Saturday, October 31, 2020

Friday, October 30, 2020

Aquaponic System


We just got an aquaponic system from Bimbika Farms - one of those buckets. If you go to their Facebook page, you'll see how these things work. There are little catfish in them and that's kangkung, water spiniach, growing on top. Our caatfish are tiny now but they get larger and we can harvest the kangkung and both keep reproducing. Gotta feed the fish little pellets twice a day and change half the water once a week. As people get the hang of it we can pass them on. Got ours from Susanna who talks about this and other projects she's involved with in Bali - in the latest podcast - Life in Bali with guest Susanna Nuetzi Rusterholz  

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

In 1985 made an album of sampled music

And now, Music for a Comic Book Video has been published as a digital release. Check it out here. Soon it will be on Spotify, YouTube etc.

Monday, October 26, 2020

Hijab by any other name

I got an email from Sarah Ahmed at, an Arab marketing site. She wrote:

I saw your article on Saunters 1 here:
The resource in the article you are linking to about Hijab types is
out of date and not very comprehensive. Would you consider 
using and linking to this resource instead in your article?

Muslim Veil and Hijab Types a Complete Guide

Veiling trends for Muslim Women

I get emails like that from people who are searching for key words and trying to get their sites linked to as many as they can which is good for how much their site comes up in searches and I almost always just delete them. But every now and then I think, okay, and this one I found interesting. I know Muslim women who don't wear any head covering or only do so in certain circumstances and also those who wear head covering that covers less than any of the examples in this fashion article. I found all the names for the different styles interesting. I won't remember them though - except for hijab which works here in Indonesian and English.
And while we're at it. Here's another article on the subject:
Hijab in Indonesia – the history and controversies 

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Life in Bali

In today's Life in Bali #22, a podcast that's been running on Thursdays since last spring, I explain why there is no guest and why there was none last Saturday when we have our Zen related guest chat. 

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Buddy Holly

 On the Night Buddy Holly Died
- a song with a story told me by San Francisco master of ceeremonies years ago and dear friend, Scott Beach

Monday, October 19, 2020


Islands of Faith AKA Semesta is a documentary about Indonesia. We're in the middle of watching it now on Netflix which says

Through the lens of faiths and cultures in seven provinces in Indonesia, this documentary follows individuals who strive to address climate change.

Netflix link. ----- IMDB

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Bringing Water

The latest weekly Life in Bali podcast was with guest Jeroen Van Overbeek who distributes water filters. Poor people here mainly boil water and those with rupiah buy it - in plastic bottles or refillable 19 liter containers that go on dispensers. We haven't bought water here for over six years. We filter it in a Nazava filter we got from Jeroen. We've got four of them. One in the kitchen which holds 13 liters in the bottom tank after filtering. The top tank is the same size. Two small ones - one in our bedroom bathroom and one upstairs. One tiny one for traveling. Now there are ones for traveling and camping that are bags that hang. That's nifty. 

Jeroen raises money to distribute these filters to the poor. He and his staff have given away thousands of them, teaching people in villages how to use them - here in Bali and on other islands. 

His website is Instagram & Facebook moniker is <socialimpakt>, Twitter <Social_Impakt>. Donate to

Friday, October 16, 2020


 I've been so into all this nonsense I do that I didn't even notice I hadn't posted here for a few days. It's okay I think to neglect the nonsense which is all a bunch of Zen type stuff posed like what's posted on Cuke What's New and the Zen related podcasts, but not the nonZense. - dc

Monday, October 12, 2020


Today (not the 9th when this was first accidentally published) back in 1903, Kelroy Utley Chadwick, my father was born. Also Columbus day which is loosing its hold due to his cruel, ruthless treatment of the native population. But still it was highly historically significant that Columbus came over here. But my father's birth was to me even more important and most good in results. 

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Want to Vote with Fax?

California accepts mail or fax for absentee ballot. I faxed from my laptop in Sanur with Hello Fax. Up to five pages free per month or something - if you're only sending. Perfect! Sent in Katrinaka's too to Oregon - though Oregon also accepts emailed ballots. Got Hello Fax tip off PC mag 2020 online fax reviews. Glad that was so easy because fax machines are hard to find - and unnecessary!

Also - if you're a US citizen - VOTE! --- please.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Another Important Memory of Youth

 In high school I noticed that a lot of girls tended to say the same sorts of things in response to similar situations. Here's something that almost always got the desired response. I'd be real close to a lass - on a date or a visit. We'd be alone. And then when the mood was right I'd say something to her which she would hear as, "I need you." She'd pull back, get a little up tight and say, " I don't want that type of relationship.I don't want to be needed." 

Then I'd say, "Oh but all I did was to accidently tap you with my right knee then I was just pointing out that I kneed you. My apologies." 

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

An Early Joke

Here's a joke I made up in the fifth grade.

A general was preparing for a tank battle and needed more men to sit up top with an opened hatch manning a machine gun. They called that position the "hatches." All the hatches were killed in the prior battle and so he asked the seargent if he thought they could fill all the empty slots with volunteers. The seargent guaranteed the general that the troops under his command were all brave and patriotic and there would be no trouble getting volunteers. When it came time for the battle the general asked where all the hatches were. The seargent told him that no one volunteered and that the ones he'd ordered to come had all run away. The general was furious and said to the seargent, "Don't count your hatches before they chicken!"

Monday, October 5, 2020

Pay Pal Help - two experiences

Had to call Pay Pal so Katrinka could get into her PayPal account. They wanted to send an SMS to her phone number which was her phone number in US 7 years ago. She tried calling and it didn't work. I tried another method, selected can't access account in voice response to question and was told that would expedited the call and sure nuff, a real person answered in a few minutes. She ws most helpful. Said the number had to be in the US. Bad - for an international online biz. Others we've used accept our Indonesian phone numbers so we can receive SMSs. Anyway, the woman was most helpful and also suggested we use a friend or relatie's phone number in case they want to get hold of us though why not just email? I hope they don't start wanting to send those numbers SMSs to verify who we are before we enter our accounts. I told the PayPal help person that I ccan't access my personal account, (as opposed to the Cuke Archives PayPal account via Pacific Zen Inst.) So she looked into it and said there's a limitation and she'd connect me to the Limitation team and that they'd hlp me clear that up. So for I don't know - a couple of hours I've been listening to a non-stop recording with vital PayPal fino on an endless loop. I've found it soothing and find I can listen to it while I work. It's past time to sleep though. I think I'll leave it on. It's not costing anything as I have unlimitied time for US calls with my Skype Account. Leave it on and go to sleep and see if it's still going when I wake up. Good night. - DC

Saturday, October 3, 2020

A Song on my mind

Melodies as Lovers
 - created at Green Gulch in the spring of 1986. Recorded in the fall of that year.

From Boat of Dreams

Friday, October 2, 2020

Documentary Bios

Every once in a while I see a documentary bio and I frequently get a boost from them. Just saw one called Quincy about the great music producer/band leader/musician/composer etc Quincy Jones. What a dynamo. Aside from getting a hit off his great energy and focus and drive, I am reminded to remain physically active, stay in the shape - some sort of shape. He used to be strong and fit and do yoga but he's been so focused on his work that through the years he let all that drop and now in his eighties he's in bad shape. Alive and still working yes and that's good but, as I saw his one-thing-after-another life it reminded me of mine and the main take-away I got from the film was don't neglect the bod. Keep things in balance.