“As long as you have certain desires about how it ought to be you can’t see how it is.” – Ram Dass

Turfing Edition 999: Here we are, on the edge of it. 999 in the UK is the equivalent of 911 in the US, yet it is of course not an emergency, perhaps just a state of mind. Turfing gave birth to The Invisible College Magazine, and projects since.

Stay tuned for an announcement on our next entry for a new project!

I want to thank Michael Horowitz for the Tim Leary article.


On The Menu:
Pelt (The Film)
The Links
AIR – Talisman
Chinese Poetry: Red Pine Translations
Ram Das/Richard Alpert Quotes
Timothy Leary Makes a Surprise Visit to Liberty Plaza
AIR – La Femme D’Argent

Pelt (The Film)

Rowan’s film is proceeding as planned. He will be filming at the coast, close to the old Lewis & Clark Fort location. Prop construction is underway! Lend some support by signing up and commenting at this address: Trifecta Every comment and hit they get pushes them closer to the front. It would be a big help, and if you care to post the link, or donate via The Pelt Site, or Trifecta Site, it would be appreciated!

The Links:
“And through strange aeons, even Death may die”
Forteana: Bournemouth resident mystified by ‘blue sphere shower’
Morgellons: All In The Head?
Weird & Wild: Male Mice Have “Singing Voices”

AIR – Talisman (Live in France, 2007)


Chinese Poetry: Red Pine Translations

Hānshān Déqīng 1564-1623

Snow besieges my plank door I crowd the stove at night
although this form exists it seems as if it doesn’t
I have no idea where the months have gone
every time I turn around another year on earth is over

New Bamboo at East Lake
Lu You 1125-1210

I planted thorns and built a fence to keep them safe
Their growing emerald canes shimmer in the ripples
Autumn arrives first where a breeze cools the earth
The summer sun overhead is far away at noon
They make a rustling sound as they discard their wrappers
And cast spindly shadows as they put forth new branches
I plan to visit often as soon as I stop working
And take my mat and pillow when I go

The Frost and the Moon
Li Shangyin 813-858

By the time I hear geese the cicadas are gone
From a hundred-foot tower the water is like the sky
Chang’e and Qingnu don’t mind the cold
In the frost and moonlight they contest each other’s charms

Winter Lantern
Hānshān Déqīng 1564-1623

a solitary winter lantern casts a feeble shadow
wind blows through my flimsy hut and covers me with snow
I remember sitting cross-legged on Wutai
a makeshift door amid ten-thousand -year-old ice

Written on Mister Lakeshade’s Wall
Wang Anshi 1021-1086

Below your thatched eaves you’ve swept away the moss
You yourself planted the path of flowering trees
A stream guards your fields encircling it with green
Two peaks swing open and welcome the blue

Yellow Crane Tower
Cui Hao 704-754

A man rode off on a crane long ago
Yellow Crane Tower is all that remains
Once the crane left it never returned
For a thousand years clouds have wandered in vain
The trees of Hanyang shine in midstream
The sweet plants of spring overrun Parrot Isle
At sunset I wonder which way is home
Mist on the river only means sorrow

Ram Das/Richard Alpert Quotes:

“The most exquisite paradox… as soon as you give it all up, you can have it all. As long as you want power, you can’t have it. The minute you don’t want power, you’ll have more than you ever dreamed possible.”

“Your problem is you’re… too busy holding onto your unworthiness.”

“If you think you’re free, there’s no escape possible.”

“Everything changes once we identify with being the witness to the story, instead of the actor in it.”

“Inspiration is God making contact with itself.”

“I would like my life to be a statement of love and compassion–and where it isn’t, that’s where my work lies.”

Timothy Leary Makes a Surprise Visit to Liberty Plaza

Michael Horowitz, Tim’s longtime friend and archivist, claims he overheard the following imaginary conversation:

Tim: I like your mask. I had one like that I wore at the Swiss Mardi Gras back in 1972, when Nixon’s agents were chasing me across four continents.

Anonymous: We Are Anonymous.

Leary: I should have been more anonymous, but it wasn’t in my DNA.

Anonymous: We Are Everywhere.

Leary: There are probably almost as many cops in riot gear and plainclothes FBI agents with cameras as people actually protesting here. But you know what? A hundred million people are watching this on their computers and iPhones, or are seeing it on Al Jazeera TV and other progressive websites.

Anonymous: We are not slaves. We are not beaten. We will not lay down and take this any more.

Leary: This is the best possible image the U.S. can put out to the rest of the country and the world right now.

Anonymous: This is what democracy looks like. We Are the 99%.

Leary: Especially to the young people in the Middle East — or anywhere people are rising up to try to get some control over their own futures. Greece, Spain, Toronto, Seattle, Pittsburgh, Madison!

Anonymous: We Are Global.

Leary: Twitter is the most important invention since movable type. Everyone has a global voice. Remember McLuhan?

Anonymous: The medium is the message.

Leary: This is the Twitter revolution. Tweets are to the 21st century what the Gutenberg Bible was to the 15th.

Anonymous: We do have the power. We do have a voice. We are legion.

Leary: They are broadcasting to the world via hand-held digital cameras, smart phones and live streaming video, while the obsolete mainstream media ignores them. Calls them hippies! How about that!

Anonymous: They will hear us, but we have to speak loud.

Leary: This is the wake-up call.

Anonymous: This is our chance America.

Leary: Turn On, Tune In, Take Over.

Anonymous: Expect us.

From Timothy Leary’s Chaos and Cyber Culture (1994), original version published 1990, after the fall of the Berlin Wall:

It has finally happened: the inevitable and long-awaited climax of the youth revolutions. The next uncontrollable 15 years (1995-2010) will accelerate this dizzying explosion of mind power. The fragmentary remnants of the old centralized social systems of the feudal and industrial civilizations are crumbling down. The 21st century will witness a new global culture, peopled by new breeds who honor human individuality, human complexity, and human potential.

They will be the creative implementers of the new technologies for communicating at light speed. Change-oriented, innovative individuals who are adept in communicating via the new cyber systems.

Thanks To Michael Horowitz & Lisa Rein and all the folks at Timothy Leary Archives.org

AIR – La Femme D’Argent (Live in France, 2007)

“The most important aspect of love is not in giving or the receiving: it’s in the being. When I need love from others, or need to give love to others, I’m caught in an unstable situation. Being in love, rather than giving or taking love, is the only thing that provides stability. Being in love means seeing the Beloved all around me.” ― Ram Dass

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