Technology, The Seventh Kingdom?

Technology is anything invented after you were born. Technology is anything that doesn’t work yet. I love these two half-comic definitions quoted by Kevin Kelly in this TED talk.

Paraphrasing Kelly: The real tricks are exploring the exploration. Technology is about better ways to evolve. The infinite game. A cosmic force begun at the big bang. It’s the expansion of options, possibilities, differences, freedoms. Technology wants a trillion zillion species individuals discovering differences. It’s a way of playing the game by playing all the games.

Every person here has an assignment. Your assignment is to spend your life discovering what your assignment is. That recursive nature is the infinite game. If you play that well, you’ll have other people involved so that that game extends and continues even when you’re gone.

That is the infinite game, and what technology is, is that medium in which we play that infinite game. And so I think we should embrace technology because it is an essential part of finding out who we are.

I love it. What a freeing view of technology. An assignment to discover.

Vera Smiles

Vera and AnaisMaile knows a wonderful Russian woman named Vera who studied drama and taught it to kids. So when we were looking for someone to speak Russian for a kid’s album I’m working on, Vera immediately came to mind. Tonight she came over, preformed and translated this poem.

Smile.mp3
Smile.aif

Улыбка

От улыбки хмурый день светлей!
От улыбки в небе радуга проснется.
Поделись улыбкою своей
И она к тебе не раз еще вернется!

И тогда наверняка вдруг запляшут облака,
И кузнечик запиликает на скрипке!
С голубого ручейка начинается река,
Ну а дружба начинается с улыбки!

Smile

With a smile a cloudy day brightens!
With a smile the world is colored like a rainbow.
Share your smile with a friend
And your smile will return to yo!

And suddenly clouds will be dancing
And the cricket will play the violin!
With a blue stream the river begins,
So friendship starts with a smile!

Vera and Anais

Addison Skates Austin

Since Maile’s skater-cousin Addison arrived in Austin to work for a few weeks, we’ve been spending weekends hanging at skate parks and discovering new spots. I alternate between remembering how to ride a skateboard and shooting pics and vids of him.

Finally, today, Adds and I cranked out a little montage of the best footage we’d got so far. We were pleased.

self-portrait

Addison Skates

SXSW2010: Timber Timbre at Red's Scoot Inn

Thanks to Lib, I got out to hear a great Montreal band called Timber Timbre. I thought of M Ward singing Tom Waits. Taylor Kirk delivers his wonderful lyrics, a kind of carnival biblical blues (Waits, Cohen) with a steady kick and occasional intense twitch. And on either side of him eerie, atmospheric strings, a violin and a steel guitar, both through arrays of haunting effects. Wonderful show.

TImber Timbre @ Red's Scoot Inn SXSW2010

Avocado by Gary Snyder

The Dharma is like an Avocado!
Some parts so ripe you can’t believe it.
But it’s good.
And other parts hard and green
Without much flavor,
Pleasing those who like their eggs well-cooked.

And the skin is thin,
The great big round seed
In the middle,
Is your own Original Nature –
Pure and smooth,
Almost nobody ever splits it open
Or tries to see
If it will grow.

Hard and slippery,
It looks like
You should plant it – but then
It shoots out thru the
fingers –

gets away.

Xmas on the Cul-de-sac

Below you will find the Xmas performances of my students and I at the house concert we had on the cul-de-sac where they all live.

To see photos of the evening, go to: http://www.flickr.com/photos/79775161@N00/sets/1636231/

Flea/Bee – Ian plays and Jason sings the song they wrote a few weeks ago.
[audio:http://jasonmolin.net/projects/austinguitar/mp3s/Culdexmas/Flea_Bee.mp3]
World War 3 – Katie sings and plays the song she wrote.
[audio:http://jasonmolin.net/projects/austinguitar/mp3s/Culdexmas/World%20War%203.mp3]
Blowin’ in the Wind – Abby sings and plays Bob Dylan’s classic.
[audio:http://jasonmolin.net/projects/austinguitar/mp3s/Culdexmas/Blowin%27%20In%20The%20Wind.mp3]
Twist N’ Shout – The Guit’rs (Reed, Kyle, Jason) play the Beatles.
[audio:http://jasonmolin.net/projects/austinguitar/mp3s/Culdexmas/Twist%20n%27%20Shout.mp3]
But My Soul – The Guit’rs (Reed, Kyle, Jason) play a song written by Kyle and Jason.
[audio:http://jasonmolin.net/projects/austinguitar/mp3s/Culdexmas/But%20My%20Soul.mp3]
Song for Andrew – The Guit’rs (Reed, Kyle, Jason) play a song written by
Kyle and Jason for Andrew for the first time.
[audio:http://jasonmolin.net/projects/austinguitar/mp3s/Culdexmas/Song%20For%20Andrew.mp3]
The Box – Ellyn Hickey tells the story she wrote about boy who was the prince of Egypt.
[audio:http://jasonmolin.net/projects/austinguitar/mp3s/Culdexmas/The%20Box.mp3]
Angels We Have Heard On High – Abby sings and Jason plays the xmas classic.
[audio:http://jasonmolin.net/projects/austinguitar/mp3s/Culdexmas/Angels%20We%20Have%20Heard%20On%20High.mp3]
Jingle Bell Rock – Katie sings and plays.
[audio:http://jasonmolin.net/projects/austinguitar/mp3s/Culdexmas/Jingle%20Bell%20Rock.mp3]
Lord I Lift Your Name On High – Kyle plays and Jason sings a worship song.
[audio:http://jasonmolin.net/projects/austinguitar/mp3s/Culdexmas/Lord%20I%20Lift%20Your%20Name%20On%20High.mp3]
Sing-along Medley – Overlookers: all together now!
[audio:http://jasonmolin.net/projects/austinguitar/mp3s/Culdexmas/Sing-along.mp3]