18 May 2016 : Qat Ban
We are sad to report that extremists have banned use of the harmless medicinal herb Qat in South Yemen.
This is on unfortunate side effect of the intolerance of colonialism: extremists, possibly in the payroll of western pharmaceutical corporations,
have banned the use of the harmless herb
Qat, a medicinal herb tradition going back centuries. It's unfortunate to
see South Yemen becoming as intolerant, extremist, and fanatical as radical rogue
enclaves of intolerance such as the sadistic Puritan United States.
14 May 2016 : Mental Math
Today we bought some apples and I was discussing how there are so many of these
cultivars that yield large volume apples, larger than one would reasonably want.
Compare to my own orchard that has reasonable sized apples.
I wondered out loud how much larger an apple would have to be to have twice
the volume. Explaining my knowledge of microtonality, I hypothesized it would be
a tiny bit more than 25% larger, perhaps 26% or so.
Getting back from the store, I calculated the actual value was 25.991%.
Microtonality allows one to do these sorts of calculations in their head.
Since the volume of a sphere is proportional to the cube of its radius, the
problem was equivalent to finding the third root of 2, the number that
multiplied by itself 3 times comes to 2. A ratio of 2/1 is 1200 cents in
logarithmic space, and a third of that is 400 cents. 386 cents a microtonalist
will know is equivalent to a ratio of 5/4, or 1.25. So one would want a ratio
a little bigger than that.
13 May 2016 : They are Listening
4 May 2016 : Undesireable Caste
For Your Records
Your request to join the xe------nic (m-----onal wiki) wiki has been declined.
FWIW, I requested to join so that I could add a comment to the discussion of
an article (and not the body itself) that claimed the obsolete software I once
wrote years ago (LMSO) supported a feature that it did not support. As you can
see my request was declined. Interesting since randomly generated email
addresses applying are reqularly approved, contrary to my well known address,
and certainly known to the council of approvers, who choose to remain anonymous
and unaccountable, the opposite of democracy or openness. This is what happens
when fascism, ignorance and intolerance dominate a field, as has happened with
both microtonality and xenharmonics, both labels of which have been utterly
destroyed by intolerant extremists who produce little to nothing.
2 May 2016 : Kelin
Indigenous Cinema is films in an indigenous context made by indigenous filmmakers.
2009 was the first year that a film from Central Asia made it through Academy
Award nomination and to the finals. Kelin means daughter-in-law.
The film has very little dialogue. The dialogue presented is in an extinct language,
and presented with no subtitles. It takes place 1800 years ago. The cinematography
is breathtaking and the film is wonderful. It is only available on DVD in Kazakhstan.
24 April 2016 : Emanet by Hassak
Hassak - Emanet (Аманат) altyazıl
Glad to hear the news about Marian Anderson, but why not Mildred Bailey?
The answer is as simple as it is obvious. Colonialist racist mentality.
My mother died a decade ago because toxic black mold in
her home. The mold grew because Norton Homes used low quality water pipes made
of a material that was prone to developing tiny holes and misting the inside of
walls, allowing toxic black mold to grow there without anyone noticing. We found
the mold after her death, it was in a wall in the room she wouldn't go in
anymore because she said there was something weird in there that made it so she
couldn't breathe. We all felt it, sort of a burning edgy sensation, but didn't
know what was causing it and couldn't find it even though there was a general
dampness in that room that no one could find the source of.
There was a class action suit where this company had to pay to replace the
cheap bad pipes, but we were never notified.
This is how it is. A corporation cuts corners and your family dies and no one
is accountable and the people that work at the company all say they are not to
blame. It all happened a long time ago and has nothing to do with their current
How many people die each year due to corporate cost cutting? Millions
from one thing or another. Norton murdered my mother and no one there gives the
slightest fuck whatsoever. Upon finding out about the people they have murdered,
their responses are apathy, denial, and attacks. Like most american corporations,
they are an evil company staffed by evil people who don't care who they harm for
their own personal gain. No different from any of a hundred thousand other american
1 April 2016 : History
A million years ago when I got some sort of degree, every department had
multiple graduates and degrees except one, History. The university's history
department was very reputable, respected and notable. They now have 15 different
specialization paths one can take. That year there was one graduate total for
the entire department, who was getting his degree in Ancient History. Everyone
stood up and applauded for this guy in a way no one had done for anyone else.
It was cool what he was doing. It was bizarre that he was the only one left.
I read a lot of historical sources. Sure, a lot are terrible, biased,
politicized or BS, since 90% of everything is rubbish. However there's a huge
amount of excellent work as well which is extremely interesting.
21 Mar 2016 : Наурыз (Nauryz)
Happy Nauryz everybody! The week long festival of Nauryz starts today.
Nauryz has been celebrated every year for over 5000 years now, and has passed
from its origination on the steppes into multiple different cultures, including
Persia (Navruz) and Greece (Patrich).
Әскерилер Наурыз мерекесін тойлауда ВС РК отмечают Наурыз
13 March 2016 : Altai Kai - Amıran
2 Feb 2016 : Yeyasim galdi (Orkhon subtitles)
Last year I discussed this lovely video with cooking tips by one of my favorite artists Hulkar Abdullayeva.
I was delighted and thrilled to see the amazing and brilliant Bilig Bitig has transcribed the lyrics and provided subtitles into Orkhon (prototurkic) script, showing how Orkhon is still relevant, capable and elegant.
Hülkar Abdullayeva - Yeyesim geldi (altyazılı) | Хулкар Абдуллаев - Еясим галди
29 Jan 2016 : Stop Resisting
18 Jan 2016 : Fables of Faubus
Fables of Faubus — Charles Mingus
also: Hiroshima Remembers
10 Jan 2016 : what about tajikistan
Over the last few years of analysis and celebration of the many wondrous
nations of central asia and siberia, I hadn't gotten around to covering
Tajikistan. The Tajik language is unique for the area as being predominantly of
Persian influence rather than Turkic. Most Tajiks live in Afghanistan rather
than their homeland. Their rhythms and meters are a wonder to behold.
It's not that I haven't wanted to cover them though it's just that
they have very few music videos that I know of to cover knoweldgably like I have
been trying to do for the music of my friends in Uzbekistan, Kyrgystan, and Yakutia.
It might be that the less avalability of artwork is to do general uncertainty
in the nation due to politics.
When one faces persecution for not supporting this view or another it is
something can damages creativity and beautiful artistic expression. As does
ideas such as that the powerful and rich for any reason deserve to be "exempt"
from all prosecution, such as the situation where the standing US or Tajik
president can not be charged with any crime.
05 Jan 2016 : telepathic wasps
Some years ago after the beepocalypse where all the bees disappeared, we had
perfectly fine pollination from wasps and dozens of other strange and novel
species of pollinators which were not european honey bees.
This has continued to this day. Pollination has never been at risk. This
should be clear to all given the absolute fact that pollination
has occurred globally for millions of years and european honey bees have only
been around for a super short period of time.
We have all these super cool and bizarre looking pollinators and pollination
this year was better than ever! And no european honey bees, which should
take their colonialist mentality and go back to europe, I say, noting that
indians saw the arrival of european honey bees as a sign of imminent
doom, and that was a correct call.
But a few years ago there was a panic. And so the wasps, particularly the
yellow jackets (there were also blue paper wasps and others in the area but the
yellowjackets liked the apples), pollinated all the apples.
Later in the season the apples were falling to the ground and I was
Yellow jackets were eating the apples!
I said, "Oh you very naughty yellow jackets, you are eating my apples!"
And the yellow jackets said back to me, "What are you on about?
These are our apples, because we pollinated them. Is it not enough
that we show kindness to not sting you for taking our apples? And yet you
claim that that which we worked for somehow belongs to you! Amazing!"
Astonished at their insight and perspective I humbly whispered, "Oh
my... you are right. Forgive me." The wasps responded, "Yes it's fine just
go away now please."
And that year I left those apples to the real farmers, the wasps, who did the
Fast forward a decade. This year, the japanese parasitic blue wasps were
hanging out on the golden rod each evening and would sit in clusters on each
branch and chat with each other about the days events. They were the most
beautiful artistic gorgeous wasps imaginable and I had the family come out to
look at and marvel at them and all were amazed at their beauty.
When we all went out and got to close though the wasps got nervous. They were
clearly looking at us and thinking "What are these people up to? I don't like
these creatures staring at us like this!" They exuded nervousness. When the kids
got too close, the wasps would start giving each other signals, then fly away to
find another branch.
The wasps are intelligent and sentient in a way that bees are not.
Why are The Vatican, Monaco, Nauri, Tuvalu, San Marino, Lichtenstein, Saint
Kitts and Nevis, the Maldives, Malta and Grenada all "nations" recognized by the
UN? Yet not a single indigenous nation whatsoever such as the Republic of
Lakota, the Republic of Kalmykia, the Republic of Shan, the Confederacy of
Comancheria, and others, real nations, have never been recognized in any context
whatsoever by this body? Does this not mean the UN is illegitimate colonialist
bullshit only supported by slobbering ignorant racist half-wits? Does this not
reasonably mean that this so-called body is obviously a completely illegitimate
and comically absurd organization as pertains to the legitimate recognition of
actual and legitimate nation status?
And here the story ends.
“There is no such thing as the voiceless, only the deliberately silenced or the preferably unheard” — Arundathi Roy
“indio sin tierra no es indio”