Visualizing Defiance, Ohio Shows

March 5th, 2011 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I won a free O’Reilly ebook from a hackathon I participated in a while ago.  I chose Visualizing Data and I’ve been working through the book.  I always find that its more helpful to work on a project of my own that approximates the examples in a technical book instead of just reading or copying […]

The Fest, day 3

November 11th, 2009 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

All day I heard different accounts of the “riot” that happened at the house show the night before. From different accounts I heard that people tried to tip over cars. I heard that some people tried to rough up a cop, that someone got tazed by a cop, that the cops got surrounded only to […]

Fest 8 Day 2: Kickball and Costumes

November 1st, 2009 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I started my second day at the fest playing kickball. I know that plenty of people have traumatic experiences with sports from their youth and that, even with punks, its easy for things to turn ugly, but I do love the feeling of big groups of people being involved in something together. As Bepstein was […]

November 1st, 2009 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I get to the hotel where we’re staying for the fest and start paging through the dense, brightly covered booklet that describes the bands playing and other events over the course of the weekend. Bz tells me, “just read the first sentence of the description,” and I do. It says, “Welcome one and all to […]

Re: Your Music

March 17th, 2009 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

Someone e-mailed Defiance, Ohio with some questions for a school project that produced this brain dump on the Britney Spears, the band, digital distribution, and media-based economies. They wrote: I know that big artists (for example Britney Spears??) are angry because of course they want the money, but I was wondering, do you think it’s […]

Michael Chabon on entertainment

January 23rd, 2009 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I love this statement from The Best American Short Stories 2005 : Yet entertainment – as I define it, pleasure and all – remains the only sure means we have of bridging, or at least of feeling as if we have bridged, the gulf of consciousness that seperates each of us from everybody else.  The […]

random post travel ideas

November 30th, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I always feel like I get this burst of inspiration from travel. Rawny != Geoff Press Conference After the youtube video where a commentor wondered if the band was my side project (because Rawny was playing in it) and being mistaken for me by the waitress at Wee Willies, I think it would be an […]

awesome punk rock shows, kids, and change

September 10th, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

For more than a decade, I’ve identified with and invested myself in punk music and subculture.  As I get older, I struggle with feeling like punk as I know it can be a little too much like Project Runway, “one day you’re in, the next day you’re out”.  Perhaps that’s overly cynical, but I do […]

Defiance, Ohio Audio Files

December 24th, 2007 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I finally posted audio files from the recent Defiance, Ohio record The Fear, The Fear, The Fear to the web.  After seeing how El-Iqaa distributed his recent release as well as the encouragement of others, I decided to make the audio available as both a free download of 128Kbps or Ogg/Vorbis files on as […]

from the radio: analysis of digital media and a cool sounding college class

December 4th, 2007 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

This radio piece had interesting statistics on the financial viability of the latest Radiohead album which was also available as a free download. Adam Greenfield, the person interviewed in the piece teaches a class in Urban Computing at as part of the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU. Link Update: My friend Peter, had the following […]