Archive for 2010-09


02010-09-28 @ 22:09

Interesting survey on religion.

Ten Things I Have Learned by Milton Glaser

Interesting car idea: Volvo designed a composite blend of carbon fibers and polymer resin that can serve as a car’s body panels while also functioning as a battery. What happens when it crashes?

Rockaway Taco – Shot by The Selby on location in Rockaway Queens on August 31st, 2010 (Vimeo)

Iran’s flying boats – not so different from the old Soviet flying boats in Zero History.

Men of the Cloth – a documentary on Italian master tailors.

51 year old came in fifth in the World Time Trial Championships in Australia. Longo has won the Tour de France Féminin three times, competed in seven Olympics, and may compete in London in 2012.


02010-09-28 @ 08:09

Beautiful Morning. Finished re-reading Pattern Recognition last night, which was perhaps even better the second time, and started reading Going, Going, Gone by Jack Womack, who William Gibson mentioned many times, and who is thanked in Pattern Recognition. I like what I read so far!

Today we have a three hour rehearsal, followed by a three hour recording session with the percussionist, who will play on the new version of The Santa Fe Sessions. Tomorrow, we will keep the same schedule.

A few quick words on my statement yesterday that culture leads politics and not the other way around. What created the changes in the Sixties and Seventies? Politicians or the cultural ground swell. What do you suppose has done more for the acceptance of gays and lesbians and their rights, politicians, or TV shows that showed them to be like all other people, with similar dreams, similar hopes, and so on. And again, what do you suppose will do more to change our rotten educational system, a few politicians, or the new movie Waiting for Superman – assuming that it will receive a wide release and people get to see it and discuss it. The conclusion, for me, is that money would be better spent supporting cultural causes, rather then individual politicians or their parties. Something to think about. Please add examples that come to your mind, either agreeing with or contradicting this idea that culture drives change, not politicians.


02010-09-27 @ 09:09

When I left the house on Saturday Morning the temperatur was 58ºF, or 14ºC, under a clear blue sky. The moon, fat and bright this week, seemed to follow me every way I turned Friday night, and was still hanging in the sky as I started walking.

marijose left this comment and in it a link to the Rules of T.O.M.. Thanks!

Nature is the horizon of culture.
– William Irwin Thompson

Bill Thompson also said: Cultural and spiritual transformation is larger than political transformation.

Here is a recent article by Bill Thompson – reprinted in the Upaya newsletter.

Here are a couple of insights I had last week…

Insight #1:
Change is powered by culture, not by politicians. We might say that politicians are merely part of a cultural wave. Change the culture and the politics will follow, like a dog on a leash. Investing in a politician, or a pack of them, is less effective than investing in cultural change.

Insight #2:
Politicians are usually on a one-way street: they can make things worse, but they can’t make things better. Maybe it takes a lot more energy to run uphill to improve matters? That is either inherent to the system design, or just a bad turn of events stacked upon events, turtles all the way down.

Link Drop:
I was wondering when ping-pong was going to become cool again.

That looks like it was fun!! Foodies Flock to Second Coming of Le Fooding at P.S. 1

Shinkansen Brail

Nice interview with Bill Bryson:

Bill Bryson: ‘Have faith, science can solve our problems’ – Telegraph
There never was a less chauvinist author than this gentle, genial American who, with his folksy humour, has charmed the nation, men and women in equal measure. The bestselling author of Notes from a Small Island, that quirky love letter to all things British, now lives in a large rectory in Norfolk, where he devotes a lot of time to his garden. I meet him outside a library in Norwich, and he could be one of the natives, with his unprepossessing manner and his comfy, lived-in clothes.

Here is something else I find curious:

I think the term NSFW is hilarious. Why should an employee look at websites while at work in the first place? If a person wants to be able to surf the interwebs while working, they should open their own shop, and then they won’t need the NSFW warning, would they!

Saturday Repeat

02010-09-24 @ 22:09

This is a repeat from a year ago:

Audio MP3

This is one of the two Lava tracks I worked on last week, Snake Loop Tk5. You can download the high quality mp3 here. The title of the track comes from the percussion loop that appears when the Flamenco guitar solos. It’s from 1993’s Snakecharmer version on the album The Hours Between Night + Day. This track was recorded in 1995 and I am not sure how we achieved this. I did not have ProTools yet. Maybe we put the big 2-inch multi-track tape on the analog recorder – I think I was using a Revox 24-track machine in 1995 and the Sony 24-track arrived the following year – and simply made a mix of just the percussion, recorded that onto a DAT and transferred that to the 2-inch reel we recorded Lava on… Maybe Jon remembers.

Friday Surprise

02010-09-24 @ 20:09

When I noticed this comment I wondered what was going on:

Received interesting email from CF Foundation about cancelation. Personally, I don’t care about the reason that the concert was canceled….only that I won’t get to hear you in person – again (second time that local concert was canceled in ABQ area) :0(

I wrote to Jackie and asked her to forward the email from CFF to me. When I didn’t hear from her, I contacted Linda, who forwarded me the copy she received, and here it is:


Thank you so much for supporting the CF Foundation. Unfortunately our star artist has decided to cancel our benefit concert. Ticket sales have been sluggish and we were afraid that we weren’t going to be able to cover the costs associated with the event.

We are truly sad.

We hope that if this event is rescheduled that you will join us in the future.

Thank you again for supporting us in our cause of finding a control or cure for cf.

Amanda Bergamo

This, my friends, is called covering one’s ass in my business. The person who wrote this, messed up and now she is trying to blame me. Maybe she didn’t think I would find out about the email. I could tell you what’s going to happen now, but let’s serialize this, and say… for the continuation, please tune in on Monday.

Oh, and I think that’s it for benefits for a while.


And now for the regular Friday post:

First, care.

iPad Wine Lists (NYT)

Macrobinoculars for the iPhone

Opium for the masses:

Yes, It’s True – The Internet Makes You Happier –
There are those who believe that too much time spent on the Internet makes people less social and causes them to lose touch with the real world, but a new British study released today found that access to the Internet and the web, and especially to social networks such as Facebook, can improve people’s levels of happiness. The study found that Internet access improves the overall well-being of lower-income users, those with less education and women — particularly those in developing countries — by giving them a sense of freedom and control over their lives.

Of course, the Brits also had a study in the Seventies that claimed that British women were the most beautiful in all of Europe…

‘Waiting for ‘Superman” Director Davis Guggenheim ‘Goes Deep’ Into Our Nation’s Education System Woes (WSJ Blog)

Cut back, use less, leave a smaller footprint.


02010-09-23 @ 19:09

It rained yesterday and through the night. Much needed and very welcome. This morning I took a walk, passing through clouds of strong scents of pine and dirt, and took a few photos (more can be seen in the photoblog):

The High-Tech Future of Travel – Popwuping
I’m not a skeptic but for me getting lost is part of the fun and the point of travel.

Agreed! Being lost is how I discovered the most interesting places!

Filip Dujardin Digital Art Photography | TrendLand
Somewhere in between reality and fantasy lie the the photographic collages of imaginary buildings made from Filip’s copy & past photoshop skills.

John Pawson speaks about plain rooms (YouTube)

Somebody who calls himself “liebert4evr” is mixing Guns and Nouveau Flamenco – I have such interesting fans!

Cute Lego video called Build Anything (Vimeo)

Marginal Revolution: Guess who is lobbying against marijuana legalization?
Seems pretty logical to me.

Time Magazine article on William Gibson and Zero History – which I am already re-reading. In fact I am currently switching back and forth between ZH and Pattern Recognition.

Speaking of ZH, here is that Air Penguin he wrote about. Beautiful, quicksilvery, and German.

Dictaphone Parcel (Vimeo) – I am with Music of Sound – no way they actually sent a $4,000 Nagra through the mail like that. Cool video though.

Welcome to the creepiness of social networking:

How I became a Foursquare cyberstalker | Technology | The Guardian
Louise is a complete stranger. Until 10 minutes ago when I discovered she was located within a mile of me, I didn’t even know of her existence. But equipped only with a smartphone and an increasingly popular social networking application called Foursquare, I have located her to within just a few square metres, accessed her Twitter account and conducted multiple cross-referenced Google searches using the personal details I have already managed to accrue about her from her online presence. In the short time it has taken me to walk to this pub in central London, I probably know more about her than if I’d spent an hour talking to her face-to-face. She doesn’t know it yet, but Louise is about to meet her new digital stalker.

Thanks for the link, Guy. I am even starting to use email less and less. Instead I am exchanging documents, text files, via DropBox.

Tadao Ando’s Yumebutai & Water Temple (a set on Flickr)


02010-09-22 @ 15:09

A new sport?

Something to ponder

Watch and get angry:
Waiting for Superman (YouTube Trailer)
Interview with the Director (YouTube)

Octoberfest 2010 – the casualties (Life Magazine Slideshow)

The plastic bottle battle – the French way:

Marginal Revolution: The culture that is France

In the latest in a series of unusual efforts to make Paris green, the city is now offering residents free sparkling water to try to wean Parisians not from red wine, but from overconsumption of plastic bottles.

It comes from a water fountain and the idea already has been tested in Italy:

“We chill the water between 6 and 8 degrees Celsius,” said Philippe Burguière, the spokesman for Eau de Paris, “and then we inject carbon dioxide into regular tap water to make the bubbles thin and tasty.”

Nice post by Copenhagenize

Harvest Moon in Berlin

MI6 ‘used bodily fluids as invisible ink’ – Telegraph

How a Remington typewriter was made in 1935 (YouTube)

Buchstabenmuseum in Berlin

Salt Peanuts (YouTube)


02010-09-21 @ 09:09

Revenge and Glass Harp and Chocolate Bunny (Vimeo)

And, from the same team, How do I explain it to my parents? Documentary serie in which 5 abstract artists explain to their mom and dad what their work is all about. I love the small grey room in which they talk.

Very interesting, and beautiful bike frame.

Solo Concerts in November
Nov 11 – New York NY – Blue Note
Nov 12 – New York NY – Blue Note
Nov 13 – New York NY – Blue Note
Nov 14 – New York NY – Blue Note
Nov 24 – San Diego CA – Anthology
Nov 26 – San Francisco CA – Razz Room
Nov 27 – San Francisco CA – Razz Room
Nov 28 – San Francisco CA – Razz Room

‘Master of blue jeans’ holds key to fashion riddle – Yahoo! News
But unlike the finery worn by the upper classes, the clothes of the peasant classes were used until shredded through, leaving no trace.

Isn’t that how one should live one’s life. Until it is shredded through, leaving no trace?

Solo in November

02010-09-20 @ 15:09

Solo Concerts in November
Nov 11 – New York NY – Blue Note
Nov 12 – New York NY – Blue Note
Nov 13 – New York NY – Blue Note
Nov 14 – New York NY – Blue Note
Nov 24 – San Diego CA – Anthology
Nov 26 – San Francisco CA – Razz Room
Nov 27 – San Francisco CA – Razz Room
Nov 28 – San Francisco CA – Razz Room

Concert cancelled

02010-09-20 @ 09:09

Due to a situation beyond our control, the benefit concert at Popejoy Hall in Albuquerque, on September 30th, has been cancelled. UNM/Popejoy will issue refunds.


02010-09-20 @ 09:09

Due to a situation beyond our control, the benefit concert at Popejoy Hall in Albuquerque has been cancelled. UNM/Popejoy will issue refunds. Looks like the next gigs with the band will be Florida in January.

George Eliot wrote, “It is never too late to be what you might have been.”

Wonderful article by American composer John Adams: Glenn Gould and the Flash Flood of the Mind – file under neurodiversity, musical genius, etc.

On dating writers

5 Easy Steps to Breaking Your Cell Phone Addiction

How to disconnect from your online life (((there is an app for that)))

I don’t know anything about this photographer, but I love her website. Oh, cool!

Another minimal photographer’s site. And this is a guy (((wikipedia entry))) with his own line of nice camera bags

Stephen Duros got the minimal bug, too.

I wrote about it last Thursday – so much high quality information about low quality data. Artists are the windsocks of society, the canaries in the mine. There is no way an artist can update every social media site AND create music. FaceBook, MySpace, FourSquare, Twitter and now Ping… major label artsts have more time (((they don’t have day-jobs, like a young musician might have, and they have assistents and people at the record label to update these things!))). I also feel that it is smart for artists to head in a different direction. When the herd moves West, it might be time to head North. Maybe it is because we are contrarians, maybe it’s because we notice the scent of change in the air, maybe it’s instinct…

Rode the Mariachi Bullitt to REI on Saturday Morning for their big annual sale. There had been an accident on Guadalupe and, as I found out, some oil, or other slippery fluid, had been sprayed across the ashpalt. Four tourists crossed the street, without looking (((or maybe without seeing? One can look in a direction without seeing anything))) and the car in front of me breaked sharply. I rolled past the car on the right side and neared the fourth person, the straggler. Instead of continuing he seemed to be spooked by my bike. (((old messenger habit – judge speed of cross traffic and head in between the obstacles or right after the last one))) If he had continued on his way I would have rolled past him easily, but now I had to break as well, the front wheel locked up and slid on the oil-coated asphalt but I got my left foot down, gave a good push with it, grunted “Move!” (((he did))) and got past without a spill. I continue to be impressed with the handling of the Bullitt. Oh, and I took one good look at the enormous line in front of REI and decided to skip the sale.

More bamboo cycles.

Size Norms


02010-09-18 @ 07:09

Santa Fe news on Thursday: “Goat dies in drive-by”

Link Drop:

How Do People Use Their Smartphones? –

How a watch works – from 1949 (Video)

Secret Stash (Flickr Set)

I guess that means he’s not crazy.

Gorillas & Girls

I bet that spills over a lot…

Law of Fashion (((true for Pop music as well)))

Koichi Futatsumata’s vacuum tube amplifier (((I mentioned this before. Nice that it is being built. Just under $900)))

This Way, Any Way (((Yes!)))

Dinner in the Sky

Laptop or iPad

The west is no longer a beautiful model (((Momus on Japanese Culture)))

Friday Music

02010-09-17 @ 07:09

I have posted a few excerpts from this concert before, but here is the whole enchilada. The third XL band live in 2001.

Audio MP3

You can download the 320kbps mp3 file here.


02010-09-16 @ 08:09

Observation 1:

High quality data and low level of information flow turned into low quality of data, but high level of information flow.


I used to hear interesting music on the radio and would have to call the station, seeking to talk to the DJ to find out what s/he had played. Now most stations have a twitter feed that announces the mostly boring stuff they are playing.

I wonder how many areas in life this is true for. High data + low info turning into low data and high info. It could be a modern trend, so much information about so little.

Observation 2:

I was having dinner at a restaurant this afternoon, early, before the place filled up. The music that was playing softly was some kind of ambient electronica, or perhaps a soundtrack, and it blended perfectly with the hum of the four ceiling fans, and the sound of cars on the street that wafted in through the open windows. And, something was making a noise like cutlery, gently rocking back and forth on dishes, perhaps agitated by a refridgerator or a dishwasher running underneath. All of these sounds were playing at about the same level, and blending well. I was the only diner in the place, there were no other customers talking, no phones ringing. Three of the waitstaff were sitting at the bar, folding napkins for the dinner rush. I had to investigate and discovered, and somehow I wasn’t pleased by this discovery, that it wasn’t cutlery on dishes at all, but a swamp cooler with a noisy fan.

William Gibson On the Future of Publishing: Made to Order Books – WSJ

For a moment I was horrified when I read that headline. I thought he might mean it the sense that Kevin Kelly and others have talked about books and music made to order, that is, remixed and regurgitated to personal taste. But, thankfully, Gibson doesn’t mean that at all…

Doesn’t do much for me, but an interesting process: iPad light painting (Vimeo)

BP Spill Fix suggested by Douglas Trumbull, special effects designer for Blade Runner, among many others.

You can’t make this stuff up.

You live in the suburb, but you want that cool, modern Tadao Ando look. There is a wallpaper for that.


02010-09-15 @ 07:09

Jobs is a Ninja

Moss Ring

A Compilation of Close Calls (YouTube)

Everything is a Remix – sure, but some more so than others…

Nasa is on Flickr

The very popular breakup via SMS…

Cell-Phone Culture and Relationships in Ghana – Popwuping
The research indicated that 46.9 percent of respondents said they received their break up news from their partners through text messages, while 26 percent of them indicated that they had heartbreaks as a result of those messages.

More efficient AC

Cheesy Spanish video – BUT with Bullitt cargo bike, carrying a sound system.

Here are two about the heroin of our time, the common car as daily transport:
Ignoring the Bull – with a Super Bus

Taipei @ Night (Vimeo)

Christchurch Earthquakes Sonified

Check out this pic. It shows designer Kai Takashi assisting in the Mud Dyeing process of Japanese denim. The SRJ Indigo & Mud overdyed jeans start out as White selvage denim, are cut and sewn, then dipped and Hand dyed in Indigo vats after which they’re dipped and Hand dyed in specially made Mud ditches followed by a wash and hang dry in the sun. Attention to detail.

Last night I read Wikipedia entries on Denim, Selvedge Denim, Indigo and more. Very interesting! Didn’t know that Denim is to Critter what De Nîmes is to Creature. De Nîmes means from Nîmes and Nîmes is a town in the South of France, founded by the Romans. Serge de Nîmes, with serge the French name for the type of heavy twill fabric that we know as denim… well, what we knew as denim before the big corps cheapened every part of the process, replaced the looms, and made sure they wouldn’t even last a year.

Indigo, I always loved that word. It seemed so mysterious compared to other colors, seemed to contain or hide a story. From wikipedia:

Indigo was used in India, which was also the earliest major center for its production and processing. The Indigofera tinctoria variety of Indigo was domesticated in India. Indigo, used as a dye, made its way to the Greeks and the Romans, where it was valued as a luxury product.

India is believed to be the oldest center of indigo dyeing in the Old World. It was a primary supplier of indigo to Europe as early as the Greco-Roman era. The association of India with indigo is reflected in the Greek word for the dye, indikón (???????, Indian). The Romans latinized the term to indicum, which passed into Italian dialect and eventually into English as the word indigo.

Wikipedia on Jeans:

The word “jeans” comes from the French phrase bleu de Gênes, literally the blue of Genoa. Jeans fabric, or denim, originated independently in two places: the French town of Nîmes, and in India, where trousers made of denim material were worn by the sailors of Dhunga, which came to be known as dungarees.

I started playing a new piece last week and have been developing it. That means two down for the next album. And it looks like we will add a Persian percussionist to the trio for the September 30th gig at Popejoy in Albuquerque. It’s a bit of a test to see how this formation might sound, but I have high hopes and this could become the band for twenty eleven.


02010-09-14 @ 07:09

This dovetails nicely ino what I wrote on Friday. Not only is that fake history very silly, it is also a hazard for the people who create it.

Sandblasting Abandoned By Levi’s and H & M
Levi’s and H & M have announced that they will no longer place orders for sandblasted garments (included jeans) due to the health hazard they pose.

Music from the very influential band Can from Cologne. (((and yes, Holger was a big inspiration for Eno and Byrne’s “My Life in the Bush of Ghosts”. He was adding snippets found on short-wave radio years before Eno did, and Eno heard that when he worked with the band Cluster in a studio near Köln)))

BP-Global-PR outed

Andrew Bird Cultivates a ‘Sonic Arboretum’ – PBS
– more looping… everyone is looping these days

Nice article explaining the machinations behind a toy for the rich and shameless.

This, on the other hand, is a beautiful restauration of a lovely machine.

Buddhist Geeks Interview

02010-09-13 @ 13:09

Here is the interview I did with Buddhist Geeks, called Intimacy through Practice 

When I made the appointment with Vincent, I wrote this note into my calendar:

I don’t like the name. A geek is generally a person who lives in his head, somebody for whom the body is simply a device to move his brain from A to B. Zen is a full body experience, meaning it involves the body and the mind, all of me.

When I mentioned this to Vincent, he told me that others had said this as well, and later in the interview we spoke about this.

Intimacy through Practice | Buddhist Geeks

02010-09-13 @ 12:09

Here is the interview I did with Buddhist Geeks.

Last Week

02010-09-13 @ 09:09

Monday Link Drop

02010-09-13 @ 09:09


If you need an umbrella

You could waste hours, beautifully

This is your life…

Post no Bills!

When flying was something altogether different.

Always fun to see this brand in the movie 2001…


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