Issue One Available to Download

Posted in 3.1.1. Updates by 311zine on 08/19/2009

Well, the first issue of 3.1.1. zine seems to have gone over well.  After five days of distribution for the first issue, we are damn near out of copies.  We were going to do something clever like post a list of all of the businesses carrying the zine.  Then we realized that sending our readers out all over town just to find out that the copies are out of stock is a sure way to get throttled.   Also, poverty dictates that, at least for now, we can’t print many more, so one of us decided to have something like a thought:  Why not put the PDF up online to download and print?

So we did.

The first issue is now available in booklet form in the Print an Issue section.  No more hunting.  Tell all your friends.



Print Media V.S. The Zombies

Posted in Lettors from the Editors by 311zine on 08/08/2009

In 1997, when Time Magazine picked Johannes Guttenberg’s printing press as the most important invention of the second millenium AD, it wasn’t just a nod towards the magazine’s progenitor, but rather homage paid to a machine that made free thought truly free.  That being said, coming in a close second to the printing press is the internet.  If the printing press made the diffusion of information and ideas quick and inexpensive, the internet made such content omnipresent.  Up until the advent of the internet, seeking out specific information had been a process, while now one would have to make a conscious effort to remove oneself from the constant barrage of immediately available electronic media content.  Wherever we go we find ourselves pursued by games to play, videos to watch, friends to add, and apps to use.  In fact, it would not be so ostentatious to claim that the current mediums of electronic communication are very much like zombies.

Yes, zombies.  Wireless and other electronic sources of information are in a constant state of growth as consumers increasingly seek faster, easier, and cheaper ways to read news, communicate ideas, and entertain one another.  In many ways, these new mediums of communication are quite useful.  Craigslist and Ebay have both effectively created a central location for any need that would have previously been fragmented through a hodgepodge of local or national newspapers and magazines.  Websites for businesses, schools, and public services can answer a variety of questions efficiently and at a moment’s notice.  That is to say that electronic media can be a convenient suppliment, but it should not by any means stand alone.  Now, every major newspaper and magazine now has an online portal, and many of these publications are expanding their online content as more and more readers shy away from purchasing hardcopy and advertisers pull out from hardcopy sponsorships. Entire books are now downloaded onto Amazon’s “Kindle” e-book.  Everyday new websites appear offering services that previously necessitated the use of printed media.  Furthermore, the proliferation of the smart phone has given birth to the app, making it possible to access news, music, and other media anytime and from anywhere you can make a phone call from.  The spread of new communication technologies is in epidemic proportions.

Much the same are zombies.  Constantly expanding their population by biting humans, where people are balanced, rational, and coherent, zombies care nothing for the content of life, only about their growth in numbers.  Where a publication may have once provided a wealth of information in hard print, the bite of declining profits dictates a new way of life.  The nature of this new life is also part of the issue at hand.  The speed and abundace of electronic media render critical thought and rumination hard to come by.  There is always something new to consume which leaves little time for the gentle contemplation needed to really understand all aspects of a given matter.  In addition, the influx of demand for immediately consumable content has led to a major loss of intellectual sophistication of said content.  Hard-hitting journalism is much a thing of the past and is being replaced by a style rife with opinion and personal accounts.  Popular music and video entertainment continue to lose artistic complexity due to an apathetic consumer base and the increase in user generated content.  In essence, the forms of electronic media are becoming increasingly mindless.

Now, one can’t discuss the proverbial changing of the guard without the idea of the “soul” coming into the mix.  For example, classic blues or rock or jazz have soul.  Classic and single speed bikes have more soul than the multi-speed perfomance bikes of today.  Classic cars have more soul than the cheaply assembled models currently on the road.  These are very familiar statements, and are such only because there is a grain of truth in the argument, somewhere.  The idea of these things being more soulful by nature stems from them feeling more solid or organic or having more thought put into the creation process in some way, which in essence are all qualities related to an object’s sense of permanence.  That is precisely what gives an object its soul: permanence.  A thoughtful and laborious creation process using simple and solid materials (or ideas) ensures a long lasting and useful final product that will, over its lifetime, connect with many owners and mean something different to each one.  A book can be dog-eared, written in, traded, sold, or rest on a bookshelf for years.  A newspaper can block the rain or sun, be folded, have a crossword filled out, and eventually clean up your dog’s shit.  The soulless quality of the quickly produced good comes from the lack of its ability to connect with a person.  Its ephemeral nature prevents these bonds from forming because it wasn’t meant to be bonded with.  It is meant to be consumed and then discarded.  Though a piece of news or music or art in itself can have meaning, when presented through such media it cannot have the same resonance with a person as it would being presented through a more substantial means.

That leaves hordes of laptops, phones, and music players switched on day and night, blank screens waiting with supernatural patience for a face to appear in front of them.  There they are on the bus, sitting in a pocket or a purse, these soulless devices waiting to be pulled out and used as soon as the bus stops.  They are sitting on the counter in the middle of the night, so that when you walk down the street and pass by each window, you can see the faint static glow of a screen waiting, just waiting.  Before you know it your toilet paper will go digital.  Print media, however, can’t and won’t submit to the demands of the masses of mindless and soulless media zombies.  There must be a place, a haven if you will, for local and thoughtful media content to have it’s say in print.  A place for the soft fluttering sound of the pages turning.  A place for the thick black ink to sink in like blood and take root and make its home.  That’s what we’re here for.  We vow to hold out, to fortify ourselves against the mob of brain eating, uncoordinated parasites to give you quality content and still make it to bed sometime before dawn.

Chris Teare

Write Chris at christeare311@gmail.com

Deadline Approaches with a Quickness

Posted in 3.1.1. Updates by 311zine on 06/28/2009

We’ve received a lot of great submissions, and we are accepting submissions for three more days.  If you have work you would like to see in print and online, or would like to advertise your work or local small business, check out the Submissions page and get in touch.

To all of you who have submitted, thanks.  We will take some time to review all submissions and then get to work on the first issue.  We will contact the people behind accepted submissions once we are finished with the selection process.

Now go out and do something awesome.


Fatherhood is Always ‘Job One’

Posted in This Generation by 311zine on 06/19/2009

By Deon Price

There are many debates on what is the most important occupation in the world. Is it a doctor, teacher, lawyer, engineer, cook, governor, president, construction person or farmer? All are extremely critical for our society. Yet at the end of the day, you’re just a dad. A more detailed perspective would be to consider that a father is the most critical role. Although we often go unnoticed and not openly appreciated, arguably the greatest contribution to the world is the cultivation of the greatest resource in the world. The best position to do such nurturing of a child is as a father starting with your very own. The greatest act of love the world has ever known was demonstrated by a father for the benefit of us all.

Let’s take a moment once a year to give some much needed acknowledgment. The role of a father transcends all career or worldly responsibilities. No matter what your day job is, once you clock out and arrive home, your real job begins. You get no days off, you can’t call in sick. You are on call 24/7 and 365 days per year. Claims of fatigue will not be accepted as excuses from your roles or responsibilities. You are the playmate, provider, supervisor, servant, disciplinarian, mediator, coach, counselor, teacher but not the boss. You humbly take orders and perform your duties with no reward, acknowledgment or fanfare. You simply do what you do. If you show me a fatherless community and I’ll show you a community in chaos.

Your children could care less that you are exhausted after work and just got out of an hour and a half of traffic. You just suck it up and muster enough energy to play catch or show some excitement for the picture he colored just for you. Our commander and chief, who holds the most demanding and powerful position on earth, set a fine example of this perspective when he acknowledged his first order of business as president of the United States is to up hold his promise to his daughters to purchase them a dog. We may never fully understand the complex role of a father in the life of his child but here are a few famous visionaries on the matter of fatherhood:

J. August Strindberg — ‘That is the thankless position of the father in the family . . . the provider for all, and the enemy of all.’ Sigmund Freud — ‘The greatest gift I ever had come from God, and I call him Dad!’ George Herbert — ‘I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.’ Margaret Atwood, Cat’s Eyes — ‘One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.’ Helen Rowland — ‘All fathers are invisible in daytime; daytime is ruled by mothers and fathers come out at night. Darkness brings home fathers, with their real, unspeakable power. There is more to fathers than meets the eye. You know… fathers just have a way of putting everything together.’ The Bible has also greatly mentioned about the role of a father in a child’s life. Proverbs ‘A wise son is the one who makes a father rejoice and a stupid son is the grief of his mother.’

Take a moment this weekend to show some love and appreciation to the father or male figure in your life. Consider the impact or influence that individual had on you that helped you navigate through some of life’s most difficult terrain. He probably won’t expect much so any gesture will be appreciated such as a phone call, a card or dinner. Having said that, I would like to offer a few humble suggestions. Although he will never complain, regardless of how bad the gift is, here are a few Items to avoid; Socks, ties or anything that will be categorized as an accessory. I’ll go crazy if I get another tie clip or shaving kit. Happy Fathers Day! You are appreciated.

Deon Price is a freelance writer and youth advocate who lives in Suisun City. He can be reached at Deon.Price@comcast.net or http://www.youtube.com/priceedutainment.

Worldly Advice for The Class of 2009

Posted in Columns, This Generation by 311zine on 06/13/2009

By Deon Price

Congratulations class of 2009! You have just completed the first stage in your career endeavors. That’s right! I said,  your career. I know that’s probably the last thing on your minds right now. At eighteen your priorities are probably upgrading your cell phone or getting a vehicle. Those of you with a bit more ambition may be thinking of finding a job or going to college. I encourage you to brace yourself for you are about to enter an extremely challenging adult reality. What was once an environment filled with plenty of opportunities regardless of your choice of direction be it the job market, military or advanced education, we are seeing unprecedented obstacles in every career path. You will need skill, talent, patience and endurance to overcome these obstacles.

The economy has tremendously affected the job market for the 2009 high school graduates. Even entry level front line jobs are being eliminated. I recently pulled up to a drive through at a local McDonalds. A very pleasant female voice greeted me through the speakers, “Welcome, to McDonalds may I help” After I ordered a happy meal for my baby boy and a number 6 for myself, I rolled forward to the window- it was a 30 something male who completed the transaction. I learned that the voice that I heard was a live person in an Arkansas call center greeting customers in California. I was blown away! Instead of hiring a local teen fresh out of high school, McDonalds is outsourcing its front-line jobs to a state where labor is obviously cheaper.

More applicants are willing to man-up and toe the line by enlisting in one of our Armed forces not necessarily for patriotic reasons but for gainful employment. Military recruiters have raised the bar on their requirements, including expecting a higher score on the ASVAB test. As recently as a year ago, recruiting was rough. They were accepting any able bodied individual with a high school diploma and a pulse.

Due to state budget cuts that may eliminate Pell Grants, there will be 200,000 students that will not have the opportunity to attend college. California State university will reduced the number of incoming freshman by 10 thousand students. This will be the first time in nearly 20 years that the California State University has been forced to reduce its enrollment.

If your first option is not immediately available to you, whether it’s the job you want or the college you applied to, do not get discouraged. Don’t let that “Thanks! But no thanks!” letter kill your spirit. You simply go with option number two which may be trade school or community college. I also encourage you to be an active participant in the direction of your life. Explore different opportunities to find your most prevalent skill set. We are in very critical times that require very careful and diligent decisions. Explore every avenue in order to find your niche, your passion or your true life’s work. You may have to leave your comfort zone and take the road less traveled.

Finally, one of the best skills you can develop that will help you succeed is one that you won’t find in any high school or college class schedule: Interpersonal Skills. The more you are able to maintain and retain personal and professional relationships, the more apt you will be at improving your quality of life. Congratulations and good luck, Class of 2009.

Deon Price is a youth advocate and freelance writer who lives in Suisun City. He can be reached at Deon.Price@comcast.net or www.youtube.com/PriceEdutainment

Educational Entertainment A Way to Reach Youth

Posted in Columns, This Generation by 311zine on 05/13/2009

By Deon Price |

Engaging young people on a consistent basis is a challenge all too familiar for educators, counselors, youth program directors and school administrators. As state budget cuts take place in the form of terminating teachers and eliminating physical education, music and creative arts, we will face very difficult times for youth who are already being slighted by political decisions. Extracurricular activities are vehicles that help students remain engaged in school. Unfortunately, these are the first programs cash-strapped school districts will have to eliminate.

As arts, athletics and supplemental programs are removed, I fear more students will become disengaged and dropouts will increase. The last thing Bay Area students need is yet another reason to separate themselves from the already depleted public school system. Our public school institutions are falling short of preparing our youth for the world or in most cases a higher education.

The need for alternative educational institutions will be more critical than ever. Parents may decide to home school, or consider a performing arts school. Solano County is the only county in the Bay Area that doesn’t have a performing arts school either public, private or charter. The Solano Academy of Performing Arts and Technology organization is trying to be the first.

The mission of most performing arts schools is to empower a community of students with the academic, technical and social/emotional skills required to participate in the global society as professional life-long learners and leaders. The concept is achieved by providing an enriched art- and business-centered environment, which facilitates and promotes critical thinking, logical reasoning, literacy development and creative expression. The philosophy is to prepare students for post -secondary education and training in the various industries in the workforce by providing a rigorous and challenging curriculum that is relevant and flexible enough to be tailored to their unique needs, talents and interests.

The students will be motivated by connecting core academic subject matter to real life experience and creating meaningful and innovative ways of learning.

It is obvious to me the traditional educational environment isn’t effective for some students. This environment will excite students to become more resourceful so they continue to learn outside the formal school setting.

I am a huge supporter of this type of nontraditional educational institutions. There are several ways students learn which mean we should explore different types of teaching. The creative arts is a great tool for teaching that we should continue to invest in.

The concept of educational entertainment is proven to be successful. www.youtube.com/priceedutainment Students are inspired and engaged to perform well in academics through creative, performing and media arts. To put it simply, to deliver a curriculum in a way that reaches the spirit will inspire that student and will have a lasting effect.

Deon D. Price is a youth advocate and freelance writer. Reach him at Deon.Price@Comcast.net.


Put a link to your website up on 3.1.1.

Posted in 3.1.1. Updates by 311zine on 05/12/2009

Guess what?  We are starting to post links to local online portfolios, written work, and websites for small businesses and non-profits.   Innovative and cutting-edge, we know.  If you want a link on 3.1.1. that will take readers right to your work, send us an email with the website and a short blurb about you and what you do (probably not more than 30 words).  Be sure to put “Link Submission” in the subject of the email.

To all you visitors- check out the links.  These people are your neighbors.

Nothing on The Walls?

Posted in 3.1.1. Updates by 311zine on 05/11/2009

Alright people. We’ve been getting a lot of traffic and yet there is not one post for an upcoming event, show, or exhibit on The Walls. We all got together and discussed this at length last night. After much weeping, we came to the conclusion that this is unacceptable. Some of you have to want an opportunity to shamelessly promote your work.

Get moving!