Archive for 2009-12

Thursday in Santa Fe

02009-12-31 @ 11:12

Check out the kick drum Steve Jordan is using in this video. I asked Michael about it this Morning and he explained to me that Jordan combines this unusual kick by Yamaha, called Daxdad, with this Yamaha subkick, which looks like a snare, but contains a speaker – housing a 16 cm, 50-watt low-frequency driver cone. The “reversed speaker” acts as a large diaphragm microphone and enables the Subkick to faithfully capture extremely low frequencies produced by bass drums.

This Morning browsing somehow led me to this, John Mayer’s well-written analasys of a smear-video. It’s a must-read and speaks volumes about how easy it is to manipulate people’s feelings.

Gear was shipped off to Florida yesterday Morning. Following that I went to breakfast with Jon. Maybe because today is the last day of 2009, and the end of the first decade of the 21st century, or maybe because it is something I have been contemplating for a while, but we talked about this:

In order for an individual to pursue a spiritual calling of any kind, most of the time that person must have at least two things taken care of: food and warmth.

I believe a human being who is cold will burn the last tree and a human who is hungry will eat the last of a threatened species. Perhaps that’s why humans were so successful (((too successful, and therefore ruinous to this biosphere, some might say))) on this planet.

It is hard to feel compassion when one is hungry and/or cold. Don’t get me wrong, many people have shown compassion to their fellow humans under extreme circumstances, but it is rather difficult and rare.

As below, so above…

It also seems to me that Climate Change is a similar matter, where the nations who, by and large, have food and warmth, should help the nations who don’t. It is difficult to care about the environment when one doesn’t have food for one’s family.

So, my wish for the new year is for us to be compassionate, towards individual humans as well as to other nations. And you might check out the Charter for Compassion.

After all, this is just a small biosphere hurtling through space. And as far as we know, there is no planet B.

I wish you a harmonious new year and new decade. Happy New Year!

Chile lights reflected in a Nambe bowl.

Life is like the footprint left by a solitary crane in the snow,
visible for one moment and then gone.

– wrote Su Dongpo in the eleventh century, quoted in A Loyal Character Dancer, by Qiu Xiaolong, whose Inspector Chen Caso series I am enjoying.

Wednesday night was dark, and clouds made the moon all but invisible. I am hopeful of seeing today’s Blue Moon though, because as I am writing this the sky is blue and nearly cloudless.

Mid-week Music

02009-12-30 @ 19:12

The third part in our Turkish Night series that started over a month ago.

Audio MP3

Um, yeah, that is funky. I love the new end-section. Bass x 3. Very funky. And check out the 70’s Fender Rhodes… Jon nailed it. Not finished, but a decent rough mix and a nice ending to the year.

The 320kbps mp3 file can be downloaded here.
The 24/48 FLAC can be downloaded here.

Tuesday Bike

02009-12-29 @ 10:12

Risky cycling rarely to blame for bike accidents, study finds | Life and style |
With adult cyclists, police found the driver solely responsible in about 60%-75% of all cases, and riders solely at fault 17%-25% of the time.

The cyclists’ lobby group CTC said the report showed that the government needed to focus more on driver behaviour rather than on issues such as cyclists wearing helmets.


“We believe this report strongly supports our view that the biggest problem for cyclists is bad driving. With that in mind we are greatly concerned that the government still seems fascinated with analysing and promoting cycle helmets, the value of which appears to be inconclusive. We believe that the government should now focus on tackling the causes of injury which appears to be mainly inconsiderate and dangerous driving. Reduced speed limits, stronger traffic law enforcement and cycle-friendly road design are the solutions,” said Chris Peck, from the lobby group.

Monday Spoons

02009-12-28 @ 09:12

I love spoons, wooden spoons.

This, my largest spoon, was carved from olive-wood. About ten years ago I went to the carver’s workshop near Lucca, Tuscany, and picked this one out.

This is a beautifully balanced cherry-wood spoon I found in Manhattan this month.

This is probably the least expensive spoon, carved out of bamboo, but it gets the most use. I found it in San Francisco’s Chinatown.

This spoon was made in Africa. I don’t know much about it as it was a gift. It is great for making Atole or Oatmeal as it gets to the edge of the pot because of its shape.

I found this spoon at Ohori’s in Santa Fe a few years ago. Perfect for eating rice or cereal.

As you can probably tell, diamonds, cars or other bling is not for me – I like the simple things – like these wooden spoons. :-)

Sunday in Santa Fe

02009-12-27 @ 12:12

He’s like a cherry bomb in a cherry pie.

Tom Waits, speaking about director Terry Gilliam to the L.A.Times.
And, what’s it like, acting? He said:

It’s like sneaking up on a glass of water.

He has a way with words!

I offset 70 tons of CO2 at the other day. That’ll cover the flights (as a group we accumulated more than 120,000 miles in 2009), the tourbus (not sure what milage, but it’ll be covered in the 70 tons) and my car.

Found the following yesterday. It was appropriately posted on Christmas day:

Nikola Tamindzic – On compassion
On compassion

All languages that derive from Latin form the word “compassion” by combining the prefix “with” (com-) and the root meaning “suffering” (Late Latin, passio). In other languages — Czech, Polish, German, and Swedish for instance — this word is translated by a noun formed of an equivalent prefix combined with the word that means “feeling” (Czech, sou-cit; Polish wspól-czucie; German Mit-gefühl; Swedish med-känsla).

In languages that derive from Latin, “compassion” means: we cannot look on cooly as others suffer; or, we symphathize with those who suffer. Another word with approximately the same meaning, “pity” (French pitié; Italian piéta; etc.), connotes a certain condescension towards the sufferer. “To take pity on a woman” means that we are better off than she, that we stoop to her level, lower than ourselves.

That is why the word “compassion” generally inspires suspicion; it designates what is considered inferior, second-rate sentiment that has little to do with love. To love someone out of compassion means not really to love.

In languages that form the word “compassion” not from the root “suffering” but from the root word “feeling,” the word is used in approximately the same way, but to contend that it designates a bad or inferior sentiment is difficult. The secret strength of its etymology floods the word with another light and gives it a broader meaning: to have compassion (co-feeling) means not only to be able to live with the other’s misfortune but also to feel with him any emotion — joy, anxiety, happiness, pain.

This kind of compassion (in the sense of soucit; wspólczucie; Mitgefühl; medkänsla) therefore signifies the maximal capacity of affective imagination, the art of emotional telepathy. In the hierarchy of sentiments, then, it is supreme.

— Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Of course, it does not matter how you get there – as long as you get there.

Here is a quote from David Byrne’s book Bicycle Diaries, which I have been reading off and on for a couple of months (((I am reading the Kindle version))):

The World isn’t logical. It’s a song.

I quite like that! And how about this:

…that she was recently in Iran to visit some of the artists currently working there. She says most of them are regularly subjected to beatings by the government, and they incorporate that into their lives and dress, wearing six pairs of pants for their beating appointments.

And with that we’ll come full-circle, as that is surely something one could expect to find in a movie by Terry Gilliam, the cherry bomb in the cherry pie.

PS: Canton’s Mercury Retrograde Widget tells me that Mercury is in Retrograde and to save often. Just wanted to pass that on…

Need a last minute gift?

02009-12-24 @ 14:12

Go to the Under the Rose webpage.
Click on Download this album in lossless FLAC format.
Click on Click here to download a PDF you can print out for making your own CD jewel box insert.
If you don’t have FLAC software, go to this webpage and download some.
Burn an audio CD.
Print the jewel box insert.
Tie a ribbon around it.

Optional: make a donation to Direct Aid Iraq.

Total cost should be about a buck, for the CD-R with case, plus the donation, if applicable.

Happy Holidays!

PS: Of course, you can also give a gift certificate for our ListeningLounge

Thursday in Santa Fe

02009-12-24 @ 11:12

That’s what the light was like yesterday afternoon. Today is different, at least in the early Morning. Soft light. Impossible to see where the snow ends and the sky starts. Like living inside a big lightbox, the fabric reflector that attaches to studio lighting to create soft lighting by diffusing the strobe flash. A black and white world. Or, like living inside a diorama. One could expect a giant hand to reach into the diorama to gently adjust a tree or house, or move some snow away from a window.

Holiday cards. What do I wish for? Peace? Like the idea of a permanent paradise, the wish for peace seems silly, static, unnatural, impossible. Arguments are the spice of life. Maybe one should wish for non-bloody confrontations that solve differences and create new meaning and possibilities!!! Maybe that’s too long for a Christmas card? Maybe live in harmony with the World? When it’s raining, put on a raincoat, when it’s cold, wear a sweater. When crazies run through the street waving banners and weapons, stay inside. When the wheel squeeks, put a few drops of oil on the bearings. Maybe just Live in Harmony. Yes, that says it all. To me that implies acceptance of what is coming down my path. Fight what can be fought and accept what cannot. Living in harmony with whatever it is that is happening. Doing what is appropriate. Reacting appropriately. And it also means, I think, taking only what is necessary, not taking all that is on display. Please Live in Harmony – yes that’s even better.

Now the sun has broken through! Snow is evaporating, and it looks like steam rising from the ground. The sky is blue, the snow-covered ground a brilliant white. The days are becoming longer again. Happy solstice, happy holidays!

For’s selection of snowy seasonal photos click here.

Here are some Digital Dharma movie previews. These will only be available for viewing until January 9th. (((in some cases I had to hit reload a couple of times to see the movie)))

1. Opening Review
2. Gene’s Beginning
3. Shechen
4. Sherab Ling
5. Kathmandu University

Wednesday in Santa Fe

02009-12-23 @ 15:12

Catching up… and a little bit of music.

It’s been snowing off and on since yesterday evening. I think Santa Fe will have a white holiday this year.

Had no trouble driving my front-wheel drive car to have breakfast with Jon this Morning. Having Winter tires in the front makes a huge difference in the snow. Jon said he recently read that in many cases a front-wheel drive with Winter tires will cope with snow much better than a four-wheel drive vehicle with regular tires.

This Season Jon learned his family’s old Lebkuchen recipe and he gave me some of the results of his work. Yummy, especially with a cup of coffee… my first coffee in over a week.

Jon emailed a rough mix of Turkish Night with the new bass to me:

Audio MP3

You can download the mp3 file here.

I think the chorus is great, very driving and energetic. I would like to try a different approach on the verses, though, making them less forward-moving, feeling almost suspended, maybe alternating between stark and lush. Stay tuned for a new version with a different bass for the verses, maybe next week. Maybe some keyboards by then as well?

Just finished reading Night Train to Lisbon, a novel by Pascal Mercier. Wonderful book. This was the first book I have read that described a man living with Bechterew’s disease – also known as Ankylosing Spondylitis, discovered by Vladimir Bekhterev – which was interesting to me, because my father suffered from that disease for most of his life.

Must visit Lisbon.

David Byrne has an interesting post on the limits of multiculturalism.

David Byrne’s Journal: 12.13.09: The Limits of Multiculturalism
Can we tolerate difference, without taking toleration to the extreme, where everyone is expected to accept insults and provocations? Tolerance shouldn’t mean we have to let anyone with a different lifestyle boss the rest of us around. It seems maybe there’s no absolute dividing line between what we tolerate and what we insist is unacceptable. The measure of how much we should tolerate is: does it help us get along? If it divides us further, then maybe it’s not a good idea. Granted we don’t want to have to compromise our own beliefs or ways of life — resentment will lie buried, festering, and will reassert itself in some form, later, maybe somewhere else seemingly completely unrelated. I don’t want to compromise my own activities, safety and way of life more than is reasonably necessary — but I can still accommodate somewhat. Where the line is might shift from time to time — it’s not fixed, or unchangeable forever. Adaptability and accommodation make us human. Absolutes are for machines and vengeful Gods. What we sometimes call common sense — not going by the book, whether that be the law or the Bible — might be how we survive. But being an ever-changing thing, it’s hard to define. It is learnt, I imagine, by living together, improvising, and innovating, not from a rulebook.

True, true! Common sense is learnt, I imagine, by living together, improvising, and innovating, not from a rulebook.

What else did I do this past week? I stayed in for the most part. I ate fresh figs:

I watched water for pasta come to a boil:

I played with Remo’s puddy pad – a practice pad for drummers:

I learned how to fold Shide:

I took lots of photographs of little things, simple things, like this gingko leaf:

Or this shadow of a glass, that appears to contain the shadow of a Martian or other alien…

More, ahem, alien activity in my house:

I also discovered a photo gallery by James Henkel. I especially like this series.

Visit Prague, 18 giga-pixel panorama.

Saturday in Santa Fe

02009-12-21 @ 09:12

When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race.
– H.G. Wells

Found here.

This is something I have often wondered when seeing new paths in parks and how often they are less than ideal and promptly ignored.

Let pedestrians define the walkways | Derek Sivers
A new green college campus was built, but one thing was still debated:
Where in the grass should we put the paved walkways?

Some felt the walkways should be around the edges, to leave the center green and untouched. Some felt the walkways should cut diagonal, connecting all buildings to all buildings.

One professor had the winning idea: Don’t make any walkways this year. At the end of the year, look at where the grass is worn away, showing us where the students are walking. Then just pave those paths.

Friday in Santa Fe

02009-12-18 @ 10:12

I am feeling better today, after I ate nothing but four bowls of chicken soup with lots of hot green chile yesterday. I swear chickensoup with hot chile is the best medicine for a cold. You can feel your body sweat and transfer energy.

Miles Davis in Paris: the love lives on | Music | The Guardian
Vian introduced Davis to Picasso and Jean-Paul Sartre, and the group would sit together in hotels, cafes and clubs in the Saint-Germain district, using a mixture of broken French, broken English and sign language to communicate.

Miles Davis, Picasso and Sartre hanging out in Paris!! May I serve the coffee? There is currently a Miles Davis exhibit in Paris, at the Musée de la Musique, until 17 January. The exhibit will move to Montreal from April to August, 2010.

I am enjoying Lords of the Horizons: A History of the Ottoman Empire, by Jason Goodwin, written years before The Janissary Tree, his first novel featuring the clever eunuch detective Yashim Togalu. Check this out:

The Sultan’s horse, which carried him the short distance through the streets to Friday prayers, was suspended from straps the night before to ensure that it walked with halting gravity.

If you enjoy reading about history I would certainly recommend this book!

HDtracks high resolution audiophile music downloads
Are you curious as to what your fellow music aficionados are downloading from HDtracks? Here’s this week’s best sellers for you to check out. Build up your music collection fast with these great artists and albums.

The HDtracks best seller list, week ending Monday, December 14th
1. One Guitar (96/24) – Ottmar Liebert
2. Paris / London – Testament (96/24) – Keith Jarrett
3. Up Close (96/24) – Ottmar Liebert
4. Raising Sand (96/24) – Robert Plant, Alison Krauss

Nice! Two in the top three! Of course, I have no idea what that really means. They might have sold 4 copies of One Guitar, 3 copies of the new Keith Jarrett album, 2 copies of Up Close etc… :-)

Large panaorama photo of Dresden, in Germany, currently the 26 gigapixel image is the largest in the world.

These restaurantions always look like magic to me:

BBC News – Audio slideshow: Scala Santa
In Rome, 400-year-old fresco paintings in one of the most popular shrines in Christendom – obscured by thick grime and soot – have been restored to their original glory.

The BBC’s Rome correspondent David Willey was given a tour of the building that is home to the Scala Santa or Holy Stairs. He spoke to Mary Angela Schroth, who is coordinating the 10-year restoration project.

Quick, show this video to the politicos in Copenhagen. It’s just a wee planet we are on and it needs be treated better.

I don’t have a lot of hope for any significant agreement in Copenhagen this week. Most of us will not live to see the devastation that will occur eventually. But, I am sad for the needless suffering that will follow.

Mid-week Music

02009-12-16 @ 16:12

More music from the Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Florida. The concert was on December 6th, 2005 and the band was a trio plus a string quartet.

Sao Paulo

Audio MP3

You can download the 320kbps mp3 file here. The FLAC can be downloaded here.

Duende del Amor (with intro: Two Sisters: Hope + Sorrow)

Audio MP3

You can download the 320kbps mp3 file here. The FLAC can be downloaded here.

Medley of UnderWorld and Le Cafe

Audio MP3

You can download the 320kbps mp3 file here. The FLAC can be downloaded here.

Here is the entry in the Diary from that evening.

String arrangements by the amazing Jon Gagan.

Tuesday in Santa Fe

02009-12-15 @ 17:12

I watched The Limits of Control, by Jim Jarmusch the other day and really enjoyed it. Beautiful art-direction! (((Notice how the suits fit the colors of the surroundings))) And it was filmed in Madrid and Seville and features a very nice Flamenco cante. (Link to preview)

BEST OF ECHOES 2009-The Listener Poll « The Echoes Blog
This is the first year that download only releases made the Top 25. Two recordings accomplished that, Under the Rose, by Ottmar Liebert & Rahim Alhaj, and 3 Cities in Dub by Bombay Dub Orchestra.

Heroic Rats Trained to Sniff Out Landmines
Most people view rats as nothing more than pests, but one organization regards the critters as heros. APOPO, an African-based non-profit, trains African Giant Pouched Rats to sniff out unexploded landmines. Organizers hope the rodents, or HeroRATS, will eventually be deployed across the globe as a cost-effective method to safely and efficiently detect and detonate hidden landmines.
(Via Inhabitat)

Brian Eno writes for Prospect Magazine:

The death of uncool « Prospect Magazine
The sharing of art is a precursor to the sharing of other human experiences, for what is pleasurable in art becomes thinkable in life.

No wonder he enjoyed hanging out with zen masters:

There is no such thing as spiritual practice except stepping out of self-deception and stopping our struggle to get hold of spiritual states. Just give that up, other than that there is no spirituality.
Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, “Myth of Freedom”
Weekly Words of Wisdom

Monday Cold

02009-12-14 @ 17:12

I am sure I’ll feel better tomorrow. At least I can look forward to no more flights for three weeks…

Several concerts were quietly added to our 2010 schedule, including the beautiful Gusman Center for the Performing Arts in Miami on January 6th and the lovely Infinity Hall in Norfolk, Connecticut, in May. More dates were added if you want to take a look and many more are still to come.

Here is a photo from last Thursday in Manhattan. It took me a moment to figure out what’s going on here. The projected image from Tibet is reflected in a Window that is to my right.

More images can be found here.

Friday in Manhattan

02009-12-13 @ 00:12

On Wednesday Evening I had dinner at Cholo with Dafna Yachin, the director of Digital Dharma, the movie about E. Gene Smith‘s work. Cholo is an eclectic Indian restaurant on East 58th Street. To complete the Manhattan experience Woody Allan sat at the next table.

Thursday Morning I went to the MoMA – I am a member and go just about every time I am in New York – to see the Tim Burton exhibit, the Bauhaus exhibition, and a member-preview of a new Gabriel Orozco exhibit. All three exhibits were most captivating. Orozco seemed like an urban version of Andy Goldsworthy to me. Very mercurial, creative, working in sculpture, photography, video, installation, and drawing. If any of you visit the city in the coming weeks, the current exhibits are all fantastic.

In the afternoon I went to the gallery on the eighth floor of a building on 17th Street, one floor below TBRC. We checked sound and video. For this occasion I had put together a slideshow using only images from my 2006 Tibet journey.

Afterwards I was introduced to Gene Smith, upstairs. The work of TBRC is quite amazing. They scan every Tibetan book they can get their hands on, over a million pages so far. In a hundred years they hope to have everything available on the internet, translated into five or six different languages. Already a huge amount of material is available, albeit mostly in Tibetan.

Later, at the reception preceding the Digital Dharma movie previews, the speeches and my performance, I spoke to a man from TBRC about mind. Once we thought that the brain was mind. Plenty of sci-fi stories from the Fifties and Sixties described brains, separated from their bodies and kept alive in some kind of fluid, hooked up to speakers etc…. then we discovered that brain + body = mind (I wrote about the gut brain)… In my opinion eventually science will show that mind extends beyond our physical body. Mind is also a shared space, influenced by each person, and I think I should say by the bio-sphere, the landscape, the animals, the plants. Standing next to some people I can experience crystalline clarity and others just muck up every thought. Some landscapes inspire and others dull the mind. Once it becomes clear that mind is a shared space, we have nowhere to hide. Everything is interconnected. We know that. But how different it will be to eventually show how two people create a third space, the shared mind-space.

I am not sure I am very clear about this. I don’t mean that people can talk about something and arrive at a shared view. Talking about bicycling is still not moving. I mean actual brainwaves interweaving. Interesting patterns, I bet.

Here are some related links. This one is about Manhattan:

Worldchanging: Bright Green: Confirmed: New Yorkers Reap Health Benefits From Walking and Biking
The NYC Department of Health announced the results of a citywide survey today [PDF] assessing the health benefits of regular walking and biking. Based on telephone interviews with more than 10,000 New Yorkers, the health department reveals that people who incorporate walking and biking into their daily routine are significantly more likely to report good physical and mental health than those who don’t. The report concludes with recommendations to encourage walking and biking, including steps like building safer infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists.

The next link is interesting. I found it among Eric’s public Delicious Bookmarks. He remarked:

Buddha and these guys are saying the exact same thing, just in different language and context. And with a 2500-year gap between them. Also for the record, Buddha didn’t intend to start a religion – he just wanted people to meditate for their own happiness (and thus the happiness of all). Any Buddhist who considers his/her meditative practice “religious” is missing the point.

The last part of the quote I selected below is very interesting to me. It regards meditators being able to differentiate more easily between narrative and experiential information. I find that very important.

The neuroscience of mindfulness | Psychology Today
You can experience the world through your narrative circuitry, which will be useful for planning, goal setting, and strategizing. You can also experience the world more directly, which enables more sensory information to be perceived. Experiencing the world through the direct experience network allows you to get closer to the reality of any event. You perceive more information about events occurring around you, as well as more accurate information about these events. Noticing more real-time information makes you more flexible in how you respond to the world. You also become less imprisoned by the past, your habits, expectations or assumptions, and more able to respond to events as they unfold.

In the Farb experiment, people who regularly practiced noticing the narrative and direct experience paths, such as regular meditators, had stronger differentiation between the two paths. They knew which path they were on at any time, and could switch between them more easily. Whereas people who had not practiced noticing these paths were more likely to automatically take the narrative path.

The Bullitt cargo bike and Steve McQueen’s Porsche! Photos on Flickr. Story on Larry Vs Harry’s blog.

Wednesday in Manhattan

02009-12-09 @ 15:12

A big snow storm was forecast for Monday Evening and I decided to get out of Dodge before it hit. Made it to Albuquerque without a problem and stayed at a hotel near the airport. I am told Santa Fe received more than half a foot of snow and I-25 was closed, in other words I wouldn’t have made it to the airport on Tuesday Morning.

The flight from Dallas to New York felt worse than the flight from Dallas to Tokyo last month, because I am still battling a cold. The drive into Manhattan seemed to take forever in rush-hour traffic and I developed quite the headache. After I checked into the hotel I took a little walk to clear my head. Bergdorf-Goodman‘s windows on Fifth Avenue were quite a sight, as you can see here and here. (((Google Image Search)))

After sleeping longer than usual I woke up feeling a little better. It was raining and so I didn’t take my Leica with me. The best camera is always the one you carry with you. After the rain cleared around noon, the light became magnificent and I had to make do with my phone. The 99 cent Tilt-Shit Generator application makes up for the lack of focus-control by allowing selective blurring of the image. I quite like it.

And elsewhere…

An installation at Hermes in Tokyo. If only more advertising was this lovely.

VH alerted me to this item on NPR:

Cargo Bikes: Riding With The Kids, And The Kitchen Sink : NPR
Picture a vehicle that can carry around your kids and groceries efficiently, and doesn’t burn any fossil fuels. But there’s one drawback: You have to pedal it yourself.

Cargo bicycles are specially designed bikes that can haul several hundred pounds. Long popular in Europe, they’re starting to make their way into the United States.

Monday Pavanne

02009-12-07 @ 11:12

Here is a live recording from the fifth of December, 2005, at the Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Florida. The band was a trio – OL, Jon Gagan + Davo Bryant – plus the string quartet. Stephen Duros was the lighting designer for that tour.

This is the Pavanne by Gabriel Faure, with a string arrangement by Jon Gagan. The recording quality is not great, but I think the quality of the performance makes up for that. The performance showcases the best side of live-music, in-the-moment invention, improvisation and so on. Check out the guitar solo and you might notice that I start swinging the notes and that Davo follows that lead and starts swinging the percussion.

Audio MP3

You can download the 320kbps mp3 here.

The 16/44.1k FLAC can be found here.


02009-12-06 @ 19:12

Here is a list of the books I read in 2009. A lot of armchair traveling this year. I read all of these book on Kindle (iPhone), except where noted:

The Lord of Death (6th book in the Inspector Shan series – Hardcover Book)

The Caryatids – Bruce Sterling
Back on the Fire (Essays) – Gary Snyder
The Diamond Age – Neal Stephenson
The Pillars of the Earth – Ken Follett

Novels about Istanbul and the Ottomans:
The Janissary Tree – Jason Goodwin
The Snake Stone – Jason Goodwin
The Bellini Card – Jason Goodwin
The Sultan’s Seal – Jenny White
My Name is Red – Orhan Pamuk

The Possibility of an Island – Michel Houellebecq (not finished)

Bicycle Diaries – David Byrne

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson
The Girl Who Played with Fire – Stieg Larsson

Bangkok 8 – John Burdett
Bangkok Tattoo – John Burdett
Bangkok Haunts – John Burdett

Italy – Nic Costa Series:
The Lizard’s Bite – David Hewson
The Seventh Sacrament – David Hewson (Paperback)
The Garden of Evil – David Hewson
Dante’s Numbers – David Hewson

Laos – Dr. Siri series:
The Coroner’s Lunch – Colin Cotterill (Paperback)
Thirty Three Teeth – Colin Cotterill (Barnes & Nobel eBook)
Disco for the Departed (used Hardcover)
Anarchy and Old Dogs (used Hardcover)
Curse of the Pogo Stick (Hardcver)
The Merry Misogynist (Hardcover)

Shadow Walker (Used Paperback
The Adversary (Used Paperback)

The City and the City – China Mieville

On the Road (Original Scroll) – Jack Keruac

The King’s Gold – Arturo Perez-Reverte
The Painter of Battles – Arturo Perez-Reverte

Baudalino – Umberto Eco (Paperback)

My favorite books were Jason Goodwin’s series and My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk.

Saturday in Santa Fe

02009-12-04 @ 23:12

Today the main railway station in Cologne is 150 years old.
150 Jahre Kölner Hauptbahnhof – Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger

Here are photos I took there in 2007:

Friday in Santa Fe

02009-12-04 @ 23:12

It’s been really cold in Santa Fe this week. This Morning it was 4ºF. I met with Michael Motley who put together PDFs to accompany lossless album offerings on HDTracks.

Here are a couple of iphone pics from his studio:

I have been working a lot on the new Tibet-slideshow for my performance in Manhattan next week. After next week I will a slideshow of my favorite Tibet photos to this page.

Tuesday in Santa Fe

02009-12-02 @ 00:12

I was looking for a pair of warm Winter biking gloves and had not found anything I liked. Then I came across this post:

Open Bicycle » We Light Our Hands On Fire So You Don’t Have To.
After looking into the various gloves marketed by cycling apparel manufacturers, we decided that every offering had some flaws- not weather-proof enough, too much padding, or simply too expensive. We started looking elsewhere- surely there was someone making gloves that would keep your hands dry and toasty throughout the climate-change ravaged Northeast winters? The solution, we found, was in workwear. A few of us had been very happy with our Ironclad mechanics gloves, and we decided to investigate their other models.

Water and windproof for a price that seems right – under $40. Here are the other gloves Open Bicycle mentioned – $26.

In the evening I worked on my Tibet photos from 2006, because a slideshow of Tibet photos was requested for my solo performance in Manhattan next week. I took me about 12 hours to go through all 1,800 photos. Next I’ll have to find out how I can arrange the photos into a slideshow.

Above is lichen, below paint.

I don’t know whether this was a mix-up in the Chinese factory or whether a broken spoon and a broken fork were repaired like this…

Oh, and now we have two albums available in the 24/96k HD format. HDTracks carries them online: One Guitar and Up Close.


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