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What exactly are "Moments of Brilliance"?

Well, as you've no doubt recently seen on any street in any city, digital cameras -- especially those in the form of cell phones -- are becoming ubiquitous, making our lives more documented than any prior time in history. The same is happening to our conversations: First with email, and more recently with text and instant messaging.

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Theoretically, "Moments of Brilliance" might contain any such casually captured moment of life. The first few items are up now. Do check them out. What we have so far are primarily clips from IM conversations that are either: nostalgic, illuminating, surreal, or some combination of those attributes. What qualifies as such a "Moment"? Any such captured 'slice' from our lives. It doesn't even have to be in an electronic format; for example, drawn art or handwritten notes can be scanned for display, preserving their original form of expression.

Original thought, an accidentally captured portion of a conversation that turns out to be a muse, or merely a subtle allegory -- discovered treasure, if you will -- of some mundane-yet-profound aspect of our lives. Even intellectual horseplay is perfectly at home here. Have a look at what's been posted so far, and you'll see what is meant by that.


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Finding "Hope"

As the title to this article, "Finding Hope" has a very blunt and somewhat obvious double-meaning. In a few sentences, I'm going to ask you to re-think that title, and I hope you get a chuckle, as I do. Because what it means is not necessarily what you think it means. Not in this case.

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The Circuits Blowing


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The Circuits Blowing
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For those of you who don't recognize this photograph: It's from a spectacular split-second moment during a recent, ultra-high energy rock concert. (More below...)


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Art in Motion: Specialized Allez Elite Double

Art in Motion: Specialized Allez Elite Double

The silver thing in the photograph with the wheels (above or below, depending,) is referred to by most people as a bicycle. However, in certain circles it is also known as "Dharma". (Thanks, Big Al!)

Damn cool ride, too. It's a Specialized Allez Elite Double. I don't know what "double" refers to -- I mean, these are great bikes, but I only see one of them in the ad. [Update: My brother has explained it refers to the number of cogs on the front spindle, which as you may know determines the range of gear ratios.] These high-end machines are made about an hour from where I live, in Morgan Hill, which is an odd coincidence; I grew up riding them back in New York City... well, starting when dad became a rich man, anyway. I think he only bought two for himself. (Though I'm hardly one to judge if you look at my guitar collection. Ya gotta do what you love. Of course, I made my bones at 24, while my dad took slightly more than twice that long to find his pace, so I guess I might cut him some slack.) As it goes... or rather as it went, back during my "days of origin" in New York, Northern California was just a distant dream for me. And far from biking distance, if you catch my drift.

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Travels and Travails

Rush - Snakes & Arrows CoverRush - Snakes & ArrowsPrelude:
Driving away to the East, and into the past
History recedes in my rear-view mirror, carried away on a wave of music down a desert road...
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Riding through the Range of Light, to the wounded city, filling my spirit with the wildest wish to FLY!
Taking the high road...Taking the high road! ...To the wounded city
Memory strumming at the heart of a Moving Picture...
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Driving down the razor's edge, between the past and the future
Ohhh, Turn up the music and smile!
Get carried away on the songs, And the stories of vanished times...

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Travels and Travails

(Sun, 08/05/2007 - 9:45pm - Sacramento, CA)

This past week has been the culmination of so, so much ...life... from the last half-year or so. So...


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Aúdio Vérité - Tonanlage


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If you were to picture me now, at the completion of Tonanlage, I would be relaxing -- sunk deep in a plush leather chair just like the guy in the famous Maxell commercials. Tonanlage is the German word for sound system, and it's very much the image and experience of the Maxell guy that the composition evokes for me.



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