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"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?
Kansas in today's New York Times
There is an article about Kansas in today's New York Times. I have posted it below because many people don't have subscriptions to the Times.
Unfortunately, the author of the Times article didn't visit Lawrence, but I put in a word for Lawrence and the Journal-World (even though I deeply regret that citizenship journalism is becoming a lost art at the Journal World, because it is no longer on the front page and there is no referral to user blogs in other parts of the paper). I did not include that in my comment in the New York Times, but I am including it here, because it is a great concern of mine.
There are a number of things about the Journal World's web site which need to be changed and improved, and I will take those up, from my point of view, later this year.
I, too, have appreciated the expansive skies (I grew up in Hutchinson) and I had an excellent education both in Hutchinson and Lawrence (KU).
There is much that I like about every part of Kansas (except that we need more parks and trails). And there are things that I dislike about Kansas, too.
Please don't hesitate to share your experiences below.
Mandela at 95 years - an amazing person
Mandela has given his life so that others could be free.
What more could a person give than that?
Children sing for the 95th birthday
The Washington Post did a wonderful graphic for those who are younger or who may not be aware
The New York Times article follows.
Slide show from the New York Times
Here is a New York times slideshow from the events of July 18, 2013.
Messages for Mandala from The Washington Post:
Latest birthday celebrations from South African news
A gallery of photographs from South African news:
Following is an updated article, with many wonderful news sources, from South Africa:
If there are any persons from South Africa in Lawrence, I would appreciate hearing from them.
I'm also surprised that Lawrence doesn't have a major celebration for such a man!
The World Doesn't Forget
The following article, from The Washington Post, provides Americans with background about Tiananmen Square survivors and their sons and daughters.
Pictures of Tiananmen Square
For those of you who are too young to remember, here are pictures of Tiananmen Square in June 4, 1989.
Here are pictures from today's events in Hong Kong and China:
A leading Chinese poet writes his poems about Tiananmen Square, often from his prison cell:
Today's paper- the South China Morning Post (from Hong Kong) - June 4, 2013
Today's South China Morning Post from Hong Kong
And here is today's article from the South China Morning Post about "The day that changed everything":
Latest News from China and Hong Kong
Poetry by James Fenton
Monday, August 25, 2008 "Tianamen" by James Fenton
Is broad and clean
And you can’t tell
Where the dead have been
And you can’t tell
What happened then
And you can’t speak
You must not speak.
You must not think.
You must not dip
Your brush in ink.
You must not say
What happened then,
What happened there.
What happened there
The cruel men
Are old and deaf
Ready to kill
But short of breath
And they will die
Like other men
And they’ll lie in state
They lie in state.
They lie in style.
Thrown on the pile,
Thrown on the pile
By the cruel men
To cleanse the blood
Truth is a secret.
Keep it dark.
Keep it dark.
In our heart of hearts.
Keep it dark
Till you know when
Truth may return
Is broad and clean
And you can’t tell
Where the dead have been
And you can’t tell
When they’ll come again.
They’ll come again
Hong Kong, 15 June 1989
Huge astronaut passes by earth today
The Slooh telescope broadcast live images of the large asteroid QE2 as it passed by earth today. Viewers can still view these images, even though the asteroid is no longer being broadcast live. QE2 came within 3.6 million miles of the earth at 3:59 Friday.
Briefly, the asteroid is, as commented by one observer, the "size of a small town." It has a smaller satellite moon. If it were to hit earth, human beings and the current civilization on earth would probably be completely destroyed.
You can watch QE2 as it passes earth on the following web site.
There are also excellent science articles on the Slooh telescope web site.
Mars pebbles caused by water flows
Additional science news which is being reported this week: the BBC reports that Mars pebbles are almost certainly made by water, perhaps 3 billion years ago. If the presence of water is confirmed on Mars, then there may be life on Mars now or in the past.
This is great material for science fiction writers.
Radiation data creates Mars dangers for humans
In another boon for science fiction writers, as well as for all of us who may think that human beings could be settled on Mars at some time in the future, the following article is very relevant and thought provoking.
Those who served and those who didn't
This evening an article appeared in The New York Times which deserves to have broad distribution.
This article in the New York Times appeared this evening, after the Journal-World had featured the following article early in the morning. Later in the day, the Journal-World took this article completely off from the front page of the web edition, even though it and its commentary were extremely relevant for Memorial Day.
My only thought has to be that the Journal-World didn't want the veteran's comment section below the article. Ironically, it was one of the most on-the-point commentaries I have seen recently in the Journal-World.
I hope that this article comes to the attention of Jonathan Duncan, and the VFW, as well as many others. I am very impressed with Duncan, but not impressed with the VFW at all. The VFW should be turning its attention to the issues set forth in this article (also for Memorial Day), but if it it has, I haven't heard about it.
There is much I have to say on this subject, but the article is so excellent, and so true, that it speaks for itself. Please be sure to read the comments, too.
And I still have no answer from the Journal-World about how many of its staff reporters are veterans.
Wagner's 200th birthday - May 22, 1813
Several years ago, some friends and I started listening to operas every Saturday evening on DVDs. Before we knew it, months had passed - and I came to an appreciation of opera which I had never had before.
We spent two months listening to Wagner's operas, which were often several hours in length. I'll never forget these operas, and we have thought about doing it again soon.
So I don't want to belittle in any way Wagner's great contribution to music on his 200th birthday. But first - just for the fun of it - here is a silly video, but quite amazing, about Wagner's music and cats.
Ride of the Valkitties
Anna Russel explains the ring cycle
Anna Russel was a great classical music comic. You have to see and hear her work:
A little taste of Wagner
I think the longest opera is Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (The Mastersingers of Nuremberg), which is over 4 1/2 hours in length. Since I was in Nuremberg during my time in the service, I have always had a special place for this opera.
For those of you who haven't listened to Wagner before, here are several shorter pieces.
The first is the Siegfried Idyll, with Haitink and the Berliner Philharmoniker.
Next is the Tannhauser Overture, played by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Klaus Tennstedt. The actual operas, of which the overtures are the first part, are quite long, but are also quite wonderful.
One of the great conductors of Wagnerian operas was Herbert von Karajan. But when he was doing his best work, for the most part video was not yet invented so that color productions of his work could be preserved. But you will surely enjoy this excerpt, also from the opera Tannhauser.
A great way to enjoy opera, and Richard Wagner, is to make yourself comfortable with friends, take breaks, and enjoy some of the best music ever known.
And I can't resist putting this web site on Wagner's 200th birthday, as well. These are stamps which lead to music! It's a great idea.
The Arts - and - the Unexpected
A major part of the art world is the unexpected. Lawrence used to have many people like this who just showed up every so often and did their thing, often wonderfully well.
This article from San Francisco makes this very point. This person, without government assistance, assembled - and it took him a long time to do this - a bicycle and player piano combination. Now he rides it four times a week along the Embarcadero in San Francisco. People love his work and they are more than willing to give tips for it.
This is the kind of thing which used to happen in Lawrence, especially in the past. I sometimes wonder if, as businesses become more successful they also become more conservative. We ought to encourage artists of this type, and make spaces available for them to live in.
That's one of the many pieces of the puzzle if Lawrence is to be considered as a real arts city.
Les Blank dies - he was 77 years old - and he was a wonderful film maker
The New York Times article says it all. Please read the article below.
Younger readers may not know much, if anything, about Les Blank. I hope that because of this blog, you will find it necessary to go deeper into his film making. He is not well known by moviegoers, but he should be.
The first video below features zydeco artist Clifton Chenier. It is incredible music and even more so because the accordion is not played much in modern music of most kinds.
Below is a a tribute to old Applachian culture with the fiddler Tommy Jarrell.
The following is part of a film called "A Well Spent Life". Mance Lipscomb is considered by many to be one of the greatest blues guitarists. He's also been a sharecropper during much of his life.
Surely the words and film making apply equally today.
A look at New Orleans from an earlier time:
You can find more of Les Blank's movies on the web site, lesblank.com
In my point of view, there should be a Les Blank film festival which would travel throughout Kansas. Why not get it started in Lawrence?
These are two events that Lawrence can't miss next year
St. Stupid's Day Parade
St. Stupid's Day took place in San Francisco on April 1, 2013. I remember the first year I was in San Francisco. I was very poor, and I was sitting in a coffeehouse downtown, and all of a sudden St. Stupid's Parade passed the window. I couldn't believe what was passing by outside. I left my chair and went outside, and the parade was tremendous.
But when I got back inside to my chair, I found that my coat had gone, which I had just purchased the previous week - an unfortunate negative side to living in a large city.
But I've enjoyed the parade each year very much.
Can't you imagine what Lawrence could do with this parade, on April 1st of each year?
Take a look at the following pictures:
On Easter Sunday, there's also the Bring your Own Big Wheel race/demolition derby
There are more than 1500 contestants, dressed in everything from the Easter Bunny to astronauts. They all sit on plastic tricycles, or some version thereof, and head down the street past thousands of spectators. In San Francisco, Vermont Street on Potrero Hill is very steep. But the event would be just as much fun without the steep street.
These are two events that Lawrence absolutely needs to take part in!