Monday June 19, 2006
It’s a funny thing about RSS readers: they track everyhing going on at your blog. So even though Miamity is dead [sob!!], I can tell that Kyle recently updated the Filling Out The New Times Poll post. No idea what he changed, but it’s still worth reading.
Tuesday November 8, 2005
Miamity takes Miamist out behind the bar for a little man-to-man chat.
Tuesday January 29, 2008
Saturday November 19, 2005
By now, the whole goddamned world has heard of the troubles Kyle has seen (the story was mentioned on Channel-7 morning news on Friday) since his original post about “Don’t Let Your Ho Go to The 7th Floor,” a song recorded by members of the Miami Hurricanes a couple of years ago. We mentioned it the other day, but a lot has happened since then, and we have a few observations to make:
- Kyle is 100% correct. When shit like this comes along, you blog it without hesitation. Whatever fault there may be lies with those who recorded the song.
- Speaking of which, there isn’t much fault there, either. the song to the song (yes, the link is still working) is no more misogynistic then many hip-hop classics, and is actually not too bad. It’s pretty funny, if you ask us (yes: no one asked us. the whole fucking blogosphere is an exercise in ‘no one asked us’).
- The Miamist writeup shows them for the biggest wuss-assed, broke-website-having, sports-fan-patronizing, and jealous bunch of punk-asses in town. “We’re hear [sic] to defend the Canes,” they leer. Defend them from what, exactly? Having something embarrassing be made public? Miamist seems jealous of all the attention – they claim disinterest, then feature their lame-o write up in their sidebar, trying to help themselves to the page views from the story while dismissing it. Hypocrites – ironic they are based out of the same school as Miamity. (Update: Maybe they’re mad about this . . .).
- Kyle pulled two posts from Miamity: the original post (google cache link), replaced by this, and his suicide note post of a couple of days later (which was pretty funny, and quote obviously a joke), replaced with the awesome kitten picture. Both replacements are entirely reasonable; one prompted by threats of death and ass-kicking, the other by threats of expulsion from school.
Thursday June 28, 2007
Discovering new “Miami” blogs and websites is becoming a daily occurrence in these muggy and rainy days of Summer, as peoples retreat into their air-conditioned rooms and behind glowing terminals.
The new street fashion blog 2 Live Looks is different, because Matthew actually has to leave his house to gather material. “Websites similar to this one have long existed for other cities, with Miami conspicuously missing.” Sure enough. The question is whether Matthew can keep up the post-a-day pace he seems to have set for himself. (Remember Miamity?) I sure hope he does.
Thursday November 17, 2005
Good news for those of us who secretly hate South Florida weather: the first sweater-able temperatures are coming, in the form of a cold front that will sweep through sometime between Sunday and Monday. If the meteorologists are right (and really, when are they ever not), we should have highs in the mid to low 70’s most of next week.
Something about your Ho . . .
The shit hit the fan over at Miamity yesterday, over a post about a song a few members of the Miami
Heat Hurricanes recorded a few years ago. It did that internet wildfire thing, and the site, which had been receiving maybe 300 hits per day, was up to 5,000 hits in the space of a few hours after the whole sports world, including espn.com, linked to it. Racist comments and threatening e-mails ensued, and the post was yanked from the site. For the interested, here is a link to the Google cache version of the page.
Can you feel it in the air? With Art Basel just two weeks away, Miami galleries are spit-shining their floors, breaking out the blockbusters, and printing their foil-embossed-best invitations of the year. Over on Artblog, Franklin quotes a glossy magazine quoting Franklin about the effects of the fair, and hilarity ensues in the comments. Meanwhile, The Next Few Hours has its own doubts, as does Onajídé at MAEx.
Monday May 1, 2006
Kyle fills out the New Times poll. My WTF?! moment is “Best local Website: Miamist.com obviously.”
Not even as a joke, Kyle . . . not even as a joke.
Wednesday December 14, 2005
As someone who’s frequently taken the bus from South Beach to Downtown when it would have been a lot faster to drive, I can appreciate the entertainment value of our public transportation. You’re sitting higher then in a car, and spared having to pay attention to the road, you can really enjoy the scenery – it’s a surprising interesting way to see the town; MacArthur Causeway is particularly spectacular this way. There’s your fellow passengers: the potential to engage in or overhear interesting conversation is pretty well assured. On the end, being dropped at a somewhat arbitrary spot, rather then the parking lot of wherever you’re going, leads to at least a little bit of walking, which is always nice. Of course, the sightseeing potential is even greater with metrorail, and don’t get me started on the metro-mover, which seems like a tourist sightseeing device first and foremost.
Now we get Metrocrusade, wherein a couple of UM students take Metro Transit to a random stop and explore everything they find, providing 5-point ratings. In their first post, the reviews include I-Hop, which gets the only perfect score (?!), and . . .
It was a Middle Eastern market called the Middle East Market. Definitely a cool place. They had lots of fresh Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food, packaged stuff, and even pretty inexpensive hookahs! They also served food, so we might go back for lunch some time. We bought stuffed grape leaves, hummus, and gyro bread, and we were very pleased with our purchases. The store was very vegetarian-friendly, so veg heads, check it out! We give it 4.5 out of 5 Metro Coins.
. . . that’s right: it’s a 5-point scale of metro coins. It’s hard to do dry wit on the internet, but these kids obviously are up to it. Let’s just hope they stick with the program. [Via Miamity. The photo is from the northern end of the metromover, facing downtown]
Tuesday November 15, 2005
- Vivirlatino has a post-Wilma assessment. Power restoration is on the “what worked” list!?
- Did you get on ZooTV?
- It’s pick-your-mayor day. Biscayne Boulevard Times cares.
- Miamity does a Miami blog survey. Add the forthcoming metroblogging site to the list.
- Jim Crow is alive and well in Florida.
- Franklin had legion Wall Street Journal readers drop in on Artblog.net yesterday. Wow. He has also repopulated Go See Art with content, for the myriad art shows that will be springing up as we approach Basel [link to a seisure-inducing lime-green/pink page]. This after finishing Art Anatomy a site that teems with the latest in XML and PHP just under the hood. Nevermind a survey of Miami blogs – Miamity ought to do a survey of just Franklin’s sites, which number somewhere between 5 and 10, depending on how you count.
- The Nervous City Orchestra shows are going to be great, and we’re telling you now, ‘cause the first one is Thursday.
- Miami ranks a measly 8th in a Rutgers University study on urban sprawl.
- For some reason we are hearing about the M3 Summit, which doesn’t happen until March.
- Image: random from flickr: Shy and Laura had a great time in South Beach.
- No reports as of this writing on what happened at yesterday’s UDB meeting. Keep up with Hold the Line for more.
Saturday October 29, 2005
- Dave Barry has the answers (via BarkBarkWoofWoof).
- Over on the Herald Hurricane blog, Hollywood Mayor calls Broward County ridiculous for not having running busses. Well duh? But (twenty minutes later) the county Mayor fires back with a lame ‘that’s how it’s going to be’.
- Miamist keeps plugging along. They are compensating for a certain brokenness and general ass-suckness with sheer volume, so we’re still defering final judgement and giving them a chance. Plus they have a logo now!
- Much more promising, Miamily just celebrated its one-month aniversary. Busily updated by a couple of UM kids, it brings, for example, a nice round-up of post-Wilma picture sources.
- Your MOR aftermath update dutifully dredged up by the Herald here.
- The traffic lights, folks. A 4-way stop on a dead light is fine. To emphasize the point, DOT has added stop signs to some of the major intersections. Then some of the lights come back, blinking yellow one way and red the other. Now you have a yellow light (go) and a stop sign (stop), resulting in contradictory signals, traffic confusion, pandemonium, and a condition more dangerous then right after the hurricane. Somebody fix this before the corpses start to pile up.
- And last but not least, Beta is now an official hurricane.
Saturday November 26, 2005
[Contributed by Steve Klotz]
Personally I don’t give a rat’s ass about college football, and in fact my observation is that in general, schools that take their sports programs seriously take their academics lightly, and attract both a student body and faculty of decidedly less ambition and achievement. Say, like, University of Miami.
The recent campus incident involving sophomore Kyle Munzenreider, who published a link on his blog (Miamity) to the football players’ 2-year old thugaphonic stab at art, is a perfect example of everything wrong with a school that prizes football over all else. It needs to be thoroughly researched and written up as a textbook case of what a serious Academy should not do. Ever.
The kid is on his way out the door—ultimately this may turn out in his favor, as he’s obviously too bright, too motivated, and too advanced in his development for the Coral Gables Temple of Basketweaving—for the High Crime and Cardinal Sin of embarrassing the football program. Disregarding the obvious point that the players themselves, the ones who actually recorded the dick-waving song, are the genuine culprits in the embarrassment category, exactly what did the blogger do that was wrong, let alone illegal? How do you defenestrate a student for “embarrassing” the football program? Isn’t that action in itself rather embarrassing to the whole university?
If the cover story of Thursday’s Miami Hurled is accurate, the real embarrassment here is the conduct of the Dean. (College deans are almost universally reviled by faculties and students alike. For the most part, they are failed academics—glorified bureaucrats whose lack of people-skills made them ineffective teachers, and whose intellectual shortcomings ensured their career status as mediocre academicians. They end up—where else?—in management). This poor deluded dunce calls the cops (“Arrest that kid! He embarrassed the football program!”) and has the kid delivered to his office on the pretense his “suicide note” posted on Miamity was genuine. This keen Dean still wonders why Curly doesn’t bleed when Moe smacks him with a hammer.
And apparently during the interrogation the Dean had a staff shrink stowed away in the next room (what, spying? It’s not clear, which is why before it goes into the textbooks, further research is needed) who pops in and advises the kid to go home (based on what? Eavesdropping?), and he gets bounced from the dorm. How does this work? If the suicide note is genuine, he’s tossed into the street unsupervised, out of care and custody. Very responsible. If it isn’t genuine, why evict him?
These are not first-raters we’re dealing with here, but as noted above, this is the dismal mediocrity generated by a university that prizes its football program above all else. If I’m on the Board of Trustees, I’m outraged and want an accounting directly from the Dean, who BTW anounced his retirement last September and ain’t talkin’ now. Perhaps he’s arrived at the conclusion that it’s better to clam up and be thought a fool than to open his pie hole and remove all doubt.
Update: Deadspin agrees, and provides an e-mail address for those who want to share their disgust with his decision.
Update (Nov. 28): The school responds.
Update (Nov. 28): Kyle responds to the school’s response.
Wednesday May 17, 2006
I’m writing this drunk, and it’s about silly shit, and life is short, and you’re probably better off skipping this post. Count yourself warned.
Item #1 is this ignore post, wherein our heros (a) make fun of this event for being sponsored by Toyota (“where does it end?” I don’t know, but it ended a long-ass time ago if you’re going to eschew anything with corporate sponsorship, guys. Also, and I really really do love ignore, but you guys using “hipster cunt” as a put-down is kind of like a bulldozer calling a forklift yellow, isn’t it?) and (b) totally go off on Crispin Porter + Bogusky, because they found out that someone at the company left an ignore-insulting comment on Miamity (Kyle is pals with ignore, so he prob. gave them the IP). Also note this, and also that said comment was left under the name “newtimez,” which brings us to . . .
Item #2 So the New Times’ best of issue named a TV station’s web site Best Local Website, which is great, except that (#1: the Associated Press style guide demands that “Web site” is two words, and #2:) the logic that got you to that selection, taken to its obvious logical conclusion, leads you to name herald.com the “Best local Website” every year henceforth. Still no big problem, except that they then say something like “the loozers in Bloward can have a ‘best blog’ category, but we in daD3z know that blogz are, like, sooo 2001; we ain’t even w’dat, yo” (check the link above, in case I’m mis-remembering their quote a little (and also, btw, a belated congrats to Rick, who got the best blog nod in da BPB)), with which I just have the slightest of problems. Blogs, to me, are a format, not so much a cultural entity in and of themselves. In other words, a particular blog can be good or bad, cool or uncool, but to call blogs in general uncool is equivalent to someone in the 1920’s saying that the talkies are a silly fad, or (as I put it here) someone in 1460 saying that books are “so 1455.”
The problem is that NT is supposed to be a “fun” publication, and you can’t possibly be a “fun” weekly without shooting from the hip, and without saying some stupid shit from time to time. The problem is compounded in the case of the “Best of” issue, wherein the staff is required to make up all this shit in all these specific categories, and make it make sense, and be fun to read, and not be the same thing year after year, and, well, who am I to get upset if all those requirements get in the way of not saying stupid shit from time to time. Not to mention the fact, and let’s face it, that that everyone knows what the best blog in MIA is (and let’s face it: the only reason you’ve read this far was to see if I was going to go there, and now you know).
Wednesday January 18, 2006
- Terence Riley talks to (actually, types at) Artblog.net. Hillary ensues.
- Why aren’t more people joining the hunger strike ?
- Above: The new Court Building in Downtown. [Update: info here and here.]
- I originally got turned off about.com years ago, but Renee Chapple’s Miami blog there is growing on me. For example, she had a great rundown of Miami webcams.
- Miamity has been uneaven ever since the 7th floor gate, but when he hits, he’s unbeatable – for example, his music of Golden Girls post. Wow. Also, can we get a ‘cool out’ on the weekly redesigns? It looks good right now, Kyle; leave it alone!
- Kyle also points out that local faves Awesome New Republic got Pitchforked.
- Tonight (Wednesday), Critical Miami fave Gustavo Matamoros takes part in a poetry-music collaboration at Luna Star Cafe.
- Patrick tries the tri-rail and goes away unenthused.
- BBT has a great analysis of the Miami mayor’s sallary increase.
- I don’t know from chambers of commerce, but Michael Lewis’ Memo to Barry Johnson is just plain fun reading.
- The final report is in on Hurricane Wilma.
- StoryCorps is coming to Miami.