Friday, September 30, 2011

Happy Weekend!

I am very excited about this weekend.
J's garden's official opening was a couple of days ago so we will be celebrating. Dinner with good friends, free music at Golden Gate Park, picnics and wine.
The weather is cool and breezy  and we are happy.
Have a good weekend!

Impending rain by RR

Friday, September 23, 2011

Recording our Dreams (Wim Wenders).

Today I woke up to the news that the future is finally here: Some scientists are working on a machine that will be able to record our dreams.

Top row shows images subjects saw on video. Bottom row shows the corresponding images reconstructed by a computer based on the subject's brain activity. (AP photo/University of California, Berkeley, Shinji Nishimoto).

I was transported back to my teens and to one of my favorite movies: Until the end of the World by Wim Wenders (better known for the movie Buena Vista Social Club). 
Over a decade in the making, filmed in 15 cities of 7 different countries, Until the end of the World was released in 1991. The setting is 1999 and the plot is part mystery, part science fiction, and the ultimate road movie. For the score, Wenders asked various artists to write songs as they thought music would be like in 1999. The result is one of my favorite soundtracks of all time. I listened to it ceaselessly! Even my dad would hum to the songs. I bet he can still remember them today.

A dream recorder seems like a very cool invention with tons of practical uses, but judging on how things turn out both in Until the end of the World and this other movie (coincidentally also set in 1999), I am not quite convinced it is a good idea.

I am pretty sure I would spend more time than necessary watching and re-watching my dreams.

What do you think?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Va Va Voom!

Image via Pinterest

I love, love, love Christina Hendricks and her beautiful curves.
She is such a breath of fresh air amidst stick thin actresses.

Art and image by el lohse. Purchase it here

Original piece and image by Jayne Tunnicliffe.
Make it yours by visiting here.

I also just found out that she has friends with an Etsy store and sometimes models their creations!
You can see here doing so by visiting Black Bird Design House.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Then and Now.

Mick and Bianca Jagger wedding portrait by Patrick Lichfield.
St. Tropez May 1971 (Image from here).

Kate Moss and Jamie Hince wedding portrait by Mario Testino. Cotswolds, England July 2011(image from Vogue)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Androgynous beauty, again.

In my previous post about androgynous beauty I mentioned I wished I knew what Bitch Magazine's take was about that particular dilemma. I know they have often in some form or another dealt with the topic of gender boundaries, but in their recent issue they have an interesting article titled Pink Scare about boys that display "girly" behavior and the possible impact such actions have on their development. 
In honor of that, and of androgyny in general, here are some fun photos of strong, talented females in masculine attire:

Frida Kahlo, far left, at a family portrait. Circa 1929. (Image via here)
Annie Lennox. (Image  via here)
Cher as Elvis. (Image via here)
Lady Gaga for Vogue Hommes Japan, photographed by Nick Knight (photos via here).

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