Wednesday, November 25, 2009

I love maps and models

Wow. Incredible. I'd recommend watching fullscreen.

Thanks David Baldwin for sharing. "Wish U.S. was in there," he said.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Notes from Tom Spanbauer

Gregg Clampffer sent me this drawing today. It's from 2005, and it was inspired by a visit to 12 from guest Tom Spanbauer, one of the best teachers I know.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Thanks to everyone who shared this video

Including photographer Nico Goldberg, whose face you'll see at 1:30. I finally got around to watching it, and enjoyed it very much. Many of Stefan's insights on the value of a sabbatical resonate with me.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Keeping Quiet

I found a photocopy from an old friend, one of his favorite poems.

"Keeping Quiet"

Now we will count to twelve
and we will all keep still.

For once on the face of the earth,
let's not speak in any language;
let's stop for one second,
and not move our arms so much.

It would be an exotic moment
without rush, without engines;
we would all be together
in a sudden strangeness.

Fisherman in the cold sea
would not harm whales
and the man gathering salt
would look at his hurt hands.

Those who prepare green wars,
wars with gas, wars with fire,
victories with no survivors,
would put on clean clothes
and walk about with their brothers
in the shade, doing nothing.

What I want should not be confused
with total inactivity.
Life is what it is about;
I want no truck with death.

If we were not so single-minded
about keeping our lives moving,
and for once could do nothing,
perhaps a huge silence
might interrupt this sadness
of never understanding ourselves
and of threatening ourselves with death.
Perhaps the earth can teach us
as when everything seems dead
and later proves to be alive.

Now I'll count up to twelve
and you keep quiet and I will go.

-Pablo Neruda