02011-02-10 | Uncategorized | 4 comments

Beautiful Wednesday morning here in Santa Fe. The sun came out and the snow sparkled. In the slanted morning sunlight the snowflakes seemed to float on top of one another, separated by air. This was not wet and heavy snow, this was dry and light snow… like something shot out of a canon for a Hollywood picture.

I received an email announcing Gene Smith’s memorial service in Manhattan on Saturday, featuring brief musical interludes by Jon Gibson, Philip Glass, Yungchen Lhamo, and Ning Tien.

Remembering Gene Smith
It is with profound regret and sadness that we announce the passing of E. Gene Smith, our friend, source of inspiration, and founder.

A pioneer in Tibetan Studies, Gene dedicated his life to preserving the rich literary heritage of Tibet. Gene passed away at his home on December 16.

See this and this. I had the privilege of meeting Gene Smith in Manhattan in December of 2009.

Poe’s Law:

Urban Dictionary: Poe’s Law
Without a winking smiley or other blatant display of humor, it is impossible to create a parody of Fundamentalism that SOMEONE won’t mistake for the real thing.”

Man killed by Cock… Oh, I should say rooster, shouldn’t I?

Kern County cockfight injury leads to man’s death
A California man attending a cockfight has died after being stabbed in the leg by a bird that had a knife attached to its limb.


Cockfighting is a sport, illegal in the United States, in which specially bred roosters are put into a ring and encouraged to fight until one is incapacitated or killed.

Isn’t the term sport far too generous for this activity?

Quick, we need something cute now… well, how about this photo?

It’s called An Apartment for Space-Age Lovers, but it looks like somebody watched 2001 too many times. Maybe this apartment will gain enough texture to be interesting in ten years, or maybe it will continue to look like the burn ward of a hospital. I do like the Black Hole idea, a closet that can be moved to extend the living room or the bedroom.

It’s the end of Guitar Hero:

Guitar Hero Gone: What Went Wrong?
A Warriors of Rock guitar bundle will set you back $80. Considering many of the controllers do not play nice with similar games, that’s a lot of dough to drop on pretend jamming.

I added the color… the accent has to be on “pretend”. I think it’s far cooler to play air guitar with a broom than to use Guitar Hero.

It’s getting there: dimmable 60W warm-light LED bulb from Philips at Home Depot for forty bucks.

Beautidul photos:

Honey and beehives are sanctified
Bulgarian Orthodox faithful light candles with jars of honey during a holy mass for the ‘sanctification of honey’ at the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin church in the town of Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria on Feb. 10. Honey and beehives are sanctified by performing a ritual for health and rich harvest.

Do they really mean jars of honey? Shouldn’t that read jars of beeswax? By the way, I ordered a bunch of candles from Blue Corn Naturals in Colorado and think they are much better than the candles from the Santa Fe Candle Company. They have a rich honey smell, are made in Colorado (not in China, like some of the candles from Santa Fe Candle Company) and burn beautifully. Recommended!


  1. Adam Solomon

    I’ve always wanted to see a Flamenco Guitar Hero, with a dozen different buttons (for all the right hand technique!) and some complicated Paco falsetas. It would be pretty funny to watch gamers struggle through the compás! “Man, this bulería thing is HARD…” :D

  2. Luz

    Friends of mine have Guitar Hero and I tried it but thought the whole concept was lame. I’ll do FREE air guitar anytime before I spend $$ on Guitar Hero!

  3. marijose

    Totally agree about Blue Corn Naturals. I’ve been getting candles from them for years.

  4. dave

    I thought the apartment looks like something out of A Clockwork Orange. Give me a bit of the old ultra-violence.


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