Sunday, December 26, 2010

I always wanted a llama..

I saw this llama on the internet and thought to myself, Those bows look like tassels on handlebars. Rad. And then I read the title of the article below the photo, "In Bolivia, llama sacrifice completes Morales' tin smelter nationalization."
Can you believe the green stuff on this little guy is actually a moss that lives on him, 

Sunday, December 5, 2010

3am thoughts

I keep looking back to where I hold the picture books of memories with their feelings and anxieties,
it's odd to have to wonder, to question the state,
to have to ask yourself what drugs you were on and the roads they helped you take
cockiness, conversations, and a path that casually alienates,
looking back I will not ask if today is just too late,
because in the present I am just myself,
inside my skin I'm not overly proud 
but I don't have to question whether my mind
is too high in a cloud because below me now I feel the ground 
and tomorrow I won't have to double-back to these decisions
to see if they're in need of sobering revisions  
I'm living these days unpredictable as they come,
and It's true, I'm not always right in the head,
but at least I can trust it's me alone on the path I tred...

I was falling asleep thinking about the past, choices I've made, situations I've been in, and I just felt so weird having to filter out what periods of time I was under the influence of what, frequent flags of "what was I thinking?!" came to mind, and then I realized I'm living in a place at this point in my life where I can't blame any of my choices on anything other than my own raw accord, it's nice to trust myself, to be free of outside alterations, it's possible that that is what I was afraid of before,...

Pretty Baby...

Brooke Shields is amazing in this 1978 film directed by Louis Malle, she's only 12 years-old and playing a prostitutes daughter destined for the same life... check it out!


Friday, November 26, 2010

Thankful for being alive, yes I am.

Yeasayer, Red Cave lyrics

I went out past the willow and the well
caught my breath upon the hill
at the edge of the domain

and i went down
and further down
and when i got up,
i'm at the red cave

and with that sound
as if i had been put under a spell
she led me to her abode
despite a winter's day

mary's house in the hollow of the
white hazel rapid whirlpool
and the church of hurricane

im so blessed to 
have spent that time
with my family and the friends
i love with my short life i have met
so many people i deeply care for

im so blessed to 
have spent that time
with my family and the friends
i love with my short life i have met
so many people i deeply care for 


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Train stop tunes.

I found this guy off the Lorimer stop last night on my way home around 1 am. Joe Ryan Crow. Take a listen he's off the chain. His commentary on the cd is hilarious, the sound is a little folky, and it's predominantly him and his banjo, some Leonard Cohen covers and a Smokey Robinson tune too, 24 songs of pure enjoyment definitely worth the 9$ I gave him.

The video really doesn't do him justice, but it's a little peak... so check it out, you wont be disappointed, the first song 2$ cover is classic.... you can download it below

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Sound healing

If we look back into several Eastern schools of spiritual thought, one will find the appearance of sound healing in almost all of them. In my yoga classes we always end and begin with an Om session, it's amazing the ring I feel through my body, the connection and energy it brings to the entire room is so refreshing, as if it rejuvenated us into a state where we can go out into the chaos of the world again clean, able to take on new challenges without being so easily overwhelmed. Below are some interesting sound practices used by the Tao which can be helpful as well.

  • Lung/Large Intestine - Metal - Autumn - White - Pungent - Sadness to Joy, Courage - Sound is SSSSSSS. . . (tongue behind teeth).

  • Kidney/Urinary Bladder - Water - Winter - Dark Blue - Salty - Fear to Peace, Gentleness - Sound is WOOOOOO. . . (lips as when blowing out a candle).

  • Liver/Gall Bladder - Wood - Green - Sour - Anger to Tolerance, Kindness. The Sound is SHHHHHH. . . (tongue near palate).

  • Heart/Small Intestine - Fire - Red - Bitter - Hate, Impatience to Love, Compassion. The Sound is HAAAAAA. . . (mouth wide open).

  • Spleen/Pancreas/Stomach - Earth - Harvest time - Yellow - Sweet or Bland - Worry to Fairness, Singing. the Sound is WHOOOOO. . . (from throat, guttural).

  • Pericardium/Triple Warmer - Fire - All Seasons. The Sound is HEEEEEE. . .
    P/TW correspond to the fire element, but the sound is usually done as the sixth, since TW's function is to balance, especially the temperature of the upper, middle and the lower burner of the body.

  • The Practice.

  • Lung/LI: Look up and breathe in as you raise the arms and turn the palms upwards. On SSSSSS. . . sound let your arms float slowly back to their original position. Breathe normally.

  • Kidney/UB: Breathe in as you bend your back and bring your hands to lock around your knees. Your neck straight to avoid unnecessary tension, push the abdominal muscles against the kidneys with a WOOOOO. . sound until the air in your lungs is spent. Breathing normally let the arms float back to rest on your lap.

  • Liver/GB: Breathe in as you make a large circle with your arms to lock the thumbs above your head and lean slightly to your left. On SHHHHHHH. . sound let the arms float back along the circle back to your lap.

  • Heart/SI: Breathe in as you make a large circle with your arms to lock the thumbs above your head and lean slightly to your right. On HAAAAAA. . sound let the arms float back along the circle back to your lap.

  • Spleen/ST: Breathe in as you make a circle with your arms and bring your fingertips under the left ribcage (stomach area). Breathe out on WHOOOOOO. . sound as you press as deep as feels comfortable to you. Breathe normally as you float your arms along the circle back to your lap.

  • PC/TW: Lean back in your chair keeping the neck straight but relaxed. Or lie on your back. Breathe in as you spread the arms and bring your hands above the head. On HEEEEEEE. . sound glide your hands just above the body to rest on your lap.(This sound, done with movements at bedtime can help you to have a deep sleep).

  • Saturday, October 2, 2010

    Russian And Turkish Bathhouse in East Village

        Today I, along with my best friend and her boy friend, my roomies, rode our bikes to a Russian bathhouse in East Village, on 268 East 10th Street in New York, the place is called the Russian and Turkish Bathhouse and it's the oldest Manhattan bathhouse in the area, it was established in 1892 by Jewish immigrants.
         We locked our bikes outside, checked our belongings and stripped into our bathing suits. Outside the locker rooms there are shelves with stacked towels and robes which you may use and replace several times over. As we descend the long staircase to the main heat rooms women and men pass us by covered in mud.

        We started in one of the steam rooms where you can put eucalyptus and various other oils in to mix with the steam of the room. After that we went into the 'Turkish Sauna" which provided more of a dry heat and a little shower at the door used for cooling down in the middle of session if you get too hot. We followed that with the 'Russian Room' which was pretty amazing. It's a room of hot stone, as if you were in a little human oven but inside theres a large wood enclosed pool with extremely cool running water and buckets which you fill with the water once you feel you've gotten too toasty, the contrast of temperature is amazing, it leaves you with an almost euphoric feeling.
         Inside these rooms some people chatted, some stretched and did yoga, and I actually heard a few doing some meditative chanting which sounded rather soothing. We ended the evening with some peppermint tea on the sun deck, where we stretched out and looked at the stars. 

    Tuesday, September 28, 2010

    Stream Sufjan Stevens new 'The Age of ADZ' at NPR

    The Age Of Adz is out 10/12 via Asthmatic Kitty. Here’s the tracklist:
    01 “Futile Devices”
    02 “Too Much”
    03 “Age of Adz”
    04 “I Walked”
    05 “Now That I’m Older”
    06 “Get Real Get Right”
    07 “Bad Communication”
    08 “Vesuvius”
    09 “All for Myself”
    10 “I Want To Be Well”
    11 “Impossible Soul”

    Sunday, September 12, 2010

    Claude Chabrol bites dust at 80...

    PARIS — French director Claude Chabrol, one of the founders of the New Wave movement that revolutionized filmmaking in the late 1950s and '60s, died Sunday. He was 80.
    A prolific director, Chabrol made more than 70 films and TV productions during his more than half-century-long career. His first movie, 1958's "Le Beau Serge" won him considerable critical acclaim and was widely considered a sort of manifesto for the New Wave, or "Nouvelle vague" movement, which also included directors like Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard.
    His movies focused on the French bourgeoisie, lifting the facade of respectability to reveal the hypocrisy, violence and loathing simmering just below the surface. Often suspenseful, his work drew comparisons with that of Alfred Hitchcock.

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