Santa Monica / Hollywood, 2011
Santa Monica / Hollywood, 2011
What I watch when I’m feeling blue.
First Damien & I visited Seattle. Some time later I was walking with my little brother at Coney Island and a Russian lady ran from behind us, holding the pieces of my camera that had somehow come unscrewed and fallen on the boardwalk. Two years later I got the camera fixed. Many months passed and Damien & I drove to Hyde Park and looked at all the colored leaves. Four months later I mailed off the roll.
So this is archeology, basically.
bests 2010 (travel): ISRAEL
A likely incomplete list of books read between January 1st, 2010 & December 31st, 2010.
1. Juliet Naked - Nick Hornby
2. The Children’s Book - A.S. Byatt
3. Changing My Mind - Zadie Smith
4. The Fortress of Solitude - Jonathan Lethem
5. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
6. The Foreskin’s Lament - Shalom Auslander
7. The Housekeeper and the Professor - Yoko Ogawa
8. Three Junes - Julia Glass
9. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo/The Girl Who Played With Fire - Stieg Larsson
10. The Likeness - Tara French
The Dogs of Babble - Carolyn Parkhurst
12. The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court - Jeffrey Toobin
13. Arthur and George - Julian Barnes
14. The Magicians - Lev Grossman
15. Eating Animals - Jonathan Safran Foer
The Arsonist’s Guide to Writer’s Homes in New England - Brock Clarke
17. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
18. Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett
19. My Dog Tulip - J. R. Ackerley
20. Reading Like a Writer - Francine Prose
21. Bone - Jeff Smith
22. Changing Your Mind: Buddhist Meditation - Paramananda
23. Art History’s History - Vernon Hyde Minor
24. The Corrections - Jonathan Franzen
25. Francis Bacon - John Russell
26. The Painted Veil - W. Somerset Maugham
27. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet - David Mitchell
28. The Quiet American - Graham Greene
29. Children of Men - P. D. James
30. Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality - Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethá
31. You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto - Jaron Lanier
32. The Battle for God: A History of Fundamentalism - Karen Armstrong
33. Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present - various
There’s a common misunderstanding among all the human beings who have ever been born on the earth that the best way to live is to try to avoid pain and just try to get comfortable. You can see this even in insects and animals and birds. All of us are the same.
A much more interesting, kind, adventurous, and joyful approach to life is to begin to develop our curiosity, not caring whether the object of our inquisitiveness is bitter or sweet. To lead a life that goes beyond pettiness and prejudice and always wanting to make sure that everything turns out on our own terms, to lead a more passionate, full, and delightful life than that, we must realize that we can endure a lot of pain and pleasure for the sake of finding out who we are and what this world is, how we tick and how our world ticks, how the whole thing just is."
Let’s book those Iceland tickets now!
Brightest Northern Lights Display
It is the nature’s most compelling light. Experts predict that northern lights will shine at their brightest level in 2012.
According to NASA the aurora borealis has been growing in intensity since 2007 and will grow to its peak in 2012.
This event will be caused by Solar Maximum; it is a period when the magnetic field of sun on the solar equator rotates at a slightly faster speed than at the solar poles.
This solar cycle takes an average time of 11 years from one Solar Maximum to the next. Last Solar Maximum was seen in 2000 and scientists predict that the next one (which will be) in 2012 will be the greatest since 1958.
Orvar Thorgiersson, an Icelandic software engineer who has been taking photographs of the event, said: “there are nights in which the lights are so bright you can actually read a book beneath them. They are brighter than moon.”