Su and I decided it was high time we used our skills for good for the holiday season, and the most obvious place to start was our friends Katie and Rob Augustyn, who run KT’s Kids.
the charity began while Katie was pulling shifts at Su’s favorite trash rock bar, Liar’s Club, while she got her certification for physical therapy. (Katie works with severely disabled kids from Chicago’s poorest neighborhoods.) Things kinda came to a head when one of her chair-bound patients showed up without gloves, and having rolled up a wet Chicago street in the middle of December. She got pissed, forced all her regulars to give her ten bucks, bought the kid a pair of waterproof gloves, and a charity was born. every year, there’s a huge party at Liar’s with a show featuring member sof Stiff Little Fingers, Dummy, Local H, a bunch of burlesque performers, and booooooooooze.
Katie’s now in her tenth year doing this, and the charity’s given $75,000 in cash and gifts since the beginning. Katie wants to amplify her message, and so Su and I made her an identity package, communications materials, a site, social media channels, mailing lists, and so on. The hope is that we can make this so big that Katie can actually get the charity to be self-sustaining ina couple of years.
so. Chicago, I love you, but you’re a mean bitch. this is what I’m doing to fix you.
great mashup cut from Vissacoor, a duo comprised of night Slugs founder Night Slugs founder L-Vis 1990 and Portland-based Massacooramaan. Also see: Spectral Evidence on Soundcloud.
a new track from Jam City, icily minimal. freely downloadable with the sacrifice of your email address.
This is going to sound, I don’t know, kind of entitled? But I’m going to bitch about a restaurant experience. Sorry. I just need to catalogue this so I won’t forget some of the details of a really badly designed experience. I never want to duplicate this in any of the work we do, ever. Continue reading
I’ve been, as of late, having a discussion of veganism with myself. (I know, right? what is this, sophomore year of college?)
my current viewpoint is that not eating animals is a personal choice, and that’s fine.
but when a person starts saying it’s immoral for humans to kill animals, then it implies a philosophical viewpoint I don’t prescribe to: that humans are separate from the rest of the animal population of this planet, and are free to decide others’ fate based upon that superiority.
that casts the human as a special creature on the planet. not something I agree with, entirely. we all came from the same essential biome, and as such are dictated by the world’s rules (which are currently showing us in no uncertain terms that we need to undo the industrial revolution’s naiveté).
I do believe that our cognitive abilities give us special placement as caretakers where other creatures might not be able to be—but I don’t believe that makes us morally superior to other animals.
so: my end statement about my own philosophy of food: it’s natural to kill for food and reverent to not waste any part of a body. but I don’t like killing animals as part of an industrialized process. it’s irreverent. so I’ll eat less meat to try and not take part in something I don’t approve of.
there! simple! that only took me like ten years to work out.