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News In Rap 9-06-09
September 06, 2009 10:38 AM PDT
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Well, we're in Autumn now, so hopefully my difficulties with NIR will Fall. Hey, they can't all be good.

I spent all weekend playing 26 boardgames, one for each letter.

I'm also starting work on a non-freestyled rap, so hopefully before the end of the year I'll have a new song released.

News In Rap 8-31-09
August 31, 2009 07:38 PM PDT
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Last News In Rap of the summer.

Oddly, my freestyles at local performances are getting better as my News In Rapping gets worse. Not quite sure why that is. I think I'm becoming more ensconced in rap thoughts, and not able to process the continuous stream of visual information at the same time. Should probably try to account for that in some way, but it's not like I practice this. I just hit record, start rapping, and post it.

News In Rap 8-24-09
August 24, 2009 10:27 PM PDT
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I can't believe summer is almost over. Hardly seems fair.

My apologies for not having an episode last week. I was briefly in talks with a fledgling Internet radio station about doing the News In Rap live, but it turns out they were looking for a full hour show, and lately it seems I have enough trouble filling my 11 minutes.

I'm really hoping all this swine flu scare ends up being the nothing that the bird flu scare was, rather than the terrifying pandemic that it sounds like it's becoming.

News In Rap 8-11-09
August 11, 2009 10:31 AM PDT
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Loud trucks and construction vehicles outside my window woke me up early thismorning, so I'm a little groggy. Freestyling while groggy is harder. But we've still got all the important headlines, from Obama to Myanmar.

The land once had
Some fleeting fame
Myanmar is
The current name

Burma - save.

News In Rap 8-02-09
August 02, 2009 02:01 PM PDT
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Sick of seeing economic collapse at the top of the news page? Me too! Well, this week offers some relief; bad news from Iran took over two of the top six stories on today's Google News view. And Greenspan even thinks the economy may rebound, which means you may only have days to get cash for your clunker.

As for the archiving issue mentioned last week, my friend (and fellow Massachusetts nerdcore artist) 3rr0r has kindly offered to pick up some of the old archived episodes, so they'll soon be migrating from this site to his, in order to make room for more new episodes here.

Meanwhile, I'm hungry. Time for a sammich.

News in Rap 7-27-09
July 27, 2009 07:22 PM PDT
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I note that according to the message on the bottom of my update podcast page, I have used up most of my storage limit. In a few weeks, I will have to either stop posting new episodes, or start deleting old ones. I guess the 30-minute presidential debate extravaganza that started it off can probably go.

Anyway, Gates is in the news this week, and it's not Bill for once. Plus: Insight into economic woes and financial regulation. Hope you enjoy it.


News in Rap 7-18-09
July 18, 2009 01:27 PM PDT
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I am sort of tired and on a post-event slump. Nerdapalooza was amazing, I got to freestyle with some cool people and meet and hang out with many more. Then I came home to a poetry slam hosted by Taylor Mali, which I managed to win. (No, Mali wasn't competing, just hosting. If he was competing, there's no way I would have won, because he's Taylor fucking Mali.)

I wonder if there are standards for vulgarity in the episode description? Guess I'll find out.

News In Rap 7-06-09
July 06, 2009 01:00 PM PDT
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I get a little more opinionated this week than usual. Maybe it's because I'd already heard about a number of the stories for once, so I have something to say about them rather than just reading directly from the headlines.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this week's podcast twice as much as usual, because it will have to tide you over through next week. As I mention in my rap, I'll be at Nerdapalooza in Orlando this weekend. If you happen to be there, feel free introduce yourself and say hello. Especially if you want to kick some freestyles.

a.k.a. "Ham-STAR"

News In Rap 7-01-09
July 01, 2009 02:00 PM PDT
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I could have done a whole episode just rapping about all the celebrities who died recently, but I figured everyone's heard enough about that. So don't worry; this week's rap only touches on that briefly, because it was only one headline on the news feed. I do, however, go off a little bit about Governor Mark Sanford.

I've also been trying to make more interesting rhymes lately, so hopefully that can be heard in this week's episode.

News In Rap 6-24-09
June 24, 2009 11:48 AM PDT
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Two cups of death, one cup of Obama, one cup of bad economy, and a sprinkling of health warnings... yep, it's the weekly news report! Also, the squirrel outside my window on the power line was totally fascinating.

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