If I recall correctly, he was singing Sinatra's Summer Wind.
This time, a vertical shot from inside the musuem. You can see a bit of my reflection in the lower left corner.
In front of the Housing and Urban Development Building.
And since I didn't post anything yesterday, here's a bonus photo for today.
Due to the newfound fame of Modest Mouse, I've been getting a reasonable number of hits to this old photo of MM, so I'm going to pander by posting another photo from that show. This show happened sometime in '96 I think. I think about 30 people showed up, which wasn't enough to come close to filling the the ballroom at CMU.
Another shot of the interview crew at work on the field before the game.
Clapping after the Eastern Conference team scored a goal.
The large version of the panorama is pretty wide, so I didn't post it in-line, but it's linked in case you want to see it.
Conducting interviews on the field prior to the All-Star Game.
A TV crew conducts interviews on the field at RFK while players warmup for the Major League Soccer All-Star Game.
Bryan, standing on an empty ramp at RFK.
Last photo from my college years for the time being, although I'm sure I'll come back to them at some point.
Like this old photo, this is another photo from college that I've lost the negative for somewhere along the way.
Earlier this week, the Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit Court handed down a pretty unusual decision [link via How Appealing] to uphold the sentence of Charles Floyd Pipkins and Andrew Moore Jr. Moore and Pipkins are better known by their respective aliases Sir Charles and Batman. Sir Charles and Batman were pimps in the Atlanta area, and the Court of Appeals decision in their case has to be one of the more hilarious and strange decisions ever.
The background section is particularly enlightening, since it provides a lot of insight into the social stratification of Atlanta’s pimps, and the rules of their business, which were even provided to new pimps and prostitutes in a series of videos:
The pimping subculture in Atlanta operated under a set of rules, presented in the video called Really Really Pimpin’ in Da South. This videotape was made in Atlanta by Pipkins and Carlos Glover, a business associate. Really Really Pimpin’ in Da South featured prominent Atlanta pimps, including Pipkins, explaining the rules of the game. This video, along with its companion piece, Pimps Up Hoes Down, outlined the pimp code of conduct, and was repeatedly shown to new pimps and prostitutes alike to concisely explain what was expected of a prostitute. The origin of Pimps Up Hoes Down is unknown. In essence, these videos taught that prostitutes were required to perform sexual acts, known as “tricks” or “dates,” for money.
I could spend a ton of time quoting the decision, which gets into a pretty good amount of detail regarding the pimping activities of Sir Charles and Batman, but I thought the most interesting section of the decision was that the they—along with a number of other Atlanta-area pimps—were rung up on federal charges under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, which was established in 1962 as a tool to go after the Mafia.
Of course, the Mafia isn’t the only organization that can engage in racketeering, they’re just the prototype of a criminal organization that engages in long term criminal activity that affects interstate or foreign commerce. By organizing a large scale prostitution ring in concert with a number of pimps, Sir Charles and Batman definitely qualified as a criminal enterprise that would be eligible for prosecution. Additionally, they often conducted business across state lines, thereby qualifying their prostitution ring as interstate commerce.
Despite the evidence against him, Sir Charles attempted to wiggle his way out of the RICO section of the case in his appeal:
Moore advances the creative, yet hopeless contention that he could not have agreed to participate in an enterprise with other pimps because he was not considered a real pimp by other pimps and their prostitutes because he did not follow the rules of the game. In support of this assertion, Moore cites testimony from Hollywood that Moore was a mere “shoe man” and a ticket scalping “hustler,” disrespected in the neighborhood for the way he conducted his affairs. The record negates Moore’s claims. While the other denizens of Metropolitan Avenue may have looked down upon Moore for being a “guerilla pimp,” he was a pimp nonetheless. At trial, Hollywood, Worm, Scooby, and KK referred to Moore as a pimp. Contrary to Moore’s assertions, the record overwhelmingly shows that he was a pimp who knowingly worked in concert with other pimps.
Since any pattern of racketeering activity can qualify as a RICO violation, the use of RICO has greatly extended since it was passed, and has been used to for a wide variety of purposes, including against the big tobacco companies and a Catholic bishop.
While Major League Baseball isn't guilty of playing music while the game was actually being played, one of the key experiences of attending a game for me has always been the music. Each player is allowed to select a song that accompanies them out onto the field whenever they come to bat or walk in from the bullpen.
Earlier today, ESPN posted a list of the at-bat songs for all of the teams of the American League. No matter which team is coming to bat, it appears that you can always expect a mix of classic rock, hip hop and a good helping of latin music.
At any given game, there’s a good chance you’ll hear Usher’s Yeah!, since an unfortunate number of players seem to like to have Lil’ Jon shouting while they step into the batter’s box.
Eschewing the macho music preferred by everyone else in the league, Hideki Matsui will occasionally warm up to the strains of The Beatles' Daytripper or Get Back. I guess his selection of The Who’s Who Are You is a little more in tune with the classic rock preferred by a subset of the league’s players, but I have to imagine that his rather pop-oriented picks have to be the source of some derision.
The strangest musical selection of all has to be David Dellucci’s pick: Rather than striding out to a power chord or a bombastic hip hop track, Dellucci enters to the opening strains of The Godfather Waltz, which is better known to most people as the theme to the Godfather films. Even so, I don’t think hearing The Godfather Waltz at a Rangers game would be as jarring to me as the time I heard a Jawbox song at a Capitols game, or when I hear Fugazi’s Waiting Room at a Redskins game.
This is Neeraj, who was one of my roommates in college. I'm not sure exactly what he is doing now, but I'm sure he is doing well. In fact, as I recall, I think our answering machine had a number of options which I believe were:
1. Press 1 to leave a message for Andrew
2. Press 2 to leave a message for Matt
3. Press 3 to leave a message for Mike
4. Press 4 if you would like Mike to call you back and tell you a joke
5. Press 5 if you would like to leave a personal message for Neeraj
6. Press 6 if you would like to leave a message for Neeraj regarding career opportunities
The buggy races at CMU are held once a year over Spring Carnival weekend in April. There are men's and women's push teams, but the buggy is always driven by a small woman. As I recall, no one over 5 feet tall can fit in a buggy, so that was the limiting factor for choosing drivers.