Thursday, October 18, 2007

Off and running yet again. One down, many to go. So excited. We just confirmed our first trip to Australia in the spring. This will be a life dream realized.
Today we spent an off day in Madison. Benji, Robert, Tom and I went on an exercise expedition late in the afternoon. We found an empty soccer field half covered with water. There were a couple of hundred birds that had stopped to rest. Large trees with yellow leaves. Once again the changing of seasons is an active motif in this story. All of our stories I suppose. The wind swept through the branches sending the tired leaves scurrying in all directions. Robert and I spent a good thirty minutes watching a hawk who had perched on a low-lying tree. He let us get very close though he never stopped eyeing us suspicious. We tried to play frisbee but the wind had other intentions. We ran wind sprints and meditated.
I am currently listening to the new Kenna record and watching slide shows of Chris Parks new fluid paintings. Its a strange combination.
By the way, my interview with Chris is up and here is the link :
Let me know what you think. Cheers.

Friday, October 05, 2007

I found this article from the following site:

It blew my mind and I hope it blows yours! What thoughts and emotions does something like this evoke for you?

Parallel universes exist.

Parallel universes really do exist, according to a mathematical discovery by Oxford scientists described by one expert as "one of the most important developments in the history of science".

The parallel universe theory, first proposed in 1950 by the US physicist Hugh Everett, helps explain mysteries of quantum mechanics that have baffled scientists for decades, it is claimed.

In Everett's "many worlds" universe, every time a new physical possibility is explored, the universe splits. Given a number of possible alternative outcomes, each one is played out - in its own universe.

A motorist who has a near miss, for instance, might feel relieved at his lucky escape. But in a parallel universe, another version of the same driver will have been killed. Yet another universe will see the motorist recover after treatment in hospital. The number of alternative scenarios is endless.

It is a bizarre idea which has been dismissed as fanciful by many experts. But the new research from Oxford shows that it offers a mathematical answer to quantum conundrums that cannot be dismissed lightly - and suggests that Dr Everett, who was a Phd student at Princeton University when he came up with the theory, was on the right track.

Commenting in New Scientist magazine, Dr Andy Albrecht, a physicist at the University of California at Davis, said: "This work will go down as one of the most important developments in the history of science."

According to quantum mechanics, nothing at the subatomic scale can really be said to exist until it is observed. Until then, particles occupy nebulous "superposition" states, in which they can have simultaneous "up" and "down" spins, or appear to be in different places at the same time.

Observation appears to "nail down" a particular state of reality, in the same way as a spinning coin can only be said to be in a "heads" or "tails" state once it is caught.

According to quantum mechanics, unobserved particles are described by "wave functions" representing a set of multiple "probable" states. When an observer makes a measurement, the particle then settles down into one of these multiple options.

This is my new pleasure read and I am hooked :)

I got to see Josiah play some of his own music last night at a bar called Scotty Quicks in Norfolk. All I can say is the we are all in for a treat having this guy around.

The interview with Chris Parks came back today and I am so excited to share it with you. It will be posted on asap.

Have you ever read this book? If so, what did you think? If not, is there anything you are reading right now that is inspiring you?

Monday, October 01, 2007

We just returned from Valpo last night and spirits are high. Josiah did a great job with the bass parts and we are excited to get back to rehearsal for the upcoming tour. The show had a very spiritual quality to it as the crowd sang with us and gave us a night we will never forget.

I am very pleased to announce that I will be conducting an interview for whatismae and maeteam with one of my absolute favorite artists, Chris Parks. I first saw his work early this year and became an instant fan. Chris is an English visual artist who specializes in a unique form of art called "micro-fluid photography." His work is getting more and more attention and he was even asked to do the visual effects for the recent Darren Aronofsky film, The Fountain. His work might look familiar to you because it was also used to create the visual effects in our newest video for Sometimes I can't Make it Alone. If you want a peak at some more of his artwork check out

Let me know if there are any questions you would like me to ask!