Archive for 2006-05


02006-05-30 @ 16:05

Long day. Rehearsal with the quartet (sounded great), then packing up gear, then filling out forms for New Zealand in July. Afterwards I called and cancelled my AT+T long distance service. Just a small gesture, but something I wanted to do. In a little while: another 7 phone interviews with media in Australia, followed by packing my personal bags since we are leaving Santa Fe in the early morning hours. I won’t bring my laptop and will be out of touch until Saturday morning. Oh, and I added more live videos to YouTube – see the LINKS on the right side of this Diary.

The Debate is Over

02006-05-30 @ 15:05

WorldChanging: Another World Is Here: The Debate is Over
This is the way the debate ends: not with a bang but a press availability. President Bush today in a backhand way admitted that climate change is here, but said we shouldn’t get caught up in discussion about what is causing it and instead focus on solutions:

‘And in my judgment we need to set aside whether or not greenhouse gases have been caused by mankind or because of natural effects and focus on the technologies that will enable us to live better lives and at the same time protect the environment.’

We’re all about solutions, of course, but this is no time to ignore science, because, as this Op-Ed notes, scientists are saying that none of the solutions we’re yet considering are even vaguely on a par with the magnitude of the threat we face.


02006-05-30 @ 15:05

David Byrne Journal: 5.28.06: Ally G and Global Hotness
Example: Here is Florida (green part) after a 6 meter rise in water level (Greenland ice sheet slips off, as it seems to be doing frighteningly quickly). Maybe that Miami real estate wasn’t such a good idea?

David Byrne watched An Inconvenient Truth and offers thoughts on Global Warming.


02006-05-30 @ 15:05

NASA – Impact of Climate Warming on Polar Ice Sheets Confirmed
In the most comprehensive survey ever undertaken of the massive ice sheets covering both Greenland and Antarctica, NASA scientists confirm climate warming is changing how much water remains locked in Earth’s largest storehouse of ice and snow.

Thanks V.

Deserts creeping closer

02006-05-29 @ 22:05

Deserts may be creeping closer to cities – Yahoo! News

Moving the jet streams farther from the equator could disrupt storm patterns, as well as intensify individual storms on the poleward side of the jet streams, said lead author Qiang Fu, a University of Washington atmospheric scientist.

In Europe, for example, that shift could mean less snow falling on the Alps in winter. That would be bad news for skiers, as well as for farmers and others who rely on rivers fed by snowmelt.

‘This definitely favors or enhances the frequency of droughts,’ Fu said of such a shift.

New Quartet Rehearsals

02006-05-29 @ 17:05

Today we had the first rehearsal of the new quartet with Jon Gagan, Dave Bryant and Stephen Duros. It sounded wonderful. Stephen adds a great voice to the band and I am looking forward to re-visiting some of the classic material with him.


02006-05-29 @ 17:05

Santacafe 2
I did a lot of walking last week. A friend was in town from Europe and the evenings were so balmy that we walked everywhere. On Saturday we had dinner at the Santacafe, where I took the above photo. It’s the former well of the building, covered with a sheet of acrylic or glass… we sat right next to the well and enjoyed the patrons’ reactions when they had to walk across or step over the hole…

Neue Leipziger Schule

02006-05-29 @ 10:05

SITE Santa Fe: Exhibitions
In December 2000, a group of five recent graduates of the prestigious Leipzig Art Academy organized a small exhibition of their works in Leipzig in former East Germany. Unsurprisingly, the exhibition attracted no notice from the international contemporary art community. From that humble beginning, the “New Leipzig School” has expanded to a dozen artists and grown to be an international phenomenon.

Went to see this exhibit on Friday and two painters in particular are amazing. Here is Bretter by David Schnell:

and Container by Tim Eitel:

The paintings look wonderful in the large and tall spaces of the Site Santa Fe building. If you are going to be in Sante Fe sometime soon, I highly recommend a visit.

Touring Schedule

02006-05-29 @ 09:05

You can find our Touring Schedule by going to the LINKS section on the right side of this Diary – above the Treehugger link and below The Long Now link.

cocteau on Flickr

02006-05-29 @ 09:05

cocteau on Flickr – Photo Sharing!
After listening to ‘Cocteau’ on Ottmar Liebert Luna Negra’s ‘La Semana’ I remembered this vase( stored in a closet) I picked up while living in London during the 80’s Treat yourself to the artful limited edition version of ‘La Semana’. It is an original and outstanding work.

Nice Vase!!

Last August

02006-05-28 @ 08:05

Playing in the Upaya zendo last August. Photo by Joan Halifax Roshi – from the Upaya Flickr account.

Rahim AlHaj

02006-05-26 @ 08:05

Rahim AlHaj’s album Second Baghdad is now also available from our ListeningLounge.


02006-05-25 @ 13:05

Rahim AlHaj explores the relationship between his oud and a string quartet. A meeting of East and West. A mingling of cultures.

I am very happy and proud to announce that Rahim’s album Friendship: Oud & Sadaqa Quartet is now available from our ListeningLounge. In that the album contains only 8 songs, but some of those songs are over 10 minutes long, we decided to offer individual tracks for $1.25 and the whole album for $10. It is wonderful music – go check it out!

Rahim’s album Second Baghdad will become available within a few days.

100 Rooms @ 100 Square Feet

02006-05-25 @ 08:05

Hong Kong :: 100 Rooms @ 100 Square Feet
Photographs of residents in their apartments within Hong Kong’s oldest public housing estate. 100 rooms, each 100 square feet in size.

Fascinating. I bet Aaron Spelling’s infamous “gift-wrapping room” is larger than any of these. It brings up questions: How much is enough? How much do you need?
Thanks V.

Phone Interviews

02006-05-24 @ 09:05

Yesterday I did 10 phone interviews with Australian media between 5PM and 8:20PM. Most of journalists were very nice and the interviews were quite enjoyable. Only one interviewer was clueless. When I hear questions like: please describe your music, what are your influences, and what inspires you, I know that the person has not listened to the music at all and is hoping to write the article simply using my words. My response: I am sorry, but I can’t help you. I am a musician. My job is to create music and it is your job to find words to describe/explain/critique it.

I did talk to most journos about “one guitar” and about doing a solo tour in the coming years.

Only 7 weeks to go… I am really looking forward to spending a little time in Australia and New Zealand again.


02006-05-23 @ 13:05

Touring Schedule
We added two dates in New Zealand, in Auckland and Wellington.

Tonight I am doing phone interviews with newsmedia in Australia for 3 1/2 hours. How would you describe your music? How do you feel about the tag “New Age”? What are your influences?


02006-05-21 @ 19:05

Aqua Technology
Besides the fact that reverse osmosis gives you drinking water which in most cases is far from pure and not what the State of California normally calls ‘purified water’, is one of the most incredible water wasters ever invented by man.

I have blogged this before, but it is an important topic and here it is again.


02006-05-21 @ 15:05

It’s all about me: Why e-mails are so easily misunderstood |
Though e-mail is a powerful and convenient medium, researchers have identified three major problems. First and foremost, e-mail lacks cues like facial expression and tone of voice. That makes it difficult for recipients to decode meaning well. Second, the prospect of instantaneous communication creates an urgency that pressures e-mailers to think and write quickly, which can lead to carelessness. Finally, the inability to develop personal rapport over e-mail makes relationships fragile in the face of conflict.

Nothing new there. Just confirmation of what we have probably all experienced.

Avian influenza

02006-05-21 @ 14:05

WHO | Avian influenza (” bird flu”) – Fact sheet
Avian influenza (‘ bird flu’) – Fact sheet.

CBC News Indepth: Avian Flu
In March 2006, seven people in Azerbaijan were diagnosed with H5N1. Five of those seven people died, raising the number of humans killed by avian flu to 103 worldwide. Six of the Azerbaijan cases were from the southeastern part of the country. According to WHO, one possible source of the infection was the carcasses of dead swans found in the region. Residents used the dead birds as a source of feathers. Defense Secretary Rumsfeld sees growth in Gilead stake – Oct. 31, 2005
NEW YORK (Fortune) – The prospect of a bird flu outbreak may be panicking people around the globe, but it’s proving to be very good news for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other politically connected investors in Gilead Sciences, the California biotech company that owns the rights to Tamiflu, the influenza remedy that’s now the most-sought after drug in the world.

Tamiflu was developed for prophylaxis & treatment of seasonal flu. It reduces the severity of symptoms, but does not “cure” the flu. Avian flu is much more severe & viral replication is more prolonged. In other words the very profitable sale of Tamiflu seems a little bit like selling snakeoil to me. Mostly a way to make a quick buck.

CBC News Indepth: Avian Flu
If you are traveling to a country infected with bird flu, avoid unneccesary contact with domestic poultry and wild birds. Evidence suggests that the risk of infection is greatest in persons having direct contact with live and/or dead poultry including surfaces contaminated with their feces or secretions.

This should promote vegan and vegetarian restaurants which neither serve nor handle any kind of poultry.

City of Sprinklers

02006-05-21 @ 09:05

Walking to the Kanzeon Zen Center I daily avoided water gushing from many sprinklers.
Salt Lake City has a disturbing amount of grass which seems to be irrigated constantly. Jack Kerouac called it the “City of Sprinklers”. One road had a little river of excess water run down it at all times.


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