Sunday
5:41pm
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Sweet country out in Western North Carolina….
photo: Baer Tierkel

Sweet country out in Western North Carolina….

Saturday
6:58pm
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Even the shipping container graffiti has style in Asheville…
photo: Baer Tierkel

Even the shipping container graffiti has style in Asheville…

Thursday
11:14pm
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Before the floor fills up, Asheville gals dancing to country bluesman Cedric Burnside (R.L.’s grandson) at Root Bar #1.
photo: Baer Tierkel

Before the floor fills up, Asheville gals dancing to country bluesman Cedric Burnside (R.L.’s grandson) at Root Bar #1.

Thursday
8:03am
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Mix of 100 bands from this year’s SxSW….

(Source: Spotify)

Friday
12:03pm
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Caracas is getting crazy.  This is a video of National Guardsmen shooting tear gas canisters into residential apartments.

Amazing that the US media is not covering this story. Here is some coverage of the last day from the local blog CaracasChronicles:
http://caracaschronicles.com/2014/02/20/the-game-changed/

Throughout last night, panicked people told their stories of state-sponsored paramilitaries onmotorcycles roaming middle class neighborhoods, shooting at people and  storming into apartment buildings, shooting at anyone who seemed like he might be protesting.

People continue to be arrested merely for protesting, and a long established local Human Rights NGO makes an urgent plea for an investigation into widespread reports of torture of detainees. There are now dozens of serious human right abuses: National Guardsmenshooting tear gas canisters directly into residential buildings. We have videos of soldiers shooting civilians on the street.”

Thursday
10:38am
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The first interview with Edward Snowden.  It’s important for everyone to watch this.  

I find it troubling that this is the first interview with Edward Snowden, and the video was posted several times to YouTube and removed.  It was posted to Vimeo, which then came under DDoS attack and then Vimeo took it down.  All of the coverage of this interview is from outside the US - it was big news in The Guardian in the UK and German media.  None of the US media outlets are covering it.  That’s crazy troubling.  It’s an important interview.  I’ve embedded the version from LiveLeak.com, I wonder how long it will stay up there.

Snowden: “The breaking point for me was seeing the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, directly lie under oath to Congress – there is no saving an intelligence community that believes that it can lie to the public and to legislators who need to be able to trust it and regulate its actions. Seeing that really meant for me there was no going back.

I believe Edward Snowden is a whistleblower of government officials breaking the law, and is a hero for blowing that whistle.  He should be allowed back into the U.S. without punishment for whistleblowing.  If we don’t protect whistleblower of government officials breaking the law, then we are one step away from there being no checks and balances in our government.  Government officials cannot be allowed to put programs together and then lie to Congress, who are responsible for oversight.  

Tuesday
3:17pm
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Norman Rockwell’s depiction of Town Meeting
Next Tuesday at 5pm is the deadline to submit your nomination paper, requiring only your signature, to run for Amherst’s 350 year-old Town Meeting.  What are you waiting for?  Jump in, the water’s fine!  The commitment is about 7-9 evenings/year.  Town Meeting makes all of our local laws and regulations, as well as the town and schools’ budgets.  It’s a great way to give back to the community, help ensure our town makes rational decision, and be in the know about what’s going on in our small town.  Bonus: You get to hang out, legislate, and drink beers (well, afterwards) with your neighbors.  We need rational folks to serve, otherwise… well… irrational folks will be in charge - making all our local laws and regulations and budgets!
It only takes your signature on the form down at the Clerk’s office in Town Hall.  And you too can go down in history with folks like Noah Webster (of the Dictionary), Mevil Dewey (of the Dewey Decimal system), Edward Dickinson (Emily’s father), Ebenezer Mattoon, Horace Kellogg, and hundreds of others as a member of Amherst Town Meeting.  What are you waiting for?  Jump in!  Honestly, the water’s fine!  Seriously.  Really.  No, really!!!!
photo: Baer Tierkel

Norman Rockwell’s depiction of Town Meeting

Next Tuesday at 5pm is the deadline to submit your nomination paper, requiring only your signature, to run for Amherst’s 350 year-old Town Meeting.  What are you waiting for?  Jump in, the water’s fine!  The commitment is about 7-9 evenings/year.  Town Meeting makes all of our local laws and regulations, as well as the town and schools’ budgets.  It’s a great way to give back to the community, help ensure our town makes rational decision, and be in the know about what’s going on in our small town.  Bonus: You get to hang out, legislate, and drink beers (well, afterwards) with your neighbors.  We need rational folks to serve, otherwise… well… irrational folks will be in charge - making all our local laws and regulations and budgets!

It only takes your signature on the form down at the Clerk’s office in Town Hall.  And you too can go down in history with folks like Noah Webster (of the Dictionary), Mevil Dewey (of the Dewey Decimal system), Edward Dickinson (Emily’s father), Ebenezer Mattoon, Horace Kellogg, and hundreds of others as a member of Amherst Town Meeting.  What are you waiting for?  Jump in!  Honestly, the water’s fine!  Seriously.  Really.  No, really!!!!

Thursday
3:33pm
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It looks like Maverick’s is on!  Friday at 8am (PST).  It’s sure nice to dream of Cali surf, as we wake up to -20F wind chill here in the hills.

"Big-wave surfers have waiting four years for the type of ocean swell that defines Maverick’s: big, dangerous, and photogenic.  That swell appears to be imminent, and there were strong indications Tuesday night that the Half Moon Bay contest will be held Friday.

Meterologist Mark Sponsler, the event’s official surf forecaster, said “the strongest storm of the season” is heading toward the West Coast.  It developed on the dateline Monday and quickly exploded, generating 60-knot winds and seas in excess of 50 feet, aimed well at California, and particularly at Maverick’s.”

The photos above is taken from the last massive Maverick’s swell in 2010.

Maverick’s Invitational Surf Tournament

Monday
10:18am
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Amherst. Birthplace of the Dewey Decimal System. Amherst resident Melvil Dewey was quite the obsessive with order. In addition to his library classification system, he also invented the hanging folder, and was a fierce proponent of “Spelling Reform” - changing his name from Melville to Melvil, eliminating those pesky letters “which have no use” (have→hav, though→tho, guard→gard, butter→butr), and went on to found the American Spelling Reform Association. He was most likely influenced by another Amherst-based spelling reformer, Noah Webster. Amherst, where only the “h” is silent.
photo: Baer Tierkel

Amherst. Birthplace of the Dewey Decimal System. Amherst resident Melvil Dewey was quite the obsessive with order. In addition to his library classification system, he also invented the hanging folder, and was a fierce proponent of “Spelling Reform” - changing his name from Melville to Melvil, eliminating those pesky letters “which have no use” (have→hav, though→tho, guard→gard, butter→butr), and went on to found the American Spelling Reform Association. He was most likely influenced by another Amherst-based spelling reformer, Noah Webster. Amherst, where only the “h” is silent.

Friday
10:51am
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Dzogchen Buddhist Monastery.
I’m just back from a silent 9-day retreat at a Dzogchen Buddhist Monastery up on the Hudson River.  I’ve been studying Buddhism and Taoism for the past year, in addition to developing a daily meditation practice as part of an effort to hack the way my brain works to produce a more equanimous and peaceful state of constant being.  Enjoying every moment of existence.
I rose at 4:50am each day, and walked the halls gently ringing the wake-up bell.  Then on to 5:30am meditation, a silent breakfast, more meditation, a nice walk along the Hudson with the Bald Eagles, and continuing on like this through the day until slipping into bed at 9:30pm.  
The silence was wonderful.  It is amazing how much more you can be aware of your environment when you shut up.  How much more you enjoy your meal when you can bring your full attention to the flavors, the textures of your food.  Even the motions of eating.  You’d think that a meal would be done quickly, but just the opposite occurs - you take more time, notice the infinite detail of each bite, of each burst of flavor.  By the end of the week, I found myself taking about 45 minutes to work my way through a meal.
We meditated in the cathedral with its 5 story-high wood-beam ceiling, beginning and ending each 35 minute meditation with Tibetan chanting.  Dzogchen is a Tibetan Buddhist lineage, and chanting is a ritual that goes back 1500 years for the Tibetans.  It was really amazing to hear the chanting in the acoustics of this old, huge, cathedral.  My Tibetan was a bit rusty - as in I’ve never heard Tibetan before - so the phonetic Chanting Book let me dive into it with gusto.  There was a chant with 108 syllables that was chanted 108 times, going faster, and faster, and faster, until exploding into a frenzy, filling the cathedral to overflow with rhythmic sound, only to suddenly halt, everyone lapsing into a meditative state with all of our bones buzzing.
Twice per day there was a Dharma talk, where Lama Surya Das discussed the Dharma, known as The Middle Way, with us, illuminating different aspects of practice.  The core of the Dharma, for me, is realizing that everything in the world is fleeting, everything is unsatisfying in one way or another, and that the concept of “I” doesn’t exist.  Some heady stuff.  Once you realize all of that, you pretty much come to calm acceptance of everything.  You stop being attached the all the good stuff (clinging to that chocolate or bourbon), and your aversion to the bad stuff melts away (like the pain in your back).  In fact you come to an acceptance of everything just as it is.  Everything is just perfect, just as it is.  You still have preferences, and still work to improve the world, but you lose your attachment to all the outcomes.  You live more in the moment, in the process that is life, just this moment.
I’m diggin’ it.
photo: Baer Tierkel

Dzogchen Buddhist Monastery.

I’m just back from a silent 9-day retreat at a Dzogchen Buddhist Monastery up on the Hudson River.  I’ve been studying Buddhism and Taoism for the past year, in addition to developing a daily meditation practice as part of an effort to hack the way my brain works to produce a more equanimous and peaceful state of constant being.  Enjoying every moment of existence.

I rose at 4:50am each day, and walked the halls gently ringing the wake-up bell.  Then on to 5:30am meditation, a silent breakfast, more meditation, a nice walk along the Hudson with the Bald Eagles, and continuing on like this through the day until slipping into bed at 9:30pm.  

The silence was wonderful.  It is amazing how much more you can be aware of your environment when you shut up.  How much more you enjoy your meal when you can bring your full attention to the flavors, the textures of your food.  Even the motions of eating.  You’d think that a meal would be done quickly, but just the opposite occurs - you take more time, notice the infinite detail of each bite, of each burst of flavor.  By the end of the week, I found myself taking about 45 minutes to work my way through a meal.

We meditated in the cathedral with its 5 story-high wood-beam ceiling, beginning and ending each 35 minute meditation with Tibetan chanting.  Dzogchen is a Tibetan Buddhist lineage, and chanting is a ritual that goes back 1500 years for the Tibetans.  It was really amazing to hear the chanting in the acoustics of this old, huge, cathedral.  My Tibetan was a bit rusty - as in I’ve never heard Tibetan before - so the phonetic Chanting Book let me dive into it with gusto.  There was a chant with 108 syllables that was chanted 108 times, going faster, and faster, and faster, until exploding into a frenzy, filling the cathedral to overflow with rhythmic sound, only to suddenly halt, everyone lapsing into a meditative state with all of our bones buzzing.

Twice per day there was a Dharma talk, where Lama Surya Das discussed the Dharma, known as The Middle Way, with us, illuminating different aspects of practice.  The core of the Dharma, for me, is realizing that everything in the world is fleeting, everything is unsatisfying in one way or another, and that the concept of “I” doesn’t exist.  Some heady stuff.  Once you realize all of that, you pretty much come to calm acceptance of everything.  You stop being attached the all the good stuff (clinging to that chocolate or bourbon), and your aversion to the bad stuff melts away (like the pain in your back).  In fact you come to an acceptance of everything just as it is.  Everything is just perfect, just as it is.  You still have preferences, and still work to improve the world, but you lose your attachment to all the outcomes.  You live more in the moment, in the process that is life, just this moment.

I’m diggin’ it.

Wednesday
8:57am
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One of our local cafes just began surveilling all of their customers.  After an initial outcry from customers, one of the owners was interested in why people were put off by being surveilled all the time.  Here is my response.

When you are surveilled, you lose control of who your audience is.  Your image can now be used and misused by people you have never seen or know, without your control.  Under video surveillance, you lose your privacy.
VOYEURISMStudies have found that mostly male employees frequently use their businesses surveillance cameras to voyeuristically spy on women.  In studies, one in ten women were targeted for entirely voyeuristically reasons.  The risk was greatly increased when the videos were available for live streaming to mobile devices like phones and computers.
In a college town like Amherst, where attractive women frequent your cafe, there is great risk of videos of these customers being misused.
As your video feed is streamed to mobile devices, this feed can be easily misused by anyone with access - at a party, when out with friends, anywhere.  What would prevent an employee from showing the feed to anyone they want?
There is nothing to prevent an employee from capturing the feed and posting it to the internet.
The feed can be hacked by non-employees and used for voyeurism personally or posted on the internet.
A TOOL FOR THE AUTHORITIESCertainly this can be a positive tool for the APD to track down a thief of a laptop in the cafe after a crime has been committed.
But, according to studies of the effectiveness of video surveillance, there is no evidence that the presence of CCTV has any impact on local crime rates.
Private surveillance video has been proven as a tool for the federal, state, and local authorities to track target activist groups, targeted groups and minorities.
Your video feed is easily accessible without the leg work required for a warrant like a wire tap.  All that is required is a simple subpoena.  
Video footage has been shown to be greatly misused by police authorities for personal and voyeuristic and criminal misuse.
The authorities use your footage to identify that a customer was associating with a specific person?  Without context.
Any feed that you capture, can now become a free resource for the NSA and other federal authorities to spy (legally or illegally) against your customers.  This is being done today by the NSA using feeds from all over the world.
A TOOL FOR CRIMINALSAs your video surveillance of customers is being streamed using Internet Protocol (IP), it can be hacked without you *ever* knowing.
Many customers enter their computer/internet/website passwords.  Your video stream will be a boon to gathering those passwords being entered on video.  This can now be used and/or sold to criminals by anyone who gains access to your stream.
Voyeurs can hack it and post it to the internet.
NSA can hack it and use it for intelligence gathering.
Criminals can hack it and use it to target victims - when is this customer regularly at this cafe; blackmail; scams; targets of future crime.
Hack the stream and sell it to internet media sites, or other criminals, or television.
POPULAR MEDIAPosting on Youtube, HotorNot, etc.  The internet is full of misappropriated surveillance video.  There was a wonderful video from a Chicago public housing lobby of a suicide.
Filmmakers (usually low quality and risqué) using footage for B-roll.  
There is precious little to prevent you, as the owner of the video and the cafe, from selling your footage to Youtube, “Cops”, “America’s Funniest Home Movies”, or any other internet or television show without ever seeking permission from your customers.  The recordings you make are owned by you,and you may sell them or give them to anyone you like.  There is a popular UK TV show called Caught in the Act, that is all about catching people on private surveillance video.
And certainly, anyone who hacks your stream could do the same without your permission.  And you most likely never know it.
DISCRIMINATIONStudies have shown that black people are between 1.5-2 times more likely to be surveilled than white people.  Young black men, are routinely singled out by authorities when reviewing video for increased scrutiny.  Do you wear baggy pants or shave your head?
Federal authorities are regularly using video surveillance to target ethnic groups.
PRIVACYVideo of a person is without context.  You don’t know what is being said or why a person is doing what they are doing.  Video footage like this can be easily misused and be damaging.  You may be innocently talking to that person next to you, but a blackmailer can build a damaging conspiracy around that apparent conversation, or the authorities can make damaging inferences if that person you spoke to were a criminal.  There is no context.
We are becoming a society riddled with an oppressive sense of constant monitoring and control.
Studies have shown that public video cameras bring a subtle, but profound change to citizens who are being watched.  They are more self-conscious, and less free-wheeling.  You don’t want to call attention to yourself.  People put more thought into how they dress and how they act, lest they look too much like terrorists, gang members, hookers, or druggies.  Studies have shown that people who “seem out of place” are subject to much deeper surveillance.
An armed guard dressed in SWAT gear, as our local Bank of America uses, and constant surveillance cameras creates an environment of distrust and paranoia for 99.99% of your customers who are honest and pose no threat, in order to intimidate the .01% of your customers who might be a problem.
Privacy is a cherished value in our society.  As individuals we should be able to choose who our audience is.  If I am a woman who bends over in front of the Rao’s line, I’m choosing to allow the clerk to see my cleavage.  I’m no choosing to allow anyone with access to the camera feed to watch my cleavage, much less anyone on the internet who it may be sold to, used by, or any hacker or criminal who can gain access, or any government authority who may get access.  I should be able to choose who is my audience in life.
CONCLUSIONI believe the benefit of having your having video to solve crime after the fact, is greatly outweighed by the negative impact on your cafe’s warm and welcoming environment and the potential for misuse of your customers’ privacy.No other cafe in Amherst has seen the need to implement video surveillance inside their cafes.  They have solved their problems without sacrificing their customers’ privacy.  I would encourage you to be creative problem-solvers and not take the easy route, and do the same.Privacy is a cherished value in our society.  Your customers should be able to choose who their audience is.  You are taking away that privacy from them. 
photo: Baer Tierkel
One of our local cafes just began surveilling all of their customers.  After an initial outcry from customers, one of the owners was interested in why people were put off by being surveilled all the time.  Here is my response.
When you are surveilled, you lose control of who your audience is.  Your image can now be used and misused by people you have never seen or know, without your control.  Under video surveillance, you lose your privacy.

VOYEURISM
  • Studies have found that mostly male employees frequently use their businesses surveillance cameras to voyeuristically spy on women.  In studies, one in ten women were targeted for entirely voyeuristically reasons.  The risk was greatly increased when the videos were available for live streaming to mobile devices like phones and computers.
  • In a college town like Amherst, where attractive women frequent your cafe, there is great risk of videos of these customers being misused.
  • As your video feed is streamed to mobile devices, this feed can be easily misused by anyone with access - at a party, when out with friends, anywhere.  What would prevent an employee from showing the feed to anyone they want?
  • There is nothing to prevent an employee from capturing the feed and posting it to the internet.
  • The feed can be hacked by non-employees and used for voyeurism personally or posted on the internet.

A TOOL FOR THE AUTHORITIES
  • Certainly this can be a positive tool for the APD to track down a thief of a laptop in the cafe after a crime has been committed.
  • But, according to studies of the effectiveness of video surveillance, there is no evidence that the presence of CCTV has any impact on local crime rates.
  • Private surveillance video has been proven as a tool for the federal, state, and local authorities to track target activist groups, targeted groups and minorities.
  • Your video feed is easily accessible without the leg work required for a warrant like a wire tap.  All that is required is a simple subpoena.  
  • Video footage has been shown to be greatly misused by police authorities for personal and voyeuristic and criminal misuse.
  • The authorities use your footage to identify that a customer was associating with a specific person?  Without context.
  • Any feed that you capture, can now become a free resource for the NSA and other federal authorities to spy (legally or illegally) against your customers.  This is being done today by the NSA using feeds from all over the world.
A TOOL FOR CRIMINALS
  • As your video surveillance of customers is being streamed using Internet Protocol (IP), it can be hacked without you *ever* knowing.
  • Many customers enter their computer/internet/website passwords.  Your video stream will be a boon to gathering those passwords being entered on video.  This can now be used and/or sold to criminals by anyone who gains access to your stream.
  • Voyeurs can hack it and post it to the internet.
  • NSA can hack it and use it for intelligence gathering.
  • Criminals can hack it and use it to target victims - when is this customer regularly at this cafe; blackmail; scams; targets of future crime.
  • Hack the stream and sell it to internet media sites, or other criminals, or television.
POPULAR MEDIA
  • Posting on Youtube, HotorNot, etc.  The internet is full of misappropriated surveillance video.  There was a wonderful video from a Chicago public housing lobby of a suicide.
  • Filmmakers (usually low quality and risqué) using footage for B-roll.  
  • There is precious little to prevent you, as the owner of the video and the cafe, from selling your footage to Youtube, “Cops”, “America’s Funniest Home Movies”, or any other internet or television show without ever seeking permission from your customers.  The recordings you make are owned by you,and you may sell them or give them to anyone you like.  There is a popular UK TV show called Caught in the Act, that is all about catching people on private surveillance video.
  • And certainly, anyone who hacks your stream could do the same without your permission.  And you most likely never know it.
DISCRIMINATION
  • Studies have shown that black people are between 1.5-2 times more likely to be surveilled than white people.  Young black men, are routinely singled out by authorities when reviewing video for increased scrutiny.  Do you wear baggy pants or shave your head?
  • Federal authorities are regularly using video surveillance to target ethnic groups.
PRIVACY
  • Video of a person is without context.  You don’t know what is being said or why a person is doing what they are doing.  Video footage like this can be easily misused and be damaging.  You may be innocently talking to that person next to you, but a blackmailer can build a damaging conspiracy around that apparent conversation, or the authorities can make damaging inferences if that person you spoke to were a criminal.  There is no context.
  • We are becoming a society riddled with an oppressive sense of constant monitoring and control.
  • Studies have shown that public video cameras bring a subtle, but profound change to citizens who are being watched.  They are more self-conscious, and less free-wheeling.  You don’t want to call attention to yourself.  People put more thought into how they dress and how they act, lest they look too much like terrorists, gang members, hookers, or druggies.  Studies have shown that people who “seem out of place” are subject to much deeper surveillance.
  • An armed guard dressed in SWAT gear, as our local Bank of America uses, and constant surveillance cameras creates an environment of distrust and paranoia for 99.99% of your customers who are honest and pose no threat, in order to intimidate the .01% of your customers who might be a problem.
  • Privacy is a cherished value in our society.  As individuals we should be able to choose who our audience is.  If I am a woman who bends over in front of the Rao’s line, I’m choosing to allow the clerk to see my cleavage.  I’m no choosing to allow anyone with access to the camera feed to watch my cleavage, much less anyone on the internet who it may be sold to, used by, or any hacker or criminal who can gain access, or any government authority who may get access.  I should be able to choose who is my audience in life.

CONCLUSION
I believe the benefit of having your having video to solve crime after the fact, is greatly outweighed by the negative impact on your cafe’s warm and welcoming environment and the potential for misuse of your customers’ privacy.

No other cafe in Amherst has seen the need to implement video surveillance inside their cafes.  They have solved their problems without sacrificing their customers’ privacy.  I would encourage you to be creative problem-solvers and not take the easy route, and do the same.

Privacy is a cherished value in our society.  Your customers should be able to choose who their audience is.  You are taking away that privacy from them. 
Tuesday
12:26pm
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Good friends, good times.
We made the trek north through the wilderness to The Brass Buckle in Greenfield, where chef JD was having one of his invite-only, occasional, chef’s dinners in what is normally the Best Breakfast Joint in the valley.  JD and his partner Anika bring their punk sensibility, that they share in their band Rebel Base, to their restaurant.  JD rocked it last night from the get-go, pairing olive with grapefruit in his Amuse-Bouche.  Not in a thousand years would I have gone down that path, but it was just the first awesome step of a thousand flavors last night.  We ended up closing the joint, as JD walked the walk, with a Miller High Life Forty in hand.  If you get a chance to wrangle an invite to JD and Anika’s next dinner, jump on it!
photo: Baer Tierkel

Good friends, good times.

We made the trek north through the wilderness to The Brass Buckle in Greenfield, where chef JD was having one of his invite-only, occasional, chef’s dinners in what is normally the Best Breakfast Joint in the valley.  JD and his partner Anika bring their punk sensibility, that they share in their band Rebel Base, to their restaurant.  JD rocked it last night from the get-go, pairing olive with grapefruit in his Amuse-Bouche.  Not in a thousand years would I have gone down that path, but it was just the first awesome step of a thousand flavors last night.  We ended up closing the joint, as JD walked the walk, with a Miller High Life Forty in hand.  If you get a chance to wrangle an invite to JD and Anika’s next dinner, jump on it!

Monday
12:01pm
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Sometimes I feel that life is such a puzzle, so complex, so many moving parts.  How does everything fit together?  People, family, friends, colleagues, neighbors, strangers, work, play, music, poetry, civics, books, life, death, hurts, smiles, laughs, thunder, tea, html5, health, love.  And then I remember.  That’s it, love.  That’s what ties it all together.  Sometimes I get lost, get overwhelmed by everything going on, trying to line everything up into it’s proper place, trying to make sense of everything.  I forget that it’s all just an illusion, just a story.  That I need to let go of that, and just see every disparate thing flying by for it’s truth, how it just is.  And to bring love to every single moving part, bring love to the party.  My favorite word in the world, the Pali word, Mettā, which loosely translates to lovingkindness.  Gotta always bring the Mettā.
photo: Baer Tierkel

Sometimes I feel that life is such a puzzle, so complex, so many moving parts.  How does everything fit together?  People, family, friends, colleagues, neighbors, strangers, work, play, music, poetry, civics, books, life, death, hurts, smiles, laughs, thunder, tea, html5, health, love.  And then I remember.  That’s it, love.  That’s what ties it all together.  Sometimes I get lost, get overwhelmed by everything going on, trying to line everything up into it’s proper place, trying to make sense of everything.  I forget that it’s all just an illusion, just a story.  That I need to let go of that, and just see every disparate thing flying by for it’s truth, how it just is.  And to bring love to every single moving part, bring love to the party.  My favorite word in the world, the Pali word, Mettā, which loosely translates to lovingkindness.  Gotta always bring the Mettā.

Tuesday
2:11pm
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Spotify Genres

If you’re like me, you break up your work by digging around Spotify finding cool new tunes, well, here’s something that may make your head explode. If you enter into the Spotify search box the word genre followed by a colon and a genre that they track in quotes like this [genre:”Acoustic Blues”], you’ll get back a sweet list of songs in that genre. I’m listening to “Third Wave Ska Revival” as I write this.

Trust me, it’s a deep, wonderful, warm rabbit hole. Here’s a comprehensive list of Spotify Genres that they track that you can explore. And don’t blame me when your partner finds you in a stupor with some Symphonic Black Metal blaring away….

Spotify Genres (genre:”xxxx”)
2-Step/British Garage
Aboriginal Rock
Acadian
Acappella
Acid Folk
Acid House
Acid Jazz
Acid Rock
Acid Techno
Acoustic Blues
Acoustic Chicago Blues
Acoustic Louisiana Blues
Acoustic Memphis Blues
Acoustic New Orleans Blues
Acoustic Texas Blues
Adult Alternative
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
Adult Contemporary
African Folk
African Jazz
Afro-Beat
Afro-Brazilian
Afro-Colombian
Afro-Cuban
Afro-Cuban Jazz
Afro Peruvian
Afro-Pop
Album Rock
Al-Jil
Alternative CCM
Alternative Country
Alternative Country-Rock
Alternative Dance
Alternative Folk
Alternative Metal
Alternative Pop/Rock
Alternative Rap
Alternative Singer/Songwriter
Ambient
Ambient Breakbeat
Ambient Dub
Ambient House
Ambient Pop
Ambient Techno
Americana
American Jewish Pop
American Popular Song
American Punk
American Trad Rock
American Underground
AM Pop
Anarchist Punk
Andalus Classical
Andean Folk
Anime Music
Anti-Folk
Apala
Appalachian Folk
Arena Rock
Argentine Folk
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Amherst Live is the new live magazine show bringing you news and insight, ideas and inspiration, from the heart of one small town. Produced by professionals, performed by rank amateurs, each quarterly show collects the best in local politics, poetry, nature, and music—together with three terse but edgy talks that will change the way you view the town you thought you knew.  A cross between TED Talks and The Moth combined with radio shows like This American Life and Snap Judgement, we bring the snap and sparkle of the city combined with the whiff of fertilizer from Hadley, intellectual vigor combined with back-fence gossip, colorful local art combined with nano-technology. 
Premiers September 19 at the Eric Carle Museum theater. Tickets are expected to go quickly, so reserve yours today by visiting http://amherstlive.com.
photo: Baer Tierkel

Amherst Live is the new live magazine show bringing you news and insight, ideas and inspiration, from the heart of one small town. Produced by professionals, performed by rank amateurs, each quarterly show collects the best in local politics, poetry, nature, and music—together with three terse but edgy talks that will change the way you view the town you thought you knew.  A cross between TED Talks and The Moth combined with radio shows like This American Life and Snap Judgement, we bring the snap and sparkle of the city combined with the whiff of fertilizer from Hadley, intellectual vigor combined with back-fence gossip, colorful local art combined with nano-technology.

Premiers September 19 at the Eric Carle Museum theater. Tickets are expected to go quickly, so reserve yours today by visiting http://amherstlive.com.

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