Archive for June, 2008

Bird Songs and Fay Ryu

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

Fay Ryu’s Blog is all about Neko and Meow C Tong
(Sean alias Meow C Tong is the son of my sister Fung Ching Kelling and Fay is his girlfriend)

Comic by Fay Ryu prince

Birds by Fay Ryubirdsfay

ghitch(Birds eating the Face of Hitchcook)

Bye bye birdie – audio clip The Mexican Jay calling

Digital image by Fung Lin Hall

Also see this video – Pigeons deliver drugs to Brazilian inmates.

Wake Up the Hamster – George Carlin

Monday, June 23rd, 2008
  • Bye bye George Carlin!

    What is your greatest fear?
    To lose the power of speech.

    What do you most value in your friends?
    Their ability to exchange overcoats while running at full speed.

    (read more from Vanity Fair – Proust Questionnaire on George Carlin)

    Wake up the hamster, from Carlin’s homepage.

    His last interview: on Arthur Koestler (Psychology Today)

    The jester makes jokes, he’s funny, he makes fun, he ridicules. But if his ridicules are based on sound ideas and thinking, then he can proceed to the second panel, which is the thinker—he called it the philosopher. The jester becomes the philosopher, and if he does these things with dazzling language that we marvel at, then he becomes a poet too. Then the jester can be a thinking jester who thinks poetically.

    More Carlin quotes

    Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity.

    I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, “Where’s the self-help section?” She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose.

    There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls. – George Carlin (via)

    Mountain Song

    Friday, June 20th, 2008

    Photo by Paul Kodama
    Japan in June– Paul Kodama’s bike and hike in Japan. (Email notice via Hal Lum)
    One Life Japan and blog here with neat photos of mountain vegetables.
    Kevin’s Kaikonikki – A blog documenting the life of Kevin’s silk-worms.

    Ya ya ya yama yo – yama wa ikiteru (Mountains are alive)

    The Taste of Tea – Mountain Song

    A few weeks ago I saw Katsuhito Ishii’s 2005 Japanese cult classic The Taste of Tea, starring Tadanobu Asano and 2007 Oscar Nominee (for Babel) Rinko Kikuchi. A quirky film about the Japanese living in a countryside.

    June 20 is the first day of Summer.
    Summer Solstice summer in color.

    Multimedia Tonight Sky – highlights of the June sky. (This is a delightful site, very soothing, makes you forget the staggering price of gas and food – almost)

    Saul Steinberg and Erik Erikson

    Sunday, June 15th, 2008

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    1950 (Via)

    She met the artist Saul Steinberg in 1958. When she went to his home to make a portrait, Steinberg came to the door wearing a mask that he had fashioned from a paper bag. Over a period of several years they collaborated on a series of portraits, inviting individuals and groups of people to pose for Morath wearing Steinberg’s masks. (via)

    Saul Steinberg wearing one of his masks, c. 1961. Photo by Inge Morath.

    June 15 is the birthday of Saul Steinberg and Erik Erikson.

    The Erikson life-stage virtues, in the order of the stages in which they may be acquired, are:

  • 1. hope – Basic Trust vs. Mistrust – Infant stage. Does the child believe its caregivers to be reliable?
  • 2. will – Autonomy vs. Shame and Doubt – Toddler stage. Child needs to learn to explore the world. Bad if the parent is too smothering or completely neglectful.
  • 3. purpose – Initiative vs. Guilt – Kindergarten – Can the child plan or do things on his own, such as dress him or herself. If “guilty” about making his or her own choices, the child will not function well. Erikson has a positive outlook on this stage, saying that most guilt is quickly compensated by a sense of accomplishment.
  • 4. competence – Industry vs. Inferiority – Around age 6 to puberty. Child comparing self worth to others (such as in a classroom environment). Child can recognise major disparities in personal abilities relative to other children. Erikson places some emphasis on the teacher, who should ensure that children do not feel inferior.
  • 5. fidelity – Identity vs. Role Confusion – Teenager. Questioning of self. Who am I, how do I fit in? Where am I going in life? Erikson believes that if the parents allow the child to explore, they will conclude their own identity. However, if the parents continually push him/her to conform to their views, the teen will face identity confusion.
  • 6. love (in intimate relationships, work and family) – Intimacy vs. Isolation – Young adult. Who do I want to be with or date, what am I going to do with my life? Will I settle down? This stage has begun to last longer as young adults choose to stay in school and not settle.
  • 7.caring – Generativity vs. Stagnation – the Mid-life crisis. Measure accomplishments/failures. Am I satisfied or not? The need to assist the younger generation. Stagnation is the feeling of not having done anything to help the next generation.
  • 8. wisdom – Ego Integrity vs. Despair – old age. Some handle death well. Some can be bitter, unhappy, dissatisfied with what they accomplished or failed to accomplish within their life time. They reflect on the past, and either conclude at satisfaction or despair.
  • Gandhi’s Truth On the Origins of Militant Nonviolence by Erik H. Erikson –

    Previous post on Father and Son – Oe Kenzaburo, Arthur Miller and Gandhi

    Obama and Aloha Shirt Retrospective

    Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

    For reference, in 1973 Barry was a big 6th grader and I was just a little 3rd grader.
    Here is the picture I found (I blurred out the other non-public figures) apparently taken at a pencil chewers convention (Barton’s Blog)

    Obama in 1973

    What is an Aloha spirit?

  • Akahai, kindness to be expressed with tenderness;
  • Lokahi, unity, to be expressed with harmony;
  • Oluolu, agreeable, to be expressed with pleasantness;
  • Haahaa, humility, to be expressed with modesty;
  • Ahonui, patience, to be expressed with perseverance
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    This is a remarkable print on cotton by Kamehameha. I love the depth and use of color. I stole this shirt on ebay last summer for $25. (Vintage Hawaiian shirt net)

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    Kahanamoku <> <> <> Lauhala <> <> <>Poorman’s coconut boy

    They’re Not There

    Friday, June 6th, 2008

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    Some Velázquez Paintings were missing at EL Prado that particular day.

    Yesterday I went to the Prado with my friend Maria. We saw some amazing paintings. The people in them are all dead now. It was not possible to take pictures and for this I made a long list. I also found this room from which they moved some masterpieces to another room and I took photos of the marks of time. When they saw me they told me to stop.(Christodoulos from Limassol, Cyprus)

    Now I know two people from Limassol, Christodoulos and Marcos Baghdadis thanks to google Velázquez alert.

    El bufon don Sebastian de Morra dwarf
    Diego Velázquez

    Obama and Clinton met privately, they wrote. We’re not there to know if they’re were there to meet. (My tribute to Obama’s mom and her son and Gifs for Gaffe for Bosnia animation)

    Meanwhile we were there to catch two google logos recently.
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    Speaking of “Not quite there” read this review for Todd Haynes I’m Not There.

    Todd Haynes has always struck me as less filmmaker than conceptual artist — a man with grand ideas whose mind works faster than 24 frames per second, the screen never quite able to contain the weight of his brain.

    Universal Studio on Fire

    Sunday, June 1st, 2008

  • (Photo of Ed Rucha by Gianfranco Gorgoni)

  • EdruschauniRuscha (via) Gelatin silver print 1999

    Fire 1967
    “Universal Studio, Universal City” by (Click to enlarge)

    Fire 2008
    universal.jpg (via)

    “We have duplicates of everything,” said Ron Meyer, NBC Universal president and chief operating officer. “Nothing is lost forever.” (via)

    Workers using a blowtorch on the roof of a movie set building facade at Universal Studios accidentally set a huge fire that swept through the back lot, fire officials said Monday. (via)