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Message started by Degreaser on 01/25/08 at 5:31pm

Title: Getting to know youz
Post by Degreaser on 01/25/08 at 5:31pm

So I've been on here a while and I don't know a third of who you people are. Seems like there's a good deal of new folks on here and I am confused by all the ambiguous avatars so here goes. I'll go first. Post your myspace account/accounts on here too.

My real name is Peter. I went to RISD and stayed up there after for about five years pursuing illustration, painting, playing bass in punk bands you've never heard of, and working as an art manager/buyer/director in the textbook publishing industry.

After finally conceding that Providence, RI kicked my ass (small small small mean town. put baltimore under a shrink ray and give it a napoleon complex and put all the misanthropic alcoholics on steroids AND make sure there are no good jobs), I moved down here to Baltimore to try my hand at tattooing after getting a tattoo apprenticeship at Read St. tattoo. I worked at a foam recycling center by day and Sonar and Talking Head at night doing door and sidestage. I decided that I wasn't making that much progress with tattooing, was sick of getting water balloons thrown at me every single day so I started working with Neil at Lo-Fi Social Club doing art curation and later took over booking. My involvement ended with that club a little while back but I may start doing some work with them again. Will keep you posted on what happens with all that.

I'm currently unemployed, bored, single, stressed out and looking for work, a car, graphics applications, a new roommate, and a new computer. I love high fiving, horror movies, art, girls, beer and music. So far 2007 was way better than 2008 is turning out. I just got a $150 citation for urinating in public. Go me!

www.myspace.com/plazm
www.myspace.com/petergoode

Now who the hell are all you people?

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Juxton on 01/25/08 at 6:12pm

good thread!

my real name is justin.  i was born in 1981 and grew up in annapolis, md.  i went to a private catholic school K - 12, which probably explains why i've got so much "catholic guilt" and i "run like a christian" as raven likes to say.  i first got involved with the local scene around the age of 14 / 15.  outside of the national bands that i'd heard on skate videos, some of the first punk bands that i was really into were: pee tanks, rubber sole / the thumbs, inquisition, fun size - pop punk stuff from annapolis, baltimore and virginia.  i got involved with the VFW 160 scene (the VFW right next to BWI) around 97 maybe - right around the time i got my drivers license.  that's how i came to know a bunch of people that are now living in baltimore: pat martin, mike riley, sam garner.  around that time i was in a ska punk band that played the VFW often ...

i went to the university of maryland college park from 1999 - 2004 and ended up with a degree in computer science.  it was really hard and i wasn't terribly into it, so i kind of skidded through by the seat of my pants the last year / year and a half.  during my early college years, i was in an emo band called Summersett that played the sidebar on an almost monthly basis.  this was also around the time that the St. Andrew's Church scene in college park was really going strong, so i gravitated towards those kinds of shows / bands / etc.  in my later college years i was djing at wmuc and working at the cd/game exchange which really helped open me up to a lot of new music that i'd never been exposed to before.  it was around this time that i started playing experimental music with a bunch of the guys from the cd/game exchange as They Can Never Take Our Crow.

right around the time i graduated college i birthed beatbots.com in the basement of La Casa Quintana in Hyattsville where i lived with raven, tem of de nada / super chinchilla rescue mission / medic, kristen (one of the first beatbots writers) and daryl and mashall of the dc hip hop group Critically Acclaimed.  plus the 3 or 4 dudes that were constantly sleeping on our couch.

raven and i moved to baltimore in april of 2005 and i mostly sat around in the apartment all day, unemployed.  eskimoprizefighter was my first friend in baltimore and he gave me the grand tour of the city / scene.  i then worked at city cafe for about 9 months (had a big beard at the time) until shit was finally too much to handle, so i quit.

now, i work full time at a very small web startup company that's located in fulton, md (legendary Scaggsville exit on 95).  its a suck commute from charles village, but the money is awesome and i enjoy the work.  we do a lot of stuff with dynamic multimedia publishing from mobile phones to the internet, from the internet to mobile phones, etc etc etc.  i'm one of the core developers for the website www.cellblock.com (which runs the beatbots photo stream).

for me, 2007 was very much a year about Beatbots ... trying to get the word out, make it better, and stuff like that.  overall, i feel like the year was pretty succesfull in that respect.  2008 for me is all about personal growth ... better developing some of my creative skills, working on being more social, etc.  trying to be less uptight and get out of the house more.  that isn't to say that beatbots isn't a huge part of my life (time, energy, etc) and i'm not going to push it (i've been workign for about two months on a big site relaunch - going live February 2nd/3rd!!) ... i'm just going to be a bit more practical about my approach.

wow, so i just spilled my guts all over the internet.

www.myspace.com/hxplsn
www.youtube.com/hexplosion
www.twitter.com/hxplsn
www.last.fm/user/mouff
www.hexplosion.com

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by james on 01/25/08 at 6:30pm

nice, a chance to kill a half hour talking about myself!


My real name is James, but I was called Jamie until about 7th Grade. A school/city change gave me the opportunity to part with Jamie.

Went to Frostburg in Western MD for 4.5 years. Majored in art with a focus in graphic design. I enjoyed my classes and thought highly of my professors, but they weren't all that informative; they were extremely free and liberal, which isn't good if you're trying to pursue a technical career. Over the past few years, I've been trying to teach myself everything I should've learned. I worked at a hippie bar called Gandalfs, which was a good time. I was heavily into snowboarding and mountain biking there and I miss both terribly. I'd happily move back to the middle-of-nowhere in Garret or Allegany County if I could land a good job out there, but the job market is pretty thin.

Currently, I'm on a marketing team at a major guitar manufacturer. My main responibilities include our website and other web marketing projects (youtube/myspace/banner ads/etc). I've been there for 5 years and I don't see myself leaving anytime soon. I could be a lifer.

I live near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, on the Western side. My little area is ok for boring suburbia. I don't care much for Annapolis.

I'm also single, which is nice. I've been "involved" constantly for the last decade, so this is a welcome change of pace. I just need to stick to it. No one bitches every time a new box full of records come in.  

I'm jealous of you Baltimore folks with a steady amount of decent things to do. I'm stuck in this 30 year mortgage and can't move if I wanted to.

I'm about to go out and eat a lot of oysters and drink some pints.

I will see you fools tomorrow night.

www.myspace.com/jamesohhay


Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by james on 01/25/08 at 6:45pm

it might be worth mentioning how you ended up on this site

i knew justin from high school. i wish we'd hung out more, though I don't know if I'd have been down with the emo band :)

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Juxton on 01/25/08 at 7:17pm


james wrote:
i knew justin from high school. i wish we'd hung out more, though I don't know if I'd have been down with the emo band :)

we were in art class together and you lent me that dag nasty cd that i still have.  :)

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by macroint on 01/25/08 at 11:26pm

My name is Jeff, I'm 44 years old, divorced and living in Columbia, MD.

I was born in Houston, TX, moved to Rochester, NY when my parents divorced. My mother caught the world travel bug in the mid-70's and hauled my sorry ass to Shiraz, Iran where we lived for a year and a half before being evacuated out two months before the Shah decided to call it quits. Returning to the States, we moved to Randallstown, MD where my mother's 4th (and last) husband, Gus,  was from (they met in Iran). Six months later, in 1979, we moved to Morocco. I went to a boarding school in Tangier where I graduated from highschool.

In 1982 I started college at York College of Pennsylvania and dropped out my first semester and joined the fucking US Navy. After a month, I woke up one morning and said "I hate fucking push-ups" and told the Navy that I didn't think I was into this shit, so I got a general discharge. Moved back to Randallstown, though my mother and Gus were still in Morocco. My mother didn't want me getting into trouble by myself, so she had me come to Morocco. I got stoned alot, stayed a few months and came back to the States in late February, '83 (with 1/4 kilo of hash). Watched tv alot, didn't really do much of anything, so I called some buddies from highschool who were going to college at Union College in Schenectady, NY and they said come on up. I sold a bit of the hash to get some cash to go up, but before I did, I stole a .38 Saturday Night Special my mother had from when she was a single mother with 3 kids (I have a brother and sister, I'm the youngest). I didn't really know what I was gonna do with the gun, but I thought it was the smart thing to do (Hey, I dropped out of college, so obviously I wasn't the smartest bird in the bunch). Took a bus up to Schenectady and stayed stoned with my buds for a week straight.

When the hash ran out, I figured it was time to move on, so I said goodbye and decided to go visit relatives in Rochester. Got to the bus station and discovered I had only enough money to get to Utica, so I bought a ticket. On the bus ride, I knew what I had to do and that's where the .38 came into play. When I arrived in Utica, I went to the bathroom, took the gun out of my backpack and started to put it into my jacket (a jacket that was too small for me since it had belonged to my bro). When the gun didn't fit, I ripped the pocket so it would. I loaded the gun first and stuck the rest of the shells in my other pocket and hit the road looking for my mark. It was March 17, 1983...St. Paddy's Day.

I walked around Utica for a couple of hours, trying to get my nerve up...finally came upon a Mobile gas station with a convenience store. I staked the place out for an hour, still trying to get my nerve. At 1:45pm, I headed in. I went to the back of the store, opened one of the refridgerated doors and took out a pint of chocolate milk. Went to the cash register and paid for it and started to leave.

I turned around, walked up to the register, drew the gun, pointed in the cashier's face and told her to give me the money or I'd blow her fucking head off. Well, that's how it would go down in my fantasy. But this is real life and it went a bit different.

I turned around, walked up to the register and put my hand in my pocket to get the gun. Unfortunately, as I mentioned before, the jacket was too small for me and the pocket wasn't all that big. If it was tough getting the gun in (which is why I ripped the pocket), it was impossible to get it out while my hand was wrapped around the butt. I yanked and pulled, but my hand and gun just wouldn't come out. The cashier probably thought I was retarded the way I was herking and jerking. After what seemed like an hour, I took my hand out, without the gun, then grasped the butt with a couple of fingers, while holding my jacket steady with the other hand. I slowly got the gun out, stuck it in the cashier's face and said...I shit you not: "This is a stick-up. Give me your money."

Obviously the cashier figured out I was a jackass and calmy said, "No." I said, "This ain't no joke, give me the money." She replied, "No. Get out of here." I made another half ass attempt at persuasion and when that didn't work, I turned around and left. I got about a mile away when I got picked up by the cops. It probably was easy picking me out since, like I said, I had just gotten out of the Navy, I was wearing a sailors hat and those big goofy black glasses.

Law and Order wasn't on at that time, or I'd have been smarter...instead, I jumped at the first offer they gave me and got 2-6 years (I could have and should have gotten County jail time, maybe a year).

In 1985, I was released and went back to Randallstown. I eventually went to Catonsville Communti College, got my Associates of Arts and then transferred to University of MD at College Park in '87 (I was turned down from Towson because my mother told me to lie on my application: "They don't need to know you were in prison"...what I failed to take into account was that I had done a semester of college in the joint and when Towson saw "Collins Corretional Facility" on my transcript, they knew I lied).

Ten years later I graduated with a worthless degree in African-American Studies. I didn't go to school continuously in those ten years...in late '90 I went back to Tangier and spent six months in prison there for trying to leave the country with 1/2 kilo of hash.

To be continued....

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by macroint on 01/25/08 at 11:30pm

I'm back....

In '98 I got married. In '03 I got my Masters of Library Science and a divorce. In late '04, I started taping and found my calling. Fell into Beatbots in January '06 when I was looking to hit a Dirty Marmaduke show and Beatbots came on the radar. I've regretted that moment ever since.

http://baltimore-taper.blogspot.com
http://www.myspace.com/baltimoretaper
http://av.beatbots.com
http://www.archive.org/bookmarks/macroint
http://www.citypaper.com/music/story.asp?id=14983



Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by james on 01/26/08 at 8:24am

great story

how did you get into taping?

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by macroint on 01/26/08 at 8:41am


james wrote:
how did you get into taping?


I started trading tapes of Dead shows in '93, followed by Phish and then found the whole community of other bands and stayed with that until 2003 when I just got tired of trading with people who didn't care about the music (songs cut off, flaws not noted, commercial releases traded). I went to a Bonerama show at The Funkbox in September '04 and was blown away (four trombones, a sousaphone, guitar and drums). I went home that night to look for a show to trade for and couldn't find any. It was at that point that I decided that I wanted to tape so I could have shows that I really wanted rather than trade for shows that other tapers deemed worthy of taping. Kinder of Evolution (local Baltimore white boy funk) was my first foray into taping on October 12, 2004 (they opened for Bio Ritmo, who I didn't stick around for).

For the first year and a half, I taped primarily at The Funkbox/8x10, mostly touring acts, a few locals here and there. It really wasn't until I fell into Beatbots that I discovered I was missing so much music right in my own backyard and started taping more local bands until, now, I tape primarily local acts. I miss The Funkbox, but I refuse to go to the 8x10 now because the new owner changed the taping policy where he supplies house mics (Audix) and you go in and patch off those. His mics are decent, but that's not taping...taping is using your own mics and since I paid an arm and a leg for mine, I wanna use 'em. But while I miss The Funkbox, it was really a godsend when they changed the policy...it forced me to look elsewhere and I discovered The Talking Head, Ottobar, Floristree and so many other cool and friendly venues.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by b     o     b on 01/26/08 at 1:01pm

My real name is Robert, but like James, I went by the "little kid version" of my name, Bobby, until 8th grade or so, when a move from Brookings, SD (born and raised) to Olivia, MN gave me the chance to become a sophisticated young man. I have gone by Bob ever since. Moved to Battle Creek, NE (pop. 997) halfway through my freshman year and spent the rest of my high school years there.

Graduated high school in '00 (class of 35 kids) and was determined to follow in my dad's footsteps, so I enrolled in Army ROTC at Creighton University (Omaha, NE). My scholarship was worth well over $100,000, but I quit after less than a week. The morning workouts were terrible, and there was no way I was gonna stick with it for four years, so I cut my losses, embraced my laziness, and then proceeded to party and/or play video games (Counterstrike, anyone?) WAY too much for the remainder of my freshman year of college.

Transferred to Azusa Pacific University near Los Angeles after that, and eventually settled on Global Studies as a major. I loved it, as it was full of experiential learning (rather than classroom stuff) and during college I spent a semester in Yosemite National Park, downtown L.A., and finished it all off with a five month stint in San Salvador, El Salvador.

Worked at Trader Joe's for about seven months after I graduated from college and I was going nuts, so I accepted an Americorps position here in lovely Baltimore working as a program coordinator in an elementary school. During the summer after Americorps I applied to Baltimore City Schools as an ESOL teacher (I taught English in El Salvador) and they hired me, so in the whirlwind that was August of 2006, I took a teaching job, applied to grad school at Notre Dame, and instead of moving back to California like I had planned, I put down some roots in Baltimore.

Since moving to Baltimore in July '05 I bought my first house (which I only sort of regret), played lots of tunes with buddies, gone swimming as much as possible, and made tons of great friends, a few of which I met through Beatbots. I got involved with Beatbots after meeting Jux and Rae at a game night they had at their house right after I had moved here. My roommate at the time knew Jux from Annapolis and the rest is history. I met eskimoprizefighter there, too, but we didn't become buds until a bit later.

Beatbots has been a primary form of procrastination for me for the past two years, and for that I am both thankful and pissed. :)

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by prettyminotaur on 01/26/08 at 1:35pm

My real name is Jess. I'm 27. I was born and raised in York, PA, the daughter of a writer and the best mom in the world. I spent my childhood learning how to write fiction and ride horses, while dodging the cruel and unusual punishment of my peers. (It will likely come as no shock that being a Britpop kid obsessed with comics and video games does not find many sympathetic friends in rural America.)  From there, I moved to Baltimore where I obtained a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from Goucher. I spent a year studying abroad at Exeter University in Exeter, England, where I was the captain of the University's women's fencing team.

Then I got an M.A. in English and Creative Writing from Hollins University in Roanoke, VA. From 2003-2007, I worked as a PR flack, lecturer in English, stablehand, and writer/editor at Goucher, while contributing upwards of 300 art, music, and culture articles and reviews to the Baltimore City Paper. My fiction has appeared in The Allegheny Review, Zone 3, Zaum, 3:AM magazine, and other fine publications that people who aren't 'in the biz" probably haven't heard of. Currently, I reside in Columbia, MO, where I am a second semester Ph.D. student at the University of Missouri, where I study fiction writing, 19th century American literature, film/visual culture, and strategies for furthering my writing career. I am also a comic book and manga reviewer for PlaybackSTL, St. Louis's alt-weekly, and teach fiction writing and English composition to wide-eyed freshmen.

I got involved with Beatbots in a funny way. I met Justin at a show where the crowd was forming the characteristic standoffish Baltimore U around the stage. Amused by the crowd's reticence to ROCK, Jux and I formed an umlaut. And thus, our friendship was born, and my involvement with Beatbots began. I met Rae, Beau, Bob, and pretty much everyone else on here through Beatbots, or through being a complete Baltimore scene brat from 2003-2007, in a semi-misguided attempt to deny my true calling.

Whee!

My myspace is at www.myspace.com/prettyminotaur. It will cut you.


Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by macroint on 01/26/08 at 2:11pm


b     o     b wrote:
Graduated high school in '00 (class of 35 kids)


I got you beat: my graduating class was 16 kids.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Smooth Henry on 01/26/08 at 5:32pm

My real name is Dan.  I used to go by "Smooth Henry" when I was volunteering at WMUC, which is where I met Justin, Raven, Jakuta and some others on this board. I'm 23 and live in Adams-Morgan. By day I'm a systems administrator.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by macroint on 01/26/08 at 6:03pm


Smooth Henry wrote:
My real name is Dan.  I used to go by "Smooth Henry" when I was volunteering at WMUC, which is where I met Justin, Raven, Jakuta and some others on this board. I'm 23 and live in Adams-Morgan. By day I'm a systems administrator.


Boring!

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by softgraffiti on 01/26/08 at 6:23pm

Raven--spent my first 20 years in Havre de Grace, MD a town that is best described as a really boring David Lynch movie.  After living in a series of crap apartments with my mom, we moved into this super old house when I was 7 that was heated with a wood stove & had no air conditioning.  The place was built in the 1840s and being a super morbid kid, I REALLY REALLY wanted it to be haunted.  I spent a lot of my childhood wondering if anyone had died in my room.  Basically an only child of working parents I spent a lot of time alone getting into trouble, reading and drawing shitty stick figure comics.  I mastered cursing at a very young age and spent my teen years as a total deliquent bitch.  I went to college because my mom guilt-tripped me (she never got to go) and ended up digging sociology & doing pretty well (dean's list, honors program, blah blah).  Then I didn't finish.  I nagged Justin till we moved to Bmore because the DC metro area is kinda lamez and I liked that every time I came up here I got super hammered & ridiculous shit happened (like getting kicked out of the Hampden public pool).  I am working on settling some debt so I can go back to school this year and be like, a real adult.

Blog.  



Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by macroint on 01/26/08 at 6:27pm

I take it the house turned out to not be haunted?

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by softgraffiti on 01/26/08 at 6:35pm

Maybe.  But it was like, friendly 'ha I hid your keys' weirdness and not POLTERGEIST so I was disappointed.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Grox on 01/26/08 at 6:46pm

My name is Nicky Otis Marloth Smith. I was born in Manhattan in 1992. In 2003, I moved to Baltimore and attended the Calvert School from 2003 to 2007 when I graduated. I am currently in the ninth grade at the Friends School of Baltimore. I have been making movies since 2003 and making music since 2005. I hadn't seriously begun to work on either of those until 2006 and 2007, respectively. My first major short film was Cowboy Crunch, shot during three very hot days in June 2006. Since then, I have made seven more short films, and they've been screened at various galleries and venues in Baltimore, such as the Current Gallery, the Red Room, Creative Alliance at the Patterson, and the Senator Theatre. During the summer of 2007, I began to make songs out of other songs with a sampler. An old friend, Jake Lingan, joined the band after a impromptu show at the Park School in July 2007. I named the band Engine after a song-writing partnership with a friend that started at Calvert in 2005. We played our first show on August 18, 2007 (coincidentally, Needle Gun played their first show exactly a year prior) at Charm City Art Space. Since then, we've played all around Baltimore, at venues such as the Hamilton Arts Collective, the Lo-Fi Social Club, and Friends School. In February, we'll be playing a "Coffee House Tour", with shows at the Bryn Mawr School, Roland Park Country School, and Friends School planned. We're currently recording an album, called Fringe, that will be released on MT6 Records in a couple of months. Once the album is finished, Jake and I will begin writing my next film, titled Munco Cat, a blaxploitation movie without black people. I submitted my short film Skells to the Maryland Film Festival, the New York Underground Film Festival, and the Ann Arbor Film Festival and I'll find out whether or not it got into any of those events within a month. The future is bright.

www.myspace.com/smithfilm
www.myspace.com/enginetunes

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by macroint on 01/26/08 at 7:01pm


Grox wrote:
My name is Nicky Otis Marloth Smith.


I'm gonna call you Otis from now on...

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by softgraffiti on 01/26/08 at 7:03pm

Otis is an excellent name.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by macroint on 01/26/08 at 7:05pm


softgraffiti wrote:
Otis is an excellent name.


It's got character

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by softgraffiti on 01/26/08 at 7:06pm






Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Grox on 01/26/08 at 7:13pm

I'm actually named after Otis Redding.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Smooth Henry on 01/26/08 at 7:18pm


Smooth Henry wrote:
My real name is Dan.  I used to go by "Smooth Henry" when I was volunteering at WMUC, which is where I met Justin, Raven, Jakuta and some others on this board. I'm 23 and live in Adams-Morgan. By day I'm a systems administrator.

forgot my myspace
www.myspace.com/propopdan

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by macroint on 01/26/08 at 7:42pm


Grox wrote:
I'm actually named after Otis Redding.


More like Otis Spunkmeyer

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by softgraffiti on 01/26/08 at 8:28pm


Juxton wrote:
my real name is justin.  i was born in 1981 and grew up in annapolis, md.  i went to a private catholic school K - 12, which probably explains why i've got so much "catholic guilt" and i "run like a christian" as raven likes to say.


Christians run fast coz the devil is nipping at your heels.  Hence Justin being the 1997 MD state track champ for private schools...

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by \d \u \m \p /k /o /p /f on 01/26/08 at 8:51pm

My mom refused to give me the same name as one of her former friends newborn son, Christopher (my parents first choice for me). Instead its Patrick (or Pat).  I was born and raised in Hamilton, northeast Baltimore City, and went to private Lutheran Schools from K-12. My father works in the Baltimore City School System and refused to send my sister or I there. I graduated from High School in 2000. I was in a class of 78 but only 76 graduated since they kicked out 2 students one known to be a lesbian and the other who got pregnant. I attended UMBC as a Chemical Engineering major but switched to Political Science after a year and a half of hating physics and calculus. While at UMBC I worked full-time for 3 of those years at Best Buy. This is how I, met Denny Bowen of Double Dagger, got into more local music, and then started working for Geek Squad. After Geek Squad I work in a few contract IT positions before starting at Polk Audio where I've been for almost 2 years now in a Network Admin/Tech Support position.

My user name, dumpkopf, is the fist word I learned in German class in high school, and it means dumb head.

I found Beatbots on the Internet by accident. Oddly enough I had Raven write me a rather nice note when I mail ordered stuff from Morphius, before I had ever met her through Beatbots.

Currently I should be studying for my LSAT which I take Feb 2nd.

I'm on the internets a lot...

http://www.myspace.com/dumpkopf
http://flickr.com/photos/dumpkopf/
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=15200115
http://www.last.fm/user/dumpkopf/
http://www.linkedin.com/in/patrickaknight
http://twitter.com/dumpkopf
http://del.icio.us/dumpkopf/
http://pownce.com/dumpkopf/




Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Grox on 01/26/08 at 10:15pm

ah! I forgot my beatbots story...back in June 2007, I must've googled something or click a link from myspace or something because all of a sudden I found this awesome website where I could talk to people about local stuff! before then, I could never discuss local shows, bands, venues, food, movies, events, etc. and until I found beatbots, I didn't realize how much I was missing. I've been posting ever since!! I met justin and raven at whartscape and we traded pins.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by prettyminotaur on 01/26/08 at 11:31pm


softgraffiti wrote:
[quote author=Juxton link=1201300296/0#1 date=1201302748]

my real name is justin.  i was born in 1981 and grew up in annapolis, md.  i went to a private catholic school K - 12, which probably explains why i've got so much "catholic guilt" and i "run like a christian" as raven likes to say.


Christians run fast coz the devil is nipping at your heels.  Hence Justin being the 1997 MD state track champ for private schools...[/quote]

He really does run like a Christian. I've seen it.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by charmcitycineaste on 01/27/08 at 1:32pm

My name is Tim. I am 31 years old. I go back to the days of Candy Machine and Universal Order of Armageddon, but you can catch me at Wham City joints. You probably totally know who I am, right?

I work part time at the Charles theater. I also do freelance journalism from time to time. I am a high school English teacher, mostly.

Recent changes in the Baltimore city film landscape have inspired me to start a blog, an original and innovative move. The URL is http://charmcitycineaste.blogspot.com

My music is at http://www.myspace.com/anchorwatt

I am also very good friends with this guy: http://www.myspace.com/quilliam_fenniworth


Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Grox on 01/27/08 at 5:25pm

where do you teach?

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by steve on 01/27/08 at 8:40pm

As my screen name suggests, my name is Steve (Stephen).  I'll be 31 on 18th February.  I'm currently divorced and single.  I'm honestly attempting to follow a vegan diet, though cheese is on everything and honey is delicious.  Like clockwork, I give blood every 56 days.  A couple of my chief hobbies are city biking and making my own video games.  I'm not religious; I consider myself a philisophical Taoist.  2008 really hasn't gone well for me, though there clearly have been some unforgettable moments already.

I have a Bachelors in Theatre, focus on Acting, earned in Spring '00 from Towson University; it took me five years to acquire it, as I fucked around a lot during my first year and I studied abroad for a semester in the Autumn of '99, earning little essential credit towards my degree while there.  Speaking of which, it was at a small arts conservatory in south England called the Dartingon School of the Arts, and to this day my semester there is regarded as one of the most enlightening periods of my life.

For good or ill, I tend to clearly separate and stratify the different aspects of my life.  My day job is with Maryland New Directions, a non-profit career counseling service that helps people (mostly displaced homemakers and previously-incarcerated people) find jobs and keep 'em.  My night job is volunteering as Managing Director for the Hamilton Arts Collective, which is currently closed for renovation.  I'm also the lead "vocalist" for The Dirty Marmaduke Flute Squad.

I'm a registered Anarchist (if that makes any sense at all), and I'm somewhat obsessed with privacy and civil liberties.  I do not vote in political elections, and prefer individual and collectivist agreements instead of rules and laws.  I try to learn or do something every day that combats "The System," but I'm not making much progress in direct action.

I'm holding back on a lot of personal details voluntarily, which is a shame, because I really dig sharing.  I just don't like putting them up for grabs on the Internet.  Conversations in person are much better for that, in my opinion.

The indie filmmakers of Better Hollywood Productions had introduced me to Beatbots a while back.  After a short false start, where I mouthed off constantly and broke every unspoken rule of conduct for newbies that has ever existed, I dropped out and deleted my account.  Then, this past summer I finally met Justin in person, and decided to rejoin the community.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by terrasect on 01/27/08 at 9:57pm

steve, i'm curious about the video games that you've made. what platform and genre?

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by steve on 01/27/08 at 10:35pm


terrasect wrote:
steve, i'm curious about the video games that you've made. what platform and genre?

I focus on 2D arcade-style games for PC, like you would see on the NES and SNES.  I use a program called "Multimedia Fusion" to do all the coding for me.

I've finished a total of 5 projects in the past year and a half.  My most recent finished work is "DMFS Escape," which I released late November of '07.  Once my website is up and running again (I just sent payment so it may be working as I type this), you can download it from here:

http://www.create-games.com/download.asp?id=6922

My other finished projects are listed in the "Other Creations" section along the right-hand side of the screen.  These include:
Spirit Seekers: a dodge-and-collect game; my first ever game project, completed in roughly 12 hours, if I remember correctly.
Space Sewers: move your janitor around the maze, and blast the Space Scum with your super scrubber.  Nikc loves this game, but still hasn't beaten it.
Instructor Study Guide: a study tool for fellow Red Cross instructors (I'm certified to teach CPR, First Aid, and a couple other things through the ARC).  My first implementation of multiple-choice tests, along with some other arcade-style learning tools.  About 85% complete in its current state, and pretty much abandoned.
Squiggy's Safety Catch: created for the ARC Youth program; move Squiggy The Squirrel back and forth across the screen and collect the useful things for your Disaster Supply Kit, and avoid the not-so-useful things.  This one is totally under-rated; it's a lot of fun as an occasional time-killer.

I'm currently stewing two projects.  One is a top-down shooter where you pilot a "hover-tank" and blast the approaching enemies as you escort large transport vehicles from one side of the map to the other.  The second is an action platformer (like the Mario games) where you play a garden gnome who has gone on a quest to recover his fellow gnomes' stolen gardening tools.  I have no idea when either of those two will be done; I have too many other things to do...But they'll be finished eventually.

To check out Multimedia Fusion, visit the developer's website:

www.clickteam.com

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by terrasect on 01/27/08 at 10:59pm

PIKESVILLE GYNECOLOGIST

wow, they have programs that write games these days, eh?

i got DMFS Escape to run on wine in linux. everything seemed to work except for full screen mode.

i got around 12000 on my first run. nice galaga clone ;)

arcade games are not my cup of tea though, i like puzzle / adventure. definitely prefer the small games with emphasis on gameplay instead of graphics, though.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by A Cat Named Virtue on 01/27/08 at 11:35pm

My name is Tom, and I am currently in my twenty-fourth year of post-womb existence. Born and raised in the westernmost part of New Jersey, I've been indoctrinated in Catholicism through all formal education from pre-k through to college (presuming that you would consider Jesuits to be Catholic). Fortunately, skepticism crept in at some point during my freshman year of high school, and it has been a long time since I've been able to identify with the tenets of Roman Catholicism. As such, I prefer to think of myself as an agnostic with Buddhist tendencies: there are things that I was taught, there are things that I believe, and there are things that I just don't know.

On the educational end of things, I spent four worthwhile years of my young adult life at Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland, where I intended to pursue a career as a journalist. After a few bends in the departmental road, I graduated in 2006 with a B.A. in English and Creative Writing—straight journalism did little for me, and the closest I had ever come to it was a gig writing long-winded album and show reviews for our student publication, The Greyhound. For reasons unknown, the fine folk in the LC Writing Department thought it prudent to award me an academic medal at our commencement ceremony, and I live with the growing fear that I may never do anything to justify my receiving it.

At the present, I live in Western NJ and work in the creative services department of a small newspaper based in Eastern Pennsylvania. For fun, I read, listen to music, play bass guitar and video games, sketch, and write (albeit infrequently).

I first came across Beatbots in 2005 after receiving a message about the site via MySpace. In summer 2006, I applied to join as a staffer. So it goes. :)

My digital footprint is relatively tiny:

http://loyolamd.facebook.com/profile.php?id=20100340
http://bennyhanna720.livejournal.com/
http://www.last.fm/user/LankyTom/
http://www.beatbots.com/view.php?staff=20

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by steve on 01/28/08 at 6:52am


terrasect wrote:
i got DMFS Escape to run on wine in linux. everything seemed to work except for full screen mode.

AWESOME!  Thank you for checking it out.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by andy_m on 01/28/08 at 7:59am

my name is andy, see?

other than that I don't know who I am.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by macroint on 01/28/08 at 8:40am


steve wrote:
As my screen name suggests, my name is Steve (Stephen).  
Like clockwork, I give blood every 56 days.


I can attest to the veracity...Steve came out to the Metro Gallery show I put on earlier this month but had to leave early because he was giving blood the following morning at 7am.

I'd give blood, but I made the mistake of being honest a few years ago and the Red Cross has since denied my subsequent attempts to donate. Jeez! Stick a needle in your arm for pleasure and all of a suddent you're a leper.



Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by bbrhodes on 01/29/08 at 9:40am

My name is Bryan, I was born in '79 here in Baltimore.  Moved to Winchester, VA at about 3 years old, when my parents couldn't take the big city anymore, something about having our house robbed three times in one year (the joys of Baltimore in the 70s).  Anyway, so essentially raised in Winchester (this is out in the Shenandoah Valley), and then attended the Univeristy of Virginia getting a degree in Religious Studies and Bioethics in 2001.  Found neither of these majors could get me a job so moved back in with the parents for a year.  Eventually got a job doing social science research near DC (so moved to Chevy Chase then Silver Spring).  Summer of 2005 my then girlfriend (now wife) gets into UMD medical school and we move to Baltimore (pigtown to be specific).  

Currently work in Rockville for RTI and commute in 2 days a week (work from home the other 3 days) and atted UMD, College Park working on a degree in Library Science...

Musically I'm in the band The Cutest Puppy in the World, we've played a bunch around DC (this is where we started and where my bandmate still lives) and few times in B'more (at the bank).  I also do some solo sample based stuff as Gullwing...

Anyway, been reading Beatbots for a while, but just registered.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by macroint on 01/29/08 at 9:56am


bbrhodes wrote:
and atted UMD, College Park working on a degree in Library Science...


I got my MLS from College Park in '03...librarians do it between the covers.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by softgraffiti on 01/29/08 at 9:58am


macroint wrote:
[quote author=bbrhodes link=1201300296/30#39 date=1201617638]and atted UMD, College Park working on a degree in Library Science...


I got my MLS from College Park in '03...librarians do it between the covers.[/quote]

NERD!

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by grammartime on 02/22/08 at 4:20pm

i'm kate.  i'll be 29 next month.  i'm real southern.  i'm excel at tetris, casseroles, hugging, drop d and going to bed early.  i eat spaghettios for lunch everyday.  i moved to baltimore two years ago.  eskimoprizefighter has helped me move three times.  

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by macroint on 02/22/08 at 4:23pm


grammartime wrote:
i eat spaghettios for lunch everyday.  


Every day?

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by grammartime on 02/22/08 at 4:28pm

everyday.  for years.  i have crohn's disease so canned foods pose no threat to tender guts.  ALSO they are loaded with calcium.

hey do you have a big dead catalog?
ive been missing a tape i had from fillmore east in 73 (i think) that opens with help.slip.frank and MIGHT be the best dancin in the streets ive ever heard.  the best meaning i guess that horrible donna was out sick that day or something.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Pararis on 02/25/08 at 7:56pm

I'm Jared. I turned 27 in October and may actually make my birthday cake tomorrow. I generally enjoy cooking, but like so many other things in my life, my ability lags my self-reception. I frequently wish I had more flexibility through my hips, and if I were the fashion police, more women would wear hats. I once gained 40 pounds in 4 months (which was quite a bit more disgusting than it sounds). I fidget obsessively, chiefly through rubbing my hands together when stationary (whence comes my fondness for board and card games) and through a series of ritualized step patterns when I walk. My favorite color is brown, my favorite fruit is lemon, and I can't for the life of me understand why my 17 year old female cousin doesn't love Ashlee Simpson half as much as I do (which, in my defense, is, to the extent that it is visceral, entirely about her music rather than her self--she hasn't a head for hats at all, you see).

I much prefer parenthetical asides to footnotes or, heaven forbid, endnotes. Don't you?

[edit:  gaffy]

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by andy_m on 02/26/08 at 10:14am

I love David Lynch movies and Captain Ron

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by H. Lina K. on 02/26/08 at 11:02am

Some call me Joe, some call me Joseph, some call me Jakuta.  I used to have online profiles as a guy named Carl too.  But they are gone now.

I grew up in a Baltimore suburb that had Beautiful Air and my house was across from a cow pasture.  One time lightning struck the fence and the cows got out and they were in my front yard.  I lived in that house all through my primary education, though one less father lived there at some point. During the course of my stay in the town with the Beautiful Air I became quite a goody two shoes (though these shoes often had large holes in them). I was an Eagle Scout and an All State Tuba Player.  I also played a lot of German board games and listened to Fugazi (I didn't even drink until college).   I also worked at McDonalds and was in a band called MacGregor’s Engine (we often played Freebird without even waiting for people to chant it ironically).

I wound up at the big state school and it was awful.  Just awful.  

After two years of drinking myself silly with people I didn’t like, I started working at WMUC and pretty much stopped going to classes.  I wound up becoming the music director, the promotions director, and host of the live music show.  I think I started writing poetry at this time too, and went to Europe, where I met my sister, whom lived in Paris.  My favorite band was The Silver MT Zion Memorial Orchestra and Tra La La Band.  I also helped to start a band called the Morimotos - we played most of our shows with the Prisoner’s Dilemma.

At some point I started getting “internships” in my field - computer science.  They were in programs funded by the Army or the Pentagon or one of those.  I didn’t do much at any of them (I pretty much took naps at my desk and masturbated in the bathroom – I felt that was the best way I personally could contribute to the military industrial complex).  

I was not asked to stay at the second internship and became the manager of faux French café in DC and moved to Arlington, VA.  Though by night, my alter ego Carl and I were often an electronic tuxedo wearing super hero freaking out the squares in the Baltimore/DC music scene. One night there was a run in with the police and we decided to take the act to Austin, TX.  And that was just awful, but I did become a substitute teacher, which was nice most of the time, except when a kid through a calculator at the back of my head.  But the rest of Austin was just awful.  So we toured our way back and moved to DC again.

Carl and I began to go our separate ways, but we did manage to pull off an east coast tour while I was working at my new gig at the DCCC as a web developer, which was quite fun.  I once got to show John Conyers how to use the internets.  I also met this girl when I was working there, and she moved to NYC and I got on a bus every other weekend to see her, and she yelled at me all of the time for no reason, and she moved to Baltimore, and I quit my job in DC and moved to Baltimore, and she got tired of yelling at me all of the time for no reason and left, and now I live in Baltimore.

Addendum:
In Baltimore I have been "settling down" and been enjoying meeting many friendly people and becoming skilled in the arts of the yogi.  I have gotten involved in volunteering for some local environmental groups and have been accepted to study environmental policy at a graduate level.  

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by digital djigit on 02/26/08 at 11:09am

Your life is a parade of awfulness.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Juxton on 02/26/08 at 3:28pm

"digital djick" is more like it.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by digital djigit on 02/26/08 at 4:09pm

I am just summarising what he wrote.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by H. Lina K. on 02/26/08 at 4:10pm

I did use the word awful an awful lot.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Hanging with Chad on 02/26/08 at 4:15pm

He didn't seem too full of awe or reverential.  ;)

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by raxxq on 02/27/08 at 10:51am

My name is Rachel Ariel Brandt, but after nineteen years of being one of at least three Rachels in any given room I decided to start going by my middle name.  It's still strange to me when I meet people who don't know that Ariel is my middle name, even though there's no reason that they should.  

I grew up in Denver, CO and went to private Jewish school for K-6.  I was always the weird kid, and it wasn't until I was in high school that I learned it was possible to have more than two friends at school. In 7th grade I switched to public school and never looked back.  I went to college at a tiny Quaker school in North Carolina, and am only now beginning to admit to the effect that a pacifist environment has had on me.  

I graduated in 2005 and moved back to Denver for a little over a year.  I worked at a nonprofit counseling agency and reconnected with some friends from high school, but ultimately decided that Denver was a bit too small of a pond for me at this point in my life.  I moved to DC in Sept. 2006 and have been here since.  I've lived in three different homes and neighborhoods in 18 months.  I miss Colorado weather, and being able to go snowboarding every weekend (not that I did, but it was always an option).  I love DC and want to spend the next six months exploring areas of the city I've not yet seen.

I came to beatbots via Dan, who posted a thoroughly boring response to this thread, despite the fact that he's led a pretty interesting life.  I am an amateur photographer and have done some concert photography.  If you're ever interested in having good pics taken of your band for free, be sure to drop me a line.  My passion is street photography, but I'm having a bit of an existential crisis.  In the meantime I'm an avid reader, and a reluctant office monkey who has been quickly disillusioned by the non-profit world.  

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Smooth Henry on 02/27/08 at 1:15pm


raxxq wrote:
My name is Rachel Ariel Brandt, but after nineteen years of being one of at least three Rachels in any given room I decided to start going by my middle name.  It's still strange to me when I meet people who don't know that Ariel is my middle name, even though there's no reason that they should.  

I grew up in Denver, CO and went to private Jewish school for K-6.  I was always the weird kid, and it wasn't until I was in high school that I learned it was possible to have more than two friends at school. In 7th grade I switched to public school and never looked back.  I went to college at a tiny Quaker school in North Carolina, and am only now beginning to admit to the effect that a pacifist environment has had on me.  

I graduated in 2005 and moved back to Denver for a little over a year.  I worked at a nonprofit counseling agency and reconnected with some friends from high school, but ultimately decided that Denver was a bit too small of a pond for me at this point in my life.  I moved to DC in Sept. 2006 and have been here since.  I've lived in three different homes and neighborhoods in 18 months.  I miss Colorado weather, and being able to go snowboarding every weekend (not that I did, but it was always an option).  I love DC and want to spend the next six months exploring areas of the city I've not yet seen.

I came to beatbots via Dan, who posted a thoroughly boring response to this thread, despite the fact that he's led a pretty interesting life.  I am an amateur photographer and have done some concert photography.  If you're ever interested in having good pics taken of your band for free, be sure to drop me a line.  My passion is street photography, but I'm having a bit of an existential crisis.  In the meantime I'm an avid reader, and a reluctant office monkey who has been quickly disillusioned by the non-profit world.  

oh whatever, mine was boring, but at least it was boring and short!  :P

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by eskimoprizefighter on 02/27/08 at 4:53pm

My name is Matthew Ryan Selander.I'm 31 pushing 32. I'm a life long Baltimoron, although I did live in Harford Co. (age 17-25) I grew up in the Overlea/Hamilton area. My earliest memories are of growing up with a holy roller mother who would speak in tongues and a dad who was in a motorcycle club. I was raised in a very blue collar home which has shaped a lot of my beliefs and anxieties.

I'm an only child and was a lonely kid. Couldn't swim, couldn't fight and didn't play sports. I was kind of a dunce until about tenth grade when I discovered Sonic Youth, Lungfish and Nurse With Wound. I finally found something to be passionate about. I delved head first into underground culture, modern art and avant-garde movies.

I did get into my share of trouble in Overlea so my parents decided they needed to pull up stakes and we moved to Bel Air. It was a good place to go to High School, not having to worry about catching a stray bullet while on the way to class is always a plus. The problem is that the comfort and security of the suburbs became a trap for a dude who had almost no idea what to do with himself.

After spending all of my weekends, and a good share of weeknights, in the City I moved to Charles Village in 2002. The last 6 years have been a lot of fun and I now know I can only live in a city despite being a crime victim several times as well as a victim of small town gossip.  

I came to Beatbots via Justin, who I know via Raven, who I know via a certain volatile ex-gf.

I'll now entertain questions

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by orchardandponds on 02/27/08 at 9:14pm

my name is nathan.
i currently reside in a town named elverson.
its in chester county pennsylvania.
a beautiful place to live surrounded by apple orchards, really old stone houses, a rare density of european hippies, and my audio equipment.

i was born in rural maryland. i grew up in a house surrounded by woods.
i loved the woods yet i also played a lot of video games.
i was a wordly man by my count.

i went off to umd where i met phil from spudnik in english class. the next year i transferred. phil later introduced me digitally to beau sometime after that. details foggy.

after college beau and i started a long distance but proper band known as north american (with a friend).
we still run a tiny record label but have really become recording machines. my anti social tendencies have only become stronger with age.

after 3 years in the business world i struck out to work with special needs kids. explanation complicated.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by digital djigit on 02/28/08 at 9:25am

Elverson sounds like fun. I'd like to visit once spring hits.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Lars on 02/28/08 at 10:42am


eskimoprizefighter wrote:
I'll now entertain questions

Is that you in your avatar, posing with a plaster pooch?

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by caitlin on 02/28/08 at 11:22am


Lars wrote:
[quote author=eskimoprizefighter link=1201300296/50#55 date=1204149199]
I'll now entertain questions

Is that you in your avatar, posing with a plaster pooch?[/quote]

Isn't it Jeff Koons?

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Lars on 02/28/08 at 11:36am


caitlin wrote:
[quote author=Lars link=1201300296/50#58 date=1204213341][quote author=eskimoprizefighter link=1201300296/50#55 date=1204149199]
I'll now entertain questions

Is that you in your avatar, posing with a plaster pooch?[/quote]

Isn't it Jeff Koons?[/quote]
Oh. So it is.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by orchardandponds on 02/28/08 at 6:20pm


DigitalDjigit wrote:
Elverson sounds like fun. I'd like to visit once spring hits.


i would gladly host a beatbots retreat to the sticks

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by eskimoprizefighter on 02/28/08 at 6:36pm

I'm a big fan of Jeff Koons. I've actually met him IRL. Nice dude. I do, however hate Matthew Barney and Damien Hirst.

Jeff Koons is going to speak in Baltimore this year.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by caitlin on 02/29/08 at 9:37am


eskimoprizefighter wrote:
I'm a big fan of Jeff Koons. I've actually met him IRL. Nice dude. I do, however hate Matthew Barney and Damien Hirst.

Jeff Koons is going to speak in Baltimore this year.


I was familiar cos my ex-bf's dad worked with him on Wall Street and they had one of those doggies among other 'multiples' I guess you would call them... keep us posted on that speaking engagement.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by lokesh on 03/01/08 at 8:13pm

Hi. My name is Lokesh Dhakar. I'm 26 years old.

I moved to Baltimore about a month ago on a whim. I'm living in Butcher's Hill. So far, so good.

From start to finish:
- Delhi, India
- Tuscaloosa, AL
- Charleston, WV
- Manchester, NH
- Worcester, MA
- Boston, MA
- Baltimore, MD

I work from home, freelancing full-time as a User Interface Designer. Outside of work I enjoy riding my bike around town, batting cages, listening to audio books, and lots-o-other things.

Some of my favorite movies:
The Up Series - http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0473434/
My Flesh and Blood - http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0342804/
City Lights - http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0021749/
Darjeeling Limited - http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0838221

Some of my fave bands right this second: Pulp, The Kinks, The Undertones, Primal Scream, The Strokes (no joke!)

I like Baltimore so far. Things I've particularly liked: Geppi's Entertainment Museum, Blue House, American Visionary Art Museum,  Mt. Royal Tavern, Collings Thrift Store Center, and Brewer's Art. Lots more to see. I've also run into some nice people. Hope to meet more.

I'm online:
http://www.lokeshdhakar.com/
http://www.last.fm/user/lokeshdhakar/
Facebook, Flickr, and all that as well. Just search my name

- Lokesh




Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Lars on 03/01/08 at 9:14pm

Hi, Lokesh!  PM me if you want to do laps in Patterson Park some time.  There are only so many ways to complete a figure-8, and it starts to get dull after about 10 miles.  Also, Jim lives across the park, and has been organizing some casual rides on the weekends.  

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by orchardandponds on 03/02/08 at 8:43am

hi lokesh, hope you enjoy maryland. i see youre the guy behind lightbox! nice, i enjoy that script.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by james on 03/02/08 at 11:48am


doogie wrote:
i see youre the guy behind lightbox! nice, i enjoy that script.


no kiddin!

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by lokesh on 03/03/08 at 10:34pm

Thanks fellows.

Quick question, where is the Lo-fi Social Club? Is it at the corner of the block approaching the Charles Theatre from the south, looks like a gallery kinda?

prob a bad place to post an unthread related question.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Juxton on 03/03/08 at 11:10pm

that's the metro gallery.  if you walk one block north from charles theater (on same side of the street) the lo-fi will be about halfway up the next block.  right past the gas station, club choices and flux gallery.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Instructions on 03/04/08 at 3:42pm

Kate emailed me today to ask me to post on this board (again) so ooookkkkkakayyyy


I'm Boson.  I stick out like a sore thumb ALL of my life.  I'm kind of used to it.

Came to the states in about 20+ years ago... lived in Silver Spring, MD (off of DC) most of my life.  Drew a lot, played a lot of videogames, nerded out w/ rpgs a lot.  Got into a LOT of fights when I was younger (notice I didn't say WIN a lot of fights)...

got into punk rock and all that in hs... played in a couple of local bands... I was in a joke rap band in college and discovered Baltimore via the kindness of one Ben Valis and a storefront showspace called the Small Intestine (around the 2000's?)  Since then I've played in a noise band (and subsequently HATE noise and experimental music after that) and recently stopped playing bass in a garage band.

um I work for hopkins as a web developer.  Its cool... I also am an amateur cycle dork.  I also have an annoying and whiny pitbull/boxer who people keep asking if she's pregnant.  

I dunno how I found out about this?  I think it was BCO.  I ain't sure.

so yeah... I'm Boson.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by twigg on 03/04/08 at 4:01pm

same as boson, i got an email from kate today about this board so i signed up. hi!

i'm jen, i'm 22 and i graduated from goucher college last year. i hated towson so i moved into the city and have been living in hampden in a nerd house since, and it's really grown on me.

i grew up in silver spring as well and went to public school all my life. luckily it was there that i met some "bad influence" friends who started taking me to shows and changed my entire life. other than that i've been doing slr photography and video editing for a long time (although more in a hobby capacity at this point) and i majored in communications/media studies & women's studies at school. my main area of interest was/is how people(and specifically, women) interact with various types of visual media in our culture.

right now i clean houses for a small environmentally friendly cleaning company around the city where i work with my friends and get paid just enough to cover my bills. ive been attempting to and failing at saving up for grad school, which i'll hopefully start in fall 09 for something real nerdy, research/theory-heavy and unmarketable like cult media studies or even film preservation if i'm lucky!

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by james on 03/04/08 at 4:10pm

where did you silver springers go to school? I did years at Burtonsville and St. John's next to White Oak Middle

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Instructions on 03/04/08 at 4:12pm


james wrote:
where did you silver springers go to school? I did years at Burtonsville and St. John's next to White Oak Middle



I went to blair, we were called everyone else bamas and talk about stealing you in the chest.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by james on 03/04/08 at 4:13pm


Boson wrote:
[quote author=james link=1201300296/70#72 date=1204665013]where did you silver springers go to school? I did years at Burtonsville and St. John's next to White Oak Middle



I went to blair, we were called everyone else bamas and talk about stealing you in the chest.[/quote]

oh god, that's hilarious. god <3 silver spring

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by twigg on 03/04/08 at 4:14pm


james wrote:
where did you silver springers go to school? I did years at Burtonsville and St. John's next to White Oak Middle


i went to paint branch! and my neighbors used to take me to church at st johns sometimes.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by james on 03/04/08 at 4:16pm


twigg wrote:
[quote author=james link=1201300296/70#72 date=1204665013]where did you silver springers go to school? I did years at Burtonsville and St. John's next to White Oak Middle


i went to paint branch! and my neighbors used to take me to church at st johns sometimes.[/quote]

sweet. i lived in peachwood, right down the road :)

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by twigg on 03/04/08 at 4:17pm


james wrote:
[quote author=twigg link=1201300296/70#75 date=1204665285][quote author=james link=1201300296/70#72 date=1204665013]where did you silver springers go to school? I did years at Burtonsville and St. John's next to White Oak Middle


i went to paint branch! and my neighbors used to take me to church at st johns sometimes.[/quote]

sweet. i lived in peachwood, right down the road :)[/quote]

haha uhhh so did i!! that's random... i'm gonna pm you i think

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by james on 03/04/08 at 4:29pm

PM replied, Twigg.



Boson wrote:
I went to blair, we were called everyone else bamas and talk about stealing you in the chest.


Can't get over this. So funny. Did you also worship the Fly Girls and have you slow danced to Jodeci's "Come And Talk To Me"?


Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by macroint on 03/04/08 at 4:38pm

Get a room

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by james on 03/04/08 at 4:45pm


macroint wrote:
Get a room


sahhry

BUT, it sounds like if you really want to know a few of us, you must also know Jodeci, EPMD, Black Sheep, Geto Boys, Guess Jeans, Albie D WPGC 95.5, FILAs and Doo Doo Brown

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by macroint on 03/04/08 at 4:49pm


james wrote:
BUT, it sounds like if you really want to know a few of us, you must also know Jodeci, EPMD, Black Sheep, Geto Boys, Guess Jeans, Albie D WPGC 95.5, FILAs and Doo Doo Brown


I know that Brooke Shields modeled Guess Jeans and I think FILA's are sneakers...maybe the "doo doo brown" if it's 2 Live Crew related. Otherwise...I don't know any of that shit.


Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by james on 03/04/08 at 4:50pm

come and talk to me
i really wanna meet you
can i talk to you
i really wanna know you

oh oh oh

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Instructions on 03/04/08 at 4:53pm


james wrote:
[quote author=macroint link=1201300296/70#79 date=1204666732]Get a room


sahhry

BUT, it sounds like if you really want to know a few of us, you must also know Jodeci, EPMD, Black Sheep, Geto Boys, Guess Jeans, Albie D WPGC 95.5, FILAs and Doo Doo Brown[/quote]


"come and talk to me
I really wanna meet you gurrrrrrl
I really wanna know your nammmmmeeeee"

also, doo doo brown was the shit.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Smooth Henry on 03/04/08 at 5:11pm


james wrote:
PM replied, Twigg.


[quote author=Boson link=1201300296/70#73 date=1204665145]

I went to blair, we were called everyone else bamas and talk about stealing you in the chest.


Can't get over this. So funny. Did you also worship the Fly Girls and have you slow danced to Jodeci's "Come And Talk To Me"?

[/quote]

don't hate on Blair, they had an award-winning newspaper!  

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Lars on 03/04/08 at 5:42pm

My name is Lars. I was born in my parents' house in Penn Lucy, Baltimore in 1980. Back then it was known as "The Top", or just Waverly, which is just to the south.  After a house fire when I was five, my parents moved us to a one-light town in upstate NY, the population of which was greatly increased by the addition of myself and my eight siblings.  I fall in the middle, with four brothers and four sisters. If you have lived here in Smalltimore for a while, you have probably met one or more of them. Nothing surprises me anymore.

After thirteen dull years of raising vegetables and poultry, slogging through the woods, and screwing with obsolete computer hardware, I washed up in Annapolis, where I went to college. I spent four years reading books, like you would expect of a typical honky. Fortunately, nothing that I studied has had any lasting effect on me.

After that, I taught English over Seoul for a year, returning exhausted and beaten.  After casting around for a while and spending all the money I had saved up, I showed up in Baltimore, where I slept on my brother's couch and helped set up a small wireless ISP in a garage in Fells Point.  One thing led to another, and I got a paying job at a local not-quite startup software company.  That's what I do when I'm not being a bike dork with Boson & co, or doing the Standing Still at the Talking Head.


Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Neale on 03/04/08 at 6:30pm

My name's Neale. I was born in Northern Virginia in 1982 to a jazz journalist and a DC Public Librarian. Thankfully, when I was five, we moved to Silver Spring, whereI lived  until graduating from Montgomery Blair High School in 2000. My brother lived in Baltimore at the time, and I have an interesting series of  family connections to that city, so I thought it might be cool to live up there.

I wasn't super into college at the time, so I applied to just UMBC and Towson, not knowing much about either. I walked around both campuses, and decided that Towson was nicer because it had nice trees and you could walk to a grocery store from campus. After a hellish year of living in dorms at Towson, I moved to Mt. Vernon by myself. The first people I really met in Baltimore were punks and old activist dudes. I ended up majoring in Cultural Studies at Towson, and after about 5 and a half years of college (and a fall living in Berlin), managed to get enough credits together to graduate. Most of the time I was at Towson I was heavily involved in several organizations, mostly a coalition to create a living wage for campus workers. I have also long been a dedicated observer of (and occasional participant in) Baltimore's amazing music scene.

For the last 3 or 4 years, I've worked as a bike mechanic. It's not my life calling, I know, but it seems to be an ok way to make money being something other than a barista or temp. After a couple of years of post-graduate soul searching, I decided a change of scenery might shake me out of an emotional and creative rut I found myself slipping into. So in August I moved to San Francisco. I'm not sure that I love it, but there are things about it that I love. At the moment I'm playing drums, taking film classes at SF City College, and once again working as a bike mechanic.

As for this website, I know a lot of people on here, and a lot of people in Baltimore. I miss them all quite a bit, and consider Baltimore my "hometown" more than any other place I've lived. Over the 7 or so years I spent there I feel like I became part of a really wonderful community, and I could see myself ending up back there.
I'm on here mostly to keep in touch, and continue some limited involvement in the place that still feels like home to me.

Interwebz:
myspace.com/nealestokes
flickr.com/photos/nealestokes

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Neale on 03/04/08 at 6:35pm


smoothhenry wrote:
[quote author=james link=1201300296/70#78 date=1204666197]PM replied, Twigg.


[quote author=Boson link=1201300296/70#73 date=1204665145]

I went to blair, we were called everyone else bamas and talk about stealing you in the chest.


Can't get over this. So funny. Did you also worship the Fly Girls and have you slow danced to Jodeci's "Come And Talk To Me"?

[/quote]

don't hate on Blair, they had an award-winning newspaper!  [/quote]

Don't hate on Blair, period.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by twigg on 03/04/08 at 7:40pm

"don't you feel like a biscuit"

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Neale on 03/05/08 at 10:37pm

haha. A guy in my class got suspended by running for class president and saying "blaze on, blazers!" in his speech

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by digital djigit on 05/05/08 at 10:51am


doogie wrote:
[quote author=DigitalDjigit link=1201300296/50#57 date=1204208707]Elverson sounds like fun. I'd like to visit once spring hits.


i would gladly host a beatbots retreat to the sticks[/quote]


TOP!!!

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Puppy named Yummy in my Belly on 05/05/08 at 11:52am

fuzzy panda release party for the orchard & ponds cd would be a good time.

when is it, nate?

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by senari on 05/05/08 at 1:04pm

Interesting to read a little bit about some of you. I had no idea that so many UMCP alumni gathered in this corner of the internet. Anyhow, here's my bit... as I don't think I know anyone off here besides Cullen and Caitlin.

My name is Puja. I'm 22 - birthed at Franklin Square and lived in "the county" for most of my life. I went to Hereford High, where I was the only non-white student that wasn't adopted. I learned to deal with some really shitty people there and I'm thankful that I was confronted with that sooner than later. I have to say that I was incredibly lucky growing up in the household I did. My family found it VERY important to make my brother and I see as much of the world as we could, in an effort to make us realize that we have it good. I've been fortunate enough to have traveled to India (10 times), Zimbabwe, Zaire, and all over Europe.

After high school I, like many of you, went to College Park. My intention was to be a music major and become a famous floutist and be happy for the rest of my life. I soon learned that I would more likely be broke and didn't really want to be a musician. Instead, I took up English Lit and Govt and read myself blind.

At the end of my Freshman year, I had to write a thesis paper for my Media & Society honors class. The professor of my class was a pompous douchebag but, in a moment of clarity, sent the paper to his ex-student (who worked at a magazine I had never heard of). Soon after I began working for FADER Magazine... doing marketing work and serving as their rep at shows/events in the DC/Baltimore area.  I think that they forgot to check my age when they hired me. I was 18 and they were sending me to 21+ events. They didn't realize this until I was 20. I hate to sound like a cliche  but - free tickets to things paired with too many "friends" who constantly "partied" just led me to making a lot of destructive decisions. I hated school (even though I still kept my grades up), hated half my friends, and wasn't excited about anything at all.

I left them after about two years and started working with a leadership institute in CP. I taught a "Diversity in Leadership" track at the Union once a week. It was awesome and interesting and a little awkward as most of the students were older than me. This class is what most likely prompted me to think about going into law.

So, I graduated last May and took a year off to make some money before I go broke again. Right now I'm putting on DJ nights -- just parties that I would want to go to but no one is putting on, really. There's my monthly in BK (the dearest to my heart) w/ Cousin Cole and then something once or twice around Baltimore. Most usually disco or baltimore club related.

I'll be studying International Comparative Law @ NYU Law school come September. I haven't found a place to live yet and it is stressing me out even though I know I still have some time.


www.myspace.com/senari

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Puppy named Yummy in my Belly on 05/05/08 at 3:01pm

i know a ton of lawyers in nyc if you're still looking for a place in a month or two.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by senari on 05/05/08 at 3:42pm

i'll probably START looking in about a month.
so yeah, i'll hit you up around then. hurrah

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by theDan on 08/01/08 at 2:49pm


Quote:
Tell us who you are!


Word. I'll bite--

I am Dan. THE Dan, obviously. *tongue in cheek* I was born in San Diego at home, (which was illegal at the time) one of five kids, the last four born at home because my mom did not enjoy (or remember) her experience at the navy hospital with my oldest brother. she also saved all the placentas from all the kids and would take them to the forest near where my folks grew up in rural Wyoming and bury them under the same tree. My dad was in the navy, grew pot and built custom harley davidsons. We moved to Idaho for a few months in the late 80s (think of the town in Napoleon Dynamite), then back to California, settling in Ventura, about 25 miles north of Malibu on the coast. It was awesome.

Until I was 13, when we moved to St. Mary's County, MD. aka BumFuck NoWhere. This was bad. I was already kind of a shithead, and going from a beach bum town to essentially the deep south (its still pretty damn backwards down there) was a huge shock, and I continued to be an even worse shithead for a long time. I fucked off and skateboarded, committed petty crimes, didn't graduate from high school and dissapointed a lot of people. (teachers, parents, etc). (although, reading through this thread, I am nothing compared to Macroint. You win dude. I was never in jail for more than two days.)

I lived with my parents and worked at a seafood restaurant through about 20. When my friends started dying of ODs and drunken car crashes and going to jail for a long time, I decided that I should probably do something else, and stop pretending to be a badass. So I became a hermit for a few years, started playing music, battled severe depression/bipolar disorder/social anxiety, and finally made friends who weren't destructive. Started/played in weird/shitty bands, recorded albums in my bedroom, realized I was smart and creative. After getting some money from the govt. towards some schooling, (I was a guinea pig for bipolar meds at the NIH in Bethesda)
I moved to Cockeysville with my girlfriend at the time to go to recording school.

It was shitty, she was too young and started sleeping around and inviting sketchy people over to do coke and E (and give it to the cats? WTF!!??) and trash our apartment (I was gone almost every weekend for band stuff and I worked nights at a hotel) I was long over the party scene by now, and we split in the summer of 06.

I moved into the Copycat, for a week or two i slept on an air mattress in an empty concrete room on the first floor, and it was fucking heaven compared to my previous situation. Eventually the crackhead landlord at the time flaked out on our original agreement, and I got a sweet space that was built as a recording studio. It apparently was the first space that Morphius had when they started, but somebody else probably knows the facts better than me.

I worked as the doorguy at Club Charles up until a few months ago, any of you guys who frequented that place would know who I am. I now have a real Audio Professional job at a company in Bethesda. I digitize and archive old recordings. It is pretty cool, lots of stuff from the National Archives and Smithsonian (Alan Lomax stuff, now extinct Indian dialects, Supreme Court cases) and other neat history-nerd things. If you want a recording of the Roe vs Wade hearing, I have it.

I have a couple of psyche/shoegazy bands here in Bmore now, Logos and King Cloud. Its all the same people in both bands, but two different projects completely. We are starting to play some shows here and there. WE WILL PLAY ANYWHERE ANYTIME!! haha.

Anyway this is more info about myself than I have told anybody at one time, so now I feel weird. But I love Baltimore, have met many cool-ass folks, would love to meet more. This site rules, I came across it looking for info on Whartscape cause I was playing. I feel like I am smackdab in the middle of the scene and know jack-shit about what is going on, being here makes it better. I want to start a million bands, so if you want to jam, let me know, and I live in a recording studio, so if you want me to make your record, let me know haha.

/end quasi-revealing cathartic babble.

With A Love That Will Echo Through The Ages,
Daniel Joseph Frome

-ps I have a personal myspace page, but it started out when I realized I had collected a large number of pictures of old men with their cats. so it is dedicated to that, but i do use it for personal interaction. check out the OMAC!!

[url=www.myspace.com/danielfrome[/url]]www.myspace.com/danielfrome[/url]

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by mother of perly on 08/01/08 at 3:41pm

yaaaaaaaay psychy-shoegaze.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by blackistone on 08/02/08 at 5:45pm

My name's Kevin, and the Blackistone you see is my last name.  Most of you who don't know me from around Baltimore already are unlikely to recognize me from this list on account of I've only posted two things and one of them was accidentally under Cullen's name as I forgot to log him out at Red Emma's

I was raised in St. Mary's County (7th district, the area that's backwater enough for the rest of St. Mary's to consider it backwater).  We didn't have cable where I grew up and as such my view of a lot of bands was rather distorted vs. being able to see what aesthetic they were going for.  Moved up to Baltimore in the fall of '96 to go to UMBC where I studied computer animation.  Was introduced to the Ottobar and Small Intestine through the efforts of Matt Dahl among others.  Worked at the UMBC radio station with a brief stint as music director.

Moved to the city from Catonsville in 2000, started a shitty web design company with my roommates.  Lived in Mt. Vernon originally, the moved up one block, then down to Ridgley's, then out to Rosedale for two years, got an office job making 3d news promo graphics, paid off my college debts, saved some cash, moved back to Mt. Vernon, up to Charles Village, left Baltimore for a year to circumnavigate (Oceania, SE Asia, India, Egypt, Europe), saw a monkey rape a kitten (3 times), came back, moved into the Copycat (The Penthouse).  Now back in Charles Village.  

I'm currently involved in several projects including,but not limited to: Red Emmas, 2640, web design, genetics (protein localizations), and socializing.  I make some music.  I do some stuff.  I take some pictures.  

http://www.myspace.com/palmrape
http://www.myspace.com/DJCS
http://www.youtube.com/user/theblackistone
http://www.blackistone.com/
http://www.blackistone.com/zenC
http://www.redstarkgb.com

the last one isn't my site specifically, but a group I film with.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by overmedicatedsociety on 08/02/08 at 7:07pm

My father's family name being society, and my Christian name overmedicated,

my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more

explicit than oms.  So, I called myself oms, and came to be called

oms.



I give society as my father's family name, on the authority of his

tombstone and my sister,--Mrs. Joe Gargery, who married the

blacksmith.  As I never saw my father or my mother, and never saw

any likeness of either of them (for their days were long before the

days of photographs), my first fancies regarding what they were

like were unreasonably derived from their tombstones.  The shape of

the letters on my father's, gave me an odd idea that he was a

square, stout, dark man, with curly black hair.  From the character

and turn of the inscription, "Also Georgiana Wife of the Above," I

drew a childish conclusion that my mother was freckled and sickly.

To five little stone lozenges, each about a foot and a half long,

which were arranged in a neat row beside their grave, and were

sacred to the memory of five little brothers of mine,--who gave up

trying to get a living, exceedingly early in that universal

struggle,--I am indebted for a belief I religiously entertained

that they had all been born on their backs with their hands in

their trousers-pockets, and had never taken them out in this state

of existence.



Ours was the marsh country, down by the river, within, as the river

wound, twenty miles of the sea.  My first most vivid and broad

impression of the identity of things seems to me to have been

gained on a memorable raw afternoon towards evening.  At such a time

I found out for certain that this bleak place overgrown with

nettles was the churchyard; and that overmedicatedsociety, late of this

parish, and also Georgiana wife of the above, were dead and buried;

and that Alexander, Bartholomew, Abraham, Tobias, and Roger, infant

children of the aforesaid, were also dead and buried; and that the

dark flat wilderness beyond the churchyard, intersected with dikes

and mounds and gates, with scattered cattle feeding on it, was the

marshes; and that the low leaden line beyond was the river; and

that the distant savage lair from which the wind was rushing was

the sea; and that the small bundle of shivers growing afraid of it

all and beginning to cry, was oms.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by seanbot on 08/03/08 at 11:56am

I'm Sean. I'm 22 years old and I found this website out of boredom I think. I can't remember. I lurked for a while I know that...and made a name and used it twice and then saw this thread and figured it might be nice to put a little about myself down just so I don't seem creepy or electronically introverted.

I was born and raised in Central Pennsylvania where most people are white and small minded. I grew up in a neighborhood where none of the kids were my age, so I used to make up games I could play by myself...I learned to throw a football to myself. Now that I think about it, it must've made my dad really sad sometimes. I hated high school because it was full of kids who liked sports more than people or music. I was in a punk band for most of the time playing guitar and trying to avoid applying to college. I finally did end up going to York College of Pennsylvania from '03 to '07. While there I met more small minded white people and became interested in indie rock, electronica and ambient music. I sort of discovered it on my own or with the help of the few more tasteful people there. I was in an ambient electronic band called Sometimes Movement with my best friend. I programmed all of the drums. We made an album instead of study for finals one year. But then he transferred to Temple so we didn't make music anymore. After that I got interested in video production and photography. In May of '07 I graduated and moved back home with my parents while I found a job.

After about a month of searching I was hired by a large cable communications company as a production assistant. I currently act more as a video editor/producer/production coordinator. I relocated to Baltimore County to work there. I didn't know anyone and all I did was work for a while. I made some acquaintances here and there but none too significant. I lived on my own and hated the area. So in April of this year I decided I'd move when my lease was up. So I scoured craigslist and found an awesome place in Mount Vernon. I live there now in a huge house with 4 other very nice people. I like that I can walk pretty much everywhere now.

I still play guitar occasionally and would really like to start playing with other people again. I'm pretty much willing to play any kind of music at this point. Just as long as its fun. I enjoy going to shows too but they make me feel really old or not cool enough sometimes. I'm trying to get into bicycles and have been making an interesting effort to fix my road bike up and start pedaling around the city. I also like to drink beer at bars or at home. I like collecting and listening to vinyl too. I'm single at the moment so I have a lot of free time and I'm trying to meet new people around my age or of similar interests, since I still don't know too many people. I talk a lot and I have some pretty good stories.

I like Baltimore a lot. So hopefully I'll meet some people soon who will convince me to stay when I think I might want to leave.

Here is where I reside on the internet:

www.myspace.com/playerxpiano
http://twitter.com/seanfp


Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by macroint on 08/03/08 at 12:33pm


spagano wrote:
I'm Sean....I'm trying to get into bicycles and have been making an interesting effort to fix my road bike up and start pedaling around the city.


Here's a group you might check out:

http://www.myspace.com/velocipedebikeproject

Cool group of folks, some of whom are music-minded as well (Beth Wacks is a member of that group, as well as being a member of the ever elusive Presto Magente). I think they do a group ride once a year and then have bands play a show.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by seanbot on 08/03/08 at 6:23pm

Yeah I had heard of that...really close to my house actually. Thanks!

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Instructions on 08/04/08 at 2:12pm

hey seanbot, lars and I are volunteers at velocipede.  come on down and fix your bike there.

also, dan, I'll be in a band w/ you... need a bass player?

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by chrissy on 08/15/08 at 3:48pm

Hi, I am new here. I don't want to start a new thread just to say that, so this seemed to be the place. I'm pretty boring, though, so no autobiography. I'm a senior graphic design & photo major at UMBC and I have 3 cats. That's about all there is to me. I'm kind of intimidated by message boards so I'll probably disappear soon...

Title: Getting to know youz
Post by annA on 08/21/08 at 3:09am

Hey everyone! So I use to be a huge fan of message boards and then I decided to ditch the internet altogether.  Since this little phase, I'm discovering all these great places on the web to articulate and express ideas and thoughts in regards to any creative community.  After being a casual reader (sometimes I don't spend much time on the internet), I figured it wouldn't hurt to participate somehow on this website.  My name is Anna and I am into palindromes, foreign candies, asymmetry, contemporary art and poetry, and dancing.  I know a small amount of people who are members or contributors on here and it's great to see some familiar (and enthusiastic unfamiliar) faces.  I am all over the place, but generally I'm in the Baltimore area.  I have never been embarrassed in my life even in the most 'embarrassing' situation that I've witnessed.  I don't want to bore you much with my little rambles, so if you want to know more just send me a message.  I'd be interested to see who would respond.

-annA

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Night Stalker on 08/26/08 at 1:24pm

I KNOW A GREAT PUBLIC PARK WE CAN GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER AT LATE SOME NIGHT.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Night Stalker on 08/26/08 at 1:34pm

Hiya! I'm Richard Ramirez, one of the more recent killers, who terrorized Los Angeles during 1985. I'm into heavy metal, mainly AC/DC and am an avid Satanist. The press dubbed me with the nickname "The Night Stalker" because I would stalk peoples houses at night, break in, murder, rape, sodomize, and burglarize the people that lived there.

I often mutalited bodies, and once left a pentagram drawn with lipstick at the crime scene. I thought that the power of Satan would protect me from being caught and would protect me from being harmed as well. Boy was I wrong on that one. OOPS LOL!

On September 1, 1985, police finally identified me as "The Night Stalker" and posted my picture on the front page of many newspapers in California. Hi Mom! That afternoon an angry mob of people captured and beat me up after I attempeted to steal a car.

At my trial, I drew a pentagram on his palm and shouted "Hail Satan". In 1989, I was convicted on 13 counts of murder, and was sentenced to death. I'm currently awaiting execution at San Quentin Prison, where I continue to have complete faith in Satan. I also recently married a woman that's admired me since seeing him on TV with a bandage on his head.

I killed a lot of people. A LOT. Hi there Beastbots! HAIL SATAN!
:D

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by SMOOTH HENRY on 08/26/08 at 11:11pm

"seeing him on TV with a bandage on his head"

who?

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Grover on 08/27/08 at 1:28pm

HI! I'M GROVER. I'M A MUPPET. I AM TOTALLY ANTI-RAPE AND WANT TO BE YOUR FRIEND. I LOVE TO HUG. I AM BLUE. MY CREATOR DIED FROM PNEUMONIA COMPLICATIONS. I CRIED A LOT. I'M IN NO WAY OBNOXIOUS. I'M FURRY. SOMEONE EVEN WROTE A BOOK ABOUT ME THAT CHILDREN EVERYWHERE LOVE!

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by THE COUNT on 08/28/08 at 9:47am

Hi! I'm Count von Count, often known as The Count, and I'm one of the Muppet characters on Sesame Street, performed by Jerry Nelson. I'm a vampire modeled after Béla Lugosi's interpretation of Count Dracula.

My main purpose is educating children on simple mathematical concepts, most notably counting. I have an obsessive love of counting (arithmomania); I will count anything and everything, regardless of size, amount, or how much annoyance I cause the other Muppets or human cast.

Some traditional vampire myths depict vampires as having a similar obsession with counting small objects, providing a means of distracting them by tossing a handful of seeds or salt on the ground. This is seen as a protection from the vampire, similar to the use of garlic. My own arithmomania may simply be a coincidence, however, inspired by the pun on my title of nobility. According to my theme song, "The Song of the Count": "When I'm alone, I count myself. One count!"

In the early 1970s, following a counting session, I would laugh maniacally, "AH AH AH AH AH!" as thunder roared overhead and lightning flashed, and as the total of the number appeared on screen. I also possessed hypnotic powers and could stun people, and I wouldn't let anything get in the way of my counting. This practice, however, was discontinued in the mid-1970s because children watching the show might be frightened by it. From the mid-70s to the present, I became friendlier, did not have hypnotic powers, and interacted more with the characters (both live actors and Muppets), and appeared in at least one Muppet-Kid moment. My laugh was also changed from maniacal laughter to a more triumphant, stereotypical Dracula-style laugh, but the thunder and lightning stayed until the early 2000s, and from then on was only used for special sequences.

When I sing, the background music resembles Roma music, no matter what the song.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by digital djigit on 08/28/08 at 9:55am

Guys, this is a serious thread. Please cut it out.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by THE COUNT on 08/28/08 at 10:54am


DigitalDjigit wrote:
Guys, this is a serious thread. Please cut it out.

ok sorry ilyay

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Grover on 08/28/08 at 11:35am

SERIOUSLY, GROVER LEARN SO MUCH ABOUT THE COUNT THERE! I LOVE WHEN HE COUNTS. I STARTED THIS THREAD AND DEEM IT TO BE AOK. GROVER LOVE YOU! I HOPE MORE MUPPETS WILL JOIN THE BOARD. WE SEEM TO BE LOST WITHOUT JIM HENSON, SO LOST IN FACT, WE WIND UP ON THIS MESSAGE BOARD! COUNT, WHY IS YOUR TEXT PINK? ARE YOU ERR UMM YOU KNOW? CUZ GROVER IS A LITTLE BIT TOO! LOOK! I'M THE MONSTER AT THE END OF THIS THREAD TOO!

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by THE COUNT on 08/28/08 at 11:53am

I used pink because my skin is pink! Well, it's more purple, but purple isn't a default option in the squares.  I guess I could make it purple [color=#cc3399]like this but that's too much of a headache to do every time![/color]

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by THE COUNT on 08/28/08 at 11:54am

Goddamn this stupid board and its poor bbcode parsing!

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Legs Diamond on 09/02/08 at 9:57pm

Whats up Beatboter's?

I've been lurking for about 2 months or so, Dan pointed me over here when he saw one of my "My Crew Be Unruly" posts on DCRaves, which he posted here I think. From what I've seen so far this looks like dope board. I'm a huge fan/supporter of all that's local (DMV son!), so you'll be sure to see me around here from time to time.

I grew up in southern MD, to narrow it down, LaPlata (luh-play-tuh not luh-plot-tuh). I guess I've always been kind of a jock, I played baseball, basketball & football up into my freshman year of high school, then I started racing motocross, traveling up & down the east coast and a bit of the mid-west. I started racing around 12 up until I was 19 or 20. I had a really bad wreck when I was 17 that was the downfall of my racing career. Now I ride BMX, skate (a lil), snowboard, wakeboard, surf & still ride MX from time to time.

I've spent much more time in DC than B-more, but I still know the city well, we've had a love hate relationship. I got lots of love for B-more but DC is my city fo sho! I was into the rave/club scene for a lil, strictly breaks, house & d&b, went to Buzz a lot, use to hang out at YoshiToshi in G-town, Club 5, Casablanca, 9:30, Sonar, Trust, Heaven & Hell, The Tunnel, Edge.....etc.

I've always had a love for all types of music though.... soul, funk, blues, pop, hip-hop, breaks, electro, baltimore club....the list goes on. If I had to narrow my style I'd say hip-hop/b-more. I've been Djing for about 10 years, with turntables, but as I look back I was always DJing. I would love playing music on my parents huge cabinet stereo (which had a turntable in it), anyone remember those huge things?! I'd always try to take over the radio in my mom's car. I was that kid at the party that always had his cassette suitcase with him, then it later turned into cd books, and was asking where the stereo was. I'd chill by the stereo all night filling requests. I loved popping in that one track that would make the party go nuts though, thats the vibe I live for.

I've spun numerous house parties, local events, and dive bars in So.MD, plus a few bigger spots like Hotel Charles, Artomatic & A.L.I.A.S. (an old party @Nation (RIP)). I started out on my own then hooked up with Jen Lasher (not like that) through whom I met a lot of DJ's, including Jesse Tittsworth. I followed his career pretty close, went to a couple "Krunk" parties, he introduced me to Club music and it was all over, I've been a huge B-more Club fan ever since.

I never really put much effort into trying to get gigs, mainly cause I have a full time job that takes up a lot of time plus I always have a ton of shit on my plate in my daily coming & goings. This year I've really been gettin my hustle on, working on a bunch of theme mixes, producing & really trying to show more face in the clubs & at events. (If any promoters are looking, Holler!)

I'm no promoter, in the professional sense, but I will promote for friends and other local DJ's & performers when I can. Usually just online, lots of different message boards, MySpace etc. I really do it to support the music I love & the DJ's I know, and who knows, maybe someone will return the favor for me one day.

Damn this got pretty long, anyway, lookin forward to being a beatbot.

Holler at me for whatever:
get@djlegsdiamond.com
MySpace/DjLegsDiamond
301.752.7745

Also, here's my latest mix if you're interested:
Summer Bounce
Theres more on my myspace page too.

Holler!

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Smooth Henry on 09/03/08 at 8:54am

that was a long post legs!

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Legs Diamond on 09/03/08 at 9:15am

Sorry, I had to get that off my chest  :'(, I NEED AN OUTLET!!

;D

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Salty BaltiAnge on 09/04/08 at 4:03am

i love reading all these people's backstories , in their own words! excellent idea for a thread

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Legs Diamond on 09/04/08 at 2:39pm


baltibrat wrote:
i love reading all these people's backstories , in their own words! excellent idea for a thread

Yeah this thread is a good read. Funny though, at least for me, you talk to people online, know their life story, but meeting IRL for the first time is still sorta akward.

BTW, nice to see some peeps online from SoMD, that never happens.

Oh, and Jeff's story kills it! I got some that might come a close 2nd though, maybe I'll share one day.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by TROLL on 09/04/08 at 3:08pm

i think i need to update my original post. lotsa crap happened since then. jeffs story is insane.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Aural States on 09/05/08 at 12:06pm

My name is Greg.  I was born September 1982, in the sleepy halls of Southern Maryland Hospital in Clinton MD.  I spent years 0-18 living in Waldorf MD, good seafood, bad everything else.  As a child, I liked to punch things and jump on glass tables, performing WWF moves with my brother.  This hasn't really changed all that much.  Except I try to stay away from the expensive glass tables.  

I began my torrid love affair with music when I chose band instead of choir in elementary school.  I really liked making that race-car noise with glissandos.  When I got to high school, I moved to the tuba because my marching band needed another and I thought it would be a great challenge and striking visual of a slender Asian frame to be marching a converted 3/4 tuba while double-timing across a football field.

I began going to shows when I was 15.  The first was a Pietasters/Pilfers bill at the Black Cat (the old one I believe) that blew me away and established my undying love for ska and reggae, as well as my addiction to the energy rush of live music.  I also indulged in my nerdy, hyper-analytical side by doing research for a few high school summers on the physics of sound propagation through weather patterns and terrain for a new type of recon analysis computer program the Army was developing.

In 2000, I graduated and moved to Pittsburgh for college at Carnegie Mellon.  I initially thought I wanted to do computer science and electrical engineering since my high school research on I graduated and moved to Pittsburgh for college at Carnegie Mellon.  I initially thought I wanted to do computer science and electrical engineering since my high school research was on computers and physics, but I quickly developed a stress disorder mainly due to my moral objection to the future use of my research.

I changed over to chemical and biomedical engineering degrees because blowing shit up was fun.  After a particularly interesting seminar, I decided to explore gene therapy research at Univ of Pittsburgh and fell in love with biology and viruses.  

At the same time, I began to really explore the tattered remains of the Pittsburgh music scene like the now-defunct Club Laga/Attic/Upstage complex.  I also ventured out to Mr Smalls and Mr Roboto for a heavy dose of punk and indie.  This left much to be desired so I brought my tuba and took a third major in music performance at the College of Fine Arts at CMU under Sumner Erickson, the brother of psychedelic rock icon Roky Erickson of the 13th Floor Elevators.  Though I quickly found I was over-booked and had to drop the major after a year, the experience was revelatory for me.

After finishing CMU in 2004, I decided to goto grad school for biology because academia is safer for someone of my philosophy and lazy work ethic, and though chemical engineers make tons of money, it's a huge headache and way too much math.  I gave Harvard Virology's acceptance the finger because they really are cocky, hyper-competitive bastards and moved here to Baltimore to complete my PhD in Cellular and Molecular Medicine at Johns Hopkins Med.  

That first year was a blur of hazy walks home from Brewer's and Club Charles, drunken stupors filling many nights.  By the end of my second year in 2006, I settled into my thesis work, studying a new drug therapy in the context of HIV and T cell immunology.  I was getting restless with Hopkins' social circle so I took a part-time job at Barnes & Noble Power Plant and I scaled back the drinking and spent more money going to shows both here and DC, to the tune of 2-3 a week.

Somewhere in the wage-slave murk of me being asked where the bathroom is 20 times a day, whether we had any Zane books and telling Scabby McScabberson he can't pick his face while reading manga in the CAFE WHERE PEOPLE EAT, I met a rad kid who had a friend starting up a local entertainment-focused newspaper supplement, and they needed a music guy.  So I wrote a couple reviews of shows I'd seen recently and got the job in late 2007.  I also quit B&N and joined the staff at the fantastic Daedalus Books & Music in Belvedere Square (come visit me on weekends and buy tons of cheap art books).

Quickly, I became disillusioned with editorial influence on content and quit when my Henry Rollins interview was bumped from the cover in favor of Blue Man Group.  But I had caught the bug and had too many industry contacts.  So since I really dislike sleep, I decided to start up Aural States in order to bloviate about things I was digging and hopefully help awesome artists out.

I'm now in my 5th year of grad school, with an end in sight and Aural States has been running for almost 9 months and you should visit us.  Thanks for reading.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Legs Diamond on 09/05/08 at 12:52pm


auralstates wrote:
Waldorf MD, good seafood, bad everything else.

WALDORF!! Stand Up!! lol I feel ya.

What high school?

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Aural States on 09/05/08 at 12:55pm


Legs_Diamond wrote:
[quote author=auralstates link=1201300296/120#121 date=1220630792]Waldorf MD, good seafood, bad everything else.

WALDORF!! Stand Up!! lol I feel ya.

What high school?[/quote]

malcolm --> john hanson --> thomas stone.

Pinefield reppin.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Legs Diamond on 09/05/08 at 2:04pm


auralstates wrote:
[quote author=Legs_Diamond link=1201300296/120#122 date=1220633531][quote author=auralstates link=1201300296/120#121 date=1220630792]Waldorf MD, good seafood, bad everything else.

WALDORF!! Stand Up!! lol I feel ya.

What high school?[/quote]

malcolm --> john hanson --> thomas stone.

Pinefield reppin.[/quote]
Know a girl with the last name Mosca, couple years ahead of you prolly.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Smooth Henry on 09/07/08 at 4:43pm


macroint wrote:
[quote author=Smooth Henry link=1201300296/0#12 date=1201386777]My real name is Dan.  I used to go by "Smooth Henry" when I was volunteering at WMUC, which is where I met Justin, Raven, Jakuta and some others on this board. I'm 23 and live in Adams-Morgan. By day I'm a systems administrator.


Boring!
[/quote]

Yeah OK here's a new one.

My name is Dan.  I was born in California in 1984, and hung out in Palo Alto area for four years until my family moved to Israel. We lived in a Tel Aviv suburb for ten years.

In first grade I was in Israel during the first Gulf War, but I don't think I really understood it, and I hated wearing the gas mask and I kept throwing up in it.

In second grade I made a couple of best friends and we were awesome together until fifth grade, when one of them moved to Baltimore. He moved back to Israel the same week that I moved away to DC. :( We recently all got back in touch... One of them lives in India where he meditates and works in the garden, and the other one is a jazz musician. When we spoke a few years ago, they were shocked to learn that I wasn't yet the leader of an anti-globalization radical faction or something...  I'm still not. :/ Sometimes I'm sad that they keep it real and I drifted towards the center like a tool. Whatevz.

In sixth grade I got The Internet! Awesome.

In seventh grade, I started getting into music. My favorite artists at that point were fairly mainstream for my age group in the US: Rage Against The Machine, 2pac, Green Day...  

In eighth grade (1998) I was pretty depressed, and so I didn't really care that we (by this point there were six of us: my parents, myself and three younger brothers) were moving back to the States. We came to DC because we knew some people here and it was cheaper than San Francisco area, and had a strong Jewish community.

I went to high school in Bethesda, MD. My first year there I hung out primarily with the Israeli crew, but by sophomore year I started hanging out with the metal/industrial/etc. crowd. Coincidentally, this is also when I picked up smoking.  My favorite bands were Metallica, Megadeth, Rage Against The Machine, Radiohead, System of a Down, Insane Clown Posse, Slipknot...  

A bunch of stuff happened in high school. I got suspended a couple of times (once for having a knife on school grounds and another time for throwing this kid on the floor and kicking him in between classes) but never got into any real trouble with police or anything.  I was on the school paper, but also ran an alternative paper that was very popular and awesome.

After high school, I went to Montgomery College for one semester while still living with my parents and working part time. In Spring 2003 I went to University of Maryland, College Park. I was depressed there and spent most of my time hanging out at the radio station -- where I met Justin, Raven, and Jakuta on this board. I dropped out of UMD after that semester, but kept doing the radio station thing through 2005.

When I came back home from dropping out, I didn't have a room at my parents' place (my youngest brother moved in to my bedroom since he had to share a room with the other youngest one until then). I slept on the living room floor for a couple of months until I found a job doing admin work at a non-profit. I wasn't making a lot, but at that time it felt like a shitload of money. I was able to rent a room at a group house by Medical Center. After a year and a promotion I moved to Gaithersburg, and in the two years there I started DJing, lost some good friends, and almost married someone. I don't really want to talk about those things. Anyway, in 2006 I said enough bullshit. I sold my car and got rid of most of the shit I owned, and moved to a small apartment in Adams-Morgan. I was a lot happier, drank more, made more friends...

In 2007 this girl that used to intern at my job moved back to DC and I started talking to her online. She didn't want to meet up with me (bc I am sometimes an asshole online) but finally she caved in and had some drinks with me. We started dating in April of that year, and fell in love pretty fast, and stayed in love until now (so far so good!)  We live together now by Union Station.

My current hobbies:
- DJing. I love playing other people's music and I love delivering it to a crowd in interesting ways. I have a podcast on www.amitai.net if you're interested! I also run a small downtempo happy hour party on Wednesdays.
- Work.  I'm working in IT right now, but the next job I take probably won't be IT.
- Lolzing with the gf, usually just watching TV. She really really likes eating with me but I like just eating when I'm hungry, which is usually an hour before she gets home. :'( for her!

:o

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Legs Diamond on 09/11/08 at 9:50am


Legs_Diamond wrote:
[quote author=auralstates link=1201300296/120#123 date=1220633726][quote author=Legs_Diamond link=1201300296/120#122 date=1220633531][quote author=auralstates link=1201300296/120#121 date=1220630792]Waldorf MD, good seafood, bad everything else.

WALDORF!! Stand Up!! lol I feel ya.

What high school?[/quote]

malcolm --> john hanson --> thomas stone.

Pinefield reppin.[/quote]
Know a girl with the last name Mosca, couple years ahead of you prolly.[/quote]
oops, that was sposed to be a question:
Do you know a girl with the last name Mosca? She was prolly a couple years ahead of you.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by palindrome on 09/12/08 at 10:51am


Legs_Diamond wrote:
[quote author=auralstates link=1201300296/120#121 date=1220630792]Waldorf MD, good seafood, bad everything else.

WALDORF!! Stand Up!! lol I feel ya.

What high school?[/quote]


I am not from Maryland, but I definitely went to high school here.  Can we get a Westlake Wolverines '04 anybody?!? ::)

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Salty BaltiAnge on 09/13/08 at 8:08pm

my name is angela
i am 30 years old

i went to  Mannheim American High School , in Mannheim, Germany , after growing up in Indiana, California,Albuquerque, Chicago, Korea, and Atlanta.

After  returning from overseas in 1996, i lived in DC before moving to Baltimore to "get married" and "go to art school" , both of which didn't happen.
The marriage didn't because he turned into a crust punk singing "sensation" (not a bad one, either..) and the art school didn't happen because i was 1) claimed as a dependent on tax forms up to 8 years after i moved out and  unable to solidify funding and 2) sick with appendicitis and ovarian cysts. I got better :) !

I've worked a lot of art and restaurant and bar jobs. Stagehanding, waitressing, production-assisting, djing , bartending, cooking, merchandising, promoting, murals , and dancing are all things i've been paid to do . i like the jobs that get food or paint on me the best.


Re-assessing my financial goals, I moved away from what I thought was my "favorite neighborhood ever", and after 6 years in Charles Village and Remington, i have a studio i'm trying to put together (it needs a new ceiling) and a neat apartment (we might need a new roommate, soon!) over in what is called "Charles North" and it's right near Penn Station and the Club Charles.

It's an area i never suspected would be such a cool neighborhood, but is. i lucked out.

I hope to buy a home in Remington in about a year but that might change.

I love cats , cooking, and karaoke. I love a good discussion and some people online think i am 'argumentative' when in actuality most of the time i'm just play-fighting. Discussions , to me, are healthy and great , and if i really have a problem with anyone, i try to deal with it in the most direct manner. Internet forum-posts can invite a lot of confusion about tone and foster some weird snarky or passive-aggressive backbiting but to me that's just a waste of time. Go hard or go home!

right now i am playing some music with an ex, our band's name is CLINT FLICK and it's pretty weird. i play keyboards, because i took 7 years of classical piano , and i need to get my cello fixed so i'll be calling up James Cox, luthier, pretty soon, (mentioned him in a "luthier"-themed thread , recently.) i have a decent singing voice when i get warmed up and can shake the hell out of a tambourine.

in school i won: spelling bees and invention competitions and some poster-design contests.

i've worn glasses since grade 1, contacts since grade four. i have a haircut phobia and

i really enjoy the old green traffic lights, not the new ones that have a pthalo-blue tint to them . screw that, give me the yellow-based green traffic lights from the 80's . they're few and harder to find, these days.


my roommate plays in a band called "hungry bodies" and they're terrific. a new roommate is a volunteer firefighter and a photographer.

if you see me , introduce yourself and say hi, if you're a friendly type!
i am in love with baltimore-at-large.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Salty BaltiAnge on 09/13/08 at 8:45pm

i forgot to mention that in 1998 my 2 dc friends and i re-organized the 2nd wave of shows at the Laugh and Spit in Sowebo, with the help of some "triple-j-ranch" young sowebo inhabitants.  We had to work for our artist landlord in his gallery, and that particular building was also a property in his array.
The first sushi-cafe show was my idea. (I haven't read anything but the titles of articles and posts about "dead baltimore venues" because i didn't want to get mad if/when i realized how much good stuff was left out.
ha!)

We did all kinds of labor...from painting to re-enforcing the floor.. to bring The Laugh and Spit up to code for gallery licensing. Later it was taken over by a collective of "peacepunks" known as the 'crasshole collective' who had a bunch of differing ideas about how the shows should go and how the space would be run. Finally it's run ended.

post-1998 i put on some punk shows in a warehouse i lived in called 'sass studios' at baltimore and eutaw.
also i used to run the 13-hour dj's and bands fleamarkets at the ottobar, and don't miss doing that at all...what a pain in the ass...but if i inherit a million dollars , maybe i'd put one together again. they take up a lot of time.

anyone from the old days who wants to reminisce sagely please find me! i enjoy sage chats , while i groan about grey hair and my aching back, and slather icy-hot and tiger balm all over my arthritic hands.


Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by doom town on 09/19/08 at 6:01pm

i like anonymity but figure i should post something so you can take my other posting in context.

my name is abigail (abi) and i was born in hyattsville, md, second of 7 children to devoutly christian dad + mom from ohio and nebraska, respectively.
growin up i was shy, imaginative and melancholic. i loved animals especially horses, being outside, drawing, reading and craftsy stuff. my mom homeschooled me & all of my siblings until my younger brothers reached high school age. we lived in silver spring, rockville, and germantown. i loved silver spring and miss it the most.
my older sister & i graduated high school fully home-learnt, but my 3 younger bros went to public high schools. the 2 youngest are still homeschooled. We were all enrolled in a state-approved homeschooling organization that offered classes taught by other homeschooling parents and a handful of actual teachers. I was in some high school plays and painting classes. We were ALL drama kids.

with all that homeschooling junk out of the way, i can explain how i swerved from the good christian kid path around age 13 when i got into the late classical period of alternative rock (lulz) via WHFS and some good buds who steered me away from old country and classic oldies songs (which i still love). the first revelation was thanks to Green Day, then Nirvana, then Smashing Pumpkins. I was a full-blown obsessive SP freak til I was a 18 or so. Grateful for the early internet days since AOL was the only way I had to talk to punks or anyone I had anything in common with. It was rough trying to buy CDs or hang posters of Courtney Love or make punk rock tshirts and patches with my parents’ vehement damnation of rock music. Though I count it a victory that I got my entire family to love Weezer (the blue album anyway).

With no real ambition, I half-heartedly took art & humanities classes at Montgomery College starting in my senior yr and eventually got an AFA there, graduating in 2006. I had some awesome professors but didn’t make as much progress on my creative development as I’d hoped. I thought I’d be a graphic designer but now am sure its not for me. During those yrs I lived in silver spring, aspen hill and Adelphi, near college park.

obligatory weird coincidence - in early 05 I was dating a guy who happened to meet Raven at Tryst in DC and flirted with her then bragged to me about it so I got grumbly every time I saw her after that though we never met. Sorry, Raven, that was dumb. that guy was/is a dillhole. You rule though.

Was miserably depressed from 2002-05 and ended up drinking and doing a shit ton of drugs which was great fun. Made some lovely friends in DC but ended up hating the city and moved to Baltimore with my now-ex in summer ’06. we had a great house in Seton Hill and I loved Baltimore 100% instantly. I got to see many favorite amazing bands by walking a mere block to Floristree. I temped for a few months in Arbutus, where i acquired 2 cats from a coworker, then got hired at an HMO in Canton, where I still work. Lars works in my building. Hi Lars!
My relationship ended this past summer and I moved to an apartment also in Seton Hill and despite the mosquitos and a flophouse on the first floor, its lovely. I stopped driving a car this year and its been rad biking to work but with that and running occasionally, I have no energy for anything else. I’d like to train for a triathlon but yea rite.
Also I want to go get a BFA in art history. I don’t really make art anymore and I miss it, but I’m still an obsessive music hound/collector/packrat. Eskimoprizefighter is my boyfriend, and I know a few others who post here. I found out about beatbots from a mention in the city paper, I think?
This is longer than I expected but it felt good to get it out! HI.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Juxton on 09/20/08 at 1:10pm


Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Salty BaltiAnge on 09/21/08 at 4:26am

let me add that i am selling paintings of sharks and sharktopuses (don't ask) to benefit Sea Shepherd, an organization that helps sharks outtt.

also i am working on a sofia loren painting series. it will probably suck but  she's a stone fox and even ugly, she'd still be hot.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Logan The Barbarian on 09/21/08 at 8:02am


baltibrat wrote:
also i am working on a sofia loren painting series. it will probably suck but  she's a stone fox and even ugly, she'd still be hot.


Sofia Loren is a dime. Can't wait to see how the paintings turn out.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by orchardandponds on 09/22/08 at 4:47pm


spagano wrote:
I finally did end up going to York College of Pennsylvania from '03 to '07. While there I met more small minded white people and became interested in indie rock, electronica and ambient music. I sort of discovered it on my own or with the help of the few more tasteful people there. I was in an ambient electronic band called Sometimes Movement with my best friend. I programmed all of the drums. We made an album instead of study for finals one year.


i also went to ycp, but graduated the year you arrived. a year later i found your band on the old myspace and drove to west chester to see you guys play. i think i missed your set, said hello to you, then went home.



Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by janglingman on 09/24/08 at 3:13pm

"I went to high school in Bethesda, MD. My first year there I hung out primarily with the Israeli crew, but by sophomore year I started hanging out with the metal/industrial/etc. crowd. Coincidentally, this is also when I picked up smoking.  My favorite bands were Metallica, Megadeth, Rage Against The Machine, Radiohead, System of a Down, Insane Clown Posse, Slipknot... "

What High School ja go to?

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Smooth Henry on 09/24/08 at 3:18pm

WALTER JOHNSON HIGH SCHOOL

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by janglingman on 09/25/08 at 11:55am

Sweet.  I'm a Whitman Alum...(don't judge).  Actually, some of the coolest people I've ever known went to Whitman and lived in Bethesda. I just have to stand a zillion half-true rich kid jokes from people who probably had a similar upbringing to my own.  Other than that it was cool to grow up there.  But I'm never going to fucking live in that hyper-yuppie place again.  As an adult, it's a wasteland of high-end bufoonary. But as a teenager, it's the perfect place to become disaffected and cynical and start a band to disrupt the peace, no?

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Smooth Henry on 09/25/08 at 6:38pm

as long as we both agree that Poolesville is a shithole...

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by ILL PETOMANE on 10/07/08 at 7:31am

Hi I'm brand new 2nd hand : )

I was born in Dundee Scotland in 1974 and moved stateside when I was 17 for a fresh start away from trouble and my drunken mother. My first stop was Hartford Connecticut where I got involved in the hardcore scene and spend my time at the Anthrax in Norwalk checking out bands like Sheer Terror, Warzone and Judge. Then I ended up in B-more and lost touch with the hardcore scene and found a Drum and Bass scene that I had grew acustomed too from my UK upbringing. Threw a couple of raves Dj'd a couple of parties and quickly grew bored of the drama & negativity surrounding it. I have a feeling Raven and I have partied with the same crowd. Anyways this board looks promising and I hope I can add to it in a postive way.

-D

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by softgraffiti on 10/07/08 at 12:59pm


ILL_PETOMANE wrote:
Hi I'm brand new 2nd hand : )

I have a feeling Raven and I have partied with the same crowd.
-D


Who?

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by ILL PETOMANE on 10/07/08 at 2:31pm


softgraffiti wrote:
[quote author=ILL_PETOMANE link=1201300296/120#139 date=1223379102]Hi I'm brand new 2nd hand : )

I have a feeling Raven and I have partied with the same crowd.
-D


Who?[/quote]

Those Aberdeen Characters

Terry, Ryan, Timmy, Peanut, Ruben, Scott, etc.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by softgraffiti on 10/07/08 at 3:36pm

I don't know!  I only knew a handful of kids from Aberdump and only one who was into Drum n' Bass.  

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by ILL PETOMANE on 10/08/08 at 6:51am


softgraffiti wrote:
I don't know!  I only knew a handful of kids from Aberdump and only one who was into Drum n' Bass.  


Sorry for bothering you  :-[

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by softgraffiti on 10/08/08 at 12:16pm

No worries.  It's just that common names like Timmy don't help jog my memory and the more unusual ones like Ruben or Peanut don't ring a bell.  Honestly, I only hung out with two guys from Aberdeen, one from Zero for Life who went to my high school (David) and this kid Yusef I met in driving school.  Oh & there was this really sweet guy I went to HCC with, whose name is escaping me right now. His family ran the Aberdeen skate park back in the early 00's.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by mollyo on 10/08/08 at 2:08pm

The French are really, really upset about Jeff Koons today on NPR: http://www.jeffkoons.com/site/index.html

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by mollyo on 10/08/08 at 2:09pm

better link http://www.npr.org/blogs/talkingplants/2008/10/look_whats_rocking_at_versaill.html

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Degreaser on 10/08/08 at 2:37pm

you are such a lurky lurker mollyo! :D

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by mollyo on 10/08/08 at 2:43pm

yesss, I wait. sssss

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by ILL PETOMANE on 10/08/08 at 2:50pm


softgraffiti wrote:
one from Zero for Life who went to my high school (David)


I work with Dave  ;)

My memory is not to great but I believe you might have hung out with Dave at my old house on Pratt St years ago.



Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Mia on 11/27/09 at 8:02pm

This thread is awesome. Now that I've read all about you guys I kinda feel a little bit like an internet stalker. hot stuff.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by SMOOTH HENRY on 11/27/09 at 8:38pm

Mia you should contribute

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by digital djigit on 11/27/09 at 9:38pm


mxklim wrote:
This thread is awesome. Now that I've read all about you guys I kinda feel a little bit like an internet stalker. hot stuff.


How'd you even find it? Nothing's been posted here in over a year. Funnily enough I was looking for it earlier today but didn't try too hard.

I guess I still haven't posted a bio here. But I am not sure I will. I can't think of anything interesting.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Carl is a Jerk on 11/28/09 at 8:14am


DigitalDjigit wrote:
[quote author=mxklim link=1201300296/140#150 date=1259370179]This thread is awesome. Now that I've read all about you guys I kinda feel a little bit like an internet stalker. hot stuff.


How'd you even find it? Nothing's been posted here in over a year. Funnily enough I was looking for it earlier today but didn't try too hard.

I guess I still haven't posted a bio here. But I am not sure I will. I can't think of anything interesting.[/quote]

Someone linked to Jeff's bio in another thread.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Bez Borges on 11/28/09 at 10:59am

Y'all thought this thread was gonna escape the inevitable Julie Andrews allusion, right?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaBNZMsjEoI&feature=related

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by A Cat Named Virtue on 11/28/09 at 11:30am


Bazooring_Bez wrote:
Y'all thought this thread was gonna escape the inevitable Julie Andrews allusion, right?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaBNZMsjEoI&feature=related

It's about damn time!

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Mia on 11/29/09 at 12:48am

Hi, my life story is as follows:

Grew up in northern VA. Went to college in Williamsburg, VA whereupon I received a nice liberal arts education. Floundered around a bit after graduation and got my first salaried job working in a sperm bank. That was a real drag so I packed everything up and moved to Bmore. Appalling crime rate aside, I think Bmore is the bees knees.

My interests include: books books books, not being just a weekend kid, successfully paying my mortgage every month, and eating as much delicious food as I can without getting too fat for my pants. I listen to music too and sometimes manage the musical projects of friends and strangers.

I reside in the northwestern corner of the city with my husband, dog, cat, and whatever Recycled Love foster cutie we have at the time. I am currently crushing on Richard Kern, old fashioneds, and hairless kitties (sorry, not a euphemism). I'm pushing 30 but look like I'm 19. What up!

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by got haggis? on 11/29/09 at 2:54pm

stumbled upon this thread through the link as well.....here goes nothing:

My name is Geoff, was born in Baltimore in 1974, and grew up in Harford County.  Growing up I was a band kid, played trombone 4th grade through 12th and went to band camp quite a few summers - this is where my musical tastes really started to took off as I was introduced to bands like nirvana (bleach had just come out), fugazi, and the butthole surfers.  During this time I had gotten pretty heavily into industrial/goth/post punk type music - would buy pretty much anything put out on Wax Trax.  This got me to listen to some pretty 'experimental' bands, which have greatly influenced the sort of music I listen to today.  

After graduating high school, I took a few years off before moving out to western Maryland to attend Frostburg State University.  I ended up majoring in computer science, and was only 2 classes shy from having a minor in geography and graphic design.  I ended up living out in western maryland for about 7 years - it was a strange place to be when you hate jam band type music.  I had my own radio show on the university radio station for a few years, which was awesome.  It was originally supposed to be the 'techo late night' (every thursday from 10pm to 1am)  but I transformed it to me a mix of electronic and experimental music - I really miss doing that radio show, it was really fun, even though I probably only had about 20 listeners.  

I did the study abroad thing and lived in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England for a semester - fall of 99 to jan of 2000.  I was incredible, something I highly recommend to anyone.  

After graduating and leaving frostburg, I moved to bethesda to take a full time computer type job - the job was pretty awesome, got to travel to africa and europe a bunch for it.....during this time I ended up moving to Baltimore to help a friend out that was in need of a roommate - which resulted in commuting from Baltimore to Silver Spring every day for work.  This took its toll, and I ended up leaving to take a job at Johns Hopkins in the city as a web developer - was there about a year before taking a job at a start up game development studio.  Worked there for 3 years in various roles, released 2 games - one for the PC,360, and PS3 called Damnation (got horrible reviews) and another for the iPhone called Attack of the Dust Bunnies (good reviews).  It was a fun job, but the hours were insane...I would routinely work 80-100 work weeks.  This past summer everyone in the company was laid off, but I was picked up by the parent company that does online real estate stuff - it's very boring (mix of sys admin and programming) but hey at least it's basically 40 hours a week now.

Guess thats my life story - I've been living in Baltimore for the past 5 years or so and try to go to shows and events in the city whenever possible - currently living in Canton, but my lease is up Jan 1st, so not sure where I am going to move to yet.

I've done quite a bit of traveling over the years (going to Spain in April with 3 friends, should be fun..normally I travel by myself)- including work related travel I've been to -> Scotland (i have an obsession with scotland, you can tell from my nick heh), England, Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Iceland, Germany, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Mozambique, South Africa, Niger, and New Zealand

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by steve on 11/30/09 at 10:59am


gothaggis wrote:
I did the study abroad thing and lived in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England for a semester - fall of 99 to jan of 2000.  I was incredible, something I highly recommend to anyone.

I heartily second 'the study abroad thing.'  It was one of the best things to ever happen to me.  :)

I was also in Britain, incidentally.  Nice place to study, definitely.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by mike po on 11/30/09 at 11:13am

I studied a broad for a while then I married her.




wokka wokka

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by grammartime on 11/30/09 at 11:16am

<3

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Carl is a Jerk on 11/30/09 at 11:24am

My name isn't Carl.  You can call me CJ.

I was born in Washington, DC in 1981 and was adopted several days later.  I spent the following 18 years in the Annapolis area.  I attended private school.  When I asked to attend public school, my parents said no, because I would get beat up.  I played in a 'metallic hardcore' band in high school.

I then attended school in College Park and haven't left the Hyattsville/Adelphi/College Park area in the last ten years.  I played some more music with Beaukemon in a 'emocore' group, then an instrumental rock band The Prisoner's Dilemma.  Our first show was at H_Lina_K's house opening for Dead Vice Prez.  The second show was at Juxton's place opening for Landspeedrecord (I think).

I also played drums for this power-pop band Spudnik.  We got to open for Dealership at Velvet Lounge.  We broke up when the bass player left.  At the time I was discouraged and thought we were technically inept, but looking back, I think our live recordings are fantastic (in a lo-fi sorta way), and those were some of the best times of my life.

I wrote a number of things on the main page of Beatbots.  Maybe one or two of them are good.

In 2005 I married my girlfriend of two and a half years.  She 'gets me' better than anyone else, so we're still going strong.  Because of the comfort of my home life, and a few personal hardships that I've been through since, I've had a really hard time interacting with people over the last four years.  But things have improved: in 2008 my wife and I had a kid, and she's got a great belly laugh that is the best thing I've ever heard.

Right now I'm driving myself into the ground toiling for an academic publishing company and working my way through grad school in Farfax.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Mia on 11/30/09 at 11:26am

CJ-- GMU? Whatcha studying?

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Carl is a Jerk on 11/30/09 at 11:37am

Yeah, I'm at Mason working towards my history degree.  The program is supposed to focus on web publishing, which I was hoping to apply towards work.  (I publish a lot of historical papers for reference collections.)  But so far I feel like I still don't know very much about either computers or U.S. history...

At least it's free.  I'm still paying off my undergrad in-state tuition!

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Carl is a Jerk on 11/30/09 at 11:44am


CarlJohnson wrote:
Yeah, I'm at Mason working towards my history degree.  The program is supposed to focus on web publishing, which I was hoping to apply towards work.  (I publish a lot of historical papers for reference collections.)  But so far I feel like I still don't know very much about either computers or U.S. history...

At least it's free.  I'm still paying off my undergrad in-state tuition!


Should have clarified that I have the good fortune of earning a tuition reimbursement from my employer.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Mia on 11/30/09 at 11:53am

Free education = sweet. Especially right now. A lot of my pals are struggling to find funding to continue with their grad programs. Fin aid is in demand and grants are running dry... eep...

Your job sounds nerdy and awesome. top shelf!

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Carl is a Jerk on 11/30/09 at 12:09pm


mxklim wrote:
Your job sounds nerdy and awesome. top shelf!


Ultimately, I'd like to smash the industry for the inside by creating some free lo-fi web database of historical manuscripts.  Like a GM engineer inventing cold fusion.  Maybe in a few decades...

A certain board lurker works for the same company.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Juxton on 11/30/09 at 1:15pm

lol @ "lo-fi web database"

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by digital djigit on 11/30/09 at 1:27pm

lo-fi, diy, xml web api

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Carl is a Jerk on 11/30/09 at 1:30pm


DigitalDjigit wrote:
lo-fi, diy, xml web api


YES

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by digital djigit on 11/30/09 at 1:39pm

I don't know from CSS but my website is the best.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by bike curmudgeon on 11/30/09 at 1:49pm


CarlJohnson wrote:
[quote author=mxklim link=1201300296/160#165 date=1259600000]Your job sounds nerdy and awesome. top shelf!


Ultimately, I'd like to smash the industry for the inside by creating some free lo-fi web database of historical manuscripts.  Like a GM engineer inventing cold fusion.  Maybe in a few decades...

A certain board lurker works for the same company.[/quote]

and probably has the same thoughts...

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Carl is a Jerk on 08/24/10 at 1:07pm

Bump for new people.  I laid my own soul bare, your turn

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Terryworld on 08/24/10 at 4:00pm

Wow. When this thread started, everyone was on Myspace (it HAD to be added even as an after thought), the Baltimore Taper was active and that space on Charles wasn't even the Lo-Fi yet. And there seemed to be a lot of people on this board. Where did they go?

As for me, I'm a photographer. That's all you need to know about that.
Oh yeah and I REALLY want a dog like THIS! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8rxXamfh5c&feature=player_embedded

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Terryworld on 08/24/10 at 4:05pm

I think it's great that everyone has told their histories, I'm just reluctant because I had  a friend on here that wrote some things about a mutual friend (hint: this ANGEL was CRAZY) and now they don't speak because she found out who he was. he was just venting, but that's what happens when you reveal yourself on-line.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by lemonsuit on 08/25/10 at 12:54pm


weegee123 wrote:
I think it's great that everyone has told their histories, I'm just reluctant because I had  a friend on here that wrote some things about a mutual friend (hint: this ANGEL was CRAZY) and now they don't speak because she found out who he was. he was just venting, but that's what happens when you reveal yourself on-line.


Yep, that's why I tend to lurk as a general recourse.

My name is Zach, and I live in Towson, and have since I moved down here from NYC back in '06.  I'm from Brooklyn, NY originally, did all my schooling up there, until undergraduating in '05 and then spending the next year doing nothing with my degree, working in a media warehouse in LIC.  The band I had left school with broke up around that time (specifically because I couldn't stand living in the city and announced my plans to leave).  I think it had a bigger impact than I meant, because those two still won't talk to me, even though I've always been a truly terrible drummer and they were some seriously talented mofos.  Anyway, moved down here away from family and friends, along with my then-girlfriend-now-wife Beth.  I work doing IT and management at a small process serving company which sucks, but pays the bills.  I still haven't been able to find a reasonably-priced practice space in the area, so my drums are gettin' mighty dusty, but I still record various electronic-based crud on my own.  Haven't been able to find anyone with whom to noisemake, still lookin'!  Despite that, it's been an easy transition living down here, in the best independent music/art scene on the East Coast (even though Towson technically don't count).  I joined beatbots back in '08, and haven't really posted anything, but I'm now trying to change that.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by grammartime on 08/25/10 at 1:42pm

another good way to avoid revealing yourself is to be the same all the time in person and online.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Aural States on 08/25/10 at 1:47pm


grammartime wrote:
another good way to avoid revealing yourself is to be the same all the time in person and online.


Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Baltibored on 10/06/10 at 1:53pm

Hi, my name is Margaret but you can call me Maggie or Mag. I was born in 1979 in Trenton, NJ. I lived in Trenton and then Hamilton Township, NJ for what I refer to as "the New Jersey Years" of my life before moving to Baltimore at age 20. My dad died when I was 15 leaving me the sole able-bodied member of my household. My mother was chronically ill and wheelchair bound at that point and my sister is developmentally disabled. I had a harrowing teenage/young adulthood. Someday, I will recount these memories in a book which will be lauded as the female version of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. I was so overwhelmed by my life that my hair was graying in high school. (It has since reverted to it's solid brown.)

The nice part about growing up in the armpit of New Jersey is that it was right on the Northeast Corridor train line. I could hop on the train and hit up NYC for $13, round trip. We did a lot of record shopping in New Brunswick. Once my friends and I were old enough to drive, we spent a lot of time in Philly and on the Jersey Shore as well.

I was pretty emotionally stunted and had a huge crush on my best friend in high school. He ended up going to MICA and I'd visit him in Baltimore whenever I could in between attending night classes at community college, working full time and being in a bunch of bands (I was the girl that played bass). In 2000, I ended up getting a job transfer with Barnes & Noble after being accepted into UB to finish up my BA. I never did play that bass again.

I was extremely, painfully shy back then. I had a really hard time making friends so I'd go to the old Ottobar on Davis St. 3 nights a week and just see every band that mildly interested me. I saw a lot of great fucking bands too! I saw pretty much every single movie at the Charles Theater from mid 2000 to 2002 as well. I still like to run solo.

In spring of 2001, I got a part time job at the new Atomic Books and worked there until the summer of 2009. Wow. I still help out with big events and fill in shifts when people go on vacation but now I work at MICA for Parkhurst Dining which has been one of the most boring, humiliating jobs I've ever had but also the highest paying. Plus I get great benefits. From 2002 to 2005 I worked as a barn manager/riding instructor at a farm out in Woodstock, MD but it got to be too much to deal with because the owner of the place was bonkers. My mom passed away in 2004 and I was thrown into a deep, deep depression. I ended up dropping out of UB. I quit the barn job around the same time. I drank a lot and had horrible self esteem.

In 2005, I learned about a roller derby league that was forming in the city. I was a part of that first wave of derby girls that created the league from scratch. It was a great time in my life. It pulled me out of depression, I found my inner athlete, learned that I could be a leader, reexamined (and redefined) how I look at femininity & sexuality (both mine and others) and made an enormous number of female friends in which I still share a bond with to this day. Then I quit and got really, really into bikes.

I'm not going to delve into my love life but I had this epiphany in which I realized that I had been in shitty relationships pretty much throughout most of my 20's and that I'm sick of it and goddamn it if I'm not going to have an awesome time being single this time around. I'm taking my time and I'm pretty certain there's no one left to date in Baltimore. Sorry. Sike, I'm not sorry at all!

Wow, I've been lurking on here for a long time. I signed up in 2008 to use the classified and now I post every once in awhile. I'm back in school and very close to finishing. I'll be done at the end of 2011 and I'm splitting town the second I finish my last semester. Probably moving to Austin, Portland or San Francisco. Or maybe somewhere else. I've got a apprenticeship at a company that makes a foot retention system for bikes, bags and clothing. I'm learning to use a variety of industrial sewing machines. It's pretty intimidating and awesome.

So there.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Baltibored on 10/06/10 at 1:54pm

I have terrible grammar. Sorry, everyone.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Cantstandgela on 10/06/10 at 6:55pm


grammartime wrote:
another good way to avoid revealing yourself is to be the same all the time in person and online.


hahaha  8-)

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by SMOOOOOTH on 10/08/10 at 7:23am

Hi, Mag!!!!

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by tori on 10/11/10 at 11:12am

oh hi.  i'm tori.  i came to this board via kate grammartime (hi, kate).  moved to baltimore in jan 2009 after living in florida for 4 years.  i'm originally from south carolina and lived there for 22 years before leaving.  
i'm pretty much a homebody and rarely go out unless i'm really compelled.  got loads of social anxiety, so that's mostly why.  i like to bake, swim, crochet, play videogames, and sit on my duff.  i wish my house had a basketball hoop b/c i like to shoot hoops when i'm pissed off.
i love dogs, but can't have one at the moment.  
i really want someone to play basketball with me somewhere (i'm terrible), or bowl, or try geocaching b/c it looks like it'd be fun.  
i work at jhh, and my boss is the only redeeming factor.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Bez Borgia on 10/11/10 at 6:11pm


tori wrote:
...or try geocaching b/c it looks like it'd be fun.


Beatbotters Digital Djigit and Terrasect geocache...hit them up. They're cool dudes, I don't think they'd mind.

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Ben Lorber on 01/06/11 at 2:31pm

my name is ben. at the time of writing this i am almost up to the 10-post minimum required to post events on the beatbots event wall. i live in baltimore at the annex and have a band called great tap root. i am 22. i just graduated from bard college in upstate new york with a degree in philosophy. on this keyboard i annot type the letter 'see' so forgive me. i will probably go bak to grad shool and turn into a philosopher beause that is what i love, books and things. but i make musi to worship and evolve the spirit that lives and breathes thru all things...not to sound too lame or anything...

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by james on 01/06/11 at 7:12pm


benjaminlorber wrote:
...not to sound too lame or anything...



too late

jk

Title: Re: Getting to know youz
Post by Dudefrommars on 01/07/11 at 8:00am

Hello. My RL name is Samuel Forrest Morgan. A name that I've always felt was somewhat plain and ill fitting.  At the age of 13 I'd decided to start going by my middle name, but then that movie Forrest Gump came out and squashed that idea. Some years later that movie I Am Sam came out and well, WTF. Anyway, I'm 33.  I'm kind of a professional stranger, as I grew up a military brat and never really settled anywhere for long. When I was five, I fell off of a tire swing and shit my pants. Boy that was embarrassing,  I spent my youth reinventing myself over and over.  At 16, after I got my drivers license, my drunk assed stepdad would have me drive him to the local watering hole (he'd lost his license of course) and I'd just hang out at the bar until he was ready for me to drive him home. Luckily the bar had karioke and thats where I discovered I could sing. Picture an awkward pimply kid singing Jethro Tull to a bunch of aging joe's.  Still gives me butterflies.  I discovered the Baltimore area in my junior year of highschool, when my dad got assigned to Ft. Meade.  I worked at Friendly's and one of the waitresses had a boyfriend that was in a local band. They were called Beauty Queen Killers.  They played mostly around DC and they needed a drum tech.  This is how I caught the bug. Watching those guys play dive bars and wishing I was the one behind the mic.  Anyway, I joined the Air Force after college to get out of my house. 5 years of grief and boredom in Cheyenne Wyoming.  I started a punk band called "Felt". That kept me busy during my enlistment. On separating, from the military, I came back to the last place I knew, Baltimore.. I started college at UMBC as an art major, concentrating in film and video. I played around with some experimental video like this one http://www.youtube.com/user/futureicon#p/u/3/91YWErb6yOM oh and some goofy animations like this one http://www.youtube.com/user/futureicon#p/u/2/pwYBFaFXb_c  before getting offered a job as a computer network engineer, based on my military experience.  It's been a blessing and a curse, as it resulted in me dropping out of college and abandoning something I was somewhat passionate about. After deciding that I couldn't stagnate with the office stiffs, I decided to give music another go and formed my current project Face the Sun (www.facethesunband.com) I'm sure you've never heard of us but now that I've discovered beatbots and you know my life story and all, maybe we can be friends.


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