Friday, May 18, 2012

Micro-finance Study Tour

Dear friends,
      As many of you know I have been advising The Hillsdale Effect, a group of high school students who raise money to make micro-loans to women in Guatemala. Over the past four years we have raised nearly $50,000 in loans that transform not only the life of individual women, but the entire community. This summer we will travel to Guatemala to visit villages and the women themselves. We've reached all but $5,000 of our travel expenses and need your help.
     Imagine how this study tour will influence their worldview and what they can do with this new perspective. Put a monetary figure to that vision, and double it. Your contribution can make this trip happen.
     You can use PayPal (username: or send a check to The Hillsdale Effect c/o Greg Lance, 3115 Del Monte Street, San Mateo, CA 94403.
     Help make our vision of a world without poverty a reality!

To watch a short segment on T.H.E that ran on Univision, click here.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Cell phone ephemera

¡che chicos! tengo tacos para la gente.

Nice knowing you, again

It'd been longer than I'd like to admit that I'd actively taken the time to turn wrenches and reacquaint myself with the simple elegance of beautifully made bicycle parts.

Few things are as satisfying as bringing a warped wheel into true, or fine-tuning the action on an old headset.

Two hours and judicious amounts of Dogfishhead and Phil Wood grease has the old warhorse back in shape.

Monday, May 14, 2012

"We play secular rock..."

A dozen years, one new intifada, and two new gulf wars later, GodspeedYouBlackEmperor still makes a righteous wall of noise. Let's see what the next dozen years bring.