Month: November 2007

Power Places of Tibetan Buddhism

Beyuls are hidden lands of spiritual treasure tucked into the Himalayas. They are fabled to be accessible only to those pure of mind and heart. Now all you need is Google Earth or Google Maps. Rolf Gross has posted a Google Earth extension for the “Power Places of Tibetan Buddhism”: an annotated… collection of […]

New Film: Bhutan: Taking the Middle Path to Happiness

Looking forward to seeing Tom Vendetti’s new film, Bhutan: Taking the Middle Path to Happiness, after viewing the compelling trailer.
Related links:
Interview on Hawaii Public Radio
“Bhutan: Hidden Lands of Happiness” (John Wehrheim)Bhutan: Hidden Lands of Happiness Book with photographs by John Wehrheim
An interview with John Wehrheim, Bhutan documentary writer in Kauai World News

links for 2007-11-13: Interconnected Beeings

Endless knot shutters in Thimphu, Bhutan, 2005. Photo by Emily Davidow Salon: Graeme Wheeler on GNH and Climate Change in Bhutan While giving a speech in Bhutan on Nov. 5, World Bank managing director Graeme Wheeler used the endless knot to symbolize how “we are all connected in a web of mutual interdependence,” devoted much of his speech to climate change and replicating GNH principles worldwide as Gross International Happiness. Article also shares an interesting story of Dzongkha language and the connections between Free Software and Free Tibet movements. Also see original in Kuensel: GNH Internationalized (tags: globalization dzongkha bhutan worldbank graemewheeler endlessknot drami eightauspicioussymbols buddhism gnh interconnectedness climatechange opensource linux) Vanishing of the Bees Beautiful trailer for a film that explores our ancient interconnectedness with bees and current state of disconnect. Love the animation sequences. (tags: bees documentary film trailer environment movie entomology)

Travel: Best Way From New York to Boston

“I loathe the bus. There has to be a more dignified means of transportation.” –Sixteen Candles What’s the best way to get from New York to Boston? It’s not the Delta Shuttle or Amtrak Acela. Forget about Fung Wah and Vamoose. The most fabulous, luxurious and yet relatively environmentally friendly way to get from the Big Apple to Beantown is… the bus. But not just any bus, it’s the LimoLiner. (Even Samantha Baker from Sixteen Candles would approve.) I’m posting this from somewhere along the Mass Pike on a bus with 28 spacious seats, electrical power outlets, wifi, lunch and beverage service by a pleasant attendant, movies, magazines, uninterrupted cell service (and a cell-free area as well). You can select your seat in advance online, and you can book a 10 seat conference area in back for meeting before the big meeting. I never thought I’d say this, but… I love the bus. $89 one way. 888.546.5469 Departure and Arrival Poins: Hilton in Midtown NYC and Hilton in Boston’s Back Bay with optional stop …

links for 2007-11-06: Creative Tools an open source social experiment for content creators (tags: filmmaking Film distribution diy Blog video social howto) blueprintcss – Google Code Blueprint is a CSS framework, which aims to cut down on your CSS development time. It gives you a solid CSS foundation to build your project on top of, with an easy-to-use grid, sensible typography, and even a stylesheet for printing. (tags: css framework webdesign design layout web tools typography template tool programming resource)

Loving Words

“Lower Case N, Standing on a Hill,” from classic Sesame Street My day started off with some of the brilliant skits and songs that instilled in me an early and abiding love for letters, letterforms and language: Lower-case N, Standing on a Hill from Sesame Street, Easy Reader and the Adventures of Letterman from Electric Company. I love learning that was Morgan Freeman, Gene Wilder, Joan Rivers and Zero Mostel. I’m feeling the urge to indulge in an extended experience. (Thanks, Panopticist!) Not long after, I discovered Hyperwords, an excellent FireFox extension that lets you select any word and translate it, look it up in a dictionary or thesaurus, shop it, search it, blog it, slice it through a tin can and still apply many more commands than I have time to explore right now. One especially handy feature is being able to select any currency amount and convert it on the fly. (Despite how painful it is to convert prices in [any currency] to U.S. dollars now.)

Kenro Izu: Bhutan: The Sacred Within

Kenro Izu, “Druk #131”, Taksang Monastery, Paro, Bhutan 2003 Kenro Izu: Bhutan, the Sacred Within November 2, 2007–February 18, 2008 Rubin Museum of Art 150 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011 What a treat to hear Kenro Izu talk with Owen Flanagan at the Rubin Museum of Art in conjunction with the opening of his exhibition of photographs, “Bhutan: The Sacred Within.” Kenro Izu’s been exploring and photographing sacred sites both natural and manmade for decades. To look at his landscapes of sacred places around the world is to enter them; you can almost smell and taste the air inside the image. In “The Sacred Within,” he turns his lens to the essential element that makes a place sacred: the people that revere it and hold it in their hearts. Out of all the places he has photographed, Bhutan has especially captivated him, drawing him back six times over six years. Izu writes in the introduction to his accompanying book, Bhutan, “Traveling many years, I have not yet seen a place as peaceful as …

links for 2007-11-05: Sartorial Subversion

IE Best Buy Polo Shirts at Improv Everywhere I’ll always have a soft spot for the corporate polo, since it was the required uniform in my family’s business growing up. The best ones, of course, are subversive. This is based on Improv Everywhere’s indelible Best Buy mission that had over 60 agents dress in the distinctive store uniform and swarm a 23rd St. Best Buy (but “just happened to dress this way today”). Get one before they get a cease and desist. (tags: improveverywhere improv subversive uniform retail)

links for 2007-11-03: Resilience Thinking

Kenny Ausubel: What It Will Take to Build a Sustainable U.S. “Resilience Thinking.” The first principle of resilience thinking is systems thinking: It’s all connected, from the web of life to human systems. “You can only solve the whole problem,” says Huey Johnson of the Resource Renewal Institute. Manage environmental and human systems as one system. Taking care of nature means taking care of people, and taking care of people means taking care of nature. Look for systemic solutions that address multiple problems at once. Watch for seeds of new solutions that emerge with changing conditions. (tags: sustainability resilience systems nature interconnectedness human environment)

links for 2007-11-01: Looking at Things Differently

Eye-Fi Wireless Camera 2GB SD Memory Card This is brilliant – a 2GB SD card for your camera that automagically uploads images to flickr (and many more services) when on a wifi network. (Thanks Photojojo!) (tags: photography wifi wireless camera cool gadgets flickr mobile photo technology) Undercover Jun Takashi’s Brain Bag Definitely my it-bag for fall. (Thanks, Coolhunting!) (tags: brain handbag tactile squishy purse bag wool fashion) Video: Steven Heller on “Potus Typographicus” You can tell a lot about a government by its typography and graphic design… This wonderful video features Steven Heller analyzing George W’s typographic legacy. (tags: government georgew potus typographicus typography graphicdesign design communications)