monterey county USA | london UK | gran canaria ESP | 2015

September 2015 update

After the amazingly enjoyable Women's World Cup the online football experience went from brilliant to horrific with a Gold Cup so blighted by dull games and the rigging of the tournament to ensure that Mexico made it to the final, thus ensuring financial success for FIFA's tarnished pockets, but removing any credibility for the event, which I for one will never bother watching again.

So that takes us into next phase of 2015 football and the English premier league. The pride of London, Tottenham Hotspur, got off to a lukewarm start whilst the oil-drenched wealth of Manchester City's Arabic owners have ensured that their investment is leaving all would-be challengers in the dust.

Meanwhile, one of the earlier uploads of the Thai romantic comedy film "My name is love" had wracked up multi-million views before being deleted by the thought police, but at the time of writing has resurfaced, again with English subtitles, here, only loaded down with commercial breaks now that the film's popularity has been established. Too late, most people have seen it and moved on before the monetization hit.

Meanwhile the Japanese TV show "Takeshi's castle" that's been deleted so many times somehow manages to survive with uploads of numerous episodes floating around including one of their greatest hits episodes according to UK viewer's requests.

Of course some of the new links on The Quake turn into dead 'uns as stuff gets erased, but that's why every few months The Quake gets updated.

These two programs however have remained remarkably resilient [at least at time of writing]:

West London "10", Liverpool "1", but not necessarily a score that reflects the quality of the respective uk tv offerings.

And although the UK's "Only fools & horses" always gets erased before too long, it's great that uploaders keep returning with "The Bill" so I can catch more episodes whenever time allows, which isn't frankly often.


...or lack thereof

A rare glimpse into what really goes on behind the secretive walls at Apple's Cupertino HQ as talented developers imported from around the globe prepare to unleash their latest gee-whiz MacBook on their unsuspecting customers.

'Trigger happy tv'

quake's world

the spur
guardian football
bbc five live radio, plus quality podcasts


Likeable links
red dot fair 2015, miami
don patterson, poet, aberdeen, scotland
exchange rate news
the last quiet places
mac option key symbols
the bay lights
roll dice online and here
free internet access for the city of santa clara
electric cars in paris
friendly atheist eye-opening daily accounts of the threat to the separation of church and state that America faces

Usually reliable online TV streams
sky news uk, live on you-tube
crtvg, galicia, espana, us feed
tvr britanny, france: big on stade rennais fc, rennes
tnn24 thai
elonce tv argentina
rte dublin, ireland
rtl muenchen deutschland dusseldorf, deutschland
telemolise southern italia
bbc britain
sfgovtv san francisco, usa

San Francisco & Monterey online radio
kqed san francisco radio
kalw san francisco radio
kazu nat. public radio for the monterey bay [88.9 on FM]

Other radio
bbc world service

Radio programs and podcasts
on point
the agony column for bookworms [live sundays on kusp]
poetry show live sundays on kusp
philosophy talk [live on kalw]
7th avenue project


san francisco
arriving by luft re-add Nov 2015

gran canaria

Patalavaca: click pic for Gran Canaria video


radio buddha
zen radio
101.9 bbs radio, korea


amaravati uk
dhammaloka aus.
jikoji usa
tassajara usa
metta forest monastery usa


online meditation timer

"To be alive and to know you're alive is the greatest miracle of all. Present moment breathing in, wonderful moment breathing out" -- thich nhat hanh

"Meditation is the key that unlocks your mind, permeating post-meditation with awareness. Wisdom arises from the still mind." -- bhante henepola gunaratana

"First, look within. Be your own lamp. Seek no other refuge." -- The Buddha

"with realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world." -- dalai lama

In 2012 a study in Israel showed that meditators were less inhibited by 'cognitive rigidity': in other words, they were more open to completely new solutions to problems.

namo amitabha
buddham sharanam gachchami


awakened voice
the buddha garden
om and om
Tasty = hao chi  
Learn Chinese with The Quake

om mani padme hum
[namo tassa] bhagavato arahato sammæsambuddhassa
the dhamma brothers
four noble truths
simply kenna buddhism, how i see it
positive psychology: catching up with ancient buddhist insight [pdf]
the best vegetarian chili in the world?
be here now

"There are many bold adventurous spirits, whose bodies hardly ever left the cell or hermitage, who have been accustomed to roam at will over the boundless ocean of eternity." -- GC Rawlinson


shradda, sri lanka
sbt-tv thai
dmc thai