tallisman in nwt: progressive revelation rap

Do you remember Canadian Baha’i hip-hop artist Tallis Newkirk, aka Tallisman, of Nelstar and Plains of Fascination fame? The one who helped Nelly Furtado get her first experience at professional studio recording when she was 17 years old? Yeah, that one. After living for a while in Regina, Saskatchewan, he’s moved to Canada’s Northwest Territories and is doing just fine—and he’s still rapping. Here’s the proof via Youtube:

Check out Tallisman’s Myspace!

an oracle and the internet*

here’s a neat little video put together by Matthew Levine of Anthem for the World fame—it’s based on the statement made by Shoghi Effendi in the World Order of Bahá’u’lláh letters that many now construe as foreshadowing the creation of the Internet. Check it out (nice music, too!):

A mechanism of world inter-communication will be devised, embracing the whole planet, freed from national hindrances and restrictions, and functioning with marvellous swiftness and perfect regularity.

* no, this is not about the Internet Oracle.

harriet’s magic hats

first of all, my apologies to those of you who didn’t grow up in Canada in the 80’s. I did, and when I was a little boy there was a kid’s show called Harriet’s Magic Hats, about Aunt Harriet and her magic chest of hats. Aunt Harriet’s nieces would always go to the attic to try on the hats, and every time they did, they would be transported away to a place related to the hat they chose. For example, putting on a chef’s hat might transport one to a professional kitchen, putting on a firefighter’s hat would bring one to a firehall, etc. Personally, I credit this show with giving me an odd obsession with hats; as an homage to the show’s lasting effect on my psyche, one of the character attributes in the notorious what’s your pokéname? (yes, I made it) is a “magic chest of hats”. Now friends, thanks to the magic of YouTube, let us relive the glory of those golden days.

baha’i pilgrimage: counting the waves

Here’s a little Baha’i pilgrimage video I put together out of clips taken during my family’s pilgrimage to the Baha’i World Centre in Israel—specifically, to the old city of ‘Akká. There are many Muslim traditions (hadith) about ‘Akká, some of which are quoted by Bahá’u’lláh in His Epistle to the Son of the Wolf. This video is based on the tradition which states, “He that counteth forty waves [in ‘Akká], while repeating: ‘God is Most Great!’—exalted be He—God will forgive his sins, both past and future.”

cyprus baha’i arts festival

The Cyprus Baha’i Arts Festival was held in the city of Limassol from June 23th-29th. You can read up a little more about it on the Baha’i World News Service. Fortunately for those of us who couldn’t manage a plane ticket to Cyprus, highlight videos such as the one below are sprouting up, chronicling the event. You can also do a search on YouTube to find videos of individual performances.