That’s right, TODAY at The Issaquah Coffee Company 5PM, I will be reading excerpts from both of my novel’s in progress and a short story. We will begin with some adventure in the novel The Island and The Sea. Next a taste of my work in progress of the last three years, Everything Else By The Wayside. Finally, we will end with my short story “The Hanging Gardens”, a folktale. A few songs will be played before the reading, as well as a song between each story. It should be a fun time, so be sure to come.
Category Archives: Free Stuff
For those of you who frequent this site, you may have noticed something about me. I love to learn. I love to learn because it expands my knowledge of this crazy world we live in. I love to learn because now a days knowledge is literally power, and because knowledge is now available free to the every man, which means we the people, with only a little effort, can be truly powerful.
Here is an ironic fact, I have learned more on the internet than I ever learned in college. And the what I find on the net is not increasing in price by 25% a year.
In the ’60’s people opened their minds with LSD, today people prefer that their minds remain closed while they watch television. Be strange, be weird, turn off that damned TV now and then and learn something.
Here’s a good way to start. Free Yale Courses. You don’t have to pay a penny, and you too can receive one of the greatest educations that this planet has to offer. You wont get that expensive slip of paper, but that’s all bureaucracy anyway, it’s the learnin’ that’s important.
They have free courses in Astronomy , Biomedical Engineering , Chemistry , Classics , Ecology and Evolutionary Biology , Economics , English , History , History of Art , Italian Language and Literature , Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology , Music , Philosophy , Physics , Political Science , Psychology , and Religious Studies .
My advice, take is slow and take one class at a time, one or two lectures a week. No need to rush, but as long as you are even passively participating, you are progressing, and life is all about progression.
Let me preface this post by saying, if you have never been to Ted.com, what the hell are you doing here? Go, now! Ted is my favorite website on all of the internet, my home page when I open my browser, and there’s good reason for it. Ted is nothing but videos of brilliant, passionate people talking about the things they love, be it science, education, research, music or literature. If you’re up for it, here is a goal for you for the next week (I’m going to do it too): start your days off by watching just one video from Ted. That’s it. You will get smarter, you’ll become more cultured, more educated, and more entertained.
So, here in this post, I’ve decided to gather videos of many of my favorite ted musicians, and in future posts, I will gather a few of my favorite artists and writers, so be sure to check back for that. Hope you enjoy yourself.
First we have Jake Shimabukuro who tries to convince us that “what the world needs now is ukulele” by playing Bohemian Rhapsody.http://ted.com/talks/view/id/1063
Next we have one of my favorite live musicians, Andrew Bird. I mention live, because he uses a loop machine, which is fascinating to watch when used well by a talented musician, which he is, and he does. Here we have three live songs and stories around them. And believe me when I say, watching him run around stage picking up different instruments and whistling is supremely entertaining.
Now we are sliding closer to story telling as we have Robert Gupta, professional violinist and eloquent speaker. He speaks of music as medicine, which it most certainly is. He speaks of music as the catalyst which restores sanity, particularly the paranoid schizophrenic “charming, rugged, homeless” Nathanial Anthony Airs.
Now, there are many more musicians on Ted.com, most of them excellent. If you find one you particularly like, be sure to share the link in the comments section below. And, discussion on music ensue in 3,2,1….