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  • heath 12:35 pm on Saturday, April 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bhangra, Gora gora rang, Imran Khan, remix,   

    What a remix can do 

    Open it up, cut the edges sharper, make it jump, deliver a richer experience. Case in point, “Gora gora rang” by Imran Khan:



  • heath 12:49 pm on Wednesday, April 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Belfast, Lawrence Downes, Maureen Evans, Northern Ireland, recipes,   

    Food tweets 

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/22/dining/22twit.html — by Lawrence Downes, a piece notable for the tap into the twee gestalt and lovely writing, as well as for the information. Snippet:

    “…I can hear your quibbles. You’re already on the Internet, so why not get the whole recipe, with pictures, and maybe a video? There’s no global shortage of pixels, so why risk clarity and comprehension for the sake of Twitter’s 140-character straitjacket?
    “I have no answer to that, other than to say it’s fun to decode and cook Ms. Evans’s tweets. They’re a pleasure to look at — strangely absorbing, like bonsai or Fabergé eggs. And (not to spoil the surprise) they work…”

  • heath 10:45 pm on Tuesday, April 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: UNESCO, WDL, World Digital Library   

    The World Digital Library (WDL) 

    The web site:  http://www.wdl.org

    A NYTimes Global Edition article about it: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/21/technology/21library.html?_r=1&ref=globalhome

    WDL is a Unesco effort.

  • heath 10:09 pm on Tuesday, April 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: editing, words,   

    For the word-driven… 

    If you sometimes obsess over words, this one’s for you:


  • heath 1:14 pm on Sunday, April 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: compassion, practical transcendence, U2's Bono   

    A very fine Op-Ed piece by Bono 

    Just read — it’s that good…


  • heath 8:57 pm on Saturday, April 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, secession, taxes, Texans   

    Gail Collins redux: on the money 

    Gail Collins’ column about Gov. Rick Perry of Texas (and his apparent support for secession from the US) is so good I wish I could do more than just recommend it.  Here it is:


  • heath 4:47 am on Friday, April 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: non-local communication   

    Non-local communication: what do you thi… 

    Non-local communication: what do you think about it?

    • ed 11:36 am on Friday, April 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I find it difficult to think of as communication at all, since the notion of quantum ‘entanglement’ entered my realm.

      This grabbed me today and may or may not hold clues……..


      I need your wonderfully analytical brain concerning that grab, Heath. It’s enough for me to know that I can know….but, full-time, would I then move to re-writing the script out of boredom.
      It freaks me a bit as I feel I should be dead! There again, perhaps I am 😉

      • heath 3:16 pm on Saturday, April 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        easy you ain’t, dear Ed! back in a while. 🙂

        in the mean time, here’s some music to dance around to:

        love, h

        • ed 5:53 pm on Saturday, April 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Slowly, slowly…Seidelian incest…? Thank you, non-local sister…..
          okay, I’m awed not bored 😉 Love writes the most original script, for sure, and I’m daring to believe it.

          Hugs you,

          • heath 9:45 pm on Saturday, April 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

            Dear Ed

            I fall in love with songs and singers. Haule haule is sung by Sukhwinder Singh, one of India’s most expressive musical voices. And I love how he pronounces words. The gorgeous sound of a line like “hain din jindri de chaar” (life’s too short) just shakes me up. Haule haule is a great song for dancing, too.

            I don’t get what you mean by Seidelian incest. Though I’m moved by Seidel’s gift with words, I don’t play word games. Such go over my head, often.

            My love is a word-games man. My brain gets tied into knots figuring out all the meanings in his poems, stories and songs. I think about them for months, sometimes. I probably don’t get all of what he’s writing about, even then. His poems, in particular, seem spare and simple — and are actually quite complex and rich with meaning. His work has taught me more about writing than anything else, just as his love has taught me more about love.

            love, h

      • heath 9:17 pm on Saturday, April 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Dear Ed

        I read an article about a father who believes he helped his son’s autism moderate by exposing him to horses. He wrote a book about it, and is making a movie. The article was in the NYTimes. People had posted comments that were so reductionist as to the possibility of the horses’ spirits connecting with the child and helping heal him. I was shocked. We all experience things like knowing someone’s going to call just before they do. Many of us have had eerie warnings, in the form of dreams or sudden thoughts, prior to danger or accidents. We sense what’s going on with our mates, children, parents and siblings. We connect with our pets almost wordlessly, and it’s been shown that some dogs know their owners are on the way home thirty minutes before the owners arrive, before sound or scent could give the animals real knowledge. These are real phenomena — common ones, too — that seem to be non-local forms of communication. Yet we’re willing to ignore that as a possibility. Explaining hope via quantum probability plus cognitive dissonance is a way of measuring an effect, not telling what its cause is. It’s like saying I have measured my wrist and it is x inches in diameter, and I have measured many other wrists, and their diameters range from x to y inches, and therefore my wrist is a wrist and all the other wrists are wrists. The question to ask is, what makes a wrist the point that you measure? Why is it different? And what’s it’s function, how does it work and how does it fit with the rest of the body it’s attached to and the environments in which it operates? And by answering those questions, we’ve still only described wrists, not defined their universal purposes.

        love, h

        • ed 3:13 am on Sunday, April 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Dear Heath,
          I’m inclined to think that non-local communication…..non-verbal?…..is the deeper reality but that we cover it with a veneer of our own self-serving interpretation, which is to survive as a relative ‘physical’ being. That’s not to say ‘right or wrong.’ It is all part of an evolving and in every moment comes out spot on for that moment as a whole. The deeper reality, encompassing All, keeps plugging away, as is ‘God’s want,’ and in our unguarded, perhaps unconditional moments, rises and allows a comparative intuitive assessment, prediction, based on the fixety of the repeating ‘behaviour’ patterns up to that ‘moment.’ Turned around like that, I can become very bored with the status quo of this physical expression and see that the ‘non-local’ occurrence is an integral part of our evolving to Love’s rawest and most awesome liberation of our full potential as Spirit or the now trendy ‘Consciousness.’ Inevitably I fall short with wordings as I move into ‘being’ and feeling a Loving At One that is non-local!

          Perhaps a contradiction to my above, I was very moved by this approach to autism:-


          Comparing this to NYTimes article, I wonder if horses have ‘autism’ as standard 😉

          I think you have confurbled me even more with wrist measurements, Heath. Do prophets have poorly exercised wrists, or what ? 🙂 For me, the gleaning from those crazy experiments, as tenuous as ever, is that trust in one another brings the best rewards? Hope springs Eternal 😉


    • heath 1:39 pm on Sunday, April 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Ed

      About non-local versus non-verbal, for me non-local covers more bases. Non-local meaning there’s not enough contact for even non-verbal cues to be meaningful.

      Your veneered-over concept is how I think of it, too. One particular area where I disagree is about the repeating behavior patterns allowing prediction. If one has never seen the behavior, how can one predict? And yet one can. And maybe this is a lexical argument, because your understanding of chaos theory is at least as good as mine, and the way I see it is we are ourselves parts of fractal-like patterns which have evolved since the beginning of the universe, and we sense movement and change within our own and nearby patterns. We are the behaviors, if that’s so.

      This is the NYT blog I read; the comments are beneath. I can’t read them again, they irritate me so with their limited, bounded, approaches. Oh, I’ve become so impatient!


      About horses, I remember the Horse Whisperer (the real one – Monty Roberts — http://www.montyroberts.com/ ) saying some women faint when they see him work distraught horses. All I could think is there’s a strong connection between human and horse psyches, with women who’ve been abused recognizing abuse in horses, and responding with an overwhelming sense of release when they watch a man heal these horses of their abused selves, as most perpetrators of abuse on women are men, and horses can give nothing untoward to the man that heals them, as a woman might be asked to do, so there’s a real dispassionate giving by the man to the horse, which is so rare in human relationships.

      It’s been my experience when managing people in business that the concept of synergy is real, though slippery, and represents a value-added component of group hope, which can only come when trust is fostered. It’s what makes me so danged stubborn, cause I know it can come just as soon as a critical mass of trust is reached.

      Conversely, all it takes is one person who’s not “for all” to disrupt the synergy that can spring from group hope. When I’ve encountered a “not for all” person in the past, I’ve always been surprised at the not-for-allness, as these individuals are always gifted, and kind and loving in their personal lives. But in the group setting, the person is, for some reason at that point in their life, consumed with a desire for personal power, and they will go against the movement trend for “all” so they can show how “powerful” they are — ie..e, how destructive they can be.

      To point this out to someone who’s at that point in their life is fruitless. Because of their gifts and compassion, they’re used to thinking well of themselves, and can’t see the torsion they place on the rest of the group, which wrenches it apart. If I were a minor Goddess, I’d buy such dudes and dudesses a pass to an Outward Bound group, so they could re-learn what they already know.

      love, h

      • ed 12:01 pm on Monday, April 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Heath, I thought Sunday was your day off 😉

        I’m not sure what I meant by referring to non-verbal. I do take your point and your fractals 🙂


        • heath 1:24 pm on Monday, April 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Nah, Sunday’s when I return from the dead, kind of. On Monday I’m re-slain.
          love, h

  • heath 11:42 am on Thursday, April 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Blitzkrieg, dance, hip-hop, Mystics Martyrs & Maharajas album, rap, Tigerstyle, UK bhangra,   

    can you not dance to this? if you liste… 

    can you not dance to this? if you listen with closed eyes, can you resist? heavy baseline over dhol and funny, gritty lyrix!!!! activation mode: most energy centers!

    “What what? Brrrra! T-T-Tigerstyle! What what? Brrrra! What what?…”

    love, h

  • heath 1:10 pm on Wednesday, April 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: exhaustion, smiles, whingeing   

    Whatcha do when you’re so tired that yo… 

    Whatcha do when you’re so tired that your body forgets to breathe while sleeping? Whatcha do when you want to write but can’t muster the focus and energy. Whatcha do when you’re so exhausted that you’ve had a sudden epiphany revealing the true positive value to the over-tired individual of acting out with irritable behavior? Whatcha do when you want to share but all your mind can pull from its reserves are four-plus syllable words and knotted syntaxes that no one wants to hear or read? Whatcha do when you’re so beat that when you need to pee and get some lunch you still can’t get up and walk? Whatcha do? Come here and whinge, is what. 🙂 love, h

  • skkott 3:04 pm on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: intent   

    Any of you guys visiting Intent? Haven’… 

    Any of you guys visiting Intent? Haven’t been there for some time. What’s going on there?

    I think I should put a message out there in the openthread (an account I created after IB closed down) but I haven’t posted a new OT in at least a month.Many members joined in the conversations then. LPB had a OT going on for a while too, and then there was someone posting “theopenthread.”

    • heath 1:00 pm on Wednesday, April 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I looked for stuff from a few of the people we know. They all seem pretty quiet. It’s likely I can’t see all their activity cause I’m not a member. Maybe Graf people who are members have a better idea of the reality. This profile is still running an open thread: http://www.intent.com/openthread/profile — his last one was started in March, and it’s still open for comments.

      love, h

    • heath 1:01 pm on Wednesday, April 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Oh blimey, so that profile is you… 🙂

  • heath 12:11 am on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Frederick Seidel, links to others' stuff including mine, , The Cove, WWF magnetic money boards   

    Open, orphan: hugs hugs hugs. Links in… 

    Open, orphan: hugs hugs hugs.
    Links in link: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/warriorpoets/message/13120

  • heath 8:16 am on Wednesday, April 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2009 gold rush, , , sarcasm   

    Journalistic Sarcasm: Do you like yours … 

    Journalistic Sarcasm: Do you like yours sunny, sharp, and with one warhead pointed back at the author? If so, you’ll appreciate today’s Maureen Dowd column in the NY Times.

    link: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/08/opinion/08dowd.html

    sample: “…The 49ers… stopped in San Francisco, two-and-a-half hours west of here, to buy supplies, such as bullets, salt meat and Levis. (And to buy shady ladies, or ‘soiled doves,’ as they were known, but we won’t get into that.) My San Francisco supplies were more modern: pre-torn jeans, a skim latte, a G.P.S., a cellphone and a laptop to get updates on the price of gold…”

    love, h

  • heath 11:29 am on Sunday, April 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bay leaves, chicken parm, constructionism, constructivism, curried soup, sea salt, sensitive cooking   

    Constructionist cooking: what is it? … 

    Constructionist cooking: what is it?

    Last night I put half a turkey breast, sea salt, two dried Turkish bay leaves, and water (to cover plus an inch) into a slow cooker on low, and forgot about it.

    (More …)

  • skkott 3:43 am on Saturday, April 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Hello all, this is Scott from intentblog… 

    Hello all, this is Scott from intentblog. Good to find you here — my pleasure to join you — under heather’s tree, looking forward for your contributions and  conversations here at Grafetti.


    • me2watson 5:16 am on Saturday, April 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hello, Scott.

      Could you please refresh my memory?

      I remember a Scott & Kristin Masterson,

      are ye he? Karate guy? How did you find us?

      Welcome! Uncle Tree

      • skkott 2:58 pm on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Hey Keith, I am not the Karate guy. I found you as I got in touch with heath. I used post as Scott Tiger at IntentBlog: http://tinyurl.com/cxj6e2
        Thanks all, Keith, heath, ed, Bonnie and Dara for your warm welcome.

    • heath 7:12 am on Saturday, April 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Scott, it’s good to see you here. Welcome.
      love, h

    • ed 1:20 pm on Saturday, April 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Welcome, Scott T.

      You were good company at IB. Looking forward to your ginger stripes 😉


    • Bonnie 1:50 pm on Saturday, April 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hello and Welcome Scott.


    • Dara 10:36 am on Monday, April 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Welcome. Been away for a while, playing catching up.


  • heath 5:59 pm on Friday, April 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: daughter, dupatta?, hand-woven wool, , , magic, shawl, thanks   

    My daughter, my daughter… Dear Tina, t… 

    My daughter, my daughter… Dear Tina, thank you for the lovely woollen dupatta, or maybe that’s not what it is… a hand-woven, most amazing, shawl kind of thing, from India, of a wool that’s very fine and soft, with a design of a black ground and woven-in patterns of two reds and a blueish green — one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever owned. It shields me from all harm when I wear it. It’s magical. Thank you, and love.

    • Tina Contis-Quinn 1:42 am on Saturday, April 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Awwwwwwwwww mom, thank you so much for this beautiful posting about something that just screamed your name Heather Heather Heather out to me when I saw it. I am so very glad that you love it and are enjoying it…it was meant for that. You have just put the biggest smile on my face that I’ve had in a while and for that I thank you again. I miss our guy…and our two lil furry one’s big time.

      love you.

      your daughter,


    • ed 2:54 am on Saturday, April 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      The space between words, the dupatta, too.


      • heath 7:11 am on Saturday, April 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Ed, for a sensitive reading.

  • heath 5:50 pm on Friday, April 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: a rainy day in April, almonds, appetite, bare feet, beach, chadar, coffee, daffodils, films, forsythia, , , red pear, sleep, , Talisker, tired, toast,   

    Spring appetite: I want some toasted alm… 

    Spring appetite: I want some toasted almonds (a must in April!), a red pear, and some toast, and to walk on the beach in bare feet, even if it’s clammy and cold outside, and a hug from a particular someone (yup, you), and a warm woolly blanket to be wrapped up in when I come back from the beach, and then… a mug of black coffee to drink with a shot of Talisker as soon as I’m wrapped up in that blanket, a good film or some new Desi music playing, and at least ten hours to sleep off my present half-deadness. And the next day, total silence, as I wrestle with the pain of a newly-hatched heart, that had no idea of the shell it had been hidden in all these years. Daffodils and forsythia bloomed all yellow this morning in NYC. The air smells green, though the sky is gray, wet and windy.

  • heath 5:25 pm on Friday, April 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bollywood film producers may strike, cricket   

    Bollywood producers may strike? Say it … 

    Bollywood producers may strike? Say it ain’t so! Not enough BW films reach the US to start with…


    There’s an upside to every down: if the strike happens, some multiplexes will be showing cricket instead of films.

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