Ab Alia
Ab Meus Vita

"I have nothing to report, my friends.
If you want to find the meaning,
Stop chasing after so many things."

Inspirations from others...

It is patently impossible to convey all of of one's inspirations in life. We are constantly beset by events, encounters, individuals and expressions of humanity. Sometimes our greatest inspirations are things which are completely intrinsic to our own lives, the sucker punches and tender touches which have shaped us along the way.

The best I can hope to do is to leave a few of the significant breadcrumbs I've followed along my path so far. Feel free to share your own touchstones with me. We all need guidance and a little respite on our journey. As frost says, "The woods are lovely, dark and deep"

Books & Authors:

  • The Holographic Universe (Talbot)
  • The Geography of Nowhere (Kunstler)
  • Edgar Allen Poe
  • Jules Verne
  • Orson Scott Card
  • The stories of Sherlock Holmes (Doyle)
  • Cry of the Kalahari (Owens)
  • The Watchmen (all things Alan Moore for that matter)
  • Hemingway and Poe (for elegant economy)
  • Zen Flesh, Zen Bones (Reps, Senzaki)
  • The Making of the Atomic Bomb (Rhodes)
  • The Name of the Rose (Eco)
  • The Hero with a Thousand Faces (Campbell)
  • Hamlet (and virtually all of Uncle Billy's work)
  • The man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat (Sacks)
  • Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman! (Feynman)
  • Totem and Taboo (Freud)
  • Finegan's Wake (Joyce continues to blow my mind)
  • The Gospel According to Zen (Sohl)
  • Holy Blood, Holy Grail (Baigent, Leigh, Lincoln)
  • Book of Lies (Metzger, Morrison)
  • (many more on the list, more to come...)


  • The Ninth Configuration
  • Children of a Lesser God
  • Star Wars / Matrix / Lord of the Rings
  • Cool Hand Luke
  • Throne of Blood
  • Malcolm X
  • The Russia House
  • Mosquito Coast
  • The Indian Runner
  • Blade Runner
  • The Mission
  • Being There
  • Grand Canyon
  • The Age of Innocence
  • The Vanishing (French version because they jacked up the American remake)
  • La Femme Nikita (while we're on French versions)
  • Koyaanisqatsi
  • Watchmen
  • Hamlet (Most versions, including Gibson's and Branagh's)
  • Shindler's List
  • Infinity
  • (too many to name. more to come...)


  • The Twilight Zone
  • The Outer Limits
  • 30 Days
  • Brideshead Revisited
  • Saturday Afternoon Sci-Fi double feature when I was a kid
  • TED! (not traditional tv. It gives me such hope for our species)
  • (not so many on this list. Largely a hijacked medium of fad and sensationalism)


  • Radiohead!
  • Steve Reich (particularly "Six Pianos")
  • Blue Nile
  • The Clash
  • Samuel Barber
  • Sinéad O'Connor
  • Winton Marsalis
  • Led Zeppelin
  • Puccini
  • Yes and Rush
  • Duke Ellington
  • The Clash
  • Basement Jaxx
  • Shawn Colvin
  • Bob Marley
  • Orb
  • Doobie Brothers
  • Edie Brickell
  • Elvis Costello
  • The Eagles
  • Marvin Gaye
  • Foo Fighters
  • Bjork
  • Gypsy Kings
  • Michael Franks
  • John Cage
  • (way too many others to list)


  • My Children
  • Martin Luther King
  • Nietzsche
  • Buddha
  • Newton, Göethe, Einstein (a trinity of Titans)
  • Bill Strickland (link)
  • Any filmmaker who brings their vision to life.
  • Lama Sumati Maru (link)
  • (more to come...)


  • Sincere passion in any endeavor