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Monthly Archives: July 2004

Stern Grove: Gamelan Sekar Jaya and Trilok Gurtu

Another perfect afternoon at the Stern Grove: fog shielded us from the hot sun and kept the temperatures ideal. The concert was much less crowded than I expected. At 1PM we were still able to get good seats (5th row!). Well, maybe that was because Gamelan Sekar Jaya was definitely on the weird side and […]

When Oil Production Peaks

Listening to another talk given at the Long Now Foundation, this time by Peter Schwartz I learned that no known form of energy has a chance to replace Hydrocarbons: sun, wind, water, and tide does not provide enough, …

Stern Grove: West African Highlife Band and Youssou N’Dour & The Super Etoile De Dakar

Another very good concert. A little more fog this time lead to pleasant temperatures. Lots of dancing. The most impressive musicians in both groups were the Tama players.

The Corporation, created by Jennifer Abbot, Mark Achbar, and Joel Bakan

Finally I managed to see this excellent movie (movie’s site, book) on the last week it was still playing in the South Bay.

Terrorist Attacks and the Election

After reading this I’m probably not the only one who gets the sneaking suspicion that this administration will somehow manage to postpone elections until the president has a higher chance of winning. After what recently happened in Congress I for one certainly don’t put it past this administration to do just that. Or, maybe this […]

The Long Now Foundation: Jill Tarter of SETI

Some time ago I discovered The Long Now Foundation and their monthly seminars which take place everysecond Friday, usually at Fort Mason in San Francisco. I never made areal effort to go to these talks until the foundation published the audio of some ofthe past talks. After listening to Bruce Sterling and Rusty SchweickartI couldn’t […]

Stern Grove: Souad Massi and Lila Downs

This weekend I managed to catch a Stern Grove concert. The warm-up was Souad Massi who in addition to her unbelievably beautiful voice was backed up by some very impressive musicians (unfortunately, I don’t seem to be able to find the line-up of musicians right now). The main act was Lila Downs who almost instantly […]

Tom Tomorrow’s Latest

San Jose’s city mag “Metro” this week has an excellent cartoon by Tom Tomorrow.

Brian Copeland’s “Not a Genuine Black Man”