Monday, April 27, 2009

Bakari's introduction!

My first step is to figure out this new interface.
If you are reading this apparently I figured it out.

I have been told to write a short bio.

Hello all!
My name is Bakari Kafele (ok, I just misspelled my own name and had to erase and retype it - twice! Maybe should be getting ready for bed instead of typing) but I often go by Jacob Aziza on the internet.
I am not really a writer. I am just some guy who writes stuff sometimes. I don't have any sort of schedule or goal, and no interest in becoming better or more coherent. I do think I occasionally have a sensible idea or two, and enjoy sharing those ideas. Also, this is my one form of self-expression; about as close as I come to art.

I have done a lot of different things for income over the past decade; bicycle messenger, lab assistant, armed security guard, medical research subject, factory worker, carnie... the list is at least 30 long. I have finally settled, running a small independent certified green moving hauling and handyman service, as well as working part time for a non-profit bikeshop.

I consider myself an environmentalist. I lean towards liberal, but I think in some ways fascism is the only way to deal with the tragedy of the commons. I am a businessman (with an econ degree) who opposes capitalism. I live in an RV. I have a big truck, a small motorcycle, 3 and a half bicycles, a good pair of skates, and a wheelchair. I was married for almost 7 years (in practice at least, legally only for the last 2 of them), and started dating for the first time in my life at the age of 28. I have a cat named Fushi who is sleeping on my lap as I write this. Sometimes I call him Chairman Meow.

I started blogging as a way to keep me away from the Craigslist RnR and discussion groups, where I was reading and posting compulsively for a while. Sometimes I get ideas stuck in my brain. Then I have to write them down in order to get them out of there.
I have opinions on lots of stuff. I try to be objective. I try to shake up universally accepted but totally unfounded assumptions. If not for being totally obscure and unknown, I bet I could generate a fair amount of controversy, but it is always for the sake of stimulating thought, and almost always something I really do believe to be accurate.
I may add to or change this in the future. Or I may not.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Beth's Introduction

So, I work as an educator; I write and think a lot about issues related to that field. In this blog, I intend to engage in a discussion with my co-authors (as well as, hopefully, readers) about social issues: both my own topics of interest and theirs. I'll work on writing more regularly, as well as more thoughtfully and clearly. Also, I'd like to find a way to incorporate the voice I have in my fictional writing in my works of nonfiction: because truth cannot be found in facts without heart. As most of my projects are, this one is ambitious. I hope that, a year from now, it will serve as a testament to my growth and maturity as a writer.

I'm gonna keep this brief because I don't really know what to say, and to be honest I don't really know what I'm doing. Please feel free, as a reader, to say whatever you like in response to my posts (and I'm sure this is true of the other authors in this blog). In fact, I implore you to. It may take a village to raise a child, but I doubt that village disappears once the child comes of age. Be my village.