Berkeley, Oakland, and San Francisco
“When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.” - Nelson Mandela.
RIP Madiba. Hamba kahle, Tata Madiba. Go well.
Kurt Cobain talking in November 1991 about the background behind the song ‘Polly’ (via batsypayne)
The New York Subway Sign Experiment highlights an odd rule that subway conductors have to follow.
A recently-made project that I might want to continue further.
I’ve created new form of Pokemon battle, where giant mechs known as Poke-Mecha, engage in large-scale Pokemon battles (sort of like battle-bots), but are controlled by the Pokemon trainers who built them. A highly dangerous, but fun sport.
Starting at 009, with Blastoise and his pilot.
Nisei scholar, professor, musician, and author. During Harry H.L. Kitano’s (1926–2002) tenure at UCLA, Kitano pioneered research in the social sciences, publishing books, articles, and reports that specifically addressed issues in the growing Asian Pacific American community. A teenager at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Kitano devoted much of his academic career to writing about the impact of the incarceration on the Japanese American community.
In 1944, at the age of eighteen, Kitano received governmental clearance to leave Topaz. The War Relocation Authority (WRA) found him a job making silos in Port Washington, Wisconsin. It was there that he answered several ads in Down Beat magazine and found a job playing trombone for a dance band in Worthington, Minnesota. He spent the next few years as a musician traveling through Minnesota, Iowa, and the Dakotas. Wary of lingering hostility toward Japanese Americans, he changed his name to Harry Lee. Of this time, he wrote:One of the bands that I played with hired me as a replacement for a black musician (who turned out to be Oscar Pettiford, probably one of the best musicians of that era); there were also heated discussions about Jews. I remember one member of our brass section arguing that Harry James, the famed trumpeter could not be Jewish because he played so well. In terms of acceptance, it appeared that I was less of a threat than blacks or Jews. I enjoyed life as a musician—it was fun to play with professional musicians of varying quality—to travel from town to town on one-nighters, especially after having been cooped up in a camp for several years—to eat out at restaurants with big steaks, and to live an independent and carefree life.
Though several bands in Chicago offered him opportunities, Kitano ultimately felt his ancestry would stand in the way of his role as a bandleader. He returned to California in 1946 and enrolled at the University of California at Berkeley. While a student, he led his own band, “Harry Lee and his Orchestra,” an all-black group that played local gigs around the Bay Area.
"Old people say they love their children, but they send their children to war. Old people never fight in wars. But they always start them. If they really loved their children, old people would find a way to resolve their problems.”