Archive for July 2007


el caballo


I bought a horse on Etsy. I look at him and see peace and beauty. “Kings Ransom Spanish Horse Andalusian” is an oil painting from KF Collection’s shop.

Posted at 4pm on 7/20/07 | 6 comments | Filed Under: art & artists, etsy | read on


swan medicine


Swans, swans, everywhere, swans. Paper swans. Swans with trees growing out of their backs. Songs about swans. There’s been a lot of swan energy swirling around. I’m always fascinated when seemingly out of nowhere a particular animal, bird, reptile, insect, plant etc. commands my attention. It’s like receiving secret messages from the universe. Like the Native Americans, I really do believe that plant and animal energy possess intelligence and can help us call forth what’s needed in our lives. In the past, I’ve been communicated to by wolves, ladybugs, sunflowers, eagles, butterflies, redwoods, even a mongoose that came to me in a dream – I wasn’t even sure it was a mongoose until I looked it up online. (Mongoose eats the snake!) According to a random selection of animal totem websites, the universal theme symbolized by swans is the state of Grace. Most mention transformation and completion as well. Yes, please! I gratefully accept some swan medicine.


*Photo by Tim Walker. (Love Made Visible brought Tim to my attention. More of his whimsical photos here and here.) Mysterious Swan print by NuitBlanche.

Posted at 4pm on 7/20/07 | no comments; | Filed Under: art & artists, etsy, random | read on



My friend Barbara just sent me this powerful quote from Frank Herbert’s classic, Dune:

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear… And when it is gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear is gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”

Posted at 10pm on 7/19/07 | no comments; | Filed Under: books & writing | read on




Siobhan Donaghy (formerly of the Sugababes) talks about her new album:
“One of the biggest influences musically for this record was a band called The Cocteau Twins and their lead singer was a woman called Elizabeth Fraser. She’s one of my favorite singers. Her voice was one of the biggest inspirations for this record. It is instantly emotive and she picks such unusual melodies.” (via Arjanwrites)

Her video for “Don’t Give It Up” does nothing for me, so many outfits and hair styles I’m dizzy, but if you close your eyes and listen, this might please Liz Fraser, Kate Bush, and/or jacked-up Enya fans. Listen to more songs here. (“Ghosts” is very Liz Fraser!)

Posted at 3pm on 7/19/07 | no comments; | Filed Under: female voices, music | read on




Love this typeset on the sign for the Samovar Tea Lounge where I truly did have the “ultimate tea experience” – their iced Lychee Black tea was delicious and naturally sweet, served in it’s own little individualized glass pitcher. Highly recommend if you’re looking for some tea and atmosphere before a movie at the Metreon. I’d love to go back at night for the sky-high view of the SF skyline.


And it wins points for the gong.


Posted at 2pm on 7/19/07 | no comments; | Filed Under: random | read on



My friend Andi just sent me the below:

“2 weeks ago I went to the island of Vieques. Until 2003 the navy occupied the island and bombed the heck out of it. They also carried out sonar studies that killed thousands of whales and dolphins. a horror story. they would wash up on shore with bleeding brains and auditory centers. Anyways with protesting for years on end, the navy finally left. the whale populations are very slowly on the rise and the island is pristine, beautiful, virtually unpopulated and had some of the best beaches i have ever seen!!!! Luckily the govt. pulled out.”

More justification to send a quick email opposing LFA sonar, and to forward that link to everybody you know.


Posted at 11pm on 7/18/07 | no comments; | Filed Under: do something! | read on


Help them. Only 6 days left.


“LFA sonar can deafen, maim and kill whales. But scientists are even more alarmed at its potential impacts on whale migration, feeding, mating and communication — in other words, the biological keys to the survival of whale species. “

ONCE AGAIN….the US Navy wants to deploy a Low-Frequency Active (LFA) sonar system, this time across 70 percent of the world’s oceans.

The Bush Administration has given the public ONLY 15 days to register opposition and there are only six days left.

Every other time the Navy has tried to do this, the public has completely shut them down. Obviously, this time around, they’re trying to shove it through quickly during the busiest vacation month of the year.

There is some confusing info about this sonar rule that tries to make it appear harmless. The sonar rule claims it will “seek” to protect animals from sound levels above 180 decibels. However, whales and orcas have super-sensitive hearing, and 140 decibels is equivalent to a jet engine 100 feet away. Also, the decibel scale is logarithmic, so it’s not precise.

Please, please CLICK HERE and send a quick citizen comment to P. Michael Payne, Chief of Permits, NMFS. It’ll take you less than 20 seconds.

And, please forward to anyone you know who might care!

*photo from Ashes and Snow

Posted at 2pm on 7/18/07 | 2 comments | Filed Under: do something! | read on




Funny, this: Awhile back I quoted somebody saying that Leila Moss of The Duke Spirit channels Ian Astbury of The Cult. Yesterday, I read that Unkle, who’s new album is out soon, not only gets Ian Astbury to guest, but none other than Leila Moss. Do you think they made the connection too?? Listen to both fronting their respective Unkle tracks here. Leila on “MayDay” and Ian on “Burn My Shadow.” Both are Brits who do the Americana thing perfectly, and both have an eagle feather predilection. (MayDay could be a Cult song with that driving pow-wow beat.) Let us now appreciate some vintage cult, because Ian is a beautiful thing to watch…

*Leila Moss photo by Kenneth Yau

Posted at 1pm on 7/18/07 | no comments; | Filed Under: female voices, music | read on


{artist} Eleanor Yap

Spectacular use of color. Beautiful, but there’s a menacing aspect to this. Like it’s going to eat me.

Taken from Off The Kerb Gallery:

Eleanor Yap, like many others, is fascinated, even obsessed by the idea of planet earth no longer being inhabited by the Human Race. We, the highest evolved creatures in this world are constantly concerned with our own future, and fearful of an apocalypse that may or may not be induced by ourselves. This has been an endlessly persistent subject of our thoughts since religion instilled this fear in our cultural psyche thousands of years ago. Yap’s works are images that toy with this human obsession in a post-apocalyptic world. Alternatively they are not mere images of the post nuclear depictions of derelict desserts or even scenes of revelation of Religious eschatology, on the contrary Yap depicts a beautiful, lush, thriving world, free from human concern. Her images of plants and animals rule the landscape and overwhelmingly take over the plane of her canvases, to celebrate the possibilities of life on this planet after possible human extinction.

Posted at 10pm on 7/17/07 | no comments; | Filed Under: art & artists, the shift (of ages) | read on


bang a gong

A friend and I were recently discussing the virtues of the gong. Specifically, how of all the metal percussion instruments, the cow bell gets the glory, and the gong is largely ignored. I’m calling for more gong. Off the top of my head, I can only recall two songs that use a gong: Morrissey’s I Will See You In Far Off Places, and Lita & Ozzy’s Close Your Eyes Forever, with what qualifies as an actual gong solo. Raises the hair on my arms.

Posted at 8pm on 7/17/07 | no comments; | Filed Under: music | read on

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