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England’s NAFAS’ Torquay Show

June 30, 2011 by  

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The Torquay Show sponsored by the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (NAFAS) is set for September 22 through 24, 2011 in the Riviera International Centre, Torquay, England. Hours Thursday and Friday are 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and from 9:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets at the door are £16 each day. There are three special events that require separate admission. Barbara Collier conducts a floral art demonstration at 2 p.m. September 22, 2011 (tickets are £17). At 2:30 p.m. on September 23, 2011, Katherine Kear will talk about “Ancestors, Antirrhinums and Antics” (tickets are £9). And at 2 p.m. September 24, 2011, Carola Wilson conducts a floral art demo (tickets are £17). (Photo courtesy of NAFAS)
 


Netflix Beats Out Torrents In The US – Will Music Follow?

June 30, 2011 by  

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Kudos to Netflix for doing what some thought impossible; making paid content an easier and better choice than hitting the torrents. This from the their CEO at the D9 Conference:
“One of the things that we’re most proud of is we’re now finally beating BitTorrent,” Hastings told AllThingsD’s Kara Swisher. Thanks to services like Netflix, Hastings said that most Internet video is now paid for in the U.S. The hard part for content providers, he said, was coming up with a service good enough that people were willing to pay for, rather than just searching for free content on the Internet. Netflix has been able to provide that service by making its streaming videos available across a vast number of devices, and giving subscribers access to a wide range of library content for a relatively low price. (More here)
So in a few short years Netflix has been able to make money from their digital content, while the music industry has had a long time to figure out… very little. With services like Amazon’s Cloud Locker, Google Music, and Apple’s iCloud, the…

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Philly at the Movies

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Rocky was shown on the Art Museum steps for Philly at the Movies, part of the Wawa Welcome America celebration.
The steps were filled with people to watch Rocky at the location of one of the movie’s most famous scenes.


Artist Interview: Francesca Lee

June 30, 2011 by  

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I was delighted to see Francesca Lee at a recent show, where I got caught up on her latest projects and work with Bread & Roses— an organization that brings music to institutionalized and otherwise isolated-from-the-mainstream populations.  Francesca’s having a great year–in addition to being passionate about her job, one of her songs was included on the BayVibes Songwriters Unplugged CDs, and  she recently released a lovely video of her tune ‘Paper Hearts.’
Q: How do you describe your music? Do you remember writing your first song? FL: I often describe my music as introspective alt/indie pop.  My inspiration for songs comes from the emotions I feel, my observations and personal experience. The songs can be played with a full band or with just me on piano or guitar. I have a poetic style of a folk singer, a voice that has a lot of jazz influence  but a very contemporary pop aspect in my music. I started writing music when I was


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Martin Atkins Talks Tour: Smart

June 30, 2011 by  

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This past weekend I had the pleasure of watching Martin Atkins do his world famous talk on Touring and his awesome book Tour:Smart. His book is packed with real world advice, hilarious road stories, and tons of solid ideas on how to make your tour a success. Listening to Martin speak reminds me home how much you have to LOVE what you do. Touring is not for the faint of heart, and hearing some of Martin’s stories only reinforces that fact. You have to be committed to your show, your tour, and your band, to get results. If you’re gearing up to hit the road then I would definitly recommend you grab a copy of Martin’s book. Here’s a little snippet from the BUDGETS section:
  • Do a budget!
  • The budget for the tour is not supposed to prove that it is a great idea. It is designed to let you know where the problem areas will be.
  • It’s better to do it on paper than with people
  • Include a line in the budget for every day, not every show!
  • Include


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Maker Faire 2011 Video Recap in Two Parts

June 30, 2011 by  

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Below is some video that I shot at this year’s Maker Faire held in mid-May, broken down into Part I and Part II.


Get Ready to Taste 3 Bottles of Wine from Lebanon, Greece & Israel

June 30, 2011 by  

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When you think of Lebanon, Greece and Israel, I bet the first thing that comes to your mind isn’t wine, at least not good wine. The last time I was in Israel, I went to an organic vineyard and sampled some amazing wines there and in Tel Aviv bars. While these countries may not be winning any major awards, there are some wines worth tasting. Galil Mountain Yiron 2006 from Upper Galilee Israel: www.galilmountain.co.il. Think of big very ripe baked fruit and dried herbs, a wine that would go well with a beef chili or a goulash. Domaine Gerovassiliou 2009 from Epanomi Greece: www.gerovassiliou.gr. You get a floral bouquet combined with sharp tangy punch, a wine that would go well with salads or sushi if drinking it outside Greece. Massaya Silver Selection 2006 from Bekaa Valley, Lebanon: www.massaya.com. A rich red blend has notes of red fruit and spices, a bite that kicks in well with grilled duck and potatoes.  


The Real Bee Movie

June 30, 2011 by  

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Consider Hong Kong; it’s a pretty urban place by anyone’s standards, to the extent that there aren’t too many spaces available to lure in honey bees, either through growing flowers or keeping a hive. However, if you watch the lovely video above you’ll witness a wonderful tale of triumph over adversity. Honey bees are pretty important. They’re essential for honey (obviously) but more importantly responsible for fertilising one-third of the world’s crops. Without bees we’d have to resort to fertilising crops by hand, which would be fairly laborious, not to mention boring, (though arguably therapeutic). HK Honey is a network of beekeepers and creatives in Hong Kong set up by HK resident and designer Michael Leung after he became the first urban beekeeper in the area. HK Honey is a veritable hive of activity (sorry, I had to get it in there somehow); aside from producing honey, they also design bee related products as well as collaborating with schools, cafés and other organisations. You can even visit their headquarters to have a look around or to take part in a candle-making workshop. By keeping a beehive on his roof and encouraging others to do the same, Michael has created…

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