Space ~ what’s between your ears?

Hey folks, this post is the result of a brainstorm shared with bearspawprint. We’re both posting music connected to Space–as in “the final frontier”–actually I think the final frontier entails an exploration of interior space, but that’s not on the docket today. Except a little, yeah, it’s here too. Bearspawprint will also post her choices for Space today  –>> http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/   & here –>>  http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/music-themes-space/   .

You are cordially invited to explore all this SPACE to your ears’ content–or dispute. Please share your own favorite music connected to Space at will..

Namaste

Who? Why? Because it’s all the outer and inner journey through space and time! The ending is very important so don’t skip the best part. What will who come up with next?

Doctor Who ~ Music of the Spheres

upload by nanceoir

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To go where no human has gone before–into dark, cold space and yet where do we always end up again and again? Dealing with the incomprehensible hearts of matters.

Star Trek Into Darkness music by Michael Giacchino

Upload by New Tulkas

Star Trek: Into Darkness
by Michael Giacchino

Tracklist:

00:00:00 Pranking the Natives
00:03:48 Spock Drops, Kirk Jumps
00:04:51 Sub Prime Directive
00:07:19 London Calling
00:09:32 Meld-Merized
00:12:16 The Kronos Wartet
00:17:45 Brigadoom
00:21:30 Ship to Ship
00:24:24 Earthbound and Down
00:27:05 Warp Core Values
00:30:05 Buying the Space Farm
00:33:25 The San Fran Hustle
00:38:29 Kirk Enterprises
00:41:33 Star Trek Main Theme
00:45:01 The Growl (Bonus Track)

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In a clear night sky the Milky Way teases and tempts all travellers.

Time lapse captures the galactic core of the Milky Way

Luc 2255 upload

Time lapse space/nature compilation – Music is Nuvole Bianche by Ludovico Einaudi, this was made by Terje Sorgjerd.

Watch the HD version with a description from the photographer here; http://vimeo.com/22439234

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All beautiful space joy photography brings!

Hubble Space images with piano music by Richard Clayderman

Earthstudy upload

A COMME AMOUR (1978)
BALLADE POUR ADELINE
LADY DI (1984)
LETTRE A MA MERE (1984)
RHAPSODY IN BLUE (1978)
ELISE (POUR ELISE)

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Okay, it’s comic–and yet–it’s so appropriate–dolphins + space = The HItchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. What else?

So Long and Thanks for All the Fish

upload by Fihshsticks

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Yeah, I think the why of this choice is self-evident

A Space Journey

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A small tribute to the Hubble Space Telescope (http://www.spacetelescope.org). Music by David Schombert: – Earth: http://www.jamendo.com/en/track/2239/… – Nebulae: http://www.jamendo.com/en/track/2242/…
Main characters:
The Solar System Earth NGC3603 Orion Nebula Veil Nebula Large Magellanic Cloud Antennae Galaxies NGC1275 “Mystic Mountain” in the Carina Nebula Crab Nebula

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Star Trek travels in one direction while Babylon 5, well, it was/is Babylon 5.  Over the years any science fiction fan has seen and heard any number of battles in space. What would any of these be like without powerful music? So take this for what its worth–dramatic images of a battle in space with solid strong music that brings the action to life–of all things. Imagine that.

Babylon 5 Epic Battle Montage

created and uploaded by RubberDuck3h
0:003:00  – “Black Blade” by Two Steps From Hell, from the album “Invincible”.
3:004:04 – “Dawn of Destiny” by Troels Foelmann, from the Fired Earth Music album “Vulcano”.
4:045:07 – “Akkadian Empire” by Audiomachine, from the album “Chronicles”
5:076:16 – “Master of Shadows” by Two Steps From Hell, from the album “Invincible”
6:166:52 – “Rising Force Remix” by Sonic Symphony, from the album “Epica”
6:5210:00 – “Starvation” by Thomas J Bergersen, from the album “Illusions”

MIA content regarding Rape epidemic within Military, etc.

Okay, I surrender to the ghost in this machine and refuse to fight the edit blog post battle any further today.  While I’ve narrowed down the search for causes of earlier frustrations in blogland to this specific computer at my end, the reasons for such remain elusive. So instead of trying to force the program to do its editing duty properly,  I’m just going to yap in this post instead.

Yes, it’s been very quiet in my blogcasa since round one of “Breakfast Special.”  I confess that I’ve been wondering if further courses of “Breakfast Special” might be of interest to anyone wandering by.  Would anyone care to put in an order?

Frankly I think I’ve ranted, vented and held forth over time on most items broiling in my brainpan. Yet when Dirk Kirby’s documentary “The Invisible War” aired on my local PBS station via Independent Lens last night it supplied some motivational electro-shock therapy which prompted my earlier attempt at a blog post regarding the rape epidemic in the U.S. Military. I’d been aware of this issue for several years, but had no idea of the current ongoing scope and depth of the issue until viewing Kirby’s film.  While I’m aware that the violent crime of rape is widespread, under-reported and under prosecuted in America, I’d had not any idea just how callous the entire U.S. Military’s attitude is towards the crime in its own ranks.  Is this a logical consequence of the innate nature of the military itself as a vehicle for training people for combat that requires the death and destruction of other humans? Perhaps it is.

If so, why would any parent who puts forth the effort to raise children to be decent, caring, intelligent adults ever encourage their children to enlist in any military force? Why would parents want to have their children destroyed by a system which does not value human life?

I am at a loss for any rational answers to those questions and the host of others I have in regard to the specific issue of rape in the military and the institution in general.  It appears that being an “officer and a gentleman” is nothing more than illusion created by smart uniformed propaganda images.

Rape outrages many people when news of it surfaces in the media. The rapes of women in India have garnered world-wide attention.  People are appalled by rapes of children. Rape is recognized as a war crime.  No one seems to condone rape.  Yet it is a widespread violent crime which knows no social, political, economic nor religious boundaries.

Does the U.S. Military view the victims of rape within its ranks as simple collateral damage that is an acceptable byproduct of their own culture of acceptable violence?

Is this just a military problem or is it a human nature problem? If it’s human nature working out its dark side then what does it say about US?

Considering the recent issues regarding the Violence Against Women Act I wonder if we live in a culture which somehow deviously nurtures the act of rape.

Such is the current state of my brainpan stew. This is more or less the gist of the content which inexplicably vanished from my earlier post when I hit the “Publish” earlier today.

Anyone have any answers?

 

Higher Education Quebec Style = 400,000 Defy Bill 78 to Denounce Tuition Hike. Oh and about Education…

       Now one hundred days of protest is some serious field trip out of classroom mental work– and this exercise in the freedom to speak one’s mind with one’s feet apparently will not end with the conclusion of the course term. in Quebec.  Apparently Canadian students enjoy their affordable education so much they’re willing to fight for it with zeal and determination.  Bill 78 is an effort to shut down the student strike protests against the 75 % hikes in tuition. Bill 78 in effect demands that people submit to the dictates of the state and refrain from protesting en mass or face serious fines (1,000 to 25,000 dollars) and arrest. Wearing a mask could get you 10 years in prison.  OOOOO what do the elected official fear from the mask wearers?  Damn that film V for Vendetta for its mask wearing protestors for popularizing those masks which scares the hell out of totalitarians. Every effort to ban and il-legalize the masks serves as a red flag marker as to who is who on the battlefield for mind control. Some Canadians I’ve chatted with recently declare Bill 78 is the death knoll for Premier Jean Charest and his ‘liberal’ party.  Take note–these days the world ‘liberal’ has vastly different meanings depending on where, who, when–it’s all about context.

If you’re wondering what’s with the red square — little red felt squares are worn by the students and their supporters in Quebec.  Yes, I am in solidarity with anyone who believes quality education should be available to everyone. I would like ALL education to be ‘free of charge’ because the mind is the most vital frontier and no one should be denied the opportunity to learn–ever.  Can you imagine a world in which our monetary and other ‘resources’ are focused on education that enables humans to actualize their imaginative creative intellectual potential –instead of focused on making war, engaging in genocide and destruction of anyone some folks consider a threat to their bastions of power and control? I suspect if we’d been enabling the flourishing of the mind we might not have sown the seeds of our destruction via the pollution of our own habitat.  Or at least I hope we would not have done so.  One never knows what course intellectual freedom might embark upon. Hell, some of the great scientific minds created the atom bomb–and enabled it to be ‘used.’  So, yes, I admit there are such dilemmas.  Yet, if there’d not been a military industrial complex running rampant then the course of human history would be —-???? We don’t quite know do we? Plenty of Science Fiction authors have explored alternative realities. I suspect this is one reason the genre threatens mainstream fiction writers — because it explores more than the status quo of possibilities and pushes the imagination into uncharted waters.

A few fundamental basics regarding quality education to consider. Oh yes, all of this comes from experiencing what ‘works’ in a teaching environment. This is NOT speculation:

Optimum student class size–14 students.  This is not a secret number. It’s been shown that a student teacher ratio of 14 to 1 produces major benefits.

No standardized tests. They’re just money makers for the corporate testing business and serve no other purpose than to generate profits. They’re useless for gauging real mastery of material. Ability to properly employ and discuss material in useful and creative ways reveals having learned a subject.

No corporate produced textbooks. The textbook industry is another huge money-maker that enables mass indoctrination and manipulation of information. Guess why Americans don’t know much about HISTORY beyond what someone decided they ought to know to stay malleable.

No useless grades. Grades do little more than serve as carrots on sticks. Children have been paid to get good grades in research studies.  The little student research rats behave just as one might expect–they produce only as long as they’re PAID. No more funding and they cease putting forth effort for grades.  That reveals nothing good about carrots or the educational system that fails to incline children to be invested in their own learning.

As for uniforms–who gives a damn what you’re wearing if you’re not engaged in the act of discovery. Uniforms might ease some social issues in some contexts but they cannot improve a child’s learning experience. Some parents like uniforms because of how easy they make “clothing issues”. Well, if clothing issues are the main concern something is seriously skewed at the core.  Uniforms are just another money-maker for those businesses that produce them.

Discovered a common thread here regarding the involvement of ‘Business’ in education? Business has NO place in education.  It does not foster engagement in the act of discovery. Businesses exist for profit margins and selling products–NOT for fostering the critical thinking skills of human beings.

As for “teachers” in education. It’s a tough job these days to be a teacher anywhere. The pedagogy for classrooms has clearly failed under the current system of operations in the public sector.  Education is not a ‘service’ industry where just punching a time clock is enough.  People’s minds are not like car parts on conveyor belts waiting for assembly. Lecturing to the ‘drones’ does nothing but leave all children behind–far far behind. To teach is to lay aside ego and engage people — not all of whom one ‘likes’– in order to educate their imaginations so that they are active participants in the world rather than factory robots.  This is not easy nor for the faint of heart. “Houston, we’ve got a problem.” No shit.

Information regarding Bill 78  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_78

Visit Democracy Now!  http://www.democracynow.org/  for coverage of the student protests. They had a good feature piece today (Friday May 25, 2012). http://www.democracynow.org/2012/5/25/maple_spring_nearly_1_000_arrested

The Educated Imagination website dedicated to Northrop Frye http://fryeblog.blog.lib.mcmaster.ca/  O my, Frye was a Canadian?? Hehehe, see this post is ‘connected’ …..

And  Northrop Frye, The Educated Imagination   http://northropfrye-theeducatedimagination.blogspot.com/

Nothing is perfect–but there are much better ways to educate than are currently employed en mass in the United States.  I think some Americans have figured out enough to know that closing 60 schools in Philadelphia is not a great idea.  http://www.democracynow.org/2012/5/25/whos_killing_philly_public_schools_daniel

How is your imagination today? Please do share your thoughts if you’re so inclined.  No rulers for knuckle bashing nor ink pens held at the ready for grammar put downs in this blogcasa comment section. Anyone have a positive educational experience to share? Hmm? Horror stories also are ‘welcome’. Is your school under siege? Are you a teacher wondering what the hell has gone so horribly wrong? Are you a lucky teacher  in a great supportive environment with eager students?

 

A Very Wicked New Year to One and All

Hello everyone to whom I’ve been AWOL for so long.  Just have been pre-occupied with streams of Occupy online and other things offline. Hope everyone is well and is surviving whatever winter is throwing your way weatherwise. It’s COLD here but nothing to complain about.  Looking forward to visiting many blogcasas very soon. Something that came up in a recent occupy livestream chat was the lack of comprehension of word ‘play’ on the part of many Americans. Apparently our educational system offers NO appreciation of the finer points of the English language and hence our sense of humor is stunted by our lack of appreciation for clever turns of phrases.  Some of you poets will probably beg to differ on this account. But–believe me it is a valid a concern time and time again in many occupy chats where random segments of the global population consort daily.  Some humor simply does not come across well in text. Others fail to comprehend multiple meanings of words. And there are many forms of self-expression from individual communities that take time and patience to decipher.  This goes beyond the texting genre. Though that also comes into play in the chat stream in various incarnations.  Best thing to do when at a loss is to ask for definitions–some are obvious, some bewildering and others very enlightening and useful.  It’s an ongoing exercise in communication on a global level.  So–when I use the word “wicked” to herald the new year –I have a variety of meanings and associations with “wicked” that vary from slang to formal dictionary traditional meanings–very cool and wonderful to downright evil.  While hoping 2012 is indeed a wonderful and exciting new year for everyone in all the possible positive ways this is tempered with the awareness of the president signing the National Defence Authorization Act on New Years Eve when many people were paying NO attention to this potentially evil little legislative ‘delight’.  So–while every ‘new’ year brims with creative positive potential it also brims with all sorts of  new negative hatchings as well.   And so it goes…..

For the moment–Chocolate truffles for everyone! But don’t you dare fall asleep under the table this new year or there may be hell to pay……. Mic Check!

Links regarding NDAA:

A piece by Mother Jones   http://motherjones.com/mojo/2011/12/white-house-caves-veto-threat

Montanans launch recall of senators who approved NDAA  http://salem-news.com/articles/december252011/ndaa-recall.php

Democracy Now!  http://www.democracynow.org/2011/12/19/obama_prepares_to_authorize_indefinite_detention

Doing an internet search of NDAA ought to bring you up to speed fairly quickly.  You might want to have your favorite libations or comfort foods handy while discovering what’s happened.

Reach out and “Touch” a blogcasa.

Peace all.
 
For no particular reason I have not “done” blog awards in a long time.  I know  they’re useful for connecting folks to new blogcasas that they might not otherwise discover. They can be an interesting form of networking in blogland.  I have appreciated each one that has come my way while blogging.  I just often get caught up in using my blog time tossing out posts about other things that have caught my attention. So this is an effort to not forget about two recent awards from Jingle and eva626.  Thanks to both of you for your kind  words and thoughtfulness.  In return I thought I’d create my own award visual using one of my energyscapes, “Touch,” for whomever decides to accept and post an award visual at their blogcasa.  Hey, an artist is always on the prowl for exposure! LOL. So, if you see “Touch” making its way around blogland beyond here to new blogcasas that would be a way of tracing how far our connections have traveled.  I hope others will reach out and touch others with “Touch.”
 

"Touch" by Eva Wojcik

 

Jingle–offers a playground for poets.

http://thursdaypoetsrallypoetry.wordpress.com/

eva626–I think this “eva” has food on her brainpan about as much as I do.

http://herenownotforever.wordpress.com/

I ought to share 7 things about moi:

I adore sweet potatoes fried in olive oil then drizzled with honey and dashed with sea salt.

I enjoy driving old state and county roads rather than interstate highways.

I wish my car was a horse.

Wisteria is one of my favorite flowering plants.

I do not like wearing shoes.

Watching “wire in the blood” starring Robson Green on hulu is one of my vices.

I covet a large loom for weaving.

Okay–now  here are  some blogcasas I offer for your explorations–I’ve come across 7 and 15 blogs to be awarded. Does it really matter? Hopefully everyone will discover something new. 

Clegyr Boia–mAgdA’s wild land art in Wales! O yeah.

http://clegyrboia.wordpress.com/

roxie–She’s got publishing opportunities of all sorts if you’re a writer searching for ink.

http://roxieh.wordpress.com/

artist at exit O–Al’s artistic wanderings along the Ohio River to create ART from styrofoam and water borne “trash”.

http://artistatexit0.wordpress.com/

flandrumhill–Need a nature walk? Information and beauty in one blogcasa.

http://flandrumhill.wordpress.com/

penpusherpen-Pen’s Poems ‘n Stuff–lovely poetic darkness–and she’s got great gifs too. Life slants in mysterious ways.

http://penpusherpen.wordpress.com/

Dennis’ Diary of Destruction—O MUCH fun and trouble with dogs –and cats.

http://dennisthevizsla.wordpress.com/

Living a Whole Life–Meg’s writing, photography and visual art as she moves through life’s search for pearls–and  real love.

http://thispearl.wordpress.com/

One Cool Site–great blog development information and more! Check it out for the wordpress doctor deluxe.

http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/

Posky’s blog–for some modern wicked written humor and comics–be forewarned.

http://mattposky.wordpress.com/

Yi-Ching—Careful, her photographic tours of New York City include plenty of food porn to torture your taste buds. Poetry “to fu.”

http://yichinglin.com/

Matthew Ashton–For a political perspective of a certain sort that includes reviews of movies, books and games.

http://drmatthewashton.com/

slpmartin’s Read Between the Minds–poetry with a sharpening edge.

http://slpmartin.wordpress.com/

Barbara Rodgers’ By the Sea–Art, quotes, inspiration and insights.

http://ingebrita.wordpress.com/

The Arts Web Show–Oh for some just plain silly fun at times.  Never know what Richard will serve up next. Really. 

http://artswebshow.com/

Leslie Paints—If you’re looking for some art instruction online, Leslie offers it with each post of her own creative process.

 http://lesliepaints.wordpress.com/

Lynn Wiles–Check out her lovely abstract photography and relax.

http://lynnwiles.wordpress.com/

Dustus–Adam does it all poetic! Poetry challenges and more.

http://dustus.wordpress.com/

LazFreedman’s fun micro poems “Moving right along with you”

http://lazfreedman.wordpress.com/

Echostains & Bookstains for a mix of art and poetry–including Lynda’s  poetic challenges with art prompts fun.

http://echostains.wordpress.com/

YesBut’s Images –color and black & white photography.

http://yesbuts.wordpress.com/

Ryder’s weblog of ramblings galore–and your Tanka Bar connection. Yes, you want Tanka Bars!

http://ryeder.wordpress.com/

Gabrielle Bryden’s life in the land down under with children and frogs.

http://gabriellebryden.wordpress.com/

Samanthamj  –poetry in motion

http://samanthamariahjane.wordpress.com/

Designldg by Laurent G –photographs and words from India’s universe.

http://designldg.wordpress.com/

My apologies to any blog awards I’ve not returned in a timely fashion. No slights intended.

Blue Truth

As I was trolling the net for visuals, I came across this lovely composition in blue that was posted at The Blarg.  After coming across some disturbing media coverage (see Mother Jones regarding Jeff Cox, an Indiana official, advocating using live ammunition on Wisconsin protestors. Excuse me, is this Libya or America? Oops, my bad, sorry Kent State) , this man’s expression and signage just hit the nail so hard that I figure it deserves a post all its own. Unlike other group organized protests with manufactured signs, there are all sorts of protest signs visible in Madison.  Some are hilarious, others obnoxious, but all are well-aimed individualized expressions of free speech and asserting a statement.  You’re invited to share any photographic or video gems you’ve discovered while following Mad-city’s  showdown with Koch Tool Walker. 

Click Anne Marie's photo to visit The Blarg

Art for Art’s Sake — Why do we write?

So do we create to serve our egos? Do we create to serve the abstract concept of ART? Do we create to satisfy the abyss of the appetite of the marketplace? Why do we create ART in all its strange and wonderful styles and forms? Why do we compose music? Why are poems written to lovers far away? Why are songs sent out across time and place to woe women—and men? What end is served by the creative process? Is this an indulgence in the fantasy of being ‘god-like’? Are we conveying the creative energy of the infinite universe? Why do we create?

Is it all Art for Art’s sake when all is said and done? Or is it just another way to go insane while  trying to survive in a world that simultaneously touts great art while telling emerging artists they’re quite mad for thinking of living for creating art because there’s no profit in it? 

If art has no real place or power  or worth in mainstream cultures then why have artists of all genres been imprisoned and executed around the world and throughout history? How terrifying can a poet like Osip Mandelstam possibly be? What is the threat embodied in the Russian masterpiece of social and political satire, The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakow? What is the power of Picasso’s La Gurenica?  And what does the audience learn from Timberlake Wertenbaker’s play, “Our Country’s Good”? Many people read the diary of a young girl, a girl who probably gave not a fig for who might read her words in regard to ‘art’ or anything else. Yet, Anne Frank’s ‘words’ —written without intention of informing or influencing anyone–express a need to create as evidenced by their existence.

Why do we write?

Why do we blog?

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