Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Check out my homie Samantha's website "Work in Skateboarding". Share it with  those that could benefit from such a thoughtful resource. Really proud of her! And from what it sounds like her content is just building.

Work in Skateboarding was created in 2012 with support from the skateboarding community in order to promote skateboarding and its career opportunities to potential future generations.
The main goal is to make this knowledge available to everyone who is interested and passionate about pursuing a career in skateboarding, opening up the industry to reveal the diversity of the opportunities available.
The long term goal of the website is to develop into a video library that can be used by kids, parents, teachers, youth organizations and anyone else who will use this information in a positive way to benefit themselves or others by being able to make informed decisions about the career opportunities in skateboarding.
Work in Skateboarding was funded through donations from the skateboarding community through a successful crowd funding campaign in May 2012.

Got into this series recently. There's only 6 episodes spanning two seasons available on Netflix.. one of my favorite episodes being "The Entire History of You". If you are into dark sci-fi, British tv shows, and into the idea of the twilight zone meets creepy tech futures, this show would be pretty perfect for you. Apparently the content for the episode "The Entire History of You" will be made into a feature film with Warner Brothers.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Going through just a few of my postcards collected from the last couple of years, decided to google "Gene Pool aka Canman". Canman is responsible for one of the best quotes I've heard in a long time..

"There's a fine line between being a kook and being an artist. And I definitely trample it."-Canman

Monday, December 15, 2014

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Super heavy track Tony Farmer sent me today. R.I.P. anybody who has lost their lives to war, the story is the same everywhere. A really touching song- felt posting the lyrics was important.

Dig in, boys, for an extended stay
Those were the final orders to come down that day
Waiting to be saved in the Philippines
You'll wait forever for the young Marines

Now I believe to be here is right
But I have to say that I'm scared tonight
Crouching in this hole with a mouth full of sand
What comes first, the country or the man?

Look at those slanted eyes
Coming up over the hill
Catching us by surprise
It's time to kill or to be killed

Over here, over there
It's the same everywhere
A boy cries out for his mama
Before he dies for his home

All my life I wanted to be
As clever and strong as my best friend Lee
We grew up together along Half Moon Bay
Lee was Japanese, born in the USA

When Tommy was fighting Jerry along the River Seine
Me and Lee, we wanted to do the same
Then they bombed Pearl Harbor at the break of day
I was headed for these islands while Lee was hauled away

They said, Look at his slanted eyes
He's guilty as guilty can be
Sent here as enemy spies
To sabotage the Land of the Free

Over here, over there
It's the same everywhere
A boy cries out for his mama
Before he dies for his home

I never got home, my platoon was never saved
That little foxhole became my island grave
Lee got out of jail but a prisoner he remained
'Til he ended his own life to lose that ball and chain

And they said, Oh, Little Slanted Eyes
Can't you forgive and forget?"
And he said, Oh, Mr. Friendly Ghost
Can you catch water in a net?รข€

Over here, over there
It's the same everywhere
A boy cries out for his mama
Before he dies for his home

A boy cries out for his mama
Before he dies for his home

It's unfortunate that even with complex issues like "immigration" which don't seem that complex when you look at the history of this country, that George Takei feels like he has to go through his multi generational American lineage as an Asian man to further drive his point that what happened to him, his family, and his community was straight up fucked up and shameful to what America means at it's core. If this happened in the past, why is it so surprising that it could still happen in the future? Or that any sort of politic that exists in the grey area is something that occurs every day? 

It's hard to swim through the internet today without encountering an abundance of media focused on the protests and the controversy surrounding the recent, controversial grand jury dismissals. Danette Chavis breaks down a corrupt system. Whether you believe race is a factor does not affect the basic fact that you should not be choked to death by the police when they are "arresting" you for minor offenses as you lay dying, choking for precious air. Especially when choke holds are actually illegal and the coroner ruled Garner's death a straight up homicide yet nobody is held responsible. The prosecutor didn't even seek additional charges with the grand jury apparently either. The whole system is clearly built to serve one interest. It's not a conspiracy theory, it's the government. With the latest incident involving the rookie NYPD cop Peter Liang firing his weapon in a dark stairway in the projects during patrol, it honestly won't surprise me if he serves time out of all the cops in the latest string of various media heavy cop shooting unarmed civilians incidences around the country. Why? Because the cop is Asian, he's a rookie, there is no footage of what happened, apparently he called his union rep before calling an ambulance like any decent human being would, and as of late the media is saying he wasn't supposed to be on that stairwell anyway. The narrative now is not focused on the victim being a "thug", but the cop being a "panicked rookie". And I mention that because in the past headlines there is always this duality of good/evil roles with the victim and the cop, whereas now you read a headline and you think "oh man an unlucky idiot cop accidentally killed someone ." It's subtle but it seems there is already a distancing language at play. But it's interesting to see the shift in narrative and how that will play out.

Oh you might have noticed I wrote "because he is Asian".. well with all the race fueled media agendas surrounding cops/civilians it just wouldn't surprise me as much as it wouldn't surprise me if the same cop in this case would be white, black, latino, indian, mixed, whatever that could potentially take a fall of some sort to attempt to quell the mobs of protestors over police accountability because in this particular case he was clearly negligent despite what he perceived as a "hostile" situation. I just think being inherently labeled a fearful "Asian with a gun" who reportedly hid in his mom's basement for a week after the shooting or whatever it was, is automatically going to elicit less sympathy with the public. I mean maybe it would elicit more I have no idea? I mean I'm just being honest- I have to admit we are in unchartered territory here. Regardless, this cop killed someone. In all these other cases, you don't hear about this kind of running away with the tail between the legs back story about any cop. It just makes me curious as to why the media is bent on spinning it this way. Are they trying to say "Cops Make Mistakes, Too". So here is our sacrificial lamb.

The fact reports are claiming he wasn't even supposed to be in that stairwell on patrol just paint him to be even more of a rogue liability. Whereas in so many of these other cases, you have these cops or wannabe cops( Zimmerman) with these confident, assertive roles they played to oppress an "impending threat" by any means necessary. Eventually the system has to have a fall guy and this guy seems to fit the bill. I learned this from every political thriller cat and mouse game movie I've seen- so this gut feeling is actually not based on anything credible.

But don't get me wrong- regardless- Officer Peter Liang should definitely be held to the same higher standard and higher level of accountability that anyone with a badge, a gun, and a license to kill should be held at. The same standard many of us expected to be upheld with any case involving innocent civilian loss of life.

But essentially, while racial politics to many, if not most, remains an underlying theme in all of this, at the core the issue is about police accountability, police brutality, and the tragic,undeserved civilian death tolls at the hands of them. There are good cops, but essentially one has to think why does that matter if a system built on a hierarchy is racist?

If you don't know cops are the biggest gang out there you've probably never been affected, or been paying attention to anything ever. And I am not taking away from the fact that police officers have to deal with a lot of crazy, bottom feeding bullshit- but seriously- public servants armed with weapons and a license to kill should be held to a higher standard and a higher level of accountability. Isn't this just logical? But history and the present have taught us that when it comes to cops this logic does not apply.

Scraping for the legal justification of public servants armed with a license to kill on some sort of moral or ethical high ground due to the victim's "troubled background", is no different to me from other people manipulating "science" to back up claims that other races of people are inferior. In either instance, people target this quick-to-judge reactionary impulse in people to categorize and dismiss out of fear and automatically trigger this us. vs them mindset. I have to say, the media is definitely having a field month honing the art of simplifying the race card down to us vs them rather than imploring people to think beyond race, and to look at a system that has no problem criminalizing, demonizing, and killing their own citizens. At the end of the day people need to pay attention who the media and society is constantly categorizing as "second class citizens". Because thousands of years of war across the globe has taught us what kind of realities often result from that, and how things eventually turn out.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Movie Magic. Well maybe in this case not so much magic and just a lot of hard work to perfect a craft.

Thanks to Karl for this video... DJ Khaled is a terrible actor.

Sunday, November 30, 2014


Tuesday, November 25, 2014


At 17, Tupac was one of the realest humans out there. The sentiments he had at 17 echo truths even to today. I believe truly "changing the system" starts with a fair education. What's a fair education? On the back of my previous post, let's start by teaching history of actual people and not just history written by the victors who continue to dominate smelly history textbooks celebrating the same Euro centric romanticized imperialist/capitalist agenda for the last several decades. As long as the educational system is superficial enough to celebrate days like Martin Luther King Jr Day without a mandatory curriculum addressing present day issues of why America needed leaders like MLK in the first place, how can we hope to change anything? If change begins with thought, and people aren't being continually challenged to think in a supportive setting(school), how can we hope for a different solution? 

To speak and teach of the past is one thing because the experience and understanding is relative. The power and energy of an era is physically distant from how we experience things in the present. In this generation, we are only separated by one or two generations who have truly experienced the turmoil, the struggle of outright institutionalized racism, sexism, and every other kind of -ism they invented a present day liberal college course about. And sadly one day they won't be here to be that connector for those of us who didn't experience it first hand. They won't be here to be a voice to neither contradict or support our textbooks.

Until the way we learn about our own history, ourselves, and the history of our governments and understanding of how they truly formed- at the expense of who, and how it is all interconnected to the present, it's hard to believe anything will truly be challenged or changed. What is one or two day's worth of classes where you finally talk about how pissed off or disappointed you are at the Mike Brown's verdict really going to do for America? When shit hits the fan and tensions are high, this is the only physical time that it is appropriate to talk about race in America? I'm not a psychologist but it sounds like it could be one of the worst times.

Apparently knowledge is something that is attained throughout the course of one's life, and I guess the point is you can't expect the government to teach you or your children things that will piss everyone off. But then I guess it doesn't come as a surprise that in America's true capitalist spirit, no matter what happens, it's business as usual. There's always money in the medicine and none in the cure. Please insert disease of terminal nature to complete this metaphor of racism in America.

Monday, November 24, 2014

I'm grateful for going to Wash HS in San Francisco and having the opportunity to have a history teacher like Ms.Camijani (?) who taught out of "A Peoples History of the United States" and being in a school that allowed it. It's probably one of the only classes I bothered to not cut.

Thanks to Melissa for posting this on FB.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014

DJ Aspirations. How come I've never seen this before?

Speaking of feeling good all the time.. All I need to say is Child of the 80's.. where everything made sense and nothing made sense at the same time. But it was really cool trying to figure it out.

Saw Interstellar in Hong Kong Monday night and it was pretty bad ass. It's especially badass when you can drink beers legally inside. They even give you to-go cups with plastic bags specific for carrying beverages without spillage. How you might wonder? Basically the plastic bag is sealed into two compartments so the cups fit snugly. I was not sure what to expect when I was watching the movie, but between "Interstellar", "Gravity" and even "Guardians of the Galaxy".. Christopher Nolan does an incredible job directing this movie in three painless hours. If you like getting your heart strings pulled on and extraordinary visuals dealing with space/time without overboard CGI effects, this movie is worth checking out. Some people have labeled this part of Matthew McConaughey's acting career as the "McConissance"? Not sure if I'm spelling that right but it's actually pretty funny because it's true. This was the same guy in the Wedding Planner and yes at one point in my sensitive, feeble life I enjoyed watching that movie. 

Side note... Guardians of the Galaxy also took me by surprise- ended up watching it streaming online and the soundtrack is pretty sick if you like nostalgic, once popular tunes from the 70's. The premise of GofG being that he is kidnapped by aliens sometime in the 70's while listening to mixtapes his dying mother gives to him. Hey that works for me? Tunes range from The Raspberries to Redbone. Pretty sweet. There's something erie and cool about imagining RedBone's "Come and get your love" echoing through space time. Reminds me of the Golden Records post I put up a few months ago.. Just legendary blips of Earth music floating around in space.

Shout out to the classics! All day. Here's to feeling good all the time!

Lol.. Alec Baldwin is amazing. Yellow Cab relationship therapy session. So New York.

Sunday, November 16, 2014


No idea what the narrator is saying at all but the visuals act as an excellent guide through the Walled City. A completely functioning and self governing city that now no longer exists, it used to be the most densely populated place on Earth. With 33,000 people living inside it's walls it was roughly 1 person to a sq. meter. Don't quote me on the math though.. I suck at it and this is what the internet said. Although these conditions would clearly qualify as "slum" conditions, aside from Triad gangs, prostitution rings, and opium networks, it seems most residents were not involved in criminal activities. I've been to a couple places in my life, but nothing compares to the tiny apartments in Hong Kong even today. The Walled City was just another example of what people can do with so little. A truly fascinating and complicated piece of Hong Kong history.