02011-03-15 | Uncategorized | 12 comments

There will be two versions of the album Santa Fe for sale this year. It looks like Sommerset will manufacture and distribute the CD and it will be available in Target stores – as was/is Spanish Sun. We will also manufacture our own version, our usual Digi-Pak design, which will only be available at our concerts. This SSRI CD will not be digitally distributed and will not appear in our online store in any form. We are hoping to have the album with us on the East coast run in May – which, by the way, was extended to include Chicago. Details to follow.

Germany to shut down pre-1980 nuclear plants | Green Tech – CNET News
Germany will shut down all seven of its nuclear power plants that began operation before 1980 and it is unclear whether they will start up again, the government said today.
Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the closures under a nuclear policy moratorium imposed following Japan’s crisis, and said they would be carried out by government decree as no agreement with the plants’ operators had been reached.

I think there are anti-atomic power plant protests in France as well – and France has many of them.

Drink Link Tea Set by Joon Lee | Design Milk
Eindhoven-based designer Joon Lee looks to old artifacts when designing tableware that engages people to converse at the table. The “Drink Link” tea set consists of a teapot connected to its cups, directly linking every person to each other.

Was his inspiration a hookah?

Caterina.net» Blog Archive » FOMO and Social Media
FOMO —Fear of Missing Out— is a great motivator of human behavior, and I think a crucial key to understanding social software, and why it works the way it does. Many people have studied the game mechanics that keep people collecting things (points, trophies, check-ins, mayorships, kudos). Others have studied how the neurochemistry that keeps us checking Facebook every five minutes is similar to the neurochemistry fueling addiction.

Tom Waits and Neil Young! (photo)

Picture from Japan – Owner and Dog Reunited | Seattle DogSpot
“Hope is the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without words, and never stops at all.” – Emily Dickinson

A six month journey along the 2,200 mile long Appalachian Trail, condensed and reinterpreted into five minutes of stop-motion. (Vimeo)

The video looks awful, I think, but that might be a walk I should take!!
Nice Rilke Quote

Book By Its Cover » Amy Cutler
Brooklyn-based artist Amy Cutler makes detailed narrative paintings that look like they belong in an old children’s fairy tale book. In most of her paintings the figures are usually women or some sort of hybrid women in a surreal scene. In Traction, women are pulling a house with their braided hair, like rope. In Egg Collection, the woman’s head is a basket full of eggs and some of the chickens have women’s heads.

Saw Amy Cutler’s paintings at Site Santa Fe. She uses Guache, which is a water-based paint, but while water-color is transparent, Guache is not. I think many of the old hand-written books pre-Gutenberg, for example the old bibles, were illustrated with Guache. Fabulous! I ended up buying the book that was on sale at the gallery. It is beautiful and very well made. The exhibit is up until 15. May and I highly recommend it if you should visit Santa Fe.


  1. Boris

    France has 58 nuclear power plants, Germany 17. Germany and, I think, Spain, are one of the few (the only?) countries who had already decided to exit this technology. In Germany by 2036 at the latest, very probably now by 2022, as it was originally agreed by the former government. The overwhelming majority of countries went in the other direction, extending the energy supply by nuclear power. I hope it is not only the people pointing at the energy suppliers. It is the people who should think about their waste of energy as well. It is a good time now to raise awareness even there, well, what was that abou Al Gore?

    On another note I sadly learn that I will not be able to order the SSRI CD version of “Santa Fe” … ANd it will not be ready for the European tour … :-(

  2. Luz

    @Boris: I would be happy to purchase the Santa Fe CD for you this summer-unless someone from the East Coast gets it to you sooner.

  3. Steve(brokerbiker)

    Thank you for the tip on the exhibit at Site Santa Fe. I will be in Santa Fe around the time of the closing for the Chairman’s Conference at Thornburg and will ride the Santa Fe Century on the 15th. Nice time of year to visit again.

  4. LindaW

    Thanks for the tip on the Site Santa Fe exhibit, I will have to go check it out!

  5. Carol Anderson

    Thank you for the great music.

  6. marijose

    I love that quote from Rilke. I woke up this morning to a wonderful radio interview of Joanna Macy and some of her favorite Rilke poems -http://being.publicradio.org/programs/2010/wild-love-for-world/ . Made my day.

    Looking forward to the new CD! Spanish Sun continues to sell well at my local Target – the display is usually half empty or completely empty. :)

  7. Boris

    @Luz: Thanks a lot for the other. I might get back to it. I will make sure to post some fan impressions of the European tour in the fan blog. And what the second half of the years brings we shall see. :-)

  8. Boris

    … for the offer, I meant …

  9. Luz

    @Boris: which shows are you attending? I sooo wanted to travel to Europe to see Ottmar but was hoping the tour would’ve been in the Summer instead. Look forward to your impressions.

  10. Gudrun

    @Boris: Will you be in Munich too???? :-)

  11. Boris

    @ Luz @ Gudrun: Will attend the shows in Ghent and Istanbul. Not Munich this time. But my parents will go there. And probably one or the other friend.

  12. Luz

    @Boris: Ghent & Istanbul would’ve been my choices too!


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