Culture Clap Open Update #3

After the sickness ... though now we're out the gates and near runnin' at 100% -- nonetheless all pistons are firing !!!

In this update we’ll be covering entrepreneurial, personal, geopolitical and artistic updates, in that order. I hope this to become the regular structure that these updates follow.

Quick finance update, sorry no picture this post; things are good, I spent a bit more, but I also made a bit more, and came out net positive at the end of the month. I’m starting to transition all payments to go through Stripe, and will soon look to open a business account in the US for DreamFreely.

Last up, thank you so much for opening up this email and takin’ a read!! YES, I’ll get to this regularly by the end of this year, I promise. That said, I’m going to be watching this ol’ open list like a hawk (not really, quarterly audits perhaps), and removing those who don’t open emails after x-amount of months.

I know it’s not you, so no need to fear; the aspiration is to really engage those who are keepin’ up, and so enable ourselves to start holding conversations! Anywho, here are the updates:

Oh, hello … I realize it’s been awhile … things are well … I’m feeling like, 90%-ish of the way back … thankful … also got a few growth points achieved, so let’s get into it, shall we?

DreamFreely Cruisin’

I’ve finally attained a cruising altitude financially. Within the past few weeks I’ve found two new students, independent of the agency with whom I’ve been working. This has encouraged me to start focusing on a new small project called idioke Daily.

idioke Daily is a 20 day program with 20 tongue-twisters and 20 language lessons delivered via WhatsApp messages. I recently found a few text books to help think of how to pattern such a program, and I have outlined 60 days of lessons. Additionally, I figured out numbers for scaling the effort, and purchased business cards.

The idioke website has been updated, while coding branches also created to guide app development. Currently the website is serving a basic tongue-twister, while directing viewers to the monthly program via a WhatsApp QR code.

Regarding phone applications, the web application is 70% built for contributors. This app will be the precursor to the public app, with video/song search (and submission capabilities?) A prototype has already been created, the dependencies updated, along with some of the code.

Prices are as noted, mostly Colombian Peso; though there are conversations for monthly and yearly financial intake. The idea is to operate only 10 months of the year, taking December and January off entirely, after a fashion … ideas continue.

The current target is to find our first 100 students, I’m starting with a small group of 20+ students I’m teaching for free. There has been a positive response thus far, while the dependent variable remains my consistency. Others have mentioned their willingness to pay for the service, the price meant to be economical.

To this end I’ve designed a work flow that ends is a growing library of exercises with prescribed topics for each day on the Discord server. While concurrently we are working to replicate the course for those who wish to learn Spanish as well.

Rebel Coding

Rebel Coding has been redesigned into an 8-week program, training technology trainers for community organizations. The website is also in the process of being reconfigured.

The Rebel Coding program itself has also gone through it’s own evolution, or at least the delivery of it; while returning to an older idea, edges having been smoothed, and the path further developed. Peripheral entrance points remain, such as Gumroad and the book, which will continue to be developed.

The official community trainer program now spends the first four weeks learning the basics of Linux shell, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Python and full-stack development. The second four weeks are spent building a personal project, at least 10 hours coding together per week.

By the end of the program, these trainers will be prepared to host community coding and computer literacy classes, with the support of the Rebel Coding community. And we will continue working with them and the organizations to support their learning, growth, and success, as well as that of their community.

The goal is to expand access to technology, the method is to build a community where the most recent entrants are supported socially, emotionally and financially through the on-boarding process. The cost to train and retain each trainer will be $1,000 per month, and I will be reaching out to tech companies to sponsor organizations in their pursuit of expanding tech access to their communities.

If anyone has any leads, feel free to let me know :)

Personal Updates

A few months ago I caught the ‘vid — I think I’m finally free of it. In the interim, I had a birthday, up-ed my English teaching skills and materials, and am moving towards the place I’ve sought to be.

Covid-19 gave me the chance to retreat into my own space. Regardless of location, there is always pressure to interact with others, to be social. There is the human inclination to interact, as well as the social mystery surrounding those who keep to themselves. Not wanting to succumb to either, I believe I prolonged my unhealth for longer than was necessary.

Though on the other side, I’m finally residing someplace where I feel socially comfortable in ways I’ve only ever dreamed of. When I step out the door I do not fear being other-ed, as I did for so many years. There is not the dread of knowing that this other-ing will come as a punishment for stepping out of societal norms; as societal norms are not built around race in the same way they are in the US. Not to say acclimating to this new way hasn’t been it’s own obstacle to overcome.

Housing Updates

When I first moved here, I ate out most everyday; lunch was relatively cheap ($1.50USD per meal.) Though my goal was to remedy this expense, while allowing me to eat more :) I’m a hungry, growing, boy!

It took sometime, I’ve had to acquire all of my kitchen utensils one-by-one; though one-by-one, I’ve finally come to a place where I’ve everything I need to maintain a comfortable kitchen.

Eventually I purchased a table and chair, along with a small shelf on-which to dry my kitchenware after use. It took time, though now I am able to comfortably sustain without needing to go-out, save to purchase produce. For this I am thankful.

Also a quick update on the GoFundMe, almost $2,000 has been raised, while I’ve managed to save and accrue almost double that as well!

I’ll continue to raise funds for the purchase, while promoting my other projects and products. I’ve recently finished some content aimed as raising for the idioke project!

Both the chapbook, White Like Me, as well as the Culture Vault have been removed from Gumroad, and are now exclusively housed through Stripe.

It’s go time !!!

Transportation Updates

The motorcycle is fixed and ready for inspection. Long story short I had a chance last weekend to wrap it all up, but I decided to catch a bus to Medellin for a work meet-up that was also good for me to attend. It has been awhile since I’d shown my face.

Luckily there’s a truck that travels around to do motorcycle inspections (in Colombia you need to have a certified mechanic give your motorcycle the ok to be on the road.) That truck is in this pueblo and I’ll be sending my motorcycle over for inspection today or tomorrow.

What’s happening in Colombia ?!?

In many respects the country is waking up … for years the country had been sold stories by the media about who the enemy was … many people were killed, and disappeared because of this. Such was the price of the war against drugs.

Though the media companies who sold these stories for decades, are now trying to sell other stories about laws being passed, and taxes being increased, in a country that knows it is rife with corruption. And the media companies are not as able to sell the same stories they have been selling.

The Attorney General of Colombia, or their office, did a horrible photoshop job trying to lay blame for violence on peaceful protesters. Stranger than fiction !!!

Colombia is entering it’s forty-some day of protest … an international human right group has arrived to speak with folks … but it’s debatable as to how close they are getting to really knowing what’s going on here. Here’s their report.

Social media has been a blessing and bane, Colombia, along with the hashtag for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Woman was effectively shadow-banned by Instagram and perhaps other media platforms.

Regardless footage had gotten out, depicting some heinous activity, often times perpetuated, or supported explicitly, by police officers and resources !

Elections are next year, the trick is for the opposition candidate, Gustavo Petro, to stay alive until then … which, in this country … too much echoes the past … to a man named Jorge Eliécer Gaitán. Though distinctions remain … moreover, the juice is with a guy named Uribe.

Alvaro the narco-terrorist-president Uribe … yes folks, he’s done it all. Photo-ops with Pablo Escobar, directing paramilitaries of his own; driving Colombia from the seat of the Colombian Presidency. And now the puppet-master behind the current president of Colombia, Ivan Duque. (Imagine if Trump were marginally more competent, with an army and didn’t have the celebrity experience, but considerable generational wealth. That’s Alvaro Uribe.)

Colombia has a more parliamentary system than the US, with multiple parties often creating coalitions. Uribe’s party, the Center Democrats, are at a loss for who they will run, sitting president Ivan Duque is swimming in burning water with no good options except to resign. Though they continue to attempt to wade through the storm.

Protests don’t seem to have an end in sight, much of the country supports them, the violence is being perpetuated by the government’s anti-riot force ESMAD. The country knows other options are available, we just need to move away from allowing extractivist companies and allies profit off our country’s resources.

Bolivia, and now Peru, have swung hard Left politically; while Brazil may lean in that direction after the release of a formerly incarcerated Leftist President. Though the US also has interests in stopping what some are calling the beginning of a Socialist Bloc in Latin America …

Nicaragua just became a Bitcoin colony as well, so there’s the capitalist / libertarian stronghold … for the time being …

And that’s all I got for ya for now … (Ecuador had a tough go of it, got a neo-liberal for president … we’ll see how long it lasts I guess.)

OMG Art !!!

It’s happening too, one song is nearly complete, and another song needs a few rounded edges for completion. The idea being to start releasing two tracks per month, as I’ve found a producer able to produce them. While lastly, I know perhaps not the most politically / socially responsible thing to do … I’ve been invited to play a show in Medellin in the middle of July, which I’ve agreed to.

Here’s a link to some of the latest published on Twitter.

A few songs need to be completed for the album, still don’t have a bead on how the acoustic versions will be recorded … I have a thought to return to the US, get vaccinated and wrap up a few business items, before returning to Colombia. Maybe record the acoustic guitars up in the US ?

So plans are … raise money, find a building … grow a garden, teach English, make music, pare down my student list, teach coding, and transition to running businesses and teaching coding, while doing5-8 hours of idioke Daily and English students per week. And then buy that farm!

Thems the updates, yes I do hope to get to these more frequently. Work is plowing along, and there are things to share. Ergo … hope remains.

Thanks for reading up, I hope you’re doin’ alright.

Peaces,

Canin


Culture Clap Open Update #2

What Tides Are Changing, What About the Undertow ?

I made the personal pledge to maintain open finances in this year; and this is now made easier. I just rebuilt the GNUCash accounts, starting with new opening balances. Yes, entirely easier -

And here is the latest update as of this evening.

I am incredibly stoked, as I am in a position to grow this position; in ways that are at peace with my heart. I’ve got my list of products, I’ve got my methods of transparency, and I’ve got my bases covered.

This last part is truly due to my students, though the work has the opportunity to grow, or stay mellow, as it is. I choose the latter, as I’m comfortable enough to where I can also help others more consistently.

Though, let us return for a moment to the aforementioned product list:

GFM - Land Back

This project has surpassed $1600 shared!!! I am so thankful, as well there have been a few updates. And I’ll start being more consistent about sharing it, looking towards completing this as my birthday present to myself :)

Culture Vault

I took a break from Gumroad, but I’m back; and I’ve got my offerings, again, at peace with my being. The Culture Vault is a one-time $5 lifetime subscription. And you’ll get access to everything as it is released henceforth from your purchase date; with a few added goodies to get ya started.

Rebel Coding Email

This was the other reason for returning to Gumroad, the ease of use with which I can administer this course. The recipient gets 12 emails over 14 days, as an overview of web development, as taught by Rebel Coding. And while the price is listed as $5, there is a discount available to everyone, ‘rebelxcoder’, which makes it free!

Rebel Coding Crash Course

Here’s the big-ticket item, $250USD seats; cohorts of four. The Crash Course consists of eight lectures over four weeks, with each student getting access to five hours of one-on-one coaching. If you know anyone, tell them to fill out the interest form on the frontpage of RebelCoding.com.

The course introduces students to HTML, CSS, JavaScript & Python, as well as the entire full-development stack. It’s a lot of information designed for practical use, composed of hands-on material. I don’t promise expertise, I promise confidence for those just entering, along with the tools to move forward.

Culture Clap Tee-Spring (?!?)

TeeSpring has changed !! But, it still seems alright, so ,moving on … Someone had the idea of turning one of my lyrics into a shirt; so I did that, and then I made some more shirts. While now that everything is happening under the same business umbrella, I’ve decided to add my ScreamFreely & DreamFreely branded apparel here as well ~ whatcha think ?

DF F500

The First 500 is for the monthly supporter, we’ve still got a couple of spots available; though I’m nearing a point where it’s going to be a hard cap of 500. I’m super excited about what’s being built and I really need a solid core to make sure we can make efficient and productive tools. If this you … for as little as $.50 USD per month -

DreamFreely Pre-Seed

And here is the last of the products; access to the DreamFreely Documentation and Roadmap. As well, this will give me notification that the purchaser is interested in further investment conversations. A limited number of this Future Packer are available, with a cost of $250 USD.

Life Updates

I’m entering my third month of safe habitation; there have been some adventures, but I’ve mainly been living a quiet life, and enjoying the opportunity to relax. While navigating the up-and-downs of maintaining a social existence; this is all relatively new for me. I’m not solely having to focus on survival!

Though I’ve still got a fair amount of clean-up to do around the place; I recently purchased a sturdy plastic table, and a few more plastic shelves :) I enjoy the minimal life, and will be going through my possessions tomorrow, as I need to do a bit of shopping but want to make sure I know what I’m after.

As well, I’m returning to my steady diet; I might make larger purchase, soon, to get a smaller pressure cooker. And while I thought of purchasing a fridge, that one will have to wait. Regardless, I feel settled in and ready to really get to work.

Moto Update

The motorcycle has been running well; I still need to update the insurance and technomecanica. I’ll do this soon, though did need to make sure the bike was running well enough to be tested.

Music Update

New songs have been added to the album, making the total 17 tracks, with a run-time of almost a full hour. I don’t foresee any more tracks being added, as the task now is to get the acoustic songs recorded.

Twitch Updates

I’m gettin’ back into the mindset of Live Streaming.

I just did a broadcast while putting together the new GNUCash Account set-up. Next up is to make sure of all of our app versions are up-to-date. And then it will be back to building. There are a few other applications to explore, in terms of documenting and promoting the work.

Slowly gathering the resources for sustained consistency!

In conclusion,

Thank you all so much, y’all are the reason I write these, and the reason I aspire to be more consistent about my output!

And we’re gettin’ there ~ if you dug whatcha read, or dig what I’m doing enough to share it with your networks ~ well, that’d be super cool!

But hot damn, it’s late ~ about 0420 AM when this is finally gettin’ saved ~ oi; class at 11am, time for a nap.

Culture Clap Open Update #1

New music, new place and new attitude ... kinda of

In this update we’ll review:

  • New music

  • New Apartment

  • Pre-Seed Funding

  • What 2021 might look like going forward


New Apartment / First Apartment

Quite honestly, this is the first time in my life that I am able to live alone, securely, and able to pay my bills for the foreseeable future; without any roommates or others, in my life.

That security, that comfort …

Early last week there was a disturbance, and I was able to reach out to my mother; should I ever need to bail on a living situation … for the first time in my life … I can always go home.

I can stay with my aunt until I find a place of my own, or whatever … and I have confidence in my ability — I have the support structure around me, to enable me … to do these things if necessary.

This is the first time in my life that my body has been able to feel such a sense of safety … for those unaware, I wrote a piece published in Latino Rebels that can shed some light.

For now though, I have my own place … with windows on three sides … a kitchen, bathroom, shower and TV even. As well, I have the financial security to be able to get my own internet line here !!!


Pre-Seed Funding

To be honest, I’m trying to expedite the process of buying land; and as a matter of fact, I’ve learned of some land that’s for sale. Price tag: $5,000 USD. And for that I’ve actually started a GoFundMe, if you’re interested in chipping in …$1,265 has been shared so far !

I realize that I’ve just found this apartment, though … it doesn’t seem entirely unreasonable from a larger perspective.

While even more recently, I think I’ve finally distilled the primary points for the projects, that should go in the slide decks.

But that’s just the start … a more complete idea is available through the Futures packet; of which there are 100 available.

Raising A Round on Gumroad

There are two other packets available, the Starter, and the Expansion packets; and these will be maintained and updated with information for aspiring founders, builders and creators seeking raise funds for their efforts.

More specific plans are available through the Futures packet.

If you’d like to support my land-buying efforts, though aren’t interested in this stuff, here are a few other links through which you can support the effort:

Tee-Spring | Bandcamp | ArtVault | PayPal | Venmo


When Animals Attack Vol I on Spotify !!!

Y’all, I’m so excited!! Like book-ends I’ll be releasing the first volume of When Animals Attack on Spotify, iTunes, and Vol V within 2021Q1. Puppy Chow was made available on 29th of January. I recently purchased the beats from the producer, as well as updated the tracks (EQ & compression). Granted none of the samples used in the beats have been cleared, so we’ll see how it all goes :/

Nonetheless, the tracks are also updated on Bandcamp, and in the Culture Vault.

Side-story

It was interesting talking to someone who knew me during those days. The idea of my rhymes, or cadence, being wack was always interesting to me. Especially upon listening to these tracks now … I was merely talking about different topics than most others; albeit in a different manner as well.

Raised performing in musicals, with theater, and stories, I wanted to bring similar sentiments into my songs. Gabo meets Tupac talking to Aesop, all rockin’ a beat … something like that … and I’m happy to say that as I transition to the other end of my creative timeline the tradition continues.

I’m reviewing the tracks right now for the fifth installment of When Animals Attack entitled Return of the Wild … the link below is to collection of the songs I’ve written so far; some of them are still only in freestyle stage. And this is a throwback to how most all of my songs have been written

Usually I’ll listen to a beat to get a feel for it, then on the second go-round I’ll freestyle throughout the track. Not everything makes it to the final production, though to be sure seeds are planted! Let’s review some of what’s been created thus far …

When Animals Attack I: Puppy Chow

This was the first time I ever had access to tracks that over which I was explicitly allowed to write and record! I was living in a garden level apartment trying my third go-round at the University … honestly, it was a mess y’all!

And this is what sprouted from this mess. Granted some songs that wouldn’t be released until Teething Rings had already been written - this was my first opportunity to truly paint on a sonic canvas.

When Animals Attack II: Teething Rings

I gave up on school, and honestly, I can’t remember what I was up to around this time. I was livin’ off of Aldrich & 27th down in South Minneapolis at the time, and I found a few other beats to which I could write and record. As well, somewhere around this time, I recorded a few acoustic songs.

Oh yea, I was delivering pizzas! That was a trip ~ I sold them a website too while I was at it … http://www.mesapizzamn.com. By this time I’d gotten a few beats, from a few different people. Still attempting to paint semblances of story arcs, the mixtape begins with a live-recording taken from an actual event, and ends with a message of heartfelt gratitude.

When Animals Attack III: Obedience School

Here sit a few originals; way back in the day I got some beats from someone special. The beats were received at a pivotal time in my life and allowed me to directly address some issues for that present, now the past; hoping for a more healing future.

The mixtape is more minimal realization that the idea; though stands as a feat of which I am quite proud. Side A is composed of three beats with rhymes and hooks. Side B is contains two piano songs and an acoustic song.

The idea was to confront an oft-made allegation of bi-polarity; which while a real diagnosis, and applicable to many, I spent many years with psychologists and psychiatrists from a world renown university, and that was not their diagnosis.

I’ve done considerable work to process the trauma my body has experienced. Music has been dynamic outlet, enabling me to express the often convoluted and complex thoughts and feelings associated with such adverse experiences. The two-sides of this mixtape are an homage to this dynamism of being that we all embody and ought learn to embrace.

When Animals Attack IV: Children of the Stars

This mixtape is a bit of an awkward duck, the situated appropriately as volume 4.

These songs are all my own creations, wholly and completely; collected over the years, recorded wherever I was holed up at for the time being … Acoustic multi-tracks recorded via over-dubs, and the last remaining track from when I had Ableton :) Though all were also created after the previous songs in the When Animals Attack series were originally recorded.

Most are snippets, combining acoustic instruments, and represent a practice I hope to which I hope to soon return. I created what I called dumbells, whereby chorus would be introduced, altered for an extended verse, and then returned to at the end of the song.

This song also contains my first and only complete Albeton production, The First of Something.

When Animals Attack V: Return of the Wild

This is the first time I am working with dedicated producer; we’re discussing the tracks, and it’s really enabling me to create some sounds from outside of the box. While being able to continue with the theme of bringing a bit of the theater to the sonic stage.

Here’s the link.


2021 And Beyond …

The idea is to get the Rebel Coding classes up and running, which in addition to bringing income, will also expand brand awareness. Though the step before this is live-streaming, and the step before that is getting better internet installed. That’s on it’s way …

Next up is to get that little farm, and make is energy net-zero; and start planting and harvesting as much as possible. Then start making videos about using the produce to make other goods. And recording more music.

At the time that this is being written, I am supposed to record a verse on a song later this afternoon. Another studio has been found, as well as an engineer.

The preference is for me to build my own studio … though I need minimal tools; and am looking into using an Intel NUC, a mini-pc. One with an i5 processor would theoretically be adequate, 32 GB of RAM. The needs being as follows:

  • The capacity to live-stream with multiple cameras, using OBS

  • Virtualization capabilities for application development

  • Managing farm cameras and sensors

The question to answer was, how much power (wattage) is all of this going to cost; and this was the reason for going with the i5 NUC, as one is a available with an intake of 28W per hour. This make us more enable to build an off-grid energy system using two 12V batteries with 100W output; a smaller system, that will be entirely sufficient for all of our needs.


Culture Clap is an artists, educator and entrepreneur. If you’d like deeper imaginings and insights, there remains space available in the First 500.

And if you got this far … he’s a sneak-peek at was recorded earlier today

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