Saturday, February 11, 2006


bazombe trance music from the angola-congo border, transplanted to kinshasa, where, finding it too noisy for traditional instruments to be heard on the streets, musicians amplified the likembé -- a series of resonant metal bars bolted to a wooden sound box-- with microphones made from magnets from abandoned cars-- all ramped up past distortion level...

i can't not move to this...

Sunday, February 05, 2006

american idol

Only for his ruin
does renown come to the fool.
It ravages his bright fortune
& rips his head apart.

He would want unwarranted status,
preeminence among monks,
authority among monasteries,
homage from lay families.

-Dhammapada, 5, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

Saturday, February 04, 2006

but I DON'T want to buy the world a Coke

The whole of humanity is…one human family. This planet is our only home.

-His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Thursday, February 02, 2006

body like foam

"Knowing this body
is like foam,
realizing its nature
--a mirage--
cutting out
the blossoms of Mara,*
you go where the King of Death
can't see."

-Dhammapada, 4, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkh

* realm of the senses