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  • 10:28 pm on September 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    over the weekend, i came across the youtube channel “classical musicians react to kpop” which was a very unique experience.. i had no idea that rap songs had chord progression!

    Classical Musicians React: IU 'Good Day'

    Watch this video on YouTube.

    Because there *are* kpop songs of questionable quality, this channel seems to focus more on iconic pieces or songs that do have musically interesting attempts or high quality pieces. That’s how I came across Ailee, AKMU and Mamamoo.

    In particular I really enjoyed the jazzy touch and full volume singing in U&I of Ailee:

    Ailee U&I MV _ 에일리 유앤아이 MV

    Watch this video on YouTube.

    I also get a vague impression of blackness performed in the song, especially with this visual sequence:

    I’m sop glad to have found this channel

  • 5:21 pm on September 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply

    After a few days of 15-hour workdays, we were all half brain dead. One of those encounters happened on the last day. I saw a black woman waving a Kenyan flag in the crowd, and I asked: Is that the flag of Zimbabwe? No, it’s Kenya’s. “Oh, Kenya! That’s where President Obama is from!”

    For some reason I really believed for a brief moment that he was born in Kenya. He was born in Kenya, right? Even Trump confirmed it. All those racists saying that you can’t be president if you are foreign born… uh wait..was I joking about birthers and then spaced out and fell into my own joke or was I lost from the beginning?

    In any case Kenyans must be pretty proud of this achievement. He’s the son of a Kenyan national? That’s as close as you can get to Kenya while still remaining eligible for public office!

    I don’t know how much Kenyans have claimed it, but if Obama was the child of a Korean person, there’s no way Koreans would have let that pass. Of course they would ignore him along the way, but the moment he’s elected everyone in Korea would open their windows and shout “All hail the Korean president of the USA!” and every interview wiith a celebrity instead of “Do you know Gangnam Style” would be “Do you know Barack Hussein Park?” – just like they have done with every drop Korean abroad who became famous, rich, or both.

  • 9:10 pm on September 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    A was assigned to comms without much discussion. For most of us I guess it was thought of as a smart talent allocation. Until sharing the clips with news outlets came up. For A, media corporations should not be allowed to profit off of independent artists, and a negotiation was required every time an outlet requested vroll from us. Seriously? The request was vague, so I managed to put it down to details, but of course no one wanted to deal with that, nor had the time for it. Windows of opportunity for ethnic media usually is 2-3 hours, while bigger studios could afford to do stuff a few days in advance. You need to arrange the interview, prep the speakers, exchange contact info and on top of that what? Negotiate payment arrangements?

    Just look how the CNN coverage came out. Comms couldn’t be bothered with the extra procedure, so they kept myself and A out of the loop. The inteview itself was a strange one. B was trying to elevate the discussion by going above the pre-staged frame of “omg this is so worrysome, so scary”, which is good but it came out strange in its execution. Specifically, to the inattentive viewer it could be someowhat unclear, offensive even, whether this smiling guy is just a political commentator with a twisted sense of empathy, or someone in the movement with an unusual way of viewing things. “They will show the WH protest, that should clear things up”, I think. The MC mentions it briefly, which is better but often not enough. Then the v-roll moves to.. latinos protesting in major cities across the US. Excellent. We just made it harder to tell whether Asians have been part of the movement or whether there was some random Asian pundit on screen. Because we didn’t share our vrolls. Because fuck media corporations, right? We really showed them.

    What a waste of everyone’s efforts.

    I never want to see someone like A fulfilling the primary cameraperson role for us again. I’m going to draft rights waiver agreements for camera and video volunteers for future events.

  • 3:06 pm on September 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: DACA, memory,   

    Selective Impression 

    It’s unusually interesting that in the case of this DACA phased repeal, people remember the piece of information “6 months” over everything else. Everyone I talked to (even some DACA dreamers who seem relatively well informed) since I returned to LA recall the DACA announcement as “DACA will be cancelled in 6 months” – which is a few shades harsher than what it really is. While it’s simpler than most policy, the DACA phased repeal has a few components, and it’s not possible to convey them all in a mouthful. 1) no new applications, 2) one more renewal allowed if your expiration is between now and March 2018 (6 months) – but it needs to be filed within one month. What you are seeing, given this, is a phased 2-year repeal period where the earliest EAD expirations come in in April 2018 and the latest ones happen in March 2020.*

    • This assumes that people will get 2 years added to their original EAD expiration date. Some seem to have received 2 years added to their date of application and not expiration – we will need further confirmation to consider this official practice. Also, I am not going into the specifics of which day in March is the last date and which date in October is the last renewal application date, which are important details for those involved, but not relevant to the point I’m trying to make.

    Of all these pieces of information, an overwhelming number of people are remembering this as “full repeal with 6 month buffer” or “all canceled in 6 months”.

    If it had to be a time-related number that would have been easier to remember, there’s a couple other numbers competing for the spot as well. There’s the “one month” piece – and you could argue that there’s the implicit “two years” which is the repeals period. Why did these two not make it to the public memory?

    First, there’s the first impression factor. After a full week of click-baity media articles citing anonymous White House sources on the DACA decision, Politico broke ground in its September 2nd (I think?) article by putting one specific piece of information out: there would be a 6-month buffer of some sort in the DACA repeal. To me this indicated a first signal indicating that the impending DACA decision would be one of cancellation, because we finally had a piece of detail. It is possible that for the media and the public, seeing this piece of detail later confirmed in the official announcement solidified its position in the public memory.

    The DACA phased repeal should really be simplified as a “2.5-year phased repeal”, and not a “repeal after 6 months”. But that would not look good to the administration. 2.5 years – that means that between the Iowa caucuses and Super Tuesday there would be a significant portion of dreamers still holding valid EADs, and another potion who very recently would have expired their EADs. The 2016 presidential elections took place just a few months ago. Other than pundits, who is looking at the 2020 presidential race as an imminent event? To most it will feel like a long, long time ahead. That’s when the last batch of dreamers lose their EADs. This is a very long phaseout. It’s akin to the Obama administration saying “well folks we will start discussing health care soon, but we don’t expect the final vote to take place until the 2012 Primaries season”.

    Given how useless Session’s announcement speech in terms of information density, I wonder if a possibly deliberate surfacing the factoid “6 months” most prominently in the public space follows a pattern. A pattern of being (relatively) soft in action and harsh in words. Session spent 20 seconds conveying information in the decision per se (“rescinded” and “phased out”), and the remaining 10 minutes catering to the anti-immigrant far right. It created a spectacle conveying the idea that Trump was on board with the anti-immigrant agenda.

    Something similar could be said of emphasizing the 6 months aspect of the announcement over others. The 6 months detail is actually a second level of detail, it’s not even a piece of information that matters to the general public – it’s used to determine whether a person can renew their DACA for the last time. Here, the first level of detail is that only one last round of renewals will be allowed in DACA, not 6 months. But the administration decided to pick it, possibly because it sounds much better than 2.5 years.

    Why does the administration care how harsh or soft they are on immigration? Do they display this behavior in any other topic – global warming, taxes, financial regulations, LGBT? It’s a bit of a mystery.

  • 4:50 pm on September 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

    Reagan: “i had NOTHING to do with kremlim. Except my new Reagan international hotel in moscow. I gotta.lobby for that shit you know? I have a cousin who went to Harvard, she’s got a tremendous body, very hot, the best brains, its in the genes folks. She had to lobby like hell to open her new office building in Zaire. Lobbied on him like a bitch, if you know what i mean. Hot stuff. Believe me, we make the best deals. How many hotels does Lying Carter have in the Lebensraum? None. Very bad mensch, folks. Oh and the meeting with the soviet embassador? Everyone does that, its routine stuff. Fake news, dont believe the failing new york times. You should check out Pravda, it means “truth” in Soviet language. No one knew this before. How is a paper called truth be lying for shit? People blacklisted in pravda were showing up dead next day. Slick, clean jobs. Its tremendous, folks, the Moscow Hotel is going to be the biggest in the world. I made the best deal with Krushnev. He also helped me with the elections last year. Completely legal stuff, believe me. Believe me. I won 137% of the vote. Its a win of epic proportions.”

  • 1:30 am on September 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

    how to use hotel batrooms during 24/7 protests 

    based on my gut guesses

    1. Best will be hotels with a roomy lounge and 1 manager on shift in evenings.
    2. Clean clothes. What would a tourist look like? I hoped an explorer hat would do the trick.
    3. First time will be hardest because you won’t know where the bathroom is. Ask those who already did it or check for floor plans. Otherwise, walk like you know where you are going, look straight ahead while exploring the periphery looking for the bathroom sign.
    4. Walk through the center of hallways and dont avoid eye contact with workers. Remember, you are a guest at the hotel and simply needed to do a bathroom stop before going upstairs.
    5. Don’t need to avoid nor greet people, like you would do if you stayed at the hotel. If they acknowledge you, smile and say good night.
    6. If you were coming back to the hotel after a rainy night, what would you do? That’s right, you would start to get comfortable. Don’t look like a person who will get right back out. Take off your hat or hood. Close your umbrella.
    7. Hold a smartphone on your hand, scroll through it and look like there’s something real interesting (or important) in there, while you walk. If you worked at the hotel, would you want to interrupt someone who looks like a guest who seems to be in the middle of something, just to ask for their hotel keys/ID? I haven’t tried this, but maybe even have a phone call? (Tone the volume down, it’s 4am)
    8. Made it to the bathroom? Enjoy producing something, and relax! No one’s gonna care about you on your way out.

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