I found a talk at #scribd by Michael Pollan, a few weeks ago and tonight it happened. It was really nice to hear him speak and discuss the history and why he wrote his current book, How to Change Your Mind. The talk felt too short and the questions were to quick, but it was wonderful to actually hear and see him.

I am curious about the actual trials and how to go about getting deeper into the treatment. As I know I can get my mind into grooves and not escape.


Wow where is the year going? It is August already, I am not ready for summer to start going away.

Anyway, keeping a little to busy, and trying to juggle sleep, social life, work and now gym is a special challenge, plus now I am trying to book a ticket to South Africa.

I have these neat deep thoughts I never write down, but number 1 in my mind right now is I am rapidly coming up on the anniversary of my mother’s death. One year without her, I miss her more than I could ever imagine. Every day I still want to take a photo and send it to her, or tell her about something.


So I joined a gym, not just any gym, a very expensive SF gym, that has some pretty awful reviews online, and some pretty good ones. I joined because I love the pool, a salt water pool, junior olympic length and I am trying to go regularly. So that also meant buying a bathing suit. Another awful moment in getting older. But today I swam for 30 mins, and although tiring it wasn’t as bad as Saturday when my whole body was mad at me for doing backstroke. The worst is my right side is so much stronger than my left, that my stroke pulls me sideways, so have to work on that slowly.

Saw some pretty cool bands this weekend:
Saturday night was: Mortal Bodies – noisy but good, Hive Mind – ambient noise I really loved and Genocide Organ! who I love but were heavy listening.
Sunday night was: Thoabath – ambient noise just ok to me, Jim Haynes – really good noise and Anenzaphalia who I loved, he can do no wrong a great mix of ambient and pure power noise!

I also made it to Jack London Square in Oakland, not what I expected, more bland than exciting, but nice to see the bay from the other side.

Ghost painted pay phone

Estuary for Oakland
Painted old payphone
Still a bar for sailors
Painted electric box
Sorry to Bother You which was shot in Oakland
Jack London’s cabin replica in square