Watched Limitless with my uncle while on phase one of my summer vacation, which I spent visiting my family in the tropics. Really liked it, although I don't tend to gravitate towards action films. Even though I live in Berkeley and fit the stereotype don't watch much TV, I do love films. And now I'm suddenly feeling a little like I need a huge HD screen TV to watch my movies and practice some video games so that I can beat my little cousins on my next visit. It's getting a little embarrassing ; p

My father reading the newspaper.
My father has been sick and was released from the hospital as I was visiting. I like to think I brought him some SF Bay good vibes. He's not much into the advance technology culture. Give him his books, his little radio he carries around, and his little notebook where he writes stuff and he's happy. But he really likes films too, and worked as a camarographer at some point in his life, between his philosophy and political science studies. He wrote something really nice about me on his notebook, not sure if he wants me to share it, but I'll ask him next time we talk.

Anyway, going back to the film... there aren't that many action packed science fiction films that grab my interest. But imagining the possibilities of reaching 100% access of our brain's capabilities alone sure is worth the daydreaming. There's also good commentary on macho power hunger alongside the futuristic science theme. Maybe De Niro's ego got a little hurt in the movie?

P.S. If you get a hold of some of that "refined" NZT of the end of the movie please let me know, I'm so looking forward to learning languages in a day ; )


Summer of Smart

The folks at the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts came up with a great idea, Summer of Smart, a new model for how citizens and government can work directly together to address urban issues. Developers, designers, city officials, urbanists, journalists, community members, and other multi-disciplinarians getting together, building rapid innovation prototypes, and presenting them directly to government.

I was really intrigued to learn about this experiment and joined them on their SoS Urban Innovation Weekend 2: Sustainability, Energy, and Transportation.

I was amazed by the potential. The prototype I worked on with four other awesome people, ended up being a fantastic collaborative idea and also a winner on the weekend-long challenge. Our team came up with a community building game built around sustainability principles, and we named it the Neighborhood Game. And it's already in the process of being further developed to work in collaboration with The Neighborhood Empowerment Network. How amazing is that?! A diverse group of people with different disciplines can come together and work on an idea in one weekend that could have a positive impact in the world.

If you share on the excitement of this idea, you should stay tuned to SoS, and spread the word to other good folks. Look forward to collaborating with one of you on something amazing some day


Audrey Tautou

On August 12, the new film starting the always funny and enchanting Audrey Tautou Beautiful Lies comes out. Amelie is one of my favorite films of all times, but I think I've seen all the others she stars in and haven't been disappointed yet. Count me as in the theater already. And I'll update this post with my thoughts, or if motivated enough even a review.

So many great things happening the day of and around my birthday. Good sign!

UPDATE: Watched it and loved it. If only all of our messes in life could have happy finales like in "chick flicks." The world would definitely be a better place.

Smells Like Psychic Spirit

A few years back I had a "make ends meet" day job for which I had to train on the history of perfume. Ever since then I added perfumer to my (now getting ridiculously long) things to study before I die list. 

Today I stumbled across this Huffington Post slide show on San Francisco based perfume artisans that create unique scents, and amongst them there is a well-known local perfumer who is also a clairvoyant, reiki expert, aura reader and aromachologist that creates custom scents energetically aligned to each client's vibration. I wonder how mine would smell and if I'd like it.

You would think that after living in Berkeley for so long I would by now be getting tired of all the seemingly "hocus pocus," but the truth is that since I've lived here I've learned so much about the healing powers of herbs, oils and good food; and so much more about preventative and alternative medicine. In the 5 years I've lived in Berkeley I've only gotten sick maybe three times and it has either been a minor cold or allergies. One of those times was the worse and it was last year, when I spent most of the summer and part of the fall with yucky haunting allergies that made my eyes red and watery along on and off sneezing episodes. It was driving me nuts! After trying every over the counter medicine/allergy remedy, I finally gave up and went to the MD, and he told me I needed to get tested for all allergens to tailor a monthly allergy shot for me. Just before starting what seemed like a very long process, a nice Berkeley lady I ran into at my favorite bookstore recommended me to go to her acupuncturist, who is also a Chinese doctor and owns his own herbal pharmacy here. Anyway, I went in with allergies, he performed one acupuncture session and made me a custom blend of herbs, and in TWO days the 4-month-long allergen nuance was completely gone, and my eyes were clear and shiny again. I even bought his book about the art of Chinese medicine, and gave a copy to my mom. So really, why not? Maybe a pleasant familiar scent and a little bit of faith is just what you need.


J'adore France Gall

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Kevin Appel

I was feeling a little bit bummed for different reasons today.  So I was going about the apartment eating trail mix in my feel-good slippers, listening to my emergency lift-me-up mix, and surfing the netz... and what better way to say whatever than going to see what's up at the The Jealous Curator... and ahhh, these two kitties were instant satisfaction.
Thank you to Ben Skinner.

I'm so guilty of loving to melt myself into good 'ol melancholia, but isn't it funny? Anyway, after feeling better I went on to my usual musing around and stumbled upon these awesome pieces by Kevin Appel. These are of his older pieces, but are still my favorites.

Ahhh, so refreshing. See more of his work on his website.


Ellen Rogers

At first glance you think you've stumble upon a relic from another era. It's not until your brain process' when color photography was commercialized that you realize how powerful is the ancestral iconography behind the image. Of special interest to those into manual photography alternative techniques.

Inspired by history, psychology and her subjects as muse, Ellen Rogers' photos are beautifully choreographed from model to staging/locale to post treatment. There's no question about the keen eye behind the lens and the production of these photographs, nor to the emotional connection between artist and medium.

She works along side her boyfriend, a stylist and designer that goes by the name of Prizme, whom aside helping with the choreographing, also makes short films about her photo shoots and curated a book of her photographs expected to come out by the Winter. That's what I call full circle musing.

I really enjoyed reading more about her work on these two articles she posted on the Lomography community:

Instilled with Lustre and Wonder
A Journey in the Necropolis

And I'll leave you to indulge yourself viewing more of her pictures on her website.

Correction: July 20, 2011
When I wrote the original blog post I spontaneously recalled from my memory that color photography had been commercialized in the 1930's but instead wrote invented. As a reader pointed out, the very first traces of color photo date further back, my research concluded to around the 1860s. Although unimportant to the overall point of the blog posting, which is to point out that the photos look older than they are thanks to the photographer's mastering of different techniques, it's very important for me to be accurate in the information I provide. So thanks to the reader who pointed it out. Although I accept my mistake, I will not be accepting to publish his comment because the tone of it was inappropriate, rude, as if from a blog troll, and this is a peaceful blog.


Hecho en España

Found this cute animation via Misakomimoko that planted a big al' smile in my face!

The same I get when I stumble across any of Eva's creations. She makes softies that have a vintage essence yet a sense of humor that's very current and unique.

As well as other curious cute stuff like this Valentine greeting card...

So inspiring! It makes me want to move to Spain to take part in all these "talleres" (workshops) that her and Dudua (Which use to be my favorite gallery/store of hand-made in Barcelona, I'll post more about her later) promote. There's such a rich and energetic hand-made culture in Barcelona. ♡


Hatching Static

To explain her transmitted muse, Karen Weiser introduces readers to her collection of poems The Light Out with research concerning Emanuel Swedenburg and Jack Spicer – both writers whom attributed their writing abilities to higher forces (or otherworldly transmissions) – as well as with scientific background about the origin of static. Opposite from the writers she mentions, who claimed to be inspired by outer sources, her claimed cosmic transmission at the time of writing these poems was arising from within – her forming unborn child.

"After a while I realized that it was her signal. I couldn't hear my own ways of thinking or feeling with this other person's atoms multiplying inside of me. It was the sound of the big bang, and my own radio brain was turned in."

One of the breakthroughs of twentieth-century physics was the discovery of cosmic background radiations. That the noise between channels/receptions that was being disregarded by scientists as meaningless static, was rather the still lingering reverberation of the Big Bang. This is a fascinating concept of particular interest to me. In my mind it relates to the "static" in our brains between thoughts and ideas, the lost random sparks eager to find connection and  tuning into (or transmitting into) eureka moments. For Weiser, pregnancy lead to a very unique alternate frequency with a muse taking shape inside of her.

Weiser's daughter is lucky to have a mother so "tuned-in" to her cosmic communication – transcribing her signals as early as from the womb.

You can get your own copy at Ugly Duckling Presse.

And thanks to the writer of this provocative review who introduced me to her poetics and food for thought:

A Review of To Light Out
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