Thanks for the love and support!

Much love to everyone who has been checking out The 507 Effect lately!  Please take time to check out
The Omega Project, based out of Santa Cruz, are truly growing exponentially to new levels.  So thanks for the love and support.
Also, please leave some comments, so that I know who is reading.  Thanks again! 




Upcoming Omega Project events!

The Omega Project will be playing live at WAMM’s 15th birthday party on 4/20 at 4:20 @:
Club Dakota
1209 Pacific Ave.

Join the Revolution of Consiousness – FREE PARTY
Dress as your favorite Super Hero or Villian.
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Also, The Omega Project will be having an EarthDay Celebration on April 22nd at Moe’s Alley in Santa Cruz, CA.
We are Headlining after Junior Boogie.  $5 +21 9pm %10 of proceeds to go to benefit.
Finally, The Omega Project will be playing at The Mirimar on the Santa Cruz wharf on May 4th. 
Thanks to everyone who came out to The Atrium and helped us make it a great night!
JAH Love Eternal!

Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World

If you enjoy eating exotic mushrooms, are interested in their nutritional and medicinal value and if you would like to learn how to establish mushrooms in your yard, garden or woods, Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World by Paul Stamets will not disappoint you.

If the subtitle How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World intrigues you, it should. Paul Stamets’ thirty years of experience in “engaging fungi”, his original theories and research will reveal a world that many of us never knew existed. He calls Mycelium Running “A mycological manual for rescuing ecosystems”.

The text is divided into three parts with a foreword by the author’s long time friend Dr. Andrew Weil. 360 high quality photos and concise, useful graphs and charts enrich the text. You will see mushrooms the likes of which you never imagined.

Mr. Stamets has a wonderful writing style; friendly, funny and scientific all at the same time. He describes fungi as the “grand recyclers” of nature, their cobweb like growth under logs as “mycomagicians”.

Part One, The Mycelial Mind, contains four chapters:

* Mycelium as Nature’s Internet

* The Mushroom Life Cycle

* Mushrooms in Their Natural Habitat

* The Medicinal Mushroom Forest

Stamets describes mycelium as “the neurological network of nature” that can “expand to thousands of acres in size in cellular mats achieving the greatest mass of any individual organism on this planet”.

Mycelium is a single-celled organism that travels several inches a day. That means there is only one cell wall that protects this organism from pathogens, yet it thrives more prolifically that any plant or animal on the planet.

In fact, it is mycelium’s vast structural network that is responsible for decomposing plant debris, at the same time providing nutrients to the plant and animal kingdoms. In other words, mycelium is earth’s life support system and should be understood, respected and protected as such.

A mushroom is the fruit of mycelium. They produce spores capable of traveling great distances on the wind, on clothing, in animal feces and even on envelopes and packages in our mail.

There are four types of fungi: saprophytes, parasites, mycorrhizal and endophytes. The saprophyte subtype is largely responsible for recycling organic debris and providing nutrients to the plant and animal world.

Mycorrhizal fungi are vital to the health of forests because it transports nutrients to different species of trees.

The chapter The Medicinal Mushroom Forest discusses the ancient knowledge of the value of mushrooms to both the human body and the forest ecosystem with useful charts of commonly collected wild edible mushrooms from NW North America including chanterelles, matsutake and hedgehogs.

Various mushroom varieties possess potent anti-microbial properties. The author notes that a “moldy cantaloupe sent to an army research lab in 1941” led to the identification and extraction of strains of penicillium chrysogenum that led to the commercial synthesis of penicillin.

Mr. Stamets’ own research led to the discovery that the extract of mycelium from the mushroom Fomitopsis officinalis “protects human blood cells from infection by orthopox viruses including the family of viruses that includes smallpox.”

Specific varieties of mushrooms possess antiviral activity against such viruses as hepatitis B, herpes simplex, HIV, influenza, pox, and tobacco mosaic virus. A useful table lists various mushrooms and their antiviral activities.

Several varieties of mushrooms are sources of other medicinal compounds including triterpenoids and glycoproteins. Pages 38-39 provide a cross index of Mushrooms and Targeted Therapeutic Effects including mushroom activity against specific cancers.

Mr. Stamets presents strong evidence that fungi from old growth forests have potential as sources for new and vital medicines. And he emphasizes the essential importance of preserving this priceless resource.

Part II – Mycorestoration

In Mycorestoration the author presents his original thought, theories and research into how mycelium and their fruit, mushrooms, can be harnessed for uses that support the health of humans and our ailing planet. In this fascinating section of the book, the author presents the reader with “fungal opportunities underfoot”.

These original concepts are presented in four forms: Mycofiltration, Mycoforestry,Mycoremediation and Mycopesticides.

Mycorestoration is defined as the selective use of fungi to repair or restore the weakened immune systems of environments.

Mycofiltration uses mycelium as a membrane to catch and filter upstream contaminants including microorganisms, pollutants and silt. Talk about filtration capacity, Mr. Stamets says that “more than a mile of mycelial cells can infuse a gram of soil”.

The text illustrates how we can use mycelium on farms, in our own urban and suburban environments, in watershed districts, in factories, on roads and other stressed habitats to filter protozoa, bacteria, viruses, bacteria, silt and chemical toxins.

Mycelial mats, called “bunker spawn” mature in months and can be used for years to prevent downstream pollution. Mr. Stamets discusses his own research in microfiltration and presents directions for building and installing mycelium microfilters.

Mycoforestry is the use of fungi to sustain forest communities by preserving natural forests, recycling woodland debris, sustaining replanted trees with the goal of strengthening the forest ecosystem.

Mr. Stamets emphasizes that contrary to conventional thought our forests are not “renewable” resources and discusses how carbon cycles that fuel the food chain can take centuries, if not thousands of years to establish.

For example, in Oregon a honey mushroom mat found on a mountaintop covered over 2400 acres and is thought to be about 2200 years old. “Nurse” logs in this forest increase soil depth and enrich the habitat for the fungi, plant and animal kingdoms.

The reader must wonder how many regions like this exist on planet earth today.

According to the author, acceleration of this process is possible by using wood chips as a spawning medium for fungi. This method has the potential to prevent forest fires because as mycelium grows on the wood chips they draw moisture to the forest floor in a sponge like way.

Mr. Stamets urges forest pathologists to develop strategies that utilize mycelium to improve forest health.

Mycoremediation is the use of fungi to degrade or remove toxins from the environment. According to the author fungi can be used to degrade heavy metals including lead, and mercury, industrial toxins including chlorine, dioxin, PCBs and organophosphates.

This potential is viewed in the perspective of the hierarchy of organisms in the fungi, plant, bacterium and animal kingdoms, a hierarchy which begins and ends with fungi.

Photos in this chapter illustrate diesel contaminated soil “under attack” by oyster mushrooms which thrive on the contaminated soil and regenerate it by neutralizing the contaminant. When they die and rot they provide a healthy environment for new plant growth. The contaminated soil in which mushroom growth was not introduced remained just that, barren and contaminated.

The goal of mycorestoration is to match fungi species to contaminants to enable the “destruction of toxins that enable other restoration strategies”.

Mycopesticides involve the use of fungi to control pest populations, including carpenter ants and termites. Mr. Stamets relates a personal story of how he used mycelium as a natural pesticide to rid his house of carpenter ants.

He has applied for patents to use this biotechnology which protect groundwater and habitats from damage by conventional toxic pesticides, as a natural method of eliminating termites, ants and flies. He calls the technology “green mycotechnology”.

Part III – Growing Mycelia and Mushrooms includes six chapters:

* Inoculation Methods: Spores, spawns and stem butts

* Cultivating Mushrooms on Straw and Leached Cow Manure

* Cultivating Mushrooms on logs and stumps

* Gardening with Gourmet and medicinal mushrooms

* Magnificent Mushrooms: The Cast of Species

* Nutritional properties of mushrooms

This section introduces readers to methods for inoculation, cultivation and gardening with mushrooms. Excellent photos, graphs and charts help the reader to visualize and practically apply the processes.

Mr. Stamets says that the key to growing mushrooms is to first grow mycelium and that the most important technique is learning how to use wild, or natural spawn because it has the advantage of being acclimated to its habitat.

The mycelium grower is described as a “herdsman” and the mycomotto is “move it or lose it”. The author explains that no matter how successful you may be at getting mycelium to grow it will “consume its habitat” and will move on, if not supplemented with its basic nutrient needs.

Stamets explains that “Your job is to become embedded into the mind-set of this digestive cellular membrane, to run with mycelium”.

Using fungi in the garden builds soil, improves yield and decreases fertilizer requirements. Photos illustrate the increased size of vegetables grown in mycelium rich soil.

Edible mushrooms are good sources of protein, are very low in simple carbohydrates and fats and are high in antioxidants, selenium, potassium, copper, B vitamins and fiber.

Nutritional content of mushrooms depends on variety and where they are grown. For example, button mushrooms grown in Texas and Oklahoma contain higher levels of selenium than those grown in Florida and Pennsylvania.

Pages 198-199 provide a very useful chart listing the nutritional properties of 16 edible mushrooms.

Mushrooms are rich sources of enzymes including cellulose, lignan peroxidases, laccases, manganese superoxide dismutases, enzymes known for their ability to decompose plant fiber.

According to the author, enzyme inhibitors in mushrooms are protective against breast and prostate cancer. Aromatase inhibitors that interrupt the conversion of androgens to estrogens are significant to those at risk for breast cancer. 5 alpha reductase inhibitors are significant to those at risk for enlarged prostate and prostate cancer.

Graphs provide additional information on mushroom variety and content of these valuable nutritional compounds.

The final chapter of the book is Magnificent Mushrooms: The Cast of Species

This section provides in-depth descriptions, distribution, habitat, harvesting hints, nutritional profile, medicinal properties, flavor, preparation and cooking tips, mycorestoration potential and comments for a long list of mushrooms including shiitakes, oyster, and morels.

This is valuable, useful information for anyone interested in utilizing the benefits of mushrooms for health, both human and planetary.

Certainly Paul Stamets book Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Save the World will grow the ranks of mycophiles world wide. Because the science of mycorestoration is in its infancy, Mycelium Running will likely inspire a new generation of mycologists to implement the author’s original discoveries and make future discoveries of their own, discoveries that benefit both mankind and the environment.

As Dr. Andrew Weil said in the introduction “I find this book exciting and optimistic because it suggests new, nonharmful possibilities for solving serious problems that affect our health and the health of our environment”.

Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World by Paul Stamets – Ten Speed Press, 2005. 339 pp 360 color photos

Other books by Paul Stamets:

* Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms (2000)

* The Mushroom Cultivator with coauthor Jeff Chilton (1983)

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The Omega Project @ The Atrium/The Catalyst Sat. April 5th

The Omega Project will be playing at The Atrium in The Catalyst on Sat. April 5th.  We are the second out of three bands so we are supposed to go on at 10.  The Catalyst is one of the best venues in Santa Cruz, and The Atrium is the outer room.  If we fill it up with people, we will get booked for inside.  So please come out and help us celebrate Carlos’ 27th birthday.  As always, the show will be sponsored by We Are California Grown.
21+ FREE

Thanks to Don Quixote’s Music Hall

Thanks to everyone who came out to party with us at Don Quixotes last Wed.! It was a smokin hot show and there was a great turn out. BIG UPS to Clay Chollar of who airbrushed live during the second set. Also, thanks to Wild Bill who showed his work and donated a piece to the auction. The acoustic set was sweet, Patience and I are really enjoying working with such great sound equipment and such talented sound people. (Thanks to Lake Barnett! – Don Quixote’s great sound guy) This was only our second show with Frank, and at the last one we had Russell on keys. So this was the first time that we played out together, the distance that we have covered in two shows amazes me, and each time I play with Frank we find our voice more and more. %10 of the proceeds went to The Marijuana Policy Project. If anyone has any good pictures of the show please contact me @ .

Thanks to Wild Bill for the pictures!


The Omega Project @ Don Quixote’s Wed 3/26/08

Wed. March 26th, The Omega Project will be performing at Don Quixote’s Music Hall in Felton, CA.  We will be having a local artist showcase work, inspirational spoken word by Lyrical I, and live painting by Clay Chollar of Constant Creation.   %10 of the proceeds are benefiting The Marijuana Policy Project.  “MPP believes that the greatest harm associated with marijuana is prison. To this end, MPP focuses on removing criminal penalties for marijuana use, with a particular emphasis on making marijuana medically available to seriously ill people who have the approval of their doctors.”  Raffle prizes will be given away featuring Omega music, apparel by We are California Grown, and a piece of art.  The Omega Project will be performing both an acoustic and an electric set.  This is our first time playing in Felton, so please help us make this a special night.  Don Quixote’s is located at 6275 Hwy 9 Felton, CA.  Starting at 8 pm.  This is an all ages event, under 21 must be with a parent.  Tickets $8 in advance $10 at the door.  To get your tickets in advance, call 877*832*2129

With more than 24,000 dues-paying members and more than 180,000 e-mail subscribers, the Marijuana Policy Project is the largest marijuana policy reform organization in the United States. Incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1995, MPP works to minimize the harm associated with marijuana — both the consumption of marijuana and the laws that are intended to prohibit such use.

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Thanks for a Great Event!

Big Thanks to everyone who came to The Attic this last Wed. and helped make that an unforgettable party.  There were over 100 people there, which is great for our first Santa Cruz Party!  A special thanks to Valerie and Mike Corral of WAMM.  Although the room was a little noisy when Valerie spoke,  it was an honor to have the founder and director of THE FIRST CAREGIVER COLLECTIVE IN THE NATION!!   She said that technically they are not a dispensary since they don’t actually accept cash for medicine.  Which is all the more righteous.  No longer should we let money taint our sacred medicine.  Thank you again to all of the artists.  It was very inspiring to look down from the stage and see the whole room filled with art and vibrant people.  The Omega Projects core mission is to build diverse culture around sustainable practices and I feel that we did a good job of moving down that path with this party.  Check back later for pictures.
Our next event is at Don Quixote’s in Felton, CA on Wed. March 26th.  We intend to have a similar party, featuring local Felton Artists and sponsored by We are California Grown.  See for more info.


The Paintings of David A. Castro

Here is the link to David Castro, an amazing artist that I met last night at a local art gallery.  His work is very abstract with bold colors crashing and colliding across the canvas.  The landscapes are touching and breezy, as though fogged with a fine mist.  And to top it all, he has had the honor of showing his work at The Smithsonian.  Please check it out and let him know what you think.

all images © David A. Castro

Santa Cruz artist collaboration event on March 12th

Artist Collaboration concert and art showing. Featuring music by the band “The Omega Project”, as well as spoken word performance and gallery style exhibitions. Raffle prizes given away all night sponsored by “We Are California Grown” local apparel company. This is an all ages event. Dinner and drinks will also be available. Please come enjoy a night of great music, dancing and inspiration. Help keep the arts alive!! At The Attic, 931 Pacific Ave. Santa Cruz. 7pm-11pm. Portion of Proceeds to benefit local charity. For more on The Omega Project check out . Please check back later for more word on the artists!

UPDATE:  we have confirmed Adrian Rasmussen who will be painting live. his bio reads:

“Expression, Concentration, Relaxation, these are just a few of the many ways in which I use art.  However it is much more than that. I use colors to ignite emotions, the fluidity of lines to express my stream of concentration, and words to provoke different trains of thought.  Art for me is much more than the finished product. Art is the process which I use to express myself, therefore the expression is in the doing and the finished product is the imprint of what I was going through at the time.
Life itself is my art. So I create art out of life. I find myself exploring personal growth and reflection of this modern world in contrast with the serenity and knowing which we all possess. On occasion I poke at society’s downfalls; however I like to keep my artwork on the positive inspirational level. The interactions between the colors and lines as well as the graphical layout are all just as much a part of main concepts as the subject matter which I explore.
I am twenty six, born raised and residing in Santa Cruz, CA. I have been creating art ever since I could hold a pencil, before that.. with my fingers. I have taken many classes and and have used many techniques throughout the years. I am also fluent in various digital media.”


Also we are having Amisha Zuber.  “Amisha Zuber was born in Santa Barbara, California and was raised in a loving family of artists. Her father instilled the love of photography early.  A filmmaker and photographer, he broadened her world through the lens.  Amisha seriously began exploring the world of photography in college.  She attended The University of the Arts, where she went to school not for photography, but for the performing arts.  After three years, she ended the Philadelphia chapter of her life, and returned to California.  A person of many passions, Amisha also crafts artist books, paints in both watercolor and acrylic, and expresses her love of music and theatre through playing the drums, singing and acting.  She has completed a volume of poetry and is always letting the words come though her onto the page.  Today she resides between the mountains and ocean, utilizing the scenery around her to capture images of beauty.”  Check out her website @

Sally Ann Rodriguez

Do Art or Die !!! – Viva la Revolucion !!!! – Viva la Raza !!!

Long live the revolution of art, for it is this very expression, this endeavor that transcends all limitations, nationalities, and is the true emancipation of the soul. The closest we can get to God and the next best thing to nature. I work to live and I live to work, and it has been in this vein that the celebration of life, the lust for her, and all things beautiful find voice. Creativity is the means to commune and embrace which therefore is the necessity of art. Without the freedom to express what naturally transpires in each of us we are forever groping for a commonality.

I live my work because I believe in the healing power of creativity. My faith in color and beauty is the vessel in which I travel. I, simply a channel of experience, as we all are, and thus capable of transcendence. There is no other reason for the act of creativity, the sheer joy it offers in the excitement and collaboration with others. The power of beauty is great, and I am thankful to feel and fight, and believe that the simple act of putting color to canvas, harmony to sound, form to emotion, or dance to intuition is the key to peace, the greatness of a country, the true emancipation and journey to all things humanitarian.

This is what I know and believe.

Sally Ann Rodriguez 

Sally Ann is a California native, born and raised in the Bay Area. She began painting while living in Missoula, Montana and is self-taught. She currently resides in Martinez, CA.

Allison Marie Garcia

New Painting for 12/29/07 “DOWNVIEW”

#13 – “Downview”  – Still painting inner landscapes.  With the power to move mountains.

©2007 Carlos Cardona

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