The Journey Begins

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Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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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.