Sunday, April 26, 2015

Hair apparent: On the subject of the top-knot/man-bun trend

Posted By on Sun, Apr 26, 2015 at 11:06 AM

Move over, ostentastache — the man-bun is here. - TRENDLOVER VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
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  • Move over, ostentastache — the man-bun is here.

Top-knots on dudes have been trending for more than a year in big cities like Los Angeles, New York, London and Melbourne, but lately they’re seeming to gain popularity here in the bay area. Sure, I’d seen one or two at Rollin’ Oats or walking in downtown St. Pete, but at a recent show at Jannus Live there were so many men with top-knots (or man-buns) that my friends and I started counting. Seven. Including the frontman/mandolin player of Yonder Mountain String Band. If you’re not clear, a top-knot is when a long-haired male wraps their hair into a little ball and neatly poises it on top of his head with a rubber band, like a samurai, or a chick.

At first I wondered if maybe top-knots could be the next big man-trend. Maybe it would be the new mustache, which is a little played out. After all, the ironic mustache ceases to be ironic when more than half the dudes at any given hipster bar have one. But after giving it some thought, Top-Knot Guy and Mustache Guy are not the same guy. I know this because it is always accurate to make generalizations about people based on their appearance. Fact.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

9/11 and the Zeitgeist of Déjà Vu

Posted By on Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 1:44 PM


The German as well as the French language have imbued the English language with some succinctly descriptive “catch all” nomenclature. Philologists will concede that some words in certain languages encompass more information than the sum of their parts.

The second word in the title of the article, Déjà Vu, is no stranger to native English speakers. Although the components together mean simply, already seen, the implications on a particular topic or situation can be exponential. The same is true for the German word zeitgeist. Disentangled it means time spirit.

However, the vernacular usage in the English language has evolved to convey a collective episodical psychosocial belief. In more prosaic terms it is used to explain an historical prevalence of visceral thoughts and paradigms.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Gloria Steinem turns 80

Posted By on Tue, Mar 25, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Steinem as a Playboy Bunny.
  • Steinem as a Playboy Bunny.

Tuesday is feminist icon Gloria Steinem's 80th birthday. Founder of Ms. Magazine, the seemingly ageless Steinem is headed out of the country to celebrate her latest decade.

"Do not bother to call. She’s planning to celebrate in Botswana," the New York Times wrote in a recent interview with her. “I thought: ‘What do I really want to do on my birthday?’" she said in the interview. "First, get out of Dodge. Second, ride elephants.”

On the eve of the last presidential election, Gloria Steinem sat down with Creative Loafing after speaking at a rally to strike down an anti-choice amendment on the ballot. 

We talked about women's rights, the importance of voting, and her definition of feminism (you can read the complete interview here.)

"Just send them to the dictionary," she replied when I asked her about those who shy away from "feminism." (I'm calling you out Katy Perry, for shame!). "It means what it has always meant, which is a person, man or woman, who believes in the full social, economical, and political equality of women and men. I empathize with those women because they've been subject to 20 years of Rush Limbaugh saying femi-nazi and demonizing the word. First of all, more women and men self-identify with feminism than ever before in history, even with the misunderstanding of what it really means. When you define it, more than 60 percent of women identify. So it's being demonized for a reason, it's part of the backlash. It just means we believe in our community."

But the most compelling part of our conversation came after the recorder had been turned off, inside a small room on the second floor of Jannus Landing. There were a few other people in the room, including the late St. Petersburg activist Paula Witthaus. 

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Bro Bowl and Central Avenue History: Peaceful Coexistence

Posted By on Thu, Oct 10, 2013 at 4:41 PM

BOWL-ED OVER? Skater Pablo Gutierrez at Perry Harvey Sr. Park, Tampa. Photo by Daniel Veintimilla.
If dirt could talk, the area where Central Avenue stood would have a lot to say. This place has been through several reincarnations and tonight’s community conversation at 6:30, at Greater Bethel Missionary Baptist Church focuses on its next.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

On Newtown: Stop micromanaging the debate

Posted By on Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Since the unspeakable became a reality on Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary, there has been, for every impassioned opinion, outcry and Facebook meme, a smarmy cynic wagging a finger and playing armchair society critic.

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

I Am Choice's "Get Out the Vote" campaign launches in opposition of Amendment 6

Posted By on Thu, Sep 20, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Doris Rosen protested in October of 1989 against then Florida Gov. Bob Martinez when he convened a special session to examine tougher restrictions on abortions. The Republican governor had legislators return to session for three days to consider proposals.

At the time, The Sun Sentinel reported that, "among his proposals, Martinez wants a state law requiring women seeking abortions be tested if they are at least 20 weeks pregnant a reduction of the states current 24-week standard. If doctors determine that the fetus can survive outside the womb, abortion would be allowed only to save the woman's life, under the governor's proposal."

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Political Wizards Turn Immigration Reform into Racial Profiling

Posted By on Tue, Aug 21, 2012 at 4:00 PM

On Monday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Atlanta ruled that at least one derisive feature of the Georgia and Alabama immigration laws will be left intact. The so called “show me your papers” provision is intended to allow law enforcement to more verdantly apprehend illegal immigrants who are suspected of a criminal wrongdoing.

According to civil rights advocacy groups the “show me your papers” is at its core just a thinly veiled mechanism for wanton racial profiling.

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Friday, August 17, 2012

Pussy Riot found guilty

Russian punk rockers Pussy Riot face two years of jailtime for hooliganism.

Posted By on Fri, Aug 17, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Russian girl punk rockers Pussy Riot were found guilty of hooliganism Friday. The three women were charged with premeditated hooliganism by organized groups of people, motivated by "religious hatred or hostility" said Judge Marina Syrova Friday morning. Pussy Riot was arrested after performing outside an orthodox church in February, they stated the protest was against the Russian Orthodox church leader's support of Putin's leadership. Maria Alyokhina, 24, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 29, are sentenced to two years in jail.

Radical Canadian femme rocker Peaches wrote Free Pussy Riot, in solidarity with the band. The Knife, Lykke Li, Miike Snow and others joined Peaches in the video.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

RNC closures are a little too sobering

Posted By on Wed, Aug 15, 2012 at 10:10 AM

I finally sat down to take a look at the road closures for the RNC. Who came up with this plan? It must have been someone who took this whole thing WAY too soberly serious, someone who needs a drink.

Pour the man (or woman) a glass of Longoria Pinot Grigio from Santa Barbara County. There’s no relation between our Longoria and their Longoria except that they’re both tops in their field. The crisp refreshing flavors of the wine will help quench that parched feeling Florida heat gives and pairs well with one of our area favorites at the Hurricane — blackened grouper sandwich.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The price of corn versus the price of freedom

Posted By on Tue, Aug 14, 2012 at 3:29 PM

"Politicks are now nothing more than means of rising in the world. With this sole view do men engage in politicks, and their whole conduct proceeds upon it."
Dr. Samuel Johnson (1791)

A few weeks ago with little fanfare and almost negative column inches the US Senate approved an extension of the Farm Bill with minor cuts. Despite the horrendous weather conditions in the plains states (i.e Corn Belt) and the failing harvest, the proposed extension of the Farm Bill will include a lavish provision for crop insurance programs that will protect farmers against both natural disaster and market fluctuations. Recently spin doctors in the media have ominously foretold that the price of diary and meat will to go through the roof in the last quarter of the year.


That hits all of US consumers hard in the wallet as we attempt to buy those government subsidized groceries. It's apparent that the Farm Bill of 2008 needs to be meaningfully overhauled AGAIN. However, when the US House of Representatives finally gets around to drafting their version it is likely to be a near carbon copy of the Senate's bill. The extension is slated to dole out about $96 billion a year to subsidies on “specialty crops” (read: primarily corn and soy) about $50 billion which will be in direct payments to mostly large agribusinesses.

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