Just a teaser…
Story to follow…
After a 2:00 am start C-130 calls us att dawn to help with rescue::
Man is rescued minutes before we get there after standing on the boat all night:
We return to our course:
We catch our first fish:
This is Your Captain Speaking:
We have to turn right due to water crises:
We see some garbage:
We catch a nice blue fin Ahi:
We fish some more:
All safe and sound in San Diego:
Thank you for flying on Holokai Airlines.
(Please don’t worry about your luggage)
May 28, 2009… Train as in practice, not what hobos ride. How do we prepare ourselves for anything. Just because I am drinking a beer right now doesn’t mean that I couldn’t whoop a battalion of fascists with one arm tied behind my back or run 10 miles in under an hour. Ok, so maybe I am almost in shape, but that’s a temporary state of affairs. Here’s the training routine starting tomorrow, after I sober up.
Pre-production training May 28 – June 5
blog planning and update, (30 minutes maximum) x 2
top 3 objectives visualization and feeling into being x 2, (10 minutes)
yoga or tai chi (1 hour)
production (2 hour)
Pre-production and preparation (6 hours)
blog revisions and organization (4 hours)
Irene and I went to see Alexandra Beller/Dances ‘s at the Abron Arts Center then debriefed afterwards at Great New York Noodletown – where we saw former Mayor Ed Koch eating at a quiet table in the corner. He seemed to be staring at me, which was an odd thing as I was trying hard to give him his space. Irene and I had a great talk sans Vixia. I’ve decided to carry the camera more often.
Back to Alexandra – I like her work a lot. There were moments tonight too, you can’t go to one of Alexandra’s shows and not have some significant moments. What’s the word that means excellence and expertise in performance? Insert that word here. There’s always lots of beauty and little miracles happening with AB/D. This show didn’t kick my ass like the one I saw a year or two ago however, though some elements were reprised.
I am getting a little annoyed with the NYC independent dance cliche – over the top choreography set to kitchy pop songs, cynical send ups of consumer culture and predictable parodies of fitness, motivational and self help programs. Fold in a liberal helping of angst and disconnection. What with the flurries of magic and beauty offered by Alexandra and company, the annoyance was minimal. But I’ve seen a lot of that aesthetic around town in the last year, not the least of which was Moving Theater’s spookily brilliant ‘Last Dance’ at the Park Avenue Armory.
Alexandra passed out fortune cookies. Here is what Irene’s and mine said - they probably all said that. This was the Sensuround driving home the show’s theme – belief is bullshit. In the context of the Desire show it was pure synchronicity.
Here’s a lecture William Burroughs made at Naropa. There’s interesting material here about a machine he experimented with and his critique of science’s indefensible split of consciousness and external reality.
A few of the references that Burroughs mentions…
Frontiers of Science, G Harry Stine Athenenium Press – plans for the wishing machine.
Eliphas Levi rules for wishing. To wish or will without desiring, see it as already accomplished, unconditional and take responsibility (or what would be nessisary to realize the wish).
Experiment with Time, J. W. Dunn
I see the Desire project as a pragmatic application of the ideas that are presented in Bleep and Secret. It’s one thing to gas on about the creative power of the universe while making with the trippy graphics, but what about a workshop? What about a real world demonstration? That’s what Terrorist Training Films are all about (see ‘Almonds’, the precursor to Desire). It’s what happens on North Manitou Island.
Hawaii is another highly friendly environment for creation, for sure. What with the big blue waters, Mama Pele, dolphins and a robust native culture. What with two mad men on a mad max sailboat. The universe is tingling in anticipation of our dreams.
I had a wonderful inspiration a couple weeks ago – I wrote a letter requesting permission to change a man’s circumstance, a man I’ve never met but greatly respect. If he agrees, I will bring his new situation with me aboard Desire and manifest it. I get excited thinking about having the chance to do this because the outcome is worthy and this outcome has profound implications for creating change on a global scale.
I recently re-read Ursula K Le Guin’s The Lathe of Heaven and I get flashes from it. It’s a cautionary tale but my flashes are always highly encouraging. I am not sure if my famous science fiction writing brother actually said the following or if I imagined it, but it’s one of my favs. “I write science fiction but you live it.” Oh… yeah…
For the last week, I’ve been fighting a rather nasty flu with an expired bottle of Ayurvedic immune booster. Rumors of a deadly Mexican flu outbreak in nearby Queens means I might not make it through the night. So this all feels a bit remote to me.
We can live in balance with Earth. A few know how. Other folks are trying to figure it out. Lots of folks have no idea and a few could care less, so long as they got their loot and goodies.
Some say there are just to many people on earth so our only hope is if they hurry up and die. Hurray for plague, natural disasters, war. if you really loved the earth, you’d kill yourself. But cool people should breed…
I like hawaii – I’ll tell my heiau story. how I stumbled on a living earth faith and had my consciousness raised.
power of the place
cetaceans – communing (another story)
visualization practice – creation
kai and dan
boat as spaceship, boat as ecosystem and energy cycle, island as planet
Kai is incommunicado until mid June 2009 as he sails from San Diego to Tahiti with…. For now, only Dan’s plans are in process.
Dan here – planning is akin to visualization. Project a richly detailed simulation of an idea, then take a look around and make an inventory. Questions are another approach – how will I catch Kai’s audio when he’s got his hands full on deck and the wind is blowing? How do the cameras stay dry in spray? I’ve tried to identify the primary categories – gear, research, training, vision – that define most projects and then flesh out subcategories as they arise.
Faisal and I invented visualization movies the other day, short vignettes that document a future reality. The analogy is drawing or painting a picture of the hearts desire. The time, attention and loving devotion that go into a creative work produces not only the work but the outcome it depicts. magic!
(changed from a page to a post on May 28, 2009)
April 1st, count down. I am green to go, but it’s all visualization and hutzpah presently. I’ve got to sell a good deal of gear to enable this, so on my ride back from Michigan last night I made some decisions. I am going to liquidate my current production kit and reconfigure to something more mobile. To be announced. In the meantime, I’ve got to get about 28k of gear up on craigslist (including my car) and sublet my apartment for May and June. Tho the Desire probably will wrap at the end of May, I’ve got to have time to find a ride back to the mainland and then shlep back to Michigan to recover cats.
I’ve got three kits I want to assemble for the trip. There’s limited space on Desire, so the kits have to be tight.
1) scuba diving / free diving
2) camping /treking
3) documentation / production
I’ve split these into separate posts to make the process of cataloging and comments easier.
I’ll post separately about training. As a matter of fact, I’ve got to go for a run before my coop shift at 6:00pm. Maybe I’ll go jump on that now.