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Proving Rancid filmed "Time Bomb" at Kickstarter's Old HQ

A month or so ago, Andy Baio was watching 120 Minutes and thought he recognized the wall moulding in Rancid's Time Bomb video:


Here's the video:

Rancid was playing on the 4th Floor of 155 Rivington, Kickstarter's former home on the Lower East Side.

Andy sent it around to everyone at Kickstarter and it was obvious -- it had to be the building we had spent the last 4 years in.

I watched the video repeatedly, and knew it too, but I wanted proof.

So I started digging through my photos of the place.

When we first moved into the 4th floor of 155 Rivington, a decision was made to take down some of the drywall on the west wall:

REAS / 155 Rivington
The wall on the 4th floor after we removed the sheetrock in February 2012

Underneath we discovered graffiti that must have been at least 15 years old, probably older. My colleagues Alex and Tieg recognized the H₂O H/C/N/Y tag as from the band H₂O, a punk rock band started in NYC in 1995. Ensign, in the upper right, was also an local hardcore punk band, so they must have been there too.

Other tags were easily Googleable. One was Lord Ezec is Danny Diablo, a famous underground recording artist, who is still very active in the scene (@dannydiablo on Twitter):

Lord Ezec

Danny was Sick of It All's roadie around the same time, which explains the "Alleyway Crew" tag, the story of which is referenced in this biography of the band:

Numerous Sick of It All fans have tattoos of the "Alleyway Dragon", the band's official logo. The Dragon is from a sheet of Greg Irons flash. It is not, as some people have claimed, a misappropriated gang symbol, but then the Alleyway Crew was never a gang to begin with. It was, and is, a group of friends. The dragon is a symbol of friendship as well as a way that members would relate who was hanging out at a particular gathering. The "Alleyway" is in a school yard in Flushing, Queens, where the band and all of their friends would gather.

The other acronyms, such as C.C.C. and D.M.S. and SNS are too hard to Google, but I'm sure if you were in the scene at the time you'd recognize them.

The biggest piece, however, was the big white REAS tag

REAS was a well known NYC graffiti artist who hit tons of spots in Manhattan and around NYC:

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Rumor has it REAS still painting, and he even recently collaborated with the well known artist KAWS on a vinyl toy:

KAWS / REAS Toy

Something told me that if I looked hard enough in the Rancid video, that REAS' tag might be there.

Sure enough, around 1 minute and 17 seconds in, it makes an appearance.

I transformed my photo onto a screen grab from the video and mapped it onto an animation:

So barring an explanation involving REAS and a time machine, I'd say this is proof that Rancid shot their video at Kickstarter HQ.

If you want to learn more about the making of video, check out Flaming Pablum's post from October 2013 on it here.

On SIEC, or Sudden Involuntary E-mail Cessation

I had a dream this morning that I was about to be executed. I was in some kind of prison with padded beige walls. Somewhere else in that dream someone was showing me a long list of their e-mails and I was like "wow" I also lost my camera bag and saw big waves.

After I woke up I frantically checked my phone to see if GMail was still down. It was. Then about half an hour later I had 30 unreads in my inbox. It had been almost 24 hours with no-access to my non-work e-mail and I thought I was going to die. I realized that I've gone offline for much longer but being online with no e-mail access and being unprepared (no vacation message) is much much worse.

After tweeting (the irony that Twitter was up while Gmail was down was not lost on me) that I was unraveling I received a number of Facebook messages comiserating and suggesting remedies from people whom I haven't talked to in a while (one was years -- like a decade, sudden e-mai loss brings people together.) A suggestion was to setup gmail to forward to a yahoo account. While this wouldn't have helped in this situation, it's definitely a good way to do e-mail redundancy backups in the cloud. Maybe I'll also have that account forward back to a separate Gmail backup. The only single thought that was worse than having to go another hour without e-mail was losing it all.

Why all this fuss about e-mail? Why are you such an egotistical communication nut, Fred? The basic reason is that I find e-mail immensely more enjoyable and reliable than any other communication medium. Despite yesterday's downtime, my e-mail reliability has actually been quite high compared to my phone or any other medium's reliability. And I like asynchronicity.

(First) Post.

I had a blog a while ago. I'm starting this one because I've been finding enough interesting things through Google Reader that I figured I'd try again. Apologies for the minimalist wordpress install. Things will get prettier eventually.

About

solving the cube024

I work for Kickstarter as their data engineer, building products, writing queries for research, and planning our data architecture. You can read more about my setup and technical workflow on The Setup. I'm most interested in creating and researching interesting datasets, small and large, and have spent a lot of time with tools and platforms such as R, elasticsearch, redis, MapReduce and AWS.

I was previously employed as a Creative Commons' representative in NYC. I went to ITP and finished in '08, but also went to NYU for undergrad in philosophy and computer science and started Free Culture @ NYU during my senior year. I've taught undergrad and graduate students at NYU in copyright and cyberlaw. I also occasionally contribute to Wired Magazine.

I spend my spare time with my lovely girlfriend Thessaly, variations of the Rubik’s cube, two furry faces named Catberry and Horatio, and cameras.