Jamie T. : Panic Prevention and Kings and Queen

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I got both Jamie T albums; 2007's "Panic Prevention" and 2009's "Kings and Queens"; a little while ago but just got around to giving them a listen today. I like both albums a lot; it's a little bit of rap, rock and brit pop all mixed up.

Check out this song called Eath, Wind and Fire, from the "Kings and Queens" album:


You can find the torrents here .

(If you need a refresher on using torrents, check out this post

The Internet and Human Evolution towards a Noosphere

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A few day's ago I posted an update about being in chinatown. It wasn't what I would consider an engaging post. It was created entirely on my cell phone, posted to the internet from my cell phone and, more than anything, it was a slice of my real time experience in that moment. That aspect of the post is, to me, extraordinarily interesting. Revolutionary is a word that's used much to often when talking about technology so I'm not going to use it here. I do believe, though, that the ability to access other people's real time experiences, as mundane as they might be individually, is evolutionary.

We are living in an era where, for the first time ever, human beings have access to the knowledge from all the cultures of the world. Interestingly, one of the common pieces of traditional wisdom that has been / is shared by many cultures, is the concept that separation is a type of illusion and that we are all, ultimately, one. In the 1920's, this dude named Pierre Teilhard de' Charidin theorized that humanity was evolving towards something he called the "noosphere", which is essentially a global brain or global consciousness. Somewhat related is the idea of formative causation. This theory proposed by the biologist Rupert Sheldrake states that the human entity is more than that which is contained within the "boundary" of our skin. Our very beings are connected to and are influenced by "morphic fields", patterns of energy which organize systems at all levels of complexity, and are the basis for the wholeness that we observe in nature, which is more than the sum of the parts.

My point is that homo sapien's continued development of connective technologies has created, in a very short time, the structures for a new evolutionary stage. One where many individual human beings exist with the awareness of themselves within, and as expresions of, a greater intelligence. What that greater intelligence might look like and what that greater intelligence might mean is a discussion for another day. For now, I am simply left pondering if, given advancements of the last 20 years, we might already have evolved beyond the genus "homo sapien". Perhaps "homo transitionalis" is a better classification.

Canadian Mischo Eban Demolishes The Downhill Skateboarding World Record

A while back I posted this video of Patrick Rizzo downhill skateboarding. That video gives such a great point of view experience of what it's like to fly down a hill at un-godly speeds while standing on a board that's a few inches above the pavement.

Today, I came across the video below of a good o'le Canadian boy demolishing the previous downhill skateboarding speed record. 27-year old Mischo Erban, who lives in Vernon, BC, hit 130.08 km per hour (almost 81 miles per hour) powered only by gravity at a secret location in Colorado.

What blows me away about this video is how calm he looks while riding an inch away from serious personal damage:

Got To Love Chinatown

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You see crazy stuff like big jars with random and strange contents prominently displayed in the windows.

The nasal passages are assulted with the smells of meats cooking, vegetables rotting, and herbal remedies wafting their pungentness.

And every time I wander into one of the many gift shops, I expect to find some mysterious and magical item hidden in the back. Maybe I watched "Gremlins" too much as a kid.

Banksy Film - Exit Through The Gift Shop (With Torrent)

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In my last post I talked about the street artist Banksy. Well, he recently was the subject of a fantastic movie / documentary called "Exit Through The Gift Shop". It starts out as a film about street art and artists, particularly Banksy, but the movie ends up being more about the guy making the movie who eventually (with some prodding from Banksy) becomes a street artist himself.

The movie is smart and funny; I would even call it genius.

To download the torrent click here. If you don't know how to use bit torrent, check out this post.

Here are some of the trailers... starting with the short U.S. version, followed by the longer U.K. version


Who is Banksy?

Banksy is a street artists; a legendary street artist. Actually, I think it's fair to say he has transcended the "street" artist moniker and should be thought of as a genius artist in his own right. This is a guy who traveled to Israel and risked being shot so he could graffiti the wall/barrier that Israel built to fence in Palestine.

Of course the best way to know Banksy is to check out his art.

Click either of the pictures below for a little slideshow:
Banksy Israel Palestine     Banksy Israel Wall Grafitti

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