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Friday, December 19, 2014

CYMATICS: Science Vs. Music - Nigel Stanford

Cymatics (salt/black glitter on chladni plate, speaker dish, oobleck, ferrofluid, fire organ: ruben's tube, van de graaff, and finale: tesla coil) +  Music + BEAUTIFULLY SHOT! CRAZY FUN! Watch in HD.

Monday, September 01, 2014

The Elephant in the Room

Emotionally Charged and Unforgettable... A Magnificent Documentary Film on the Provocative Topic of Exotic Pets. 

Praised by critics as one of the best films of the year, director Michael Webber takes viewers deep inside the controversial subculture of raising the most dangerous animals in the world as common household pets.

Set against the backdrop of a heated national debate, director Michael Webber chronicles the extraordinary journey of two men at the heart of the issue – Tim Harrison, a police officer whose friend was killed by an exotic pet; and Terry Brumfield, a big-hearted man who struggles to raise two pet African lions.

"An exceptionally compassionate, fair-minded film. This topic could easily have been sensationalized as reality TV, but Webber takes the high road, honoring the sanctity of all life while focusing his film on an intimately human scale." - Seattle Times

Please Watch:

Thursday, July 17, 2014

"Everywhere transience is plunging into the depths of Being… It is our task to imprint this temporary, perishable earth into ourselves so deeply, so painfully and passionately, that its essence can rise again, “invisibly,” inside us. We are the bees of the invisible. We wildly collect the honey of the visible, to store it in the great golden hive of the invisible."

—Rainer Maria Rilke

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Enjoying Mu

Enjoying Mu by Kurt Spellmeyer

The bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara-the one known in Chinese as Kwan Yin-describes Mu this way in the Heart Sutra, probably the most important sutra in Zen:

In emptiness there is no form, no feelings, perceptions, impulses, consciousness. No eyes, no ears, no nose, no tongue, no body, no mind; no realm of eyes and so forth until no realm of mind cosciousness. No ignorance and also no extinction of it, and so forth until no old age and death and also no extinction of them. No suffering, no origination, no stopping, no path, no cognition, also no attainment with nothing to attain.

... Even if this emptiness looks a lot like death or like the world coming to an end. It's effect on our lives is astonishing. It can free you from every fear. There's no memory, habit, or buried trauma-no obstacle of any kind-that it can't dissolve like water wearing down a stone.

... The nature of things doesn't change at all. What has changed is our perception of them. We discover that everything is Mu, and that Mu is everything."Form is emptiness," and "Emptiness is form." And when we see our obstacles for what they are-fundamentally nothingness-their hold over us gradually erodes

The Book of Mu (P.278-9)

Friday, January 17, 2014


"Any landscape is a condition of the spirit." - Henri Frederic Amiel

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Pico Iyer

“I do think it’s only by stopping movement that you can see where to go. And it’s only by stepping out of your life and the world that you can see what you most deeply care about… and find a home.”

Friday, October 18, 2013

Dacher Keltner: Darwin, Vagus, Oxytocin & Kindness

Oxytocin : Group Superiority & Cooperation

By Jeremy Adam Smith, October 17, 2013, Greater Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life, UC Berkeley

"It’s been called the cuddle hormone, the holiday hormone, the moral molecule, and more—but new research suggests that oxytocin needs some new nicknames. Like maybe the conformity hormone, or perhaps the America-Number-One! molecule..."

Pregenual cingulate cortex: Opiods & Rejection

“Individuals who scored high for the resiliency trait on a personality questionnaire tended to be capable of more opioid release during social rejection, especially in the amygdala,” a region of the brain involved in emotional processing, Hsu says. “This suggests that opioid release in this structure during social rejection may be protective or adaptive.”

The more opioid release during social rejection in another brain area called the pregenual cingulate cortex, the less the participants reported being put in a bad mood by the news that they’d been snubbed.

The researchers also examined what happens when the participants were told that someone they’d expressed interest in had expressed interest in them – social acceptance. In this case, some brain regions also had more opioid release. “The opioid system is known to play a role in both reducing pain and promoting pleasure, and our study shows that it also does this in the social environment,” says Hsu...

“It is possible that those with depression or social anxiety are less capable of releasing opioids during times of social distress, and therefore do not recover as quickly or fully from a negative social experience. Similarly, these individuals may also have less opioid release during positive social interactions, and therefore may not gain as much from social support,” Hsu theorizes."

The rest of the article at U of MI Health:  
Molecular Psychology Journal:

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Sacred Science Docu Film

FREE Online Screening of this film THIS WEEK until the 17th! 

Eight people. Eight illnesses. One journey into the heart of the Amazon jungle. They went looking for alternatives to the modern medicines that failed them. What they found would change their lives forever.


Parkinson's Disease, Breast Cancer, Diabetes, Depression... Despite remarkable advances in modern medicine, our society still struggles to effectively treat these and other common illnesses.

Witness the story of eight brave souls as they leave the developed world behind in search of deeper answers. Living in seclusion for one month in the heart of the Amazon jungle, these men and women take part in the powerful healing practices of Peru's indigenous medicine men, working with centuries-old plant remedies and spiritual disciplines. In their most desperate hour, these patients are forced to confront not only their physical ailments, but their own spiritual and psychological barriers in the process. Five will return with real results, two will return disappointed, and one won't come back at all.


Mill Valley Film Festival Environmental Film Festival Starz Denver Film Festival Tel Aviv Spirit Film Festival Byron Bay Film Festival Sydney Latin American Film Festival Connecticut Film Festival Dominican Republic Migrant Worker Film Festival

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Banksy "Sirens of the Lambs"

"Sirens of the Lambs," the latest installation in his city-wide series of works, “Better Out Than In,” features a barnyard-worth of plush toys poking their squishy heads through the slats of a slaughterhouse delivery truck for Farm Fresh Meats. Their heads sway, mouths agape, anthropomorphized faces seemingly aware of their fate—and they squeal and squeak, loudly, all the while. 

 “I know what you’re thinking: isn’t it a bit subtle?” the satirical audio tour featured on Banksy’s website says of piece. “Here, the artist Banksy is making some sort of comment on the causal cruelty of the food industry. Or perhaps something vague and pretentions about the loss of childhood innocence.” 

- Willy Blackmore (Banky's Not So Silent Lambs Hit the Streets of NYC, TakePart, Oct 11, 2013)

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Storytelling to the Right People

"You share with people who earned the right to hear your story. You have to think long and hard about who has earned the right to hear this story, and with whom am I in a relationship with that can bear the weight of the story." Brene Brown. 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

A Place at the Table

Towards the end of my stay in the States 2000, I was living on rationed multipack double-stuffed Oreos from CVS for a week, then dozens of donuts from Dunkin Donuts for another. In Switzerland 2004, it was cheap multipack chocolate bars for a better part of a year. In Korea 2009, several weeks worth of multipack ramen. All under $5.

I recommend this documentary film for those interested in food, the food industry, food insecurity. This happens not just in the States, but everywhere junk food is advertised widely and prevalent on every corner throughout major cities and around the world where food insecurity exists.

"If you look at what has happened to the relative price of fresh fruits and vegetables it has gone up 40% when the obesity epidemic began... In contrast the relative price of processed foods has gone down by 40%. So if you only have a limited amount of money to spend, you're going to spend you're going to spend it on the cheapest calories you can get, and that's going to be processed foods. This has to do with our farm policy and what we subsidize and what we don't." - Marion Nestle, Author of 'Food Politics' from the documentary 'A Place at the Table' (2012)

A PLACE AT THE TABLE (from the makers of Food Inc):

MARION NESTLE: "Today's 'Eat More' Environment"