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Blow-Hards in 1855

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2-Dec-17

Among the various and multiplied phases of human character, there is one class which is common to an almost unprecedented extent in California. Upon every street corner, in every public place, in the avenues of business, and especially in the arena of politics, gentlemen of the class referred to are to be found, conspicuous among the crowd. Their chief trade is to manufacture opinion, deceive the unwary?magnify their own importance, and impose upon the community a bogus sentiment for the genuine article. Those who compose the class we refer to, in Bowery parlance, are known by the not very euphonious, yet expressive soubriquet (that is in contrast to modern American spelling Sobriquet) of "Blow-hards."

- Daily Placer Times and Transcript (San Francisco, CA) 8 Jan. 1855

Well Written

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28-Nov-17

Well Written

Poem

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27-Nov-17

I am not liberal prose
In inadequate crevices of language
Lies deeper meaning
I am a poem.

Frail Attempts

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27-Nov-17

You know me ever long I was a child,
Faint, frail, and weak,
Now laden with a thousand arrows of life.
To summon your bravery
You, that is wealthy, handsome, and strong!

In Wait

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27-Nov-17

National Fugue unchecked.
While
Thou shall not kill,
Love thy neighbor,
Words in wait of the Messiah again

Easy God

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27-Nov-17

People thank God profusely
How close they are
To the parking garage

Venki and his ilk

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27-Nov-17

John Muir,
Richard Feynman,
Venki Ramakrishanan:
Among like them many,
Wondered about the world,
And spent their life
Doing something about it.

Talking heads

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27-Nov-17

As on earth lie all Godly affairs,
No intelligence is superior, but just intelligence.
No idea is sacred, only truth.
So much preaching,
So small beauty.

There are no prophets,
Just you and me.

To Linger

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27-Nov-17

In witness of a great sight
You never want to look away

In hearing a great story teller
You stay sit

In reading a great pen
You never want the print discontinued

While in the company of love
You never want to leave

Nouveau riche

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27-Nov-17

Among newly imposed fortunes
I sought the confidence of a Captain
I walk away instead unsatisfied
With the bluster of insubstantial hooligans

I wish to linger

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22-Nov-17

In witness of a great sight
You never want to look away

In hearing a great story teller
You stay sit

In reading a great pen
You never want the print discontinued

While in the company of love
You never want to leave

Landscape

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22-Nov-17

All imperfections shed
In immense long time
Tread softly on, if at all,
What was made keen by selection

Excellence

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22-Nov-17

Symptoms addressed,
Bemoaning cure - stayed elusive -
Elegance, only a symptom of excellence!

Canvas

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22-Nov-17

Stay and see renewal
Sky the great canvas
Gets a new coat every day

Comfort

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22-Nov-17

God is a creature of motion
In no permanency Gods faith kept

Stars recede at incredible velocities
Sun a cauldron of inhospitable fire
Every heavenly neighbor largely a calamity

Why that
We walk upside down
And believe ground under is conveniently flat

Yet,
And most shocking of all,
World seem so constant!
And tomorrow so predictable!!

Head Down

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22-Nov-17

Head down
In deep thought
Wolves move.
It is the pet pedigree
That blusters at the ordinary

Half wits

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22-Nov-17

To stones and rubble
When in favor half wits turn,
Personify possibility - 
That one can break the shell
And be a butterfly if not a tempest in Fugue

Collective Burden

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22-Nov-17

One rides emotions - full gallop -
Logic - at best - a walking companion
Such is the burden of the collective

Git: Second look

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21-Nov-17

Git: Second look

Words

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21-Nov-17


Anxious
Anger
Agony
All spill too eagerly to ones lips
While the one with weight waits augustly
Anguish

Western Sky

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21-Nov-17


In petulance, the Father
Smeared the thick oil paint
On the western canvas
In summary of his incongruent sons

To Fly

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21-Nov-17


Who of you
Wants to shed
Your live long encumberments
To extract and fly

Atleast by a morning subsequent
If not today that is already bound

Past your noon
You still with weary eyes
Hope held

Carry into an endless night
Same wake - if unsated -
Held in jealousy

So u state on your stake
Resolute

Fear Vacuous

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21-Nov-17


Some quietly transform human condition,
While many talks vacuously!
Not too far an argument needed 
To fear I aid the later

Ill-equipped for Idiocy

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21-Nov-17


I am ill-prepared for wars and battles -
Quick jabs disorienting come to find -
Like a large banyan i plan my roots over eras.
I only grow as from a seed.
It is by deeply facing uncertainty my next leaf is crafted,
In perfect balance, in time.

Imprecise Math

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21-Nov-17


If a student allows here is a long lasting way to teach math 

1. Play chess - to teach focused thinking

2. Practice calligraphy - for being present

3. Practice synonyms - for intelligence

4. Paint long chains with links - to understand derivations

5. Read fiction - to know why do this at all (abstraction)

Play is a good thing. 
So is Math. 
Neither needs a reason. 
So on with both.

Deep immersive introspection. 
Hearth of creativity.

Red Wine

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21-Nov-17


Certain delicious sweetness to taste,
A pleasant infirmity in my head,
Lips filled with red wine far off, 
A notion grandly adorned

Love

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21-Nov-17


Ceaselessly 
I take myself to the altar
To show you the way
If not this, what else is love?

My Errors

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21-Nov-17


Ceaselessly
As i err with curiosity,
Some of those labors,
You may favorably see as fruits

Egrets in Florida

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21-Nov-17


Once in a while i see an egret in Florida
Whiter than the nascent snow
Why not all the time - I murmur for a long time

Barely ankle deep
The autumn lake in Florida
Murmuring to the silent egret -
Whiter than the nascent snow -
Where are many more?

Is Music a language?

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5-Nov-17

The Subjectivity of Experience
Aspects of the Music-Language Relationship
Music As Language
The Vocal Origins of Music
Talking About Music
Music and Semiotics
Information Theory
Generative Grammar
Music Theory
Specialized Music Languages
Western Music Notation
MIDI Data Protocol
Teaching by Example

- by Chris Dobrian