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must say it’s an excellent lineup, but only disappointed  that i imagined (hoped) the number of talent would somewhat equal that of Coachella.  but that place is just so big, and you cant do the same with the limited space of of Liberty State Park.

Quality wise, it’s a strong line-up. 

I might cop tickets the day they go on sale, only because I fear the “Radiohead as 2-night headliners” thing will force the creeps to buy out all the tickets and mark up the prices.  Bastards.

Radiohead are coming to the Garden State in August, headlining the first 2 nights of the All Points West festival.

All hail Jersey City, for at least 2 nights this year.

The festival will take place August 8-10.

yeah, this is what it’s supposed to look like in it’s new theoretical incarnation.  as cool as it may be, this was supposed to be completed already, but the corporate entities of Red Bull and AEG disputed about many things, one of them the design.  apparently AEG, who among owning other arenas, also organize and promote concerts, wanted to build a permanent stage on one of the stadium ends.  Red Bull said HELL NO!, citing possible damages to the field due to any extra curricular activities.

Red Bull bought them out, and now we have a newish design, the only new idea seemingly some glass that will not protect the field from the elemnents, but will keep the patrons(somewhat) dry.

I dont even watch the New York Red Bulls, even though they have an exciting young player (Altidore) who may be shopped to a European team (possibly Benfica, under Freddy Adu’s recommendation).

It’s hard to remain excited about a stadium that may be ready for the 2009 season of a team I never watch.  The only reason I keep an interest is because I truly want futbol/soccer to rise in popularity in the U.S. of A. (that is to say, I would like the quality of play to increase, leading to a hike in popularity).  and i won’t support an organization that to this day utilizes Giants Stadium as their home turf, only to struggle to fill up 1/5th of the seats.  it makes for a truly miserable experience.

added to that the additional coverage of international soccer on our cable networks, why should one even bother with a lesser product?

Hopefully the new purrty stadium it will be completed by their new deadline, and above all let’s hope the talent on the pitch will mirror the quality of the field, something the corporations mentioned above obvious did not care much for.  I for one have made a mental pledge to support the new stadium financially by attending at least one game, hopefully more to come.

i, for one, look forward to not have to fly to Cali or Chicago or wherever to attend a festival akin to Coachella, but the weather is too muggy in the NY/NJ summer for any of this to be comfortable in the least.

but if indeed there will be a festival in Liberty State Park, that’s awesome. easy public transportation = less of a hassle, just a bit more patience i suppose.

but who knows how this will work out. a few years back, there was supposed to be a festival called Field Day that failed miserably and had to be moved to Giants Stadium at the last minute.

as for the Vineland festival in South Jersey, it would have to be a superior line-up for me to consider it.  if it’s good enough, i would even make a week of it.  it is close enough to Atalntic City and Wildwood, i haven’t been there in a long time.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/16/nyregion/16mbrfs-festival.html?ref=nyregion

January 16, 2008
Metro Briefing | New JerseyMusic Festival Coming to Liberty State ParkBy JEFF LEEDS
In the latest shift in the competition for music fans this summer, the concert promoters behind the popular Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California will stage a three-day event in Liberty State Park, according to people briefed on the plans. The new festival, tentatively scheduled for Aug. 8 through Aug. 10, is to be presented by the promoter AEG and its Goldenvoice subsidiary. A competing event, the Vineland Music Festival, held by C3 Presents and Festival Republic, a unit of the concert giant Live Nation, is scheduled from Aug. 8 to Aug. 10 in Vineland, N.J. The band Radiohead and the singer-songwriter Jack Johnson have been mentioned as headliners at the Liberty State Park event, though a lineup has not been announced. Representatives for AEG declined to comment.

if set up correctly, the festival in Liberty State Park could be wonderful!  imagine the picturesque views!  i don’t know just what parts will be available, or how many stages there will be, or even the land made available in Jersey City, but the backdrops could be excellent.  here’s a Google Earth map of the areas and it’s surroundings:

liberty-state-park.jpg

here’s a swipe of an email i sent to people i know, maybe it will be helpful to others.  i’m not the brightest guy in the world, so i had to find this info out through light research.  i would think this info is easy to find, but-wouldnt-you-know-it, the state of NJ elections website is too confusing for me, and provided me no real tangible answers.  here you go…

to any or all interested in voting in the primaries:

i just did some research, and called our county board of elections to find out the process of voting in the primaries.  i was under the impression that you have to be affiliated to a political party in order to get involved in the process.

it turns out that is not the case, totally.  you can in fact go to
your normal polling location to vote in the NJ primaries, February 5.  but you do have to choose a party at that moment.  in my case i think that sucks. but if i want my vote to, at the very least, slightly reflect support for my chosen candidate, that’s what i have to do.

if you want you can change affiliations, you have 50 days before any other primary election, state or national.

My confusion stemmed from watching coverage of the NH primaries last night.  it was announced NJ would be part of the many primary election across the country on Feb 5, a change from the standard month of June.  i never participated in a primary elections because candidates are already nominated by that time, rendering our state’s voice
meaningless.  hopefully this change of date will inspire others to go out and vote.

Rodol

(thats my middle name)

i guess as a population we’re not very embarassed about our collective voter turnout.  i am, but that may have something to do with the fact that i was born outside of the U.S.  I have memories of myself in Ecuador waiting in line at voter polls, and U.S. elections were always a big deal. 

but anyway, voting is important.  more important though is being an educated voter; know who you’re voting for, do some research on certain referendums that are up to citizens to decide, even if its just a little bit.  we all live here, and even though sometimes it might feel like the system is not working for us yet we’re still doing alright, imagine if more people made their presence felt at the polls!  sooner or later all lazy politicians will have to react!

here in Jersey we get to decide if state money can be allocated for stem cell research grants for universities and other companies with the same goals.  I will be voting YES to that one. 

now for the comic portion of the post, a dubious ballot question regarding suffrage: should the term “idiot or insane person” be replaced with the phrase “a person who has been abjudicated by a court of competent jurisdiction to lack the capacity to understand the act of voting.”  Obviously the fact that “idiot or insane person” has remained in our constitution this long is quite remarkable, and the legal rep that had to sort through that piece of info had to have a good laugh.  what is a bit scary is that a small group of peeps can get to decide if someone is good enough to vote.  Obviously this kind of thing is aimed at people who are literally braindead, but who’s to say how far this interpretation can reach?  I mean, we are a non-voting bunch after all.