Saturday, November 30, 2013

Clip from Samsara, directed by Ron Fricke

Here is a clip from the short film Samsara, directed by Ron Fricke.  I've decided to start accumulating video and data like this to try and calculate the real cost of modern living.  We may save $.73 by buying our bacon at walmart, but what is the real cost of that purchase?  What are the hidden expenses, paid by animals, foreigners in a factory somewhere, and the environment?  I say they're too high, and we've lived in willful ignorance for too long.  It is our duty to know where our food/clothes/electronics come from, and if we're supporting an unethical and unsustainable process it is our duty to change that.  This wordless video says more than I ever could.  Please watch and think about what kind of world you want to live in.

Siberian Ice Drummers

I've always wanted to learn the drums, and while I'm not getting any younger I'm also not getting any richer.  But that's the great thing about drumming in the modern era; anything I can strike with my hand becomes a drum and youtube can teach you to do anything.

Here's an amazing video of Siberian ice drummers, who found that drumming on lake Baikal produced some incredible sounds.  Lake Baikal is one of the deepest and oldest in the world, and they first discovered its potential to make music when someone fell on the ice.  It probably hurt, but we're grateful!

The video is of course from youtube, but if you'd like to learn more here's an article from UK's Daily Mail: