Hello WordPress, thank you Blogger, goodbye God’s Little Acre.

Welcome to Go Rich!

The aim of Go Rich (or GoRich, I haven’t quite decided yet) is to provide a place for me to share thoughts, ideas, code and who knows what else. I have quite a few interests including writing, technology, music, t’ai chi ch’uan, qigong, cycling, running and even F1. My existing outlets became too much for me to keep organised so have since fallen into disrepair and ruin. One of these is God’s Little Acre, which will soon be no more. I am a little sad to see it go, as it was the name of a band I was in many years ago, but the good news is that I built it with Blogger.

Hello WordPress

So after installing WordPress, I used the Import tool to import my old God’s Little Acre posts from Blogger. What a joy that was, well it was after I finally figured out which Google account I originally created them in. The magic way my posts, images and even categories populated my shiny new WordPress install made me realise just how refined WordPress has become.

I am running a development version (3.5-RC5-23141) of WordPress, wrapped in the new default Twenty Twelve theme too. Both are slicker than Vettel’s tyres. I do plan to make a Twenty Twelve child theme though so GoRich might be rocking a different look soon.

I am not a total WordPress noob. I have even been to several UK WordCamps. Hey, I hope to see you in Windsor in 2013!

Goodbye God’s Little Acre and thanks Blogger

So adiós God’s Little Acre and thank you Blogger for keeping my stuff safe and sound for all these years.

God's Little Acre

Rich Senior

Love Light Joy Peace

Frequency Karma

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Frequency Karma is the name of my latest tune. It is about us all becoming enlightened, together, in a sort of Celestine Prophecy “Critical Mass” type of vein. As far as the music goes, I would call it buddhist punk if you measure in genres, but you can call it anything you like.

Frequency Karma Lyrics

Everything good
comes from love
and you can find it
in the right places
look at people’s faces

the eyes tell a story
tune into good
don’t go beyond

Everything is fine
It is, what it is
Deep like the bass
Alive like the fly

Chorus

Light up
the darkest sky
rise up
ignite
come together
in a shower of rainbows
a shower of rainbows

Vibrating higher
higher and higher
pick out a star
breath in the moonbeams
reflecting on the water
harder and harder
in the breeze is a whisper

Discuss Frequency Karma at mACIDol.

Swan Song – Death in Ham

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A Happy Soul

Mortality is a subject I have been exploring with a greater depth lately. I am approaching my 40th birthday, so my focus has been drawn to my own existance and demise. What is the meaning? Is there a meaning? I think Buddha might had said that this was an unanswerable question. It probably is unanswerable, but I am still trying to trawl my mind for answers, like I can search Google, but my mind ain’t programmed like good ‘ole Google.

Songs of Death

I have been writing songs about death too, which I think is a good way to release those feelings. Where art thou Zippy? is a tune about our cat Zippy who died last September. It also contains references to my Grandad and Nan – called Kitty, so maybe it should have been Where art thou Kitty?

Swan Song

On Sunday we went to Ham Common. A pair of beautiful, large, swans were keeping watch over their young signets. We went back to Ham Common yesterday. There was a notice pinned to a tree saying that the swans were attacked by a dog later that Sunday. The female had died and the male injured. The signets and injured male swan had been taken to a swan sanctuary. I heard that swans find lifelong partners which made me a little upset. Did the dog have an owner?

Now, what was the point of that? How does that relate to the grand scheme of things? Do the signets miss their mum?

Calling all Earthlings

Earthlings is a heart breaking documentary by Shaun Monson, featuring the music of Moby and the narrative talents of Joaquin Phoenix. It explores the relationship of earthlings – the inhabitants of earth. It spells out the misery that humans inflict on our fellow earthlings, drawing on similarities with The Holocaust it pulls no punches, and I found it very distressing. This is not a simple “Meat is Murder” movie, it also explores vivisection, pets and entertainment.

Going Veggie

I have for a while been a part time vegetarian, but after watching Earthlings, I have decided that being a 100% card-carrying veggie is the right thing to do, for me. It sort of confirmed some of the conclusions, that I came to as a child, but ignored, as everyone I knew ate meat and wore leather. Watch this film but be warned, it is very disturbing and if you haven’t already stopped eating meat, buying leather, going to the circus or owning a pet, it may well persuade you to do so – you have been warned.

Popcorn or hot-dog?

This movie is a masterpiece, grab a large bag of popcorn, (I wouldn’t advise eating a hot dog) sit back and take it all in. This is a life-changing media experience, one of the quotes used in the film struck a particularly resonant chord with me:
“As long as there are slaughterhouses, there will be battlefields.” – Leo Tolstoy.

Sayonara Sausages, Big Macs and Bacon Sarnies.

Another great thinker Leonardo da Vinci once said:
“The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men.”
For me, the time is now. Peace.

Watch/Download from Google Video, Join the Earthling Discussion at MacIDOL.

Fun with Bamboo

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Bamboo, my new Master

My Tai Chi class concluded with a drawing of Bamboo. John explained that in China, bamboo is a very special thing. He used it to represent our Tai Chi learning. The knobbly bit represents the class, the long smooth section the practice.

Notice that the sprouts grow from the knobbly part. This is where creativity shoots from. The knobbly part is the lesson and also a relaxing period. The long stem is the work and practice section, this is where Tai Chi happens. In class we learn, but without practice it is meaningless. So my new mantra is practice, practice, practice with a little bit of learning every once in a while.

Bugs in the machine

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Yesterday was my first day back to reality after spending 4 days sweating out a horrible bug. I missed my Brother’s birthday celebrations and all food for 3 days. It is the first time in my life I ever remember smelling bad too. I am sure my close friends will disagee with the last statement, but man, I stunk. Even after bathing, I could smell it coming out of my pores.

Keep on Moving

My friend Stu suggested movement as a means of getting rid of my bad moods, and yesterday I tried it out. My 3rd Tai Chi lesson, was the most strenuous yet. I am enjoying the challenge of holding some of the positions, for periods at a time too. Ok this is Chi Kung, but to my mind it’s all the same thing. These prolonged postures are very good for us, and chatting to other members of the class, before it began today it would seem that they too are seeing remarkable benefits from these classes. The Chi Kung body slaps are a good wake up too, better than coffee.

Sing a song

John also introduced us to some more healing sounds too, which I am extremely excited about. I am very interested in the power of healing audio. I was so excited that I have now forgotten, which sound heals what part… It goes something like this:
Strike the Wu Chi pose, then take a deep breath and as you exhale make a noise for as long as you can. “Heeee” is good for your brain (I think! I’ll double check this next week), “Ahhhhh” is good for something else. Next week, I will try and remember the full list!

Too many Fingers

Highlight of my illness was watching the fabulous “Too Many Crooks” on TV. An absolute classic with Terry-Thomas at his devilish best, take a look at the cast – Billy Gordon …… Terry-Thomas, Fingers …… George Cole, Lucy …… Brenda De Banzie, Snowdrop …… Bernard Bresslaw, Sid …… Sidney James, Whisper …… Joe Melia. Made in 1959 (which was a great year for Gibson Les Pauls, but not too hot for Tibet) in Pinewood, it is a truly wonderful film, and proof that laughter is a great medicine.

Tibet, Where art thou?

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After downloading the new Mac version of Google Earth, I was interested to look up Tibet. Couldn’t find it. “Lhasa Tibet”, “Tibet China” – no joy. “Lasa China” found what I was looking for, well it’s a place mark anyway. No real info though, hidden by Google to appease the Chinese authorities I suspect.

Tibet, Where art thou?

Help is at hand though. Thanks to the Google Earth Community though, I managed to find Tibet. I think it’s sad that Google of all companies had to bow to China’s search engine filtering requests and to compromising Google Earh too. Microsoft and Yahoo had already conceded to China, but I thought Google could take the right stance on this.

Lhasa, can you hear me?

If you are in Tibet, The former autonomous region of Tibet, Beijing or any where else in China, did you find this web-site/post ok? I would love to correspond with people from Tibet or China to find out how restricted information is on the Chinese Super Information Highway. Inquiring minds would love to know… Free Tibet?

Wu Chi

Kew Gardens

I have been a bit grumpy again, didn’t bother to go to my new Yoga class yesterday, still not smoking though. So with a sort of heavy heart I approached my second Tai Chi lesson at the North Kingston centre.

Practice makes perfect

Fortunately my lack of gusto was soon dissolved by the gentle exercises of the Chi Kung ‘warm-up’ movements. The class environment always seems to give me the focus and discipline that I lack at home. The strange thing is that most of the movements are almost effort less.

Wu Chi Posture

John went to some length today about the Wu Chi posture. In a nutshell, feet shoulder width apart, slight bend to the knees, and a nice oval shape to your arms as they hang to your side. He also went on to demonstrate another move, similar to the Wu Chi but with your arms in front of you as if holding a beach ball. We held this position for about 5 minutes, at times this felt a lot longer. John said that the old Tai Chi masters would make their students hold this position for as long as they can. To use the bodies discomfort as a guide to any blockages. This is a great way to let go of any tension, and is one of the ‘higher’ postures too, so it really is good stuff.

Tai Chi in your life

We also were encouraged to carry our Tai Chi practice with us through the day. Sitting at my computer I am conscious of my posture, my feet are flat on the floor and I am completely grounded, dropped shoulders and deep breaths help put a little bit of Tai Chi into my computer work.

Computer Posture article