2014.01.05 19:00 - Sounds of small stones being shifted

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    The Guardian for this meeting was Calvino Rabeni. The comments are by Calvino Rabeni.

    Calvino Rabeni: Do i see part of a robot appearing here?
    Calvino Rabeni: Hello mr. Daedalus
    Daedalus687 Resident: Hi there
    Santoshima Resident: greetings

    Calvino Rabeni: Greetings Santoshima :)
    Daedalus687 Resident: so whats new?
    Calvino Rabeni: Today had some nice things to offer, I think because I put myself at a disadvantage. I parked a mile away from a cafe that was at top of hill, then walked there,,, and back.
    Santoshima Resident: :)
    Calvino Rabeni: And the sun was so far south it didn't matter east or west side of the mountain.
    Calvino Rabeni: So I had time to listen to a podcast on the way there, and another on the way back, and feel not guilty for taking the time :)
    Calvino Rabeni: Then meditation had some endorphins as a result .. I really miss those :)
    Calvino Rabeni: How about you, what's new?
    Daedalus687 Resident: nothing with me new
    Santoshima Resident: heard a few woodpeckers while walking in the woods
    Santoshima Resident: and a small wren
    Santoshima Resident: sounds of small stones being shifted as the waves came in on a beach that is pebbles
    Santoshima Resident: new old
    Calvino Rabeni: i know that new old sound
    Calvino Rabeni: I was listening to urban sounds while walking in the suburbs
    Santoshima Resident: what heard? what effect?
    Calvino Rabeni: a bird screeching rhythmically, a man talking on the cell phone, tires of a distant car moving over rough surface, and water burbling underground deeply
    Calvino Rabeni: all at once
    Santoshima Resident: orchestral
    Calvino Rabeni: oh and children playing inside garage
    Calvino Rabeni: it was, yes
    Calvino Rabeni: and I wasn't sure where one left off and the other started
    Calvino Rabeni: Much later I caught up with the walking talking man
    Calvino Rabeni: and the words came into focus, along with his voice tones
    Calvino Rabeni: he was saying

    Calvino Rabeni: "they think, we are in possession of something *remarkable* "
    Santoshima Resident: !
    Daedalus687 Resident: Could either of you recommend some reading material?
    Calvino Rabeni: what do you like / need?
    Santoshima Resident: any particular genre?
    Daedalus687 Resident: No, a general recommendation I guess
    Santoshima Resident: hm
    Calvino Rabeni: any purpose in mind for it?
    Daedalus687 Resident: Intellect stimulation
    Calvino Rabeni: ah ..
    Daedalus687 Resident: epistemology, metaphysics, ontology philosophy in general I suppose
    Santoshima Resident: A Thousand Mornings Hardcover by Mary Oliver
    Calvino Rabeni: hmm
    Calvino Rabeni: That's a good one ..
    Daedalus687 Resident: Fiction?
    Santoshima Resident: Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
    Santoshima Resident: or / Orynx and Crake
    Santoshima Resident: Pretty Pictures by Marian Bantjes
    Calvino Rabeni: How about "Proust and the Squid" for understanding reading, itself ?
    Calvino Rabeni: Or "Incognito" by David Eagleman, for understanding a bit about "who reads"?
    Santoshima Resident: yes
    Calvino Rabeni: Or Mary Oliver's book on writing poetry, for broadening the languaging-mind
    Daedalus687 Resident: Thanks for the suggestions
    Santoshima Resident: A-Poetry-Handbook-Mary-Oliver
    Santoshima Resident: anything by Joy Harjo
    Calvino Rabeni: Or if your tastes go to mathematics, try "Conceptual Mathematics" by Lawvere - but I think that's a refined taste, not for everyone :)
    Santoshima Resident: or Joseph Boyden
    Calvino Rabeni: Oh thanks for that title
    Calvino Rabeni: Do you have any videos to recommend (YouTube, for instance)?
    Santoshima Resident: hmm
    Santoshima Resident: Never Sorry
    Santoshima Resident: about Ai Weiwei

    Santoshima Resident: youtube i usually just watch trailers
    Santoshima Resident: that is enough for most videos
    Santoshima Resident: have blitzed over the past week on bbc Sherlock
    Santoshima Resident: wonderful series
    Santoshima Resident: beautifully written and realized
    Santoshima Resident: any suggestions
    Santoshima Resident: ?
    Calvino Rabeni: those are good .. I haven't heard of Ai Weiwei, even though I see he is called "the most powerful artist in the world"
    Santoshima Resident: inspiring film
    Santoshima Resident: very brave person
    Calvino Rabeni: yes I think I've heard a bit
    Calvino Rabeni: I'm liking RadioLab lately
    Santoshima Resident: a film?
    Calvino Rabeni: these are interviews with a great sound mix, on science and culture topics .. the "Big Questions"
    Santoshima Resident: looking it up
    Santoshima Resident: ah, looks very interesting
    Calvino Rabeni: I like the listening itself
    Calvino Rabeni: these are sort of sound collages, interviews with a lot of mixing and sound effects ayered
    Calvino Rabeni: Layered
    Santoshima Resident: yes ~ radio is a great medium
    Santoshima Resident: will listen to some of these: http://www.radiolab.org/
    Santoshima Resident: broadcast out of where?
    Calvino Rabeni: I found these exciting for contributing something to my knowledge without arousing that love/hate feeling about "learning" :)
    Calvino Rabeni: it is from NY City
    Calvino Rabeni: WNYC
    Santoshima Resident: ^ nice summary
    Santoshima Resident: :)
    Daedalus687 Resident: partially examined life is a good podcast
    Calvino Rabeni: http://www.radiolab.org/people/jad-abumrad/
    Calvino Rabeni: Abumrad was honored as a 2011 MacArthur Fellow (also known as the Genius Grant). The MacArthur Foundation website says: “Abumrad is inspiring boundless curiosity within a new generation of listeners and experimenting with sound to find ever more effective and entertaining ways to explain ideas and tell a story.”
    Calvino Rabeni: This is about depth-through-style, which I find fascinating
    Calvino Rabeni: As a breakout from the bounds of traditional .. um, not sure what to call it .. semantics?
    Calvino Rabeni: There is a popular TED talk on memory
    Calvino Rabeni: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6PoUg7jXsA

    Calvino Rabeni: that had some comments near the end about mindfulness, which seemed the unusual part of it
    Santoshima Resident: which talk? what comment?
    Calvino Rabeni: that one linked, "feats of memory anyone can do"
    Santoshima Resident: sorry, missed seeing the link ... wil check it
    Santoshima Resident: closing eyes, etc etc
    Calvino Rabeni: near the end, he remarks that memory is a big part of what we possess of our lives, and the quality of memory, when it partakes of mindfulness, is a part of who we are .. it gave a somewhat spiritual framework around what otherwise would have been the usual story of memory, which is sort of about recording "information".
    Calvino Rabeni: So that in other words adds some "presence" to the notion
    Calvino Rabeni: My paraphrase .. it's a pretty brief comment I think he meant to sum up the talk and say why it is important, other than just a trick to program one's brain as it were a computer
    Calvino Rabeni: Will you excuse me now please, I'm due to a different meeting?
    Calvino Rabeni: Thanks for the sit and the chat
    Calvino Rabeni: take care
    Calvino Rabeni: :)
    Santoshima Resident: thanks, Cal ~ take care
    Calvino Rabeni: bye Santo, Daedalus
    Santoshima Resident: heading out, bye Daedalus

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