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I, Robot: 2018 Burning Man Theme

October 19, 2017

 

Hot on the heels of both LA and SF Decom, with San Diego’s Youtopia this coming weekend, the Burning Man Organization announced the 2018 theme: “I, Robot” and invites participants to  “examine[s] how it feels to live in a world that is filled with robots that watch us, track us, hack us, read our tweets and emails, listen to our phone calls, and sell this information to other robots.”

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Burning Man Decom 2017: LA, SF Oct. 14

October 13, 2017
Decompression [dee-kuh m-preshuh n] noun
  • 1. the gradual reduction in atmospheric pressure experienced by divers,construction workers, etc., after working in deep water or breathingcompressed air.
  • 2. the act or process of releasing from pressure.
  • 3. a state of relief from pressure; a return to normalcy after a stressfulperiod or situation.
After an intense experience like a week at Burning Man, or hiking a 1000 or so miles on the PCT/AT/CDT or even 300 miles on the JMT, or other similar life changing challenging adventures, returning to the “mundane” or default world can be hard. While you may not be fighting a wind storm to keep your tent in place or blinded by dust or tormented by heat, life in the default world is missing something– a big something. The out doors, for one. And struggles to over come with ingenuity for another.  And just the sense that
you are living life to the fullest imaginable.
Life back home can seem tedious, lacking art, or LIFE. It can seem dead — or deadening. You realize that on the trail or at Burning Man
you are ALIVE

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Let Curiosity Be Greater Than Fear: Pema Chodron

October 12, 2017

 

“Let your curiosity be greater than your fear,” says Pema Chodron as reproduced in this image using a detail from an artwork by Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo.

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Two Trees Ventura: One Tree Down

October 10, 2017

The winds on Monday devastated several areas in California and led to a dozen or more people dying.

The winds drove catastrophic fires and downed branches damaged cars, homes, and took out power.

 

Chateau St. Jean. Photo by a firefighter.

Huge fires in Napa and Sonoma county tore through neighborhoods and destroyed vineyards and wineries.

Many of my wine country friends have been evacuated. Some of them have lost everything to the fire.

Here in Ventura, we lost one of our beloved trees on the hill above town.

Diseased and dying if not dead, it was not destined to stand much longer.

A tree has been planted to take its place.

I could see both trees from my classroom.

 

I could see both trees from my hikes in Arroyo Verde Park.

No longer.

Read more about Two Trees here.

 

Tragedy in Las Vegas 10/1/17

October 5, 2017
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While she is not one of my students, I am sharing this memo from VC’s President: “I am saddened to share with you the news that a Ventura College student, Savannah N. Sanchez, was involved in the horrible incident that occurred in Las Vegas this past Sunday night. Information is limited at this time. Our personal counselors, located in the Student Health Center are available to provide counseling to you, your classmates, or anyone who may be affected by this event. Personal Counseling Services (PCS) is located in the Student Health Center directly behind the Performing Art Center and can be reached at 805-289-6346.”

Here’s a link to a GoFundMe for Savannah. The most recent update from last night by Sarina Mendez says: “Savannah has been opening her eyes more today & she has been moving her legs and arms but hasn’t woken up yet.”

At this point I don’t know why the shooter targeted who he did or why he did it. I don’t even know yet how many people he killed — will it be 60 or more? Many people are still in the hospitals. Many more who did not require surgery are injured in other ways, both physically and emotionally.

We do know that guns regulation or control will not be a result of this tragedy. Read more…

RIP Tom Petty (10/20/50 – 10/2/17): Some days are diamonds, some days are rocks.

October 3, 2017

Tom Petty Oct. 11, 2014 at the LA Forum photo by Art Predator (off the big screen with my iPhone)

Thomas Earl Petty (October 20, 1950 – October 2, 2017)
by guest blogger Ron Wells
“Some days are diamonds
 Some days are rocks..” —Tom Petty

Today is a rock. One that doesn’t roll no more except in the hearts of those of us that find it difficult to take yet another heartbreak. 

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Fall Books to Fall For from Sherman Alexie, Craig Childs, and more

September 28, 2017

To combat insomnia, I have taken to getting off my computer before midnight and taking to my bed with a book. It has to be the right book– it really has to be beautifully written and engaging, but not suspenseful.

So what have I been harvesting? What books have I been falling for this autumn?

to that end, I have recently started working through books by naturalist Craig Childs. Read more…

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