Sambodhi Prem's 'Stuff I Like'
Articles and topics that I have found on my wanderings around the world wide web,
• a focaccia bread recipe (small pdf)
• a recipe for tofu in coconut sauce (small pdf)
• Sting talks on music & silence at his Berklee School of Music commencement address
• Brian Eno & The Long Now Foundation - lectures on long-term planning: 10.000 years & beyond
• Osho on the art of listening
• Edward Burtynsky's photographic works are outstanding. His photographs of quarries are particularly interesting. Burtynsky went to Carrara in Italy, the quarry where the marble for Michelangelo's David came from. These places have a deep history.
• Storm Thorgerson, designer of the Pink Floyd album covers
• CD Baby founder Derek Silvers' address at the Berklee College of Music
• String Fever - 4 men playing the Bolero, on one cello (youtube video)
• Steve Jobs' Stanford commencement address where he speaks on being fired from the company he founded (Apple), and on love and death
• The Paradox of our Age - a quote by the 14th Dalai Lama
• Marilyn Manson quotes
• Interview with Ma Yoga Vivek (profound)
• How to Peel Hard-boiled Eggs w/o Peeling (short youtube video)
• Homer Simpson tries to vote for Obama in the '08 election...
• The enlightened mystic J. Krishnamurti talks with children in 1984. He says: "Find your talent and stick with it" and, amongst many things, talks about the source of corruption. Many wonderful interactions with these children, who ask him questions to which he responds with great strength and tenderness.(youtube)
• Osho talks about "The Compulsion to Reach Power and Prestige" (youtube)
• The Zen Garden - A demonstration of what can be accomplished visually through CSS-based web design.
• Obama can dance (youtube)
• Bretton Woods - a global economic summit held in July 1944 to reverse some of the painful trade and foreign exchange policies enacted in the wake of the Great Depression. (Wikipedia)
• Swami Deva Amrito (Jan Foudraine) comments on the ten commandments in a newspaper article in 'De Trouw': "There's only one commandment: Awake!" (article is in Dutch)
• Dutch psychiatrist and Osho disciple Deva Amrito (Jan Foudraine) talks about his life and work and the aftermath of his best-selling book 'Not Made of Wood' in this keynote to the University of Sheffield, U.K.
• Biomimicry: 12 sustainable design ideas from nature by Janine Benyus (youtube)
• Building a home for the Clock of the Long Now - Stewart Brand (TED talk)
• Biotech / GMO: pro vs con: Drew Endy vs Jim Thomas - Synthetic Biology Debate
• Amrit Sadhana's blog, sharing her articles published in varous major newspapers of India. These articles are based on the OSHO vision.
• Cello maker Douglas Cox in conversation with Eugen Friesen.
• A Bill of Musical Rights - More musical power to the people! Playing music in the parlour is coming back!
• The Sister Project - "Don't you have something to say to your sister?"
• Vote for music! Music and arts are fundamental to the wiring of the human brain.
• Amanda Palmer: "A perfect song, to me, is a captured moment of inspiration barely touched. When a good idea hits, it's as if I've thrown a set of colored juggling balls in the air and taken a blurred (yet beautiful) photograph."
• I love the World of Wearable Art, extraordinarily creative garments.
• From an interview with cellist David Darling:
Darling is quick to emphasize, especially to classically trained musicians, that they don't have to become jazz players in order to improvise.
"At all my concerts, I play a rhapsody for cello, and it's always made up on the spot. But it has the textures and timbres of Bloch's Schelomo and the Dvorak Cello Concerto, and Sain-Saens, Shostakovich, and Bartok."
Darling says one of his tasks is to help classical musicians overcome their skepticism and believe that they can play music that's not printed,
"...to have the guts to walk onstage wih nothing prepared. It's just amazing to me that you have someone who's trained themselves for years and years, they have scales down, they have thirds down, they know 13 modes, and if you ask them to play something, they say 'no, I can't, I didn't bring any music.' Well that's just absurd. Music should be something that isn't served just by the notes, it should be somethig that's about the human condition of expressing oneself through notes."
-- Reprinted from Strings #34, by Joshua Rosebaum
• Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the book 'Eat, Pray, Love', talks about the creative spark and the pitfalls of creative success.
• Guitarists: cool way to tune a guitar by ear.
• Frank J. Sulloway talks about his book "Born to Rebel" about the impact of birth order and family niches on personality and by extension on history.
Frank J. Sulloway talks to Charlie Rose.
• Atlas Obscura -The world is an amazing place. A crowd-sourced, yet curated collection of the world's most wondrous treasures.
• The most important thing in a piece of music is to seduce people to the point where they start searching.
• “Lyrics are best when they’re mysterious - like listening in to someone else’s phone conversation when the telephone wires have crossed. You don’t know the history or context. You don’t understand the references. So it draws you in even deeper, trying to understand.
If you’re too obvious and explain everything in your lyrics, you don’t get that mystery. So what I do is this:
• Clay Shirky on the changing media landscape.
• Einstein Letter: Belief In God "Childish," Jews Not Chosen People.
• Hugh MacLeod's "How To Be Creative - Ignore Everybody".
• Emily in Japan. This movie is about ace aboriginal painter Emily Kame Kngwarreye's exhibition in Tokyo & Osaka.
• Quotes by Albert Einstein. "I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity".
• "The reason art excists is to stop time, the reason music exists is to charge moments with so much emotional and aesthetic content that you have to notice them." - David Gelernter.
An hour with Brian Eno - a BBC documentary