I visited uptown Charlotte tonight, amidst the current protests and unrest after Keith Scott’s death. My friend and I had a few tidbits of info on where people were meeting, but nothing concrete, so we wandered along several streets.
In areas where people weren’t protesting, businesses were closed, and the streets were unusually silent for 20:30 on a Friday night. Troops stood in clumps of three on corners, waving or saying hello when you passed them. The occasional humvee or police SUV drove by.
Things were more lively at the Omni Hotel, where folks had covered the sidewalk in chalk. There were lots of media there: it was clearly an “allowed”, acceptable, media-consumable gathering. I’d maybe characterize it as a space for quieter expression of grief, although it was criticized by another gathering as essentially being for the white people. The writings were names of people killed and sayings that many of us are familiar with: “hands up don’t shoot”, “when will we have justice?”, etc. Religious figures were around, praying with people.
Further down Trade St., past the bus station, a group had gathered in front of some government building. My friend and I stayed there for a while. They were chanting “I am my brother’s’ keeper!” and folks were stepping up to share their perspectives. Four National Guards and a cop stood between the crowd and the building (with the aid of crowd control barriers), utterly stoic when the crowd shouted questions at them.
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That’s, um, fon.
I’m currently taking an evening off from former-house cleaning to sit and chill with my busted shoulder. An old, old injury reared its head when we moved, and my left arm can’t raise more than about 20 degrees from straight down without quite a bit of pain. Lifting is a no-go. I’m very lucky that my right shoulder (also generally wonky) didn’t give way, too.
This week’s been chock full of coding, moving, fun food, and a bit of escapism, and my reading probably reflects that:
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This week’s internet cruising:
- louisgray.com: Why I Turned In My iPhone and Went Android – I love this article. I've written before that I'm considering switching, and at this point, it's only the cost of breaking contract that's holding me back.
- YouTube – heavymedic dance work in progress – unfinished – Y'all know I'm a doc/heavy shipper.
- Penny Arcade – The Sound Of A Klaxon – Regarding the iPhone 4: "She sees that phone the same way she would see a hat, or a ladle. If you had a ladle and you tried to get soup with the ladle but the soup came out, or fell out, or whatever the culinary equivalent of a lost call is, she would try to break it over her knee before throwing it in the garbage."
- Prince Declares Internet Over – Yes, that Prince. The Artist Formerly Known As might actually become "formerly known" among the next generation with his mysterious disappearance from the Internet. Strangely, I hear his music on Pandora. Maybe that won't be for much longer. "Unlike most other rock stars, he has banned YouTube and iTunes from using any of his music and has even closed down his own official website."
- Narrower Towers: 20 Of Japan’s Thinnest Buildings | Design + Ideas on WU – From Greg, this is a really cool look at very slender architecture — 7-story buildings with 1,200 sq. ft footprints (feetprint?), a building that looks less than 10-feet wide, but supposedly has a Chinese restaurant on the ground floor, etc.
- The Lazy Way to Investment Success – I'm not sure I like the term "lazy" for this style — you still need to do your due diligence on picking the index funds or ETFs, but I like the simplicity of the style.
- Buttersafe – Updated Tuesdays and Thursdays » Archive » 11 Bad Comics – Clowns and frowns.
- 2 officers out of jobs in wake of repeated Tasering of woman | ajc.com – Um. Read this.