Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Quote of The Day

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.
- Mark Twain

Sunday, November 28, 2010

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Quote of The day

‎"Find something you're passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it". -Julia Child

Maroc mon amour


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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Quote of the Day

"The World has grown suspicious of anything that looks like a happily married life"- Oscar Wilde

Dare I say, best cappuccino in town?

Yes. Bubby's cappuccino is a work of art. And their extremely delicious and well served brunch dishes are awesome. No wonder people love going there.
If you are looking for a great place to have brunch in NY, try Bubby's

120 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10013
(212) 219-0666
Subway: Franklin Street - IRT


Friday, November 26, 2010

The Real Threat to America

Interesting article by Roger Cohen (NYT)

The Real Threat to America

LONDON — The full-body scanners and intrusive pat-downs that are fast becoming the norm at U.S. airports — just in time for Thanksgiving! — do at least provide the answer to what should be done with Osama bin Laden if he’s ever captured: Rotate him in perpetuity through this security hell, “groin checks” and all.

He’ll crumple fast and wonder that 19 young guys in four planes could so warp the nervous system of the world’s most powerful nation that it has empowered zealous bureaucrats to trample on the liberties for which Americans give thanks this week.

In his stupor, arms raised as his body gets “imaged,” arms outstretched through “enhanced” patting, bin Laden might also wonder at just how stupid it is to assemble huge crowds at the Transportation Security Administration’s airport checkpoints, as if hundreds of people on planes were the only hundreds of people who make plausible targets for terrorists.

It seems Abdulmutallab, a name T.S.A. agents must now memorize, is to blame. Abdulmutallab is the failed Nigerian “underwear bomber” of last Christmas. He joins the failed shoe bomber and failed shampoo-and-bottled-water bombers in a remarkable success: adding another blanket layer of T.S.A checks, including dubious gropes, to the daily humiliations of travelers.

Whether or not these explosive devices were ever actually operable remains a matter of dispute, just as it remains a mystery that the enemy — if as powerful as portrayed — has not contrived a single terrorist act on U.S. soil since 9/11. What is not in doubt is an old rule: Give a bureaucrat a big stick and a big budget, allow said bureaucrat to trade in the limitless currency of human anxiety, and the masses will soon be intimidated by the Department of Fear.

Lavrenti Beria, Stalin’s notorious secret police chief, once said, “Show me the man and I’ll find you the crime.” The T.S.A. seems to operate on the basis of an adapted maxim: “Show me the security check and I’ll find you the excuse.”

Anyone who has watched T.S.A. agents spending 10 minutes patting down 80-year-old grandmothers, or seen dismayed youths being ordered back into the scanner booth by agents connected wirelessly to other invisible agents gazing at images of these people in a state of near-nakedness, has to ask: What form of group madness is it that forsakes judgment and discernment for process run amok?

I don’t doubt the patriotism of the Americans involved in keeping the country safe, nor do I discount the threat, but I am sure of this: The unfettered growth of the Department of Homeland Security and the T.S.A. represent a greater long-term threat to the prosperity, character and wellbeing of the United States than a few madmen in the valleys of Waziristan or the voids of Yemen.

America is a nation of openness, boldness and risk-taking. Close this nation, cow it, constrict it and you unravel its magic.

There are now about 400 full-body scanners, set to grow to 1,000 next year. One of the people pushing them most energetically is Michael Chertoff, the former Secretary of Homeland Security.

He’s the co-founder and managing principal of the Chertoff Group, which provides security advice. One of its clients is California-based Rapiscan Systems, part of the OSI Systems corporation, that makes many of the “whole body” scanners being installed.

Chertoff has recently been busy rubbishing Martin Broughton, the wise British Airways chairman who said many security checks were redundant — calling him “ill-informed.” Early this year Chertoff called on Congress to “fund a large-scale deployment of next-generation systems.”

Rapiscan and its adviser the Chertoff Group will certainly profit from the deployment underway (some of the machines were bought with funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act). Americans as a whole will not.

Rapiscan: Say the name slowly. It conjures up a sinister science fiction. When a government has a right to invade the bodies of its citizens, security has trumped freedom.

Intelligence has improved beyond measure since 9/11. It can be used far more effectively at airports. Instead of humiliating everyone, focus on the very small proportion of travelers who might present a threat.

You can’t talk down fear simply by calling terrorists “violent extremists,” or getting rid of the color-coded terrorism alert system, as the Obama administration has done. During the Bosnian war, besieged Sarajevans had a word — “inat” — for the contempt-cum-spite they showed barbarous gunners on the hills by dressing and carrying on as normal. Inat is what Americans should show the jihadist cave-dwellers.

So I give thanks this week for the Fourth Amendment: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

I give thanks for Benjamin Franklin’s words after the 1787 Constitutional Convention describing the results of its deliberations: “A Republic, if you can keep it.”

To keep it, push back against enhanced patting, Chertoff’s naked-screening and the sinister drumbeat of fear.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Quote of the Day

Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing. Use the pain as fuel, as a reminder of your strength.”
-August Wilson

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Quote of the Day

"There's nothing half so pleasant as coming home again"
Margaret Elizabeth Sansgter

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Morning After

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Morning after sand boarding under the stars...or at least trying to! Renata did very well...
(in the picture: our camp and our cook & musician, sweet Ahmid)

Friday, November 19, 2010


Waking up in the desert is such a treat!

Monday, November 15, 2010

My new home, when in Marrakech

(the noise you hear is the sound of birds!)

Riad Kitula is more like a home, right in the steps of a souk. To get to Kitula you will need very carefully explained instructions. The Riad is situated in a maze on tiny aisles, and the entrance has no signs at all, just a door.
Riad Kitula is an historic riad that was part of a Kalif's palace built around 1750.
The place is beautiful, you pass through the threshold of Riad Kitula and you are transported into an inner sanctuary of flowing fountains, cool shade, and the rustle of palm, banana, orange and lemon trees. This is a spectacular riad, that truly feels like a home, with an understated mix of European and Moroccan décor. From now on, I know that I have a 'home' to stay at when I come to Marrakech.

Riad Kitula

+44 (0) 207 352 0909 (Danny)
+44 (0) 771 020 8933

Marrakech Medina, Morocco

Website / Bookings
Click here: Riad Kitula


NOTE: They don't accept credit cards...cash only. Or check if you live in London.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Quote of The Day

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. ~St. Augustine

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Jet Lag management.. desynchronosis?

Let's pretend it's 11pm so tomorrow there will be no jet lag

Location:In transit

Friday, November 12, 2010

Quote of the Day

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

beautiful SAKE

Last night I tried a delicious sake:

Wakatake Onikoroshi Ginjo Sake

Light, smooth and rich type. Very clean, round and quite

impressive in the mouth.

Little hint of watermelon.

Wakatake History

Established in 1832, from Shizuoko prefecture.
Located along the Ohi river, in the center of Japan, flowing to the Pacific Ocean from Japan’s southern Alps; the town of Shimada once prospered as one of the lodging towns of the 53 post stations of the Tokaido.
The original Wakatake Onikoroshi sake is historically famous for having comforted many weary travelers crossing the Ohi river. For years, since the brewery’s foundation, they have lived through the rise and fall of history with the people in the town, and have enjoyed their hospitality.
Although there were several breweries in the town at that time, due to its good-quality water, Ohmuraya shuzojo brewery is the only one remaining now. They continue doing their best to convey one of the most important traditional industries of Japan to the next generation.
Wakatake is run by Mr. Matsunaga, the 6th Generation President and the Brewmaster is Mr. Hibino.

Source: http://vosselections.com

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Quote of the Day

Walk on water (Liquid Mountaineering)


Petrobras e Barbosa Lima Editores têm o prazer de convidar para o coquetel de lançamento do livro

Dia 16 de Novembro de 2010
18:30 -21:30h

Livraria Cultura - Av. Paulista, 2076 - Conjunto Nacional

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Doe Palavras - Donate words for cancer patients

Bom projeto:
Você acessa o site
(in english: http://www.doepalavras.com.br/en/)

Escreva uma mensagem de otimismo, curta (como twitter) e ela aparece no telão para pacientes que estão fazendo o tratamento – na sala de quimioterapia.

Write words of encouragement and willpower to be playing on a big screen in hospitals for Cancer patients around the world.

Quote of the Day

What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.”- Pericles

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Quote of the Day

What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but, scattered along life's pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.
-Joseph Addison

Talk about being famous!

I received this notification today
(Who knew, he is back, and he is following me!)

Monday, November 8, 2010

Quiz - Dali

With what comedy team did Salvador Dali collaborate on a motion picture screenplay?



This delightful record by Bill Evans and the wonderful Toots Thielemans was recorded in 1978 and is the first Evans release to feature bassist extraordinaire Marc Johnson. This is an amazing album and some of Evans' most inspired later-period playing. Evans's piano and Thielemans's harmonica are mellow and meditative. Evans piano blends beautifully with Toot's warm melodiscism, and the two jazz masters are in rare form throughout the album. "I do it for love is my favorite song."
Check out this record. If you like jazz like I do, you will love it.

1955 Chrysler Imperial

This beauty of a car was parked on 7th Avenue on the corner of 16th Street. I stopped my bike and asked the driver if I could take some pictures. He was very nice, and came out of the car. The driver told me that the car was parked in a garage for almost 30 years! It use to belong to a doctor that passed away, and the family members didn't really care to use the car, so they just left it in the garage. Good think this guy found it and bought it. He brought the car back to life. Such a beautiful automobile!

For the month of November, artist Marc Horowitz will live his life through the advice of strangers.

Quote of the Day

No pleasure is comparable to the standing
upon the vantage-ground of truth.
- Francis Bacon

Sunday, November 7, 2010

NOWNESS.com presents: Alex Prager's "Despair" featuring Bryce Dallas Howard

I'm in love with Prager's work

Here's a text from The Photography Post

Photographer Alex Prager Turns Director With This 50s Chiller
The setting: 1960s Los Angeles. Inside a phone booth stands a beautiful woman wearing the portentous femme fatale uniform of red lipstick and high heels. Bright and eerie, it’s picture-perfection. In her first short film, LA-based photographer Alex Prager is going for pure, cinematic melodrama, hoping to catch just one emotion—despair—through her chilling juxtaposition of dreamy Americana aesthetics and back-story brimming with overstated tragedy. Set to a score by composer Ali Helnwein and starring model and actress Bryce Dallas Howard, the film takes its cues from the opening of Charles Laughton’s Night of the Hunter (1955), and the Hans Christian Andersen-inspired 1948 ballet The Red Shoes. According to Prager, Despair was conceived as a living, full-sensory version of her photographic work, which has previously been exhibited at M+B Gallery in Los Angeles, Yancey Richardson in New York and Michael Hoppen in London.
“I’d like to show the before, now and after of one of my images––that’s really the concept of the film,” she says. Accustomed to running a one-woman show on her shoots, where she usually plays photographer, stylist, set-designer and everything in between, Prager was ensnared by the collaborative nature of creating a film. “It’s like taking every art medium and melding it into one,” she says. “It’s incredible!” As for working with Howard, a fast-rising talent (and the daughter of director Ron Howard) best known for her performances in M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village and Lady in the Water, Prager credits fate for bringing them together. She knew it could be no one but the fair-skinned beauty after deciding the role called for a redhead with serious acting chops. Howard’s graceful, porcelain-like look seems to embody one of Prager’s defining characteristics as an artist—her unabashed love for, and understanding of, color.
As for suspense: one of the stills from the four-minute film is headed to the prestiguous MoMA this September for the group show New Photography 2010, where Prager is exhibiting alongside Elad Lassry, Roe Ethridge and Amanda Ross-Ho. Film stills from Despair are currently being exhibited and sold exclusively by Michael Hoppen Contemporary in London.

Quote of the Day

Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it.- Groucho Marx

Saturday, November 6, 2010



So nice to meet you two tonight. Such beauties! Ride soon?

Quote of the Day

"A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step" - Lao Tzu

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Quote of the Day

A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.
- Coco Chanel