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Grief & Praise / Re: THIS IS WHAT I MEAN!
« on: April 19, 2007, 12:48:27 PM »
Quote from: Wilderix
Hell, Willem, your blog is so not-down-my-throat that it took me a few months to figure out how it applied to rewilding.  Smiley  And once I got it, I appreciated it all the more.

What an awesome compliment! Thank you Wilderix. :)

Language & Oral Tradition / Re: The E-primitive Thought Experiment
« on: April 19, 2007, 12:41:31 PM »
Haha :) Calvin and Hobbes. Genius. I can hardly believe it.ROTFL.

Flora Food & Medicine / Re: Fermented Food
« on: April 16, 2007, 09:05:43 PM »
I don't know how it will work with them really bitter greens - only one way to find out. What it will do (fermenting) i imagine is neutralize the antinutrients that brassica greens carry, and atleast complement the overwhelming bitter flavor with some tangy, pungent and smoky flavors.

Whaaaaa!? Antinutrients in brassica greens! You've broken my heart. I never heard of such a thing before.


I've dabbled (hmm...wrong word?...I think ducks 'dabble'...) in the taoist sexual practices myself. I too recommend exploring it. I haven't made it to sex without orgasm (never even thought about that as an option), but sex without ejaculation has really added to my energy. Weird stuff, but really true. The whole idea really seems incredible to me, still.

Flora Food & Medicine / Re: Fermented Food
« on: April 15, 2007, 08:57:15 PM »

hey man! i made kale gundru too, a couple years back! No wait...actually I think I used collards. I really didn't like it that much at the time, but your success has inspired me to try again with different greens.

yay for gundru!

Rewilding Mind & Heart / Re: Mnemonics
« on: April 14, 2007, 01:25:39 PM »
I love this too! I've done some research and personal experiments that might help with this...from the angle of making up one's own riddles...check out the riddle section on this page.

Rewilding Mind & Heart / Re: Holidays and Celebrations
« on: April 05, 2007, 06:25:27 PM »
No, I never partook of the Baikal soda. I did have every brand of Vodka available at the time - Russkaya, Stolichnaya, and Pshichnaya. And their weird beer. And the wine served in the same bottle.

Apparently I did a lot of drinking over there.

Rewilding Mind & Heart / Re: Holidays and Celebrations
« on: April 04, 2007, 01:57:24 PM »
Speaking of old Russian gods, Boorkhan, the god of lake Baikal, the largest freshwater lake in the world, singlehandedly destroyed my tourbus. According to our guide. Don't eff with Boorkhan!

Health, Healing & Movement / Re: Martial Arts
« on: March 28, 2007, 10:15:20 PM »

The best book on Kali remains out of print and expensive. But I can't imagine that you don't have a kali school nearby. You could go check out a class. Also a good websearch could turn up reams of interesting reading material on web sites. Do a search on kali or escrima or filipino stick fighting. I've found tons of interesting stuff on the web, myself.


Sometimes kali, a filipino art, feels a hell-of-a-lot like tai chi with sticks. weird.

I'd like to learn about kali. Do you have any book recommendations, Willem?

Take care,


Thank you all for your supportive hating. It gives me hope for this mixed-up world.

Grief & Praise / Re: Cocoa + Corn = Crazy Delicious
« on: March 27, 2007, 02:39:25 PM »
Ha ha. No comment.

Just some thoughts.

I've noticed a strange thing about myself, that I don't actually like to change people's minds. I get a disappointed feeling when someone says, out of the blue (at least to me!), "alright, you've convinced me! I'll [read Ishmael, eat paleo, unschool my kids, etc., etc.]." It can really shock me.

I actually like other people in the world to have strong opinions different to my own. I can't explain why. I just do. I don't mean this as some virtuous thing. I just like it. And I like to get annoyed at them too. And I don't even come from Italian stock. My ancestors come from Denmark! Explain that!

I especially like to feel my own perspectives really strongly and passionately.

I guess more than anything, as a writer and a member of a rewilding renaissance, I want to provide support for people who can't articulate how they feel, but need help feeling good about it. I want to help them articulate it so they can  "defend" it. So they can stand up for their instincts. So  they can feel sane!

The Ken Wilburs and such of the world fall way down at the bottom of my list, of people who I want to support. I give my care and concern away for free to the rewilder-at-heart, who just needs a little help understanding their predicament and inspiration. I'd seriously charge Ken Wilbur a hefty sum for the same service if he cared enough to pay it.

As time goes on, I see the renaissance happening on smaller and smaller, more and more local levels. At some point I may not leave my neighborhood, I may not leave my living room, anymore. Metaphorically speaking.

I took up Tonyz's recommendation and checked "Zen and the Brain" out from the library today. If I hadn't made it clear, I've always had a lot of curiousity about Zen (since my teenage years) and read up on it a lot. My stance on Zen certainly doesn't come from a distaste for the practice...quite the opposite. Any meditative practice that puts one in the "now" I value a lot. I also value informed consent...one should have the opportunity to know the backstory...

Today I also visited a good friend of mine who carves Kwan Yin's out of 6' tall cedar stumps. He does an amazing job. Beautiful! We talk about mythic cartography sometimes. I really like Kwan Yin, because (from what I've heard and read) she represents a folk upwelling of the Earth Mother, from outside the confines of the buddhist priesthood, and essentially (like the church absorbing the solstice holiday) the buddhist religion had to absorb her and canonize her to retain control over the little Earth Goddess revolution happening in their backyard. I like it when that kind of thing happens. :)

Spiritual Technology / Re: Dreams
« on: March 24, 2007, 01:26:40 PM »
I love it. What a beautiful dream. Fun to read!

You could possibly influence the fellow 'all the new agers seem to love' - thus influencing all the new agers.

I guess this just doesn't interest me terribly much, 'influencing' Ken Wilbur. I don't mind him espousing what he wants to espouse...I just also want to make sure people have access to other messages, or to insights into the possible cracks of his message. I don't expect any special relationship with Ken Wilbur the person, but Ken Wilbur the philosopher has a lot of impact, that I'd like to offer alternatives to.

Who knows, maybe you can find the right wedge and hammer to place a crack in the ego of a well known thinker.

He needs to pay me for that kind of work. :)

Maybe all his previous ideas were the popular precursors to his next step, a world shaker of a book - and he's just waiting for someone to give him a gentle prodding.

I'd rather we write that book. :)

Maybe. Also, why hate in private? LET HIM KNOW.

Why hate in private? I call it venting. I reserve the right to vent. :)  Also, as I've said, the 'hate' remains more of a tongue-in-cheek use of the word. Real hate towards Wilbur would display a particularly pointless use of my capacity to direct anger.

If you'd like to engage Ken in conversation, I definitely support you.

Quote from: jhereg
I find it too difficult to make useful generalizations about different religions.
I manage to successfully combine Christian Gnosticism, Asatru and Taoism;  Fukuoka-san combined Buddhism and Shinto.

I don't know what you mean to comment on here...do you think I made non-useful generalizations in some of my comments? Did someone else?

Relationships, Partnerships & Sexuality / Re: polyamory
« on: March 22, 2007, 10:02:27 PM »
Sadly, I don't think that thread got saved during the demise of Ishcon. I remember that like it happened yesterday. You called yourself 'Professor Raymond', which still makes me laugh my ass off. And you didn't even spell 'professor' right half the time! Or 'Raymond'! Or 'polygamy'! And they still fell for it! Ahahahaha! And then someone asked Daniel Quinn! Ahhhhh! Crazies!

At least he can smell a joke. He never displays a sense of humor in those Q&A's, and I can only explain his joking that way. Of course, I agree with the idea, as a single idea that would totter the Taker worldview. Ha ha!

Hilarious. I'll take that professor raymond shit to my grave. heh.

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