Your mind is fertile soil

“It’s simply time to use our potential and overpower all this negative shit. Love can be the source of all things for you. Enough with the greed, enough racism. Stop being a little bitch that needs a force field of machismo, starting fights at dingy-ass clubs. Be kind to people. Respect the earth and the universe and all of its principles. Realize that we are all kin. The same energy that birthed the plants, animals and elements, gave you YOUR existence.

Check it, your mind is fertile soil, your thoughts are seeds and your actions are the sunlight and water that can bring all things into fruition. Plant that positive seed; think the most glorious thoughts that you can possibly imagine. Your next instinct will be to see if you can make those thoughts reality.

For example, if dudes keep saying that the world is going to end, then people start to believe it and then it slowly becomes reality. But if we all start saying that the human race will thrive and harmonize, then that’ll soon become the consensus and the next step will be to act on it and make it happen. I’m just saying, your thoughts are powerful seeds, so try to plant some good ones in there before you go and do some bullshit.”

Edan drops knowledge

Nobody puts the weeds there

The peerless Boards of Canada have released their brilliant new album “Tomorrow’s Harvest” and have done some rare press interviews to shed some light on their creative process. I especially love this quote, which evokes a strong sense of wabi-sabi

I think the digital world suffers from being just so literal, so deliberate and sober. As with digital photography, people have gotten used to applying simulated filters onto their pictures just to inject a bit of romance into the thing, because the raw pictures are so flat. But in the analog realm these beautiful things just happen by themselves without your conscious effort. You could say the wobbles and flutters in our music are equivalent to something like weeds overgrowing an old building. Nobody puts the weeds there, but nature comes along and makes the scene very tragic and beautiful.

The Brothers Who Make Electronica By Hand

“Tomorrow’s Harvest” is an amazing album. As the brothers say, it is best enjoyed alone, with headphones so you can explore its dense, rich, dark,but hopeful world.

You came from the energy, you are the energy and you will return to the energy

This week saw the passing of The Doors’ keyboardist Ray Manzareck. In 2010, Newstalk’s Orla Barry asked him about what happens when you die and he replied:

“Energy… you go into the energy. You came from the energy, you are the energy and you will return to the energy… to the absolute divine, joyous energy that is all things. That’s where you come from and that’s where you go.

“It’s a circle. Life is of course a great circular infinity. And it’s marvellous. It’s absolutely, totally comforting, you don’t have to live in fear anymore. You can put the fear behind you and embrace all of existence.”

Newstalk have a clip of him discussing this. .

You Are Listening To

This is my new favourite thing. Came across this the other day on Twitter or Tumblr. You Are Listening To Los Angeles mixes live police radio with ambient music, the result is a fascinating experience, sometimes sinister, sometimes something else completely. Good interview with the creator here.

I love ideas like this – such a simple concept, done so well, using various APIs to create something really unique.

Check it out, You Are Listening To

True love will find you in the end

True love will find you in the end
You’ll find out just who was your friend
Don’t be sad, I know you will,
But don’t give up until
True love finds you in the end.

This is a promise with a catch
Only if you’re looking will it find you
‘Cause true love is searching too
But how can it recognize you
Unless you step out into the light?
Don’t be sad, I know you will,
But don’t give up until
True love finds you in the end.

Obligatory Gangnam Style post…

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you can’t have missed the South Korean pop sensation Psy’s “Gangnam Style” video. It’s rocketed over 250 million views online and broken Guinness records for most likes on YouTube. The song and video are a parody of the stylish and opulent Gangnam district of Seoul, and it’s fame and subject matter have made it the topic of much discussion. Among these is Euny Hong’s fascinating look into growing up in the district as a child.

As long term readers will know I am interested by language and specifically languages that don’t have words that others do. So, one thing that leapt out at me from Hong’s piece was this:

South Korea had no irony when I arrived there. I can say that as plainly as I can say that it had no McDonald’s (it arrived in 1988, in Gangnam, of course). The Korean language has no word for irony, nor for “parody,” which is why the Korean press has been using the English word “parody” to describe Gangnam Style.

I wonder how telling it is (as Hong alludes to) that there is no word for ‘parody’ in Korean, and that to describe this recent phenomenon they’ve had to draft in the English word. Does it tell us something about their society?

And for good measure, here’s the good man himself with his catchy little ditty