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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Going There From Here

Checking Osprey's blog, atomic-raygun, is always a pleasure for me; this evening I am visiting from Far, Far Away (Virginia, USA), on my trusty laptop.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Whale Power!

At the site Whale Power you can read all about one form of biomimicry technology which is revolutionizing wind turbines and other blades.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

World's Biggest Shredder

This machine is awe-inspiring. Amazingly, someone built this GIGUNDO machine to crush, sort and shred metals in order to recycle them. Sorry about the ad at the beginning.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Laura Tahri Sings "Keep the Faith"

My daughter Laura appeared in her church's play "The Christmas Post". This is an iPhone recording of her solo in the play. Luckily, the audio is pretty good. Apparently the phone is not the best at recording strongly-lit subjects, but you get the idea.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Children of Heaven

This is a movie from 1999, Iranian, about a brother who loses his sister's only pair of shoes; they cannot tell their parents because there is no money to replace the shoes, so they share his sneakers, in a relay race between her school and his.

The pictured scene of blowing bubbles is delightful. They made huge bubbles using only their mouths and hands.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Jewelry of All Religions

Between my charm bracelet and necklace I have symbols of most religions of the world: cross, star of David, crescent and star, Buddha, Ganesha, AUM, pentacle, and a crystal for all the New Age spiritual paths.

The Nature Conservancy in China - Jack Ma

The Nature Conservancy in China - Jack Ma

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Waste Conversion into Synthetic Gas

FYI: This video is from CNBC and includes an ad at the beginning and when I viewed it, it continued to the next story.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Meet the Natives USA

The Travel Channel has a new series, Meet the Natives USA, featuring Pacific Islanders from Tanna, Vanuatu, who decided to visit the United States. During World War II, they were defended by the Allies and were advised to stop warring amongst the tribes on their island.

They heard that the USA is warring, and they are bringing the same message of peace back with them.

In the first episode they visit a ranch in Montana, thence to New York City, on to Peoria, Illinois, and to Orange County, California. The next episode they visit Georgia and D.C. Their mission is to bring their message to President Obama and other leaders of the United States.

These men accept the sometimes frightening (airplanes, plastic cooking bags), sometimes enjoyable (drinking wine, elevators) aspects of American lives. They meet with very different families, staying with them in their homes. The contrast is clear but everyone is respectful and loving.

They previously visited the UK and spoke to Prince Philip in 2007.

David Friedman Kabbalah Art

David Friedman is an American-born artist living in Israel, who uses Kabbalistic symbols to create sumptuous art in various forms, posters, cards. His site has a bio along with images of his work, available for purchase.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Easy Time Travel

It was a dark and stormy night ...

Weary travelers stop at a roadside diner.

And I took home enough for tomorrow's lunch.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Visual Apothecary

Janette Schuster works with found objects to create intriguing pieces. Take a look for yourself at her site, Visual Apothecary, the Art of Janette Schuster.

Lucy Sits Up Nicely

Re-blog from Lucy Tornado's blog
Sits Up and Looks Around:
a friend and i have exchanged many gifts over the years.
a few years ago she said "how about if we give each other back gifts we didn't really like?"
she said "the person who got it for the other, REALLY liked it, thought it was special, and would probably appreciate it!"

this seemed quite sensible at the time.
i was fascinated by my reaction when she returned one of my gifts!
i thought "this? she didn't like THIS? this is so wonderful!" and i felt a little hurt.
then i thought "i REALLY like this! i'm glad she gave it back to me instead of giving it to the thrift shop."
and i treasure it still.

To add to this, my mother and one of her friends came up with a gag gift, a large fake pearl necklace which neither would really want to wear. From that point onward, they would wrap the necklace in ever-changing fancy giftwrap and give it to the other one. Back and forth it went until my mother's friend died. Each time the recipient would open the gift with squeals of pleasure and peals of laughter. What better gift could there be?

The Member of the Wedding

One of the reasons I watch movies more than once is that frequently, I have changed so much between the first viewing and the second that I see the film completely differently.

My memories of "The Member of the Wedding" were of sorrow, which is still there, and of identifying with the teenage girl, Frankie, played in the movie (and on Broadway) by Julie Harris. I must have seen the movie when I was a teenager, though it came out well before that time.

This time I identified with the Ethel Waters character, Bernice, who is the housekeeper for the widower and his children, and who really loses everything in the few months covered by the movie.

Ms. Waters gave, as she always did, an oustanding performance; she pulls us into her life without sentimentality, and advises Frankie wisely, though her wisdom is ignored.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Found Beads

These beautiful little glass beads have been sitting in my jewelry cabinet for a few years now. When they are strung on the black cord their designs are just striping. I wish I knew what to do with them, because I love them. Maybe they could be attached to a piece of clothing somehow, but I am at a loss as to how to do that. Anyone have any suggestions?