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Exploring Thai Temples

March 30, 2007 by  

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Industry pal John Flowers went on a trip to Thailand, where he discovered a site (rather a temple) that completely changed his, my and no doubt other people’s perspective on Thai culture, religion and after-life in general. In this temple, rarely viewed by westerners, John shot photos of life-sized objects, animals, people and buddhas, which represent the period of time between death and reincarnation. In other words, it is apparently where you go ‘in between’ to get cleansed. A few remarkable examples of what he saw below. Thailand Thailand2 Thai3 Thai4 Thai6 Thai8 Thai9 Thai10


The East Bay

March 30, 2007 by  

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Two East Bay experiences and realities I experienced when I first arrived in the Bay Area (less than three years ago) which have not changed: 1. When you exchange cards outside the tech/web community, people often forget to give you their email. Phone only and sometimes, not even a last name. 2. Traffic, baby traffic. The reason I decided not to move there. Sadly, everytime an East Bayer tells me the bridge isn’t bad, I keep thinking it must be because they have grown accustomed to the commute.


Edward’s Memory Keeper’s Daughter

March 26, 2007 by  

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Memorykeeper Kim Edward’s Memory Keeper’s Daughter is a tragic but assuring novel about the birth of two fraternal twins to a Kentucky-based family in the early 1960s. The boy is born healthy and the girl, with Down Syndrome. The husband, who is also an orthopedic surgeon helping deliver because of a snowstorm, instructs the assisting nurse to institutionalize the girl, but tells his wife that it was a stillborn. In his mind, still struck by the pain from his sister’s death at age 12, he wanted to protect his wife from loss and pain. His deceipt leads to one dark thread after another in the subsequent 25 years of their lives. From a Washington Post review: “The story runs along parallel tracks that don’t converge until the very end. The two sets of lives make for a thought-provoking contrast, a study in what really determines a family’s happiness. With a successful, lucrative career, David can give his wife and son everything, except candor. As Edwards points out — probably too many times — the effort to conceal what he’s done with their daughter poisons the atmosphere of their home with a colorless, odorless…

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Amazing Women Creating Amazing Things

March 25, 2007 by  

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The San Francisco Flower and Garden Show brought two amazing treats: connections to two new artists and designers Inger Jossart, originally from Costa Rivca and native-Californian Gina Barbosa. I ended up with a hanging copper heart and a painting that melted me, long before I learned ‘its’ meaning. Both are amazing creative artists and creators, women I plan to follow and so should you. Creative design is but one aspect, an important one, but how they create is of equal value in my opinion. Their hearts, their motives, their design………….. Below, Gina signing a painting I purchased from her this weekend.. Her idea behind this one was contentment. Hard to resist. The feminine image is giving and receiving a rose, and content on both giving or receiving. Is it mystery or fact? Powerful if you let it be. Her website has a number of other paintings worth purusing. Gina_barbosajpg_1 Gina_barbosajpg_2 Check out Inger Jossart’s site at Garden Jewelry.com. Originally from Costa Rica, she lives in Marin now with her husband and children. She was truly a treasure to meet.


The Austin Music Awards

March 20, 2007 by  

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I attended the Austin Music Awards last week, where Lucinda Williams won a Hall of Fame Award. Bobby Whitlock and Coco Carmel played acoustic guitar and sang four numbers to the attendees who sat in a crowded room in the rear of the convention center. P3130015 P3130013


Western Australia Plays

March 20, 2007 by  

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More Live Music & Oh Yeah, That Sax

March 20, 2007 by  

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6th Street Austin Comes Alive

March 20, 2007 by  

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var api = VE_getCustomPlayerAPI('1.0');api.embedPlayer('/gid328/cid1096/NY/S4/11744537164OyiXQXgJUsdwVvMCGAe', 320, 260, false, '', 'videoegg', false, '', 'opaque'); Last week, the SXSW Interactive festival turned into the SXSW Music festival which then merged into the SXSW Film Festival. Whether you were there for all or part of it, 6th Street, Austin’s main drag was alive with musicians jamming from around the world in nearly every bar and street corner. Click play to hear four petite women jam and sing blues like there’s no tomorrow.


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