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Punk Rock History in D.C.

Capitol of Punk is a fascinating project that combines interviews, streaming video and Google maps to give a tour of the history of punk in Washington, D.C. I didn't live here at the time, but Ian MacKaye's Minor Threat and later, Fugazi, formed the soundtrack of much of my youth.

A few days ago when I was reminiscing about punk rock someone asked me what it was all about and all I could come up with was a tautology of punk rock being punk rock... but this exploration is very interesting.

Just as interesting as the history itself, is the tech behind it — you can download these maps and videos to your cell phone and take a real tour of the places it talks about. I find the intersection of cyber and meat space to be one of the more exciting ongoing developments in technology.

I quoted Vernor Vinge a few months ago on this:

"We know that hardware will continue to improve. In 15 years, we are likely to have processing power that is 1,000 times greater than today, and an even larger increase in the number of network-connected devices... these improvements will... create a world come alive with trillions of tiny devices that know what they are, where they are and how to communicate with their near neighbors, and thus, with anything in the world... the Internet will have leaked out, to become coincident with Earth."

While it isn't quite there yet, it's nice to see punk rock taking some baby steps into an even more interesting future.

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