Archive | June, 2008

a hike in the alps

Kufstein is a town of about 20,000 in the Austrian Alps built around a fortress on a hill.  Like so many Tyrolean towns it’s also split by a river with alpine hiking abound.  With so many towns surrounded by marked trails and campsites, hiking feels like part of the culture in that part of the world…just be sure you can read the signs.

A few hours by train from Vienna or Munich, any of these day hikes might help you find what you’ve been looking for [Hiking in Tyrol - PDF].

MP3: Anton Dermota & The Austrian State Radio Orchestra – Gluck Das Mir Verblieb

June 20, 2008 | Camping | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Wind, Sand, and Stars

Antoine De Saint-Exupéry might be forever remembered for the Little Prince from asteroid B612, but it’s his 1939 memoir that spins heads in these parts. Wind, Sand, and Stars is Saint-Exupéry’s memoir of being an Aeropostale pilot in the 1930s and his crash in the Sahara Desert. Exupéry was taught to use lonesome trees, farmers, and streams as landmarks, not maps and compasses. “Navigating by a compass in a sea of clouds over Spain is all very well, it is very dashing, but…you want to remember that below the sea of clouds lies eternity.” We don’t think we’ve ever used this word accurately before, but Saint-Exupéry was one brave feller, always optimistic and eager, even when death was a common way to end a routine flight. Wind, Sand, and Stars is one of the more beautiful things your brain will process in a real long while.

MP3: Edith Piaf – C’était Une Histoire D’amour

June 20, 2008 | Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Elliott Landy Photo Exhibit

The Woodstock scene in the 1960s will forever be immortalized thanks to the work of Elliott Landy. Landy was/is the premiere photographer of the town and we thank the heavens that he was around for this one, this one, this one, and all of these. If you want to catch some of his photography on display and you are in New York City tonight, head over to the Belvedere Hotel’s Hudson Room and, if you’re like us, get super bummed out that you weren’t around when the photos were taken.

June 19, 2008 | Art/Photography | Continue Reading | Comments { 3 }

Surround Yourself With Predators

If you want to surround yourself by the densest population of major predators in the Lower 48, go to the Black Canyon in Yellowstone National Park. Doug Smith, a park biologist, says that the canyon hides as many as one griz, wolf, cougar, or black bear every two square miles. Here.

“Wilderness can be defined as a place where humans enjoy the opportunity of being attacked by a wild animal” – Ed Abbey

MP3: Viking Moses – Still My Home

June 18, 2008 | Flora/Fauna | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Mickey Hart’s Rolling Thunder

In 1972, while Mickey Hart had temporarily left the Grateful Dead, he put out his first solo record, Rolling Thunder, named after Shoshone medicine man, shaman, teacher, and activist of the same name. (He’s the one talking on that first mp3 below.) The album was mostly recorded in a barn on Mickey’s California ranch and features lots of aggressive percussion, fast guitar solos and, most importantly, two songs that would later become Dead staples. “Pump Song”, which starts off with a beat from the pump outside Mickey’s barn, would later become “The Greatest Story Ever Told” and “The Main Ten”, whose rain stick intro lasts for two minutes, is now “Playing In The Band.” Both songs are sung by Bobby Weir and are some of the sharpest “studio” versions of Dead songs you’ll ever hear.

MP3: Mickey Hart – Rolling Thunder (Shoshone Invocation)

MP3: Mickey Hart – Pump Song (Featuring Bobby Weir On Vocals)

June 18, 2008 | Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

Red Earth Festival

Oklahoma is home to more Native Americans than any other state. Each year, for the past 23 years, Oklahoma City hosts the Red Earth Festival, where more than 100 tribes come together to celebrate their cultures, dance, art, food, and everything in between. It is the largest Native American gathering in the country. The event took place from June 6th to June 8th this year and, ever since then, we’ve been waiting to find some pictures to post on Cold Splinters. We wait no longer. Beautiful.

William Horncloud – Chiefs Honoring Song (Traditional Lakota Song)

June 18, 2008 | Native American | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Okie Noodling II

In 2001, Bradley Beesley (Summercamp) made a movie about a subculture of men who go catfishing with their bare hands. He called that movie Okie Noodling. Beesley decided that he’d go back a few years later to visit some of these guys and make a film about the newfound legal issues and commercialization of their sport. Okie Noodling II, due out July 14th on DVD, is a beautifully shot documentary full of men you wish you knew. By the end, you’ll feel as though you’ve spent countless summer afternoons in an Oklahoma river participating in one of the most under-appreciated forms of bizarre Americana. More info here.

Oh, what a good day to go fishing.

June 17, 2008 | Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

The Voice Of God

“When you are close to nature you can listen to the voice of God” – Herman Hesse

MP3: Ray Charles – Drown In My Own Tears (Live)

Youtube: Overdone Amazingness

June 17, 2008 | Quotes/Poetry | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

No Polar Bears For Oil

Another bummer day for polar bears.
June 16, 2008 | Flora/Fauna, Politics | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }


So I guess it’s no secret that it’s almost summer. If you want to become your mother and make a fresh batch of one of the world’s most underrated jarred foods go here and here.

Youtube: Little Richard – Tutti Frutti

June 16, 2008 | Food | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }