour. Party over, out of time. Tomorrow begins… oh wait.. today, whenever I wake up, begins the fishtank reunion I’ve been planning for about a year. Hot dam, a whole years worth of planning.. for that amount of time I should have Giraffes walking around in bowties, at the very least. My phone […]

June 8, 2005 Topics:

AudioCommunique #41(mp3) 28min+, 64kbps, 13Mb+ MTV is messing with teenagers’ psyche, and Im fightin back!Show notes

June 6, 2005 Topics:

AudioCommunique #40(mp3) 19min+, 64kbps, 9Mb+ Part 2 of my Tales from the Voice, oral history of my brief career.Show notes

June 4, 2005 Topics:

I don’t read many books. I blame the internet. I read hours and hours of blog posts every week. I read newspapers, work emails, and graffiti.. but rarely a book. Still, in my younger years I would read books. And if there’s one book that for some inexplicable reason I loved as a kid, it […]

June 3, 2005 Topics:

AudioCommunique #39(mp3) 22min+, 64kbps, 10Mb+ Just some good old fashion randomness and Amsterdam Ferry babble. Show notes

June 2, 2005 Topics: , ,

Well.. the results are in… the Dutch said a big NO. Nee to the constitution. A few days ago I expressed my support for the yes’s, but after having listened to different testimony on public radio, and discussing it with everyone througout the day, maybe NO has its virtues. Cause maybe the EU and the […]

June 1, 2005 Topics: ,

Before I write another sentence, this is a disclaimer; while there may be no REAL rules on the communique, I have one demand on all of ye beautiful people who will comment, don’t give me pity on this one. Don’t give me compliments, cause then you’re just feeding the virtual ego, and even though its […]

May 30, 2005 Topics: , , , ,

The word on the street in the Netherlands is EU consitution. Maybe where you live you haven’t heard, so I’ll briefly tell you about how France voted 55% against the draft of the European Constitution. ‘Course less then 5% probably read it, but nevermind, civic education isn’t a prerequiset in present-day democracy. I’ll let Madame […]

May 29, 2005 Topics:

AudioCommunique #38(mp3) 25min+, 64kbps, 11Mb+ This show focuses on the third wave of Ska music that hit the NY/NJ area in the late nineties, and my experience as a musician in it. Also interviews with 2 important people of that time. Show notes

May 28, 2005 Topics:

And now back to the irregular series, here on the communique, where I focus on two particular bloggers on my roll and explain why I read them. And today’s victims are none other then Big Monkey Helpy Chalk, and world famous Bitch Phd. Ladies first, so let me tell you about Bitch Phd and her […]

May 28, 2005 Topics: , ,

I never had much of a full time job in the states. It was more like lots of little ones that kept me running in a million directions at all time. In Portugal I was a full time slob and working with some fantastic people for a very evil corporation. And at the fishtank its […]

May 26, 2005 Topics:

AudioCommunique #37(mp3) 26min+, 64kbps, 12Mb+ I swear this isn’t a Star Wars obsessed episode. But the music might be. Plus I talk about Sirius radio, and an update on the campaign for the European Constitution. Show notes

May 25, 2005 Topics: ,

Two things on my mind this evening, which is basically toast from my new and improved job responsibilities at the fishtank. While it might mean more income, it also means I’m tired and grumpy at the end of the night. Not that I didn’t find time to practice frisbee with le Big Jim, who’s in […]

May 23, 2005 Topics:

AudioCommunique #36(mp3) 26min+, 64kbps, 12Mb+ * Editors Note: Still not sure why or how I messed it up, but Nicole Simon’s voice is different then what you hear. Go listen to UsefulSounds and you’ll see! Maybe I can pretend I disguised her voice because Im a dangerous podcaster and Im keeping my sources top-secret. This […]

May 21, 2005 Topics:

Well it’s hard to blog tonight friends. I blame the parties… the goodbye shindigs, housewarming soirees… tis the season in Amsterdam. In a city of transients, people always seem to be in transit. Wait, maybe transient isn’t the word. Still tonight was a classic, as Toronto’s Finest Chef-in-exile is officially back and warming a new […]

May 20, 2005 Topics: ,

You know you live in an odd world when a film can be produced which has a message that reminds people of the corruption and manilupation that their government(s) are capable of in the name of defending “democracy and freedom.” It is/will become one of the most seen and beloved films in the history of […]

May 19, 2005 Topics:

AudioCommunique #35(mp3) 22min+, 64kbps, 11Mb+ No not that George, another George. An intellegent and outspoken George. Show notes

May 18, 2005 Topics: ,

I’m doing the evening jog with my Team Kelme neon cycling shirt, and I’m heading in the direction of my beloved JavaEiland. I love the side which has no houses and is just a patch of grass, benches, and beautiful views. It’s wonderfully peaceful. As I stand there, all I normally hear are boats passing […]

May 16, 2005 Topics:

AudioCommunique #34(mp3) 26min+, 64kbps, 12Mb+ Armchair philosophy in this one; I consult blogger philosophers to ask the question that is brought up in the film I Heart Huckabees – What is the meaning of the World?Show notes

May 15, 2005 Topics:

Lately, through technical failure or conscious choice, I’ve been reminded of the fact that not everything is meant to be recorded in audio, text, video, etc. Some things are personal, or to be lived in the moment, without concern for who else I can reproduce it for through whichever of my favorite personal publishing platforms. […]

May 12, 2005 Topics:

AudioCommunique #33(mp3) 25min+, 64kbps, 12Mb+ In this show I dig into NeoCons, journalists, and friends who come to Amsterdam but don’t call me.Show notes

May 11, 2005 Topics:

Did you feel your freedom threatened today? Did you reach for that ducktape you finally packed away last year? Did you flip on the worthless CNN/FOX/MTVnews to try and hear the reports? Did you call your family members just to tell them: “Did you hear, a plane flew into the White House Airspace.” Sniff Sniff…. […]

May 10, 2005 Topics:

So during my workday I get to bike around town a bit, for lunch or for meetings with key people. Once again, the beauty of life in Amsterdam. HOWEVER, as I was biking back from an appointment today, ahead of me I noticed what looked like a father hitting his child. It was violent, and […]

May 9, 2005 Topics:

I try to keep my daily what I had for breakfast, how I biked to work, and how I smell off of this here blog. Sometimes I get emails from friends saying “I read the blog, but how are you really.” Normally these kind souls care alot… so much so.. they want to know about […]

May 8, 2005 Topics:

AudioCommunique #32(mp3) 25min+, 64kbps, 12Mb+ This shows all about Europa. Show notes

May 6, 2005 Topics: , ,

Its been over 2 years, but I still go back there. The rims are actually in worse shape then they were back then, as if that were possible. Neighbors still walk through on their way home from work or the supermarket. You still have to be careful that the ball doesn’t roll into the street, […]

May 5, 2005 Topics:

The first ever production done on Logic. I really like Logic now. London’s own MusicalMike gave me a in-person tutorial. And madge helped me learn shownotes through omni. So read them! Show Notes.. Getcha Show notes AudioCommunique #31(mp3) 19min+, 64kbps, 9Mb+

May 3, 2005 Topics:

I had written this post and it was good, but Firefox on Mac is giving me troubles. I know! I didn’t believe either. Nevermind that, it’s time for the second installment of the series where I go down my blogroll and talk about people I’ve linked and why. So we begin today with And Then, […]

May 1, 2005 Topics:

This was supposed to be a organized and passionate rant. Instead I fizzled out by the end of the day, started listening to lots of Utah Phillips labor stories, and voila this podcast. I’ll try and better articulate my thoughts next time. Also there’s soundseeing; Brief photoshow on Flickr, just change when you here the […]

April 30, 2005 Topics:

You’ll catch alot of posts out there about Queen’s day. Some writers will talk about the parties, some will talk about the craziness, and others will just talk. I’ve seen alot of national celebrations in my travels; Carnival in Venice, Popular Saints in Lisbon, New Years in Manhattan… all very big and crazy. But none, […]

April 29, 2005 Topics: ,

I can smell the stench of old beer and urine already, it is Queen’s Night here in Amsterdam, the eve of one of the messiest, nuttiest, look-i’m-wearing-my-orange-shirt days of the year. But let’s leave that for tomorrow, today I’m telling a story from my childhood: Growing up in Newark, my parents had a store in […]

April 28, 2005 Topics:

I have tons of catching up to do with podcasting, still lots more to share with you, and much to learn when it comes to audio editing on a MAC. But I did this whole show in garageband (nerd talk) and it works fine. I had a fun time interviewing the internets’ own Madge Weinstein […]

April 27, 2005 Topics:

Madge Weinstein: I got a vagina in the mail today. Madge Weinstein: Someone sent me a silicon vagina with lube bicyclemark: Really! scented? Madge Weinstein: i didn’t smell it Madge Weinstein: no batteries, though. and girlscout cookies! bicyclemark: thats sweet Madge Weinstein: it’s fucked up bicyclemark: I want those cookies with the peanut butter in […]

April 26, 2005 Topics: , ,

It’s a bit pathetic, yesterday was my most favorite holiday EVER, and I didn’t even notice. I didn’t flip open the Portuguese newspaper, I didn’t reflect or write, I didn’t salute a beautiful event in the history of the world. I just kept repeating the date to myself like an old man losing his mind: […]

April 24, 2005 Topics: ,

It’s good to get back to the ‘dam. If there’s ever any question as to whether or not I’m in love with this city, that question is answered the moment I land back in the NL and I breathe in the moist air and involuntarily smile following a long sigh of relief. I’m home! No […]

April 23, 2005 Topics:

Finally back in the ‘dam after the Swedish journey. This podcast was a huge pain to assemble, as Im fumbling with Garageband, Logic, and Audacity, and each one has its share of drawbacks in my eyes. Former Amsterdamer, and now Stockholmer, Marty McFly joins me in the second half for some soundseeing. To see photos […]

April 22, 2005 Topics:

Tired. Very Tired. Happy. Very Happy. I should have come to Sweden long ago. I feel fortunate to have travelled here and visited with such great friends. Beyond that, I can only speak to you through photos. Oh and here’s the link to me talking podcasting. Today’s Sounds: Madge Weinstein – Eating a Lean Cuisine […]

April 21, 2005 Topics:

I’m not sure but I think this is how to email a post using blogger. Which is of course, down right now. Talk about one of the worst performances by a company, has been a total let down in 2005. It’s no wonder people are running away and moving to word press, as will […]

April 20, 2005 Topics: , ,

Some of you seen me all live and fully clothed on the internets this afternoon. I talked a mighty talk bout podcasting, and I tried my bestest not to offend too many out there, but you know – the mouth, its got a mind of its own. Still I think it went well. The audienced […]

April 19, 2005 Topics: ,

Remind me to tell you my plan for getting together a bunch of young kick-ass laywers to take all these low budget airlines like RyanAir and Transavia to the European Court of Justice and sueing them for violations of my traveler rights and fraud. It doesn’t count as Brussels, Stockholm, or Rome if the airport […]

April 18, 2005 Topics:

Dear Blog readers, stop the presses! Tomorrow we’re heading to Sweden! YES – Scandinavia! By we- I mean you and I, with emphasis on the ME. In a few measly hours I’ll endure the HORROR of low-cost transavia airlines and the middle-of-nowhere airport they call Rotterdam airport. I’ve got lots of toys loaded onto the […]

April 17, 2005 Topics:

This moving to mac thing ain’t easy. This one is recorded on my old machine, going to take time for this padewan to become a Jedi on mac. Still, lots of goodies, music, and a rant about the insane logic of housing in capital cities throughout the world. Speaking of the world, my next podcast […]

April 14, 2005 Topics:

This podcast is in Portuguese. But I hope you’ll give it a listen even if you don’t speak Porutugese. Listen to the sounds of a language maybe you don’t hear too often, even if I do have one of those Portuguese-American accents. This was basically an intro and explanation as to why I did it […]

April 14, 2005 Topics:

Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!

April 13, 2005 Topics:

Dear readers, romans, and internauts: Today I have decided to move hosts, from Hostica in California, to a cool top-secret host in NYC. What can I say, I’m an east coast boy. This is just the beginning of some cool changes here at the Communiqu. You might even like some of them. (bye hostica, thanks […]

April 12, 2005 Topics: , , , , ,

Had a great first day as a podcast consultant for the magazine. Won’t say much more about it, cept that I thought alcohol flowed at the fishtank, at this place they drink in style- starting after lunch. We got bigger fish to fry; today’s issue is the world. More specifically – I’m pissed off at […]

April 11, 2005 Topics:

One of my favorite co-workers saw me today and asked “Are you down in the fishtank today?” And as a reflex answer I said — “yeah all day.” And as I walked away, I thought to myself — wha? fishtank… only my blog readers call it … that… Anyway, have you looked in your email […]

April 10, 2005 Topics:

This show has two parts: first – tales from the village voice, i tell stories about my time at the voice (intro today). second – a short soundseeing along the canals from a boat! As per my usual, follow along with this flickr photoshow. AudioCommuniqu #26(mp3) 21min+, 64kbps, 10Mb+ Featuring: I have a US voicemail […]

April 9, 2005 Topics: ,

A while back I said I would start a series about blogs in my blogroll and why I have them there. A type of explanation as to what I like about bloggers in my neighborhood, because I feel they deserve not only more attention, but to know why I appreciate them so. This will be […]

April 7, 2005 Topics:

Hopefully there are some jazz lovers out there. This show is for you, but generally, for any music lovers. A little soundseeing and my repeatatively critical review of the bimhuis jazzclub at its new location. Needless to say, I miss the days when it was just down the street from me. I like this podcast […]

April 6, 2005 Topics:

(I’m a journalist, I swear. This interview with xtX is important cause it deals with the issues of today) Bicyclemark: Im gonna ask you earth shattering questions… ready?XTx: oh crap Bicyclemark: First Question —Bicyclemark: What does your IPOD smell like… honestly?XTx: hold on…let me checkXTx: it’s funny…. the back of it doesn’t smell like anything…. […]

April 5, 2005 Topics: ,

Sometimes, when I realize it has been awhile since I spent quality time with my love, I ride around town and take random pictures of her. Amsterdam doesn’t change all that much over time, canals, 15th century houses, bicycles, boats… repeat. Randomly insert ugly and occasionally interestingly designed buildings. But for me, 3 years into […]

April 4, 2005 Topics: , , ,

(a none rhyming poem) Zimbabwe re-elected the president – again. mr. president says he wants to stay in power til he’s a hundred. powerful countries say they will fight tyranny around the world. zimbabwe doesn’t have any oil or strategic location in southern africa. hypocrisy? irony? stupidity? Inconsistency? people are hungry. newspapers are closed. voices […]

April 3, 2005 Topics:

This podcast features a new coined term in the realm of pod-theory. It’s called podloneliness: when all the podcasters are busy with life, and you kinda miss them. I also talk about future generations that will study my podcast to understand what humans were doing back in 2005. Mindblowing – I know. AudioCommuniqu #24(mp3) 19min43sec, […]

April 2, 2005 Topics: ,

Sometimes on saturday I like blogging a family story. Tell you bout my parents and life in Newark when I was a kid. Or maybe bout a journey I took in Portugal, Spain, or whatever. I’ve got lots of those. I know not everyone gets that chance, I know I’m lucky. But actually I lost […]

March 31, 2005 Topics:

This AC was recorded using my new audiotechnica lavalier mic. I’m trying not to hate it, but mono recording just LACKS something. I rant about legal issues, file sharing, and podcasting, cause I feel like internet users are giving up the fight too easily. Tim from Radio Clash is also on q the a’s on […]

March 30, 2005 Topics:

As much as I love google mail, and it looks all manageable, I’ve never seen an email box so huge and I’m pretty sure emails are falling through the cracks. Putting a star on things isn’t special if everythings got a star on it. So I thought to write a bit of a life update. […]

March 28, 2005 Topics: ,

Once upon a time.. the was a powerbook born in China, After his birth, he was shipped off by the fedex to America In America he was stranded for many weeks, and lived in a box, until one day, some very kind friend(s) agreed to (help) bring him to Europe. But our story isn’t over, […]

March 27, 2005 Topics:

After a brief respite this week, HE HAS RISEN. No not your precious messiah, BM’s AC! I finally got the German phrase of the week workin, still perfecting it. Plus live audio from some Mac worshipping ceremony I attended with some charming Dutch podcasters. Enjoy! AudioCommuniqu #22(mp3) 20min+, 64kbps, 9.6Mb+ Featuring: My Powerbook Exists They […]

March 26, 2005 Topics: , ,

The Amsterdam family had the traditional Easter meal today. A day early, without colored eggs, and this year no joint was passed around. But the basics were there, Crazy Dr. M’s new pad, good people, great food, including my internets-reknown veggie lasagne. Funny thing bout easter, its not like any of us have religion, but […]

March 25, 2005 Topics: ,

For those who may be wondering, my next podcast will arrive on sunday. I’ve held off this week for numerous reasons, including fighting off Pod Fatigue (other peoples, not mine), letting people catch up, been travlin’ within the NL, and had visitors! Gotta mention fun times in Enschede (east of the netherlands)at a blogger dinner […]

March 23, 2005 Topics:

Millions upon millions malnourished and hungry worldwide, and the american government and media are obsessed with someone and their fucking feeding tube. Today’s Sounds: Kings of Convenience – Riot on an Empty Street

March 22, 2005 Topics:

You figure after a super fun trip to a mac nerd conference with none other than DucSloerie and FashionSloerie of the Sloeriesource podcast, nothing could bring me down. The show itself wasn’t a huge deal, it looked like the senior prom at Apple High, where Steve Jobs would be our principal, and our basketball team […]

March 20, 2005 Topics: , ,

In the spirit of changing things up, this is a special show about a vry personal journey; how and why I moved from New Jersey, to Portugal, and the to the Netherlands. Not my usual style, lots of talking. Music to accompany different stages of my journey, and flickr photo highlights for you to follow, […]

March 18, 2005 Topics:

Sometimes stuff feels unique to Amsterdam, but it isn’t. Sometimes you gotta work on fridays, even though you’re the part-time king, and the co-workers invite you out for after-work drinks. Beers after work, probably international protocol, no? Still, it feels like no one does this like the dutch. I bet it starts earlier here, cause […]

March 17, 2005 Topics:

Listening to this show, it’s obvious I’ve gone Ray Charles crazy. But more importantly I get into some podcast phenomena such as PodFatigue and Podcasting for the Masses. Of course, a QtheA’s with G and L from the deserts of New Mexico. AudioCommuniqu #20(mp3) 20min+, 64kbps, 9Mb+ Featuring: My new bicycle bell Ray Viva Podcast […]

March 16, 2005 Topics:

I worked hard on this “offline”. Today’s Sounds: Decemberists – Picaresque

March 14, 2005 Topics: ,

Few things need to be discussed today, point by point sometimes helps. – Ayer, it was Radiohumper’s B-day! The great sierra, who pushes the blogosphere and myself to do more, care harder, and just say it. If I ever had any doubt about mixing my passion for world affairs into my blogposts, she helped erase […]

March 13, 2005 Topics:

Got to thank PW Fenton for the audio recording tips. Which, while great, also led me to spend hours and hours on this show. On my flickr photoshow you can follow along with the lovely photos as I describe the scene. AudioCommuniqu #19(mp3) 20min+, 64kbps, 9Mb Featuring: Star Wars Trailer Talk Soundseeing of course Mingus […]

March 12, 2005 Topics: ,

I’ve got new creative things coming this week for the blog. But as for today — Rumor has it, and statistics will show, that on Saturdays less people read blogs and surf the net in general! Where did I get that? I dunno… I’ve been around. However– for me, Saturdays involve talking to the family, […]

March 9, 2005 Topics:

Although many might not dig musicals, I love’em. Therefore I present a show all about my favorite ones. Plus some more recent tunes related to broadway and a few good family guy clips. Thanks to everyone who dropped me a tip in the past week (or ever). If you enjoy the show at all, as […]

March 8, 2005 Topics: , ,

No offence to anyone who visited me in the netherlands over the past 3 or so years, but the past 6 months have been some of my most favorite houseguest adventures ever. Whether it was NoCoins and Tawdryjones coming over from Philly, my dear cousin N coming over from Portugal, or my latest houseguest characochan, […]

March 7, 2005 Topics: ,

It seems I’ve gone back to being a nocturnal blogger, which is the only way I used to do it. It’s funny what you do differently… think, talk, write, depending on what time of day you do it. What time do you all blog? So some of you may know about what are sometimes called […]

March 6, 2005 Topics: ,

The latrines and the cooking facilities at the bicyclemark ranch are all cleaned. I mention that cause I’m damn good at it… my mom taught me well… which leads me to tonight’s topic: mothers. For some she’s no longer around, for others she lives in the next town/room, and for many – including myself, she […]

March 5, 2005 Topics: ,

This weekend’s show features a cozy dinner with Characochan visiting Amsterdam from California. It’s couscous night and we’re discussing Dutch cuisine, languages, and we do a question the answers segment. A thousand thank you’s to the following people for leaving me tips in the tip jar: Marc the MindcasterJoerg in GermanyFoggy Recollection my brooooh and […]

March 4, 2005 Topics: ,

I’ve been racking my brains. For the past few nights… racking my brains. I thought if I watched Anti’s most excellent movieclip in a bank, I would feel better about things. But the truth is, the problem remains: my computer is dying. Thats right.. you’ve probably been there before; the gigs are drying out, about […]

March 3, 2005 Topics: , ,

Well it’s late, and I’m on the wine tonight. Encouraged by a new, young, and beautiful Australian, who I can only imagine is reading this right now. The beautiful Amsterdam snow has turned into scarey but funny ice, funny in that “hey Ive fallen and broken a bone” kind of way. Not that I have… […]

March 2, 2005 Topics:

OK, still haven’t gotten France out of my system. Maybe after we go through my flickr photos, together! That’s right — Podcast Photoalbum Browsing, click next picture whenever Seymour Hersh says the magic word. AudioCommuniqu #16 (mp3) 20min+, 64kbps, 9.2Mb Featuring: Modulation Podcast Tokyo Calling Sum of my Parts Blog Yeast Radio

March 1, 2005 Topics: , ,

There’s no one right way to do a podcast. And all of us who are doing it, are no doubt changing and adjusting things as we go along. Preparing a podcast is as complex and yet simple as your grandma recipe for ummm.. baked Alaska. Why anyone would BAKE alaska, I have no idea, but […]

February 28, 2005 Topics: ,

I could, of course, bla bla bla for days about my trip to Paris. But really I think the weekend post and podcast give you some idea of what it was like. A wonderful mix of old friends, new friends, and adventure. Paris itself, as you may have heard, is damn expensive. It’s no New […]

February 27, 2005 Topics:

Dam its hard to find WIFI in Paris! Especially when you’re busy meeting with such wonderful people, eating fine food, and drinking the most heavenly hot choco in the world. Le weekend in Paris will require more then a podcast to explain, but this one is a start; it’s basically a chronological collection of audio […]

February 26, 2005 Topics: ,

I took a train… to a train… I started in PAris… and then I was in the middle of fields and dirt and ice.. and I thought to myself “keep walkin man…” I kept thinking I would just find someone on the street.. and then I did. French lady was just standing there waiting for […]

February 25, 2005 Topics:

As you read this.. picture me in a van with a bunch of strangers, rambling in Dutch, en route to Paris. Then look at the lovely photo of the thing my admissions girls made for me. Now go back to what you were doing… sorry for the interruption. Or you can listen to Madge, woman […]

February 24, 2005 Topics: ,

If I lean over all the fake trees and treasure chests, and look out some of the fishtank windows, I can see NoComunicado giving a presentation about Plan Colombia and the fake-ass war on drugs. They’re watching a documentary as well, I caught a bit of it, lot’s of Colombian farmers/families expressing their outrage at […]

February 23, 2005 Topics:

Never podcast in the middle of the day. Phones ring, computers beep, appointments almost missed. This one has a little rant from Adam Curry, Q the A’s with Duc and Fashion Sloerie, music and more. AudioCommuniqu #14 (mp3) 64kbps, 18min04sec, 8.5mb Featuring: Daily Source Code Sloerie Source Luc St. Elie Bloglines Doppler unpodsafe music from […]

February 22, 2005 Topics: , , , ,

Before getting to today’s business, I got a lil announcement: I’ll be podcasting from none other then Pars, France this weekend! Yes… thanks to I got hooked up with a bunch of students who rented a bus and are going down for the weekend.. 40 euros round trip, I couldn’t turn it down. This […]

February 21, 2005 Topics: , ,

Lots of bloggers were inspired by him. Not enough journalists were. Lots of pieces will be written about what he meant to them and how sad his death was. Madame Levy wrote the first one I saw when I rose from slumber this mornin. – Fuck. HST croaked. I should’ve poured a glass of whiskey […]

February 20, 2005 Topics:

I finally learned to just go to sleep and finish the show in the morning. This show starts with my new segment “Question the Answers” where I ask a podcaster/blogger/friend/random human 4 questions. Then we do some soundseeing as I navigate Amsterdam Centraal Station and the Dutch railway, with my bike of course. No photos […]

February 19, 2005 Topics:

Maybe in all my recent fame, I got sloppy. Maybe I’m just secretly a really awful person and I blog to look nicer then I really am. Maybe sometimes you roll the dice, and you lose. Whatever the reason, I wanted to come clean about this one, dear readers, I got my ass handed to […]

February 18, 2005 Topics:

This blog isn’t about describing what I ate for breakfast, or every little thing I did today. HOWEVER, when I feel like it, I share with you, fellow readers. And not more than an hour ago, I concocted the most delicious brew of yerba mat in my life. The cause of such splendor? The herbs […]

February 16, 2005 Topics:

I had a mobile phone pow-wow with crazy Dr. M today, and he and his houseboat are likely to be involved in my next podcast. Incidentally, my world famooose Albert Cuyp SoundseeingTour, has now been downloaded over 1100 times, thanks inkernet! I normally don’t love stuff that comes from Slate magazine. It’s not complete crap, […]

February 16, 2005 Topics:

Come along as I get into the cool v-day podcasts from this week. Lots of namedropping in this one, I feel like such a kissass, but the truth is, I really love listening to the podcasts mentioned. (and more) There’s some comedy, clippage, and of course, TUNES. AudioCommuniqu #12 (mp3) 64kbps, 15min54sec, 7.4mb Featuring: No […]

February 15, 2005 Topics:

Ms. Thingk, who I once referred to as Kirsten Dunst’s twin, sends me emails. Lots of yummy delicious emails. I eat them for breakfast, sometimes an afternoon snack as well. While it sucks having to lose friends who move to D.C., it’s nice when my peeps in “your nations capital” send me thought-provoking words (D-Rock […]

February 13, 2005 Topics:

If there could be such a thing as too many soundseeing tours, I will probably be accused of that soon. But fear not… starting next week I’m doing something new involving the telephono (no skype for me thanks). In the meantime I suffered the wind, rain, and wrath of the weather gods, in order to […]

February 12, 2005 Topics:

I have but one thing to post today, because the lovely Underabell Anne is here in Amsterdam and there are drinks to be had, dinners to be eaten, and blogs to be discussed. The following is a highly pathetical situation, that I want you all, as my learn-ED readers, to give your verdict. It matters […]

February 11, 2005 Topics: ,

If I were a recently released, after 3 years of detainment, Australian Guantanamo prisoner, here what I would do: -Go home and smother my wife and kids in hugs and kisses. Cry when I see how much my 4 year old daughter has grown since I’ve been trapped in a cage all this time. -Walk, […]

February 10, 2005 Topics:

People blog for so many reasons… we’ve all heard them: to air their frustrations, to improve their writing, to be themselves or NOT themselves, to be anonymous, to talk about the exploits of yesterday evening, or (my least favorite) what they ate for breakfast. Those are probably 1/10 of the reasons that are out there. […]

February 9, 2005 Topics: ,

When I’m not in the fishtank, my job involves sittin pretty in an office-type atmosphere. I love being up there because unlike in the fishtank, I’m not repeatedly interrupted by young, beautiful fish, who try to put spells on me which prevent any kind of work from getting done. But today my shoulder aching was […]

February 9, 2005 Topics:

If I was able to steer BigJim’s boat home tonight, I could certainly make this podcast. I suspect I talk too much, so I’ve chosen the correct medium. AudioCommuniqu #10 (mp3) 64 kbps, 7,200mb, 15min 26sec Featuring: Specials (are now a standard on the podcast) Viva La Podcast Pedro the Lion Chris Missick Keeping It […]

February 8, 2005 Topics:

I love getting home at 1am and changing the date and time of my blog so that it still takes place yesterday. Apparently I’ve got an obsession with being a daily blogger… even if its only a matter of hours. So besides a very uncharacteristically long work afternoon, what kept me from getting to the […]

February 7, 2005 Topics: ,

As if having hundreds of people around the world reading or listening to what you have to share wasn’t enough of an honor. Or the amazing new friends, be they bloggers or readers, that I’ve made. Nevermind the super-kind comments that are left everyday, by so many different people. You’d think that was already overwhelming.. […]

February 6, 2005 Topics:

3am is a nice hour to finish a podcast. This following a night of Red Light District Soundseeing. No energy left, so nothing left to say except, this one was damn fun. Follow along with the flickr photoshow whenever you hear Jon Stewart. AudioCommuniqu #9 (mp3) 64kbps, 22min+, 10.5mb Featuring The Specials Casa Rosso Oude […]

February 5, 2005 Topics:

Amsterdam life brings weeks like this. Weeks where some of your favorite people and closest friends sail away from unknown periods of time, to go where life takes them. At the international student drink the other night, I wished Toronto’s-finest-chef-in-exile a safe journey back to Ontario, where he will remain for the time being. Vowing, […]

February 4, 2005 Topics: ,

Do you feel my blog has been stale this week? I do. It’s always a matter of opinion of course, sometimes I write shit I hate, and the people say “hooray.” Other times I write shit I think is fun, and people say nothin. The other thing is that my podcasting has taken center stage […]

February 3, 2005 Topics: , ,

Giving another speech tomorrow, to some new fish, hope I manage to say something funny. I know I have a good job when it’s 4h30 in the afternoon and I’m drinkin Surinamese beer and eating fine food.. AT WORK. Yeah. It happens… often in fact, and it’s sweet. I know blogging about work is a […]

February 2, 2005 Topics: ,

I don’t like the pope. Hate might be a strong word, but that geezer must be dam selfish. Maybe it isn’t his choice. Maybe his handlers are the idiots. Whomever is responsible, somebody throw in the towel… use some common sense and stop pretending your number one dude is capable of doing his job. HE […]

February 2, 2005 Topics:

Just in from the pub where Inappropriate Brian is enjoying his final nights in Amsterdam. Bit disorganized, but I covered all the bases. Red Light District Soundseeing Tour, this saturday night! AudioCommuniqu #8 (MP3) 64kbps, about 7MB, 14min 44sec Featuring: Underground Bass Project My new flat Promos and Podcast ID’s Sloeriesource Mr.X Kings of Convenience […]

February 1, 2005 Topics:

Finally sat down and watched the motorcycle diaries. This won’t be much of a movie review, because I wanted to love it so much that I did indeed love it. The critics and my dear scholarly masseuse, who let me borrow the dvd, all say it’s a weak film. It’s “too pretty” and “lacking in […]

January 30, 2005 Topics:

Well… this one is no where as exciting as the market last week. Vondelpark is one of Amsterdam’s most popular parks. Quite cold and grey this weekend, and maybe I started a bit too early for this one. Next week, I promise to spice it up. As per my new usual.. a flickr photoshow (optional)starting […]

January 28, 2005 Topics: , ,

On the eve of a soundseeing tour of world infamous Vondelpark, a little podcasting from the bicyclemark ranch. I’m getting comfy with using Adobe Audition, and I highly recommend it. I get preachy in this one about elections in Iraq and Portugal, plus I lay out a mission for all of you… if you choose […]

January 26, 2005 Topics:

This one was some heavy editing but some fun times. Got a little condenser mic so me and B could just sit around and chat, he sounds good, I sound like I’m in a can. Maybe I was in can.. I don’t remember. Hope y’all enjoy, next podcast will be more multimedia soundseeing at the […]

January 23, 2005 Topics:

Well this one was fun. I loved walking around the market with a earpiece/fast-food mic on my head… I felt like madonna only more bundled up. Follow me as I encounter the sounds, smells and treasures of one of Amsterdam’s coolest markets. Featuring: The Three Euro guy, the chicken stand, the nut shop, the harmonica […]

January 20, 2005 Topics:

This one was less of a bitch then the last, plus I’m rockin an 8 euro headset mic like my name’s madonna. Includes: Bandits of the Acoustic Revolution (Wonderful Life) My Robot poem Bush’s Iraq Speech 2 years ago Bush remix Mikey Boy from Loft 405 mentions me Laurent Voulzy (Am?lie) BM in French Will […]

January 19, 2005 Topics:

Candoleeza Rice is a Robot Candoleeza Rice is a Robot She talks like a robot, and gets oiled every night, Candoleeza Rice is a Robot Candoleeza Rice is a Robot She was programmed by white people To look like a black person, Candoleeza Rice is a Robot Candoleeza Rice is a Robot She eats nuts […]

January 16, 2005 Topics:

Some would say I wasted my sunday afternoon editing, splicing, and mixing…. and then I started working on my podcast. (studio audience laughs)I’m going to be going over my blog design with a fine-tooth comb tomorrow, with help from A LIST APART, so be prepared for some changes. Change is good.. so don’t worry. I’ve […]

January 12, 2005 Topics:

I had THE STARS blasting on my landlord’s stereo system gizmo, the homemade pizza with extra fresh pepper and eggplant was in the oven, standing in the hallway in shorts and a tshirt, playing darts like a true amsterdamer, and after hitting double twenty twice, I thought to myself “Dam, these are good times.” Cause […]

January 11, 2005 Topics: ,

I was told yesterday by my darling in Portland that my brainpan is full. Not quite full… but definitely spilling everywhere. I was going on and on about weblogging, photoblogging, and podcasting as rebellious communication, which it is. In different forms. I get so bored whenever I hear someone dismissing what we who publish any […]

January 10, 2005 Topics: ,

Before I could even start writing this thinger tonight, 54 came on Dutch public television. You know.. the one with Mike Meyers. I had never seen it. I thought it was going to be that boogie nights movie and I figured I should watch so I can finally understand what the big deal was about […]

January 9, 2005 Topics: ,

So it’s sunday… and that’s podcasting day on the communiqu, as you well know. But before I get to that, I just got one of the coolest emails related to this here blog. You’ve heard of people blogging just to get it all out. Or the one’s who do it to be part of a […]

January 8, 2005 Topics: ,

What? You heeeeard? Turn my headphones up! I’m back in Amsterdamage baby, and got back into the swing of things today. Saturday things that is. What are these typical saturday things, you may ask?: – Apartment viewing with Aim… fancy digs, sweet location, lots of windows, but I can’t afford it. – Sat in the […]

January 7, 2005 Topics: , ,

I smell. I’m hungry. I can’t keep my eyes opened. Some random dude has been crashing at the Spaniard’s place next door, and he obviously cares nothing for my strict bathroom cleanliness. A brotha goes away for a few weeks and suddenly all of Amsterdam comes over to aim badly at his toilet. I digress. […]

January 6, 2005 Topics:

My nephew A-Ren is in charge of packing my bags, as I’m off to the ‘dam via Lisbon in a few hours. He’s taking extra care that each item goes in his mouth, which I’m convinced is his personal x-ray machine, to ensure my safety before packing. He’s also been extra generous by giving me […]

January 4, 2005 Topics: , ,

Human memory is an amazing thing. I attended a wake this evening for an old friend. By old friend, I mean someone I knew throughout high school, and hadn’t spoken to in 6 years. Still I think we had fond memories of one another and both knew bits and pieces about each other’s recent life-adventures, […]

January 3, 2005 Topics:

I have THE cutest photos of A-Ren… too many to post.. too many to look at, as the cute gland in your occipital lobe will burst and liquify in a state of “awwwww”. Jamiee of the Known Universe called me something of a blog scientist. I love jamie for the way he understands and translates […]

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January 1, 2005 Topics: , ,

For some inexplicable reason, I’ve spent the last 4 new years eves in the most random of spots, and often feeling completely alien and out of place. At times it was laughable and other times it was depressing. Last night falls somewhere in between. When I moved my life in 2001, to Portugal, New Years […]

December 30, 2004 Topics:

I’ve been glued to NPR radio, and oddly enough- the only channel my parents get at the cabana: NJN – Public broadcasting. Still trying to grasp the depth of this tragedy. Using these sources reminds me of how I was able to survive when I was a full-time New JErsean, where much of my info […]

December 28, 2004 Topics: , , ,

When I left New Jersey in 2001, it was immediately following Sept. 11th. I mention this because being back, I do remember it often. Usually its as I begrudgingly drive down the highway and still spot the faded bumperstickers with supid-ass slogans like “these colors don’t run” or the images of the Twin Towers with […]

December 27, 2004 Topics:

It’s a strange thing to see how the place where you were raised has changed. Especially when it comes to the actual house. For those of us who are lucky enough to experience it, when your parents still live in the house where you spent your childhood, it can be a wonderful thing. Not necessarily […]

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December 26, 2004 Topics: ,

One of the wackiest things about going home to be with your family during the festivuses is the things that we do around the house. As the next generation, and generally speaking, the younger/healthier/technologically saavy-ier, we bring home our big brains filled with knowledge about fighting the war against spyware, viruses, disfunctional computer components, and […]

December 25, 2004 Topics: , ,

Like myself, I hope you all got something you wanted this festivus. I was pretty much satisfied meeting my 7 month old nephew, A-Ren, for the first time since his birth. Those big blue eyes make all my troubles melt away. I just lean towards him and make sounds, he responds with his own blend […]

December 24, 2004 Topics:

The front door just opened…. Im about to see my nephew…

December 23, 2004 Topics:

I’m jetlagged, but it doesn’t stop me from thinking of my baby… Ms.Thingk, who today left Amsterdam forever. In doing so, she leaves my daily life. No more wrapping at my chamber door… so lightly tapping… NEVERMORE. When we first met I was manning the bridge of the fishtank, keeping the universe safe for internauts. […]

December 23, 2004 Topics: ,

I landed smack dab on Newark today. Place of my birth. Land of hundreds of thousands of Portuguese, and their somewhat American offspring. Dad was there, at the gate to greet me. Isn’t it weird how dads get shorter? I remember when my dad was the tallest man in the world. Now he’s shorter than […]

December 21, 2004 Topics: , , ,

Being the good Samaritan that I am I traded my window seat to the mom who wanted to sit next to her cute little girl. In exchange, as usual, I got to sit next to the alcoholic and the neurotic. He came on to the plane smelling like beer, and he didnt let a flight […]

December 20, 2004 Topics: ,

I tend to put my suitcase next to my closet two days before travel. The idea is somehow it will pack itself. While I sleep my room will get all Bedknobs and Broomsticks and Angela Landsbury will select my favorite shirts and boxer shorts… cause fuck it… thats all Im wearing this vacation. Oh wait.. […]

December 17, 2004 Topics: , ,

Sylkk, another great blogger in black, gmailed me to ask about where I get my mat, and why hers might be tasting bad. I felt like I was one of those familiar faces in her neighborhood, like the guy at the post office. Plus I was glad she asked; I love my Rosamonte Yerba Mat […]

December 16, 2004 Topics: ,

It has been talked about on other blogs and it’s true to some extent: I am surrounded by wonderful women in my life, both online and offline in the ‘dam. Super intelligent, extremely independent, amazingly adventurous, and just plain silly… these are my ladies, my friends, my Amsterdam family. And so today as I sat […]

December 15, 2004 Topics: , ,

The communiqu presents: a slightly edited version of an interview with my buddy JP who resides in Lisbon, Portugal, and can out curse a sailor when he wants to. bicyclemark: Well… first off, welcome to the blog JP… bicyclemark: So JP… do you recall around the time where you and I became pals… tell the […]

December 14, 2004 Topics:

Other bloggers, especially the experienced ones who, for example, appear on television on some show that will never air in Europa, say don’t blog about work. I’ve seen good people get shit from colleagues or even get the ax, because of their blog. But I’m the part-time king, and I heart everyone in my work-life, […]

December 13, 2004 Topics: , , ,

December seems like a month where, besides celebrating a whole lot of birthdays, we also pause and remember some of the worst atrocities the earth has ever seen. I love using big phrases like that, cause then someone will think “you say tomato, I say tomato sauce,” and who am I to argue. Just a […]

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October 26, 2004 Topics:

Bicyclemark, let’s go to Prague!, she said. I didn’t have to think, I said – OK let’s do it. Then I remembered how much I want to see Moscow this year, and ohhh to go to Stockholm. To which she responded Yeah, I’d like to see those places too. And so it will be. Prague […]

October 25, 2004 Topics: ,

I’m going to need a Bosnian to Spanish translator in order to communicate with a majority of my fantasy basketball players. Thankfully I’m fluent in French and Spanish, so I can still talk to my other scrubs and my favorite Puerto Rican point guard who I did get to watch in the Olympics. Funnest part, […]

October 24, 2004 Topics: , ,

First thing I asked my mom when she called me from NJ yesterday, “Describe to me what my father is doing right now.” She laughed at said (in Portuguese): “oh you know the scene, bowl of oatmeal. big cup of coffee with lots of milk, Star-Ledger News section to his left, cross-word puzzle to the […]

October 23, 2004 Topics: , ,

I was speaking with a slightly Drunken Dutchman and a Spaniard last night, enjoying the conversation about the tiny Russian exclave Kaliningrad, when Crazy Dr. M jumps in and dramatically warns, “Watch out! This whole conversation will end up in his blog!” Touch Dr. M, and yes.. it was me outside your window on Thursday […]

October 22, 2004 Topics: , ,

Everyone else had already boarded the rather large and spacious boat, the engine was running, and the beer/wine was securely stowed. The Torontonienne was attempting to keep what was left of her balance after one of those unbeatable Amy-dinners. As she stepped from the random boat that we were double parked with I whisper, “I’m […]

October 20, 2004 Topics:

As much as I can complain about being a part-time human at the U of A, I sometimes forget that there are perks to workin my gig. No not a whopping salary, my corner desk or the free hot chocolate til I burst, or the lovely exchange students that come and go. One of the […]

October 19, 2004 Topics: , , ,

I’ve been meaning to talk about the CIA documents on China which have been released, what the Dalai Lama said, and the evolving situation in Sudan. But I keep getting stuck on American elections stories. Perhaps it’s the Financial Times that included a one page collection of articles about all the flaws and irregularities of […]

October 18, 2004 Topics: , , ,

As I mentioned last week, sometimes bloggers go silent or missing. Often times they are amongst my favorites. This morning I found myself reading about the disastrous situation in Iraq and scrolling through my bloglines, I wondered how Chris Missick is doing. Since announcing he’d be moving to a new camp, A Line in the […]

October 17, 2004 Topics: ,

You ever wake up and feel unfunny? No? Well that’s what happened to me this morning. I have this cloud over me, an unfunny cloud. The only human who had to actually deal with that today was allstar- guestblogger the Torontonienne, who’s post I enjoyed and admittedly read over and over. Something about having a […]

October 16, 2004 Topics: , ,

Althought the name bicyclemark gave me, the Torontonienne, is not a misnomer (I lived in Toronto for the past 7 years, and it is a home to me), my real roots stem from a town called Petrolia. And as bicyclemark heard this morning, this tiny (one stop light) town was the first town in North […]

October 15, 2004 Topics: ,

Gather ’round fellow world citizens, because today’s installment of this ol’ park is choc full of history and adventure. OK, maybe just history and some photos, but still, it was a mini adventure in itself out there today. Kirsten Dunst’s twin aka Ms. Thingk, was looking as lovely as always and ready to accompany me […]

October 14, 2004 Topics: , ,

Sometimes Drock writes me emails that are works of art… modern art… pop art. So without further adue… another one from the D-Rock files: Bicyclemark writes: I just remembered something… flashback… you wrote a check to me before I left DC… you were all fuckin sleepy… and in the memo part you wrote “Hot Sex” […]

October 13, 2004 Topics: , ,

PLEASE NOTE DEAR READERS: As of this morning, Dec. 1st (9 days to my birthday) my blog is stuck in a timewarp, while some technical behind the scenes maintenance is done somewhere in California where my site’s brains are kept. Pardon the crap.. should be fixed today I hope. Many of the bloggers who I […]

October 12, 2004 Topics: ,

I’ve appointed a personal independent counsel to observe hairline security. I suspect there is serious receding going on, but I’m reluctant to declare the onset of balding. Jimmy Carter and his team will be helicoptering in later to assess the situation. For the first time ever, I met an online friend/a blogger I read – […]

October 11, 2004 Topics: ,

Kal-El, son of Jor-El has died. This is not the first time either. But don’t worry, because the internet and wikipedia will ensure that Krypton and its sons are forever remembered. Derrida on the other hand, only now am I trying to understand him more. And I do appreciate what I understand of his philosophy […]

October 9, 2004 Topics:

As I sit working on this blog post I here this constant shouting “stroke… stroke… stroke.” No it’s not Dick Cheney shouting for help, it’s some sort of Amsterdam row-boat races. Big teams of 6 to 12 rowers and that lazy guy or gal who just keeps calling them maggots and worthless while demanding they […]

October 8, 2004 Topics: ,

Welcome blogfriends, to the first edition of my new friday segment, THIS OL PARK, where bicyclemark reviews an Amsterdam park for a good hour or so, depending on my workload. Judging by the duck poop under my sauconys, today’s visit must have been to the recently renovated WESTERPARK. With the accompaniment of Kirsten Dunst’s twin […]

October 7, 2004 Topics: ,

Whatever I intended to write about today has been completely preempted by one small click to XM Radio, where I found the first broadcast of Opie & Anthony. I was inspired to go check this after the countless blog reports about Stern going to XM. Though I’m not at all a Stern fan, I was […]

October 6, 2004 Topics: , ,

The basic elements of a good breakfast in my world: Special K, Organic Soymilk, and banana. This morning I added one extremely unhealthy ingredient: the Vice Presidential debates. It sounds more like a “who loves to bomb and kill people more” competition. I can barely tell who the “liberal” is. To his credit Edwards sounds […]

October 5, 2004 Topics:

As I was finishing up my work yesterday afternoon, a get a last minute invite to join two of the most prolific minds in Amsterdam, who I originally met in the classroom two years ago, to go to the Filmmuseum. (located in lovely Vondelpark of course) They had a very specific movie they wished to […]

October 4, 2004 Topics: , ,

I was engrossed in BitchPhD’s extended post on parenting this morning. While I have no children (that I know of) I am very interested in the topics of childcare, parenting, and well you know – society. Growing up I can remember American friends… other children.. being frequently required to take all kinds of omoxocylines and […]

October 3, 2004 Topics: , ,

Often when you least expect it, one of those crazy Amsterdam nights sneaks up on you. They take many different forms and shapes, they can be brief, or go on until the break-a-break-a dawn. It can be a group of friends, or a crowd of strangers, or just you… there is no real formula, just […]

October 2, 2004 Topics: , , ,

Lately it’s around 3am that the Jogging King and I meet for our kitchen meetings. We’re like the white house staff, making sandwiches and discussing strategy in our pajamas. The king has been offered one kick-ass job in Oslo, Norway.. city of cross-country skiing to work, and not far from one Jill/txt. His majesty has […]

October 1, 2004 Topics: , ,

Lets get this debate shit out of the way, because I thought I wouldn’t talk about it, but in the end, I’ve listened to hours of analysis of it in three languages today. I skipped out of party stop #2 last night, cutting the Thursday night tour off early to prepare for the presidential pageant […]

September 30, 2004 Topics: ,

Happy Birthday to you…. Happy Birthday to you… Happy BIIIIIrthday dear Fender Stratocaster… Yes.. the strat is turning 50 years young, and I’m listening to the BBC Worldservice special on the magical guitar. Though you won’t catch me playing one, my appreciation of them is great. And I’ll tell you something I learned today – […]

September 29, 2004 Topics:

I believe it was an early summer afternoon, and me being the part-time king, I had just finished up a cool slice of watermelon and the usual soup & a sandwich university canteen lunch. As I went down the conveyor belt of garbage separation, plate cleaning, and tray return, I was just glancing back into […]

September 28, 2004 Topics:

Normally a Sunday morning wake-up call is not something to look forward to. But this past weekend I was most pleased with the digital voice of one Mart in Sweden. Mart loves the man in black, and taught me to appreciate Live at Folsom Prison. He also loves his Swedish girlfriend… and I think she’s […]

September 27, 2004 Topics: , ,

My brother, the man behind Foggy Recollection, send me a mpeg video of A-Ren being fed. Like any loving and far away uncle, I was captivated. I kept replaying it over and over, each time noticing something different about where he’s looking, how he blinks, how he seems to forget the spoon is coming towards […]

September 26, 2004 Topics: ,

It was inevitable, the communiqu is going DAILY! Yes it’s true. I’m tired of fighting the urge.. everyday I feel the need to blog, so therefore I’m giving daily blogging a go. If it turns out no one likes it, or I suddenly write like crap, I might just revert to my every-other-day methods. But […]

September 25, 2004 Topics: , , ,

It feels like months since I blogged at 2am. Still kicking around the idea of going daily. One blog per day. It’s really tempting. I remember when Hugh in Indiana talked about going daily, and it seems to work well for him. On occasion, bloggers such as he get into baseball. I admit I don’t […]

September 23, 2004 Topics:

One of my emails yesterday was simply this sentence: plantage middenlaan and kerklaan, koosje at 21h30. see you then. i have brown hair. I wandered that caf for a good 15 minutes greeting lovely brown haired ladies who I thought looked Canadian. Kept thinking, this is no way to meet a new friend. Well that’s […]

September 21, 2004 Topics: , , , ,

Part of the reason I am such an avid blog reader is simply the fantastic quality of writers presently populating the blogosphere. Some being extremely popular and others seemingly only read by a handful, either way – truly talented and all-around-fun people. In this case I wanted to refer to two such beings who’s recent […]

September 19, 2004 Topics: , ,

I’ve been on a blog-reading/discovering RAMPAGE this weekend. In between cleaning, seeing some apartment way out west, having a drink with a friend visiting from Portugal, I have had this insatiable desire to read and find more and more blogs. It started with reading the Accordian Guy who lives in Toronto and is quite a […]

September 17, 2004 Topics: , , ,

Sure enough as I’m having a drink with a good friend last night, during stop one of thursday involuntary pub crawl night, she utters the words “What’s a blog?” And boom – as always – I spouted out 10 to 20 minutes of technical definitions as well as anecdotes from my so-called blog-life. Eventually I […]

September 15, 2004 Topics: , , ,

Finally caught up with Blonde But Busy yesterday for lunch. I showed her latai, and she treated, as part my two-lunch tour of Amsterdamage. Everything in that place is for sale including the table you’re eating off. What isn’t for sale is the excellent hand-made atmosphere and perfectly lovely waitress who respects the fact that […]

September 13, 2004 Topics: ,

Word gets around that I’m a blogger. Either that or I talk too much. Probably both. At a recent birthday festivus for the restofus, a gentleman who shares a first name with me struck up a conversation about blog reading. He started naming his favorites, each time expressing surprise that I as a self-proclaimed blogologist […]

September 7, 2004 Topics: , ,

Well, I’m scrapping my theme idea, because I have way too much to talk about after yesterday’s activities. Three major events took place in my world yesterday: 1) I attended a speech by Diana Kerry to promote her brother’s candidacy 2) I gave a speech along with two other important types at the opening ceremony […]

September 5, 2004 Topics: ,

It is the eve of my bigass speech at one of the biggest Universiteit van Amsterdam events of the year. I just noticed my name on the website, it’s in Dutch, but if it helps any, my name is still spelt the same. Speaking in public is my fort normally, but this audience has me […]

September 3, 2004 Topics: , , ,

It seems as though Blonde But Buttery and I have these semi-daily chats where we conduct the blogosphere round-up. This whole week we’ve been working as co-group leaders for new students via the International Student Network, and I’m pretty sure our whole group thinks we’re either insane or the biggest internet nerds EVER. Despite the […]

September 1, 2004 Topics: , ,

Officially moved in and back with my ADSL connection, hence redecorating and all kinds of changes in the near future. Let me know if the changes are to your approval. While it’s true to a certain extent that I blog for myself, you the readers are what fuels my commitment to blogging every-other-day. Speaking of […]

August 30, 2004 Topics: ,

Somewhere on the net… you knew there had to be a blog called McBlog, altogether it doesn’t look that interesting. What is interesting is that I finally saw Supersize Me last night (remember I live in the cinema-third world called Europe where films arrive by row-boat)Allow me to reflect, if you will, on my cinema-going […]

August 28, 2004 Topics: , ,

As soon as the reports came out, I decided it was my responsibility as a blogger, a slash-American, and a human on this earth, to analyze the Health and Poverty statistics from the US Census Bureau. For what we should always remember is that what happens in the US has effects the world-over. So lets […]

August 24, 2004 Topics: ,

Any day now an academic gold nugget is going to fly out of my brain relating to blogs, personal publishing, and power-relations. That nugget will lead me on my renewed quest for PhD, and any egghead that stands in my way will feel the wrath of my passive-aggressive internet hatred. Now I just need a […]

August 22, 2004 Topics:

-The Loud Mouth American Guy.- Thats the role I’ve been casted for. Two of the loveliest and craziest Aussie girls I’ve ever known are making a film entitled “New Amsterdam” and apparently they thought of me immediately for this specific role. Image that – me as a loud mouth American? hmf. I guess I’ll have […]

August 20, 2004 Topics: ,

Pondering big changes starting in September, beyond eating more ice-cream. I’m thinking of becoming a daily blogger, so I asked D-Rock if I should. His response was one of the finest emails I’ve ever received: If you have the time to blog everyday, you living the life man.Im not wearing any underwear cause I havent […]

August 18, 2004 Topics:

Apparently there are no more tickets left to see David Sedaris speak here in Amsterdam at the end of September. Also I hear the dress code is corduroy or denim, which sounds fun. However my visit to the American Book Center was not in vein, I discovered yet another wi-fi HotSpot in Amsterdam, the second […]

August 16, 2004 Topics: , , , ,

I grew up in New Jersey, and I was a teenager in the days of all the TEAM USA Basketball hype. Perhaps some of you remember, it was when the US decided to send their professional NBA types, instead of those college guys who I guess were losing all the time to teams like Yugoslavia […]

August 14, 2004 Topics:

Je crois que j’ai jamais commenc un blog en Franais. Donc voila, la premiere foi, mme si vous ne comprenez pas. – Hugh inspired me with his blog opening in French, and therefore despite my poor spelling (in all my languages) I thought it would be a nice change of pace. Another change of pace […]

August 12, 2004 Topics: ,

One quick photo sample of my vacation time More are available, as I put them up on my photoblog. (Yes I have a photoblog!) I can smell the new semester in the air… its a bouquet of beer, paper, and perfume. But more importantly, there are new people milling around University buildings, and in the […]

August 10, 2004 Topics:

First things first, I’m back in the driver seat of my bloggy, and I’d like to say thanks to my brother for being an interesting and active guestblogger. He has just started his own blog, which I’m proud to be the god-father of, and I’m adding to my blogroll. I like to think I’m like […]

August 10, 2004 Topics: ,

” There is no such thing as right and wrong, there’ s just popular opinion.” – Twelve Monkeys I’ld like to make a short observation about something I heard recently. The following line was uttered at my job “…it just figures that you let these people in this country and they take everything while the […]

August 7, 2004 Topics:

“Just don’t forget our deal, Lois. I sit through this and later tonight I get anal. You hear me? No matter how neat I want the house you have to clean it.” – Peter Griffin on the Family Guy I joined Netflix this week and, low-and-behold, my first three movies came in the mail. For […]

August 6, 2004 Topics: , , , ,

Dripping… dripping sweat.. what a brilliant idea to make Lisbon bus-stops out of 100% clear glass. You’re waiting for the bus because it provides cooler scenery than the metro, and just via the act of waiting, you sweat profusely. Its hot.. dam hot… Africa hot.. “Tarzan couldn’t take this heat.” Several buses pull up at […]