“We don't perform religious rituals because we believe in God. We believe in God because we perform religious rituals.”
Robert Pirsig




I’ve been switching between listening to 2 Charlie Parker CD’s for over a week , listening to them over and over. Today’s coffee was a companion to the thick booklet included in the small box-set. It’s a rather tedious and unoriginal format so I was skipping through it when I came across this:

Broadway north from 38th St.

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… a new jazz club opened on Broadway… it was dedicated to presenting bepop performances and was named for bop’s reigning king: Charlie “Bird” Parker. The club was Birdland… would become a legend throughout the 50’s … ans as it’s large neon sign proclaimed, Birdland would become “The Jazz Corner of the World”.

Not center. Corner!

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Ubuntu/Kubuntu Grub Load Error


If you had an installation of Ubuntu or Kubuntu and now it won’t load and all you are left with is something like “sh: grub>” – DON’T PANIC! It’s happened to me twice before (which caused me to create a fresh installation), but this time I took some more time to search and I found a solution.

Why did this happen? There is a good chance that Ubuntu installed some updates. One of those updates was probably to a program called Grub. This is a small program that is one of the first to run when you start your computer. It’s job is to properly load the underlying Linux operating system (which then loads the graphical usual interface you were expecting). It seems that when Grub is updated – something in it’s configuration gets messed up which is why you are frantically searching for a solution.

First, take a deep breath, you probably haven’t lost any information and you may be minutes away from having your familiar operating system restored. There are two steps to this process: (1) manually starting your operating system from within the Grub program; (2) manually reconfiguring to automatically update it’s configuration to start properly.

There is one nice feature and trick you will need to do this process. When you type in commands in the command-line, and those commands need to refer to a file, the key “tab” does an auto-complete. For example: suppose you have a file that starts with the letters “myfile…” stored in a folder called “/myfolder”. If you type “/myfolder/myfile” and then click tab it will automatically find the file and complete the rest of it’s name. If it finds more then one file – it will show you a list of options which match – and you can then manually enter it.

Step1: Manually Starting the Operating System

In this process you will need to enter numerous commands at the command line. The actual commands are marked in bold, optional commands are marked in italics, the rest of the text is complimentary comments & explanations.

NTFS is a method for organizing files on your hard drive, and we need to load a module that will be able to read it by entering:

insmod ntfs

Next we need to tell the program where the operating system can be found – this is a reference to a partition on a hard drive. If, like me, you are working with a WUBI installation (I am running Kubuntu 9.10 on a computer with one hard drive and one partition) then Ubuntu is on the first hard driver’s second partition. Numbering starts at 0 – so the first hard drive is “hd0” and the second partition is “1” and the command you need to type is:

set root=(hd0,1)

In any other configuration you need to figure out which hard drive and which partition contains the Ubuntu installation. You can type an ls command which will show you what hard drives and partitions are currently available.

I am not sure what these two command do, but it seems they create some kind of temporary space for the operating system to load:

loopback loop0 /ubuntu/disks/root.disk
set root=(loop0)

In this next step you are going to need to use the auto-complete feature mentioned above. You will need to enter this command in two steps:
type in: linux /boot/vmlinuz
then press tab and you will probably be shown a number of options. I found “vmlinuz-2.6.31-14-generic”, “vmlinuz-2.6.31-15-generic”, “vmlinuz-2.6.31-16-generic”. I tried to the latest version, the one labeled “16”, but that didn’t work. The one labeled “15” did work for me. So you may also have to try and see what works for you. Complete the command(for example):

linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.31-15-generic root=/dev/sda1 loop=/ubuntu/disks/root.disk ro

Please note that “sda1” is another way of referring to the first hard drive “a” and second partition “1” (zero is the first partition). You may need to replace this with a reference to your installed partition.

In this next step you will again be using the auto-complete feature to create a command like this:

initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.31-15-generic

I believe that the the numbers, which indicate a version of the linux kernel, should match those entered in the previous command.

Finally, give the command to boot the operating system (this will probably cause the screen to scroll with lots of information – which is a good sign that indicates that the system is indeed loading):

Step2: Updating the Grub Configuration

If you are experiencing relief – that’s great and it means you only have one more thing to do. This is to make sure that the next time you reboot your computer it will be able to load automatically. You will need to open a terminal window and type in the following command:

sudo update-grub

If you experience other problems you may want to continue browsing and reading this thread – which will probably continue to evolve and update as more people encounter this problem in different settings and variations. Good luck :)

# Add the ntfs module
insmod ntfs
# Set root (normally would be sda1, or hd0,1 Change as necessary
set root=(hd0,1)
loopback loop0 /ubuntu/disks/root.disk

# Yes, set root for a second time. I don’t know why…
set root=(loop0)
# Set the kernel. You can (and should) use Tab (twice) to complete entries such as the kernel when possible – type vml and then TAB twice and it will autocomplete to the point where there are two possibilities. Tab complete ensures the path/file names as typed exist. Additionally, if you suspect the new kernel is the problem, you might want to select an earlier one. vmlinuz…. should be a complete kernel entry such as “vmlinuz-2.6.31-15-generic-pae” *
linux /boot/vmlinuz…. root=/dev/sda1 loop=/ubuntu/disks/root.disk ro
# Set the initrd image – complete or tab to get the full name Example: “/boot/initrd.img-2.6.31-15-generic-pae”
initrd /boot/initrd/initrd.img…
# Boot.
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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-12-06

  • correct effort: http://bit.ly/8dpgzD #
  • practicing #yoga #asana with coordinated breathing can be confusing at 1st, when to inhale&exhale: http://bit.ly/7bf6dv #
  • well-meaning but deluded programmer: "Scripting enables a much wider group…to customize their use of Twitter" http://bit.ly/8f8wjn #
  • I just generated a #TweetCloud out of a year of my tweets. Top three words: time, people, thank – http://w33.us/3y17 #
  • Berry, our parakeet is sitting on my shoulder picking at my hair… is this the good life or what? #
  • just added a WordPress plugin http://bit.ly/6h4gJm that lists and gives credit to WordPress plugin authors – like this: http://bit.ly/7nfncd #
  • powerful unrelenting winds and a clear blue sky #
  • yoga should be personal, adapted, gradual and practiced: http://bit.ly/5fLMcX (with another chant recording) #
  • Berry (parakeet) has a "come here I want to tell u something" gesture to get me closer so he can climb my shoulder, sometimes it works! #
  • [warning: technical #Yoga talk inside] #Pranayama exposes self inhibiting thoughts: http://bit.ly/6AvKFo #
  • @raymondpirouz could "research buzz about loneliness" be foreplay to "revolutionary treatments" for making big $$$? in reply to raymondpirouz #
  • when you are flowing in your dharma life is simultaneously familiar and surprising #
  • @zzgavin I feel u! I'm cleaning kitchen with Charlie Parker – find a loving space (they r all around) to place your attention for a sec :) in reply to zzgavin #
  • RT @erangalperin: continuity – nice spatial puzzle game http://www.continuitygame.com/ #
  • @ronenk צבעוני ורטוב? רי: קוניאק in reply to ronenk #
  • #yoga #asana – bend your knees to stretch your back: http://bit.ly/6jBjMT #
  • amazed at how quickly&easily people take up Google's "give us FREE access to everything you do" offers, can't you see how messed up this is? #
  • RT indeed :) more on that in the coming days :) @acip: working on cool incoming project with @iamronen hint: twitter related 😉 #
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Bend Your Knees


When practicing Yoga asana you have a choice of giving priority to the periphery of the body (arms & legs) or the core of the body – specifically the back (or to be even more specific – the spine). The spine is a central channel for the nervous system – it connects the brain to the rest of the body and it’s various organs and systems. According to Yoga philosphy – the spine correlates to the central Sushumna Nadi which is at the heart of energetic system that is you and therefor the focus of many Yoga practices. Also, the lower back is an area highly prone to injury (most of the back-problems you hear about are in the lower back) because it is vulnerable and often neglected and weak.

Try bending forward. If, like many people, your flexibility is limited, then you may find it difficult to reach the floor. If your legs are straight – then the stretch in your legs is at the expense of stretching your back – your are giving priority to a peripheral stretch. If  you want to change that and provide your back & spine with more range of movement and stretch – then bend your knees.


You can also experience this explicitly in seated forward bends. Many people have a hard time just sitting straight, not to mention actually bending forward. Again, bend your knees and discover a whole new range of movement.

bendknees_sittingWhen I began practicing Yoga I could not sit on the floor with my legs straight and back erect. I practiced for  years with my legs (and arms!!) straight which led to frustration and no change or improvement in my practice. Then when I began studying with my teacher, I was given this simple and remarkable piece of advice, in the spirit of viniyoga, which changed my practice (and me) forever.

As a Yoga teacher, I have experienced that the greatest obstacle students face in embracing and applying this idea is a stubborn ego. People have been told for too long (since elementary school gym class) by too many people (play-Yoga teachers included) that this is they way to do it. People are pursuing an external image of how they want to stretch rather then practicing with respect to their present condition. Bend your knees.

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Pranayama Exposes Mind


Over the past week a change has occurred in Pranayama practice.

My current Pranayama practice was something like:
10 – 0 – 15 – 0  x8
10 – 0 – 15 – 5  x8
10 – 5 – 15 – 5  x8
10 – 0 – 15 – 0  x8

When my nasal passages are open and free I practice Nadi Sodhana, at other times I use Anuloma Ujjayi. Usually in the morning my nasal passages are still partly blocked, so I use Anuloma Ujjayi, while in the evening I usually practice Nadi Sodhana. Though it does vary.

A few weeks ago I felt there was a space for me to take the practice one step forward and I tried adding 10 – 5 – 20 – 0  to the sequence. I was able to contain it rather well. Shortly after (a few days) I felt like my entire practice receded – I was unable to reach the 20 second exhale peacefully (I could do it more or less with force) and my nasal passages became more blocked and I lost access to Nadi Sodhana. So I took a step back and resumed the core practice with Anuloma Ujjayi.

Then a few days ago I again felt in my body an invitation to bring back 10 – 5 – 20 – 0 but my mind resisted – I thought I could not do it. When this happened again I began to wonder if my mind was trying to push me away from something which I could do. So I gave it a try. The practice confirmed my suspicions. For some reason I got it in my mind that I cannot perform a quality 20 second. Even as I reached the extended breathing ratio with a sense of calm and space in the body I had thoughts like “no, this won’t work”. I set those thoughts aside and had a steady and calm sequence of breaths. Even then, when I had actually done the practice, there were doubts in my mind. Amazing! Thoughts (of self doubt!) were preventing me from using the breathing capacity I had in me.

Over the next few practices I focused on this internal dialogue. I answered the “no I can’t” doubts with “of course I can” convictions. A part of my practice was to practice a new perception – one which would replace the inhibiting patterns.

This morning’s practice surprised me even further. As I was doing my practice I felt my body inviting me to take even another step forward (it usually takes months or weeks at best for Pranayama to evolve – this time it happened in days) and I added a 10 – 5 – 20 – 5 ratio (I also made a few other small changes in the overall practice to make room for this new formula). Again I was able to go through a steady and calm sequence – though at the end I felt I had exhausted my stamina.

My practice is now:
10 – 0 – 15 – 0  x4
10 – 0 – 15 – 5  x4
10 – 5 – 15 – 5  x8
10 – 5 – 20 – 0  x8
10 – 5 – 20 – 5  x8
10 – 0 – 15 – 0  x8

Note: A few days after writing this came this

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