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Benjamin Franklin was appointed the first US Postmaster General in 1775...
A call for works on the subject of the history of mail art. Size: 4×6″ any medium, no return, no jury, no selection. Works should be mailed as postcards without an envelope. No offensive material please, the works will be shown to the general public. This is a for-profit show; artists will receive half the price of their works sold, the other half will go to Chait Galleries, Iowa City. Write your name and return address clearly on the postcard. (Please include your real name if you wish to receive payment, as whatever name you use will be written on your check). Unsold works will become part of my personal archive. Opening reception will be October 2nd, 2015 at Chait Galleries.
Send your works (limit 3) to:

The History of Mail Art, c/o Moan Lisa
PO Box 248, North Liberty, IA 52317-0248, United states
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A couple more childhood stories for +Jordan Lombardo about growing up in the East Village in the 1960s.

Around the corner from where we lived, on 10th Street between 3rd & 4th Avenues, there was some sort of factory. It fascinated me, because of the booming rhythmic stamping sounds that came from it. Some kind of metal shop, I guess.

When I was around 6 or 7 years old, I learned that people earn money from jobs. So one summer day I went to the factory and asked for a job. They put me to work in the mail room, marking packages with a rubber stamp. They paid me something, I don't remember the details. In those days, kids were not so protected like today, I was out on the street a lot by myself and with neighborhood friends.

One day my mom asked me where I got money? I told her, "From my job." She made me quit.

The East Village was not as fancy as it is today. That's why artists like my mom lived there. I had some Puerto Rican friends & insisted on getting the Dr. Seuss Cat In the Hat Spanish Dictionary.

In 2nd Grade I assembled a schoolyard "gang" made up of kids who were persecuted by another gang. We used to sharpen popsicle sticks on the sidewalk to use as knives. I read a biography of Crazy Horse and I started using Indian tactics, like dispersing & regrouping to confuse the other gangs. They worked great.

After 3rd grade, my mom took a job at a college in Pennsylvania, partly because she was worried about where I was heading. I had already been expelled from my first grade public school P.S. 6 for misbehavior, and I had to lie about my address to go to P.S. 41 in the West Village, which was a very good public school that kept me too busy to make trouble during classes.

I also remember in 2nd Grade a kid named Clay Chalem brought a drum kit to Show & Tell and played along with the Stones' "Satisfaction" which had just been released the year before - I thought he was really cool.

On Halloween my mom would dress me up like a Martian and take me Trick or Treating on St. Marks Place a couple of blocks from our house, where all the Hippie boutiques were. I wonder what are the odds that I DIDN'T get candy laced with LSD?
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Another story, since +Jordan Lombardo liked my story about John Coltrane

My mom and I lived upstairs from Lisa De Kooning (artist Willem De Kooning's only child) & her mom Joan Ward in The East Village, on 3rd Avenue between 10th and 11th Streets (also above the Brata Gallery) in the 60s.

Lisa was about 3 years years older than me. She was my first "girl friend" when I was probably about 5, and I figured out boys should have girlfriends.

We would also go to their house in Springs (East Hampton) where my parents built a modest house the year before I was born, and we "summered" there.

The Green River Cemetery is across the street from their house. One day Lisa and I and maybe one or two other kids crossed Accabonac Road to the cemetery and brought our mommies bouquets with the flowers left on graves there. We didn't know it was "wrong." Then we had to replace them, but of course we didn't remember which went where.

My mom was Berenice D'Vorzon, a footnote in some books about the NYC Abstract Expressionists, because she was one of the few female artists in the crowd, and one of the youngest. She died last year, and was buried in Green River Cemetery a stone's throw from the boulder marking the grave of Jackson Pollack.

Elaine De Kooning, who stayed married to Willem, is also buried at Green River. Because of the notables buried there, it is a tourist destination.

Lisa died in 2012. I hadn't seen her in decades.
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Infographics: Differences Between Living in New York & San Francisco 

As a  lifelong New Yorker, I recently made my first trip to SF since 1967, The Summer of Love (I was 8 years old then, but my boho artist mom knew hippies who lived in communes in The Haight).

When I got off the BART in The Mission, it looked a lot like my home neighborhood West New York, NJ, except with palm trees.

I walked over to The Haight, and had a great lunch at Magnolia Gastropub with their craft beers brewed on site. I saw a marijuana store - er dispensary - with a sign that said "Come in & say high" and across the street there was an anarchist collective book store. It was a lot like The Village, but more mellow.

Everything in SF is more mellow. The street people seemed cleaner & less stressed out. A guy boarded a bus I was riding and the driver never hassled him to pay.

All the conversations I overheard on BART were about tech.

I haven't had a drivers license since the 1980s. Public transportation was adequate, at least for the places I had to go, including a client in Fremont. I had a nice Uber ride in Fremont from the end of the BART line to my hotel too.
After living in New York for 5 years, I recently moved to San Francisco. Neither city is clearly superior, but there are…
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+Cory Booker Petition to Support Marriage Equality 
As Mayor of Newark, I had the authority to perform marriages. But the law said I could not marry same-sex couples. 
That’s why I chose not to marry any couples until I could marry every couple.
The day New Jersey finally allowed same-sex couples to marry, I began at midnight marrying couples. It was one of my most moving days as Mayor.

(the link below says "Support the Community Broadband Act" but it links to "Petition: Love is Love" - don't you hate it when the internet is wrong? )
Join Cory Booker: add your name as a citizen cosponsor of the Community Broadband Act.
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Help The Victims of the Earthquake in Nepal Now! 
Click-to-Give for free, clicks = funding
A devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the Himalayan nation of Nepal around noon on Saturday, April 25. Nearly four thousand have been reported dead, more than six thousand injured, and the death toll continues to rise. is funding first responders within the region. Our partners need medical supplies, food, clean water, sheltering supplies, and more as they provide life-saving support for the victims. Please consider helpin...
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How to Brand Yourself as an Expert
you MUST be an EXPERT in something, eh?
I'm going to the +Freelancers Union  Jersey City event May 6, 2015 at 6 PM
other locations happening across the USA
Freelancers Union Spark is a monthly event where you can meet freelancers and learn stuff to help your business thrive.
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New month
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#bestholidaygift from +Susannah Goya-Pack​​​
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Tuesday May 5th 9:00am PDT / 12:00pm EDT / 5:00pm BST

Node.js is one of the fastest growing and most popular application frameworks today. It offers a set of features that is both useful and challenging to modern web and back-end developer. Most engineers think of it as a cool, simple, and fast application framework that makes iterative development easier.

In this webinar we will talk about how Node.js and MongoDB interact, discuss the best ways to get started, and walk through how to use MongoDB and Node.js in a set of use cases.
Node.js is one of the fastest growing and most popular application frameworks today. It offers a set of features that is both useful and challenging to modern web and back-end developers. Most engineers think of it as a cool, simple, and fast application framework that makes iterative development easier.
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Microsoft patents mood-sensing tech for the HoloLens augmented-reality headset 
could help those with autism or other difficulties interpreting social cues
Technology patented by Microsoft could give autistic people a new set of social tools—or maybe poker players an edge using Microsoft's HoloLens.
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    Anthropology/Archeology and Classics, 1976 - 1980
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    Digital Audio Seminar, 1983 - 1983
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decibel.places, Decibel Places, @decibelplaces, netsperience, rgoya, Randal Goya
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Drupal Gun-for-Hire I develop web applications and web sites. I occasionally volunteer my web mojo for causes I support.
I architect, develop, and extend community, social and semantic publishing, ecommerce and rich media web sites and web applications, primarily for Enterprise organizations.

You might be familiar with my persona decibel.places or @decibelplaces but I'm using my "real" name here for a change. Before the public Internet existed I worked as a Sound Editor and Sound Engineer for feature films.

I am passionate about helping the Web make sense, build community, entertain, and sometimes become profitable.

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I was knighted ‘Sir Drupal of Drupingtown, protector of all things Drupal-ly’ by a co-worker at Oxygen Media
I build and extend Enterprise web sites and applications with Drupal and other technologies
Drupal, DHTML, PHP, MySQL, Acquia, Pantheon, Javascript, jQuery, Technical Writing, Information Architecture, Big Data, Solving the hard problems
  • Randall Goya LLC
    Drupal and Web Application Solutions Consultant, 2013 - present
    I'm a Gun-for-Hire with a specialty in making Enterprise Drupal applications work. Several years of experience with Drupal and other web applications (node.js, Salesforce, SAAS, RESTful services, APIs). Greater NYC area.
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    Drupal and JS Architect, 2015 - 2015
  • Microfinance Information Exchange
    Drupal and Web Architecture Consultant, 2014 - 2014
    Assume all responsibility for Drupal production issues and new Drupal projects Work with offshore development team Debug data flow from Salesforce to MySQL, and through Lucene and CouchDB to nodejs applications Plan overall architecture for new design of existing applications to improve performance and usability
  • Columbia University Office of Alumni Affairs and Development - Web Initiatives
    Drupal Consultant, 2013 - 2014
    Conduct intensive Discovery meetings to clarify requirements Build a custom Drupal module to import existing members and data with Drupal Migrate API Embed an inline jQuery Datepicker widget to filter a Drupal view of events using AJAX Implement an AJAX search page in a semi-transparent overlay Create complex registration and login workflows for multiple member roles, with SSO via Columbia UNI Write technical documentation for custom modules and workflows
  • Proud Campus
    Drupal Architect and Web Technology Consultant, 2013 - 2014
    Conduct intensive Discovery meetings to clarify requirements Build a custom Drupal module to import existing members and data with Drupal Migrate API Embed an inline jQuery Datepicker widget to filter a Drupal view of events using AJAX Implement an AJAX search page in a semi-transparent overlay Create complex registration and login workflows for multiple member roles, with SSO via Columbia UNI Write technical documentation for custom modules and workflows
  • Metropolitan Transportation Authority
    Senior Drupal Consultant, 2013 - 2014
    Rewrite key custom Drupal modules such as TripPlanner+ and Service Status Create a "global header" that can be automatically distributed via CORS to all MTA web sites Advise on Drupal, Git and jQuery best practices
  • Pfizer
    Drupal Architect, 2012 - 2013
    Lead technical design of Drupal 7 Applications Analyze requirements and write responses for proposals; present solutions in meetings Lead offshore teams of developers; enforce Drupal “best practices” Design and lead development of PfizerPro-Digital Product Presentations platform (Edetailing), a Drupal application to host multimedia presentations for Pfizer brands Create publishing workflow and write User Guide for Knowledge Base wiki site for Pfizer DMP vendors
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    Create Workflow for Drupal Pressflow InDepth web site with 30 article states, 10 roles, 50 rules
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    Migrate Coldfusion web site to Drupal 7 with Taxonomy-driven menus
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    Drupal Application Developer, 2011 - 2012
    Migrate legacy university web sites to Drupal 7 multisite platform; create Global Project site for President’s Office
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    Forensic Drupaler, 2011 - 2011
    Work closely with Director of Technology Marvin Mitchell to: 1. Evaluate existing Drupal 6 architecture and custom code and modules for best practices 2. Lead team in Drupal best practices, and create custom modules for content management by editors 3. Document changes and roadmap for improving architecture 4. Advise team about using Git version control Create new homepage with Panels and Ctools Page Manager and Drupal Features Create new content types for featured content Consult with Editorial Department and create custom tools for creating content with: 1. Image previews using presets imported from Imagecache API 2. Draggable/sortable jQuery fieldsets on node/add and node/edit forms 3. Social Media widgets with Computed Field displaying site logos calculated from link destination 4. Custom modules and Drupal Features
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    Viral Drupal Developer, 2011 - 2011
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    Drupal Workflow Expert, 2010 - 2010
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New York, NY - Rome, Italy - Providence, Rhode Island - West New York, NJ - Wilkes-Barre, PA
I have been a tenant for 4 years. Foremost, I wanted to live in a "pet friendly" building, and many other tenants have pets, and I have never been harassed about our 2 little dogs and cats by any tenant or managment: big +1. Other tenants are friendly and one helped me lug an air conditioner to my 2nd floor apartment; others help me on the stairs with my shopping cart etc., and I help others with strollers etc. I went through a period of hardship because my wife is very ill, and I had trouble paying rent on time. Management worked it out with me, it took a few court appearances where mgmt agreed to payment plans, they were not exactly "nice" but they did not evict us either. The maintenance of our building is fairly haphazard, and I was almost evicted for damage caused by a leak they did not repair after months of my asking for repairs. We worked that out too, with another court appearance, and the leak was repaired. The rent is reasonable, the location is convenient for me, with a lot of shopping nearby, as well as my synagogue two blocks away, and several buses to NYC near as well. It's a nice apartment, with an eat-in kitchen and a small second "bedroom" I can use for by consulting business office. Overall, I am satisfied.
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