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now this was something I had to share [Mar. 6th, 2009|09:32 am]
[mood |amazed]

Wow!
so, occasionally the interwebs do release up something to amaze me...

on the drive this morning I was trying to remember the name of a rather famous Persian architectural site in Iran...
a little Wikipedia search and I was reminded that it is Persepolis
but in the process I came across some remarkable videos by a very tallented Spaniard...
this first video is pretty damn phenomenal:
Isfahan (inspired by Persian architecture)
the second video is perhaps a contemporary equvialent: Frank Loyd Wright's Fallingwater

I for one feel that
Cristóbal Vila in these two videos was able to do a wonderful job at sturring the soul to the majesty and beauty that can come from truly magnificent creations - even if they are as mundane as a house.

Vimo has many of the videos too:
http://vimeo.com/eterea/videos

any how, so go check out Cristóbal Vila's animation studio Etérea for some addtionally stunning graphics, including some equally wild 'how its done' photoshttp://www.etereaestudios.com/docs_html/general_index_htm/works_01.htm


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vacation [Feb. 27th, 2009|02:28 pm]
sorry, so I've been a bum and not posted anything in a long while (not that there has been a huge outcry from the masses of adoring fans out in cyberland)...

but we're back safely stateside:
I had surprised CWitW a while back with tickets for vacation to someplace warm with sand & water (a combined christmas/valentines/ day/birthday present) - dirt cheap flights via American Airlines to Belize. 
After a bit of research we settled on the 'low-key' option:  a bungalow near a beach and with little itinerary past arrive and bring bathing suits and books.  I know we missed out on lots of exciting options: no Mayan ruins or Barrier reef exploration or jungle adventures (at least this time)

Instead we found a small island that was a 45 minute water taxi ride from Belize City, and an inexpensive little bungalow on the island that was a few minutes walk to the water... there were very few 'commercial' buildings and mostly small mom & pop run operations: a few 'hotels' and 'hostels', no huge wide picturesque white sands beaches, but rather a very pretty one that was small but plenty big enough to share with the 50-70 sun-seekers on the busiest day.

the end results was precisely what we needed:  a wonderful relaxing five days with out any schedule (we actually locked up our only watch) and got up when we wanted, ate when we were hungry and slept when we were tired (usually including a mid-day nap and asleep soon after the sun went down)  and I read three books (probably more than I've read at 'one time' since I graduated college....)

I'll have to upload some photos sometime soon.

but now... back to trying to 'work'.

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Recycling [Feb. 27th, 2009|02:04 pm]
if we all are slowly becoming more a-tune to recycling, why not also make sure we 'reuse' that recycled products in what we buy...
here are a few interesting reads into bathroom tissue...

the NY Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/26/science/earth/26charmin.html?_r=2&th&emc=th
the UK Guardian article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/feb/26/toilet-roll-america

for at least five years now I've bought only recycled toilet tissue and have tried to limit the use of papertowels (very effectively I think)... in my opinion if you are only just 'throwing it away' (thus making this product truly the final-end-use of the tree/paper resource cycle) why NOT make sure it is from a recycled source?

anyhow here is a link to the Greenpeace site and their handy shopping comparison guide of ecological ranking of toilet paper products.



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(no subject) [Jan. 16th, 2009|03:11 pm]
[music |WEQX online]

So leave it to Jack Black and Tenacious D (The Pick Of Destiny) to put the phrase "Chicken Chow Mein" in a song along with riming "snarky" with "malarkey"

:-)
for your own viewing enjoyment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7L7NBU4krAw&eurl=http://www.yes.com/

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yesh! we all loves the fishies... [Jan. 15th, 2009|01:31 pm]
a while back I recall a British website for Seafood that was better to buy.  It had a very good listing of the all the different fish species, indicating which were the least detrimental impact on the environment (bycatches, bottom trawling, intensive fish-farming, etc.) and which should be avoided as the species was in danger of extinction from overfishing.  At the time recall that I was suitably impressed, but disappointed that I was unable to find an American counterpart...

today I recalled the recent news reports on mercury levels in fish (I can't imagine that it was really new news) and which should be avoided.  So I went searching for some information on it and came across some very good interesting sites:
The Monterey Bay Aquarium (which I had the pleasure of visiting a few moons back, wow what a fantastic place!) has a Seafood Watch Program (similar to the British one I found years back).
they have a very informative website with idea on consumer action and how to help to educate the public. The website even has a fish species database that helps you determine which ones are best and from what source is the most environmentally sensitive

they even have very handy printable pocket guides (one for each region in the US, plus a guide on seafood used in sushi):
http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/cr_seafoodwatch/download.aspx

so visit, research, print, and then go and enjoy yourself some yummy, healthy, sustainably caught seafood!

bon appetite!




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ummm.... WOW: [Jan. 12th, 2009|10:10 am]
and yet some people STILL don't think/admit that the 'system' of health care in America is broken?!?!?!



Source:
New York Health Policies and Plans. Courtesy of the Insurance Research Organization, 2008.
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bellezza o pazzesco? [Jan. 6th, 2009|10:02 am]
Happy New Year!

so, here is a fun little visual tromp through recent history.  I just found this Italian website with loads of photos from the 60's & 70's:
http://digilander.libero.it/guido_1953/index.htm

the photos of hair styles are perhaps the most zany fun...


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40 years on... [Dec. 13th, 2008|08:47 am]
on the anniversary of a society's first self-realization

Happy first view of Earth day!

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convresations we often have: [Dec. 13th, 2008|08:36 am]
[mood |recharged]

discussion of Christmas presents for each other

CWitW.: what are we doing for each other this year?
Retep: don't forget we won the auction for the Avenue Q tickets, as well as the bottle of Bacardi Rum...
C.: yes, right so, nothing extravagant
R.: why don't we say $20 maximum?
C.: fine, but don't get me any rechargeable batteries, they are useful, but should be considered a household item...

Oh boy! and she still loves me!?!? I'm too damn lucky!
(and NO, for the record I was not thinking of getting batteries... but it stands to reason after getting her several (very nice mind you) saute pans early on in our relationship... (with the understanding that I was the one who was going to use them... letting me cook for her at her apartment)...

and it stands to reason- something nice &romantic is always more practical in the long run anyhow!

:-)

reminds me of this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SecVCh9dg4I

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gotta love a sense of humor [Dec. 10th, 2008|11:10 am]
just read in the troubleshooting section of a Mackie audio mixer manual:
 
Q. It hurts when I touch my arm, or my leg, or even my head!
  • You have a broken finger.

Q. Bad sound!
  • Is it Loud and distorted? If so follow the... etc.
  • Is the input connector properly....etc.
  • Keep Practicing!
 
 
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