Born from an egg on a mountain top The punkiest monkey that ever popped He knew every magic trick under the sun To tease the Gods and everyone and have some fun
Jade Emperor: "Well, what's happening?"
Messenger #1: "It's that Monkey King Holy One! The one who began to think! Who knows what he'll do now he's learnt some magic. And they say he's even achieved Enlightenment!"
Jade Emperor: "But only a little Enlightenment."
Messenger #2: "He's no Buddha yet your Majesty. Still, the monkeys call him Great Sage, the Equal of Heaven. It cannot be! Who knows where it will end! He's studied Buddhism, as if a monkey could! Your Highness doesn't think he could really be Illumined?"
Jade Emperor: "I don't know."
Narrator: "Enjoying fighting so much, Monkey is a long way from Enlightenment and Buddha. But has he taken the first step on the Path?"
Goddamn. One day I gotta go meet the Shaolin.
They can tell me how good my intuited self taught Tai Chi Chuan Staff Form exercises are.
BAD ASTRONOMY NOTES. You might recognize some of the scenery; the pink and purple aurorae we’ve been getting lately from solar storms, shots from Crater Lake, and more. I also like the effect of the star trails; at one point (around 1:55) you can see a meteor zipping across the sky, it’s train lingering due to the way Brad processed the video.
We’ve had time lapse photography for decades, but the advent of digital cameras with good lenses and sensitive, well-crafted detectors has made it possible for more people to create these videos more easily. It’s like another dimension has opened in the sky, one of beauty and awe. Using an old method we can see the sky in a new way and more easily share it with those around us. And I’m all for that.
Art will be the last bastion when all else fades away. ~ Timothy White (b 1952), American rock music journalist _________________