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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Imagine. Become. Be.

Imagine yourself as one with everything. From the broken walls of a run down house, to the butterfly flapping its wings for the first time. From the blade of grass in the meadow to the breeze that blows it. From the dancing fireflies to the soil of terraced hills.




Imagine. Become. Be.

Friday, December 26, 2008

A Legend Never Dies

"A Legend Never Dies"
Trent Simpson
10-16-2000

This is on of those things that is like a hall of mirrors. A legend is someone or something that never dies. But if it wasnt a legend, but never died, would it still be a legend? What if a legend died and some had considered it a legend, but then it isn't classified as a legend because it died. What is death? How does one determine the difference between life and death, dark and light? "Light" is a word created by our human language to represent just what it is, but what is it? (People talk about light omitted by stars, or even more spiritually, an inner light, and furthermore, enlightenment...) What if light and dark were reversed, but the meanings the same? In daytime it would be considered dark and at night, light. Infinite possibilities like looking in a hall of mirrors. Looking, you see yourself as many times as possible, but yet only one animate object of yourself exists. What if thre were more? How would you know? We don't. Maybe we live separate lives constantly, but put the out of our memory. Maybe that is the answer to al the questions we pose in the time we know we live. Why did my house get caught up in the flood? Why did they win the lotto and not me?

Each idea can provoke another one, like a chain reaction and so forth and so on, and so on and so on, see you just thought of something, how you wonder how I knew that. Pretty soon we will be at the same stage of thinking, looking deeper and deeper only to find that the depth is infinite, but I have to sleep, where infinite seems surrreal and real is unconsciously unfathomable, uncontrollable that when you wake up and recognize a deja vous or many deja vous in occurrences so common that the word coincidence seems frail upon other notions of spiritual syncronicities that take place in our world, our reality, the one that we created and are living in now, in this time and space, yet to be rendered true by other affirmations that seem looming and oh so present. Live in the present, this is the best present. To all, ones who teach and harness love and compassion, from the ones who seek it and feel it and aren't quite sure what exactly it is...Reach beyond your comfort zone, step one the sage...whether you are scared or not, you will only have this chance right now, if you fail to burst your bubble of comfort, so will the rest of us, it is a daunting fact and our destiny can wait, but why wait no more?

Teach compassion, feel love...for yourself and your inner light, because we are all connected. Real energy resonates. Be yourself and leave your fear behind, you will encounter more that is more fulfilling to conquer and thus, you will grow beyond your comprehension of a simple scared hermit.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Honestly....Who throws a shoe?!

In Arab countries, slapping someone with your shoe is the biggest insult.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Latte Art

I love latte art.





Some of my favorite places in the Bay are Ritual, Blue Bottle and Gaylords open til Midnight in Oakland (they answer the phone like that)!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Trent's University Archives Series: World History 136: Sartre Colonialism and Neocolonialis

College wasn't all fun and games. I am in the process of digging up some old papers, and posting them for reference in the future!

Trent Simpson

History 136-10

Prof. Kostantaras

Paper: Sartre Colonialism and Neocolonialism

April 4, 2006

“At a hundredth of a second we are all the same, all of us at the heart of our human condition.”

The quote inspired by a collection of photographs by Cartier-Bresson is the catalyst for delineating Sartre’s existential political views that shed light on his take on Marxism. Sartre looks at the true nature of people—that we are all the same race of humans. However, society and both extreme sides of ideology, both right and left, have done tremendous things to manipulate how people think about our fellow humans. That, in turn, has brought on a long history of oppression, hatred, animosity or whatever it may be that bring people to exploit, divide and conquer other people and territory—even in capitalistic, free states. It is taught from birth, rhetoric to disagree and work against other people. For me, I can draw a parallel in my lifetime as our generation grew up at the end of the cold war, and thus all people associated with communism were evil, violent and wrong. For Sartre it was the Chinese, a similar scenario. However, expanding my intellect and studying philosophies, history and paying attention to the needs and wants of people it becomes evident that Sartre makes a very relevant and rational point that; “We are all the same, all of us at the heart of our human condition.” Sartre’s philosophy has pertinent arguments that deal with colonization, touching on poverty, social issues, ideology and reform that play an important role in his critique of colonization.

Poverty is one driving cause to the shift of the masses towards communism. On the contrary one can see man that has conquered the world economically, amassing a fortune and only looks out for his own interest—a true capitalist. However, a population of the masses driven to the point where all their land is gone, they have no food, no schools or doctors and overall morale is incredibly low, that leads the masses to believe in collectivization and the need to survive off the means every man can produce. Exploited populations, such as the Muslims in Algeria are quite representative of this, France, used its colonies to enhance its capitalistic tendencies, but did nothing to improve the nation in which it colonized. Sartre argues that poverty is the construct for reform, as is the case for China. We have also seen in Russia, the Bolsheviks were successful because they were able to convince the rural peasants to that they were the best, and most powerful and could suit their needs. In China, the poor scavenge and pillage, but they sustain, and ultimately prevail, keeping China the way it has been for centuries. There is hope in a world full of hopelessness, hope that the communists brought.

This philosophy is represented quite intrinsically when looking at colonization. As Sartre notes, “(Colonization) is a system which was put in place around the middle of the nineteenth century, began to bear fruit in about 1880, and started its decline after the First World War, and is today turning against the colonizing nation (31).” In this case Sartre refers to Algeria and her mother nation France. Colonization came as a product of capitalism—mainly for the allocation of land into the hands of Europeans (some 2,703,000 hectares) for the promotion of it. The system worked because the French could maintain economic superiority and still sell goods back to the Muslims from their stolen land. The French, by dividing up the property in Algeria, forced tribal societies to be broken up, and lines were redrawn in the French’s favor—obtaining a vast population to farm the acquired lands. As Sartre notes, “the logic of the system makes him sacrifice the needs of the native population to those of the French in France (37).” The best example of this is that the stolen land was used to produce wine, and Muslims do not drink wine—thus depriving them of their staple food that was once grown on that land. With that, the endless and vicious cycle of poverty begins.

However, colonization was successful for a long time because the mother nation could impose ideals among the colonized of basic rhetoric such as, “the solitude of liberal individualism” which as Sartre describes as creating the masses but prevents them being conscience by mystifying them with the caricature of their own ideology (41). Give them irrigation, but only to produce what they were producing before in different areas. Give them railroads, but only to move the products swiftly to the ports and then into France, but the simple notion of innovation and construction of a more powerful nation are evident, just not accomplished for the natives.

This will not last though. Sartre argues that reform, in any sense, will ultimately end up in the benefit of the French. So if there cannot be reform, then what? As a Frenchman and an existentialist Sartre sees the morality issues at hand. He sees how colonization has manifested itself into exactly the opposite of what they were fighting for10 years ago against the Nazis. Thus, as an area that has been exploited, one cannot simply abandon it, nor can it hold on because the native people are crying out for help. So where is the help going to come from? “People who talk of abandonment of Algeria are imbeciles. There is no abandoning of what we never owned (47).” And thus the oppressors, the colonizers become the product of their destiny. Their dehumanizing effects have left an imprint on not only the oppressed society, but their own society as well.

It takes a man to see a man, and if that is established, then he should no longer view him with oppressive eyes. However, this is all too common, even in our systems that we label as facets of freedom, happiness and progression, all of those come at the cost of others who feel the exact opposite. “Our leaders go as far as to undermine freedom of expression, to hide the truth,” but what truth is there if everything we are taught to believe is a lie (55)? How can we be ones to judge good and evil if all of it is presented as good, and only when the evils are so persuasive that the masses congregate to justify their oppressors, only then do we see what harm has been caused for the benefit of ourselves? Sartre’s arguments are valid on the basis that we are all human—all of our hearts beat to the same rhythm of life. At no point should one man not treat another man in any other way. However, dehumanizing effects play a crucial role in the exploitation of a people, in this case the colonies including Algeria. France would not let her go because of issues of pride, but the Algerians finally realized that instead of promoting an ideology, France was simply just demolishing a nation. Poverty and oppression ultimately reign supreme, an oppressed mass of people will not sit quietly forever, and hopefully the oppressors can see they have been wrong, and ultimately succumb to their wits and relinquish what was never theirs in the first place.





Photographs by Cartier-Bresson

Friday, December 05, 2008

Reality and Unreality

"Perhaps reality and unreality do not exist. Perhaps it is only a question of different levels of reality, some of which we do not perceive. Or of different levels of unreality, of which we perceive only a few. Or of different levels of some unique thing, which sometimes we see and sometimes we don't."

-Roberto Juarroz






And the Light is Forever
Timeless Ways


Sources:

Quote from: Revelations; Latin American Wisdom for Every Day


Photo from: Lightscape Photography

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Dar Far

Dar Far is a way of life, a philosophy, a state of mind and a state of being. It is collective energy transmitted through us as messengers, humans, and beings on this planet in this reality. Whether chance, destiny or simply just because, we can use the Dar to find intrinsic inner truths to life's mysteries.

Dar Far Blog

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Socrates' Triple Filter Test...Choose your words wisely...

In ancient Greece, scholar and intellectual, Socrates was reputed to hold knowledge in high esteem. One day an acquaintance met the great philosopher and said,

"Do you know what I just heard about one of your friend?"

"Hold on a minute," Socrates replied. "Before telling me anything I'd like you to pass a little test. It's called the Triple Filter Test."

"Triple filter?" asked the man.

"That's right," Socrates continued.

"Before you talk to me about my friend, it might be a good idea to take a moment and filter what you're going to say. That's why I call it the triple filter test. The first filter is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?"

"No," the man said, "actually I just heard about it and wanted to tell it to you"

"All right," said Socrates. "So you don't really know if it's true or not. Now let's try the second filter, the filter of goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about my friend something good?"

"No, on the contrary, it is bad "

"So," Socrates continued, "you want to tell me something bad about him, but you're not certain it's true. You may still pass the test though, Because there's one filter left: the filter of usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about my friend going to be useful to me?"

"No, not really." Replied the man.

"Well," concluded Socrates, if what you want to tell me is neither true, nor good, and nor even useful to me, why tell it to me at all."

Socrates is listening to: Enlightenment composed by Karunesh







The Peace Within
Longing for the Unknown

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Nadia Ali in San Francisco November 28, 2008





Formerly party of the phenomenon duo Iio, Nadia Ali makes a solo appearance in San Francisco the Friday after Thanksgiving at 1015, click here for tickets:

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Photo by Reka Nyari

Nadia Ali Comes to San Francisco Friday, November 28th, 2008 to 1015 Folsom!

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

A Zen Breakfast

A stubborn water buffalo cannot be moved by a dozen strong men, but will willingly follow a child leading it with a silk handkerchief passed through a ring in its nose.

sage4 Tuesday's sage says, "There's nearly always an easier way to solve a problem."

A short listen to a track from Zen Breakfast may help you find the way.

Zen Breakfast will create an easy way to solve your problems

Listen to a couple sample tracks from Zen Breakfast:

"Moon Temple"

"Layers of Tranquility"




Photo by Real Music listener Maggie Holden


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Monday, November 17, 2008

Nirvino Presents: Show Me Your Chachaça Video

Thanks to the Nirvino crew for putting together this great video of the Show Me Your Cachaça event at Sens Restaurant in San Francisco, where my drink, Beija Flor, won the competition!



Check out the site here!

http://www.nirvino.com/drink/Beija-Flor-Ana-Mandara-Restaurant-San-Francisco?id=4FZm8xvJhUOVeyAQY3FqOcL

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Real Music, Real Quotes

As we develop our blog and online community, Real Music will be engaging our listeners with inspirational quotes, photos and samples of our music to go along and tie in with the themes of the world that inspire us everyday!


"You are travelling all the time. Travel light, live light, spread the light, be the light."

-Yogi Bhaja


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Thursday, November 06, 2008

The Time is Now: World Town VIP Art Gala Gallery



Please contact us directly at worldtownpresents@gmail.com for info on our exclusive VIP Gallery Gala Event with artist Mark Harris, Hosted Cabana Cachaça Open Bar, Barack Obama Campaign Members and World Town Philosophers!

Represent Hope!

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

DarPhilosophy

The ooooooooos and the ahhhhhs and oooh la las as the constant stream of conscienceness floats downriver hoping to await its unfound glory of typos and missconnections. river wanter runs deep in underground poker rooms full of hazy glory of lost days...reminiscing on bills paid and suckers played, games of chess played and when we were kids how we played. We played everything, played the field, played in the mud, danced in our rooms alone with the mirror being about as judgmental as a mirror image of your face...funny how sometimes practicality slaps you in that face...with a leather glove found in your glove box, or a simple act of kindness that puts a smile on your face. Mirrored with mirrored images plastered on infinite hallways in an abyss of hopelessness we find a dangling string of dignity and clasp onto it for dear life. Its not as though we were falling, but held it close hoping for one day in our ample abodes of solitude, someone would reach down and tug on your string. It doesn't matter who, all that matters is that someone else noticed. And thus, you climb back on top, our of the dreary drudges of things unknown, or known too well by your silence. Primitive ambition harnesses your thoughts of emotion as excitement runs rampant like an overdrawn analogy of your infinite childhood imagination. Lurking in th shadows lies a horizon that you can't quite seem to wonder what lays beyond, except of course another horizon, or another summit, or maybe not, thats why we keep walking, walking with a purpose, or maybe not. Maybe we are the purpose, finding balance in seeking, finding pleasure in not knowing, while all the time we know that is the true answer...and then when we arrive and find it, all we lust after is once again the voyage. Set your sails against the wind and paddle up current, this mission has hardly started...bet you HOPED for something that would lead to an end...THERE IS NO END IN SIGHT!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

philosophizing no. 4


my life is a constant battle between good and evil, trust versus intuition, faith versus fate, coincidence versus randomness...do we know what we are all in for? is there a divine entity that knows what is happening and has a master plan for either a) all of us b) the world c) the universe d) each one individually...i often wonder whether the matrix was correct, when they say that the creators tried to develop a program of a Utopian society, but mankind was unable to accept the program and thus gave us society as we know it...but if there is a divine mission in all of us, where does it end? where does it go? i understand that shitty things need to happen in our lives in order to build strength, character, individuality, etc, and if one keeps doing good things, good things will happen in retrospect. however, i also wonder to what extent mankind's greediest and lust for things that are allegedly evil, hinder the divine proposition, or if those all play into effect. neglect respect. expect, regret. never regret, live in the moment...the moment told me to do so...live for the future, you may miss a moment...trapped in the past, you forget your mission...there needs to be a balance, a peace of mind (or is it piece of mind) a piece or peace of something, internal bliss, acknowledgment of inner truths that we know intrinsically to be true...i cant explain to each and every one of you what i feel...even the people i love most have the hardest time comprehending my experiences...or I have the hardest time really being able to explain...but what i do know, is there is a spirit that lives amongst us, a guide, a mentor, a messenger or guardian angel. a divine energy encompassed in our souls where past lives play into effect, future ones depend on our living and experience, and the way we look and portray ourselves reflects all of the above...god works in mysterious way, i am sure of that...i work in mysterious ways, i am sure of that...i know you work in mysterious way as well, dont be scared, fright is the first and foremost factor that inhibits our true callings, hiding behind what we truly are, what we truly desire, and what will ultimately make the world go round and a better place because of it...think about it...ask yourself...peace, shalom, salaam.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The Audacity of World Town Hope



World Town presents, Hope, a celebration for the election of Barack Obama. As the pioneer of influence and inspiration to World Town, Sri Lankin muse M.I.A. dubbed, “The world should elect the President of the United States of America.” On November 8th we will all unite in admiration of our work as and citizens of the world for the election of an ideal, Hope. We can finally breathe a sigh of relief and begin to do the things that we are meant to do in our lives. This election marks a change in political rhetoric powered by the influence of a growing urge of humanity and power of the collective conscience of determined people. Individually, we are on our personal mission to accomplish great things; collectively, we can now begin to interact and unite in order to make those unique and individual notions flourish in an environment of a blessed humanity. World Town’s Hope is dedicated to the positive unity of people and their flourishing uniqueness as members of this world to come together and see first had the power of a collective spirit, designed to enhance our collective, personal and intrinsic desires as citizens of the world.

This month, World Town partners with One World Hunger, and organization providing food and clothing to Afghanistan. In a world plagued by war and violence, greed and turmoil, we can all unite on one tangible ideal, Hope. Come Represent your World Town, Represent Hope at World Town Presents: hope November 8th, 2008 at club Roe, 651 Howard in San Francisco, CA.




One World Hunger

The Benefits and Value of Music

Ive started a job with Real Music, a label that produces music that touches the mind, body and soul, helps you relax or meditate. Keep posted for more info!


* Choose your mood. The broad range of music in our catalog allows you to choose from ultra relaxing and soothing to more contemporary sacred in tone to energizing, more uptempo music.

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* Find balance. Ideal to accompany movement practices promoting balance and harmony, including yoga, tai chi, qi gong and stretching.

* Meditate for clarity. It's much easier for most people to let go of mental chatter when listening to certain music than in silence. Our music can help you find stillness, access your inner wisdom and strengthen your connection to your "more real" self or Source.

* Get relief from stress & anxiety. Real Music provides a resonance that surrounds you in a beautiful sphere of healing and rejuvenating peace where nothing can disturb you.

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* Start your day right. Our music is an excellent way to set a relaxed, positive tone for the day. Just press play and enjoy a few minutes of pleasure. As with any life-enhancing discipline, regular listening offers ever-increasing benefits.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Power of Music


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Awesome vs. Awesome: Baby (1971) vs. Baby (1968): Os Mutantes

You know...you must try the new ice cream flavor, do me a favor, look at me closer...



1968

Baby (1968) - Os Mutantes



1971

Baby (1971) - Os Mutantes

Baby...Baby...its been a long time...



Love

Monday, October 20, 2008

One World Hunger

This month World Town focuses on the issue of hunger and starvation in our materialized world filled with wealth and technology, greed, there are still millions going hungry every day. World Town partners with One World Hunger for World Town Hope November 8th 2008 to bring this issue to our community.



Special Guestlist for $1 and $1 from every ticket for entry to the party will be donated to One World Hunger.

http://www.oneworldhunger.org/

Friday, October 17, 2008

Yes We Can...WORLD TOWN HOPE!

Change the World...




Town!

WOLRD TOWN HOPE COMING NOVEMBER 8th in SF!

BARACK OBAMA ELECTION VICTORY PARTY OR BUST!

The world's financial markets may be crashing, but this is one party the Republicans WON'T be crashing, World Town Presents, HOPE November 8th, 2008!

REPRESENT YOUR HOPE!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

World Town October featuring Roland Clark with themese of Harvest Moon, Reforestation and Sustainability

World Town October: Harvest Moon and Reforestation Featuring Roland Clark



October World Town is upon us with very special guest, legendary house music producer Roland Clark. Roland is a house music legend as a DJ and Live Performer. He has produced and performed on tracks from Fat Boy Slim's "Song for Shelter" to his new releases under the name Jesus Jackson and a folk-esque funk to it on the track "Running on Sunshine" to doing the vocals on Armand Van Helden's huge hit Flowerz." To his own revolutionary, World Town rhetoric "Resist." Please join us, Trevor Simpson and a huge line up of mash ups, hip hop and of course the revolutionary Roland Clark for yet another incredible World Town Set! World Town thrives off of live art, good energy, passion and a desire to have fun, be a part of a movement, a philosophy, a peaceful bond in order to unite as humans and represent your World Town!



Theme this month, October, a month known for the most beautiful, dauntingly picturesque and stark full moons glistening along the horizon that are often dubbed Harvest Moon, ties in with World Town's themes this month are: Reforestation, Rejuvenation, Sustainability, Regrowith and Ecology. We need to get back to earth, be conscience of our planet, the resources we take from it and be sure to give back, respect and honor 'Pachamama.' Thus, a portion of each ticket will go to benefit

www.fincaproject.org



Reforestation is one of the most effective ways to offset the harmful effect of global warming in communities around the world. The Finca Project is non-profit organization dedicated to the recuperation of human and ecological communities in southern Costa Rica through tropical reforestation and multi-cultural, environmental education. By integrating reforestation with agricultural practices, we hope to contribute to the long-term economic sustainability of small-scale farming in Costa Rica, as well as witness the regrowth of tropical rainforests in Central American and around the globe.






Finca Project Informational Video:



World Town Affiliated with World Peace and www.blue4peace.org




Club Roe 651 Howard in SF, CA

www.myspace.com/worldtownpresents

Sarah Palin's Debate Flow Chart

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Fat Boy Slim, "Song for Shelter" lyrics by Roland Clark

Dar Far Video




Fat Boy Slim, "Song for Shelter" lyrics by Roland Clark appearing at World Town Saturday October 11 in SF!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Philosophizing no. 3







If we are in fact constructed of pure energy (energia pura) and matter as we create it is in fact malliable...then what holds us back from stretchig the boundaries that we put on ourselves? We have been conditioned and trained to confine ourselves withing this so-called reality, run by money, greed and lust. When the human mind is capable of so much more, maybe when one realized this truly they can manifest themselves there, and that in turn is a manifestation upon our everyday reality as an 'observer.' So why so many complacent people? Does it need to be taught, or is it an intrinsic question that only few if not anyone can actually find? And if you did find it, it must be so glorious to not share with the rest of the world, or that it does take a certain mental capacity to withstand the mental implications necessary to take the alleged and metaphorical long path to freedom....but the path doesnt have to be so long if you only set your eyes on the ultimate goal, the end of the path and where that end is, is where you want it to lead.




This path led me to my dream come true...


But it wasnt the right time...so we had to go back...


Got a little caught up on the way...


But it will be all good...back to the top!


Dar Far Philosophies!

Dar Love

When I was in love I was there and I was alone

Now I am in love again

And I hope you and the rest of the people who really know what love is

Will join us there

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Dar Far Art: Kandinsky



Sun Moon Time Space Natural vs. Human Past Present Future

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Beija Flor Takes the Cake!

My drink, Beija Flor, won in a battle of cachaça mixology last night at Sens restaurant in SF sponsored by Cabana Cachaça and www.nirvino.com. Here are the list of ingredients and some pictures with links to the site! Thanks for all the support!


My drink is called Beija Flor:

1 1/2 oz Cabana Cachaça
3/4 oz Mint Infused Simple Syrup
5 Halves Muddled Farm Fresh Strawberries
3 Muddled Blueberries
Squeeze of Fresh Lime Juice
1/2 oz Raspberry Ginger Brew
Navana Vanilla Cognac Float

Shake vigorously with love, strain over fresh ice in collins glass, garnish with home garden grown fresh Korean medicinal mint sprig.









Dar Far!