Monthly Archives: April 2012

Chocolate City is now more like Cookies and Creme: An article about gentrification

1st and foremost, I thought it would be appropriate to give the definition of gentrification. According to the average income increases and average family size decreases in the community, which sometimes results in the eviction of lower-income residents because of increased rents, house prices, and property taxes. Gentrification refers to the displacement that results when wealthier people acquire property in low income and working class communities. 

I have seen this personally in action all over DC from Deanwood to Adams Morgan all in the last few years – areas that just recently were mostly black, have changed to the point that it can be said that “Chocolate City” has become more and more “Cookies And Cream”. Not to say that I feel that this is necessarily a bad thing as I have absolutely no problem with people deciding to move to another area to be closer to their jobs, or just for the sake of living somewhere else. That is perfectly fine with me.

A serious issue is the housing condition, apartments that were once “affordable” have been too often converted into condos which cater to more affluent occupants. This segment turns out to be White, which would seem to coincide with the fact that some feel as though Blacks are being targeted for removal from DC and that it is done on purpose. I disagree with that notion since I believe that green is a color more divisive than black or white. What that means is that if you have enough money you can live wherever you want to.
Now truthfully speaking, in Washington, DC and its immediate area as in many large cities in the United States, this is a trend as noted by see below for a picture that illustrates this:

When you take a look at Eric Fischer’s updated racial and ethnic distribution maps and you will see that by-and-large, there remains stark segregation between white and black residents in D.C., meanwhile there are many areas with strong integration patterns in the outlying suburban counties.

The areas with the greatest concentrations of blacks are in blue and red represents whites. You clearly see that blacks are the most prevalent in areas of NE and SE DC as well as PG county to the East and South of the city. While on the contrary, Whites are in NW and Northern VA, there are areas that are quite multicultural in nature such as parts of NW , DC but other than there is much contrast.
I would love to compare this 2010 distribution map with one from 2000, 1990, and even earlier to really show the changes over time.
While I understand that there are those that feel like this is segregation, I disagree with that for the reasons I mentioned above that green is the most important color. DC is a very interesting city indeed for although there are areas on the map that have been historically Caucasian for decades, at one time there were enclaves of Backs in areas such as Georgetown. The one that surprised me the most Tenleytown which was recently nicknamed “Upper Caucasia” by

Now, I don’t wish to be misunderstood. I have no qualms with people deciding to move to another area no matter what there race is and I do not blame them for the disenfranchised sentiment of African Americans in DC. I blame apathy and pop culture, and why I feel this way will be explored in further posts at a later date.
So, in conclusion, I think that it is imperative that today in the year 2011, we get away from the internal prejudices that we may have about one another. This makes me think of a song from Disney’s Pocahontas that, in part, says: “They’re different from us, which means they must be evil, let us sound the drums of war.” 

Here is another picture:

In the words of Rodney King ” Can’t we all just get along”


great suggestions

Originally posted on Nitasha:

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Originally posted on Adrian Andrade:

If your like me, you’ve probably installed a linux distribution or two on your old Windows pre-installed hardware but now have that old “Powered by Windows” sticker looking back at you. Well not anymore. If you don’t want to print out some stickers on your own from templets found on the internet, System76, the company who sells Ubuntu Linux pre-installed on Desktops and Laptops, provides professional quality stickers for your current hardware so you can replace or place alongside your “Powered by Windows” sticker. All you need is to send a stamped and self addressed envelope to them and expect to wait for a couple months. You receive 4 “Powered by Ubuntu” stickers and 4 SuperKey stickers. Please excuse the missing stickers in my photo because I’ve used them on my old HP Compaq and Dell Inspiron back when I first received these.

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Very good comparison between Windows and Linux

Originally posted on Slacker Boy:

Here is a comparison of the default directory structures of  Windows and Gnu/Linux.
Directory On Gnu/Linux Explanation Equivalent on Windows (Default installation)
/ Root Directory No real equivalent. Each storage medium has a separate root directory
/bin, /usr/bin and /usr/local Program executable files Program files
/sbin and /usr/sbin Important executable files Windows and Windows\System32
/boot Files required to start the system C:\
/etc Configuration files, services, etc. Windows, Windows\System32 and Registry
/var System Logs , etc. Windows and Windows\System32
/usr/lib Libraries Program Files\Common Files, Windows and Windows\System32
/root Files of default administrator (called root user) document and Settings\ for administrator
/home Files of each non-root user documents and settings
/media and /mnt Extra storage devices and file systems mounted here My computer virtual folder
/usr/include and /usr/src Source code N/A
/dev Device files (hardware is represented by files) N/A
/proc Virtual files representing data such as running tasks, free memory…

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I had to reblog this it was that good!

Originally posted on a new flavor of evil:

One of the things I like about using Linux is the flexibility and level of control you have with the interface.  If you have the know-how, or the will to learn, then you can customize to your hearts content.  I still change mine around occasionally, but have more or less settled on a functional setup.

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A great story of a company who cares

Originally posted on The blog of Eight:

Very few people that enjoy gaming on PC’s will not have heard of the Humble Indie Bundles. These bundles have brought more than a dozen awesome games to eager gamers for a fair price, put some much appreciated coin in the pockets of developers and even found a way to support charity. It could be argued that there isn’t much more awesomeness to be had from them.

But then, like in any good story, enter the antagonist. In this case an old favourite that many love to hate, Paypal.

Introversion Software

Introversion Software (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

To make a long and boring story slightly shorter, I had purchased the Humble Introversion Bundle when it was announced late last year (and as a side note I downloaded it for Linux of course). I didn’t get a chance to actually load it up and play until February of this year (2012). Sadly my bundle didn’t want to work and kept…

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I am so excited about this

Originally posted on gadgetscanada:

Well after a few false starts, the distributors for the Raspberry Pi Computer have finally started to ship to the lucky ones who preordered the units back in February.  The $35 credit card sized computer has an ARM based processor that runs Linux; it is capable of running many of the same programs that a regular computer can run as well as playing HD video.  The model that is presently available has two USB 2.0 ports, that will allow the hookup of a keyboard and mouse and you can access your network through an ethernet connection.  There is presently a backlog in orders but the distributors are promising new shipments on a regular basis to fill the big demand.  You can register with either Allied Electronics or Element 14 to receive updates on availability or to preorder your very own micro computer. 

Source: Engadget and Previous Posts 1 and 2

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How Hip Hop and Rap Music Can Affect How We Feel About Women

I decided to write this article based on a conversation I was having with a friend some time ago. Part of the conversation was how people are affected by music.

In this post I decided to write about how music can affect how we feel about women. This is quite relevant since what we listen to has the power to affect our thoughts, our emotions, and even our actions. With that said, it makes a lot of sense to really be careful of what we allow ourselves to take in so that we don’t fall victim to the common misconceptions that a number of people apparently have about women.

I understand that peer pressure is powerful but how powerful it is depends on the person and who or whom they choose to associate with. This brings us back to the music.
Would it be wise to regularly associate with an person or group that feel as though a woman exists solely for the purpose of pleasing men? Or who regularly refers to women in the most derogatory ways merely for the sake of generating record sales?

After all, isn’t it true that an artist produces music that is really a reflection of how they feel, the things they think about and therefore see doing so as a means to earn income for themselves?
The answer is quite obvious.
I have, therefore, come to the conclusion that certain types of music are just another way for misogynist thinking to be advertised as something that is OK. To be misogynist means to literally hate or dislike women, and often the ones doing such things claim to be heterosexual, but that being the case one would expect their lyrics to be more kinder to the ladies. This is definitely not the case. And yet there appears to be no shortage of so-called video girls. (I thought that would be a nicer term to use).
It seems that, more often than not, women get the bad rap (pun fully intended) and it is often in Hip Hop and Rap – especially gangsta rap – that promotes this. You see a guy is considered “soft” or a coward if he doesn’t objectify or otherwise dehumanize a woman. The lyrics may be catchy, the beat very moving but what are they talking about? Are they praising women for being a gift from God? Or are they talking about the two sexes living in harmony? Is it harmless? Well, honestly, think about it.
Now you are probably wondering why the focus on Rap and Hip-Hop? Aren’t there sexist attitudes towards women in virtually every musical genre out there? Well, yes there is sadly, but I decided to focus on Hip-Hop and Rap because these genres are the ones I am the most familiar with.
In part 2 we will go into this topic more.
Until then TAKE CARE.


I love the raspberry pi this is going to be so awesome!

Originally posted on Easy as Pi:

Below is the video of the webinar that Eben Upton (founder and trustee of the Raspberry Pi Foundation) gave on April 5th – the live broadcast of which was attended by over 2,800 registered participants.

The webinar was mostly aimed at giving an overview of how to get the Raspberry Pi up and running once it has been unboxed. Unlike Macs and PCs which generally make start-up a rather quick and painless process, the Raspberry Pi requires it’s users to step through a slightly more programmatic, albeit interesting, process. In a sense, from the very first interaction with the Pi, users are already having to think like programmers by applying logical processes that will make the technology run. It can most certainly be said that the Raspberry Pi is not a computer for pure consumption, a la iPad; it requires thought, process, learning, and a dollop of patience!

The great…

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