Monthly Archives: June 2011

The Doomsday Data Deluge

This morning I listened to a youtube  video series which featured Dr. Deagle and his radio show. He was interviewing an atomic scientist who’s studied the effects of radiation after Chernobyl and  they were talking about all the fallout from … Continue reading

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Playing Drums Standing Up

I saw an exercise machine online yesterday that costs nearly a grand. A person using it stands on a small, foot sized base and it vibrates the plate under the feet so that the legs and tissue of the lower … Continue reading

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The Bellydancing paradox

My bellydancing teacher just sent out by email a  180 picture slideshow  of us dancing at a little gathering she called a “Hafla”.  What is strange about it is that I’m not completely repelled seeing myself at nearly 200 lbs … Continue reading

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Sandor’s Congolese Special Class

Today at drumming class our master teacher Sandor went over a rhythm that is fast and difficult to play in detail: Mojiri. Mojiri has a simple but very fast thumping base beat and accompaniments which require more precise  speed, accuracy … Continue reading

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On the Impossibility of Ever Getting Enough Done

Lately I’ve had whole days without my guy, who got a union dispatch(job)  that has  lasted 3 whole weeks and hasn’t ended. This hasn’t happened EVER. He has money. He gets himself up and makes his own “mood cure” breakfast … Continue reading

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On Drumming for Dancers

Today I drummed for dancers and I held a fast and solid pace of a repetitive congolese rhythm like never before. It wasn’t easy , I had to switch lead hands periodically in order to not get too fatigued or … Continue reading

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The Unescapable Nightmare

When I was in high school I learned about the bombing of Hiroshima, Nagasaki, radiation sickness and Biochemical warfare.  I did not hear about this from my parents or anyone else. This was not a subject taught in my classes … Continue reading

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The Butter Monkey and Red Fingers Club

When I play bata, my little white caucasion fingers turn a bright red. So do the fingers of the woman I study bata drumming with. The blood flow to our fingers, which  strike two drums heads  hundreds of times for … Continue reading

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A Storage Shed of My Own 2

Well, it’s finally happened: My new shed was  bought, delivered, assembled and has some of my stuff in it. I swept it’s new black plastic floor, lit a big fat sage stick and incense to smudge  it and set my … Continue reading

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The Day I Got My Left Slap

Congolese slaps on a conga are very different from slaps on a djembe.  To begin with, a conga drum does not have the give a djembe has. Djembes that are not made out of synthetic materials are made out of … Continue reading

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