“The range of what we think and is limited by what we fail to notice. And because we fail to notice that we fail to notice there is little we can do to change until we notice how failing to notice shapes our thoughts and deeds.”
R.D. Laing

Reading Asana – Alternating

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Let’s have a look a sequence that includes alternation between two sides – a simple upper raised leg posture:

This illustration says:

  • on inhale raise your arms
  • on exhale bring your arms forward and raise one leg up
  • on inhale bring raise your arms again and return the leg to the floor
  • repeat this 8 times alternating between the two legs (so each leg will be raised a total of 4 times, but alternating).
  • on the 9th exhale bring your arms back alongside your body

A shorthand, generic version of this illustration may be:

As we explored in the sequence explanation – it would be up to you to decide how to perform this sequence: (1) alternate between sides using the entire sequence – including a return to the starting position; (2) alternate just the legs and then come back to the starting position – as described above.

Finally, see if you can you tell the difference between the two illustrations above and this next illustration:

This illustration describes a sequence without alternation. Each leg is lowered and raised 4 times consecutively. So there is a total of 8 lifts but on each leg separately. This variation may be more physically challenging – because there is a longer consecutive effort for each leg.

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I Shakuhachi – April 27, 2010

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play shakuhachi recording

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Reading Asana – Sequences

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A slightly more elaborate illustation of a sequence for Parsva Uttanasana – Flank Forward Bend:

This illustration says:

  • on inhale raise your arms
  • on exhale bend forward
  • on inhale come back up
  • on the exhale lower the arms back down alongside the body.
  • repeat this 4 times on one side and then 4 times on the other side (this is an assymetric posture done once with the right foot forward and then with the left foot forward.

A variation of this sequence might look something like:

This illustration says:

  • on inhale raise your arms
  • on exhale bend forward
  • on inhale come back up
  • repeat this (just the bending forward and coming up) 4 times
  • then, on the 5th exhale lower the arms back down alongside the body.
  • repeat this entire sequence once on each side.

This 2nd variation can be more physically intense – because the forward bend is repeated consecutively without returning to a arm-restfing starting position every time. Sometimes, when writing a sequence with no specific person in mind, like I would do for publishing on this website, I will opt to use the first variation – which is more generic. In these cases it is up to the reader/practitioner to choose how to perform the practice.

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The Pied Pipers of Facebook?

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Of all the recent Facebook related media turmoil, one article on TechCrunch shimmered to me. I don’t know if it’s true or valid but in reading it I wondered about the potential effect of technological early-adapters in society. The TechCrunch article suggests that many Google-Geek-Engineers are leaving facebook due to privacy concerns that have arisen with Facebooks latest anouncements.

Disclosure: I don’t use Facebook, I tried it twice and left it behind. Whenever I reach a Facebook login page I walk away. I consider Facebook to be a very low quality form of social interaction and I strongly urge people I care about to refrain from using it. I consider people who criticize Facebook while still using it to be hypocrites.

Early adopters are passionate about new technologies, they are willing to spend time and effort to puruse their sense of curiosity. I wonder if inadvertently they are also a doorway into wider social acceptance? Tech companies seek early adopters to test the waters with new products and services. Assuming of course, that when early adopters sign-off on a service they will become points of origin for a natural process of viral distribution. So in a way (and I assuming there are other factors involved in the process)  early adopters lead their social circles into technological environments.

With Facebook I believe that early adopters were Pied Pipers, playing a nice melody but leading their followers into a dangerous place. Now the dangers are more apparent – but not to everyone. Technologists can envision the implications of Facebook’s anouncements on privacy, but most of the 400 millions Facebook users are not technologists – and they have no idea what the issue is. So a few technologists may walk away form Facebook, but most of the people will stay in the hands of a company that will stop at nothing (including legal prosection if it is deemed worthwhile) to infringe on their privacy and freedom to make a profit.
Do early adapters inadvertently play such a role in society in our technologicaly dominated era? Do their inherent curiosities and talents represent a dynamic evolutionry force? Do they know this? Should they?

End note: as I was searching for a “Pied Piper” image I came across something inspiring – it is a symbolic finding considering the context that brought me to it 🙂

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Reading Asana – Breath & Repetition

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A post I hope to publish soon will include a sample practice. I just realized, as I am working on a repository of posture illustrations, that I have taken for granted that everybody knows how to relate to these illustrations. So I paused to write something about reading of yoga asana illustrations.

I feel it’s important to note that illustrations are not to be used to study asana. Asana have many variations and modifications that can be utilized for different people, needs and circumstances. These details and qualities are not adequately represented in illustrations. Study asans with a Yoga teacher. The illustrations are merely maps to remember practice sequences.

With that said, let’s have a look at a simple illustration for a very simple sequence:


This illustration says:

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-04-25

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  • Dear Web2.0 user-centered bla bla startups: if I haven't been active for months, dont send me a weekly activity summary, it isn't endearing #
  • today's reading is a late… but here goes… #
  • "Where thy physical climate changes suddenly from high to low temperature … or … atmospheric pressure …the result is usually a storm. #
  • When the social climate changes from preposterous social restraint of all intellect to a relative abandonment fo all social patterns, #
  • the result is a hurricane of social forces. That hurricane is the history of the 20th century…November 11, 1918…the end of World War 1.. #
  • ..President Woodrow Wilson belonged in both worlds,Victorian society and the new intellectual world of the 20th century: #
  • the only university professor ever to be eclected president of the United States. Before Wilson'stime academicians has been peripheral #
  • within the Victorian power structure…. intellectuals were not expected to run society itself. They were valued servants of society… #
  • Leadership was for practical, businesslike 'men of affairs'. #
  • The Victorians social system and … morality that led to World War 1 had portrayed war as an adventorous conflict between noble individuals #
  • engaged in the idealistic service of their country: a kind of extended knighthood. World Wart 1 wasn't like that. #
  • … The Gatling gun removed the nobility and heroism. The Victorian painters had never shown a battlefield of mu and shell holes and … #
  • half a million rotting corpses… that many had been murdered in one battle alone. #
  • Those who survived… felt bitter toward the society that could do that to them. They joined the faith that intellect must find some way #
  • out of old Victorian 'nobility' & 'virtue' into a more sane and intelligent world. In an instant it seemed the snobish fashionable #
  • Victorian social world was gone. New technology fueled the change… shufting fromagriculture to manufacturing. #
  • Electrification was shifting night into day and eliminating hundreds of drudgeries. Cars and highways were changing the speed with which #
  • peopledid things. Mass journalism had emerged. The mastery of all these new changes was no longer dominated by social skills. #
  • ..A horse could be mastered if your resolve was firm,your disposition pleasant and fear absent.The skills required were biological & social. #
  • But handling the new technology was something different. Personal biological & social qualities didn't make any difference to machines. #
  • A whole population,cut loose physically by the new technology..was also cut adrift morally & psychologicallyfrom the static social patterns. #
  • …No one knew what to do about the lostness… people raced from one fad to another… a chaos of social patterns ONLY. #
  • The events that excited people in the 20's were events that dramatized the new dominance of intellect over society… #
  • abstract art, discordant music, Freudian psychoanalysis…contempt for alcohol prohibition…The test of what was good, of what had Quality, #
  • was no longer 'Does it meet society's approval?' but 'Does it meet the approval of out intellect?'. #
  • The hurricane of social forces…was most strongly felt in Europe, particularly Germany where the effects of WWI were the most devastating. #
  • Communism & socialism, programs for intellectual control over society, were confronted by..fascism a program of social control of intellect. #
  • Nowhere were the intellectualsmore intense in their determination to overthrow old order. #
  • Nowhere did the old order becomemore intent on finding ways to destory the excesses of the new intellectualism… #
  • a conflict of levels of evolution… explains that driving force behind Hitler not as aninsane search for power but as an all consuming #
  • glorification of social authority and hatred of intellectualism. His anti-Semitism…[and] communists …was fueled by anti-intellectualism. #
  • In the United States … Franklin Roosevelt & the New Deal… became the center of a lesser stormbetween social and intellectual forces… #
  • at the center of it all was the belief that intellectual planning by the government was necessary for society to regain its health… #
  • it was also a new deal for the intellectuals of America… for the 1st time they were at the center of the planning process…were in a #
  • position to give orders to AMerica's finest and oldest and wealthiest groups. #
  • …Suddenly, before the old Victorians' eyes, a whole new social caste…of intellectual Brahmins,was being created above their own military #
  • and economic castes…Social snobbery was being replaced with intellectual snobbery…academic foundations were taking over the… country. #
  • … It was like the replacement of Indiansby pioneers… too bad for the Indians but it was inevitable form of progress… #
  • …from the idea that society is man's highest achievement, the 20th century moved to the idea that intellect is man's highest achievement. #
  • …The Ph.D. was on its way to becoming the ultimate social status symbol…academic fields were expanding into new undreamed-of territories #
  • …among the most rapidly expanding was… anthropology… [and it's] unassailable 'objectivity' had some very partisan cultural roots… #
  • it had been a political tool with which to defeat the Victorian's and their system of social values. #
  • ..The Victorians…presumed all primitive societies were early forms of "Society" itself & were trying to grow into a complete #
  • 'civilization' like that of Victorian England. The relativists… stated that there is no empirical scientific evidence for a 'Society' #
  • toward which all primitive societies are heading…[they] virtually wiped out the credibility of the older Victorian evolutionsists and #
  • gave to anthropology a shape it has had ever since… presented as a victory of scientific objectivity over unscientific prejudice, but the #
  • Metaphysics ofQuality says deeper issues were involved…intellect could now pass judgment on all forms of social custom… #
  • When peopleasked, 'If no culture, including a Victorian culture, can say what is right and what is wron, then how can we ever know what is #
  • right and what is wrong?' the answer was, 'that's easy.Intellectuals will tell you… what they say is absolute… because intellectuals #
  • follow science,which is objective.An objective observer does not have relative opinions because he is nowhere within the world he observes'. #
  • … An American anthropologist could no more embrace nonobjectivity thatn a Stalinist bureaucrat could play the stock market. #
  • … the Metaphysics of Quality supports this dominance of intellect over society. It says intellect is a …more moral level than society. #
  • But having said this,the Metaphysics of Quality goes on to say that science, the intellectual pattern that has been appointed to take over #
  • society, has a defect in it… subject-object science has no provision for morals… is only concerned with facts. #
  • Morals have no objective reality. You can look through a microscope or telescope or oscilloscope for the rest of your life and you will #
  • never find a single moral. There aren't anythere. They are all in your head. They exist only in your imagination. #
  • From the perspective of subject-object science, the world is a completely purposeless,valueless place. There is no point in anything. #
  • Nothing is right and nothing is wrong. EVerything just functions like machinery. There is nothing morally wrong because there are no morals. #
  • Now that intellect was in command of society for the 1st time in history,was this the intellectual pattern it was going 2 run society with?" #
  • drinking tea from first of the season & fesh picked leaves: peppermint, spearmint, verbena & sage… heavenly! #
  • "The new intellectualism of the twenties argued that if there are principles for right social conduct they are to be discovered by social #
  • experiment to see what produces the greatest satisfaction … of the greatest number. For example,drink that causes car accidents or #
  • loss of work or family problems is irrational…a vice. On the other hand,drinking is not irrational when it produces social… relaxation. #
  • Of all the 'vices' none was more controversial than premarital and extramarital sex… It was expected that with the new application #
  • of reason, sex could be handled much like other commodities without the terrible tensions and frustrations of social repression… #
  • …throught this century we have seen over and over again, that intellectuals weren't blaming crimeonman's biological nature bu on the #
  • social patterns that had repressed this biological nature…[believing] that this would be the cure of man's criminal tendencies… #
  • intellectuals became excited about anthropology in the hope that the field would provide facts upon which to base new scientific rules… #
  • Here in this country, American Indians were suddenly revived as models of primitive communal virtue… 'anthros' … swarmed to huts and #
  • teepees and hogans of every tribe they could find,jockeying to be in on the great treasure hunt for new information about possible new moral #
  • indigenous American ways of life. This was illogical since, if subject-object science sees no morals anywhere, then no scientific study #
  • of any kind is going to fill the moral void left by the overthrow of Victorians society. #
  • Intellectual permisivenessand destruction of social authority are no more scientific than Victorian discipline. #
  • this lapse in logic magically fit the thesis… that the American personality has two components, European and Indian. #
  • The moral values that were replacing the old European Victorian ones were the moral values of American Indians: #
  • kindness to children,maximum freedom, openness of speech, love of simplicity,affinity for nature. #
  • Without any real awareness of where the newmorals were coming from, the whole country was moving in a direction that if felt was right. #
  • The western movie was another example of this change, showing Indian values which had become cowboy values which had become 20th century #
  • all-American values. Everyone knewthe cowboys of the silver screen had little to do with their actual counterparts, but it didn't matter. #
  • It was the values, not the historical accuracy,that counted." #
  • @nivertech please remove me from your 'Israel' list #
  • @gervis thank you for your attention. These are not my thoughts … I am quoting an inspiring book- I'll reveal it soon 🙂 in reply to gervis #
  • @nivertech thank you very much. #
  • @nivertech I know 🙂 & tags just say something about people …& good luck finding a photo of me on flickr 🙂 in reply to nivertech #
  • some thoughts on making donating to WordPress plugin authors easy and effective: http://bit.ly/cBdnwd #
  • @adambn thank you for the heads up on Breaking Bad, didn't know is existed,enjoying it greatly! #
  • I feel so remote, that getting close hurts #
  • Economics is not science http://bit.ly/bPv5Eo [ via @raymondpirouz ] #
  • Firework http://bit.ly/aRM1S8 #
  • @buffdesign thank you for getting back to me. do you have space/interest now? iamronen[at]iamronen[dot]com in reply to buffdesign #
  • "The drift away from European social values worked all right at first, and the 1st generation of the Victorians, benefiting from ingrained #
  • Victorian social habits seem to have been enormously liberated intellectually by the new freedom. But with the 2nd generation … #
  • problems began to emerge. #
  • Indian values are all right for an Indian style of life, but they don't work so well in a complex technological society… #
  • An upbringing that allows the child to grow 'naturally' in the Indian fashion does not … guarantee the finest sort of urban adjustment. #
  • …The world was no doubt in better shape intellectually and technologically but … the 'quality' of it was not good. #
  • There was no way u could say why this quality was no good. U just felt it … He remembered seeing The Glass Menagerie http://bit.ly/d1laaw #
  • in which one edge of the stage had an arrow shaped neon sign flashing onand off… beneath the arrow was the word 'PARADISE', also flashing #
  • PARADISE> PARADISE> PARADISE>… But the Paradise was always somewhere pointed to, always somewhere else. .. #
  • Paradise was always at the end of some intellectual, technological ride, but u knew that when u got there paradise wouldn't be there either. #
  • … You had to be a rebel without a cause http://bit.ly/2k3Xba . The intellectuals had preempted all the causes. #
  • Causes were to the 20th century intellectuals as manners had been to Victorians… They had everything figured out… #
  • 'pursuit of happiness' seemed to have become like the pursuit of some scientifically created mechanical rabbit that moves ahead at whatever #
  • speed it is being pursued. If you ever did catch it for a few moments it had a peculiar synthetic,technological taste that made the pursuit #
  • seem senseless. #
  • Everyone seemed to be guided by an 'objective', 'scientific' view of life that told each person that his essential self is his evolved #
  • material body. Ideas and societies are a component of brains, not the other way around. #
  • No two brains can merge physically,and therefore notwo people can ever really communicate except … [for] sending messages back and forth. #
  • A scientific, intellectual culture had become a culture of millions of isolated people living and dying in … psychic solitary confinement, #
  • unable to talk to one another, really, and unable to judge one another because scientifically speaking it is impossible to do so. #
  • Each invididual in his cell of isolation was told that no matter how hard he tried…his whole life is that of an animal that lives & dies. #
  • ..He could invent moral goals for himself, but they are just artificial inventions. Scientifically speaking he has no goals. #
  • Sometime after the 20's a secret loneliness,so penetrating and so encompassing that we are only beginning to realize the extent of it, #
  • descended upon the land. This scientific, psychiatric isolation and futility had become a far worse prison … than…Victorian 'virtue'. #
  • They had lost some of their realness … living in some kind of movie saying … PARADISE> PARADISE> PARADISE>… " #
  • progressing in ripping my CD collection… now Pearl Jam followed immediately by Peter Paul & Mary 🙂 #
  • @raymondpirouz re:HTML5 – maybe there is an element of vision and inspiration that is being overlooked by technical critics? in reply to raymondpirouz #
  • it's been my most difficult open-source transition: 1st time saving PSD file as GIMP XCF to continue work http://www.gimp.org/ #
  • Insights courtesy of the Dalai Lama, Barack Obama & Twitter: http://bit.ly/aLBjJW #
  • wading into new linux territories: using GParted to resize an existing Windows Vista partition on Dell laptop… making room for Ubuntu #
  • unless you have good reason for it, avoid Ubuntu 64bit, the 32bit install makes for an easier life #
  • @ennyman3 "art is not necessary" is a misapprehension I carried around 4 a long time … art gives life direction in reply to ennyman3 #
  • change & clinging #
  • had an emotionally painful day, now food, TV and ice-cream … and let this day come to a peaceful end #
  • when they are sent out to war they are called soldiers, when they die or go missing they become boys #
  • working on Yoga asana illsutrations with fresh coffee and Jeff Buckley #
  • listening to "Jeff Buckley Strange Fruit" ♫ http://blip.fm/~p8p1h #

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Insights

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Yesterday I stumbled upon the Dalai Lama on Twitter, today I stumbled upon Barack Obama. Following are two screenshots (taken within a few seconds of one another) of their twitter pages (you can click on the images to view them in full resolution). In find it inspiring, amusing, enlightening & educating to look at the two side by side. I’ve noted the first thing I noticed in the comments – you are welcome to leave your observations there too 🙂

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Fireworks

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Last night marked the celebrations of Israel’s 62nd independence day. Andreea has an insatiable craving for fireworks and asked that we go see some. I was probably in a good mood and agreed to take her. Now I am in a bad unpleasant mood.

I can recall three memorable experiences from this visit to the city (Nahariya):

  1. One food stand where a man was placing a few pieces of meat on the fire. He looked like an average guy (not an average merchant), with a slightly longer then average grill, who had spent the day preparing the meats, embracing an opportunity to make some money on this day of celebration.
  2. A cat that was sitting next to another food stand, staying out of the way, but close enough to pick up small crumbs of meat that were falling on the ground.
  3. A girl, I would estimate about 12 years old, who had a peaceful and pleasant presence. She was truly enjoying the celebration, she was radiating, but without the diturbance, noise and sensationslism that dominated the crowds.

I don’t recall “suffering” while we were there. I didn’t feel I belonged there, I didn’t feel any celebration. I simply watched, rather peacefully, with some curiosity, even slightly amused at the social fabric passing before my eyes, waiting for the fireworks to come so we can go home.

The fireworks lasted longer then I expected. The part I most enjoyed was when I watched Andreea’s face watching the fireworks. She was immersed. Her eyes didn’t blink, and a couple of times her lips turned upwards slightly into a short-lasting smile. When they were over we headed out of the city center back toward the car and home.

As we were walking out we walked past a teen girl. She was overweight, dressed in a failed attempt to look sexy, one hand holding a cigarette to her mouth and the other a cellphone to her ear, her face wearing a look of contempt. As we passed each other I cursed under my breath something that translates like “you dumb, fat, fuck” – and experienced some immediate relief.

When we got home I was extremeley agitated. Sleep was beyond me. Andreea went to bed, and I stayed awake waiting for my agitation to settle. I thought I was heading towards a sleepless night, but sooner then I expected, tiredness took over and I went to bed. I awoke to find my breathing compromised – my nostrils were blocked and my chest felt itchy and irritated. I woke up feeling that the world I met last night is not a world I want to live in.

I have a feeling that if I try to describe or rationalize my experience of last night and the vibrations still resonating within me, that I will come off as either crazy or  judgemental. That I would feel like I felt about art until I met Shahar. I know better. On the bright side, the experience has been a reminder to me that there is still a part of me that wants to connect with others. That I haven’t lost that passion. It has also reminded me that I need to treat my passions with care, that misplacing them can hurt. I look forward to going home.

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Please Let Me Tip WorPress Plugin Developers

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As I was working on the mockup screens shown below, this post by Frank Chimero appeared and inspired me.

I am grateful for WordPress – it has been a friend to me in times of change. One of the things that make WordPress so great is the prolific Plugin repository. At the present there are 18 active plugins in my (this) WordPress website. I’d like to show my gratitude to all these plugin developers by giving something back – the most obvious way to do this is by making a donation. Once, when I was getting started with WordPress I made one donation to a plugin that greatly empowered me. I don’t make donations anymore, and from what I’ve read about the dynamics of the community, not  many people do.

I asked myself why and I thought that (1) Money isn’t one of my current assets – I have very little of it; (2) If I were to make one donation, which to which plugin should I make it? I wouldn’t know how to choose;(3) My symbolic donation doesn’t feel like much (and I have a feeling that even when they are summed up small donations don’t amount to much).

But… I would gladly give a small sum periodically,something like $10 a year to the developer community if it was easy to do and if there was a good chance that others did too. Assuming there are 10 million WordPress.org blogs, and that only 2% of them made a similar donation, that would amount to $2,000,000 of donations distributed among plugin developers. Now that feels like something that could give a tremendous boost to WordPress and it’s community.

With that in mind I began thinking of a plugin. Before I present the plugin I would like to emphasize that the plugin itself is not enough. After the introduction of the plugin I will touch on the complementary challenges that may be required for this plugin to work… on to the show (click on the images to zoom in).

In it’s simple form the plugin should enable me to make a donation that is distributed to the plugins that I use on my WordPress installation. By default the sum would be distributed equally between all the plugins.

But if I wanted to get more involved I could choose to prioritize the plugins – indicating those that are more valuable to me and in doing that allocate more funds to them.

The plugin would enable me to review the accumulated effect I’ve had – by reviewing my past donations.

Finally, the plugin would enable me to experience the overall effect my small donation is a part-of. It would show me how the entire ecosystem is functioning – hopefully enabling me to feel proud to be a part of this.

It may be useful to have a reminder feature that appears once a year on the dashboard, inviting me to make another donation.

I believe that this plugin needs to be backed by a service that:

  1. Can accept the donations.
  2. Can aggregate the donations and information and calculate total donations to Plugin developers.
  3. Can distribute aggregated payments to the plugin developers
  4. Can provide a secure registration serice for Plugin developers (maybe this can be coupled with the registration process in the Plugin repository?)

Maybe the recently formed WordPress Foundation can support this activity?

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-04-18

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  • physical realities are limited, spiritual realities are limited … actions are limited, intentions are limitless #
  • "The first intelligence out there in the cabin disliked him and still did. It was this second intelligence that had come in and made love… #
  • These cellular patterns have been lovers for millions of years and they aren't about to be put off by these recent little intellectual #
  • patterns that know almost nothing about what is going on. The cells want immortality … which is why they make such a commotion. #
  • They are so old. They began to distinguish [these bodies]…more than a billion years ago…of course they pay no attention 2 mind patterns. #
  • The mind sitting detached, aloof and discerning is suddenly rudely shoved aside by this other intelligence which is stronger than its own. #
  • Then strange things happen that the mind sees as vulgar and shunnable. #
  • The language of mental intelligence has nothing to say to the cells directly. They don't understand it. #
  • The language of thecells has nothing 2say 2the mind directly. It doesn't speak that language either. They are completely separate patterns. #
  • The language we've inherited confuses this… 'my' body and 'your' body … it isn't that way. #
  • That's like a FORTRAN [computer programming language] program saying, 'this is my computer'. #
  • This … 'Me' … who sits behind our eyeballs looking out … to pass judgment on the affairs of the world, is just completely ridiculous. #
  • This… 'Me' is a software reality not a hardware reality. This body on the left and this body on the right are runnign variations of the #
  • same program, the same 'Me' which doesn't belong to either of them… This program based on 'Me's' and 'We's' is the alien. #
  • 'We' has only been here for a few thousand years or so. But these bodies that 'We' has taken over were around for ten times that… #
  • and the cells – my God, the cells have been around for thousands of times that long. #
  • These… bodies that 'We' has invaded… every once in a while they overthrow the program and go about their ways leaving 'We' mystified… #
  • Mystified, and somewhat horrified too at the things bodies do without its permission. #
  • These cells make sweat and snot ant phlegm. They belch and bleed and fuck and far and piss and shit and vomit and squeeze out more bodies #
  • just like themselves all covered with blood and placental slime that grow and squeeze out more bodies, on and on. #
  • 'We',the software reality,find these hardware facts so distressing that it covers them with euphemisms &clothes &toilets &medical secrecy. #
  • The cells have gotten to their advanced state of evolution through all this fucking and farting and pissing and shitting. That's quality! #
  • Particulary the sexual functions. From the cell's point of view sex is pure Dynamic Quality, the highest Good of all. #
  • … Talk about ingratitude. These bodies would still be a bunch of dumb bacteria if it hadn't been for sexual quality. #
  • That's who lay here beside him tonight:a judge of hundreds of millions of years…& in the eyes of this judge he was nobody very important. #
  • … His own cells were sick of all this intellectualizing…They'd had way too much … and were starting to switch him off. #
  • Tomorrow they'd need him when they got hungry, and they would turm him on again to find some food, but for now they were rubbing him out." #
  • my default breakfast: red pepper, cucumber, olives, tehini http://bit.ly/4ioy6y and bread…today is a default breakfast day 🙂 tudulu #
  • Design is an opportunity for assigning (DESIGNating!) purpose http://bit.ly/aBoA9T #
  • our cat comes around the house to the same place on the balcony every evening to watch the sunset! amazing! #
  • thoughts from the past about spaces & places, male & female http://bit.ly/cpA0Mj #
  • "The metaphysics of substance makes it difficult to see the Giant.It makes it customary to think of a city like New York as a 'work of man', #
  • but what man invented it? What group of men invented it? Who sat around and thought up how it should all go together? #
  • If 'man' invented societies and cities, why are all societies and cities so repressive of 'man'? #
  • A metaphysics of substance makes us think that all evolution stops with the highest evolved substance, the physical body of man. #
  • It makes us think that cities and societies and though structures are all subordinate creations of this physical body of man. #
  • Bit it's as foolish to think of a city or a society as created by human bodies as it is to think of human bodies as a creation of the cells, #
  • or to hink of cells as created by protein and DNA molecules, or to think of DNA as created by carbon and other inorganic atoms. #
  • If you follow that fallacy long enough you come out with the conclusion that individual electrons contain the intelligence #
  • needed to build New York City all by themselves. Absurd. #
  • If it's possible to imagine two red blood cells sitting side by side asking, 'will there ever be a higher form of evolution than us?" and #
  • looking around and seeing nothing there, deciding there isn't, then you can imagine the ridiculousness of two people walking down a street #
  • of Manhattan asking if there will be any form of evoluion higher than 'man', meaning biological man. #
  • Biological man doesn't invent cities of societies any more than pigs and chickens invent the farmer that feeds them. #
  • The force of evolutionary creation isn't contained by substance. Substance is just 1 kind of static pattern left behind the creative force. #
  • This city is a higher pattern than either a substance or a biological pattern called man. #
  • Just as a farmer raises cows 4the sole purpose of devouring them,this pattern grows living human bodies 4the sole purpose of devouring them. #
  • That is what the Giant really does. It converts accumulated biological energy into forms that serve itself. #
  • When societies and cultures and cities are seen [this way] the phenomena of war & genocide & all the other forms of human exploitation #
  • become more intelligble. 'Mankind' has never been interested in getting itself killed. But the superorganism, the Giant, who is #
  • a pattern of values superimposed on top of biological human bodies, doesn't mind losing a few bodies to protect his greater interests. #
  • Once you understand something well enough, you don't need to run from it. #
  • From a Metaphysics of Quality point of view this devouring of human bodies is a moral activity because it's more moral for a social pattern #
  • to devour a biological pattern than for a biological pattern to devour a social pattern. A social pattern is a higher form of evolution. #
  • This city, in it's endless devouring of human bodies, was creating something better than any biological organism could achieve by itself. #
  • Sure: dirty, noisy, rude, dangerous, expensive. Always has been and probably always will be … #
  • if you're looking for stability and serenity, go to a cemetery, don't come here! This is the most Dynamic place on earth!" #
  • wait a minute … do you mean that any website that uses Flash (like my photography site: http://bit.ly/9Gnqbg) won't work on an iPad? #
  • It's ironic that although the philosophy of science leaves no room for any undefined Dynamic activity, it's sciences unique organization #
  • for the handling of the Dynamic that gives it is superiority. Science superseded old religious forms, not because what it says is more true #
  • in any absolute sense… but because what it says is more Dynamic. If scientists had simply said Copernicus was right and Ptolemy was wrong #
  • without any willingness to further investigate the subject, then science would have simply become another minor religious creed. #
  • Science always contains an eraser,a mechanism whereby new Dynamic insight could wipe out old static patterns w/out destroying science itself #
  • That's the whole thing: to obtain static and Dynamic Quality simultaneously. #
  • If you don't have the static patterns of scientific knowledge to build upon you're back with the cave man. #
  • But if you don't have the freedom to change those patterns you're blocked from any further growth. #
  • … political insitutions have improved throughout the centirues [due to] … a static-Dynamic combination: a king or constitution to #
  • preserve the static, and a parliament or jury that can act as a Dynamic eraser…a commentary on Robert's Rules of Order http://bit.ly/SYWky #
  • No minority has a right to block a majority from conducting the legal business of the organization. #
  • No majority has a right to prevent a minority from peacefully attempting to become a majority. #
  • It seems as though any static mechanism that is open 2 Dynamic Quality must also be open to degeneracy..falling back 2lower forms of quality #
  • … how do you tell the saviors from the degenerates? Particularly when they look alike, talk alike and break all the rules alike? #
  • When something new and Dynamic wants to come into the world it often looks lke hell, but it can get born in New York. It can happen. #
  • This is one of the few places in the world where people don't ask whether something's been approved somewhere else. #
  • What you see u c in New York depends on your static patterns. What makes the city Dynamic is the way it always busts up … those patterns." #
  • "Sex&celebrity..there's something obscene about the whole celebrity feeling.It's that same feeling you get from sex magazines on newsstands. #
  • …One part of you wants to get rid of the magazines; one part wants to take a look at them. #
  • There's a conflict of two patterns of quality, social patterns and biological patterns. #
  • In celebrity it's the same – except that the conflict is between social and intellectual patterns! #
  • Celebrity is to social patterns as sex is to biological patterns…It looks and feels like pure Dynamic Quality for a while, but it isn't. #
  • …Celebrity is the Dynamic Quality that primitive social patterns once used to organize themselves… #
  • … an organizing force of the whole social level of evolution. Without this … advanced complex human societies might be impossible. #
  • … When you look back into the very first writing in the history of the western world… Babylon… they're about celebrity: I, Hammurabi #
  • am the big wheel here. I have this many horses… concubines… slaves…oxen.. I am one of the greatest … kings there ever was… #
  • The Pyramids were celebrity devices. All the statues…palaces…robes… jewels of social authority: those are just celebrity devices. #
  • The feathers of the Indian headdress. Children being told they would be struck blind if they ever accidentally looked at the emperor. #
  • All the Sirs & Lords & Reverends & Doctors of European address…badges & trophies…promotions up the business ladder… #
  • election to 'high office'… feuding and battling for prestire among academics and scientists… Celebrity. #
  • Even a policeman's uniform is a kind of celebrity… without celebrity nobody would take orders from anybody and there would be no way #
  • you could get the society to work… High school was really the place for celebrity… jocks out playing football… pom pom girls. #
  • … You can measure the quality of a university by comparing the relative strengths of the celebrity patterns and the intellectual patterns. #
  • U never got rid of the celebrities,even at the best universities,but there the intellectuals could ignore them &be in a class by themselves. #
  • … the Metaphysics of Quality says that movement upward from the social mirros of celebrity is a moral movement from a lower form of #
  • evolution to a higher one. People should go that way if they can." #
  • getting away from it all http://nyti.ms/c8q00I #
  • Eric Shiffman talks about studying with Desikachar "wait for the student to ask": http://bit.ly/cE6YEj #
  • "Intellect has its own patterns and goals that are as independent of society as society is independent of biology. #
  • Biology beat death billions of years ago. Society beat biology thousands of years ago. But intellect and society are still fighting it out, #
  • and that is they key to understanding of both the Victorians and the 20th century. What distinguishes the pattern of values called Victorian #
  • from the post-World War 1 period that followed it is,according to the Metaphysics of Quality, a cataclysmic shift in levels of static value; #
  • an earthquake in values… of such enormous consequence that we … haven't yet figured out what has happened to us. #
  • … The 20th century collapse of morals is a consequence of it. Further consequences are on their way… #
  • Victorians were the last people to believe that patterns of intellect are subordinate to patterns of society. What held the Victorian #
  • pattern together was a social code. They called it morals, butb really it was just a social code. #
  • As a code it was just like their ornamental cast-iron furniture: expensive looking, cheaply made, brittle, cold,and uncomfortable. #
  • The new culture that has emerged is the first in history to believe that patterns of society must be subordinate to patterns of intellect. #
  • … The reason the Victorians sound so superficial and hypocritical to us today is because of this gulf in values… #
  • What we today call Victorian hypocrisy … was a virtuous effort to keep one's thoughts within the limits of social propriety… #
  • The test of anything in the Victorian mindwa,'Does society approve?"..society was God…[they] feared scandal more than they feared disease. #
  • .. It explains why Victorians so despised the frontier part of the American personality and went to ridiculous extremes to conceal it. #
  • …..It explains why the Victorians were so vehement in their loathing of Indians… 'The only good Indian is a dead Indian'… #
  • The idea of extermination ofall Indians was not commonbefore the 19th century. Victorians wanted to destroy 'inferior' [evil] societies… #
  • Colonialism, which before that timewas an economic opportunity, became with Victorians a moral course, a 'white man's burden'… #
  • But…once intellect has been let out of the bottle of social restraint,it is almost impossible to put it back in..and it is immoral to try. #
  • A society that tries to restrain the truth for it's own purpose is a lower form of evolution than a truth that restrains society for it's #
  • own purpose. #
  • Victorians repressed the truth whenever it seemed socially unacceptable, just as they repressed thoughts about the powdery horse manure dust #
  • that floated about them as they drove their carriages … They knew it was there… but didn't consider it social proper to talk about it. #
  • Because it was evil to speak the truth openly, their appartus for social self-correction became atrophied and paralyzed. #
  • … Ultimately their minds became the same way… all avenues to any quality other than social quality were closed. #
  • And so this social base… helplessly drifted toward its own stupid self destruction… #
  • toward the senseless murder of millions of its own children on the battlefields of World War 1." #
  • @raymondpirouz then that obliterates any excuses for lack of empathy amongst humans 🙂 except of course for those missing the cells 🙂 in reply to raymondpirouz #
  • @raymondpirouz empathy enhancement implants (the rich can get stuff harvested from buddhists), empathy increasing viagra…there is hope 🙂 in reply to raymondpirouz #
  • beautiful Shakuhachi playing: http://bit.ly/aMdGcu #

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Wait for the Student to Ask

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Erich Schiffmann talking about his experience with Desikachar:

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-04-11

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  • glimpses catch up with the present moment: http://bit.ly/cquU3y #
  • “No one has the right to live without being shocked” http://bit.ly/c5JRDx #
  • the internet is like a gold mine, you have to sift through loads of dirt to find small shiny specks #
  • @ronenk מצאתי את @fireland וחשבתי עלייך… #
  • picking up reading where I left off a few weeks ago … #
  • ""Determinism is the philosophic doctrine that man,like all other objects in the universe,follows fixed scientific laws…without exception. #
  • Free Will is the scientific doctrine that man makes choices independent of the atoms of his body. #
  • This battle ["free will versus determinism"] has been a very long and very loud one because abdandonment of either position has #
  • devastating logical consequences. In the Metaphysics of Quality this dilemma doesn't come up.To the extent that one's behavior is controlled #
  • by static patterns of quality it is without choice. But to the extent that one follows Dynamic Quality … one's behavior is free. #
  • ..The Metaphysics of Qualiity says that if moral judegments are essentially assertions of value and if value is the fundamental ground-stuff #
  • of the world, then moral judgements are the fundamental ground-stuff of the world. The "Laws of Nature" are moral laws. #
  • … it sounds peculiar at 1st … to say thath hydrogen and oxygen form water because it is moral to do so. But it is no less peculiar..than #
  • to say chemistry professors smoke pipes and go to movies because irresistible cause-and-effect forces of the universe force them do to it. #
  • In the past the logic has been that if chemostry professors are composes exclusively of atoms and if atoms follow only the law of #
  • cause & effect,then chemistry professors must follow the laws of cause and effect too.But this logic can be applied in a reverse direction. #
  • ..If chemistry professors excercise choice, and chemistry professors are composed exclusively of atoms, then it follows that atoms must #
  • excercise choice too. The difference between these two point of views is philosophic not scientific. The question of whether an electron #
  • does a certain thing because it has to or because it wants to is completely irrelevant to the data of what the electron does. #
  • When inorganic patterns of reality create life the Metaphysics of Quality postulates that they've done so because it's 'better'. #
  • – this 'betterness' … response to Dynamic Quality – is an elementary unit of ethics upon which all right and wrong can be based." #
  • had a short and welcome visit on the Yoga mat this morning… small steps #
  • today I can see the tiredness that consumed me yesterday #
  • Evernote is now available for iPad, still nothing for Linux!!! go KeepNote http://bit.ly/9f5XWn #
  • "What the evolutionary structure of the Metaphysics of QUality is that there is not just one moral system. There are many. #
  • … 'laws of nature' by which inorganic patterns triumph over chaos; #
  • … 'law of the jungle' where biology triumphs over the inorganic forces of starvation and death; #
  • there's a morality where social patterns triumph over biology, 'the law'; #
  • and there is intellectual morality, which is still struggling in its attempts to cotrol society. #
  • Each of these sets of moral codes is no more related to the other than novels are to flip-flops. #
  • What is today conventionally called 'morality' covers only … the social-biological code. In a subject-object metaphysics this single #
  • social-biological code is considered to be a minor 'subjective' physically nonexistent part of the universe. #
  • But in the Metaphysics of Quality all these sets of moral, plus another Dynamic Morality, are not only real, they are the whole thing. #
  • 'It's more moral for a doctor to kill a germ than to allow the germ to kill his patient'… the patient has moral precedence because he's at #
  • …This is not just an arbitrary social convention… It's true for all people and at all times…a moral pattern of reality as real as H2O. #
  • We're at last dealing with morals on the basis of reason… analyze moral arguments with greater precision than before. #
  • ..vegetarianism..it's scientifically immoral for everyone because animals are at a higher level of evolution, that is, more Dynamic, than #
  • are grains and fruits and vegetables… this moral principle only holds where there is an abundance of grains and fruit and vegetables. #
  • It would be immoral 4 Hindus not to eat their cows in a time of famine,since they would be killing human beings infavor of a lower organism. #
  • Is it scientically moral for a society to kill a human being? #
  • An evolutionary morality would at first seem to say yes, a society has a right to murder people to prevent its own destruction. #
  • When the United States drafted troops for the Civil War everyone knew that innocent people would be murdered… an evolutionary morality #
  • argues that the North was right in pursuing that war because a nation is a higher form of evolution than a human body, #
  • and the principle of human equality is an even higher form than a nation. #
  • When a society is not itself threatened, as in the execution of individual criminals, the issue becomes more complex… #
  • an evolutionary morality would argue that there is no moral justification for killing him. He is not even a defective unit of society. #
  • Whenever you kill a human being you are killing a source of thought… ideas take moral precedence over a society. They are at a higher #
  • level of evolution than social patterns of value. Just as it is more moral for a doctor to kill a germ than a patient, so #
  • it is more moral for an idea to kill a society than it is for a society to kill an idea. #
  • … The strongest moral argument against capital punishment is that it weakens a society's Dynamic capability… for change and evolution. #
  • It's not the 'nice' guys who bring abour real social change… [they] look nice because they're conforming. #
  • It's the 'bad' guys, who only look nice 100 years later, that are the real Dynamic force in social evolution. #
  • … static pattens that hold one level of organization together are often the same patterns that another level of organization must fight #
  • to maintain it's own existence. Morality is not a simple set of rules… it's a very complex struggle of conflicting patterns of values. #
  • 'Vice' … is a conflict between biological quality and social quality… sex & booze & drugs & tobacco have a high biological quality… #
  • they feel good, but are harmful for social reasons. #
  • They take all your money. They break up your family. They threaten the stability of the community. #
  • … this whole century's been about … struggle between intellectual and social patterns. That's the theme sonf of the 20th century. #
  • Is society going to dominate intellect or is intellect going to dominate soceity? #
  • …Intellect is not an extension of society any more than society is an extension of biology. #
  • Intellect is going it's own way, and in doing so is at war with society, seeking to subjugate society, to put society under lock and key. #
  • An evolutionary morality says it is moral for intellect to do so, but it also contains a warning: #
  • … an intellectual pattern that weakens and destroys the health of it's social base also endanger it's own stability. #
  • there is creature outside beeping like a UPS in a power out, and a notification on the computer that sounds like a bird #
  • speak your mind and mind your speak #
  • my father taught me commitment, my mother compromise, my older sister forgiveness and my younger sister compassion #
  • @raymondpirouz this is what came out after 2 viewings, 5 pages of notes and many days of pondering: http://bit.ly/aBoA9T thank you 🙂 in reply to raymondpirouz #

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[Design]ating Purpose

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This post is was inspired by a video and post about Design & Business published by Raymond Pirouz.

Designating Purpose

If you were a God, all seeing, all knowing, able to span endless space, travel through time… really do it all. What would your pass-time be? What could possibly keep you amused? How about creating another god and seeing what it does? Nah… that wouldn’t be too interesting… why would it be any different then you? OK then, how about creating another god and give it something to do – one specific things it needs to accomplish – a purpose? Sure, eventually it would come around and realize it’s being played (after all it is a god!) – but until it realizes that, there’d be a good show to be had? Now that’s entertainment.

Design is an act of creation, an activity that puts people who pursue it on a playing field with gods. Design is ultimately about assigning purpose … and then seeing what happens. “Good” purposes last longer and reach further. Lesser purposes lead into dead-ends… where you simply start over with hopefully a new and better purpose.

Everything we do is potentially an act of design. That potential manifests when a secret ingredient is added : Intent – the act of assigning purpose – performing an act with a conscious choice in heart and mind. Thankfully not eveyrthing we do is (or needs to be) an act of design (imagine chewing like that!?). Somethings come with a clear & demanding intent assigned to them  – hugging a loved one, feeding a baby – those are easy. Many things we do may at first seeem ambiguous intent-wise  –  these are opportunities to make a choice, and in making a choice making a difference.

Designers are people with (1) a nose for finding opportunities to make choices; (2) a passionate drive to make choices; (3) skills required to put their choices to action. Everyone has these tendencies and skills to some degree in some contexts. Designers have them more then others.

Not Knowing

Though much of design work is about observation & research into the current reality… inevitably it is about creating something that does not exist. Everything that is known to a designer serves as a jumping board into what is as yet unknown. Any methodology or process may be useful in preparing for the jump… but in the end you have to jump. You jump into a world where logic and reasoning are replaced by… unknowns.. you are no longer in control… you don’t find things … you find that things have found you. A designer can accommodate not knowing, I would even suggest that a designer is a master at getting there and enjoys being there. It is a peak experience of being in “the zone”.

Organizational systems, especially corporate and business, exist in a playground with set rules – and like most games, people play to win. To play in these playgrounds you have to know the rules. But here’s where it gets interesting – the surest way to win is not to play by the rules, but to kind of cheat – to test their limits and find some loophole which sets you free from them. Design is a strategy for cheating – it’s a kind of trick for escaping from what is known into what is unknown and coming back a little bit wiser.

Design & Business

I don’t necessarily agree with the suggestion that “Design and business have traditionally made uneasy bedfellows, with practitioners of each eyeing each other suspiciously”. I think that a hundred+ years ago , when some metal-worker was forging a plough for his farmer neighbour, that design and business went hand in hand – it was kind of obvious that if a metal-worker wanted to have food on the table, he needed his farmer friends to be able to do their work effectively – so he designed and crafted good, enduring, smooth working ploughs.

I do agree that design and business nowadays make uneasy bedfellows. Design (assigning purpose) is rooted in a value system you can’t deny and cheat – a system that can only strive for better and better. Many (most?) businesses seem to have evolved to a point where “good enough” is better. So naturally when design meets these business there is friction. In such cases it is unclear to businesses what design is (or even if it’s really necessary) and designers are not clear about what they can do (beyond moving the mouse around in Photoshop). These are the businesses that can hire ludicrously expensive design firms and sit them down with a CEO that asks if they can avoid using yellow – because he really doesn’t like yellow!

There are of course meetings of design and business that bloom beautifully – leading to great designs and great business – so much so that they seem one and the same.

One of my background notes for this posts says that “design is killing business”. I believe that in some way, design, the fundamental kind Raymond Pirouz talks about, is like a force of nature sifting and rummaging through the business world. It is attracted like a magnet to those instances of business that can accommodate what is has to offer and carryies them into the future  with literally a renewed sense of purpose. In it’s wake are businesses who are incapable of change – and will eventually be phased out of existence. Passionate designers are demanding agents for change at the corporate table – their presence there is a remarkable achievement regardless of what actually takes place during their stay.

Design Thinking

… is a futile attack on the nature of design. It signifies a friction between value systems. Design & designers should not make a mistake of assigning this phrase any unwarranted importance or consequence. Thinking is, thankfully, a common enough quality in most disciplines of our modern lives. Design is unique because it has the potential and mandate to go beyond thinking. Design & designers should be grateful and humbled in light of the magical force that shines from them and through them to others – a spreading inspiration.

I, for one, am thankful for joyful places where thought and words cannot go.

Design and business have traditionally made uneasy bedfellows, with practitioners of each eyeing each other suspiciously.
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No One Has the Right to Live Without Being Shocked

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Glimpses 09 – April 2010

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If you speak hebrew I invite you to listen to this 18 minute interview with Shahar. If you don’t, I invite you to listen to it anyway and just let the vibrations move through you. This interview took place shortly after our previous performance.

Click to play the interview with Shahar

We decided to try something new in the performance. We avoided the somewhat obvious use of live-stills. We decided that I would spend the first part of the performance collecting images and then taking the time to edit the images and constructing them into a SweetClarity-like presentation – all created live. A first attempt. As I was shooting I felt distant from the space. As I was editing I felt torn from the space, I wanted to watch it instead of the screen. I wasn’t happy with the images on the screen. I felt pressure. I surrendered to it and threw out all the images I instinctively did not want to show. I was left with a short collection – and that was what went back into the performance space. As I write these first words in this post I still have not spent time with the images (which I intend to do before it is published). It was an experiment that I do not wish to repeat again (at least not in a performance space).

The performance was a first of three visits we made to the center area of Israel from the distant north where we live. This is way more then the usual visit once in two or three months. I expected it to be a taxing month and it was. The combination of being away from home, traveling, spending time at my parents home and in a city landscape, irregular food, inconsistent (almost lack) of practice … all left me quiet and edgy. I feel a friction between myself and my own skin, from the inside… like an itch that can’t be scratched. I spend my days trying to let time pass in peace… letting my energy reconsolidate itself and looking forward to looking forward to getting on the practice mat again.

The backdrop for all this is a life defined mostly by unknowns. The unknows feel more menacing when my skin is itching from the inside. The unknowns are more angering when the itching is stronger. It is also spring, a time of change, windy. My breath is constricted, I barely play the Shakuhachi.

In this setting comes another invitation from Shahar to partake in the next performance. I don’t know. It is what I want most to do and what I fear most of doing. It will fill me with a sense of purpose and expectation from the second I say yes through to the end of the performance itself. But the present is weighing down on me, immobilizing me. I don’t feel well … I am not scared. I know this will pass, I know I will find my way through it, I know my practice will find me once again, I know… All that does not change the present moment – a heavy, agitated, sticky, annoying, itchy, sad moment. My practices have all trained me to be in the present – and so I am. Not waiting for it to pass or fade or change. In it, it in me.

I don’t know what a future time holds in store for me – neither in life nor on stage. I don’t know. This present moment is just about all I can take – it consumes me. The other day, Andreea spoke to me about moving to Romania, later that day my energy sank and eventually crashed leaving me with a headache for the remainder of the day. The present has me and there is very little space for anything else.

I wrote most of this post yesterday. Today I intended to visit the images. I just turned on the computer with the image processing tools on it, and now I know without a doubt I do not yet want to bring the images from the previous performance into my consciousness. They carry with them a mass from the past and a hint of a future. This post will remain written and spoken and unseen.

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-04-04

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  • yuck #
  • the rush for the iPad demonstrates that the hypocrisy of American consumerism is as much in it's consumers as it is in it's corporations #

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-03-28

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  • מישהו מנגן או מכיר מישהו שמנגן באקורדיון? אני מחפש עצה. ברכישת אקורדיון משומש. תודה מראש 🙂 #
  • “Truth is indestructible. It seems history shows (and it’s the same way today) that the innovator is more often than not met with some #
  • degree of condemnation; usually according to the degree of departure from the prevailing modes of expression or what have you. #
  • Change is always hard to accept…. Quite often they are the rejects, outcasts, sub-citizens, etc. of the very societies to which they bring #
  • so mush sustenance…Whatever the case, whether accepted or rejected, rich or poor, they are forever guided by that great and eternal constant #
  • – the creative urge. Let us cherish it and give all praise to God.” John Coltrane #
  • get Ubuntu compatible, competitive hardware from System76 – checkout the added value: http://bit.ly/940yLs #
  • is WordPress evolving into an operating system – a potential home for personal online presence? http://bit.ly/aXeC5D #
  • wonderful WordPress plugin for translations, a gr8 opportunity for non-develpers to contribute to the community: http://bit.ly/c6ElIk #
  • @photomatt it would be great to have Gravatar as an OpenID provider too… #
  • if you take away rewards for success & punishment for failure… you are left with intention #
  • @raymondpirouz WordPress & open source are not exactly "about people" – rather about a a small&closed circle of people http://bit.ly/3tHBEq in reply to raymondpirouz #
  • "Rock-bottom became a solid foundation" http://on.ted.com/8DdN an awesome talk by the author Harry Potter books via @JudithYoga #
  • @raymondpirouz why do u believe that open-source is primarily JUST another business model? http://bit.ly/aB75g6 http://bit.ly/9RPZMT in reply to raymondpirouz #
  • @raymondpirouz I believe murkiness in "open source" is rooted in naivete, in business it is rooted in misperception & deception in reply to raymondpirouz #
  • @raymondpirouz open-source has a leg-up on business – it needs to mature and grow into design awareness while in reply to raymondpirouz #
  • @raymondpirouz business has a-lot of growing-out (of old-die-hard habits) to do before it can approach and appreciate design in reply to raymondpirouz #
  • @raymondpirouz I feel that if design were 2find a way into open-source software, they could do wonderful things 2gether http://bit.ly/3nivEJ #
  • @janeforshort the WordPress UI group is (4now) mostly about usability tinkering, design is (can be) so much more! cc: @raymondpirouz in reply to janeforshort #
  • 4th article on Doshas – how to manipulate a fire http://bit.ly/9qsRa2 #yoga #ayurveda #

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Doshas – Manipulating Fire

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From the many parts that make up an engine, the carburetor ,where air and fuel are mixed together to create a volatile mixture, is most instructive to understanding how a fire can be manipulated. Anyone who has driven a car knows that the engine is controlled using the gas pedal. I am guessing that few people realize that the gas pedal does not control the flow of fuel – rather it controls the flow of air. A more proper name for it would be the air pedal.

The air pedal controls an opening through which air flows into the carburetor. Pressing down on the air pedal closes this opening – which affects air flow in two ways:

  • The first, and obvious result, is that less air gets into the mixture. This creates a rich mixture that has more fuel in it – which will burn stronger & faster.
  • The second, less obvious result, is that the air gets sucked in faster (the chamber into which it flows is a vacuum that wants to get filled). The speed of air flow causes more fuel to get sucked in to the chamber. This creates an even richer mixture.

In a similar fashion, air (Vatta) is the primary control mechanism of the fire inside the body – it is regulated through breath. Breathing is a unique action in the body – it is both autonomous and controlled. Breathing takes place all the time, including when we are not conscious of it (for example when we sleep). Yet if we choose to become conscious of it, we can, at almost any time, control our breath – the next time you inhale, stop for a few seconds and hold your breath – you have just manipulated your breathing.

The breath has four parts that can be consciously arranged into breathing patterns – formulas. Breathing formulas have an immediate & accumulative effect on the fire that burns within. Their effects may vary from one person to another – we all have unique engines, and each engine responds differently to changes in the flow of air. Breathing formulas can be used in asana practices (assuming that conscious breath & movement is a part of the practice) and they are a cornerstone of Pranayama practices.

Fuel (water) represents what we take it. An obvious aspect of fuel is nutrition – the food we eat provides it’s with physical qualities and resources for keeping the fire burning. A less obvious aspect is lifestyle: how you eat is as important as what you eat; how you digest is affected by how you feel; how you feel is affected by pretty much everything you encounter in life. You can change much in both the gross (food) and subtle (lifestyle) aspects of your life – and through them the fire that burns within.

A combination of on-the-mat practices (such as Asana & Pranayama) and off-the-mat practices (nutrition, lifestyle, relationships, etc.) come together to affect the inner workings of the physical body. Everything we take in is an inevitable mix of desired qualities and impurities.The dance of the three doshas offers us a perspective to the inner working of the body. Yoga & Ayurveda offer us tools for purging impurities (purification by fire) so that our true nature and potential can shine through.

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Failure is a Stripping Away of the Inessential

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J.K. Rowling Speaks at Harvard Commencement from Harvard Magazine on Vimeo.

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WordPress Localization

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One of the (many) great things about WordPress is that it comes in many languages. WordPress itself and some plugins & themes use a standard method in programming to make this possible. All the terms you see in the WordPress user interface (boh in the Admin and the blog itself) are connected to a central repository – a kind of dictionary , to which additional languages can be added without any change to the code itself.

The actual words used in each language are stored in dedicated files (with a suffix of ‘.mo’ and ‘.po’). To add a new language all you have to do is create a new set of language files. There are applications for editing these language files, which then need to be placed in the WordPress installation (or in the plugin or them installation). It is a fairly simple process (compared to the efforts required in the past for translating a software), but it can be fairly tricky for people who are not technically oriented (though they may be great translators).

I just discovered a wonderful plugin that comes to the rescue and makes translation amazingly simple – meet Codestyling Localization. It gives you access to all of your translation files directly from within WordPress Administration. It’s very easy to use and there are easy to use instruction by the author.

You can use this plugin to quickly and easily make changes to existing translations and to create entire new translations into lanuages which may not be available when you need them. If you do create new translations, you may also want to take the time to submit them to the original authors to be included in future versions, so that others may benefit from your translation work. It’s a great way to give back to the WordPress community – and thanks to this plugin it’s really easy to do.

IMPORTANT: Any changes you make are applied only to your WordPress installation. When you instal new versions – you may lose your changes. Make backup copies of your translation files in case you need to restore them in the future.

NOTE: This only works with Plugins & Themes which are developed using the WordPress language standard.

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