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Pictures from this year’s RemFest

By Kelly

Remingtonian prepares to blind kids with science. … not literally, of course

Submitted with tacit permission from Bear Tooth

Peru offers a branch of cinchona to Science (from a 17th century engraving)

As you may have heard, there will be an after school Science-Camp in Remington this fall.  The camp will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings in Kromer hall (Remington and 27th St).  The first session of Science Camp will be on September 21st and the last session will be October 21st.  The project sessions start at 6pm and finish at 8pm.  I am in desperate need of volunteers to help during the project sessions.  I anticipate 10 youth between the ages of 11 – 16 signing up for the camp, the science experiments are complex and help would be greatly appreciated.  Volunteers are not expected to help with every session, if you are interested email me and I will sign you up on the volunteer schedule for the evening that works best for you.

For more information refer to the article on Science-Camp in this month’s newsletter or email the Science Camp Organization Team at:



Everything that is important is a product of the 19th Century.

Or so says a friend of mine, who also quipped, “Who needs The Enlightenment?” when discussing the boredom of 18th Century and its encyclopedic writing, powdered wiggery, and vacuous Common Law demagoguery. For the record, I count the French Revolution as the beginning of the 19th and the Russian Revolution as the end. Those are some pretty nice bookends, and in the middle there are monacles, wide advances in facial hair technology, the Alamo, and the burning of Atlanta. So, without further ado, here’s a list (in no particular order) of 20 reasons why the 19th Century is the best century, ever.

1. Prussia

2. Nietzsche, Marx, Thoreau

3. Darwin

4. Guillotines

5. Tecumseh

6. The Crimean War, Civil War, Napoleonic Wars

7. Steamboats

8. Opium

9. Calamity Jane, Davy Crockett, Crazy Horse

10. The word “Dickensian”

11. Dostoyevski, Twain, Poe

12. Rampant piracy

13. According to Wikipedia, “The Victorian Era was notorious for the employment of young children in factories and mines.” Not sure why this is on this list. Just sayin’…

14. Daguerrotypes

15. The end of the Holy Roman Empire (good riddance)

16. John Muir / the creation of the Yellowstone National Park

17. Ibsen

18. Jackson/Dickinson duel in which Jackson gives Dickinson the first shot, Dickinson shoots Jackson, and then Jackson takes time, loads, aims, fires, and kills Dickinson on the road to becoming a drunk populist demagogue who oversaw the forced destruction of an entire native human population

19. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

20. The Republic of Texas

Submitted for your approval…

Well today is the last day of my extended vacation. Tomorrow I’ll be returning to Baltimore, and I should be able to up the blogging efforts on the home front (instead of stealing other people’s content; thanks Aliza!). For the past three-or-so weeks, I’ve been in Austin – swimming, reading (Hitchens and Dylan Thomas, mostly), making drinks, drinking drinks, baking bread, taking walks, visiting museums, hearing an animatronic LBJ tell slightly sexist jokes, taking photographs, and making collages with old New Yorker magazines I found in the lobby. So, without further ado, here are some of those collages:

See y’all soon!


Wanna buy or sell some cheap crap?

In THIS economy, the buying and selling of cheap crap is of great importance. At the Butchers Hill fall flea market you can buy a space for $25 to sell your wares, or just browse everyone else’s stuff for free. Yes, I realize that this event is not in Remington, but it is in Patterson Park, a place you’d be crazy to not visit, especially when you can find some good deals, hear some free music, enjoy hot food, and maybe run into me! Go to the Butchers Hill website for more info.


I’m on vacation, so pardon me for stealing this post.

{This post was originally published here.}

Baltimore Bike Attacks

By Aliza

This morning I received an email from my dad with a link to the Baltimore Sun article “Police probe attacks on bicyclists in Charles Village.

Here’s an excerpt:

“The city’s pedestrian planner Nate Evans] said in an interview that he has picked up on ‘a pattern of attacks on cyclists’ in recent weeks in blocks bordered by North and Guilford avenues and Charles and 25th streets. He’s heard many of the stories at meetings as he plans a bike route on Guilford.

” ‘It sounds like in a couple of the attacks, the victims were overcome by a number of assailants,’ he said. Most occurred on the evening commute, between 5:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.”

Great. I haven’t talked about it much here on BaltimoreDIY, but I will be moving from the north side of town to the east side. Basically the bike attack area would be part of my daily commute.

I have told my dad that I will drive more from now on.

What can you do? I like to imagine all sorts of ways to respond to crime, but when actually faced with imminent danger, I’m not sure what I would do.

Yesterday a group of kids were throwing rocks at bikers on Old Falls Road. One of them walked out into the middle of the road directly into my bike path, trying to mess with me. I made the mistake of actually engaging with the kids and trying to talk to them, and quickly learned that was a bad idea. They lapped up the attention and loved the drama. As I continued home, I watched as they threw another rock at a passing cyclist.

A few bikers had stopped up the road and were talking to each other about the situation. One of them said he had called 911. I didn’t say anything to him, but personally I wasn’t a big fan of that solution. It’s not exactly a great use of tax dollars, and it made me feel weak.

The kids would benefit from an authority figure that’s NOT the police keeping them in check, but that’s really an argument larger than the situation at hand.

Calling the police can help in some situations, but bike attacks are not the top priority in a city with so much deadly violence. It’s a drain on the police force, and there should be ways that people can deal with their own safety.

But how?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the issue.

Related post previously published on The Alligator: Dude, the motorists are not the issue here.

Rem Town has a Flickr group, finally.

I hear all kinds of stories about Rem Town and what goes on in it, and I try to document all of the (g-rated) ones I can. But sometimes words fall short. And sometimes words are boring. So to get a good snapshot of the neighborhood, I went ahead and took the liberty of creating a Remington Flickr group. If you have some good photos of the neighborhood, click on the link, join the group, and post them for all to see; it’s free and easy and only takes about five minutes. Got some photos of Hauntingdon Ave. from last year? Post ’em! Got some pics of porch art? Post ’em! Got some pictures of Merriam? You get the idea. And if you don’t want to join Flickr, you can still bookmark the group and check out what people are snapping from time to time, right? In other words, it’s fun for everyone.


This just in…

From a trusted source: “I just heard that Richard [owner of Sweet Sin cafe] has signed the agreement and has been officially granted the liquor license.”
So, there ya have it. Whew.


Correction, sort of… maybe

Okay so in an email from the CVCA this morning it was relayed to me that Richard, the owner of Sweet Sin cafe, may or may not reach an agreement with Charles Village, as I previously thought had already happened, throwing some confusion on Tuesday’s advice to write the liquor board in support. So, I’m not sure if this agreement will be signed by today’s hearing, so, um, I guess my only advice would be to wait and see what happens if you can’t attend the meeting in person. Being presently out of town, I am doubly out-of-the-loop on this process, so I am resigned to simply stay tuned as well. Back to my Buck Owens marathon on KUT…