Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Saturday, December 27, 2008

80 Minutes for 12/27/08

In what may be my very last regular blog post (I'll come back once in a while, so don't get too excited) I thought I'd put together one more mixtape.

The .zip file is 100 megs. You can download it here. Below is the tracklisting, and lucky you, there are some related videos (but not perfect matches) as well.

01 Temple City Kazoo Orchestra - 2001 Sprach Kazoostra

02 Raveonettes - Aly, Walk With Me

03 Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out

04 Iron & Wine - White Tooth Man

05 Foo Fighters - FFL

06 Holy Fuck - Safari

07 Spoon - You Got Yr Cherry Bomb (alternate version)

08 !!! - Heart of Hearts

09 Animal Collective - Peacebone

10 Yogi Yorgesson - Who Hid The Halibut On The Poop Deck?

11 Richard "Groove" Holmes - Groovin' For Mr. G

12 My Brightest Diamond - Freak Out (Gold Chains remix)

13 Kings of Leon - My Party (Kenna and Chad Hugo remix)

14 Ben Gibbard - Thriller (Michael Jackson cover)

15 Samuel L. Jackson - Stack-O-Lee

16 Wally Cox & The Natives - Zu Zu

17 Gokben - Siribim Siribom

18 Peter Bjorn and John - Young Folks

19 Nina Simone - Sinnerman

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Vertical Pizza

Then add the most popular search terms of 2008:

1) Poker
2) Paris Hilton
3) YouTube
4) Golf
5) Sarah Palin
6) Britney Spears
7) Clay Aiken
8) Pamela Anderson
9) Facebook
10) Holly Madison

Boom! You got yourself a blog post with built-in web traffic!

Friday, December 12, 2008

The Carol of the Christmas Pickle

This story is 100% Biblically accurate.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Dad's Thanksgiving Plate

We should've put a little American flag at the top.
Have a happy Black Friday!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Monday, November 10, 2008

Somebody's Watching Me

I have magical powers that enable me to see what people type into search engines to find this blog. Here are the last 245 entries for your amusement. And no, I'm not making any of this up.

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Sunday, November 09, 2008

Jozin z bazin

BearToy [TotalFark]:

"It opens with some sort of fantastic fart horn that converts the player's grimaces into trumpeted staccato bursts of gastrointestinal distress. We are then presented with an absolutely startlingly nauseating black & white jacket that stuns the viewer into a mild coma that we can only assume is an unintentionally benevolent form of anesthesia to prevent full reception of the rest of the performance. We then are subjected to a bearded guy who is having a type of seizure that causes him to jerk about in between episodes where he is caught recovering from being on his knees for reasons which, quite thankfully, refuse to be explained. This continues until an event at 2:01 that, unless you have installed cerebral circuit breakers, may cause your brain to explode. Cieszą się!"

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Obama Girl Remembered

How did he do it? Isn't it obvious?

Sunday, November 02, 2008

It's Time

The first website I ever made was called TomServo0's Work In Progress, started on February 5, 1997. It was an AOL page that branched out into some Tripod and Angelfire sites when I ran out of free space. I stopped updating it in 1998, right before college. This Halloween, AOL hit the switch on its "Hometown" pages and mine was deleted. It was time for it to go. There remains plenty of TomServo0 detritus lying around the internet, none of it exceptional, that has also been ignored over time. Even this Geocities site features a picture taken in a building that burned down four years ago.

It's also time to let go of this blog. I originally started posting after college in 2002, thinking I could use this as a tool to practice writing about myself for job or grad school applications. Just like the first site was created before AOL even had a "Hometown" section, I had a blog before most people called them "blogs." (I transferred the original posts from a message board I set up). Six years later I have an actual job becoming of my education and I do little more than embed YouTube videos. So what's the point anymore?

I'll continue to put up things from here to there, and I'm not going to delete anything (you could have E-mailed me, AOL, instead of having me find out on FARK two days later), but pretty soon there will be no more regular updates. The only site I'll continue do dabble in will be the one I'm paid to update. I figure I'll really give it up after 25,000 hits or 100 posts in 2008, or at the end of the calendar year, whichever comes last.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

He's as crooked as a warped shillelagh!

Looks familiar, doesn't it?
Wannnh wannnh wannnh!

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Sarah Palin and Tina Fey nude photos

No, not really. But they look pretty similar with their clothes on. You betcha!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Monday, September 15, 2008

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Sunday, August 10, 2008

I Think it was the 4th of July

I haven't posted much in a long, long while, so. . . . On July 4th the weather was perfect at Tonawanda's Niawanda Park. Thousands came out for the fireworks, music, and food. Pics!

(taken at Tops afterward)

Thursday, July 24, 2008


I started a new job with these people. Keeps me busy. I'll post something later.

Until then, experience this very moving PowerPoint.

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Livery Stable Collapse Part IV

Stable Saved

It seemed impossible but the Livery Stable was saved at the last minute. On Tuesday, Sam Savarino of Savarino Construction announced their $1 purchase of the building from slumlord Robert Freudenheim. They will also inherit city demolition costs of up to $400,000. The idea is to keep the back and front walls assuming nothing more falls down. Savarino wants to turn the top three floors into apartments and keep the ground level for parking. The neighbors forced from their homes due to falling debris can't return just yet.

Search Artvoice TV for "White Brothers Livery Collapse" and see just how many people it takes to fight City Hall.

An NPR interview of Buffalo Rising writers discusses the Livery for the first few minutes. You can still download it here. (Let me know if the link breaks.)

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Livery Stable Collapse Part III
A possible buyer?
City plans legal action against owner

A growing number of community members have been able to stave off the destruction of Livery Stable on Jersey Street, and may actually get it preserved. This is a big turnaround from just a week ago, when the city was knocking (more) holes in the roof. There was a third court date this morning but there the only ruling was that there will be no ruling for two weeks. This afternoon there was a staged press conference/protest in front of the building.

Just to recap: Bob Freudenheim bought the 100-year old livery stable for $40,000 about twenty years ago. He never kept up the building. He tried to sell it for $400,000 and got offers, but for some reason never sold it. Neighbors and the city complained about Freudenheim's housing violations for years. Now that the building's instability has left five families homeless, the courts must act now. In two weeks or so. Maybe. As bad as this is, it has taken years to get to this point with other properties.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Motor City

There are plenty of cars in the Detroit. Last week I took pictures of some of them. Sorry for the poor lighting. Remember, "car" is another word for "carriage." And the first pictures are of a bus, but it's the bus Rosa Parks was on so it's cool. Music: Radiohead, "Bangers & Mash."

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

A Town, A Team, A Dream

put these on your blog, no one reads mine. --Joe

Monday, June 16, 2008

Detroit Barack City

Today was my first day in Detroit. My schedule was packed but I knew there had to be something to check out before I left. Who knew it meant being in the eighth row to see Al Gore endorsing Barack Obama? Video later.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Livery Stable Collapse Part II

The city began demolition of the Livery Stable today, stopping several hours later due to a court injunction from nearby residents. That means everything is up in the air again. While saving the building is far from likely--it's missing a good chunk of its roof now--activists are also concentrating efforts against the slumlord who let this happen. A meeting/press conference is scheduled for Sunday afternoon. This is something I'd like to follow up on.

Neighbors have been using a twisted sense of humor against Freudenheim's poor property management.

What do you do with a unique, irreplaceable, historic building?

Meanwhile, here's a generic photo of today's Allentown Art Festival.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Livery Stable Collapse

By the time you read this article, this building will probably be gone.

Buffalo Rising article
Buffalo Rising article 2
Buffalo News article

I could go into the finer points of the building: it is a rare, 1890s structure and one of only three liveries remaining, for example. It was built by Richard Waite, a man from Buffalo best known as the architect for Ontario's House of Parliament. I could also rant about the owner, Robert Freudenheim, who will most definitely skirt the $300,000 cost of demolition that the city will have to foot.

Note the rotted, broken roof and gutters, and how it nearly hangs over the next house

More importantly we should remember the impact of building neglect on communities. Freudenheim owned a building in Allentown up until January, when police found a homeless man had frozen to death inside. It was demolished soon after. The livery stable could have easily been converted into apartments, condos, or a small business. Instead of fixing the roof, Freudenheim tried flipping it for $400K with no repairs.

The owner bought this property almost twenty years ago and says he's done extensive repairs. So why has the building been exposed to the outdoors since I moved in a year ago?

Who wants to pay $400K for a structure missing parts of its roof and whose gutters leak onto the floors? One neighbor said that from their vantage point they could see two trees growing inside.

The back of the building is covered in vines, greening several backyards

To days ago the wall began to collapse, right where roof holes have been viewed from the street. The wooden supports inside rotted. Within hours community members organized a task force to A) save the building or B) string up the owner so this never happens again. Nearby houses have been evacuated. The neighborhood, consisting of one-way side streets and homes dating back to at least 1829, will suffer plummeting real estate values. Hopefully values will drop because of a vacant lot, not because a wall fell on someone's home. Freudenheim lives in a $615,000 home near the Albright-Knox, so why are we paying his bills?

Tim Russert RIP

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The Crystalline Entity


I finally made my way to Toronto and saw the new entrance to the Royal Ontario Museum up close. You know what? I don't know. Is there something I'm not getting? The outside is okay . . . I guess. It does look tacked-on. The inside is lousy as far as I'm concerned: white everywhere, and it appears more constricting than spacious. Not that I really know anything about architecture, but the ceilings seem lower than they actually are. Maybe I expected more glass from Mr. Liebskind, or maybe it looks better at night. Tell me what you think.*

*not that you care

The Slip

Buffalo's Commercial Slip opened during Memorial Day weekend. Though it's far from complete (whatever that means) it's shaping up to be an interesting spot getting a lot of visitors. Revitalization efforts began about ten years ago when the original terminus of the Erie Canal was uncovered and the city had the foresight to capitalize on the find. Expect some commercial/recreational/historical-themed construction in the next few years. The old Memorial Auditorium will be demolished within the next year to make way for a Bass Pro store, so expect to see more fishing on the pier.

I also visited the new "beach" near the Buffalo Marina. It looks about fifty feet wide and swimming is illegal. The point? Buffalo needs a beach, I guess. The newspaper and all three news channels did pieces on it. At least the fixed-up naval park looks good.

Music is from the Nine Inch Nails album The Slip. Get it? Ha ha. I picked the song 1,000,000 because of the millions Buffalo's spending to put this all together. The Slip is on sale for zero dollars on the artist's official site. Thanks for the album, Trent! Now please stop mentioning "getting on your knees" in every record.

Friday, June 06, 2008

Rally for the Peace Bridge Neighborhood, Part II

Several posts ago I mentioned a press conference by the National Trust for Historic Preservation declaring the Peace Bridge neighborhood one of the "11 most endangered" historic areas in the US. I biked to Front Park and attended the conference. Despite the cold rain and winds about eighty people showed up, as well as every media outlet in the city.

For more information, visit the Trust's dedicated page. Basically, in order to prevent terrorists from coming into our country and destroying more buildings, we have to increase our presence at the border by destroying more buildings first. There are better alternatives, but why use public input?

It should be noted that while the Peace Bridge Authority has worked on bridge plans since the early '90s without anything to show for it, it took them 24 hours to find my post. What they're looking for I have no idea.

If you were lucky enough to watch the Channel 4 News at 5 that day you would have seen a full body shot of me for about three seconds, staring off into space. The fame has really gone to my head.