Archive for 2007-06

Miami this month

02007-06-30 @ 23:06

Genpo Roshi workshop in Miami
In July I will perform solo at the Standard Hotel in Miami, during Genpo Roshi’s Big Mind workshop there.

MON-FRI 7/23-7/27 BIG MIND / BIG HEART: Five-day Retreat – includes special guest performances by Ottmar Liebert – Open to the public.

We haven’t figured out yet whether I will also project my photos. Two performances are planned, on Tuesday and Wednesday evening.


02007-06-30 @ 22:06

Weekly Words of Wisdom
The mind is malleable. Our life can be greatly transformed by even a minimal change in how we manage our thoughts and perceive and interpret the world. Happiness is a skill. It requires effort and time.
~ Venerable Matthieu Ricard

Happiness is indeed a skill… and apropos happiness I found this interview on the Colbert Report and this TED talk by Robert Thurman.

I won!

02007-06-29 @ 00:06

I won a signed Thira CD tonight!

TED | Talks

02007-06-28 @ 21:06

TED | Talks | List
I have been enjoying TED talks, which I download and view on my cellphone. You can download the talks for free to iTunes or as mp3 as well. I enjoyed this talk by Jeff Hawkins very much – but disagree with the notion that brain is where it all happens and the body is just along for the ride. James Howard Kunstler’s talk The tragedy of suburbia is spot on I think and very funny. James Nachtwey is very touching.

Manners for Sake Party

02007-06-28 @ 21:06

Manners for Sake Party
As we obey the manners in our business, we have manners for “sake” party. It should not be formal but could be just relaxed. The basic of the manners is not-displeasing to the members. This section shows some fundamentals of the manners that would better be acquired especially by freshman.

Thanks Y.

Wanna play with an iPhone?

02007-06-28 @ 21:06 » My iSmudginator 0.2


02007-06-27 @ 16:06

Hi-hat. Stevo’s photo from last night.

Everything you want to know…

02007-06-27 @ 12:06

about Stevo’s work environment:

Click on photo to go to Flickr and study the notes…

City Without Ads

02007-06-27 @ 12:06

designverb – Sao Paulo: City Without Ads
What happens when a mayor decides to ban advertisements in a vibrant city of 11 million people with more than 8,000 billboards? Impossible, insane, absurd, or just plain genius? Well this is what happened this past January when mayor Gilberto Kassabs “Clean City” law was introduced in Sao Paulo Brazil banning any form of advertising throughout the city to rid of “visual clutter”.
(Via Ektopia)


Tuna Shortage

02007-06-26 @ 12:06

Japan Adapts to Tuna Shortage: Waiter, There’s Deer in My Sushi – New York Times
Sushi made with deer meat, anyone? How about a slice of raw horse on that rice?

Tuesday in Seattle

02007-06-26 @ 11:06

Wrote to Rapidshare (again) for hosting illegal “Winter Rose” files. I really think that these companies should have to be liable for hosting copyrighted material and am well aware that Congress decided they don’t have to be. Well, it’s not the first or the last time Congress made a dumb decision. A bartender is responsible for how drunk a customer gets and can get fined large sums of money if he pours a drink for someone who is quite intoxicated… and yet internet companies can sell or host stolen goods without any responsibility whatsoever? In fact in many cases, if a copyright owner wants to protest, they have to write a letter and fax or mail it. That means while the thief can open a free account in under 10 minutes, the protest by a copyright owner can take weeks to get a response.
I know the argument is that they are just building the road and are not responsible for what people do on that road, but that’s just a cheap geek-excuse (geexcuse?). A road is never harmless. With a new road up the mountain China invaded Tibet. Without that road they would have never been able to move enough people and machinery to Tibet…
Why don’t we call it a fully automatic weapon instead of a road. Doesn’t sound so harmless anymore, does it? Ah, we are in the Wild West phase of the internet… comes with the territory.

Speaking of becoming rich… 280 million USD – quite the windfall for Last.FM. Using creative content that musicians provided, of course. Did we get a thank you or some money? Of course not. Unless I can hear some good arguments for keeping my music on Last.FM now that it is owned by CBS, I will delete the SSRI account. Speaking of hip small companies that were bought by large corporations, Momus has a rant about Flickr today.

Coffee at Café Ladro – photo by Stevo. Their latte is excellent and like an italian cappuccino, the cappuccino is a Starbucks monstrosity with dry foam heaped on top.
It was nice to return to the Triple Door, venue for my first solo concert in April of last year. Nice evening.

Monday in Seattle

02007-06-26 @ 11:06

We arrived in the morning and the hotel wasn’t ready. I decided to stay on the bus and change strings on the 2002 DeVoe Negra, which had been in use since before rehearsals in Santa Fe at the beginning of June. To my dismay I discovered a 4 inch crack in the back. Shining a strong flashlight on the crack from the outside and staring at the crack from the soundhole revealed that it was indeed a very small crack in the rosewood and not just a crack in the finish. I emailed my man Keith and set up a time to drop the guitar off after the tour. Battle scars. Could be due to handling-error or could be due to humidity change. Maybe I should not keep the guitar on stage after soundcheck. I do that so the guitar can get used to the temperature and humidity on stage, which is often quite different from the conditions in the dressing room, but somebody could easily bump against the guitar while it is up there. Maybe Keith can tell from the crack whether it was humidiy induced or blunt-force trauma… In any case I am not going to worry much about it. The crack is very fine and the guitar’s sound has not changed.
In the afternoon I walked about 3 miles to a store to buy a book about Dali which Lawrence Russel had recommended. I found Jackson Street Books to be a great little bookstore, a real bookstore with books spilling out of the shelves and onto the floor because there isnt enough space for them all… Couldn’t find the Dali book, but bought a nice hardcover of Benvenuto Cellini’s autobiography, considered to be the first autobiography. Cellini was a contemporary of Michelangelo and quite the rascal.


02007-06-25 @ 17:06

Car Tent

02007-06-25 @ 17:06

Cheapskates: Car Tent Makes Willful Homelessness Seem Like Some Creative Choice – Gizmodo

Sure, camping on the side of the road is illegal and dangerous, but no one will know you’re there. That’s because the Car Tent looks like a car with a cover on it, keeping you hidden from sight while you live the dream of being so cheap that you’re willing to literally sleep in the gutter to save a buck.

Fripp’s take on Last.FM

02007-06-25 @ 14:06

Robert Fripp’s Diary

DGM recently took action to have KC/RF tracks removed from Last FM. Their business model did not include us in their advertising revenue, nor in profits from the high-yield sale of a company predicated on the work of others. Last FM were not able to persuade me, in extensive correspondence, that equitable payment of music-generators was a priority in the company’s raison d’etre, nor that it was in our interest to allow them to continue using it. Music is free & for the people! It is also virtually free for some business-persons.

Portland Yesterday

02007-06-25 @ 12:06

Click here for Stevo’s funny notes on a photo from last year.


02007-06-24 @ 18:06

The Citizenrē Corporation
A different model for using solar energy. Sounds intriguing.

The Laughing Cow

02007-06-24 @ 17:06

The Laughing Cow – Wedges
Found one of these in the dressing room today. A French Favorite made from imported Swiss cheese! Use before Summer 2008!

Stumptown Coffee Roasters

02007-06-24 @ 14:06

Stumptown Coffee Roasters
Had a great cup of coffee at the downtown location of Stumptown in Portland this morning. Took a bad photo of it.

Machines for Living

02007-06-24 @ 14:06

Pruned: Landscapes as organs of extended physiology
…entomologist Jean Ruelle in 1962 once filled a mature Macrotermes michaelseni mound with cementiteous slurry, then eroded the mound walls with water and trowels. The revealed solidified negatives was nothing short of spectacular.


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