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          Union Bank of India Announces Excellent Results for the Quarter ended June 30, 2017         
Highlights  of  Union Bank of India's Results for the Quarter ended June 30, 2017  

CASA     25.1 per cent YoY
Non Interest Income      `  ` 1414 crore  (up 36 per cent YoY) 
Savings Deposit     27.6 per cent YoY
Operating Profit     ` ` 2057 crore (up 26.5 per cent YoY) 
CASA Share      35.5 per cent 
Net Profit        ` 117 crore (up 7.3 per cent QoQ) 
RAM* Sector      14.8 per cent YoY
CRAR       12.01 per cent 
RAM* Share       55.4 per cent
Tier I      9.24 per cent 

 The growth in Deposits was driven by Savings Deposits, which grew by 27.6 per cent on YoY basis.
 Cost to income ratio improved to 43.79 per cent against 48.28 per cent on YoY basis.

 Capital Adequacy Ratio (Basel III) improved to 12.01 per cent compared to 10.75 per cent a year ago. * (Retail, Agriculture & MSME share in domestic advances) 

Global Business grew by 10.5 per cent to `670971 crore as on June 30, 2017 from `607280 crore as on June 30, 2016. Domestic business grew by 10.0 per cent to `635233 crore as on June 30, 2017 from `577473 crore as on June 30, 2016.  Total deposit of the bank grew from `338727 crore as on June 30, 2016 to `375796 crore as on June 30, 2017 showing growth of 10.9 per cent. 
Financial Results for the Quarter ended June 30, 2017 
CASA deposits grew by 25.1 per cent to `133412 crore as on June 30, 2017 from `106604 crore as on June 30, 2016.   CASA share in total deposits improved to 35.5 per cent as on June 30, 2017 compared to 31.5 per cent as on June 30, 2016. Average CASA ratio also increased by 430 basis points (bps) to 33.5 per cent on YoY basis.  Savings Deposit registered YoY growth of 27.6 per cent.  A total of 8.70 lakh CASA accounts were opened during April-June 2017, out of which 8.38 lakh were Savings Bank Accounts (excl. BSBDA/BSBDS accounts).   The Bank’s Global Advances grew by 9.9 per cent (YoY) to `295175 crore as on June 30, 2017 from `268553 crore as on June 30, 2016.  Due to encouraging growth of 14.8 per cent in RAM (Retail, Agriculture & MSME) sector, Domestic Advances increased by 9.4 per cent from `242935 crore as on June 30, 2016 to `265683 crore as on June 30, 2017. 

Financial Performance for the quarter ended June 2017

Domestic Net Interest Margin (NIM) stood at 2.20 per cent for April -June 2017 as against 2.36 per cent for April -June 2016. Global NIM for April -June 2017 stood at 2.06 per cent as against 2.27 per cent for January-March 2017 quarter. It was 2.28 per cent a year ago.    Yield on funds stood at 6.94 per cent for April -June 2017 as against 7.94 per cent for April-June 2016 and 7.35 per cent for January-March 2017.   Cost of funds stood at 5.03 per cent for April -June 2017 as against 5.82 per cent for April-June 2016 and 5.24 per cent for January-March 2017.  Net Interest Income for April-June 2017 increased by 6.7 per cent to `2243 crore from `2103 crore for April-June 2016. It was `2387 crore during January-March 2017.  Non Interest Income for April-June 2017 stood at `1414 crore, showing increase of 36.0 per cent over April-June 2016.   Operating profit increased by 26.5 per cent to `2057 crore during April-June 2017 over `1626 crore during April-June 2016 and was `2134 crore during January-March 2017.  Net Profit for April-June 2017 sequentially increased to `117 crore from `109 crore in January-March 2017.  Cost to income ratio improved to 43.79 per cent for April -June 2017 from 48.28 per cent for April-June 2016 and it was 44.32 per cent for January-March 2017.  Return on average assets (annualised) stood at 0.10 per cent for April-June 2017 as against 0.17 per cent for April-June 2016 and 0.10 per cent for January-March 2017.  Return on equity (annualised) stood at 2.46 per cent in April -June 2017 as against 3.36 per cent for April -June 2016 and 2.27 per cent for January-March 2017.  Earnings per share (annualised) stood at `6.78 in April -June 2017 as against `9.69 for April -June 2016 and `6.33 for January-March 2017.

Asset Quality
Gross NPA stood at 12.63 per cent as on June 30, 2017 as against 11.17 per cent as on March 31, 2017 and 10.16 per cent as on June 30, 2016.   Net NPA ratio stood at 7.47 per cent as on June 30, 2017 as against 6.57 per cent as on March 31, 2017 and 6.16 per cent as on June 30, 2016.  Provision Coverage Ratio stood at 51.13 per cent as on June 30, 2017 as against 51.41 per cent as on March 31, 2017. It was 49.99 per cent as on June 30, 2016.  

Capital Adequacy

Capital Adequacy ratio of the Bank under Basel III improved to 12.01 per cent as on June 30, 2017 as against 11.79 per cent as on March 31, 2017 and 10.75 per cent as on June 30, 2016 compared to minimum regulatory requirement of 10.25 per cent.  The Tier I ratio as of June 30, 2017 is 9.24 per cent, within which Common Equity Tier 1 ratio is 7.73 per cent compared to regulatory minimum of 6.75 per cent. 

Digital Initiatives

The Bank has been pioneer in taking various digital initiatives and continuously launched various digital products for enhancing the customer services. Following are some of the key achievements during the quarter:
 66 per cent growth in mobile banking users on YoY basis.  U-Mobile transaction volume doubled from June 2016.  90 per cent growth in number of PoS terminals on YoY basis.  7th largest presence in banking industry and 3rd largest presence amongst all PSU banks within short span of time in Social media.  Trendsetter on Social media channels by taking various initiatives like Live streaming, Digital Education Series – #KyaAapJanteHai etc.   67 per cent share of “transactions through digital channels” in “overall transactions”. 

Financial Inclusion:

Under the Pradhan Manrti Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY), the the Bank has more than 69 lakh accounts having a balance of `1270 crore.   48.91 lakh Rupay Card issued under PMJDY as on June 30, 2017.

Total enrollment under Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY), Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY) and Atal Pension Yojana (APJ) increased to 30.1 lakh, 12.8 lakh and 2.21 lakh respectively.  The Bank financed `696 crore in 33433 accounts under Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana, including an amount of `211 crore to 7964 beneficiaries through a specific scheme for financing of light commercial vehicle during April–June 2017. 


The Bank has 4286 branches as of June 30, 2017 including 4 overseas branches at Hong Kong, DIFC (Dubai), Antwerp (Belgium) and Sydney (Australia). In addition, the Bank has representative offices at Shanghai, Beijing and Abu Dhabi. The Bank also operates in United Kingdom through its wholly owned subsidiary, Union Bank of India (UK) Ltd.   Total number of ATMs stood at 7574 including 1685 talking ATMs as of June 30, 2017. ATM to branch ratio stood at 1.77. 

Awards & Accolades during FY 2017-18 (April-June)

Skoch Award 
Skoch Order of merit Award – Operational Customer Relationship Management (OCRM)
Skoch Financial Technology Award - Unified Payment Interface(UPI)
Skoch Financial Technology Award - Green PIN solution for Debit cards 
Skoch Financial Technology Award - Union Digi Gaon
Skoch Financial Inclusion Award for Financial Inclusion

          Sugar Free launches a web series ‘The Sweet Breakup’ a first of its kind in the food space        

by Shrutee K/DNS

Mumbai, August 2017: Sugar Free, a name synonymous with sugar substitute, is the single largest leader in India in the category. The brand always thrives on innovation as key for its growth and has introduced many variants in the category for the sweet binging yet calorie conscious Indians. As an extension to its innovation drive, the brand has unveiled a new campaign ‘The Sweet Breakup’, a one-of-a-kind 5-part web-series in the food category. The series is conceptualized and executed by Maxus Content, the content solutions arm of Maxus.
Talking about the campaign Tarun Arora, Chief Operating Officer & Director, Zydus Wellness said, “Our vision for “Sugar Free” is to make it the brand of choice for consumers seeking low / no calorie options to lead a healthier life style. Hence to address the myths attached with the usage of Sugar Free as part of one’s daily culinary needs made us conceptualize ‘The Sweet Break Up’.  This web series demonstrates in an authentic way that you can indulge into your favourite dessert guilt-free without compromising on the taste. The 5- city trail as part of the campaign only reaffirmed that any sweet recreated with Sugar Free tastes the same when made with sugar. I believe this was the first time a dessert truck was going around India and hence there was a lot of excitement amongst people wanting to know what’s cooking !”
Pooja Verma, Head - Content, Entertainment and Sports Partnerships at Maxus said, “Maxus believes that changing traditional behaviour among consumers with content, needs a compelling strategy which is driven by insights and fused with creative thought. Showcasing Sugar Free as more than just a sugar substitute via ‘The Sweet Break-Up’ campaign is a prime example of our focus. Sweets have a strong relationship with celebrations in our country. With that insight in mind, we brought our campaign together on the message that enjoying sweets while breaking up with unhealthy calories is a win-win outcome for every foodie. The creative vehicle to deliver that message is our one-of-a-kind series where Chef Kunal Kapur joins famous foodie-duo Rocky & Mayur, in recreating delicious Indian sweets with Sugar Free. Through this content solution, the brand stands to generate extensive and meaningful conversations with viewers who love their sweets.”

This campaign marks the culinary journey of Sugar Free across 5 cities Delhi, Lucknow, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Mumbai, where celebrity chef Kunal Kapur reconstructed 5 different speciality desserts by using Sugar Free products. The brand also had on board the famous foodie duo Rocky and Mayur whose fun banter added to the entertainment element in the web-series. The journey started from Delhi where the chef created the famous Tewari Brother’s Gulaab Jamun followed by Lucknow where Ram Asrey’s famous Malai ki Gilori was made. The truck then headed East to Kolkata where he recreated Balaram Mullick’s Sandesh and then southward to Bangalore where he made a fusion dessert using G Pulla Reddy’s Dharwad Peda and created Dharwad Peda Tiramisu. The final leg of the web series was shot in Mumbai where Chef Kapur added a spin to made Ladu Samrat’s modak and created delicious chocolate modaks. All of these were created using Sugar Free. While the brand has a strong linkage with table top consumptionand pellets as a format, the culinary consumption for powder formats is a gap that needs to be bridged. ‘The Sweet Breakup’ campaign is that step forward by Sugar Free to make consumers aware of the format, its usage and the fact that the taste of the dessert stays as good. What more? One can indulge in sweets now without having to feel guilty.
The Sweet Breakup will be unveiled on-air on 18thAugust
About Zydus Wellness Limited: Zydus Wellness Limited is the Consumer products company from the Zydus Group. Zydus group is a pharma major with flagship organization, Cadila Healthcare Limited, a leading pharmaceutical company with significant global presence apart from India. Zydus Wellness has been a pioneer in various categories it operates in. The company focuses on emerging segments and has its DNA of innovations with “Do good benefits” at the core of its business. Zydus Wellness commands leadership in the sugar substitute market, table spreads and the skin care segments. In the sugar substitute market, Sugar Free is a market leader with a market share of 94% and targets health and fitness seekers apart from diabetics.
Nutralite is a market leader in the Fat Spread category and appeals to consumers looking for healthier alternatives to normal butter. It is cholesterol free, does not contain any hydrogenated fats and is also trans-fat free. Everyuth is a pioneer in facial cleansing space in India. It enjoys leadership in the scrub and Peel off Mask segments and is amongst the top players in the overall facial cleansing category with strong “Naturals” equity Zydus Wellness Limited is listed on NSE and BSE and has manufacturing locations in Gujarat and Sikkim.
About Maxus:  Maxus is a marketing communications consultancy that helps marketers build profitable relationships between consumers and their brands. They combine the disciplines of communications planning and customer relationship marketing to deliver Relationship Media, a next generation model powered by creative media thinking and sophisticated, real-time customer data.

Their services include communications strategy, digital marketing, direct response media, social media, data analytics, media investment management, content & sports marketing, marketing ROI evaluation and CRM. Having a talent team of 2,500 people across 55 markets, they are part of GroupM, the world’s largest media investment management group that serves as the parent company for all of WPP’s media agencies.

          Skillsoft and MIT Sloan Management Review Partner To Train Next Generation Business Leaders        

Superior content and Percipio platform help organizations develop the next wave of leaders

 by Shrutee K/DNS

Mumbai August 08, 2017–Skillsoft, the global leader in corporate learning, has partnered with MIT Sloan Management Review (MIT SMR) to curate the journal’s best leadership assets and deliver them to its 40 million users. This key collaboration kicks off a series of new, innovative content partnerships that will empower Skillsoft’s Leadership and Business Skills learners with professional training from the industry’s top experts.

Organizations and their employees can now access this elite catalog of content to enhance professional development, upskill their workforce, and hone individual career paths. Presented through the highly engaging and intuitive Percipio platform, users will be able to access everything from MIT SMR’s general leadership articles, to Frontier articles that focus on the intersection of business management practice with technology, collaborative research reports, as well as webinars and videos. Content will be optimized for all devices and operating systems, and will be accessible via video, audio and written content for varied learner styles and needs.

“Our Leadership content sets us apart from other corporate learning content providers. We provide the most diverse content catalog with an array of learning modalities. More importantly and unique to Skillsoft, we craft thoughtful learning paths and courses for users to follow,” said Bill Donoghue, Executive Chairman of the Skillsoft group. “Our partnership with MIT Sloan Management Review will supplement our own assets and underscore our commitment to building the most respected and up-to-date portfolio of Leadership training available.”

Skillsoft will embed MIT SMR content within its core Business and video collections, and integrate content within its existing Leadership offerings, like Skillsoft Leadership Advantage, Continuous Leadership Journey and Women-in-Action. The partnership between Skillsoft and MIT SMR will provide organizations with engaging, on-demand corporate learning content that will groom, train and inspire management teams through a consumer-like interface (think Netflix or Amazon) that is designed to engage the learner.

“We see a growing need for effective leadership training to address critical skill gaps in today’s organizations and help increase an organization’s ability to develop talent from within,” said Paul Michelman at MIT SMR. “This partnership gives our content a new vehicle for delivery within those organizations that believe training their internal talent is paramount to creating a competitive edge.”

MIT Sloan Management Review is a pre-eminent platform and content leader that bridges the gap between academic research and daily practice. The Review keeps readers in tune with management trends and innovations. MIT SMR articles cover a wide range of topics relevant to management with a focus on areas such as Data & Analytics, Digital, Global, Innovation, Leadership, Marketing, Operations, Social Business, Strategies and Sustainability. For decades, MIT SMR has been a forum for business-management innovators from around the world to present their ideas and research.

About Skillsoft : Skillsoft is the global leader in corporate learning, providing the most engaging learner experience and high-quality content. We are trusted by the world's leading organizations, including 65 percent of the Fortune 500. Our mission is to build beautiful technology and engaging content that drives business impact for today’s modern enterprise. Our 150,000+ multi-modal courses, videos, books and micro-learning modules are accessed more than 130 million times every month, in 160 countries and 29 languages. With 100% secure cloud access, from any device, whenever, wherever.

          Swipe launches KONNECT at Rs. 4,999 Exclusively on Snapdeal        

by Shrutee K/DNS 

India, 4th August 2017: Swipe Technologies, India’s leading mobile internet technology company, is all set to unveil brand new member in its popular KONNECT Series - Swipe KONNECT Power.  The slim and sturdy smartphone sports 5” HD IPS display and boasts enormous 3000 mAh battery.  The compelling feature rich Swipe KONNECT Power is competitively priced at Rs. 4,999 only. It will be available exclusively on Snapdeal from 7th August 2017.

Swipe KONNECT Power is driven by a powerful 1.5GHz quad core processor that runs on Android 6.0 OS for lag-free multi-tasking smartphone experience. It comes with 2 GB RAM plus 16 GB internal memory, expandable up to 32 GB and OTG support enhances the storage options. The new 4G VoLTE-ready KONNECT Power features 5” HD IPS display that allows users to enjoy cleaner & sharper visuals at the highest resolution. Besides, this device has a very sleek body that makes the phone very stylish in its looks. That’s not all. For the photography enthusiast, KONNECT Power comes with 8MP Rear Camera and 5MP Front Camera. The camera app also comes with lots of features to enhance the photography. The new phone gives an extended company to the user with its 3000 mAh battery, which is installed keeping in mind the daily lifestyle and usage patterns of young smartphone users.  Commenting on the launch of KONNECT Power, Mr. Shripal Gandhi, Founder and CEO of Swipe Technologies said: “Fulfilling aspirations of demanding Indians at affordable price is what differentiates Swipe from other smartphone players.  Our latest creation is yet another affordable device under the KONNECT series – KONNECT Power. It is designed for the aspiring youth of the country who requires long lasting battery that too with 2GB RAM yet the phone is light on pocket.”
Vishal Chadha, Sr.Vice President – Business said: “As part of our commitment to the vision of Digital India, we are keen to bring our consumers access to compelling technology products at great value. With Swipe Konnect Power, we are confident that this newest exclusive addition to our smartphone assortment will be well received by our customers”
Swipe KONNECT Power comes with a gorgeous design, and it has a smoother touch experience as well as comfortable grip. Customers will be able to enjoy a greater multimedia experience, as they can capture stunning photos and videos in virtually any lighting condition.
About Swipe Technologies:
Swipe Technologies is an innovation-centric mobility solutions company, having started its operations in July 2012. Within a short span of time, Swipe has become the leading tablet and Smartphone maker in India.   Swipe was started with an aim to bring exciting devices in the growing Indian market and today, it is the leading consumer brand with key innovations across products, pricing and customer support. Founded by technocrat Mr. Shripal Gandhi, Swipe raised $5 million in May 2014 from the Venture Capital firm Kalaari Capital. In the last three years, Swipe has won a number of accolades including the “Top 50 Inspiring Entrepreneurs of India” by The Economic Times, the “Most Innovation-driven Company in India” by World Brand Congress, and the “Most Innovative Start-up” by Franchise India, the “Best Integrated Campaign” by the World Brand and Congress& the “Best Youth Brand Tablet” by CNBC. Also, Swipe’s young founder Mr. Shripal Gandhi has been recognized as the “CNBC Young Turks” for his breakthrough strategies and innovation in the field of mobile communication technologies. For details, logon to


by Shrutee K/DNS 
Mumbai: Asia’s largest content creation festival, India Film Project that encourages people to create video content will enter into its seventh edition this year. India Film Project invites entries from all the film enthusiasts who love making films from across the globe for all their competitive sections with 31st August’2017 as a closing date.

India Film Project which is one of the rare platforms focused at content creation rather than content consumption will be held in Mumbai. Currently a daylong event, India Film Project will be conducted for two days hosting conversations with 50+ celebs, workshops and masterclasses, curated video screenings amongst others. The festival, this year, will be held on 30th September’17 and 1stOctober’17 at NSCI, Worli, and tentatively attended by over 60,000 film enthusiasts from across India.

Participants can enter into the following categories:

The Best of Digital category where participants can enter their already created work under the sections like short films, music videos, ads and brand films, corporate videos, food and travel videos, wedding and celebration videos, animation and motion graphics, web sketches and web series. Best of Digital awards bestows a chance to the content creators to compete with the best ones on the web. This is the first time the best in digital category has been introduced at India Film Project. Currently, there are no other awards and recognitions for digital videos in India.

Poster Redesign Compete in association with The Souled Store that encourages participants to design a movie poster and compete with some of India’s leading designers. The top posters will be exhibited at the festival and even bought by the audience offline and online.

Scriptwriting competition in association with Terribly Tiny Tales

For the first time ever, the festival bring to you a competition between the scripts from across the globe where one can stand a chance to present their story to some of the best scriptwriters of country and get talent recognized. Narrate your story in your own words around the theme “over the edge”.

50 Hour Filmmaking: India Film Project’s flagship competition which will battle it out with more than 30,000 filmmakers from 300+ cities to show your filmmaking skills in a duration of just 50 hours – Sep 15 to Sep 17. Teams can choose any one category to participate – Professional, Amateur or Mobile. The theme will be revealed at the beginning of 50 hours. The Last date to register 14th September’17.

          February 2017        

          Progression magazine gives OHO Okinawa reissue top marks!        
Progressive Magazine gives OHO Okinawa reissue a 16/16, their highest rating! Longtime readers certainly recall Baltimore’s OHO, subject of a feature way back in Issue No. 28.  This six-panel digipak, complete with 20-page booklet (featuring original artwork from the private 1974 release), is the first proper digital representation of this masterwork of pre-RIO/art-punk cabaret freakadelia. Sonically, […]

Digital sculpting exercise based on a painting by James Bama.
           Rail Delivery Group's new app will save digital railcards         
Once rail passengers have a digital version of their railcard stored on the app, they will be able to use it to access money off train tickets without having to worry about the paper version.
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          The Perfect Wedding Gift or ‘How our Adventure to Ireland Got Even Awesomer’        

Now it’s that time of year where loads of romantic gestures are appearing all over the internet, and lovely as they all are, I think we may have one of the best…. Right from our first meeting with Shane and Rachel back in Bournemouth, we knew we were going to be in for an awesome […]

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          Styled Shoot        

Having been working through my new year’s resolutions for Digital Bohemia Wedding Videography, it was my aim to be part of a styled wedding shoot in 2014, and when Lauren of French Made approached me with the idea of an 80’s themed, super-kitsch, same sex wedding shoot I jumped at the chance! On 11th November […]

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          Unlocking G Suite for Nonprofits: Improve internal workflow and communication        

Whether you have a team of five or 500 a seamless, collaborative workflow is critical in the digital age. Our goal is to make sure that your nonprofit is able to focus on changing the world by using technology to save time -- not waste it. In the digital age though, information sharing can often be complex; your team might not work in the same office, or even the same timezone. Some team members might be in an office with computer access, while others are in the field on mobile devices. Who from your team should be able to access confidential documents?

This brings us to a key question: How do you empower team members to work together towards a common goal, and use technology to enable it?

Great question. We’d like to introduce you to G Suite - (formerly  Google Apps for Work ). G Suite aims to help teams work together in real-time -- no matter where they are in the world.

Today, we’re spotlighting a few nonprofits to share how their teams  are using Google tools and apps to improve workflow and internal communication.

Mercy Beyond Borders - Internal Communication with Sheets & Sites

Mercy Beyond Borders (MBB) is a U.S. nonprofit that aims to forge opportunities for women and girls in extreme poverty to learn, connect, and lead. Utilizing a small office in the U.S. as home base, MBB targets rural areas in Haiti and South Sudan. In both of these areas, cultural norms and poverty prohibit full participation of women. In fact, these areas offer minimal education and opportunities for employment, which often  impedes the development of leadership skills or positions. Mercy Beyond Borders focuses its programs on providing trainings, scholarships, leadership camps, and business loans for women.

To achieve their mission, Mercy Beyond Borders faces the challenge of balancing US-based operations with field work in remote areas like South Sudan and Haiti. Their nonprofit partners range from large organizations to local schools to individuals. So how does Mercy Beyond Borders ensure that all staff, vendors, and partners stay connected and working together in sync?
MBB-trained nurse in South-Sudan village
MBB-trained nurse in South Sudan village. Photo credit: Mercy Beyond Borders

Mercy Beyond Border began using G Suite to streamline its workflow, connecting their team across the globe. Using G Suite, MBB’s team is able to access, share, and collaborate together in real-time. Take a glimpse into how they do it:

  • Track Finances: MBB manages their overseas program budget expenditures in Google Sheets. Using this tool, the domestic office tracks monthly vendor payments in Haiti. This enables the staff to wire more money as needed in order to ensure program success. Additionally, using Sheets enables the team to provide transparency in the organization, clarifying spending and creating a simple overview of total annual expenses. This standardized and collaborative approach to data enables better efficiency and communication between domestic and international offices.

  • Store images: Mercy Beyond Borders regularly takes photos in the field to keep the domestic office up to date on progress and communicate stories to their donors. The team overseas is able to upload the pictures to Google Drive, which allows them to share or retrieve the images at any time.

  • Share Information: It’s imperative that MBB shares frequent updates with the Board of Directors, highlighting current developments, areas for growth, and new opportunities. To keep the Board of Directors apprised of progress, the team created a MBB Board website with Google Sites as a way to provide updates outside of meetings. The site functions as a central hub, where the Board can find all relevant information and resources at their discretion. The website is organized in subsections including internal updates from the Executive Director, background articles on country conditions and descriptions of new partnerships. To take it one step further, MBB also added a comment section for board members to engage in open communication.

“It [G Suite] helps to better connect, engage, and keep Board members up-to-date in between meetings, or  if they are unable to make a meeting (in which case they can view the Meeting Archives page),” said Adrienne Perez.

MyFace - Increasing productivity and improving internal workflow by remote access

Established in 1951, MyFace was founded to address the medical, surgical and psychological needs of those living with facial deformities. The organization offers access to care and treatments --- regardless of the severity of the anomaly, the length of treatment, or the family’s ability to afford care. In America alone, 1 in 650 children is born with an facial cleft. Every year, MyFace helps more than 1,000 patients seek treatment. Of this population, 85% are children, 70% live in poverty, and 95% require long-term care. The costs involved in this are high and verges on insurmountable for low income families. With this in mind, MyFace ensures that all children receive highest quality interdisciplinary and comprehensive reconstructive care by doctors who provide their services pro bono.

As a small nonprofit (their staff of eight including their therapy dog, Bentley), employees are required to perform a variety of different tasks. On any given day, team members might be responsible for website design, grant proposal writing, and marketing strategy. And oftentimes, what one employee starts today is  picked up by another employee tomorrow. Because it’s often all-hands-on-deck, collaboration is particularly key for MyFace.

Our mission of changing faces and transforming lives can be fulfilled with the help of technology from G4NP Carolyn Spector Executive Director MyFace

To address their challenge, MyFace began using Google Drive to centrally store, access, and share information from anywhere at anytime. Drive helped decrease the amount of time that MyFace spends on administrative tasks, like sending documents back and forth or working with out-of-date data or information. Drive’s tools like Docs and Sheets enable the team to collaborate both in and out of office.

MyFace also deals with an overwhelming amount of data and information. The team needs this data to not only be easy to store, retrieve, and share — it needs to be secure, since it contains confidential and personal patient information. G Suite offers that as well, ensuring that all information is kept private and secure. (Want to know more about G Suite security and how safe they really are? Read more about it here).

“Our mission of changing faces and transforming lives can be fulfilled with the help of technology from G4NP because it offers invaluable resources to nonprofits of any size at no cost,” stated Carolyn Spector, Executive Director of MyFace.

MyFace Staff photo
MyFace team. Photo credit: MyFace

Having global teams of different sizes with varying access to technology can make timely communication difficult, if not impossible. While nonprofits like Mercy Beyond Borders and myFace strive to accomplish unique missions, both organizations are passionate about changing the world. And about using the right technology to help. Utilizing tools like G Suite has been key for nonprofits like these in order to improve internal workflow and communications. For Mercy and my Face, making information shared, up-to-date, and secure has been crucial for navigating the Technology Age.

Interested in learning more about the tools available to your nonprofit? Check out our website to see how G4NP can help your nonprofit with real-time, up-to-date communication and data sharing.


To see if your nonprofit is eligible to participate, review the Google for Nonprofits eligibility guidelines. Google for Nonprofits offers organizations like yours free access to Google tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Ad Grants, YouTube for Nonprofits and more. These tools can help you reach new donors and volunteers, work more efficiently, and tell your nonprofit’s story. Learn more and enroll here.

Footnote:  Statements are provided by Nonprofits that received free products as part of the Google for Nonprofits program, which offers free products to qualified nonprofits.

          Four ways to keep your nonprofit safe & secure online        
safety security g4np
For nonprofits, the Internet serves as a powerful vehicle for change — creating a way to access information, connect with users, and drive innovation. But navigating the web can also be a tricky task. Online safety and security has become increasingly pertinent for all digital users, including nonprofits. While it’s relevant to all though, it’s unattended by many. This raises the question: “How do we keep our nonprofit (and the community we serve) safe and secure online?”

Today, we’re partnering with Google’s User Advocacy Group to share four smart tips to keep your nonprofit, your users, and you safe online.

1. Secure your passwords

Many of us “know” that it’s smart to pick a strong password, but out of convenience we also continue to use our favorite pet’s name (e.g. “Clifford”) or other not-so-creative passwords like “password.” Although pets like Clifford are great, they don’t make great passwords. Rather, this weak protection creates vulnerable access to some of your nonprofit’s most sensitive information.

Picking strong passwords that are different for each of your accounts is extremely important -- it’s also good practice to update your passwords regularly.  Check out the following tips: 

  • Use a unique password for each of your accounts. Would you give a burglar a key that accessed your home, car, garage, and more? Using the same password for multiple accounts creates the same type of risk. Ensure you’re protecting your data by using unique passwords for each account.

  • Include numbers, letters and symbols in your password. The longer your password is, the harder it is to guess. Adding numbers, symbols and mixed-case letters makes it harder for someone to gain access to your account.

  • Create password recovery options and keep them up-to-date. If you forget your password or get locked out, you need a way to get back into your account. Many services will send this information to a recovery email address to reset your password, so be sure your recovery email address is up-to-date and accessible. You may also be able to add a phone number to your profile to receive a code to reset your password via text message. Having a mobile phone number on your account is one of the easiest and most reliable ways to help keep your account safe.

2. Take the security checkup

Google’s Security Checkup is a quick, easy way to review the following information about your account (and more)!
  • Recent activity: This is a quick overview of your recent sign-ins to Google. If you see any activity from a location or device you don’t recognize, change your password immediately.

  • Account permissions: These are the apps, websites, and devices connected to your Google account. Take a look and make sure you trust—and actually use—all of them. You might want to remove an old phone, or that dusty app you never use.

  • Check your 2-step verification:  Most people have only one layer of protection with their password. 2-step verification adds an additional layer of security to your account by requiring a phone or security key to access your account information.

3. Understand your privacy settings

If you do your personal and business work on the same computer, you will want to also check your privacy settings through Google’s Privacy Checkup. Privacy Checkup allows you to control what information like photos, videos and reviews are shared to the public or to whomever you choose.
  • Manage your sharing: You can decide what information you want to share such as videos, photos and reviews. Perhaps your nonprofit videos are only shared with your friends, when you want them to be shared with anyone. This is a simple way to check to see who can see what.

  • Personalize your google experience: One additional function of privacy checkup is to see what information you’re sharing with Google. Google uses this information to provide better search results and more relevant information to get you answers quicker and more relevant information to share to your nonprofit community.

Review important information about how Google uses data to make services better for you and your nonprofit.

4. Ensure you're switching between your personal & business accounts

We understand that as a nonprofit, you wear many hats and manage multiple business accounts in addition to personal ones. Google makes it easy toggle between accounts — visit your account settings to quickly determine which data you’re accessing, and rest easy knowing your personal and business information are separate.

  • Guest Mode or Incognito mode: Share Chrome with other people in your organization and ensure everyone has their own settings and bookmarks. You can also utilize Guest mode or Incognito mode to open a private browsing session in Chrome without leaving browser history or cookies behind once you’ve logged out.

  • Using Chrome on an unfamiliar device or machine: If you’re using an unfamiliar device or machine, ensure you’ve properly logged out of your account before heading off to your next meeting.

Online security doesn’t have to be difficult. These simple steps will give you peace of mind and protect your nonprofit’s valuable work. If you have any other online security questions or want to recommend a topic for a future blog, please add a comment below. 

To see if your nonprofit is eligible to participate, review the Google for Nonprofits eligibility guidelines. Google for Nonprofits offers organizations like yours access to Google tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Ad Grants, YouTube for Nonprofits and more — all at no charge. These tools can help you reach new donors and volunteers, work more efficiently, and tell your nonprofit’s story. Learn more + enroll here.  

          HAPPY 13TH BIRTHDAY, Google Ad Grants        
Happy 13th birthday, Google Ad Grants! We launched Ad Grants 13 years ago to offer nonprofits a free online advertising solution to share their causes with the world. 

Over the years, we’ve learned a lot together about what it means to be a nonprofit in the digital age. And as the industry landscape has changed, we’ve aimed to ensure that AdWords consistently helps to deliver your mission online. 

We’ve celebrated the ability of groups to change the world — one day, one person, one place at a time. At the same time, we’ve also come to understand the challenges of the nonprofit sector by both listening to your stories, as well as working directly alongside you. In doing so, we recognized that nonprofits struggle to find the time or resources to manage an AdWords account. So in 2015, we launched AdWords Express for Ad Grants as a part of Google for Nonprofits.

With nonprofits’ limited time and resources in mind, we created AdWords Express to be an automated advertising solution that serves the same effective ads on Google Search as standard AdWords. AdWords Express requires less ongoing maintenance than AdWords, while still delivering an exceptional experience for Ad Grantees. 

With AdWords Express, your nonprofit can create an online ad quickly and easily, attracting more users to your website. There’s minimal ongoing management necessary, and AdWords Express runs and automatically optimizes your ads for you. Much like AdWords though, you can still reach customers on desktop computers and mobile devices (such as smartphones and tablets), as well as review the effectiveness of your ads in your dashboard. 

Sign up for Google Ad Grants here. For more information on AdWords Express, how to get started, and country availability, please visit our Ad Grants Help Center. 

To see if your nonprofit is eligible to participate, review the Google for Nonprofits eligibility guidelines. Google for Nonprofits offers organizations like yours free access to Google tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Ad Grants, YouTube for Nonprofits and more. These tools can help you reach new donors and volunteers, work more efficiently, and tell your nonprofit’s story. Learn more and enroll here. 

          Introducing new donation tool on YouTube benefiting nonprofits        
YouTube has over a billion users. That’s almost one-third of all people on the Internet. And everyday those users watch hundreds of millions of hours of video, racking up billions of views – which are now billions of opportunities to do good.

We’re excited to announce a brand new tool that U.S. nonprofits can utilize — donation cards on YouTube! Donation cards make it even simpler to raise money for your cause by allowing your viewers to donate directly from your YouTube video. Even better — Google covers the processing fees, so your organization will receive 100% of the money donated. Donation cards on YouTube are currently available for U.S. nonprofits and creators, but we look forward to expanding into other countries, so nonprofits and creators can digitally fundraise across the globe. 

Using donation cards, YouTube creators can also now raise money through their content to both support your cause and make their videos more impactful! Donation cards for creators in the U.S. enable their subscribers and viewers to donate directly from their videos. Creators can choose any United States, IRS-validated 501(c)3 public nonprofit organization. Your nonprofit will receive 100% of the money donated.

Want to see donation cards in action? Check out this video from Madison Beer. 

Now it’s your turn. To help you get started, we’ve put together an outreach toolkit – including email templates, social media templates, and fundraising best practices – to help your nonprofit share the news about donation cards with your supporters and other YouTube creators. With these tools, we hope you’ll empower as many people as possible to learn about your nonprofit and fuel fundraising on your behalf. 

To see if your nonprofit is eligible to participate in the YouTube for Nonprofit Program, review the Google for Nonprofits eligibility guidelines. Google for Nonprofits offers organizations like yours free access to Google tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Ad Grants, YouTube for Nonprofits and more. These tools can help you reach new donors and volunteers, work more efficiently, and tell your nonprofit’s story. Learn more and enroll here.

If you are a U.S. nonprofit looking to add donation cards to your YouTube videos, learn more here.
If you are a U.S. YouTube creator looking to fundraise for your favorite cause, learn more here. 

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           Συνεργασία PayPal - Skype στην Ελλάδα         
Η PayPal ανακοίνωσε σήμερα την συνεργασία της με το Skype, που επιτρέπει σε χρήστες στην Ελλάδα και σε άλλες 21 χώρες να στείλουν χρήματα σε άλλους χρήστες Skype με την PayPal μέσω της εφαρμογής Skype για κινητά. Με πάνω από ένα δισεκατομμύριο Skype downloads σε κινητά μέχρι σήμερα, οι χρήστες θα μπορούν να χρησιμοποιούν την PayPal απευθείας από την εφαρμογή Skype για να στέλνουν χρήματα απρόσκοπτα στο λεπτό – όπως, για παράδειγμα για ένα δώρο σε ένα μέλος της οικογένειάς τους στη χώρα τους ή και στο εξωτερικό.

Οι P2P πληρωμές αποτελούν για την PayPal μία από τις μεγαλύτερες κινητήριες δυνάμεις που αφορούν την δέσμευση του καταναλωτή (consumer engagement). Περισσότερα από 7 εκατομμύρια δολάρια την ώρα αποστέλλονται σε φίλους και συγγενείς παγκοσμίως μέσω της PayPal P2P, του Venmo και του Xoom. Με την συνεργασία με το Skype, παρέχουμε τη δυνατότητα P2P πληρωμών με την PayPal σε περισσότερα μέρη και σε διαφορετικές συνθήκες – όπου οι άνθρωποι συνδέονται online και mobile – όπως μέσω φωνητικής εντολής με τη Siri, σε chat με το Slack και σε email μέσω του Microsoft

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          ÐœÐ¸Ñ€Ð½Ñ‹Ð¹ воин / Peaceful Warrior (2006) BDRip 1080р        

Категория: Фильмы/HDTV/HD/Blu-Ray/MKV
Размер: 2.27 GB
Траффик: Раздают (отдают): 7,280, Скачивают (качают): 9,845
Добавлен: 2017-08-10 21:22:58
Описание: Информация о фильме
Название: Мирный воин
Оригинальное название: Peaceful Warrior
Год выхода: 2006
Жанр: Биографический, Драма, Спорт
Режиссер: Виктор Сальва / Victor Salva
В ролях: Скотт Мехловиц, Ник Нолти, Эми Смарт, Тим ДиКей, Эштон Холмс, Пол Уэсли, Б.Дж. Бритт, Агнес Брукнер, Том Тарантини, Беатрис Розен

О фильме: Дэн Миллмен — талантливый гимнаст колледжа, мечтающий о выступлении на Олимпийских играх. У него всё есть: награды, друзья по команде, быстрые мотоциклы, девушки и бесшабашные вечеринки.

Мир Дэна переворачивается с ног на голову, когда он встречает загадочного незнакомца по имени Сократ, у которого достаточно возможностей, чтоб открыть новый мир силы и понимания. После серьёзной травмы, с помощью Сократа и эфемерной молодой девушки по имени Джой, Ден понимает, что ему много чему ещё придется научиться…
Выпущено: Германия, США
Продолжительность: 02:00:44
Озвучивание: Профессиональный (многоголосый закадровый) ТВ3, Оригинальная аудиодорожка: Английский
Субтитры: русские, английские

Формат: MKV
Качество: BDRip 1080р
Видео: 1920x1072, 23,976 (24000/1001) кадра/сек, ~2049 Кбит/сек
Аудио: 48 kHz, AC3, 2 ch, 192 kbps-Профессиональный (многоголосый закадровый) ТВ3
Аудио #2: kHz, AC3 Dolby Digital, 3/2 (L,C,R,l,r) + LFE ch, 448 |Оригинальная аудиодорожка: Английский|

          Ð§ÐµÑ€Ñ€Ð¸ / About Cherry (2012) BDRemux 1080p | L1        

Категория: Фильмы/HDTV/HD/Blu-Ray/MKV
Размер: 17.56 GB
Траффик: Раздают (отдают): 9,886, Скачивают (качают): 3,172
Добавлен: 2017-08-10 13:45:08
Описание: Информация о фильме
Название: Черри
Оригинальное название: About Cherry
Год выхода: 2012
Жанр: драма

Режиссер: Стивен Эллиот
В ролях: Эшли Хиншоу, Лили Тейлор, Дев Патель, Джонни Уэстон, Джеймс Франко, Хизер Грэм, Дайан Фарр, Майя Рэйнс, Винсент Пало, Элана Крауш

О фильме:
История 18-летний девушки начинающей работать в порнографическом бизнесе после того, как она переезжает в Сан-Франциско. Первое о чем ей предстоит позаботиться – какой-нибудь заработок. Новый город – новые друзья, новая судьба и пьянящая возможность легко и весело заработать, снимаясь у профессионалов. Сначала фото, потом видео - можно показать себя, пускай и полностью, без цензуры. Для раскованной симпатичной девчонки это легко.

Страна: США
Студия: Enderby Entertainment, Gordon Bijelonic / Datari Turner Films
Продолжительность: 01:42:11
Перевод: Любительский одноголосный, закадровый [Kerob]

Кодек: h.264
Качество: BDRemux
Видео: 1920x1080, 24598 Kbps, 23.98 fps
AC3, 48 KHz, 6 ch ~ 448 Kb/s (русский);
DTS, 48 KHz, 6 ch ~ 1510 Kb/s (английский).
Английские (полные), PGS;
Испанские (полные), PGS;
Русские (полные), SRT;
Русские (форсированные), SRT.




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Perspektiven von Handel und Stadtentwicklung in der zunehmend digitalen WeltAm 4. August 2017 veranstaltet die AG City im Hotel Palace Berlin den 4. Internationalen Workshop unter dem Motto "Perspektiven von Handel und Stadtentwicklung in der zunehmend digitalen Welt" in Kooperation mit den internationalen ...

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  • Oceti Sakowin encampment on Oct. 6, 2016. The proper name for the people commonly known as the Sioux is Oceti Sakowin, (Och-et-eeshak-oh-win) meaning Seven Council Fires.

    Story and Photos by John Briggs

    Cool Justice Editor's Note: OK to repost, courtesy of John Briggs and The Cool Justice Report.

    Corporate – Government Alliance Versus the American People

    Native Americans from tribes across the country have gathered on the windswept plains of North Dakota to pray with Mother Earth to keep the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) from pumping 500,000 gallons of oil a day beneath the Missouri River. The natives know the pipeline will most certainly leak or break, as have most U.S. pipelines, fouling the water for the Great Sioux Nation and 18 million non-Natives downstream.

    The standoff -- which began in April -- continues as a new U.S. administration ascends to power with a president-elect who campaigned denying human-caused climate change and threatening the Paris Climate accords. This remains the overriding reality despite a mini walk back by Donald Trump pledging an open mind to The New York Times this week.

    Standing Rock illuminates the brazen alliance that has developed between corporate and government interests. Viewed from the front lines, the law has been turned into a fig leaf for repression and suppression. Only the discipline and spiritual clarity of the water protectors and the native elders has kept people from being killed or seriously injured since April when the movement began.

    The fused police-DAPL force is doing everything it can to incite a violent reaction from the resisters so as to crack down, clear the camps, imprison, or even gun down the natives. More than one commentator has found the atmosphere at Standing Rock similar to what led to the Wounded Knee massacre in 1890 when 300 Sioux were murdered by government troops who mistook their prayerful Ghost Dance for a war dance.

    A great deal is at issue at Standing Rock. The Sioux and their numerous native and non-native allies face a militarized force whose composition tells us something dark about the complex façade that U.S. democracy has become and suggests the proto-fascist zombi lurking beneath. More deeply, Standing Rock also emblemizes a struggle that is taking place at this moment in human history between two distinct modes of human consciousness.

    One mode is the familiar anthropocentric (human-centered) consciousness that the dominant culture most of us were born into favors—a consciousness that assumes reality is a collection of objects to be extracted, owned, and branded. Humans are the focus of this consciousness, meaning that our concerns about climate change focus primarily on the fate of our own species.

    Distinct from this anthropocentric mind-set is a second, ancient and spiritual mode of awareness that understands that the earth and its landscapes are not objects; they are relationships, including the tangle of relationships that gave us birth. This ancient mode of consciousness is potential in everyone, but for most it has been buried beneath the piles of conceptual objects that we have come to believe constitute our reality.

    The Indigenous Peoples gathered at Standing Rock are guided by this ancient, holistic, earth-mind consciousness, and so they understand that humans are not the most valuable living objects on the planet: we are not in control of the planet; it is not our job to manage nature; rather, our sacred task is to work with Mother Earth and other beings as members of Earth’s family. If we don’t, Mother Earth will make us face this spiritual truth one way or another.

    Guided by their ancient, earth-mind awareness, Native Americans have taken up a role as “water protectors.” “Mni Wiconi, Water is Life” is the slogan of the Standing Rock movement.

    Every day scores of Sioux from North Dakota, South Dakota and nearby states, along with Paiute, Shoshoni, Diné, and a sampling of other Natives from the 300 or so tribes whose flags fly at the Standing Rock encampments set out to pipeline construction sites in a convoy to engage in “actions” on the “front lines.”

    There the protectors sing and pray in the face of physical harassment and arrests by heavily armed police fused with a corporate security force.

    DAPL and their overlord company, Energy Transfer Partners, have lavished campaign contributions on politicians in North Dakota and the U.S. Congress so that they could use the state’s eminent domain powers to force purchase of land for the pipeline all across North Dakota, beginning in the Bakken fields in the northwest corner of the state where the fracked crude oil is extracted. Similar eminent domain arrangements were achieved in other states through which the 1,200-mile line traverses before reaching a river port in Illinois. The company promised Congress and the public that the pipeline would carry oil for 100 percent domestic use only, but it is clear from reporting done by the website The Intercept that the oil will be sold on international markets.

  • Though Promised for Domestic Use, Dakota Access Pipeline May Fuel Oil Exports

  • The DAPL line, now virtually complete except for permission from the Army Corps of Engineers to fill in the link that crosses under the Missouri River, passes just north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and Cannon Ball, North Dakota. The DAPL construction runs through sacred burial and archeological grounds that the Lakota people were given free access to by treaties with the U.S. Government in the 19th Century. In mounting their resistance to the pipeline, the Standing Rock Sioux have been turned into “trespassers on their own land.”

    In late August, the tribe’s lawyers filed a stop work petition in federal court detailing areas where sacred sites would be disturbed if construction continued on its planned trajectory. The federal judge routinely forwarded a copy of the filing to DAPL. Over Labor Day weekend, when the company would not have been expected to work, pipeline crews leapfrogged to the disputed sacred and preemptively bulldozed them under. Too late, the judge granted the Sioux an emergency restraining order, but, then in a curious move, allowed construction in some areas where sacred sites have been discovered. DAPL has ignored a request from the Obama administration not to work in buffer areas on either side of the river. No fines have been imposed for intentionally bulldozing the disputed sacred sites.

  • The Legal Case for Blocking the Dakota Access Pipeline

  • Burial ground at center of police confrontations is known historical site

  • In recent live-stream videos from the front lines, DAPL-police snipers can be seen perched on top of a sacred mound called Turtle Island, their high-powered rifle crosshairs trained on the water protectors who are standing in prayer in the frigid lake below.

    North Dakota wants the federal government to pick up the tab for the massive expenditures required to keep the Native Americans under their guns. Alternatively, the CEO of Energy Transfers, Kelcy Warren, has offered to pick up the millions-of-dollars tab.

  • ETP CEO Kelcy Warren Says They Have Offered to Pay Protest Related Expenses

  • Native media have documented that DAPL has already been supplying military-style equipment, drones, armored vehicles, riot gear, water canons, concussion grenades and other armaments. The tax-payer-funded and corporate-sponsored front lines phalanx is led by the Morton County Sheriff’s Department, which has local jurisdiction, reinforced by North Dakota State Troopers, North Dakota National Guard units, sheriffs and police from six nearby states—all interpenetrated by DAPL security (while the FBI lurks in the background). A contingent of Hennepin County, Minnesota, Sheriffs’ Deputies were recalled following protests back home. Residents in the state of Ohio are writing letters and calling legislators to express their distress that their law enforcement has been enlisted into this repressive force.

  • Hennepin Co. sheriff's deputies leave Standing Rock protest

  • Native media’s live stream videos show DAPL security teams in mirror-visor helmets and black ops body armor with no identification, mingling with the police, sometimes directing them when and who to mace or pepper spray. They point out media making video for arrest. The big fossil fuel company evidently has plenty of experience dealing with protestors around the world. In their blank, reflecting visors we can see the soulless Darth Vader face of the government-corporate proto-fascist state the U.S. is becoming.

    Of course, this struggle with the Wasi’chu (Lakota word for the white man, meaning literally “takes too much”) is an old story for Native-Americans. In the 18th and 19th centuries it took the form of the Sioux nations trying to hold back the tsunami of colonizers flooding into their ancestral lands, occupying and despoiling them. The big difference now is that the fire-power of the state (think Custer’s 7th Cavalry or present day militarized police) has been fused with vast profit centers dependent for their existence on plundering the earth in the name of energy-squandering lifestyle survival.

    The provocations the water protectors endure take many forms. There is the psychological pressure of constant surveillance: the heavy police presence on the roads around tribal and reservation lands, the DPLA helicopter and a small plane that circle constantly above the encampments; there is the Bureau of Indian Affairs station set up on a knoll to suck out data from the cell phones of anyone in the area. There is the pepper spraying and tasing of water protectors who are praying. There is the more recent blasting of the protectors with freezing water canons in sub zero weather. There is the constant threat of weapons pointed at them. One twitching trigger finger could set off a slaughter.

    The water protectors are unarmed. The resistance movement does not allow guns in the encampments. One day, at one of the front line actions, an armed man showed up with a pistol and began firing. Possibly he was paid by DAPL to create an incident. The Natives are aware of paid provocateurs or agitators passing through the camps, pulling dirty tricks, looking to start something. Antimedia reported about the man with the gun: “According to an official statement from the tribe, the man fired several shots from his gun before being peacefully apprehended by tribal police. Witnesses at the scene say he pointed his gun at several protesters. The man was clearly trying to provoke violence that could later be used to demonize protesters who have so far remained peaceful.”

    The news site added, “The Morton County Sheriff’s Department circulated a false report claiming the man was shot, presumably by protesters… [As images show], the man was not harmed. The Sheriff’s Department has since retracted that report. Anti-Media’s attempts to obtain clarifying comments from Morton County Sheriffs were ignored.”

  • Dakota Access Caught Infiltrating Protests to Incite Violence, Funding Trolls Online

  • On a hill overlooking Oceti Sakowin, the largest of the Standing Rock encampments, an old army tent houses the field office of the rotating teams of lawyers who come to Standing Rock to help out. They use donations made to the resistance to bail out protectors who have been arrested; they try to negotiate with the police so the protectors can be allowed to pray. The constant arrests on trumped-up charges are an ongoing harassment—people maced or beaten, violently thrown to the ground and zip-tied. Often activists are charged with trespass and “riot” on the Morton County Sheriff’s novel legal theory that if several people are arrested for trespass that must signify that they were engaged in a riot.

    All this naturally requires court time and money to defend, incarceration in usually unpleasant conditions, including dog kennels. (Though the white allies who are arrested seem to get better treatment.)

    Arrests are to be expected as a consequence of civil disobedience. But some arrests are directed at chilling speech. One lawyer who came to Standing Rock from the Oregon-based Civil Liberties Defense Center, an activist defense nonprofit primarily involved in climate protests, told Jordan Chariton of The Young Turks Network that often after the day’s action was over, police would stop the last cars in the caravan. They would then make “snatch and grab” arrests, impounding the cars of people who had come to support the water protectors but had no expectation that they’d be arrested when the action was over and the police told them to leave. They have to pay heavy fines ($900) to get their cars back. She said the arrests and impoundment fines for their cars are unlawful. “The intention with those types of actions is to scare out-of-towners from being comfortable coming to these actions. So they’re trying to chill the rights of others to come and participate in these protests.”

  • Environmental Lawyer Explains Standing Rock Legal Issues

  • The authorities regularly characterize the natives as terrorists, and local radio spreads false rumors of farm animals being slaughtered and stolen, reported vandalism—the kind of thing you would expect from psychologically projected homesteader fears about savage Indians of earlier centuries.

    Yes, Magazine on Oct. 31 reported: “The county sheriff is claiming the water protectors were violent and that police were stopping a riot. But hours of live video feed from people caught in the confrontation showed instead a military-style assault on unarmed people: police beating people with batons, police with assault rifles, chemical mace, guns firing rubber bullets and beanbag rounds, tasers.”

  • Why Police From 7 Different States Invaded a Standing Rock Camp—and Other Questions

  • The UN has sent human rights observers. According to Salon, Nov. 16, 2016: “The U.N. special rapporteur said that American law enforcement officials, private security firms and the North Dakota National Guard have used unjustified force against protesters.

    “ ‘This is a troubling response to people who are taking action to protect natural resources and ancestral territory in the face of profit-seeking activity,’ [Maina] Kiai [U.N. special rapporteur] said in his statement, which was issued by the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights and was endorsed by several other U.N. experts.

  • Native Americans facing excessive force in North Dakota pipeline protests – UN expert

  • “At least 400 activists have been detained and often have been held in ‘inhuman and degrading conditions in detention,’ Kiai added. Some indigenous protesters have said they were treated like animals and even held in dog kennels.

  • Dakota pipeline protesters say they were detained in dog kennels; 268 arrested in week of police crackdown

  • “ ‘Marking people with numbers and detaining them in overcrowded cages, on the bare concrete floor, without being provided with medical care, amounts to inhuman and degrading treatment,’ the U.N. expert said.

    “ ‘The excessive use of State security apparatus to suppress protest against corporate activities that are alleged to violate human rights is wrong,’ he continued, noting that it violates U.N. guidelines on business and human rights.

    “Amnesty International USA, which has repeatedly criticized authorities for not respecting the rights of protesters, issued another statement on Tuesday noting that U.S. authorities had put up roadblocks to prevent journalists and human rights observers from documenting the protests and the official response.”

  • U.N. experts call for halt in Dakota Access pipeline, blast “excessive force” against protesters

  • Living on Earth reporter Sandy Tolan reflected: “You know, at times I felt I was back reporting in the West Bank, and not the Northern Plains…”

  • Standing With the Standing Rock Sioux

  • The Bundy crew was the cowboys, not the Indians

    Compare the government response at Standing Rock with the response occasioned by Ammon Bundy and his gang of armed militants when they occupied Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge for over a month in January 2016. Imagine if the Bundy gang had been pepper sprayed, beaten, hit with water cannon, tased. But the Bundy crew were taking over the refuge to proclaim their belief that public lands should be given free to the profit-making private ranching business. In other words, the Bundy crew was the cowboys, not the Indians.

    The mainstream corporate media has largely ignored the stand-off at Standing Rock. Rallies have taken place around the world at places like Tokyo, Stockholm, and Auckland, but the sad truth is many foreigners have heard more about Standing Rock than Americans have. Not surprising. The news editors, working for corporate media conglomerates, choose what they believe we should know and what fits the larger corporate agenda, and so they devote massively more play to Brad Pitt, to the gossipy politics of who’s-on-first, and to whatever the latest glittering consumer thing is than they do to climate change and issues highlighted by the poor and the powerless, like Standing Rock. What coverage that does exist is usually cursory and misleading.

    Fortunately, alternative media have been on the scene and active at Standing Rock. As someone who taught journalism for more nearly 20 years, it has been refreshing for me to see what the alternative press is accomplishing.

    Amy Goodman of the webcast Democracy Now brought the prayer-resistance movement to national attention over the summer. She was arrested and charged with riot in absentia for her live reports of water protectors being set upon by dogs. The charge was later dismissed in court.

    Jordan Chariton of The Young Turks Network has done searching interviews and incisive commentary from the scene.

    But my absolute favorite news source at Standing Rock is Myron Dewey’s Digital Smoke Signals. Dewey does updates every day, which he posts on Facebook. I highly recommend anyone who has a Facebook account to “follow” him. I went to Standing Rock on Oct. 4-11 with two friends and I have since been able to keep up with developments on the ground through Dewey’s Facebook broadcasts. He posts live stream unedited clips that constitute what he calls an ongoing “documentation” of what is happening day-to-day at the movement.

    Here is Dewey at night standing on a hillside next to the Oceti Sakowin encampment. His face appears in the glow of his screen. Then he’s panning and zooming in on a large grassfire as he’s telling us about it. His finger appears in the screen and points out where the fire started. He says the helicopter which constantly circulates over the camp suddenly disappeared 20 minutes before they saw the first flames. He zooms to the area where he and the person he is with first spotted the fire. He says, “It looked like someone using a drip torch.” He says they called 911, but it’s been over an hour and the Morton County Fire Department hasn’t shown up. He tells the people in the camp, his audience, not to worry, though. It looks like the fire was started by DAPL employees to scare them or hurt them. But the Oceti Sakowin is full of Indians who supplement their income by wild-land firefighting, work that also benefits Mother Earth; he mentions that he is himself a “hotshot” firefighter [one of the elite crews]. He and his fellow firefighters can tell by the wind direction that the fire won’t harm the camp.

    Now here’s Dewey on a bright morning walking along the road by Oceti Sakowin. A young man appears on screen, and Dewey asks him who he is and why he’s here. He’s from the Paiute nation. “I’m here to protect the water,” he says. Dewey asks him to sing a Paiute song. The young man closes his eyes and sings.

    In another nighttime broadcast find we ourselves looking through a car windshield, headlights illuminating the highway, centerlines whizzing by. We hear voices talking in the backseat. The car drives on and on. We’re just watching the road. Then ahead is a police roadblock. The police van looms. Dewey gets out with his camera and calls over to the officers, asks them where they’re from, inquires about where the road blocks are, what are the open routes. At one level it’s a mundane exchange between a citizen and police, but you experience the edginess of the situation. More deeply, you feel the riskiness and pathos that is involved any human interaction. Dewey firmly exercises his right to have these protect-and-serve police respond to him civilly; he is cordial and respectful in a way that reinforces to them and to his viewers that he is after all not their enemy but a fellow human being. Dewey asks more questions and the lead officer says he doesn’t want to be filmed; Dewey offers to turn his camera away from them and onto himself. The distant officers disappear from the screen and Dewey’s face fills it. The contact officer walks nearer; we can hear his voice. Dewey can’t resist a joke, though. He asks the officer if he’s sure he doesn’t want to become famous by putting his face on Dewey’s screen? You realize these are just guys doing their job. Dewey understands that, but he also wants to educate them about the water protectors’ mission. He never misses an opportunity to educate his adversary, as well as his own people about the larger dimensions of the Standing Rock resistance. When he gets back in the car, someone in the back seat says “Let’s get out of here; this is enemy territory.” Dewey laughs, turning the car around, “It’s not enemy territory.”

    I believe you learn more about Standing Rock by watching Dewey’s unedited video than you ever could from watching any number of dramatically produced, commercially constricted reports on CNN, complete with the drumb-drumb latest crisis theme music.

    Dewey explains to his viewers that what they’re seeing is a “documentation” that’s not edited. “It’s not scripted. It’s not acted out.”

    After a month of watching Dewey’s daily reports I realize more fully than I ever have before how ghastly and vacuous mainstream news reporting is: a production where facts have been emptied of the humanity of real encounters, replaced by the shallow performances of reporters and news sources, slick, clichéd phrasing, behavior slotted into ready made categories, events analyzed and even predigested. The news about reality comes to us compartmentalized in trays like tasteless microwave dinners. Rarely is the reader or viewer allowed to simply experience the event unfolding through the reporter’s eyes or camera. The stories are crafted and slickly packaged. Their very polish and stimulating presentation sabotages their meaning and replaces it with a meaningless, artificial understanding.

    Note that I am not saying that the news these days is politically biased. Some obviously is, but the left or right bias charge is a serious red herring, a mis-direction. In fact, in mainstream media’s very effort to appear neutral and unbiased means events are chopped up and pieced together to fit the templates of a few hackneyed forms of storytelling: the winner-loser story, the conflict story, the individual overcoming obstacles story, the facing bad choices stories, he-said, she-said stories, scandal stories, hypocrisy stories. You’ve seen them all, repeatedly.

    Most of these templates come plated with a cynicism, skepticism, superiority, or sentimentality that grabs our attention by adding a dash of disgust. The current journalistic manner of telling stories reduces and dismisses the story in a way that sometimes makes the commercials and pop-up ads come as a relief. None of the common journalistic templates or attitude has much to do with real life as it’s lived in the moment. It’s not what people really experience in their lives. Instead, it’s how they’ve been conditioned to wrap up experience afterward in a dramatized way that leaches out the nuance, that leaves out the moment-to-moment uncertainty, or as the Lakota call it, the Wakan, the deep mystery of relationships that permeates every event. And that’s what Dewey’s broadcasts have in abundance. You get to see him interacting with the people who show up on his screen. You get to feel his humanity and the mystery of everyday relationships taking place at Standing Rock that he brings to light. It’s certainly not dramatic or melodramatic. It’s not interesting or stimulating in the usual way. It does seem really important.

    So when Dewey sits in his parked car and does an update video on “10 things to know about DAPL” (Nov. 18, 2016), there’s no editing and no script, meaning that you get to see him thinking through what those top 10 things might be. Some points he makes are incisive and comic, others not so much. But the not-so-much ones can lead you to thinking about gray areas, the imprecise observations we all make. He asks a guy who just got in the car to help out with his list and the guy, William Hawk Birdshead, goes immediately serious on him until Dewey says, “I was trying to keep it light.” So the Birdshead says, “Laughter is good medicine.” Suddenly they’re off. Dewey mimics the shifty-eyed look of the FBI guys lurking around the area and denying they are FBI, the DAPL security characters trying to look all steely and tough. We learn that in the encampments they say that “DAPL dresses up like Ninja Turtles.” You can tell that it’s DAPL undercover because those guys never drive rez cars, which are rusted and dented. Nobody is spared. Dewey describes the water protectors just arriving from California as dudes who’ve “got their animal spirits on… They’re all furred up. They’re coming in all mystical and crystals.” He and his buddy laugh, which Dewey says is laughter “in a good way,” because the whole thing going on at Standing Rock is deadly serious but you need laughter, because that’s good medicine for healing. And healing and praying are about “getting reconnected with the Earth.”

    This points to a major difference between anthropocentric prayer as most of us know it and earth-mind prayer. In the prayer that most people are familiar with, an individual seeks intercession for human needs with a transcendent being. The Native prayer is about healing not getting. The prayer is a community ceremony or song or ritual to maintain or restore the balance between and among beings, both animate and inanimate. Prayer is to all my relatives, all my relations, the birds, the water, the wind, the buffalo, my family, even those who oppose me as enemies. Mitakuye Oyasin is an important Lakota phrase that means “all my relations.” When you’re watching a Dewey update from Standing Rock you’re experiencing Mitakuye Oyasin in action. It’s newscasting as a kind of prayer, in the earth-mind sense. Whether he’s engaging in laughter or educating about the spiritual importance of water, you can see that what he’s getting at is healing relationships. Watching and listening, you get to be part of that healing.

    What Dewey does goes way beyond advocacy journalism.

    Our traveling companion for our visit to Standing Rock, Lakota elder Tiokasin Ghosthorse, also provides a good way to keep up with developments through the interviews he conducts for his weekly syndicated broadcast from WPKN in Bridgeport Conn. and WBAI in New York City. On Oct. 31, 2016, Tiokasin interviewed a young man who was seized on Oct. 27 when a frontline camp was destroyed by police. Trenton Joseph Castillas Bakeberg, in the bloodline of Crazy Horse, was praying in a sweat lodge when the militarized police swept through the camp. They yanked him out of the sweat lodge and arrested him. The young water protector told Tiokasin:

    “I pray that we’ll be able to keep a state of prayer and peace, as we have been… Although there’s some people on our side are more likely to tend toward violence. But there’s also people on our side to stop them. Don’t start a fight. That’s what it’s all about, keeping it peaceful because the elders told us in the beginning that all it takes is one single act of violence, one person attacking a police officer and they’ll unleash the fear on all of us. This wrath that we have with our military overseas, we’re beginning to see it now in the heart of our own country. All for the greed and the corporate interests of this government. They say we’re a democracy but it’s not showing anymore. The people didn’t want this pipeline, but this foreign entity that they call a corporation, Energy Transfers, is saying, we don’t care. We want this money. We need this for economic stability of the country and that somehow trumps the interests of our communities and our nation as a whole….We’re standing up to this corporate machine with prayer and love.”

  • Forcibly removed from prayer at Standing Rock

  • Against a heavily armed, corporatized democracy designed to ensure that only powerful business and political elites rule the land and possess the wealth of its objects, the Native-American people at Standing Rock stand in defense of Mother Earth armed with songs, prayers, and an understanding that Earth’s objects are us, and we are them. They are our relatives. It seems better armament than most of us Wasi’shu possess. Webster defines fascism as “a political system headed by a dictator in which the government controls business and labor and opposition is not permitted.” It’s an incendiary word, and readers might think ill of me for introducing it here. Certainly we are not a fascist state yet. But for the prayer-resistance at Standing Rock, the clear alliance between corporate and government interests to quell their opposition under color of the law has a fascist flavor.

    It should not surprise anyone that the new US president reportedly holds stocks that directly fund the Dakota Access Pipeline and that the DAPL CEO Kelcy Warren gave the Trump campaign a substantial donation.

  • Trump's Personal Investments Ride on Completion of Dakota Access Pipeline

  • This is how the proto-fascism works. Ironically (or perhaps absurdly), Trump may have been elected by people hoping he would somehow counter the tightening grip of multinational corporations on their lives. One might wish for that to happen.

    At a deep level, Standing Rock may suggest that such absurdities as a Trump presidency occur because our mode of consciousness is impaired or inadequate to the situation it has created on our planet at this historical time. Too many of us have gone dead to the natural world we come from. Our obsessive anthropocentric mode of consciousness has reduced nature and reality at large to a bunch of things we have names for—things that feed our greed. Fortunately, many Indigenous people have retained an acute and ancient consciousness that we are those rocks and trees and clouds, and birds and water that we see outside our windows, and that restoring our relationships with them is incumbent on us.

    John Briggs is emeritus distinguished Professor of Writing and Aesthetics from Western Connecticut State University. He was the English Department’s journalism coordinator for 18 years and was one of the founders of Western’s Department of Writing, Linguistics, and Creative Process. He is the author of several well-known books on chaos theory, fractals and creativity. He lives in the hilltown of Granville, Mass., where served as a Selectman for five years and as reserve police officer for 10 years.

    When people at Standing Rock talk about the black snake they mean the pipeline, referring to an old Sioux legend about a black snake that will threaten the end of the world. The Lakota prophet Black Elk said that in the seventh generation, the Sioux tribes would unite to save the world.

    Media covering the Standing Rock resistance movement:

  • Digital Smoke Signals

  • Myron Dewey, Facebook

  • The Antimedia

  • Democracy Now

  • The Intercept

  • The Guardian

  • Censored News

  • Unicorn Riot

  • Living on Earth

  • The Indigenous Environmental Network

  • Status of Standing Rock court claim

  •           No discounted UMD transfers to Vita for US, angel loses its wings        
    No discounted UMD transfers to Vita for US, angel loses its wings
    Hey, America ... no soup for you! Vita apparently means no discounted downloads of your beloved disc-based PSP games as Kotaku reports Sony won't be offering its "UMD Passport" service in the US. Since December, Sony has let existing Japanese PSP owners upgrade UMD games to Vita downloadable copies for around ¥500-1,000 ($6.50 - $13). Penny-pinching US gamers can perhaps console themselves with the fact that they can still get a discount for digital downloads of Vita games. Well, that or make hungry eyes for free at Vitas displayed in kiosks at select stores.

              Templo del sol y asombro agradecido        
    Templo del sol by ElAlispruz

    Templo del sol, a photo by ElAlispruz on Flickr.

    El asombro es aquella capacidad que comparten niños, poetas y filósofos. Sin embargo, el asombro tiene un contenido que trasciende la poesía y la filosofía. ¿Qué es? La mística. ¿Acaso se requieren milagros extraordinarios para descubrir aquel ser magnífico detrás de cada obra? Cada movimiento del sol, que no sale ni se oculta nunca por el mismo lugar, la caída de la lluvia, la formación de un arco iris las formas siempre iguales y siempre diferentes de las nubes, son una muestra de la existencia de un ser que las trasciende. 

    Ya nos decía Fernando González en Viaje a Pie:

    "Subiendo a pie la vertiente del Arma tuvimos la impresión nítida de la dureza y pesadez que nos atrae hacia la tierra. ¡Qué dificultad para elevarse! Somos hijos de la tierra y sus parásitos; nos liga a ella, como un cordón umbilical, la ley de la gravedad. Por momentos la abandonamos, nos parece que existe otro ser que nos llama hacia las alturas aéreas; nos parece abandonar todo lo terrestre y después caemos más definitivamente abrazados a su seno materno; somos únicamente materia dura, materia grave. Cuando levantábamos las piernas para trepar hacia Aguadas tuvimos la impresión nítida de la atracción terrestre. Esta esfera dura es nuestra cuna y nuestro sepulcro. ¿Por qué deseamos abandonar esta madre? ¿Por qué los ímpetus de elevarse? ¿Por qué el Santo y el Héroe? Es un indicio, un leve indicio, de que hay en nosotros algo que no es terrestre. Ese leve indicio ha creado la metafísica y el misticismo." (González-Ochoa, Fernando. Viaje a Pie. Versión digital en

    Esta foto nos muestra "el Templo del Sol". Este "templo" se encuentra en las ruinas de Macchu Picchu en el Perú. La parte frontal está alineada con la salida del sol en el solsticio de verano en el hemisferio sur (21 de Diciembre) y la lateral con el de invierno (21 de Junio) en dicho hemisferio. Aunque vivo en el trópico demasiado cerca al ecuador, he logrado observar esas diferencias por las posiciones solares. Adicionalmente, con un poco de lectura he relacionado esas diferencias a los periodos de sequía y de lluvía. ¿Por qué? La máxima evaporación se produce cuando el sol se encuentra perpendicular a la tierra, en ese momento la presión baja al extremo en esa latitud, asciende el aire y cuando llega a la tropopausa seco desciende hacia las latitudes circundantes disminuyendo la evaporación. De esa forma, en la medida en que el sol se encuentra más elevado en el cielo, más elevada es la evaporación en los países tropicales. 

    Los incas lograron intuir esta interrelación entre la posición solar, que el templo del sol, les permitía seguir las temporadas de sequía (solsticio de invierno 21 de Junio) y las de lluvia (solsticio de Verano 21 de diciembre). Estos ciclos vitales denotan los flujos de la existencia humana, la esencia de la naturaleza que entre opuestos y contrarios genera profundas auto-semejanzas fractales. Esto, para cualquiera con una mínima capacidad de asombro, lo lleva al extremo del éxtasis, al misticismo si se quiere como nos decía Fernando González. Los primeros filósofos, cuando empezaron a razonar, utilizaron los elementos de la naturaleza como el sustrato del ser. Los libros modernos de meteorología y climatología hacen una referencia a esta primera aproximación intuitiva de la realidad.

    El viento, el aire, el fuego, el agua y la tierra que producen vida y muerte, belleza, poesía. Los primeros filósofos se asombraron de una naturaleza maravillosa, que seguía ciclos semejantes pero inciertos. Lo mismo hoy me asombro de la belleza de un atardecer, del cielo azul, de las montañas y las nubes como algodón. Todas diferentes pero auto-semejantes, conocidas pero a la vez sometidas a un halo de incertidumbre propio de su permanente creatividad. 

    Algo nos dicen estos ciclos, algo nos dicen los solsticios y equinoccios, algo nos dice la estética de los flujos auto-semejantes producidos por opuestos y contrarios. Algo nos dicen la noche y el día, la lluvia y la sequía, las nubes y el cielo, el calor y el frío, la poesía y la razón, el arte y la contemplación... Tanta belleza debe provenir de algo que, en sí mismo, sea bello, ordenado y artista, creativo y racional. Un creador capaz de regalarnos maravillas poéticas permanentes, milagros cotidianos que nos hagan vivir una vida de belleza y asombro agradecido.

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    Anlässlich unseres nächsten City Talks möchten wir Sie herzlich in der Audi City Berlin willkommen heißen und Ihnen den Geschäftskundenbereich vorstellen. Die Audi City Berlin revolutioniert seit Februar 2014 die Zukunft des deutschen Automobilvertriebs. Mit dem Konzept des digitalen Schauraums wird die ...

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    Zum ersten Mal feiert die IFA im Herzen von Berlin! „City West celebrates IFA – die Trendshow am Ku’damm“ bietet neueste Technik und digitale Innovationen direkt auf dem Breitscheidplatz. Vom 06. bis 11. September 2013 präsentieren sich ausgewählte IFA-Aussteller ...

              #046: So reduzieren Sie die Komplexität in der digitalen Welt        
    So reduzieren Sie die Komplexität in der digitalen Welt

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    Die digitale Welt ist großartig: Wir haben hier Möglichkeiten, die es früher einfach so noch nicht gab.

    Gleichzeitig erhöhen sie auch die Komplexität in unserem Leben.

    Der Ausweg? Wir müssen uns entscheiden. Nicht ganz einfach, aber absolut notwendig.

    Hier sind ein paar Anregungen, wie Sie die Komplexität in der digitalen Welt verringern können.

    So reduzieren Sie die Komplexität in der digitalen Welt

    Heute gibt’s weder Links noch eine Zusammenfassung der Punkte. Weshalb? Ganz einfach: In der heutigen Folge will ich Sie inspirieren, ein paar Dinge neu zu denken. Es gibt viele Beispiele, aber keine Checkliste, sondern Inspiration pur.


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              #044: So erstellen Sie einen Notfallplan         

    So erstellen Sie einen Notfallplan

    Was passiert eigentlich, wenn Ihnen etwas zustößt? Was ist, wenn Ihnen etwas passiert und Sie sind nicht mehr da? Finden Ihre Angehörigen dann die relevanten Daten und digitalen Dokumente?

    Das sind keine einfachen und schon gar keine angenehmen Fragen. Doch auch Sie sollten sie sich stellen. Denn diese Fragen betreffen nicht nur Unternehmer und Selbstständige, sondern uns alle.

    Hier sind meine Gedanken zu dieser Situation und was Sie tun können.

    So erstellen Sie einen Notfallplan

    In der Folge stelle ich ein paar Fragen, die Ihnen helfen, einen Notfallplan zu erstellen:

    • Wie lautet das Passwort für Ihren Computer?
    • Wie lautet das Passwort für Ihr Mobiltelefon (inkl. PIN und PUK)?
    • Wo befinden sich die weiteren Passwörter?
    • Wie ist die Logik bei der Verzeichnisstruktur?
    • Welche Daten/Dateien sind besonders wichtig?
    • Welche Bankkonti gibt es?
    • Wie lauten die PIN-Codes für die Bankkarten?
    • Wie kann man sich für das E-Banking anmelden?
    • Welche Verträge haben Sie zu erfüllen bzw. müssten gekündigt werden?
    • Welche Webseiten haben Sie und wo sind sie gehostet?
    • Wo befinden sich die (Kunden)Adressen?
    • Wo sind Ihre Termine?
    • Wo haben Sie Ihre Fotos gespeichert?
    • Wie lauten die Passwörter für Ihre E-Mail-Accounts?
    • Wie kann man Mails automatisch weiterleiten oder eventuell eine automatische Antwort einrichten?
    • Wie kann man eine Nachricht auf Ihre Webseite setzen und wie soll sie lauten?
    • Wie soll mit den sozialen Netzwerken umgegangen werden (Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Xing, LinkedIn usw.)? Sollen die Profile einfach gelöscht werden?


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              #035: Für immer aufgeräumt – Ein Interview mit Jürgen Kurz (mit Gewinnspiel)        

    Für immer aufgeräumt

    Diese Tage erschien das neue Buch von Jürgen Kurz: Für immer aufgeräumt – auch digital

    Ich hatte das Vergnügen, mich mit Jürgen Kurz zu seinem neuen Buch zu unterhalten. Hören Sie hier unser Gespräch dazu.

    Außerdem: Unter können Sie eine von Jürgen Kurz signierte Ausgabe des neuen Buches gewinnen.

    Hier die beiden entscheidenden Links aus dem Interview:


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    Sometimes you just need a cheerful cat photo. So because today is National Happiness Happens Day, and because at least one place says it’s International Cat Day (other sources give that honor to Oct, 29), here are some cute vintage cat photos I came across in the Library of Congress online collection of digitized photos, maps and more.

    They were taken in 1914 by Harry Whittier Frees.

    Would you believe the Library of Congress has a subject line for “Animals in Human Situations”? Searching the Library of Congress Digital Collections (get Library of Congress photo search tips here) helps you find old photos related to places and events in your family history. And once you find a photo you like, here are two good ways to find more pictures like it:

    1. Subject search
    Just scroll down on the catalog listing of the picture you like to the part that says Subjects, which lists all the subject terms assigned to that photo in the library catalog. Click on the subject that fits your needs to bring up all photos categorized with that same subject.

    Chances are, you’re not researching old cat photos. But subject terms also might be the name of a city, county or neighborhood where your ancestor lived; an event (such as Civil War); an activity (sewing); a type of item (map or daguerreotype); or something else (sod houses, churches, domestic life).

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    And if you keep scrolling down on the page with a photo you like, you’ll see a lineup of other, thumbnail-size, photos that are similar to the one you’re viewing.

    You can see the all the Animals in Human Situations photos here. Good news! If you’re not a cat person, Frees photographed dogs doing people things as well.


              Why FamilySearch Is Ending Microfilm Rental & How to Get Genealogy Records Now        
    Guest blog post by Family Tree Magazine Contributing Editor Sunny Jane Morton

    For 80 years, the FamilySearch Family History Library (FHL) has made its enormous stash of microfilmed genealogy records available to researchers through an inexpensive rental service through local FamilySearch Centers.

    That's about to change: FamilySearch has announced that this service will end Aug. 31. Reasons include declining demand for film, dramatic increases in the costs of reproducing films, and the difficulty of supporting aging microfilm technology.

    It’s easy to be dismayed by the news, even when you acknowledge it was bound to happen. Many of us have solved family history mysteries with these microfilmed records. 

    Fortunately, most FamilySearch microfilm is already been digitized and posted on the free FamilySearch website or another genealogy site. That's more than 1.5 million rolls, including the most popular ones. “The remaining [eligible] microfilms should be digitized by the end of 2020," according to the announcement. "All new records from its ongoing global efforts are already using digital camera equipment."

    I've been a grateful user of the film rental program. And the millions of records FamilySearch makes available online for free more than offset offsets this inconvenience to my research.

    But after Aug. 31 and before 2020, what can we do about accessing records that aren't yet digitized? Try these seven ideas:

    1. Keep using the FamilySearch online catalog of the FHL's books and microfilmed records.
    You can order microfilm up through Aug. 31 (click here to see how); you'll get 90 days to view the film. When digitized films are posted at FamilySearch, the item's catalog entry links to the online collection. Even if you don’t find a borrowable item in the catalog, it's useful for identifying records you may be able to access elsewhere (see below). Here are our tips on searching the catalog.

    2. Check other libraries.
    If you find a noncirculating item described in the FamilySearch catalog, click the link to view the catalog record in WorldCat.

    It'll take you to this item's listing in WorldCat, a free catalog of holdings in libraries around the world. You'll see libraries that have the item, and link to their lending policies. You may discover records in other formats, such as digitized, in a book or original manuscript records.

    3. Search for digitized versions of the records.
    Search the web for the names and descriptions of records you've identified in the FamilySearch catalog. You may find digitized versions at free sites such as HathiTrust, Internet Archive, state library websites, and others. Also search the database catalogs on genealogy websites such as, MyHeritage and Findmypast.

    4. Visit a genealogy library such as ...
    5. Use library lookup and photocopy services.
    Some libraries fill requests for lookups and photocopies for a fee. Check the website or call for instructions; usually, you must provide the book or microfilm title and specifics such as a name, date or page number. Firms offering research at the FHL include

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    If you need someone to search through records—not just check an index or flip to the page you specify and copy it—consider hiring a researcher by the hour. Many libraries offer in-house research services, or they may supply a list of local researchers.

    7. Find original records.
    It might be easier to access original records, if they exist, than microfilmed versions. Start with the FamilySearch catalog listing. Look for the name of the repository that provided the original records (often under "Author"). Search that repository’s website to see if the records are still there. Another option is to search ArchiveGrid, a catalog of archival items in US repositories. Here's how to use ArchiveGrid.

    FamilySearch's renewed focus on digital efforts means its free online genealogy resources will grow even faster. Watch for my Aug. 21 webinar on the free FamilySearch website, in which I'll share my search tricks for getting the most out of this website.

    Meanwhile, grab my must-have comparison of the "big three" commercial sites, Ancestry, Findmypast and MyHeritage. I'll help you decide which one's right for you.

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              Vinyl Black and White Wooden Ruler Growth Chart by KimsSister        


    For the contemporary home, a digital reproduction of an old black and white wooden ruler (found at the Brimfield Fair in Massachusetts), made into a full-size growth chart, printed on vinyl and backed with cotton muslin. A simple and permanent way to keep track of your family's growth that can be hung in any room (not just the kids' rooms) and moves with you!

    I recommend using a brown ultrafine Sharpie-type felt pen to mark heights on the chart as it gives the illusion of having been carved into the wood (but black works just as well). If you are buying this for older children, your doctor should have records of the children's heights from year one!

    Please note the colour in the photos does not show true on the screen -- the colour is more of an off-white with hints of greys and a green-beige as seen in the last photo.

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              ASAP expands in Virginia        

    Vector Security announced in early August that Newport News, Va., is now live with Automated Secure Alarm Protocol (ASAP). Newport News joins other municipalities in the state of Virginia using ASAP, such as the City of Richmond, James City County, York County, and Henrico County.

    The ASAP to PSAP program, created by The Monitoring Association—formerly CSAA—and the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials automates communication between alarm monitoring central stations and 911 centers.

    Transmitting alarm information digitally, results in improved accuracy and faster emergency responses by eliminating the need for communication over the phone between PSAP centers and monitoring centers.

    Vector Security was the first alarm company to use ASAP in the City of Richmond, Va. in 2012. Vector Security assisted with implementation in Newport News by helping to perform extensive testing prior to the system going live.

    “Alarm users in Newport News, including several hundred Vector Security customers, will benefit from faster and more accurate emergency response with the implementation of ASAP,” Anita Ostrowski, vice president of central station services at Vector Security, said in a prepared statement. “We hope the positive impact that ASAP will bring to Newport News will encourage other major 911 centers in the nation to adopt this technology as well.”

    Ostrowski continued, “As a security provider, we seek ways to promote ASAP’s value to municipalities and public agencies, and help other alarm companies implement it for the greater good of the industry and the safety of our communities.”

    Other municipalities that have implemented ASAP include Houston and High Point, TX; Washington D.C.; James City County, York County and Henrico County, Va.; Tempe and Chandler, Az.; Boca Raton, Fla.; Cary and Guilford County, N.C.; Kernersville and Durham County, N.C.; Johnston County, N.C.; Denton County and Grand Prairie, Texas; Morgan County, Ala.; Delaware County, Ohio; Bucks County, Pa.; and Highland Park, Texas.

              SSN talks with I-View Now about recent Eagle Eye integration         

    Recently, I-View Now announced a new integration with Eagle Eye Networks. I got the chance to catch up with I-View Now president Larry Folsom to hear a bit about this partnership and how it works.

    “The I-View Now integration with Eagle Eye Networks is a cloud to cloud integration,” Folsom said in an email interview. “We appreciate the architecture in that it is a smart appliance that can be used with inexpensive or expensive cameras depending on the opportunity and requirements. We think this is important for scale (as opposed to cloud systems that require expensive cameras). We found the Eagle Eye Networks APIs to be robust and well thought out.”

    Folsom discussed how the partnership will benefit I-View Now’s customers.

    “We believe this is another great video partner for our dealers and central stations to utilize while protecting their customers,” Folsom said. “It is import to see that the Eagle Eye Networks video will work with all I-View Now compatible signaling integrations (security systems) and will play in the same universal player for operators, end users, and law enforcement.”

    Folsom noted that I-View Now has had a busy year; it partnered with COPS Monitoring and earlier this year announced that cameras from Bosch, OpenEye and Hikvision can now come I-View Now Ready. “We currently have a backlog but we are working our way through it and have been actively hiring engineers to build out the team to support the demand,” he said.

    When asked what the company is currently working on, Folsom pointed to the company’s work with Digital Barriers, announced in early June.

    “This integration is fun because every clip we produce will be processed with the video analytic,” said Folsom. “The process will add intelligence (percent of likelihood of a person) to all of our existing video integrations to reduce false alarms and add bounding boxes so the agent and the end user can see where the changes occurred.”

              Coup de cœur Evenement: Journée de la Femme Digitale 2015        
    Le vendredi 13 mars de 9h à 18h30 au Palais Brongniart Conférence gratuite ouverte à tous Adoptez la Digital Attitude ! La journée de la Femme Digitale est une conférence énergisante [...]
    北海道・美瑛には観光スポットとして様々な樹木が点在していて、赴くまま適当に切り取ってもそれなりな絵になってしまう風景だらけなのだが、やはり彼の地でひっそり観光ルートから外れ佇むここの木の存在感だけは相変わらず圧倒的であり、狭い丘陵を抜けて視界が開けたところに飛び込んで来るあの一帯の景色は、他の風景では味わえない一線を画した空間が存在しているなあと、6年ぶりに訪れてみて改めて実感した。そういうことでM.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm F2.0をなんとなく購入してしまい、そのまま気持ちが北海 ...
              [Article] Digital Gauge Calibration Is Key For Unparalleled Pressure And Flow Reading Accuracy        
    [SPONSORED CONTENT] The Energy Conservatory (TEC) continues to set the standard for specialized air flow and pressure measuring devices used to monitor and analyze the complex interactions which determine building performance.
              Black & White Photography        
      There is something about black and white photography that is timeless! For a long time digital prints just couldn’t stack up against traditional dark room processing. However, modern image […]
              Atividades para o folclore        
    Mês de agosto...mês de folclore. Aproveitem as sugestões!


    Pintura com giz (de lousa) molhado:


    Colagem: entrega-se uma cauda de sereia para os alunos, eles procuram uma mulher para fazer a sereia e pintam o cenário:

    Para colorir:

    Sereia e saci articulados:
    Os alunos amaram essa atividade, cada um escolheu o personagem preferido para montar:

    Marcadores de livro:
    Estas graças de marcadores foram retirados da revista Projetos Escolares Ensino Fundamental edição 32. Tem muita idéia legal, esta as crianças adoraram! É só colorir, colar em uma cartolina ou sulfite 60 e utilizar!

    *Nível 1:

    Estas atividades foram retiradas do blog anjinhos de pijama. Tem muita coisa interessante lá:

    Fonte: revista Projetos Escolares Ensino Fundamental - edição32

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              Ideias para o Dia da mulher        
    Dia 8 de março: Dia Internacional da Mulher; abaixo algumas atividades para comemorar a data:



    Para colorir:

    Ramalhete de flores:

    Certificado: a melhor mulher do mundo!

    Albuns Picasa

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              Atividades variadas de matemática para os diversos níveis        
    Atividades matemáticas diversas:

    Atividades de matemática, adição, subtração, tabuada, trilha matemática, sequencia numérica, ditado de números, contagem de números, atividades escolares matemáticas para imprimir, jogos de raciocínio, jogos matemáticos, atividades escolares de matemática, alfabetização matemática, atividades educativas para imprimir, matemática para séries iniciais, alfabetização matemática, 1° ano 2° ano ensino fundamental, projeto matemática

              Siri rival can understand the messy nature of our conversations        
    "Iris" has figured out how humans structure complex conversations – which may pave the way for more natural interactions with our digital personal assistants
              The Gamma — Visualizing Olympic Medalists        

    Olympic Games are perfect opportunity to do a fun data visualization project - just like New Year, you can easily predict when they will happen and you can get something interesting ready in advance. I used this year's Games in Rio as a motivation to resume working on The Gamma project. If you did not read my previous article, the idea is to build tooling for open, reproducible and interactive data-driven storytelling. When you see a visualization, not only you should be able to see how it has been created (what data it uses & how), but you should also be able to modify it, without much programming experience, and look at other interesting aspects of the data.

    The first version of The Gamma project tries to do some of this, using historical and current data on Olympic medals as a sample dataset. You can play with the project at The Gamma web site:

    Without further ado, here are the most important links if you want to explore how it all works on your own. However, continue reading and I'll describe the most important parts!

    The project is still in early stages and the code needs more documentation (and ReadMe files, I know!) However, if you would be interested in using it for something or you have some interesting data to visualize, do not hesitate to ping me at @tomaspetricek. Also, thanks to the DNI Innovation Fund for funding the project and to the Alan Turing Institute for providing a place to work on this over the coming months!

              The Gamma and Digital News Innovation Fund        

    Last year, I wrote a bit about my interest in building programming tools for data journalism. Data journalism might sound like a niche field, but that is not the case if we talk about data-driven storytelling more generally,

    In programming, your outcome is typically some application that does stuff. In data science, your outcome is very often a report or a story that aims to influence people's behavior or company decisions. No matter whether you are a journalist writing an article about government spending or an analyst producing internal sales reports, you are telling stories with data.

    Being able to tell stories with data (but also verify and assess other people's stories that can be backed by data) is becoming a vital skill in the modern world, which is partly why I find this topic extremely important and interesting. But to do this currently, you need to be a skilled programmer, great designer and good storyteller, all at the same time!

    I have not written about this topic much over the last year (mainly because I was busy with Coeffects, fsharpConf, FsLab and fsharpWorks), but this will be changing - I'm very happy to announce that my data-journalism related project The Gamma has been awarded funding from the DNI Innovation Fund and I'll be working on it over the next year at the Alan Turing Institute in London.

              Lyft ljudet frÃ¥n din TV enkelt med en DAC!        

    Ljudet frÃ¥n platt-tv är sällan imponerande, och brukar vara plattare än TVn själv. Men detta löses enkelt med CYP AU-D3 D/A ! Denna minimala DAC är topptestad av Whathifi, och det är inte sÃ¥ konstigt. Genom att omvandla  digitala signaler, via Toslink eller digital coax, till analoga signaler kan du äntligen njuta av riktigt bra […]

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              Sonos Play 5 smidig högtalare med grym botten!        

    Sonos Play 5 är flaggskeppet i Sonos sortiment och är en grym högtalare i den trÃ¥dlösa musikanläggningen. Streama musik och radio genom Sonos-appen trÃ¥dlöst frÃ¥n din smartphone, surfplatta eller dator genom ett par enkla knapptryck. Njut av musiken frÃ¥n din egen digitala musiksamling pÃ¥ datorn eller NAS, eller varför inte använda Spotify och Wimp. För […]

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              Demasiado digital        
    Creando vínculos compatibles.

              Simplifying Electronic Document Review for Real Estate Brokers        
    Technology usually makes tasks easier. But for real estate brokers, digital files haven’t always enhanced the speed of auditing and reviewing documents. Brokers have traditionally reviewed documents from one, often large, stack of incoming papers that they can quickly flip through to read. When documents went digital, the process became complicated. Reviewers were required to …Read more
              Comment on Press Release – FAHSS and DCU Innovation events! by Steven Tello        
    What great events these both were. Thank you very much to our sponsors at Digital Federal Credit Union (Pres. Jim Regan, UML Alum) and at Skyworld, Inc. (Glenn Morgan, UML Alum). And congratulations to the awesome student teams with great ideas and energy. You are all DifferenceMakers!
              How to Be Customercentric in a Digital World        

    Digital first really means customer first without compromise. That is what I learned from visiting more than 50 leading companies in this field of expertise. This presentation shows you the key trends of consumer behavior. This is about the consumer in the future. It’s about the consumer in 2020. But the real question is how to deal with this customer. And that is where customer centricity comes in. The digital world creates new opportunities to create new experiences for consumers. This deck takes you on this journey
              When Digital Becomes Human        

    There is an urgent need for an extreme transformation of the customer relationship. Customers live in a world of self service, big data, customer automation and the integration of the online & offline world. If your organization fails to implement the digital relation, your future becomes very uncertain. Succeeding in the digital transformation will not be enough. As a consequence of the digital evolution, there is also a need for the human transformation of your customer relationship. Thinking about the role of humans versus machines, thinking about the role of the warm human touch and considering the power to connect people with people, are the key challenges in this domain. ’When digital becomes human’ is a story about the combination of the digital and the human transformation in your customer strategy. This story will take you on a journey to the future. It is provocative, exciting and scary. Enjoy this amazing view on the future of marketing!
              Distrito 9, alargando un corto        
    Neill Blomkamp debutó el pasado septiembre con Distrito 9, o como hacer que Peter Jackson te apadrine tu opera prima y tengas a la Weta Digital cubriendóte las espaldas en el tema digital.

    A Blomkamp le molan los videojuegos, y a mí me mola que le mole eso -redundancia dixit. Pero le molan demasiado, tanto que copia lo bueno ( diseños de armas alienígenas, mechas que andan por ahí, planos muy videojuego ) y también lo malo. la simpleza de sus guiones. Que en Doom sólo necesitemos saber que estamos en una colonia espacial con una puerta al Infierno y hay que cerrarla y de paso exterminar hordas de demonios con demasiados cuernos vale, pero en una película la excusa de salvamos el mundo a golpe de láser no casa tanto. O al menos si no la protagoniza John McLane.

    Distrito 9 comienza con una premisa interesantísima, usando la ciencia ficción como excusa para poner de manifiesto los abusos de autoridad, la xenobofia de la sociedad, los intereses e intervencionismo de multinacionales y el finalmente, negocio de las armas. Todo esto con un cabeza de turco, Van Werhe, que lidera el deshaucio del campo de concentración para trasladarlos a otro. Los primers veinte minutos con esta puesta en escena tan atractiva e original, narrada siempre a modo de documental que cuenta los hechos. Ésa era la idea de Blomkamp en su corto Distrito 9 que le valió para finalizar sus estudios de cine y de paso entrar por la puerta grande de la gran H. Aunque el corto se queda algo escaso, la idea es buena, pero no extenderla. O al menos no como lo ha hecho Blomkamp, cogiendo una estupenda idea sci fi y convirtiendóla en una amalgama de láseres, mechas y humanos que petan como globos de hemoglobina.

    Distrito 9 es un estupendo debut para Blomkamp, y haciendo migas con Jackson y el interés mutuo de hacer una película de Halo hace preveer que si no la acaban haciendo algun día, veremos cantidad de películas con made in videogame. Y si ésa es la intención desde el principio, perfecto, pero con Distrito 9 da la sensación que veamos una interesante lección de original enlazada con otra de fan service total. Y es una lástima.
              Los cinco bombazos third party para Wii        

    Publicado originalmente en La Gran N

    Nadamos en la abundancia. 2010 es el año de la re-consagración de las third parties ( 2009 ya sentaron precedente ) y también el año en que Nintendo vuelve a estar en forma. Los dos flancos lo dan todo por un catálogo más extenso y de mayor calidad, pero como suele suceder cuando Nintendo lanza sus megatones ( léase Galaxy 2, Other M o el recurrente Zelda ), las third parties desaparecen para el público. Nintendo es muy Nintendo, y si tenemos Wii es por sus juegos, pero además de nueva epopeya de Link, hay muchos otros juegos que bien pueden ganarse un hueco en nuestras juegotecas de cara a fin de año, porque otros más cercanos como el monstruo del márketing Monster Hunter Tri o la venganza desesperada de No More Heroes 2 lo harán en cuestión de semanas. Estos son los cinco títulos de third parties que están dispuestos a seguir la estela de calité que las desarrolladoras vienen demostrando estos meses de 2010.

    Conduit 2 ( High Voltage, Sega, finales 2010 )

    La secuela del juego polémico del 2009. Lo que es cierto es que High Voltage y los jugones hemos aprendido la lección; tanta expectación puede acabar girandóse en contra y acabar por consumir tu juego. Independientemente del resultado final, The Conduit era un loable intento de llenar un hueco vacío en Wii y nadie le quita el mérito de divertir durante horas en su juego online. Tanto HV como Sega saben que ahora se tendrán que ganar el favor del público cuando el juego salga a la venta y no antes, pero lo poco que se sabe hasta ahora de él ( un multijugador en red y local cooperativo, personalización de personajes, mayor variedad de escenarios ) y la humildad que hasta ahora está teniendo HV entonando un mea culpa, puede llevar a tener fe y esperar que un shooter sin asperezas esta vez.

    NBA Jam ( EA Tiburon, EA Games, finales 2010 )

    Boom Shaka-Laka ! EA saca de la tumba los mates incendiarios de NBA Jam y los recupera en Wii con una nueva entrega capitaneada por su creador Mark Turmell, que se une a EA Iiburon porque nadie como él entiende el básquet arcade on fire. Personajes cabezones, una plantilla formada entre jugadores actuales y clásicos ( Larry Bird y Magic Johnson serán jefes finales ) y la posibilidad de jugar con un control similar al de Wii Sports Resort en la prueba de triples. Pero tranquilos haters del movimiento, también podréis encestar con control clásico. Lo que aun está por ver es si incluirá juego online, lo que le daría un plus enorme a su básquet tan particular.

    De Blob 2 ( Blue Tongue, THQ, principios 2011 )

    El juego del blandiblú colorista logró hacerse un hueco en el corazón de más de medio millón de jugones el pasado 2008, y si consigue esto, también se gana un rinconcito en el de THQ. Aunque la política de la editora californiana se aleja de adaptar sus exitazos a Wii, con De Blob piensan a lo grande. Serie de televisión y merchandising hasta con los Happy Meals a partir de 2011. Todo un producto del entertainment, donde el videojuego deja de ser la pieza principal para ser una más de todo el engranaje comercial. Los australianos de Blue Tongue repiten como desarrolladores en este plataformas tutticolori. Es el juego más enigmático de la lista, pero se dice por ahí que el cooperativo puede ser su principal novedad.

    Epic Mickey ( Junction Point, Disney Interactive, otoño 2010 )

    La estrella third party de Wii el regreso a escena del gurú Warren Spector tras seis años en la sombra. Pintar, borrar, y volver pintar a tu albedrío en escenarios reconocibles y repletos de personajes ( conocidos o no ) del mundo de Mickey Mouse, dónde él será la víctima y no el héroe triunfante. Aunque tú podrás elegir qué será según tus acciones, cambiando así las facciones u habilidades de la mascota de Disney. A medio camino entre el rol, las plataformas ( con fases 2D ) y la aventura, el padre de Deus Ex pretende crear el juego definitivo de Mickey Mouse y todo su mundo que lleva alrededor.

    Tales of Graces ( Namco Tales Studio, NamcoBandai, otoño 2010 )

    El segundo Tales of que Namco lanza en Wii, solo que esta vez no se trata de una secuela descafeinada. Los combates siguen siendo en tiempo real pero con los añadidos de poder moverte libremente por el mapeado de combate y no jugar en plano lateral y alternar dos estilos de combate, asignados al botón A o B respectivamente. Los combates se actualizan, los gráficos también, dejando de lado las texturas en baja resolución y luciendo todo tipo de efectos dinámicos y mapeados extensos. Todo un RPG épico japonés con mucho de digital: vía contenido descargable podrás jugar a un minijuego gratuito ( Kamenin Merchant ) de mazmorreo para cuatro jugadores con tu DS así como trajes alternativos para los protas, estos si previo pago de puntos Nintendo. Dicen las malas lenguas que septiembre sería una fecha ideal para tenerlo por Europa.

    En el backstage:
    Trauma Team ( no confirmado para Europa, mayo en Norte América ), Trackmania Wii ( septiembre ), Arc Rise Fantasia ( no confirmado en Europa, junio en Norte América )

              De-makeando Bioshock        
    Me ha hecho gracia el término que han utilizado en GameSetWach para definir lo siguiente: un demake, o un juego actual que se pasa a la old school, algo así como el Left 4 Dead de NES. Jean-Paul LeBreton, ha adaptado ( o demakeado ) dos niveles de Bioshock, diseñados por él mismo ya que es el jefe de niveles de 2k Marin, al clásico de iD Software Doom 2. Arcadia y Farmer Market's vistos en cuatro polígonos y texturas 16 bits. La única que ha tenido pelotas de hacer algo similar es Capcom y sus Megamanes digitales y Dark Void Zero. Para jugar a estos mapas demakeados, los podéis descargar desde el blog de Jean-Paul si tenéis Doom 2 instalado.

              Marzo, el mes de DSi        

    Al loro dentro de dos meses, porque Nintendo desata toda la caballería para el mes de marzo. DSi XL, la portátil en que el tamaño sí importa. Aunque todos podamos ser clientes potenciales, es el público que más peina canas y con algo de cataratas el público objetivo, y Nintendo refuerza bien el lanzamiento del nuevo modelo con dos juegos de DsiWare preinstalados( un minijuego de Brain Training y y el Diccionario 6 en 1 ), los más apetecibles a este tipo de público y así de paso les enseñas qué es el DsiWare. No sólo en formato digital, también en físico lanzará un par de juegos para acompañar la consola. El puzle que ha reventado en ventas en Japón Picross 3D y 100 Libros Clásicos, o convierte tu DS en un e-book la mar de chulo. Ya se podía dar por perdido después de salir las navidades del 2008 sólo en Reino Unido, pero Nintendo lo ha rescatado para publicarlo el 5 de marzo, junto con el nuevo Picross y XL. De momento sólo hay la confirmación oficial de salir en Francia, pero será cuestión de tiempo que se oficilialice aquí también. El lanzamiento más importante, el de

    Para acabar de redondear la jugada, el 25 del mismo mes salen los remakes de Pokémon Oro y Plata y en febrero, un nuevo color para la DSi clásica, el rosa, acompañado del ( algo fallido en ventas aquí ) Style Boutique en un pack. Buf, todo esta amalgama de fechas y juegos sólo puede traducir en: DS nunca muere, sólo se reinventa. Para Wii, Nintendo confía en tirar del pack Wii negra más los dos Wii Sports, la secuela de Endless Ocean y lo que den de sí las third parties, que no es poca cosa. Si no aprovechan esta oportunidad para hacerse un hueco, peor para ellas.

              Digital Mesh Network Abstract Background        

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              RE: I thought         
    You'd be amazed how the 20" screen doesn't seem huge after a couple of weeks. I went from a 15" iMac G4 to a 20" iMac G5 last year, and now any smaller screen just gives me digital claustrophobia. Browser, email, adium buddy list, bunch of post-it notes, iTunes... all on screen at the same time. You can't beat it. If I were upgrading now I would definately get the 24" one.
              SEE THRU EXHIBITION OPENED 8.14.10 GALLERY 825 LOS ANGELES        

    THURSDAY, AUGUST 19, 2010


    Professor Shinsuke Shimojo of CalTech, 
    a world-renowned researcher and expert in field of vision, 
    perception and cognitive neuroscience inspired artists from LAAA/Gallery 825 
    to create new work reflecting scientific principals 
    exploring the intersection between photography, neuroscience and the arts.

    Ann Marie Rousseau photographs Romann Weber for "Science and Surveillance" 
    Photo by Ginger Van Hook 


    Science and Surveillance

    The work in this project plays off Shinsuke Shimojo’s studies on perception and the interplay of emotion, decision-making and consciousness.* Our eyes are constantly scanning our surroundings in rapid leaps, instantaneously accumulating information as they move several times per second, all without conscious effort or knowledge. Shimojo describes the “gaze cascade effect,” in which a subject's gaze between two objects under consideration gradually shifts to favor the object ultimately chosen.  Research has indicated that these gaze cascades, also called orienting, are deeply involved in higher-level brain functions such as decision making.

    In experiments asking subjects to compare two faces and label one as either attractive or unattractive, Shimojo discovered that the more that someone looks at a particular face, the more he or she wants to look at it, and consequently the more likely it becomes that the face will be labeled as “attractive.”  This happens even before the viewer makes a conscious decision.  His research also found that the participants' judgments of attractiveness versus unattractiveness could be manipulated by limiting the length of time they were allowed to look at a particular face. According to Shimojo, the unconscious, spontaneous movements of the eyes work in concert and affect what are presumed to be more deliberate cognitive tasks when making choices.  

    Various studies in cognitive and neuro sciences have demonstrated that images—of a face, for instance—and semantic contents such as verbal labels interact through various mechanisms in order to produce a stable and consistent interpretation of the image.  In today’s modern surveillance society, labeling occurs in myriad ways, both benign and nefarious.  This continual labeling has far broader scope and more serious consequences than ordinary judgments of "attractive" and "unattractive," but it is perhaps influenced by some of the same subliminal forces shown in Shimojo’s work.

    The lineup of "perpetrators" in this installation shows faces with labels quite contrary to the presumed task of security surveillance, which aims to identify malefactors, terrorists, criminals, dangerous subjects and other potential wrongdoers. Instead these labels, which have been loosely extrapolated from the Buddhist tenets of the ten perfections, seek to discern those with traits most useful, beneficial, lasting and constructive for society.  Although these labels are essentially positive, the viewer cannot help but approach them with a consciousness of what it is to be watched and labeled specifically, and an appreciation of the complex tensions inherent in labeling in general.

    •“Gaze bias both reflects and influences preference,” Shinsuke Shimojo, Claudiu Simion, Eiko Shimojo, & Christian Scheier, Nature Neuroscience, Advance online publication, 9 November 2003; doi:10.1038/nn1150

    Romann Weber

    Marcie Kaufmann

    Ginger Van Hook

    Elizabeth Tobias

    Krista Kahl

    Mei Xian Qiu

    Meg Madison

    Siri Kaur

    Ching Ching Cheng

    Shana Mabari

    Krista Kahl and Ann Marie Rousseau

    Krista Kahl, Mei Xian Qiu and Ann Marie Rousseau

    Krista Kahl and Ginger Van Hook during the installation 
    of Connection 1 and Connection 2. Photo by Ann Marie Rousseau

    Dori Atlantis, Ching-Ching Cheng, Meg Madison and Mei Xian Qiu
    6' x 17' x 13'   Digital Photographs, Plexiglass, Monofilament     
    Photo by Ann Marie Rousseau

    Color Space
    Ching-Ching Cheng
    9"x9"x9" Urethane, Pigment Photo by Ann Marie Rousseau

    Blue Volumetric
    Yoichi Kawamura, Shana Mabari and Shinsuke Shimojo
    42” x 42” x 42” Plexiglass Cube + Mixed Materials
    Photo by Ann Marie Rousseau 

    Color Space
    Ching-Ching Cheng
    9"x9"x9" Urethane, Pigment 
    Photo by Ginger Van Hook

    Blue Volumetric
    Yoichi Kawamura, Shana Mabari and Shinsuke Shimojo
    42” x 42” x 42” Plexiglass Cube + Mixed Materials (Photo by Ginger Van Hook)

    Optic Chasm
    Mei Xian Qiu
    Dimensions Varied – Plexiglass Cube, Water, 
    Used Motor Oil, Projector, Tempera. 
    (Photo by Ginger Van Hook)

    Painting and Photograph copyright by Luke and Ginger E. Van Hook, 2004
    Courtesy of the Van Hook Collection

    The Art of Lovin' Animals
    Features a group of artists inspired,
    motivated or influenced by their beloved pets
    and appear in this blog in the following order:

    Joshua Elias, Simone Gad, Betty Glass, David Newsom,
    Monrovia Association of Fine Arts supporters
    (KidsArt Studio, PaintNPlay Art Studios, Tyson & Tillman Skate Dogs)
    Family Dog and Cat Hospital in Monrovia, California (displays animal artwork).
    Ginger Van Hook, Luke Van Hook,
    Alex in Welderland, Elena Wolek, and Zareh.

    Additionally as part of the "Art of Lovin' Animals"
    there is a special book and movie review of
    John Grogan's book "Marley and Me", and the recent hit movie
    starring Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson

    Written by Enilde G. Van Hook with special thanks to all participating artists!

    Do you remember your first pet? I do. I even have a picture of how much bigger my cats’ paws were than my two feet put together at the age of three. My mother, tells me I had a yellow duck, a small dog and a large yellow tabby cat that owned me as a child.
    These three pets were protective, possessive and they were my first companions as I ventured out, for the first time, into my wild back yard of dirt and weeds. I was born in Rosario Argentina and to me now as an adult, my backyard is still my world. I live in Los Angeles, California but the romance of the Argentinean Pampas is not lost on me. From the pictures of my past, I gathered that my Belgian Grandfather, Francisco, ran a plant nursery in Buenos Aires and that my father, Luis, grew up to be an inventor in America. But the most unique connection I have to my past is my relationship with animals. I’ve had a pet at almost every age as I grew up. The importance of this type of companionship has not been explored enough in the art world, at least, this is my opinion. This is the reason I am blogging about the subject of the art and inspiration of lovin’ pets. I hope to instigate discussion, if not compassion. I hope to motivate an artistic response to my thoughts as well. You may have a completely different experience, so I personally encourage you to post your comments after you read this entry.
    This is what I asked myself for the subject of the essay for Ginger's Art Journal. What is the relationship of animals and pets to the art world? How involved are animals throughout the art strata? How much inspiration is gathered from the love of a pet? Can that even be measured? Does the love of a pet inspire political causes? Activism? How does one explain the pangs of loneliness from the loss of a pet? Does the death of a pet make an artist create more art? Does the gift of a new life of a pet inspire hope and renewal in artists? How do artists express their love and affection for the four-legged critters of our earth? How do animals, pets, pet trees, pet rocks or pets of any kind affect the process of making art?
    There are a number of artists that I have followed for a period of time to investigate the questions that will make up this entry. Studying the work of a number of local artists from the Los Angeles and surrounding areas that work with pets in their art practice, I will present some of their unique stories with photos. The artists, in alphabetical order, include Joshua Elias, Simone Gad, Betty Glass, David Newsom, Ginger Van Hook and Luke Van Hook, Alexandra from Alex in Welderland, Lena Wolek and Zareh. Additionally, the art of lovin’ animals has made a seamless transition from the literary art into the film arts so I will discuss one of my favorite books by John Grogan named “Marley and Me” as it compares to its latest movie version of “Marley and Me” starring Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson which opened in December for Christmas Day.
    The method selected to choose these artists was random. I began my animal photographic study in 2006. Through my daily practice of studying the arts, I have come across people who were “in my back yard” and came to connect with me in a special way. I didn’t set out to write a story about animals. I merely went about my daily routine of photographing people and artwork that caught my “eye” because I was at the right place at the right time. Believing that the universe has a special plan for me, I allowed this story to evolve of its own volition. What I discovered both surprised me and opened me up. What I mean by this is that I was surprised to discover that artists who had pets had a great deal in common with other artists who had pets. Most people know and understand the history that reveals how the Egyptians revered cats and how the dog is considered “man’s best friend”. While it was common to have general conversations about how great it was to have pets and create pet portraits, I rarely came across artists that spoke to the deeper underlying significance in the arts about this specifically. While doing this research, I came across the most extreme case of worshiping our pets. The act of cloning has been in the news ever since the cloning of “Dolly” the sheep, but did you know that now there is a company that has launched itself into a commercial venture to clone man’s best friend? I discovered this and lots more so enjoy the new year in 2009 with a renewed commitment to your beloved pet. This is an ongoing story so don’t feel left out if your best friend isn’t included in this entry. I’m still reviewing artwork and pet portraits,
    feel free to send me an email about your animal story and I’ll include it in the followup stories!


    Fine Arts Painter

    Joshua Elias, Exhibition, DCA Fine Arts
    Santa Monica, California
    Photo copyright Ginger Van Hook, 2007
    Winston and Lucille read art literature on the couch and
    wait for Joshua Elias to become inspired to feed them.
    Photo copyright Ginger Van Hook, 2008
    Paintings by Joshua Elias
    Art in the making at the Brewery Artist Colony
    Los Angeles, California, 2008
    Studio visit by Ginger Van Hook
    Photo copyright Ginger Van Hook
    Artist brushes belonging to Joshua Elias
    The instruments by which Joshua Elias creates the canvas of weather and inspiration.
    Photo copyright Ginger Van Hook, 2008
    DCA Fine Arts Gallery, Joshua Elias with Mathew Heller and his girlfriend
    Photo copyright Ginger Van Hook 2007
    Joshua Elias, Exhibition at DCA Fine Arts Gallery
    Santa Monica, California
    Photo copyright Ginger Van Hook, 2007
    Joshua Elias with his cats Winston and Lucille
    in his studio at the Brewery Arts Complex in Los Angeles, California
    Photo copyright Ginger Van Hook, 2008

    Joshua Elias
    Artist Statement

    Art has become about large quantities of Resin, masquerading as Content. The focus has been on Process, confusing it with Content. Enough. I wish to focus on Content. Story and Vibration lead the way for me to paint.

    I work in oil because of the depth and movement that it allows for me, as a medium. I focus on Landscapes that are rearranged. Traveling spirits act as guides, to the movement of a particular painting. The influence of Moorish architecture and its many doorways offers and allows entryways into paintings.

    At present we are in a period of Time where there seems to be long standing fights over Space, Time Religion, Money, Ideology, and Relationships. Enough. The one thing we do all share is Weather. Through the action of Creating our own environment, our own personal Weather, the Repositioning of Weather can illuminate and allow for more Creation to happen, more of a Life Force to shine and to take shape.

    ï¿_ Joshua Elias

    Courtesy of the DCA website

    Fine Arts Painter, Collage Artist, Actor and Performer
    Simone Gad, Artist, Solo Show, L2Kontemporary Gallery
    February 2008 Chinatown, Los Angeles, California,
    Photograph by Ginger Van Hook, copyright 2008

    Selfportrait with Max and Bella/Autoportrait avec Max et Bella
    Private collection, photo courtesy of Simone Gad, Artist, copyright 2005
    Gad/Rin-Tin-Tin Collection Long Beach Museum of Art
    Courtesy Simone Gad, Artist, copyright 2005

    Picture Holocaust Clowns - Pinups 127, Gad and Poodle
    Courtesy Simone Gad, Artist, copyright 2005

    Selfportrait with Cat and Jesus
    Private collection, Courtesy of Simone Gad, Artist, copyright 2005

    Hommage a Ma Mere 2005 Painting Collage
    Copyright and Collection- Simone Gad
    Courtesy Simone Gad-Artist
    Photograph by Antonio Garcia

    Autoportrait avec Kashmir, painting collage 2005/06
    Courtesy Simone Gad- Artist and L2Kontemporary Gallery
    Chinatown, Los Angeles, California. Copyright Simone Gad

    Portrait of Bella, the Brindle cat, acting secretary for Artist, Simone Gad
    Los Angeles, California, Artist studio visit
    Photograph by Ginger Van Hook, copyright 2008

    Bella the Brindle Cat, (on the Marilyn and JFK Installation)
    Photo copyright and courtesy of
    Jesse Bonderman and Simone Gad,

    Bella, the Brindle Cat #2 (Marilyn Installation)
    Photo courtesy of Jessie Bonderman and Simone Gad

    Portrait of Simone Gad, Artist with companion, Bella.
    Los Angeles, California, Artist studio visit
    Photograph by Ginger Van Hook, copyright 2008

    Portrait of Bella
    The Brindle cat, Artist assistant, model
    and loyal companion to Simone Gad.
    Los Angeles, California, Artist studio visit
    Photograph by Ginger Van Hook, copyright 2008

    Max and Bella pose for pictures in the window of Simone Gad's artist studio
    Los Angeles, California
    Photograph by Ginger Van Hook, copyright 2008

    Simone Gad poses with one of her paintings of Chinatown
    during her solo show at L2Kontemporary Gallery
    Chinatown, Los Angeles, California
    Photograph by Ginger Van Hook, copyright 2008

    Enilde Van Hook writer's notes: I met Simone Gad at an exhibition of her work in Chinatown in the spring of 2008. The L2Kontemporary Gallery is a unique gallery located at 990 N. Hill Street #205 in Downtown Los Angeles (90012), California. I received an email from ArtScene, a wonderful source of local Art Events that is produced by the staff of Coagula Art Journal. Special thanks to Michael Salerno and Mat Gleason, because somewhere in the announcement, I read that Simone Gad was a Belgium-born artist and this led me to want to meet her to talk about the art in Belgium, where my grandfather had been born. Once I attended her exhibit and got a chance to meet Simone, I realized there was a distinct cultural connection we had through our reverence to the animals. She used images of her cats to make intriguing and poignant self-portraits and insightful photographic collages.
    I have followed Simone Gad’s work into 2009 and you will enjoy visiting her site through the L2Kontemporary Gallery located in Chinatown in Los Angeles: Follow these links to get to know a renaissance artist, a versatile film and TV actress, a woman of many talents and an artist who has a great deal of compassion to show for her animal friends: visit the online gallery site at to view her solo show at L2k for Feb 08 plus her updated resume which may be viewed at by writing in her name or by writing in Simone Gad’s name.
    Special thanks to the L2Kontemporary Gallery for cooperating with my interview! ( and and phone: 323-225-1288)

    Simone Gad
    Artist Statement and Biography: 2009

    I've been showing in museums and galleries for 40 years-am a 6 times grants recipient, including a CRA Grant 1986, the Woman's Building 1985/6, New Orleans Contemporary Museum of Art 1984, the Gottlieb Foundation-NYC/Painting Medical Emergency Grant, Change Inc-Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Grant-both in 2002 for painting and medical emergency, and Artist Fellowship Foundation Grant in 2007-NYC. I am included in the Archives of the National Portrait Gallery/Smithsonian-Washington, DC, and will also be included in the Lyn Kienholz Encyclopedia of Los Angeles Artists who have shown between 1944 and 1979. In Los Angeles, I am represented by L2kontemporary Gallery-Chinatown, Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco, and am showing in Spain. I am also in the traveling museum exhibition-Your Documents Please thru 2010 in Japan/Europe/Mexico curated by Daniel Georges of Brooklyn, NY. I was born in Brussels, Belgium to holocaust survivor parents, from Poland. We came to the US in the early 1950's and settled in Boyle Heights/E.L.A, after arriving at Ellis Island. My mother got me into show-biz at the age of 4 upon our immigration. I grew up in the entertainment field as a young actress-have been working professionally in film, tv, commercials and theatre ever since. Have always had a dual career-.visual/performance artist and actor. George Herms and Wallace Berman were my first mentors. Al Hansen was my mentor from 1972 to 1995 when he passed away in Koln, Germany.

    My cats Max and Bella Bettina Kashmir are my inspiration for many of my painting collages-have been so for many years. I've always been inspired by my cats and dogs that I've had since I arrived to this country from War torn Europe. My father got me my first dog-Teddy Queeny when I was a child living on Folsom Street-We had just returned from a movie on Brooklyn Avenue when we saw the puppies on our way home. I was allowed to have one-and I was so happy. But my mother hated animals and wouldn't let me keep my pet with me in my bedroom and it cried all night. I was heartbroken when I got home from Nursery School the following day and found that my dog was gone. My mom told me she had sent it to New Jersey to live with my Tante Sally. I wasn't allowed to have any animals after that. Years later I visited my aunt and asked her if she had taken care of my Teddy Queeny and she told me she never did-she never got the dog-didn't know what I was talking about. I realized that my mother had lied to me and had possibly killed my beloved doggie. I had moved to Topanga Canyon for a while in the late 1960's-that's where I got to know Wallace Berman and George Herms. I was given a miniature sheppard-who I named Lady. She was my constant companion and I adored her. She was run over by a couple of friends who were staying with me one night. I found her bleeding from her mouth by the driveway. She died in my arms and I could feel her spirit leave her body. We buried her the next morning. I was devastated for years. A friend of mine gave me a dash-hound and I took it home to be with me when I left Topanga and stayed with my parents for a while. I named her Wiggle Butts because she had this habit of wiggling her behind when she walked. I was not allowed to keep her-once again-so I called a friend and had her drive from The Canyon to pick Wiggles up and take care of her for me. When I left my parents and got an apartment, I got a cat-Nathaniel-my very first cat-who was with me for 15 years until he passed away. It was then that I started to incorporate animal objects into my collages-in the mid 1970's.

    copyright Simone Gad 2009 to view Simone Gad’s solo show at L2k for Feb 08 plus her updated resume-you may also get it on by writing in her name or by writing in Simone Gad’s name-



    Focus One Gallery in Monrovia, California. Sponsored by M.A.F.A.,
    the Monrovia Association of Fine Arts and Focus One Community Credit Union.
    Photo by Ginger Van Hook, copyright 2006

    Betty Glass celebrates Christmas with Lulu at home in 2008.
    Lulu, wearing her new holiday sweater,
    pokes her nose into the gift bag
    to see if she likes what Santa has brought her.
    Photo copyright and courtesy of Betty Glass and James Glass.
    Turtle Painting, Watercolor Artwork by Betty Glass reminiscent of her pet turtles.
    Photo copyright and courtesy of Betty and James Glass.
    Trojan Horses, Watercolor painting by Artist, Betty Glass
    Photo copyright and courtesy of Betty and James Glass.
    Hummy, Watercolor Painting by Artist, Betty Glass.
    Photo copyright and courtesy of Betty and James Glass.

    Yankee and Sugar, Watercolor Painting by Artist, Betty Glass
    memorializing the life of her beloved friends.
    Photo copyright and courtesy of Betty and James Glass.

    Yankee (5-17-80 --- 4-20-94)
    the larger white and orange Brittany on the right,
    and Sugar (7-20-90 --- 12-24-04)
    the smaller Brittany on the left.
    "Beloved Friends and Forever in our hearts!"
    Loyal Friends, Inspiration and Companions
    to Artist, Betty Glass and her family.
    (Special thanks to husband, James Glass
    for his technical computer assistance
    with digital photography formating of Betty Glass Artwork.)
    Photo copyright and courtesy of Betty and James Glass

    Enilde Van Hook, Writer's Notes:
    I met Betty Glass through the Monrovia Association of Fine arts in 2006. We were showing together at the Focus One Gallery on Huntington Drive in Monrovia, California. When Betty came into the gallery, she was toting her adorable poodle named Lulu. I was charmed immediately and I just had to have a photo of this beautiful female pooch with a twinkle in her eye and the gumption to come into an art gallery where only humans gathered. This little poodle had no clue there was any difference between her and her owner, and she acted like she was looking at the art just like everyone else. At the time, I considered this a very cultured poodle and I told Betty so. Betty giggled and let me take her snapshot with Lulu and then we did not see each other again until we had another show together, also at Focus One Gallery two years later in December of 2008. When I saw Betty this time, I saw the connection of her artwork and the love of her animals come through her work and later, she agreed to participate in the interview for my blog. You may enjoy Betty Glass's artwork by visiting her website at

    Betty H. Glass
    Artist Statement about Animal Art

    Through art we communicate our feelings and thoughts.
    Our art reflects what experiences in life have influenced us.
    I have had a lifetime of pets
    ranging from goldfish, parakeets, and turtles and, of course,
    the loyal dog—always your friend even when the sky seems to be falling.
    I am still sketching and painting animals, birds, and fish.
    The softness of their fur, the texture of their feathers and fins,
    the variations of color are very appealing to me,
    because color is part of my artistic signature.
    Sometimes they are presented in a realistic fashion.

    Other times I use animals in a more stylized way—
    using their shapes as patterns, semi-abstracting them and their background.
    For example, my painting Trojan Horses shows flattened stylized figures of horses.
    Hopefully artistically pleasing and calling to mind ancient Greece.

    When is a library, not a library? When it’s a Book Festival where the books come out to play! The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books celebrated its 13th year of book promotions on the UCLA campus with an estimated attendance of over 140,000 people who love to read books!
    Here is where the traditional library, once thought to be a stuffy, hush-hush, nerdy and quiet setting transforms itself into a megalomaniac fair of books and stories and documentaries just waiting to come alive. Books become the roller coaster of emotions, the merry-go-round of ideas, the bumper cars of change and the Ferris wheels of fiction.

    In this day and age, the traditional library has undergone a radical change in our culture…it has gone outside, yes outside the box, outside the building and outside under yonder shade trees to re-invent itself. Unlike the regular library, where one checks out a book and must return it within a specific amount of time, this type of literary environment goes beyond just borrowing a book. This activity steps into the realm of personal libraries. This is where the reader amasses his or her own library collection of favorite authors, books, books on tape, digital recordings of books, even recordings for the blind and dyslexic by going outside the comfort of indoor lighting and venturing into the elements of nature.

    The weekend of April 26th and 27th, under weather conditions reaching over 90 degrees in Westwood, the Pacific Ocean breeze quietly slipped in and around the leaves of Ficus trees, Great Oaks, Pines, and luscious landscaped lawns of one of our most prestigious institutions of higher learning; on the campus of UCLA, surrounded by noble buildings of great learning and ample gardens of exquisite greenery, what promised to be adventure at first, had indeed become an obsession for learning, an unquenchable thirst for more information about one’s world…who was in it in the past? Who’s in it now? Where’s the planet going? Who killed who? Or Whom? What artist leapt to his death from the bridge of misunderstanding? The answers were all there waiting to be revealed once you ventured out into the Festival of Books to bring home some new friends! This was my third year visiting the LA Times Festival of Books.

    As I came upon the first of the booths, I saw a long line of people, fanning themselves in the hot sun with only partial shade for some while others brought lawn chairs, umbrellas and water bottles or coolers and bared the heat while reading the LA Times or a comic book they’d purchased while sipping lemonades from the local vendors. “Get your lemonade!” a man shouted from the center of another line of readers waiting for an author. As I made my way down the narrow aisles of celebrity book fans I looked up in time to see that Valerie Bertinelli was about to emerge and I could already see a wave of nervous cameramen and camerawomen with their trigger fingers anxiously poised above their focused lenses. I felt in good company. I too was about to sign copies of my book today. The Kingdom Of Nuts and Bolts, was being released to the reading public and I was headed over to join the authors at booth 715 sponsored by THE GREATER LOS ANGELES WRITER’S SOCIETY.

    I was invited to join the Greater Los Angeles Writer’s Society recently and have discovered the treasures of its membership as well as the benefits to career and community. The Greater Los Angeles Writers Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to mentoring writers of all levels in the craft and business of writing. The society works to provide continuing education and a forum for the marketing of a writer’s work. The society is guided by a philosophy of “writers mentoring writers of all disciplines” and their website ( details their variety of resources, welcoming writers from all over California and the country to learn more about the craft.

    I knew I had gotten to the right booth when I saw the buttons they were passing out. “What’s Your Story?” As I was about to take the hot seat of an author…I kid you not; the seat was hot because the sun cast its rays upon the storytellers’ table; I thought to myself again, ‘I’m in fine company!’ I had heard that Gay Talese, Julie Andrews and Tommy Lasorda were telling their stories and here I was, a humble little writer of my first fiction novel about to tell my own.
    I resorted to taking pictures to relax my own photo-happy-trigger finger. I always enjoy a good shutterbug moment and this was no exception. So, I took pictures of the authors I was with, while I signed a few books myself.

    I met Leslie Ann Moore, the author of Griffin’s Daughter, and I learned she wrote romantic fantasy (which I overheard her telling a reader that she had won an award). I visited her website at and was inspired by her story that she is a veterinarian, writer and belly dancer too!

    I also met Mike Robinson the author of Too Much Dark Matter, Too Little Gray (which personally as a photographer, I liked the title.) I learned that Mike Robinson is the author of seven novels and two collections. Mike also sold a number of short stories to print and electronic magazines, anthologies and podcasts. Visit Mike’s website at and learn that he too is stalking BIG FOOT!

    On Saturday, another author I had the opportunity to meet at the GLAWS booth was Matt Pallamary. We sat together as our fans lined up to talk to us about our books. (Maybe our lines weren’t as long as Valerie Bertinelli’s for her book “Losing it: And Gaining My Life Back One Pound at a Time” but we had a following, nonetheless!) Matt has written his memoirs detailing his spiritual journeys to Peru where he worked with shamanic plant medicines. His most recent book is titled Spirit Matters and his website is This was a serendipitous place to be sharing space with Matt Pallamary as I had the rare opportunity to discuss some of my own spiritual stories from my early childhood in Argentina. The Kingdom of Nuts and Bolts is a story about a five-year-old boy named Miguelito, who can see things that others can’t and this makes him special and extra inventive. He has a special magic friend named Hector (made out of nuts and bolts) who teaches him to fix things. The story, a comedy, is set in Buenos Aires, Argentina using the popular genre of South American writers, that of Magical Realism. The story explores an imaginative spirit world set in the 1930’s and is told from the perspectives of a fly, a witch, a seagull, an angel, a demon and two little brothers. The paperback version is available through
    and coming soon to so check the website in mid May for available stock.

    Several new, emerging and established writers joined us at the Festival of Books in the GLAWS booth #715. Among them was Joan A. Friedman, a Ph.D. who is an identical twin, herself, and has over thirty years of experience as a psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of twin-related issues. Her new novel, Emotionally Healthy Twins is a comprehensive guide on how to raise twins who are self-realized and distinct individuals.

    Dr. Joan Friedman posed for a photo-op alongside two of the movers and shakers of GLAWS; Tony Todaro, one of its original founders (Sci-Fi aficionado) and an established strategic consultant (Todaro Communications) as well as John Weiskopf, the author of The Ascendancy.

    The Ascendancy is an appropriate story for today’s times, as John Weiskopf has created a new world mythology at a volatile point in history. His latest novel brings modern day imagination to the old story of Jack in the Beanstalk. The premise of this novel is that a beanstalk starts growing out of the rubble of the World Trade Center and the protagonist Jack Tott, a twenty-six-year-old musician, believes that if he climbs the beanstalk, he will somehow find the means to help save his dying sister. This book is available through

    I met Sandra Walter, the author of The Creator State ( a story where actors discover a unique state of consciousness and art changes reality. Pictured here to the right is the author of Akira's Army by Keith Kowalczyk as he tells the story of Ray Quincy who becomes a prisoner of war while on his family vacation on a small South Pacific Island (a novel available through Also pictured in booth #715 are Tony Todaro, Neil Citrin, and John Weiskopf.

    I also had an opportunity to talk to Robin Reed who was also releasing her first novel called Xanthan Gumm. Robin Reed writes in the science fiction genre about hard working creatures called ‘Humans’ who labor to make stories that are loved throughout the Galaxy. One young alien dreams of going to the ‘Forbidden Planet Earth’ to perform in the movies and wants to become famous like his idol, E.T. This book is available through

    On Sunday at the LA TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS, I had the distinct privilege of sitting at the author’s table with Film Educator and author Charles Domokos. His work in education especially in the cinema and film-editing field has a long history of contributing extremely technical post-production knowledge to film students at USC School of Cinematic Arts, Loyola Marymount and Los Angeles City College. His book titled: Non-linear Editing: The Cutting Edge provides the foundation for the college-level media student to make the leap into the world of film and HD-based professional post-production, as practiced in the Hollywood media community. His book is available through; Barnes& or

    While sitting under the canopy of a nearby Elm tree, our booth enjoyed a little more shade and relief from the heat on Sunday, just enough to share our experiences and challenges of our publishing our first books. Charles and I also shared some of our inspirations to write and joked around that in our booth alone, we had the resources for taking my story of The Kingdom of Nuts and Bolts and turning it into a movie using stop-frame animation to create a Hollywood environment for my animated critter made of nuts and bolts and feathers named ‘Hector’. We figured we had a whole production team from writing the screenplay to filming, editing and strategic marketing with Tony Todaro!

    Speaking of Tony Todaro, one of the founders of GLAWS, I learned he is a prolific fiction writer as well. He is now working on a final draft of his next novel, “What Comes Around” a story set in a future city by the name of San Angeles, a metropolis divided by rivers and gangs after the ‘Big One’ (the big anticipated earthquake Angelino’s often fear, has already happened in this story) has rearranged the real estate and politics of the Southland. Just a little sneak preview of his upcoming book, finds Fed Corp Special Crimes investigator Major Xander Hunt in the midst of two murder mysteries to solve: the death of prominent physicist Allan Dunwharton, and after a series of battles and attempted assassinations, (perhaps even his own death). Hunt has kept his aging body alive with a concoction of drugs and nanobots, despite decades of damage as a black-ops agent, and the terminal cancer eating at his guts. (Imagine here the actor Sean Connery as the wise, aging officer in the Untouchables, though Hunt thinks of himself as the younger version of a Kevin Costner character.) Tony Todaro is a strategic marketing consultant with a long history in the music business and now shares his expertise with his fellow authors in GLAWS!

    With a philosophy of “writers mentoring writers of all disciplines” GLAWS holds monthly informative meetings, often with nationally-known guest speakers, offers critique groups, advice in the craft and business of writing, conducts special events including writers conferences and seminars, and promotes its vision through many businesses and social opportunities.
    In April I had the opportunity to attend one of the membership meetings to hear the science fiction and fantasy writer, Tim Powers, author of Anubis Gates and winner of the Philip K. Dick Award. He spoke at length about the essence of “plot” or what actually happens in a story. He encouraged writers to think of the question ‘why’ and then dig deeper and ask no, ‘why, really?’; ‘why really is the character motivated?’ He also gave us an overview of what it is like to be a writer at work. He stated that he had cultivated a sense of both guilt and fear. “Afterall, I play with the cat while truckers have jobs…” In a brief moment I had to talk with him before he got on the podium, he stated that I should write down imaginary bets… but not to do it in my head. He urged me to write thoughts down directly onto the keyboard. In his presentation, he also shared some of the advantages to writing down your ideas and character traits onto index cards and spreading them around your workspace. Maybe one day, if you are experiencing ‘writers block’; maybe the landlord comes around knocking, blows open your door and tromps all over the index cards mixing them up every which way; well, he said, ‘you never know when that might have helped your plot strategy a little!’ TIM POWERS chuckled.

    The headline of today’s blog stated that the Art of Reading leads to the Art of Writing. I strongly believe this because I can attest to the significant verbal, literary and visual growth that a child can attain while immersed in a supportive community reading program. That, in and of it-self is where the art of reading leads directly to the successful art of writing. Exposure to the arts at a young age in a person’s life greatly enhances the chances this experience will foster a love of story telling as well as an appreciation for the authors and artists of these works that influence the mind at a critical stage in our development.
    I am an example of an After School Reading Program child. My first exposure to library books came about at approximately the age of 8 when I stated participating in the Duarte Public Library After School Reading Program and simultaneously the Monrovia Public Library system in California.

    I personally see this important correlation between early reading and early writing because I began to keep a diary at the age of twelve after reading The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. I went on to improve my reading skills by practicing my writing skills in my journal and reading even more each month until I had practically consumed all the books I could in the children’s section of the Duarte Library. I seem to recall that by the age of thirteen I was already into the adult section where I promptly fell in love with science fiction and The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury. (At the time, I made no physical distinction between the right or left section of the Duarte Library but I did get into trouble with my mother who discovered one day that one of my books had an identifying label from the adult section of the library…I no longer remember what the name of that book was, because I didn’t get to read it…only that it had a harmless picture of a cat on the cover and I distinctly recall how disappointed and rather humiliated I was when I had to return the book to the librarian and admit that I had rules at home I had to follow that superceded library freedoms.)

    My consolation was that I was a rebellious child so after that, I no longer checked out the adult books to take home—I just spent my free time reading the contraband stories, sitting cross legged on the floor between the stacks by the light of a window where a beautiful oak tree cast intermittent sun, shade and childhood inspiration; Under these conditions, I finished reading Pearl Buck’s novel The Good Earth. I can’t stress enough the importance of reading in a young person’s life. I admired writers without even knowing what they looked like. Often I didn’t see pictures on the covers. I just knew their voices by the way they would write their sentences. I feel I learned about life, lived through the characters and had adventures I couldn’t even dream of having all through the art of reading a wonderful book.

    By the time I was sixteen, I had obtained my first job away from home. The Duarte Public Library hired me to work as a ‘page’ part time while I attended high school. I was able to devote even more time to filing and flipping through the pages of my most beloved writers and fondest friends. I recall taking a whole summer to finish the novel Hawaii by James Mitchner. These books were my education and entertainment away from the classroom and the schoolyard. By the age of eighteen, I was working for the USC Bookstore during freshman year of college and the Doheny Library by my sophomore year of college.

    Now fast forward to the present day in 2008. I have written and self-published five books of poetry and recently released my first novel, The Kingdom of Nuts and Bolts here at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on the campus of UCLA. Was it an accident that I developed into a writer? (In my particular case, I am also a photographer and an artist.) ( ( I don’t think this is a random event. I think there are no accidents in the universe. I firmly believe that everything happens for a reason. I believe in cause and effect. I believe that if you want to end up with a delicious cake, you need to prepare the recipe with proper ingredients. The ingredients leading to the successful art of writing requires nothing short of fresh time, young minds, good books and positive parental and community encouragement to read. The art develops naturally as the heat of age ripens the stories into cupcakes of our culture for everyone to enjoy!

    I attended the Duarte Festival of Authors in October of 2005 in Westminster Gardens, in Duarte California just to visit with and enjoy a moment listening to Ray Bradbury as the featured keynote speaker, presented by The Friends of the Duarte Library.

    We also support the Monrovia Arts Festival Association which is undergoing a change of name this year. In addition to the changes featured in Monrovia Library Park, with the new Library construction, Monrovia Arts Festival Association is about to be renamed the Monrovia Association of Fine Arts to better define the role of the arts in the community of Monrovia.
    The Monrovia Arts Festival Association will continue to serve the arts and artists as well as the after school art programs in Monrovia as well as surrounding communities and schools. I firmly believe, the younger a child is exposed to the arts, in terms of reading, writing, painting, sculpture, photography, film, digital media, comic book art and art history just to name a few of the variety of arts, the more creative a child will grow into adulthood and the more rewarding our communities will be to thrive in.
              Best Time To Invest in Art, NOW! by Ginger Van Hook        
    TV celebrity Jason Alexander supports the arts at the TAG Gallery in Santa Monica, California on August 18, 2007 for the CALIFORNIA OPEN EXHIBITION show juried by Peter Frank. Now showing NEW WORKS, painting, mixed media, sculpture, photography and video through September 1st 2007. Jason Alexander, an actor who played the part of "George" in the long running and popular hit TV show "Seinfeld",
    is pictured here beside sculpture artist Ali Alinejad.
    Photo by Ginger Van Hook

    Christine Owens, president of the Focus One Community Credit Union and sponsor of the
    Focus One Gallery in Monrovia, California is presented with the Renaissance Award
    by Monrovia City Councilman, Joe Garcia at the Monrovia Arts Festival Association Gala Black Tie Annual Fund-raising Event May 12, 2007. The Renaissance Award is given to honor and recognize a special member of the community whose contributions to their fellow citizens leads to the cultural enrichment of the community as a whole. Photo by Ginger Van Hook

    Artist, Photographer and Actor, David Newsom poses with his dog in front of his latest photographs (Thistle #1) being exhibited at the DCA Fine Arts Gallery, in Santa Monica, California, (June 1, 2007 through July 14th, 2007). Three miles of Idaho is an exhibit focusing on the landscape between his brother and his sister's properties in a unique and poignant family setting. David Newsom released large scale renditions of his work currently published from his best-selling book titled SKIP.
    Photo by Ginger Van Hook

    Peter Frank, Jurist, for the TAG Gallery, CALIFORNIA OPEN EXHIBITION,
    stands beside emerging Los Angeles based artist, Luke Van Hook, August 18th, 2007.
    The Painting in background, oil on canvas, "May", the study of Giotto's perfect circle.
    by Luke Van Hook
    (Investigating the legend that Giotto drew a perfect circle for the Pope)

    As the economy goes up and down, so do the trends in the arts and art collecting. This is an exciting time for the arts because we have many historical markers and world conditions that exist today that make it a good time to invest in the arts. For instance, instability in the stock market often releases money to make investments in art, that, like real estate, also goes up in value as the years progress. Additionally, there are wars raging around the world so instability in world economic markets are impacting the art market too. The best impact that market instability plays upon the arts is that it gives incentives to support artists in your local communities. These artists are here and now. Their work is presently available, and like property, it too can be insured, placed into a family trust or safety deposit vault and along with the family heirlooms, art can be bequeathed as a legacy or inheritance to members of your family. Both the housing market and the stock market have been riding a roller-coaster in recent years making a good piece of tangible artwork a far more solid investment than betting on governments, point spreads or Las Vegas Mega Slots.

    y husband Luke and I have explored a number of fine art galleries and art communities that will interest the art lover, the art collector and fellow artists in the pursuit of great works being created in the NOW, as well as some works that have survived the test of time. In my Blog I intend to discuss some of the hot spots and hot artists in Sunny Southern California. I'll share photos with you of some of these exciting options available to the every day collector, the seasoned collector, the art aficionados, or the emerging collectors eager with new money to infuse into an already thriving and ripe harvest of works in Oil Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Conceptual works, Collage, Digital Photography, Digital Film and Electronic Visual Art.

    Through this summer we visited communities on the West side such as Santa Monica, West LA, and Culver City. In the inland areas, we visited some of the foothill mountain art communities such as Glendale and a little further inland, we visited Old Town Monrovia. Starting with the inland foothills we find the quaint town of Monrovia where I grew up and went to school at Immaculate Conception Elementary on Shamrock Avenue. In Monrovia, the City of Art and in Duarte, the City of Health, I grew up as a child. I volunteered about 300 hours as a candy striper for the City of Hope in my teenage years, went on to work for the Duarte Library and attended Alverno High School for girls in Sierra Madre. This is the place where I was raised marching in parades with the Brownies and the Girl Scouts and where I learned to tap dance, twirl a baton and where I rode a ferris wheel for the first time at the fiesta, (as well as ate a lot of cotton candy), I came back as an adult to find an incredible amount of support for the arts in local schools. The arts are not limited to crayons and pencils either. There is an extensive array of art mediums in which students, and some very young students at that, learn to hone their creative skills. For instance, at Paint N Play on Myrtle Avenue, they learn how to throw pottery. Also, with after school teacher, Rouzanna Berberian, children learn the art of drawing, photography and gallery showmanship as well. There are art lessons going on, on almost every street corner you encounter in the busy Old Town Center on Myrtle near the Krikorian Movie theatre. You'll find this charming section of town both soothing and exhilarating. You ought to try walking up and down the main street where there are sidewalk activities, new park benches to rest under shade trees, new lampposts and lanterns all reminiscent of a nostalgic time. Artists show their work on wide city blocks and inside cool and dim lit gallery spaces. The mountains loom in the distance and the afternoons yeild a light summer breeze in the early evening.

    We support the Monrovia Arts Festival Association in their endeavors to promote the arts to the children at a very young age. It is not uncommon for lots of families that are raised to appreciate art to blossom into artists later in life. MAFA is a nonprofit organization led by President Bill Beebe with a history of supporting local artists and local after-school art programs. Over the years, the Monrovia community has begun to expand its outreach of art by developing local talent through a number of venues: Focus One Gallery for instance, is located in the lobby of the Focus One Community Credit Union at 404 East Huntington Drive on the corner of California and Huntington Drive. The president of Focus One Community Credit Union, Christine Owens is known for her support of local artists and was recently nominated for and awarded the annual Renaissance Award by Monrovia City Councilman Joe Garcia at the MAFA Black Tie Fundraiser in May 2007. This is a prestigious award that goes to honor and recognize a special member of the community whose contributions to their fellow citizens leads to the cultural enrichment of the community as a whole.

    MAFA Marketing coordinator, (on left)Denise Daniels is pictured here with Christine Owens, President of Focus One Community Credit Union and Bill Beebe, President of MAFA at their annual Black Tie Fundraiser that occurs in May.

    Monrovia, California
    Foothill Mountain Communities
    Some Artists in Action...

    THE MONROVIA ARTS FESTIVAL ASSOCIATION otherwise known as MAFA, is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and is dedicated to the cultivation and support of the arts in children's after school programs as well as educational awareness of the arts in the community at large. MAFA P.O. Box 92 Monrovia, CA 91017 ( 626-256-3124

    Several galleries and art venues have developed over the years which participate and support MAFA. The following information is current as of August 2007: If your event or venue is not listed, please contact Ginger Van Hook, press liaison, for MAFA at (

    The AZTEK ART GALLERY, is located beside the Aztek Hotel at 305 West Foothill Blvd. Exhibits local artists work as well as holds art classes during scheduled times. The contact person is Bill Hyatt, (

    California Wine and Cheese, LLC supports local artists. New Artist reception for Frank Zgonc, Photographer is scheduled for the evening of Friday August 24th, 2007. Frank Zgonc shares images from his travels through Europe, scenes from Bodie Flats, Nevada and local scenes in Monrovia along with his signature digital watercolor manipulations. California Wine and Cheese is located at 115 W. Foothill Blvd., Owned by Janet and Tom Dugan, their website can be located at (Contact by phone 626-358-6500 for reservations.)

    The MONROVIA COFFEE COMPANY supports local artists and is located at 425 South Myrtle Avenue. Exhibits contemporary and emerging artists work. Next artists showing September 1 through December 30th, Ginger and Luke Van Hook Photography exhibit, Methusula in the Bristlecone Pine Forest. (Landscape photographs of some of the oldest pine trees on the planet. Some trees aged over 4,700 years, older than the Egyptian Pyramids.) (Additional digital photography of flowers and collage by Ginger Van Hook.) For artist schedules, contact person is Carol Curtis, (

    The PAINT 'N PLAY ART GALLERY is affiliated with Monrovia Arts Festival Association in its' support of the arts by providing a meeting place for MAFA members to discuss and plan their upcoming events for the community on a monthly basis. Contact Lisa or Rachel at Paint 'N Play is located at 418 South Myrtle Avenue. Paint N Play sponsors the SUMMER ARTWALKS in Old Town Monrovia along with several merchants who participate every year. KidsArt, Segil Fine Art, Oh My Goddard Gallery, Family Festival Productions, Scoops, Joy Print and Design, Box Jewelers and Baldwin's Baked Potatoes as well as the Outback SteakHouse- Arcadia and Trader Joe's also participate in art festivities that promote the education of art in schools through Summer Artwalks. For more information regarding Summer Art Walks and how you may participate, you may also contact Betsy Thurmond (626-358-7800) or The next SUMMER ARTWALK is scheduled for Saturday evening, August 25, 2007 from 6:30 to 9pm.



    August 11 - September 28th, 2007.
    Glendale Public Library Associates of Brand Library
    1601 West Mountain Street Glendale, CA 91201

    A group show Titled: PATTERN PLAY. Four artists demonstrate the variety of patterns available in color schemes, pattern originality, unique images in oil paints, sculpture, and graphic designs. Artist reception August 18, 2007. Artists featured are Patsy Cox, Yuriko Etue, Melanie Rothschild, and Jerrin Wagstaff. Definitely a great show for the entire family. You'll experience a great variety of brilliant colors and patterns that pop out of the walls, rise from the floor and reveal creative abstract patterns that draw you in, spiral you out and make you feel good.

    Artist, Melanie Rothschild

    Artist, Patsy Cox

    Artist, Yuriko Etue

    Artist, Jerrin Wagstaff



    16:1 Gallery, Santa Monica, California Summer 2007


    Kathryn Andrews
    Chris Lipomi
    Donald Morgan
    Stephanie Taylor
    organized by Kathryn Andrews

    Showing August 11 through September 8, 2007

    2116 Pico Blvd., Unit B
    Santa Monica, CA 90405



    Delia Cabral, Gallery Director
    3107 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90405

    From Exhibition, THREE MENDACIOUS MINDS, (The Return of Paris' New Pestilence School) David Schoffman, Currado Malaspina, Micah Carpenter July 23- August 31, 2007 310-770-2525
    Photo by Ginger Van Hook



    TAG Gallery
    Elizabeth Sadoff
    Gallery Director
    2903 Santa Monica Blvd.
    Santa Monica, CA 90404

    Elizabeth Sadoff, Gallery Director, TAG Gallery
    handing out awards to the winning artists.

    Photo by Ginger Van Hook

    Jason Cimenski accepts award from Peter Frank and Elizabeth Sadoff
    TAG Gallery, August 18, 2007
    Photo by Ginger Van Hook

    First Place Winner, Artist, Jason Cimenski with his daughter "The Flooded Room" TAG Gallery, August 18, 2007 Photo by Ginger Van Hook

    Artist Kim Kimbro, TAG Gallery, August 18, 2007
    Photo by Ginger Van Hook

    Artist, Lorien Suarez,
    TAG Gallery August 18, 2007
    Photo by Ginger Van Hook

    Artist, Carlos Daub,
    TAG Gallery, August 18, 2007
    Photo by Ginger Van Hook

    Derek McMullen, Luke Van Hook, Dennis Treretola Three artists, oil painters, from the same graduating class at Otis College of Art and Design, 2004
    TAG Gallery, August 18, 2007
    Photo by Ginger Van Hook

    Artists, and fine art painters, Carlos Daub, Luke Van Hook, Dennis Treretola
    TAG Gallery, August 18, 2007
    Photo by Ginger Van Hook

    Artist, Carole Garland, "Midnight Mystery", oil on canvas
    TAG Gallery, August 18, 2007

    Photo by Ginger Van Hook

    TAG Gallery, Santa Monica, California
    August 18, 2007
    Standing room only at the popular show

    Photo by Ginger Van Hook

    Peter Frank thanks the artists and their guests who have participated
    at the TAG Gallery, Santa Monica, California Open Exhibition,
    August 18, 2007
    Photo by Ginger Van Hook

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              Î”υο χρόνια παράταση για εισαγωγή στα ΑΕΙ με το 10% χωρίς νέες εξετάσεις        
    Την παράταση κατά ακόμα δυο χρόνια (2012 και 2013) του δικαιώματος για εισαγωγή των αποφοίτων λυκείων σε ποσοστό 10% των θέσεων εισακτέων στην Τριτοβάθμια Εκπαίδευση, με την προηγούμενη βαθμολογία των Πανελλαδικών Εξετάσεων, αποφάσισε χθες το υπουργείο Παιδείας. Υπενθυμίζεται επίσης ότι έως τις 28 Φεβρουαρίου θα πρέπει να υποβάλουν αίτηση-δήλωση συμμετοχής στις Πανελλαδικές Εξετάσεις 2012 όλοι οι υποψήφιοι των Γενικών Λυκείων (ΓΕΛ) και των Επαγγελματικών Λυκείων (ΕΠΑΛ) για εισαγωγή στην τριτοβάθμια εκπαίδευση.

    Ρύθμιση που θα κατατεθεί στη Βουλή προβλέπει τη δυνατότητα εισαγωγής με τη διαδικασία του 10% για τα ακαδημαϊκά έτη 2012-2013 και 2013-2014 και αφορά όσους πήραν μέρος στις Πανελλαδικές Εξετάσεις των ημερησίων ΓΕΛ ή ημερησίων ΕΠΑΛ (ομάδα Β') τα δυο αμέσως προηγούμενα έτη. Η δυνατότητα αυτή, που αφορούσε κάθε χρόνο 10.000-12.000 υποψηφίους, είχε καταργηθεί από φέτος.
    Συνεπώς με τη διαδικασία του 10% θα μπορούν να εισαχθούν στο ακαδημαϊκό έτος 2012-2013 οι απόφοιτοι Λυκείου που πήραν μέρος στις Πανελλαδικές Εξετάσεις των ημερησίων ΓΕΛ ή ημερησίων ΕΠΑΛ (ομάδα Β') των ετών 2010 ή 2011, ενώ το 2013-2014 οι απόφοιτοι των ετών 2011 ή 2012.
    Οι απόφοιτοι προηγούμενων ετών που έλαβαν μέρος στις Πανελλαδικές Εξετάσεις το 2010 ή το 2011, θα μπορούν να υποβάλουν μέχρι την Παρασκευή 2 Μαρτίου αίτηση - δήλωση για εισαγωγή με το ποσοστό 10% του αριθμού εισακτέων εφόσον επιθυμούν να είναι υποψήφιοι για: Στρατιωτικές Σχολές, Αστυνομικές Σχολές, Ακαδημίες Εμπορικού Ναυτικού, ΤΕΦΑΑ. Οσοι έχουν ήδη υποβάλει αίτηση - δήλωση για συμμετοχή στις Πανελλαδικές Εξετάσεις του 2012 (για το 90% των θέσεων εισακτέων) και τελικά επιθυμούν να είναι υποψήφιοι για το 10% των θέσεων εισακτέων (χωρίς νέα εξέταση), πρέπει μέχρι και την Παρασκευή 2 Μαρτίου να προσέλθουν στο Λύκειο που υπέβαλαν την αρχική αίτηση - δήλωση για να την ανακαλέσουν.
    Υπενθυμίζεται ότι έως και την Τρίτη 28 Φεβρουαρίου, όλοι οι υποψήφιοι για συμμετοχή στις Πανελλαδικές Εξετάσεις του 2012 πρέπει να υποβάλουν στο λύκειό τους αίτηση - δήλωση υποψηφιότητας συμμετοχής. Η προθεσμία είναι αποκλειστική.
    Επίσης, την ίδια περίοδο όλοι οι μαθητές και απόφοιτοι (υποψήφιοι των Πανελλαδικών Εξετάσεων ΓΕΛ και ΕΠΑΛ και όσοι δηλώσουν ενδοσχολικό απολυτήριο) με αναπηρία και ειδικές εκπαιδευτικές ανάγκες, πρέπει να υποβάλουν και αίτηση.
    Οι μαθητές που κατά το τρέχον σχολικό έτος φοιτούν στην τελευταία τάξη των εσπερινών ΓΕΛ ή εσπερινών ΕΠΑΛ-ΟΜΑΔΑ Β' και είχαν κάνει μετεγγραφή στη Γ' τάξη του Εσπερινού Λυκείου κατά τη διάρκεια του σχολικού έτους 2010-2011, μπορούν να υποβάλουν τη σχετική αίτηση - δήλωση συμμετοχής στις Πανελλαδικές Εξετάσεις του 2012 μέχρι και την Παρασκευή 2 Μαρτίου.

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              azaleas / cloudsound / forest walker        
    azaleas ~ sapphire (blank_tapes, 2016)

    «Long-form new-age collages. First full-length from Azaleas». ~ blank_tapes

    Two years ago I had a pleasure to share a split tape with Azaleas (duo of Kyle Wade & Alice Andres-Wade hailing from Denver) on Rainbow Pyramid label and started waiting patiently for their full-length debut. Hope was not lost, and here it is, spinning in my deck on repeat mode since December! And with the first winds of the spring this music seems to unfold even broader, carrying eternal bliss of best ambient genre developments. Shimmering layers of synth soundscapes, massive drones, new-agey melodies and organic hum of field recordings... Everything in its place, all corners rounded, every transition made with care. This tape has rare ability to became more and more interesting with every spin, telling the same stories differently each time you listen to it. You may get lost in all those layers, fades and vibes, travelling between dark thickets and wide open eyes of lakes, but don't worry – the hiss of blank tape in the end will leave you under charms of these marvelous tunes with joyful smile on your face and pleasant feeling in the heart. Highest recommendations!

    listen ~ support

    cloudsound ~ indigo appalachia (fluere tapes, 2017)

    «Reverie over outer space air space tween canopy slopes of mauve ambrosial gazes to ribbonious unfurls later spooled» ~ fluere tapes

    Less is more! I always admired the ability to create pleasant atmosphere with seemingly minimalist and truly lo-fi sound. What Fluere Tapes boss Lee Boyd did on this tape easily falls into category of lo-fi drone, but the less you care about labeling, the more you receive in impression value. Actually, this tape can be a marvelous post-rock or shoegaze epic, simply recorded hundred of times from one old dusty tape to another. Yet, it has this unexplainable charm that wraps you like a cozy blanket, carrying away as a good old magic flying carpet. Massive layers of sound are hidden behind the surface of pleasant sound - same as the incredible amount of water looks like beautiful cloud from the surface. As the the artwork itself, this music is fused by light, an enormous cosmic nebula sending its glorious radiance light years away... Also I must admit that this particular album brought a lot of nostalgic moments for me, remembering those early psych/drone tapes by Deep Magic or Sundrips, feeling the awe in presence of those energies, such pure and sincere, like they are directly radiating from the artist's heart. Maybe I'm just too sentimental, but there is nothing is this world like Cloudsound. Absolute bliss.

    listen ~ support

    forest walker ~ uv sea (constellation tatsu)

    Sincerely – I have no words to describe this album. It's clear, that with such love for ambient music I possess, album like UV Sea would turn into breathtaking experience. Forest Walker puts everything in one canvas and manages to blend all treasures of ambient genre into a single whole thing. Thing in itself. Pulsation of synth lines, deepest drones, huge waves of reverberated noises... even dusty saturated beats do no harm to this never-ending stream of bliss, supporting its torrent thought your perception channels. Is that infinity of the Universe transcending by the aural medium or endlessness of sound, forging new universe inside ours – who knows? Depends on which interpretation of quantum mechanics you follow. One thing is clear here, this music exist in more than one dimension. It spans like endless wave and each track is just range of frequencies we able to perceive. It's easy to imagine UV Sea as short part of huge intergalactic transmission, captured by limited instruments of humankind and then interpreted by our even more limited sense organs. But the message is so powerful that we can get it if not consciously, but more subtly, just intuitively. And unable to verbally express... Yet, transmission continues, so tune in!

    listen ~ support

              eva geist ~ äquator system        

    eva geist ~ äquator system (elestial sound, 2016)

    «Dedicated to dreams, lost paradises, and new horizons of human belonging, Äquator System transcends a musical journey from a hidden center to an endless distance, reminding us that we are made of galaxies.» ~ eva geist

    Exploring the vastness of modern retromania, I often ask myself one question – what if there is actually no such thing as "past" in music and maybe even no such thing as "music development"? Evolution of music usually means the technical side of its creation, hence almost all changes are simply consequences of new gear's features or simple invention of new terms for already existing things - as it was with Brian Eno "inventing" the ambient music. Of course, music history had some major shifts, but talking about them we can't avoid discussion of the gear (and by gear I mean any instrument) and methods to work with it, be it physical or digital, composition or performance, etc. Such things say more about form of music, but much less about it's essence. Maybe nostalgia always was a big part of this "essence", tuning the aural visions through personal experience. Some kind of universal feeling that connects our minds to the idea of some "golden era" in time and space coordinates. This can be expressed in many ways, but the very idea of creation of some sound continuum, which comforts its creator (and likely the audience) remains fundamental for music evolution.

    Reading the liner notes for Elestial Sound tape release of this album brings the same perspective on the so-called "retro-ambient" scene. As Steve Roach recently said in the interview for Bandcamp, it never was about styles or fashion, it's all about space which music creates for the listener and the author himself, as reflection of his personal story line. I don't really know was the "Äquator System" taken from childhood memories about educational films and TV show soundtracks or not – what really matters is the timeline it contains inside itself. It's a story, enigmatic one. It brings so many colorful pictures, visions and narratives not necessarily associated with past, though it sounds really "retro". Actually, all differences between modern styles of music are based on the timbre, on the particular sound, and each timbre, especially when it comes to electronics, is already has its place on styles map. But the essence is avoided, it seems that we forget to look inside the sounds, to see beyond the surface. Because when we do it, whole universe unfolds before our inner gaze and it may be hard to navigate inside it, since we need to lose yourself to some degree, to step out of  our customary coordinate system. Anchors of style definitions or even mere labeling are good when (and where) they needed, but don't forget about sails! "Äquator System" is a playfully created soundworld, full of mesmerizing beauty, fun moments and dramatic shifts – so let yourself explore, it will be a great adventure.

    listen ~ buy tape

              dugout canoe ~ over unity        

    dugout canoe ~ over unity (self-released, 2016)

    «A 54 minute tapestry of transcendental motifs caterwauling fizzy manifestations hurled forth from the Unified Field. Professionally dubbed and duplicated blue-green glitter tape with printed art and full color J-card in a soft poly case». dugout canoe

    Imagine Terry Riley playing some old video game and realizing that instead of actually playing it, he can play music with it. So he starts pushing all those buttons in a manner he does with electronic organ and the game becomes more and more chaotic, yet doesn't want to end anyway. At some point game gains awareness and transcends its own code, achieving digital enlightenment and disappearing from the physical plan... Now you get an idea how this tapes sounds, with the only difference that instead of Terry there is Jacob Isaacs behind the wheel and you may heard his tunes already in Bridgetown Records catalogue. Speed is really high, so all your attempts to analyse this music are doomed to vanish in abundance of 8-bit tunes, voice samples and rumbling drones somewhere deep beneath all of this. It may seem pretty hard-core, but actually this music has certain New Age and bright futuristic feeling about it, sounding like dynamic Osho meditation for cybernetic mind or minimal techno party for androids on the loose. Take Kara-Lis Coverdale and Giant Claw, let them dance, smoke few joints and flirt (only musically speaking, of course) and you'll get "Over Unity" in result. 

    listen ~ buy tape 

    PS: By the way, one of this album's perks is the fact that you can listen to it from any point, it works perfectly from any tape position and at any player / volume / speakers / headphones, etc. Just amazing! 

              rest easy, volume 1 by australian newborn label hi tide        

    hi tide (various artists) ~ rest easy, volume 1

    Volume 1 of our 'Rest Easy' compilation series showcases eight relaxing tracks made by musicians living across the continent of Australia. Digital timbres are blended with field recordings and analogue tones, structured by circadian rhythms and fluid compositional trails to create a soothing, contemplative journey suited to long walks, kayaking and other easygoing activities; enjoy in loungerooms, libraries, hotsprings, bathhouses and anyplace easily softened by the sounds of the Ambient. hi tide

    What do you need when the summer sun hides beneath the clouds? What do you want, when you sit by your window, watching rivers of the sky falling on the ground, making trees hum and asphalt wet? Yes, that's right, it's music! Something calm and warm, something so relaxing, that you will go up to the sky with the air, reaching the highest clouds to see the sun over them. Same sun that shine right now somewhere over the places you've never been, over the oceans you never touched, over the mountains you never climbed... Maybe right now it shines over Australia, where dozens of people read same blogs you enjoy, drink same kind of tea, seeing same dreams when sun goes down. There are many things which are universal, and probably music is the most universal (if I may say so) of them. Sharing their visions of life and their dreams, a group of highly talented artists joined for this compilation, which gives a very nice perspective on the present ambient music scene in Australia. Of course, we live in the global world now, we meet each other here, in the web – but there is always something special about such selections. I'd call it "a taste" of a place (and time!), which can be translated only by such lucid medium as music. Something you won't see in the tourist brochure or read in Wikipedia. I'm sure, Australians know things about relaxing but there is definitely something more about this compilation than just global laziness we all share. If I'll try explaining it further, magic will be gone. So just press the link already! And relax ~_~
    listen ~ download ~ support

    ps: Any money given for this album will be donated directly to Bush Heritage Australia, a conservation organisation protecting millions of hectares of ecologically important land and working in close partnership with traditional landowners.

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              Australia first to introduce a solar energy digital marketplace        

    Australia is famous for its crazy inhospitable environment, but with the introduction of new technology, Australians might actually be able to make money off the burning hot sun. According to the Guardian, Australia will be the first country in the world to implement a network of “virtual” power stations. Instead of building actual power stations, the “virtual” ones will be made by linking rooftop solar panels and batteries of households together with a smart grid, bringing new additional energy into the system. Australian homeowners who have installed solar panels and batteries, will soon be able to trade their excess electricity in a digital…

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              Dinheiro - produtos - todos felizes        
    Caros inúmeros leitores deste blog:

    Depois de tentar apenas vender coisas que não quero mais em outras mídias resolvi tentar algo neste aqui, meu próprio blog.

    Comprando em inúmeros sites de compras coletivas (ajudado pelo já adorado Save Me) passei por inúmeras experiências de pagamentos (ok, foram mais cartões de crédito e débito em conta mas tudo bem) até que descobri o PagSeguro. Ok, além dele ainda existem o Mercado Pago, Pagamento digital, Paypal etc etc. O caso é que eu estava checado o site do PagSeguro e descobri que além de comprar eu também posso usar ele para vender. Mas vejam só, né? É a mídia ajudando as pessoas a se encontrarem. ^^

    Vou poder vender produtos que não quero mais e as pessoas vão poder comprar com segurança via cartão de crédito, transf bancária e outros. Comecemos então.

    Para mais leitura instrutiva sobre como comprar na internet recomendo a leitura dos sites que achei durante minha pesquisa aqui e aqui.

    P.S.: Lembrando a quem for do DF que sempre podemos marcar em algum lugar (ex: Pátio Brasil) para fazer a entrega pulando assim a parte dos Correios etc. Conversemos caso a caso.

              Christmas in July        
    Hello everyone! I start creating a few Christmas projects, I made this box and tag set using paper scraps and some images from my stash, the mini house in the tag is from the Wood mini houses  at my Etsy shop

    Hola a tod@s! comence a crear algunos proyectos de Navidad, hice un set de etiqueta y caja usando recortes de papel y algunas imagenes de my coleccion, la casita mini de madera que puse en la etiqueta las pueden encontrar aqui: Wood mini houses  exclusivas de mi Etsy shop

     Santa image is from the collage: Santa Circles , tickets from Fancy Pants, and a few of my favorite embellishments. How about you? when do you start creating Christmas stuff?

     La imagen de Santa es del colage: Santa Circles tickets son de  Fancy Pants, y claro algunos de mis adornos favoritos. Y ustedes cuando comienzan a crear cosas de Navidad?
    Next a cute bag created  using the cricut and dies, I combine both to create it, I use Kraft cardstock, the vintage finds word is from the collage Expressions No. 3

    A continuacion una linda bolsa que hice combinando la cricut y suajes,  use cardstock Kraft, la palabra vintage finds es del colage Expressions No. 3

    The bag is filled with little embellishments that I love such as lace, butons, pearls, die cuts, vintage images etc...

    Llene la bolsita con adornos como botones, encaje, perlitas, imagenes, suajes etc...
    And of course a set of tags using paper scraps and images from the collage: Definition Labels I print them in Kraft cardstock and  LOVE how they look! the little roses on the bottom of the label are from the collage: Cut Out Roses I just print them in smaller size.

    Y por supuesto un set de etiquetas usando recortes de papel e imagenes del colage: Definition Labels  las impimi en Kraft cardstock y me ENCANTA como se ven! las rosas en la parte de abajo de la etiqueta son del colage: Cut Out Roses solo las imprimi en taman~o mas chico.

    Don't forget that all the images in my Etsy shop are 60% off . Have a great day!!!

    Y no olviden que las imagenes digitales en mi tienda Etsy siguen con 60% de descuento. Que tengan un bello dia!!!!

              Celebrate Today        
    Over the past few weeks I have been creating lots of stuff ... I feel so happy to be able to sit in my scrap room and spend a few hours doing what makes me happy. I remember the days when I use to create for Design Teams or I had to finish a project for an event/blog hop. Now is different I can sit, relax and just create what I want and when I want. Don't get me wrong I love Design Teams, blog hops etc... but for me is a great feeling when I just sit there and create with no specific deadline and/or theme, special materials etc...

    Ya tengo varias semanas que he estado creando muchas cosas... me siento feliz de poderme sentar en mi cuarto de scrap y pasar horas ahi haciendo lo que me hace feliz, recuerdo que habia dias que solo me ponia a crear para los equipos de Diseno o cuando tenia que terminar un proyecto para algun evento. Ahora es diferente, me puedo sentar y tengo mas tiempo de  crear a la hora que quiera y cuando quiera, no es que no me gusten los DT pero a veces cuando perteneces a tantos equipos o tienes que hacer  mil blog hops es complicado crear cosas solo para ti o solo por gusto... o sera que  no me gusta la presion de fechas o temas especificos, ciertos maeriales etc...

    Love this set of card and box using paper from : Pretty Gingham, embossing folder, and stamps from PTI I cut a few hearts with a Sizzix die in chipboard and burlap. I use wide ribbon in the middle (love the design of this ribbon) the mini box is from an eBay die.

    Me encantan estos sets de tarjeta y cajita, use papel del colage: Pretty Gingham, un folder de embossing, sellos de PTI, corte varios corazones con suaje de Sizzix en yute y chipboard. Tambien use un liston ancho en medio  (me encanta el diseno de ese liston) el suaje de cajita es de eBay.

    Next a card using old paper from K &Co. and paper scraps, silk flowers and another embossing folder. The stamp is from PTI.

    A continuacion una tarjeta usando papeles viejitos de K &Co. y otros recortes de papel, flores de seda y otro diseño de folder de embossing. El sello es de PTI.

    I really like the combination of the card so I decided to create a set of burlap bag and tag with the same colors. I use only paper scraps for this set, stamps are from my stash (can't remember the brand)

    Me gusto tanto la combinacion de la tarjeta anterior que decidi hacer un set de bolsa y etiqueta con esos colores. Use recortes de papel para este set, sellos son de mi coleccion (no recuerdo la marca)

    And last another set, this time is a box and tag, again using paper scraps and images from the collage: Planner Girl and Cut Out Roses No 2

    Por ultimo tengo un set de cajita y etiqueta, de nuevo use recortes de papel las imagenes son de los colages: Planner Girl y Cut Out Roses No 2 

    I printed the roses from Cut Out Roses No 2  in vellum and loved it! they look softer and delicate. Stamps from my stash.

    Las rosas del collage: Cut Out Roses No 2  las imprimi en vellum (en Mexico lo conocen como papel albanene) y me encanto! lucen muy suaves y delicadas. Sellos son de mi coleccion.

    Thank you so much for stop by my blog today! Have a great day!

    Muchas gracias por visitar mi blog! Que tengan un bello dia!
              Tags and Bags        
    Hi! happy Wednesday, I am sharing today a few items created a few days ago, I made 2 sets of burlap bags and tags for a sweet customer, I really like to create sets, I think they are the perfect gift. I use paper  from my stash, stamps from PTI and MSE! heart die is from eBay. Flowers from Prima.

    Hola! feliz Miercoles esta vez comparto con ustedes algunos proyectos creados hace unos dias, primero 2 sets de etiqueta y bolsas de yute, este fue de hecho un pedido especial para una clienta, son el detalle o regalo perfecto. Use papeles de mi coleccion, sellos de PTI y MSE! el suaje de corazon  es de eBay. flores de Prima.

     This next set is my favorite, I use silk and paper flowers, tags from the collages: Forever and Shabby Floral Tags stamps from PTI

    El siguiente set es mi favorito, use flores de papel y seda, etiquetas de los colages: Forever  Shabby Floral Tags sellos de PTI

    Next some tags, I create these with paper scraps, images from the collage Cut Out Roses, I stamped the banner in Kraft cardstock and I use stamps from MSE!

    A continuacion un set de etiquetas usando recortes de papel, tags, imagenes del colage: Cut Out Roses, selle el banner en Kraft cardstock, los sellos son de MSE!

    And last a set of tags using paper scraps and stamp from PTI, I use a wide ribbon to cut the heart and the square behind, the burlap heat was also cut with a die.

    Y el ultimo set de etiquetas usando sellos de PTI, corte con suajes un liston grueso para hacer los corazones y la parte de atras (que parece tela) el corazon de yute tambien lo corte con suaje.

    Have a great day, will be back soon :)

    Que tengan un bello dia, regreso pronto :) 

              My Dearest Friend        
    Hello again!!!!! I have more projects to share with you, I am in LOVE with this set of card  and box I think the color combo is just beautiful and one of my favorites 

    Hola de nuevo!!!!! tengo mas proyectos hoy para compartir con ustedes, me ENCANTA este set de tarjeta y cajita, creo que la combinacion de colores esta hermosa y es de mis favoritas 

    I create the mini gable box with a die from eBay, paper is from the collage Little angel (I just printed smaller) I use wide ribbon and seam binding, I also use images from the collages: Planner Girl and Cut Out Roses, the embossed part on the bottom of the card was created with an embossing folder from Sizzix

    Hice la cajita con un suaje de eBay,  el papel es del colage:  Little angel (solo imprimi en un tamaño mas chico) use un liston ancho y seam binding teñido, tambien use imagenes de los colages: Planner Girl y Cut Out Rosesla parte de abajo de la tarjeta la hice con un folder de embossing de Sizzix

    Next a set of chipboard tags using more embossing and paper scraps from my stash, silk flowers, seam binding, lace etc, stamps are from MSE!

    Este es un set de tags de chipboard usando mas embossing y recortes de papel, flores de seda, seam binding, etc, sellos de MSE!

    And last a baby card using paper scraps and image from a paper pad I got a few years ago I think the company is called First Edition, the stamp is a very old one from Heidi Swapp. 

    Y por ultimo una tarjeta de bebe usando recortes de papel, la imagen es de un pad de papel que compre hace tiempo, creo que la compañia se llama First Edition, el sello es uno muy viejito de  Heidi Swapp. 

    Thank you so much for stop by my blog I will be back with more creations soon :)

    Muchas gracias por visitar mi blog regreso pronto con mas creaciones :)
    Hello again! I hope you had a great weekend! I created a few more projects and some were a request for a client, I love when people enjoy my work that is something that makes me really happy. First this set of card and box using papers from the collage: Little Angel and Pastel Polka Dots

    Hola de nuevo! espero que hayan tenido un lindo fin de semana! hace unas semanas hice varios proyectos, algunos fueron un pedido para una clienta, me encanta saber que hay gente que de verdad le gusta mi trabajo, realmente me hace feliz. Primero les comparto este set de cajita y tarjeta, use papeles del colage: Little Angel y Pastel Polka Dots

    Stamps are from my stash, MSE! and PTI use my favorite embellishments stained seam binding and painted buttons.

    Sellos son de mi coleccion, otros son de MSE! y PTI use mis adornos favoritos seam binding teñido y botones pintados.

    Next a set of tag and burlap bag I use again paper from the collage: Pastel Polka Dots stamps from PTI and MSE! 

    A continuacion un set de bolsa de yute y etiqueta use de nuevo papeles del colage: Pastel Polka Dots sellos de PTI y MSE! 

    And last a set of tags using images from : Old Tags and Expressions No. 1 I use silk flowers, vintage buttons and pink adhesive pearls

    Por ultimo un set de etiquetas usando imagenes de: Old Tags y Expressions No. 1 use flores de seda, botones vintage y perlitas adhesivas de color rosa pastel. 

    Thank you so much for stop by my blog :)

    Muchas gracias por visitar  mi blog :)

              Best Wishes        
    Hello again! I have a few projects today, I create another set of card and box using some papers from my stash and images from the collage: Vintage Easter Tickets 

    Hola de nuevo! tengo algunos proyectos el dia de hoy, el primero se trata de otro set de cajita y tarjeta, use papeles de mi coleccion y la imagen vintage es del colage: Vintage Easter Tickets 
    die cuts from eBay and stamps from my stash, the little gable box is also a die from eBay and it is one of my favorites!!!

    suajes de eBay y sellos de mi coleccion, la cajita es de hecho otro suaje de eBay y es uno de mis preferidos!!!

    Next a couple of baby cards created using papers from:  Little Baby Girl and Little Angel the vintage images are from the collage: Retro baby labels

    A continuacion un par de tarjetas usando papeles digitales de:  Little Baby Girl y Little Angel las imagenes vintage son del colage: Retro baby labels

    Thank you so much for your sweet comments I will have more projects soon! :)

    Muchas  gracias por sus lindos comentarios regreso con mas proyectos pronto! :)
              Remember This        

    Hello everyone, I'm back from vacation, I had so much fun! sometimes we need a break from house, school etc... how about you? did you go out or stay at home? I have lots of new projects that I will share the next days, but today I want to start with  Mothers day cards, I am using some paper scraps and stamps for this first card.

    Hola a tod@s, estoy de regreso, tome unos dias de vacaciones y me diverti mucho! a veces necesitamos un descanso de casa, escuela etc... y ustedes? salieron o se quedaron en casa? tengo varios proyectos nuevos que les mostrare los siguientes dias, hoy comienzo con tarjetas para el dia de las madres, use recortes de papel y sellos de mi coleccion.
    the chipboard banner is from My Minds Eye and the circle frame behind the flower was created with a Fiskars punch (I cut it several times and overlap to make it look bigger)

    el banderin de chipboard es de My Minds y la especie de marco de circulos detras de la flor la hice con un punch de Fiskars (lo corte varias veces y pegue uno sobre otro para hacerlo ver grande)

    Next a favorite of mine! this card was created using withe cardstock and dies that I got from e Bay, the wreath was cut in Kraft cardstock and watercolor paper, then I just colored one wreath and a few small paper flowers

    Ahora una tarjeta que me encanta! fue creada con cardstock blanco y suajes de e Bay, la corona de hojas la corte en Kraft cardstock y papel para acuarela, despues solo ilumine con colores y tintas, y tambien unas florecitas de papel. 

    The stamp with the word "mother" is a very old one (from Crafty Secrets) this is such a sweet card I love how it looks.

    El sello con la palabra "mother" es uno muy viejito (de Crafty Secrets) la verdad es que esta tarjeta me encanto, me gusta como luce.

    Next a set of baby tags, I am using again papers from my stash and images from the collage: Baby Tickets

    Y por ultimo un set de etiquetas de bebe, de nuevo use recortes de papel e imagenes del colage: Baby Tickets

    Of course my embellishments such as: lace, silk flowers, vintage buttons and stained seam binding

     I will be back soon with more creations, thank you so much for stop by my blog, have a great day!

    Regreso pronto con mas creaciones, gracias por visitarme y que tengan un bello dia!
              Follow The Rainbow        
    Hello! hope you're enjoying this Friday! sharing with you a few things today, I create a cute baby mini tag album, chipboard was painted and distressed then I cover with paper and images, I decorated with all my favorite elements: seam binding, lace, flowers, buttons etc... some of the images can be found here:Baby Tickets, Darling Baby.

    Hola! espero que esten disfrutando este Viernes! hoy quiero compartir algunos proyectos, primero este mini tag album de bebe, pinte el chipboard y pase un poco de tinta distress en los lados, despues cubri con imagenes y papel, decore con mis elementos favoritos: seam binding, encaje, flores, botones etc... algunas de esas imagenes las pueden encontrar aqui:Baby TicketsDarling Baby.

    Next a card created using the collage Magical Unicorn, I printed a cloud from the Digital Stamp sheet in watercolor paper and painted in blue, the stamp is from Recollections and I use some dies to create the rainbow. I added some German glass glitter on the unicorn.

    A continuacion una tarjeta creada usando el colage Magical Unicorn, imprimi una nube de la hoja de estos sellos digitales: Digital Stamp sheet en papel para acuarela y la pinte en color azul, el sello es de Recollections y use unos suajes para hacer el arcoiris. Pegue un poco de German glass glitter en el unicornio.

    And last a lovely set of tags created with paper scraps and cardstock, I use chipboard hearts, tea stained twill tape, lace and flowers. Stamps from PTI. Pink paper from: Amore Backgrounds

    Por ultimo un set de etiquetas creada con recortes de  papel y cardstock, use corazones de chipboard, twill tape teñido, encaje y flores. Sellos de PTI. Papel rosa de: Amore Backgrounds

     Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog, have a great weekend!

    Muchas gracias por visitar mi blog que tengan un bello fin de semana!

     Hello everyone! 2 new cards today, I really like these cards and love the soft colors. First card uses paper from the collage: Wood Roses  and Pink Sugar, stamp from my stash (I think is from crafty secrets)

    Hola a todo@s! 2 nuevas tarjetas el dia de hoy, realmente me encantan ya que amo esta gama de colores suaves. Para la primer tarjeta use papeles del colage: Wood Roses  y Pink Sugar, sello de mi coleccion (creo que es de crafty secrets)

    Small circle is from the collage: Vintage Circles, other embellishments: silk flowers, seam binding, adhesive pearls and lace.

    El circulo pequeño es del colage: Vintage Circles, otros adornos: flores de seda, seam binding, perlas autoadheribles y encaje.

     I don't know why but baby girl cards are my all time favorite, For this card I use paper from the collage: Amore Backgrounds other papers from my stash, sticker from Melissa Frances, and stamp from PTI.

     No se por que pero me encanta hacer tarjetas de bebe son de mis proyectos preferidos. Para esta tarjeta use papel del colage: Amore Backgrounds otros papeles de mi coleccion, calcomania de  Melissa Frances, sello de  PTI.
    Flowers from crepe paper, seam binding, lace and sequins, the heart die strip is from e Bay.

     Remember that I have a big SALE at my Etsy store for digital images,  I have coupons for EXTRA discount, you can find all the coupons: HERE

     Recuerden que la GRAN venta de mi tienda Etsy solo para imagenes digitales sigue vigente,  tambien tengo cupones de descuento EXTRA, pueden encontrar todos los cupones y codigos aqui: HERE

    Have a great day! I will be back soon with more projects.

    Que tengan un bello dia! regresare pronto con mas proyectos.

              Hello Spring and BIG Sale        

     I can't wait for sunny days, I'm not a big fan of rain/cold weather. I create this mini embroidery hoop a few days ago, I found it while I was cleaning my craft room, and decided to decorate with bits and pieces of paper from the collages: Spring Fling and Wood Roses, I paint the wood words (they are from Michael's I think I got them last year) then I sprinkle only the word Spring with glitter, again I use some of the new dies from eBay (leaves, mini bow and banner)  and a few flowers from Prima.

     No puedo esperar para disfrutar de dias mas soleados, no soy fan de los climas frios y la lluvia. Les comparto hoy este mini bastidor que hice hace algunos dias, lo encontre mientras limpiaba mi cuarto de scrap, y decidi adornarlo con cositas que fui encontrando por ahi. Los papeles son retazos de los colages: Spring Fling y Wood Roses, pinte las palabras de madera (son de Michael's creo que las compre el año pasado) despues puse un poco de glitter en la palabra Spring solamente, use de nuevo algunos suajes de eBay (hojas, el moñito y banderines) y flores de Prima.
    I finished with some lace and seam binding. Love this kind of projects!

    Termine de decorar con seam binding y encaje. Me encanta este tipo de proyectos!
    Next a cute card using papers from my stash and tag from the collage Antique Tags No.2 the birdcage, butterfly and sentiments can be found here: Planner Girl

    A continuacion una tarjeta usando papeles de mi coleccion y etiqueta del colage: Antique Tags No.2 la jaula, mariposa y sentimiento son del colage: Planner Girl
    And before I go I want to invite you to visit my Etsy Shop, I am having a BIG SALE in all digital items, you don't need a special coupon to enjoy the 60% off. I will be adding new stuff in the next days and they will be also on sale! happy shopping!

    Es todo por el dia de hoy pero antes quiero invitarl@s a la GRAN VENTA en mi tienda   Etsy en todas las imagenes digitales, no necesitan cupon especial ya todo tiene el 60% de descuento. Estare poniendo muchas cosas nuevas en la  tienda y tambien tendran descuento! felices compras!

              So Kind + Freebies        
    Have you find the free images here on my blog? is a new feature I added and I am loving it, let me know what do you think.  I'm also loving the color combo: yellow + green I created this card using paper scraps and that scalloped heart die (from the ones I got from eBay)  I just love it!

    Han encontrado ya las imagenes gratis aqui en mi blog? es algo nuevo que agregue y me encanta! dejenme saber si les gusta. Algo que tambien me encanta ultimamentne es esta combinacion: amarillo+verde, hice esta tarjeta usando recortes de papel y ese suaje de corazon (de los que compre por eBay) que la verdad me gusto mucho!

    Next a Birthday card using vellum and embossing powder in white, the swirl stamp I got from Michael's a long time ago I just start using it. Stamp from PTI and those butterflies are from the collage: Sweet Home, I just print them a little smaller.

    Para esta tarjeta de cumpleaños use vellum (albanene) y polvo de embossing blanco, el sello de ondas es de Michael's lo compre hace mucho tiempo y apenas lo use. Sello de PTI y esas mariposas son del colage: Sweet Home, solo las imprimi mas pequeñas.

    I hope you enjoy the free images, if  you create something you can share your photos on my Facebook Page :) I'll be back soon with more projects!

    Espero que hayan disfrutado estas tarjetas y las imagenes gratis, no nolviden que si crean algo con cualquiera de mis imagenes lo pueden compartir en mi pagina de Facebook :) regresare pronto con mas proyectos!
              Gifts Of Spring        
    Just here thinking Spring already, the funny thing is that is windy and raining cats and dogs outside! Anyway today I want to start with a set of card, envelope and box. I have to tell you that I just loooooove this set, was created using my new digital papers: Spring Fling. I also went back to basics and I'm using again my Cricut, I do not own a new cutting machine right now, I have to be honest and I know I am not the type of person that enjoy complicated tools so that is why I decided to use what I have and actually is not that bad, I am enjoying all the process and discovering lots of possibilities. 

    Aqui de nuevo ya pensando en Primavera, lo curioso es que afuera hace un clima horrible, mucho viento y lluvia! En fin, primero les quiero compartir este set de tarjeta, sobre y cajita. Les tengo que confesar que me encanto el resultado, fue creado con papeles del colage: Spring Fling.
    Algo que tambien disfute fue que regrese a los basicos, asi es, desempolve mi Cricut y la estoy usando de nuevo, por el momento no tengo una maquina de corte nueva y tampoco me gustan las maquinas complicadas ni estar batallando que si la tengo que conectar a la computadora etc.. asi que intente aprovechar lo que tengo y la verdad es que no esta tan mal, estoy disfrutandolo y hay muchas posibilidades.

    I cut the word Easter from the cartridge called wild card, I use chalk ink to paint the word in 2 different tones, I also use the Cricut for the argyle design/background in white cardstock and the scalloped envelope all those designs come in the same cartridge.

    Corte la palabra  Easter del cartucho: wild card use chalk ink para pintar de dos colores la palabra, tambien use  mi Cricut para el diseño de rombos en cardstock blanco y el sobre con onditas, todos esos diseños son parte del mismo cartucho.

    This cute box was made using a die that I got from e bay as some of you know I am addicted to these dies and the great thing is the price! I use some stamps from MSE! seam binding, silk flowers and other embellishments from my stash.

    Esta cajita que me encanta la corte con un suaje de e bay como algunas de ustedes ya saben soy adicta a  estos suajes ahora y lo mejor de todo es el precio! use algunos sellos de MSE! seam binding, flores de seda etc.

    Next a baby card using a cute vintage image from the collage: Sent From Heaven and Shabby Mini Folders, papers from my stash.

    Ahora una tarjeta de bebe usando imagenes vintage de los colages: Sent From Heaven y Shabby Mini Folders, papeles de mi coleccion.

    Next another card just for fun created with paper scraps,  those big scissors that I cut with my Cricut, the stamp is a retired one from TCM, I use images from the collage: Tape Measure No. 2

    A continuacion una tarjeta creada con recortes de papel,  esas tijeras grandes son tambien un corte con la Cricut, el sello ya esta descontinuado es de la marca TCM, use imagenes del colage: Tape Measure No. 2
    That is all for me today I hope you have a great weekend! I will be back soon with lots of projects!

    Bueno eso es todo por hoy, espero que tengan un excelente fin de semana! regreso pronto con mas proyectos!
              Typewriter Box        

    Hello and happy Valentine's Day! I have a few projects today... First I want  to share project that I had in mind for a long time, but finally the other day I was able to finish it. I create this box using chipboard I cut most of the pieces by hand, and I use paper from my stash. 

    Hola y feliz dia de San Valentin! Hoy tengo algunos proyectos para compartir... Primero quiero mostrarles esto que tenia en mente desde hace mucho tiempo, pero finalmente pude terminarlo el otro dia. Hice una cajita con forma de maquina de escribir, es de chipboard y corte la mayoria de las piezas  a mano, use papel de mi coleccion. 

    The nice thing is that it opens so you can put some things inside such a notebook, notes, pencils, cards etc... The typewriter letters were made with this collage: Vintage Typewriter, I embellish with lace, silk and paper flowers, ribbon seam binding, pearls etc...

    Lo que me gusta de esta cajita es que se abre y tiene bastante espacio para poner varias cosas como por ejemplo algun cuaderno, notas, lapices, tarjetas etc... La letras/teclas de la maquina son del colage: Vintage Typewriter finalmente adorne con: encaje, flores de seda y papel, liston, seam binding, perlas etc...

    This looks so cute sitting in my scrap room, let me tell you I know I will be making more of these!!!

    And last a Valentine card that I made a few weeks ago, but for some reason I forgot to share with you, I loved the colors and elements on this card, I use lots of paper scraps, stamps from my stash, and paper from the digital collage: Be Mine

    Y por ultimo una tarjeta de San Valentin que hice hace algunos dias pero por alguna razon habia olvidado ponerla qui en mi blog, me encantaron los colores y elementos de esta tarjeta, use varios recortes de papel, sellos de mi coleccio y papel del colage digital: Be Mine
    And before I go here is my gift for you: I have a coupon code at my Etsy store is valid only today! Just enter code: LOVE17 and you get 40% Off  ENTIRE STORE! Hope you have a great day!

    Y bueno hoy les tengo un regalo y es este cupon de descuento que pueden usar solo el dia de hoy en mi tienda: Etsy ! solo entra el codigo: LOVE17 y obten un 40% de descuento en TODA LA TIENDA! Espero que tengan un lindo dia!
    Hello Friends! rainy days here so I'm in my craft room having some fun! Today I have more cards to share with you. I really love the soft colors on the background of this card I use paper scraps, images from Sugar and Spice Tags, Butterfly and sentiment from: Shabby Butterflies No. 2

    Hola amig@s! dias lluviosos por aqui, asi que he estado en mi cuarto de scrap creando varias cosas y divirtiendome! Hoy quiero compartir algunas tarjetas con ustedes. Realmente me encantan los tonos suaves en el fondo de esta tarjeta, use retazos de papel, imagenes del collage: Sugar and Spice Tags, mariposa y sentimiento de: Shabby Butterflies No. 2

    Next a card that I really love, using a heart die from PTI and banner from the collage: Banners and Flowers, I embellish with silk flower, seam binding and lace.

    A continuacion una tarjeta que me encanta, use un suaje de corazon de PTI y banderin del colage:  Banners and Flowersadorne con flor de seda, encaje y seam binding.

    And last something more colorful, I love yellow + blue I use papers from my stash, another tag from: Sugar and Spice Tags button punch from Martha Stewart and die from Spellbinders, stamps in Spanish from : Dilo en Español.

    Y por ultimo algo mas colorido, amarillo + azul es una combinacion que me encanta, use mas retazos de papel, y otra etiqueta de: Sugar and Spice Tags perforadora de boton de  Martha Stewart y suaje de Spellbinders, sellos de: Dilo en Español.
    I still have lots to show you, I'll come back with more creations soon, have a great day.

    Todavia tengo muchos proyectos para mostrarles asi que regreso pronto, que tengan un bello dia.

              Be Mine        

    Hello again! a few more projects today... yes I have been creating a lot these days and that makes me happy, I made more Valentine's Day cards and this is one of my favorites!  created using paper scraps and foamy heart using a die from PTI, the pink strip of paper with tiny hearts is from MFT

    Hola de nuevo! tengo varios proyectos el dia de hoy... si, he estado creando mucho estos dias y eso me hace feliz, hice mas proyectos de San Valentin y esta tarjeta es una de mis favoritas!  creada usando retazos de papel, un corazon de foamy cortado con suaje de PTI, la tira de color rosa con corazones pequeños es de: MFT
    The "be mine" banner is from the digital collage: Banners and Flowers, I embellish with buttons,
    flowers, paper pieces etc.

    El banderin con la palabra "be mine" es del colage digital: Banners and Flowersfinalmente adorne con botones, flores, pedacitos de papel etc.

    Next a tag set using cardstock and images from the collage: Sugar and Spice the bow die is from My Creative Time

    A continuacion un set de etiquetas usando cardstock e imagenes del colage: Sugar and Spice el suaje de moño es de: My Creative Time
    And last a card in Spanish using die from: Latina Crafter and stamp from: La Pareja Creativa, heart die from PTI

    Y por ultimo una tarjeta en Español use un suaje de: Latina Crafter y sello de: La Pareja Creativa, suaje de corazon es de PTI
    I will be back with more projects soon, thank you so much for your sweet comments, have a great weekend!

    Regresare pronto con mas proyectos, muchas gracias por sus lindos comentarios, que tengan un excelente fin de semana!
              Sweet Love        

     Hello again!! I still have several Valentine projects that I have to show you. Every time I clean my scrap room I feel inspired to create a lot of things, I am very messy when I craft, but at some point (when there is no more space in my table) I have to clean all my stuff or I'll go crazy!

     Hola de nuevo!! todavia tengo muchos proyectos de San Valentin que quiero mostrarles. Cada vez que limpio mi cuarto de scrap me inspiro y me pongo a crear muchas cosas, Soy muy desordenada a la hora de crear y hacer cualquier manualidad  pero llega un punto ( cuando ya no tengo espacio en mi mesa) que me tengo que poner a limpiar o me vuelvo loca!
     I made this set using the collage:  Antique Valentine Tags I use cardstock and a border punch for the edges. The heart and Jar were made with dies and I use a heart "embossed" type of foamy that I found a few years ago at Michael's

    Este set lo hice con el collage:  Antique Valentine Tags use cardstock y una perforadora de bordes. El corazon y el frasco los hice con suajes, ese foamy con "embossing" de corazones lo encontre hace ya  tiempo en Michael's

    This card uses paper scraps and one of the new collages: Shabby Mini File Folders, hearts were created with different dies and stamp from my stash.

    Ahora una tarjeta donde use uno de los: Shabby Mini File Folderslos corazones son cortados con suajes y el sello no recuerdo la marca es uno de tantos que tengo en mi coleccion.
    I created another card using paper scraps, this time I use a tag from the collage: Sugar and Spice Tags, I use a vellum envelope and the lock die is from Cuttlebug

    Hice esta otra tarjeta usando de nuevo retazos de papel, la tag que dice "sweet" es del colage: Sugar and Spice Tags, use un sobre de vellum (papel albanene) y el suaje de candado es de Cuttlebug

    And last a card using dies from PTI and My Creative time, love the floral paper on the bottom , is from the collage: Wood Roses

    Y por ultimo una tarjeta usando suajes de  PTI y My Creative time, me encanta ese papel floral en la parte de abajo, es del colage: Wood Roses

    Thank you so much for all your sweet comments I will be back soon with more!

    Muchas gracias por sus lindos comentarios, regresare pronto con mas proyectos!

              Unicorn Magic        
    Hello Everyone! I'm back with another project, this time using one of my new and favorite collages. When I printed the papers I just fell in love and already have created a few projects, this is a set of card, package and paper bag.

    Hola a tod@s! estoy de regreso con otro proyecto, esta vez usando uno de mis diseños nuevos y preferidos. Cuando imprimi estos papelitos simplemente me enamore e inmediatamente comence a crear algunas cosas, por ejemplo este set de tarjeta, paquete con chocolates y bolsa de papel.
    I really love the Magical Papers, I think they can be perfect for parties! I cut out the Unicorns from the Magical Collage, and just added some glitter and gold paint, I added a few chipboard and felt starts. The package with chocolates was inspired of course from my previous post

    Me encantaron los Magical Papers, creo que serian perfectos para fiestas o mesas de dulces! corte los unicornios del Magical Collage, y solo agregue glitter y pintura en dorado, algunas estrellas de chipboard y fieltro. El paquete con chocolates fue inspiracion de mi post anterior: previous post
    I use the fringe scissors from Martha Stewart to cut the crepe paper and I love it!!!!! the Happy Birthday die is from Spellbinders.

    Use las tijeras: fringe scissors de Martha Stewart para cortar el papel crepe y me encanta!!!!! el suaje Happy Birthday es de Spellbinders.

     you can find these unicorn collages at my Etsy shop, thank you so much for stop by today!

    Pueden encontrar esta coleccion en mi tienda Etsy, muchas gracias por visitar mi blog el dia de hoy!
     Magical Collage 
    Magical Papers
              Pretty Packaging        
    Can't believe the month is almost over wow! I am in love with this color combination and I decided to create a few of these mini craft packages with chipboard, cardstock and transparency film, they are really easy to make and I think they could be a great gift for any crafter!

    No puedo creer lo rapido se fue este mes, ya casi se termina wow! yo sigo enamorada de esta combinacion de coloes y decidi crear unos empaques muy coquetos con chipboard, cardstock y papel para transparencia o acetato, son realmente faciles de hacer y creo seria un regalo muy lindo para cualquier crafter!
    I just punched a couple of chipboard circles to use as a base, I roll a piece of patterned paper to the chipboard base, I put inside the transparency film and fill with some small goodies such as: buttons, chipboard pieces, flowers, hearts, vintage images and more, then I just staple and embellish with paper, ribbon, lace and tag.

    Solo perfore 2 circulos de chipboard y los pegue para hacer la base, despues pegue papel estampado alrededor de los circulos, puse dentro el acetato y lo pegue al papel estampado, depues llene el interior con cositas y adornos como: botones, piezas de chipboard, flores, corazones,  imagenes vintage etc. Por ultimo adorne con papel, liston, y unas tags.
    The images for the tags are from the collages: Fine Roses and Valentine Tags

    Las imagenes que use para las tags son de los colages: Fine Roses y Valentine Tags

    Next a metal tin box created a few years ago,  this was in my scrap room and I just decided to embellish the outside, I use a heart die from Quickutz, vintage image from the collage: Cherub Circles

    A continuacion una cajita de metal en forma de corazon, la verdad habia estado guardada en mi scrap room y me decidi a ponerle algunos adornos: use un suaje de corazon de Quickutz, imagen vintage del colage: Cherub Circles

    That is all for today thank you so much for stop by my blog, I will come back soon with a lovely project!

    Eso es todo por hoy, gracias por pasar por mi blog, regreso pronto con un hermoso proyecto que no se pueden perder!

              The Color of Love        

    Hello friends! I have more projects to share with you today, I made this card a few weeks ago, I use paper from the collage: Wood Roses and tag from: Sugar and Spice 

    Hola amig@s! tengo hoy algunos proyectos para compartir con ustedes, hice esta tarjeta hace algunas semanas, use papel del colage: Wood Roses y Sugar and Spice 
    Felt hearts from a Sixxiz die, the love die is from My creative time and the arrow from Spellbinders. I use an embossing folder from Darice and the edge punch for the sides of the card is from EK 

    Los corazones de fieltro los corte con un suaje de Sixxiz, el suaje de la palabra love es de: My creative time y la flecha es de Spellbinders. Use un embossing folder de la marca Darice y la perforadora de borde en los lados de mi tarjeta es de EK 

     Next a set of chipboard hearts using paper scraps, I use gold embossing powder for the hearts, I use the same floral paper and the love die.

     Ahora un set de tags de chipboard usando retazos de papel,  use polvo de embossing en dorado para los corazones, use el mismo papel floral y el suaje de love de la tarjeta anterior.
    That is all for today, I hope you have a great day, I will have more projects soon!

    Es todo por hoy, espero que tengan un bello dia, regresare pronto con mas proyectos!

              Love is in the air        
     Hello friends, I've been working on Valentines day projects and today I want to share a couple, this first card was created using paper scraps and a paper strip from the collage: Valentine Strips the love die is from My Creative Time the arrow from Spellbinders and the mini envelope from a Sixxiz die.

     Hola amig@s, he estado trabajando en varios proyectos de San Valentin y hoy quiero mostrarles algunos. Primero esta tarjeta creada con retazos de papel y una tira de papel del colage: Valentine Strips el suaje de la palabra Love es de: My Creative Time y la flecha es de Spellbinders, ese  mini sobre que es de mis favoritos es de un suaje de Sixxiz.

    Next a tag set using chipboard, glitter paper, floral paper from the collage: Wood Roses and banners from the collage: Banners and Flowers

    A continuacion unas etiquetas de chipboard usando papel con glitter, papel floral del colage: Wood Roses y los banderines son del colage: Banners and Flowers
     I painted the buttons with pink acrylic paint, I added some  glitter to the roses on the banners, these little tags are my favorite I will be making more!

    Pinte los botones con pintura acrilica rosa, tambien agregue algo de glitter en las rosas de los banderines y me gusto mucho el resultado, estas etiquetas son mis preferidas, estare haciendo mas por supuesto!

    Thank you so much for stop by my blog, before I go I want to invite you to follow my Fan page here:  I will be having a giveaway soon.

    Muchas gracias por visitar mi blog el dia de hoy, tambien quiero invitarte a seguir mi Fan page aqui:   pronto tendre regalitos.

    Hello everyone! first of all Happy New Year!! and thank you so much if you still visit this blog. I have been busy taking care of me and my family, that is why you don't see me very often around here, I just want to create again and share with you my projects. I do have a couple of cards I made a few weeks ago, this one using a lot of paper scraps, dies and punches, vintage images from the collages: Tea Cups, Frases Vintage

    Hola a tod@s! primero que nada quiero desearles un Feliz Año y tambien darles las gracias a las que siguen visitando este blog. He estado cuidando de mi y de mi familia, es por eso que no he pasado por mi blog muy seguido, solo espero crear de nuevo y compartir con ustedes mis proyectos. Pero si tengo un par de tarjetas que hice hace varias semanas atras, esta por ejemplo usando retazos de papel, algunos suajes y perforadoras, imagenes de los colages:  Tea Cups y Frases Vintage

    Next a sweet card made with paper from the collage: Red Rose No.2, I cut the hearts with a Sizzix die, stamp from the dollar bin at Michael's

    La siguiente es una tarjeta muy dulce hecha con papeles del colage: Red Rose No.2corte los corazones con un suaje de Sizzix, sello de la seccion de un dollar de Michael's

    Thank you so much for all your sweet comments! have a great day!

    Muchas gracias por sus lindos comentarios! que tengan un bello dia!

              Very Merry        
    Hello everyone! I will show you a few projects today, these are not new, I create them a few weeks ago but I hope you like them. First a set of tags made from cardstock and images from the collage Antique Christmas. 

    Hola a tod@s! Hoy les mostrare algunos proyectos que hice hace algunas semanas. Primero este set de tags, de hecho hice una  transmision en vivo por FB cuando hice estas tags y algunas chicas me acompañaron. Para este proyecto use imagenes del colage Antique Christmas. 
    For the wreath I use a product called flower soft in color Christmas Green, I like it because of the texture and I loved the result in this project. The chipboard numbers are from my stash, the snowflake was made from cardstock with a Martha Stewart punch then I just covered it with German glass glitter.

    Use para la corona un  producto que se llama flower soft en color Christmas Green, Me gusta la textura y realmente el resultado me encanto en este proyecto. Los numeros de chipboard ya los tenia desde hace tiempo y el copo de nieve es hecho con una perforadora de Martha Stewart, solo lo cubri con German glass glitter.

    Next a fun project created with the WRMK pillow box punch board, I got it a while back and I just open it, I made a few pillow boxes using paper scraps and some images from my digital collages. Stamps from Papertrey Ink.

    A continuacion unas cajitas "pillow box"  hechas con la tabla/punch del mismo nombre de WRMK la compre ya hace tiempo y apenas la abri, hice varias de estas pillow boxes usando recortes de papel y algunas imagenes de mis collages digitales. Sellos de Papertrey Ink.

    And last a tag album using several paper scraps,  and images from the collages: Antique Tags No. 2, Romantic Rose, Vintage Clock .Stamp from MSE!  dies from spellbinders and Papertrey Ink

    Y por ultimo un tag album usando varios recortes de papel e images de los collages: Antique Tags No. 2Romantic RoseVintage Clock Sellos de MSE!  suajes de spellbinders y Papertrey Ink

    And I want to share with you that I have a sale going at my Etsy store all December, just enter code DEC25 and get 25% off entire store! have a great day :) 

    Y quiero compartir con ustedes que tendre un descuento en mi tienda Etsy durante todo Diciembre ! solo usa el codigo DEC25 y obten un 25%  de descuento en toda la tienda! que tengan un bello dia :) 

              CNH Digital já é realidade em Uruguaiana        
       A CNH Digital foi implantada no CFC Shaloon semana passada (22 e 23 de setembro). O novo procedimento para captura de fotos, digitais e assinatura é rápido e evita problemas de atraso da CNH ou envio de fotos fora do padrão para a gráfica ABN Note. Os candidatos devem levar apenas os documentos de identidade, CNH (ou boletim de ocorrência no caso de perda ou roubo) e comprovante de endereço para encaminhar sua renovação ou demais serviços. A foto é tira após preenchimento de formulários e não existem custos adicionais.

              CNH Digital        
       No dia 23/08 o diretor Carlos Henrique e atentente Bruna participaram do treinamento realizado pela ABN Note (responsável pela emissão de CNH's no RS). A capacitação ocorreu em Porto Alegre, no auditório da PROCERGS.
       A CNH digital já é realidade em muitos municípios do estado e sua implantação em Uruguaiana está prevista para setembro deste ano.
       Com a nova tecnologia os candidatos e condutores não precisarão mais levar fotos 3x4 aos CFC's, evitando transtornos com fotos fora do padrão, etc. Serão coletadas as 10 digitais, e capturadas  foto e assinatura no momento da inscrição.
       O atendimento personalizado poderá demorar um pouco mais que o habitual, porém com a garantia de satisfação e qualidade na emissão da Carteira Nacional de Habilitação.

              Lighten Your Load: Five Things You Should Leave at Home When You Travel to Ireland        

    For the last twenty years, I’ve been hosting visitors to Ireland, and certain items always get packed, but rarely used. Here’s a look at some things you should think twice about before bringing them to the Emerald Isle. Computers Aren’t the Only Way to Go Digital Now that phones and tablets have essentially become handheld […]

    The post Lighten Your Load: Five Things You Should Leave at Home When You Travel to Ireland appeared first on Irish Fireside Travel and Culture.

              2013 Acura TSX to start at $30,510        
    A new year, a new price.

    Going mostly unchanged from its 2012 predecessor, the 2013 Acura TSX can no longer claim to be 'sub-30k'. With a modest $700 price increase, the luxury auto now starts at $30,510, which includes a 2.4L 4-cylinder with a 5-speed automatic.

    If you wish to get an impressive ELS digital audio system, rearview camera and voice-activated navigation, you must acquire the Technology Package, which goes for $3,100. If you want the Technology Package included in the car, then you'll have to move on up to the V6 model, which costs $39,150.

    The Special Edition TSX has an available 6-speed manual, and can be had for $31,510 - exactly $1,000 more than the 5-speed automatic base model. None of the model pricing listed include the $895 destination charge.

    To check out Acura's latest lineup of luxury cars and SUVs, visit your Northwest Indiana Acura dealer at Muller Acura of Merrillville. For quality and professional Northwest Indiana Acura Service, please call to set up an appointment.
              [EMPLOI]​ ePressPack, ORC Publicorp, Page Personnel ​: Les 3 offres d’emploi du jour        

    Découvrez les opportunités d'emploi du jour: Business Developper PressKing (H/F), Chef de Projet Marketing Digital (H/F), Consultant Support Fonctionnel International (H/F) ...

    The post [EMPLOI]​ ePressPack, ORC Publicorp, Page Personnel ​: Les 3 offres d’emploi du jour appeared first on FrenchWeb Jobs.

              [EMPLOI] Publicis Regicom, Drouot Digital, Altaïde… Les offres d’emploi #Marketing de la semaine        

    Découvrez les opportunités d'emploi #THEME de cette semaine: Chef de Projet SEA (H/F), Responsable Webmarketing (H/F), Responsable Marketing Digital (H/F)...

    The post [EMPLOI] Publicis Regicom, Drouot Digital, Altaïde… Les offres d’emploi #Marketing de la semaine appeared first on FrenchWeb Jobs.

              [Etudiants] 8 offres de stage: Frenchweb, China Connect, Clémentine…        

    Les opportunités de stage à saisir! : Analyse & Brand Content assistant(e) (H/F), Assistant Chef de Projet Digital (H/F), Chargé(e) de Recherche en Recrutement (H/F)...

    The post [Etudiants] 8 offres de stage: Frenchweb, China Connect, Clémentine… appeared first on FrenchWeb Jobs.

              !1 Power CD to MP3 Maker 1.00        
    Power CD to MP3 Maker is a powerful and extremely ease-to-use tool that converts audio CD tracks to audio format MP3, WAV, WMA and OGG. It digitally copies the audio with excellent output quality and fast-speed. Supports FreeDB and tag-edit function.
              !1 Power MP3 WAV Converter 1.10        
    Power MP3 WAV Converter is a super and ease-to-use tool that directly converts audio format MP3, WAV, WMA, OGG from one format to another. Supports batch conversion. Converts audio files digitally which enables you to make perfect copies.
              !1 Saga CD Ripper 1.00        
    Saga CD Ripper digitally copies audio CD tracks to MP3, WMA, WAV and OGG files with excellent quality and fast speed. Saga CD Ripper offers rich options and you can set the bitrate and frequency. Supports FreeDB and tag-edit function.
              #1 CD to MP3 WAV Maker 1.04        
    CD to MP3 WAV Maker is an extremely easy and fast-speed tool to convert your audio CD to MP3, WAV, WMA and OGG files. It copies the audio digitally-not through the soundcard-which enables you to make perfect copies of the originals.Supports freedb
              #1 MP3 RM Converter 1.00        
    MP3 RM Converter supports batch conversion between MP3, WAV, WMA and OGG. And also, you can convert your MP3, WMA, WAV and OGG files to RM files. Converts the audio files digitally-not through the soundcard-which enables you to make perfect copies.
              Guide for Picking The Best Android Phone for You        
    Sony Xperia X10 vs Nexus One vs Motorola Droid vs Acer Liquid vs Archos

    Xperia X10

    Nexus One

    Motorola Droid

    Acer Liquid

    (Updated: 21st Jan 2010) The Android handset landscape has changed drastically over the past year, from a literal handful of options to – the fingers on both your hands, the toes on both your feet and all the mistresses Tiger Woods has had in the past 24 hours (OK, maybe 4 hours). You get the point though, there are quite a few options and through the course of 2010 these options will only increase.

    The only other mainstream handset smartphone option that rivals the Android handset options available in 2010 will be the Windows mobile platform – and we're all rushing for it – not!

    So what are the handsets to consider in 2010? The ones currently released on the market that we will look at are the Acer Liquid and Motorola Droid and an additional three to be released early 2010, the Sony Xperia X10, Google Nexus One (Passion, HTC Bravo) and Archos Phone Tablet – though we only have a handful of details on the phone.

    Archos Phone

    We will look at hardware and software sub-categories, and compare the phones based based on the information we have.



    The Nexus One and Sony Xperia X10 have the snappier Qualcomm Snapdragon 1Ghz processor onboard. The Acer Liquid has a downclocked version of the Snapdragon running at 728Mhz – perhaps to conserve battery. This would probably put the Acer Liquids performance more on par with the Motorola Droids. The Archos Phone promises to be a really fast phone with an upgraded ARM Cortex processor running at 1Ghz and also with improved GPU over Droid and iPhone.

    Nexus One

    Motorola Droid

    Sony Xperia X10

    Acer Liquid

    Archos Phone

    Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD 8250, 1.0 GHz

    Texas Instruments OMAP 3430 550 Mhz

    Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD 8250, 1.0 GHz

    Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD 8250, 768 MHz

    ARM Cortex 1Ghz


    The Snapdragon's Adreno 200 Graphics core is phenomenal on the triangle render benchmark, coming in with a score of approximately 22 million triangles per/sec compared to approximately 7 million triangles/sec on the Motorola's SGX530. This is an important element for 3D graphics. Interestingly, the iPhone 3GS has a similar CPU to Motorola Droid but an upgraded faster SGX535 GPU which is capable of 28 million triangles/sec and 400 M Pixels/sec. Archos may get better SGX GPU.

    Xperia X-10 Graphics Demo

    Nexus One

    Motorola Droid

    Sony Xperia X10

    Acer Liquid

    Archos Phone

    Adreno 200 Graphics Core with OpenGLES 2.0

    PowerVR SGX530 Graphics Core with OpenGLES 2.0

    Adreno 200 Graphics Core with OpenGLES 2.0

    Adreno 200 Graphics Core with OpenGLES 2.0

    PowerVR SGX540?

    22 M Triangles/sec

    7 M Triangles/sec

    22 M Triangles/sec

    22 M Triangles/sec

    35 M Triangles/sec

    133 M Pixels/sec

    250 M Pixels/sec

    133 M Pixels/sec

    133 M Pixels/sec

    1000 M Pixels/sec

    HD Decode (720p)

    HD Decode (720p)

    HD Decode (720p)

    HD Decode (720p)

    3-D Graphics Benchmark

    Motorola Droid 20.7 FPS (Android 2.0).

    Nexus One 27.6 FPS. (Android 2.1)

    Acer Liquid 34 FPS. (Android 1.6)

    Xperia X10 34FPS+ est. (Android 1.6)

    Note: All phones tested running WVGA resolution 480 x 800 or 480 X 854. Different versions of Android will be a factor e.g. Android 2.0 + reproduces 16 million colors vs 56K for 1.6. Older phones such as G1, iPhone 3GS may score 25-30 FPS but they use lower 480 X 320 resolution.


    The Nexus One comes in with an impeccable 512MB of RAM. This provides an element of future proofing for the hardware and puts it in a league of its own. The Xperia X10 comes with 1GB of ROM and 384 MB of RAM. The 1GB means you'll be able to have twice as many apps on your phone until Google lets you save on your removable memory. The Acer Liquid and Droid are more or less the same.

    Nexus One

    Motorola Droid

    Sony Xperia X10

    Acer Liquid

    Archos Phone


    512 MB

    256 MB

    384 MB

    256 MB


    512 MB

    512 MB

    1024 MB

    512 MB


    The Nexus One uses an AMOLED screen which provides crispy images and more saturated colors than a TFT-LCD. It's also more energy efficient. Xperia X10 packs a 4.0 inch TFT screen with 854 x 480 resolution. Expect similar picture quality to the Motorola Droid for the Sony Ericson phone. The Archos Phone promises to deliver an interesting experience that could potentially make it the King of Androids.

    Spot the difference: Top TFT-LCD screen and bottom OLED

    Nexus One

    Motorola Droid

    Sony Xperia X10

    Acer Liquid

    Archos Phone

    800 x 480 px, 3.7 in (94 mm), WVGA,


    854 x 480 px, 3.7 in (94 mm), WVGA,


    854 x 480 px, 4.0 in (102 mm), WVGA,


    800 x 480 px, 3.5 in (89 mm), WVGA,


    854x 480px, 4.3 in (109mm), WVGA, AMOLED

    Display Input

    All standard stuff here. All are pretty much Capacitative with multi-Touch depending on the continent you buy your phone from.

    Nexus One

    Motorola Droid

    Sony Xperia X10

    Acer Liquid

    Archos Phone

    Capacitative, Multi-Touch

    Capacitative, Multi-Touch

    Capacitative, Multi-Touch

    Capacitative, Multi-Touch

    Capacitative, Multi-Touch


    The Xperia X10 has the largest battery – and might I add likely the best quality battery from the lot. It's the same battery used in the Xperia X1 and it performed admirable. Talk time for the Nexus One is very good and we expect the Xperia X10 to match this or be marginally better. Of concern is Nexus Ones 3G stand-by time of 250 hours. It's worse than the other phones but not bad at a little over 10 days! Updated 21st Jan 2010 - confirmed Xperia battery times. Xperia more or less performs at the same level as the other Android phones, delivering 5 hours talk time.

    Sony 1500 mAh Battery

    Nexus One

    Motorola Droid

    Sony Xperia X10

    Acer Liquid

    Archos Phone


    1400 Li-Po

    1400 Li-Po

    1500 Li-Po

    1350 Li-Po

    Talk/Standby 3G







    The phones are all capable of 3.5G (HSDPA 7.2 Mbit/s) data transfer. The Motorola Droid and Sony Xperia X10 can give you a little bit extra supporting 10.2 Mbit/s data transfer. Obviously the network must exist to support these speeds. Motorola is the only one with Class 12 EDGE, but this is not too important in this day and age of 3G.

    Nexus One, Bravo

    Motorola Droid

    Sony Xperia X10

    Acer Liquid

    Archos Phone

    HSDPA (Mbit/s)

    7.2 (1700 band)





    2.0 - 5.76





    (850, 900,1800,1900)






    Class 10

    Class 12

    Class 10

    Class 10

    UMTS band 1/4/8

















    Nexus One is the only Android phone that currently offers 802.11n connectivity. In fact, I can't think of any other phone out there that also has 802.11n. This might be the Google Talk phone we all thought was heading our way after all! All phones have either bluetooth 2.0 or 2.1. These will essentially be the same as far as data transfer (3 Mbit/s) is concerned. Version 2.1 offers better power efficiency though and a few other enhancements.

    Nexus One - Broadcom 802.11n

    Nexus One

    Motorola Droid

    Sony Xperia X10

    Acer Liquid

    Archos Phone


    2.1 + EDR

    2.1 + EDR

    2.1 + EDR

    2.0 + EDR


    802.11 b






    802.11 g






    802.11 n







    The 2GB shipped micro-SD card with the Acer Liquid is unrealistic by todays standards. The Motorola Droid offers the best deal with a 16GB micro-SD. The Sony Xperia X10 is shipped with an 8GB micro-SD card, but remember the Xperia X10 also has that slightly bigger 1GB flash memory on-board as well for and impressive total of 9GB expandable to a total of 33GB. Google decided to save on costs by only offering a 4GB micro-SD card with the Nexus One, but if the idea is to compete against the iPhone then 8GB should be the minimum. Clearly the Motorola is on the right track with 16GB shipped, and you can't ignore the impressive 1GB ROM on the Xperia X10.

    SanDisk working on 128GB Micro-SD

    Nexus One

    Motorola Droid

    Sony Xperia X10

    Acer Liquid

    Archos Phone

    Sim Card






    3.5 mm jack






    Micro USB





    Shipped Micro SD/Supported (GB)


    Class 2


    Class 6




    Class 2


    Light Sensor





    Proximity Sensor















    Cell/Wifi Positioning






    Case Material

    The Motorola metal case is the sturdiest. Build quality for the Nexus One and Xperia X10 is very good. The Xperia X10 has a refelective plastic whilst the Nexus one is more industrial with teflon and metal on the bottom. Acer Liquid has average build quality, but that was always the intention with the Liquid in order to keep manufacturing costs low.

    Nexus One

    Motorola Droid

    Sony Xperia X10

    Acer Liquid

    Archos Phone






    If you want a physical keyboard then the Droid is your only choice in the list. The keys on the Droid keyboard are basically flush so you don't get the comfortable key separation feel on a Blackberry keyboard. The others (Droid as well) have virtual keyboards which work in portrait or landscape mode.

    Droid Slide-out keyboard

    Nexus One

    Motorola Droid

    Sony Xperia X10

    Acer Liquid

    Archos Phone







    The Xperia X10 is one of the best camera phones. Sony used it's camera know how for their new smartphone lineup and it will be hard to match-up against Sony unless the other guys partner up with someone like Canon. The X10 comes with an 8.1 mp camera with X 16 digital zoom. The software has also been changed from standard Android to include typical camera options. Also included are a four face detection feature that recognizes faces in a photo and appropriately tags/files the photo. Motorola Droid comes in with a 5 mp camera with X4 digital zoom compared to the 5mp and x2 digital zoom on the Nexus One.

    Xperia X10 sample photo

    ***Additional Photos***

    Motorola Droid sample photo

    Nexus One sample photo

    Acer Liquid sample photo

    Nexus One

    Motorola Droid

    Sony Xperia X10

    Acer Liquid

    Archos Phone







    X 2

    X 4





    Y (dual)




    Video wise, the Nexus One, Motorola Droid and Xperia will perform roughly the same.

    Nexus One

    Motorola Droid

    Sony Xperia X10

    Acer Liquid

    Archos Phone

    Video Res.











    Lightest and thinest is the Nexus one. Motorola is weighed down by the metal used. They all are roughly the same size as the iPhone 3Gs which comes in at 115.5 x 62.1 x 12.3 mm and weighs 135g.

    Nexus One

    Motorola Droid

    Sony Xperia X10

    Acer Liquid

    Archos Phone

    Height (mm)





    Width (mm)





    Depth (mm)






    Weight (g)






    OS Level

    Nexus One has the most current OS level at 2.1. Motorola Droid is expected to upgrade soon as well as the Acer Liquid. The heavily customized Xperia X10 will be more of a challenge to upgrade to 2.1 because of the heavy customization.

    Nexus One

    Motorola Droid

    Sony Xperia X10

    Acer Liquid

    Archos Phone






    Xperia X10 shines as far as demonstrating how customizable Android really is. The other 3 phones have very few changes to the standard Android OS.

    Sony TimeScape/MediaScape

    Nexus One

    Motorola Droid

    Sony Xperia X10

    Acer Liquid

    Archos Phone



    Rachael UI

    Acer UI 3.0

    Application Market

    We are likely to see more App market emerge. Sony currently leads the way and Motorola and HTC (Nexus One) will follow suit as well.

    Nexus One

    Motorola Droid

    Sony Xperia X10

    Acer Liquid

    Archos Phone

    Android Market

    Android Market

    PlayNow, Android Market

    Android Market


    Mediascape is an ambitious effort to add decent media functionality to Android. Sony succeeds and also introduces a fun way to organize your media. Acer has Spinlet which is not as complex as Mediascape.

    Nexus One

    Motorola Droid

    Sony Xperia X10

    Acer Liquid

    Archos Phone





    Social Networking

    Sony again leds the customization way with Timescape. This is another good job by Sony to add extra functionality to Android. Timescape helps manage your contacts better and brings social networking and contacts onto one application.

    Nexus One

    Motorola Droid

    Sony Xperia X10

    Acer Liquid

    Archos Phone





              Google vs. Apple        

    The Android vs. iPhone battle is a fight reincarnated that we witnessed decades ago. It's a battle Apple once lost.

    Google therefore decided to steal a page from a small startup called Microsoft and and their Windows OS. Google is doing this by offering Android on multiple hardware platforms compared to Apple that is doing what it has always done since the early 80's back - proprietary. Why won't Apple learn - well - because they still make money.

    The advantage Google has over Apple, much like in the PC world, is they have companies that make cheap handsets and sell them - cheap. This obviously reduces Googles risk since they don't need to sell any hardware. This is analogous to the relationship between Dell, HP etc and Microsoft (back then Linux was not available). These companies put Android OS on their hardware because it's cheap (FREE) and thus increases Google market share.

    Then you get the higher-end phones - with some surpassing the Apple hardware. Apple can't match the might of a collective market - Sony, Acer, Dell, HTC, Motorola, Samsung, LG, etc.

    Apple will be bigger (turnover) than any single one of the hardware manufacturers. But combined they will account for more than 50%+ of handsets on the market in 2-3 years time.

    Just like Microsoft, Google will have the leading OS for handsets. If hardware manufacturers just come up with a way to upgrade hardware - eg RAM, SD cards (doable)!, CPU, Battery (doable)! then it's the Microsoft+PC vs Apple+MAC battle. We all know Microsoft won that battle.

    Let's not forget the direction Google hinted it wants to take for the payment system of Market Place - all Apps bought, will be charged through Carrier. It couldn't be any easier!


    I think the Sony Xperia X10 is the Android phone to beat. It's iPhone competitor will be the 4G. The Sony Rachael UI (UX) is very impressive. The downside is the phone runs Android 1.6 which only support 65K colors, unlike Android 2.x wich support 16 million colors. The UI is tightly woven into android 1.6, could this be a problem when it comes to updating the OS?


    1) 8MP with 16x digital zoom
    2) Face recognition (automatically recognizes upto 5 faces in a Photo)
    3) Smile Detection (Takes picture when you smile)
    4) + all the usual stuff like video call, geo-tagging, camera/video flash etc.

    1 Ghz Snapdragon

    1 GB internal memory - 384MB RAM

    4.1 Inch Capacitative (480 x 854 - WVGA)



    1) Sony PlayNow - Music/Video/Game/Applications downloads
    2) Sony TimeScape - Social Networking/Communication

    3) Sony MediaScape - Media Player

    4) Sony PS3 Remote Play (In development)


    1) Layer

    2) Speed Forge 3D


    100+ Sony Accessories


    HTC Bravo, Nexus One, Motorola Shadow (Rumoured) - AMOLED Touch screen, multi-mics, 5MP camera, 720p Video recording, HDMI port, 802.11 b/g/n

    Nexus One:


    iPhone 4G (June 2010) - 5MP, AMOLED, Video Calling, 802.11 b/g/n

    Concept 4G:

              Your Digital Apple Smart Watch        
    Stay connected in style with this Apple Watch which comes with a rose gold aluminum chassis and a stone Designed for users looking for the next generation of connectivity. Apple's Watch moves your iPhone's apps and functions to your wrist so you can
              Twitter altera relacionamentos em rede e influi nos processos de comunicação        

    Se a palavra blog foi a grande sensação de 2008, a mais escrita, a mais falada, a mais digitada, a mais buscada, neste 2009 que está dando seus últimos suspiros a expressão da moda na web e fora dela foi Twitter. A mídia analógica e eletrônica se rendeu ao site de microblogs. Jornaisrevistas, editoras de livros e emissoras de televisão dedicaram páginas e mais páginas, matérias e mais matérias, minutos e mais minutos sobre o fenômeno que levou milhões de pessoas em todo o mundo a se comunicar com mensagens diversas em apenas 140 caracteres.

    No Brasil, assim como aconteceu com o Orkut, o Twitter virou febre e ganhou a adesão de adolescentesjornalistas, publicitários, jogadores e técnicos de futebol, celebridades, CEOs, empresários e políticos. Os discussões ganharam aspecto telegráfico e uma multidão de pessoas passaram a murmurar – e às vezes gritar – seus comunicados no site de microblog. Mas como aconteceu com os blogs, ainda há uma parcela de usuários de internet que tem um certo ranço em relação ao fenômeno que agitou as redes sociais na web neste ano.

    Provavelmente, uma nova onda cibernética surgirá em 2010, mas o Twitter pode ser considerado o grande fenômeno da web nessa década que está prestes a se findar. Tando assim que muito profetas cibernéticos chegaram a decretar o fim da “era blogger” devido ao sucesso estrondoso do site de microblog. Mas o que resta evidente de todo esse sucesso do Twitter é que muitas usuários desta rede social ou twitters, como estes são conhecidos na web, ainda precisam aprender a usar todo o potencial desta valiosa rede de contatos que é o Twitter.

    O site de microblogs pode ajudar a posicionar uma marca no mercado, fidelizar clientes, turbinar ou arruinar carreiras, dependendo do uso que se faz dele ou da competência de quem resolve as mensagens telegráficas de 140 caracteres. Estudos acadêmicos e livros começaram a pipocar no mercado sobre os usos otimizadores podemos fazer do Twitter. Probloggers despejam enxurradas de posts sobre como bem utilizar a ferramenta para fins de marketing pessoal, profissional ou empresarial. É preciso saber com qual foco e com que finalidade se vai usar o Twitter. Usar por usar sem saber direito o porquê e como fazer é apenas ampliar a gritaria cibernética que para nada contribui.

    Assim como aconteceu com os blogs num passado bem recente, mas que nessa era digital parece ter sido há décadas, a discussão é se o uso do Twitter por jornalistas consiste em jornalismo ou não. Eu digo que sim e que não, a depender de como se usa o poder dos 140 caracteres. Como blogueiros conseguiram construir credibilidade a partir de suas páginas pessoas e serem buscados por empresas de comunicação para atuarem como colunistas, há na Twitosfera um grande número de twitters que conseguem construir uma boa reputação com credibilidade, arrebatando muitos seguidores que querem saber o que ele tem a informar naquele dia, naquele momento.

    Logo, para se dar bem no Twitter, assim como em qualquer plataforma de comunicação que se faça uso, é preciso produzir conteúdo de relevância, algo que seja útil para os internautas. O Twitter funciona como um espécie de agregador de notícias, com a diferença de que o usuário pode escolher quais “comunicadores” e quais conteúdos vai receber em sua “caixa de mensagem”. Do ponto de vista do marketing, muitas empresas já entenderam o espírito da coisa e estão fazendo bom uso do site de microblog.

    2010 será um ano em que novos usos e aplicações poderão surgir para o Twitter. A empresa Twitter está se reestruturando para acompanhar o crescimento estrondoso que o servido alcançou em escala mundial. O que o Twitter nos reservará para os próximo 360 dias? Só vivendo para ver. Apenas uma coisa é certa: o mundo da comunicação já profundamente alterado pelos blogs definitivamente nunca mais será o mesmo depois do Twitter.

    Blogueiro, Especialista em Comunicação Social e Novas Tecnologias e consultor em Marketing em Redes Sociais. Blog do autor: Email: Twitter:

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              Blog como fonte inteligente de marketing        
    Depois de algum tempo de recesso, volto a escrever aqui no CSS Padrões para retomarmos os nossos diálogos sobre os benefícios que um blog corporativo pode trazer para a sua empresa. Hoje busquei como referência o blogueiro espanhol Sergio Monge.

    Monge listou uma série de situações benéficas para as empresas criadas a partir da manutenção de um blog bem elaborado e sempre atualizado com assuntos interessantes. Ele ensina, por exemplo, que manter um blog significa manter-se em dia [atualizado]”.

    Tornei-me um entusiasta apaixonado da mídia blog. Para ser mais enfático, tenho assumido uma postura "evangelizadora” [expressão cunhada pelo blogueiro Jeremy Wright], no sentido de tentar fazer com que mais pessoas criem seus blogs e façam dele uma forma inteligente de comunicação que lhes possibilite usufruir da melhor maneira possível do seu potencial quer seja do ponto de vista pessoal quer seja profissional.

    Mas, ainda conforme Sergio Monge, não se pode pensar em manter um blog sem assumir uma postura proativa. “Un blogger necesita fuentes para ser capaz de escribir contenidos interesantes y, para ello, lee lo que escriben otros blogger, revisa estudios sobre el sector, asiste a conferencias y congresos y, sobre todo, se mantiene despierto”, diz ele.
    Ou seja, é preciso buscar entender o fucionamento dessa mídia e se “esforçar” para manter uma rede de contatos ou fontes que possa resultar na elaboração de conteúdos interessantes e que tragam algum resultado ou ensinamento para o leitor ou para os clientes da empresa/corporação.

    O blogueiro espanhol afirma que para uma empresa ter um grupo de pessoas da corporação que dedicam uma parte do seu tempo a escrever no blog da organização pode resultar na melhor fonte de inteligência de marketing. Mas para isso é preciso que os responsáveis por esta tarefa leiam outros blogs e se informem das novidades por meio essa mídia fantástica.

    Transferindo esse ensinamento para outro foco, eu tenho dito aos meus alunos nas minhas aulas de Jornalismo Digital que um blog pode funcionar ao mesmo tempo como um laboratório e uma vitrina para que eles possam desenvovler e mostrar as suas habilidades com a escrita e o jornalismo como um todo.

    Para as empresas o resultado e a melhoria do marketing, pois os clientes e colaboradores vão perceber que a corporação conta no “seu time” com pessoas que acreditam na empresa e se propõem a colaborar para o seu crescimento. Quando isso acontece, a organização poderá comemorar em pouco tempo os frutos dessa participação, que virá na forma de uma imagem positiva no mercado.

    Por hoje é só. Volto logo em breve.

    PS - Esse artigo nasceu a partir da leitura deste post.
    PS 1 – Para outros diálogos, acesse o blog Política com Pimenta.

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              SCSI support and a big surprise        
    Last week I added SCSI disk support for the CD-i 60x extension board to CD-i Emulator. It took somewhat longer then I expected, though. This was mostly because the DP5380 SCSI controller chip exposes most low-level details of the SCSI protocol to the driver which means that all of these details have to be emulated.

    The emulation ended up to be a more-or-less complete software implementation of the parallel SCSI-2 protocol, including most of the low-level signaling on the BSY, SEL, ATN, MSG, C/D-, I/O-, REQ and ACK lines. This is all implemented by the new CScsiBus class representing the SCSI bus that connects up to 16 instances of the CScsiPort class that each represent a single SCSI-2 bus interface. I was able to mostly avoid per-byte signaling of REQ and ACK if the target device implementation supports block transfers, a big performance win.

    The new CCdiScsiDevice class emulates the DP5380 controller chip, working in conjunction with the CCdiScsiRamDevice and CCdiScsiDmaDevice classes that emulate the 32 KB of local extension SRAM and the discrete DMA logic around it that are included on the CD-i 60x extension board.

    The CD-i 182 extension uses a compatible SCSI controller chip but a different DMA controller and has no local extension SRAM. I have not yet emulated these because I have almost no software to test it.

    The new CScsiDevice class implements a generic SCSI device emulating minimal versions of the four SCSI commands that are mandatory for all SCSI device types: TEST UNIT READY, REQUEST SENSE, INQUIRY and SEND DIAGNOSTIC. It implements most of the boiler-plate of low-level SCSI signaling for target devices and the full command and status phases of SCSI command processing, allowing subclasses to focus on implementing the content aspects of the data transfer phase.

    The CScsiFile class emulates a SCSI device backed by a file on the host PC; it includes facilities for managing the SCSI block size and the transfer of block-sized data to and from the backing file.

    The CScsiDisk and CScsiTape classes emulate a SCSI disk and tape device, respectively, currently supporting a block size of 512 bytes only. Instances of these classes are connected to the SCSI bus by using the new
    -s[csi]d[isk][0-7] FILE and -s[csi]t[ape][0-7] FILE options of CD-i Emulator.

    The CD-i 60x extension board normally uses SCSI id 5; the built-in ROM device descriptors for SCSI disks use SCSI ids starting at zero (/h0 /h1 /h2) while the built-in device descriptor for a SCSI tape uses SCSI id 4 (/mt0). This means that the useful options with the 60x are -scsidisk0, -scsidisk1, -scsidisk2 and -scsitape 4.

    I've added the new dsk subdirectory to contain disk images; tape images have no standard location as they are mostly intended for bulk-transfer purposes (see below).

    Inside the CD-i player this leads to the following response to the built-in inquire command:
    $ inquire -i=0
    vendor identification:"CDIFAN CDIEMU SCSIDISK "

    $ inquire -i=4
    vendor identification:"CDIFAN CDIEMU SCSITAPE "
    where the "CDIFAN " part is the vendor name and the "CDIEMU SCSIXXXX " part is the product name.

    In the previous post I described a 450 MB OS-9 hard disk image that I found on the Internet. After mounting it with
    -scsidisk0 mw.dsk I got the following output:
    $ free /h0
    "MediaWorkshop" created on: Feb 17, 1994
    Capacity: 1015812 sectors (512-byte sectors, 32-sector clusters)
    674144 free sectors, largest block 655552 sectors
    345161728 of 520095744 bytes (329.17 of 496.00 Mb) free on media (66%)
    335642624 bytes (320.09 Mb) in largest free block

    $ dir -d /h0

    Directory of /h0 23:49:36
    ETC/ FDRAW/ FONTS/ FontExample/ ISP/
    TEST/ USR/ VIDEO/ abstract.txt bibliographic.txt
    bkgd.c8 bkgd.d cdb cdb1 cdb2
    cdi_opt_install chris_test cin copyright.mws copyright.txt
    csd_605 custominits_cin delme dos/ file
    font8x8 get globs.mod go go.mkfont
    inetdb ipstat kick1a_f.c8 kick2a_f.c8 mtitle
    mws net new_shell new_shell.stb scratch
    screen startup_cin thelist
    You can see why thought it was a MediaWorkshop disc, but on closer inspection this turned out to something quite different. Some basic scrutiny lead to the hypothesis that this is probably a disk backup of someone from Microware working on early development of the DAVID (Digital Audio Video Interactive Decoder) platform. There are various surprises on the disk which I will describe below.

    Anyway, I wanted to transfer the contents to the PC as a tar archive, similar to the procedure I used for my CD-i floppy collection. After starting CD-i Emulator with a -scsitape4 mw.tar option this was simply a matter of typing the following into the terminal window:
    tar cb 1/h0
    This command runs the "tape archiver" program to create a tape with the contents of the /h0 directory, using a tape blocking size of 1 (necessary because my SCSI tape emulation doesn't yet support larger block sizes). The resulting mw.tar file on the PC is only 130 MB, not 450 MB which indicates that the disk is mostly empty. At some point I might use an OS-9 "undelete" program to find out if there are additional surprises.

    Extracting the mw.tar file was now a simple matter of running the PC command
    tar xvf mv.tar
    This produced an exact copy of the OS-9 directory structure and files on the PC.

    Many of the directories on the hard disk are clearly copies of various distribution media (e.g. CDI_BASECASE, CINERGY, CURSORS, ENET, FONTS, ISP, MWOS, NFS). The contents of the ENET, ISP and NFS directories at first appear to match some of my floppies, including version numbers, but on closer inspection the binaries are different. Running some of them produces "Illegal instruction" errors so I suspect that these are 68020 binaries.

    The SHIP directory contains some prerelease RTNFM software; the readme talks about PES which is a type of MPEG-2 stream (Packetized Elementary Stream). Various asset directories contain versions of a "DAVID" logo.

    The CMDS directory contains working versions of the Microware C compiler, identical to the ones I already had and also many other programs. It also contains some "cdb" files (configuration database?) that mention the 68340 processor.

    The contents of the CMDS/BOOTOBJS directory produced a first surprise: it contains a subdirectory JNMS containing among others files named "rb1793" and "scsijnms". Could this be floppy and SCSI drivers for the CD-i 182 extension, as it contains with a 1793 floppy drive controller (the CD-i 60x uses a different one) and the player has a "JNMS" serial number?

    Well, yes and no. Disassembly of the scsijnms file proved it to be compiled C code using an interface different from OS-9 2.4 drivers, so I suspect this is an OS-9 3.x driver. In any case, I cannot use it with the stock CD-i 180 player ROMs. Bummer...

    And now for the big surprise: deeply hidden in a directory structure inside the innocently named COPY directory is the complete assembly source for the VMPEG video driver module "fmvdrv". At first glance it looked very familiar from my disassembly exercises on the identically-named Gate Array 2 MPEG driver module "fmvdrv", which is as expected because I had already noticed the large similarity between these two hardware generations.

    The source calls the VMPEG hardware the "IC3" implementation, which matches CD-i digital video history as I know it. The Gate Array MPEG hardware would be "IC2" and the original prototype hardware would be "IC1". Furthermore, the sources contain three source files named fmvbugs1.a to fmvbugs3.a whose source file titles are "FMV first silicon bugs routines" to "FMV third silicon bugs routines". The supplied makefile currently uses only fmvbugs3.a as is to be expected for a VMPEG driver.

    The fmvbugs1.a source contains some of the picture buffer manipulation logic that I've so far carefully avoided triggering because I couldn't understand it from my disassemblies, and this is now perfectly understandable: they are workarounds for hardware bugs!

    As of two hours ago, I have verified that with a little tweaking and reconstruction of a single missing constants library file these sources produce the exact "fmvdrv" driver module contained in the vmpega.rom file directly obtained from my VMPEG cartridge.

    In general these sources are very heavily commented, including numerous change management comments. They also include a full set of hardware register and bit names, although no comments directly describing the hardware. This should be of great help in finally getting the digital video emulation completely working.

    All of the comments are English, although a few stray words and developer initials lead me to believe that the programmers were either Dutch or Belgian.

    Disassembly comparisons lead me to the conclusion that careful undoing of numerous changes should result in exact sources for the GMPEGA2 driver module "fmvdrv" as well. I might even do it at some point, although this is not high priority for me.

    The disk image containing all of these surprises is publicly available on the Internet since at least 2009, which is probably someone's mistake but one for which I'm very grateful at this point!
              CD-i 180 internals        
    In the previous post I promised some ROM and chip finds. Well, here goes. To understand some of the details, you'll need some microprocessor and/or digital electronics knowledge, but even without that the gist of the text should be understandable.

    The CDI 181 MMC unit contains the so-called Maxi-MMC board that is not used in any other CD-i player. Its closest cousin is the Mini-MMC board that is used in the CD-i 605 and CD-i 220 F1 players (a derivative of it is used in the CD-i 350/360 players).

    The Mini-MMC board uses two 68HC05 slave processors for CD and pointing device control (they are usually called SERVO and SLAVE). The Maxi-MMC board does not have these chips, but it does have two PCF80C21 slave processors labeled RSX and TRANSDUCER that perform similar functions.

    From their locations on the board I surmise that the RSX performs CD control functions; I know for sure that the TRANSDUCER performs only pointing device control. The latter is connected to the main 68070 processor via an I2C bus (I've actually traced the connections); I'm not completely sure yet about the RSX.

    In order to emulate the pointing devices in CD-i Emulator, I had to reverse engineer the I2C protocol spoken by the TRANSDUCER chip; this was mostly a question of disassembling the "ceniic" and "periic" drivers in the ROM. The first of these is the low-level driver that serves as the common control point for the I2C bus; the second is the high-level driver that is instantiated separately for each type of pointing device. The ROMs support three such devices: /cdikeys, /ptr and /ptr2, corresponding to the player control keys and first and second pointing devices (the first pointing device is probably shared between the infrared remote sensor and the left pointing device port). Both pointing devices support absolute (e.g. touchpad) as well as relative (e.g. mouse) positioning.

    Note that there is no built-in support for a CD-i keyboard or modem (you could use a serial port for this purpose).

    However, knowing the I2C protocol does not tell me the exact protocol of the pointing devices, which therefore brings me no closer to constructing a "pointing device" that works with the two front panel MiniDIN-9 connectors. Note that these connectors are physically different from the MiniDIN 8 pointing device connectors used on most other CD-i players. According to the Philips flyers, these connectors have 6 (presumably digital) input signals and a "strobe" (STB) output signal. From the signal names I can make some educated guesses about the probable functions of the signals, but some quick tests with the BTN1 and BTN2 inputs did not pan out and it could be too complicated to figure out without measurement of a connected and working pointing device.

    There is, however, also an infrared remote sensor that is supposed to expect the RC5 infrared signal protocol. This protocol supports only 2048 separate functions (32 groups of 64 each) so it should not be impossible to figure out, given a suitably programmable RC5 remote control or in the best case a PC RC5 adapter. I've been thinking about building one of the latter.

    There is also a third possibility of getting a working pointing device. Although the case label of the front MiniDIN 8 connecter is "CONTROL", the Philips flyers label it "IIC" which is another way of writing "I2C", although they don't give a pinout of the port. It seems plausible that the connector is connected to the I2C bus of the 68070, although I haven't been able to verify that yet (the multimeter finds no direct connections except GND, so some buffering must be involved). If there is indeed a connection, I would be able to externally connect to that bus and send and receive the I2C bus commands that I've already reverse engineered.

    If even this doesn't work, I can always connect directly to the internal I2C bus, but that involves running three wires from inside the player to outside and I'm not very keen on that (yet, anyway).

    Now, about the (so far) missing serial port. There is a driver for the 68070 on-chip UART in the ROMs (the u68070 driver which is accessible via the /t2 device), and the boot code actually writes a boot message to it (CD-i Emulator output):
      PHILIPS CD-I 181 - ROM version 23rd January, 1992.
    Using CD_RTOS kernel edition $53 revison $00
    At first I thought that the UART would be connected to the "CONTROL" port on the front, but that does not appear to be the case. Tonight I verified (by tracing PCB connections with my multimeter) that the 68070 serial pins are connected to the PCB connector on the right side (they go through a pair of SN75188/SN75189 chips and some protection resistors; these chips are well-known RS232 line drivers/receivers). I even know the actual PCB pins, so if I can find a suitable 100-pins 0.01" spaced double edge print connector I can actually wire up the serial port.

    Now for the bad news, however: the ROMs do not contain a serial port download routine. They contain a host of other goodies (more below) but not this particular beast. There is also no pointing device support for this port, contrary to all other players, so connecting up the serial port would not immediately gain me anything, I still need a working pointing device to actually start a CD-i disc…

    There are no drivers for other serial ports in the ROMs, but the boot code does contain some support for a UART chip at address $340001 (probably a 68681 DUART included in the CDI 182 unit which I don't have). The support, however, is limited to the output of boot messages although the ROMs will actually prefer this port over the 68070 on-chip device if they find it.

    As is to be expected from a development and test player, there is an elaborate set of boot options, but they can only be used if the ROMs contain the signature "IMS-TC" at byte offset $400 (the ROMs in my player contains FF bytes at these locations). And even then the options prompt will not appear unless you press the space bar on your serial terminal during player reset.

    However, adding a -bootprompt option that handles both the signature and the space bar press to CD-i Emulator was not hard, and if you use that option with the 180 ROMs the following appears when resetting the player:
      PHILIPS CD-I 181 - ROM version 23rd January, 1992.

    A-Z = change option : <BSP> = clear options : <RETURN> = Boot Now

    Boot options:- BQRS
    As specified, you can change the options by typing letters and pressing Enter will start the boot process with the specified options.

    From disassembling the boot code of the ROMs I've so far found the following options:

    D = Download/Debug
    F = Boot from Floppy
    L = Apply options and present another options prompt (Loop)
    M = Set NTSC Monitor mode
    P = Set PAL mode
    S = Set NTSC/PAL mode from switch
    T = Set NTSC mode
    W = Boot from SCSI disk (Winchester)

    It could be that there's also a C option, and I've as yet not found any implementations of the Q and R options that the ROMs include in the default, but they could be hidden in OS-9 drivers instead of the boot code.

    Once set, the options are saved in NVRAM at address $313FE0 as default for prompts during subsequent reboots, they are not used for reboots where the option prompt is not invoked.

    Options D, F and W look interesting, but further investigation leads to the conclusion that they are mostly useless without additional hardware.

    Pressing lower-case D followed by Enter / Enter results in the following:
    Boot options:- BQRSd
    Boot options:- BDQRS
    Enter size of download area in hex - just RETURN for none
    called debugger

    Rel: 00000000
    Dn: 00000000 0000E430 0007000A 00000000 00000000 00000001 FFFFE000 00000000
    An: 00180B84 00180570 00313FE0 00410000 00002500 00000500 00001500 000014B0
    SR: 2704 (--S--7-----Z--) SSP: 000014B0 USP: 00000000
    PC: 00180D2E - 08020016 btst #$0016,d2
    One might think that entering a download size would perform some kind of download (hopefully via the serial port) but that is not the case. The "download" code just looks at location $2500 in RAM that's apparently supposed to be already filled (presumably via an In-Circuit Emulator or something like it).

    However, invoking the debugger is interesting in itself. It looks like the Microware low-level RomBug debugger that is described in the Microware documentation, although I haven't found it in any other CD-i players. One could "download" data with the change command:
    debug: c0
    00000000 00 : 1
    00000001 00 : 2
    00000002 15 : 3
    00000003 00 :
    Not very userfriendly but it could be done. The immediate catch is that it doesn't work with unmodified ROMs because of the "IMS-TC" signature check!

    Trying the F option results in the following:
    Boot options:- BQRSf
    Boot options:- BFQRS
    Booting from Floppy (WD 179x controller) - Please wait
    This, however, needs the hardware in the CDI 182 set (it lives at $330001). I could emulate that in CD-i Emulator of course, but there's no real point at this time. It is interesting to note that the floppy controller in the CD-i 605 (which I haven't emulated either at this point) is a DP8473 which is register compatible with the uPD765A used in the original IBM PC but requires a totally different driver (it also lives at a different memory address, namely $282001).

    Finally, trying the W options gives this:
    Boot options:- BQRSw
    Boot options:- BQRSW
    Booting from RODIME RO 650 disk drive (NCR 5380 SCSI) - Please wait
    Exception Error, vector offset $0008 addr $00181908
    Fatal System Error; rebooting system
    The hardware is apparently supposed to live at $410000 and presumably emulatable; it's identical or at least similar to the DP5380 chip that is found on the CD-i 605 extension board where it lives at $AA0000).

    Some other things that I've found out:

    The CDI 181 unit has 8 KB of NVRAM but it does not use the M48T08 chip that's in all other Philips players, it's just a piece of RAM that lives at $310000 (even addresses only) and is supported by the "nvdrv" driver via the /nvr device.

    In the CD-i 180 player the timekeeping functions are instead performed by a RICOH RP5C15 chip, the driver is appropriately called "rp5c15".

    And there is a separate changeable battery inside the case; no "dead NVRAM" problems with this player! I don't know when the battery in my player was last changed but at the moment it's still functioning and had not lost the date/time when I first powered it on just over a week ago.

    The IC CARD slot at the front of the player is handled like just another piece of NVRAM; it uses the same "nvdrv" driver but a different device: /icard. According to the device descriptor it can hold 32 KB of data, I would love to have one of those!
              CD-i 180 adventures        
    Over the last week I have been playing with the CD-i 180 player set. There’s lots to tell about, so this will be a series of blog posts, this being the first installment.

    The CD-i 180 is the original CD-i player, manufactured jointly by Philips and Sony/Matsushita, and for a score of years it was the development and “reference” player. The newer CD-i 605 player provided a more modern development option but it did not become the “reference” player for quite some years after its introduction.

    The CD-i 180 set is quite bulky, as could be expected for first-generation hardware. I have added a picture of my set to the Hardware section of the CD-i Emulator website; more fotos can be found here on the website (it’s the same player, as evidenced by the serial numbers).

    The full set consists of the CDI 180 CD-i Player module, the CDI 181 Multimedia Controller or MMC module and the CDI 182 Expansion module. The modules are normally stacked on top of each other and have mechanical interlocks so they can be moved as a unit. Unfortunately, I do not have the CDI 182 Expansion module nor any user manuals; Philips brochures for the set can be found here on the ICDIA website.

    Why am I interested in this dinosaur? It’s the first mass-produced CD-i player (granted, for relatively small masses), although there were presumably some earlier prototype players. As such, it contains the “original” hardware of the CD-i platform, which is interesting from both a historical and an emulation point of view.

    For emulation purposes I have been trying to get hold of CD-i 180 ROMs for some years, there are several people that still have fully operational sets, but it hasn’t panned out yet. So when I saw a basic set for sale on the CD-Interactive forum I couldn’t resist the temptation. After some discussion and a little bartering with the seller I finally ordered the set about 10 days ago. Unfortunately, this set does not include a CDI 182 module or pointing device.

    I had some reservations about this being a fully working set, but I figured that at least the ROM chips would probably be okay, if nothing else that would allow me to add support for this player type to CD-i Emulator.

    In old hardware the mechanical parts are usually the first to fail, this being the CDI 180 CD-i Player module (which is really just a CD drive with a 44.1 kHz digital output “DO” signal). A workaround for this would be using an E1 or E2 Emulator unit; these are basically CD drive simulators that on one side read a CD-i disc image from a connected SCSI hard disk and on the other side output the 44.1 kHz digital output “DO” signal. Both the CDI 180 and E1/E2 units are controlled via a 1200 baud RS232 serial input “RS” signal.

    From my CD-i developer days I have two sets of both Emulator types so I started taking these out of storage. For practical reasons I decided to use an E1 unit because it has an internal SCSI hard disk and I did not have a spare one lying around. I also dug out an old Windows 98 PC, required because the Philips/OptImage emulation software doesn’t work under Windows XP and newer, and one of my 605 players (I also have two of those). Connecting everything took me a while but I had carefully stored all the required cables as well and after installing the software I had a working configuration after an hour or so. The entire configuration made quite a bit of mechanical and fan noise; I had forgotten this about older hardware!

    I had selected the 605 unit with the Gate Array AH02 board because I was having emulation problems with that board, and I proceeded to do some MPEG tests on it. It turns out the hardware allows for some things that my emulator currently does not, which means that I need to do some rethinking. Anyway, on with the 180 story.

    In preparation for the arrival of the 180 set I next prepared an disc image of the “OS-9 Disc” that I created in November 1993 while working as a CD-i developer. This disc contains all the OS-9 command-line programs from Professional OS-9, some OS-9 and CD-i utilities supplied by Philips and Microware and some homegrown ones as well. With this disc you can get a fully functional command-line prompt on any CD-i player with a serial port, which is very useful while researching a CD-i player’s internals.

    The Philips/Optimage emulation software requires the disc image files to include the 2-second gap before logical block zero of the CD-i track, which is not usually included in the .bin or .iso files produced by CD image tools. So I modified the CD-i File program to convert my existing os9disc.bin file by prepending the 2-second gap, in the process also adding support for scrambling and unscrambling the sector data.

    Scrambling is the process of XORing all data bytes in a CD-ROM or CD-i sector with a “scramble pattern” that is designed to avoid many contiguous identical data bytes which can supposedly confuse the tracking mechanism of CD drives (or so I’ve heard). It turned out that scrambling of the image data