Entries from blogs tagged with “internet”
No. 29-Sunset bus driver changes the day for many people in San Francisco
Mike Kepka has done a wonderful job writing this blog, especially with the accompanying video. I personally have taken this bus, the No. 29 bus, as the driver, Charles Davis, was driving it down Sunset Boulevard towards Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.
I took this bus because my car had just been stolen - a common occurrence in San Francisco these days (and it's just been located, but I haven't had a chance to see it yet and to find out if it still runs).
I'm wondering - does any bus driver in Kansas sing, or have other special talents which really put a smile on people's faces?
And - Is there some way in which certain buses in Lawrence could be enjoyed as special, unique buses-places to have a ride just because of what the bus features?
Let me know your thoughts in the comment section.
If you read this article and watch the video, I guarantee that you, too, will have a much better day!
And - today I just found another bus driver who also sings, but in New York City. He sings arias!
Google Fiber is soon to be in nine more cities
Google announced today that it would be considering laying fiber cable for nine more cities in the United States: Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, Phoenix, Portland, Raleigh-Durham, Salt Lake City, San Antonio and San Jose.
The following articles are important to read, for starters.
While you are looking at Internet articles, the following article which appeared in today's New York Times regarding net neutrality is also very important. Be sure to read the comments section!
Additionally, the following quote is very important. Think about Lawrence as you read this quotation.
"These cities are led by people who have been working hard to bring faster internet speeds and the latest technologies to their residents," the company stated in its blog post. "And they are diverse - not just geographically, but in the ways they'll give us opportunities to learn about the wide range of challenges and obstacles that communities might face in trying to build a new fiber network."
And where is Lawrence in this list? Of course - it's nowhere to be found.
$20,000 urinal sculptures should be shown for Larry Waters' visit
The moment I saw these sculptures, I knew where they ought to be shown: as part of John Waters visit to Lawrence for Burrough's 100th birthday.
I'm not much of a fan of Burroughs, but I love John Waters. And once I've seen these sculptures, I'm a fan of Clark Sorensen, too. These sculptures of urinals are exquisite!
Can't you imagine having a film festival of John Waters best films and the urinal display in the next room?
People would be coming to Lawrence from all over the United States!
If you missed the event live, here is a video of Jumbo asteroid 2000 EM26, which was not seen (“recovered”) tonight
Here is tonight's video from the Slooh Observatory - the Jumbo asteroid 2000EM26 was supposed to be seen as it passed the earth tonight, February 18, but there was no sign of it
The Slooh Observatory attempted to observe the 2000 EM26 as it passed Earth today, but without success. The asteroid is a 270-metre chunk of rock as large as three football fields. Scientists think it is moving past earth at about 27,000 MPH, although no view of the asteroid was seen.
The nearest point of contact will be 2.6 million kilometres from Earth.
Even though the asteroid was not found tonight, the video has fascinating things to say about asteroids and near-space exploration. You will enjoy it.
Here is the Slooh web site (the telescopes are on the Canary Islands:
And the lpj website, which also has much of interest, follows.
Many points of view for Valentine's Day 2015
The New York Times published this series of articles and videos today, February 14, 2014. It's going to take some time to look through all the videos, but they are worth your time to look at every one. It's a lot better than just playing a DVD, although there are some great movies out there.
But this is HERE AND NOW.
They are nothing short of amazing. From lovers getting engaged to friends staying close to one another, they show every aspect of life - be it young or old, straight or gay, sickness or wellness. Each video explores a different kind of relationship, but all are equally important. Throughout this country, what we need is to be able to share these many different kinds of relationships, to broaden our perspective on life.
Take a look for yourself - be sure to watch all the videos and read the articles, as well, if you have time. Each video explores a different kind of relationship; but all are important. Throughout this country, we need to share these kinds of relationships and put them down on film and in writing for the rest of the country to watch.
Take a look for yourself. Explore the link below in great detail.
Kansans could do the same type of thing. I would love to see Kansans depict their life, whether it is in Lawrence or Dodge City. It would be wonderful to share these moments with others throughout the country. Let's try for next Valentine's Day, a year from now.
This is what Valentine's Day is really about - the human condition - and not just about presents and gifts.
Take your time during this next year and write an article or prepare a video. I will have a special email for these events shortly.
And take a look at what the New York Times has assembled!
Chattanooga - Way ahead when it comes to fast-paced Internet
Here is an important story in today's New York Times - about how Chattanooga moved ahead of the rest of the cities in America. They realized that high speed internet is part of their future, and they have it.
Chattanooga is truly the first GIG city in the United States.
Look at the following web site which introduces the Gig tank seminar for start-ups and new companies, taking place from May 12 to July 31st of this year in Chattanooga.
Background on Chattanooga is contained in the following website.
And here is the website for EPB fiber optics. Look through it carefully. We need these kinds of forward-looking executives in Lawrence.
The question is: will Lawrence have this fast-speed internet - much faster than San Francisco - enabling it to attract new customers, or is is going to be left behind, as has been true so often in the the past. I believe that now is the time to move ahead with the kind of internet speed many businesses, start-ups, and homes need, if the internet is to succeed, both for creating new businesses and for home use in Lawrence.
AT&T and WOW have no plans on the internet for Lawrence
It is also clear to me that AT&T and WOW have no plans for Lawrence at the present time. If they had, they would have their plans up on the internet. Their representatives are nowhere to be found in Lawrence, granting interviews on new job possibilities and on fast-paced service.
Wicked, on the other hand, does have their plans up on the internet - the ONLY plans for Lawrence on the internet - and they deserve to have first choice in whatever method is decided best for Lawrence. And this means months at most,to make a decision - not years in the future.
I am putting here the blog which I did a little while back, about Amos Lawrence Park and the city of Lawrence, because most people never saw or read it. The Journal-World discourages citizen bloggers, which didn't used to be the case. And more blogs will follow in the future.
With high speed internet, when combined with an attractive park - and I would like for readers to put up their shots of what "Venture Park" looks like NOW - I think Lawrence and Baldwin City could become ideal spots for internet development in the United States.
Volkswagen chooses Chattanooga as its headquarters for North American manufacturing
For its headquarters for North American manufacturing, Volkswagen choose Chattanooga. Amazon chose Chattanooga for a new distribution center. Lawrence would be ideal for a choice like the above - there would be plenty of jobs, KU graduates and city people wouldn't need to leave the city or state to find well-paying jobs. But they have to have an environment of innovation and stimulation. Does Lawrence have that now with its "Venture Park"? I doubt it in its present form.
City College of Lawrence
Moreover, Lawrence is way behind in its vocational program. For years, Lawrence has needed a City College, much like San Francisco, where graduates are not looked down upon by KU graduates but rather treated as equals.
The ideal situation would be, as I have commented before, that people could go both to KU for certain measures and to City College for vocational work, as well as to other colleges throughout the state, so that they could end up with a well-rounded education (including online studies, in order to bring the cost down and also to offer opportunities throughout the world), so that they could do an actual job when they left college, and yet at the same time learn to experience life through the arts and sciences. And they could avoid KU professors who don't know how to look at the future, but rather just their own little tenured area. How many KU professors have created new jobs, start-ups, and exciting things? I really wonder.
Lawrence also needs to develop relationships with Chattanooga, and with Silicon Valley - from San Francisco to San Jose. Because people in Silicon Valley are fed up with driving long distances (probably taking years off their lives), Lawrence and Baldwin City offer a prime example of what start-ups and development could be in a smaller town setting, where you can get home (and for much of the year, on a bicycle) without having to drive for 1 to 1 1/2 hours each way.
I will be writing more blogs shortly on many different aspects of Lawrence, including the new trails initiatives.
New library in Lawrence - the Nelson Mandela library
But I also want to discuss briefly the new library in this regard. One of my earlier blogs discussed creating digital small libraries in almost every town in Kansas.
What I want to do is to create a vision for the new Library, which eventually will have to have smaller sites throughout the city. The Library should be called the Nelson Mandela Library. This would be the first library named for Nelson Mandela in the United States, according to the research I have done. If I've missed something, please let me know. There should be sculpture outside the library, with images of Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King and Langston Hughes, because all were pioneers in their own way.
It could open a connection with South Africa (which has growing internet startups - see memeburn.com) as well as other parts of Africa.
It could also create, for the first time, a strong connection with Chattanooga and with the south, which could be very important for Lawrence in the future. Can you imagine - a new sister country and a new sister city - South Africa, and other countries of Africa as well, and Chattanooga, which is an important city and area of the southern United States.
More Connections with Schools, as well as Home Study and Continued Learning for Adults
President Obama announced today that more than $750 million has been pledged by business leaders to bring internet technology, within five years, to 99 percent of schools in this country. I will take a look at this initiative in greater detail in a future blog, but it connects very well with high-speed access to schools, as has been the case in Chattanooga and could certainly be the case in Lawrence in the near future. This would allow schools in this country to connect up with schools in other countries. To start out with, I would suggest connection the BBC, in London, which has a tremendous number of online programs for schools already on line. More on this later.
Here is the article:
The first step - high-speed internet in Lawrence
Let's begin - with the creation of high-speed internet in Lawrence!
It’s time that Lawrence has a Martin Luther King, Jr., Street, and also a Nelson Mandela Street, Community Center or Nature Pathway
Martin Luther King Jr. Street, and Nelson Mandela Nature Trail or Community Center
It's about time for a Martin Luther King Jr. street in Lawrence. Many other communities have had them for a number of years. I would suggest 23rd Street or 6th Street as possibilities. In many parts of the country, streets have two names - the old one and the new one, so that merchants wouldn't have to change their addresses. That could be done in Lawrence, as well.
In Wichita, Kansas, a portion of Interstate 135 is designated as the "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., memorial highway." But we can do better than that in Lawrence. There should be at least a major street named after his legacy.
There is a Martin Luther King Ave. in Bonner Springs, KS. Are there any additional streets or places in Lawrence or Kansas?
Meanwhile, the BBC has compiled a map of all the streets and places around the world named for Nelson Mandela.
Graduate student Eric Katzenberger, a student at at the University of North Texas, Dallas-Fort Worth area, has compiled a list of locations for Martin Luther King, Jr., although I couldn't find the actual listing itself yet. Perhaps someone could help me out?
Two New Streets in Lawrence
It would be incredible to have both Nelson Mandela Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Street in Lawrence!
As an alternative I would suggest that part of a community path and walkway, or community center, be named after Nelson Mandela. Part of the nature trail, which Bert Nash has given the city, and which Outside for a better Inside and John M. McGrew and colleagues has put so much effort into, might be honored with Nelson Mandela's name.
The Epoch Times article below makes it clear that a second name for streets - such as in New York City -- is a great way to honor important people.
Let's honor Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nelson Mandela the right way in Lawrence!
Return to home, with a new, expanded view on life
What better site for welcoming in the New Year, than that of the whooping cranes coming to Florida for their first time, escorted by human beings disguised as whooping cranes and piloting ultra light aircraft, also disguised as whooping cranes, in order to show them the way.
Young cranes, eight in all, began their aircraft-led migration from White River Marsh State Wildlife Area, Green Lake, Wisconsin on October 2, totaling 1070 miles in all. But rain stopped them in the last day of their flight - so they will appear tomorrow morning, January 2nd, at about 8:00-10:30 for their remaining flight to St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge. Thousands of well-wishers will be there. I certainly wish I could go. And there is a webcam which will feature live coverage of the event tomorrow morning.
The birds will have traveled through Wisconsin, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia to reach their wintering habitat in St. Marks, Florida. Whooping cranes are the tallest birds in North America - they can grow up to 5 feet tall. They have black wingtips and a patch of red on their head. At the present time there are about 600 birds in existence, of which 440 birds are in the wild. As Wikipedia states, "after being pushed to the brink of extinction by unregulated hunting and loss of habitat to just 21 wild and two captive Whooping Cranes by 1941, conservation efforts have led to a limited recovery."
The website for Operation Migration follows.
Reflections on 2014 - the year of the bird
It seems to me that there is no better way to welcome the New Year than to think a little about these birds, birds in general, and our own lives. The bird is my symbol for 2014.
When you think about it, there are times when whooping cranes will follow a leader, such as the human beings disguised as whooping cranes. We all follow certain leaders - but it is often not the right person who is chosen to become the leader. The leader when well chosen - such as Nelson Mandela - leads forward, takes chances, and incorporates the views of opposition leaders, as well. What we have seen happening, for some time, is just the opposite approach - both nationally, locally and internationally.
On the national level, we seem to have leaders who can not respect the right of President Obama to lead - and I think that is in part because he is black, and many people, with their own narrow points of view, still cannot agree to see a black person as president of the United States. I wonder how many people have blacks as truly close friends, do things together, and live in the same neighborhoods. When this is not true, this is a terrible mistake, and as a result racism remains the topmost problem in this country.
But right beneath racism is the unwillingness to hear all points of view. An example of this is the building of the new Lawrence recreation center - which, to this day, has never had its contracts and questions fully reviewed and discussed before the public. This should have been done before the City Council even considered taking a vote.
Another issue is the Lawrence Library - the city agreed to vote upon a new library, without ever discussing other alternatives - such as small regional libraries throughout Lawrence.
And there are many more issues which should have been discussed but which were never even brought up for discussion. The elite in this town still controls how the discussion will go, without adequate discussion and input from ALL members of the community.
On an international level, leadership is subservient to the selfishness of the people involved. For example, in South Sudan, I have a good friend from South Sudan who is now a citizen of the United States. He is disgusted at the selfish aspect of both potential leaders in Sudan, who motivate their citizens to vote on tribal lines instead of what is good for the country (and really themselves). He is disgusted at what is happening to this new country - people killed, families attacking each other, and in general setting back the development of this country by many, many years.
Issues such as racism, listening to others, and selfishness are highly important today, and they must be dealt with if this, and other countries, are to survive over the long term.
And there is another subject which is directly related to birds - birds carry very little luggage with them, and often they go great distances every year. We do not even today know what their thoughts are as they fly over hundreds or thousands of miles across countries and oceans. We need to incorporate other countries and their views of life into the United States, instead of having our often very provincial viewpoint. The Journal-World is no exception to this - there is very little reference to other countries, and often other states, in its pages and opinion. Certainly there is almost no input for citizen journalists.
There are always new adventures in life
Life is not over at 30, 40, 50, 60 or 70 - there is always much more to do, experience, and then put forth new ideas in your own way. Don't leave these important inputs to the university people or the city council people - they are often very wrong!
People should be more like birds - travel with very little luggage, and consider what they see everyday - whether at home, or during travel to other parts of the United States or the world - with an eye of constant, new awareness.
Only then will they then see things which they want to act upon, and proceed to do so. Otherwise we will not be able to move ahead in this next, very important year - 2014.
Santa's on his way
Click on the following application for Santa's way across the world!
Santa is also coming via satellite.
A little background on Santa's journey, and some of the places he will visit.
Silent night, one of the world's most favorite Christmas carols.
I have heard silent night since I was extremely young, but I never knew until now the story behind it.
And don't forget the Nutcracker
In American music for the holidays, the Nutcracker plays a very special role. Here is a Russian version, featuring Valery Gergiev, conductor, and the Marlinsky Theatre Orchestra:
A quite incredible piano version, played by Alexei Volodin at the Mariinsky Concert Hall. To my mind, this is wonderful music for the piano.
"The Messiah" is also a longtime Christmas favorite
"Mandiba's song has ended, but its melody lingers on. We all have a responsibility to ensure that the melody of Madiba's song never stops."
There is a special word in South Africa - ubuntu - that describes connections and interrelationships that are not necessarily seen by the eye, but which underlie so many aspects of life. The view above pictures the Cape of Good Hope and the City of Cape Town as seen from space.
Please click below to see astronaut Chris Hadfield's view on Nelson Mandela and life, written on December 15, 2013:
The words of Chris Hadfield bear repeating:
Connection is something Nelson Mandela understood on many levels. Speaking at Mandela's memorial service on December 10, 2013, President Barak Obama stated: "Mandela understood the ties that bind the human spirit....ubuntu describes his greatest gift: his recognition that we are all bound together in ways that can be indivisible to the eye; that there is a oneness to humanity; that we achieve ourselves by sharing ourselves with others, and caring for those around us.
The BBC put a number of pictures on the web as his casket moved to its final resting place.
Nelson Mandela's History
Now we need to go back to the history of Nelson Mandela. The following are overnight services of the SABC (South African Broadcasting Corporation) during this special time. They depict many aspects of Mandela's life and history which are not well known, at least not in the Western Hemisphere.
December 8, 2013 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHHTCX...
December 9, 2013 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2RLpW...
December 10, 2013: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBhbMV...
December 11, 2013: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmypN8...
December 12, 2013 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfzjU6...
December 13, 2013 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aOSFs...
December 14, 2013 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzDJmA...
December 15, 2013 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Yz4xI...
It's is a little like actually being in South Africa: there is much in these broadcasts to look at and ponder.
Nelson Mandela has a sense of ubuntu which is humble, yet at the same time overwhelming. There's a lot of meaning in this word that many Americans could use right now in their own lives, and this would enable them to look at others very differently than they do at present.
Family, friends, time spent with one another, and making new acquaintances throughout one's life- loving one another - is what really matters.
Who will be the next world's statesman?
About South Africa
This true-color image of South Africa was acquired on May 14, 2000, by NASA's Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, or MODIS. The image was produced using a combination of the sensor's 250-m and 500-m resolution visible wavelength bands. As part of the opening ceremony to begin the joint U.S.-South Africa SAFARI Field Experiment, NASA presented print copies of this image as gifts to Dr. Ben Ngubane, Minister of Arts, Science & Technology, and Honorable Advocate Ngoaka Ramathlodi, Premier of the Northern Province, South Africa.
The area shown in this image encompasses seven capital cities and a number of the region's distinctive geological features can be seen clearly. Toward the northern (top) central part of the image, the browns and tans comprise the Kalahari Desert of southern Botswana. The Tropic of Capricorn runs right through the heart of the Kalahari and the Botswanan capital city of Gaborone sits on the Limpopo River, southeast of the Kalahari.
Along the western coastline of the continent is the country of Namibia, where the Namib Desert is framed against the sea by the Kaokoveld Mountains. The Namibian capital of Windhoek is obscured by clouds. Looking closely in the center of the image, the Orange River can be seen running from east to west, demarcating the boundary between Namibia and South Africa.
On the southwestern corner of the continent is the hook-like Cape of Good Hope peninsula and Cape Town, the parliamentary capital of South Africa. Running west to east away from Cape Town are the Great Karroo Mountains. The shadow in this image conveys a sense of the very steep grade of the cliffs along the southern coast of South Africa. Port Elizabeth sits on the southeasternmost point of South Africa, and a large phytoplankton bloom can be seen in the water about 100 miles east of there.
Moving northward along the east coast, the Drakensberg Mountains are visible. The two small nations of Lesotho and Swaziland are in this region, completely contained within South Africa's boundaries. In the upper righthand corner of the image is the Bay of Maputo, where sits Maputo, the capital of Mozambique. Fires are visible in the northeast corner of the image, near Maputo. Just north of Maputo is where the Limpopo River empties into the Indian Ocean. Tracing the Limpopo inland back toward the west, this river defines the northern boundary of South Africa with both Zimbabwe and Botswana.
Johannesburg, the commercial capital of South Africa, can be seen as the greyish pixels in the northeastern region of the country. The country's legislative capital, Pretoria, is about 50 miles north of Johannesburg and 250 miles west of Maputo, in the heart of the Northern Province (formerly known as Transvaal). (Image and text courtesy of NASA)
As Nelson Mandela Marches On
By Bayo Omolola Email: email@example.com
The humming of mosquito,
It is iron-made rack.
The wind that blew
The lees through
Never would it break a concrete wall well-fortified.
Like an iron,
Too tough for racists
But subtle his the language of humanity pervaded the ground
And the drum of freedom
Jumped and echoed for all dignity
And in a nation of all sanity.
Down at the radiant feet of Africa,
Rose no nonsense but cordial man that offered care.
The iron resisted the uncaring benders.
The lion resisted color-based sadists
Even in the cage,
Where he lived with the rage
The lions roared,
And the world knew.
Deep in thoughts and in deeds,
Strong in will
And in actions.
One man, too many for the perpetrators of racial segregation,
Unique in his actions at his tender age;
Unique in reactions at his point of exit.
Dead but alive.
He that resisted oppressions
And suppressed domination.
Unique Leader with words
And decent actions.
Considerate political path-maker
And office holder
That never hid public folder.
Never was he like others who cherished house rent
And conversion to personal use government property.
Boxer that boxed two enemies and won:
It's Nelson Mandela that fought racism and won.
He that fought death for long and won.
Too powerful for his enemies.
Friends of the world today
The man that never dies,
In transit you're:
That man will never die,
You're, Nelson Mandela:
Adieu, Madiba, as you take a giant's leap!
Adieu, Madiba, as you smile
And wave around the world!
As you take new form with the same strong spirit
That radiates reconciliation
And happiness for all!
The strong, universal man from the beautiful feet of Africa!
The smiling father of Africa
And friend of truth!
The most accomplished politician of the new millennium.
Copyright 2013: Bayo Omolola, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
I am pleased to announce that this poem was just published in The Herald, in South Africa.
Except for some newspapers which may have published Maya Angelou's poem, I suspect that this paper and The Herald in South Africa are the only papers which have published poetry in celebration of Mandela's long life.
Thanks for this wonderful contribution, Bayo!
A Musical Tribute to Nelson Mandela
This is a musical tribute to Nelson Mandela, featuring some of the many songs about Nelson Mandela and his life.
The Nelson Metropolitan University Choir
First, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University's choir sings its tribute to Nelson Mandela.
and here is the presentation from South Africa on television.
In case you are further interested in the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan choir, here is their performance of "Homeless" in Patagonia, Argentina.
I also couldn't resist putting "African Hymn," also from their Patagonia, Argentina concert, here. There may be people who haven't listened to this wonderful South African choral music before.
The Lion King
Now, we go to the Lion King on Good Morning America. Lion King and South African Ron Kuene explained, "To sing these words today means a great deal because without Nelson Mandela - without his leadership and also his ideology of a non-racial democratic South America, we would not be here today. This is the man that really prevented streams of blood in our streets" (from The Hollywood Reporter).
"I found solitary confinement the most forbidding aspect of prison life. There is no end and no beginning; there is only one's own mind, which can begin to play tricks. Was that a dream or did it really happen? One begins to question everything. Did I make the right decision, was my sacrifice worth it? In solitary, there is no distraction from these haunting questions." Nelson Mandela
Here is the ska band The Specials - known as Special AKA. In this British TV performance, Elvis Costello and Ranking Roger also perform from the band English Beat.
Here is another version of The Specials - AkA, Free Nelson Mandela.
Youssou N'Dour, the pride of Senegal, wrote this song, as part of his Nelson Mandela album.
Another version of Youssou N'Dour's song:
"In the name of the law, I found myself treated as a criminal...not because of what I had done, but because of what I stood for, because of my conscience." Nelson Mandela
Hugh Masekela performed Mandela many times.
and a video:
Simple Minds played at Mandela's 70th Birthday Celebration at Wembley Stadium.
"Strong convictions are the secret of surviving deprivation; your spirit can be full even when your stomach is empty." Nelson Mandela
Johnny Clegg performs asimbonanga, and he was joined by Mandela in a wonderfully moving moment.
Frankie Beverly sings Mandela.
"Perhaps I was blinded to certain things because of the pain I felt for not being able to fulfil my role as husband to my wife and father to my children." Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela's 90th Birthday concert celebration from Hyde Park in London.
Sipho Hotstix Mabuse was commissioned by the African National Congress to write "Nelson Mandela" in 1994:
Here is Ugandan singer Hanson Baliluno.
Nomfusi, from The Rainbow Nation (South Africa), dedicates this song to Nelson Mandela. Performed by Nomfusi & The Lucky Charms. She is right now starring in "Long Walk to Freedom," as Miriam Makeba.
Here is a song by Vusi Mahlasela, from South Africa.
Simple Minds at Mandala Day
Free Nelson Mandela performed by The Specials
Eddy Grant and Kurt Darien perform Gimme Hope Joanna,
Role of Music as shown by the 90th birthday celebration
The next article discusses the role music played, both in South Africa and the rest of the world, for Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday:
Labi Siffre performs Something Inside So Strong.
Eartha Kitt, in French.
The song "Ordinary Love":
Little Steven performs Sun City.
Stevie Wonder performs It's wrong (Apartheid)
The End is Near performed by The Malopoets
Sonny Okosun with Fire in Soweto
Number 46664, Bono, Joe Strummer and Dave Stewart
"Artists reach areas far beyond the reach of politicians. Art, especially entertainment and music, is understood by everybody, and it lifts the spirits and the morale of those who hear it." Nelson Mandela
Another commentary on the role of music in Mandela's life. Apparently Ladysmith Black Mambazo was his favorite band, but he enjoyed many kinds of music. The film "Music for Mandela" ought to be shown in cinemas throughout Kansas. Has it been shown at Liberty Hall?
and here is the website for the film, 'Music for Mandela":
Music from Ladysmith Black Mambazo (there are many more songs on the web).
Below is another fascinating article on Nelson Mandela, and his heritage in music.
Mandela''s release from prison speech
His Journey Continues Within All of Us
The Father of our nation, Nelson Mandela, has finished his journey," Ladysmith Black Mambazo said in a statement. "And although he has physically left us now, his journey continues within us all."
Veterans return to Vietnam, and to other countries as well, to do their share
I am a veteran. And I am very glad that so many veterans have overcome their difficulties in their lives to continue to do good here and in other parts of the world. I work in Africa, for example.
Other veterans have gone back to Vietnam:
I also include a separate posting by Dina Boyer, who is a veteran and now photographer who looks at this day from his own perspective:
Dina Boyer writes,
This was the ship I was stationed on. I was in charge of Engineroom # 1.
On the cruise back from Africa, somewhere near the Sargasso Sea, diesel generator # 1 threw a connecting rod, thus driving the piston up through the head. It then subsequently blew up. The whole Engineroom was on fire. I turned my back just as it blew. The concussion alone threw me towards the exit door, but two shipmates had been knocked out and were down.
Everyone but me was to scared to go into the Engineroom and retrieve the bodies, but first I single-handedly put out the fire using PKP, which meant there was no air. I had to don an OBA to get the men.
Turns out both sailors that were down there were African American. One was breathing, the other was not. I was the ONLY SAILOR who performed CPR on the downed man.
I was injured, but still felt it was my duty to save those lives.
Thank you, Dina.
It is very unfortunate, however, that the VA is far behind in processing claims - it is unacceptable and simply not right.
If ALL Americans had served, as I wish they had, we would probably have had a very different past than what has taken place and is now engraved in our memory. Certainly if the wealthy had had their sons go into the military, the past and current VA problems would never have taken place. I suspect that Iraq and probably much of Vietnam would also never have taken place - their sons are too precious for this kind of service! There are, of course, always exceptions, and I thank those well-to-do who did their time in one of the forces. I was not one of these well-to-do people, and the veterans I knew weren't either.
I would appreciate any other veterans who wish to share their stories here.
I also have a story to tell about Lawrence. When I returned from the service, I wrote to Bob Dole numerous times asking his help in my applying to Goddard College, because the VA would not approve the GI bill for Goddard. Bob Dole never responded despite repeated letters. He was much too busy, apparently, with "better things do do." Neither did his secretary respond.
I then wrote the American Legion in Lawrence. The reply I received from the Commander was typical of what took place after the Vietnam war - he wanted nothing to do with my application. He only wanted soldiers who were true to their country and could march and remember old times. He wanted nothing of what was to happen later. I was devastated by his response.
I remember both of these situations very well and will never forget them. I was back from the service, and despite whatever I did, I could not receive a response. I wrote many letters, and I even tried to visit Bob Dole's offices in Kansas. All this was very difficult, with my being back from the Army, not having a car or money. But, of course, he wasn't there and nothing happened. I left letters with people in Topeka, but they were never answered.
I could not pursue my own dream. That is why I purposely turn away from the Dole Center. We have no idea how many veterans were unable to pursue their dreams because Bob Dole DIDN"T CARE and neither did the American Legion.
As a result, I was unable to use my GI Bill. Meanwhile, others who had not served had graduate degrees and were moving on in life.
This was a very bitter experience for me, after having served four years in the U.S. Army, with an honorable discharge - and look at how Bob Dole and the American Legion treated me!
Amos Lawrence Park
Building on the best of the past, yet looking towards the future
The former Farmland Industries fertilizer plant is now being made into a business park. I think it needs a new name and - equally important - a new vision. A much better name than those which have been proposed for this park would be "Amos Lawrence Park."
It's time to have a vision for this park which would incorporate the city's possibilities and that of surrounding cities as well. The vision needs to incorporate what this park could become in conjunction with other parts of Lawrence and Douglas County.
Pedestrian / bicycling trail and a place for gathering
A pedestrian/bicycling trail should lead from the park to downtown Lawrence and to the circular path around the university. This could be adjacent to the 19th Street entrance but should be separate, and not part of, the roadway. There should also be a trail leading from the park to Baldwin City and Ottawa, and eventually to Eudora, DeSoto and Kansas City. All of these trails would be landscaped with Kansas plants, and would be part of the Douglas County and Johnson County trail and park systems.
There should be places to sit and to have coffee, tea or a meal. Trees and flowers throughout the park would be a welcome break from the summer's sun. Some of these things are shown on the master plan but not in detail, and not extending beyond the park itself.
Healthy food would be provided so that persons, and visitors, could have lunch there. In addition to take-out foods, there is a strong possibility that a Whole Foods or Trader Joes would work well in the park. Whole Foods, for example, is now building smaller stores with a live sandwich, meats and seafood department.
Could there be anything better than not only to have your food at the park, but also to be able to come on your bike or in the car to Whole Foods, for example, for your grocery shopping. In the spring, summer and fall you could come via the path on bicycle or as a pedestrian to the park. If you are on the way to work in Kansas City, or coming to Lawrence to enjoy yourself, you could stop off at Amos Lawrence Park to get provisions for your evening meal or an afternoon outing. This would mean you wouldn't have to make an extra trip for groceries later, but could instead enjoy yourself at home or outside in good weather.
Dillon's at 17th and Massachusetts St. should also be complimented for having made a strong investment in a part of town which before did not have a good grocery store. It is a good example of a company reinvesting in local businesses by completely remodeling the store, making it very up to date.
The trail and bus route should lead past Dillons to downtown, to the new library and then to the university. With this kind of public transportation, many people won't need to drive their cars to work - they can take the bike, walk, or ride the bus much of the year.
Several important things
This would symbolize several important things.
First, the name of the park itself. By naming the park the "Amos Lawrence Park," it shows the connection Lawrence has to the early east coast of the United States, at which time the nation had really just begun its long journey forward.
There would be a link to Lawrence, Massachusetts - another town also named by Amos Lawrence - which I think would be very important for this park, so that links between Lawrence and the east coast are well understood. Street names and place names (for gatherings, coffee, a meal) should be chosen based on the creative energies of the first people in Lawrence - from businessmen to teachers, homemakers to farmers and builders.
The path from the park to downtown, to Baldwin City, Ottawa, Eudora and DeSoto - and eventually Kansas City - offers ideal places in these towns for start ups. Many companies would prefer that their people work in smaller places, which are quiet - such as Baldwin City. They could get a lot more done than driving on 101 in the Bay Area for one to two hours each way even before they get started for the day.
All of these places would be linked by fiber cables - and the time to put them in is now, when 19th St. is ready to join Amos Lawrence Park - not later. This would make it clear that all parts of the city are linked together, not just some companies and organizations. All paths would be lit by LED lights at night.
Actually, fiber cables should be accessed by all businesses, so that people would get to know one another, as well as citizens from all of Douglas County, Franklin County and Kansas City. In Silicon Valley, for instance, many companies, as a result of such meetings, now share skills, talent and overlapping products. New companies locate in Silicon Valley just as a result of these meetings. The same thing could take place in Lawrence. Outdoor and indoor meetings should take place at least once every week.
The contributions of all Lawrence citizens should also be shown. By their being able to visit the park, both via the path, bus and by car, it would take on much more energy than by simply being a business park, of which there are already plenty in all parts of the United States, including Silicon Valley - where many business buildings and parks have plenty of buildings which remain empty. Much more is needed besides buildings and concrete if a space is going to become an idea-generation location.
Building on the best of the past, yet looking towards the future
"Building on the best of the past, yet looking towards the future." Both need to be incorporated into this park, and the surrounding pathways. It must, for example, include nature: Kansas is a very important part of the prairie and plains ecosystem. There should be plants, flowers and trees which reflect this aspect of life in Lawrence, available for all to see, including major landscaping all along the trial. This landscaping should under no circumstances be ignored. This should not be a park with no connection to the land. There should also be a fountain or fountains throughout the park, so that families and single persons would enjoy being there on the weekends as well as during the week.
And there should be the amenities that companies seek in Silicon Valley - basketball courts, for example, so that people who take breaks could have fun, and again, meet more people.
City College of Lawrence
There would also eventually need to be a City College of Lawrence, modeled to some extent on the City College of San Francisco as well as other signficant community colleges. The City College of San Francisco has 85,000 students of all ages - from those who are learning English, to people working towards an associate degree, to seniors who are catching up on areas they never had time for eariier in life.
And this, again, needs to be an attractive area so that people can meet each other and enjoy themselves - preferably outside in good weather. You never know who will meet each other - and perhaps have just the right idea for a new company. Steve Jobs quit the university because he felt he had better things to do with his time. You don't always need a university education to make things happen - and you can go back later when you have additional time and when you have explored life first.
City College of Lawrence should be linked not only with KU, but with Kansas State, Baker University, Ottawa University, and other similar colleges. We need an organization which will serve all people, at many different stages in their life.
Attractive signs in each city should point prominently to each educational institution in that city. There should be no doubt about it: Kansas is about education, at many different times throughout life!
Also, by putting a City College of Lawrence at Amos Lawrence Park, people from surrounding communities could be served at this location or in small branch colleges around town, each with a small library, computer space, and paying of bills without extra fees. These could be empty storefronts or small houses in various parts of the city.
The result will be a city of energy and innovation
What would eventually result would be a city of energy, excitement and innovation. This is the kind of city that companies want to relocate to, and that people of all ages - including seniors - would want to take part in. It would be an ideal energetic business community, including a City College for future growth at any time, and an ideal senior retirement location.
If this park is to mean anything in the future, it must have vitality, energy and innovation. The "Amos Lawrence Park" has all of these things and it would be a source destination for businesses of all kinds - not just "venture" businesses.
It would also be a break from much of what is taught at KU, which is too often just rote repeating of what the student thinks the teacher will want, instead of genuine creativity. (And I am a KU graduate; I have experienced that many times myself.)
There could be a strong set of courses - from 1 week to several months - with online classes combined with students working with one another - and many of these online classes are free.
And obviously the groundbreaking TED lectures.
Creative energy is what companies are looking for in the future. Lawrence, by naming this park "Amos Lawrence Park," meets these goals when they are combined with a city that people want to come to and live in for the rest of their lives.
For three days, there has been a live Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
This is one of the prime bluegrass festivals in the country. It was this weekend in San Francisco, and it was in the Journal-World, but not where most readers could find it. Readers' blogs don't get coverage in the Journal World, and citizen journalism, which was so prevalent in the past, is almost completely gone. As far as I can tell, the Journal-World does not want citizen journalists - even though, for many papers in the U.S., it is one of the most read features of the newspaper online.
750,000 people crowded Golden Gate Park this weekend to experience the bluegrass festival.
The event was tremendous and it was completely free. After each day's session, I drove home (very slowly due to San Francisco traffic). The weather was beautiful, as well - everything was perfect this time for the festival. I was amazed at the thousands of young people who left the park - walking or taking the bus, for which they had waited forever. This led me to think that there was a very good thing which comes from this - thousands of young people may have experienced bluegrass for the first time - and the young people I talked with REALLY liked it! They came from all over the United States and Europe.
Even if you missed the live performances on the internet, you can see all the major acts from this festival repeated on video in Golden Gate Park at any time. Take a look - and enjoy hearing and watching these wonderful performers.
There are four stages which were broadcast live. Try all of them - Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Go to the following web site:
Next year, if things go right, I am going to take part in getting live streaming to a very important bluegrass festival in Kansas - but it will have to be worked out, and sponsors located, before I can announce it.
Bluegrass schedule, live from each stage for all three days:
Friday October 4
Banjo Stage 12 p.m. Jesse Dee 1:15 p.m. Jesse DeNatale 2:35 p.m. Seldom Scene 4:15 p.m. Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band featuring Yunchen Lhamo 5:45 p.m. Bonnie Raitt
Arrow Stage 12 p.m. Manchester Orchestra 1:15 p.m. Freakwater 2:35 p.m. Low 4:15 p.m. Father John Misty 5:45 p.m. Calexico
Rooster Stage 12 p.m. Jake Bellows 1 p.m. The Cave Singers 2:10 p.m. The Felice Brothers 3:20 p.m. The Evens 4:30 p.m. First Aid Kit 5:45 p.m. Conor Oberst
Saturday, October 5
Porch Stage 11 a.m. Supermule 12:10 p.m. Paul Kelly 1:25 p.m. Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside 2:40 p.m. Mike Scott and Steve Wickham of the Waterboys 3:50 p.m. Joy Kills Sorrow 4:50 p.m. Martha Wainwright 6:05 p.m. Sturgill Simpson
Banjo Stage 11 a.m. Spirit Family Reunion 12:10 p.m. Alison Brown 1:25 p.m. Tim O'Brien with Bryan Sutton and Mike Bub 2:45 p.m. Holler Down the Hollow - A Hardly Strictly Salute to the Masters 4:25 p.m. The Jerry Douglas Band 5:45 p.m. Steve Earle and the Dukes
Arrow Stage 11 a.m. Kat Edmonson 12:05 p.m. The Handsome Family 1:20 p.m. G. Love and Special Sauce 2:40 p.m. Elvin Bishop 4:05 p.m. The Forest Rangers with Katey Sagal 5:35 p.m. The Flatlanders featuring Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock
Rooster Stage 11 a.m. The Go to Hell Man Clan 12 p.m. Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale 1:25 p.m. Mark Lanegan 2:45 p.m. Loudon Wainwright III 4:05 p.m. Patty Griffin 5:30 p.m. Robert Earl Keen
Star Stage 11 a.m. LP 12:30 p.m. Jon Langford and Skull Orchard Acoustic/Freakons 2:10 p.m. Dave Alvin with Greg Leisz 3:55 p.m. Boz Scaggs 5:45 p.m. Natalie Maines
Towers of Gold Stage 11:40 a.m. Sonny and the Sunsets 1:20 p.m. Bettye LaVette 3:05 p.m. Nick Lowe 4:45 p.m. Los Lobos Disconnected
Sunday, October 6
Porch Stage 11 a.m. The Deep Dark Woods 12:10 a.m. Della Mae 1:25 p.m. Evolfo Doofeht 2:40 p.m. The Warren Hood Band 3:55 p.m. Pieta Brown 5:10 p.m. Tift Merritt 6:20 p.m. Robert Ellis
Banjo Stage 11 a.m. Mike Farris and the Roseland Rhythm Revue 12:05 p.m. Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands 1:25 p.m. Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell 3:05 p.m. Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott 4:25 p.m. Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys 5:45 p.m. Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell
Arrow Stage 11 a.m. Shovels and Rope 12:05 p.m. Moonalice 1:25 p.m. The Brothers Comatose 2:45 p.m. The Devil Makes Three 4:10 p.m. Trampled By Turtles 5:45 p.m. The String Cheese Incident
Rooster Stage 11 a.m. Tumbleweed Wanderers 12:05 p.m. Kevin Welch, Kieran Kane and Fats Kaplin 1:20 p.m. Ryan Bingham 2:35 p.m. Kate McGarrigle Tribute with Martha and Sloan Wainwright 4:25 p.m. Buddy Miller 5:45 p.m. The Wood Brothers
Star Stage 11 a.m. Dry Branch Fire Squad 12:30 p.m. Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers 2:20 p.m. Justin Townes Earle 4 p.m. Chris Isaak 5:50 p.m. Gogol Bordello
Towers of Gold Stage 11:45 a.m. Allah-Las 1:20 p.m. Richard Thompson 3:10 p.m. Billy Bragg 5 p.m. The Time Jumpers
A wonderful link to the men and women who made all this possible, F. Warren Hellman; Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs and Hazel Dickens. Without F. Warren Hellman and his bold philanthropic thinking, none of this would be possible - yesterday or today.
To quote his words,
"What does move me is the philanthropic stuff," he told Forbes magazine in 2006. "Giving really does move me. Part of it is selfish. It's fun to be appreciated. But the other part is that good things really are growing." He called the bluegrass festival a "selfish gift," one that he, the musicians and the community could all enjoy. "How could you have more fun than that? What the hell is money for if it isn't for something like that?"
And, in case you don't know what bluegrass is, here is a very good article on bluegrass music.
It's time we have bluegrass sponsors in Kansas!
Top people in the IT field - Live from San Francisco
Here is a chance to watch live people in all fields of the computer industry September 9-11. Anyone interested in computers, start-ups, new directions in computing will want to see this program live.
This is live each day from the San Francisco Design Center.
If you miss part of the day, you can watch the videos below.
Click on the link posted above.
Wednesday, September 11th
9:30am -9:35am Opening Remarks by TechCrunch
9:35am – 9:55am Fireside Chat with Nicholas Woodman (GoPro)
9:55am – 10:15am Founders Stories with Eric Migicovsky (Pebble)
10:15am – 10:35am Fireside Chat with John Doerr (Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers)
10:35am – 10:45am Special Product Announcement
10:45am – 11:05am Fireside Chat with Vinod Khosla (Khosla Ventures)
11:05am – 11:20am BREAK
11:20am – 11:45am The 30 New Franchises: Chris Kemp (Nebula), Aaron Levie (Box), Mikkel Svane (Zendesk), Scott Weiss (Andreessen Horowitz)
11:45am – 12:05pm Founders Stories with Tom Preston-Werner (GitHub)
12:05pm – 12:30pm The New Diagnosis: Erik Douglas (Cellscope), Elli Kaplan (Neurotrack), Dr. Katherine Pollard (Gladstone Institutes), Halle Tecco (Rock Health)
12:30pm – 1:45pm LUNCH
1:45pm – 1:55pm Hackathon Highlights
1:55pm – 2:20pm Fireside Chat with Marissa Mayer (Yahoo!)
2:20pm – 2:45pm Something Ventured: Don Valentine (Sequoia Capital) and Tom Perkins (Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers)
2:45pm – 2:55pm Startup Battlefield Alumni
2:55pm – 3:25pm Fireside Chat with Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook)
3:25pm – 3:30pm Passing the Disrupt Cup with Enigma
3:30pm – 3:40pm BREAK Startup Battlefield Finals with Jason Kincaid
3:40pm – 5:30pm Startup Battlefield Finals
Finals Judges: Michael Arrington (CrunchFund, TechCrunch), Roelof Botha (Sequoia Capital), Chris Dixon (Andreessen Horowitz), David Lee (SV Angel), Marissa Mayer (Yahoo!), Keith Rabois (Khosla Ventures)
5:30pm – 6:15pm Closing Cocktail Reception Hosted by WorldPay
6:15pm – 6:45pm Closing Awards Ceremony
9:00pm – Midnight After Party hosted by Auction.com at 1015 Folsom with DJ’s Talib Kweli and Kevvy Kev
For a ticket, you have to pay $2995. But here it is all for free, live each day!
Here are videos from the 1st day start-ups.
Take a look at LYFT and OUTLINE, for example!
But if you can be sure to view all the videos for these companies. They are great!
Take a stroll...
This is what Lawrence and Baldwin City need!
This is what Lawrence and Baldwin City need: a number of small companies and start-ups.
People would love to come to Lawrence and Baldwin City to buy a house, enjoy the city - instead of driving 2 hours each way between San Francisco and Santa Clara, CA, and renting a room for $2000-$3000 a month.
But: the City Council did not think to concern themselves about Google fiber, so, as a result, Lawrence is behind many other cities with universities, although in many ways it is much better located than start-ups in California (costs are far less, there are more and more bicycle trails, there is a great downtown, and there are many more examples of these kinds of things.) The same is true of Baldwin City.
Both these towns would make great start-up towns if only people knew about them, and if they were headed by City Councils who could look ahead to the future.
Take a look at the live video sessions.
If you are into computers in any way, this won't disappoint you.
What tech boom is doing to San Francisco
And here, by the way, is what the tech boom is doing to San Francisco (all freeways are jammed, rents are sky high, there are hours of commutes each day, the quality of life is fast decreasing).
The tech boom needs to be all across the nation, not just in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, where there are no longer any places to live "or breathe". And that includes Lawrence and Baldwin City, instead of thousands of more people being jammed into San Francisco and the peninsula.
If Lawrence had a forward-looking City Commission, and the town had google fiber - and there was a really creative, forward looking newspaper here (and don't get me wrong - the Journal-World has some superb reporters and photographers; I have to give them much credit for all that they have done -- they just haven't moved into the digital age) - this town could become one of the best in the country!
September 1st is Knowledge Day, the first day of school in Russia
But this year the first day of school was on September 2nd, because the 1st was on a Sunday.
I have a friend from Kamchatka, Russia, who will write as he has time about what the first day of school was like for him in Kamchatka when he was growing up. If you are unaware of Kamchatka, look it up in Wikipedia. It is close to Alaska and the Bering Sea, and it is a very long way from Moscow and St. Petersburg.
The video below has some background on his home country, Kamchatka, Russia. Even if you don't know Russian, you can get a feeling for Kamchatka by watching the following video.
1st Day of School from Other Parts of the World
Please don't hesitate to send articles and comments on the first day of school from other parts of the world.
Bay Bridge closed for six days; open again Tuesday
For those of you who have been to San Francisco or Oakland, I had to post this so that you could relive your memories. The Bay Bridge has been closed for six days. It opens Tuesday morning, but not without a lot of controversy regarding the large bolts which have been broken and their temporary fixes.
Here is a wonderful video of the last trip across the old Bay Bridge, from inside an auto looking backwards:
Pictures of the bridge being built
Remarkable photos of the bridge when it was first being built:
And here is a bit of background on the Bay Bridge. Before the bridge was built, all transportation to and from San Francisco had to be completed by ferry.
And I can't resist including this video of the Bay Bridge and San Francisco. It's incredible.
Final Construction for Eastern Span of Bridge
Bridge is now open at 12:30 pm Central Standard Time, early Monday morning.
Here is the sunset taken Saturday evening before the bridge opens (Photographs by Marada Acayan):
Live Indian TV in English - from Mumbia
The following suggests that India has had a major tragedy, just before National Independence Day.
There has been a major explosion of a submarine in Mumbia, possibly also damage to a second. This may have included a cruise missile exploding. India has 9 submarines of this class, and not all are operational.
It is very said that navy people have been killed, and that all the money has been wasted (the submarine was just refurbished in the Soviet Union).
The latest report from the BBC.
But the question is: should the money be used for submarines or for other uses, such as feeding, housing and educating people in India. Why does India have submarines at all?
Twenty four hours of television from India
Live TV from India:
August 15, Independence Day for India
Here is a video about the roots of Bollywood and patriotism, in celebration of India's day of independence.
Wikipedia India's entry, for those of you who don't know much about Indian independence.
Live Feed from Outside Lands Concerts, from 4pm until 12 midnight, Saturday and Sunday, in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Live Feed from San Francisco
Here is the live feed from Outside Lands, a two day concert in San Francisco in Golden Gate Park, with 70,000 people paying $300 a ticket. It is available online from 4 pm, when the concerts start, until 12 midnight each day (Kansas time). This is because the residents of the Sunset and Richmond want to get some sleep (it will be 2 pm to 10 pm Pacific Standard Time).
Here's news coverage and photos from yesterday, the first day of the concert.
Another article from Friday.
News from Saturday's all day event.
And here's the wrap up for the weekend.
Now, why not set up two large video screens in a park with sound, and let Lawrence enjoy these concerts from around the world in the future?