Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Art Ensemble of Chicago box set

The release of this 21-CD retrospective brought to mind one of my favorite nights when AEC played first and were followed by swing dancing to Room Full of Blues live! I bet this was also a peak night for Nick Lawrence, who was there also.

Art Ensemble of Chicago and Related Ensembles

NYT Best Comedy of 2018

Nanette is essential watching - both comedy and social commentary!

Monday, December 17, 2018

Sunday, December 2, 2018

wish for Trump apology

A part of the 60 Minutes Fukushima report showed top executives of Tepco, the nuclear company, bowing to the ground to local residents in apology. My first reaction included the wish that Trump would do the same during his exit...

Fukushima disaster on 60 Minutes

Last night 60 Minutes aired an episode on the current work to address the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. The scope of the problems and the attempts to address them is amazing. Well worth watching!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

US population profiled by the Kochs

I heard on NPR that the Koch brothers' organizations have developed profiles of approximately 200 million US citizens.  Given a population of around 320 million with about 75 million under age 18, that nets out to 200/245 adults!

Dave Winer on the election

I have followed Dave's writings for decades.  I think this year is his best.
Here is his reaction to the election, which I could not agree with more.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

a good evening moment

Listening to WQXR's Q2 radio channel and reading a great collection of short stories you should check out - life is good (notwithstanding the Big Picture)
"He had always been friendly but it seemed that he hated to be awakened by drum solos."

King Crimson 2017

stochastic violence

Someone who wishes to remain anonymous wrote:

I learned a terrible new word this week, "stochastic," as in stochastic violence. Look it up. It's the use of propaganda and incitement that creates a probability of violence without knowing the specifics of how or where it will occur. It's not really random, though the randomness of specific targets is part of the terror. It strikes me as related to the fascists' long use of a "strategy of tension," to increase societal fear and violence and then exert more control. Combined with the easy access to weapons for the X% of the population that is unhinged -- it's bad and it cannot be unintentional.

I heard about "stochastic terrorism" on Pacifica radio this week in an interview about the rise in hate violence. Apparently, it's a known social science phenomenon. The quantity of violence is predictable while the where, when and how is not. A fascist strategist like Steve Bannon would know its usefulness.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018


long: IBM 80, ORCL 20, CMG 190, MSFT 24, CRM 50, FB 20, SPY 210
short: SHLD 40 to 1, RSH 2.60 to 0.35, M 47

10/16 update: cashed out Friday, except for M

Update 3/20 close M at 8

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Frum on Trump

David Jolly interviews David Frum in January, 2018 about the book Trumpocracy. This is totally worth watching.

starting Dzogchen trekcho/cutting through

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
Relax your gaze and look out
Don’t stop concepts—let them be.
Anything that comes up in your mind, don’t follow it; just meet it where it is.
       Relax, with no effort or manipulation whatsoever


Since all things are naked, clear and free from obscurations,
there is nothing to attain or realize.
The everyday practice is simply to develop
a complete acceptance and openness
to all situations and emotions
and to all people,
experiencing everything totally
without reservations and blockages,
so that one never withdraws or centralizes onto oneself.

donor pages for Democratic Senatorial campaigns

Dave Winer's list

key races:

Kavanaugh is one symptom of a larger problem

Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda in Five Acts was even more interesting than I expected. It showed me things even I did not know, reinforced the significance of Fonda, and encouraged activities into late life. The life she and Hayden led together reminded me of my early years.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Tech humor

Bloomberg writers show sense of humor, burying this in the middle of a very serious article:

“Two of Elemental’s biggest early clients were the Mormon church, which used the [video compression] technology to beam sermons to congregations around the world, and the adult film industry, which did not.”

Monday, September 10, 2018

Friday, September 7, 2018

Mueller probe of deep background of California swing dancing

this detailed information shows that Mueller will go to any lengths to find the roots of swing dancing in So Cal... or, in other words, Internet Geeks will catalog anything so we can use it!

Saturday, August 25, 2018

RIP John McCain

I sincerely regret the passing of John McCain, but I also wrote to chide him when he chose to pivot to the Right again with a speech at Liberty University years ago.
As Vox Media said about choosing Sarah Palin: "... he also betrayed his own values hoping to win a presidential election, and sent the Republican Party down the path to Trump"
A mixed bag for sure, but also both a patriot and a pivotal figure in American politics. RIP

Thursday, August 23, 2018

uplift dream

A dream last night: I was with a bunch of lifelong friends from high school. We were on a large forklift which was lifting everyone up to where we wanted to go. It broke and we got in trouble with the owners, Trumpista loggers, and our lives were now in danger. "You're not Democrats, are you?" asked the team leader...

Thursday, August 16, 2018

back to the cushion

After a lapse of several months in my meditation practice, I returned to it. Short sessions reminded me again of its centrality and I simply started up fully again. Challenging times in terms of politics, work time, and institutional crisis in my Buddhist community knocked me off course, but they require more, not less, practice.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

RIP Cecil Taylor

While I have not listened to him in years, the evolution of my tastes makes Cecil Taylor more a candidate for my soundtrack. His death this week brought him to my attention again. The one hour show below was entertaining and warm-hearted:

In the Seventies, I spent regular time with Art Lande, as he was a friend of my first wife and teacher to her and one of our friends. When I mentioned a liking for Taylor, Art was puzzled, as the "difficult sounds" Taylor produced were not to his taste. Of course, my sonic journey over the decades since has taken me even further out there... I wonder what Art thinks of Taylor now.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Thursday, April 5, 2018

recommended, the HBO documentary "King in the Wilderness"

This documentary is good to watch - the soulful, truth-telling people featured are an antidote to what prevails today in politics