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Strangely post on March 25th, 2010
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No fuss.

My old friend Jeff recently died.



The track now playing was one of the last pieces we did together.  It’s Jeff’s creation  and is one of my favourite Crawling Chaos tracks.  This is a pre-Waqqaz version from a cassette that has travelled round France, been in various glove compartments and cupboard floors.

I’ve taken it straight from cassette and it’s encoded at the maximum bitrate for MP3 files in Reaper for your enjoyment.  I’ve just used a noise gate set at -20dB and a bit of compression to follow in this extract.   For me, the mix is better than the final vinyl one despite the 12kHz frequency cut-off.

It’s Jeff at his finest.

Jeff Rees

Jeff(R), Rees(L)

I remember him sitting cross-legged on the floor at Bebside for about a fortnight getting the various harmonies planned out.  My input was minimal and I just did a few block keyboard chords as instructed, to bulk out the end as well as the mixing on the guitars and the drums set-up.

The real work was within the complex interlocking guitar parts, of which there are at least six, all played by Jeff.  The only words I could think of came to me in a dream.

E.ver Y.oung, E.ver S.pecial

Purple Flower

Purple Flower

I ensured that they were on the penultimate bounce so that they couldn’t be removed.  I didn’t know why, at the time, I thought of them (apart from the corniness) or why I strove to ensure their longevity.  I instantly knew though, that this was Jeff’s finest work, for me, and I’ve listened many times to it since, mainly this cassette tape version.

But now, I know that one’s karma transcends space and time and that one can affect one’s karma in the distant past.

E.Y.E.S.Currently, I am heavily affected by EYES, believe it or not.  I have chanted to change my karma both now, in the future, and in the past, and the benefits are immense.

So now I know why I woke up with those words in my head 25 springs ago.

It was so that I could write this piece about my old friend Jeff, and remember him and all the joint experiences that we had together  since we were 14.

Goodbye Doomage.  Till next time.

This is a copy of the page here: http://crawlingchaos.co.uk/e-y-e-s/ (any comments to there, please)

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Future Days

Strangely post on November 11th, 2009
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Future Days, by Can

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Power, Peace and Poison

Nichiren Daishonin

Nichiren Daishonin

Similarly to the previous post, What is Health?, Daisaku Ikeda’s words last week encapsulated individual, respectful, freedom perfectly, and warns against the abuses of power that can so easily lead to doom and painful sufferings for people.  Eternal vigilance coupled to openness and discussion is the only way!

Shakabuku – to spread knowledge of the Lotus Sutra and it’s respectful way to live.

“The heart of shakubuku is compassion; it is also the spirit to refute error because of the suffering it causes–a spirit that transforms our compassion into the courage to fight against that which is wrong.”

“Hypocrisy is the exact opposite of compassion–specifically, the hypocrisy of knowing when wrong is being committed in the realm of Buddhism but doing nothing to address it. If such hypocrisy prevails, lies and pretence will become the norm and no one will speak the truth. This will ultimately lead to the spiritual and moral decay of society. Without a sound spiritual underpinning like that provided by a humanistic religion, the fabric of society will crumble. If erroneous teachings spread and seek to enslave then exploit people, they will exert a harmful and poisonous effect on people’s hearts and minds. That is why the  Daishonin stresses the importance of steadfastly and resolutely battling the ‘enemies of the Lotus Sutra.'”

“At first only Nichiren chanted Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, but then two, three, and a hundred followed, chanting and teaching others.” – The True Aspect of All Phenomena – The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol.1, page 385

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UK society ‘increasingly fearful’

Strangely post on April 14th, 2009
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Apparently, we are all getting really afraid and are ‘more afraid than we were in 1999’!  Read the latest reasearch in the BBC article here, UK society ‘increasingly fearful’.

Now check the web address… The BBC chose to insert this piece of obvious self-fulfilling research under ‘Health’.  Why would they do that?  Surely it should be under ‘Politics’, ‘Environment’ or ‘Business’ or ‘Also in the News’.

That fact that one’s health suffers when one is anxious is not a health problem.  The cause is an internal reaction to external events, namely, the increasingly strident messages of doom from our politicians and in cahoots, the media.

  • Politicians have to speak and be heard – the more virulent the message, the more people listen.  They think.
  • The News media have to speak and be heard – the more virulent the message, the more people listen.  They think.

The two sides of the coin are identical.  Each ‘job’ needs the other to survive.

But what’s to be done?  What’s to be done?  Gnash, Gnash! – that’s the sound of teeth grinding…

STOP talking about ‘terror’.  STOP using the word.  The word ‘terror’ should be used as a last resort.  You know, like when the Crusaders took Constantinople killing everyone in sight or when the Japanese took Nanking killing everyone on sight or when the Romans took Carthage killing everyone on sight.

Now that’s TERROR

The possibility that someone might be doing some plotting to possibly try and injure some people or property – that’s NOT terror.  That’s police work!  It’s what they do, it’s what they’ve always done, it’s what they’re paid for and what they’ve always been paid for.

Simply enforcing the law is not terror prevention.

Get a grip folks.

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This is Why We Needed the Orbiting Carbon Observatory Satellite

Fizzy Oceans Spell Doom

Orbiting Carbon ObservatoryAs an almost instananeous follow up (the interconnectedness of all things?) to my recent disappointment about the launch failure of the OCO satellite, the BBC, Guardian, Telegraph etc  have all been reporting some recent climate work from Plymouth.

An Italian Bay

There’s now so much CO2 being absorbed by the oceans that their pH is being significantly lowered.  A sea bay off Italy is giving us, in a microcosm,  a glimpse of real possible future conditions in the Earth’s oceans if the current accelerating rate of carbon dioxide climate forcing is continued.

The bay is volcanically located and CO2 bubbles up through the sea floor.  In all other respects, it’s a normal bit of the Mediterranean.  So it’s got a standard mix of fish, molluscs and vegetation, and the standard mix of predator-prey species.

Soft Limpet

Identified many years ago by Sir John Murray, the CCD is the ocean depth where dissolving calcium carbonate (like sea shells) matches the rate that calcium carbonate of either type (organic or non-organic) is deposited.  In the remote past it was very shallow and produced the huge beds of limestone and chalk like the white cliffs of Dover.  Or the Alps!  (the beds in the old Tethys Sea are over 30km thick!)

Now its quite a way down (over 4km!)

However, in the Italian bay, there’s so much CO2 that the sea is so acidic that it makes the CCD effectively zero!  The plants grow as a monoculture of sea grass on the abundant CO2.  The shell creatures (like limpets) can’t make their shells fast enough and they have no real protection.  Of course, for sea birds and similar predators, it’s a short term food bonanza.  But what happens when all the limpets are gobbled up and gone?  And what if you are a creature that can’t eat sea grass?

This, in a nutshell, is the problem we face with our whole world.  What will we eat when things don’t grow very well any more?  What will we do when we’ve gobbled up all our fossil fuels?

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