Thursday, May 31, 2007

Frida Kahlo paintings & Lila Downs music

Frida Kahlo is a Mexican painter, born on July 6, 1907 and dead on July 13, 1954.

Frida claimed to be born on 1910, the year of the outbreak of the Mexican revolution, because she wanted her life began together with the modern Mexico.

This detail well introduces us to a singular personality, characterized since her childhood by a deep sense of independence and rebellion against social and moral ordinary habits, moved by passion and sensuality, proud of her "Mexicanidad" and cultural tradition set against the reigning Americanization: everything mixed with a peculiar sense of humour.

Her life was marked by physical suffering, started with the polio contracted at the age of five and worsen by her life-dominating event occurred in 1925. A bus accident caused severe injuries to her body owing to a pole that pierced her from the stomach to the pelvis. The medicine of her time tortured her body with surgical operations (32 throughout her life), corsets of different kinds and mechanical "stretching" systems.

Lots of her works were painted laying in the bed. Because of these physical conditions Frida was never able to have any children and this was a great sorrow for her.

She had a great love, Diego Rivera (she married twice with this man and dedicated to him a passionate diary) but also a lot of lovers, men and women, such as Leon Trotsky and André Breton's wife....

More Lila Downs music...

More music...Hefiorels Eclectic Music

Frida Kahlo

Helio Ocean

Hands-on Review: Helio Ocean

Since I first laid eyes on it at CTIA in March, the Helio Ocean has stood out as the clear pretender to the messaging-phone throne—which, to my mind, has been owned by the Sidekick (both II and 3) for a few years now. Despite its aging features, the Sidekick 3 has had a couple of aces up its sleeve: a killer, easy-to-use interface, its swiveling screen and that roomy QWERTY keypad. But with its two-way sliding design—one way for numeric keys, the other for a full keyboard—plus its state-of-the-art data, messaging and multimedia features, the Ocean represents the Sidekick's strongest challenger to date.

Look and feel: There's no question that the Ocean's a big phone: at 4.3 by 2.2 by 0.9 inches and about 5.6 ounces, the Ocean is nearly as big and heavy as my Treo (although its noticeable smaller than the bulky Sidekick). But while it makes for a tight fit in a jeans pocket, the Ocean's nice curves and rubberized shell felt good in my hands. As for its twin keypads, I'm a bigger fan of the full-QWERTY keypad than of the numeric one. Don't get me wrong—I love the two-way slider concept, which keeps you from having to guess which QWERTY keys are for dialing and which aren't—but the thin, curved rows of numeric keys were tricky to press. The roomy QWERTY keypad was a pleasure, however, and I especially appreciated the dedicated "@" key for composing e-mail messages.

In the box: The Ocean comes with a solid set of accessories, including a wired stereo headset, a USB cable, and an adapter for earphones with standard 3.5mm minijacks—a nice change from the carriers who ship their phones with no accessories at all. There's no included microSD card for memory expansion, but the Ocean's generous 200MB of internal memory (good for a few dozen songs) will tide you over until you get one.

Interface: I've been a fan of Helio's user interfaces in the past, and I'm pleased to report that the Ocean's menu system looks even better now; previously tough-to-use features (like conference calling) are much easier to use now, and I never lost my way through the myriad options. I just wish the whole experience was a bit more unified; there's nothing like the Sidekick's "Jump" button that takes you back to the main menu. Also, a jog dial or trackball would be a welcome addition (my thumb kept reaching for a trackball that wasn't there).

Messaging: Outstanding—I especially liked the Ocean's unified messaging screen, which shows you at a glance the status of your e-mail and instant messaging accounts. You get out-of-the-box support for Yahoo! Mail, AOL Mail, Windows Live Mail and Gmail, along with all their respective IM services (save Google's), and Helio is promising Exchange ActiveSync support for corporate servers later this year. A couple of things are missing, though: the Ocean won't automatically fetch your POP/IMAP messages (you have to collect them manually), and HTML-formatted e-mail messages are stripped of their formatting—then again, my pricey Treo 700p (and the Sidekick 3, for that matter) has the same problem.

Web browsing: The Ocean's mobile Web browser earns high marks, but it falls just shy of the bar set by Nokia. Web surfing was quite speedy, faster even than on my 3G Treo, and the cool zoom feature instantly zooms text and images up to 200 percent (or down to 50 percent). The browser borrows Nokia's mini-map so you can see your position relative to the rest of the page, which is a nice touch. The Ocean's browser puts HTML pages through Google's mobile optimizer by default; you can scroll to the bottom of a page and click a link to see the full HTML version, but you can't turn the option off altogether, which was a bit annoying. Also, the browser struggled to render full HTML pages correctly; it couldn't display the Yahoo! front page at all, and the IMDB front page looked jumbled (Nokia's Web browser breezed through those tests). Still, I'll take the Ocean's browser over almost any other mobile browser out there, including the Sidekick's.

Music and video: Helio at last has an online storefront where you can buy music, making its service more than competitive with the music and video stores on Sprint and Verizon Wireless. You can also sync your PC-based music and videos using the included USB cable and software, and subscription-based services like Yahoo! Music are supported. The Ocean's music player boasts shuffle and repeat modes, as well as an equalizer with four presets. Music controls along the left spine of the phone let you pause and skip tracks or tweak the volume, even when the Ocean is closed, and you can listen over a stereo Bluetooth headset or your own earbuds thanks to the unobtrusive 3.5mm minijack adapter. Nicely done.

GPS and pictures: The Ocean comes with Helio's cool Buddy Beacon feature, which lets you see the location all your fellow Buddy Beacon pals (you can, of course, disable the GPS locator if you want to travel covertly). The Ocean is also one of the few phones that integrates Google Maps with GPS, making it much easier to find nearby restaurants, ATMs, gas stations and so on. In my tests in Manhattan, the GPS-aided Google Maps pinpointed my location within a couple of doors—not bad at all. Even better, you can send pictures to your buddies embedded with your present GPS coordinates, or upload your photos directly to MySpace with the new HelioUp app. The Ocean's two-megapixel camera represents a major improvement over the carrier's previous camera phones—images looked relatively vivid and sharp, if not up to the standards or a dedicated camera.

The last word: The Ocean is clearly Helio's strongest phone to date—it's a quantum leap over last year's Hero and Kickflip, and I'd have to say it easily leapfrogs all the other consumer-oriented messaging phones out there, including the Sidekick 3, LG's enV, and Samsung's dual-flip SCH-u740. At $300 with service, the Ocean isn't cheap, but you're getting a truckload of features for the cash. If you're a messaging addict who wants plenty of multimedia on the road, then this is your phone.


Monday, May 21, 2007


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Saturday, May 19, 2007

Historia est testis temporum, lux veritatis, vita memoria, magistra vitae, nuntia vetustatis.

History is the witness of the times, the light of truth, the life of memory, the teacher of life, and the messenger of antiquity.

Historia est testis temporum, lux veritatis, vita memoria, magistra vitae, nuntia vetustatis.
(M. Tullius Cicero, De Oratore 2.36)


The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be.

Here are some interesting facts about the 1500s:

Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odour.
Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children, last of
all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it.
Hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water."

Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath.
It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and off the roof.
Hence the saying "It's raining cats and dogs."

There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed
a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess
up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung
over the top afforded some protection.
That's how canopy beds came into existence.

The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt.
Hence the saying "dirt poor."
The wealthy had slate floors that wouldget slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until when you opened the door it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entranceway.
Hence the saying a "thresh hold."

In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while.
Hence the rhyme, "Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old. "

Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could "bring home the bacon." They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and "chew the fat."

Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.

Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or "upper crust."

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait to see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a "wake."

England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a "bone-house" and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the
inside and they realized they had been burying people alive. So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the "graveyard shift") to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be "saved by the bell" or was considered a "dead ringer."

And that's the truth..
Now, whoever said that History was boring !
Historia Magistra Vitae Est
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Friday, May 18, 2007

Spot's Cat Profile/Cat Curriculum Vitae

persian cat
persian cat
persian cat
persian cat
persian cat

PLACE of BIRTH: Belgrade
DATE of BIRTH: 21/03/2001
TIME of BIRTH: 17:30h
SIGN: Aries
AGE: 6 years
BREED: Persian cat
SEX: male
NAME: Spot
MOTHER'S name: Cica
FATHER'S name: Tommy
OWNER: Stela
COLOR: ginger
EYE COLOR: amber
WEIGHT: 4,5 kg
USED to live in: Serbia, Greece
NOW living at: Voorschoten, NL
FAVORITE FOOD: fresh fish
FAVORITE SPORT: romancing the pussies
FAVORITE sleeping place: Stela's working table
BEST FRIEND: rottweiler Xing

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Turtle vs Cat

Incredible combination! Who is going to win? Cat or turtle? Real Ninja Turtle! Cat reminds me a bit of Spot, our Persian ginger tom-cat. I wonder how would he react in such a situation? For the time being, he is too busy...romancing the cats in our Voorschoten neighborhood :)

Monday, May 14, 2007

New mail...

Hi my dear densely question marked Hugo,

have you noticed how inspiring and influential our mail stream is? :)
I've used our last mail (your reaction on my blog and my answer to you) to link almost all postings.
Thank you for inspiring me :)
I am never taking anything too seriously...although sometimes it would be recommendable, so I am always open for learning about everything.

So, according to the quantity of "wonders" and question marks,when visiting the Cyberspace, you do feel a bit like Alice in the Wonderland, but see no fun at all...

Blog is the place when you can openly expose and share your interests, ideas, ask questions,get the answers and reactions, be artistic, write, compose, write your diary...Same as in the material world, but just using the different media.

By rejecting to understand the Cyber world, you can not deny it's existence.

Real persons are behind the computer screens, leaving the portions of their energy for other persons capable of understanding them. Aren't we exchanging our mails daily? I am very real person and you know it.
But, I have fun in the Real World as well as in the Cyber Space and also in Outer Space, on several Planets I am falling from occasionally, and I have fun in the number of Parallel Worlds I do exist simultaneously...all this reached just by following my hectic mind labyrinth, no magic mushrooms needed or the White Rabbit to be followed :)
You just have to accept the existence of the real world and cyberspace. Ask Sander about his opinion about blogging as a trend :)

I am going to give my humble tribute to Huizinga, and play Chicken Invaders!
Save the solar system from invading chickens! Just when you thought it was safe to eat chicken again, the chickens have returned with an organized invasion to take over the entire solar system! Journey to each planet and fight your way through to save the world (again)! Advance through waves of invading chickens, avoiding falling eggs and collecting power-ups to boost your spaceship's firepower.
I have to save the world (again)!

smiling kiss and breath taking embrace

ha cyber-touched jade,
quite some reactions...! again asking for many interesting questions/ questions marks, as always arising from confrontation with ' what seems to be nowadays normal life'..
yes, the mailstream is inspiring but for me also regularly confusing.
- I notice that the 'nature' of my lines sometimes is not clear (enough) not easy to express the right nuances as in normal contact. for instance, I hardly can express the important differences between joking, teasing, playing, elaborating and meaning something... and therefore some (slight) misunderstanding is often influencing, resp. too many times/ too much of my expressions seem to be critical remarks..(point 1 in which cyberspace is and will never be real enough in contact).
- cyberspace is most certainly not a ' wonderland' offers no magic, no deeper questions, no surprises, no wondering...therefore it is more like a desert with some boring dusty villages (point 2 why cyberspace is never challenging enough in contact).
- blogs & personal websites are nothing else than ego-presentations that always and only offer the - mostly exaggerated-' nice' aspects of people and therefore it is not more than a dreary human-surface spectacle that has not much to do with the reality of the real persons ' hiding' behind it.
also in our mail that was the question at the beginning: only after ' real' contact you and I could become more real....(and even then point 1 still interfering regularly), so ' real persons behind the pc' does not say anything at all...
'some form' of contact is posible and that is nice - certainly between persons that are familiar with eachother- but for the rest... they can never be as real as in reality and that's (also?!) why they are behind the pc?!. that's clearly shown in the wildgrow fiction of second life for instance! + persons that ' openly expose' are mostly quite doubtfull beings in a doubtfull existence, showing that in a very shadowy way.. I can't see how that could enrich me in any way..
I do know all functions of the web, but also youngsters (like sander & friends) had own websites and blogs etc. but hooked off from the ' weirdoe overflow' as they call it' + the number of such ego-sites is becoming that big that nobody is reacting anymore?....nowadays only using friends-chat and - like me- finding reliable data or download/buy something. (point 3 why cyberspace is never real enough for finding the real-good contacts or get engaged in the much more important real suble-covert sides of real persons).
so, all together: I do not ' reject' the web at all! but do not see any ' fun' in it that is reaching or enriching me - the same with about 90% of daily dutch/amsterdam world 'functions' around me, so only use it for simple and relevant uses and ignore the rest as good as possible..... still have not made clear what & where the ' fun' is...sorry, but for instance that chicken game (the chicken-form is delusively nice, but the core is allways about fighting priming and always with that hell-horrible music!) is giving me shivers in my fun at all for me.
another angle: so, the scepticism about cyberspace just corresponds with my scepticism about western society/massculture... that's why I do not feel completely at ease here...too much of such horrors in daily life which is regarded as ' normal'... basicly mirrored in the realisation that I often/ for bigger part feel more at home in odessa than in amsterdam...?! (although the western horror is also entering/ distorting life overthere of course)..
not knowing what is meant with ' fun'..? ha....resp. never been tricked in wanting a ' fun' life..??...that surface? of life has not much/ nothing to offer me..?
but then what about that I really do enjoy life and (small) elements of the world in which I live...
while trying to stay away from capitalistic-massculture addiction/ exploitation...? ha, always the rebell with a cause for ever.
this time a quickly-typed though real meant reaction as it is an interesting subject, with -when explicit formulated with then slight ironic smile.
the garden is waiting for a cut again and I have to start thinking how to react to milica and have to remember sander's birthday tomorrow and give a mail info to rita in moldavia....
relaxed but now pressured embrace and rebellious kiss, hugo

Spot, very special Persian cat...

persian cat

Spot is back!
His spring love madness made us mad! He has obviously to make up for not being active in February (we were still in the flat in Leiden, no garden), or is it influence of the global warming on Spot's love life?
Anyhow, he was missing for 24h for the first time in his 6 years long life, so it was pretty alarming, specially because he was a new face in his Voorschoten habitat and not familiar nor with the area nor with the local cats...
In the beginning of his freedom he was very moderate in his excursions, exploring just in the vicinity of our garden. He gained our confidence and was allowed to stroll around, got to know Krpko, old experienced cat with some teeth missing, had a fight with him several times...He was gaining his position in the new neighborhood, but he was gaining scratches and wounds too. He was loosing his hairs and weight (the second was desirable, the first was not flattering his usually neat and handsome impressive Persian ginger tom-cat appearance). He was more dandy city cat but he was resolute in his attempts to become a really tough outdoor Ninja cat.
He would stay outside longer and longer, driving Stella crazy (she can not sleep if he is not safely at home) and he even managed to fell in the water and appear completely wet and muddy, coughing and sneezing with style. Quite frightening and dramatic. He was stranded for some time, but the nature is nature, so we decided to open cat-door and to grant him all the freedom!
Some three days ago he has suddenly entered in Casanova role "wearing" terrible "love perfume" and appearing at home just to nibble something and disappear again!

The climax of his newly found freedom (and our anxiety) was when he was missing for more than 24h! We alarmed our first neighbors and received the information that Spot was spotted not far away from our house, chasing pussies, of course! We also tried to spot Spot (it was very late in the night), but spotted just his hairy unique tail just long enough to conclude that it was 100% his tail, because he disappeared in somebody’s garden not reacting at all on our calls…For Spot love was really deafening and blinding! We even tried to use his best friend rottweiler Xing as a bate (a bit later), but without any results. We gave up and decided to let him do whatever he wanted (as if we had any other choice!).

He has appeared the next day, completely exhausted, dirty, smelly, hungry but satisfied!!!

After eating, Spot has fallen in narcoleptic sleep which lasted hours and hours…

He has accomplished his love mission and now we expect to see some ginger long haired kittens in the near future running around in our neighborhood.


Sunday, May 13, 2007

Hugo's reaction to JADRANKA'S CHIMERA :)

On 5/13/07, Hugo (e-mail known to me) wrote:

hi blogging jade,

1st reaction: not knowing what to do with yourself..... what a shame/ pity/ waste, etc. to find yourself in that position?! what do you miss/ need...!?
2nd: why that tibet animal?? is sponsoring or so??
3rd: why is the labyrinth so central?? where are you?? where is 'you' ?
so far no 8 visiting your blog....

anyway: I will never understand the need/necessity to put oneself so in the cyberspace... what is the extra it (hopefully) provides?
walking plants: I would feel some relief and emptiness... and then the neighbours would complain and bring them back.
cutting: civilisation has not only at the basis some need for cutting, but also needs regularly repetition as human wants are growing too wildly...??
reading priorities: no question at all/ ever: reading and drinking coffee are the utmost necessities in life.... even above a woman? (oei) and garden etc is just a fancy extra
(western luxury hobby) and never necessity;
as long as I can take a walk outdoors, go on holiday and enjoy some green/flowering scenery and otherways I have the city parks etc.. sorry for this blasphemy.
enjoying the embrace...with smiling return, hugo

my reply:

Ha, my dear too serious Hugo,

aren't you taking all the things a bit too seriously? :)
Try to enter in Homo Ludens role more's fun;)
The Homo Ludens Andiniensis is already existing in you...:)...and it's fun :)
My blogging is also fun :)
I am constant Homo Ludens (as well as a gardener) :)

I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself
is a famous song by Burt Bacharach and Hal David...and has a long history (1962), first recorded by R&B singer Tommy Hunt...and later on by Dusty Springfield (1964), Dionne Warwick (1966), Elvis Costello and The Attractions (1978), Demis Roussos (1978), The Photos, featuring Wendy Wu (1980) Linda Ronstadt (1994) and and Steve Tyrell (2003)
A 2002 release of Smokey Robinson and the Miracles...
Also in 2002, the soundtrack to My Best Friend's Wedding included a version by Nicky Holland. In the film, Cameron Diaz sings the song in a karaoke scene. In 2003, it was released as a single by The White Stripes The video for the White Stripes version is a black and white video featuring Kate Moss pole dancing erotically and was directed by Sofia Coppola.
In 2006, the song was performed and included in the soundtrack for Shout! The Mod Musical.

Tibetan animal...
appeared accidentally in my "mind labyrinth" in the connection with the beautiful shawl I have found on the ground a few rainy days ago...The shawl is definitely not shahtoosh (directly related with the "Tibetan animal" named chiru ( Pantholops hodgsonii), an extremely endangered animal.
I included them in my blog because I want more people to know the truth about Tibetan Antelope, and I will eventually succeed if I have the traffic (can happen sometimes with the new blogs on the Internet, depending on a lot of things...but it is "all Greek to you"). The campaign for the protection of the chiru is not sponsoring my blog.
Hopefully, I can earn some money through the Google Ads (if the people visiting my blog click on the Google ads placed on my blog, I get paid small amount of money)

accidentally it popped up in my mind, because it reminded me of surfing on the Internet: you can get lost easily or you can find your way if you know how and where to go...and having a nice graphic sign and also being connected with a garden maze, for me, the constant gardener, it was very attractive :)
Being in the Cyberspace for me is fun :), and also creating my habitat there is fun too :)
And...there are some blogs making some serious money:

Dave and Thomas Present: Daily Time Killers and Links!
Personal Development for Smart People

walking plants...
why would the neighbours complain about your run-away plants? They will adopt them, care about them, love them, talk to them and water them regularly and the plants will be content and grateful and would resolutely reject to come back to you :)..and you will drink your priority coffee and read your priority newspapers in your empty, deserted garden! Ha!

as a social psychologist, you are sort of the social gardener! Your task is to cut dry social branches and get rid of the social weed and support positive flowering trands...regularly. The same pattern you have to apply to your own garden :) and experience Epicurean Gardening Bliss.

"And the most exquisite delights of sense are pursued, in the contrivance and plantation of gardens; which, with fruits, flowers, shades, fountains, and the music of birds that frequent such happy places, seem to furnish all the pleasures of the several senses, and with the greatest, or at least the most natural perfections" by Sir William Temple (Upon the Gardens of Epicurus)

I am loosing myself in the labyrinth of my hectic female mind!!! Have to come back to the reality and go outside and try to find and persuade Spot (rode Persianische langharage kater) to come back home...he is desperately in love and was out all night long for the first time in his cat's life.

"The first cut is the deepest" :) (Cat Stevens) but also Rod Stewart or Sheryl Crow.

Epicurean embrace&kiss

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Golden Opulence Sundae

golden opulence sundae

The Golden Opulence Sundae, the "World's most expensive sundae" for "only" 1000$ was created to celebrate Serendipity's (New York) 50th Anniversay last year.
Made with "5 scoops of the richest Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream infused with Madagascar vanilla and covered in 23K edible gold leaf, the sundae is drizzled with the world's most expensive chocolate, Amedei Porceleana, and covered with chunks of rare Chuao chocolate, which is from cocoa beans harvested by the Caribbean Sea on Venezuela's coast. The masterpiece is suffused with exotic candied fruits from Paris, gold dragets, truffles and Marzipan Cherries. It is topped with a tiny glass bowl of Grand Passion Caviar, an exclusive dessert caviar, made of salt-free American Golden caviar, known for its sparkling golden color. It's sweetened and infused with fresh passion fruit, orange and Armagnac. The sundae is served in a baccarat Harcourt crystal goblet with an 18K gold spoon to partake in the indulgenceserved with a petite mother of pearl spoon and topped with a gilded sugar flower by Ron Ben-Israel."

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In Persian, ‘Shahtoosh’ means ‘King of Wools’
a perfect description for an ultra fine wool that’s softer than either Angora, Pashmina and Cashmere.
Shahtoosh shawls are so incredibly lightweight that they can be passed through an average sized finger ring, hence their common name, ‘Ring Shawls’. The reason they’re so light is because each hair of the Tibetan Antelope is around 6 times thinner than the average human hair. That’s a very fine hair!
Each shahtoosh shawl requires about 350 grams of wool. Being as each Tibetan Antelope yields no more than 125 - 150 grams, it takes the wool of three animals to make just one shawl.




I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself

I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself
Philip Glass (Violin Concerto No. II) (music)
Kate Moss (pole dancing)
The video for the White Stripes version is a black and white featuring Kate Moss pole dancing erotically and was directed by Sofia Coppola.


Kokology: The Game of Self-Discovery - a window into your soul, was written by Japanese psychologist Isamu Saito a psychology professor at Rissho University and the head of the Kokology Project Team Tadahito Nagao. The book is a type of personality test. Kokology tries to get to your inner being by asking a series of innocent questions. Answers to these questions, put through the Kokology system, will reveal your attitudes to all sorts of things. Things like love, self-esteem and the always-fun views on sex.
"Kokology,"a popular term for the interpretation of the hidden meanings of human behavior and situational responses, is derived from the Japanese word "kokoro," which may be translated as "mind," "spirit," or "feelings."

Friday, May 11, 2007

Ashes and Snow

“...blood to bone, bone to marrow, marrow to feather, feather to fire, fire to ashes, ashes to snow...”

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Gregory Colbert

Ashes and Snow

See the movie, visit the exhibition The Nomadic Museum, experience something new, timeless, mesmerizing...Learn more about man and animal relation, find your place in nature, let Gregory Colbert take you to the new dimension...


Wednesday, May 9, 2007


In Greek mythology, the Labyrinth (Gk. λαβύρινθος labyrinthos) was an elaborate structure constructed for King Minos of Crete and designed by the legendary artificer Daedalus to hold the Minotaur, a creature that was half man and half bull and which was eventually killed by the Athenian hero Theseus. Daedalus had made the Labyrinth so cunningly that he himself could barely escape it after he built it.[1] Theseus was aided by Ariadne, who provided him with a fateful thread to wind his way back again.

The term labyrinth is often used interchangeably with maze, but modern scholars of the subject use a stricter definition. For them, a maze is a tour puzzle in the form of a complex branching passage with choices of path and direction; while a single-path ("unicursal") labyrinth has only a single Eulerian path to the center. A labyrinth has an unambiguous through-route to the center and back and is not designed to be difficult to navigate.

This unicursal design was wide-spread in artistic depictions of the Minotaur's Labyrinth even though both logic and literary descriptions of it make it clear that the Minotaur was trapped in a multicursal maze.[2]

A labyrinth can be represented both symbolically and/or physically. Symbolically it is represented in art or designs on pottery, as body art, etched on walls of caves, etc. Physical representations are common throughout the world, and are generally constructed on the ground so they may be walked along from entry point to center and back again. They have historically been used in both group ritual and for private meditation