Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Saturday, May 21, 2016

So addicted to this symphony

Try to remember the Four Last Things: death, judgement, heaven and hell. They are absolutely certain realities. No one is ever going to hear from God, "You know, you thought too much about the Four Last Things. You should have spent more time being concerned about money, success, comfort and sex. Also, I would have preferred if you had spent more time criticizing Pope Francis and being ostentatiously preoccupied with liturgy, doctrine and the Church's prestige." Yeah, you're not going to hear that.

Anyways, I don't know of any other music than Gorecki's that is so direct. When I listen to his third symphony, for instance, I more often than not break into a heavy sweat. There is in the emotional power an almost savage purgative that has little to do with mere emotion. I get something quite similar in his fourth symphony (the one posted above), but more purgative and less emotion. There's also an interesting coolness - the perfect artistic tone when expressing something like the Four Last Things. I can't think of another word for "savage", which is really an insufficient descriptor, and also quite inaccurate. But perhaps one will know what I mean. It's the directness.

I understand the unity in this fourth symphony, The Tansman Episodes. I dig the pillared ranking of the units of music, which is a form of generosity. A superficial listening only hears disparate unconnected pieces of music. There is a oneness of overall construction. It is cohesive and intelligent, thematically and sonically.

Sometimes the Sorrowful Songs (the third symphony) can seem mawkish - in one's lesser moments of either inattentiveness, boredom, or sensory surfeit. Listen to the fourth symphony. It's fantastic.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Feel the burn

Alright, forget the pretentious retort kiln. The cone kiln is simplicity itself. Just beautiful.

What one can achieve by slight change of degree.

And look at that water coming out at the end of the video. Just as clean as when it went in - cleaner probably.

Also, one can do the same method just by digging a cone pit in the ground.

One thing I did not know was that dousing the hot char with the water expands the porous structure - which is good.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Such a great film

See that split-second shot of Kingsley at 2:32?


I love how the scene expresses Kingsley's realization that there's a chess prodigy in the house. Not through some expository scene with obligatory reaction shots. There's something interior going on. A language across a gulf is being recognized. Beauty is communicated from the rhythmic clacking of the chess pieces and the stop clock. This beauty speaks to Kingsley's character. He knows. The scene in this way is also saying that chess is art.

The way the scene was put together is understated brilliance. The whole movie is.

We need to remove carbon from the atmosphere and sequester it in the soil

This video is excellent. Bio-char is about regenerative soil structure and longevity; moving towards no-till permaculture. It brings surface area into your soil, which means more air in the soil, which means maximum microbial activity, both of which mean happy roots, which means happy plants. It works to regulate both soils that are too dry and sandy and soils that are too clay and waterlogged.

The other thing is that it is nothing new or novel. It's ancient. The ancients understood about burning - or more exactly, pyrolysis. They slashed and burned regularly. That's one way of adding char to soil (which then can be called bio-char). Whether it's by directly burning stuff in the field, or the more efficient way of making char separately by kiln or pit or what have you, then adding it to the soil; the thing is that it is essential.

Animal manure is not essential - that's a small optional side thing, a little luxury that's added but then gone, and consequently has to be added time and again, every year. Bio-char is accumulative.

What is essential is bio-mass (wood chips and such) that is dominated by fungal activity being housed in a balance of bio-char in whatever foundation soil you have. (Wood chips are, by and large, free.)

Bio-char: even the poet Virgil recommends it.

Conventional farming (as we know it) is going out the window. Out. The. Window. Bye bye. So long. Auf Wiedersehen. Sayonara. Chow. Just like the conservative mesmerism about the "Gold Standard". Fooled by gold. Gold does clean the air when the sun hits it. But you know something? Char - especially bamboo char - is an air cleaner like no other. Far more thoroughly than the precious tid-bit of gold. Bamboo char is used for multiple purposes. Really rich people even line the insides of the walls of the houses they build with the stuff. Bamboo char even drastically reduces electromagnetic radiation. It shields it, or absorbs it. Water filtration and everything. The Japanese put char in their cooking rice to make it taste better/cleaner.

After some months of being used to clean the air, all what you have to do is put it out in the sun and the char with its incredibly high surface area releases the pollutants and you can use it again just like new.

Bio-char is black money - like water money. It is a true investment - permaculture in your soil that will pay off down the years as your soil becomes less and less demanding and more and more productive. Yet people don't even actually know if there is any gold in Fort Knox. The last audit was done some time in the 70's and it was a baloney audit to begin with. The little bit of gold they showed to the cameras was of a particular orange hue that was very telling of a cheap quality gold.

With a gold standard people would be dependent upon the government's good word - or rather upon the hostile word of an elect minority of usurious banksters - that such and such amount of gold is indeed in stock and that they weren't just writing up gold certificates like so many welfare cheques, or gambling up the gold market to their benefit.

Bio-char production should be funded by the government through public banking debt-free as a part of infrastructure, along with water systems, bridges, roads, hospitals and hemp. It should be a public good; otherwise known as public wealth, the commonwealth, because it is so essential to good farming.

Here is some possibly related reading.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Well now

This is just the cutest little retort kiln that I ever did see.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

(click to enlarge)

Title: Sunday

Medium: Oil on canvas

Size: 3ft. x 2ft.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Sunday, May 1, 2016


Why can't Robert Schumann be included among the elect 'B's of classical music fame?

He's a Bob.

And if there can only be three, well, I'm sure arrangements can be made.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

The Hyper-Rationalism...

"Again, this “theology of expiration” conflicts with the historical record, if not logic itself. The Church still casts out demons. She still performs miracles. She still prophesies. Does she not still speak in tongues? The answer is yes." --Mark Mallett, More on the Gift of Tongues

"...the hyper-rationalism of our day that excludes the miraculous is one among many of the powerful genuine deceptions in our times that is eroding belief in God…"

And from his previous post, The Gift of Tongues:

"...in our times, theologians have strained to give an interpretation to the gift of tongues that is a departure not only from reality, but from the Tradition of the Church." --Mark Mallett, The Gift of Tongues

"Would I be God if in giving I became poorer? And because I have been generous to one of Mine, does that mean that I shall not give him any more? Should he remain shy and aloof? Let him only venture to think that what he has received up until now is nothing at all for Me, and that I find My happiness in showering blessings upon him 'according to My means', as people say. Let him strive to meditate on the length and breadth and height of these means which cannot be compared with anything on earth. And if that child suspects that besides the power, I also have the longing to give - for what lover is not happy to adorn his beloved - he will lose his fear of imposing upon God's kindness or of being too daring with Him. Fully aware of his littleness he will understand His joy in being great for him.

"How often I have had abundant treasures in My tabernacle all ready to give, but no one came to ask Me for them. Yet a good many people came into the church for a short visit - absentminded and aloof, as though My body were dead in the Eucharist and My soul still in heaven.

"Make an effort to think of My Real Presence; it will help you to love Me. Does the life of stillness within you need your senses? Aren't you beginning to be more sure of the invisible than the visible? Aren't there moments when the certainty of faith suddenly breaks in upon you? It is at those moments that We descend into you, because you respond to Our purpose in creating you." --He and I

Friday, April 29, 2016

Such a great film

The Shire Theme

written by Antonin Dvorak:

You can hear other scores from various modern day films in this 1893 symphony as well.

If you wish to listen to another symphony an orchestral suite loaded with film scores long before the films were made, whether those film scores made direct use or, as with the above, slightly repurposed, then Gustav Holst's The Planets is a gold mine.

Another one is Sergei Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 1.