Monday, November 21, 2011

Zee Avi - Concrete Wall

How to describe this song....  Melancholic ear candy. Beth Orton's inner child meets Bobby McFerrin in KRS ONE's bronx backyard. Undeniably infectious with riffs by cut chemist to boot. I swear, hip hop never ceases to amaze - she's in her early forties and still kicks it on the vanguard. Keep it coming, love.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

L.A. underground talent

So, email is dead. We're all info whores now, with ADD. That last detail makes turning people on to good music kind of a bitch. I somehow doubt the blogosphere is a better conduit, but at least it's flashy HTML. Trust the DJ and check out this cat Intuition - for free. Heavy rotation material. Oh and he puts on a good show, too. If only he'd put out a new album...

Next blog post: Interview with Terminator X about running an ostrich farm in the dirty south. I shit you not.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

It's All Hip Hop

"The best that hip hop culture has to give is going to come from overseas"

- Danny Hoch, Hip Hop Theater 101, Davis, CA, 2003

Like my boy b_cab said, "that dude hit every area in the space between wack and awesome. some of that shit was right the fuck on."

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

First Ass Scent

Sometimes when climbing, things go horribly, and hilariously wrong. A perfect set up for this situation is climbing offwidths for fun - which many climbers consider a sign of being touched in the head. Thankfully, Cedar was there for an assist while a film crew hovered above.

Boogie 'til You Poop from Cedar Wright on Vimeo.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

The slow march towards assigning value to ecosystems

In 1991, eight scientists entered a sealed, glass-enclosed, 3.15-acre structure near Oracle, Arizona, where they remained for two years. Inside was a diversity of ecosystems, each built from scratch, including a desert, a tropical rainforest, a savanna, a wetland, a field for farming, and an ocean with a coral reef. The "bionauts" were accompanied into their habitat by insects, pollinators, fish, reptiles, and mammals that were selected to maintain ecosystem functions. They were to live entirely off the land inside the dome. All air, water, and nutrient recycling took place within the structure.

Biosphere 2 was the most ambitious project ever undertaken to study life within a closed system. Never before had so many living organisms been placed in a tightly sealed structure. Inside the dome, air quality steadily declined. While a rise in carbon dioxide was expected, scientists were surprised at the drop in oxygen levels. While the ecosystems maintained life and, in some cases, flourished, there were many ecological surprises. Cockroaches multiplied greatly but fortunately took on the role of de facto pollinators as many other insects died off. Of the original 25 small vertebrate species in the Biosphere 2 population, 19 became extinct. At the end of 17 months, because of the drops in oxygen levels, the humans were living in air whose composition was equivalent to a 17,500-foot altitude. The lesson for nonscientists is that it required $200 million and some of the best scientific minds in the world to construct a functioning ecosystem that had difficulty keeping eight people alive for 24 months. We are adding eight people to the planet every three seconds.

taken from Natural Capitalism by Hawken, Lovins, and Lovins (1993).