Bus Stop - David Park Okay. You're on the bandstand. You're slugging out some jazz best you can, all the time trying to avoid what has been termed jazz wank. Sure, you've consulted your fake book many times; the irony is not lost on you as you pluck note after note in your desperate attempt … Continue reading Giant Steps on Small Hands
John Taylor Gatto is a former teacher in the New York city public school system. I don't know his story in great detail but what I do know is that he wrote a book called Dumbing Us Down and in the book he makes some very good observations regarding public education and its hidden curriculum. … Continue reading Education for Non-Dummies
The issue of licensing of "professionals" has com has come up in the current Hawaii legislative session. The estimable blogger and activist Larry Geller is advocating for the defeat of proposed legislation that would do away with professional licensing for several professions. By extension, the respective state licensing boards would cease to exist -- with … Continue reading “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Professional Protection!”
A twelve year-old kid sneaks into his older brother's room down in the basement. In an immaculate black tolex-covered guitar case resting on the floor lays the object of his fascination. Confident that his oldest sibling is out of the house for the time being, he unbuckles the case and as usual forgets to open … Continue reading Les Paul and a Teenage Love Affair
A colleague from where I teach sent me an article written by one of his former colleagues. The article: Note to Educators: Hope Required When Growing Roses in Concrete by Jeffrey M. R. Duncan-Andrade, appears in the summer 2009 edition of the Harvard Educational Review. It opens with this quote from Paulo Freire: "The idea … Continue reading Scatological Hope
I drive some five miles to get to the Volcano highway -- pretty much the same route, in and out. You become quite familiar with most aspects of the road -- bumps here, houses there. Naturally on this recurring drive out of the subdivision you notice whatever might hold out the possibility for surprise -- … Continue reading Mundane Rubbish
This post sort of began as a comment to Big Island Chronicle and a discussion concerning fast food businesses coming to the entry of Pahoa, Hawaii, a truly ...unique village in the lower Puna district on Hawai'i Island. A fellow, Mike Middlesworth, writes this comment at the tail-end of a good discussion: All of this … Continue reading Commie Radio Coming Soon?
Some fifteen years into the Internet's emergence onto our lives, we are informing and being informed at a rate that was inconceivable prior to our connection to this digital network. As kids growing up in the seventies we fantasized about the all-knowing, all-powerful computer to which we'd just inquire for answers to pretty much everything. … Continue reading Antipodes for Anthropoids
No one is about to deny that our way of life, particularly from an economic standpoint is, at best, currently in a sort of holding pattern. At worst, many are in a real hurtbag -- foreclosure, lost job -- the spigot for money has slowed to a pathetic trickle -- the water is murky -- … Continue reading How You Gonna Act?
Homebred -- Homespun -- Homegrown -- Homemade The word vernacular refers to a way of being, doing, and making that is community and self-reliant, as opposed to formal exchange and/or from vertical distribution -- produced and transported from elsewhere. It's about reciprocity patterns as integral to all aspects of life. Tomas Belsky Six Musicians Obviously, … Continue reading Vernacular Volcano Lanai Music
I first learned of the Hawaii Tourism Authority's (HTA) sponsoring of a group of eight mainland internet entrepreneurs, dubbed: So Much More Hawaii through local media impresario Damon Tucker's blog. (Damon really wants to down some Mai Tais with these folks. "Hey everyone! I'll twitter for the next round! Oops! my dang cell phone is … Continue reading So Much More Than Mai Tais
Here are seven Hawaiian songs that Wes Awana, Kahele Miura, and myself played up in Volcano the other day. This is actually a rehearsal for a later gig. As such, be forewarned, they ain't polished into fine art -- more like rough-hewn chunks of lava. (And the occasional digital distortion on these recordings is about … Continue reading Seven Hawaiian Songs
The Maku'u Market is held every Sunday from about 9am until 2pm in lower Puna. The place seems to be burgeoning. Anyway, aside from getting down the mountain to score some good veggies, lunch, and to generally enjoy the diverse crowd that comprises the market, today's trip had the added excitement of stopping by to … Continue reading Interview: Greg Henkel of Punatoons
Hey! Isn't that numbnuts staring at his reflection again? --some Greek person (The following ideas are largely borrowed from an essay by Marshall McLuhan entitled: The Gadget Lover: Narcissus as Narcosis, appearing as Chapter 4 of his book: Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man (1st Ed. McGraw Hill, NY, 1964; reissued MIT Press, 1994, with … Continue reading Follow Marshall McLuhan on Twitter!