About chagota

Radio nerd, devoted researcher and music lover

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  • chagota shared from Life On Air: A History of Radio Four by David Hendy
    was, then, precisely its background status, so feared in the 1950s and 1960s with the rise of television, that redeemed radio for many—and not just radio as a stream of music or news, but radio as a stream of stories, of ideas, of individual voices, and of metaphors. Hence, Jenny Diski’s perceptive argument that while broadcasters desperately wanted radio to belong to ‘the sharp end of the media’, it was not really part of the media at all. ‘Radio isn’t like TV or newspapers, which burst in on us from the world outside,’ she suggested, ‘it’s more like running water or electricity,...
    Note: Interesting analysis of the role of radio as a unique medium
  • chagota shared from The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human by Jonathan Gottschall
    Put differently, the past, like the future, does not really exist. They are both fantasies created in our minds. The future is a probabilistic simulation we run in our heads in order to help shape the world we want to live in. The past, unlike the future, has actually happened. But the past, as represented in our minds, is a mental simulation, too. Our memories are not precise records of what actually happened. They are reconstructions of what happened, and many of the details—small and large—are unreliable. Memory isn’t an outright fiction; it is merely a fictionalization.
    Note: Are all memories a pure creation of the mind? Or, at least, a fiction based on some facts. Yup.
  • chagota shared from Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living (Shambhala Classics) by Pema Chodron
    Ego is like a room of your own, a room with a view, with the temperature and the smells and the music that you like. You want it your own way. You’d just like to have a little peace; you’d like to have a little happiness, you know, just “gimme a break!” But the more you think that way, the more you try to get life to come out so that it will always suit you, the more your fear of other people and what’s outside your room grows. Rather than becoming more relaxed, you start pulling down the shades and locking the door. When you do go out, you find the experience more and more unsettling...
    Note: Wise words. One day at a time.
  • chagota shared from The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature by David George Haskell
    The mandala’s birds and mammals live embedded in an acoustic network, each individual connected to others through sound. The forest’s news ripples through this network, carrying the latest information about the location and activities of troublemakers. It takes some effort for us urbanized humans to become aware of these traveling signals. We are accustomed to ignoring “background noise,” instead taking our cues from the interior noise of our minds.
    Note: Awareness.
  • chagota shared from The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature by David George Haskell
    Salamander skin is a patchwork of scent glands, so the cheek rubs convey chemical whispers and pheromone love poems. When the couple has become acquainted, the female lifts her head and the male slides under her chest. He walks forward and she follows, straddling his tail in a conga dance for two.
    Note: One of the many examples of this book's writing.
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