Friday, March 15, 2013

Mantra from the Dalai Lama

Just a short Buddhist outlook on life.


  1. Take into account that great love and great achievements
      involve great risk.
  2. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.

  3. Follow the three R's:
      Respect for self
      Respect for others and
      Responsibility for all your actions.

  4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a
      wonderful stroke of luck.

  5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.

  6. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

  7. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate
      steps to correct it.

  8. Spend some time alone every day.

  9. Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.

10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

11. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think
      back, you'll be able to enjoy it a second time.

12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your
     life.

13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current
      situation. Don't bring  up the past.

14. Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.

15. Be gentle with the earth.

16. Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.

17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love
     for each other exceeds  your need for each other.

18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get
     it.

19. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.

I also know that dreams really do come true and you have my Best Wishes and my best efforts in those.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Thoughts on the Death of Aaron Swartz

I imagine you in that darkened closet
An unremarked node of imbricated data
A confluence of modulated electrons
Constrained to color-coded worms
Of deep red copper fleshed in plastic
You were picking the lock
On a box filled with light

But my mind turns from that beginning
To the moments before the end
And my thoughts have the texture of
The surface of
The wood of
The wheel on
Which they would break you
Rough, splintered, unfinished
Poorly formed
But sufficient

And in those moments
Were you hooting with woe?
Indrawing great sobs
Like a child with whooping cough?
Or were you moving surely through
That world of knife edged shadows
Making a choice that seemed
The most adult you had ever made?

Perhaps you will be reborn
In the electric clash
Of the mind of a child
Understanding something new
Or the moment of surprise
When two opposing views
Are shown to be equivalent

Monday, February 04, 2013

Running on the Rocks - Shriekback

Running on the Rocks

Searching the wide oceans with hooks and spears
We shake the tall trees till the leaves drop round our ears
Swimming the cold water where the sun will never shine
Making preparations for the whip-crack time
Hauling the Kraken up with blocks and chains -
We're sailing into the eyes of hurricanes
You know that no-one here gets out alive
Only one thing makes it when the Devil drives:

WE'RE GONNA STEEL UP THE FLESH TO THE FIRE
YOU GONNA FIND OUT WHAT THE RULES ARE THEN
WELL SISTER, SISTER, WON'T YOU PRAY FOR ME -
WE'RE GOING RUNNING ON THE ROCKS AGAIN...

Flaming amazement - madder than the gale
Wreathed in shadows; crackling in the sails
This is our mission now as then -
We can do no other here we stand: Amen
The winds are crying - remember me
Through the holy silence of the desert and the sea
The next Armada waiting for the tide
Wind and rain are nothing to the storm inside

WE'RE GONNA STEEL UP THE FLESH TO THE FIRE
YOU GONNA FIND OUT WHAT THE RULES ARE THEN
WELL SISTER, SISTER, WON'T YOU PRAY FOR ME -
WE'RE GOING RUNNING ON THE ROCKS AGAIN...

WE'RE GONNA STEEL UP THE FLESH TO THE FIRE
YOU GONNA FIND OUT WHAT THE RULES ARE THEN
WELL SISTER, SISTER, WON'T YOU PRAY FOR ME -
WE'RE GOING RUNNING ON THE ROCKS AGAIN...

DA DAYADHVAM DAMYATTA DA DAYADHVAM DAMYATTA
OM A RA PA CHANA DHIH OM A RA PA CHANA DHIH
OM ANA HASHI VIER OM ANA HASHI VIER OM ANA HASHI VIER
(We're holding on, we're holding on...)

DA DAYADHVAM DAMYATTA DA DAYADHVAM DAMYATTA
OM A RA PA CHANA DHIH OM A RA PA CHANA DHIH
OM ANA HASHI VIER OM ANA HASHI VIER OM ANA HASHI VIER
(We're holding on, we're holding on...)

WE'RE GONNA STEEL UP THE FLESH TO THE FIRE
YOU GONNA FIND OUT WHAT THE RULES ARE THEN
WELL SISTER, SISTER, WON'T YOU PRAY FOR ME -
WE'RE GOING RUNNING ON THE ROCKS AGAIN...

WE'RE GONNA STEEL UP THE FLESH TO THE FIRE
YOU GONNA FIND OUT WHAT THE RULES ARE THEN
WELL SISTER, SISTER, WON'T YOU PRAY FOR ME -
WE'RE GOING RUNNING ON THE ROCKS AGAIN...

RUNNING ON THE ROCKS
RUNNING ON THE ROCKS
RUNNING ON THE ROCKS
RUNNING ON THE ROCKS

Friday, January 25, 2013

Disturbance

Owen Schuh draws his inspiration from mathematics and complex organic systems. In particular, he is fascinated by simple sets of well-defined rules that generate unexpectedly intricate and nuanced structures. His work is painstakingly created by hand, using at most the aid of a pocket calculator.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Darwin

A Sun of the Nineteenth Century’; cartoon from Puck magazine showing Charles Darwin as a shining sun, chasing the clouds of religion and superstition from the sky, 1882

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