Smithsonian Castle, Washington, D.C.

Smithsonian Castle
1000 Jefferson Drive SW, Washington, D.C.
http://www.si.edu/visit/infocenter/sicastle.htm
The Smithsonian’s first building, popularly known as the Castle, houses the Institution’s administrative offices and the Smithsonian Information Center. It’s located on the Capital or National Mall surrounded by many of its famous museums. Completed in 1855, the original Smithsonian Institution Building was designed by architect James Renwick Jr., whose other works include St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City and the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C. This Washington landmark is constructed of red sandstone from Seneca Creek, Maryland, in the Norman style (a 12th-century combination of late Romanesque and early Gothic motifs). Definite stop-off point for information about the Smithsonian and its many museums. Rating: 5 stars out of 5. Visited 2007. Visited 5/20/2008.

 

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The White House (Washington, D.C.)

The White House (Washington, D.C.)
For two hundred years, the White House has stood as a symbol of the Presidency, the United States government, and the American people. Its history, and the history of the nation’s capital, began when President George Washington signed an Act of Congress in December of 1790 declaring that the federal government would reside in a district “not exceeding ten miles square…on the river Potomac.” President Washington, together with city planner Pierre L’Enfant, chose the site for the new residence, which is now 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. 

 

Construction began when the first cornerstone was laid in October of 1792. Although President Washington oversaw the construction of the house, he never lived in it. It was not until 1800, when the White House was nearly completed, that its first residents, President John Adams and his wife, Abigail, moved in. Since that time, each President has made his own changes and additions. The White House is, after all, the President’s private home. It is also the only private residence of a head of state that is open to the public, free of charge.Public tours of the White House are available for groups of 10 or more people. Requests must be submitted through one’s Member of Congress and are accepted up to six months in advance. These self-guided tours are available from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday (excluding federal holidays), and are scheduled on a first come, first served basis approximately one month in advance of the requested date. We encourage you to submit your request as early as possible since a limited number of tours are available. All White House tours are free of charge. For the most current tour information, please call the 24-hour line at 202-456-7041. All tours are significantly enhanced if visitors stop by the White House Visitor Center located at the southeast corner of 15th and E Streets, before or after their tour. The Center is open seven days a week from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and features many aspects of the White House, including its architecture, furnishings, first families, social events, and relations with the press and world leaders, as well as a thirty-minute video. Allow between 20 minutes to one hour to explore the exhibits.

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FBI Building (Washington, D.C.)

FBI Building (Washington, D.C.)
935 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C..
http://www.washington-landmarks.com/fbi.html.
The J. Edgar Hoover Building is the headquarters for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The building, named for former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. The FBI building is not open to the public, as guided tours of the building were discontinued in 1999 according to Wikipedia and the signs all around the building, hostel tourist sheet, etc. However according to its web site tours go every 15 minutes. (this information seems false and not updated).

Since 1908, when the Bureau was still the Justice Department Bureau of Investigation, the FBI had been headquartered in the Department of Justice building. In April 1962, Congress approved the construction of a separate building for the FBI. The General Services Administration allocated funding for the project, and design began. The GSA appointed Berswenger, Hoch, Arnold, and Associates for engineering, and Charles F. Murphy and Associates as architects. The design was finalized in 1964, and construction began on December 6, 1967. The naming was authorized by President Richard Nixon on May 4, 1972, two days after Hoover’s death. Employees began moving into the facility on June 28, 1974, and the last employees moved in by June 1977. President Gerald Ford officially dedicated the building on September 30, 1975. The tour of the J Edgar Hoover FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) Building is one of the most enthralling tourist attractions that Washington DC has to offer. Along the tour, visitors may learn about the FBI’s history and work against organised crime and terrorism, see FBI scientists at work in the forensic labs and watch a firearms demonstration given by a special agent. Tours depart every fifteen minutes and admission is free. As of visits 2007, 2008, and 02/2009 – The FBI Tours are not operating.

 


FBI Building

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Natonal Archives (Washington, D.C.)

Natonal Archives (Washington, D.C.)
National Archives and Records Administration 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20408 * http://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/washington/index.html. The Nation’s Archives – located in the Rotunda of the National Archives Building in downtown Washington, DC, displays the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence. The National Archives Building in Washington, DC (Archives I), houses textual and microfilm records relating to genealogy, American Indians, the New Deal, the District of Columbia, the Federal courts, Congress, pre-World War II military and naval-maritime matters. An excellent place to visit while in D.C. Rating 5 stars out of 5.

 
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Smithsonian Museum of American History (Washington, D.C.)

Smithsonian Museum of American History (Washington, D.C.)
On the National Mall, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.
http://americanhistory.si.edu/.
The National Museum of American History opened to the public in January 1964 as the Museum of History and Technology. It was the sixth Smithsonian building on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Since then, some 4 million visitors pass through the doors each year to enjoy the Museum’s exhibitions, public programs, educational activities, collections, and research facilities. The NMAH is dedicated to understanding the nation and its people – and houses more than 3 million artifacts; from the original Star-Spangled Banner to Lincoln’s Top hat, to Dorothy’s ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz. The Museum’s ARchives hosts an amazing array of American history documents, photographs, and other works. The Museum is currently under renovation and will be open again the summer of 2008.

 
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Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C.


Exhibits in the Museum of Natural History

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History (Washington, D.C.)
intersection of 10th Street and Constitution Ave., NW in Washington, D.C. 20560. http://www.mnh.si.edu/visit/
The National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) is part of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s preeminent museum and research complex. The Museum is dedicated to inspiring curiosity, discovery, and learning about the natural world through its unparalleled research, collections, exhibitions, and education outreach programs. Opened in 1910, the green-domed museum on the National Mall was among the first Smithsonian building constructed exclusively to house the national collections and research facilities. From the history and cultures of Africa with the earliest Mammalian ancestors and primate diversity around the world, from dinosaurs to rare gemstone, The main building on the National Mall contains 1.5 million square feet of space overall and 325,000 square feet of exhibition and public space; altogether the Museum is the size of 18 football fields, and houses over 1000 employees. With a growing network of interactive websites, the Museum is transforming itself into a hub for national and international electronic education, accessible to anyone with access to the internet. In the center of the Museum’s exhibition and research programs are its expertly documented collections: more than 125 million natural science specimens and cultural artifacts. Over 3½ million specimens are out on loan each year; over 15,000 visitor days are spent in the collections; and there are almost 600,000 additional visits to collection data bases available on the Web. The Museum includes a state-of-the-art collections storage facility in Suitland, Maryland; a marine science research facility in Ft. Pierce, Florida; and field stations as far away as Belize, Alaska, and Kenya. Research activities are organized into seven departments, and a number of affiliated U.S. government agencies on-site contribute to the Museum’s strength, including the Department of the Interior (U.S. Geological Survey Biological Resources Division), the Department of Agriculture (Systematic Entomology Laboratory), the Department of Commerce (National Marine Fisheries Service Systematics Laboratory), and the Department of Defense (Walter Reed Biosystematics Unit). Through its research, collections, education and exhibition programs, NMNH serves as one of the world’s great repositories of scientific and cultural heritage as well as a source of tremendous pride for all Americans. The Museum is free. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

 

This years visit to the Museum on 2/21/2009 provided me with a fascinating viewing of “Orchids Through Darwin’s Eyes”, “Soil Wisdom”, and “Written in Bone: Forensic Files of the 17th Century” exhibits which consumed my fascination and time. Definitely a must visit while the exhibits are running. (Rating 5 stars out of 5).

Most of the photos from the 2009 visit will be posted in a new blog I’m writing on Natural Science, Archaeology, and Botany at www.technogypsie.com/science/. In the next few days look for some great artifacts, bones, and plants to be posted!


Museum of Natural History

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The Environmental Protection Agency (Washington, D.C.)

The Environmental Protection Agency (Washington, D.C.)
Environmental Protection Agency, Ariel Rios Building, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20004 * http://www.epa.gov/
Beginning the July of 1970, Congress and the White House established the EPA in response to the growing public demand for cleaner air, water, and land. Prior to this date, the U.S. federal government was not structured to make a coordinated attack on the pollutants that harm human health and degrade the environment. The EPA’s mission is the daunting task of repairing all of the damage done to the natural environment and establishing new criteria to guide Americans in making a cleaner environment a reality. EPA employs 18,000 people across the country, including our headquarters offices in Washington, DC, 10 regional offices, and more than a dozen labs. Their staff are highly educated and technically trained; more than half are engineers, scientists, and policy analysts. In addition, a large number of employees are legal, public affairs, financial, information management and computer specialists. EPA is led by the Administrator, who is appointed by the President of the United States. EPA leads the nation’s environmental science, research, education and assessment efforts. EPA’s main campus at Federal Triangle consists of a cluster of adjacent buildings including Ariel Rios North and South, EPA East and West, and the Ronald Reagan Building. The main campus is located around the Woodrow Wilson Plaza between 12th and 14th Streets and Pennsylvania and Constitution Avenues NW. The White House, the Washington Monument, and the U.S. Capitol are within walking distance. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

 



EPA Building
 

corner of the EPA building

 

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Real Property Management, ESRI Conference 2007, Washington, D.C.

Real Property Management by Arthur Turowski (AAAP), Matt Schrader (DOD, Woolpert), and James Baldwin (& team, NASA). Turowski’s was pretty boring, as it didn’t really have any benefits for my use, demonstrating how AAAP allows building owners to electronically submit and update lease offers with a built-in GIS database to show building locations. Schrader was a little more interesting as he showed Installation Boundary Mapping and the DoD Real property inventory program – but again, not much benefit for us. The final workshop by Baldwin and his team of interns was on “Using GIS and Photography to Document Buildings and Historical Sites” was very useful, as they explained the process they are using for photomapping, panoramas, videos, and 3-D environments to make virtual tours of the facilities at Langley Research Center and NASA facilities. Definitely good stuff.

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ArcGIS web services

Introduction to ESRI GIS Web Services by Bernard Szukalski and Linda Peters – demonstrating the various ways ESRI offers to leverage GIS services via the internet – including covering some of the family product line for providing online content and capabilities for ArcGIS online and extending ArcGIS Desktop. New APIs and web services for integrating mapping content and functionality into browser, desktop, mobile, and server applications – including some case samples.

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Deploying and Using ArcGIS Explorer

Deploying and Using ArcGIS Explorer by Bernard Szukalski and Mary Jo Fraley – demonstrated the benefits, capabilities, and ease-of-use of the Google Earth-like client ArcGIS Explorer which is a new lightweight desktop client for ArcGIS used to view geographic information and perform queries on the underlying data. It’s free and has its own resource center of online services. Supports ArcIMS, WMS, and other web services as well as the ability to utilize local content shapefiles, geodatabases, KML, and image formats. They taught us its applications and benefits, what data will be available, how to use it, navigation and exploration in 2D and 3D, accessing and fusing data from various sources into a single map, use of local data sources and overlaying them on the map display, customization and extension, and deployment. I can’t wait till I can implement it – looks fascinating! Will be available to the public in February, though ESRI users can access it now.

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Hall of the Americas (Washington, D.C.)

Hall of the Americas / Organization of American States (Washington, D.C.)
17th Street & Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20006, USA * Tel. (202)458-3000.
The Organization of American States (OAS) brings together the nations of the Western Hemisphere to strengthen cooperation on democratic values, defend common interests and debate the major issues facing the region and the world. The OAS is the region’s principal multilateral forum for strengthening democracy, promoting human rights, and confronting shared problems such as poverty, terrorism, illegal drugs and corruption. It plays a leading role in carrying out mandates established by the hemisphere’s leaders through the Summits of the Americas. The Organization has four official languages — English, Spanish, Portuguese and French — and reflects the rich diversity of the hemisphere’s peoples and cultures. It is made up of 35 member states: the independent nations of North, Central and South America and the Caribbean. The government of Cuba, a member state, has been suspended from participation since 1962; thus only 34 countries participate actively. Nations from other parts of the world participate as permanent observers, which allows them to closely follow the issues that are critical to the Americas. The member countries set major policies and goals through the General Assembly, which gathers the hemisphere’s ministers of foreign affairs once a year in regular session. Ongoing actions are guided by the Permanent Council, made up of ambassadors appointed by the member states. The OAS General Secretariat carries out the programs and policies set by the political bodies.

http://www.oas.org/OASpage/press_releases/home_eng/press.asp

 


Front of the Hall of the Americas
 

fountain

 


mosaic
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Washington Monument, Washington, D.C.

Washington Monument (Washington, D.C.)
http://www.nps.gov/archive/wamo/home.htm
15th Street, SW; Washington, D.C. * 202.426.6841
One of the most famous monuments in D.C. is the Washington Monument, built in celebration and commemoration, and in memory of the first President of the United States – George Washington.

  • Cornerstone laid: July 4, 1848.
  • Capstone set: December 6, 1884.
  • Dedicated: February 21, 1885.
  • Officially opened to the public: October 9, 1888.
  • Designed by Robert Mills.
  • Total cost of monument: $1,187,710.

Made from white marble primarily from Baltimore, Maryland the interior consists of Granite from Maine. The monument was constructed to symbolize George Washington in his grandiere – since he as a man to his countrymen had an impressive appearance, with powerful influence, and simplistic elegance to his mannerisms; the monument was constructed in like-image: an impressive appearance from distance, asserts a powerful influence on the National Mall, and has a simplistic elegance to its architecture. The monument towers over the skyline like a mighty watchman, with red glowing eyes blinking quietly, it watches over the city’s namesake. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.

 

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National WWII Memorial (Washington, D.C.)

National WWII Memorial (Washington, D.C.)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_World_War_II_Memorial.
Located inbetween the Lincoln Memorial, the Reflecting Pools, and the Washington Monument, in the heart of the National Mall, is a national memorial to Americans who served and died in WWII. It’s where the Rainbow Pool once stood at the eastern end of the Reflecting pool. It was opened on April 29, 2004 – and dedicated by George W Bush on May 29, 2004 – two days before Memorial Day. It was based on WWII Veteran, Roger Durbin, who in 1987 approached Representative (Democrat) Marcy Kaptur (Ohio) if a WWII Memorial could be constructed – she introduced the WWII Memorial Act to the House of Representatives which authorized the American Battle Monuments Commission to establish a memorial for WWII in Washington D.C. it was not passed that year due to its late entry. It was attempted two more times in 1989 and 1991 but still did not become law. She reintroduced it again in 1993 and the act was finally approved. The Memorial Act was signed into law by President Clinton on May 25, 1993. Fundraising began in 1994 – $197 million in cash and pledges was raised by 1994, the U.S. Government appropriated 16 million – after deciding on several possible locations – in 1995 the Rainbow Pool site was declared to be its home incorporating the original design of the Rainbow Pool fountain – and the design was selected in 1997, but was not constructed for another 4 years. They broke ground in September 2001, and took over 2 years to complete – and was opened on April 29, 2004 – it was embedded with controversy, as the National Coalition to Save Our Mall – opposed the design and location based on its interruption of the vista between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial, and criticized for taking up open space that has historically been used for major demonstrations and protests. The memorial consists of 56 pillars, each measuring 17 feet (5 m) tall, arranged in a semicircle around a central plaza with two 43-foot (13 m) arches on opposite sides. Each pillar is inscribed with the names of the then-48 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and the Alaska Territory and Territory of Hawaii, the Commonwealth of the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Each arch is inscribed with “Atlantic” and “Pacific.” The plaza is 337 ft 10 in (103.0 m) long and 240 feet 2 inches (73.2 m) wide, is sunk 6 feet (1.8 m) below grade, and contains a pool that is 246 feet 9 inches by 147 feet 8 inches (75.2 × 45.0 m). Due to the association of WWII Servicemen with the phrase “Kilroy was Here”, the memorial includes an engraving typical of the Kilroy graffiti. The Freedom Wall is located on the west side of the memorial, with a view of the Reflecting Pool and Lincoln Memorial behind it. The wall contains 4048 gold stars, each one representing approximately 100 American deaths incurred in the war. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.

 

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Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.

Lincoln Memorial (Washington, D.C.)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln_Memorial
The Lincoln Memorial is located on the extended axis of National Mall in Washington, D.C. – built to honor and pay tribute to American’s 16th president – Abraham Lincoln. Built in like-image of a Greek Doric temple, the center of the hall holds a large seated sculpture of Abraham Lincon with inscriptions of two of his most well-known speeches. Since the site has been home to many famous speeches – including Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered on August 28, 1963, during the rally at the end of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Just like most of the monuments on the National Mall – its administered by the National Park Service. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966. It is open to the public from 8 a.m. until midnight all year, except December 25. It is free. It hosts a bookstore in its front right wall. The Lincoln Monument Association was incorporated by the United States Congress in March 1867 to build a memorial to Lincoln. Little progress was made until the site was chosen in 1901, in an area that was swampland. Congress formally authorized the memorial on February 9, 1911, and the first stone of the Lincoln Memorial was not put into place until Lincoln’s birthday, February 12, 1914. The monument was dedicated by Warren G. Harding on May 30, 1922, attended by the former President’s only surviving child, Robert Todd Lincoln. It won for its architect, the prominent Beaux-Arts designer Henry Bacon, the Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects, his profession’s highest honor, presented at the Monument in 1923. The stone for the building is Indiana limestone and Colorado Yule marble, quarried at the town of Marble, Colorado. The sculpture itself is made of Georgian marble. Originally under the care of the Office of Public Buildings and Public Parks, it was transferred to the National Park Service on August 10, 1933. The Lincoln Memorial is shown on the reverse of the United States penny. In his treatise Theory and Practise of Numismatic Design, Steve Crooks states that because the Lincoln Memorial is shown in sufficient detail to discern the statue of Lincoln on the reverse of the penny, Abraham Lincoln is the only person to be depicted on both the obverse and reverse of the same United States coin. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

 

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Chronos @ Club Five, Washington, D.C.

Chronos @ Club Five, Thursdays Goth * Industrial * EBM * Futurepop * 80’s * Darkwave *
1214 B 18th Street NW, Washington DC, 20036 * Livejournal & Myspace and ChronosDC.com.
DJ’s: Dirty B, 2501, guest DJ Aaron Hart. Cover $6.
Birthed from Alchemy, Chronos is One of D.C.’s favorite and most popular Goth nights, located dowtown off 18th street, just a jaunt from the White House. Hosted every Thursday in the 3-floor club Five; all of the locals I spoke to through the evening swore this was the best club night for this theme in the D.C. area. Some claimed it’s the only night they go to, while others stated they also attended Bound (Fetish night on fridays) and Midnight (Saturdays), which are the other hotspots of activity in town. The first floor hosts the dance floor – dance lights with the DJ’s above, and a catwalk/balcony above from the 2nd floor. Bar downstairs with ample booths and comfortable seating spaces. Plenty of room to dance. Main bar downstairs. Next floor up, is a medium sized bar, with booths, bathrooms, coat check, and the catwalk overlooking the DJ booth and dancefloor. Very top floor, is a rooftop patio with yet another bar. Doors open at 9 pm, and Open bar (free drafts and wells) from 9-10 make the club thrive early. Some of the friendliest and talented bartenders on staff in town. In fact, Bartender Jay was highly recommended as the best bartender in D.C. by more than a handful of patrons – and I couldn’t agree more. Drinks strong, and well done. The community is extremely friendly, easy to talk with, make new friends, and no one seemed isolated unlike many of the clubs on the west coast where it can take a stranger some time to meet others. Excellent sound and ambience, and extremely talented DJ’s. They served excellent music, selections, and fulfilled all the requests I was I aware of. Top job! Very enjoyable and very recommended. Will return to whenever I’m back in D.C. 4.5 stars out of 5. Visited 1/11/2007.


Dance floor

 


First floor
2nd floor

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Schadenfreude, Tuesday Goth night (Washington, D.C.)

Schadenfreude @ Chief Ike’s: Tuesdays – Goth “BAR” night.
http://www.schadenfreude-dc.com/. 1725 Columbia Rd. :: Washington, DC 20009 *202-332-2211 *
Staff DJs :: Shade + Liebchen + MissGuided
A little hole-in-the-wall tiki bar/ mambo room that has a goth night every tuesday, playing everything from Bauhaus and the Sisters of Mercy, to the newest like The Awakening and Anders Manga. But don’t be mistaken as I was – its a ‘bar night’ not a ‘club night’. Not much room to dance, and the whole evening I was there, no one was dancing. The decor is cool – but kitchy tiki bar, rather than your dark and dank dungeon. Not too many goths either. The bartender said it was the weather. Not sure if I buy that. Music was good, staff friendly, drinks very strong. I’m not much of a bar attendee (as I am a clubster) so can’t say I enjoyed the night that much. Though people were friendly. Rating 2 stars out of 5. Visited 1/9/2007.

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Washington D.C. Conference Center

Washington Convention Center (Washington, D.C.)
801 Mount Vernon Place, N.W. • Washington, DC 20001 * phone: 1-800-368-9000 / 202-249-3000 * http://www.dcconvention.com/
Located in the heart of the nation’s capital, inbetween the historic museums, the White House, and Chinatown, its surrounded by many restaurants, entertainment, and attractions. Has well over 2.3 million square feet of space, equipped with the latest technology, and home to nationally branded dining outlets such as Wolfgang Puck’s, Quiznos and Starbucks, its a multi-floored, multi-roomed convention center ready to meet any conference needs. Rating : 5 stars out of 5. Visited 01/09-11/2007. 02/20/2008-02/22/2008.

 

 

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Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C., United States of America
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington,_D.C.
2005 Population estimate: 582,049. Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan area: over 8 million. The capital city of the United State of America, aka “The Federal City” or “Washington City” – named after America’s first president and former military leader of the American Revolution : George Washington blended with the Acronym “D.C.” for “District of Columbia” – the federal district coextensive within the city of Washington. It was founded on July 16, 1790 as a federal district as specified by the United States Constitution. In order to be representative of the “Union” of all 50 states, the capital could not be located in one of the 50 states, and had to exist outside of State boundaries in order to be representative of the 50 states that act somewhat like 50 separate governments – seperate but united. The District of Columbia and the city of Washington are coextensive and are governed by a single municipal government, so for most practical purposes they are considered to be the same entity, though this was not always the case. As late as 1871, when Georgetown ceased to be a separate city, there were multiple jurisdictions within the District. Although there is a municipal government and a mayor, Congress has the supreme authority over the city and district, which results in citizens having a different status and less representation in government than residents of the states. Located within D.C. are the centers of all three branches of the U.S. Federal government – also the headquarters for the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the Organization of American States, and other national and international institutions. Washington is the frequent location of large political demonstrations and protests, particularly on the National Mall. Washington is the site of numerous national landmarks, monuments, and museums, and is a popular destination for tourists. Many people often confuse Washington D.C. with the State of Washington, which is located in the Pacific Northwest – and it is because of this, that some people refer to it simply as “D.C.” and the other as “Washington State”. As host to over 180 embassies and hundreds of international organizations, Washington, D.C. has a substantial population of foreign residents. There are also many students from abroad studying at the local universities and colleges. This adds a cosmopolitan flavor to the city.

 


Washington, D.C.

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Night at the Museum (PG, 2006)

Night at the Museum (PG, 2006)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0477347/
Directed by Shawn Levy. Starring: Ben Stiller …. Larry Daley, Carla Gugino …. Rebecca, Dick Van Dyke …. Cecil, Mickey Rooney …. Gus, Bill Cobbs …. Reginald, Jake Cherry …. Nick Daley, and many more.
A hilarious comedy about a out-of-work dad whose inventions keep failing and is having a hard time finding a job. He takes a job at the local Natural History Museum as night security guard. Little does he know how much history comes alive at night in the museum. Based on an ancient Egyptian artifact that brings the museum to life – he joins up with the museum collection to catch the thiefs that will destroy the museum’s life and interests – Its a battle of phenomenal historical proportions with humor to die laughing for. Rating: 4 stars out of 5. Viewed 1/8/2007.

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Sushi Go-Round and Tapas, Washington, D.C.

Sushi Go-Round and Tapas
705 7th St. NW, Washington DC 20001 * 202-393-2825 * sushigoroundatmci.com
Located in the heart of Chinatown in Gallery Place, home to the only sushi bar belt in DC. Excellent food and quick and fast service. Delicious sushi. Must visit for any on-the-go sushi connaisseur. Rating 4 stars out of 5. Visited 1/8/2007. Re-visited 2/20/2008; 2/22/2008 - and the Sake is excellent.

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New Big Wong, Washington, D.C.

New Big Wong Chinese Restaurant and Carry out
610 H Street, NW; Washington, DC 20001 *202.628.0491*
A little hole-in-the-wall, below the sidewalk level in the heart of China town, chinese restaurant – with tanks holding fresh live seafood, and a clan of cooks in the back preparing fresh vegetables. Food is affordable and business thriving. Food was ok on my visit late night 1/8/07, but can’t say it was my favorite. Rating 2 stars out of 5.

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International Spy Museum, Washington, D.C.

Spy Museum (Washington, D.C.)
800 F Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20004 *202.393.7798* spymuseum.org. Located right between the National Portrait Gallery and the FBI Building, is located the museum of spies …. where one can go and learn of the cunning and glamour of spies. Building is host to the Spy City Cafe – open for breakfast and lunch, as well as a pretty cool shop and museum store – selling invisible inks, disguise kits, miniature cameras, clandestine recording devices, ciphers, books, CDs, and collectibles. You start out in a florescent elevator that leads you to a chamber with a guard who tells you to collect your alternate identity and to choose the mission – as you go through halls and chambers where you will be taught the history of spies, famous spies, the tools, the techniques, the skills, the disguises, the arts. You will learn how to place bugs. You will learn how to make a microdot. You will learn how to pick locks. You will learn how to crawl silently through the airducts. You will learn how to listen and eavesdrop. One of the largest collections of international espionage artifacts and weapons. Rating: 4 stars out of 5. Visited 1/8/2007.

 

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National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.

Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery (Washington, D.C.)
8th and F Streets, NW, Washington, DC *202-633-1000* ReynoldsCenter.org Admission: FREE (the way a museum is supposed to be). Hours: 11:30 am – 7:00 pm.
A beautiful set of museums in a National Historic Landmark Building in the heart of revitalized downtown Washington, DC. A dazzling showcase for American art and portraiture celebrating the vision and creativity of Americans. It’s living history that tells the stories of American through all those who built our national culture. Visual arts, performing arts, new media, portraying the Nation’s poets, presidents, visionaries, villians, actors, and activists which smiths together the National Portrait Gallery. In the Smithsonian American Art Museum, just across the hall, the stories of America are told through visual arts spanning more than three centuries of artistic achievement paralleling the nation’s cultural development. The building itself speaks of Washington’s deep history – constructed in 1836 and finished in 1868, it was one of the first public buildings constructed in early Washington. The site of Abraham Lincoln’s 2nd inaugural ball in March 1865. The Museums have been open since 1968. The Museums are both beautiful collections and in very open well ventilated and airy space. With a class of charm just like those in the old world, this museum is a must-stop and visit tourspot when in D.C. Beautiful. Rating : 5 stars out of 5. Visited 01/08/2007.

 
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Renaissance Hotel, Washington DC

Renaissance Hotel (Washington, D.C.)
http://www.renaissancehotels.com
999 9th Street, NW, Washington DC 20001-4427 * 202-289-0947 *
In the heart of Washington D.C. – between the White House and the Capital, opposite the Washington Convention Center, near Chinatown, Smithsonian, Museum of Modern Art – stands the Renaissance Hotel, a contemporary, 16-story hotel with over 800 guest rooms, 13 suites, and 156 rooms in a dedicated Renaissance Club Tower. 10,000 sq ft fitness center, indoor swimming/lap pool, state of the art exercise equipment, steam room, aerobics classes, massage. Florentine restaurant, Presidents Sports Bar, Lobby Bar, Starbucks in hotel lobby. Meeting and Banquet facilities. Very elegant hotel, nice comfortable rooms, and a bed so comfortable it’ll coaxe you to sleep.

Updated Review on the Renaissance Hotel: 2/17-2/21/09 Visit: Once again another conference trip to Washington D.C. with a stay over at the luxury hotel in the Marriot chain: The Renaissance. Always comfortable and charming, welcoming staff, and pleasurable surroundings, but if you ask me – not worth their weight in gold, and gold is what they ask for. High priced, they find a way to get as much out of you as they can. They improved with the room this year, no stocked fridge with $5 candy bars and $8 bottle of waters. (though there is a $8 bottle of water unrefridgerated on the counter) They didn’t do a hold charge on my personal credit card which I appreciated greatly as it normally screws up my budget when they do that. They had free HBO which was a plus. The swimming pool wasn’t a pool, but rather a swimming machine – but they had a very deluxe workout room and area with great saunas. So I was pleased with that. There were price increases on the Federal Government rate ($226/night) and Internet per day changed to $15.99/day (which i didn’t have to use since I use Verizon’s Air card). I give this visit a 3.75 stars out of 5, putting their average up to 3.25 stars out of 5 for my combined visits.

2007/2008 Reviews: At $188/night, this hotel is curtailed to the rich – they charge $9.99 for internet service (noon to noon, not 24 hours unless you start the service at noon), no complimentary breakfast or amenities (unless you are a premiere tower club member), and you pay for everything extra. In my opinion, hotels like that are a rip-off. But if your rich, and are looking for places to throw your money away at, here’s your place – its comfy, elegant, friendly staff, clean rooms, and a place for the elite. Rating: 3 stars out of 5. (unless you’re wealthy with $$ to blow, then 5 out of 5) Visited 1/8-11/2007. Re-visited 2/20-23/2008 (They also charge a deposit of $100 for incidentals. What incidentals? the $5.00 bottled water on the table? the pay-per-view movies? Geez. ) Location is good however. Great views from the upper floors.

 

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Goth Night @ the Church, Sundays – Denver, Colorado

The Church, Sundays Goth Night (Denver, Colorado)

http://www.coclubs.com/church/churchMain.html * 1160 Lincoln, Denver, CO 80203 * 303-832-2383 * churchmanager@coclubs.com *

Located in a artsy art-deco cathedral, this multi-roomed/ multi-bar club has an ambience worth dying for. With a delicious sushi bar in one of the back rooms, this bar has it all. I originally visited the venue during the Colorado Dark Arts Festival and had an incredible time at their establishment. From 2007-2009 on Sunday nights they had a Goth night in the basement and hiphop or techno up above. Both rooms downstairs were goth/industrial/ebm. At that time the place was often crowded, with yet enough room to still find a space to dance. As of 2009-2010, the Goth night has been moved up into the cathedral room with all three bars open, and the Sushi bar flowing with great sushi and Japanese treats. The music is great and there is plenty of room for dancing on the dance floor without rubbing elbows. Extroadinarily improved ambiance for the night. They did away with the hip hop / techno night above and now is only a Sunday Goth club. Much better improvement and major Kudos to the management. Great staff and incredible DJ’s. It’s a good Sunday night escape. Rating: 5 stars out of 5. [ 2007-2008 — Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5]. Visited 1/7/2007; 7/20/2008; several dates in 2008 and 2009. 1/17/2010.

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Sin City New Years Eve (Vancouver, British Columbia)

  Sin City – New Year’s Eve 2006
Club 23 West Cordova, Vancouver, British Columbia
One of North America’s kinkiest and wildest New Year’s Eve events – stemmed off of the now bi-monthly event that takes place in the heart of Vancouver on the 2nd and last saturday’s of the month – this year’s ringing in the New Year was crazy, wild, kinky, and unforgettable. It’s worth the travel to attend, no matter where you are at in North America. Great music, great space, great DJ’s, and a great staff. Brought to you by Mr. Dark and DJ Pandemonium, your incredible hosts. Strict fetish dress code guarantees like-minds alike. Also, one of the more affordable options for NYE’s, as unlike many other clubs, they don’t overcharge their cover just because it’s New Year’s eve. Get your tickets early however, online preferably, as they sell out quickly – and this event was sold out a few days before the event. gothic.bc.ca runs a booth at the event, capturing the moment for those who wish a memory in the “no cameras/photos” club, Fetish vendors, and a dungeon downstairs for your BDSM pleasures. Highly recommended venue, and the absolute best Fetish night I’ve ever been to in all my world travels. Rating: 5+ stars out of 5. 

What are you waiting for, watch the video for their 5-year and see what you’re missing … 

 

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Asleep by Dawn: DJ Ferret’s Underground Club Mix #2

Asleep by Dawn: DJ Ferret’s Underground Club Mix #2

  http://asleepbydawn.com/ht-ucm2.htm
An extremely affordable CD and DVD combo set on sale currently at Hot Topic! A beautiful compilation of sound and music from our favorite dark music – with stunning videos, concerts, performances, and tracks. It’s only $6.99. You’d be a fool not to get yourself a copy. Half of the music also has not yet been released in the U.S. Don’t feel like going down to Hot Topic? Just order it online like I did. It’s a great party mix, and the DVD is great for parties where you want some VJ’ing going on.. I have a new favorite band due to the DVD – Faun, wow, how enchanting! Rated: 5 stars out of 5.
Songs on Audio CD
1. Dope Stars Inc. “Fast and Beautiful” #
2. The Crüxshadows “Sophia (Radio Edit)”
3. Absurd Minds “Stop The Fall (Cephalgy Remix)”
4. Angelspit “100%” #
5. Joachim Witt “Ahhh!!!”
6. Star Industry “Sin” *
7. Emilie Autumn “Shalott” #
8. ThouShaltNot “When I Crash”
9. Stromkern “Stand Up”
10. Azam Ali “Endless Reverie”
11. Voltaire “Day of the Dead” *
12. ASP “Ich Will Brennen” #
13. Ayria “Six Seconds on All Sides” *
14. Carfax Abbey “Evisceration”
15. Neuroticfish “MFAPL (Intelligent Freak Mix)”
16. De/Vision “The End (single mix)” #
17. Paralysed Age “Raindance”
18. Rasputina “Warbots” *
19. Estampie “Al Jorn – Alonso”
      Videos on DVD
1. The Last Dance “Once Beautiful” *
2. Subway to Sally “Sieben” #
3. Ego Likeness “Aviary”
4. E Nomine “Mitternacht”#
5. The Dreamside “Open Your Eyes”
6. The 69 Eyes “Dance D’amour”
7. Lunascape “Mindstalking”
8. Qntal “Von den Elben”
9. Gothminister “Dark Salvation”
10. Switchblade Symphony “Clown”
11. Corvus Corax “Dulcissima” #
12. kHz “Test My Faith”
13. Eisbrecher “Vergissmeinnicht”#
14. Faun “Egil Saga” #
15. Alice in Videoland “Cut the Crap”
16. Irfan “Otkrovenie”
17. Umbra et Imago “Memento Mori (live)” #
18. SpiRitual “Pulse”
19. New Skin “New Skin”

* = exclusive and unreleased # = not previously released in USA

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Tamara (R: 2005)

Tamara (R: 2005)
Directed by Jeremy Haft. Starring: Jenna Dewan …. Tamara Riley, Katie Stuart …. Chloe, Chad Faust …. Jesse, Bryan Clark …. Shawn, Melissa Elias …. Kisha, Gil Hacohen …. Patrick
http://www.tamaramovie.com/. Teenage geek girl falls for her teacher – he turns her down and it drives her crazy enough to do a love ritual to “make” him fall in love with her and to have the power of persuasion to make anyone do things for her. She chickens out when it calls for blood, but a high school prank from the jocks who want to get even with her, accidentally kills her and spills her blood, making the spell complete. She returns from the dead to get revenge – but no longer a ugly duckling, but turn-everyone’s-head beautiful with a rage not to be toyed with. It’s B-rate, but I like the plot and the storyline. But definitely a at-home horror. Rating 4 stars out of 5. Viewed 1/2/07.

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Black Christmas (R: 2006)

Black Christmas (2006: Rated R)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0454082/
Directed by Glen Morgan. Starring: Katie Cassidy …. Kelli, Michelle Trachtenberg …. Melissa, Mary Elizabeth Winstead …. Heather, Lacey Chabert …. Dana, Kristen Cloke …. Leigh, Andrea Martin …. Ms. Mac, Crystal Lowe …. Lauren, and many more.
What a let down (well honestly I did expect a b-rate flick) and while in typical hack-n-slash style, a remake of the original, and quite better than the original, though that’s not saying much. A twisted youth grown up escapes the mental institution just in time to return home for Christmas and to do a murdering buffet of succulent eye balls and human flesh cookies. Not recommended. Rating: 2 stars out of 5. Viewed 12/29/06.
 
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Bimbo’s Bitchin Burrito Kitchen, Seattle, WA

Bimbo’s Bitchin Burrito Kitchen
506 E Pine St, Seattle, WA 98122 * (206) 329-9978

A crazy little hole in the wall restaurant off Pine with bitchin’ decorations, kitch, and food. Ambiance is great, and quite radical. Staff are cool and the food is great. Great place to meet with friends and get a taste of the Southwest, art-deco-kitch style. Rated: 5 stars out of 5. Visited 12/29/2006.

 

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