Friday, August 17, 2018

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Alan Watts on Death, Natural Selection and Mythology

"But the joke about it, what makes it exciting is the constant anticipation that there might not be anything after the interval [death]. That it might all come to an end. And the real problem, in order to turn death into a joke, that is to say somehow to recover from this terrible anxiety; that it might be finished. And then transmute the vibration trembling of anxiety into laughter; it's just the same thing. Only the trembling of laughter is the trembling from anxiety seen from a different point of view.

Now what other things that are obstacles to our being able to see that. It's almost as if life itself were a guru. And you know how gurus throw out tests to their students to see if they can pass these various initiations, all of which require nerve in the face of some formidable obstacle. All fairy stories are full of this. 

And so life itself throws out all kinds of reasons for supposing that we are faced with something serious, instead of something playful. And I want to discuss with you a few ways in western history how this obstacle has been thrown out and how we are, today, bamboozled by these obstacles. In the history of western civilization, there have really been, in the past 2,000 years, two dominant mythologies. One has had a long run and one has had a fairly short run. But they are both ways of terrifying you so that you won't see the point. But at the same time, they are perhaps not merely negative things but challenges, barriers of the same kind a guru would offer. For example, in the study of Zen, each koan is referred to as a barrier. And if you can pass the barrier, you see, you get in, in, in. The function of the teacher is to put the barriers up to see how you will react to them. So, in a way, we could say that the two great mythologies that have dominated the western world for the past 2,000 years are two barriers."

- Alan Watts

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Jam of the Day: The Internet - Next Time / Humble Pie

Jam of the Day: The Internet - Next Time / Humble Pie
Jam of the Day: The Internet - Next Time / Humble Pie
Jam of the Day: The Internet - Next Time / Humble Pie

Joe Rogan and Michael Pollan on Psychedelics, Depression & Research

"Something about people, they are...they avoid sincerity. There's something about it; it makes you too vulnerable or too open to criticism or too open to ridicule. And we're worried about being sincere...and I do think that's one of the primary benefits of psychedelics."
- Joe Rogan

To view the Joe Rogan Experience podcast #1121 with guest Michael Pollan, via YouTube, click here.

#micropoetry 25

Morning Sing by Veloy Vigil

When I step through
myself the larva
of beneficence
immaculately remains.

On days like this
I sit beneath
grapefruit trees
read the sutras
or disappear completely

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Jam of the Day: Kamaal Williams at Flesh and Bone Studios (live)

Jam of the Day: Kamaal Williams at Flesh and Bone Studios (live)
Jam of the Day: Kamaal Williams at Flesh and Bone Studios (live)
Jam of the Day: Kamaal Williams at Flesh and Bone Studios (live)

Outkast Documentary

Outkast (stylized as OutKast) are an American hip hop duo formed in 1991 in East Point, Georgia, composed of Atlanta-based rappers André "André 3000" Benjamin (formerly known as Dré) and Antwan "Big Boi" Patton.[1] The duo achieved both critical acclaim and commercial success in the 1990s and early 2000s, helping to popularize Southern hip hop[1] while experimenting with diverse genres such as funkpsychedeliajazz, and techno.[2][3]
Benjamin and Patton formed the group as high school students in 1991. OutKast released their debut album Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik in 1994, which gained popularity after the single "Player's Ball" reached number one on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks chart. With successive releases including ATLiens (1996) and Aquemini (1998), the duo further developed their sound, experimenting with a variety of styles and achieving commercial success. In 2000, Outkast released the critically acclaimed Stankonia, which included the singles "Ms. Jackson" and "B.O.B."
In 2003, the duo released the double album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, which featured the number one singles "Hey Ya!" and "The Way You Move." The album would eventually win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year and was certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America. Outkast next released the soundtrack for the 2006 musical film Idlewild, which they also starred in. In 2007, the duo went on hiatus and both members have since pursued solo careers. In 2014, Outkast reunited to celebrate their 20th anniversary by performing at more than 40 festivals worldwide in 2014, beginning at the Coachella Festival in April.[4]
The duo is one of the most successful hip-hop groups of all time, having received six Grammy Awards. Between six studio albums and a greatest hits release, Outkast has sold over 25 million records. Meanwhile, they have garnered widespread critical acclaim, with publications such as Rolling Stone and Pitchfork Medialisting albums such as Aquemini and Stankonia among the best of their era.