“Are we gonna live together?” (c) Senior Love Daddy

I just watched a video that made me sick to my stomach. I’ve often professed my love for all things Chicago but this my friends is one thing I can’t condone AT ALL. There is no excuse. Such senseless violence being perpetrated by our young people. It makes me sad and angry. What’s not so funny is I remember driving along an avenue similar to the scene of the crime. That fateful day there was another fight going on among some teenagers. The look of it was way more tame than what you will see when you watch the video (if you can).

I think of the culture of violence encouraged by our neighborhoods and by our country on a larger scale. This particular incident was a byproduct of the gang culture which has been present in Chicago since before I was born. Derrion Albert was reportedly NOT a gang member. He was actually an honor student in the wrong place at the wrong time trying to do the right thing. There has to be community outrage regarding this incident. A 16 year old is beaten to death by a mad group of his own peers. There is no outside force to blame here. There no need for blame, but there is a need for action.

Lets not wait until Derrion become James from the second floor in your building. I think this is a case of teenagers who have clearly insulated themselves in their own little world where this behavior is ok. Build a relationship with the young people on your block. It may save a life.

“Together are we gonna live?” (c) Senior Love Daddy


Dropbox comes to the iPhone

September 29, 2009

Looking at one of my favorite blogs Lifehacker I ran across this great piece of news. One of my favorite software items is now available for the iPhone/iTouch as an app. The software is called Dropbox. I’m sure a few of you have heard me talking about this program for a minute now. My good friend K Dub put me up on it a little over a month ago. I’ve been all about it ever since and even hooked it up on my mother’s computer.

You see Dropbox works just like any other folder on your PC or Mac. The trick is this folder (or set of folders) starts out with a free 2 Gigs of space and has the same content no matter where you are. So say you set up Dropbox on your home computer, and also set it up on your work computer. You just did 80% of a project and would like to finish it at home, however it’s too big to email. Place this file on Dropbox. When you get home you open up Dropbox and you are looking at the same folder from your job containing your project. Say goodbye to flash drives my friends.

You can also log on from any computer with internet access by logging into the Dropbox website and reach your folder that way without installing anything. And now that good folks at Dropbox have created an app to keep the good times rolling. I’m downloading this bad boy tonight. P.S. Just so you know, I installed Dropbox on my mother’s PC so that when she needs new music for the iPod I bought her, I can just place it on my shared folder in Dropbox (which I gave her access to) and she can just pull it down. Cuts down on my traveling during the week.
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(Oh and hit me up dashaun@mothergreen.com for a referal so I can get my Dropbox size up. That’s right with every person you get to sign up you get more free space)

You be the judge.

I ran across this video on the web and thought I would share it with you all. The bottom line is don’t take your liberties for granted. There are folks out there who are looking to undermine your freedom at every turn. Keep up with laws being passed in your territory and find out what you can do to enact change when necessary.

Recently I was in the market for a new apartment in Brooklyn. I’m finally taking the big step out of East New York (where the manic depressive psycho murderers stalk). As I looked through the different craigslist postings and real estate websites I got very upset.

First of all lets get something straight, I’ve been living in Brooklyn all 30 years of my life. I’ve spent time in Flatbush, Crown Heights, Bed Stuy, you name it I’ve walked there. These real estate maps are trying to tell me that Flatbush doesn’t start until after Church Ave. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Also the area known as Lefferts Gardens is within Flatbush just for your information. Flatbush starts at Empire Blvd. Prospect Heights while it’s a neighborhood now was only a high school when I grew up. There was no such neighborhood to my knowledge. Clinton Hill…only within Clinton and Washington on THAT HILL going between Fulton and about Myrtle. Now I got people telling me that Franklin and Dekalb is Clinton Hill, WRONG it’s Bed Stuy.

I know there are still some Brooklynites out there who know the deal. Don’t let these outsiders come and tell you what your neighborhood is. Reclaim the streets and buy property. Lets dictate how we live and who we live with. If you don’t yours could be the next Williamsburg (unless you’re into that sort of thing *smh*).