Spaceship

We are not going to be able to operate our Spaceship Earth successfully nor for much longer unless we see it as a whole spaceship and our fate as common. It has to be everybody or nobody.

— R. Buckminster Fuller

A Waddle

I don’t remember dreams very often and when I do remember one I have, on occasion, mistaken it for reality. The other night I had a dream I could not mistake for reality, however. I remember thinking I have to remember this image! I don’t know whether this occurred during the dream or whether it was already a memory of the dream. In any case the image still has me smiling two days later.

In my dream I was sitting at my dining room table, looking out of the windows, when a waddle (((a group of penguins on land is called a waddle, in the water they are called a raft – I had to look it up))) of penguins walked across my view, from right to left. They were talking but I don’t speak penguin and didn’t understand. I remember being delighted and that I smiled… and that I really wanted to remember it.

The Cherry Blossom Experiment

The Cherry Blossom Experiment made some headlines around seven years ago.
Link: Scientific American
Link: Washington Post
Link: New Scientist

Male mice were subjected to electric current running through the bottom of their cage. This made them agitated, of course, and they would jump around trying to find ground without current.

Next the scent of cherry blossoms was piped into the cage whenever the current was turned on.

After while the mice would jump around and get agitated upon smelling the cherry blossom scent, even when the current was not on.

Then the male mice were put together with female mice and they had offspring. The male mice were removed before the next generation was born.

This is where it gets very interesting. Remember, the female mice were never subjected to the electric current… Even though the new generation of mice had never seen their fathers and even though their mothers knew nothing of the male mice’s experience, the little mice grew agitated and jumped around when the scent of cherry blossoms was piped into the cage.

Diseases, addictions, depression, they may all originate from us, or perhaps from a great great grandparent. A person’s body shape could be the result of trauma that’s been carried for generations, and not because of their lifestyle choices. We, as well as our ancestors, may have carried a mental or physical pain for hundreds of years, and maybe longer.

I think the biggest takeaway from this is that the idea of being a lone individual is just not tenable anymore. We come into this world carrying the sadness or good fortune of our ancestors.

Sunset

On or Off

Without empathy how can we have compassion? Sometimes it seems like we need to feel less because the world is messed up and sadness could overwhelm us, but the truth is that without sadness the joy is gone, too. Empathy can’t be dispensed selectively. Turn off empathy and soon you feel nothing. It’s the same with seeing ugliness… if you try to turn off seeing ugliness then you also turn off seeing beauty. We can’t have one without the other, it seems to me. Seeing the ugliness that confronts us means also noticing the beauty that is lurking everywhere. On or off is the only choice you have.

I always imagine the gesture Laurence Fishburn makes when he fights Keanu Reeves in The Matrix…

Bring it on.

Camera Angles

Angle #1: USB camera attached to a microphone stand with a rubberband:


Angle #2: USB camera on the floor, held in place with gaff tape:


The main camera was the one in my laptop, most likely the best camera in the bunch.

I was a little worried about the laptop handling three cameras. The processor of my 2015 MacBook was groaning under the load and the fan was running the whole time, but the microphone did a good job of capturing only the guitar. The Earthworks SR40 is an amazing microphone and has been my mic of choice for several years now.

Live Streaming Schedule

The next live-streaming performances are scheduled for next Thursday, July 2nd, @ 7:30pm + the following Tuesday, July 7th, @ 11:30am. Those are Santa Fe times – Mountain Daylight Time.

Links:
https://ottmarliebert.com/stream
https://twitch.tv/ottmarliebert

The performances are free, but a $10 donation is suggested.

Direct Donation Link:
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If you want to send photos from your live-stream experience please email them to me at this address.

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