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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Now this is what i call music in 2007...The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!




The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust! is the lovechild of me and Trent Reznor. I met Trent when he asked me to fill the opening slot of his European With Teeth tour. After only the 2nd show he asked if I might be down to collaborate on a song or album, whatever I saw fit. At the time we were both listening to the Kanye/Jon Brion collaborations and feeling like a cocktail of our two worlds would fare even more interesting…and harder. Since then, Trent Reznor has become the big brother I never had, offering his insight, expertise, and shared desire to fuck up the system while believing fully in the power of music and the intelligence of the masses. What we both first realized we had in common was a deep love of Public Enemy and their Bomb Squad production, which personally served as the backdrop of my adolescence and fueled the fire that matured my vision of the sort of artist I wanted to be. A lot of people get caught up on my lyrics and poetry, but my writing is always founded on beats and polyrhythmic backdrops. My background as a dancer (I used to dance for a rap group in ATL in the early 90s) has always made me crave hard rhythms. Through Public Enemy I discovered that my ability to dance somehow improved when I truly felt the power of the words. This album captures everything I have aimed for in a song. Of course, as a performer, what truly inspires me is the opportunity to perform them live. The Niggytardust concept sets me free to do more on stage with costume, etc. than one might expect from a regular Saul Williams show. It allows me to put my theatre training to use. I’ve also thought long and hard about all the discussion surrounding racial epithets etc. and chose this title as a means of furthering the dialogue while also showing how creativity will outlive and outshine hatred of any kind.

The album would not have been possible without the collaborative spirit Trent and the other artists involved: CX Kidtronik and Thavius Beck brought beats and fire to the vision, energizing the process with blown amps and head-nodding cramps. Atticus Ross engineered and programmed. Alan Moulder is sonic testimony from headphone to full blown that the very rocks will cry out if you work with the right engineer.

I’m also collaborating with visual artists and designers as part of the whole NiggyTardust concept and presentation. Melody Ehsani designed Tardust jewelry, bracelets, rings. necklaces, etc. and also did the cover layout. Angelbert Metoyer has contributed greatly to the visual aesthetic with paintings and soon to be finished set design for the shows.

As far as the way we’ve decided to release the album, we’re aware that it’s pretty risky, but are even more aware that we cant turn to the so-called powers that be of the industry for answers. Someone has got to be willing to take chances. I was very inspired by the recent Radiohead release and felt compelled, almost instantly, to follow my gut and expand on their concept. Obviously, independent artists have been around for years. My indie film, Slam was in fact what opened so many doors for me. yet, the stigma of being an indie artist in the music world hasn’t always been rewarding. This time I feel different. I feel like the times have conspired to make this album an important part of history.

Happy Halloween!

So I have to immediately write about what just happened to me. Its Halloween, and I live in Oakland...however, we have a house...Thus, I was talking with my brother and we realized we may be getting some Trick or Treaters! I got very excited at the possibility of having Trick or Treaters come to my own house, so I wanted to be present during the times they may arrive. Like I said, however, we live in Oakland...I have never spent a Halloween in Oakland, and dont know if it has the same feel that it did when I was growing up on Heidelberg St. in Boulder, CO and everyone put out decorations, dressed in costumes and had extremely well organized Trick or Treat routes on where to get the most and best candy in optimal time..one year my friends and I wore costumes with roller blades...In any case, I am sure that we all realize as one grows older, the meaning of Halloween changes. In college, there were some of the best parties of my life, bar crawls, people in costume and profound profanity. The bureaucrats however began to control these parties, closing off streets, making people have wrist bands, taking the spirit out of the ONE day out of the year where people have traditionally been allowed to misbehave. If you curb that, the will of the people will still prevail, unfortunately it somtimes excaltes beyond a point that anyone want. Such was the case last year in the Castro in SF. It seems as though each city is famous for one special event, or neighborhood that EVERYONE goes to. In DC its M St., in Boulder, its Pearl St, so logically one would imagine it would be the Castro in SF. These areas have gotten more and more crowded, and police patrolling more and more that tensions rise to violence. Unfortunately, they have closed Castro for tonight, my first Halloween in SF, but I am eager to see if the people will prevail!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

yes yes yall...to the beat yall

Soon The New Day Lyrics
Talib Kweli
(feat. Norah Jones)

[Verse 1: Talib Kweli]
Here we go like
Yes Yes Yall
To The Beat Yall
Aint No Sleep Yall
To the break of dawn
5 o'clock in the morning
We keep rockin on
The workin people runnin like the stop clock is on
We got it poppin in the meat market
Chicks take a seat, park it
By the bar so they can meet the Vick with deep pockets
And them doods
By them cars that turn 'em in to sweet objects
of desire
Big rims and them tires
We finna drop it like it's heavy as hell
The clan of the cavebear
Used to use the club to hit and drag her by the hair
Still use the club to get her a martini or a beer
Try to get her home and put the smell of sex in the air
Come through like the cable guy
Get 'er done
That 'ole hit 'n run
Turn into bitter ones
Tonight is catch me if you can
You can taste the ginger bread
Ain't nothing like wakin' up with a stranger in yur bed
Nope!

[Chorus:]
[Norah Jones:]
Soon The New Day, Breaks The Dawn
[Talib Kweli:]
Tomorrow I'll be like
"Were am I"
"Whats your name"
"Gotta go, I'm glad you came"
[Norah Jones:]
But Tonight You, Will Be So Fun
[Talib Kweli:]
Maybe you're the one!
[Norah Jones:]
Soon The New Day, Breaks The Dawn

[Verse 2: Talib Kweli]
Puttin on some Airs
King For a Day
Hard to face your fears we war the mask like Cory McKay
You have a ball today
It's all a masquerade
Shorty paint her face like a clown but can't take away the frown
Found under the make up
I asked her "What's your passion" answered "What's the paper" but she sleep and they don't want her to wake up
Maybe they should realize their own beauty
Baby you a star and not just a star on some dudes home movies

[Chorus:]
[Norah Jones:]
Soon The New Day, Breaks The Dawn
[Talib Kweli:]
Tomorrow I'll be like
"Were am I"
"Whats your name"
"Gotta go, I'm glad you came"
[Norah Jones:]
But Tonight You, Will Be So Fun
[Talib Kweli:]
Baby you're the one!
[Norah Jones:]
Soon The New Day, Breaks The Dawn

[Verse 3: Talib Kweli]
Steppin out, I got my best outfit on
Gotta get it in. I'm slippin in the darkness like most of the day is gone
We up all night I wonder if can hang
We used to hang from a tree
Now we hangin behind the rope we V.I.P.
We do it
B.I.G.
Ain't no need to See I.D.
Thee entire scenery
Shrouded in mystery
Clouded with greenery
Six girls to every three doods
So you have half a chance
If you ask to have a dance
The ones ready to freak off don't need no romance
They belong to the sisterhood of the traveling pants
They got them
Hungry eyes you know sensual trance
At a glance
The alcohol got you sexually advanced
The truth is so boring you gotta pretend a little; the antidote is more colorful the rainbow and the Skittles
And the quest to trap the cat
The game is the Tinder Fiddles to get the bruce to say the sky's fallin like your Chicken Little. Come on!

[Chorus:]
[Norah Jones:]
Soon The New Day, Breaks The Dawn
[Talib Kweli:]
Tomorrow I'll be like
"Were am I"
"Whats your name"
"Gotta go, I'm glad you came"
[Norah Jones:]
But Tonight You, Will Be So Fun
[Talib Kweli:]
Maybe you're the one!
[Norah Jones:]
Soon The New Day, Breaks The Dawn

http://www.lyricsondemand.com/t/talibkwelilyrics/soonthenewdaylyrics.html

Monday, October 29, 2007

A Dream in India

This resort is for sale in Kerala, India. I love the potential of Keral because of its long history with Ayurveda and alternative healing techniques, not to mention the thriving cultural vigor of India...


http://www.fragrantnature.com/

Ownership: The property is owned by Fragrant Nature Retreat and Resort Pvt
Ltd, an Indian Company with Adrian Briggs as its Managing Director. The
company shares are owned by Adrian Briggs, 3 other UK Nationals and 1 Indian
National who are all agreed on the sale of the company and/ or its property.

Lodge Name: Fragrant Nature Resort

Website: www.fragrantnature.com

Telephone: +44 (0)20 8661 1209

Price: INR 4,00,00,000 (approx. US$930,000)

Reason: UK shareholders re-settling in the UK owing to family commitments.

Operating: Yes

Rooms: 10

Year: 2005 and 2006

Friday, October 26, 2007

The Never Ending Search for and Island...

Ill call it "Awesomeville" and it will be exactly that...AWESOME!

I have dreamed to live the dream, spread ideas and change the world...It can all happen on an island, I just need some support...

In order to really make "Awesomeville" a reality, there are 2 things that need to happen: Financial Capital Investment (ie Awesome Investors) and the personnel to make it all happen (ie Ambassadors of Awesomeness).

Personally, I am already very dedicated to being an Ambassador of Awesomeness in order to make the dream come true. Thus, if you feel the same way I do, like really really really feel the same way, then look at the following positions and hit me up to get the real low down of Awesomeville!

Awesome Financial Investors

-Buy, or invest in an island (probably in Brasil, see links below to a couple options)
- Facilitate financial needs in order to create all things aweome
-Help me and other Ambassadors of Awesomeness to financially makeAwesomeville a reality
-Live the good life! After all, it is an island, you can do whatever you want, I will personally be sure to make that happen!

-Your investment gets return in quality of life, life changing philosophy and all around Awesomeness...This is our island of awesomeness, let the dreams come true!!!

Awesomeville Ambassadors:

-Be generally Awesome in order to facilitate the needs of Awesomeville--different duties and aspects of Ambassadors of Awesomeness will be needed depending on infrastructure of the island.

Such titles may include

-Awesome guitar player: To be the uy that sits by the fire and plays incredible tunes

-Coordinator of Awesomeness: Responsible for making sure that all awesome people come to be awesome at Awesomeville.

-Awesome practitioners of feeling good: Awesome at making people feel good, forget anxiety, stress...your problems will go away and you can be even more awesome!


Alright here are some options:

http://www.bahia-brasil-imoveis.com.br/viewad.asp?id=50357817673100004

http://www.taipusimoveis.com.br/ilhas.htm

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

سلام عليك

So everyone is loving Wikipedia...and I admit, so am I...however, we do need to remember that it is up for interpretation, written by all of us, and edited and maintained by all of us as well...so Ill be it a fascinating source of information, I like to use it as a good stepping stone in the right direction. In any case, I was looking at how to write a couple things in Arabic, cause on a post or two ago I pasted some foreign language sayings and it showed up...thus I wanted to find more, like As-Salāmu `Alaykum السلام عليك

Anyways...I started reading the entry for Muslim, and then for Islam, and found a flaw...or contradiction withing the Wikipedia entries...

The "Islam" entry says that Islam "originates with the teachings of Muhammad..." but under the Muslim entry, it says that "Muslims believe that Islam existed long before Muhammad and that the religion has evolved with time..."


Wiki Quote: "Islam (Arabic: الإسلام; al-'islām (help·info)) is a monotheistic religion originating with the teachings of Muhammad, a 7th-century Arab religious and political figure. The word Islam means "submission", or the total surrender of oneself to God (Arabic: الله, Allāh). An adherent of Islam is known as a Muslim, meaning "one who submits (to God)".[1][2] There are between 1 billion to 1.8 billion Muslims on the basis of self-identification, making Islam the second-largest religion in the world, after Christianity.[3]"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam

"Muslims believe that there is only one God, translated in Arabic as Allah. Muslims believe that Islam existed long before Muhammad and that the religion has evolved with time. The Qur'an describes many Biblical prophets and messengers as Muslim: Adam, Noah (Arabic: Nuh), Moses (Arabic: Musa) and Jesus (Arabic: Isa) and his apostles. The Qur'an states that these men were Muslims because they submitted to God, preached his message and upheld his values."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muslim


Thus progresses my quest to understand religions on a very complacent level...accepting and open, curious but not committed...

But these are the things that make wikipedia so unique, its ability to have various contributors of all sides to really crete democratic entries for challenging issues that some people (on both extremes and everywhere in between) are jaded on...

Monday, October 22, 2007

Moon Phases



I have been quite intrigued by the moon and the stars since I was a little kid. I grew up in Colorado and my father is from Wyoming. My Grandparents owned a house outside of Laramie in a town called Centenial, ironically enough, the population is 100.

I am sure I will be writing more stories about growing up at the Crazy "S" as we called the humble abode, with 3 acres, a pond and river access. This is where as kids we could run free, learn the value of hard work, be creative, seek solitude, be with family, learn how to play poker, sled in the winter, set off fireworks that in most states are illegal in the summer, and best of all at night, gaze at the stars until it was way past your bedtime, but it didnt matter because Grandpa's famous sour dough pancakes got you out of bed at the crack of dawn so you could still cast a few lines into the pond before the fish stopped biting.

Its hard to see the stars here in Oakland, and I miss that. I have become fond of learning about astrology, the basics at least for now. Like looking at the traits of my own sign, Virgo, who a friend posted to me the other day...

"When a Virgo shines, there is practically no sign to match their inner light. When a Virgo is confident within themselves they are the most successful, structured and creative of all the signs.

One of the most magical characteristics of the Virgo is no matter how many times life or romance turns sour on them, they still manage to maintain faith in others, refusing to become cynical.

Creative and sensitive, Virgos are delicate people who, like rare and special orchids, require individual treatment to fully blossom into their true unique beauty. They often generate their time and energy into making those they love happy or successful.

Virgos are givers and when the chips are down and you need a friend, the one available during those testing times when you need advice or companionship the most, is likely to be a Virgo. Virgos understand human frailties better than most, because they are so deep and reflective themselves.

With a Virgo in your life you have someone who understands and cares and any romance or friendship based upon these qualities is certain to be mutually rewarding."

I feel like I do embody these characteristics, and thus am proud to be a Virgo. I remain very skeptical in my beliefs, yet being that way allows me to actually believe things, if I know how skeptical I am, then when I do come to the notion of accepting something new, there must be good reason...

I like full moons...and feel that the world is potentially dominated by its phases, but the stars and heavens above, the energy the holds all of this together, and makes us do what we do. And sometimes I try to fight those inclinations....but why? If there are so many unanswered questions out there, we must do what we can in order to take the steps in order to answer them...or maybe they are to be left unanswered, and that is the quest in and of itself...



What I really wanted to write about in this post was the difference in the moon from north to south hemispheres...

When I put on the moon watcher, it ask me for northern or southern hemisphere...I clicked on each to see the difference...then I remembered when I was living in Brasil, the moon always looked different...and coming back, it was different too...The moon and the stars go in opposite directions...to break it down simply...lets say here in Oakland, I watch the moon in its Waxing stage, and it grows from right to left...in Brasil, when the moon is waxing, it grows from left to right...

Stars move differently, the moon also moves across the sky in an opposite direction...what happens right on the equator?!

I put my moon phase calculator on the Southern Hemisphere because in Brasil is when I truly began to be more in tune to the moon cycles, and how they in turn, effect my behavior, the people around you, and the rest of the world...

An Actual Conversation...

The Liberty to See and Be Seen...

This day and age, technology has taken over our lives...even email is becoming obsolete with text messages taking over the world. Friend networks that ruin any actual socializing and blogs where people can write whatever they want, post videos of whatever strikes their fancy, and friend networks that ...

I have all of the Myspace, Orkut and Facebook, and a few more that I dont even know that I have signed up for. I also keep all of them semi open to the public. There are no restrictions to read my blog, or see my Myspace. THis has often perplexed me, should I be more assertive about who sees and looks at my online stuff? We never how many people are out there, and how one might come across another page...and I know I have surfed the web and come across some pages that I didnt expect to...but the ones that intrigued me, I read, or linked to, or enjoyed that 34 seconds until my internet ADD surfed me to another site...The fact is that I dont really know, nor do a lot of people know block, or profile the people who see and read things online...thus I strive for an open mind and keep my online open, if someone really wants to take the time to see what I have uploaded, or written, or who I am friends with, then be my guest....However, the only thing I can say is that I maintain faith that people will ultimately have respect and not base their opinions about an individual simply by an online profile...my profiles have very little to do with my actual life, but they are fun and entertaining, or way to keep in touch--but I do grieve at the seriousness the whole online community revolves around...come sit down, pop open a beer, sit in my yard and watch the alley cats play, but most importantly remember we are people and come have an actual conversation with me...

Friday, October 19, 2007

ἀγάπη مكتوب

Props to the girl that inspires me the most...one who appreciates what I do, the things I do to be able to do them and the journey in between, past, present, and future! I call her when Im lost in Sacramento at 7 in the morning, or drunk at 3 in the morning...or drunk and lost at 5 in the morning in sacramento....

One who shares my ideals as avidly as I do in regards to such influential literature like Paulo Coelho...whom indeed I do aspire to be like...


http://the-life-of-mb.blogspot.com/

ἀγάπη

مكتوب


Oh...PS

I am now accepting offers to be funded to be a lifelong writer...

If I ever get enough money to begin to support other people I would start off with the dream fullfillment lifelong living fund...thus, for example, if this person were to magically exist my appliction would be as follows...


Position Applied for: Life long writer

Applicant: Trent Simpson

Resume: Traveler, poet, thinker,

Published works: Not really, but I do have a lot of missing journals floating around the world, a few blogs with words and pictures that sometimes make sense or link to other peoples things i find interesting, a few ideas that never really got past the pen and the pad but I know may be amazing one day...

THUS>>>I am applying for this position as a life long writer...I know the talent is there, but the inspiration needs to come from travel, hardship, women, sitting in coffee shops and watching people, gambling and winning, gambling and losing lots of money you dont have, being in love, thinking you are in love, redefining love as it changes through your perception of people, learning new things, succeeding, failing, being an idiot, being rebellious, doing things that for some reason are legal in some parts of the world and not in others and then doing them in more and more places and seeing how people interact in these scenarios, being individually curious, making new friends, not giving a shit and going along for a ride that, opening doors with your left hand if you are right handed, uh...etc...and with the inspiration will come creativity, however it manifests itself...the corporate word, real life and hustle and bustle block our most divine instincts...PASSION...searching for it, finding it, embracing and holding on to it when its there, and then redefining all of that again, because life is cyclical, people need interaction and creative things in their lives to spark their creativity in return....thus im not asking for a lot with this appliction...enough to know that I will be able to get by, live up the good times, embrace the hard times, build and define a life inspired by others and the world we live in that so many people tend to forget exists...to experience humanity, and see how it manifests itself in future endeavors and with words...to be a true writer of humanity, in whatever form that may take on...

Any offers can be emailed to me...

trentsimp@gmail.com

And if for some reason, i get to be that kind of sugar daddy, applications will be gladly accepted, and interview help in hungover states at revolutionary coffee houses...

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Transitions Abroad

Awesome magazine and website for those of us who want to escape...

http://www.transitionsabroad.com/

Friday, October 12, 2007

My Perfect Cup of Coffee?

My Perfect Cup of Coffee?
Trent Simpson
October 12, 2007

I sit in this coffee shop, it could be anywhere in the world, my thoughts brewing as I inhale the steamy hot bitterness of the fog rising from my mug—the roasted beans being ground and brewing with the hustle and bustle of others trying to get their daily vice in the background. No matter where I am or what I am doing, I always have an urge to stop what I am doing, find a local coffee shop, order a delicious cup of hot black coffee, sit back reminisce for a while and pick up the pen and the pad and have my way with words.

Today it is manifesting itself in the exact scenario that has built my character--it has been and will be and undeniable constant of my life—travel, coffee and writing—escaping to smell, drown my thoughts in the background noise, and get that buzz to relieve me of any subtle laziness that might be hindering my productivity. It doesn’t matter if its 95 degrees out, or the middle of the night, a large metropolis or the only place in a 47km radius one can find a cup of coffee, a friends house or the corner store. Its my moment of zen, where I can truly drown my thoughts into an accepted addiction—and that addiction fuels my passion and massages my soul by allowing, even for a short moment to travel deep into my thoughts that manifest themselves on a blank page after a scurry of scribbles, cross outs and illegible nonsense.

It’s a moment of pure bliss when my headache cracks egg whites like carpenters nailing in shingles on a hot Brooklyn day. My thoughts wander like headless horsemen at night without jack-o-lanterns—only topping to rest like a marathon runner after a 100 yard dash and basking in glory like the Vasque after a separatist exhibition of unrefined yet witty and thought out public disturbance that international organizations dub as terrorism.

And now that I have traveled, I see the people around me. From memorable a coffee shops like the one below the auxiliary office of the OAS in DC, to suburban local coffee shops off the beaten track in Northern California that make the best Mexican Mocha outside of Oaxaca. I hear the languages, breathe the atmosphere, see the desire, interpret their subtle yet drastic nuances, and begin to wonder what their thoughts are.

And yet with all this agonizing brooding my ominous stare could pierce through steel wool and unset concrete on slightly overcast days. So instead of belittling them with my analytical complexities, I flash, at moments notice, something resembling a friendly and familiar smile, like someone that looks like an ex girlfriend passing you in a car with tinted windows. A quaint smile or a nod of appreciation that you are in the same place, but have lived far different live to lead you there, to sip on a simple treasure of refreshing, and bitter boldness that can be attuned and customized to your personal palate.

I am always in search of a better cup of coffee—or maybe not? There are times when you find yourself in need of or uncharacteristically wanting that day old bottom of the pot, twice over heated and reheated, and served in a plastic cup that has a broken lid that splatters on your white shirt as you are late for an important event. But sometimes you want the shade grown, organic and fairly traded, lightly roasted and uniquely blended-- served by your favorite barista, or a new one who breathes confidence in your addiction, and thus with that cup you inhale confidence and a new passion for something you have always loved. Perfect temperature for drinking, its like its not even happening as you fall back into an executive chair that wraps its patent leather around your tired waist and lets you slouch just enough to know you are indulging yourself. Sit back, relax and let your thoughts meander like backcountry roads of terraced terrain. Legs kicked up like grandpa overlooking the fireplace of unspoken words and idealism yet to be realized.

So thus, for me, I am still undecided if there really exists the perfect cup of coffee—but maybe there is and that is why I am constantly searching for it. However, with an profound anticipation announced addiction and awaits my every cup of coffee. Shared with friends, thoughts or out of necessity, coffee defines my mood, existence and its appropriate impact on the rest of the world around us. My coffee is sacred, my only vehement addiction that others can accept and relate to. My cup of coffee today is almost luke warm and tasteless as I think of a good ending to this montage of sentimental coffee drinking monologue that someone out there may be able to relate to.


Thursday, October 11, 2007

Rekindling the Dream

It is almost a year since my return from Brazil. I took off after graduating from college on a voyage to "live the dream." Unfortunately, this "dream" was undefined...I had a girlfriend that I missed dearly and desperately wanted to see--I had visions of owning and running a pousada for backpackers in a magical spot on the beach. I also wanted to get lost in the jungle or become secluded in the mountains of the Chapada Diamantina. I wanted to throw the biggest and pest parties, run the coolest bar with exotic cocktails and rare cachaças. I wanted too create a one menu restaurant with innovative cuisine and a philosophy that would draw people from all over the worlds. I wanted own a hammock store, live above a bakery and invite locals to play guitar and host luaus on nights with marvelous full moons reflection off untouched tide pools and roaring waves. Lo and behold, I set off on this mission, to live the dream. And to my naive surprise, living the proverbial dream turned into heartache, confusion, manifested destiny, spiritual awakening, fright, concern and yearning for something.

I was a penstroke away from obtaining a piece of land that could have fulfilled almost 95% of those dreams, but something was perturbing me in a way that I had never felt, deep within my heart, my soul and projected into the world, a feeling that ultimatley made me say no.

Ultimately, after saying no to my daunting destiny, I turned my head and ran the other way. I decided to gain some real world experience and was invited out to the Bay area to live with my brother, also a fan of Brazil, in hopes to, in his words "sell cachaça." Thus I moved out to Oakland setting out to do what we had only fathomed of doing here--selling cachaça and making caipirinhas a popular and accessable drink to get at a trendy nightclubs.

So thus today, while Mercury begins to go into retrograde, and astrological advice for Virgos is to relax and reflect, I want to rekindle the dream with this blog post. My International Vagabond blog has served as a chalkboard for me to post ideas, write or drift away and dream once again with. So thus, I wanted to post a links of my endless search for my undefined dream...and extend the invitation any and all of you in persuit of your dreams as well, maybe ours coincide, and we are at the proper stage of life to realize them together.

I am a little more acertive on the realities of my dream. I cannot do it on my own, friends, family and people you trust are essential in achieving such lofty goals as running a pousada or buying property abroad. Money is another issue. I have the language skills, education, determination, ability to learn and experience to help facilitate the rest, but my dream begins today with an open invitation for you to live the dream with me, in whatever manner that may be!

And be this as it may, messy and chaotic, I will being to post other correspondences with vaious offers I was involved with...


And thus my links of photos, opportunity and ideas, past, present and future...






www.taipusimoveis.com.br


www.vendhotel.com.br


Brazil Pousada Links

http://www.altvendas.com.br/imoveis/

http://www.panamareforest.com/

http://www.aondefica.com/

http://produto.mercadolivre.com.br/MLB-39717356-apartamento-em-natal-cidade-do-sol-melhor-bairro-_JM

http://www.offshoreworld.org/Property5508.htm

Other peoples offers

http://www.aluguetemporada.com.br/

http://www.imoveisvirtuais.com.br/pousadasprocuro.htm

http://www.brasilbahiaimoveis.cjb.net/

http://www.mucuge.com.br/villas/

www.trancosoimobiliaria.com.br

http://www.balcao.com/detalle.aspx?IdAnuncio=12933201&Tipo=2

Taipus de Fora - Barra Grande - Maraú/BA

Porto Seguro

Drc Consultancy é um escritório na cidade de Porto Seguro Bahia - especializado em assessor e acompanhar estrangeiros que queiram investir no - - Brasil. Nosso trabalho vai desde compra de imóveis até abertura de firma para estrangeiros e documentação em geral. Drc Consultoria - telefone: 00 55 73 9984 8288 - drconsultancy@hotmail.com - 06/02;
Dicas e informações
* Comprar sempre em uma imobiliária de confiança, de preferência as que já estão estabelecidas a mais tempo na região onde pretende investir.

Passo a Passo: Compra e Venda

DEFINA SEU PROJETO IMOBILIÁRIO. VOCÊ JÁ TEM UM?

Qual é ele?
Comprar imóvel pronto? Novo ou usado?
Você quer construir sua própria casa?
Prefere comprar um terreno, um ponto comercial, uma pousada?

Qual a melhor localização para seu projeto?

Ao questionar seu projeto imobiliário, você certamente terá outras preocupações, mas... ok, siga em frente e lembre-se: este é um momento importante para todos nós, é a hora em que seu projeto começa a se tornar realidade. Se você não tem idéia de como fazer isso, iremos ajudá-lo a esclarecendo pontos a serem observados na compra e venda que é o momento da consolidação do negócio.

VALOR ?

Defina o valor do seu projeto. Comece verificando qual a sua disponibilidade financeira, a maioria dos negócios em Trancoso são feitos a vista.
Caso estes recursos sejam suficientes para realizar seu projeto, ótimo.

ONDE ENCONTRAR?

Utilize sempre uma Imobiliária ( que tenha tradição no mercado com o cnpj, creci pessoa jurídica e creci dos corretores) para realizar o seu projeto imobiliário. Eles saberão onde encontrar e como realizar o seu negócio. Navegue pelo site e conheça várias opções de imóveis que você pode adquirir ou ligue para a imobiliária pois existem imóveis que não estão no site.

Quem paga a comissão da imobiliária é o vendedor, sem onerar o preço de venda do imóvel. O comprador só paga os impostos de transferência para colocar o imóvel em seu nome.

Você certamente encontrará um que lhe agrade. Vá em frente. Realize seu projeto imobiliário.
Boa sorte!!

* Antes de Comprar o Imóvel
1 - Em primeiro lugar, verificar o estado de conservação do imóvel. O estado geral de conservação do prédio é um dos fatores que influenciam no preço do imóvel.

2 - Verifique o posicionamento do imóvel em relação à luz do sol. Quartos que recebem luz do sol pela manhã são mais valorizados. Observe se existe presença de umidade nas paredes, azulejos, pisos e tetos, o que pode significar infiltrações.

3 - Verifique se o imóvel esta dentro da A.P.A ( área de proteção ambiental) Trancoso/Caraívas e se estiver qual o zoneamento, para saber qual a porcentagem de construção permitida e demais leis daquela zona.

4 - Caso va construir verifique no código de obra da prefeitura a porcentagem de construção e altura permitida naquela região.

5 - A maioria das áreas em Trancoso, dependem de aprovação do IPHAN ( Instituto do Patrimonio Histórico e Artístico Nacional ) para alvará de construção.

6 - Procure um imóvel que tenha o melhor custo benefício possível na região de seu interesse.

Durante e depois da compra
1 - É aconselhável que o negócio seja feito por uma imobiliária, através de um corretor de imóveis credenciado. Nada melhor do que estar bem assessorado na hora de realizar um negócio.


2 - O sinal normalmente é de 10%, apenas para assegurar a compra.


3 - A documentação correta é a principal arma para garantir a segurança do comprador. Existe uma série de documentos que o comprador deve exigir.


4 - De posse de toda documentação, o pagamento restante será no ato da escritura ou conforme o contrato de compra e venda assinado entre as partes.


5 - Para ser proprietário de fato do imóvel, falta a última e mais importante etapa: encaminhar a elaboração da escritura ao escrevente do Cartório de Notas e registrar o imóvel no Cartório de Registro de Imóveis. Somente após o registro obtém-se o direito real sobre o imóvel, segundo a Lei 4.591, de 1964. Com o imóvel registrado, pode-se efetuar a transferência do IPTU para o nome do novo proprietário

6 - Depois da Compra - A dica é única: Por pelo menos por dez anos, para precaver-se de eventuais e inoportunas surpresas, guarde as certidões negativas e os recibos de IPTU.

Documentação
1 - Cópia da Escritura e do registro do imóvel junto ao cartório de registro de imóveis.


2 - Opção de compra ou contrato de corretagem da imobiliária, válido.

3 - Certidão de propriedade com negativa de ônus com vintenária (situação do imóvel durante os vinte últimos anos).

4 - Certidões pessoais do vendedor em distribuidores civis, justiça federal, cartório de protesto e executivos fiscais devem ser verificados na cidade na qual se localiza o imóvel e na qual resida o vendedor, caso sejam diferentes.

5 - Certidão Negativa de IPTU e o carnê com as parcelas quitadas. Mas fique de olho no prazo: todas as certidões têm validade de trinta dias.

6 - Contas de água, luz e telefone quitadas e pagamento de indenizações de eventuais funcionários.

7 - Certidão de Propriedade, com averbação da construção, em se tratando de casa. Senão, o novo proprietário corre o risco de estar comprando apenas o terreno e não a construção.

8 - Em Trancoso a maioria das casas não estão averbadas na matrícula do cartório de imóveis.

Bar
http://salvador.craigslist.org/rfs/440665749.html


Pousada Maranhao

http://www.imoveis.biz/anuncios/imoveis-abrir.asp?portal=pousadas&anuncio=psd415

Big

http://www.as-lagoas.com/

http://paginas.terra.com.br/servicos/serradourada/

http://affidata.com
http://www.pousadasavenda.com/

http://www.pousadas4sale.com/viewlist.asp?cid=10016&sid=50298

http://www.sincora.com.br/
Ana Maria Madeira

http://bosquedolapao.com.br/


Correspondence with a good friend:
yoooooooo

soooo i realized that this is quite difficult to do on my own...i tried a pousada...everything anyone could have wanted all in one place...but it was quite a bit demais rapaz, plus the owner was a sleeze bag...so then I came accross a little bar for rent in a little village where there is a river and the ocean...R$500 a month as a starting bid...there are sweet houses for rent for about R$500 a month as well...i need you, or someone, especially you to come help me! its no fun on my own! kombi diaries! get jabooty down here viu! but i actually am serious, i need someone, especially you, there is so much we could do, besos

trent

Price US 120,000

Mountain Rainforest retreat for eco hotel or house 145,000m2 of which 100,000m2 is rainforest nature reserve. Animals and plants.
Spectacular mountain valley view inc ocean view of Paraty
Surrounded by rainforest on all sides, private and exclusive
Trails to beaches and waterfalls
New 2 bedroomed house in construction
2 natural water springs
30mins away from Paraty,one of the best towns in Brazil with beaches,waterfalls, islands,rainforest and much much more.
More than 10 good plots for construction.
Excellent area for property investment, this property could be worth up to half a million dollars in the future
Possible area for the construction of heliport
Must be seen, free B+B for those who wish to visit and see.

For more details contact Mr. Ross Todd, email: rossjjtodd@ig.com.br ref. ECOCLUB.com- R044

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Contact: Mr Claudio DeNipoti - denipoti@yahoo.com (Ref: ECOCLUB.com - R053)

Owner: No - son of the owner.

Lodge Name: Pousada Chacara Santa Clara

Website: http://br.geocities.com/denipoti/chacaraeng.html

Telephone: 554130292198
Fax: 552130292198

Price: U$ 115k

Reason for Sale: Retirement of owner

Currently Operating?: Yes

Rooms: 3 cottages + 1 main house of 200m2 + 1 service house

Year of Construction: 2000

Materials: Wood and bricks

Lodge Features: Located in the Brazilian Southern Sea Mountain Range (Parana State). 1.6 hectares (4 acres) on the foot of Marumbi State Park, part or the State Area of Enviromental Protection "Serra do Mar". It is great for hiking, bird watching, and various other ecotourism activities. The property can also be used as a reforestation nursery with native species and a small number of scholarly research in Biology and archeology have been carried out there.

Energy Features: Has its own water system, using local mineral water springs.

Conservation Features: It's within the State Area of Environmental Protection "Serra do Mar".

Location: On the foot of the Brazilian Southern Sea Moutain Range, close to the 18th century cities of the State of Parana, 60 km from the state capital (Curitiba).

Beach: 70 km from the nearest beach (Caioba), sandy beach resort. 85 km from Ilha do Mel, a conservation area and sustainable ecotourism kept by state government and local community, with great surfing places

Attractions: The 18th century towns of Paranagua, Antonina and Morretes. Nhundiaquara River (limits the property), ideal for rafting and white water sports; Pico do Marumbi (State Park) for mountain climbing; Estrada da Graciosa - 19th Century scenic route to Curitiba

Access: By plane, to Curitiba International Airport and then by car, bus or train to Morretes (about 60 km)or by car from Sco Paulo (about 400 km)


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Price: $595k

Reason: Personal

Operating: Yes

Rooms: 8 Chalets plus 3bed main house

Year: 1995

Materials: Brick, Wood Cement

LodgeFeatures: Property enjoys a privilged position in the Coastal Atlantic Rain Forest.

ConservationFeatures: The Brazilian Atlantic Coastal rain forest is under strict governmental protection.

Location: Backing into the Atlantic Coast Rain Forest,surrounded by a wide variety of trees and birds,wide green Spaces plus the beautiful bay and beach of Retiro. A tropical Paradise just ten minutes from the centre of Angra Dos Reis.
This property offers the benefits of a lovely home in a peaceful haven together with a profitable business. A dream come true.

Arrival is by land sea or air. South of Rio de Janeiro on the BR 101(Rio Santos Highway) drive 150 Kms

Set in 3.500 sq mts of landscaped gardens the main house comprises 160 square meters built on two levels. The upper area has a lounge with large balcony overlooking garden to beach. To the rear, 3 bedrooms (one ensuite) bathroom, kitchen and laundry. Lower level has open veranda plus office and additional facility - storage quarters to rear. The architecture of this house has been artistically crafted to incorporate the natural landscape of stone.

Beach: Property fronts onto beach.

Attractions: The bay of Angra dos Reis has over 300 islands, the Patrimonial city of Parati, and nearby golf course.

Access: All major carriers fly to Rio de Janeiro which is 2 hours by road from Angra dos Reis.

Other: Arrival can also be effected by sea, deep water mooring 100 metres from beach.
For more details contact Mr. Clive Wilson, email:clivebrazcon@hotmail.com ref. ECOCLUB.com-R025


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Price: $30k

Amazon River

Reason For Sale : No time to take care

Operating: yes

Rooms: 5

Year: 2004

Materials: wood

LodgeFeatures: Is an Eco Lodge located in the Amazon, Brazil

EnergyFeatures: no

ConservationFeatures: yes

Location: water front amazon river bacin

Beach: river sandy beach

For more details contact Dr. Giovanni Caproaso, email:info@amazoninvest.com ref ECOCLUB.com-R023

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Owner: Yes

Price: $550k

Operating: Yes

Rooms: 8

Year: 1998

LodgeFeatures: Jungle beach front lodge located in the most beautiful virgin white sand beach, at the Nicoya peninsula, in the Costa Rican's Pacific cean.
The property has 7500 square meters, with 60 meters of beach front. he facilities includes a 120 square meters Mexican pueblo style rancho Restaurant made with teak wood. he property and the business has still lots of possibilities and space for growing, expanding and developing.

Construction Year: 2000

Area: 7,500 m2

Bedrooms: 8

Bathrooms: 8

Sleeps: 12

Location: It is located in front of the beach on a hill

Beach: It is located 5 minutes to Hermosa beach and Santa Teresa Beach

Attractions: Mal Pais, Montezuma Beach, CAbuya Beach

Access: We are one hour from the Tambor Airport

For more details contact Mr. Daniel Strobino, email: danielbongo@yahoo.com ref. ECOCLUB.com- R028

Bom dia!

Prezado srº Trent Simpson, desculpe por não ter lhe respondido anteriormente houve um problema de força maior.

A Pousada do Recanto tem 08 aptos com TV,frigobar,telefone,Ar condicionado e Wc privativo com banho quente, temos capacidade atual para receber 19 pax's por dia com café da manhã, temos projeto para ampliação.
Em relação a arrendamento os valores são: em Alta Estação R$ 13,000,00 e na Baixa Estação R$ 11,000,00 o contrato pode ser de 02 a 05 anos e acertos negociaveis.
Em caso de sociedade o investimento para a sociedade é de R$ 600,000,00.
A pousada fica localizada na Vila dos Remédios no centro da ilha de Fernando de Noronha e a 05 minutos caminhando de três lindas praias que são: praia do cachorro, do meio e da conceição.
Caso deseje maiores informações favor entre em contato com o proprietário da pousada pelos fones: ( 81) 3619-1236 ou ( 84) 9984 - 1854 falar com o SRº GERSON.
Peço que informe seu telefone de contato para que possamos entrar em contato com o srº.
Visite nosso site: www.pousadarecanto.com.br

Atenciosamente
Renildo Silva - Reservas
Pousada Recanto

----- Original Message -----
From: Trent Simpson
To: recantofn@ig.com.br
Sent: Monday, August 21, 2006 4:00 PM
Subject: sobre arrendamento/investimento

Bom Dia

Vi seu anuncio no site www.vendhotel.com e gostaria saber mais informacoies sobre sua proposta de arrendamento ou investimento, eu e minha familia estamos procurando fazer investimento no Brasil.

Atenciosamente,

Trent Simpson

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

My take...Witty and Refreshing...

There are times when I do miss my old school, George Washington. Only there would someone A)Think of this poster idea
B)Actually print 200 copies and put the up
and
C) Generate this kind of press from the shitty on campus newspaper...(and yes I do mean shitty when I refer to the Hatchet as an alleged free press student run rag)

Thus as one of my good friends pointed out, my former roommate might have been responsible, or at least we ran a few of these kinds of things when we were bored with the student bodies inept capability to act on passion and idealism. A complacent student body that rears in upheaval with malfunctioning University Bureaucracy for a well thought out piece of propaganda that actually shows some response. Any open minded individual should take this piece of witty literature light hearted. its profound and well thought out facetious nature implies true intelligence, idealism and forward thinking, only to be spun by the real right wing tight asses into a media frenzy--notice how they deny everything! Honestly, thank you for the upheaval and reiteration of a blindly run university and a good eye opener for a complacent community.

Anti-Muslim posters cause stir, administrative response
by Eric Roper
Metro News Editor
Issue date: 10/8/07 Section: News

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Media Credit: The GW Hatchet

Breaking NewsMonday, Oct. 8 3:36 p.m.

University officials are investigating several hundred posters hung around campus this morning attacking the Muslim community.

The posters, on standard letter-sized paper, read, "Hate Muslims? So do we!!!" Below the statement is a picture of a Muslim man next to a diagram describing a "typical Muslim." Some features mentioned include "venom from mouth," "suicide vest," and "peg-leg for smuggling children and heroin."

The GW Young America's Foundation is named as a contact on the poster, but leaders of the conservative organization said they had no involvement.

"This was not us," said Sergio Gor, president of YAF. "I want to find out who it is. These people ought to be brought to (Student Judicial Services) or something."

The posters also advertise for the Islamo-Fascism Awareness week, being held by YAF beginning October 19, which is slated to feature several lectures on counterterrorism. Iris Somberg, vice president of YAF, said they have not yet advertised for the event publicly.

"I'm sure there's always some group in opposition to any political event but I wouldn't want to speculate and accuse anyone of (hanging up the posters)," she said.

Tim Miller, executive director of the Student Activities Center, said Student Judicial Services, the University Police Department, GW Housing and SAC are all investigating the matter.

"It's definitely gotten to the vice presidential level, and it's definitely gotten to the presidential level," Miller said. He added that the posters were hung throughout the campus.

"With my understanding on how widespread (the posters) were, it would have to be multiple people involved," Miller said.

At 6p.m. Monday evening, University President Steven Knapp issued an e-mail statement to the GW community.

"There is no place for expressions of hatred on our campus," the e-mail said. "We do not condone, and we will not tolerate, the dissemination of fliers or other documents that vilify any religious, ethnic, or racial group."

Knapp emphasized Iftar, an interfaith event later this week that to celebrate Ramadan - a Muslim holiday. "This event speaks to our university's commitment to global cultural understanding and respect," Knapp said.

Tracy Schario, University spokesperson, said the administration was looking into the incident.

"The University is aware of these flyers," Schario said. "They have been taken down, and we are moving quickly to assess the situation."

Sophomore Tarek Al-Hariri, president of the Peace Forum student organization, said his group is holding a meeting to discuss the matter in Columbia Square at 8:45 p.m. Monday night.

He said the several groups attending would be the College Republicans, the College Democrats, Hillel and the Middle East Peace Group.

At about noon, YAF sent a news release stating they had no involvement with the posters.

"We neither endorse nor support any form of hate speech, rather we promote freedom and liberty," the release said.

Deena Elmaghrabi, treasurer of the Muslim Student Association, said she hopes student organizations on campus can work together to solve this issue.

"All I can say at the moment though is that we are dismayed by this widespread hate incident." Elmaghrabi said. "The MSA condemns all hate incidents and crimes no matter their basis."

-Andrew Nacin contributed to this report.

http://media.www.gwhatchet.com/media/storage/paper332/news/2007/10/08/News/AntiMuslim.Posters.Cause.Stir.Administrative.Response-3018800.shtml


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Monday, October 08, 2007

Mercury Going into Retrograde


So...Ive been pretty lazy about acutally writing my own articles for this blog...thus now that sh*t is about to hit the fan, I figured I might as well use my own words.

I learned about Mercury going into retrograde in its last cycle...I had just started a new job at a new restaurant...If anyone has ever opened a restaurant, you know you are going to come across some difficulties...try doing it when Mercury is in retrograde!

So the lo down is that when Mercury goes into retrograde things start to turn chaotic...ie computers malfunction, things that are normally simple become difficult, etc. For example in the restaurant, the computer touch screen systems that were new were simply just not working properly. This is when I found out about Mercury being in retrograde, as my boss, mentioned that may be the case. She also told me Virgos are especially adept to he effects of Mercury in retrograde.

My life was little chaotic then, and I became suspect to the reality of this whole retrograde thing. In recent weeks I have been adept to my surroundings and things going on in them...and it has been a little beyond normal...thus I wanted to see if Mercury was in retrograde...turns out, it will go into retrogrado October 12...and the days before it are when things are most chaotic...so watch out tis week...

As I started looking at future mercury retrograde cycles and thus anticipating, I also looked at the past...all I can say is that the retrograde cycle that occured in February, was the exact time my ex girlfriend and I broke up...who knows right?!

But I also have read that this can be a good time as well, a time of reflection and success...strange things are inevitably going to happen...thus if we embrace them, we can be better off... here is a quote from a blog i found while looking for a picture for this entry...

"Skillful use of the potentials of Mercury’s retrograde phases can help you to get to the bottom of any issue or area of your life that you have found challenging or difficult to transform. The retrograde phases of Mercury’s cycle have often times been misunderstood by those who are inclined to focus only on the surface level of how this energy works. Mercury retrograde offers precious new perspectives and rewards; among them, the gifts of hindsight and clarity which are so hard to come by when we are in rapid forward motion."

http://lightinmotion.wordpress.com/2007/03/07/mercury-goes-direct/#comment-1381


so as mercury slows in these next few days, take advantage of differnt things occuring in our complicated and complex lives, take time to reflect, rewind and unwind...get back to reality...whatever that may be...

peace
trent

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Saudades...

Sometimes you realize the things your really miss, like the inevitable tendencies of day to day life that one may take for granted, little things, big things...they all add up: Like I could say that I miss Brazil, but here are somethings that I really miss!

Estou com saudades da comida, as praias, o calor, a cerveja gelada, a passarela, o posto, a janela, havaianas, formigas no açucar, o cafe doce, pao, creme de quiejo, aprender girias, viajar sem destino, estradas ruim demais, onibus, os barzinhos na rua, o cara que vende gas e grita toda hora "O Gas!!!" redes, rede cadeira, feijao, arroz, tomar coco com uma ressaca, acerola, caja, suco de limao, carne do sol...o jeito de falar, capetas, samba da rua, praias desertas, os copos bem fracos cheio de pinga, ficando a vontade...e mais e mais!!!!!