Occidental

Photos and Musings from somewhere between Dairyland and the Pacific Ocean.

"Christmas at 22" by The Wonder Years

Winter break always seems so cold.

I took my brother’s keys and I drove.

Turned the headlights on because it’s already dark at 6 PM.
I’ll navigate familiar roads to the Christmas songs on the radio. 
I’ll turn it off for “Let it Snow.” I won’t be snowed in. 
We’re visiting some friends I haven’t seen since August
to catch up on all the things we missed while we were in college.
We’ll find a house party when the bars close
and I’ll drive all my drunken friends home.
Proving once again that no one we’ve ever met
has really changed that much since high school.

Let’s turn on the TV and wait for Christmas specials.
We’ll make some frozen pizza and watch your stolen cable.
We’ll thank whoever’s in charge here that this year
didn’t treat me so bad. 

The day the ground starts to get wet,
everyone that I’ve ever met has an away message that says,
"Faintest snow keep falling." New diners are packed out
with old friends. We’re overwhelmed but unimpressed.
I miss the days when I knew every single waitress.
We’ll find a house party when the bars close. 
We’ll never spend the holidays alone.
Proving once again that there’s a reason my friends
still tend to call this place home.
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fuckyeahanarchopunk:

Spinners - La La La

All female turkish Anarcho-Hardcore Punk band formed in 1987, Ankara

xthunderclapsx:

Here is the full Dork EP in the highest quality available, with all four songs in one video for your enjoyment! Track listing:

1. Red Hat
2. Self Pity
3. Ny-quil
4. Mini Trucks Suck [Bonus Track]

Saw this going to the library today. June 9th is the jesa (ancestor honoring ritual) or remembrance day for Lee Han-yeol, a Yonsei student and democratization movement activist killed in 1987 when a tear gas grenade penetrated his skull.

From the wiki article http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/June_Democracy_Movement here:

"As demonstrations intensified, students in Yonsei University swore to take the field and demonstrated at the university on June 9. During the protest, Yonsei student Lee Han-yeol was seriously injured when a tear gas grenade penetrated his skull. In critical condition, he quickly became a symbol of the subsequent protests over the ensuring weeks. He finally died of his wounds on July 5, after the regime had agreed to the people’s demands. Over 1.6 million citizens participated in his national funeral, held on July 9."

Lee’s fatal injury and the subsequent demonstrations make him a lynchpin in the revolutionary events of that summer of ‘87 that led to the turnover to South Korea’s Six Rebublic and partial democratization.

This little temporary memorial is at the main entrance to the busiest library on campus. The banner is violent and huge; it forces all that pass to behold the effects of state violence. The banner is a woodblock print but the famous photograph came up when I was researching for my thesis on US press representation of South Korean democratization movements.

I lit an incense and went about my day. Other students stopped and watched me do this , maybe because I’m a foreigner. The memorial is participatory and (rightfully so) disruptive.

Memorial spaces can be disruptively created and imposed, rather than passively received and relegated to the parks and back corners of metropolises.

philosophiaautodidacta:

Der Wanderer über dem Nebelmeer (Wanderer above the sea fog), 1818, by Caspar David Friedrich

philosophiaautodidacta:

Der Wanderer über dem Nebelmeer (Wanderer above the sea fog), 1818, by Caspar David Friedrich

Open air cafe by Ewha. Great Saturday reading spot.

Open air cafe by Ewha. Great Saturday reading spot.

Came across something I wrote in the margins of a museum studies book:

"The cells in my body are completely replaced over periods of years. I have no history. I have been multiple beings, and so history is nothing to kill for." 

Hm. 

olenna-redwyne:

Ahn Sehong’s photo series of Korean comfort women who are still living in their “comfort station” towns.

(via asianhistory)