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"The most important thing in life is to be free to do things. There are only two ways to insure that freedom you can be rich or you can you reduce your needs to zero."
--John Boyd


"Humankind still lives in prehistory everywhere, indeed everything awaits the creation of the world as a genuine one... if human beings have grasped themselves, and what is theirs, without depersonalization and alienation, founded in real democracy, then something comes into being in the world that shines into everyone's childhood and where no one has yet been -- home."
--Ernest Bloch

"..woncha tell someone to meet me, I'm comin...home."
--Phillipe Wynne
All you are ever told in this country about being black is that it is a terrible, terrible thing to be. Now, in order to survive this, you have to really dig down into yourself and re-create yourself, really, according to no image which yet exists in America. You have to impose, in fact - this may sound very strange - you have to decide who you are, and force the world to deal with you, not with its idea of you
--James Baldwin
"Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men's blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans. Aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will not die, but long after we are gone will be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistency. "
-- Daniel Hudson Burnham
"The fundamental role of the public intellectual - distinct from, yet building on, the indispensable work of academics, experts, analysts, and pundits - is to create and sustain high-quality public discourse addressing urgent public problems which enlightens and energizes fellow citizens, prompting them to take public action."
-- Cornel West
"I cherish the twilight. I maximize, my soul is the right size. I look for the power to run out on the moon, and that'll be sometime soon"
-- Kelvin Mercer
"When there is no hero, you be the hero."
-- Rabbi Hillel

The Best of the Best

Domestic Affairs


Critical Theory



Diary of a Black Man

Life in the Old 'Hood

 Obligatory Seriousness

Brain Spew

Local Deeds

Matters of the Spirit



Security and Paranoia




XRepublic & Digital Democracy

BI & Enterprise Computing

Two Cents on the Blogosphere

Games & Gamers



A Punch in the Nose


Keeping It Right

Wellington House


The Comic

A Life of Their Own

Defending Kwanzaa

The Tookie Phenomenon