garage and musak -Kurt Cobain

Canadian Interview

Cobain spoken of his artistic profession, and the non-artistic hassles of entertainment business, and clears some misinformations of inspirations ans such. From my fan readings of art guilds, its appears to be still relevant. Social observations of “coercions” such as alleged forced “trolling” forced stalking from fans, slander, pirating is a problem that goes on today.
Musicians, actors, and soon “INTERNET celebrities react by seeking protections of including lawyers and security.

Today more people understand the street theater and “mobbing” consciousness – perhaps Cobain was a victim of it, as it is alleged about the music business (put a finger on that ). plausible scenarios:

  • the musician faces harassment, the harassment COULD have been provoked, this is not the musicians problem directly, but the reaction is to hire lawyers, security, etc.
    The emotional and social pressure can affect the artists art and personal life and health.

word-music interwoven

Kurt Conbains and Nirvanas releases stand as integraded woven Gestalts, neither the music or the lyrics stand alone as half the quality of the whole of any song. thats my estimation.
Cobains influences include early folk-blues Woodie Guthrie and LeadBelly, as he cited in his interviews; Early REM, Leonard Cohen, and amplified deconstructions of Sonic Youth and the Raincoats.
Some of my Favorite Nirvana Hymns as

  • ” In Bloom ” -the lyrics remain as fresh and topical as when written
  • ” Come as You are” – disarming friendship song
  • ” Mollys Lips” – crisp cover of the Vaselines
  • ” Aneurysm ” – long time ago my alarm clock was set to wake up to this song, Daily
  • ” Sliver ” – child frustration at grandmas house

The “Priest” They Called Him – collaboration between Curt Cobain And William S. Burroughs, spoken of in the interview can be found at

This Machine – Apologetic Angst. “Rape me”

The lead singer and songwriter of the music band NIRVANA, spoke of releasing rape me do his own desire to clarify earlier masterpiece as “Polly” Cobain felt his art is out of context and that he is misunderstood. All though this was true of casual fans, his most loyal fans understood the his work completely. perhaps fans of T.S Eliot “Waste Land” understood its narrative style.
(“Polly” is a daring peace of art, where the musician perspective-takes , the detached emotions and reality of victimizing, and very probably mental ill psychopath.)

Kurt Cobain and Nirvana

Nirvana formed circa 1987 and is best known as a trio,that included Kurt Cobain (1967-1994), Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl
Album hi-lites, my opinion, Bleach, Nevermind , Incesticide , In Utero
and the Live Cuts: “MTV Unplugged in New York” , “From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah” , and “Live at Reading”
video and outline of interview (on youtube page)


fanning the “Big Game” victory

Philadelphia Eagles played with a style of football that the “old school” football fan loves.
they line up, they dont mind “telling” what they are doing. – ” gwa’an  ahead stop us.
on and off the field the same swagger. Dictate the Game.
the coaches implement simplified play structures(relatively) the focus on exploiting the talent and synergy of the athletes. You would expect that Doug Petersons staff spends more time scrutinizing his Own athletes on film, then next weeks Opponent.

the Offense

last year the Eagles adapted the “zone blocking” scheme, as a scrutinizing fan, i believed they abandoned it because of the costly “holding penalties” on the line.  But, they kept the base “spread formation” (a style demands an excellent Center,) and keeps the play in front of the entire offense, lineman, QB, Backs and receivers.

the Defense

As with some remarkable NFL Defenses in the past, Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay – the Eagles base is a cover-2 “one gap ” Defense. Again: the Defensive style keeps the play in front of the Defense, demanding the athletes to make plays. In passing situations, they spread the Dline formation. a line with exceptional talent, and force the oppositions QB to throw into high percentage interception lanes. in Fact, if the Defense caught their many dropped interceptions, they would have led the league in take aways. – room for improvement.
Getting ready for another successful year.


THANK YOU, Philadelphia Eagles for ANOTHER great Football season. it doesnt get any better than this one.

day tripper. Inner Harbor & Aquarium Ⅱ

Afternoon adventure South of Pennsylvania. This time (again) Baltimore “Inner Harbor
including the National Aquarium.

Baltimore Inner Harbor has been a favorite retreat of mine for decades. In the mid nineties I would travel to find, then esoteric books and music, Today it is clean family friendly area to visit while the vibrant natives of Baltimore live their lives, joggers, bikers, businessmen, regular folks. plenty of art museums, good restaurants and of course waterways.
see another photo gallery of the national aquarium at

A Day At the Aquarium :: Pennsylvania Echoes

Strawberry Futures forever

This week begins the last years project – next years strawberries.
That is to say: I am finally planting strawberries in a small 20 Square foot bed. The small soil bed itself, is part of a larger project of three Beds and integrated water run off from rain spouts.

progress report

No rush on the strawberries, their are plenty of fresh Strawberries and other fruits to buy locally — by those who are experience and grow better ones.
Growing strawberries is just a cool thing todo.
And its the garden is a water run off project to keep water away from basements & sub- recreation rooms.

Journey of life – education

Nice rendition of a popular lecture of Alan Watts.
journey of purpose TJOP – on youtube.
Video address the relative standards of how one or a group is trained in the present post academic job and career market.
When does one, or a family feel the sense of achievement, satisfaction and purpose in the context of finances, when goals and quotas are more tangible then in the moment rewards.
Another Edit of Alan Watts Lecture- can be found here:

* Alan Watts talks the human game / Universe At Play *

Making Plans for the for future is only Useful to those who are capable of living in the moment,”
-Alan Watts.

K’naan – ABC’s — Album Troubadour 2007

Various Quotes on Education:

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
― Mark Twain

Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.
― Walter Cronkite

Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”
― Margaret Mead

Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”
― Aristotle

Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.
― C.S. Lewis

A Day at the Aquarium –

A Day trip was in order to one of my favourite  old haunts – –  Baltimore “Inner Harbour”
these are a few snapshots while touring the National Aquarium :


Baltimore, M.D.  National  Aquarium is located Just off of interstate 83, and is located at Inner Harbour… their lots to tour they’re.  Tell them Chris sent you.
National Aquarium


Putting it to Bed — elevated gardening

This week I am staring up a journal on home gardening as a keep track of my garden.
Some thing’s I’ll will be tracking are the health of an elevated bed, and irrigating it efficiently.
the following is from a homework assignment for a Class I took in Permaculture Design:

Beginners Permaculture and experimental Raised Bed

This spring and summer, I ventured out on several projects, two of which, interrelated, were small scale work on growing vegetables and fruit. One project was in my back yard, I wanted to,see if I could revitalize a small area of land that did not appear to have much growth. The other project was a Permaculture design workshop on building raised beds. Although my initial work in my backyard project started the previous Summer, I was enthusiastic to apply what I learned in the early summer permaculture Workshop.

Early Experience with Permaculture

I first came across the permaculture design concept 5 years ago… I was looking to find a niche for my future, one that was would be meaningful. I investigated avenues such as college for agricultural engineering programs. I was intrigued by the rather non industrial approach, to growing that I found in Bill Mollison’s “Permaculture: A Designers Manual” . I would follow that reading up with Dave Holmgren’s “ Permaculture: Principles & Pathways beyond Sustainability”. Both books will be cite more in this presentation.

Permaculture design, applied to growing vegetation, aims to achieve two primary goals:

  • revitalization of poor growing conditions
  • long term self sustainable growth and good growing conditions. They are what

Designer–– Ben Faulk alludes to as “resiliency and regeneration” in his designer manual  “The Resilient Farm and Home Stead”. In method, permaculture design contrasts the typical engineering and industrial age thinking. Industrial thinking tends toward reductive and universal process orientation, Permaculture focus on whole systems, each site treated as unique. Permaculture approaches each project from establishment to sustainability as wholly integrated and contextual. Ben Faulk has criticized modern approaches to agriculture for only being concerned with yields of biomass. In his design opinion, yield should include both biomass out of a system and biodiversity within a system.

Approaches like this have been used in other fields. For example, Humanistic psychologist Carl Roger’s created his “client-centered therapy”–– treatment with the intent of focusing on the unique conditions of each client. This contrasts the main stream psychoanalytical theory at the time, which rested on a broad set of universal theories pertaining to clinical psychology. My personal interest in Humanistic psychology’s holistic and contextual insight had also peaked my curiosity in Permaculture Design.

My Back Yard Project

Trench Work

Beginning in early fall, I started to work on revitalizing an area of land between two fences, 60 ft from the house, 5 feet wide, about 80 feet long parallel to the house. I had not taken PDC class yet, so there was some “winging” it and experimentation. The localized approach of permaculture is implicit in Dave Holmgren’s statement “the landscape is the textbook” ––a slogan he relates to “Observe and interact” . Whereas, reductive and industrial thinking is concern with universal processes, Permaculture is concerned with observation of details in a specified system, and of all details as they interact over time. While its understood that growth in soil follows the universal processes stated in Biology and Physics, time was spent by me observing the amount of sunlight, wind and water flow over a period of months; the squirrels who used the system to bury their acorns; the insects; the ground temperature ; the pet cats , rabbits and skunks wandering through the area. I considered what tools, water, fertilizers, and soil.
I would need to establish the area as a food garden, what maintenance I would have to do. Following a few rules of science cannot cover the complexities of a unique system, I needed to know what parts are in the system and what flows in and out of the system. The essential skill to be practised is observation. Another sub-slogan of Holmgren’s principle of “Observe and Interact “is “Top-down thinking, bottom up action”. Observation is a passive action. (more accurately interaction, since the designer is considered part of the system he is designing.) This means patient, prolong, non judgemental study of detail (the metaphorical bottom) while being mindful of the totality of the system (the Top.) Any “thing” or “happening” in the system, including the establishment of the system, and sustainability of the system ; is a component of the system. With this said. It became apparent to me that developing experience is very important in permaculture design.

My backyard project was experimental, non essential and  distant from the house. It is a zone 4 project of the entire property. My hope is that it will become a zone 3: supporting the household with some extra tomatoes, cucumbers, leeks, and anything else I can grow. The extra fence on the perimeter was removed except for vertical 4x4s. Refuse scraped from a barbecue grill, left over potting soil, food waste were scattered over th soil. Red Crimson Maple leaves and twigs that fell and dried during Autumn were used as a mulch. Nature worked the decomposition with snow and rain over the winter.

Elevated Garden

The Elevated Bed Workshop–– Early Summer of 2014, I participated in a gardening workshop on installing intensive raised garden beds… The monetary price was cheap, since we participants paid mostly in labor into building of the beds. In return we gained both experiential know-how and the hands on teaching of experienced certified permaculture designers. This is typical of the holistic and localized permaculture approach in a broad sense, from my observation.. The price of services: whether labor, learning or teaching are decided by what each individual participant thinks its worth. Prices and worth of services are subjective This kind is bartering- of services parallels free markets.

I am also reminded of of a basic ethical question of working together: “What does this person, or land, have to give if I cooperate with them “ postulated by Bill Mollison in his book “Permaculture Designer Manual”. A great ethical consideration for individualists like myself.

The class participants numbered around 20 people who gathered on this property in Pennsylvania –– An ideal location of the beds that we were to work on, had already been decided. This was part of a bigger project that included the dwelling and entire property. we informed that the overall project included the concerns of neighbors, such as their rainwater run-off intake… implicitly the whole system included the bordering neighbors. Grass was already killed off the bedding area by cardboard coverage. I have used this method of grass kill myself in other small projects. After tape is removed from the cardboard, the sheets are layered over the ground in overlapping fashion and is usually covered with mulch. The cardboard itself, eventually breaks down and becomes part of the soil. This method was already completed for us.

The process of building the elevated beds were as followed

  • Marking off three to four foot rows across the soil.
  • Using a 19 inch broad forks, the top soil was loosened. In some projects the broad forks are used to go deeper and break up the clay under the top soil.
  • The 19 inch broadfork, was specially designed by a permaculture designer to replace “double digging”, a method that uses far more manpower.
  • Double digging and the broadfork methods are used instead of tilling. This is because tiling can turn over the clay beneath the top soil. This can disrupt the natural microbes in the soil and make the bed less sustainable over a long period of time.
  • The top soil of every other row, previously marked off, was shoveled carefully on top of the next row. The result are trenches, soon to be made into a walk way, beside and a tall top soil mounds, soon to be molded into elevated bed.
  • The trenches would be filled in with wood chip. We used wheel barrels and raked the whole thing was a teamwork effort. Once the trenches were filled with three inches high of chip, they were stable enough to be the pathways for walking and working around each bed.
  • The mounds of top soil would be shaped into elevated beds by hand by the workshop instructor
  • I would find this part difficult later when I mimicked it in my backyard project.
  • Straw was raked carefully over the beds as mulch.
  • The end result was an ergonomically useful bed to plant a salad garden, mint garden, spinach, mustard cale, peppers, onions, etc., .

Raised beds also useful because it is easier to control water flow through the soil since the pathways are also trenches, waste biomass can be used as fertilizer under the woodchip. The instructor recommended planting plants so that the leaves barely touch to form a canopy. The canopy and the bed design it’ self together are called “intensive gardening”, a method to make the most out of a given space.  The work of about 20 participants over 2500 square feet (that is an estimate) was completed in three and a half hours. That time does not include full transplanting of crops, which was done at a later time. The tools included three broad forks, a dozen or so shovels, a dozen or so mulch rakes, two wheel barrels.

My own raised beds.

Back in my experimental system I installed three raised beds. I simply mimicked what I learned at the workshop. I planted leeks, cherry tomatoes two varieties of larger tomatoes, cucumbers, red bell peppers and green peppers, a hybrid oregano transplant and apple mint. The bed is not terribly self sufficient with the fruit and vegetables I planted and I have to carry water a long distance. The only sustainable transplant was an apple mint that is growing very tall. Since mint self seeds very efficiently I may regret planting it there next year.
Maybe I use the area to grow only mints leeks and onions.

My tomatoes and cucumbers have had a modest yield, this I believe is do to insufficient sunlight. They will be rotated to another location next year. I have no complaints on the quality of the tomatoes or other produce that I grew in these beds.
Ultimately, my first permaculture experiment has had mixed results so far. Do to lack of experience and knowledge, it is not in anyway self sustaining yet. However I was able to yield a lot of produce this year from what was only patchy grass and dry soil two years ago. If there is one thing I have enjoyed learning about gardening, its to expect the unexpected.