Saturday, May 23, 2020

Dr. Doom

https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/05/why-the-economy-is-headed-for-a-post-coronavirus-depression-nouriel-roubini.html

h/t Henry

30 day meditation challenge, Part 2

I managed to meditate daily for 28 of the last 30 days, the second segment of my challenge. I did also sit extra to (more than) make up for the two missed days. Inspired by reading that Jack Dorsey sits two hours a day, which is three times more than me, moving forward I am adding more time to my challenge, a second sitting for at least fifteen minutes.

For those who want to pursue something related, see an online course in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and/or Pema Chodron's book How to Meditate.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Prince and the Revolution Live

body work

This Old Guy (me) took a couple online classes from Ruby on basic breathing, stretching and movement. While I have a long way to go to catch up to the beginners, I recommend these classes, which I would characterize as science-based. It would of course help if I took stretching and yoga...like my cousin Janet or Kevin and Marc's friend, Ron, both of whom are my age. Who else here is doing anything like this?

the world of curating and creating neo-vintage

I finished William Gibson's novel, The Peripheral, last month, a very satisfying effort. And it was an effort, as it required a bit of re-reading in the first half so I could understand context Gibson only gradually unveiled. The primary element was the development of a sub-culture he explored in previous works, those who create new objects with a backstory of authenticity, supplied via deep study. I find echoes of this in Architectual Digest's descriptions, such as this article.

A suggested soundtrack and an introductory essay that embodies this theme:

https://pitchfork.com/features/lists-and-guides/9948-the-50-best-ambient-albums-of-all-time/

this article explains basic ZFS concepts well


https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2020/05/zfs-101-understanding-zfs-storage-and-performance/

Monday, May 4, 2020

sign of the times

Facebook served me an ad for a photography app that allows image manipulation. The ad featured "AI for masks" and my first thought was Hype for Fitting Face Masks"

Saturday, May 2, 2020

ZFS mounting tips

https://www.reddit.com/r/zfs/comments/g7ytms/pools_not_importing_at_boot_sometimes_but_easily/

note to self: 40 days of solid meditation practice

Today marks forty days of meditating every single day at least 45 minutes. Now increasing my goal by a half hour. Over the decades I have usually meditated 3-4 times/week unless on formal retreat. The coronavirus gives a sense that time may be short, so I am applying myself to what is important.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

my time in the Black and White caravan

to be written

gonzo ride

In Progress Version

In 1971 I was hitchhiking from Cal Arts, where I lived, to the Bay Area. I had waited for a ride for a couple hours when gonzo came to me. A violet Cadillac convertible swerved to the side of the road to pick me up. Three seats were occupied, but they put me in the fourth and off we went. It immediately became obvious that I had not checked my ride first. They were passing around a joint, but the driver was clearly wired for sound - driving safely was not the order of the day. I quickly realized this was not the most secure group to be with nor the best for a traffic stop's questions and inspection.  I needed a way out . I began to look for a reasonable reason and a good place to hitch another ride. At the first opportunity I explained that I wanted to catch a ride all the way to Berkeley or San Francisco and they let me out. I had dodged another bullet,.

Dragnificent S1E1

This show was upbeat and had high production values.  The story line made sense: drag queens help a woman professional wrestler with a stocky build prepare for her wedding. Sound crazy - well, it was uplifting. We saw Bebe several years on from the person we have been watching as we finish S1 of RuPaul's Drag Race. Recommended.

Young London jazz scene


Stuart Edwards' playlist:

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1fq5l5aMVLX4sIfyvNkQzt?si=N667vnm0RJGbTuOSYejY0w

close call with death

Around 1973 or 1974 I was standing on Telegraph Avenue when a van pulled up. I was five feet seven and a rail thin 127 pounds, hair down to my waist. I was day dreaming when three young dudes burst from the van and headed for me. I was so startled that I didn't think to react or even know what was about to happen. As they ran toward me, a huge burly guy feinted toward them and they backed off and jumped in the van. It all happened so quickly that I didn't even thank the guy for saving me. It took me about five minutes to realize that they were intent on beating me at the least and possibly kidnapping me.  I then remembered the story of a woman friend, a model-beautiful blonde, who was abducted from there for a rape film and somehow managed to talk one of her captors into releasing her.

Life can be strange.

Friday, April 24, 2020

It's a drag now, for sure

So there are now four drag shows on TV, RuPaul's Drag Race, Pose, We're Here and Dragnificent. I am not a fan of Billie Eilish but her name inspired me to propose the drag name Will He Eyelash - feel free to take it and audition for future seasons!

Art Garfunkel and I ride freight trains in the early Seventies

This time of confinement due to COVID-19 prompts memories and musing on the nature of things. This is also fostered by contact with many long-time friends in thoughtful moods as well, courtesy of the internet. At the moment it occurs to me I should tell the story of me and Art Garfunkel riding the rails in 1971. First, however, I need to finally read Charley Sweet's version in his book, Going Home. I not only owe him this but look forward to it - his letters from afar, when he lived in Kyoto, were a highlight of the Eighties. He was kind enough to provide a MS-Word version so I could add comments based on my own memory of those events. I still vividly remember the headlights of the police car stabbing through the cloud of marijuana smoke. Ah, the good fortune all of us shared with that cop. I always wondered how Art avoided shitting his pants.

John Prine Tiny Desk Tribute

This is so moving, it brings tears to my eyes... The love is strong.
Homes and hearts.


Monday, April 6, 2020

more meditation

I spend more time meditating these days and less time posting and emailing. The urgent possibility of death changed my priorities. (note: I am not infected)

Sunday, March 22, 2020

East Bay restaurants support for Highland Hospital ER

Listening to DJ sets I have recorded, I realize they create a much better mood than my usual listening to political podcasts and watching MSNBC and Democracy Now. Not that I will quit keeping up with things but...
faves:

Dore Stein (KALW)
Larry Kelp(KPFA)
Dirk Richardson(KPFA)
Art Saito(KPFA)
Giles Peterson(BBC)

bootstrap the economy!


https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/18/business/dealbook/coronavirus-economy-bailout-plan.html
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