Iam Tongi + Starting All Over Again Acoustic Version

Tuesday, September 26, 2023


From the video's description on YouTube

Steam "Starting All Over Again" here: https://vyd.co/IamTongiStartingAllOve... I want to continue to do my part to help Maui, so I recorded a full performance of Iz’s “Starting All Over Again”. This song really touched me recently so I’ve just released a full version of the song (out now on all platforms). I will be donating all the proceeds from “Starting All Over Again” to those affected by the Maui fires. Please support and do what you can for the Maui community! Mahalo. Follow Iam: https://www.instagram.com/wtongi/ https://twitter.com/wtongi?lang=en https://www.tiktok.com/@wtongi https://www.facebook.com/wtongi #StartingAllOverAgain #IamTongi #Cover

My Goodness, Just Leave Hasan Minhaj Alone - He's A Comedian/Politcal Satirist

Monday, September 25, 2023

I don't know about you, but I'm feeling like all this "Hasan Minhaj is a liar" news is really just people not liking the subject matter of Hasan and it seems like a lot of these people coming out are...well....a lot of White People who seems to focus on a lot of White Things and White Comedians.

Robin Williams, even though some of his voices could be a little out of date today, was the king of hyperbole and story telling. That's what comedians and satirists do. But I never heard that about Williams. His cocaine stories were never put up to a litmus test of if everything actually happened. 

No--he did cocaine and told us funny stories about it (well you know....as much as being a cocaine addict can be funny).

They embellish life to make a point to make us laugh and think.

Do people really think they tell us the truth about themselves all the time? Or don't write pieces for their skits/shows which aren't the absolute facts? 

What world are we living in?

Is someone going to sue because Star Trek isn't real?

Just leave Hasan Minhaj alone.

And yes, he would be a great Daily Show Host.

Iron Horse Road: A Tale from Gold Mountain

Friday, September 22, 2023

Here's a podcast by Micah Huang and Hao Huang about Chinese laborers and the Transcontinental Railroad:

Iron Horse Road: a Tale from Gold Mountain recounts one of the great untold epics of American history: The story of the Chinese laborers–neither truly enslaved nor truly free–who built the most rugged stretches of the Transcontinental Railroad. More than 150 years ago, these Gold Mountain Men tunneled through mountains, dangled over cliffs, and dragged entire trains over alpine summits where other Americans feared to tread. The prosperity of the gilded age was founded on their blood, sweat and grit, but their story has long been suppressed, minimized and forgotten. For Iron Horse Road, the father/son team behind Blood on Gold Mountain retrace the steps of these workers from the Sacramento hills to the snows of Donner Summit. Equal parts history and travelogue, Iron Horse Road uses binaural 3D audio to transport the listener to deep canyons, echoing caverns and windswept peaks–a world where adventure is always around the corner, and the past is carved in blood and stone. 

In the Camps: A Refugee Musical (9/23--9/30)

Friday, September 22, 2023


Check out the musical, in its second phase  where they'll host four intimate community performances at Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center--info below.

Introducing IN THE CAMPS: A REFUGEE MUSICAL by Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay! The project is currently in its second phase, where we’ll host four intimate community performances at Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center.

NOTE: Only 60 seats are available per show. Late seating WILL NOT be permitted - please come on time!

The story

Using songs and humor, IN THE CAMPS will take place in a refugee camp and tell the story of Laotians who’ve escaped communist Laos. While in the camps, refugees built makeshift past lives to remind them of who they were before the disruption of war. An older woman turns a storage hut into a beauty parlor. She offers hair washing, scalp massages, and haircuts to remind herself that there is still beauty in the world. A former monk erects a martial arts gym behind one of the food distribution tents. He trains young Laotians on how to regain their strength, confidence, and power. An ex-communist soldier tries to blend in. He fears violent retaliation from victims and their families if he is found out. He is also hopeful that in a camp full of Buddhists, he will be forgiven. A young newly-wed must decide on the length that she will go and the boundaries she will cross to reunite with her husband who is missing.

Book and Lyrics by Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay

Music and Lyrics by Ketsana Vilaylack

Directed by Ova Saopeng

C. “Meaks” Meaker as dramaturg

Featuring Soudavone Khamvongsa, Lidet Viravong, Chufue Yang, Tri Vo, and Phouthavone 'Kat' Chanthalone


  • 9/23 - 6pm show followed by talkback and reception
  • 9/24 - 1 - 3pm pop-up market followed by 3pm show
  • 9/29 - 7pm show start
  • 9/30 - 6pm show start

The Yuto Horigome Nike SB NBD In Tokyo

Friday, September 22, 2023

You may have seen this. You may have not. Either way--now you get that chance to see some incredible skating from the the 1st Gold Medal Of Skating....THE YUTO.


Random K-Pops: ENHYPEN JAY & Yuuri, Jeon Somi, (G)I-DLE, And An Awesome Ditto Dance Cover By GROOBEU

Friday, September 22, 2023


I have to admit that I wasn't a huge fan of Gold, Gold, Gold, but Fast Forward I can get into a little bit more.

From about 6 months ago, but it just feels like that type of day? It's just so beautiful being the deep of it all?

Whenever you're having a bad day, just watch this video. If it doesn't put you in your happy place, than it begs the question of what does...?

The rooftop version in NYC is cool, but the official MV is just pop goodness.

Craig Day Milne Charged With Felony Hate Crime At Wing Luke Museum

Friday, September 22, 2023

You just have to at least like the fact that Milne is getting charged with a hate crime because that doesn't always happen.

The King County Prosecutor's Office announced Monday they rush-filed charges of a hate crime and first-degree malicious mischief against 76-year-old Craig Milne. Prosecutors have asked for Milne to be held on $30,000 bail. Meanwhile, the Wing Luke Museum remains open as staff and volunteers continue to heal from Thursday night's violent attack. 

Police say Milne yelled racist statements and took a sledgehammer to shatter nine windows of the historic museum in Seattle's Chinatown-International District.

Executive Director Joël Barraquiel Tan says there has been an incredible outpouring of love and support from the community.

He says staff, volunteers and leadership have constantly been checking in on each other since the attack and are committed to educating the public about Asian American and Pacific Islander history in Puget Sound.

"Over 100 years of anti-Chinese policies and vigilantism that isn't that long ago, that isn't too many generations ago, and I think this recent hate crime and vandalism is just connected to that," said Tan.

Read more at:  https://www.fox13seattle.com/news/wing-luke-museum-staff-focus-on-healing-and-rebuilding-after-alleged-hate-crime

Video and Community Response

And if you're curioius to see the video of the 76 year-old White Man doing the crime....https://original.newsbreak.com/@choeshow-1601553/3161917916680

Asian Art Museum + Murakami: Monsterized

Friday, September 22, 2023


Takashi Murakami: Unfamiliar People — Swelling of Monsterized Human Ego is the first solo exhibition in San Francisco by Takashi Murakami (Japanese, b. 1962). An internationally recognized artist, Murakami is also a major figure in global pop culture whose influence extends to fashion, consumer products, curation, and entertainment. With a boldly colored, upbeat style and a pop sensibility that draws inspiration from anime and manga, Murakami’s accessible and fun creations deliver more than meets the eye: beneath the surface of his work lies a nuanced examination of human behavior, informed by historical and art-historical references and a wry sense of humor.

The larger-than-life paintings and sculptures in Murakami: Monsterized use monsters as a central motif to address the complicated nature of the world around us. The artist’s recent works suggest that our rapidly changing and increasingly digital landscape is populated by monsters — whether harmful or helpful — many of which humans have created and perhaps even become. Blurring the line between frightening and fun, these monsters embody the forces and behaviors that threaten and haunt us, as well as those that offer us diversion and escape from chaos. Several new works created for this exhibition find Murakami responding to a social environment marked by a global pandemic and a shift toward virtual interaction. Paintings of distorted figures reflect the swelling egos of individuals promoting themselves relentlessly on social media, while works recording the artist’s creation of NFTs, including avatars, look with optimism toward a digitally liberated future.

Senior Curator of Japanese Art Laura W. Allen locates Murakami’s imagery in a lineage of Japanese supernatural creatures including the kaiju (giant monsters) of postwar manga, television, and film — such as Godzilla, who makes a memorable appearance in this exhibition — and extending back to the “menacing and adorable” yōkai (supernatural entities) of Edo-period scrolls. “The visual DNA of Murakami’s characters has origins in centuries-old styles in Japanese art,” says Allen, “such as depicting Buddhist arhats and Daoist immortals as wizened beings with strange features, bulging eyes, and bared teeth.” To these venerated historical sources, Murakami adds the “technicolor palette, goofy expressions, and eclectic mixture of motifs” that have become his trademark — boldly remixing tradition to reflect the complexity of the present day.

TONIGHT: Screening of ARTBOUND “Chinatown Punk Wars” With Live Performance by The Linda Lindas

Friday, September 22, 2023

Passing on some information about a show in DTLA tonight.

Who: KCET/PBS SoCal’s Chief Operating Officer Jamie Annunzio Myers, Grand Performances’ Chief Executive Officer Rafael González, LA-based popular punk rock band The Linda Lindas, musician/author/punk rock trailblazer Alice Bag (The Bags), Chicxs Rockerxs South East Los Angeles, UCLA’s Jessica Schwartz and LAist Studios’ Antonia Cereijido. Filmmakers/Talent expected to attend include director of “Chinatown Punk Wars” Steve Kochones, KCET personality Val Zavala, LAist CEO Herb Scannell, founder of Hong Kong Café Barry Seidel, musician Chip Kinman (The Dils), Director of LA County Department of Arts and Culture Kristin Sakoda and more. Over 1,000 punk rock fans are expected to attend.Over 1,000 fans are expected to attend!


What: In collaboration with LAist, the non-profit, member-supported source for stories authentic to LA, and Grand Performances, the non-profit organization that provides free access to the global performing arts, PBS SoCal and KCET, Southern California’s flagship PBS stations, are hosting an in-person preview screening event, panel discussion and concert for the launch of the new season of ARTBOUND, the PBS SoCal/KCET produced arts and culture series. The Fri., Sept. 22 event in the Grand Performances space will allow the audience to screen ARTBOUND’s premiere episode“Chinatown Punk Wars” in advance of its broadcast and digital premiere. The film is a look at how two Chinese restaurants became the unlikely epicenter of L.A.’s burgeoning punk rock scene in the late 1970s. More info. About the episode in the attached press release.

The general event is FREE and open to the public. Opening remarks will begin at about 7 p.m. from Grand Performance’s Chief Executive Officer Rafael González with an introduction of the film by KCET/PBS SoCal’s Chief Operating Officer Jamie Annunzio Myers. The premiere screening will be followed by a panel discussion with LA-based popular punk rock band The Linda Lindas,musician/author/punk rock trailblazer Alice Bag (The Bags) and UCLA’s Jessica Schwartz, moderated by LAist Studios’ Antonia Cereijido. An audience participation activity will be facilitated by Chicxs Rockerxs South East Los Angeles.

The evening will conclude with a LIVE performance by The Linda Lindas. 

Bella Poarch & Lauv - Crush

Friday, September 22, 2023


Lyrics: I never wanna get you alone I’m scared of even standing too close, babe Get nervous when you light up my phone But I like it Yeah I like it In the car On the beach Looking at you when you look back at me Feel my heart Skip a beat Think you know what I mean But I don’t wanna say too much I don’t wanna fuck this up Why would we fall in love when it feels so good to Touch Feel the way my cheeks go blush Why would we fall in love when it feels so good to Crush Crush Crush Cause it feels so good, ooh Love Island is my favorite show If we were on I’d give you a rose, babe Blow kisses, turn around and go home Cause I like it Yeah I like it In the car On the beach Looking at you when you look back at me Feel my heart Skip a beat Think you know what I mean But I don’t wanna say too much I don’t wanna fuck this up Why would we fall in love when it feels so good to Touch Feel the way my cheeks go blush Why would we fall in love when it feels so good to Crush Crush Crush Cause it feels so good, ooh Tell me you’re nervous when we say goodnight Am I on your mind? Like you’re on my mind Tell me you’re nervous looking in my eyes Am I on your mind? Like you’re on my mind But I don’t wanna say too much I don’t wanna fuck this up Why would we fall in love when it feels so good to Touch Feel the way my cheeks go blush Why would we fall in love when it feels so good to Crush Crush Crush Cause it feels so good

Esther Choi, Heat Eaters, Rek Lee, And Year of the Ox

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Really enjoyed this episode and all the spicy goodness they cooked up, but the best was the "adrenaline-infused Ktown tteokbokki challenge" with actor Rek Lee (from Beef) and Rick Lee from Year Of The Ox (and yes, he does rap, and that's what happens when you ask that question...which actually was great for everyone!).
Check out episodes on the First We Feast YouTube channel.

WIRED + Polyphia's Tim Henson + Questions From Twitter

Wednesday, September 20, 2023



The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Reuters recently did an article on the Priscialla Chan and Mark Zukerberg philanthropy initiative to help manage and cure all disease by the end of the century. A tall order, but if you have means, and they do, why not try?

From the article:

"Bringing the power of generative AI to biology at scale will allow researchers to incorporate these technological advances into their work, which will accelerate efforts to cure, prevent, or manage all disease," Chan said.

The system will be trained on datasets from software tool CZ Cell x Gene, as well as resources from Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Network and Chan Zuckerberg Institute for Advanced Biological Imaging, and publicly available data.

Straight Up: iphone 15 Pro and Pro Max Photo And Video Review By Chris Niccolls and Jordan Drake

Tuesday, September 19, 2023


They break down everything from the cameras, megapixels, HDR, Log, Portrait mode, depth of field, and all the other good things we're used to.
Go watch the video for all the gritty details.
And yes--the new portrait mode, while not perfect, is pretty nice from a convenience standpoint (albeit still can't do what a large full frame lens on a full frame camera will do).

Senator Mazie Hirono x The DREAM ACT x LGBTQ+ Books Are Okay MFs

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

On Books and the LGBTQ+ Community