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Sunday, February 1st, 2009
11:16 pm
Follow-up to Maria's high school photo challenge...

Playing a show with 23, my first band, New York, 1977.
Saturday, January 3rd, 2009
6:34 pm
PSA from PST
A brief public service announcement.

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008
10:49 am
Tuesday, November 18th, 2008
10:19 pm
Thursday, October 23rd, 2008
11:43 pm
Swati's meme...
1. Name

Depends on who's talking to me, but excerpts from the top three names people use for me (in order of: slave name, social nickname, & Ranger handle)...

The word "Adam" is also street slang for the drug Ecstasy.
"Hey bro, I want to meet Adam tonight... Can you hook me up?"

Suffice it to say, "bear" is often defined as more of an attitude than anything else - a sense of comfort with our natural masculinity and bodies that is not slavish to the vogues of male attractiveness that is so common in gay circles and the culture at large.

Being so in love it's beyond euphoria that could be described as hopeless romance, comparable to having butterflies.

2. Age

Though there are many arcane .45 caliber cartridges, the two most common are the .45ACP (automatic Colt Pistol) and the .45 Colt, which is an obsolete but popular round. The .45 Colt round is longer than the .45ACP round, and was designed by Colt to fit their Single Action revolver, which the US Army used during the last decades of the nineteenth century. The .45ACP round was designed to be used in the 1911 pistol, by John Moses Browning.

3. A Friend's name

one of the cutest girl in this world.very shy and swaeet and is liked by all.unfortunately she doesnt like me so my life is ruined.

4. What should you be doing?

A worldwide slave labour organisation used to control modern man and prevent independant thought from occuring in any form

5. Favorite Color

40 Oz. High Gravity Lager. One of the highest alcohol % you can get in a 40.

6. Hometown

A town near Sacramento, California, where it smells like cows and the people are hippies that fuck without condoms.

7. Month of birthday

The month following October in which Americans celebrate Thanksgiving.

8. Last person you talked to

A young female (usualy teenager) who can't keep her legs closed.

9. Nickname

See above.
Monday, September 29th, 2008
11:36 pm
Our fourth through seven millionth housemates...
...are these beautiful yet terrifying spiders. Check 'em out:

Sunday, August 10th, 2008
1:07 pm
Backpacking is good.
Ten years since my last solo trip, I rediscovered the joys of solo backpacking. This weekend, popped up to Shealor Lake, in the Sierras. No trail, no pavement, no people.

The most amazing thing is the quiet. Had an entire valley all to myself: just me and the trees. I forgot how amazing that feeling is. Camping with friends is great, of course, but there's something very deep about spending a trip in silence. Slept in a hammock under the open sky, watched shooting stars, listened to bats squeeking overhead.


Thursday, May 15th, 2008
5:03 pm
Tuesday, May 13th, 2008
11:34 pm
John Gottman, 1939
The inimitable Charlie Darling recently sent this along, and I needed to post it. Seems like a precursor to Gottman's work at UW on rating the likelihood of a marriage succeeding or failing, if you have, uh, *extremely* different value-sets:

Saturday, May 10th, 2008
10:54 pm
PotD #2
And this is from our recent trip to Malakoff Diggins [sic] State Park. Malakoff is an amazing place: old mining site, abandoned at the turn of the century. Sort of inadvertent landscape art- the hydraulic mining left a bunch of eroded hillsides, showing strata of mineral deposits. The entire place is littered with rusted-out iron equipment from the 1850s:

10:42 pm
Jess & I just got back from an awesome week at Harbin hot springs. Soaking in hot water, meditating, yoga twice a day, lying in the sun. No phone, no email, no alcohol. And, you know, baby deer:

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008
4:49 pm
Do no evil,
Engage in what is skillful,
And purify your mind;
This is the teaching of the Buddhas.

Dhammapada 183
Tuesday, May 6th, 2008
11:53 pm
Cribbing my rap notes from the Buddha...
So, one of the things I do at SFSI is talk about the difference between science and bullshit. In the course of some readings, I recently came across a passage from the Kalama Sutra, in which the Buddha lays out his own criteria for what kind of fashionable nonsense one should avoid falling prey to:

"Do not go upon what has been acquired by repeated hearing; nor upon tradition; nor upon rumor; nor upon what is in a scripture; nor upon surmise; nor upon an axiom; nor upon specious reasoning; nor upon a bias towards a notion that has been pondered over; nor upon another's seeming ability; nor upon the consideration, 'The monk is our teacher.' ...when you yourselves know: 'These things are good; these things are not blamable; these things are praised by the wise; undertaken and observed, these things lead to benefit and happiness,' enter on and abide in them."

(The following is a summary from Wikipedia, which matches the PowerPoint slide on distinguishing science from bullshit almost point-for-point:)

The Buddha provides ten specific sources which should not be used to accept a specific teaching as true, without further verification:

Oral history
News sources
Scriptures or other official texts
Logical reasoning
Philosophical reasoning
Common sense
One's own opinions
Authorities or experts
One's own teacher

What goes around, comes around, eh?
Wednesday, March 26th, 2008
5:39 pm
Personality survey...
So, I took a ten-minute personality survey (yes, I know I'm fucking off, thanks for reminding me), and got this feedback, which I found startlingly accurate, based on my answers:

"You have a need for other people to like and admire you, and yet you tend to be critical of yourself. While you have some personality weaknesses you are generally able to compensate for them. You have considerable unused capacity that you have not turned to your advantage. Disciplined and self-controlled on the outside, you tend to be worrisome and insecure on the inside. At times you have serious doubts as to whether you have made the right decision or done the right thing. You prefer a certain amount of change and variety and become dissatisfied when hemmed in by restrictions and limitations. You also pride yourself as an independent thinker; and do not accept others' statements without satisfactory proof. But you have found it unwise to be too frank in revealing yourself to others. At times you are extroverted, affable, and sociable, while at other times you are introverted, wary, and reserved. Some of your aspirations tend to be rather unrealistic."

Cool, huh? Anyone else willing to take the test? It is at:

Monday, March 24th, 2008
12:08 am
Snowy Egret, Vic Fazio Wildlife Area, Yolo County...

...and a belated PotD from Friday, our neighbor's cherry tree:

Monday, March 17th, 2008
7:41 pm
So, we bicycled out to the Davis Wetlands today (grueling and fun), and met a number of Adorable Woodland Creatures. Mr Jackrabbit here kinda stole our hearts.

...and then we had dinner (one of my specialties, cold sesame noodles) on the back porch, from which I shot the palm tree next door, in an arty moment.

Sunday, March 16th, 2008
7:39 pm
PotD: Charlie, then & now...
So, you may remember Anattadoll's post about an onion who acquired a soul by accident. Here's Charlie the Onion in his original habitat, the kitchen table at the Space-Age Bachelor Pad:

...and Charlie in his new digs (get it?) in the garden at the Heart of Darkness:

He's now a free-range onion, and happier for it.
Saturday, March 15th, 2008
9:17 pm
So, I couldn't take photos in the city this week, because I hate the city so much, and I'm not interested in ugliness right now. Instead, here are some shots from this weekend's hikes...

The oddly-named Black Hole of Calcutta falls in Auburn State Recreation area, on the American River:

...and some poison oak (toxicodendron diversiloba) by the side of the trail at Hidden Falls:

I'm really loving finally having a life where the question is not "Should we go out to the woods this weekend?" but "So, which woods shall we visit today?"

It's also funny that when I was an art student many, many years ago, I hated nature photography, but now I just want to take pictures of wildflowers. I seem to have mellowed with age...
Monday, March 10th, 2008
6:20 pm
There's a permanent rainbow at the bottom of the falls at Lake Elsinore dam, on the American River. Kat & I hiked out here along the riverbank today, and it was well worth the trip.

Sunday, March 9th, 2008
10:37 pm
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