since 1986

Elephant - Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan elephant is one of 3 recognised sub-species of Asian Elephant. Since 1986 the Sri Lankan elephant has been listed as endangered. During the 1990′s, many elephants were killed by landmines that were left during the countries armed conflict. Today, the main cause of the decline in elephant numbers is due to an increasing human population, and the resulting expansion of infrastructure into previously un-occupied land. While the ivory trade is not a large industry in Sri Lanka, some trade still occurs. 

Sri Lanka has set up safety zones for elephants, by creating protected areas for elephants to live, and working with local communities to learn to live alongside the elephants. 


Manhattan Sunday, Richard Renaldi

“The city takes a while to wake up, and the first people you see at the break of day are the night-clubbers, street cleaners, and prostitutes.”

Photographer Richard Renaldi’s, a former night-clubber who has lived in New York since 1986, ongoing series “Manhattan Sunday” captures the way the city feels after painting the town red all night.

Margaret Hamilton (b. 1936) is a computer scientist and engineer who, as Director of the Software Engineering Division of the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory, played an important part in the Apollo space programme. Her division was responsible for developing the onboard flight software for the missions that put the first men on the Moon, and she was the supervisor and lead programmer of the project.

She graduated with a degree in abstract mathematics, during a time when computer science and software engineering were not yet disciplines in their own right. She worked for the SAGE Project, used by the military in aircraft defense. Since 1986 she has been the CEO of Hamilton Technologies, an organization which she founded.

A conversation that happened in our house today
  • Me: In retrospect, I'm actually kind of glad I haven't met Dave Vanian. I don't know how coherent I would be.
  • Pete: Pfft. You were fine when you met Gerard Way.
  • Me: I've had a crush on Dave Vanian for a lot longer.
  • Pete: ...
  • Me: I've had a crush on him since around 1986.
  • Pete: You are never allowed to meet Dave Vanian. NEVER.

The Wishing fabric, designed by a husband-and-wife team in the UK, has been used for Christine’s blue Wishing dress since 1986, and is still in use. It has also been used in other movies and TV series; for example in Dangerous Liaisons (1988), The Piano (1993), Forsyte Saga (2002) and Lincoln (2012).

But the inspiration is floral/stripy fabrics from the mid and late 18th century, where this style was at its height. The Rococo fabrics were woven with threads in different colours, and usually featured alternating stripes and floral girlands or ranks of flower. Red/rust/pink is reoccuring colours, but blye, green and white was also popular. The mid/late 19th century got a Rococo revival in art, architecture and fashion, the latter sparked by designer Worth, which is why this type of fabric also got a revival, and why it appears in Christine’s Wishing dress.

Here’s some examples (credit in captions), along with the Wishing fabric.

We’re Not Giving Up Before We’ve Tried (Ch. 3)

A/N: Sorry I’ve procrastinated a little bit while writing this, hopefully ill be able to write more now that I’m out of school in a week. Also: TYSM Y’all for almost 200 followers?? Like?? Wwooowo..

Summary: Connor Murphy, a 21 year old college senior with a strong reputation to make trouble when he’s not supposed to, meets his new Biology teacher for the semester. Mr. Hansen, A shy, 20 year old, genius. Who somehow lucked out in work, taking a hassling task of teaching the troubled kid every day. Slowly overcoming his own public speaking fear and social anxiety, while Connor messes with him.

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First Chapter

Previous Chapter


       Evan awoke once more in a haze, glad to discover he was in a bed rather then a car.

 Wait.. didn’t he fall asleep on his porch last night? Did he find his key and go in? Was all yesterday just a dream?? He sat up, frantically looking around his couch bed for anything familiar. 

This.. wasn’t his house..

“Oh good you’re awake! I was just about to leave..” A girl about the same age as Evan walked out of the apartment kitchen, “Sorry to kinda scare you by bringing you in here.. I um, I saw you on your porch and didn’t want you freezing.” The girl brought a tray of oatmeal over to Evan and set it on the side table. “Im Alana by the way.” She held out an elegant dark hand. Evan shook it hesitantly, “Im Evan.. Um, Th-thank y-y-you..” He mumbled. 

“Dont mention it! Do you need a ride anywhere? Im going to assume you have a class this morning right?” She sat down on the pull out couch and looked at Evan, expecting an answer.

Evan thought for a moment, his mind going blank. Was he.. Was he supposed to be somewhere? His memory flooded with answers at this.

The class, Connor.

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Prince Owned & Worn Custom Made Pants

A pair of purple grosgrain custom-made pants owned and worn circa 1982-1985 by Prince.  These pants are identical in color and fabric to a jacket Prince wore during a photo session with legendary photographer Richard Avedon on December 22, 1982 (which later appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone’s Prince memorial issue.)

As detailed in the accompanying letter of provenance, these pants were part of group of Prince’s clothes dropped off by Prince’s longtime bodyguard, Big Chick Huntsberry, at a Minneaopolis area dry cleaners in 1985.  The letter notes “The articles of clothing were never picked up; many attempts were made to contact Charles (Big Chick) to no avail.  Charles Huntsberry did leave Prince’s employ sometime in 1985.  This may be the reason the clothing was never claimed.”  It notes that the cleaners had a policy that clothing not claimed after one year was to be discarded or donated.  We purchased these pants from a former employee of the cleaners who had kept them since 1986.

The pants are custom made, with a tiny 25″ waist, a 26 1/2″ inseam and an overall length of 38″.  The construction is very detailed, and even the zipper pull was painted purple originally.

Blog #7 Asian American and Animation - Sailor Moon

As I was born and raised up in Japan, my childhood memories might be different from you especially in TV programs or movies that I used to watch. Some of you may heard about Sailor Moon, I was super huge fun of that anime when I was little. My future goal in kinder garden was be Sailor Moon, and I even tried to cut my bangs to be heart shaped like her… (Its a girl in the middle, good memories) 

Sailor Moon : originally from comic book which started to publish in 1992. After it published, Sailor Moon was animated, there were a musical, and also became as a TV show acted by Japanese actress.  

Before Sailor Moon got hit, Japanese animation was different. It was more about Japanese/ Asian ordinary people’s life and their appearance was more like Asian.  But these girls are different. They have..

  • Small face
  • Big eyes 
  • Colored eyes
  • Colored hair 
  • Long legs
  • White skin

These girls have different appearance which Asian girls deserve to have, and every girls wish to be like them. (Not even kidding, I used to have a hair wigs of Sailor Moon.)  This anime put image of Western girl’s appearance on Asian girls, and many of them started to long to be Sailor Moon. 

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(Look at her hair, its unreal for us, Asian) 

Sailor Moon influences not only on girl’s appearance but also on women’s power especially in Japan/ Asia. In my country, we still often hear the idea of “Woman should stay home and do housework. Man should go out and work.” Especially in the era of late 1980s to 1990s in Japan, there were still inequality between men and women, and women could not be as active as women should be today.  

Then how Sailor Moon influenced on Asian Women? 

The story of Sailor Moon is about young female warrior fight with dark evil/ enemy. Surprisingly, Sailor Moon is the first female power rangers in the history of Japanese comic/ animation. Indeed there were many male warrior like Superman, but there were no female hero at that time. 

(How she battles against her enemy is so powerful and energetic!)  

Moreover, right before Sailor Moon was published, Equal Employment Operation Law was approved in Japan in 1986. Since then, many Japanese women wish to be active in their society, and Sailor Moon was a young woman who gave hope to Japanese /Asian women. She encourages Japanese women to be active in society, and I believe her power raised Japanese women’s power. 

As I said, I was super huge fan of Sailor Moon when I was a little. But I have never thought or even analyzed about Sailor Moon. What she brought in Japanese society especially in the image of appearance has big influence on myself too. Because I was the one who wished to have blond hair and colored eyes. Also, I did not have any idea in the relationship between  women in power and Sailor Moon. But now, it all makes sense, because Sailor Moon is still popular in our society and it is becoming popular in other countries. 

I hope you enjoyed my analysis of Sailor Moon, and makes you interested in our anime culture!  - Natsumi Ueno (Sumi)

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January 15th 1929: Martin Luther King Jr. born

On this day in 1929, the future civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia. Born as Martin King, he and his father changed their names in honour of Protestant reformer Martin Luther. King entered the ministry in his twenties and first came to national attention for his leadership of the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955. This event is considered by many to be the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement, which saw a national struggle to end discrimination against African-Americans. King was one of many leaders, but became the face of the movement for his nonviolent tactics and powerful oratory. In 1963, during the March on Washington, King delivered the crowning speech of the movement - the ‘I have a dream’ speech. Beyond his role in combating racial inequality, King also focused on tackling poverty and advocating peace, especially during the Vietnam War. On April 4th 1968, King was shot and killed by James Earl Ray in Memphis, Tennessee. He lived to see the legislative achievements of the movement - the 1964 Civil Rights Act and 1965 Voting Rights Act - but tragically was unable to continue the push for full equality. The movement King set in motion continues to be fought today; the United States is still not a completely equal society and systemic discrimination persists. However, thanks to Martin Luther King, America is closer to fulfilling King’s dream of a truly free and equal society. Since 1986, a national Martin Luther King Day is celebrated on the third Monday in January.

Today would have been his 88th birthday