Sunday, February 28, 2010
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Sunday, February 21, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
The exhibit gives you a very special opportunity to view the internals of real human bodies and body parts up close. Based on the quiet reading and intensive viewing of other viewers, I wasn't alone in being awestruck by the exhibit. I don't think I've ever been to an exhibit where almost everyone was reading almost every description and viewing every piece. It was marvelous, but rather overwhelming. It was good to hear many comments from people educated in human anatomy and physiology, but once again, I wanted to stop and ask them lots of questions. I also wondered how many people were taking notes on what their bodies could look like as smokers, drinkers or fatties. Along with technical descriptions they were some wonderful quotes from deep thinkers and artists about the human heart and the one that got my attention was about optimism or pessimism. It went something like pessimism is a bigger cause of death than age or heart disease. Having trouble finding the exact quote or fact.
The human body is just a massively complex, but perfect machine. I don't think we do a good job taking care of it in our lives, but amazingly it's pretty resilient. However, in the end, we just wear it out. Be good to your body, give it some lovin', be proud of it and respect it. Santé.
Friday, February 19, 2010
But what is a passion ? Formally, in the context I'm referring to, it is: a strong or extravagant fondness, enthusiasm, or desire for anything: a passion for music; or the object of such a fondness or desire: Music became a passion with him. Over some deep conversation over lunch at the pub with my wife today. I suggested that one way to think about what you are passionate about is if you have an afternoon off work and nothing else you have to do, what would you do ? I would assume that a person with a passion would have no trouble saying they'd paint, or another person would say they'd play golf.
But what if someone has many things they're enthusiastic about or have lots of activities they love doing ? Is it fair to say they have many passions in life. Are people who have more than one or many passions less passionate about any one of those passions. I'm one of these people.
I love finding and listening to new music. I'm enthusiastic about photography. I really enjoy watching football and playing ultimate. Skiing and golf are great days out and of course, I always want to travel more.
So I said to my wife, if I had an afternoon free, I'd probably do something I miss doing. That could be one of my passions I've perhaps been neglecting or maybe just something a love to do that falls short of being a true passion. Today, if I had the afternoon free, I'd go and see a movie. Of course, some things require the right timing and preparation, but putting that aside to try and make a point, I'd choose a movie over listening to music or doing a photo project. How can I then say I'm really passionate about photography or music if I'd consciously decide to do something else ? So this worries be a little and chips away at those grandiose theorems about what makes us happy. Would following my "passion" and becoming a professional photographer really make me happy. What if I could listen to music all day, find new bands, promote concerts and festivals and be able to see the best bands in the world on a regular basis. Sounds perfect for me right ? Maybe not. Am I spreading myself too thin, not focused enough to really appreciate the things I love ? Am I destined to flirt with a pocket full of passions. Well, put that way, it sounds kind of nice.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Back home focusing on her Olympic experience - #97/365, originally uploaded by PJMixer.
My wife returned home from the Olympics today. We caught up on her wonderful experience, especially being at the Men's moguls to witness Canada's first gold medal at home. We watched a little of the opening ceremonies at home tonight recorded from her video camera. I was trying to capture her simple joy and memory of personally experiencing one of the world's biggest sporting events.
Monday, February 15, 2010
My music genres (with some examples) are:
- Rock/pop - U2, Robbie Williams
- Rock and Punk - AC/DC, The Clash
- Modern Rock and Alternative - Arctic Monkeys, Metric
- New Wave and Early Alternative - New Order, Talking Heads
- Pop, Idol and Kids -Spice Girls, Miley Cyrus
- Pop/Rock - The Script, The Beatles
- Folk/Rock - Devendra Banhart, Diane Birch
- Country - Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton
- Electronica - Thievery Corporation, Morcheeba
- Dance - Tiesto, Madonna
- Hip Hop and Rap - Timbaland, Lauryn Hill
- R&B - Mary J. Blige, James Morrison
- Reggae and World Music - UB40, Matisyahu
- Jazz vocal - Madelaine Peyroux, Ella Fitzgerald
- Jazz instrumental - Chris Botti, John Coltrane
- Blues - B.B. King, Susan Tedeschi
- Soul - Joss Stone, Duffy
- Soundrack - instrumental scores mostly, like Big Night and Snatch
- Some gentle mellow folk/rock to greet the day, then changing folk/.rock to upbeat mode during breakfast time and some upbeat new wave for the commute.
- Over lunch, we go with the blues.
- Heading home we get urban with some upbeat hip hop & rap, but change to mellow R&B as appertizers are prepared.
- Some jazz vocal and mellow modern rock and alternative (to keep the kids interested) over dinner, followed by some upbeat soul for dessert.
- Drinks with candlelight with mellow electronica to finish your day.
Another feature in iTunes that I haven't used much is the iTunes iMix, I've uploaded one as a test, but not published yet. I may spend a little time composing a few if there is an audience out there for my tastes in music.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
Vancouver 2010 Olympics from the comfort of my couch - #93/365, originally uploaded by PJMixer.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
I had a 4 day business trip to Orlando, Florida this week. We were staying at The Grand Floridian, one of Disney's older properties. As we were waiting for our shuttle bus to take us back to the airport I spotted what I thought was the best dressed staff / "cast member" I'd seen during my stay. Oliverio is originally from Manhattan and has been working at Disney in Orlando for 18 years. He started out helping transport guests from one resort to another and is now the head doorman for the Grand Floridian. He's seen Presidents Clinton and Bush visit the hotel and met many celebrities. He once met Oprah in her slippers. She got into her limo and apologized for her casual look - she'd just got up an hour ago ! Oliverio said she was so down to earth. The weather was cold during the week, but Oliverio didn't mind at all and it reminded him a little of NY, it helped of course, that he was dressed for it !
Oliverio is also #41 in my 100 stranger project.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
Monday, February 08, 2010
Sunday, February 07, 2010
Saturday, February 06, 2010
I sit down to watch Tropic Thunder on-demand on TMN later in the evening - it gets funnier as the movie progresses. The source track of Trout (Steppenwolf's The Pusher) is on the soundtrack along with Sympathy for the Devil.