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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

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The beautiful Gustav Klimt portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer has just been bought by Ronald S. Lauder, it will be on show at his Neue Galerie in Manhattan. The sale was aided by Christie's.

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Read the NYT acrticle - Lauder Pays $135 Million, a Record, for a Klimt Portrait By Carol Vogel NYT

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Monday, June 19, 2006

A dragonfly in my tea!

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A new and pleasantly surprising tea discovery: "Dragonfly Tea" a brand we hadn't heard of before. The dragonfly teas we've sampled include the organic darjeeling and the Wu Xin green which comes in three different green tea formulations. Both the green and the darjeeling are somewhat mild, an asset in our opinion, and are really very satisfying, a bit like a fine wine that doesn't assualt your taste buds at the first contact.

We find that letting the darjeeling steep for a full five minutes or longer is preferable. Unlike many tea bag -- sachet -- teas, the dragonfly darjeeling doesn't seem to give everything up within the first two minutes of steeping, or become bitter. The dragonfly darjeeling, though pleasant enough after two minutes, really comes into its own after five. We were very glad at the "response," too. Drinking either the dragonfly darjeeling or one of the WuXin greens first thing in the morning or at tea time provides ample boost to encourage one to get on the with rest of the day's business.

We were particularly glad to see that the darjeeling was organic, both for the low environmental impact this indicates as well as the health benefits to us. Perhaps, this deeply mellow tea owes its uniqe essence to its being organic; maybe it contains just a bit more of the wonderful enzymes for which we drink tea in the first place.

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Just a note about the green tea, as something of a green tea expert, having drunk it around the world, from a variety of sources, Chinese, Japanese and Indian, we find that steeping it in water that is not quite boiling is best. Pour boiling water into the cup or tea pot, wait about fifteen - twenty seconds, and then put in the tea bag for best results. The green tea seemed perfect after about only a minute of steeping, really fine, and as advised long ago by a Japanese grocer, "Okay to use once again."

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Monday, April 10, 2006

Tabbatha, loving you forever

Tabbatha, loving you forever
Originally uploaded by zenera.

Our darling died in my lap at noon today.

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Monday, March 13, 2006

RIP L98 1999-2006

RIP L98 1999-2006
Originally uploaded by orcagirl.

Luna - an orca, a whale, a teacher, a messenger, a chief, a spirit, a dream, a friend, a warning, a test, an education, an experience, a realization, a protector, an awakening, an equal.

luna died today after being hit by a large tug boat. may his spirit be forever free for news on the story

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Monday, November 07, 2005

A Desirable Residence by Madeleine Wickham, reviewed by KJR for Bookzen

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The London Sunday Telegraph is reputed to have called A Desirable Residence by Madeleine Wickham "witty and wise," and it is almost difficult to add a lot more about this fairly well-written, plot-driven novel about average, middle-class Brits in mid-life crises. As circumstances of their various crises draw them together, they seem to prey on each other, exascerbating their own and each other's crises further.

Real-estate problems, buying, selling, and renting, form the initial linkages, though other crises soon intervene, including adultery, school exams, fraud, indebtedness, money-laundering, thwarted ambitions, envy, loneliness and just plain boredom. The four young people, children of the adult figures, are sketched very well and their stories are perhaps the most compelling, told as they are with a view to the intensity of adolescent angst, ennui, searching and vulnerability. This novel is in no way profound or moving, nor a page-turner, though it is an interesting, enjoyable read, an accurate and insightful portrayal of the very real if ordinary, uncomfortable, awkward, and embarrassing messes most of us find ourselves in from time to time thoughout our lives.

As in real life, there are a lot of loose ends that go unexplained, and much of life's less flattering detritus is swept aside, where hopefully, as the characters plod on, it will lie out of sight, gradually to be passed over, if not forgotten. The ending is a bit like a fairy tale, though perfectly plausible and real enough, as if charity, forgiveness, atonement and repentence, practised in sincere measure, can turn back at least some of the tide.

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Thursday, October 06, 2005

Kepler's reopening! 11am Sat Oct 8 2005

Yes isn't that wonderful! I have fond memories of that place and had been really sad to hear that the famous Kepler's had had to close recently. Some people have come forward and invested in this special bookshop in Menlo Park.

So this will be quite a party on Saturday, not to be missed!

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Read the article - Community Investment Rescues a Bookstore via...NYT

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Monday, October 03, 2005

Today's eclipse

Today's eclipse
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You can see the eclipse reversed in miniature on the left

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Saturday, September 17, 2005

Accelerating Change 2005

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"Artificial intelligence ("AI"), broadly defined, improves the intelligence and autonomy of our technology. Intelligence amplification ("IA") empowers human beings and their social, political, and economic environments."

The accelerating Change 2005 conference is on at Stanford.

This year there are many interesting speakers, including Steve Jurvetson of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Joi Ito of Neoteny, Six Apart Japan and Technorati, also Ester Dyson of Release 1.0 and CNET Networks.

Check out thier Flickr photos in the next few days to see the fun that was had...Steve, Joi, Estr

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Friday, September 09, 2005

Please help Tabbatha's cousins

Please help Tabbatha's cousins
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The animals need your help, please donate to these charities. Pleople who have lost everything are suffering even more because they are worried and devestated by having lost thier pets. Many of them were forced to leave behind thier animals and not allowed to take them to the shelters. These organisations are rescuing lost, trapped and abandoned pets in the Katrina aftermath..

The lists all the charities helping both people and animals.

Katrina people finder

Craigslist read this thread see if you can help, listing , help offered, lost and found animals etc. This is just one CALL THESE NUMBERS & HELP SAVE LOST PETS BEFORE A SHOOT TO KILL ORDER sign a petition to let people take thier pets with them!!!!

IFAW Animals Around the World Need Your Help

LA/SPCA - Hearts
Unleashed (9/5/05) A temporary shelter is set up in Gonzales, Louisiana, ...

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) Providing direct support to help rebuild facilities and relocate animals.

Noah's Wish Helping to keep animals alive in face of the storm devastation.

United Animal Nations Providing emergency animal sheltering and disaster relief services.

American Humane Association Providing emergency animal services.

American Kennel Club Companion Animal Recovery Providing animal recovery and supplies.

Best Friends Animal Society Helping animal victims of the storm.

North Shore Animal League America Providing temporary shelter for pets.

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Thursday, March 24, 2005

Seals in trouble

Seals in trouble
Originally uploaded by yeimaya.

Please sign this petition,only 5 more days til the Canadian seal hunt begins.

I understand that the Canadian fisheries is in trouble and that many fishermen are unable to support their families. Also there is a belief that seals have contributed to the crash of fish populations. But I believe this way of solving the problem is .... horrible!

One of the problems is also the market. Are seal skin coats becoming popular again? If you have any friends who are thinking of buying one (?????) please ask them to think about where it came from.

I was on a whale watch boat in the 1970's before the marine mammal protection act was in place. It was spring and quite cold. A very friendly and enthusiastic woman was wearing the warmest thing there was in those days... a seal skin coat and couldn't understand why no one would talk to her.

Sometimes it is really hard to make the connection between the live animal and the things you wear or eat, I am guilty of that too.yeimaya
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Thursday, March 17, 2005

Google Hacks Review

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Google Hacks,
Tips & Tools for Smarter Searching

By Tara Calishain, Rael Dornfest
2nd Edition December 2004 O'Reilly

Reviewed for Bookzen by KJR

Mastering the information in "Google Hacks" is necessary for being a competent, educated person today, which means understanding how to take full advantage of information interconnectivity . Whether you are in business, academia, entertainment, or industry, whether you are in junior high school or a post-graduate program, whether you are an admin or a president, those of us who are connected expect our peers to be equally savvy. Not having a full grasp of "Google Hacks" is almost tantamount to applying for a job without knowing how to read.

Having said that, there are probably some seven-eighths of the world's population today that are either unaware of what I am talking about or unable to take advantage of the information riches available online due to economics (poverty), education (ignorance) or politics (repression). Included here also are those who might have the means, but don't know they have the need (oblivious). Google Hacks is a seminal, watershed book. Those who can master this information will be on one trajectory, while the others will be effectively excluded from living as full participants in the contemporary world.

Google Hacks symbolizes the alarming divide of rich vs. poor, smart vs. ignorant, connected vs. unconnected, the paradigm of a good future based on access to and understanding of information resources, vs .a bad future based on lack.

Innovative anthropologists, Gregogry Bateson, Caleb Gategno, Alvin Toffler, and Susan Sonntag, in the 1960's said that what you know would not be as important in the future as knowing how to learn what you need to know. Today's smartest anthropologists and economists, Carol Greenhouse, Arjun Appadurai say that the global flow of images, finances, technologies, and ideologies move us to "think beyond the nation," because national borders are less important to groups of people who share information across borders. Google embodies and facilitates these trends, and "Google Hacks" how to take advantage. So, read this book from cover to cover, and do it today, or at least leaf through "Google Hacks", to be sure you understand what's on every page.

"Google Hacks" is very accessible, covering basics of how to search the world's most powerful general purpose Internet search engine. The hundreds of "hacks" include topics such as how to compose a search, why to use different search engines, different types of searches, how to understand search results, and how to understand the trends underlying searches. It reviews using gmail as a networked filesystem, and how to index information with Google, including how not to. Search engine advertising is discussed in detail, even including how to write better ads. Curious about Usenet groups, how you can and cannot program Google, or using Google to mine more out of Ebay and Amazon? My personal favorite hacks are understanding the importance of and using misspelled searches, and calculating mindshare. What? Read the book!

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Monday, March 14, 2005

Technorati Statistics

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This is interesting, don't miss tomorrow!

Sifry's Alerts - State of The Blogosphere, March 2005, Part 1: Growth of Blogs

"Today, I'll be focusing on the macro growth of the blogosphere, both in the aggregate number of bloggers out there, as well as the growth of the number of new blogs per day."

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Technorati is now tracking over 7.8 million weblogs, and 937 million links.

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"Tomorrow, I'll discuss some statistics around posting volume, which is a more accurate indicator of how much blogging is becoming a habit for people."

Read Jason Kottke's comment

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Monday, February 28, 2005

Flickr RSS Reader

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RSS Reader

Originally uploaded by jhey.

A really super New Flash app: Flickr RSS Reader developed by JHEY

download this app:

Flickr RSS Reader Community:

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Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate
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Jason Kottke has quit his job and is now going to blog fulltime. He's hoping to survive on micropatronage from his blog audience. I wish him well. Having read his writings for many years, I have found him to be one of the most interesting and entertaining bloggers.

HOW: "I'm attempting to revisit the idea of arts patronage in the context of the internet. Patrons of the arts have typically been wealthy individuals, well-heeled foundations, or corporations. As we've seen in many contexts, the net allows individuals from geographically dispersed locations to aggregate themselves for any number of reasons. So, when you've got a group of people who are interested in a particular artist, writer, etc., they should be able to mobilize over the internet and support that person directly instead of waiting around for the MacArthur Foundation or Cosimo de Medici to do it".more>>

So go and give him a hand, good luck Jason!

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Guillermo Cabrera Infante

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NYT - G. Cabrera Infante, 75, a Cuban Novelist in Exile, Dies By WOLFGANG SAXON
"Guillermo Cabrera Infante, a Cuban novelist in exile whose lavishly textured prose conjured the country he knew before the revolution he once supported, died on Monday at a hospital in London, where he had lived for 39 years. He was 75".

His most famous book is Three Trapped Tigers 1967, about Havana nightlife before Castro.

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Hunter S. Thompson

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The creator of Gonzo journalism wrote his own ending.

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NYT - With an Icon's Death, Aspen Checks Its Inner Gonzo By KIRK JOHNSON
"Over the decades that Hunter S. Thompson lived and wrote here in the high Rocky Mountains of central Colorado, Aspen became an aerie for the rich and the beautiful - the very sort of place, right under his nose, that he was famous for fulminating against in his books. "Freak power in the Rockies," as Mr. Thompson once dubbed the spirit of his adopted home, gave way to Louis Vuitton".

NYT - Hunter S. Thompson, 65, Author, Commits Suicide By MICHELLE O'DONNELL
"Hunter S. Thompson, the maverick journalist and author whose savage chronicling of the underbelly of American life and politics embodied a new kind of nonfiction writing he called "gonzo journalism," died yesterday in Colorado".

The Guardian - Tributes for 'gonzo' writer Hunter S Thompson by Duncan Campbell
"He created a new style of journalism, bequeathed us the phrase "fear and loathing", was played on screen by Johnny Depp and Bill Murray, kept a peacock as a watchdog and claimed to have first seen President Bush passed out in a bathtub in a Texas hotel".

BBC - Hunter S Thompson commits suicide
"Hunter S Thompson, the American counterculture writer, has been found dead at his home in Colorado".
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Tuesday, February 22, 2005

The Wilderness Society

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Here is a message from The Wilderness Society, they need our help!

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One of our last great wild places, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is under a sneak attack from the oil industry and their allies in Congress and the Administration. That's why The Wilderness Society has launched an all-out campaign to protect the Arctic wilderness.

But we need your help.

We need to send Congress and the Administration a strong message that we're NOT going to stand by and watch as America's wild places are sold off to the highest bidder. Click the link below to take action today:

We can’t lose the critical battle to preserve this precious, threatened landscape which is inhabited by wolves, grizzlies, caribou, and millions of migrating birds.

This threat is more serious, and more dangerous, than ever before. Anti-wilderness forces in Congress hope to use a backdoor budget process to sneak this giveaway onto the same federal budget the government needs to function. They know that they don’t have the votes necessary to enact this ill-conceived plan through the normal legislative process that requires 60 votes to pass such highly controversial measures in the U.S. Senate.

Poll after poll has shown that the American people believe some places are so wild, so special, and so important that they should be off limits to oil drilling. Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge would ruin one of America’s last unspoiled and irreplaceable wild places for just a few months worth of oil that won’t be available to consumers for ten years! There are far better ways to meet America’s future energy needs, like making our vehicles more efficient and investing in renewable forms for energy.

Please take a moment to remind your Senator that the vast majority of Americans want the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to remain just the way it is: wild, unspoiled, and free of oil rigs.

With your help, we will protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as an unspoiled legacy for future generations.

Stop the Sneak Attack on the Arctic Refuge!

Right now oil industry allies in Congress are plotting a sneak attack on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. In the next two weeks, oil-friendly members of the House and Senate will try a sneaky backdoor trick to pass their unpopular proposal to drill for oil in the pristine Arctic Refuge by inserting it into the must-pass federal budget bill.

It's up to us to put a stop to this sneak attack by raising a ruckus. Send this message urging your members of Congress to keep drilling in the Arctic Refuge out of the federal budget bill.

About The Wilderness Society
We're spirited people protecting America's Wilderness since 1935 through the potent combination of science, advocacy and education.

Our Mission
Deliver to future generations an unspoiled legacy of wild places, with all the precious values they hold: Biological diversity; clean air and water; towering forests, rushing rivers, and sage-sweet, silent deserts.

"A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain."
The Wilderness Act

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RSS Digest

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This is a fabulous invention, as you can see I use it on all my blogs as navigation and also to list my bookmarks etc. Thank you for giving us this super tool!

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What is RSS Digest?

Place items and headlines from any RSS or Atom enabled site (such as or Flickr) onto your site, no programming required. It can use JavaScript, PHP, or an IFRAME as the inclusion method, so anyone can use it. Get no ugly ads, and use ANY valid feed!

Tags: RSS Atom RSS Digest feed

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Arthur Miller

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is gone but his important legacy will continue to enlighten the world.

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BBC - Broadway lights go out for Miller

One of the greatest dramatists married one of the greatest stars
Theatres on Broadway have darkened in tribute to Arthur Miller, the American regarded as one of the greatest dramatists of the last century.

The author of Death of a Salesman died at 89 of heart failure on Thursday evening, surrounded by family and friends at his home in Connecticut".

The Arthur Miller Society

Arthur Miller's major works

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Monday, February 21, 2005

Audubon's Aviary

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18 February - 27 March The New-York Historical Society (N-YHS) presents Audubon's Aviary

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"For the first time ever the sounds of birds will accompany an exhibit of original Audubon watercolors when the New-York Historical Society (N-YHS) creates an "urban aviary" with its exhibition". It is being held in the second-floor gallery, Dexter Hall.

There is such a demand from the public, artists, historians, naturalists to view the paintings but because they are so fragile and light sensitive, the Society will only be displaying 40 of them once a year.

The fragile watercolors featuring life-size Snowy Owls, Loons, Egrets, Osprey and other birds are part of the society's 435 one-of-a-kind Audubon treasures purchased in 1863 from Lucy Bakewell Audubon, collaborator and widow of the buckskin-wearing naturalist.

John James AUDUBON Exhibit
Many events are taking place in conjuction with the exhibit.
Vist the NYC Audubon site.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2005

BBS 2005

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Originally uploaded by Lee LeFever.
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The Blog Bussiness Summit 2005 was a big event in Seattle. Lee LeFever over at Common Craft "a consulting practice and weblog" blogged BBS05, with detailed info and links.

The Next Blog Business Summit 25 Jan 05 by Steve Broback
The Seattle conference is winding down, and we have been receiving many inquiries regarding when and where the next event will be held. After the success of the current summit, we are ready, willing and able to schedule our next conference. Let us know what city works best for you. We have put up a survey here.

See more photos on flickr

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Sunday, January 23, 2005

Norwegian Wolves' Plight

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This is outrageous, please see what you can do to stop this! Do look at the WWF news page there are many other appaling things going on.

Norway to kill 25% of its wolves
By Alex Kirby BBC News website environment correspondent
The Norwegian government has decided to kill five of the country's grey wolves - a quarter of the entire population. More>>

WWF article
"If the Norwegian Environment Minister does not stop this hunt, he will have the dubious honour of allowing the regular hunting of a nationally endangered species," said Rasmus Hansson, head of WWF-Norway.

"Only last May, the Norwegian Parliament decided on a national goal of sustaining at least three family packs. The current hunt will reduce the number of packs to two, a clear breach of a parliamentary directive."

For more information: Rasmus Hansson, Secretary General WWF-Norway
+ 47 22 03 65 14

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Saturday, January 22, 2005

L'officiel Tsunami

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I am very pleased to see that one of my favorite essential magazines L'officiel is helping the Tsunami victims, Bravo!

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Do leave a comment about other initiatives you come accross.

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Technorati has introduced tags, this might be a new concept for many of you but we have been using them for ages on Flickr, and Furl. I could tag every word of this post just to show up in the pages tagged with , but it would take too long, When is Blogger going to put an add Technorati Tag button? Flickr tags are very usefull for finding photos to add to blog posts. (see above) Pehaps I should search the Flickr tags to find photos for my photoblog Flickrzen, no that would be too easy, the recently uploaded photos page is much more exciting!

Technorati - Where does the stuff on Technorati Tag pages come from?

The photos come from our friends at Flickr. Flickr is a great photo sharing community. If you'd like your photos to appear on our tag pages, join Flickr and post your photos there. And remember to tag 'them!

The links come from the nice folks at and Furl. and Furl are web-based bookmark managers. If you'd like to contribute links to Technorati Tag pages, you can join or join Furl and post and tag some links.

The rest of the Technorati Tag pages is made up of blog posts. And those come from you! Anyone with a blog can contribute to Technorati Tag pages. There are two ways to contribute:

What's all this? This page shows all kinds of goodies from the web about tags. To contribute, just make a post to your blog about tags and include the link below. More Info »

Flickr - What are tags?
You can give your photos a "tag", which is like a keyword. Tags help you find photos which have something in common. You can assign as many tags as you wish to each photo.

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Code Louvre

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The makers of the film of the Da Vinci Code with Tom Hanks, have permission to shoot inside the Louvre Museum. They will probably start shooting in May. The louvre is only funded by it's visitors which is the agrument for charging such exhorbitant fees for filming there. This has caused many filmamkers to use alternative chateaux...

Le Figaro - "Le Louvre exige plus de 50 000 euros par jour pour un tournage dans la cour Carree."

BBC - Louvre allows Da Vinci Code shoot

"The Dan Brown Code" by Dennis Neuenkirchen is a very interesting and amusing article, that questions the accuracy of Dan Brown's research about . It is on one of the essential Parisian websites Bonjour Paris . Run by Sarah Gilbert herself a highly acclaimed novelist and writer.

The Da Vinci Code

Explore Da Vinci Code Secrets with Canals of France
Canals of France is offering 8-day itineraries that explore the controversial sites, history and brotherhood made famous by Dan Brown's The .

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Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Mind Hacks

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"Mind Hacks" Tips & Tools for Using your Brain in the World By Tom Stafford, Matt Webb - Reviewed for Bookzen by KJR

"Mind Hacks" is an excellent starting place for the exploration of the human mind, apparently a very popular interest right now. Curiosity regarding how we think seems in vogue, since so many are reading one of a group of recently published books on the subject. Including "Mind Hacks" there is "The Mind Map" by Tony Buzan and Barry Buzan, "Blink : The Power of Thinking Without Thinking" by Malcolm Gladwell" The Undiscovered Mind" by John Horgan, "On Intelligence" by Jeff Hawkins (PalmPilot creator) and Sandra Blakeslee, and from Steven Johnson, who wrote the Foreword to "Mind Hacks, " there is "Mind Wide Open. "

All of these delve into that uncharted land called how our grey matter works and how we can live better lives by knowing more about it. Each of these books has a delightfully different take on the subject, and "Mind Hacks" itself is full of references for further reading. Is it more than just a co-incidence that these books are all out right now, being talked about, blogged about, and voraciously read? Why this insatiable synchronicity of people wanting to know more about how we are made and how we think?

In more classical studies, "Mind Hacks" would be filed under physical and cultural anthropology. And though you will be introduced to words like limbic, cortex and cerebellum, keeping track of technical medical terms is not essential for understanding and learning much from this book. While it seems written for popular audiences, and uses everyday examples to illustrate how we as human beings tend to think, and why, "Mind Hacks" is helpfully structured to take you just as deep as you want to go.

As to whether the mind can be hacked, just ask a songwriter, movie producer or ad exec; though by "hacks," the authors really mean examples, and there are hundreds. For instance, why do we tend to see faces when we look at clouds? Why do we scrutinize other peoples' faces so intently? Why, if we see six of the same thing, do we tend to see the seventh object as the same, too, even if it isn't? Why do we smell chalk when we think of Dick, Jane, and that "silly, silly Spot?" What do we really find irresistibly interesting and what bores us to death? Did left-handed people evolve differently and why do they have more traffic accidents? Why are some people better at math? Why do sunglasses make the world more interesting visually? (It's all in the mind.) Why do people respond differently to the same instructions? And by implication, what is the best way to design a web page? All of this is covered in "Mind Hacks" including which sectors of the brain are responsible, and how the research was done.

is a good starting place for exploring your mind, partly because it would fit nicely with some of the other books mentioned here and in the book itself, but also because Mind Hacks is at the center of an expanding culture of exploration and investigation of mental phenomena,including blogs about "Mind Hacks" and related phenomena (just technorati "Mind Hacks" for instance.) There are the sites of the book's publisher O'Reilly for starters and a page relating to topics covered in "Mind Hacks" about why posting flickr zeitgeist might be a distraction for people who actually want to read your blog, and there is the excellent "Mind Hacks" blog itself, which does not seem to be accessible from the O'Reilly site. Both authors have their own blogs - Idiolect by Tom Stafford and Interconnected by Matt Webb.

"Mind Hacks" suggests that you can read it sequentially or dive in randomly.
Either way it is an accessible book about some of the curiously strange ways in which we think, remember, and respond, based on how we evolved and what was then and is now most important to us as biological organisms. Even better, it is totally overflowing with examples and simple exercises -- the "hacks" -- that you can do by yourself or with friends. Better yet, buy the book and give a "Mind Hacks" party! Ask your guests to open the book randomly, exclaim on the particular mental characteristic explained on that page, and then put everyone through the exercise or group discussion implied. Like, "How do you prefer your first cup of morning coffee, and how do you feel if you don't get it that way?" Pavlov got it right more than a hundred years ago.

And speaking of Pavlov's dogs, there is much in "Mind Hacks" to suggest that we humans share many of our emotions, thoughts and feelings with other animals, whose brain structures evolved similarly and whose reactions in research are so similar.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2005


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This is my favorite tree, I call it the Tree of Life, later it has huge heart shaped leaves and big mauve flowers rather like chestnut candles. Here one can see the remains of the seed pods.

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Untamed by Steve Bloom

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This is the most wonderfull resource, absolutely essential, a unique record of life on earth.

<br />by Steve Bloom
Untamed by Steve Bloom
For more than ten years, wildlife photographer Steve Bloom traveled all over the world, roaming through the jungles of Borneo, the African savannahs, and the frozen banks of Antarctica to assemble this dazzling collection of of animals in their natural environments. With an international range that is rare in books of animal photography, the 200 photographs in Untamed bring to life a vast panorama of animal diversity, and of the landscapes, climates, and habitats in which they live.

'Touching' wildlife captured on film
Ten years ago photographer Steve Bloom set out to visit all the world's continents and capture nature on film.via...BBC

See a video on Steve, shown on CNN, Discovery and National Geographic.

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Monday, January 17, 2005

T S Eliot Prize for Poetry

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George Szirtes

Hungarian-born George Szirtes' collection of poetry has picked up the £10,000 TS Eliot Prize.via...BBC

The Poetry Book Society awards the annual T S Eliot Prize for Poetry.

The - described by Laureate Andrew Motion as "the Prize most poets want to win" - was launched in 1993 to celebrate the Poetry Book Society's 40th birthday and to honour its founding poet.

The £10,000 prize money is kindly donated by Eliot's widow, Mrs Valerie Eliot.

- Blog post 16.01.05 "If people understood each other's suffering a little better and made less noise about their own, the climate might improve somewhat. The odd energy and melancholia of the human world."

George Szirtes books and publications

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Friday, January 14, 2005

JPG magazine, now out

JPG magazine, now out
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This is very exciting! Well done! This is already a collectors item!

Now Available: Issue 1: ORIGIN

We're thrilled to announce that the inaugural issue of JPG Magazine is now available! It's fifty-two pages of visual goodness, including 31 photographers' interpretations of the word "origin." In addition to all the amazing photographs, the issue also includes a letter from the editors, an interview with Emilie Valentine who may just be the first photoblogger, and a special spread by featured photographer Noah Grey on his chosen origin.

Up Next: Issue 2: LOST

The theme for our second will be LOST. We'll start accepting submissions for soon, so get shooting now!

Do join the Flickr JPG Magazine Group

"We here at JPG love Flickr, and they invited us to have a group here, so of course we said yes! We can use the group to discuss the magazine, the themes, your submissions, and anything else we can think of."

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Thursday, December 30, 2004

Bloggers Without Borders

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The site has been launched earlier because of the great tsunami of aid that is needed now! Thank you for putting this together Jonas what a super idea and Joi for the alert.

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Submitted by Jonas M Luster on Thu, 2004-12-30 06:16.

While we work on some more pressing manners, such as the Tsunami Outreach program, let me quickly introduce Bloggers Without Borders to you, if I may.

BwoB was born in October 2004 as an idea by Sean Bonner. Sean quickly brought Jonas Luster, Xeni Jardin, and Wil Wheaton on board, and for the following weeks, Jonas worked on the technical side of things. When Sri Lanka and the South East Asian region fell victim to a 9.0 earthquake and the resulting Tsunami, we knew we had to bring online what we had.

This is, where BwoB is today. We continue to add features, and will introduce a few great ones in short order, but for the time being, it’s a weblog, a forum, and a means to communicate and coordinate.

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Monday, December 20, 2004

Wizzo! (iii)

Wizzo! (iii)
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New Year's Eve at Somerset House

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For the first time ever, Somerset House will open on New Year's Eve. Skate into the new year in the perfect setting for a glamorous, romantic and fun celebration. Tickets are £20 and entitle one skater to bring a non-skating friend, and also include a complimentary mulled wine/hot chocolate and a glass of champagne at midnight. Snacks and a licensed bar will also be available.

Skate sessions are at 10 - 11pm and 11.15 - 12.45pm. There will be live performers and a display of the very best ice dancing from current British Ice Dance champions at 12.05. The event finishes at 1am.

Suitable for all ages. Somerset House will be open to ticket-holders only.
Tickets for New Year's Eve are available exclusively by phone. Call 0870 060 1753 to book.

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London has a new Blog - News site called The Londonist. It is interesting and amusing, more so if you are a Londoner, "Ken" of course is a favorite topic. They have very kindly linked to londonzen.

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It also features The London Tomes, a new London-based, animated series.
"We're not going to say too much about it, we'll let you make your own minds up. Suffice to say that there are talking animals, the District Line and the criminally insane".

- Published by
- The Gothamist "a website about New York City and everything that happens in it". Gothamist was voted Best NY Blog by NY Press readers in 2004. The Londonist is the new addition to the stable, there are already The LAist The Chicagoist The SFist The DCist The Torontoist

- Edited by
- Rob Hinchcliffe - Rob was raised 'up north', in the independent state of South Yorkshire. In the late Nineties he defected and has been living in London ever since.

- Euan Mitchell
- Euan is a New Zealander living in London and has been about 9 months away from moving back home for the last 10 years.

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From Urbino to Rome

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There is still time to see this wonderful exhibition and the Madonna of the Pinks.

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Raphael -The Madonna of the Pinks circa. 1506-7

From Urbino to Rome at the National Gallery London
20 October 2004 - 16 Jan 2005 (Closed 24-26 December, 1 January)
This is the first major exhibition of paintings and drawings by the great Renaissance painter, Raphael (1483 - 1520), to be held in Britain.

- The Making of a Master

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition

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23 October 2004 - 17 April 2005

Come and see the best and most creative images of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition at the Natural History Museum.

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Bronze whalers charging a baitball
Doug Perrine, (United States of America)

2004 Wildlife Photographer of the Year
2004 Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Undoubtedly the most prestigious of its kind in the world, the competition is organised by BBC Wildlife Magazine and the Natural History Museum.It has attracted over 18,500 images this year.

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BBC Wildlife has the best and most informative writing of any consumer magazine in its field, all illustrated with world-class wildlife photography.

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