Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Dan Wilson

I have Elly to thank for hooking up a nice coffee break with the infamous Dan Wilson, lead singer of one of my favorite bands as a teenager. In fact, Semisonic was one of the first concerts I ever went to. AND today I had the pleasure of meeting him.

Thanks Elly! And Dan - you are as lovely in person as you are in concert and on the album cover (I always loved that photo.)

Also as it happens. I was waiting in the cafe and a familiar face walked in. It was Nico, a girl I went to school with at Pratt! Small world. It was so nice to see her. Too bad we didnt have any classes together in school, she's a really kind person.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Shots in J-town


Funny jump shots in J-town. Yeah!? Didn't know my leg could do that.

Sound Club: Jungle Critter



Sound Club is a music program from the early 90s. It's super lo-fi, or as some would say Vintage!!

We've been making music on it for a couple years now, but after all the recent concerts I've been staying up until 3am working on my music projects. I enjoy making the titles as much as the songs.

Here is Jungle Critter. No Sleep.        

Imagine the jungle, or anywhere in nature alive and working in the pitch of dark. We are so safe, quiet and cozy at night in our nearly sterile houses.

This reminds me of a night out with only a blanket, no tent. Listening to all of the nocturnal creatures going about business ...

Check out sound club

Classical Kick!

If you haven't noticed I am on a classical kick. You know they say classical music sharpens your brain power. Let's hope for the best!

My Romanov's favorite classical composer is Balakirev.

We saw Tchaikovsky in Irvine two weeks ago. We were dressed to the 9 but the only tickets left were in the grass. You should have seen us looking like rejects from the White House dinner. We were so far away, the wait to the exit after the show was about 2-miles. Insanity, and everyone around us was trying to get out of the handicap/VIP exit. Someone walked by and slyly slipped us a green pass. It was like a spy flick. We were like, green piece of paper what do we do with that. The guy said follow me under his breath. So we did.

Out of the VIP exit and into their after party.

After eating their cheese, we met the conductor, who was in meet-and-greet mode. It was his debut conducting the entire orchestra, so he was obviously pumped full of adrenaline. Rome asked if he had control over the pieces the orchestra played.

"Of course, yes, of course." He was smiling to everyone around like he was still on spotlight.

Roman took the opportunity to plug his favorite composer Balakirev. The conductor, being Bulgarian, had a field day scoffing at our mispronunciation (which to our non-Slavic ears, sounded no different.) Anyway the bug is in his ear.

For Roman's sake, let's hope he runs with it! Go Islamey!

Balakirev! around 6:35 is why the Pacific Symphony needs to get to business : )

Monday, September 28, 2009

Thomas Yu



I decided to post the cadenza part of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto #3 here. After checking out the difference in the two versions of this part, we found this one on youtube played by Mr. Thomas Yu.

Yu plays the full version. You can hear the difference at 1:15. You will notice an amazing full chord with lots of base. Most pianist play a slightly simplier version without some of the lower melody. Even Rachmaninov played the simplified version, so I imagine many pianist opt this way, not for lack of skill, but because the composer himself recorded this way. Yu impresses with the full version.

And get this, he is an amateur pianist! I found this intriguing so I researched a little. In his spare time he's a dentist!
He won the 2009 Bösendorfer International Piano Competition for Amateurs. You almost want to force him to become a professional just so he will have to continue playing at that level.

You can watch the entire 1st movement of this performance on his website. He's quite handsome. This piece was recorded for French television at the Le Grand Amphitheatre de La Sorbonne (isn't it beautiful, especially the ceiling?) He is performing with the Orchestre de Convservatoire de Paris, conducted by Pierre Michael Dureand.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Rachmaninov at USC

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We saw Rachmaninov's #3 last night in concert at USC!

Wow. They were good. It was fun to see the university orchestra. You could tell the parts they had practiced a million times. It was like the air in the auditorium became charged with their nerves. The hair on the back of my neck stood up. We were all unconsciously holding our breath for them. Piano Concerto #3 is a very difficult piece, even for professionals. However, they pulled off a fine performance. The pianist, Keenan Reeson was great as well as the conductor, Larry Livingston, who you could tell was very proud of his bunch.

On the way home, Romanov gave the very convincing argument that pianist should use the fuller version of the cadenza in the 1st Movement. This discussion was supported using renditions by Van Cliburn (pictured) and Vladimir Ashkenazy.

If you don't know what I'm talking about you should head over to Concertos and Cheese and get some schooling.

(This is our sophisticated blog. Instead of enjoying the age-old mix of classical music and wine, or the delicate matching of wine and cheese, we match cheese and classical music.)

Ugly or not.... here I come

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Usually you see these shoes on older ladies in Santa Monica, who have paid gardeners.

Yes, they aren't especially attractive. BUT.......

listen.

When I first went to Cambodia, I was wearing flip-flops everyday. It was raining then and the sandals were fine for sloshing through the streets. But when I visited the city's garbage dump to visit families and help out with Nader's clinic, the shoes weren't cutting it.

I got scraped up with glass; my shoes got momentarily lost in sludge; the fabric was impossible to clean. There was no way to bring sneakers out there. And it was way too hot for boots. Solution? :

These Holy shoes!
- you can get them so disgustingly nasty, but they still wash up perfectly.
- you can wash your feet up perfectly
- they let air in and are nice and cool
- they have rubbery traction,
- I climbed around on the rocks at the beach and they were better than sneakers or barefoot
- they float when you lose them in the water
- they protect you from glass, splinters, cockroaches, and big spiders
- they are lighter and more flexible


..trade off, they are big and cluncky. ...and GW wears them.

people give me heat for wearing them, but don't knock it 'til you try it.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

50$ for some crayons word



I found these crayon rings designed by Timothy Liles on several design journals and was so excited to get some for my artist friends. I'm always on the look out for fun gifts. That was until I scampered off to buy them. $50 for 8! haha..haha...

They never mass produce the cool stuff. You could probably make a mold and melt down regular crayons, but they'll be really chunky and globular..

Monday, September 21, 2009

Tea-zing and Mountain Dreaming

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After really tasty Himalayan tea the other night, I started thinking about travels to Nepal, Tibet, India all of those spicy mystical lands. I can’t bear the cold, but if I could I think I would be an alpine mountain climber.


A friend of ours who lives high in the Sierras used to be a mountain climber. He tackled walls all over the Sierras for years before he became an EMT. For a long time he supplied me with assorted climbing books. One particularly special book was an original printing of Tenzing Norgay’s biography, Tigers of the Snow.

Tenzing Norgay was a main character in man’s long-winded and often arrogant mission to conquer the tallest mountain in the world. Norgay was a member of nearly every climbing mission launched between the thirties and mid-fifties, and in 1953 he was partners with Edmond Hillary when the two finally reached the top of Mount Everest.

Norgay’s story represents the breach of a frontier in more ways than his climbing. His perspective is a rare and fascinating view of the dynamic between Sherpas and their Western climbing partners. During this time, globalism was still in its infancy for better or worse. So both the Sherpa and Westerners were unaccustomed to the other's culture. It seems a majority of the Western climbers were clinging to old colonialist ways of thinking. Norgay's language is simple, but he struggled to understand and articulate why he felt subjugated by many of the climbing teams though he was the guide.

What he does convey is the Sherpa's simple way of life and the shock and awe later inspired by cars and bicycles. It's hard to imagine life with out vehicles. He describes travel as leaving the back door and just walking. What a different world.

In Khumbu glacial valley, where he grew up, life involved only a handful of objectives: eat enough food, tend the yaks, stay warm. A disease killed off most of his family’s yaks, so ran away to look for work. He found himself in Darjeeling and eventually got involved with the Sherpa outfits.
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Sherpa is actually the name of the population living in the Himalayan area. They are known to be naturally acclimatized to the elevation, which makes them excellent guides and porters for climbing expeditions. And for this reason, outside of the region their name has become synonymous with climbing. In an expedition, sherpas go back and forth between camps toting extra gear, tents, kitchen paraphernalia, food, medical equipment and any other camp essential. In total, they probably climb the mountain about 20 times for one trip made by a foreigner.

This became Norgay's livilihood and he quickly built a name for himself. In off months he stayed in Darjeeling. Early on, he got married and had a son. He spent most of his time away and after his wife died, he married her cousin just to have someone to look after his son. He worked as a Sherpa through several scouting missions and five fool-hearty Everest attempts.

In 1952, Norgay embarked for Everest with a promising team of Swiss climbers, among them, Robert Lambert, who would become Norgay's good friend and climbing partner. Norgay talks about how the Swiss team and especially Lambert treated him like a friend and partner rather than just a worker like so many of the other teams.

Together they nearly made it. Frozen and clawing the final feet they realized that they might reach the summit, but they would never make it back. So to save their lives, they had to turn around at roughly 20,000ft. Later Norgay admitted that he wished he had summited with his good friend Robert Lambert.



A year later, Tenzing set out on his 7th Everest attempt with a British-led expedition including New Zealand climber Edmund Hillary. Early in the expedition, Norgay saved Hillary’s life by making a very efficient emergency belay as Hillary was sliding into a crevasse. Hillary singled him out to be his climbing partner in the push for the top. Norgay noted that the British equipment far exceeded the Swiss equipment. With the advanced gear and improved insulation in the suits and boots, Norgay thought that the Swiss team a year before would have summitted. But alas the British won out.



On May 29, 1953, Norgay and Hillary crawled over the final edge, which has become known as the Hillary Step and they stood on top of the world. Norgay carried his friend Lambert’s red scarf and tied it to the flag pole on top.

Tenzing was the only one who got his picture taken, probably much to the chagrin of Hillary who said, “Tenzing didn’t know how to use the camera and the top of Everest wasn’t the place to learn.”

The first men on the highest point in the world. They were overnight sensations. Hillary was knighted; Norgay was given medals. The celebration engulfed them. Sadly it wasn’t long before the public began chipping away at the effort, pressing for who actually reached the summit first. Tenzing remarked that "To a mountaineer, it's of no great consequence who actually sets foot first. Often the one who puts more into the climb steps back and lets his partner stand on top first." Hillary callously claimed in an interview that he "reached down and pulled Tenzing up."

Norgay, while dealing with the tacit racial and class barriers between his fellow Sherpa and the British climbers, was also caught in a conquistador’s crow nest. Having attempted the mountain numerous times before, the desire to conquer Everest undoubtedly ran in his veins. But unlike the foreign climbers, Norgay and his Sherpa team had a cultural bond with the land and the mountain - which they called Chomolungma - Mother of the Earth. They felt the mountain's spirit without care for the gadgets and equipment of the Westerners. They could almost hear the mountain speaking; they could almost ask and know when to climb and when not to. They were sure to visit the shrine at the base of the mountain for a fortuitous journey and they gave thanks to appease the spirit when they returned safely. Climbing to the summit was spiritually elevating. In an almost comical contrast, Hillary’s viewpoint give a good estimate of the mental divide within the team. Upon his arrival back to camp, Hillary's infamous first words were, "Well, George, we knocked the bastard off!"

They may have conquered its height one day in May, but the mountain, nature in all her grandeur is in control. After the summit, Hillary assumed that the quest to top Everest was finished, but the years since have proven him very wrong.

As equipment has advanced and routes have been roped, now pretty much anyone with 40 grand can try. In 1995 the first blind man summitted Everest, more of an accomplishment for his guide than anything.

With little regulation and hordes of teams making attempts, nature was bound to put man in his place.

And she did in 1996.

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An unexpected blizzard caused incredible mayhem above the last camp. Climbers were scattered like shipwreck in what they call “the death zone” because the climate is so severe there literally is a clock ticking. In the chaos of snow, ice, and wind, skill became irrelevant. Team leaders were trapped near the summit, amateurs were left for dead in a snow drift. The death toll in one night was more than the previous ?10 years. And it seems like everyone was there.

Ed Viesturs, one of the greatest mountaineer in history, who has climbed all of the Himalayan peaks above 26,000 ft WITHOUT oxygen, was leading an IMAX expedition with, as it happens, Tenzing Norgay’s own son, Jamling.

Jamling Norgay recounts the horrors along with his memories of his father in the book, Touching My Father's Soul.

Also on the mountain in a different team that got scattered at the summit when a blizzard descended was Jon Krakauer, well-known war corresponant in man's battle with nature. He details his haunting experience in his book Into Thin Air.

Meanwhile, Beck Weathers an amateur in the same expedition was balled up on the side of the mountain. He tells all about one of most unbelievable survivals in mountaineering history in his book Left for Dead.

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As you can see the mountain has gotten a lot of play in the press. Upturning so many lives, just read Krakauer's book. Man's attempt to conquer nature leaves an indelible print. Because we are not rock and ice, the journey is not objective. Death has a psychic pull. It is invigorating, but scarring at the same time. To the men who cannot sleep at night because of their traumatic experiences, to the families of those that lost husbands and fathers on the mountain, was it worth it?

Tenzing's life was the mountain. He was lucky and survived, but reading his son's book, is a heart-breaking look at not an international hero, but a father who was more consumed with a mountain than his own family.

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This is a good article on the two men by National Geographic Adventure remembering Hillary in 2003 when he died.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Himalayan Tea

No South Indian food tonight, but Himalayan! We had a good 10 minute conversation
with a fanatic about how good the tea was. I will try to recreate it with this recipe.

- 1 tbsp(15ml) fennel seeds
- 6 cardamom pods
- 12 cloves
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/4(5mm) in ginger root, chopped
- 1/2 tsp (2.5ml) black peppercorns
- 2 bay leaves
- 6 tbsp(90ml) soft light brown sugar
- 5 cups(1.5L) water
- 2 tbsp(30ml) Darjeeling tea (probably any black tea would be ok)
- 8 fl oz (250ml) milk

1. Place all the ingredients except the tea and milk in a pan and bring to boil. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

2. Remove from heat, stir in the tea and let infuse for 10 minutes.

3. Add the milk, return to boil then strain and serve.

Dosas



Dreaming about dosas today. I would probably transport myself to the dosa place in Cambodia before going to India. I know that doesn't make sense. But when you know a place and it's that good, you just can't get it out of your taste buds.

Friday, September 18, 2009

The Future of Food

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This is a cause that I feel very strongly about. In a few years, I predict that this will be a front-and-center issue in politics and media, but by that time it could very well be too late.

Genetic Modification.
You've heard about it, what's the big deal?

GM crops are fast growing and somewhat resistant to drought and insects. These companies will try to support the huge production of GM foods by saying: more food means an end to world hunger, but do not be deceived. Does more food matter if it is not fit for human consumption?

Scientists are splicing foreign DNA into our food. Insecticides along with other animal proteins are replacing plant DNA. Spider eye proteins in soy, jellyfish DNA in corn, like regular witches they are mixing up a concoction that we are a little too eager to consume.

Playing God. yet they have neither the intellect, intuition, nor the motivation to walk in those footsteps. They may say it is for the good of humanity, but look at the money.

The Terminator Seeds developed by the agro-giant Monsanto only have one life span; thus requiring farmers to buy a whole new supply of seeds every season, instead of preserving their own seed banks. This way Monsanto and its affiliates have a steady profit.

There’s so much money involved, they’ve basically steamrolled the opposition. Many scientists have warned about possible health complications related to GM foods, but they've gotten no airtime. Instead we are bombarded with marketing for corn, soy, and canola*, not surprisingly the most genetically modified crops. And conveniently those three in the form of corn syrup, soybean oil, and canola oil are in just about any packaged item.

So the plant has insect repellant built into its genes. The insects won't eat it, but why should we? The chickens can smell it a mile away, but unfortunately, we seem to have lost our instincts.

By introducing new toxins into our bodies; could we be looking at yet another reason cancer and diabetes are through the roof, or why immune systems are so damaged, why everyone is getting the flu and on antibiotics, or why the pharmaceutical companies continue to grow?





I like the note: that neither of them ate the GM stick.


*If you have irritable bowels, heartburn, acne, headaches, or dizziness, look into food allergies. Try dropping corn, soy, canola or wheat for a few weeks and see what happens. You may be surprised. I found I had an allergy to corn.

Music Mix 09



Emily Wells - Symphony 6: Fair Thee Well & the Requiem Mix(...found after researching the Hotel Cafe tour. I've heard a lot of good artists live at HC and looked into the tour after seeing the poster at the cafe.)

Emily Wells - Symphony 10: Could This Really Be the End?

Thao Nguyen - Beat (Health Life and Fire)(...also found on the Hotel Cafe tour.)

Thao Nguyn - Bag of Hammers

Bon Iver - Skinny Love (....I can't remember online.)

Bon Iver - Creature Fear

Jaques Dutronc - Le Plus Difficile (....heard in a French cafe in Siem Reap, Cambodia with my good
friend who was missing her French boyfriend. The bartender went on a rave about social workers while Dutronc played in the background.)

Jacques Dutronc - Il Est Cinq Heures, Paris S'√Čveille (..truthfully I could do without the flute, but I like the melody of the lyrics.)

Cars - Just What I Needed (....revived after I heard it on the radio. Don't taint it with the video. The base player sings this song.)

Cure - Friday I'm in love (.....also revived.)

Imogen Heap - Hide & Seek (...found by my Mr. "The only decent song made with those stupid synthesizers")

Timberland remixed by Mun& SreyPov - Ram Nueng Khnyom (.....dance song from Cambodia. Basically they snagged a Timberland song and put Cambodian lyrics to it. But tried to match the Khmer lyrics with the original video, so looks like Timberland, Timberlake and Nelly Furtado know Cambodian, ha!)

Maia Hirasawa - South Again (...random youtube find. I really like that she has dark circles under her eyes, au natural. go get some sleep : )

The Highwaymen - Highwayman (...my Mr. and I got into some power ballads. Who are the Highwaymen? Well, Willie Nelson is the Highwayman, Kris Kristofferson is just a sailor, Waylon Jennings is a dam-builder and good ole Johnny Cash just flies a starship now.)

Jerry Reed - West Bound and Down (..our theme song. "We gonna do what they say can't be done.")

Elizaveta - Belle of Ball (...I'm putting my friend on the mix, because she's so talented and I love the melody of this song.)

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Dylan Avery: america does have a hero

We saw Dylan Avery at the Q and A on Friday night. I have to say it was a pleasure to meet him, given all that we have collectively been through since the WTC fell. Here's a guy who has dedicated his life to the cause.

He was only 18 when this all started. Apparently he was playing around, making a fictional film about government conspiracy and the WTC disaster. Of course as he was researching, he began to uncover the bulk of what we know today. Obviously, he wasn't the only one looking, but Avery's power is the camera and whether it was right time, right disposition, right cause, he had a tool to reach millions. And he used it.

“I started researching 9/11 and I found an article on the World Trade Center—someone had posted a picture of a controlled demolition and then a picture of the World Trade Center collapsing. And I was like, Wow, O.K. And then you find one article and that article links to 10 others, and before you know it you’re up until six in the morning. It’s crazy, the information takes over.”

He started relaying the information to his childhood friend Rowe, who was stationed in Afghanistan with the 101st Airborne Division, 187th Infantry. (“I didn’t believe it at first,” Rowe later told me. “I was like, things are wrong, but they’re not that wrong.”)

“It wasn’t supposed to be true,” Avery said. “And then I started realizing that, you know, we were lied to. And then it was: Well, do I keep making this a fictional film, or do I focus on the real thing and write about what really happened? And that’s where I went with it.”

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“You have to be a skeptic. You can’t believe anything someone tells you just because they told you to. Especially your government, and especially your media—the two institutions that are put there to control you. And you’re going to tell me you’re going to take their word for everything? I don’t think so.”

“I really think there’s going to be anger. There’s going to be a lot of anger. I think a lot of people are really pissed off and I think that the people that aren’t pissed off are going to be even more pissed off than the people that already are. Because when it becomes irrefutable public record that 9/11 was done by our government the shit is gonna hit the fan. People are going to be upset. You can’t stop it. People say, Aw, we need a peaceful revolution. We need to peacefully change things. Trust me, that’s a great idea—I’m all for it. But Americans are violent, especially when they’ve been lied to, especially over something like this. So much has been lost because of 9/11— I mean, families have been shattered. There’s so much pain. So many people have just got—f**ked. It’s the only way to put it."
- from interview with Vanity Fair magazine.

I have so much disappointment in journalism nowadays. I mean here is a perfect example. This article in Vanity Fair was supposed to be a legitimate respectful interview, but the author, along with every other mainstream journalist, feels the need to distance herself from the content, just in case.

This issue that divides the women from mice and all we see again and again is cowardice. By now, we all know the facts don't add up, but they continue to preface their reports with defunct words like "conspiracy theorist," "crackpot," "tin hats" just to save their own skin. As this gigantic thing unravels, we see what people are made of…


Closing with words from the X:

"If you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything"

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Loose Change: American Coup Premiere


Opening of Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup last night! The film looked to be very well done*, particularly interesting was the new footage from eye-witness and former New York Housing Authority Emergency Coordinator, Barry Jennings.




Jennings’ testimony basically reveals that WTC building 7 was demolished. He, along with his colleague Michael Hess, were trapped in WTC 7 for close to eight hours. An explosion underneath caused the stairwell they were standing on to crumble away. When the rescue team was finally able to reach them, they had to crawl through the rubble that was once the building's lobby.

The official report from the 9-11 Commission is that building 7 collapsed at 5pm September 11 due to damage from residual debris. Jennings' testimony, along with footage of the building falling at free-fall speed and Silverstein's slip of tongue ("We made the decision to pull the building"), all reveal blaring inconsistencies with the official report.

Michael Hess has since recanted his testimony. Jennings unfortunately is dead.

Shortly after this interview with the Loose Change team, Jenning's was killed. The Loose Change team immediately hired a PI to investigate. Within weeks, they received a message from the PI saying the investigation should be turned over to the police and under no circumstances should they be contacted about the case again.

So those are some of the new developments that this most recent Loose Change details, focusing specifically on the aftermath of the disaster and how our governance has chanced since.

The film will be released September 22, 2009.


*We caught the last 20 or 30 minutes because traffic is horrible here that time of day.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Stop calling it 9-11




A little bit of patriotism from your local fast food joint.

I've got my zeal for the cause - but I'm afraid it's just too late. The World Trade Center destruction will always be 9-11, as hokey as it still sounds.

Just another catch-phrase, spun at us in 3D-cutting-edge-graphics from the CG offices at CNN, NBC, etc....... Tornado '03: The Disaster............ The War Desk: Getting Out Alive: The Jessica Lynch "Story"......... Terror in Your Food: Deadly Contamination in Tomatoes, Spinach, Pickles, Onion, lettuce, turkey, on a sesame seed bun.... At least there's still Burger King. Maybe the bun is not quarantined.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Charlie Sheen's talking

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Charlie Sheen, using his fame for change (real change), writes a creative letter (in the form of a script) to the President of the United States. In it, he plays out a conversation with the president making the case for a new investigation into the WTC disaster.

On this 8th anniversary, let's see how Obama responds (if he responds at all).... stay tuned.



Charlie Sheen addresses President Obama publically.

The letter sent reads as followed:

I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with our 44th President of the United States of America, Barack Hussein Obama, while he was out promoting his health care reform initiative. I requested 30 minutes given the scope and detail of my inquiry; they said I could have 20. Twenty minutes, 1200 seconds, not a lot of time to question the President about one of the most important events in our nation’s history. The following is a transcript of our remarkable discussion.

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Trade in

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It would just be fun to dig for a shirt as if it were a treasure.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

999999999999999



9-9-09 and 99 Universal Truths

Part I: The Big Picture

1 - Sub Species Aeternitatis --- see from the perspective, or the aspect of eternity.
2 - Esse quam videri ---be, rather than seem
3 - "Fate Loves The Fearless." - James Russell Lowell
4 - Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow might not come. You have only today. Get started 
5 -  Man is given dominion over his soul.
6 - Nothing and Nothing equals Nothing
7 - Development must not bother with time.
8 - You'll Never Make it to Ithaca (Unless you went to college there.)
9 - If you are lost, you can spend a lifetime looking for nothing.
10 - The difference between ignorance and apathy would be "I don't know and I don't care" 



Part II: Lighten your load

11 - Masaccio should have been a ninja turtle.
12 - Ride a unicycle to work.
13 - Royal D
14 - Nothing can go wrong-o; I'm in the Congo.
15 - Save the last bite of pancake for your darling.
16 - French toast should not be powdered.
17 - If toast always lands butter-side down and cats always land on their feet, what happens when you strap a piece of toast to a cat’s back and throw it? – S.Wright
18 - Drawing is good for your brain; better than computering.  
19 - “A word to the wise ain't necessary, it's the stupid ones who need the advice.” - bill cosby

Part III: Sage Advice

21 - Good people …do not speak vain words and are the same in good fortune and bad. - Buddha
22 - The divine mystery is in everything that exists - Plato
23 - As the pattern gets more intricate and subtle being swept along is no longer enough.
24 - If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should see sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility. - Longfellow
25 - The world is in a bad way, gentlemen. - Nikolay Gogal
26 - If a man has not found something he is willing to die for, he isn't fit to live. - MLKJ
27 - Do not be afraid to stand alone if it is for the sake of truth. - Oscar Romero
28 - Anyone who tackles an important task must forget himself - A. Adler
29 - If you do what you've always done, you will get what you've always gotten.
30 - The fool who persists in his folly will become wise. –W.Blake
31 - Akluger farshtait fun ain vort tsvai. A wise man hears one word and understands two (Yiddish proverb)
32 - The lover is made happier by his love than the object of his affection. -RW Emerson
33 - The one thing valued is the active soul, free, sovereign, unencumbered. -RW
34 - Sir, love your solitude and try to sing out with the pain it causes you.  - Rilke
35 - Doubt is the beginning not the end of wisdom.
36 - Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assh*les.” ~ William Gibson.
37 - Give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize other.
- Christian D Larson
38 - You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. - Gandhi
39 - We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. ~ Oscar Wilde
40 - It is only important to.regard the world, ourselves and all beings with love, admiration and respect. – H.Hesse

Part IV: Oh the Emotions

41 - Try kick boxing or cycling 
42 - Do not share details of your relationship with others. 
43 - Don’t say anything about another that you would not say to their face. Be a little more honest to their face.
44 - Don’t go to sleep angry.
45 - Mad is Sad disguised
46 - Crying releases neurotransmitters that help heal the body.
47 - Stop looking for trouble
48 - One must be kind, forgiving and embracing of others.
49 - You must never compare your progress or state of mind with another.
50 - First thought in the morning should be your goal, your mission.



Part V: On Faith 

51 - While God waits for his temple to be built of love, men bring stones. - Tagore
52 - Loving someone is the hardest thing you can do, and the most rewarding
53 - There's good and bad in everyone, which side will you show
54 - Be humble
55 - It takes faith to believe and courage not to, and who's to say where the truth lies.
56 - When one loses the deep intimate relationship with nature, then temples, mosques and churches become important. ~ Krishnamurti
57 - Be compassionate
58 - Your body is a gift, in any shape that it comes, it is a vessel for your experiences.
59 - Consciousness expresses itself through creation. This world we live in is the dance of the creator. Dancers come and go in the twinkling of an eye but the dance lives on. - Michael Jackson


Part VI: Cambodia 101

60 - Pick your nose.
61 - Don’t pick you teeth.
62 - It’s all about sop bai. Happiness is all!
63 - Never have three people in a photograph.
64 - The karma (scarf) has a million uses.
65 - Wear PJs to the market, to dinner, to the park, anywhere!
66 - Put condensed milk in your coffee.
67 - Eat RICE everyday for the rest of your life.
68 - The moh cams you. The mosquito bites you. No way out.
69 - Never walk away from the fan.
70 - There is only one land of cardomom and mango

Part VII: Art

71 -  Talking about music is like Dancing about Architecture. - Elvis Costello
72 - Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self. ~ Cyril Connolly
73 - Shock is not necessarily the recipe for good art
74 - What if you....
75 - Practice drawing what you see daily, keep sketchbook
76 - If there's so much comedy on television. Does that cause comedy in the streets? ~Dick Cavett 
77 - What's on the paper or canvas is a byproduct of your ability to see (and think)
78 - Train yourself by drawing with your eyes closed, with your left hand, without looking at the paper
79 - Details make a drawing, even if technically it's crap, details make it good
80 - Be patient, be critical. Don't settle for something you aren't in love with

Part VIII: Travel

81 - Go alone on at least one big trip in your life.
82 - Don't hide behind your camera.
83 - Say yes to most things.
84 - Try to learn the language, even if you are there for a day. You will make friends.
85 - Consider what your trip would be like if you dressed just like the locals.
86 - Always keep a detailed journal
87 - Save the tours for old age, get out and roam around.
88 - Fear (and mosquitoes) are your greatest enemy.
89 - Don't pack much, consider buying clothing at your destination if it's inexpensive.
90 - Try to make at least one friend in a place that you will keep in touch with.

Part IX: Lessons

91 - If you keep having the same problem, you haven't learned your lesson yet.
92 - Listen to your gut.
93 - Words should be used as tools of communication and not as a substitute for action.
94 - Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't. ~ Erica Jong
95 - Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week.
96 - It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. ~ Harry Truman
97 - Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.
98 - Reputation is what other people know about you. Honor is what you know about yourself. ~ Lois Bujold
99 - If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story. ~    Orson Welles



I know you want one more....

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Boating in the Ocean



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We took J's raft out into the ocean. I've never been so land-sick in my life. Every muscle, bone, tissue, facia, tendon, ligament, nerve, vessel and cell wanted to get back to land immediately, which is a shame because...

...there were dolphins swimming around us, schools of fish beneath us, sea birds above, seals, and waves. It was truly like a curses. The dolphins could've been singing Disney tunes, I could think was get me to shore.

The sights were beautiful, but what idiots take a blow up raft from Kmart out into the ocean. I can't decide if it was a bad idea or if I am just done with ocean exploration. I prefer the mountains and my bike.

Adventures: Jalama Beach



We took a trip to Jalama Beach this past weekend to soak up the last of summer beach and camping time. The name Jalama is pronounced Halama a la espanol; we call it Jambalaya because we are idiots and like Cajun. The beach is tucked very far back into the penisula above Santa Barbara. It's a hot spot for crazy surfers, because the wind and currents are very powerful in this exposed area of the ocean; we found that first hand.



The drive out to the beach is a daunting, but beautiful 13-mile snake of road. Spotted some crop circles! Seriously. We got well acquainted with the road because we road back and forth like porters, oops forgot ketchup, let's take the 1.5 hour drive again. Don't ask.




Amazing cliffs and a sparce population of beach-goers.


Our campsite, up on the hill overlooking everyone. Despite the remote location, camping is pretty packed. We were in between two families from South Korea, basically they squeezed us out with their huge tents and full-scale kitchens. And we had to endure the smell of delicious sizzling BBQ and Kim Chi, while J and I roasted a dried marshmallow over the fire.


The wind picks up at the beach..

...and up..

oh and this isn't even the half of it...