Sunday, May 31, 2015

Saturday, May 30, 2015

With friends like these...

The city of Cincinnati has handed out loans, tax abatements, TIFs etc., hand over fist to private enterprises for years. They are reviewing those policies now & that's good.
Denying a group of citizens a loan as they are trying to organize themselves for the betterment of their community and to create jobs in the community is just rude.
Cincinnati city manager Harry Black decided to deny a loan request from Clifton Market.
The Clifton Market fills a grocery void, a food desert, it fills a void as the anchor store for the Clifton business district, it fills a jobs void, and it will fill a tax revenue void for the city.
How do the representatives of Clfton respond?
"Get in your car and go to Kroger!"

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Ultron Effect of the Automobile

This cartoon was referenced in a Wired magazine article that discusses the psychological transformation when a normal pleasant person inserts himself into a machine.
They don't stress the isolation factor so much but does recommend the use of passengers.

Monday, May 25, 2015

The Future of Malls

Should state or the national park system take over dead malls?
They are historical places. They are large & could provide space for camping. Lotsa room for gift centers. They could let the Sears stores fall into disrepair and use them for more difficult hiking & climbing. The fountains could be expanded for swimming or fishing. Bike lanes could be installed.
While the malls might no longer be profitable but as a subsidized entertainment center, perhaps they coulld have a new life.

Cincinnati Preparedness Expo

The Cincinnati Preparedness Expo will be at the Sharonville Convention Center May 30-31. Oliver North will be the keynote speaker.
Preppers are an interesting lot. I know of them from the zombie nuts but watching the video I actually would like to learn about some of this stuff.
One thing I found amusing on the site, however, was that under Explore Cincy, there was absolutely nothing listed in Sharonville. They send you off to Kings Island, downtown Cincinnati, Newport, Union Terminal, the Cincinnati Zoo...
Surprisingly they don't send you off to OTR with your AR-15 & body armour.
Anyway, everybody is going to be at the Wesleyan Cemetery Memorial service Monday morning.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Amateur Funeral Pyres for Pets

A neighbor decided to dispose of his dead dog via open air cremation. Instead of doing his research, he used an accelerant and burned up most of his back yard and melted the siding off his garage. The pup's corpse was fairly intact when the fire department arrived.
The guy was drunk & stoned so, of course, he attacked the fire fighters. Flames were reported 20-30 feet high & threatening trees.
This is probably illegal in your town in the first place, but if you insist on doing this, do your homework. You need a hot fire not a big fire & you will need to attend the fire for about a day doing some stirring as you go.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Let the Fat Lady Sing !

There's pretty much no place more associated with finality than a cemetery, so an opera performance in Bucharest’s Bellu Cemetery makes perfect sense.
This would be really cool in Cincinnati's Spring Grove Cemetery.
In the past, their Lantern Lighting event focussed on international music. This year they will have The Pete Wagner Orchestra which plays old pop tunes. The Drive In event plays recorded pop/rock music.
I think opera, real opera, not the operetta that will be performed in Bucharest, would fill the hills & trees very nicely.
A Lumenosity thing would be kinda cool in the cemetery, too but the added logistics might be a bit much. And, again, that's pop music. I think the old cemetery with it's sacred roots deserves older music.
And it would be even better if I-75 could be shut down for the event.

Read more about the Bellu event here.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Man? The Garbage Man

Cincinnati sanitation workers will start issuing tickets & fines in June.
I'm not sure I understand. Seems like they could just not pick up the trash if it's wrong (they flat out don't pick up pianos). In all the publicity I have seen no mention of how to pay the fine & how to challenge the fine.
Why would I want to challenge a fine?
Well, these aren't the smartest cats out there and think about the sanitation worker who claimed then councilman Chris Bortz of threatening to shoot him. That guy is going to be issuing tickets? These guys aren't trained like police and their task is hardly as simple as a meter maid's. Red light cameras would be preferable to this scheme. They are geared towards safety & have trained officers monitoring them. This is pretty clearly a money grab by the city going after the low hanging fruit of home owners.
Now, can I ticket the sanitation workers who leave my cart out in the street?

Trash Guidelines

Recycling FAQ

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Humorless Among Us

Does it really have to be this way? Do bloggers have to show no humour to be taken seriously? The above Tweet (should tweet be capitalised? My style book was written in the 30s) illustrates the predicament when Cincyopolis thinks fans of UrbanCincy are all super serious Utopia designers.
Granted, some of their ideas are hilarious but even seriously you can still have a sense of humour.
Of course my pointing out this obvious fact is pointless because everybody thinks I'm not serious about anything, including the Zombie Apocalypse, the Rise of the Robots and World Dominion by Trans-alien Insectoids. When I call for testing Mayor John Cranley to see if he's really human, nobody pays any attention but his is just the first baby step (sorry, had to) towards the demise of human society.
I try to help. I want to help. I have seen & read so much science fiction & horror that I feel I really know how to move the world towards a free libertarian post apocalyptic place where hot sweaty chicks with torn clothing carry around assault rifles and shoot mutant / zombie like creatures. A world where Gothic architecture has come back into fashion & pterodactyls snatch howling children off the streets. A cloud locked world like in The Road.
oh well....

Monday, May 11, 2015

Battling Taylor

OK, Hollywood, I have another blockbuster idea for you.
An Andy Taylor prequel where we visit his military career in WWII. Wikipedia states that some of the years listed by the writers don't exactly line up with the actual war but that there are references to him being stationed in France and in N Africa as a first sergeant.
What I'm thinking is N Africa where Andy finds himself battling zombie mummies in caves.
Maybe he could meet his wife, a rough & tumble archaeologist who belly dances. That would explain her having no family in Mayberry.
This will work, Hollywood. I will wait.

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Art in the Park !

Art in the Park kicks of The May edition of Northside Second Saturday.
Just one block north of the mattress war zone!

Friday, May 08, 2015

Is it Time for a Transhumanist President ?

Zoltan Istvan has declared his candidacy for president of the United States via The Transhumanist Party.
Dunno if the dude is being manipulated by aliens or if he is a homo superior already. Obviously his philosophy will begin the end of the human race as we know it, but is this just the next step in human evolution? Will we need to be transhuman cyborg obscenities just to defeat the imminent Zombie Apocalypse in the future?
It's good to get the dialogue going and the presidential debates should get real lively with his participation.

Gizmodo article here

Thursday, May 07, 2015

This is where I live

Northside - never a dull moment in the taco/mattress/tax return corridor...

Two Headed Chupacabra

would that be scary?

This is Sports

This past weekend I watched the IMCF in Poland.
Honestly, I don't get the huge popularity of baseball & football when you have seriously cool sports like this, rollerderby, and hockey.
and pro wrestling

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

The Proof of God's Existence

so, some chick in beefy Omaha has decided to file a lawsuit against all homosexuals. She claims to be the Ambassador of God.
I don't know how they are going to subpoena the invisible man in the sky who needs money but I'm sure they will find a way. When they do, and prividing God has suitable state issued photo ID, we might finally find out if God really exists.
And if he really does hate fags.

Omaha Journal Star article here

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Racist Facts

This seriously white dude who works with Alex Jones speaks up about racial issues that have been seriously skewed by blacks, white liberals & the sensationalist media.
He goes on about the 'white liberal media' but I think it's more about incendiary & sensationalist fear mongering.
But make no mistake, right wing white racists thrive on this crap.
If the American police is really all about black genocide, they're doing a piss poor job of doing it. Black folks are doing a way better job of black genocide.
But as the announcer says, saying this kind of shit just gets you labelled a racist. Problem with that is - since the allegation is so freely bandied about, it's meaning les & less as time marches on.
Meanwhile black parents have "the talk" with their children telling them white America is out to get them which cannot have any other effect that paranoia & hatred in the kids' fragile eggshell minds...
We really need to sit down & talk about this shit without the crazy preconceptions.
And just to take some of the pressure off the situation?
My life doesn't matter.

Monday, May 04, 2015

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Porktown Armageddon

holy cats - 9/19/15 downtown Cincinnati - we got Cincinnati Comic Expo, a zombie walk / dance & Oktoberfest
This town's gonna blow

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Friday, May 01, 2015

Happy Zombie Awareness Month

warm soft ground made moist by the spring rains - perfect for clawing your way out of a cold dark grave
nom nom.....