Archive for 2006-04

Vegetables Fight Global Warming

02006-04-30 @ 14:04

Vegetables Fight Global Warming |
It turns out there’s something anyone can do right now to make a big impact on global warming, says one climate researcher: Eat more veggies.

A new study of how much greenhouse gas is released into the atmosphere by the production of food shows that the difference between a meat-based and plant-based diet amounts to the same as driving an SUV versus a small sedan.

Not surprising. As one moves up in the food chain more space and energy is needed to provide the food. It’s only a question of time before humanity will have to become vegetarian.

Baghdad Oud

02006-04-29 @ 13:04

Music: The Baghdad Lute – Naseer Shamma

Another Ud CD. In England it’s ud, in the USA mostly oud. I think I am just going to switch back and forth… Found the CD at amazon – see direct link above – and enjoy the music very much. On track #5 he used his fingers instead of the plectrum commonly used – and apparently this is an ancient oud technique, as sculptures and inscriptions show. A technique “used nowadays for the flamenco guitar”, as the liner notes point out.

Asked Rahim AlHaj – check out his updated web site – what he thought of Naseer Shamma, and he wrote this: Nasser Shamma is a good friend of mine. He graduated a few years before me. He is an incredible musician. In fact he is the best oud player in the world right now. We compete against each other in a good way. I admire him very much.

Well, we should support these incredible musicians by buying their CDs. There is very obviously a great wealth of wonderful musicians out of Baghdad. Ah, and I think by the end of next week you should be able to buy and download two of Rahim’s albums from the ListeningLounge.

400 Dead Dolphins

02006-04-29 @ 11:04

400 Dead Dolphins Found Off African Coast – Yahoo! News
ZANZIBAR, Tanzania – Hundreds of dead dolphins washed up Friday along the shore of a popular tourist destination on Zanzibar’s northern coast, and scientists ruled out poisoning. It was not immediately clear what killed the 400 dolphins, whose carcasses were strewn along a 2 1/2-mile stretch of Nungwi, said Narriman Jidawi, a marine biologist at the Institute of Marine Science in Zanzibar. But the bottleneck dolphins, which live in deep offshore waters, had empty stomachs, meaning that they could have been disoriented and were swimming for some time to reorient themselves. They did not starve to death and were not poisoned, Jidawi said.

In the United States, experts were investigating the possibility that sonar from U.S. submarines could have been responsible for a similar incident in Marathon, Fla., where 68 deep-water dolphins stranded themselves in March 2005.

A U.S. Navy task force patrols the East Africa coast as part of counterterrorism operations. A Navy official was not immediately available for comment, but the service rarely comments on the location of submarines at sea.

Also see THIS, THIS, THIS, and THIS.
Thanks Carol.

Forests in Southeast Asia

02006-04-29 @ 10:04

Forests in Southeast Asia Fall to Prosperity’s Ax – New York Times
The Indonesian government has signed a deal with China that will level much of the remaining tropical forests in an area so vital it is sometimes called the lungs of Southeast Asia. For China, the deal is a double bounty: the wood from the forest will provide flooring and furniture for its ever-expanding middle class, and in its place will grow vast plantations for palm oil, an increasingly popular ingredient in detergents, soaps and lipstick.
(Via Treehugger)

I get the feeling it’s going to get a whole lot worse before it’s going to get better.

Corolla or Prius

02006-04-28 @ 21:04

Wired 14.05: How can I be more green?
Should I ditch my old Toyota Corolla and buy a Prius? Hybrids get better mileage, but it takes energy to build a new car, right?

Right – but the green choice is still the Prius. Manufacturing accounts for approximately 10 percent of the energy consumed by an automobile during its life cycle. Gas burned by the engine makes up almost everything else. So if a 1993 Corolla gets 27.5 miles per gallon and a 2006 Prius gets 55 mpg, you should earn back the energy ‘investment’ that went into making the hybrid in about four years. Additionally, by purchasing a Prius, you help tilt the economies of scale in favor of hybrids. Toyota’s hybrid technology is still relatively expensive, but production costs will come down as more Priuses are sold. And the more Priuses that fill the roads, the more consumers will view them as a legitimate option for their next car, rather than just trendy eco-boxes for Hollywood do-gooders.

Right on.

States Sue Over Global Warming

02006-04-28 @ 17:04

Wired News: States Sue Over Global Warming
Ten states fired a new legal salvo at the federal government Thursday in a long-running court battle over global warming and pollution from power plants.

The states, joined by environmental groups, sued the Environmental Protection Agency over its decision not to regulate carbon dioxide pollution as a contributor to global warming.

I think we will see a lot more of this. First states will sue, then we will see Farmers sue, then people and communities whose property is swallowed by water etc…

Next Green Revolution

02006-04-27 @ 18:04

Wired 14.05: The Next Green Revolution
Americans trash the planet not because we’re evil, but because the industrial systems we’ve devised leave no other choice. Our ranch houses and high-rises, factories and farms, freeways and power plants were conceived before we had a clue how the planet works. They’re primitive inventions designed by people who didn’t fully grasp the consequences of their actions.

Great article from Wired Mag.

Nouveau Flamenco – two takes

02006-04-27 @ 16:04

eGoh – Blog Archive: Nouveau Flamenco – two takes

Feedster found another review by a person who saw/heard the Redwood City show. Well, I am just happy that it worked and we both – you as the participant/audience and me as the participant/performer – enjoyed it. I mean I don’t know what would be worse: if you enjoyed but I hated it or if I enjoyed it and you hated it… I am certainly looking forward to doing more solo shows. Here is another photo from the show at the Triple Door – this one is by Naheed Ismail.
Ottmar by Naheed Ismael - 2
And here is another photo by Ritch Fuhrer:
Ottmar by Ritch Fuhrer - 1

Out of the Blue

02006-04-25 @ 23:04

Out_Of_The_Blue-Andrew_Gaskins_Remix.mp3 (audio/mpeg Object)
Sometimes when you ask, you receive… check out the above linked remix/collage of Out of the Blue by Andrew Gaskins. Very nice music.


02006-04-25 @ 19:04

360º #5

Energy Efficiency

02006-04-25 @ 19:04

Dark Days For Energy Efficiency – Yahoo! News
Across the board, federal funding for energy efficiency is taking a major hit. In the White House’s proposed 2007 budget, efficiency spending is down 17% overall from 2006 appropriations, and 25% from levels in 2002. The cuts are deeper for individual programs. Research to help industry reduce energy use is slated for a 30% decrease, and some programs are being shut down.

Is that smart? I don’t think so.
Thanks Salma

Each meeting is unique

02006-04-24 @ 22:04

Ichi-go ichi-e – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ichi-go ichi-e (一期一会, literally ‘one time, one meeting’) is a Japanese term that describes a cultural concept often linked with famed tea master Sen no Rikyu. The term is often translated as ‘for this time only,’ ‘never again,’ or ‘one chance in a lifetime.’

Ichi-go ichi-e is linked with Zen Buddhism and concepts of transience. The term is particularly associated with the Japanese tea ceremony, and is often brushed onto scrolls which are hung in the tea room. In the context of tea ceremony, ichi-go ichi-e reminds participants that each tea meeting is unique.

Thanks Y.

Assorted Monday Thoughts

02006-04-24 @ 18:04

âž² I would love to hear somebody using my solo guitar recordings for remixes. Hm, maybe remixes that are NOT dance-mixes… remixes that don’t have a big beat… remixes that are more like collages…

âž² Nice: spending almost 3 days in a great city.

âž² Nice: the accord case with my guitar is soooo light and small and a joy to fly with…

âž² Nice: reading the May issue of Vanity Fair on the plane from Oakland to Albuquerque. Well done and highly recommended reading. Let’s face it, please: Global Warming is not a partisan issue and we all need to pull together. When the house is burning, we don’t start bickering over how the fire was started, we grab a bucket and help put the fire out!


02006-04-24 @ 16:04

Ottmar Liebert Seattle 4/22 - 9
Nice photo by MC. Click on the photo to see more of his pics.

I am very happy with the three solo performances I gave this weekend. I made some silly rookie mistakes – for example I did not repeat the questions people were asking me, which meant that people in the back were left wondering what I was talking about – but the overall result was good, much better than I expected in fact. I enjoyed playing solo very much (no, it won’t ever replace performing with a band because it is completely different) and the audience was so receptive both to my music and my words that I am looking forward to doing more solo shows, either later this year or in 2007.

My next experiment? I want to add a slideshow from my laptop, connected to a video projector. I would show my photos: Santa Fe, New Mexico, landscapes, skies, macro etc… I would also create a series of words and sayings that would be projected while I am talking – maybe even while I am playing guitar… Cleverly used, words could sometimes contradict and sometimes underscore what I say. They could add background to a story, serve as an explanation, or even present a different angle altogether. I would come up with a few dozen “sayings” or word-combinations which could play at random behind me. This adds another element and of course this new element will either distract or enhance.

I will just have to try this sometime and see it in action in order to come to a conclusion. On one hand I love the simplicity of performing with just a guitar and a microphone, on the other hand it might be nice to bring my own photos to the performance. Distraction or enhancement…

Memory from Seattle: after midnight, before taking the elevator up to a room above the club, I looked over at the stage one last time. In the middle of it remained a lone chair.


02006-04-24 @ 15:04

Beyond the Beyond
Luigi Colani is a sculptor, painter, flight engineer, technical designer and city planner by occupation, but aerodynamicists, 3-D and form philosopher from passion.

A Colani Design Centre with a large Colani Research Centre was opened in Karlsruhe, Germany, in April 2002. His automobile, industrial and furniture designs have won many coveted prizes all over the world.

He is currently professor at the Tong-Ji University, in Shanghai.

Colani was my hero when I was in artschool in the Seventies. With him teaching in Shanghai I am keeping my eyes peeled for a Chinese design revolution.


02006-04-24 @ 15:04

~C4Chaos: Red ~C Diary: Super Colossal is Super Coolossal!
If Ottmar Liebert strips his guitar playing into the basics, Joe Satriani takes guitar playing into the godly worlds of imagination. Ottmar’s approach is like Zen. He paints his music with flawless strokes like a master Zen calligrapher would write on a biodegradable scroll. Joe Satriani is like a mad painter from outer space. He uses forty buckets of different paint colors, splash them on a gigantic wall, and create a massive painting that even Picasso and Monet would envy.

Flawless strokes on a biodegradable scroll? You are a damn poet! And who can play in the grand canyon without having to carry a generator?


02006-04-24 @ 15:04

I know I am late to the party, but I just discovered these because I need something very light to take trekking in Tibet this Fall – for the days that we are not hiking. Now I have a couple of pairs already and the Cayman model will probably be on my feet for most of the summer!

~C4Chaos: Ottmar Plays Then Talks

02006-04-22 @ 14:04

~C4Chaos: Ottmar Plays Then Talks About Cool Stuff
As usual Ottmar played excellent (nouveau)Flamenco rhythm and lead while barefoot. This time he played solo (sans Luna Negra). And yes, he gave a talk while on stage. First let me say that Ottmar has the gift of eloquence and storytelling. Good thing he decided not to keep it to himself in the backstage. He’s a natural comedian too. But what I really admired during his talk was that he managed to squeeze in fluffy things (even dropped the f@%k-bomb) without being preachy. That sneaky dude even sneaked in some Big Mind during his talk without mentioning Buddhism, Zen, or even Big Mind. That sneaky devil! Now that is skillful means!

To read more just click on the title-link. I am sitting in a nice little cafe in Seattle, checking Google Maps for directions from Oakland to Redwood City tomorrow, when I run across Rommel’s kind words. I had a great time last night. From the dressing room it sounded as if the club was rather loud, but the audience was fanastic! They listened when I played and made me feel welcome. Suddenly I checked the hidden clock stage right and noticed I had been on stage for an hour and a half. I know very well that the audience is an essential contributor to any performance and I am very grateful for last night! Thank you all. And Rommel, how come you didn’t say hey! afterwards? I didn’t know which evening you would come.


02006-04-21 @ 11:04

Seattle 20. April 06 - 4
Got up at 5:30AM on Thursday and left for ABQ before 7AM. Even though I arrived at the airport two hours before departure, I was in boarding group “B” for my Southwest Airlines flight to Seattle. Since Southwest does not assign seats, Boarding group A generally means no problem with the guitar case, group B means a 50:50 chance and group C spells trouble. Thanks to the pilot who turned me on to the Accord Guitar Case last year! It’s expensive, but so small and light that I have had no problem flying with it. Knock on wood!

The hotel charges $16 for 24 hours of internet access and I refuse to pay that kind of money for something that should be free. Instead I am in a Juan Valdez cafe with free access… Juan – you rock.

I have no idea whether my talking tonight will be interesting… the themes will be: Hybrid vs Tradition, which will also go into a little bit of Flamenco history, Flow: Gazing vs Staring, and lastly Playing vs Editing. I have also decided to try what will challenge me the most – to play a couple of songs, then talk for a little bit, then play another two pieces, talk a little more etc.

We will all know more tomorrow…

Guide to Fingernails

02006-04-19 @ 19:04

Guitarist’s Guide to Fingernails
The Guitarist’s Guide to Fingernails by Rico Stover $9.95
Presented in this informative text is a concise, clear picture of the fingernail, its anatomy, what affects its health, how to combat weak nail problems, how to obtain strong, healthy nails and what products to buy. Included is an analysis of all currently available artificial nail systems (acrylics, wraps, gels and glue on tips) with a discussion of the potential health risks involved.

I ordered the book and will let you know what I find.


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