Live From Allentown

April 23, 2008

Well, I’m finally moved in to my new apartment (minus a few things like towel racks, the Internet, or a place to sit), I started a another food service job (busing) today, and the new Master Caution world headquarters on Allen Street has officially gone live.

Woot.

Here’s some local niblets before the café closes and I lose wi-fi:

The Buffalo Police Department and block clubs around the city seem to support the recent video surveillance program. You may have seen the flashing blue lights of the security cameras on lightposts around Allen, Elmwood, and the Chippewa, but there are currently 43 locations being watched around the city, with plans for 100 more by year’s end.

The NYCLU website has begun an initiative to raise awareness about the affect of these cameras on Buffalo residents’ civil liberties, but most of the reaction from neighborhood groups has been positive.

And Buffalo Police Commissioner H. McCarthy Gipson says the cameras only serve a partial role:

“They help enhance our ability, but the real job of policing is still left to boots on the ground,” Gipson said.

It’s always interesting to see how pervasive national punchlines like “boots on the ground” can be even at the local level.

Royal Toybox has a pretty sweet idea for a more masculine version of the traditional Thank You card featuring Samuel Gompers gesticulating and thanking the card’s recipient; with the current state of American labor, it’s hard to see what he could be grateful for.

My ideal cover candidates for the next phase of man-thank-you cards:

-Sam Perkins

-“Legs” Diamond

-R.J. Umberger

-The grizzly bear population of the western U.S.

-A Dodge Durango

Buffalo has a bike museum. Well, it’s in OP.

John Paget wants to bring it downtown. It would make sense. There’s certainly a ton of interest in bikes and bike culture in the city.

My hope is that if the Bike Museum comes to Buffalo proper it follows the standards and practices of the city’s reigning cycling insitution: open once a week for six hours with free booze until dawn.

More posts when I get more settled.

Mean time, get the F outside.

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