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Michael Levin's Blog – August 2010 Archive (20)

Les Rapides, at The Congo River

Brazzaville, Republic of Congo

Les Rapides, at The Congo River with children swimming, a boat and Kinshasha, DRC on the far shore. A new set of photos at the Flickr link!

NPR is running a series of stories this week about the Congo River and just this place.…


Added by Michael Levin on August 31, 2010 at 10:27am — No Comments

English as a First Foreign Language

Interesting perspective here. I'm chewing on it. What do you think of the assertions that "not speaking English" is isolating and "English is
becoming the universal language"? See http://www.englishffl.org/

Added by Michael Levin on August 29, 2010 at 7:38am — No Comments

Notes from Brazzaville, Republic of Congo

Brazzaville, Republic of Congo

I've blogged a lot about this place and why I am here, so I'll summarize (read www.facebook.com/mikelevin

http://jroller.com/Sandymountster ;

http://www.codetown.us/ and…


Added by Michael Levin on August 28, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

{BotD} Bike of the Day ::: Bilenky



This Bilenky bike was parked in front of the Whole Foods in Winter Park, FL. It’s fitted with couplers that allow you to break it down easily to ship.




Added by Michael Levin on August 25, 2010 at 3:40am — No Comments

Greetings from the Congo

Parrot in a Tree in Brazzaville, Congo

Hello, Zoobirds!

I'm in Brazzaville and the air is thick with all sorts of diffternt smells. Mycol Stevens could probably identify the fungi growing on the tree I see right now. There is a big trash fire spewing smoke down the road. I hear birds singing, mostly parrots. I haven't eaten yet, for a while now, since it was a… Continue

Added by Michael Levin on August 24, 2010 at 11:37am — 6 Comments

Not a normal bee day!

(CNN) -- Tuesday was anything but a routine day for Deputy Brandon Jenkins, who spent three hours in his patrol car after nearly 50,000 honeybees decided to park on it.

The Wake County Sheriff's Office officer had responded around 9:40 a.m. to a call of a person possibly being attacked by bees. He found a disabled truck on U.S. 64 a few miles… Continue

Added by Michael Levin on August 19, 2010 at 9:57am — No Comments

A Tribute to Charles Bukowski...on his birthday!

Charles Bukowski. Iconic. Unique, original, prolific. What he wanted to say, he said. He wrote tremendous numbers of stories, poetry, and what he wrote, he wrote without shame,

in a clean, terse style. In fact, his style was the only clean thing

about his writing. He wrote about the track, about women, gambling,

skid row, depression, obsession and cooked up the seedy side of life so

well that despite…


Added by Michael Levin on August 18, 2010 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Urbanites Switch to Farming

Thanks to Aisling's blog for calling attention to this… Continue

Added by Michael Levin on August 17, 2010 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Obie's Papaya Smoothie

Delicious Papaya Breakfast Smoothie, via Obie Fernandez at http://www.facebook.com/l/e856e;post.ly/sGRE and http://post.ly/sGRE

Added by Michael Levin on August 17, 2010 at 4:20pm — No Comments

Butterfly at McRorie Community Garden

This is my favorite photo from McRorie Community Garden. Have you got some favs to share?

Added by Michael Levin on August 16, 2010 at 7:35pm — No Comments


Father John Gillespie, Director of St. Augustines Church and Catholic Student Center, long-time board member of St. Francis House, and a strong advocate for the homeless and hungry people of Gainesville for many

years, is being reassigned to a parish in St. Augustine. He went before

the City Commission many times over the years, strongly supporting the basic

human rights of poor and homeless people, most recently during the ongoing


Added by Michael Levin on August 15, 2010 at 4:25pm — No Comments

Jerry Garcia and Ripple

It's a good time to relax and reflect. And, how better than with some soft, acoustic music. Today is August 9, 2010 and Jerry Garcia is being honored tonight at the SF Giants game. Let's remember him here… Continue

Added by Michael Levin on August 9, 2010 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Want to go barhopping with me tomorrow?

Hello "wanna go" crew,

We're not getting older, we're getting smarter. For instance, many college kids' idea of a good time is to go downtown, hit the…


Added by Michael Levin on August 7, 2010 at 10:18pm — No Comments

Edible Plant Project and Abundant Edible Landscapes


Gainesville is home to the Edible Plant Project, recently featured in the Gainesville Sun. It's all about edible landscaping. What a great idea! Why not plant foliage that is not only beautiful, but also… Continue

Added by Michael Levin on August 7, 2010 at 12:35am — No Comments

TGIF - It's weeding time!!

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Can you believe it's August? It's been a great summer. We still have nearly a whole month until the weather even shows a hint of cooling down. I went through my patch and did some serious weeding before hitting the road last month for the west coast. I predict the collards, cabbage, chives, potatoes, and mint have been culled by Eric, my kimchi making friend. At… Continue

Added by Michael Levin on August 6, 2010 at 7:37am — No Comments


Life is a continual series of experiences, one leading to the other, until the soul arrives at its destination.

Bowl of Saki, August 5, by Hazrat Inayat Khan…


Added by Michael Levin on August 5, 2010 at 9:07pm — No Comments

Sarah's Salad

Sarah's Salad

Sarah whipped up this delicious salad at the Portland Hawthorne Hostel just before heading out to the Brew Fest.…


Added by Michael Levin on August 5, 2010 at 12:30am — No Comments

Gary Snyder on Ecology and Poetry - part 1

Gary Snyder inspired writer Jack Kerouac. He's represented by a character in "The Dharma Bums". But, he's a real character in this life. He's lucid, funny and thought provoking. Enjoy a bit of Snyder here in this short, delightfully provocative clip. Let us know what you… Continue

Added by Michael Levin on August 4, 2010 at 9:37am — No Comments

The Solution to World Hunger

Did you ever see a street person sitting in the esplanade holding a sign looking for change? Maybe the sign said something funny like "Will code for food". Did you give him some change? Was it hard to look at him if you had nothing to give? Did you have a passenger who said "I bet he makes more than you and me in a day"?

I like to think nobody wakes up and says "Boy, I think I'll go begging on the streets today and make a windfall". It's not a choice. People… Continue

Added by Michael Levin on August 4, 2010 at 3:28am — No Comments

Alternate Transportation ::: Skateboard


This is what a skateboard park designer looks like. And, that board is my new ride! He got a new skateboard and gave that one to me. People in Portland and Gainesville take the long road downhill on these skateboards and make it look easy. Keep your fingers crossed for me. I'll be sure to get a helmet, pads, and be… Continue

Added by Michael Levin on August 4, 2010 at 2:28am — No Comments


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