“That’s your doing. Now in order to affect that doing I am going to recommend that you learn another doing… It may hook you to another doing and then you may realize that both doings are lies, unreal, and that to hinge yourself to either one is a waste of time, because the only thing that is real is the being in you that is going to die. To arrive at that being is the note-doing of the self.”
Carlos Castaneda

Journey to Ixtlan

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-02-28

  • "It's not that we're scared, it's just that it's delicate" ♫ http://blip.fm/~leshb #
  • "stupid fools … you wanna get burned, you wanna get turned, you wanna get fucked inside out" ♫ http://blip.fm/~letol #
  • @deepakchopra 's list of 7 "most powerful teachers" (on, of all places, Forbes) has no artists on it! http://bit.ly/c3xwEz #
  • ewww… twitter just got ugly, did they hire (lower?) a Google designer? #
  • to practice or not to practice? am I ready to get on my yoga mat? http://bit.ly/d9iJ6G #
  • @ronenk cc: http://bit.ly/ac3iYV in reply to ronenk #
  • @ronenk לרגע קטן ביאסת אותי, אבל זה עבר, אז סבבה :) in reply to ronenk #
  • @ronenk ההזמנה הייתה אלייך :) יש לי ספק אם יש כאלה כל שני וחמישי, אכן "אלתור" שחוק … בצורה לא איכותית… זה מה יש :) in reply to ronenk #
  • @ronenk אני במטבח ואני קולט שאנרגיה שלי מרוסקת, זה לא עבר, אני מופתע מהעוצמה שבה התגובה שלך הכתה בי… מדהים! ממש צריך לאסוף את עצמי in reply to ronenk #
  • @ronenk בטח, בטח -אני מפנה לזה מקום בחיים, מוציא כסף מהכיס כדי להופיע, רואה הזדמנות נדירה לשתף אנשים ביצירתי, ואז מגיע: זה יקר!!! in reply to ronenk #
  • @ronenk אוף…. מחכה כבר לעזוב את הארץ… זהו :) חזרתי לבשל אטריות מוקפצות ולאכול טוב טוב !! :) in reply to ronenk #
  • @ronen זו רק הייתה תזכורת בשבילי :) כבר לא מנסה לבודד שום דבר… אנא אל תצטער… אוהב אותך כמו שאתה #
  • @ronenk זו החוויה שאני כל הזמן פוגש פה כשאני פוגש פה … כל הזמן…. אוף כמה זה עוצמתי in reply to ronenk #
  • goats: http://bit.ly/aQfnya #
  • childhood flashback… downloading Kenny Rogers!! "…you gotta learn when to walk away and when to run…" #
  • had a gr8 day without any Twitter, had nowhere else to say it but on Twitter! #
  • pushing creates distance, it is not violence; pulling creates proximity, it is not affection; http://bit.ly/94hxIM #
  • what if "normal" was "subnormal" and "paranormal" was "normal"? hmm #
  • I'm looking for a ripped up version of a classic chanson…. any ideas? #
  • "when information is organized in small chunks that can be accessed and sequenced at random it becomes much more valuable than when you #
  • have to take it in serial form. It's better, for example, to run a post office where the patrons have numbered boxes and can come and access #
  • these boxes any time they please. It's worse to have them all come in at a certain time, stand in queue and get their mail from Joe #
  • who has to sort through everything alphabetically each time, and who has rheumatism, is going to retire in a few years and who doesn't care #
  • whether they like waiting or not. #
  • When any distribution is locked into a rigid sequential format it develops Joes that dictate what new changes will be allowed and what not #
  • and that rigidity is deadly" #
  • "…Dusenberry and his Indians" #
  • "There's this pseudo-science myth that you're 'objective' you just disappear from the face of the earth and see everything undistorted #
  • as it really is, like God from heaven. But that's rubbish. #
  • When a person's objective his attitude is remote. He gets a sort of stony, distant look on his face" #
  • "it's better to know a lot and say little… than know little and say a lot" #
  • "something in the way they spoke and handled things and related to each other struck a resonance too, way deep inside him…" #
  • "Sentimentality is a narrowing of experience to the emotionally familiar. But this was something new opening up" #
  • "A feeling of coming home. Coming home to some place one had never been before." #
  • "These are your people,… we know exactly how you feel. We feel this way ourselves" #
  • "It seemed to always come from deep within them. They just said what they wanted to say. Then they stopped…. plain-spoken #
  • …laconic, understated, very little tonal change, no change of expression. Yet there was a warmth beneath the surface…" #
  • "Indians don't talk to fill time. When they don't have anything to say, they don't say it" #

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Dylan, Gray, Hendrix, Hooker, Hornsby, Isaak, Jagger, Joel, Mullins, Knopfler, John


I am selling my CD collection. Why? I want to free up physical space in my life, getting rid of physical goods I don’t need, making space for movement.  I’m gradually ripping my collection to a computer and listing the CD’s here. You are welcome to checkout the complete list and let me know if you want anything.

Bob Dylan
The Best of Volume1
The Best of Volume2 (2cd)
Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid

David Gray
White Ladder
Lost Songs 95 – 98
Life in Slow Motion

Jimi Henderix – Experience Hendrix, the best of Jimi Hendrix

John Lee Hooker – Boom Boom

Bruce Hornsby – Harbor Lights

Chris Isaak
Always Got Tonight
Baja Sessions
Speak of the Devil
Forever Blue
San Francisco Days
Wicked Game

Mick Jagger – Wandering Spirit

Billy Joel
The River of Dreams (single)
The Stranger
An Innocent Man
Piano Man
Kohlept (live in Russia)

Shawn Mullins – Soul’s Core

Mark Knopfler
One Take Radio Sessions
The Ragpicker’s Dream
Sailing to Philadelphia
Cal – Movie Soundtrack

Elton John
Love Songs
Two Rooms – Celebrating the songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin

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Installing Ubuntu/Kubuntu


Until today I’ve been using a WUBI based installation of Kubuntu on my resurrected laptop. WUBI was very promising when I first encountered it, but now I believe it is not a reliable solution. For some reason (I suspect it’s a hardware issue) my computer sometimes freezes – and all I can do is brutally shut it off. Sometimes it reboots just fine, numerous time it has stopped at a GRUB error and other times nothing could be done to rescue it. From what I’ve been able to gather this is a vulnerability that is unique to WUBI (which is actually one huge file in the Windows operating system). So this time I decided to do away with the Windows and create a clean Kubuntu Installation.

I would have preferred to install Ubuntu (which I have installed on a desktop computer) but I found that the Ubuntu graphic engine doesn’t perform well on the old display adapter in my notebook. Kubuntu is much faster and more responsive.

This time I documented my installation process for future reference and I wrote it up in the hope others may find it useful too. Where possible I’ve added the terminal commands I used:

Core Operating System

  1. Install from CD (Ubuntu, Kubuntu)
  2. Check for updates over the internet (Ubuntu, Kubuntu)
  3. Add hebrew keyboard layout and set time zone.
  4. Install Dropbox
  5. Instal KeepNote
  6. Install the Ubuntuzilla repository (instructions) – required for Thunderbird and Firefox
    sudo echo -e “\ndeb http://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/ubuntuzilla/mozilla/apt all main” | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list > /dev/null
    sudo apt-key adv –recv-keys –keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com C1289A29
    sudo apt-get update
  7. Install Firefox
    sudo apt-get install firefox-mozilla-build
  8. Install Firefox Add-ons (using the Firefox addo-n manager):
    • Weave: brilliant & private & secure plugin/service by Mozilla for syncronizing bookmarks, open tabs, browsing history & passwords between computers.
    • Charamel – a theme I like to for Firefox.
    • Firebug – helps me take apart and play around with HTML/CSS
    • ColorZilla – helps me select colors
    • MeasureIt – an on screen ruler
  9. Install Thunderbird
    sudo apt-get install thunderbird-mozilla-build
  10. Install Thunderbird Add-ons (using the Thunderbird add-on manager):
    • Charamel – same theme I like to use in Firefox works great for Thunderbird too.
    • Foxclocks – international clocks
    • Bidi – support for bi-directional texts, makes it possible for me to write hebrew emails from right to left.
  11. Install the GetDeb repository which makes it easy to install other useful programs.
  12. Install Adobe Reader (instructions)
    sudo apt-get install acroread
  13. Install Adobe AIR (instructions)
  14. Install Skype (which isn’t offered in the spirit of open source freedom and I hope to replace in the near future).

Multimedia Applications

  1. Install VLC Media Player
    sudo apt-get install vlc
  2. Install Songbird (music management – an open source alternative to iTunes)
    sudo apt-get install libgstreamer0.10-0 gstreamer0.10-x gstreamer0.10-gnomevfs gstreamer0.10-plugins-base gstreamer0.10-pulseaudio libgstreamer-plugins-base0.10-dev libgstreamer0.10-dev
    sudo apt-get install gstreamer0.10-plugins-good gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg gstreamer0.10-fluendo-mp3
    sudo apt-get install songbird
  3. Install Ruby Ripper (for copying music CD’s) – requires additional packages:
    sudo apt-get install cd-discid cdparanoia flac lame mp3gain normalize-audio ruby-gnome2 ruby vorbisgain
  4. Install Audacity (for sound editing)
    sudo apt-get install audacity
  5. Install GIMP (an open source alternative to Photoshop)
    sudo apt-get install gimp
  6. Install Vuze (my favorite torrent client so far)
    sudo apt-get install vuze

Web Development Tools

  1. Install LAMP Stack (Apache, MySQL & PHP)
    sudo tasksel
  2. Install PHPMyAdmin
    sudo apt-get install phpmyadmin
  3. Install Filezilla (for FTP file transfers)
    sudo apt-get install filezilla
  4. On Ubuntu I will also install the Screem code-editor
    sudo apt-get install screem
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Coldplay, Cocker, Collins, Kravitz, Connick, Costello, Cougar, Croce


I am selling my CD collection. Why? I want to free up physical space in my life, getting rid of physical goods I don’t need, making space for movement.  I’m gradually ripping my collection to a computer and listing the CD’s here. You are welcome to checkout the complete list and let me know if you want anything.

A Rush of Blood to the Head

Joe Cocker – the Best of

Phil Collins
But Seriously
Both Sides
Face Value
Serious Hits – Live

Lenny Kravitz
Mama Said

Harry Connick Jr
To See You
Blue Light, Red Light
Forever For Now
Star Turtle

Elvis Costello
Extreme Honey – The Very Best of the Warner Bros. Years
The Very Best of Elvis Costello and the Attractions
Painted from Memory (with Burt Bacharach)

John Cougar Mellencamp – American Fool

Jim Croce – the 50th Anniversary Collection

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Our house overlooks a valley that is frequented by herds of cow, sheep and goats. Today a huge herd of 600 goats appeared and we went down for a closer look.

… this is Andreea who makes me into a we:

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