America's Roots

12/02/05 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: WiFi

Over the turkey break, I was catching up on my Mega-megazine reading pile(s) and found this little sidebar. I thought it would be appropriate with the news of one of the biggest American loss of life incidents in Iraq.

"America has abstained from interference in the concerns of others, even when the conflict has been for principles to which she clings as to the last vital drop that visits the heart. She goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy and ambition. The fundamental maxims of her policy would change from liberty to force"

-Secretary of State John Quincy Adams 1821

Wise and prophetic from someone who was witness to the rise of idealism to nation formation. Wonder what JQA would say in his blog today?

It's a Bloody Bucket!

12/01/05 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: WiFi

Thoough I wasn't as impatient as my buddy the organic mechanic (maybe the meditation is helping there), I was more disappointed in the follow up from Ohio Citizen Action's Bucket Brigade kick off. The bucket brigade is a coordinated grassroot effort to monitor, document, and force industrial polluters to do whats right for the environment.

Like Adam said, Denny Larson, the guru of bucket air sampling, announced the cost of one of these things is $125. However, after Adam left, OCE director Sandy said they have a grant for them, the special nonchemical reactive lo-VOC $15 tedlar bags, and subsequent testing.

When asked, Denny Larson said the parts list is with OCE, but their website navigation sucks and it doesn't have it on there, neither the log sheets or the QA/QS procedures.

I looked on the web including Denny's website and found pretty much nothing. The freeqin treehuggers are as bad as the capitalists as far as holding information to themselves. You want grassroots, open source baby.

I finally found this instruction at Louisiana Bucket Brigade where Denny is on the board. It was not apparently available through navigation (invest in a freeqin' webdesigner, treehuggers!) but I found it using their built-in search engine. Still, no parts list though.

But, why the hell can't we just build them ourselves. Scott of Cupertino thought that was why I went, he was right. The valves are industrial grade and the "nose" is stainless steel. It's just a damn bucket with holes and not rocket science or brain surgery!

BTW I did do brain surgery for a while (surgical navigation systems) and for cool rocket science check out this video of menthos and diet coke.

Bird Banter

11/30/05 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: WiFi

I know all you gastric fans want to know what the Bagger did for Thanksgiving cooking. Well, first, my downstairs neighbor, Diane, had pity on me and invited me to her family in Niles, Ohio. Since I met many of her sisters when she moved in and they are Italian, I was sure I'd have a nice time and eat VERY well. Many thanks to her and her family's generosity.

Of course, I still had an 11 pound turkey in the frig. So Friday I made a galantine, which is a deboned stuffed bird, meat or fish. Obviously, this time it was a bird. I pretty much mangled the damn thing, ripping the skin in two and pretty much decimated the prime cuts of meat. Jacque Pepin made it LOOK so easy.

I stuffed with italian sausage meat, herbs and pistachio nuts and attempted to tie up the thing so it looked sort of like an animal that once had feathers. Below is what it looked like out of the oven and resting on a platter.


I was so tired afterwards I couldn't hold the camera phone still, so it looks a bit surreal. The skin and upper breast was slightly overdone because the sausage meat in the middle did not get to temperature in the allocated time. Anyway, here is what a slice of turkey galantine a la the Bagger looks like.

I must say that it was (and is delicious). Of course, I had all these bones, a carcass, and giblets left, so I made turkey stock... 3 quarts worth and all frozen in my freezer. Anybody want any?

Little Poetic Catchup

11/29/05 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: WiFi

Just before the technical difficulties of the blog, I was promoting poetry night at the Literary Cafe. Here you can see me doing the Beat Poet thing.

Andy Timothy did a nice job of posting video of the poets...even me. Click through to my blatant self-promotion. Then listen to the other truly talented writers here and here.

Nick Traenkner is organizing the on-going events, so don't miss the next one next week Thurs December 8.

Whose Finger Got Pulled Out There?

11/28/05 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: WiFi

Tonight I'm going to Pilgrim Church to learn how to make air monitoring buckets from anti-air pollution activist Denny Larson. Pointed out in Tremonter (which points to Ohio Citizen Action.

Denny Larson of Oakland, California,who works with communities around the world on solving air pollution problems, is coming to Cleveland on November 28-29. He will teach us how to build our own air pollution monitors using simple "buckets," and other ways of testing the air for chemicals and sulfur emissions.

The first (meeting) is Monday evening, November 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Pilgrim Church in Tremont, where Denny will teach us how to build the buckets and take air samples. The second is on Tuesday, November 29 from 1:30 - 2:00 p.m. in Ohio Citizen Action's office, where Denny will brief us about success stories from communities around the world, and help strategize about what to do about air pollution in Cleveland.

Man somebody is cutting the cheese out in the neighborhood. Let's see who it might be, collect some evidence to prove it, and if we can help them with their flatulance problem.

See you at 6:00 but call the OCA first at 216-861-5200.

The New Workplace

11/24/05 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: WiFi

From George


At the Superior Ave Phoenix, I found a teleconference being set up. (See below) A photo editor from the PD was about to lecture to photographic art students at Ohio State. They couldn't find a good spot to do it at that multi-million dollar building down the street, so they came to our cafe.

Funny, the lecturer asked if we could turn off the music and to the credit of Kiley, the store manager, he reminded them that this was a coffeeshop, not a sound stage or an office.

Well it is sort of MY office. I keep a nameplate at my favorite table.

New blogs I found

11/21/05 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: WiFi

Since I couldn't post and my list of usual reads were also incognito, I found myself talking about blogging to people I spend some time with.

Out of that I discovered a few other bloggers that did not make it onto G's NEOroll (hint, hint). For example, Will is a grad student at CSU and a barista at the Superior Ave Phoenix. His blog, FiatLux, is somewhat stimulating and fun. He has just finished an interesting project of modeling volunteerism in nonprofits. Stay tuned, he promises to post it very soon.

Also, I was talking blogging with Stephanie, the daughter of my new downstairs neighbor. Steph has been a Tremont resident for three years and has a very honest and poignant style in both her verse and narrative on Out of habit. (Adam, this should get on the Tremont list).

Enjoy these new discoveries, even if they are technically not so new to the blogsphere. Sometimes it pays to look up from the keyboard.

Flow Poem

11/20/05 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: WiFi

Staying with the stimulations that I get from reading Jack/Zen, he had posted this quote from Michael Strong's blog, "Flow". It reminded me of a poem I wrote last April of the same title.

Can't control what can't be controled?
Find the flow.
Facillitate the flow.
Don't direct the flow.
Don't fight the flow.
Go with the flow.
Now in control!
-sbg 4/4/05

Personal Freedom

11/19/05 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: WiFi

As I struggled with the security problems (or the "potential" security problems) that my webhost accused me of having, I was pondering about all this effort just to give myself some freedom of expression.

Coincidentally, dear friend Jack posted this nice quip on the freedoms that Open Space Technology offers in gatherings. (I won't call those meetings.) Then I noticed a poster in my doctors office wall that quotes Virginia Satir:

5 freedoms

  • To See and Hear what is here instead of what should be, was, or will be.
  • To say what one feels and thinks instead of what one should.
  • To Feel what one feels instead of what one ought.
  • To Ask for what one wants, instead of always waiting for permission.
  • To Take Risks in one's own behalf, instead of choosing to be only 'secure' and not rocking the boat.

Never heard of Virgina Satir before this, but what a simple and articulate way to express much of what I strive to be and is deserving to be my first post after the forced hiatus.

These Bikers are NOT wusses!

11/01/05 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: WiFi

A long overdue revisit to UK blog pal, Andy Borrows, pointed me to this rather large (50Mb ) video of bicyclists in "Da City" NYC. It is found at http://www.digave.com/videos/red-web.mpg

All I can say is crank up up the volume and go for the RIDE!

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