This stuff slips away from me. A couple of years ago – on July 14, 2007, to be precise – I had a jam session at my house. Steve Hiltner was in town from New Jersey, and we had a bit of a Lunar Glee Club reunion. Present were Aron Kaufman, Dave Mason, myself, Steve Hiltner, and Steve Osburn. At the end of the night we had a great improvisation – Oz was on bass, Aron on traps, Dave percussion, Steve on clarinet and I had a trumpet with a Harmon mute for a while and then my voice when the stars lined up.
About two minutes in, the groove is happening – Oz and Aron and Dave sound great in my living room, with the high ceiling – and then Steve and I get something going with the horns:
I’ve had a lifelong fascination with dreams. I can remember some very vivid BIG dreams from very early in my childhood – two in particular from a time when my family lived in a house in Ohio from which we moved when I was 4 years old. My early intrepid experiments in expanding consciousness, my interest in and identification with Native American cultures, my love at first sight when I was finally exposed to Carl Jung (Man and His Symbols was my first contact), my full speed ahead obsession with lucid dreaming at a time when science, before Stephen LaBerge at Stanford, still insisted we lucid dreamers were self-delusional or just plain nuts, my later embrace of Joseph Campbell’s work identifying Myth as Public Dream (and Dream as Private Myth) – all this has been an ongoing central theme throughout my life.
Do check out this link to The American Time Use Survey’s Time Use Graph. It is interesting on several levels. First of all, it is simply technically amazing. Scroll down and play around with the Time Use Graph tool. Click in the little boxes. Pass your cursor over the graphs and read the changing text in the pop up window. Wow.
Also, it’s curious to have this graphically explicit insight as to what, say, middle aged people are doing at 10 PM verses what, say, youngish people are doing.
Even if it’s not very accurate it’s very cool. And who knows, maybe it’s accurate…
Anthropomorphism – the attribution of human characteristics or behavior to a god, animal, or object.
Tomorrow at one PM, Karen and I will drive to our local Honda dealer to close the deal on a new car, a 2009 Honda Fit. As part of the deal, we will deliver to the dealer one “Clunker” – in this case a literally accurate description, as it really truly clunks, particularly around curves – my 1998 Mercury Villager minivan – see above… » Read the rest of this entry «
Perhaps you’ve heard the story of how the French philosopher, art critic and writer Denis Diderot was gifted a new dressing gown by a friend who was appalled by the old gown Diderot habitually wore? Diderot liked the new gown at first, but found that the desk in his room looked quite shabby in the new dressing gown’s company, and so felt compelled to buy a new desk. Beside the new desk the tapestry was inadequate…and so forth until Diderot’s cozy room was stiff and formal and uncomfortable. » Read the rest of this entry «
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