Market Street | San Francisco

been going through Snapshots since reading an interview from CityLab with Troy Holden, the photographer behind this collection of black and white photos of the places/faces of San Francisco. there’s a single comment on this particular photo, with the person asking what’s going on here with this subject’s face. personally, this photo reminds me of Righteous Dopefiend by Philippe Bourgois and Jeffrey Schonberg, a book I learned about in my first semester at Cal that chronicles the lives of people experiencing homelessness and drug addiction in San Francisco. after being exposed to so much of “Humans of San Francisco/New York/wherever” photo/story combos that tug at our heart strings, these Snapshots are strikingly sobering. 

the sonic foundation of hip-hop

off-topic for my Tumblr, but this is a very fun Wax Poetics interview with Bob James by David Ma - especially for anyone who likes hip hop, sampling, and long reads about music. kinda wish it was a podcast so we could hear Bob James talking over the tracks, and spliced with some of the songs that sample his original tracks.

some of my faves: “Night on Bald Mountain”, “Storm King” (Bob James says, “The groove is very solid on this one.”), “Take Me To the Mardi Gras” (note: cowbell), “Feel Like Making Love” (I found myself stopping multiple times while listening to look up the title, and it was all the same song)

bonus list of songs I wish I didn’t listen to in the middle of the night: “Valley of the Shadows”, “Nautilus” - very ominous pieces. what’s super interesting about the latter was that it was hidden at the end of side B (compared to more “attention getter” songs that appear at the beginning of side A), yet it’s been heavily sampled by the hip hop field apparently, though I can’t say any songs occurred to me while listening. 

The Berkeley study concluded that an increase in the perception of available time leads powerful people to be, on the whole, less stressed. The flip side of this is that the powerless feel the pressure of time’s inexorable march, and research has found that poverty-related concerns like being short on time can lead people to make worse decisions.

ABC News Apologizes After Making Big Israel-Palestine Error

ABC News has said it will correct an error it made on Tuesday’s edition of “World News,” when it mischaracterized a picture of a Palestinian family dealing with the aftermath of an Israeli strike as an Israeli family coping from a Palestinian strike.

— I am lucky to have well-informed friends who keep me posted on the news through Facebook and my heart is always heavy reading stories like these. This time, however, what caught my eye was the word ‘mischaracterized’ - mostly because I feel like I always think of the word ‘misrepresent’ and after a Google search of the word, the first page reveals links to dictionary websites, save for one result: a news article from the American Forces Press Service called “Media Reports Mischaracterize What NSA Does.” Doy.

What does it mean to mischaracterize in the media? How about in public health? There can be many implications for misrepresenting information, in the long-term and unintentionally. For those of us working in the public sector, how can we enable a more critical engagement with the issues closest to our hearts, when it seems like there is an endless sea of information coming at us everyday? Still trying to figure that one out because, hell, if someone else didn’t point this out, I’m not sure I would have known there was any mischaracterization at all…

when life is akin to juggling knives in a wind tunnel, it takes all your concentration just not to get stabbed

brilliant comment on this op-ed “No Money, No Time" by Maria Konnikova

Konnikova discusses poverty beyond money and financial constraints, reminding us of the additional constraints of time and attention. Researchers from the University of Chicago, Princeton, and Harvard - including economist Sendhil Mullainathan and psychologist Eldar Shafir, co-authors of Scarcity - found that “When you don’t have enough, you focus on the little you have, and it leaves you with less attention.” And the ‘little you have’ didn’t have to come from financial hardship.

(669) 221-6251


next time someone demands your digits and you want to get out of the situation, you can give them this number: (669) 221-6251.

when the person calls or texts, an automatically-generated quotation from feminist writer bell hooks will respond for you.

protect your privacy while dropping some feminist knowledge when your unwanted “suitor” calls or texts.

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because we’re raised to know it’s safer to give a fake phone number than to directly reject an aggressive guy.

because we’re raised to know that evasion or rejection can be met with violence.

because women are still threatened and punished for rejecting advances.

because (669) UGH-ASIF, WTF-DUDE, and MAJR-SHADE were taken.

because why give any old fake number, when you can have bell hooks screen your calls?

so next time, just give out this number: (669) 221-6251

tech to protect.

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a note to friends and comrades!

when we started this phone line, we had no idea that it would receive thousands of calls and texts in the first day, with no signs of slowing down.

if you would like to help sustain this service please consider donating, however modestly. any money raised beyond the cost of paying the phone bill will be donated to the The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health.

many thanks!

bell hooks for the win, c/o Colorlines.