Monday, July 31, 2006


Gershwin, Sondheim and Broadway, Roger Carr performs at THE OTHER SIDE each Thursday, 8 p.m. to midnight, 2538 Hyperion Avenue, Silverlake, Los Angeles, 323.661.0618.

Personal Note: Spent the evening listening to Roger perform at the Otherside. He delivered a wide variety of songs but of special note was his delivery of Billy Joel, Elton John and Neil Diamond songs. Others may sing these songs, but Roger adds the flavor that gets you as close as possible to the feeling projected by each of these gifted artists. And his medley of songs from Les Miserables re-creates the feeling you had when you saw the show. This is a class act you won't want to miss. (
On Saturdays, Roger performs at The Paradise Piano Bar & Restaurant in Long Beach, conveniently located at 1800 East Broadway (562) 590-8773, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. (

Mt. Shasta and Wildflowers

Snowcapped Mt. Shasta, located in the upper regions of northern California in Siskiyou County, is a massive, white giant standing 14,162 feet (4,317 m) above sea level. It is a stratum volcano, a dominant feature of northern California, and is situated in the largest zone of volcanoes in the world called the Pacific Ring of Fire. Mt. Shasta is in a section of this ring called the Cascade Range, which begins where the Sierra Nevadas end and extends about 700 miles from northern California through Oregon and Washington into southern British Columbia. Photo by Tony Pollard. (

"Treasure the Moment"

This beautiful photo is called "Treasure the Moment" by Lacy Summers (

Isn't this an exciting piece of art ??

GLOWING CUBE: by Ryan Scammell An 8' square open-faced cube with geometric string designs is lit by blacklight. Contact: r-scammel(at)northwestern(dot)edu

Sunday, July 30, 2006


TO THE HEAVENS: Joggers, cyclists and motorists all share the soaring Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge over the Cooper River in Charleston, S.C. The observation decks on the bridge offers wide-ranging city views. An earlier posting on the Ravenel Bridge was made on July 17, 2006. (Photo by Robin Rauzi / LAT)

Saturday, July 29, 2006


I'd say somebody is pretty handy with Photoshop.

Not what one would call a leisurely boat ride . . .

According to this photograph is genuine and was taken from a September 2005 Africa Geographic article titled "Shark Detectives," about researchers studying Great White sharks off the coast of South Africa. As the article described the circumstances under which this picture was snapped:
Sitting in a 3.8-metre sea kayak and watching a four-metre great white approach you is a fairly tense experience. Although we had extensively tested the sharks' reactions to an empty kayak and had observed no signs of aggression, this gave us little comfort as we eyed a great white heading straight for us, albeit slowly. Just a metre or so from the craft it veered off, circled and slowly approached from behind. It did this several times, occasionally lifting its head out of the water to get a better look. Then it lost interest, and as it continued on its way we were able to follow a short distance behind. Once we'd come to terms with having nothing between ourselves and a four-metre shark except a thin layer of plastic, our kayak made an ideal research platform for observing great white behaviour in shallow water. Its advantages are twofold: it is inconspicuous and appears not to cause the sharks to alter their behaviour for long, and it allows us to watch them in a natural situation, as it is not necessary to attract them to us with food. (


 This photo was voted one of the 5 most spectacular photos of 2003 -- and it was the winner. This photo by Kurt Jones is 100% REAL. It's NOT manipulated in ANYWAY and it's a Dolphin not a shark as has been reported in some places on the Internet.  Posted by Picasa

The truth will set you free and maybe even give you a chuckle

Friday, July 28, 2006

Move your head or scroll the page as you look at the image

A bird . . .

Read this out loud . . . Are there any mistakes ??

Does the area inside the circle appear to move ??

Can you tell what this is a picture of ??

Look closely . . . is the square really there ??

Lovely to look at with a really warm glow . . .

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Isn't this a wonderful shot ??

By: Photographer Sam Abell


Here's an image of a tornado with a bolt of lightning that is certainly striking! This photo was taken by a guy called Fred Smith (you couldn’t really come up with a much more anonymous sounding name than that if you tried, could you?) in 1991.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Turning the Pages: British Library introduces 15 virtual online books

This is a great and highly commendable online project by the British Library, where 15 classic manuscripts have been digitised and all Shockwaved up to give us readers a pretty impressive virtual page-turning experience of books we would never be allowed to get our greasy paws on in real life. It comes complete with a virtual magnifying glass to help look at each page in more detail, and audio clips to give us the pleasure of listening to Mozart's undeniable genius whilst staring befuddled at his notation, and having horrific flashbacks of the freaky music teacher we had in high school. For the rest of this story go to:

"Between full and empty" -- Felice Varini

Felice Varini paints (lines, concentric circles, triangles) on things (tunnels, castles, groovy interiors). A seemingly random smattering of elements that, viewed from a specific point in space, coalesce into a tangible planar element."


This "Yosemite Rainbow" image appeared on a set of notecards but is no longer available.

Laguna Beach beckons and never disappoints

This Fine Art Print by John Comer is available at


Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP have won an international competition for construction of one of the world's most sustainable skyscrapers in China. SOM in collaboration with Guangzhou Pearl River Engineering Construction Supervision Corp. and with the support of Guangzhou Design Institute, are to design the Pearl River Tower, headquarters of the CNTC Guangdong Company. The 69 storey building will be built in Guangzhou, a city of more than 6 million people 182 kilometres from Hong Kong. "This project represents our commitment to sustainable design,' says Thomas Kerwin of SOM. 'It also represents our commitment and spirit of mutual collaboration with China's design professionals, government and industry in pushing sustainable design best-practices."

The "skyscraper for a new age", as it has been called, is designed to produce more energy than it consumes. The Pearl River Tower gathers energy from the wind and the sun: it uses wind power for ventilation and air conditioning, solar power for heating and electricity. (

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

LOUIS RUKEYSER (1933-2006)

It's been a long time since you shared with us those pearls of wisdom with a dash of humor and wit on Wall Street Week. Friday nights will never be the same. We miss you Lou.


I don't know who took this spectacular shot of the New River Gorge Bridge in West Virginia but they produced a breathtaking image!


This witch's lair of fairy-tale proportions, concocted in 1921 from a brew straight out of the Brothers Grimm, may be a cliché by now, yet it still dares to say what is often kept quiet.

With its raked plaster and river rock, aversion to straight lines, a shingle roof with ski-slope severity, mullioned windows and off-kilter shutters, it is the "Rocky Horror" of domestic architecture, "Gods and Monsters" come home to roost. Designed by Harry Oliver in 1921 as movie set, it became an office, and then a home, and it's what real estate is all about — fantasy.

But taking exaggerated leaps is a dying art. Our homes are either quiet and respectable or self-important and self-conscious. Few try to have it both ways and succeed. Located in Beverly Hills, CA.

How many times have you passed this fountain ??

At night, the Electric Fountain in Beverly Gardens Park is lit by an ever-changing display of colored lights, allowing for 60 different effects every 8 minutes. The fountain was built in 1931 by artist Merrel Gage, with funds raised by the mother of actor Harold Lloyd. (where Santa Monica Blvd. meets Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills, CA)

Remembering . . . what Venice once was

Step into a hand-painted postcard from Venice beach, circa 1910, and you'll be wandering inside California's first theme park. The idea that someone would dig canals and raise arched bridges so that you could wave over a gondolier proves that the dreamers of Southern California went a little too far — and were proud of it.

Mailed to some Eastern city, on a winter day, not long before the sinking of the Titanic, you can hear the postcard landing in an empty mail slot. Outside, snow is falling. Elm trees cast skeletal shadows against distant brownstones, and in your hands is something unbelievable. The image is small, and the lighting reminds you of the Mediterranean. You saw it once on a trip to Italy, where there never seem to be shadows, even in the brightest sunlight. Here is a gondola, crowded with well-dressed men and women, being sculled on a canal that looks like nothing in Venice — or at least the Venice that you know. Alongside are two young boys, modern-day Tom Sawyers, in a wooden canoe, and in the distance, there's a high, arching bridge and a few homes painted red on a green spit of land set against this powder blue sky.

You rub your eyes. Imagine living there, you think. "Boating on the Canal, Venice, California," the caption reads. Abbot Kinney, the mastermind of the dream, would have wanted it this way.


Every commuter knows that the current system of driving alone to and from work in heavy traffic is crazy, yet there hasn't been any real alternative. Until Commuter Cars came along, no one could buy their way out of a traffic jam without climbing on a motorcycle. We're changing all that with the introduction of the two-seat Tango.

The Tango is a glimpse into the future of commuting. Lane doubling, lane splitting, and perpendicular parking will become commonplace. Traffic-induced headaches and lost time will fade into the past. No more worries about safety as you're ballasted for flat-out cornering stability and protected by a racing-certified roll cage designed to protect you and your passenger. Park in places you wouldn't even dream of in a Mini Cooper. Emission-free and exciting, the electric Tango T600 is designed to beat most sports cars in the quarter mile with acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in just 4 seconds and a top speed of 150 mph!

Prices start at around $18,700 up to $108,000.


In the Emmy competition, Angela Lansbury, above, is the biggest loser among individuals (if you can call this class act a loser): 18 defeats, no wins, thus tying Susan Lucci at the daytime Emmys. Lucci won on her 19th try.


The core of The Haggin Museum's 300-piece art collection was assembled by three generations of the Haggin family. The paintings come primarily from the 19th century, and the artists include: Albert Bierstadt: (1830-1902), Childe Hassam: (1859-1935) and Thomas Moran: (1837-1926). The image above of the students viewing some Yosemite art is so beautiful it's a work of art itself.


Tesla, the upstart auto company based in Silicon Valley, unveiled its all-electric Roadster at a swank affair in Santa Monica last week. To appreciate the Tesla, it helps to compare it to the much-lamented EV1, GM's purpose-built electric car that was, in the mid-1990s, the most advanced vehicle of its kind. The Tesla Roadster has a range of 250 miles, says the company. The EV1, with the best nickel metal hydride batteries, could go about 150 miles under ideal conditions. A full charge of the EV1 could take eight hours. The Tesla's lithium-ion batteries can be raised from the dead to a full charge in 3 1/2 hours and, unlike the EV1, the Tesla will come with its own portable charging pack so it won't be range-tethered to its home charging station.

Big brakes, racy suspension, optional leather and navigation system, air conditioning, heated seats. There's even room for golf clubs. With the Tesla, the electric car seems poised to move past its groovy-granola beginnings. Tesla isn't the only bolt of battery-powered lightning out there. A Monaco-based company called Venturi has a production-ready electric sports car, the Fetish, which is nearly identical to the Tesla in size, weight, power, range and performance. The big difference is price: Compared with the $600,000-plus Venturi, the production Tesla ( about $85,000, due on sale in late 2007) might as well be sold at Best Buy.

The Wrightspeed X1 prototype, the work of another Silicon Valley startup, is based on the lattice-frame, open-wheel Ariel Atom built in England. It's even quicker: 0 to 60 mph in three seconds, with a quarter-mile time of 11.5 seconds. There's also the Tango commuter car, an oddly shaped four-wheel electric car-cum-motorcycle (sold as a kit car) whose most famous owner certainly is actor George Clooney. With its two motors serving up more than 1,000 pound-feet of combined torque, the Tango's acceleration is "like getting shot out of a cannon," says Tango president Rick Woodbury. During a summer when a popular documentary asks, "Who Killed the Electric Car?," the electric car seems to be contrarily alive and well and going like a bat out of hell. (excerpts from the article by Dan Neil in the Los Angeles Times)


Two cars in one: Push a button and the roof of the Volvo C70 T5 disassembles itself into three pieces,
which arrange themselves in a stack before descending into the trunk space, after which the deck lid clamshells shut on top. All in 30 seconds.
Here's the spiffy finished product--Base price: $38,710 with 218 Horsepower and EPA fuel economy of 21 miles per gallon city and 29 mpg highway.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006


Observe the awe factor in South America: Devil's Throat is the largest of almost 300 waterfalls that constitute Iguazú Falls in Iguazú National Park, on the border of Argentina and Brazil. Taller than Niagara Falls and four times as wide, Iguazú spans almost 3 miles. Kari Williams of San Francisco took this photo of Devil’s Throat.


"It captures the essence of Amsterdam at night," says Robert Perry, who took this photo last year at the Prinsengracht Canal. He strapped his camera to a bridge, used a slow shutter speed and set the timer, so he didn't have to press any buttons and risk blurring the warm city lights or the 17th century Westerkerk tower rising in the distance.

Is there anything more beautiful than a butterfly ??

This photo was taken in Vancouver's Butterfly Gardens.

Mystical and Beautiful

Grouse Mountain near Vancouver, Canada


Jackie Gleason never won an Emmy, but his costar Art Carney (above with Gleason and Jayne Meadows), won five for "The Honeymooners" and "The Jackie Gleason Show." Andy Griffith, below with costar Don Knotts, shared Gleason's luck, never having won for his comedy series, but Knotts won five times.


Here are some entries from the Harrisand World Championship Sand Sculpture in Harrison Hot Springs near Vancouver, Canada.
Click to enlarge. Many more images can be found at:

How many triangles can you count ??

Somebody counted 72, another said 92, and the answer is supposed to be 97.

Monday, July 24, 2006


This is a creation done for the "Worth a Thousand Words" contest: (
Here's another one: It's a Tiger Wabbit.