Sense and sensory occurrence

Personal Blog: Day 7 of 92

Phil Harrison:

Awesome music David!

Originally posted on David J Rodger ¦ Science Fiction & Dark Fantasy:

¦ Dialling in from the Arnolfini Cafe ¦

So last Friday I left my job of nearly 7 years and I am now on sabbatical. When I return to work at the end of October, I will be joining a new media company based on Bristol. Excited is not the word. (Positive). Career enhancement. Something to look forward to rather than dread. Meanwhile, 92 days to unwind, refocus, continue working on Broken Fury, Sunder Gloom, square my shoulders and shuffle into place for some heavy lifting on the PR and marketing of my novels and RPG game (Yellow Dawn).

Inside the Arnolfini cafe photo by Max McClure all rights reserved

Arnolfini cafe ¦photo Max McClure

Here I am in the Arnolfini cafe, a favourite haunt of mine – on and off – for the last 20 years. Right now it is in my good books because the staff are so damned fine, friendly and fun (thanks Patch!).


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August 1, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off

Chris Speeris Selection


I think I have found the perfect background music to listen to while I catch up on all the Arturo Pérez-Reverte novels I intend to read this summer. 

July 4, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off

Something lighter; Qualia

Originally posted on A Metal Education:

So, I’ve been listening to lot of music on the heavier side of the spectrum, and while that’s all wholesome and good, it’s nice to occasionally listen to something a little lighter.

Stumbled upon this little project today, and it fits the bill nicely. Clicky!

It reminds me of the quieter moments of God Is An Astronaut, which is never a bad thing. You can stream the lot, or pay what you want for a high quality download (and mobile streaming).

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March 20, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off

16×9: The search for life on other planets

Originally posted on Global News:

FULL STORY: Search for Life

It seems every year scientists announce how close we are to discovering life on another planet. All the signs are there but, so far, finding life beyond earth has eluded us. Still, the search isn’t letting up anytime soon.

There has been some good progress over the last decade or so. We have found water on the moons of Saturn and Jupiter, discovered that fresh water existed on Mars three billion years ago and, just last week, Kepler Mission scientists confirmed 715 new planets in other systems in our galaxy. They argue that some of these “exoplanets” (planets outside our solar system) could be “Earth-like”.

GALLERY: Artist rendering of exoplanets. Exoplanets are planets outside our solar system. They remain inside our galaxy, but are circling other stars. Scientists confirmed 715 new planets last week, bringing the grand total of confirmed planets to 1,700. With each…

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March 12, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off

A baffling turn in MH370 mystery: Military radar detects flight far off course from last point of radio contact

Originally posted on National Post | News:

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• Military radar suggests plane turned back and flew some distance – source

• Hijack, sabotage, mechanical failure also being investigated

• Still no sign of missing plane, search in fourth day

• Search area extended into Malacca Strait

• 227 passengers and 12 crew presumed dead aboard lost flight

• 19-year-old Iranian holding a stolen passport aboard the plane

Malaysia’s military believes a jetliner missing for almost four days turned and flew hundreds of kilometres to the west after it last made contact with civilian air traffic control off the country’s east coast, a senior officer told Reuters on Tuesday.

In one of the most baffling mysteries in recent aviation history, a massive search operation for the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER, now in its fourth day, has so far found no trace of the aircraft or the 239 passengers and crew.

“It changed course…

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March 11, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off

C215, Space Invader, and Curtis Kulig in #Amsterdam!

Originally posted on The Spadina Monologues:

First, my beloved C215 . I found all of these just by cycling around Amsterdam and keeping my eyes open. Always remember to keep your heads up, munchkins! There is so much wonderful art in your city and you’re missing it!

Now some Space Invader! So technically, I photographed this piece last year, but it was a crappy shot with my iPad, so I found it again and photographed it properly. I was shocked how I found it again, this is literally buried within a series of winding and interlocking streets in a community-housing project. I wasn’t looking to find it again, I just stumbled upon it, and was like NO WAY NO WAY NO WAY!

See it?

This was on Overtoom. I was lucky to spot this, because I was bombing north on my bike, going really fast and not paying attention to walls, I just happened…

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March 10, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off

Commissioned to write a WW2 Mythos short story for Achtung! Cthulhu anthology

Originally posted on David J Rodger ¦ Science Fiction & Dark Fantasy:

H.P. Lovecraft horror in a world of diesel, tanks and shadowy schemes of the Aryan Master Race

I had a video call with an editor over the weekend who is pulling in talent for a collection of short stories (2,000 – 10,00o words) to be set in the World War 2 setting of Achtung! Cthulhu (from Modiphius).

I’m excited because I really like the A!C setting. There’s a grim determination that comes with the options in World War 2. It makes for some interesting characters.  Less complexity of plot too. Not simpler, but the grey tones of ambiguity are not so overwhelming as they are in today’s (and the near-future cyberpunk) theatres of conflict.  Cyberwarfare gets boiled down longwave and shortwave radios, and to the new invention called radar. Technology and weapons are crude but effective: big ideas held together with brawn and bubblegum.

And of course, the worship of…

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March 10, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off

Mountains of the Heart – Rilke / Marass

Originally posted on Articulos Para Pensar:

Mountains of the heart : Rainer Maria Rilke

Exposed on the mountains of the heart. See, how small there,
see: the last hamlet of words, and higher,
and yet so small, a last
homestead of feeling. Do you recognize it?
Exposed on the mountains of the heart. Rocky earth
under the hands. But something will
flower here; out of the mute abyss
flowers an unknowing herb in song.
But the knowing? Ah, that you who began to understand
and are silent now, exposed on the mountains of the heart.
Yet many an awareness still whole wanders there,
many a self-confident mountain animal
passes through and remains. And that great protected bird
circles about the peaks of pure denial. But
unprotected, here on the mountains of the heart.

Ausgesetzt auf den Bergen des Herzens

Ausgesetzt auf den Bergen des Herzens. Siehe, wie klein dort,
siehe: die letzte Ortschaft der Worte, und höher,

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November 12, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off

Three Mind-Expanding Discographies

Originally posted on Larkfall:

Following a query from a friend about the tarot and music, I thought I’d re-work series of posts from my old blog that I called Mind-Expanding Discographies, culled from a number of books that I’d been reading on music and spirituality.

The first selection comes from Peter Michael Hamel’s Through Music to the Self (1976), which I first found on the shelves of a composer whose music I was engraving in around 2006. Hamel is, to me, a profound musician and composer, and he succeeded Ligeti as professor of composition Hochschule für Musik und Theater – big boots to fill! Much of his own work is in the a new age/minimalist style, some electronic, some for ensembles such as his group Between.

The book includes a great primer on how to ‘listen’ to Indian classical music, as well as some illuminating material on vowel singing, and a number of…

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November 12, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off

The Sensation of Color

When we look at an object we see a man or a thing; in other words, the brain interprets what we see. How it does that, no one knows, and it does it, of course, at a very high level. ~ Richard Feynman


The Feynman Lectures on Physics: Mechanisms of Seeing

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