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The last of this for a while. We’re leaving for the holidays in less than a week and aside from the truly dear things like the pu-erh cake, I want to use up as much leaf as is reasonable so nothing’s getting stale while it sits. I won’t buy anything new, I don’t think, until after New Year’s day.

Wuyi oolongs really are ideal for cloudy, blustery, gloomy days. Toasty but with that hint of sweetness that anything just a tiny bit burnt always has. The kind of tea that makes you wrap both hands around the mug and just… unclench. I did two short steepings with three cups of water and strained them into one of my larger ceramic (Western style) tea pots.

I have to keep reminding myself that here in Houston, this weather is only going to last at most 8 weeks, not 8 months. I do wish the grass had more time to recover from the severe Summer drought before it is forced to go dormant, but it doesn’t look like the weather will cooperate.

I have been sleeping with a headband with earphones built into it this past week, listening to Brian Eno’s “Music for Airports vol 1” and it is kind of shaping my entire mood throughout each day — it reminds me a bit of the videophile kid in American Beauty — although hopefully a bit more healthy than that. People who think electronic music, especially ambient music, is something that a 4 year old with a laptop could make should read about the process that went into producing that album.

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Nathaniel Gruber

ambient music :) Brian Eno :)

Jim Marks

The more I work on creating meaningful generative music the more terrified I am to realize how truly fantastic his work is — especially the early stuff when he really was out on Mars when no one else had even yet reached the Moon. I just sit there with my jaw on the floor thinking “HOW?!!?”

Charles Thomas Draper

I always enjoyed " My life in the bush of ghosts " with David Byrne. The first 2 Roxy albums too….

Jim Marks

Oddly enough, I actually don’t. On the flip side, I enjoy most of Lou Reed’s work both with Velvet Underground and solo, but find his own ambient work, such as “Hudson River Wind Meditations” quite dull despite their intention for guided meditation and taijiquan both of which I practice.

Charles Thomas Draper

Have you ever listened to Townes Van Zandt? An Austin native….

Jim Marks

Not particularly, although I’m familiar. Not exclusively, but my tastes run predominantly to the… largely artificial.

Charles Thomas Draper

He is as natural as they come….

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Nathaniel Gruber

ambient music :) Brian Eno :)

Jim Marks

The more I work on creating meaningful generative music the more terrified I am to realize how truly fantastic his work is — especially the early stuff when he really was out on Mars when no one else had even yet reached the Moon. I just sit there with my jaw on the floor thinking “HOW?!!?”

Charles Thomas Draper

I always enjoyed " My life in the bush of ghosts " with David Byrne. The first 2 Roxy albums too….

Jim Marks

Oddly enough, I actually don’t. On the flip side, I enjoy most of Lou Reed’s work both with Velvet Underground and solo, but find his own ambient work, such as “Hudson River Wind Meditations” quite dull despite their intention for guided meditation and taijiquan both of which I practice.

Charles Thomas Draper

Have you ever listened to Townes Van Zandt? An Austin native….

Jim Marks

Not particularly, although I’m familiar. Not exclusively, but my tastes run predominantly to the… largely artificial.

Charles Thomas Draper

He is as natural as they come….

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