Alex Raichev

Cuckoo

Cuckoo from Friday Afternoons by Benjamin Britten performed here by the Toronto Children's Chorus.

Author: Alex Raichev
Date: 2017-08-06
Tags: audio
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s'Rothe Zäuerli

s'Rothe Zäuerli by Öse Schuppel featured in the soundtrack of the The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Author: Alex Raichev
Date: 2017-08-06
Tags: audio
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Nothing to Do with the Known

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A talk by Adyashanti.

Video sourced from YouTube here.

Author: Alex Raichev
Date: 2017-04-25
Tags: video, nonduality
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Lessons Learned from a Bicycle Accident

Last week i wiped out on my usual bicycle ride home from work. Nothing hospital-serious, but i did sustain three nasty abrasions on my arm and leg, red badges of negligence as i will explain.

During my recovery i learned several important lessons that i pass on here as advice in hopes that it may help you and my future self.

  1. If you want to take tight turns on a bicycle, check that the tires have enough air, e.g. have pressures within the suggested ranges printed on the sidewalls. Through carelessness i let my front tire deflate so much that it collapsed on a tight turn, pulling the bike out from under me and throwing me to the ground. Additionally, if you want to corner at high speeds, you should look through the turn, brake before entering, lean the bike in a separate phase, and exit with speed and confidence.

  2. If you have an abrasion, burn, or laceration, practice moist wound care to speed up healing, reduce pain, and reduce scarring compared to other wound care practices. More details from a hospital unit in Japan that practices the method.

  3. Moist wound care can be cheap and natural, according to various traditional practices, case studies, and clinical trials i read about on the internet.

    • To clean the wound, you can use clean water with a pinch of salt. Avoid strong antiseptics, such as iodine or hydrogen peroxide, because they are toxic to all cells, including the ones needed for healing.
    • To help prevent infection and keep the wound moist, you can apply virgin coconut oil to the wound topically several times a day, or maybe some other traditional ointments, such as turmeric paste, aloe vera, or honey. I found many historical and anectdotal reports and a little clinical research suggesting that these ointments help. For the first 48 hours of treatment, i applied UMF 15+ manuka honey to my wound, but after near continuous intense burning and little sleep, i stopped. The pain disappeared immediately and never returned. A few days later and for the rest of my treatment i used coconut oil. In the future i will avoid strongly antibacterial honeys.
    • To further keep the wound moist and protect it from dirt and scratches, you can use banana leaves or potato skins held fast to the wound with cloth bandages and secured by a clip. Be sure to sterilize the leaves or skins by boiling them for at least 20 minutes or steaming them in a pressure cooker for at least 15 minutes. You can also sterilize the cloth wrap by the same methods and then dry it out in the oven or sun; video instructions here. While you are hunting for banana leaves or potato skins, you can wrap the wound with plastic cling film, which is sterile and non-adherent. I would not use plastic wrap as a long-term solution, though, lest the plastic leech some toxic chemicals into the wound. I used banana leaves foraged from trees in my neighborhood and vouch for their merciful non-adherence. Here is some research on banana leaf dressing.
  4. Take internal medicine while healing. Zinc (from food or supplements) for boosting the immune system, vitamin C (from food or supplements) to help your body make new skin, and anti-inflamatories, such as fresh turmeric and ginger infusion, in case your immune response gets out of hand.

  5. Look out for signs of infection: extreme wound swelling, extreme pain, swollen lymph nodes, fever. The treatment above will help your immune system battle infection, but if it appears to be losing after the first few days of care, then you might need to enlist the help of strong antibiotics. In that case, seek trained medical assistance.

Author: Alex Raichev
Date: 2017-02-26
Tags: advice
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Quick and Easy Fruit Picker

Description and build instructions here.

Author: Alex Raichev
Date: 2017-02-25
Tags: appropriate technology
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How to Eat Better

I think Ran Prieur sums it up well in the following points, which he elaborates on his webpage here.

Author: Alex Raichev
Date: 2017-02-06
Tags: advice
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The Walk Radiant Dryer

Solar food dehydration without extra gadgets, even in humid climates.

Description and build instructions for the Walk Radiant Dryer here.

Author: Alex Raichev
Date: 2017-02-05
Tags: appropriate technology
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How to Destroy the World

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Video sourced from YouTube here.

Author: Alex Raichev
Date: 2016-08-21
Tags: video
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Can City

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Video sourced from YouTube here.

Author: Alex Raichev
Date: 2016-07-19
Tags: video
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Fern Hill

Now as I was young and easy under the apple boughs
About the lilting house and happy as the grass was green,
The night above the dingle starry,
Time let me hail and climb
Golden in the heydays of his eyes,
And honoured among wagons I was prince of the apple towns
And once below a time I lordly had the trees and leaves
Trail with daisies and barley
Down the rivers of the windfall light.

And as I was green and carefree, famous among the barns
About the happy yard and singing as the farm was home,
In the sun that is young once only,
Time let me play and be
Golden in the mercy of his means,
And green and golden I was huntsman and herdsman, the calves
Sang to my horn, the foxes on the hills barked clear and cold,
And the sabbath rang slowly
In the pebbles of the holy streams.

All the sun long it was running, it was lovely, the hay
Fields high as the house, the tunes from the chimneys, it was air
And playing, lovely and watery
And fire green as grass.
And nightly under the simple stars
As I rode to sleep the owls were bearing the farm away,
All the moon long I heard, blessed among stables, the nightjars
Flying with the ricks, and the horses
Flashing into the dark.

And then to awake, and the farm, like a wanderer white
With the dew, come back, the cock on his shoulder: it was all
Shining, it was Adam and maiden,
The sky gathered again
And the sun grew round that very day.
So it must have been after the birth of the simple light
In the first, spinning place, the spellbound horses walking warm
Out of the whinnying green stable
On to the fields of praise.

And honoured among foxes and pheasants by the gay house
Under the new made clouds and happy as the heart was long,
In the sun born over and over,
I ran my heedless ways,
My wishes raced through the house high hay
And nothing I cared, at my sky blue trades, that time allows
In all his tuneful turning so few and such morning songs
Before the children green and golden
Follow him out of grace.

Nothing I cared, in the lamb white days, that time would take me
Up to the swallow thronged loft by the shadow of my hand,
In the moon that is always rising,
Nor that riding to sleep
I should hear him fly with the high fields
And wake to the farm forever fled from the childless land.
Oh as I was young and easy in the mercy of his means,
Time held me green and dying
Though I sang in my chains like the sea.

~ Dylan Thomas, 1945

I set the beginning of this poem to music. These days i play the tune faster at about 52 beats per minute.

Author: Alex Raichev
Date: 2016-05-27
Tags: poem, audio, Thomas, music
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