Sunday, July 31, 2011

Being Me ~ Margo Renay

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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Its a 'C' Evolution ~Margo Renay

PAPILLONS ~ Butterflies
mmmm. its a 'C" evolution...
every colour and form. ~♥~

{diamond} chrystalline.
{mindful} clarity.
{the one} creative.
{divine} collaboration.
{living} cool.
{heart} consciousness.
and all other expreriences to discover who you are.
That is what the true 'C' stands for. ~♥♥~

Friday, July 29, 2011

The Last Supper at El Bulli ~ Next? A 2014 Food Think Tank


The Last Supper at El Bulli before Transformation to 2014 Food Think Tank.

chef ferran adria; Roses, Spain; Relax News
 elBulli, the beachside Spanish restaurant repeatedly crowned the world's best, will close Saturday after pushing the boundaries of cuisine for more than two decades under chef Ferran Adria.

The remote eatery in Cala Montjoi, some two hours north of Barcelona, will re-open in 2014 as a non-profit culinary think tank that will investigate new cooking techniques and develop new flavors.

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The elBullifoundation plans to grant between 20 and 25 scholarships annually for chefs to spend a year working with elBulli's core staff. It will share its ideas and findings on the Internet.

Adria, whose radical innovations since he became the head chef at elBulli in 1987 include foie grass noodles and potato foam, says he is dispensing with the Michelin three-star restaurant to spend more time being creative.

"elBulli is not closing, it is transforming itself, because its soul is going to remain," he told a group of students in Valencia earlier this month.

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Under Adria, the eatery, known as El Bulli until 2008, has never been a commercial restaurant in the strictest sense.

Shortly after becoming head chef, Adria decided to open the restaurant for just half the year to give staff to develop his trailblazing approach to cooking, which uses hi-tech methods to "deconstruct" and rebuild ingredients in surprising ways.

In 2001, just as El Bulli was becoming well known, he decided to close the eatery for lunch to give staff even more time to be creative in the kitchen.

The 50-seat restaurant fields more than two million requests a year for its roughly 8,000 sittings, with tables mostly allotted by form of lottery.

Dinner is a degustation menu of some 40 small dishes and it costs around 250 euros ($360) per head.

The final dinner on Saturday night will be served to longtime staff members of the restaurant and their families.

But despite its popularity, the restaurant was losing half a million euros ($700,000) a a year, Adria said during an interview with AFP last year.
The 49-year-old makes up the shortfall through a series of elBulli spin-offs, including books, a range of kitchenware, speaking engagements and by lending his name to a range of brands, from olive oil to cutlery.

The restaurant is credited with helping to transform Spain from a culinary backwater to a world leader.

Britain's Restaurant magazine ranked elBulli to be number one on its list of the world's top 50 restaurants for a record five times -- in 2002 when the list was first published and between 2006 and 2009.

"It is not the best restaurant in the world because that does not exist, but it is today the most influential place in the world in terms of cuisine, and especially when it comes to creativity," Adria said last week.

Veteran Barcelona restaurateur Ramon Parellada, a personal friend of Adria's, said the closure of elBulli would free up the chef.

"All this exuberance and creative capacity, which gave our sector innovation and creativity in a way that was never done before, will no longer be the target of the criticism that was levelled at the restaurant," he said.

While some critics have described Adria's food as the best they have tasted, he has been criticised as elitist and pretentious -- and even a health hazard.

Paris-based German food critic Jorg Zipprick, the author of "The Unappetizing Underside of Molecular Cooking", says Adria's creations should carry health warnings informing diners of the additives in dishes.

"While it is true that Ferran Adria introduced a great deal of creativity to the kitchen, he also opened the door to additives and aromas from food industry laboratories which have now firmly conquered a place in the restaurant business," he said.

"elBulli is not closing, it is transforming itself, because its soul is going to remain," he told a group of students in Valencia earlier this month.
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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Feminine Expressions ~ jose de barra II and ambray~maya

~♥~In feminine expressions via music and artists~♥~

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Paint with your eyes? Design may change tech ~ Exhibit at MOMA (New York)

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Paint with your eyes? Design may change tech
By Laurie Segall @CNNMoneyTech ~ July 27, 2011

NEW YORK (CNNMoney)~In the future, an artist may be able to paint a surface miles away using nothing but his or her pupils, a pair of glasses and custom software.

All of these concepts are displayed at "Talk to Me," an exhibit at New York City's Museum of Modern Art featuring a host of innovations in technology and design.

With nearly 200 objects, "Talk to Me" explores the relationship between people, how they interact with objects, and the role of technology and design to enhance those interactions.

"One of the functions of the show is to enable people and the general audience of the show to look better at the world around them and more carefully," said Paola Antonelli, MoMa's Senior Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design.

The exhibit is filled with examples of everyday objects made easier to interact with, such as personalized ATM machines with an easy to use interface and a NYC MetroCard vending machine with clearer prompts and graphics.

"Talk to Me" features some quirky technology as well.

There's a conceptual contraption designed for people who suffer from ghost limb syndrome. There's also something called a "Menstruation Machine" -- which is featured in a music video by Japanese popstar Sputniko!. When worn, the device shows men what it feels like to menstruate by using electrodes to stimulate the lower abdomen.

"Happylife," a thermal mood camera, measures stress and tension in different family members. There are also platforms on display that put people at the same height, allowing everyone to communicate with one another eye to eye.

"So many people complain about the fact that technology is pulling people apart physically," Antonelli said. "In truth, there are many other opportunities to meet and many designers that are trying to make these meetings more meaningful."

Antonelli hopes that viewers of the exhibit will be empowered by their role in the rapidly changing technology landscape and in turn, empower businesses and politicians to focus on how they innovate.

"What I would like people to leave with is really a seed of the idea that design is all around," she said. "The goal of designers around me is to make corporations and politicians understand that design should be part of their executive suite."

Friday, July 22, 2011

Mike Matas: A next-generation digital book? ~ Push Pop Press & Facebook

Mike Matas: Software Engineer

While at Apple, Mike Matas helped write the user interface for the iPhone and iPad. Now with Push Pop Press, he's helping to rewrite the electronic book.
Why you should listen to him:

Mike Matas has worked on some of the most intriguing tech projects of the past 10 years. As a (surprisingly) young coder, he co-founded Delicious Monster, makers of the elegant cataloguing tool Delicious Library. In 2005 he went to work for Apple, where he designed user interfaces and artwork for the iPhone, the iPad and Mac OS X.

Now, he's the co-founder of Push Pop Press, a digital publishing company just purchased by Facebook. Push Pop's first title is Al Gore's "Our Choice," playable on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.  In his free time, he's a photographer.

"... this is one of the most elegant, fluid, immersive apps you’ve ever seen. It’s a showpiece for the new world of touch-screen gadgets."

David Pogue's review in the New York Times

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Monday, July 11, 2011

A Million Stars ~ Kirsty Hawkshaw and BT ~ Inspirational and Dynamic

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A Million Stars
lyrics by BT (partial)

'You will feel love again
You will feel love again
You will feel love again
You will feel love again after the rain ..

As the coronas start to reverse
To take what's left when it subsides
Information and perception
Get swept away into past lives ..

And to have come so far
But they fell to us slowly as asked
As words and thoughts combine
The will of love came in you high..

You will feel love again
You will feel love again
You will feel love again
You will feel love again after the rain..'

Thursday, July 7, 2011

AHMYO ^^ MAKYO ~ The Illusional Masks ~ Lyrics and Music by Yoham

Feel, dance, sing this song! It is based on one of the great messages of Adamus (St. Germain) of the New Energy. Makyo's all we do and believe that prevents us from living fully. Old hard habits, old forms of life. They are based on the mass consciousness and are steeped in our consciousness.

By being so inserted into consciousness, often goes unnoticed. Often Makyo is masked as sacred playbook. Makyo are glosses on our faces and so close to us, so close that we think we are it. But we are not. And, as we recognize ourselves as we truly are and we open our consciousness, we realize and release the Makyo.