Archive | May, 2008

I’m The King Of The Hully Gully, You’re The Queen Of Slop

Everyday last August I’d wake up, play Side A of Loudon Wainwright’s A Live One, and quietly watch 30 Chinese men practice martial arts on the overgrown basketball court outside of our apartment . The whole scene put me in a total trance. A princess friend of mine once called Loudon Waiwnright “Raffi for adults,” but I don’t buy that back handed compliment.

“Cyclones and typhoons and tornadoes too
Baby, they should name a hurricane after you”

MP3: Loudon Wainwright III – Natural Disaster

MP3: Loudon Wainwright III – Kings and Queens

May 20, 2008 | Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

ideas worth spreading: mycelium

A friend recently came back from the TED conference out West and sent along a lecture called 6 Ways Mushrooms Can Save the World. “This guy stole the show,” he said. Despite the fact that the last time we heard someone proclaim that mushrooms could save the world, we were singing You Enjoy Myself during an epic trampoline jam, we thought better and realized that TED would be above Fungi jokes and lame Phish references.

All prejudgments aside, we have to tell you that this 17 minute lecture is not only worth every second, it should be longer. It’s hard to compress the history of an organism that predates plants by several hundred million years into a few short minutes.

In that Inconvenient Truth sort of way, Paul Stamets takes the science of mycelium and prototaxites and explains their epic story in terms that inspire us to consider a world where mushrooms absorb toxins from the earth, restore habitats, cure the flu, reinvent pesticides, neutralize carbon and grow old growth forests from cardboard boxes. In short, ‘engaging mycelium can help save the world.’

The stuff is real and it’s powerful, and believe us it’s worth your time.

“Once you’ve heard ‘renaissance mycologist’ Paul Stamets talk about mushrooms, you’ll never look at the world — not to mention your backyard — in the same way again.” Linda Baker, Salon.com

Paul Stamets: 6 ways mushrooms can save the world [VIDEO]

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May 19, 2008 | The World Is On Fire! | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness

The OPFIHDW is on Fire Island, a skinny little number that lies south of the mighty Long Island. The whole island is about 31 miles long and 1/4 mile wide at the widest point. Long and skinny. Real skinny. The Otis Pike area is 7 miles of National Park Service wilderness located on the eastern side of the island. It’s the only NPS wilderness in the whole state of New York.

And Holy heck. This place is the place. Miles of undeveloped beach, waves bigger than me and you, forty foot high dunes, and a camp-anywhere-but-on-the-beach policy. Behind the beach are the aforementioned dunes (where you have to camp) that sure as heck don’t look like you’re a hop, skip, and a jump away from New York City.

It’s covered in wildflowers, deer trails, SAND, bones, and endless amounts of perfect places to pitch your tent. Although you can’t see it from home base, you can hear the ocean roaring and a two second walk up a sand ridge will give you a perfect view of all the action. Leave your flint at home cause you can’t be making fires here. Only stoves for cooking huevos rancheros.

Best part: You don’t need a car. Hop on the LIRR to Patchogue and take a ride on the Watch Hill ferry. (The ferry terminal is 2 minutes from the train, right behind the bowling alley). Get off at Watch Hill, get a permit, and be on your way. Walk 3.5 miles down the beach, walk behind the dunes, pitch your tent, and go back to the beach until the sun goes down. Do whatever it is you like to do at night, then wake up, hike to the other end of the dunes, another 3.5 miles. No backtracking on this trip. Have the ranger at the Wilderness Visitor Center at Smith Point call you a cab, take it to the Mastic Shirley LIRR stop ($10 ride), and come on back home. Watch out for old men sunbathing in the nude.

From Mary Hopkin’s Earth Song, Ocean Song:

MP3: Mary Hopkin – The Wind

May 18, 2008 | Camping | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Born To Be Nervous

Born To Be Nervous is a cosmic journey from our brother, Daniel. He’s our raison d’être.

May 16, 2008 | Uncategorized | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

It’s Sad That We Weren’t Born Like Horses and Sheep

The rain is coming down real hard today and Melanie has been saving a few lives ever since she graced our speakers early this morning. We have the privilege of catching eyes with the inlay for Stoneground Words every time we walk into our kitchen. Righteous.

Not from Stoneground Words:

MP3: Melanie – The Good Book (From The Good Book)

May 16, 2008 | Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Slide Mountain Wilderness, NY

The Slide Mountain Wilderness is nestled in the Southwest part of the Catskills, right around Woodstock and Phoenicia, NY. It boasts the tallest mountain in the Skills, Slide Mountain, which is around 4200 feet high. That’s only 25,000 feet smaller than Everest. We’re getting there. Drive on out to the Slide Mountain trailhead in Big Indian, NY and walk a few miles up a somewhat steep trail to the top of Ms. Slide herself. Not much to be seen from the actual summit but along the way there’s some great views of Catskill Park. No houses, no streets, just rolling hills for miles. It’s the kind of scenery that makes you want to ditch electricity all together.

Keep going past the summit for about a mile and a half into the notch between Slide Mountain and Cornell Mountain. There are some surprisingly difficult scrambles here that may require you to take your pack off. Make sure you fill up on water at the creek before the descent. There’s not much else flowing anytime soon. A few great designated backcountry campsites are hanging out in the notch. I recommend going to the second one on your way to Cornell if you can. It’s large and open and lies on the edge of a nice open rock face. If it’s taken or you want to put your pack down at the first one, that ain’t no thang. It’s still a great place to be. The trip is about 5.5 miles in to the campsites.

Make a big ol’ fire (as long as you’re below 3500 feet, which you should be) and sing Shania Twain songs at the top of your lungs. Enjoy the backcountry of one of the Northeast’s best parks. It’s a merry ol’ time.

May 16, 2008 | Camping | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Folkstreams Dot Net

I’m telling you folks. This site is it. It’s better than any other place on the Internets. No question. Folkstreams has streaming video of some of the world’s best documentaries. It’ll make you dizzy.

There’s Cajun Accordions, Cowboy Poets, Appalachian Dancing, Medicine Shows, Rattlesnake Festivals, Work Songs Of Texas Prison, and a TON more. You got to see for yourself.

MP3: Roscoe Holcomb – Roll On Buddy

MP3: Elizabeth Cotten – Freight Train

May 16, 2008 | Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

Lime Cay

Will someone loan me $1,750,000? Thanks, I’ll pay you back later. I swear.

If you call and I’m not around, just give Carlos your number. I’ll call you right back.

May 15, 2008 | Flora/Fauna | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

a step forward

California Peace
On a big day in California.

Dirty Projectors – Rise Above [MP3]

May 15, 2008 | Uncategorized | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

Where Ya At, Mule?

“That’s right. It’s a song my daughter wrote for me. Everytime I call her up on the phone, she says “Where Ya At, Mule?”

Goodnight.

May 15, 2008 | Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }