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bacn: the issue at large

bacn: the issue at large

Well, it’s the hot topic, and I’m proud to have been therein the beginning, so why not get on the bacn wagon? (ugh, I did that…)

Honestly, I heard about bacn via an odd announcement, most likely mid-hallway, or during our lunch viewing session on day 2 of Podcamp, Sunday. I don’t recall my goals for that session time, but nothing really caught my attention, until I happened upon a room with all the chairs in a circle, like the wagons of old, rounding up some sense of this bacn. When I see a circle attended by Tommay Vallier, Fatherspoon, and much of those I converse with the whole weekend, I knew I had to get in on this. Even iJustine came in and learned the bacn.

So it seems that bacn isn’t spam. But it’s not the email you want to read right now. Myspace notices, twitter requests, facebook updates, etc. A new trend and issue in this world of Web 2.0. During this past day, I found myself, after only 2 hours of not checking my twitter, being inundated with over 25 messages, most of which from my new twitter friends, and concerning bacn. Which, in turn, was causing bacn to appear in my inbox with all this new friends and an occasional DM. The irony, and fun, of creating a meme (a word I only today discovered means “to coin a phrase”).

Even if it’s this trivial word, which will be fizzled once Web 3.0, or whatever is next, hits the intertubes. But still, this just might make Podcamp Pittsburgh 2 “The Year of the Bacn”

August 20, 20070 commentsRead More
Deface represented fully at Geekfest!!

Deface represented fully at Geekfest!!

From DefaceMarketing.com

That’s right, the Deface Family represented fully at Podcamp Pittsburgh 2, showing that we are dead set on staying on the curb of New Media and finding new ways to bring this shit to you out there on the intertubes! Representatives from CRAP, Nerdz Eatin Shroomz, WesternPAJuggalos.com, emcee lb, and of course, the Wrestling Mayhem Show all showed up, and participated in panels, met new people, and caused havoc at the afterparty!

We have scores of videos, including interviews, and various antics. They’re still coming down the pipeline, but we have a good list at Sorg’s Youtube page. Or hop on Youtube.com and flickr.com (for pictures) and search for “pcpgh2″ for media from the whole event!

And finally, I leave you with our good friend, the creator of Podcamp, Chris Brogan, giving us props and representing CRAP in the most appropriate way possible…

WPAJ Network Down

WPAJ Network Down

I honestly have no idea why, but as of me noticing at about 3:30 PM today, WesternPAJuggalos.com’s web host suspended our account. I’ve submitted 3 emails so far and received no response as of 11:25 the same very night.

A very odd lack of communication from a web host who’s site has a quote ont he front page about beig responsive and receiving emails back even in the middle of the night very quickly.

So this affects WesternPAJuggalos.com, Whatisajuggalo.com, wrestlingmayhemshow.com, monkeyflingspoo.com, parts of DefaceMarketing.com, and of course, my portfolio at mikesorg.com. And at least three of those are supposed to be looked at by certain people. And all of this leading into Podcamp Pittsburgh this weekend…ouch…

August 14, 20070 commentsRead More
Reminiscing on Juggalo Days past…

Reminiscing on Juggalo Days past…

Was doing some searching, looking for some pics and mentions of past Juggalo Days, and other events, and found one of my old posts via Google…

“And where has my life been chronicled, in the meantime. Look no further than WesternPAJuggalos.com. This site has become my pride and joy recently. Not until now have I found so much pride and purpose in my work. I recently attended Juggalo Day at Kennywood Saturday. We had over 60 juggalos for the picture alone, and there were definitely more crawling through the park. I finally saw the pic from last year, and it looks fairly anemic in comparison. And I was handed some props left and right that day. I finally got to see the faces of those attending the site. The people I do this for. At one point, we were waiting to get organized to do the group pic. I noticed one ninja talking to Kryptik (of pittsburghjuggalos.net) telling him he did a great job and thanking him. Kryp turns around and says “thank this ninja right here.” I guess for those who don’t know what went down, and i guess i didn’t go over in my last post, I was talking to Kryptik about doing some joint shit between our sites. My reluctance to their suggestions (read: Nedenspreadin’s suggestions, apparently) led to a following out. Kryp got the .net and some former ninjas that got kicked from the original Pittsburgh Juggalos, and sought to remake the site the way it should be. He took the site down, posted a long explanation at what went down and to scope my site for info on the Juggalo Day. I ws honored for the passing of the torch and pushed the fuck outta that shit. Snackz and JuggaloJohn, a good part of the WPAJ family, pushed the shit on Faygoluvers and other sites.

Juggalo Day really put my work in perspective. I had some younger juggalos asking me shit like if Psychopathic sends me free shit. The next day was spent sorting through all the new juggalos messaging me on AIM. I ended up talking with one ninja, who had a site of his own and he’s now our new web ninja on WPAJ. He’s like 16 and already know more than I did at that age in HTML. He’s really ambitious to be working on something like this, I can see, and expect some fresh shit from him.”

This post was from back in 2001, after Juggalo Day 2 at Kennywood. Now, I’m less than a week away from heading back to Podcamp Pittsburgh to talk about what we’re doing with the Wrestling Mayhem Show, and everything else that’s going on to New Media enthusiasts. But I tell you, this is the epitome of “community building”

Here’s a few examples of that community…

2006

2005
2004


2003

These are results of websites centered around this music community, “Juggalos” making the effort and people reciprocating. Be it PittsburghJuggalos.com/.net that started it, to WesternPAJuggalos.com still keeping it alive today, it’s still happening.

To the New Media guys reading: this is what any of us can accomplish with anything people have a passion about. Podcamp feels much like these events do in that respect, honestly.

To the Juggalos: It doesn’t matter if you discover that Violent J really is a dick, or Psychopathic Records is just another money hungry label, it’s the Juggalos that make this happen, and they wouldn’t be shit with out you, and you don’t need them to have this. We have each other in this…

reminiscing
reminiscing

August 12, 20070 commentsRead More
Juggalo Day

Juggalo Day


Ah, another Juggalo Day has passed. Unfortunatley, quicker than I had hoped.

First off, I find even more negativity for this event from one of my own “staff members” on WPAJ, whom I just never really understand where he’s coming from. And I went solo today. But dammit, you know you can always count on Juggalos. That ninja, CJ had hit me up Friday about my Twitter of not having a riding buddy, and offered a spot with his friend, who was an odd man for him. So I showed up, ran into some ninjas, and it was on. And this is what it’s about. We’d keep running into more Juggalos, and ended up with about 24 Juggalos on the Raging Rapids and Steel Phantom. There was a lot of chilling out, waiting for one or the other, or watching some of the crew hit the Sky Coaster. It was pretty good just bullshitting with everyone. And dammit I feel old. These are straight kids here, for the most part. But you’ll have that with this “scene”. Finally ran into Kraz and her crew, who were fun to hit the bumper cars with. Then we finally had the big picture at 5 PM. Some of the guys went and got a shit load of Faygo, and before I got there, set it up on the side of the entrance. Amazing. We got our picture. I made a little bit of a speech to everyone, because there were a few things that just had to be said.

Now here’s the “fun” part. Some of those kids wanted to do a Faygo war int he park. Hm…I think that’s how things went sour the first year this thing went down. I expressed my concerns. But one of the ninjas was an employee at the park, and directed the crew to a pavilion where they wouldn’t bother anyone. And, curiosity abound, I ventured to the site, hoping to make sure no one did anything too crazy. They did there thing in a picnic area, away from any sort of walkway, outside the pavilion. And everyone was good and cleaned everything up afterwards. No one paniced, everything was grand. I guess we stuck around too long, as we were rounded up, even those just standing around, by a couple security/cops from the park. Ouch. Unfortunate, as the majority of the crowd were just spectators, but no fault on the cops. That’s just how they know how to handle what they saw as a bad situation.

So I learned something, as we were all being escorted out in small groups. Apparently, even though I was an innocent spectator in all of this, the officer informed me that I could have been easily charged with “Inciting a riot” and “corrupting minors”. I am now educated.

Despite the bones from that incident, I have to say I’m happy with the turn out, and glad that this tradition can continue, despite its originators not being as involved anymore. I think I might have counted 60+ Juggalos in that pic, and of course we always miss a few around the park + later comers. Here’s looking forward to future mini’s, shows, etc with the fam….

August 11, 20071 commentRead More
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