Friday, April 30, 2010

The World Is At Your Command

And I Sing



she gave birth to me
from the wet smell
of clay beneath the sky

when my eyes they opened
sun soaked cliffs of sand
white tip blue mountains

held me in their arms
and sang to my red blood
songs of yellow flowers on black mesas

and I sing

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Boom Goes The Dynamite

Resonance


Why go looking for affirmation from someone who doesn't believe? If you've got your heart set on doing something, it really doesn't matter whether anyone else thinks it's a good idea or not.

~ Chris Guillebeau

Martha Graham


















According to Agnes de Mille:

"I was bewildered and worried that my entire scale of values was untrustworthy. ... I confessed that I had a burning desire to be excellent, but no faith that I could be."

Martha said to me, very quietly, "There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. ... No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others."
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"It was [Robert Edmond] Jones who used to say to his classes, Some of you are doomed to be artists. Martha picked up this phrase and used it many times thereafter. She also borrowed from him the phrase doom-eager, which he had borrowed from Ibsen."

~ from The Life and Work of Martha Graham

JT

Highliner



Even if he fell his fall would be cushioned by his gigantic testicles.
~ Rimmer 7

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

RWE


Trust your instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.


~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I Fly Because...



I fly because it is instantly real. There's no past, there's no future. Everything is immediate, everything is right here, right now. I'm alone in my harness, alone inside my helmet, thinking thoughts no one knows. I look up and see no Earth, only an infinite sky, without boundaries or dimension, at one with the infinite mind.

Be Cool

Intelligent Life

We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet.
~ Stephen Hawking

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Venice Beach

























I saw this guy on my recent trip to L.A. He skates around, plays metal riffs and makes people smile. In other words, he's being himself and he's a success. Near to this place is a mural on the wall of a liquor store that reads, "Remember Who You Are."

Do you?

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Gone to SoCal

Don't worry if there's an earthquake. I will be there as a witness, not a victim. It's not my destiny to die in a natural disaster, at least not this week.

I expect to be paragliding from the mountains in Santa Barbara on Friday. Sure beats working...

Monday, April 19, 2010

Warrior Mind



















Following one's intuition is a familiar and respected traditional pattern in many cultures. Just because America isn't one of them doesn't mean those other cultures are wrong.

Either you understand spiritual sovereignty or you don't. An individual person dwells in the temple of his/her own spirit -- no other. Those who would attack us for this are disconnected from themselves.

Our dreams are not too big, nor are they unrealistic, and we have a right to pursue them unimpeded by others. Our souls are great and we intend to use them in service of our own lives.

We refuse to live in a dungeon of lies and false beliefs. We refuse to remain prisoners of the polluted mutation that supposedly passes for "the real world."

Each of us lives our own life, no one else's.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Silent Knowing

To Those Like Me




























If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away.

~ Henry David Thoreau

Ha

Have A Great Day

Saturday, April 17, 2010

The Sound of the Human Soul

In a word, hope...



I used to make a habit of playing this every year on the first day of Spring, and Vivaldi's Summer, Autumn, and Winter on the first day of those seasons, as well. It was a good tradition and I'm going to get back to it.

Friday, April 16, 2010

For Our Protection



Eolh-secg eard hæfþ oftust on fenne
wexeð on wature, wundaþ grimme
blode breneð beorna gehwylcne
ðe him ænigne onfeng gedeþ.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Sanctuary


It's not my mission in life to save animals but I respect the hell out of people who do, and totally support places like this. For all the people who suck, some are really cool. Thanks for making a difference.

Francis Farmer

"There comes a point when a dream becomes reality and reality becomes a dream."



God Dies



In her false witness, we hope you're still with us,
To see if they float or drown
My favorite patient, a display of patience,
Disease-covered Puget Sound
She'll come back as fire, And burn all the liars,
leave a blanket of ash on the ground

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Wednesday

Today in Seattle/Issaquah:

Sunny, 63 degrees, with winds out of the north at 5-6 mph.

Fuck work. I'm going flying.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Friday, April 9, 2010

The 8 Weirdest Car Fuels


Vader

Awesome shit. Yeah!

Better

Black and White

There's an old saying that if you're angry, do nothing. Wise words. Chinese, if I remember correctly. Well, I'm not in the mood for being wise (nor am I Chinese). I'm in the mood for spraying some napalm, a symbol of my anger, fire and truth. There's no hidden significance here. I'm saying what I mean, and I'll keep it short, simple and direct. If you're not for me, you're against me. You might be a friend, an acquaintance, a co-worker or a family member; but if you are not a fellow protagonist in the world of Will, then please get the fuck out of my life.



With that out of my system, enjoy this kick-ass song from Napalm Death.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

How Much Is A Song Worth?















Let's see what Weird Al has to say on the matter...

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

History of Paragliding

One short and interesting page with cool photos, even for the non-enthusiast. You won't be disappointed.

The green line on this map shows the cross-country route of John Greynald, Robert Millington and EJ Stele on March 20, 1999, who flew from Santa Barbara to the Mojave Desert. John made it the farthest, landing in the Antelope Valley and setting a new site record with 74 miles -- roughly the same distance as from Denver to Colorado Springs, or New York City to New Haven, Connecticut. It's going to be a very big and great day in my life when I make a flight like that. Thanks to the inspiring pioneers before me.





















The world distance record for paragliding is held by Will Gadd, who flew 263 miles in 10 hours, 38 minutes, launching from Zapata, TX.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Flying In Iceland



















The only thing this photo is missing is me.

Hearst Castle






Meanwhile, in a life during people, I'm going to see this place. It's gorgeous.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Destination Liberty
















You will never realize your best destiny through the avoidance of fear. Rather, you will realize it through the exercise of courage, which means taking whatever action is most liberating to the soul, even when you are afraid.

~ Martha Beck

Time For Me To Fly




The Joy of Electricity



I am a being of Heaven and Earth, of thunder and lightning, of rain and wind, of the galaxies.

~ Eden Ahbez


Sunday, April 4, 2010

This Kid Can Drive

Normally Lewis Hamilton and the other heavy hitters are at the front of the grid. Due to a rained out qualifying session during this weekend's Grand Prix in Malaysia, he started in 20th position. Exploding off the start-finish line, he passed fourteen cars in the first fifteen laps, with eight of his competitors being vanquished within the first two. Anyone who's familiar with F1 knows this is not an easy thing to do. These guys breathe rare air. They are the best. Everything about this sport is on the edge and pushed to the limit at all times. The pressure must be unbelievable. Yet within it certain drivers have that something extra, that "halo effect." Lewis Hamilton is one of them. His aggression and car control is uncanny. Every race he's relentless, pulling off monster passes that are stunning to watch. It's a joy to see him battle on the track. No matter what he always fights hard all the way to the end. That combination of passion and speed is what makes racing great. This weekend he ended up 6th, sans podium and champagne, but for me it was some of the finest driving I've ever seen. Simply awesome. Well done, Lewis.



The Spirit of Man

A good friend turned me on to this. Just like Man on Wire, I think it's awesome.

Definitely watch the trailer and other short films. Hurray for Felix Baumgartner and the entire Red Bull Stratos team. This is what heroes are made of.

http://www.redbullstratos.com/Gallery.aspx#Gallery

Skydiver Hopes to Break the Speed of Sound in Freefall

Friday, April 2, 2010

In Defense of L.A. & CA

I don't understand the blockhead mentality of people who want to see L.A. (or CA) fall into the ocean. Where do they think the creators of Star Wars and Avatar, for example, do their work? Hollywood, Santa Monica, Century City -- all in Los Angeles. Yeah, on the motherfuckin' faultlines and next to the ocean, where the Earth's seismic and pelagic energy provides the juice that sensitive, creative, artistic people pick up on and put to work. Anyone who's ever enjoyed a movie or audio recording produced in or distributed from that area (which is most of them, in one way or the other) has a richer life because of it, and only a hypocrite would deny that. I guarantee there's something in your collection that is a product of California. If Tool, for example, thinks L.A. sucks so much, why did they all move there? Why not record Aenima back home where there wasn't shit goin' on? If it wasn't for L.A., they wouldn't even have that song. Great band, but I call bullshit.

L.A. is where the industry is. One out of every six jobs there is directly or indirectly within the creative economy (nearly a million strong), and I see everything right about that. There's simply too many envious and narrow-minded people who can't appreciate the many treasures California has to offer. The world is better with California in it, not worse. Do you enjoy drinking in smoke-free bars? Thank California. When you buy an export from another country (such as the car you drive to work), through which city do you think it arrived? Los Angeles is the #1 port in the U.S. In large part, we owe our lives to it. I'm tired of all the pig-headed and arrogant haters who consume the products of California (including food) and then turn around and say it sucks there. Fuck them. They can build their own cars, grow their own food, make their own movies, and record their own music. They can stay the fuck out of California's warm, sunny climate, away from its awesome deserts, mountains, forests and beaches and enjoy their shitty sub-zero winters back home. They can leave their CD and DVD collections to me and throw themselves into the ocean instead.

Same goes for whiny Seattle musicians who can't hack it in L.A., so come back here to hide out under the clouds and cry in the rain. Shut the fuck up already.












Los Angeles: The leading supplier of entertainment (and everything else) to the world, even for those who can't appreciate it.



Yeah, that's right, West Coast.

25 Green Facts about Los Angeles