Larry Carlton & Steely Dan

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For Steely Dan fans it has been a blast so far. This year’s tour is different compared to the ones before. Different setlists. Input of the fans. Tunes they said they would not play finally showing up on setlists. Surprising guest musicians like Elliott Randall and… Larry Carlton.

Royal Scam has been my first Steely Dan album. And as such it remains my favorite. Here’s a gorgeous photo album of the New York concert last week, the Royal Scam album featuring Larry Carlton. Thanks to Randy Reichardt for maintaining his Steely fever in such a great fashion!

Ibn al Haytham – The First Scientist – Alhazen

ginafbjuneWhile devout Steely Dan fans and listeners can enjoy the abundance offered in special concerts and whatnot in the USA and Europe, life around Mizar6 is kind of incubated it seems. For frequent Steely news, please visit Radio Dupree.

I am wearing reading glasses. Must say that they really help prevent fatigue as the evening sets and the computer keeps on buzzing. It’s a perfect opportunity to reflect on this amazing discovery we, like so many other things, take for granted.

Recently I came in contact with a journalist who runs an international journal in the region. I approached him via Facebook. We spoke on the phone, but pretty soon it became evident that the fact that I have many Arab-Palestinian people in my friends list, ruled against me. Well, not as much against me, but against a good first impression, from that journalist’s point of view, of course!

He asked if I was a muslem myself and later on, via another internet social network, mentioned the “Islam propaganda” once again, referring to my Facebook page, activities and friends, no doubt.

Not only did his response shock me at first, it made me angry when I gave it some more thought. What ignorance and short-sightedness!

But there are many people in this world who see Muslems and Islam solely as a threat to, yes, to what I wonder…? As if “the” Muslems are responsible for all the injustice done in the world, as if “the” Muslems are a danger to civilization.

So, wearing these reading glasses made me think that not all short-sightedness can be fixed wearing spectacles, a development in optics originally initiated by Ibn al Haytham, who is considered to be the First Scientist… yes. An Arab. A Muslem. Who makes a spectacle of himself now, I wonder…

“Abu Ali al-Hasan ibn al-Hasan ibn al-Haytham was the first person to test hypotheses with verifiable experiments, developing the scientific method more than 200 years before European scholars learned of it—by reading his books.

Born in Basra in 965, Ibn al-Haytham first studied theology, trying unsuccessfully to resolve the differences between the Shi’ah and Sunnah sects. He then turned his attention to the works of the ancient Greek philosophers and mathematicians, including Euclid and Archimedes. He completed the fragmentary Conics by Apollonius of Perga. He was the first person to apply algebra to geometry, founding the branch of mathematics known as analytic geometry.

A devout Muslim, Ibn al-Haitham believed that human beings are flawed and only God is perfect. To discover the truth about nature, he reasoned, one had to eliminate human opinion and allow the universe to speak for itself through physical experiments. “The seeker after truth is not one who studies the writings of the ancients and, following his natural disposition, puts his trust in them,” he wrote, “but rather the one who suspects his faith in them and questions what he gathers from them, the one who submits to argument and demonstration.”

In his massive study of light and vision, Kitâb al-Manâzir (Book of Optics ), Ibn al-Haytham submitted every hypothesis to a physical test or mathematical proof. To test his hypothesis that “lights and colors do not blend in the air,” for example, Ibn al-Haytham devised the world’s first camera obscura, observed what happened when light rays intersected at its aperture, and recorded the results. Throughout his investigations, Ibn al-Haytham followed all the steps of the scientific method.”

Music for Gaza & Steely DAM

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Taken from http://musicforgazainternational.blogspot.com

Welcome to the international weblog of Music For Gaza, a project of composer-musician Merlijn Twaalfhoven. We’re very busy preparing the 4th edition of the Music For Gaza project, a CD-exchange event and benefit concert. This time in the south of the Netherlands, the city of Heerlen.

Cultural Cafe De Nor will be hosting our project. In collaboration with the Center for Diversity and the Peace Agency Heerlen we’ll give it our best shot to turn May 3 into a memorable day. We have 2 months to organize the event, so exciting times lie ahead!

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And when looking for rappers and musicians with an Arab or Israeli trademark, we stumbled upon Sagol 59. And somehow, even if we’re all focussed on Gaza, we end up back where we once started out. Because who does this Sagol 59 list among his influences…?

Ice Cube, Kool G. Rap, Too Short, Ras Kass, Johnny Cash, EPMD, Rakim, Organized Konfusion, Public Enemy, John Lee Hooker, Lord Finesse, Big L, Scarface, Frank Zappa, Miles Davis, Ramones, Pere Ubu, Big Daddy Kane, Allman Brothers, Akinyele, Steely Dan, Woody Guthrie, A Tribe Called Quest, Jonathan Richman, Devin The Dude…

Sagol has received much critical praise for his numerous groundbreaking collaborations with both Israeli and international artists, particularly “Summit Meeting” (feat. Tamer Nafar of Palestinian crew DAM & Shaanan Streett of Hadag Nachash), the first-ever collaborative recording featuring both Israeli and Arab MCs. He regularly hosts the Corner Prophets/Old Jeruz Cipher Hip Hop series, a cultural initiative meant to unite the diverse cultural communities located in Jerusalem through a shared interest in hip-hop. By working with Corner Prophets, Sagol’s goal is to inspire a new generation of Israelis and Palestinians that turn to art—not violence—as a means to find a common ground.

Walter Becker, dub your heart out :-)

Welcome to Mizar6, the 2009 look

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Hi. Once again we stumbled upon a black hole in the universe, when webhost Lycos switched keys with the new provider Strato, leaving us somewhere in between. We’re still in orbit, we’re just invisible at the moment. It’ll probably take some time before we have figured out the new admin section and we hope to have the old Mizar6 and Mizar5 stuff back up soon enough as well.

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