Monthly Archives: October 2002

RIP Jam Master Jay – Jason Mizell

It isn’t right. Not at all. God bless you and your family. You are going to be missed.

“Jam Master Jay”

Kick off shoes jump on the jock
Listen to the Jam Master as he starts to rock
His name is Jay and he’s on his way
To be the best DJ in the US of A

J a y are the letters of his name
Cutting and scratching are the aspects of his game
So check out the Master as he cuts these jams
And look at us with the mics in our hands
Then take a count 1 2 3
Jam Master Jay Run D.M.C.

He’s Jam Master Jay the big beat blaster
He gets better cause he knows he has to
In ’84 he’ll be a little faster
And only practice makes a real Jam Master

We’re live as can be but we’re not singing the blues
We got to tell all y’all the good news
The good news is that there is a crew
Not 5, not 4, not 3, just 2
2 MC’s who are claiming the fame
And all other things won’t be the same
Beacause it’s about time for a brand new group
Run-D.M.C. to put you up on the scoop
We make the fly girls scream in ecstacy
We rock the freshest rhymes at a party
We put all the fellas in a daze
It’s everyone that we amaze
And we got the master of a disco scratch
There’s not a break that he can’t catch
Jam Master Jay that is his name
And all wild DJ’s he will tame
Behind the turntables is where he stands
Then there is the movement of his hands
So when asked who’s the best, y’all should say:
“Run-D.M.C. and Jam Master Jay”

Jam Master Jay is the one in charge
It’s up to him to rock beats that are truly large
He is the master of the scratch and cut
So move your arms, so move your legs
So won’t you move your butt

We’re not talking ground, we’re not talking sky
We’re not talking low, we’re not talking high
We’re not talking big, we’re not talking small
We want all of the people on off the wall
We’re not talking night, we’re not talking day
But we’re talking bout Jam Master Jay

I turn to MTV upon hearing the news… and MTV is not covering a thing. Of course, what should I have expected? MTV stopped being about music along time ago. Looks like their website is more focused then their TV station these days.

Run D.M.C. was different. Forget the “Walk this Way” cover. They were a million times more then that. It wouldn’t have happened without Jam Master Jay.

“It’s Like That”

[Run]
Unemployment at a record highs
People coming people going people born to die
Don’t ask me because I don’t know why
But it’s like that and that’s the way it is

[D.M.C.]
People in the world tryin to make ends meet
You try to ride car train bus or feet
I said you got to work hard you want to compete
It’s like that and that’s the way it is
Huh!

[Run & D.M.C. alternate lines for the remainder of the song]
Money is the key to end all your woes
Your ups, your downs, your highs and your lows
Won’t you tell me the last time that love bought you clothes?
It’s like that, and that’s the way it is

Bills rise higher every day
We receive much lower pay
I’d rather stay young, go out and play
It’s like that, and that’s the way it is
Huh!

Wars going on across the sea
Street soldiers killing the elderly
Whatever happened to unity?
It’s like that, and that’s the way it is

Disillusion is the word
That’s used by me when I’m not heard
I just go through life with my glasses blurred
It’s like that, and that’s the way it is
Huh!

You can see a lot in this lifespan
Like a bum eating out of a garbage can
You noticed one time he was your man
It’s like that (what?) and that’s the way it is

You should have gone to school, you could’ve learned a trade
But you laid in the bed where the bums have laid
Now all the time you’re crying that you’re underpaid
It’s like that (what?) and that’s the way it is
Huh!

One thing I know is that life is short
So listen up homeboy, give this a thought
The next time someone’s teaching why don’t you get taught?
It’s like that (what?) and that’s the way it is

If you really think about it times aren’t that bad
The one that flexes with successes will make you glad
Stop playing start praying, you won’t be sad
It’s like that (what?) and that’s the way it is
Huh!

When you feel you fail sometimes it hurts
For a meaning in life is why you search
Take the bus or the train, drive to school or the church
It’s like that, and that’s the way it is

Here’s another point in life you should not miss
Do not be a fool who’s prejudiced
Because we’re all written down on the same list
It’s like that (what?) and that’s the way it is
Huh!

You know it’s like that, and that’s the way it is
Because it’s like that, and that’s the way it is
(Repeat these lines til fade)

Check out other tributes at their official site

Read more lyrics at at Leo’s Lyrics.

Get out and vote – ignore that story!

I love the Daily News, it really does capture the spirit of the city. I’m a little worried about today’s headline though.

Ya see, people in Philly appreciate a good fight. If it looks like a sure thing, whether it be in sports games, development deals, or political campaigns, we don’t show up, or do so half heartedly. Yeah, it makes no sense. But that’s the way we are. We fight for the underdog.

So get out and vote. Ignore that story! This race is going to be way harder then it seems.

Here is the the Inquirer’s Voter’s Guide.

Here is The League of Women’s Voters information portal.

Python Escapes the Classroom

An O’Reilly article covering pyKarel, “a Python implementation of Karel the Robot. Introduced in the 80′s, Karel was intended to jump-start students in the Pascal programming language. A virtual robot moves about a maze, interacting with walls and beepers, performing programmed tasks. It has a Pascal-like structure, but only five commands: move, turn left, pick beeper, put beeper, turn off. There are 18 or so conditionals that are mostly repetitious “if facing north”, or “if facing south.” There are no variables. Karel’s virtue is in being both visual and simple.” via ZopeNewbies.

Bill answers a Wal-Mart question for me

This post concluded that Wal-Mart’s growth did not displace work in other sectors of the economy based upon Andrew Cassel’s article. During that time the state suffered a loss 100,000 manufacturing jobs due to other reasons. That led me to ask a new question.

“…if Wal-Mart hasn’t filled those jobs – what has?”

Bill says it’s technology. My gut tells me he’s right.