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From The Monkey Cage and Joshua Tucker…

An hilarious all-around grafitti-style outbreak of humo[u]r on British Olympic Art Sensibilities. Or not. Anyway, it inspires me to regale you with my global festival memories.

I missed Expo 67 in my old hometown area ofMontreal, of no importance of all to anyone except for fact that it was a global event that was to exhibit architectural and artistic pieces of note and other than a zippy trip up and down the Space Needle in Seattle, my sole experience with these epic facilities.

So I was visiting my home town in 1968 right after high school and foisted off on relatives for a tour de Quebec, sort of. With Pierre, my co-worker at the Club Dorion, a private country club where I toiled (and polished off my share of Labatt’s Blue over that blurry summer) I headed over to the island site for thrills on a roller coaster thingie, checking out les femmes, finding some cold Blue.

All I can say is that Montreal has reportedly paid off the debt for Expo 67. The Habitat apartments are still going strong if a bit leaky. I vaguely remember the enthusiastic vision embodied in all the stylistic leaps in architecture and structure. Not much more.

I hope London’s squiggly tower and the Coke pavilion cohere in vision and not rust into shabby monuments to bureaucracy and too much brew.

Russ Imrie August 2012

Moving around in DC. Find free wifi. What Metro to take? Eat. Say Whoa!

METRO trip planner train/bus

  1. Click here for METRO trip planner train/bus. Enter your location and destination address and itineraries will pop out for you. Check for next bus.

    Full Metro Map here

  2. The Map (Google) Find It
  3. Washington Post Weather (map, rain, alerts, temps, radar)

    Wa Post weather site/maps

    Wa Post weather site/maps

  4. DC Linktank and WeekBook the wonk’s wonk site to think tank and open forum heaven. Complete weekly listings and registration contacts for policy and research institutes throughout DC. Uniquely DC, this does not exist anywhere else on the planet. Most listed events are open, you don’t need to be local. You can register and stay updated also follow them on Twitter, etc.
    DC_Linktank

    DC_Linktank

    Have a free couple of hours? Interested to hear the brightest, best, most influential, notorious, or powerful in usually a small foundation or university environment, for free? Listings every week. Be polite, respect the speakers and the organizations (of every political stripe) that host these and make them available. Network, join a Q&A with a former Cabinet member, political operative, lobbyist or journalist before they head to CNN or are written up in the Post, or get indicted, get a card to send a question for a seriously awesome response—or alibi. – uniquely DC – MST

  5. Where am I? How can I get online around here? the DC Government has your back AND your bandwidth at their govern-sponsored wifi hotspot map– interactive – very cool. Civilian wifi hotspots included every Starbucks, MacDonald’s, AT&T office, Barnes and Noble, Busboys and Poets and many more. Search for any of these on the Google mapabove or on your smartphone.

    DC_GOV_GIS_Free_Wifi_Spots (interactive map)

    DC_GOV_GIS_Free_Wifi_Spots (interactive map)


Connect Here…extras

(shortened links by bit.ly, thank you Libya)

Best QR code generator (free) phones, url’s, Twitter, vcard…  qrStuff.com   http://bit.ly/MOIWV9

I’ve used several online QR code generators but this seems the most capable. Highly recommended. – MST

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qrstuff_comQR qrstuff.com

Intelligient links for wonks and junkies  DCLinkTank   http://bit.ly/NX6HKl

Have a free couple of hours? Interested to hear the brightest, best, most influential, notorious, or powerful in usually a small foundation or university environment, for free? Listings every week. Be polite, respect the speakers and the organizations (of every political stripe) that host these and make them available. Network, join a Q&A with a former Cabinet member, political operative, lobbyist or journalist before they head to CNN or are written up in the Post. Get a card to send a question for a seriously awesome response. – uniquely DC – MST

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My reviews are posted as I read them. No particular order. Indexed here to focus page.

  1. Wright, Evan, and Jon Roberts. American Desperado: My Life–From Mafia Soldier to Cocaine Cowboy to Secret Government Asset.Crown, 2011.

    American Desperado (cover)

    American Desperado (cover)

  2. Vogel, Ezra F. Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China. Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011.
    Deng_Xiaoping (cover)

    Deng_Xiaoping (cover)

     

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