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  • heath 1:56 pm on Wednesday, September 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 53431, beat, bhangra roots, electro, energy, harmonics, independent, Sugarless, super, Swami, UK band, , voice, wit   

    Swami’s “Sugarless” – love it! 

    fav early autumn sound obsession: Swami‘s single “Sugarless” from their new album 53431.

    if you’re on Twitter, hear it and comment here: http://www.twitvid.com/7973E

    otherwise, check it at DesiHits.com: http://www.desihits.com/blog/article/video-swamis-sugarless-20090912

  • heath 7:59 am on Wednesday, June 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: fiction, , Salman Rushdie   

    Why I love Salman Rushdie 

    In the current New Yorker magazine, there’s a Salman Rushdie story titled In The South, which opens like this:

    “The day that Junior fell down began like any other day: the explosion of heat rippling the air, the trumpeting sunlight, the traffic’s tidal surges, the prayer chants in the distance, the cheap film music rising from the floor below, the loud pelvic thrusts of an “item number” dancing across a neighbor’s TV, a child’s cry, a mother’s rebuke, unexplained laughter, scarlet expectorations, bicycles, the newly plaited hair of schoolgirls, the smell of strong sweet coffee, a green wing flashing in a tree…”

    What puts the knife in my heart?  That he ends the list of urban events and sounds with “…a green wing flashing in a tree.

    • derek 10:29 am on Wednesday, June 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      No matter how urban we get, nature has away of showing through, even if it’s just a glimpse.

      • heath 1:31 pm on Wednesday, June 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        tiny hillocks of moss, brilliant in the rain, border a narrow squirrel-tamped path edging the parking lot out back…

        • derek 11:22 pm on Wednesday, June 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          is the brilliance in noticing such details of life, or is it in the sharing of them in such a poetic way……

          • ed 1:40 pm on Thursday, June 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

            What more can anyone say? Cool, you two.

          • heath 4:50 pm on Thursday, June 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

            the brilliance of the onlooker’s eye sees a green wing flashing in a tree.

            • derek 10:30 am on Friday, June 12, 2009 Permalink

              brilliance upon brilliance and then a star is born

  • heath 11:31 pm on Sunday, May 31, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Asian RnB, Mumzy Stranger, Rishi Rich, summer song, UK Asian,   

    Summer song: Mumzy Stranger’s One More Dance 

    Here’s one of those summer songs one can’t get out of one’s head:

    The apparent repeats in the lyrics are close echos, not true repeats.

    The great beats, addictive mix and lyrics are why the song sticks.

    The official lyrics are here.

    Check out Rishi Rich Productions Making Mumzy’s “One More Dance” Video, too.

    One More Dance is the most popular song on my songs blog, and it’s the most searched-for post here.

  • heath 2:25 pm on Friday, May 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: manual labor, Matthew B. Crawford,   

    An old way of looking at new work 

    A new article in the upcoming NY Times Magazine is one of most revolutionary things I’ve ever read from within the American sociocultural environment:

    The Case for Working With Your Hands — by Matthew B. Crawford.

    An excerpt:

    “..After finishing a Ph.D. in political philosophy at the University of Chicago in 2000, I managed to stay on with a one-year postdoctoral fellowship at the university’s Committee on Social Thought. The academic job market was utterly bleak. In a state of professional panic, I retreated to a makeshift workshop I set up in the basement of a Hyde Park apartment building, where I spent the winter tearing down an old Honda motorcycle and rebuilding it. The physicality of it, and the clear specificity of what the project required of me, was a balm….”

    • cat 4:56 am on Monday, May 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Yes, it’s excellent. I got the link to the article on advrider.com this morning.

      Nothing quite like recognising the truth; something you’d always known, at some level, but never seen expressed so well.

      • heath 11:24 am on Monday, May 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Hi cat. Crawford’s article has struck a deep chord. He has a book coming out, from which the article is drawn. It’s “Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work”, available in hardcover, and download for Kindle, at Amazon.

        love, h

  • heath 4:16 pm on Thursday, May 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: being creative when sick, web design   

    The benefits of a feverish mind 

    If anyone’s interested, I revised my personal web site this past weekend.  I was pretty sick and couldn’t sleep for more than 30 hours.  Partway through my sleepless marathon, I thought about a quick redesign, and said, “Why not?”

    One reason why getting sick should not be avoided altogether is the fertile and changed thinking that arises in a feverish mind, of which this revision is good evidence.  The bold coloring is a continuing spin out from love, with a sprinkle of exposure to Seidel.  Though I’m liking it for now, it’s not done —  I have a lot of content to add, I will probably try to create a WordPress install to support the writings section, and the design itself will change.  But anyway, it’s fresh and OK at the moment.

  • heath 11:49 am on Wednesday, May 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: fearlessness, Juxt, The Young Turks, visual blogging   

    Fearless visual blogging 

    My two favorite visual blogs are

    The Young Turks


    Juxt Interactive

    In the best of all possible worlds, everyone would check these out and I wouldn’t have to say why they’re my favs — and since saying why is against the visual paradigm, that would suit me fine.  But this ain’t the best of all possible worlds, hai na? 🙂  So here’s why:

    (More …)

  • heath 12:30 pm on Monday, May 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Alessandra Stanley, betrayal, , relationships   

    Column title of the week… 

    More Than One Way to Skin a Cad” — a well-written and sharply, yet compassionately, observed opinion piece in the NYTimes by Alessandra Stanley, about public relationship betrayal.

  • heath 3:52 pm on Sunday, May 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: contemporary American poetry, Steve Toth, Willing to Change   

    A new poem from Steve Toth: “Willing to Change” 

    …Like the rain dropping
    everything but its desire
    to reach the ground…

    — from “Willing to Change” by Steve Toth.
    Read the full poem at the warriorpoets forum.
    (More …)

    • ed 3:33 am on Monday, May 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      ……Like a eyeful of light
      being infinitely reflected between
      a pair of facing mirrors….


  • heath 10:16 am on Friday, May 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: humaneness, humanity, , Times of India, TOI   

    Another way to see: TOI 

    If you’re an American cousin, check out the Times of India online.   The page layout — what content is selected for the first page, and how it’s organized — expresses India’s innate socio-cultural respect for humanity’s humanity.

    I love that respect.  It’s saved my life twice.  And it draws me back to India’s people and arts time and time again.

  • heath 10:01 am on Friday, May 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Flamenco Sketches (Alternate Take), Miles Davis   

    Art is about… 

    …disagreement. Matlab*, showing another way to think, feel, listen, move, see. A teaching. Slyly, gracefully offered.

    * Matlab: meaning (Hindi).

    Here’s a piece of art from Miles Davis:

  • heath 9:48 am on Friday, May 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Anthony Lane, film reviews, Manohla Dargis, new Star Trek movie, ,   

    Better than the movie 

    Anthony Lane’s New Yorker Mag review (titled “Highly Illogical”) of the new Star Trek movie is dense, running on 24 levels, and funny as hell. There are too many good bits too thickly interwoven to be plucked out as snippets, so please excuse my providing no sample. If you want to laugh and think hard at the same time, give it a read: http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/cinema/2009/05/18/090518crci_cinema_lane

    And if you disagree with Lane’s take, try Manohla Dargis’s, in the NY Times: http://movies.nytimes.com/2009/05/08/movies/08trek.html

    (Comparing the reviews should show you why I think Lane is the best living film reviewer at the moment.)

  • heath 9:26 am on Thursday, May 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bristol Palin, , teen pregnancy   

    Gail Collins rocks. Seriously. 

    Disclaimer, of sorts: I try to resist reading Gail Collin’s columns in the NY Times because I’m a known fan and I don’t like being known for anything. But I always end up reading them anyway. So without further ado…

    here’s a link to today’s Gail Collins column — it’s heartbreakingly funny, on a very serious subject:


  • 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

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