Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Music From The Sea

Destiny: The power or agency that determines the course of events.
"That which has been firmly established."



The problem with music these days is that too many people are listening with their eyes.

White noise.
Traffic.
Endless Applause.

And a surprise for those with their eyes open.

Monday, March 29, 2010

LA/MI



I'm going next month to check out Los Angeles and Musician's Institute. If it's even remotely cool, I'm going to figure out a way to go. My dream might be twenty-one years old, but it never gave up on me. Someday I'll be dead so I have to try. Not to mention I've never been to L.A. before. Given the impact of movies and music in my life, it's only right that I go see what the "Creative Capital of the World" is all about. It'd be nice to finally go get the only education I ever cared about and be surrounded by the types of technically proficient, musically intelligent and creative people that are my rightful tribe. Unless my destiny has something else in mind for me, which at this point wouldn't surprise me at all. If I had four arms I'd play guitar and paraglide at the same time. Meanwhile, Seattle is once again sucking the big one with so much rain that I think we're headed back into winter. I'm looking forward to some well-deserved sunshine.

Friday, March 26, 2010

A C, Eb, and a G walk into a bar...

The bartender says, "Sorry, but we don't serve minors." So the Eb leaves, and the C and G have an open fifth between them.

After a few drinks, the fifth is diminished and the G is out flat. An F comes in and tries to augment the situation, but is not sharp enough.

Later a D comes into the bar and heads straight for the bathroom saying, "Excuse me. I'll just be a second." Then an A comes into the bar, but the bartender is not convinced that this relative of C is not a minor.

Then the bartender notices a Bb hiding at the end of the bar and exclaims, "Get out now. You're the seventh minor I've found in this bar tonight."

The Eb, not easily deflated, comes back to the bar the next night in a three-piece suit with nicely shined shoes. The bartender says, "You're looking sharp tonight, come on in. This could be a major development." This proves to be the case, as the Eb takes off his suit, and everything else, and stands there au natural.

Eventually the C sobers up, and realizes in horror that he's under a rest.

The C is brought to trial, is found guilty of contributing to the diminution of a minor, and is sentenced to ten years of DS without Coda at an upscale correctional facility.

On appeal however, the C is found innocent of any wrongdoing, even accidental, and that all accusations to the contrary are bassless.

The bartender decides however, that since he's only had tenor so patrons, with the soprano out in the bathroom, and everything has become alto much treble, he needs a rest, and closes the bar.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Run Free

















After nine days I let the horse run free
'cause the desert had turned to sea
There were plants and birds and rocks and things
There was sand and hills and rings
The ocean is a desert with its life underground
And a perfect disguise above
Under the cities lies a heart made of ground
But the humans would give no love

~ A Horse With No Name, America

I'm not the only one

Imagine there's no Heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one

~ John Lennon

Los Sonidos del Silencio

Monday, March 22, 2010

51 Years Ago

A Billboard #1 hit single

Open Book, Insert Nose














The computer is cool, the Kindle is probably cool (I don't know, I don't have one), but there's no substitute for the smell of a brand new book. Open it up, stick your nose in the middle and inhale. Clean, pure, new. A place you've never been before. Fresh territory your mind is about to know for the first time. That's the smell of magic.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Atlas Stood













Standing on the sky, holding down the world...

When Man Gets It Right

The IRS Auditor

At the end of the tax year, the IRS office sent an inspector to audit the books of a local hospital.

While the IRS agent was checking the books he turned to the CFO of the hospital and said, "I notice you buy a lot of bandages. What do you do with the end of the roll when there's too little left to be of any use?"

"Good question," noted the CFO. "We save them up and send them back to the bandage company and every now and then they send us a free box of bandages."

"Oh," replied the auditor, somewhat disappointed that his unusual question had a practical answer.

But on he went, in his obnoxious way. "What about all these plaster purchases? What do you do with what's left over after setting a cast on a patient?"

"Ah, yes," replied the CFO, realizing that the inspector was trying to trap him with an unanswerable question.

"We save it and send it back to the manufacturer, and every now and then they send us a free package of plaster."

"I see," replied the auditor, thinking hard about how he could fluster the know-it-all CFO.

"Well," he went on, "What do you do with all the leftover foreskins from the circumcisions you perform?"

"Here, too, we do not waste," answered the CFO. "What we do is save all the little foreskins and send them to the IRS Office, and about once a year they send us a complete Dick."

Riddle

A farmer is travelling with a fox, a sheep and a small sack of hay. He comes to a river with a small boat in it. The boat can only support the farmer and one other animal/item. If the farmer leaves the fox alone with the sheep, the fox will eat the sheep. And if the farmer leaves the sheep alone with the hay, the sheep will eat the hay.

How can the farmer get all three as well as himself safely across the river?

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Friday, March 19, 2010

Crestfallen

I don't understand this life. I felt so great this morning and now I feel terrible. There's no cause, no reason, just more invisible shit tearing me down. What the fuck? This whole being human thing is something I don't even have words for anymore. This existence is just going to kill all of us anyway. What's the point? Like how much of a difference is any of us really going to make in the end? We live, we die. We turn a few laps around the sun and check out. Great. Nice plan. What is this place, this life, this whatever the fuck we're all doing here? Who am I? I feel no self, only a heartwrenching loss of it. Why? There's never an answer. You can scream into the void all you want. You won't hear an echo. I'm surrounded by so much bullshit I can barely hear myself think. And there's nowhere to go except back into the living hell of people so sure of themselves, so certain of the answers and how things are going to be. Yeah, sure. We're blind to our own blindness. It's an impossible situation, loving a planet and a life that's so fucked up. I should have just swallowed the most convenient lie right out of high school and got myself killed in some stupid war. That's the only thing humans are good at -- wasting ourselves, our world, and each other. The next time around I definitely won't be one again. It's been a neat experiment, but this place is insane. Who in their right mind would ever come here? My heart can barely stand it. Yet I would love nothing more than to embrace all of it with the full force of my entire being. Whatever. Enjoy the song. If you get the emotional content, then you get me -- trapped between two worlds and ripped apart by both.



"Your life is not your own... and as you were, you'll be again, to mold like clay, to break like dirt."

Insouciant














Calm and unbothered; indifferent in a casual or carefree way.

Resolute

Having or showing a fixed, firm purpose; determined; unwavering.





















He who tries to fight me has already lost.

Whoa

Hell Yeah

Oh, man, do I love the sound of a good orchestra. "The Stripper" is a song I know because my Dad is a trumpet player. When he was a kid he would sit outside on the front steps of my Grandma's house in Florida and play songs. Neighbors down the road loved it, would call the house, and make song requests to my Grandma who would then pass them on to my Dad. Grandma said he would play for hours into the night and everyone really enjoyed it. I wasn't originally thinking about that when I sat down to post this, but that's the power of music at work, connecting me to my family, my roots, and to things beyond the reach of words deep within the human heart that I love.

I feel very happy in my life right now. There is an invisible Will that no one sees or knows, and he's been working hard from within to make changes to get on a good wavelength. I feel like I've turned a corner, and I'm grateful for it. I've come far enough to see that it can be a permanent way of being, and I'm so ready for it. My Dad taught me that if you want something in life, you have to earn it. If I hike up a mountain, I have a right to stand on the summit. The same can be said of happiness, and I think achieving that peak is worth the climb. I'm in that place and I want to share it. The more I can supercharge this world with love and light, the better everything and everyone will be. The world isn't ending, it's just beginning, and on a Friday afternoon no less. So let's kick things off with a fun song that I hope makes everyone smile and feel good.



Happy Weekend. Happy Horny Spring. May everyone who wants to get laid:)

The Zeitgeist Movement

From The Huffington Post, March 16, 2010. Author: Travis Walter Donovan.

The Zeitgeist Movement: Envisioning A Sustainable Future

"It takes a different value system if you wish to change the world," Jacque Fresco said to a sold out crowd of over 800 in New York City's Upper West Side. Though he may not need to convince these people, many his ardent followers, it will indeed take a restructuring of the mind for those unfamiliar with Fresco's work to realistically accept the ideas he proposes of a new global society that has given up money and property in favor of a shared, sustainable, technology-driven community. The caustic skepticism can already be heard, critics crying out with pointed fingers, decreeing communism, socialism, insanity! But as Fresco himself will tell you, communism is still just another system with banks and social stratification. The kind of world he imagines for the future is much different. To ease the transition, The Zeitgeist Movement provides a wealth of dizzying information detailing why a new global system is not only preferred, but necessary, and just how we can get there.

March 13th, 2010 was the second annual celebration of ZDay. Coordinated by The Zeitgeist Movement, ZDay is an educational event geared toward raising awareness of the movement. While 337 sympathetic events occurred in over 70 countries worldwide, NYC was home to the main event, a 6-hour live web cast presentation with lectures from the movement's key figures, and 30 different countries represented in the audience.

So what exactly is The Zeitgeist Movement? Not even two years old, the movement declares itself as the activist arm of The Venus Project, an organization started in the 1970s by Fresco and his partner, Roxanne Meadows. The Venus Project distributes resources promoting Fresco's vision of an improved society, with the main component being a resource-based economy, rather than a monetary-based one. In Fresco's resource-based economy, the world's resources would be considered as the equal inheritance of all the world's peoples, and would be managed as efficiently and carefully as possible through focusing on the technological potential of sustainable development. It is toward this idea that The Zeitgeist Movement works to educate and inform people.

The movement's founder, Peter Joseph, came to notoriety with his 2007 internet film sensation, Zeitgeist, and it's 2008 successor, Zeitgeist: Addendum. While many people may find it hard to digest the idea of a world without currency, Joseph's argument that our economic system is the source of our greatest social problems was supported with valuable evidence.

Describing how the margin between upper and lower classes is growing larger every day, Joseph cited that 20% of the American population controls 85% of the money. Also mentioning that the Walton family (of Wal-Mart) owns $90 billion while the lower 40% of America own $95 billion. The most startling revelations he divulged, however, were found when he graphed the amount of specific social issues in the world's richest countries against those countries' level of income inequality. The results were astounding, showing that America, a wealthy country but with a vast gap between its rich and poor, is plagued with higher homicide rates, drug use, obesity, mental illness, teenage pregnancy, infant mortality, and imprisonment. On the other hand, countries with much more equal income levels, such as Japan, have better educational scores, longer life expectancies, and higher levels of trust among their populations. The strong correlation is difficult to ignore: the higher a country's income inequality, the more social problems that degrade it, regardless of its GDP.

Joseph seemed well prepared for all the naysayers. For those who argue that the free market is an open system where anyone can achieve wealth, he displayed figures showing that America is one of the most socially immobile countries in the world, meaning that those born poor are likely to stay poor, and those born rich are likely to stay rich. For the argument that the competitive nature of capitalism produces more innovation, Joseph showed statistics that the countries with higher income equality filed more patents per million people each year than the United States and similar countries of larger income gaps.

This is aside from the obvious impact on the climate that a capitalist system creates. In a monetary society, Joseph points out, obsolescence is encouraged, as the shorter lifespan a product has, the more profit it generates in the long-term. Excess waste is built into the system, which flourishes from disposability and inefficiency. In a monetary system, Joseph says, change, abundance, sustainability, and efficiency are the enemies of profit. He goes on to add, "Corporations are not in competition with other corporations but with progress itself."

The plights of today are plainly evident, but how do we solve them? Getting rid of money, ownership and even government might sound like a ludicrous fantasy, but to the over 386,000 registered members of the fast-growing Zeitgeist Movement, it is not an option, but the only chance we have at creating a peaceful society, in harmony with nature, that provides a high-standard of living for everyone. Joseph made the focus clear in his presentation: resource preservation is equal to human survival, and all the social ideologies that currently exist are inadequate because they don't address resources as a part of their fundamental principals.

Joseph emphasized that the solution begins with a remodeling of our social values, starting with education based on sustainability. The ideal society, proposed by the project, would have a worldwide automated computer system actively monitoring the levels of the world's surveyed resources and ranking them according to factors such as their potential, renewability, and pollution. This computer would intelligently make objective decisions as to the uses of these resources based on empirical fact, not biased legislation. Automated labor would be perfected on a mass scale, something frowned upon in capitalism because it is equated with job loss and unemployment. Fresco insists eliminating all mundane jobs that insult human capacity when they can instead be relegated to machines that will act more precisely and productively.

From the maximization of resources and efficiency of automated labor, Fresco imagines a world of abundance, where everything is available to everyone. As idealistic as this may sound, keep in mind that there is currently enough food to feed everyone in the world, but not enough money to pay for it. One billion people (one-sixth of the world) are starving, yet American's throw out approximately 40% of their purchased food. Fresco says that in a world where everything is supplied, the majority of today's crimes would be non-existent, as they are primarily related to obtaining money and property, or born of social inequality. The crimes that still exist would be considered symptomatic of mental aberration, and these people would be given treatment and help, not punished, as no prisons would exist. People would be rewarded with an incentive system for contributions based on social relevance.

Celebrating his 94th birthday, Fresco was lively and animated as he guided the audience through a visual presentation of his conceptual ideas and models for sustainable technology. Wowing the crowd with images that seemed of science fiction, the audience was assured that nothing was unrealistic about his designs, and if science and technology were focused on progress instead of consumption, they would all be easily realized.

The members of The Zeitgeist Movement seem to face an intimidating wall of those who decree their goals as unattainable. But with 250 international chapters forming in just one year and the membership count rapidly growing, it's undeniable that many easily identify with the message. The evidence shows that our current system is leading us on a collision course; our present model of society cannot sustain itself. While some deny this, others ignore it, and there are those who still try to profit off of it. The Zeitgeist Movement highlights that there are individuals who believe in a sustainable future where humanity is not united by religious or political ideology, but by the scientific method, venerated as the savior that can develop a system of human equality, thriving from the cooperation and balance of technology and nature.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Anger Management





















FUCKHEAD
Supposedly praying. Yeah, sure. Pass me the handcuffs and duct tape.

St. Patrick's Day Flight

Wow, I totally scored on my birthday yesterday and got my first flight of the year. Yeah! Hiking up Tiger Mountain kicked my ass but it was worth it. After 160 days in 2D gravity lock down, it felt really good to bring up the wing and run into the sky again. The air was a bit trashy off launch and knocked me around a little, but once clear of that I headed north into a giant wall of lift that just kept taking me up and up without having to core any thermals. I used my variometer for the first time and it worked well. I climbed about 1400 feet above launch (to 3200+ feet), which is significant only in the sense that I now have a number to associate with what that looks like from the air. Mentally, it gives me a better frame of reference. Last year I had no instrumentation, so everything was like, "Yeah, I'm way up here," without having any clue what that meant. I'm not really a gear/tech fiend to begin with, but it's nice to have access to the basics.

Humans are oddly obsessed with data and numbers, and while I respect the need to quantify maximum lift rates and so on, I can't help but notice soaring raptors require none of that. They're just up there for the freedom and joy of it, and that's how I am. Philosophically, I believe that man is an end in himself, and when I'm flying I feel that. It's so urgently right here and right now that I feel totally alive. It's the beautiful antidote to mentally inhabiting imaginary futures which may or may not be, and that often have no bearing on my present except to ruin it. It's good to let all that go and be 100% in and of the moment. There's a lot of smart, tech & weather savvy, left-brained pilots out there, but I'm more into the spiritual-natural side of things, learning directly from the hands-on experience itself. I'm not the smartest cat in class, but the sky is in my bones because I've been there, even when I shouldn't have been. The lessons are visceral, happening on all levels simultaneously, and each flight my body records conditions and reactions that are then deposited into the bank of experience. The sky is where I feel alive, joyful, free and grateful for existence, and for me that's the payoff. I can't imagine a better state of mind than that.

I flew for 25 minutes, and could have flown much longer were it not for the icy winter air (colder than Santa's balls). I flew until my fingers froze, pulled big ears (a maneuver for fast descent) , and headed for the LZ. The air can often be turbulent on final approach at Tiger, especially during dynamic conditions, and yesterday was no exception. I've heard it described as a washing machine or a rodeo and both are fitting. You assume you're gliding in on a nice smooth straight line and then wham, your wing pops up like you're riding a wild horse and drops you back down again. It's not really a big deal, it's just something you have to be aware can happen and remember not to panic. Experiencing something like this feels way more dramatic than it looks, but when it's your ass in the harness you don't really care what it looks like, you just want to land safely. Within seconds I got bounced twice on final approach, and I just rode through it. By the time I slid down the slope of the second giant air mogul, I was close enough to pull both brakes all the way and land on my feet without incident. Wow. There's nothing that polishes off a good flight like a good landing, and I stuck it. What a great feeling, what a great day.

New CD














Just letting everyone know that Hate Pillow is hard at work on their upcoming EP "Comforter of Death."

Despite complaints that the CD's artwork is not graphic enough (walls covered in shocking red blood splatter, etc.), HP has responded that it is the death of humanity's imagination that bothers them most. (And thus the need for comfort).

But evidently the comfort only extends so far.

"Our official position," says vocalist King Duvet, "is that if you want blood, or anything else for that matter, you figure it out. Our message is to think for yourself."

He goes on to say, "Your brain is like a mattress, full of millions of mind mites that are feeding off the dead cells of your creativity. The best thing you can do is rotate your thinking frequently, at least once a week."

Good luck everybody.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

39

Do a Google image search for "39" and you'll find everything from Finnish ski jumpers to planetary nebulae. Nowhere will you find me. That's fine. I think there's something comical to the fact that I'm even alive at all. I think it's funny that the universe would include someone like me, today's just the day I celebrate the irony. Somehow I've stumbled into the numerical kingdom of XXXIX, and more than anything I just feel glad to be here. I have my friends, family and health, the day off from work, and maybe a shot at getting my first flight of the year in. That would be grand. Spring officially starts this Saturday. I'm happy...



Happy St. Patrick's Day. Tonight I'm gonna get totally ripped on green, leafy vegetables.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Today's Dumb Band Name


















HATE PILLOW

Erase


















Only the hand that erases can write the true thing.

~ Meister Eckhart, theologian (c. 1260-1327)

What does that mean? To completely eliminate imperfection.

Dream Deep
















I dreamt I was swimming with whales last night. These pilot whales most closely resemble my fellow companions. I was hours underwater with them and it was wonderful.

Monday, March 15, 2010

HR

If you are looking for someone to care about you then get the fuck out of music. When you let that idea go then it lets you go and you can really let it rip.

~ Henry Rollins



Saturday, March 13, 2010

Arco y Flecha























Bring me my bow of burning gold!
Bring my arrows of desire!
Bring me my spear! O clouds, unfold!
Bring me my chariot of fire!

~ William Blake

The Path of the Condor

The Path of the Condor - REDUX - 13 Feb 2009 from HECHO EN CINE on Vimeo.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

District 9





























I'm always late when it comes to seeing movies, but I saw this last night and it was really cool. It made me realize that it doesn't matter how many weapons you have; if you don't have any food, then you have to trade them in order to eat. I saw Star Trek today and it was good too. Science fiction rules.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Boneyard

The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.

~ William Shakespeare














Over and above that we let them get rich on our sweat and blood, while we remain poor and they suck the marrow from our bones.

~ Martin Luther

Cicero said, "Endless money forms the sinews of war." A sinew is a mainstay or source of vitality and strength. Sorry, I just don't see the vitality here. What's so strong about planes rotting in the desert? All of this shit could be recycled (by people in need of work, no less) and the metal used in things such as appliances, bridges, cans, containers, cars, trucks, desks, file cabinets, fire hydrants, guard rails, and utility poles. After that we could designate the area as protected wilderness, let nature reclaim it and let wildlife have back this 2,600 acres that right now is nothing more than another ugly monument to human stupidity and waste.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Resurrection

Some people have Jesus; I have Indy Car. Another miserable winter is almost over, the first race of the season is this weekend, and I'm not dead. Amen.



"It's all about the heat, the speed, and the Gs." ~ my friend Sarah

Fuck yeah, bring it on.

http://www.indycar.com/

Also this weekend is the first Formula One race of the year. Michael Schumacher is back, and I can't wait to see the battles between him and the young champions who've followed in his wake. First stop, Bahrain...



Monday, March 8, 2010

Friday, March 5, 2010

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Soul To String

The most beautiful thing human hands can do is play music.



Beauty is Truth.

Before I Sleep

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep...

~ Robert Frost






Monday, March 1, 2010

God


I intend to bring myself into being.

Evolution














Whatever relationships you have attracted in your life at this moment, are precisely the ones you need in your life at this moment. There is a hidden meaning behind all events, and this hidden meaning is serving your own evolution.

~ Deepak Chopra

Joy & Genius at Work

This is what an acoustic guitar is supposed to sound like. Check out the expressions on this guy's face while he plays. All that practice paid off. The Rolling Stones were wrong; I get total satisfaction...

Hammered Dulcimer

Years ago on a beautiful, sunny blue-skied Summer day in Colorado, I stood spellbound watching a guy on the sidewalk play one of these things for the first time. Wow. This is one of the coolest instruments of all time. It's got open strings like a guitar, sounds like a piano, but is played like the drums. I'd love to play an original composition on one -- "Melodic Surgery on a Spider Web," or something like that...