Monthly Archives: June 2009

Not spray paint, but yarn

They are guerilla knitters. That’s what they call themselves. 

I don’t know much about them but they stubbled upon my blog, thus I’ve stumbled upon theirs. 

I’ve never seen such hardcore knitters. Not even my metal-welding brother, who crochets, is this hardcore.

I’ve never seen graffiti (or whatever you call it) like this before. But I’ll leave you with some links and videos to get your fix.

Hopefully, at some point, I can do a video profile on some of them.

There’s Knitthecity.com. Their latest post displays pictures of how they knit up a convent. Knit The City also has a Twitter, so you can stay posted.

Courtesy of Knitthecity.com

Courtesy of Knitthecity.com

 

Whodunknit.com is another site. The graffiti tag (literally a tag) is certainly unique.

Courtesy of Whodunknit.com

Courtesy of Whodunknit.com

Thatdeangirl‘s YoutTube is quite entertaining.

Well, hope everyone got their knit fix.

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Kilroy in the Valley

Since I keep my eyes open for the hard-to-see. Check out this graffiti, which can be seen in Amherst and Northampton (if it hasn’t been removed).

I first saw this tag at UMass Amherst in the spring.

This is what the tagged area looks like as of this week.

The tag “MGK,” the phrase “Kilroy was here,” and the image of Kilroy Was Here appear to be connected.

I Googled MGK. Those letters could stand for anything, or nothing at all. I’ll list a few: insecticide products, Machinegunkeyboard.com, Machine Gun Kelly, Mightygodking.com, the McLaughlin Gormley King Company, MGKrecords.net, or a Mega Growing Kit, .

The meaning behind Kilroy is an interesting read, however.

According to the editor of Kilroywashere.org, Kilroy started as a graffiti-like doodle.

Most of the information on Kilroy War Here, or, perhaps James J. Kilroy, a WWII shipyear inspector, is considered legend, according to Kilroywashere.org.

I haven’t discovered who is making the Kilroy references, and I don’t know who MGK is.

Matt Pilon of The daily Hampshire Gazette wrote this article on two males who were arrested for graffiti vadalism, or were going to be committing the act.

Kilroy appears “everywhere” today. Even gracing the title of a Styx album. So, keep your eyes peeled.

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The value of urban trees

I dug these up and out of iPhoto.

I was walking around Amherst on April 25 and found many of the trees on the common had red paper tags attached to them.

The red tags described “the value of urban trees.”

“The mission of the Boston’s Urban Forest Coalition is to transform Boston’s urban forest in order to improve the urban ecosystem, public health and the quality of life of Boston’s residents,” according to the Boston’s Urban Forest Coalition Web site. The BUFC is coalition of non-profits whose goal is to improve the environment and public life of Boston’s citizens.

According to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, trees are extremely valuable to urban environments and “have environmental, social, aesthetic, and economic values.” Trees can control erosion and pollution, reduce the cost of air-conditioning, and serves wildlife, according to the Web site.

The United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service states, the value of trees in urban environments goes beyond the ecosystem and health, and saves money. According to the site, there are “psychological and aesthetic values” as well as social and historic values.

For more information, check out this PDF called The Citizen Forester by the Massachusetts Urban Forestry Program.

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The future of this blog

I’ve been meaning to write this entry for a long time.

This blog originally started as part of a class. I meant to start a blog sooner, but Steve Fox’s multimedia journalism class at UMass pushed me to actually do it. It’s something journalists “have got to do.”

There were some major ups and downs, or rather, trouble narrowing down a topic. Blogs are supposed to be themed and are not supposed to be about saving the entire world in one sitting. The world – that’s something I couldn’t help. The world interests me too much to settle on one narrow, tiny topic.

I originally posted entries about people and unique things that often get looked over, like the performer under Angel Tunnel. Then I moved on to entries about documentary filmmaking because that’s what interests me and is something I always want to learn about.

Every so often Fox would give us reporting assignments, and those were posted. It was fun covering Sheila Bair’s lecture and talking to people about the possible loss of the Boston Globe.

Now that class is over, I can’t say I’m eager to delete this blog. I like having it. It’s fun to keep. I enjoy sharing my videos and documentary work and will continue to do so.

As for the next few months, I’ll be interning at WGBH Boston, teaching Final Cut editing workshops, and shooting my second documentary.

Stay tuned.

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The future of The Boston Globe, journalism, and j-schools…

As a sort of update to the last post for multimedia journalism, go to the AmherstWire.com for the entire report.

Also noted by our teaching assistant and one of AW’s founders, Jackie Hai, the reporting was noticed by other media outlets: Ponto Media, and Link Blog.

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