Transformers: Dark of The Moon        

My work on this one: Characters: – Sideswipe Autobot – model – Wheeljack Autobot (Albert Einstein alike robot) – model – Hooligan Decepticon – model Other: – Decepticon Mothership (with some parts built initially by Howie, Philip and Rene, the model was assembled/modeled/finished by me) – model – Optimus’ Jetpack (model started by Shawn and […]
          A Humanoid Robot by Matt Bauer        

Matt Bauer was not a machinist and had never worked with CNC when he purchased a Sherline CNC mill and a lathe. It didn’t take him long to get the hang of it, and the robot shown above was his first project. He describes the process best in his own words: “Shortly after our return […]

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          Artificial Intelligence Is About To Make Us All Managers. But Are We Ready?        
Contrary to popular belief, artificial intelligence isn't going to take your job. But you will need to adapt to a new future of work, with robots in tow.
          How The US, China And Russia Are Moving Toward Weaponizing Artificial Intelligence        
A group of researchers are warning the world about weaponizing artificial intelligence and robotics, but that machine-learning genie may already be ...
          How The US, China And Russia Are Moving Toward Weaponizing Artificial Intelligence        
A group of researchers are warning the world about weaponizing artificial intelligence and robotics, but that machine-learning genie may already be ...
          Artificial intelligence is helping researchers to find new drugs for ALS, a motor neurone disease        
Artificial intelligence robots are turbocharging the race to find new drugs for the crippling nerve disorder ALS, or motor neurone disease.
          When artificial intelligence and human resources intersect        
Indeed, the founder and CEO of artificial intelligence engine developer Recognant is a teacher -- of robots, not people -- and not the factory floor ...
          Side talk: Not your regular kpop songs        
When we talk about kpop, we often relate it to Girls Generation (SNSD), Super Junior (Suju), Big Bang, 2NE1, AOA, EXO and many more.

I have been into kpop for 10 years already and I have listened to various genre of music in the kpop industry. I believe some songs deserve more recognition. For this post I hope to be able to share or introduce fantastic songs that could spice up your playlist.

Lets start with one of my favourite album of all time:

Blue Brand is a hip-hop album project that compiled various hip-hop songs from by hip hop legends. Verbal Jint, Dynamic Duo, Supreme Team, Dok2, K.Will, and many more. The song lineup is simply fantastic. There are two volume to this album. The first volume was released in 2009 while volume two release in 2010. Below are some great songs you can find in the two volumes!

Kim Jin Pyo (feat Jan Di) - How to be cool when you breakup

Supreme Team (feat Soulman) - You're to blam

Supreme Team (feat Soulman) - Because of you

Supreme Team is a hip hop duo name Simon D. and E-Sans. Unfortunately, the group disbanded recently as E-Sans terminated his contract with Amoeba Culture. Also, E-sans is involved with a marijuana scandal. I really like their songs and they are pretty nice to listen to despite the long rapping. 

Here is another of my favourite song from one of Supreme Team album.

Supreme Team (feat Young Jun) - Then Then Then

Another artist you should check out it TETE (테테). His music is very relaxing and definitely worth listening during the nights and ranning days. I really like Floral ran by TETE especially the remix version. The remix version is an eargasm. Do change

테테 (TETE) - Floral Rain

Tete (테테) - Floral Rain (Acid Punk Dynamite Remix)

Lastly, I would like to introduce all of you to Standing Egg. Its a well known k-indie group but some of you may not be familiar with them. Nonetheless, do check out Farewell For You, Not Yet For Me by Standing Egg.

Standing Egg - Farewell For You, Not Yet For Me

Thats the end of this week side talk. What do all think of the songs I have recommended? Do leave your comments!

          USA's 'Mr. Robot' Shouldn't Just Delay its Shooting Scene Out Of Respect for Roanoke, They Should Delete It        

USA’s 'Mr. Robot' did not air its season finale Wednesday night. Citing a need to be sensitive to the shooting that killed two journalists in Roanoke, the network aired a previous episode along with this statement to explain their decision:

          USA's Mr. Robot's Revolution will be Televised. But You Still Should Not Watch It.        

This week’s episode of USA’s Mr. Robot saw the computer-hacker, techno-geek drama finally get over its mid-season identity crisis, and get back to its obvious intended purpose: glorifying cyber revolution for the purpose of mass income redistribution.

          Thank you Barang Dapur Basah!        
Salam, hai semua....

Ni kira post pertama sebagai Puan lah ye.. eh kire post kedua la. sebab post ni duk dalam draft. Wanie post pasal citer gigi bongsu tu dulu... hahaha poyo naww!! Banyak kali dah nak post macam-macam kat blog, tapi ada jeeee alasan-alasan malasnye. Kihkihkih~

So.... apa yang berbeza lepas kahwin?

Takde beza apa pun... sebab sebelum kahwin pun, wanie dengan husband (ecewah!) memang berjumpa after work pergi makan, lepas tu balik rumah masing-masing. Weekend, kalau wanie tak kerja, kitorang hang out dengan kawan-kawan takpun layan movie je. After married, lebih kurang sama je rutin. Cuma, kitorang banyak makan di rumah sebab nak berjimat (yang dah kahwin, tahu laaa account bank korang macam mana ghuper bentuk "O" nye kan... hahahahaha) . Selalunya, wanie dengan husband gilir-gilir masak, tapi... nampak gayanya macam husband yang kerap masuk dapur lagi sebab dia tak suka kemas rumah, basuh sidai lipat kain ni.. hahahahah~

Sebulan dua lepas kahwin ni, memang kitorang hidup berjimat cermat weh. Meh nak promote sikit! Yang mana yang sibuk kerja, yang "alahaiii malasnyaaa nak siang cuci ikan segalaaaa" , yang macam wanie kalau nampak isi perut ikan rasa nak pitam (ahahahaha..) , tak payah nak pening-pening kepala chu olz! Korang order terus dengan Barang Dapur Basah atau korang Whatsapp je! Sebulan atau 2 bulan sekali, sini lah "pasar online" wanie shopping. Tak payah nak pening-pening kepala, nak letih badan... harga pun berpatutan. Pakej bawah ni antara pakej yang wanie dengan husband prefer. Tahan untuk sebulan ke sebulan lebih kami berdua...

Macam wanie punya style, wanie bayar guna online banking je. Lepas tu kat luar rumah, wanie dah ada macam cakuk yang wanie sangkut kat pintu rumah. Katakanlah wanie tak balik rumah lagi ke, takpe... senang. Runner yang datang hantar tu biasanya dorang akan call yang dorang dah sampai / nak hantar ke rumah. Wanie just inform je suruh sangkut kat cakuk tu. Bila balik rumah, terus bawak masuk dalam rumah, atau lebih tepat, masuk freezer terus!

So, wanie dengan husband ke Jaya Grocer atau pasar malam, beli bawang-bawang, sayur-sayur, buah-buah... macam tu je lah.

Sekarang kan bulan puasa. Pakej-pakej yang disediakan lagi mengancam kawww!! Tapi dah nama pun hidup berdua laki bini, dua-dua kerja, masak pun ala kadar / bila rajin. Mujur cik abe jenis tak lorat / kisah sangat. Sebab sebelum kahwin dah pernah cakap, kalau nak komplen jarang masak ke apa, izinkan saya menjadi fulltime housewife TAPI jangan tarik muka kalau bini ajak masuk Sephora. Hahahaa~ sebab kalau barang-barang makeup ni wanie prefer beli pakai duit sendiri. Tak tau kenapa, benda lain ok je.

Dah melalut pula... ok lah chu olz! Nak rest-rest jap... baru lepas keluarkan daging. Hari ni off day, so time ni la nak masak, kemas rumah, lipat sidai kain 2 3 bakul kan.. hehe.. petang ni nak masak favourite dish cik abam kite, daging masak asam and pajeri nenas. Nak jimatkan duit.. takyah gi bazaar Ramadan sangat. Semua benda ko nak beli.. ahahahahah~ kbai!

Call of Duty! This project has been my primary creative focus for the last couple of years, and it's been a great honour and a pleasure to have been involved with such a potent franchise. There's not much bigger than COD! The development studio for Infinite Warfare, Infinity Ward, has been my home since January and part of last year, and it's been a dream come true to live and work in Los Angeles. Ever since I was a kid, looking through art-of books of my favourite movies, LA has been the place I always wanted to be.

I had been working remotely, as a freelancer, on the IW project for a while, creating concepts like the C12 here, so it was a natural next step to join the team in house in sunny California. The project needed a dose of solid, believable, and badass science fiction flavour, and that's exactly what I love to do! The C12 was the first thing I designed for the project, and it turned out great. The brief was for a walking tank, an enemy robot with a threatening presence, bristling with armaments. I love the right hand appendage, a combination door breaching hammer and articulated claw. The arms are mounted on curved shoulder rails, so they can rotate around and track various targets. There is so much articulation in this guy, it really taxed the rigging department! Bone count be dammed! ha ha

This is the accompanying human sized enemy robot, the C6. A menacing eyeless axe shaped sensor head is mounted on a 360° degree swiveling pintle frame, so the head can target you from any angle. I imagined the player shoot one in the back, only to have the head spin 180° round and target you, the weapon following a split second behind, helped by the highly mobile shoulder and upper arm sections, allowing the robot to move in ways a human can't, and creating a unique adversary. The work done by the character department to model and texture these robots was insane. It was a true honour to have my concepts brought to life by such a talented team!

A couple of variations on the standard SDF enemy soldiers. The idea was to create an iconic look, something clearly a guy in a suit, but still dehumanised and threatening enough to make them clearly the badguys, and worthy of killing by the hundreds. I added some frames to the 'muzzle', similar to the mounts on a modern day soldiers helmet, that can have additional optics or emergency breathing apparatus attached, to create an aggressive look. The reinforced polymer face pieces have a variable opacity laminate, I imagined a scene where you see a soldier seal up his transparent mask, then the mask turns cloudy white from the bottom up, obscuring the face and turning the visage into an eyeless skull. These SDF soldiers live in their suits, and have multiple redundancy life support systems, with visible added connective cable and hoses, to create a unique inside-out look to contrast against the clean and slick suits of the Earth forces.

Ethan, or E3N, the buddy brobot you as the player have alongside for the game. This guy was fun to design, and I love how the head and upper arms worked out. My brother was the inspiration for this character, he's a big badass dude with the right friendly demeanor that I thought was perfect for this robot. I wanted Ethan to look and feel like someone who would have your back in battle, and be down for some extreme sports in down time. My bro is into motocross, so for the articulated pistons on Ethan's neck, I gave him gold cylinders to reflect the awesome looking forks you find on race bikes. Ethan's head is also a combination of elements from a motocross helmet, with articulated lens hood pieces from a camera lens, and the top hood piece forming a cap and visor peak shape.

Really happy with how his head was resolved. It's tough to come up with a unique and iconic robot head with the right character and ability to emote.

The final design for the UNSA SATO Marine helmets. With the hero Marines, I wanted to create a rugged and tough suit that paid homage to some classic Marine ideas. Mainly the thick armoured neck and arms. The thick neck was an attempt to create a different silhouette than the usual space suit form of thin neck/big helmet. I kept the helmet as slim and 'operator' as possible, while pumping up the neck, to create a unique look that feels badass, and harks to the leatherneck moniker of the Marines.

With the arms I wanted the suit to feel like the rolled-up-sleeves look that's popular with Marines, and seen in some classic movies like Aliens. The lower arm sections and neck utilise mechanical pressure to protect from the vacuum of space, while the rest of the outfit is a traditional gas pressure space suit. Taking inspiration from the latest concepts of future space suits from places like NASA, with their elasticated tight fitting sleeves and lines of non-extension, I created a rugged military look with a thick armoured feel and beefy grid like pattern.

I've loads more concepts to share in the future, so excited to show some of the other cool characters and weapons I was lucky enough to create for the project. Be sure to check out the game too, I'm playing through the final product now and it's rad, so cool to see my work realised to such a high level by a huge and talented team. Cheers!
          Yoshida mech        
I recently had a fantastic experience visiting London for the first time and presenting a talk at Industry Workshops 2016. The event was incredible! Fun, well run, in a great part of the city, and filled with super rad and incredibly talented people. Among them was Anthony Yoshida, who had modelled one of my older robot designs as a project. He later sent me the model and I kicked out these quick keyshot renders.

As someone who works primarily in 2D, it's a real treat to get such a well modeled 3D version of your design, something you can play with in 3D and see how it looks from other angles and different lighting. And doing lots of pretty renders makes you feel like you're doing work!

Huge thanks for Anthony not only for this sweet model, but also for showing me some wild urban Paris while I was there. Cheers bro!
          carbon filler        


My Carbon project has been expanding in my mind from a coherent collection of human-future conceptual design into a coherent collection of stories and characters, a place for all the scenarios, worlds, and IP ideas I've been thinking about for years. It's getting epic, and I'm pretty excited! 

It's going to take some planning though, and the kickstarter side of things will too. I want to do things right and make something special, so basically the kickstarter will go live when it's ready, which may take a while. But it will be worth it! Not to mention I have some other projects that need some serious time, and a shit load of awesome freelance work too.

In the mean time I'll keep everyone posted with how it's going, and post some artwork from time to time. A big thanks to those that have gotten in touch to say hello and support the project, cheers!

The piece above is something I sketched one morning last year before doing a live demo. I decided it would be too hard to paint in a couple hours, and did a crappy photochop for the audience instead, but at least I've had a chance since to render it up. It's what I would consider filler material in the book, so I though it would be more worth posting as an update instead of keeping it exclusive for the book. The exclusive Carbon work will be much more involved, interesting, and unique!

These images were fun though, and are all painted, no photos. Except for elements in the background of the top one. And the case in the bottom one. But that's pretty much it I swear!

The general idea with this guy is I wanted to draw a robot with a big gun, something a human soldier couldn't wield without it being mounted to a vehicle. It's just a bit of fun, and I like the way you can draw a robot holding a gun, then use the gun on it's own in another image. Two birds with one air burst grenade!

These images will also feature in the next installment of the 'Nuthin But Mech' books, which is shaping up to be the best yet. Be sure to pick up a copy when it's out. Cheers!

          A Work In Progress        
I don't really do this normally, but here's an early WIP of one of the pieces I'm working on for my future book project. I gotta reserve some exclusive art so that people will buy it instead of just saving the art from the internet right? So while this is all I can show here, rest assured that the book will have heaps of new stuff! And not just 'military robot with gun' designs either, not that there's anything wrong with them right?!

Look out for the kickstarter video and campaign for the book around July! I got big plans for this book, gonna be epic! And it's just the first step towards some much bigger projects in the future, the first few of which are already in the works!
          Worldly War Machinery         
Here's some more artwork from World War Machine. First up a higher res version of the initial design for the player character, the quintessential War Machine. I had a lot of fun working on this friendly chap!

And here are a bunch of quick conceptual sketches for a variety of enemy units. My thinking with these was to push the anatomically inspired biomechanical feel of the War Machine into something more twisted and deformed. The various shattered AI remnants of humanity are at perpetual war with themselves, and create these machines to wage their battles. Attack types and methods of movement and combat are drawn from the broken and disjointed totality of human knowledge that's contained in the AIs, from militaristic science to the animal kingdom. Robot zombies if you will!

Check out the Square Enix Collective War Machine page and put in a vote!
          War Machine!        
Here's one of the fun freelance jobs I've been working on lately, meet the War Machine! This is the initial design for the player character for 'World War Machine', a game in early pre-production, be sure to check out the pitch page.

The basic idea is that after a future cataclysm there is perpetual war between the shattered remnants of humanity, in the form of these war machines. I wanted to explore this idea through robotics design that has a biomechanical feel, and shows hints of the lost humanity that created them. Milled metal forms take on bone and cellular structural forms, ribbon cables connecting componentry mimic nerves and vascular systems. Kind of like an anatomically inspired skinned robot. Lots of fun to develop! Big thanks to Jeff and the team at Tuque Games for letting me try something different! I'll post some more images from this project soon.
          K E L O I D II        
Keloid II has been released! Those insane talents at BLR VFX in Spain have done it again, check it out:


Greg Broadmore and I were fortunate enough to collaborate with JJ and his team, and produce some new designs for the short. Here's some of my work:

BLR wanted a large mech unit with a human pilot, and I wanted to design something a little different with such a fun but familiar brief. With other autonomous robots running around it didn't make sense to have the pilot sitting in a traditional cockpit or controlling the mech with their limb movement. So I put the pilot in a low slung tank, where they would be ensconced in inflatable padding, and controlling the unit through a neural interface and display screens. This would allow super fast entry and egress for the pilot, and would look pretty creepy too.

Of course that means the pilot isn't strictly necessary so the pilot tank could be swapped out for a big ass ammo tank for a big ass gun.
BLR were also after a larger version of the original Keloid robot, and a human soldier with exo-skeletal gear and armour.

Here are some renders of the final models, and some screen grabs from the video:

          Elysium Artwork        
We've finally been cleared to show some of the work we produced for Elysium! 
So here are some of my favourite designs from the thousands we at Weta created.


Fashion model robots:





          Przepis na pyszną,domową czekoladę        
Chciałabym się z Wami podzielić przepisem na czekoladę domowej roboty,najlepszą,jaką kiedykolwiek jadłam :)   Składniki: Kostka margaryny 1,5 szklanki cukru 1,5 szklanki melka 1 paczka p
          #058: Die Top-Aufgabe des Tages        

Als bekennender Anhänger einer minimalen Tagesplanung empfehle ich immer, höchstens drei Tageszielezu setzen.

Eigentlich könnte man sogar noch weiter gehen. Es gibt nämlich jeden Tag eine Sache, die wir unbedingt erledigen müssen. Vorher können wir nicht nach Hause gehen. Auch wenn es schon Nacht ist. Etwas, das nicht nur super-dringend, sondern auch super-wichtig ist.

Wie vor dem Urlaub: Da werden so lange Überstunden geschoben, bis diese Aufgabe erledigt ist. Das ist die Top-Aufgabe des Tages.

Hören Sie hier, wie Sie diese Idee nutzen und umsetzen können.

Die Top-Aufgabe des Tages

Die Top-Aufgabe des Tages

Die vier Beispiele:

  1. Die wichtigste Aufgabe des Tages
  2. Die Keller-Aufgabe
  3. Die versteckte Aufgabe
  4. Die verspätete Aufgabe

Die sieben Schritte:

  1. Wählen Sie Ihre Top-Aufgabe für den heutigen Tag aus.
  2. Wählen Sie nur eine einzige Top-Aufgabe aus.
  3. Notieren Sie sie gut sichtbar.
  4. Machen Sie diese Aufgabe zum Job Nr. 1 für heute.
  5. Beginnen Sie früh damit.
  6. Schalten Sie alle Ablenkungen aus.
  7. Egal, was es braucht: Beenden Sie heute diese Aufgabe.


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          #Replay: So helfen Ihnen Mikroaufgaben bei Ihrem Zeitmanagement        
So helfen Ihnen Mikroaufgaben bei Ihrem Zeitmanagement

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Im Sommer ziehe ich mich gerne zurück, um mich den Themen zu widmen, die sonst zu kurz kommen. Während dieser Zeit wiederhole ich ein paar Podcast-Folgen, die Ihnen besonders gefallen haben. Viel Spaß damit!


Die Notizen zur Folge inkl. Zusammenfassung finden Sie hier:
So helfen Ihnen Mikroaufgaben bei Ihrem Zeitmanagement

          #Replay: Sieben Tipps für mehr Bewegung im Alltag        
Sieben Tipps für mehr Bewegung im Alltag

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Im Sommer ziehe ich mich gerne zurück, um mich den Themen zu widmen, die sonst zu kurz kommen. Während dieser Zeit wiederhole ich ein paar Podcast-Folgen, die Ihnen besonders gefallen haben. Viel Spaß damit!


Die Notizen zur Folge inkl. Zusammenfassung finden Sie hier:
Sieben Tipps für mehr Bewegung im Alltag

          #Replay: Fünf Mittel gegen Aufschieberitis        
Fünf Mittel gegen Aufschieberitis


Im Sommer ziehe ich mich gerne zurück, um mich den Themen zu widmen, die sonst zu kurz kommen. Während dieser Zeit wiederhole ich ein paar Podcast-Folgen, die Ihnen besonders gefallen haben. Viel Spaß damit!


Die Notizen zur Folge inkl. Zusammenfassung finden Sie hier:
Fünf Mittel gegen Aufschieberitis

          #Replay: Der optimale Urlaub: Daran sollten Sie denken und so finden Sie danach rasch wieder den Anschluss        
Der optimale Urlaub

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Im Sommer ziehe ich mich gerne zurück, um mich den Themen zu widmen, die sonst zu kurz kommen. Während dieser Zeit wiederhole ich ein paar Podcast-Folgen, die Ihnen besonders gefallen haben. Viel Spaß damit!


Die Notizen zur Folge inkl. Zusammenfassung finden Sie hier:
Der optimale Urlaub: Daran sollten Sie denken und so finden Sie danach rasch wieder den Anschluss

          #052: Backup-Strategie: So schützen Sie sich vor Datenverlust        
Backup-Strategie: So schützen Sie sich vor Datenverlust

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Nicht nur im geschäftlichen Umfeld sind Backups absolut notwendig – hier sind sie existentiell. Sie haben aber bestimmt auch privat viele Daten gespeichert, deren Verlust Ihnen weh täte.

So oder so: Ohne Backup gehen Sie ein Risiko ein, das Sie eigentlich nicht tragen können und möchten.

Was ich bei meinem Backups (Plural!) beachte und wie ich vorgehe, erzähle ich Ihnen in dieser Folge.

Backup-Strategie: So schützen Sie sich vor Datenverlust

Hier ein paar Links zu den Dingen, die ich erwähne:


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          #051: Wie man gute Entscheidungen trifft - Interview mit Lukas Niederberger        
Wie man gute Entscheidungen trifft

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Zeitmanagement ist Entscheiden. Ohne Entscheidungen ist ein gutes Zeitmanagement praktisch ausgeschlossen.

Ein Mann, der genau weiß, wie man sich entscheiden kann, ist Lukas Niederberger, Theologe und Publizist.

Neben „Entscheiden“ gehört zu seinen Schwerpunkte auch das Thema „Rituale“. Auch Rituale/Routinen können Ihnen helfen, mit Ihrer Zeit besser und zweifellos bewusster umzugehen.

Hören Sie hier mein Interview mit Lukas Niederberger zu diesen beiden Themen.

Interview mit Lukas Niederberger

  • Möchten Sie mehr über Lukas Niederberger erfahren, dann wechseln Sie zu seiner
  • Informationen über die Schweizerische Gemeinnützige Gesellschaft (SGG), die Lukas Niederberger leitet, finden Sie hier:

Die beiden Bücher von Lukas Niederberger zu den Themen, über die wir diskutierten, finden Sie hier:


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          #050: So nutzen Sie die Power von Checklisten        
So nutzen Sie die Power von Checklisten

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Alles, was wir mehr als einmal tun müssen und Denkarbeit verlangt, gehört auf eine Checkliste, die wir bei Bedarf zücken und einfach abarbeiten können.

In Checklisten liegen große Möglichkeiten für das eigene Zeitmanagement und die Geschwindigkeit bei der Arbeit. Sie helfen, dass wir schnell und zuverlässiger arbeiten können. Und nebenbei machen sie die Aufgabenliste auch noch kürzer.

Bevor es aber um die Checklisten geht, will ich Ihnen erzählen, wie es mir gelingt, auch unterwegs produktiv zu arbeiten.


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          #049: Wenn die Arbeit Spass macht: Interview mit Hermann Scherer        

Wenn die Arbeit Spaß macht: Interview mit Hermann Scherer
Diese Woche kann ich den Autor und Redner Hermann Scherer zum Interview begrüßen.

Wenn Sie schon immer wissen wollten, wie sich ein so produktiver Mensch wie Hermann Scherer (40 Bücher und über 2000 Vorträge!) organisiert, weshalb er keine Ziele hat und was in seinem Kleiderschrank hängt, dann ist dieses Interview genau für Sie!

Interview mit Hermann Scherer


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          #048: Fünf Bücher, die Sie lesen sollten        
Fünf Bücher, die Sie lesen sollten

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Vor ein paar Wochen empfahl ich hier im Blog bereits ein paar Bücher. Auch im kostenlosen E-Book, dass Sie erhalten, wenn Sie meinen Newsletter abonnieren (in der rechten Seitenleiste) empfehle ich einige Bücher.

Doch auch meine Podcast-Hörer sollen in den Genuss von ein paar Empfehlungen kommen. Deshalb stelle ich auch hier 5+1 Bücher vor, die ich Ihnen sehr ans Herz legen kann.

Fünf Bücher, die Sie lesen sollten

Ich verweise auf meine Videoserie. Geben Sie einfach hier Ihre E-Mail-Adresse ein und Sie werden benachrichtig, wenn ein neues Video erscheint:

Hier die Links zu den Büchern bei Amazon:


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          #047: Durchhalten und sich selbst motivieren: Interview mit John Cioffi        

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Zeitmanagement heißt, dauernd die richtigen und wichtigen Dinge zu tun. Dazu braucht es eine gehörige Portion Motivation.

Ein Mann, der das in seinem Alltag lebt, ist John Cioffi. Ich habe John im Sportstudio kennengelernt und schnell erfahren, dass er sehr zielorientiert lebt – nicht weil er muss, sondern weil er will.

Wie er sich motiviert, wie er am Ball bleibt und wieso er trotz Familie, Job bei einer Bank und einem einstündigen Arbeitsweg noch täglich (außer am Wochenende) zwei Stunden Sport treibt, wollte ich von ihm wissen.


Interview mit John Cioffi

Als kleiner Ergänzung: Diese Woche schrieb ich darüber, wie ich mich motiviere:
Power pur: So motiviere ich mich


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          #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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          #045: „Die Stille kommt vor der Musik“ – Ein Interview mit David Ianni        

Die Stille kommt vor der Musik – Ein Interview mit David Ianni
Sind Künstler eigentlich zwangsläufig Chaoten? Stimmt das Bild, das wir häufig haben?
Nein, mindestens einen bestens organisierten Künstler habe ich gefunden: David Ianni.

David Ianni ist Pianist und Komponist. Mit ihm unterhalte ich mich über Leidenschaft, den inneren Schweinehund, Routinen, Disziplin und Stille.

Interview mit David Ianni

Hier ein paar Links zur Folge:

Am Ende erwähnte David Ianni auch die Zisterzienserabtei Stift Heiligenkreuz. Dort entstand auch das Video zum ersten Stück auf seiner aktuellen CD „Prayers of Silence“:


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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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          #043: Drei Tipps gegen die Alltagshektik         
Hetze ist die Feindin der Schnelligkeit

Zeitmanagement ist ja eigentlich Selbstmanagement.

Leider gehen gerade die Dinge, die uns gut tun oder erst langfristig wirken, in der Alltagshektik unter.

Was Sie dagegen tun können, erkläre ich in dieser Folge.


Drei Tipps gegen die Alltagshektik


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          #042: Nörgeln ist Aufschieben: Das können Sie dagegen tun        

Nörgeln ist Aufschieben

Nörgeln schadet. Wenn Sie selbst ständig nörgeln, dann haben Sie plötzlich einen Ruf, den Sie nicht wollen. Aber auch Nörgler – also wenn jemand vor Ihnen nörgelt – können Sie herunterziehen.

Lernen Sie hier, was Sie dagegen tun können.

Weshalb Ihnen Nörgeln schadet, was Sie dagegen tun und wie Sie Nörglern den Wind aus den Segeln nehmen können

In der Folge verweise ich auf zwei tolle Events:

Dann empfehle ich Ihnen zwei Bücher, eines zum Thema Nörgeln, das andere zum Thema Gewohnheiten:

Über das Buch und die Methode von Jörg Weisner schreib ich hier: Gewohnheiten erfolgreich ändern mit der YuKoN-Methode

Schließlich gebe ich Ihnen 10 Tipps gegen Nörgler. Hier im Schnelldurchlauf:

  1. Einfach ignorieren
  2. Karikieren
  3. Körperhaltung
  4. Recht geben
  5. Kecke Antworten
  6. Präzision einfordern
  7. Widersprechen
  8. Stopp
  9. Umkehren
  10. Rollen umdrehen


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          #041: So sorgen Sie dafür, dass Ihr Meeting pünktlich beginnt        

So sorgen Sie dafür, dass Ihr Meeting pünktlich beginnt

Kennen Sie diese Meetings, die für 9.00 Uhr angesagt sind, aber bei denen die Teilnehmer erst nach und nach und völlig ohne Scham bis gegen 9.10 Uhr eintrudeln? Ich habe sogar auch schon erlebt, dass der Sitzungsleiter mit Verspätung eintraf und das nicht mal für besonders erwähnenswert hielt.

Gleich vorneweg:

  • Ja, manchmal verspätet man sich und kann nichts dafür.
  • Aber: Es ist gegenüber dem Meetingleiter und den anderen Teilnehmern respektlos, wenn man „aus Prinzip“ immer ein wenig zu spät kommt.

Sind Sie nur Sitzungsteilnehmer, können Sie nicht viel dagegen tun, wenn die Kollegen zu spät kommen – außer vielleicht für den Fall gerüstet zu sein und halt etwas in der Wartezeit zu lesen oder E-Mails zu beantworten.

Leiten Sie hingegen die Sitzung, können Sie ein Stück weit für Pünktlichkeit sorgen. Wie? Mit diesen zehn Tipps.

So sorgen Sie für Pünktlichkeit in Ihrem Meeting

Hier die zehn Tipps zum Nachlesen:

  1. Wählen Sie eine gute Zeit.
  2. Machen Sie kürzere Meetings.
  3. Wählen Sie den Teilnehmerkreis bewusst aus.
  4. Sorgen Sie für Transparenz.
  5. Belohnen Sie die Pünktlichen.
  6. Starten Sie pünktlich.
  7. Bestrafen Sie die Späten.
  8. Geben Sie keine Zusammenfassung für die Verspäteten.
  9. Setzen Sie Informationsmeetings sparsam ein.
  10. Prüfen Sie Alternativen zum Meeting.

Ich erwähne im Podcast mein kostenloses Webinar „Effiziente Online-Meetings durch richtiges Zeitmanagement“. Hier können Sie die Aufzeichnung anfordern.


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          #040: So schützen Sie sich vor Überforderung        

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Fühlen Sie sich manchmal überfordert?  Kann ich gut verstehen, denn heute ist es "in", immer zu viel zu tun zu haben. Schließlich können wir uns nicht erlauben, mal zu sagen: "Ich habe alles im Griff und habe noch Ressourcen frei." Was würden da die Kollegen denken? Oder der Chef? Oder die Kunden? Die Kehrseite der Medaille: Wir fühlen uns häufig überfordert.

Hier sind 6 Tipps, was Sie dagegen tun können. Ein kleiner Wink: Am Schluss läuft alles darauf hinaus, "Nein" zu sagen. Auch dazu gebe ich am Ende der Folge ein paar Tipps.

So schützen Sie sich vor Überforderung

Hier sind die sechs Tipps aus der Folge:

  1. Klar kommunizieren
  2. Zeit verteidigen
  3. Auswählen
  4. Dinge beenden
  5. Arbeit gut organisieren
  6. "Nein" sagen

In der Folge empfehle ich Ihnen "Momo". Dann verweise ich auf Till Eulenspiegel. Hier finden Sie die Geschichte, die ich anspreche: Zeitmanagement und Till Eulenspiegel. Oder: Hetze ist die Feindin der Schnelligkeit

Zum Thema "Nein" sagen empfehle ich Ihnen in der Folge drei Dinge:

  1. Nehmen Sie sich die Zeit, die Sie brauchen.
  2. Denken Sie an den Preis, den Sie zahlen müssen.
  3. Sagen Sie klar, aber freundlich „Nein“.


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          #039: Raus aus dem Hamsterrad – Ein Interview mit Markus Cerenak        

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Markus Cerenak gab es bis vor gut einem Jahr eigentlich noch gar nicht – zumindest nicht im Internet. Doch dann tat er etwas mit weitreichenden Folgen: Er beschloss, ein kleines, feines Blogprojekt zu starten.

Tja, und der Rest ist schon fast Geschichte: Innert kurzer Zeit fand er Tausende Leser, entwickelte zusammen mit Jakob Schweighofer ein Produkt, das sich hervorragend verkauft und plötzlich sieht er sich dort, wo er sich immer hingewünscht hat: Beim Erfolg mit Leidenschaft – so auch der Titel seines Podcasts.

Das Tolle: Was damals völlig “harmlos” begann, finanziert heute dem Markus Cerenak sein Leben – nach nur einem Jahr.

Hören Sie einem faszinierenden Erzähler zu und lernen Sie von seinem Beispiel.

Wenn Sie mehr von Markus Cerenak lesen wollen, dann wechseln Sie zu seinen Webseiten:

Im Gespräch haben wir über verschiedene Apps und Tipps geplaudert. Hier sind die Links dazu:


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          #038: Zeittagebuch: Was ist das und bringt das wirklich etwas?        

Zeittagebuch: Was ist das und bringt das etwas?

Das sogenannte Zeittagebuch ist das Instrument, um Zeitfresser zu entdecken und Ihr Zeitmanagement innert kurzer Zeit massiv zu verbessern.

Aber möglicherweise wird dieses Instrument ein wenig überschätzt.

Wie das Zeittagebuch funktioniert, weshalb es überschätzt wird und mit welchen Tools Sie Ihre Zeit messen können, erfahren Sie hier.

Zeittagebuch: Was ist das und bringt das etwas?

  • In der Folge bitte ich Sie, an meiner Leserumfrage teilzunehmen. Hier der Link dazu: Leserumfrage
  • In der Folge erwähne ich, wie ich sehr schnell die aktuelle Zeit als Textbaustein einfügen kann. Hier steht mehr darüber: Schneller arbeiten mit Textbausteinen

Die Links zu den Tools, um die Zeit zu messen:

Es gibt noch ein weiteres Tool, das ich in der Folge nicht erwähnt habe: RescueTime. RescueTime misst genau, wie viel Zeit Sie auf welcher Webseite oder mit welcher Software verbringen und kategorisiert diese Aufzeichnungen von sehr unproduktiv bis sehr produktiv. Alles automatisch. Hier habe ich RescueTime ausführlicher besprochen: Zeitdieben auf der Spur mit RescueTime


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          #037: Arbeitsorganisation: Auslegeordnung und Verbesserungen        

Arbeitsorganisation: Auslegeordnung und Verbesserungen

In der Regel sind wir auch im Zeitmanagement verzettelt – nicht zuletzt, weil wir unsere Arbeitsorganisation auf zu viele Hilfsmittel verteilen.

Die Versuchung ist groß, ein paar der tollen und schönen Apps zu nutzen und sich so das perfekte System zusammenzuschustern.

Die Folge: Es ist eben zusammgengeschustert, verzettelt und kompliziert.

Entscheidend ist deshalb, sich auch bei der Arbeitsorganisation Grenzen zu setzen. Genau darum geht es in dieser Folge.

Die Links aus dieser Folge:


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          #036: Zehn Mythen im Zeitmanagement         


Zeitmanagement ist häufig nur ein notwendiges Übel. Verständlich: Sie tun ja Ihre Arbeit, weil Sie diese Arbeit gerne tun (hoffentlich!) und nicht, um die Dinge zu organisieren.

Gleichzeitig realisieren wir häufig gar nicht, wie wir uns selbst Steine in den Weg legen und weit unter unseren Möglichkeiten bleiben. Das ist sehr schade!

Schuld daran sind auch einige Mythen, die wir über das Zeitmanagement glauben. Falsche Vorstellungen also, die es uns vielleicht sogar bequemer machen, aber schlussendlich doch nur Ausreden sind.

Zehn dieser Mythen (und einen Bonus-Mythos) will ich heute sprengen.

Zehn Mythen im Zeitmanagement

In der Folge verweise ich auf zwei Dinge:

Dann habe ich hier die zehn Mythen, die ich in der Folge bespreche:

  1. “Ich habe keine Zeit für Zeitmanagement.”
  2. “Ich muss nur länger arbeiten, um mehr zu erreichen.”
  3. “Ich bin so beschäftigt, also bin ich produktiv.”
  4. “Ich brauche nur Trick 17, um endlich produktiver zu arbeiten.”
  5. “Ich mache zwei Dinge gleichzeitig und spare so Zeit.”
  6. “Ich habe keine Zeit für eine Pause.”
  7. “Ich brauche Druck, um produktiv zu arbeiten.”
  8. “Das Genie beherrscht das Chaos.” (Albert Einstein)
  9. “Zeitmanagement tötet jede Kreativität.”
  10. “Ich habe so viel Stress.”
  11. “Meine Aufgabenliste wird irgendwann mal kürzer.” (Bonus-Mythos)

Bei der Gelegenheit: Von welchen Mythen haben Sie sich noch nicht verabschiedet? Welche sind Sie losgeworden?


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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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          #034: Mehr erreichen: 7 Mittel gegen Ablenkungen        

7 Mittel gegen Ablenkungen

Es gibt einige Gegner eines erfolgreichen Zeitmanagements und vor allem der produktiven und fokussierten Arbeit.

Zwei der grössten Gegner sind: Ablenkungen und Unterbrechungen.

Das ist ganz und gar nicht dasselbe und sollte deshalb auch separat betrachtet werden. Genau das tue ich in dieser Podcast-Folge.

Diese Folge basiert auf meinem Gastartikel drüber auf So erreichst Du mehr: 7 Mittel gegen Ablenkungen

Hier die Links aus dieser Folge:


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          #033: Ideen bewusst generieren: Der Ideen-Marathon        

Wurden Sie auch schon mal von der Muse geküsst? Ein wunderbares Gefühl!

Leider muss man die Muse auch einladen, damit Sie uns nicht einfach ignoriert. Warten wir einfach auf neue Ideen, dann warten wir lange.

Es gibt aber eine einfache Methode, Ideen am Laufmeter zu generieren: Der Idee-Marathon.

Hören Sie hier, was dieser Idee-Marathon ist, wie Sie es dann schaffen, Ihre Ideen auch tatsächlich umzusetzen, und wie Sie Ideen unterwegs festhalten können.

Ideen bewusst generieren: Der Ideen-Marathon



Hier sind die beiden Links, die ich zu Beginn erwähne:

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          #032: Mein Schreib-Workflow        

Seit einigen Jahren gibt es schon meine Webseite. In dieser Zeit sind viele Artikel angefallen (fast 500!) und ich habe einen gewissen Workflow entwickelt, wie ich schreibe.

Genau darum geht es in dieser Podcast-Folge.


So schreibe ich: Mein Workflow

Zuerst eine kleine “Vorwarnung”: Ich bin sehr in der Apple-Welt zuhause. Viele Tools und Apps, die ich nutze, gibt es nur für Mac und iOS-Geräte.

Macht aber nichts, die einzelnen Apps sind ohnehin nicht entscheiden, sondern der Grund, weshalb ich mich dafür entschieden habe. Sobald Sie diesen Grund bzw. das Prinzip kennen, finden Sie bestimmt auch Alternativen für Ihre Plattform.


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          Popular Science: "The Future of Space Travel"         

Popular Science offers a “Special Edition” mag “The Future of Space Travel”, 96 pages, from Times Books.

There are many short illustrated articles in 5 parts, “Places We’re Going”, “How We’ll Get There”, “How We’ll Survive There”, “Other Tools of Exploration.”.

There is a wide variety of interesting information. One fact is that Proxima Centauri, in a 3-star system that is the closest to the Earth, may have a rocky planet in the “GoldiLocks” zone. The shortest time that it is technologically possible to send a robotic probe on a photon light sail with laser accelerator would be about 20 years, which means it would take 24 years to get the photos and information back as to what the planet looks like.  It is about 8000 times as far to this star system as it is to Pluto.

The other most interesting section is “The Everyday Life of an Astronaut”.  This would be very important for a voyage to Mars, for example.  It raises questions as to who would go:  what about childless or single people?  The long exposure to zero gravity is bound to cause physical deterioration, so this is not a place for pretty preppies.  Essential body functions are different.  You bathe with soap that does not have to be rinse off but stays on the skin to disintegrate. Without gravity, it is hard for your body to sense when it needs to urinate.
There is an artist’s closeup of Europa on page 8, a closeup on Pluto on p. 16.  There is an article on space mining on p. 16.  I didn't see any discussion of Titan.

          US company to offer microchip implants to employees        

Over the past few years, the security industry has begun to embrace many new technologies—robotics, the cloud, biometrics, for example—but one company here in the U.S., Three Square Market, is pushing the boundaries of RFID technology by offering to implant tiny RFID chips—the size of a grain of rice—into its employees’ hands between the thumb and forefinger.

The chip would allow employees to not only buy snacks in the break room but also have their hands function as a mobile key to gain access to the building and other doors, which makes me think of the possible applications/ramifications within security.

Implanting chips in employee’s hands is already being done in Sweden, where an organization named Epicenter is having success with an increasing number of employees there opting to get the implant. Here in the U.S., Three Square Market says it has approximately 50 employees who are interested in getting the implant, and unlike in Sweden, the company is paying for the $300 procedure for its employees. Three Square Market partnered with a Swedish firm, BioHax International, to make the chip and is planning to sell the technology to other companies.

"Eventually, this technology will become standardized, allowing you to use this as your passport, public transit, all purchasing opportunities, etc.," chief executive Todd Westby wrote in a blog post announcing the program, noting that there is even potential for storing medical/health information, and for use as payment at other RFID terminals.

But one has to wonder what security vulnerabilities this could create, especially in protecting the data on that chip from being hacked, stolen and/or compromised, etc. Not to mention, the “creepy” factor here, as mass adoption of microchip implants is dubious, at best.

Maybe some day, like in the year 2112, but in the short term, I do think there is good fodder here for a futuristic sci-fi movie.

          Pre-Engineered Robotic Welding Cells for First Timers        

Lincoln Electric Company is introducing a new option for manufacturers adopting automated welding capability for the first time. The Auto-Mate pre-engineered robotic welding cells, available in two designs, are described as “affordable” units that allow new adoptees of automated welding capability to establish the operation in their plant or shop, quickly and easily.

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          First Omnidirectional Trackless Arc Welding        
Lincoln Electric has acquired exclusive global license to Helical Robotics proprietary magnetic robotic technology.

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          9 nhân vật phá hoại dù có ý định tốt        

Ý định tốt chÆ°a hẳn đã cho kết quả tốt. Các nhân vật sau đây tuy có lòng tốt nhÆ°ng thường làm rối tinh rối mù mọi chuyện. Hãy cùng Manganetworks điểm qua nào! 1 – Kaito Yashio – Robotics;Note Tớ sẽ ngÆ°ng chÆ¡i video game này trong chốc lát và thu thập các dữ […]

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          Uno sguardo ravvicinato ai menu di Switch        
Sempre dallo stesso hiphoptherobot un altro piccolo regalo
          Nintendo Switch: trapela il primo “unboxing”        
L'utente hiphoptherobot di NeoGAF svela scatola e contenuto di Switch.
          Round Up: 5 Fun Yo Gabba Gabba Crafts        
Is Yo Gabba Gabba geeky? I’m not sure, but it is on a lot in our house, and I am geeky, so I say yes. Plus there is a magic robot on the show, and who can complain about a show that takes a couple minutes here and there to teach kids how to beat […]
          Happy New Year and a week of pattern...        

Happy to New Year to all of you. Thank you so much for  reading my blog and for all your lovely comments throughout the year. I so enjoy reading them and appreciate every single one.

I've started a new page for books read in 2017.
I left 2016 still reading Alan Bennett's 'Keeping On, Keeping On' (a Christmas present from OH). I'm almost at the end of it now - 700 odd pages!

The total number of books read in 2016 was 98. When I worked, I used to read on average between 120 and 150 books a year. I don't really understand how, if I'm not working three days a week, I manage to read less now. Could I possibly be busier now than I was when I worked? I have been keeping a record of books I've read since 2007 but it still doesn't stop me occasionally buying a book I already have...

Day 1 - Pattern Challenge
Everything charity shopped except boots - DDB

I bought this patterned shirt in Save the Children a few weeks back. It's by Punt Roma. The jeans are from Next and were 99p in the Barnardo's sale in Ampthill last week. The cardigan is from the Red Cross shop.
The earrings are little pansies and I bought them from Save the Children for 25p. Bangles and watch charity shopped.  Necklace present from OH Christmas 2015.

I went for 7.5 mile walk on Monday. It was chilly but sunny and I thoroughly enjoyed my walk around and through Bedford. It was also an opportunity to break in a pair of trainers my daughter donated to me. When you're pounding pavements; trainers can be a better option than walking boots

Day 2 - Pattern Challenge
Bangles, necklace and velvet flower brooch; charity shopped.

Another purple day on Tuesday - it was freezing!
 Purple patterned tunic by Nomads, charity shopped. Leggings, on line retail.

Purple velvet cardigan; one of the very few purchases I've ever made at TK Maxx and my favourite. Boots, Christmas present from OH and earrings were also a present from him bought in a street market in Oxford.

I've got my crocheting mojo kick going again in 2017. I started by sorting out my wool stash. I had quite a few odds and ends of chunky knitting wool, so I made an infinity scarf on Sunday night and on Monday night a head/ear warmer. The rest of the wool got donated to a charity shop. I should have taken a photo of the infinity scarf but I've given it away and can't. There's a picture below of me wearing the ear warmer...

I'm going to start on a blanket in browns, creams and beiges as I seem to have accumulated quite a lot of these colours. I buy almost all my wool at charity shops so you don't get to decide the colours available! I'm going to donate this blanket and any others that I do to 'Knit for Peace' here. I got this idea from Mim of the lovely blog; 'Crinoline Robot' here.

I have no idea why, when I take selfies on my phone camera, they're always fuzzy as if they've been taken with gauze over the camera lens. Apparently, they used to do this with ageing actresses back in the day... when OH takes photos using the same camera phone they don't have the fuzzy effect.

Before I forget I must show you a close up of my floral boots bought not long before Christmas. I've only worn them once so far, but am looking forward to wearing them more frequently:

Aren't they fab!

Day 3 - Pattern Challenge

The orange splattered patterned trousers came from the Barnardo's  sale rail in Ampthill last week - 49p! Crochet cardigan bought from the same place a few weeks previously for 99p.

Orange top charity shopped but can't remember where from. Boots DDB - daughter donated boots!

Rings, beads, earrings and bangles all charity shopped.

I went for my induction at the Red Cross shop on Wednesday afternoon. I had a great time and the team were very pleasant and welcoming. I bought a jumper and some bed linen - both £1.99 - while I was there. It's a much busier shop than Save the Children and I know I'll suffer from what I always do on Mondays and Tuesdays when I do my volunteering, and that is an aching back from standing for so long; on Wednesday I was on my feet for three and a half hours.

Day 4 - Pattern Challenge
Earrings bought in one of those shops that sell everything...mousetraps, sink unblocker, mats, pots and pans, coffee jugs, earrings...

I bought this jumper from the Red Cross shop on Wednesday. It's by Kaliko and of course it was £1.99.

Shirt by Next, charity shopped, black cords, Red Cross shop £1.00. Boots, Next - Christmas 2013; present from my daughter. You can just see my new grey watch bought with Christmas money from my brothers.

Bangles; charity shopped.

When I went to do the food shopping on Thursday afternoon I popped into the Salvation Army charity shop which is next door to Lidl. I bought a lovely bright green necklace, 99p; which I hope to wear with Friday's outfit. On the way back from Sainsbury's I went to the Barnardo's in Great Denham. I picked the wrong time to go because: a) the sale was over b) they were having a reorganisation of the shop floor and had loads of donations piled everywhere making much of the shop inaccessible. Not being the sort who gives up easily I found a purple cushion for my bed for 99p; a beret - brand new with tags from New Look for 49p; a mini hair fascinator for 49p and an ornamental tin heart for 49p - total spend £2.47 + 99p in the Salvation Army = £3.46.

It was my middle grandson's 12th birthday on Thursday. He loved his presents from me and enjoyed his birthday cake - chocolate with milk and white chocolate shavings on the top - from Lidl. It was lovely and light and not too sickly. It would have been too much of a rush to make him a cake as the chocolate cake I usually make for birthday cakes is always better if eaten on the same day. Here he is at home posing with his cake...

Happy birthday, Isaiah!

Day 5 - Pattern Challenge
On Friday I went walking with the group for the first time since the 14th December. It was a 6 mile walk and although it was a very cold morning we soon warmed up. Luckily, it was mostly road walking so no muddy boots. As we finished up in the town centre, I had some errands to run in town and of course I looked in a couple of charity shops. With my new 'highly selective' charity shopping hat on, I bought a bracelet for 49p in the Wood Green Animal Shelter shop; a striped linen top from Tu for £1.00 in the 3:16 shop and two colourful table runners for £1.50 - total spend today £2.99.

Had my hair cut on Friday.
This is probably one of my most favourite patterned items of clothing.  Patterned tunic by Pussycat, London bought from Cats Protection League charity shop. Yellow jumper worn underneath; charity shopped. Green leggings; Sainsburys retail as were the brown boots.

All jewellery except watch; charity shopped. This is the 99p necklace bought on Thursday. Youngest grandson took the photos today and didn't quite get the concept of a head and shoulders shot...

So here's a dodgy selfie instead!

Next week is my final challenge - spots, checks and stripes...

          Acelgas con patatas y garbanzos        
Pocos ingredientes para esta receta fácil, incluso una receta vegana y vegetariana, que está muy sabrosa y rica, nos hemos decido por unas nutritivas Acelgas con Patatas a las que hemos incorporado unos garbanzos para hacer un plato contundente y único. Os contamos como lo hemos confeccionado. La receta la hemos realizado con nuestro robot […]
          Jeg er en robot...        
Jeg har ihvertfall lenge lurt på det...

Som en ustoppelig maskin vandrer jeg hvileløst gjennom hverdagen. Hver dag er lik: 

Kl 5:03 - Blomsterprinsen (snart 3 Ã¥r) mener det er morgen, for lengst...
Kl 5:48 - Etter 45 minutt med beinharde forhandlinger har husets herre endelig klart Ã¥ overbevise sønnen om at det tross alt er natt.
Kl 5:55 - Etter 7 deilige minutt pÃ¥ puten ringer vekkerklokken. Tro det eller ei... Jo det er faktisk morgen! 
Kl 6:05 - Blomsterfamilien kjølhales mer eller mindre ufrivillig inn pÃ¥ badet.
Kl 6:06 - Blomsterstjernen trenger minst en time i dusjen for Ã¥ vÃ¥kne.
Kl 6:15 - Verdens hurtigste time er unnagjort, gjerne avbrutt av barn som har bæsjet, dunket seg eller som vil være med i dusjen uten å få verken vann eller såpe i øynene.
Kl 6:59 - Etter 3 kvarter med latter, grÃ¥t og trass er barna endelig pÃ¥kledd, flidd og tannpusset. 
Kl 7:08 - Mor og far er fremdeles i en slags krepp-papir-forfatning i det man forlater huset.
Kl 7:13 - Ankomst barnehagen. Barna avleveres pÃ¥ fineste manér. 

Et kyss, et klapp og en klem eller to. Et obligatorisk lite vink i døren. Og før man vet ord av det legger man på fullt firsprang etter bussen. En buss som konsekvent er for sen når man er tidlig og for tidlig når man er sen...

Nærbilde av Blomsterstjernens krepp-papir-hud kl 7:07

Ja sÃ¥ jobber vi gjerne litt, drar hjem igjen, henter i barnehagen, lager middag, rydder kjøkken, ser barne-tv, lager kvelds til barna, steller dem, leser barnebok, synger 3-4 godnattsanger, legger pÃ¥ firsprang ut døren for litt personlig moro, har personlig moro, gjør seg ferdig med personlig moro, kommer alt for sent hjem etter personlig moro, sjekker at ytterdøren er lÃ¥st, lager kvelds, spiser kvelds mens man ser pÃ¥ Plane Crash Investigators, dobbelsjekker at ytterdøren er lÃ¥st, smugleser BoligDrøm pÃ¥ do, benytter seg av bÃ¥de "Blomsterstjernen oppe"- og "Blomsterstjernen nede"-klutene, trippelsjekker at ytterdøren er lÃ¥st, gÃ¥r til sengs, spretter opp igjen for Ã¥ firpel-sjekke at ytterdøren virkelig er helt lÃ¥st, for sÃ¥ Ã¥ ligge med halvÃ¥pne øyne natten gjennom i pÃ¥vente av at klokken igjen skal slÃ¥ 5:03...

Hadde jeg ikke vist bedre hadde jeg sagt at dette var døgnrytmen til en robot..?
Og kanskje jeg heller ikke vet bedre?
Man vet jo aldri?!?

Men akkurat i sånne situasjoner er det svært godt å få en bekreftelse fra eksterne, helt uavhengige kilder. Og det får jeg heldigvis til gagns i bloggeverden. Hver bidige dag, flere ganger daglig...

Blomsterstjernen blir ofte såpass lang i masken at den faller av når han skal publisere sine kommentarer...

Tja... Det er sikkert mange som lurer på hvorfor Blomsterstjernen så sjelden er inne og kommenterer andre sine blogginnlegg? Er han bare en selvopptatt herremann som kun interesserer seg for sitt eget ve og vel? Bryr han seg ikke om sine medbloggere? Å joda! Han har dere alle akk så kjær... Tidsmangel er vel kanskje hovedårsaken, men det er også en ganske annen faktor som svært ofte spiller inn. Han klarer faktisk ikke å publisere sine ønskede kommentarer! Og det har sin enkle grunn! Han kommer rett og slett ikke gjennom robot-kontrollen...

Ja hva er det de kaller det igjen?

CaptchaKamchatka?!? Kamasutra?!?!?!?!

Ikke vet jeg. 

Men dere kjenner sikkert meget godt til denne kontrollen man ofte må gjennom for å bevise at man ikke er en robot som bare skal "tulle-blogge"? Blomsterstjernen havner ihvertfall i fellen hver bidige gang... Hans bevismateriale er til stadighet alt for tynt...

Bare se min samling av avviste kommentarforsøk fra siste halvtime:

Blomsterstjernen sprakk!

Blomsterstjernen røk!

Blomsterstjernen hadde ikke nubbesjans!

Blomsterstjernen ble avvist på det groveste!

Blomsterstjernen ble kastet hodestups på dør!

Blomsterstjernen ble kroppsvisitert med plasthansker!

Blomsterstjernen ble sendt på hodet ut av landet!

Blomsterstjernen ble tvangsinnlagt på forbrenningsanlegg!

Blomsterstjernen ble skrudd fra hverandre og resirkulert! 


I hele 11 av 10 tilfeller blir Blomsterstjernen avvist. Det er med andre ord ofte helt umulig Ã¥ fÃ¥ kommentert andre sine blogger. Dere aner ikke hvor mange gull-, sølv- og bronsekorn dere gÃ¥r glipp av - utelukkende pga denne strenge, tussete kamasutra-kontrollen!

Men, men. Blomsterstjernen er visst ikke den eneste som sliter med dette problemet... På nettet florerer det av blogginnlegg om folk som klager over disse tilsynelatende unødvendige, irriterende, avanserte robot-kontrollene.

"Jeg er ikke en robot!!!" skriker en hel bloggverden i munnen på hverandre, så blekket spruter...

Men Blomsterstjernen vender heller det andre kinn...
I motsetning til alle disse som velger å klage, velger han heller å innse realiteten:

Blomsterstjernen er og blir en robot!!!


I sterk kontrast til Marina...
Ja ho med adle diamantane...

Og når alt kommer til alt er det kanskje like greit at brorparten av alle hans ord-forvridde kommentarer ikke kommer gjennom sensuren? Det er en mening med alt...

Maskinell stivbent helge-hilsen fra en som faktisk trives godt som robot (leses med robotstemme):

P.S. Det er sikkert noen nÃ¥ som godtroende antar at denne Blomsterstjernen drar pÃ¥ forlystelseshus hver bidige kveld? Syv ganger i uken? Gid det hadde vært sÃ¥ vel. Jeg mÃ¥ nok dessverre skuffe dere. Under gjøremÃ¥let "personlig moro" finner man snarere saker som; øving med poporkester, heseblesende blogging, hyggelig konesamvær, pÃ¥tvunget husvask gjerne i kombinasjon med omorganisering av konemors interiør. Fra tid til annen drar han selvsagt ogsÃ¥ pÃ¥ maskerte rekognoseringsturer i inn- og utmark.

P.P.S. Er det egentlig lov til Ã¥ forfatte blogginnlegg helt fritt for julestoff sÃ¥pass sent i desember? Hva sier bloggepolitiet?!? Men vi roboter trenger av og til et lite avbrekk. Bare et ørlite ett...

          Izrael przyspieszy budowę podziemnego muru wzdłuż granicy ze Strefą Gazy        
Państwo żydowskie traktuje tunele wykorzystywane przez bojowników radykalnego Hamasu lub innych palestyńskich organizacji zbrojnych jako główne zagrożenie dla swego bezpieczeństwa. Latem 2014 roku, podczas ostatniej wojny Izraela z Hamasem w Strefie Gazy, odkryto i zniszczono ok. 30 tuneli.

- W najbliższych miesiącach przyspieszymy budowę (muru). Mamy nadzieję, że zostanie ona ukończona w ciągu dwóch lat - powiedział w środę podczas telekonferencji generał Ejal Zamir, dowódca jednego z okręgów wojskowych.

- Mam nadzieję, że Hamas nie będzie atakował (podziemnego muru - PAP), chociaż traktuje te tunele jako strategiczne narzędzie przeciwko Izraelowi - powiedział w radiu wojskowym minister budownictwa mieszkaniowego i ogólnego Joaw Galant. Podkreślił, że mur zostanie wybudowany na terytorium Izraela obok istniejącego już muru bezpieczeństwa, który uszczelnia Strefę Gazy na północy i wschodzie.

Według radia wojskowego podziemny mur powstanie z betonowych płyt i będą w nim elektroniczne czujniki, wychwytujących próby jego pokonania. Ma mieć długość 64 km.

Około tysiąca robotników pracuje obecnie nad budową podziemnego muru, a koszty opiewają na 3 mld szekli (ok. 710 mln euro). Według radia istniejący mur bezpieczeństwa zostanie podwyższony do sześciu metrów.

Izraelskie media pisały kilka miesięcy temu, że pomysł budowy muru, który będzie oddzielał dwa terytoria pod powierzchnią ziemi, pojawił się już kilka lat temu, gdy wojna z 2014 roku między Izraelem a Hamasem obnażyła problemy z ochroną granicy.

W reakcji na przejęcie władzy w Strefie Gazy w 2007 roku przez Hamas Izrael wprowadził blokadę tej palestyńskiej enklawy, gdzie na 360 kilometrach kwadratowych mieszka 2 mln osób.


          Luciano Berio - Linea        

          Gardena R40Li Robotgrasmaaier Zwart, Groen        

Normale prijs: € 999,00

Aanbiedingsprijs: € 888,00

          Gardena R70Li Robotgrasmaaier Zwart        

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          The Art of Lovin' Trees --- Featuring Joel Tauber        

The Art of Lovin’ Trees-- 
Featuring Artist Joel Tauber
Story dedicated to Joel and Alison
in celebration of their joyous engagement on November 9th,

Written and Researched by Enilde Van Hook
Story Consult and Editing by Luke Van Hook

 America is having a love affair with trees and California is second to none in leading its appreciation of trees. Digging deep into the roots of this story, I have followed and researched the tree culture specifically in Los Angeles where our love of trees has spawned a unique pop tree culture relating to art. Our popular tree culture today includes but is not limited to tree sculptures, tree paintings, tree photographs, tree videos, tree poetry, tree songs, tree jewelry, tree movies and even tree love affairs. 

Tree Earing created by Joel Tauber for his Sick-Amour Tree in Pasadena, California.
Additional Tree Jewelry created by Joel Tauber to adorn the Sick-Amour Tree includes leaf jewelry, as well as the male earing and the female earing that hang from the tree below.  
Photos of tree jewelry courtesy of  Susanne Vielmetter Gallery 5795 West Washington Blvd., Culver City, California 90232 (323-933-2117)

Sick-Amour Tree in the parkinglot of the Pasadena Rose Bowl, protected by barriers installed by Joel Tauber in his quest to save his beloved tree. Tree wearing the earings looks hot!  Photo courtesy of Susanne Vielmetter Gallery.
Leaf sculpture by Joel Tauber
Female tree earing by Joel Tauber.
Male tree earing created by Joel Tauber, photo courtesy of Susanne Vielmetter Gallery, 2008

For the record, our love of trees goes way back to the dawn of time when we were swinging in the trees, however, our love has grown and matured since then. The Greek and Roman heritage of literature and art bestows us with intoxicating stories of their Gods having entanglements with humans. Some of their deities were known as protectors of trees and nature such as Dionysus the Greek god of agriculture, fertility, wine and merriment. He was later renamed Bacchus by the Romans and reported to be the Tree God. Back in the day when artists carved trees into stone and marble relief sculptures to worship in the temples of their mythological gods, people celebrated the sacredness of trees, grapevines and sometimes the unions of gods and mortals. There was Pomona, the goddess of fruit trees who married Vertumnus, the god of fruits and gardens. Digging deep enough, one is sure to find stories of deities mating with trees and spawning children of the harvest for instance.

In modern literary circles there are a number of great imaginative family favorites written about trees, like “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein. Then there’s the infamous story of how Robinson Crusoe lived in a tree-house, and of utmost importance to our American history of trees, we propagate the very memorable legend of ‘Johnny Appleseed’.

In our contemporary times we have a legend in the making too. I have been fortunate to witness the emergence of a new ‘Johnny Appleseed’ and interestingly enough, the story involves a recent romantic love affair between one special tree and a mortal that is well worth pursuing the story. Sometime in the fall of in 2007, I met Joel Tauber. This is the artist who I believe was struck by a mythological bolt of lighting, so to speak, pertaining to one of the Greek or Roman deities’. Joel Tauber is said to have fallen head over heels in love with one particular Sycamore Tree in the parking lot of the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. My chance meeting with this now famous mortal under the influence of an enchanted mystical spell, has led me to research the mysteries intrinsic in the charms of trees. I too have been struck with the frailty of trees, their vulnerabilities, and their enormous strengths and inspiration. This together with my own personal experiences with trees has prompted me to come out of my shell and discuss the subject in all seriousness.

My own personal background is not in trees. I am simply a tree-lover from childhood. For a little over ten years, my professional background was in radio as a disc jockey and on-air personality. I listened to music, reviewed songs and kept tabs on the pop music culture. I worked in the Los Angeles market as well as Santa Barbara, California; Eventually I moved to expand my work experience in neighboring radio markets like Reno, Carson City, Lake Tahoe and Gardnerville/Minden, Nevada. It was through traveling that I saw some of the most beautiful trees along the routes through Northern California and Northern Nevada!
While I drove from one radio market to another over the years, I watched the trees go by at the various speed limits along the highways of my life’s journeys. Thus you will understand when I tell you that often I see art and life, for that matter, through a series of moving images in my head which include a music bed. 
I was eleven years old when in 1970, Joni Mitchell wrote and released a song called ‘Big Yellow Taxi’ whose lyrics surpassed the test of time and is currently in airplay by a glut of new groups. The lyrics began with “…They paved paradise and put up a parking lot. They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum and they charged all the people a dollar and a half just to see ‘em.” One of the barometers I use to gage the influence of any particular song, music or artwork that I come into contact with is if it will surpass the test of time, among other important criteria. This song became one of my favorite songs of all time. The lyrics made so much sense to me.
When I met Joel Tauber, I was introduced to the enormous scope of his Sick-Amour Tree-Baby Project. It was then that I suddenly started hearing Joni Mitchell’s song in my mind again, only this time, as I got in my car, Counting Crows was performing the song. When I started doing more research on the song that I could not get out of my head, I was struck by how many artists had re-recorded the song and barely changed anything about the words. There is Amy Grant, who upgraded the dollar amount from $1.50 to $25 when singing about how much the museums charged people to enter. Additionally there is Green Day, Sarah McLachlan, Charlie Barker, Bob Dylan, Moya Brennan, Ireen Sheer, Donnie Eidt and a host of so many others that have recorded ‘Big Yellow Taxi’ it was simply overwhelming!
I think the importance of the lyrics to this one particular song is that it reveals the fact that people love trees and hate parking lots. The message is that if it weren’t for our trees, we could be living in a frying pan! The impact of this single song is that it reveals what is really going on in people’s minds. There is a reason why so many artists are flocking to re-record the lyrics in their own way.

Not only are trees involved in the music arena, trees as subjects, are very involved in politics as well. Gaylord Nelson, a senator from Wisconsin at the time, took a leading role in developing the celebration of Earth Day on April 22nd 1970 as a way to commemorate our environmental concerns. Arbor Day is presently celebrated as well with the first ceremonial tree planting in Washington D.C. on April 27th in 2001, all evidence that goes to prove the people of our planet do care about what happens to our trees.

Trees stand as a testiment and memorial for Dr. Martin Luther King

Dr. Martin Luther King is memorialized with trees along Expositon Blvd. across from the Los Angeles Coliseum and down the street from the University of Southern California.
Photo by Ginger Van Hook

Online sources on the subject of trees are rich in number. For instance, eighteen years ago, here in Los Angeles, a multi racial group of volunteers planted 400 Canary Island Pine trees along seven miles of road on Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King’s life. Today, this living homage to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. continues to thrive and keep the dream alive for his followers. The founder and President of is Mr. Andy Lipkis and he keeps tabs on the trees to make sure all 400 trees stay healthy.

Mayor Antonio Villarigosa is the person to thank for the ‘Million Trees Initiative’ he signed into effect in May of 2006 and Los Angeles residents can learn how they too can receive up to 7 free trees to plant on their property. Visit the website at to learn the details.   Also in Portland, Oregon there is and in Bellingham Washington you will find There is also the International Society of Arboriculture called ISA and can be accessed by visiting You will also find a great deal of valuable advise on the growth and care of trees at and check out Tree Care Industry Association TCIA as well.

Mark Dion created an art piece titled "Library for the Birds of Antwerp" which is also a good example of how art is vitally connected with our tree culture and how it connects Mark Dion to his PBS special where he removed a dead tree from the forest and recreated its living components in a city scape in Washington.  From the "20th Century Artbook Phaidon Press 1996", the caption reads: "Using props from the natural and man-made world, Dion has constructed an installation that explores contemporary attitudes to science and the environment. He has created a fictional and hybridized situation in which the trappings associated with knowledge, learning and classification--such as books and photographs--are juxtaposed with natural elements including birds and wood.   The representation of nature is a fundamental subject in Dion's art, and here he takes on the role of sociologist/anthropologist and blurring the boundaries between authentic and fake, representation and parody. By adopting the persona of a scientist and by satirizing man's obsession with categorization, Dion questions the values of the Western world.  His subject matter is heavily influence by popular culture.  In Dion's world we might witness Mickey Mouse as an explorer, or Clark Kent interviewing Dr. Frankenstein." (Photo and contents are used in this story for purposes of artistic review.)

In the art world, an artist named Mark Dion was featured in a documentary film report that aired in 2007. To view the video one may visit on the Internet by going to and find Mark Dion as he took the subject of trees and made an art piece that explored what would happen if one were to take a tree after its death, take it out of its familial context of natural forest, and re-create the ecosystem in an environment that would otherwise be a hostile urban setting, needless to say, a cityscape. Just outside of Seattle Washington, he states, a Hemlock fell on February 8th, 1996…and so begins an elaborate experiment that pits optimism against reality." The PBS special is very detailed and you will enjoy the depth of research and work that Mark Dion went to to take a tree out of the forest and recreate the setting in the city.  The difference between the artwork presented by Mark Dion and  the artwork presented by Joel Tauber is in the nature of the life of the tree. Mark Dion works with a dead tree and its living components, and Joel Tauber creates life out of a tree seed and duplicates it all over his community.

Thus I’ve discovered for myself that when I researched the subject of trees, I discovered Joel Tauber wasn’t alone! However, instead of creating an experiment in ecology, Joel Tauber goes further than Mark Dion does with this concept of eco-systems and their frailties. Joel Tauber begins a journey that could eventually repair the eco-systems that man has destroyed. This is where Joel Tauber takes the lead in the art world and becomes not only the realist but the optimistic hope for trees in desecrated forests all over the country.
Joel Tauber’s work as a living project of art in 2008 has resonance and his story is well worth telling again and again. He is certainly not the first, nor the last to get involved in the love of trees, but he is the first in contemporary times to have been associated with a mythological and mystical occurrence of reproducing tree babies out of just hugging one lonely tree.

The last time I saw a man hugging a tree, he was hugging the tree for all the wrong reasons. At the MOCA, Los Angeles’s Museum of Contemporary Art, some years back I was viewing an exhibition that was in town by the Utah born artist now working in Los Angeles, Paul McCarthy. While this work of art depicted a very raw and unsettling sculpture of ‘tree-lovin’ it had nothing whatsoever to do with the love of any tree. The work displayed a timely political statement about our government rather than the love for trees, but bear in mind that the thought involved images from man’s intimate involvement with trees both in the biblical sense and in the sense of man’s raping of the planet. Joel Tauber’s work counteracts the devastation of many years of neglect for our trees with a very basic recipe for the renewal of our commitment to our green-leafed friends. Now, when I see the image of Joel Tauber hugging his Sycamore Tree in Pasadena, I get a whole new perspective for the love for our planet, our trees and our environment as a whole.

"The Garden" by Paul McCarthy from The 20th Century Art Book, 
Phaidon Press Limited, page 280. Photo is used for purposes of artistic review.
The caption in the book reads as follows: " 'The Garden'  is a full-scale tableau of an outdoor, woodland scene, complete with leafy trees, shrubs and rocks.  This tranquil picture of nature is rudely interrupted by the presence of a middle-aged, balding man with his trousers round his ankles, engaged in a wholly unnatural act. From one side of the installation, his actions are not immediately apparent, being partially hidden by the tree trunks and foliage, but the sound of mechanical activity draws the viewer in to discover the shocking sight of a man copulating with a tree.  This robotic figure, with its endlessly repetitive movements, is both comical and crude, and is intended by McCarthy to question notions of acceptable public behavior and sexual morality.  McCarthy is a lecturer at UCLA as well as an artist. His sculptural installations evolved out of his earlier performance work which focused on his own body engaged in extreme and disturbing acts."

To further explain this romantic entanglement between a tree and a mortal, I cite some important historical facts. Back in 2005, Joel Tauber was in the parking lot of the Pasadena Rose Bowl, when he spotted a particularly lonely and neglected Sycamore Tree. There are hundreds of thousands of trees in Pasadena, and a great number of them thrive very well on the grounds of the Rose Bowl, should you ever drive through this luscious community of tree and rose-lovers, you will see. But Joel Tauber focused his attention on one specific lonely tree. He started to note more and more how cars would hit the bark of the tree and scrape it, injuring the tree repeatedly. Joel Tauber became a witness to this tree’s life. Taking compassion and friendship upon this particular tree, Tauber began to film the area of the parking lot where the tree was growing. He got the idea to put up solid barriers to protect it from cars and also carried water in large plastic bags to irrigate the tree. Soon, Tauber found himself as a one-man band, orchestrating a symphony of activities leading to editing mass quantities of tree footage, fighting City Hall, and embarking on a quest to save this tree from infertility using tried and true guerilla tactics that would make tree-huggers stand and salute. To personally view the Sick-Amour project, along with the giant scale tree sculpture installation exhibited at Susanne Vielmetter Gallery in 2007, you may visit

               Recently, I had the privilege and opportunity to discuss Joel Tauber’s work with Susanne Vielmetter and she was delighted to tell me what a wonderful sense of humor that Tauber exhibits in all of his works of art. Susanne Vielmetter reviewed the Underwater project with me as well as the Flying Project which Tauber presented.
She explained how deep down, she feels Tauber is on a quest for meaning in his work and that he has a keen sense of humor that unifies and makes his ideas successful. She states that he uses the comical and the tragic in the Tree-Baby project to address the issues of urban living in our time and very subtly pokes fun at the problems innate in urban planning. The real irony of a small Sycamore tree dying of thirst in a parking lot of a beautiful park in a paradise-like valley, alongside the 110 Pasadena Freeway where 80% of the territory is plastered with concrete and the water below runs along asphalt channels of the Los Angeles River is not lost on Tauber, she explained. To contrast, Susanne Vielmetter cited that parks in Europe allow for weeds to grow naturally on landscapes that are not covered with concrete. Joel Tauber’s projects were initially presented at the Susanne Vielmetter Gallery located at 5795 Washington Blvd., in Culver City, California. The response Susanne Vielmetter’s Gallery received was incredibly exciting, even though at first, some folks thought Joel Tauber was a nut; he went on to prove just how serious he really is about changing the landscape of our environment, one tree at a time.

Joel Tauber has a large body of video artwork, photographs and developing tree babies, (the children of a mortal and a Charmed Sycamore Tree) and one may also visit
As I learned more and more about Joel Tauber’s project, I realized how blessed we all are that tree-lovin’ is not a singular act of love or even a fleeting love of art. I realized how connected we all are to our environment and how the idea of having a special friend ‘the tree’, any tree in any state, in any country for that matter is a beautiful connection to have. The connection that Joel Tauber has to his Sycamore Tree is in synch with the love that the country is experiencing during our new millennium. We have all become acutely aware of the fragility of life; we realize now more than ever that we must respect our dependence on our environment and value our trees.

The first thing that struck me about Joel Tauber was that we had the love of trees in common. He seemed a bit shy, unassuming and humble yet I was later to learn the enormous power he wielded for this one frail and neglected tree in the parking lot of the Pasadena Rose Bowl in California. I was truly inspired by the level of involvement and commitment he had demonstrated for his own beloved Sycamore Tree which he had turned into a full-blown art-project including video, photography and sculptured jewelry. (He did it all!) He named this work the Sick-Amour Project mainly because he said he felt this tree was ill from the lack of love and the inability to have tree babies to fulfill its legacy. I had never personally met someone with such an extreme love and dedication to one particular tree. In our local newscasts, I had heard stories of people who became very emotional when a land developer was about to cut down a tree they considered a relic of their community; in which case people got very nasty about the issue and would chain themselves to the trees or surround the location with demonstrators that would shut down the jobsite. That’s when the news crews would come in with their cameras and boom mikes and the news helicopters would hover in circles above the trees trying to capture the ‘event’ that was creating all the uproar. A very recent example of this type of community behavior is written about on the front pages of the Los Angeles Times where Eric Bailey, a Times Staff Writer, wrote an extensive story about the tree-issues pertaining to Scotia, California where activists are protesting the logging of the Great California REDWOODS! Read the Sunday edition of the Los Angeles Times, August 24th, 2008 or visit online to learn how the tree-sitters are doing today.

But Joel Tauber is a different type of activist. He doesn’t consider himself an activist at all. He merely states, humbly, just for the record, that he loves this one particular Sycamore Tree and it is an outrage to him to see how his new best friend is being suffocated under a six-inch blanket of black tar and asphalt. Better yet, Joel Tauber does something about it. Not with a crew of forty thousand demonstrators, not even with a crew of forty residents. He does this on his own, quietly challenging the laws of the city of Pasadena and humbly takes responsibility for the care and nurturing of his new best friend. I was touched. At once I began to marvel at his potent idea.

The art of loving our trees has grown roots in the higher levels of the art world as well. For instance, if one were to visit the J. Paul Getty Museum both at the Getty Villa which recently re-opened in Malibu and at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, you will find the love of trees has grown branches on all the hillsides surrounding both properties. There are lucky Sycamores and fortunate Pines; there are Pomegranate trees, Apple trees, Pear trees, Jacaranda trees and trees that just look good in a vista overlooking the ocean. Millions of dollars went into the development of artistic gardens which envelope the California landscape against a backdrop of the Pacific Ocean on one edge and the rolling hills of Malibu on the other.

Over in the area of the Miracle Mile, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is celebrating an enormous renovation of its facilities and you guessed it, there are aisles and isles of gigantic palm trees lining the walkways to the entrance of the museum in concert with a unique and flamboyant architecture that has drawn the attention of the art-world with the generosity of Eli and Edythe Broad of the Broad Foundation. The Broad Contemporary Art Museum is the new wing at the LACMA and is considered the largest space in the country devoted exclusively to contemporary art. With a ‘living art display’ dedicated to the iconic palm trees, not native to California, Robert Irwin has developed a plein-air walkway through ‘Palm Gardens’ as one makes their way to the entrances of the museum.

Lush green trees thrive all over Pasadena, California, home of the Rose Bowl where Joel Tauber fell in love with a Sycamore Tree.  Photo by Ginger Van Hook, 2008

 The Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California  is also home to some of the most exquisite antiquities in its museum history which includes sculptures amid a forest like atmosphere. Currently at the Norton Simon Museum, among its many exhibitions, one may enjoy the artwork of Ruth Weisberg, Dean of the Gayle Garner Roski School of Fine Arts at the University of Southern California. Opening on October 17, 2008 the Weisberg exhibition at the Norton Simon runs through March 2, 2009. Additionally a lecture by the artist is planned where Weisberg discusses: Guido Cagnacci and the Resonant Image on Sunday November 16, 2008.  The Norton Simon Museum of Art is located at 411 West Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena, California. Ruth Weisberg was instrumental in selecting the work of Joel Tauber to be permanently planted on the Main University Campus of USC on January 24, 2008 where a tree planting ceremony was held and attended by numerous members of USC faculty, staff, students and guests. The location of the new tree-baby, child of the Sick-Amour Project, currently exists on the Exposition side of the campus between Gate one and the Fischer Gallery, across the street from the Museum of Natural History. 

In Pasadena, where lovers of trees line every street of the city as the landscapes are lush with all types of trees and where these wonderful healthy trees keep cool the throngs of tourists who visit the Rose Bowl every year, is also home to the Norton Simon Museum and the Pasadena Museum of California Art. Both locations are areas where tree-lovin’ may be experienced alongside some of California’s best-known artworks. Visit the NORTON SIMON MUSEUM at located at 411 West Colorado, Pasadena, California 91105 or visit the PASADENA MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA ART at at 490 East Union Street, Pasadena, California.

In San Marino, California, the art of trees, gardens and succulents has found a worthy haven at the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens spanning an area of 120 acres dedicated to the fine arts founded by Henry E. Huntington in 1928 as the very first public art gallery in Southern California. Along with English portraits and French eighteenth-century furniture, one will delight in tours of the unique garden paradise established for the pure love of the botanical arts.

On the hillside along the 405 Freeway in Los Angeles, one may also enjoy walking along the elegant landscapes of the Skirball Cultural Center and Museum grounds and witness the serenity of the trees as Weeping Willows slope their leaves to the ground, and gentle breezes sway the branches of Sycamores, Oaks and Birch trees. Visit the Skirball Museum online at, or enjoy a personal walk along the grounds and explore the tributes to culture at 2701 North Sepulveda, Los Angeles 90049.

Trees at the Skirball Museum and Cultural Center thrive and enjoy the mild California climate.

In San Diego, one enjoys walking through a vast museum complex housing 15 unique museums in Balboa Park, not to mention to the collection of rare cactus and enormous Eucalyptus trees (just to name one tree type out of numerous ones) which shade the paths leading from one museum to another.

Each of the locations I have mentioned or described here is where I personally walked through, witnessed, and or photographed sophisticated artistic tree landscapes of the California terrain.

The Roots of my personal anxieties: Why I care.

The impact of my meeting Joel Tauber coincided with an important event that took place for me way before I knew about his Sick-Amour Tree project and was what eventually led me to throw myself into this frenzied study of trees over this summer. Thus I do not necessarily consider myself struck by any of the Greek or Roman gods. I believe my influence came with a special awareness of the frailty of trees with this personal story:

A little over one year ago, on June 30th, 2007 I was walking our dog Sasha, around the block for one of our frequent walks. I rounded the corner to the next block when I was taken aback as I witnessed a set of ‘city’ crewmembers slaughtering what appeared to be a California Oak tree. I had grown quite fond of that particular Oak on my many walks while I was writing my first novel. As a matter of fact, I had used that model of tree to describe a forest of these trees in a chapter in my first fiction novel. I especially love the sculptured texture of the Mighty gnarly Oaks. This tree had been the one to rekindle my relationship with the trees of my imagination. My stomach got queasy when I saw how it was being destroyed. I would have thrown-up, but I got a hold of my emotions and took Sasha home. Not only did I return to the scene of the slaughter, but I brought my camera to document the death and dismemberment of this great oak; I was so distraught that I returned again to the site, without my camera this time, and begged the men to stop for a moment while I sought out the seeds for this tree. To my surprise, the men stopped and helped me search for the seeds.

When I got home, I had no idea what to do with the seeds. I called a couple of nurseries until a gentleman at a nursery in Marina del Rey explained to me that I had to wait until the pods dried up and slit to get at the seeds and plant them. So, I waited until the pods were black and wrinkled. I split them according to the directions I had gotten from this kind anonymous arborist. (He suggested a process much like that which squirrels have for cracking the pods.) I photographed the seeds and compared them with the larger seed of an apricot fruit tree and the seed of a maple tree.

Once properly documented, I planted them in a small brown pot. Two weeks later, the first seed came up. A few days later another seed appeared to take root. On the one-year anniversary of the re-birth day of this Great Knurly Oak tree, July 20th, 2008, I documented how large the great twin oaks had become. The highest little bitty branch was about fourteen inches tall. I estimated this tree had grown a little over an inch every month. A compassionate act of kindness yielded a new life on the impulse of grief. The impulse of grief affected not only me; there is an entire world of tree-lovers mourning the losses of their favorite tree friends in surrounding communities.

What about the subconscious feelings innate in developing a relationship with a tree? For instance, what draws people to want to save a particular tree? 

I can really only speak to my own experience in that my relationship with trees started when I was a child.

          Luke Van Hook Paintings Now at Brand Library Galleries "Circle in the Square" Yesung Kim, Barbara Kolo, Susan Sironi, Cheryl Walker thru Sept 5th 2008        
The Entrance to the Brand Library Art Galleries in Glendale, California hosts a prominent postcard of the show "Circle in the Square" now exhibiting through September 5th, 2008


Photo above: 
Cathy Billings, Art Librarian and Gallery Manager of the 
Brand Library Art Galleries and Co-Curator of 
"Circle in the Square" selected Luke Van Hook 
as one of the artists to show his circle paintings 
which explore Giotto's fabled "perfect circle.
Photo below: 
Alyssa Resnick, Senior Library Supervisor, Gallery Director 
and Co-curator pictured with Luke Van Hook.
Both ladies made studio visits all over Los Angeles and surrounding communities in search of the "perfect circle" of artists to represent the illusive qualities of the circle.
It takes over a year to prepare for a large show at the Brand Library Art Galleries and no one will have a better story to tell you about the waiting process than Galleries Manager and Curator, Cathy Billings or Alyssa Resnick, Senior Library Supervisor and Gallery Director. These ladies traveled to Inglewood, California for a studio visit to see Luke Van Hook's circle paintings some time in the early summer of 2007. They told Luke that they were preparing to curate a show of artists working on the motif of the 'circle'.  They had already reviewed a number of artists and found making the final decision difficult, first because there were a number of artists who worked with this subject and secondly, the talent was very competitive. The subject of the circle and how each artist approaches this topic is worth dedicated study in and of itself.  These lovely ladies, Cathy and Alyssa, with a keen eye for artistic talent, selected a total of five talented artists to show together this summer.   
Here you will find photos of how each artist expressed their obsession with the circular form.  I'll begin my blog entry with a brief history of what I believe may have led Luke Van Hook to painting the circle and continue with the photos and biographical information of the additional four artists each selected for working with the motif of circles, independently of each other, with their own unique and individual interpretations of the circle: Yesung Kim, Barbara Kolo, Susan Sironi, and Cheryl Walker.
Luke Van Hook began his present study of the circle in 2005. He first discovered the legend of Giotto's "Perfect Circle" in a class about ancient history; but the idea didn't sink in at first. He needed time to reason with his quest. While Luke approached the specific task of painting the circle with thin paintbrushes and applying layer upon layer of color to a raw naked canvas, I set about trying to understand what the hell prompted my husband to go circle crazy in the first place.  I started researching what the circle meant and I found a lot of literature in the realm of magic, rituals, mathematics, secret societies and romance. But my first impression was that the circle was a way to get back to the beginning of things.  Then I delved deeper.  Was Luke trying to say that he was going in circles?  Were we at this artistic point in our lives as a result of a past life?  Was our circular existence referencing our cycle of birth, death and rebirth?  Or was the answer more basic than that, like "the earth is round and it's an orbital thing.' There were other issues on the table I was urged to deal with also.  Were these circle paintings partly influenced by the school we had attended?  Once we leave school we are expected to make works of art that have fresh meaning and to blow out the cobwebs of old thinking.  While at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, Luke Van Hook studied all the required areas to excel in his chosen profession as a fine arts painter including the figure, landscapes and abstracts. But the abstract visual image is what finally drew Luke back in.  Could it be the understated obvious fact that the big 'O' (which formed a circle on every memo, syllabus and brochure in the name of Otis College) was influencing him subconsciously?  
Luke's earlier work involved intricately small hatch marks that evolved into large abstract images full of vibrant colors.  This work was very reminiscent of Jasper Johns.  So where did this circle idea really emanate from?  Did his hatch marks get married or what?  Observers of Luke Van Hook's work have stated that it raises the question, 'Is it a painting or a drawing?  Is it text or writing?'  Luke will often begin a row of circles that reads from left to right just as western literature is expressed.  But sometimes he changes his mind, and the direction of his technique, and he starts to paint his rows from right to left. At other times, he completes a horizontal column of circles which refers more to ancient Asian forms of writing going from the top, down.
During his graduating year at Otis College in 2004, Luke went on a mission to explore machine technology as it pertained to replacing humans.  He painted large canvases with a number of faces and shapes that represented cyborgs expressing the fear, uncertainty and ambivalence that humans have toward our technological future.  But once out of school, a full year later, in 2005 Luke seem to have turned a corner.  He seemed to have replaced his fear of technology with a competitive defiance that defied all reason.  Luke started working with his father-in-law, in his machine shop, where he started to observe how everything around him involved the circle in one way or another.  He watched the machines (Fadal CNC's- numerical control production machines) in action. The tool would spin in circles, plunging in and out of aluminum, stainless steel and plastic materials. The space left behind was almost always a perfect circle.  Perhaps, this was Luke's starting point. It was the first time he'd really seen a machine make simple circles and Luke probably said something to himself like 'I can do this! Just watch me!' then promptly, decided to take on his destiny. To compete with a machine, may have been the early impulse that drew Luke to paint the circle, but the legend of Giotto's 'perfect circle' was what has kept Luke going full steam ahead into production of abstract works of art.  The initial pieces he created were prototypes. These were the experiments he and his father-in-law Luis Ingels, worked on before moving into the hand made pieces. As his first experiment, Luke inserted a paint brush into the collet of the machine and programmed the coordinates to match the canvas. He overshot his calculations and the brush came crashing down upon the canvas; the collet smashed the brush right through the canvas and even broke the frame. Perhaps, Luke might have thought as he and my father, Luis, looked at each other, 'it was time to go back to the drawing board'. Undaunted by initial failure, Luke did complete an entire series of machine made circles before he went on to the main event, the competition of drawing the circles, one by one, by hand.  
Each piece of artwork created since his first attempts, is meticulously reinvented into creative visual landscapes layering circles upon circles of color schemes in gradations of complementary hues.  The colors reveal very subtle changes.  The circles pull the eye in.  The images seem to have a life of their own, a vibrant quality of pushing the viewer to look for patterns while pulling the eyes into fishers, crevices, or 'wormholes' as one collector observed. I have witnessed the intimate evolution of Luke's circles only because I have the honor and privilege of being Luke's wife.  The fact that I am discussing my husband's art work is of significance only in the sense that it is somewhat rare, although not unheard of, for the artist's loved one to interject a provocative discussion of the artwork publicly in a blog; however, this is a sign of the times we live in today and I feel blessed as a writer to have this open forum to share with you the joys and struggles inherent in Luke's artistic process.
The way I see it, Luke has taken on  the impossible task of creating the perfect circle, where no perfect circle has ever existed before, despite Giotto's legend.  All mathematical equations to date reveal that there is no perfect circle. It is a myth. So why Luke has persisted in this impossible feat only reminds me of the story of Don Quixote. Here is where I see Luke chasing his windmills. This is where in my imagination, I view the circles on the canvas as Luke's quest for the impossible dream and his circles are his windmills.  His paintbrush is his sword.  Thus Luke 
Van Hook's paintings, for me, exhibit all the romantic qualities innate in a love story.  Seeking to please his beloved Lucia, these references emerging from raw canvas could be read practically like text.  Some art collectors saw the circles as Braille text or some secret code or language.  The secret, I think, lies in Luke's love of sports!  Sometimes I interpret this circle code to reflect images of the sports activities I see Luke enjoy daily;  I make visual connections to the circles on the wheels of his bicycles which hang in his studio or his skate boards that decorate the rafters of the painting bays or even the wheels that drive his car which sits resting on almost perfect circles on the driveway.
For a while, I was convinced that Luke's enthusiasm for cycling was directly influencing the subjects of his paintings because one day, I was staring at one of his earlier images, (which is hung lovingly on the wall of the dining room right over the microwave oven); I saw it hanging next to a photograph of Luke participating in the 'Death Race 1999', a bicycle ride that cycle enthusiasts pursue along the most dangerous mountainous roads known as the California Alps in Northern California at the edge of the Northern Nevada border where Markleeville meets the Carson Valley.   The image Luke had painted in 1998, while recovering, ironically, from a broken ankle suffered in a bicycle race in Minden; was the image of three bicycles in a dead heat on the gray pavement with the yellow dividing line providing a ground for what appears as three large helmets (representative of the riders) in red, green and yellow.  The eventual emergence of Luke's hatch marks from work created in 2000, can be seen on the helmets and if you are really looking for this, (with your microscope) you may even find, the very beginnings of the influences which have eventually led to this mad case of circle paintings!  The circle imagery you might be searching for could have started at the base of the bicycle's anatomy with the wheels spinning along the highway to Kingsbury Grade, somewhere near Genoa, along the bottom of the hill leading to Lake Tahoe.  I comfort myself as painter's wife, that even Picasso had his periods, as did Rembrandt, Vincent Van Gogh, Monet and Gauguin and so long as Luke Van Hook doesn't try to cut off his ear we are doing just fine with these circles.

But don't take my word for it. Luke Van Hook's circle paintings are something you should see for yourself.  The subtlety of the work is difficult to capture on film, although I tried my best to create a video after struggling with photographing the stills for three years.  But even the video work fails to reveal the whole story.  You've got to stand in front of one of these pieces to involve yourself in the novella of Luke's life.  Although I can decode a small portion of what I see through his work, the rest of the circles on the canvas are still a vague mystery to me as well.  Every relationship has its secrets.  Thus Luke and I, as artists, are no different.  Even when we know each other, there are elements of surprise and adventure that we have yet to tell each other.  The mystery in his canvases is what really thrills me to see Luke's work on display under gallery lighting! (Sales don't hurt my enthusiasm either!)

When I think of Luke Van Hook's circle paintings, today, in 2008, I often think of Luke riding a skateboard doing 'ollies' and then trying for a loop-de-loop in mid-air.  This is because in January of 2008, Luke begged for a skateboard for his birthday and little did I know what would happen when I wrapped it up for him!  He has returned to the love of his youth.  Luke Van Hook has come full circle to his beginnings to land on his home base. The skateboard has also flown in mid-air, in harmony with gravity, and both land as one in a perfect execution of a move I would never dare try to do myself.  I see each circle on the canvas as Luke's attempt to catapult his work into the mainstream of the art-world with each rotation of the paintbrush on the surface of the canvas.  This is where I see Luke Van Hook in mid catapult, surfing on the air, light in transition, from youth to inspired maturity; from student to master, with paintbrush in hand landing and continuing to roll on four wheels with a great big shit-eating grin on his face. ('four' being the lucky number of his numerology charts). I see the ordered struggle, the innate joy in the success of one loop-de-loop after another. And once in a while, I also see the crash landing and the bloody injuries.  What is more important is that Luke gets up and does it again each and every time.  Luke has to begin again with each new circle, every circle becoming a part of a larger layer of community, thus his canvases vibrate with activity, mystery, romance and adventure.  I find my own meanings in each image  as it develops day by day and I am privileged to stand beside him, admire and witness the struggle of our Don Quixote in the new millennium, first hand.
There is still time to see these painting up close and personal. The Brand Library Art Galleries is part of the Glendale Public Library, located at 1601 West Mountain Street in the City of Glendale, 91201  Telephone:  818-548-2051/ fax 818-548-2713 ;  visit the Brand Library Art Galleries online at    to  check for Library hours.
Cookie Gallegos, Ana Porras and Martha Ingels attend the opening of "Circle in the Square" to support Luke Van Hook. Brand Art Library Galleries, Glendale, California August 2, 2008 Photo by Ginger Van Hook
(From left to right) Margo Payne, Lynn Nantana-Green and Angela Williams attend the exhibition "Circle in the Square" in support of Luke Van Hook.
Lynn Lantana-Green came to support Artist, Luke Van Hook at the opening reception of "Circle in the Square" an art exhibition held at the Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, California, August 2, 2008.  Photos by Ginger Van Hook
Kevin Powell came to support Luke Van Hook and enjoy the paintings at the Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale California, August 2, 2008. Photo by Ginger Van Hook

Artist Luke Van Hook brought home-made pies to his reception of the exhibition "Circle in the Square". In addition to painting, Luke Van Hook has a reputation for making awesome pies from scratch. Photographed milling around the Double Fudge Pican Pie and the Sweet Berry Pie were the grandchildren of Hector Sticker. Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, California August 2, 2008. Photo by Ginger Van Hook
(From left to right) Claudio Sticker, Hector Sticker, Peter Bolten, Martha Ingels, Luke Van Hook and Luis Ingels attend the reception of  "Circle in the Square". Luke Van Hook and Luis Ingels worked together to create circles on canvas with the use of robotic CNC machines. After creating a little over a dozen machine-made paintings, Luke went on to compete with the machine and do the circles on his own by hand, one by one. Each circle is represented as being one breath and Luke Van Hook states that these are the marks he is leaving behind which define his existence during this lifetime as he continues to pursue the legend of "Giotto's Perfect Circle". Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, California, August 2, 2008. Photo by Ginger Van Hook

From left to right, Ohannes Berberian, his daughter Melanie, Luke Van Hook and Rouzanna Berberian attend the opening reception of "Circle in the Square" at the Brand Library Art Galleries, August 2, 2008.  Ohannes Berberian owns DigiTECH Camera Repair in Monrovia, California ( Luke Van Hook and Rouzanna Berberian are both fine art painters and members of the Monrovia Association of Fine Arts (M.A.F.A.). Rouzanna Berberian is a teacher in the after-school arts programs supported by M.A.F.A.  which promotes the goal of enhancing the lives of those within the community through interaction with the arts and to increase the opportunities of children through art education. Photo by Ginger Van Hook

From left to right, Kathleen Zgonc, photographer Frank Zgonc and artist Luke Van Hook attend the opening reception of 'Circle in the Square' at the Brand Library Art Galleries, August 2, 2008. Frank Zgonc is a an executive member of the Monrovia Association of Fine Arts in Monrovia, California. Frank Zgonc is the vice-president and official curator of Monrovia's yearly October Art Festival. This year the October Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday October 11th and 12th, 2008 at the Monrovia Community Center located at 119 W. Palm Avenue in Monrovia. Free and open to the public, this art event will feature work by photographer Frank Zgonc; (Scheduled from 10 am to 6pm both days).  There will also be an Opening Night Celebration Saturday, October 11th from 7-9:30 pm where the special Renaissance Award will be presented to a worthy individual who has made significant contributions to the arts. 
Photo by Ginger Van Hook
Mr. and Mrs. Luke and Ginger Van Hook attend the opening reception of 'Circle in the Square' at the Brand Libraries Art Galleries, August 2, 2008 in Glendale, California.  Luke Van Hook an artist working from Inglewood, California earned a BFA  at Otis College of ARt and Design.  For several years, Van Hook has been exploring in his work, Giotto's fabled "perfect circle".  Over time the single-minded focus on the perfection of the circle has been subsumed by the artist's interest in the aesthetic and expressive qualities of the circle. New works depict ritualistically repeated circular brushstrokes on canvas, hemp, and other materials. Van Hook states that he began " as a challenge to myself to see if a perfect circle was possible; these circles have now morphed into a challenge to myself to see if a perfect circle is  possible. These circles have now morphed into a study in patience. The sense of time and the marking of time is inherent in the meticulous application of paint. The viewer can appreciate these temporal qualities but is also compelled to bring their own  interpretation to the work. Are these circles pure abstraction? Combined do they conceal deliberate shapes and forms? or are they perhaps a secret code or language? Van Hook has exhibited at TAG Gallery, Focus One Gallery, and the Bolsky Gallery in  Westchester. Luke Van Hook's painting may also be viewed on his website:
Photo courtesy of Peter Bolten

Kevin Powell comes to support Luke Van Hook for his opening reception. Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, California, August 2, 2008.  Photo by Ginger Van Hook
Jason Porras attends the opening reception to support Luke Van Hook in his endeavors to pursue Giotto's legend of the 'Perfect Circle'. Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, California August 2, 2008. Photo By Ginger Van Hook.

Zoe Hengst, Ginger Van Hook and Martha Ingels attend the opening of "Circle in the Square" to support Luke Van Hook. Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, California August 2, 2008. Photo courtesy of Peter Bolten.
Zoe and Jopie Hengst walk through the center of the exhibition "Circle in the Square" to support Luke Van Hook at the opening night, August 2, 2008. Paintings by Susan Sironi in the background. Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, California. Photo by Ginger Van Hook.

Cookie Gallegos, Ginger Van Hook and Luke Van Hook pose for photographs in front of Luke Van Hook's painting at the Brand Library Art Galleries, August 2, 2008 Glendale, California. Photo courtesy of Peter Bolten.

Cookie Gallegos and Ana Porras watch the dance performance choreographed by Cheryl Walker, Brand Library Art Galleries, August 2, 2008, Glendale, California.
Paintings by Yesung Kim, Brand Library Art Galleries, August 2, 2008, Glendale, California. Photo by Ginger Van Hook.
Paintings by Yesung Kim, Brand Library Art Galleries, August 2, 2008, Glendale, California.
Photo by Ginger Van Hook
Yesung Kim poses for a photograph in front of her paintings at the Brand Library Art Galleries, August 02, 2008, Glendale, California. Yesung Kim from Upland, California, was born in Seoul, South Korea and holds MFA degrees from Chung-Ang University and Claremont Graduate University. Kim's mixed media pieces are seductively simple. Ordinary brown packing string is deftly applied to a painted canvas creating organic shapes that shimmer and reflect light. At times these shapes appear to be on the brink of an amoeba-like division as they spread and expand, dropping off the edge of one canvas and continuing on to another. Kim  cites the natural world and light and color as the underlying themes that both inspire and permeate her work.  Following solo shows at the Seoul Museum of Art and the Seoul Arts Center, Kim's work was most recently exhibited at the San Bernardino County Museum's Multi Media Mini Show. More information about Kim's work can be found on her website:
Photo by Ginger Van Hook
Painting by Susan Sironi, Brand Library Art Galleries, August 2, 2008 Glendale, California.
Photo by Ginger Van Hook
Glass curtain by Susan Sironi, Brand Library Art Galleries, August 2, 2008,Glendale, California. Photo by Ginger Van Hook.
Cheryl Walker designed a curtain of vinyl layers of color called 'Waterfall IV' that became the backdrop for a beautiful dance performance using the 'circle in the square' theme exhibited at the Brand Library Art Galleries in Glendale California, August 2, 2008. Cheryl Walker holds in her hand some of the vinyl circles that were placed upon the windows at the exhibition hall. Her vinyl circles upon the windows created an illusion of  the stained glass effects. The dance piece entertained a large audience on opening night as artists, collectors, art appreciators and family and friends celebrated the mythologies, geometries, magical and mystical qualities of the circle.   Dance Performers Liz  Curtis, and Martha Carrascosa performed a dance which included participation from members of the audience.  
Members of the audience interacted with the dancers Martha Carrascosa and Liz Curtis at the Brand Library Art Galleries participated in creating a colorful cascade of window art on August 2, 2008 in Glendale, California.
Audience watches dancers Liz Curtis and Martha Carrascosa from Glendale Community College as they perform a choreographed piece by Cheryl Walker, artist. "Circle in the Square", Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale California, August 2, 2008.  Photo By Ginger Van Hook
Dancers Liz Curtis and Martha Carrascosa performing dance choreographed by artist Cheryl Walker, (within the green curtain), Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, California. 
Photo by Ginger Van Hook.
Cheryl Walker engaged in performance art intersecting with window art using the artistic theme of 'Circle in the Square'. Brand Library Art Gallery, Glendale, CAlifornia August 2, 2008. Photo by Ginger Van Hook.

Cheryl Walker smiles happily on opening night, Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale California. August 2, 2008. Cheryl Walker, a Los Angeles artist, earned her BA in art in her home state of Minnesota, and her MFA from California State University, Long Beach. In this exhibition Walker created two large site-specific installations of vinyl, oil pastel and natural and artificial light.  Walker explains that the driving force behind her work is "human interaction and improvisation in response to a natural phenomenon or situation." Trained as painter, Walker's installations have some of the qualities of painting; when viewed head-on the suspended layers of vinyl can appear to be two-dimensional because of their transparency and the cut shapes and forms applied to the vinyl are reminiscent of brushstrokes--but removed from the wall these works are thrust into what she calls an "interactive field of play." The fluidity of the material she works with and her interest in collaboration between the artist and the viewer have inspired Walker to create works that can be transformed into performance pieces by dance, music and in-situ art-making. In this exhibition, a dance performance captivates the audience on opening night at the Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, California. August 2, 2008.  Photos By Ginger Van Hook

Barbara Kolo, Artist from "Circle in the Square" poses for a photograph in front of her painting with her husband Mr. Kolo. Barbara Kolo, a Santa Monica Artist, earned her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Kolo Participated in a successful two-person show at the Brand Library Art Galleries in 1999. The Brand Library Art Galleries are pleased to present (nearly ten years later) a new body of work by Barbara Kolo that connects to that which was here before. In those works and these, her focus is on representing organic materials. The current large scale acrylic on canvas works are saturated with color; the stippled application of paint creates organic shapes and patterns representative of the natural world.  The subject matter is open to each viewers interpretation, where one may see a birch forest at dusk, others may see the  bold aesthetic of pure color and abstraction. Kolo has had recent solo shows at Topanga Canyon Gallery and the Off Rose Gallery in Venice, California. More information about Kolo's work can be found on her website: Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale California. Photo by Ginger Van Hook

Barbara Kolo poses for a photograph during opening night celebrations for the exhibition, "Circle in the Square" at the Brand Library Art Galleries, Augusts 2, 2008. Glendale, California.

Susan Sironi,  an artist living in Altadena, California posed for her photograph in front of her paintings at  the Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, California. August 2, 2008.  Susan Sironi earned her BFA at California Sate University, Long Beach. This exhibition will showcase Sironi's recent paintings as well as her Glass Curtain installation which is comprised of conjoined antique optometric lenses. Her paintings are about texture, color and process. Small dabs of oil paint are painstakingly applied to aluminum, building up an intricate, thorny surface. Highly textured and multihued when viewed up close, this surface belies the color play minimalist color-field appearance of the work at a distance . In the artist's own words "texture and color play equal roles in these works. They ... set up contradictions within each piece. Painitings  that seem to invite touch and intimacy are also reserved and automomous. Time and process are weighed against a static and minimal structure. Sironi's work was most recently seen in the Brea Art Gallery's Made in California exhibition, at the Chouinard School of Art Gallery, and the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art.  More information about Sironi's work can be found on her website:
Photo by Ginger Van Hook.  

Yesung Kim, Brand Library Art Gallery, Glendale, California, August 2, 2008.

The Entrance to the Brand Library Art Galleries in Glendale, California hosts a prominent postcard of the show "Circle in the Square" now exhibiting through September 5th, 2008

                   Luke Van Hook paintings are now showing at the Brand Library Art Galleries in
          87th Academy Awards        
Note 1: Hello, and welcome to the annual edition of my pretending to understand how the average-age-55-years-white-American-old-men vote to find the best movie of the year! It's almost like how the new Pope is picked. Almost.

Note 2: Post 3.0 is going to be awesome, just like my previous two posts. Also, this year, a bunch of us got together to make an AWESOME app for Oscars - Award Street. Check it out!

This year is pretty much going to be Boyhood vs. Birdman. A lot of people are going to get their predictions wrong this year depending on which way The Academy leans, unless your prediction is that a movie whose name starts with the letter 'B' is going to take home the grandest prize, and you can be sure about nailing it. Personally, I want to be screaming "It's a boy!" when it's announced. That man, Linklater, deserves a trophy by now. He got nominated for the last 2 movies of the 'Before' trilogy, and has made cult classics like Slacker, Dazed and Confused, Waking Life, and School of Rock. He might just walk away with 3 trophies in his hands this year and that would be AWESOME. If The Academy leans towards Birdman instead of Boyhood, it will be sad, and them trying incredibly hard to be cool. Boyhood is an achievement, period. A movie event we are going to be talking about for a long, long time. It will be fitting if Boyhood is announced for the Best Picture, and this plays:

I don't wanna be a big man
Just wanna fight like everyone else

No major controversies with the nominations, although no love for Nightcrawler, The Lego Movie, and no cinematography nod for Interstellar broke my heart a little. But then, what's an Oscar without a little heartbreak, right?

Right then, let's get on with it.

CategoryPredictionPickVishesh TippaniQuotesHit / Miss
Best Motion Picture of the YearBoyhood
I think this category isn't even a contest. Boyhood is by far the best movie on this list. Also, instead of the standard Film/Director split the Academy is known for doing, I think this year is going to see a Film/Writing split, between Boyhood and Birdman.'You know how everyone's always saying seize the moment? I don't know, I'm kind of thinking it's the other way around, you know, like the moment seizes us.'Miss. Birdman. Oh well.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading RoleMichael Keaton, Birdman
Another year, BC! This year's going cleanly to Mr. Keaton.'A thing is a thing, not what is said of that thing.'Miss. Well, I am glad. Great performance by Eddie Redmayne in Theory of Everything.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading RoleJulianne Moore, Still AliceRosamund Pike, Gone GirlThe chills Rosamund Pike gives you! Goodness. I wish she won this one, but she won't.From Gone Girl: 'I'm the cunt you married. The only time you liked yourself was when you were trying to be someone this cunt might like. I'm not a quitter, I'm that cunt. I killed for you; who else can say that? You think you'd be happy with a nice Midwestern girl? No way, baby! I'm it.'Hit!
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting RoleJ.K. Simmons, Whiplash
The only thing going for Whiplash. Simmons' powerful performance made this movie worth a while. His performance took me back to when I was in school.'There are no two words in the English language more harmful than good job.'Hit!
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting RolePatricia Arquette, Boyhood
Boyhood could very well have been called 'Motherhood', and it would have remained as true. Patricia deserves this gold!'I just thought there would be more.'Hit! YAY!
Best Achievement in DirectingRichard Linklater, Boyhood
Please. Starting to feel a little bad for Mr. Anderson though. Maybe Mr. Anderson is destined to be seventh time lucky another year.'I finally figured it out. It's like when they realized it was gonna be too expensive to actually build cyborgs and robots. I mean, the costs of that were impossible. They decided to just let humans turn themselves into robots. That's what's going on right now. I mean, why not? They're billions of us just laying around, not really doing anything. We don't cost anything. We're even pretty good at self-maintenance and reproducing constantly. And as it turns out, we're already biologically programmed for our little cyborg upgrades. I read this thing the other day about how When you hear that ding on your inbox, you get like a dopamine rush in your brain. It's like we're being chemically rewarded for allowing ourselves to be brainwashed. How evil is that? We're fucked.'Miss. Iñárritu, Birdman. Oh well. Another year, bigger movie, Linklater!
Best Original ScreenplayBirdmanBoyhoodThis is going to be a close call, but I think Birdman will pull through in the end. Also, if it does, the Best Picture announcement is going to induce double the nervousness. Writing/Film split seldom happens. The last time this happened was with Argo (2012), and Million Dollar Baby (2005) before that.From Boyhood: 'I mean, what makes you think that elves are any more magical than something like a whale? Yoy know what I mean? What if I told you a story about how underneath the ocean, there was this giant sea mammal that used sonar and sang songs and it was so big that its heart was the size of a car and you could crawl through the arteries? I mean, you'd think that was pretty magical, right?'Hit!
Best Adapted ScreenplayThe Imitation Game
The better crop are the ones in the original writing category. The adapted is pretty non-exciting, unless American Sniper takes it because of the emotions involved.'Do you know why people like violence? It is because it feels good. Humans find violence deeply satisfying. But remove the satisfaction, and the act becomes... hollow.'Hit!
Best Animated Feature Film of the YearHow to train your Dragon 2
No nomination for The Lego Movie was really disappointing. Nothing much here.
'Some of us were just born different.'Miss. Big Hero 6. Blah. I couldn't care less without The Lego Movie nomination.
Best Achievement in CinematographyBirdmanThe Grand Budapest HotelNo nomination for Interstellar was a disappointment. A win for Grand Budapest would redeem it.'You're looking so well, darling, you really are... they've done a marvelous job. I don't know what sort of cream they've put on you down at the morgue, but... I want some.'Hit!
Best Achievement in EditingBoyhood
This is a no contest. Editing footage spanning 12 years into this masterpiece!'I find myself so furious at all these people that I am in contact with just for controlling me or whatever but you know they are not even aware they are doing it.'Miss. Whiplash. :/
Best Achievement in Production DesignThe Grand Budapest HotelInterstellarWell, I am going to pick Interstellar for whichever category it's nominated in!From Interstellar: 'Mankind was born on Earth. It was never meant to die here.'Hit!
Best Achievement in Costume DesignThe Grand Budapest Hotel

'You see, there are still faint glimmers of civilization left in this barbaric slaughterhouse that was once known as humanity. Indeed that's what we provide in our own modest, humble, insignificant... oh, fuck it.'Hit!
Best Achievement in Makeup and HairstylingThe Grand Budapest Hotel
A lack of Theory of Everything here was a little bit surprising.'I must say, I find that girl utterly delightful. Flat as a board, enormous birthmark the shape of Mexico over half her face, sweating for hours on end in that sweltering kitchen, while Mendl, genius though he is, looms over her like a hulking gorilla. Yet without question, without fail, always and invariably, she's exceedingly lovely.'Hit!
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original ScoreInterstellar
Zimmer's score made Interstellar more grandiose than it already was. Just 1 win for him from 9 nominations, I think he can use another win, and deservedly so. Theory of Everything has a good chance of taking it away.'Those aren't mountains, they're waves.'Miss. Grand Budapest Hotel. This movie is on a roll tonight! Desplat deserved a win, nominated for 2 movies this year, and 7 before this.
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original SongSelmaThe Lego MovieI like 'Lost Stars' from Begin Again. But my pick is The Lego Movie because it was AWESOME, and these buggers did not give it a nod for Animated Feature.From The Lego Movie: 'All this is true because it rhymes.'Hit!
Best Achievement in Sound MixingInterstellar
There was a bunch of controversy around Interstellar's sound. It doesn't matter. A couple of IMAX viewings is what those buggers need.'You're telling me it takes two numbers to measure your own ass but only one to measure my son's future?'Miss. Whiplash. For not giving it to Interstellar, I tell you, Academy, "Not my tempo."
Best Achievement in Sound EditingInterstellar
see: above. Although, American Sniper might snatch this one. Also, I think Fury should have gotten a nod here.'And that our greatest accomplishments cannot be behind us, because our destiny lies above us.'Miss. Sniper made a headshot at TARS.
Best Achievement in Visual EffectsInterstellar
This is a no-contest. Why are there even other nominees?!'Do not go gentle into that good night; Old age should burn and rave at close of day. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.'Hit! Although it's sad that Interstellar might end its count with this.
Best Short Film, Live ActionThe Phone CallButter LampThis is the first time I got to watch all the live-action shorts before the event. Pretty great movies, all. My favorite's got to be Butter Lamp, for the sheer ingenuity of script.
Best Short Film, AnimatedFeast
It's a dog's life.

13 / 21

Who are you rooting for?

87th Academy Awards...

          Special 316: CES 2017        

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          NIGHT OF THE LIVING VIDIOTS comics kickstarter!        

Hey, folks!
Andy Ristaino here. I've been working on a bunch of short form funny books in my spare time over the past 8 years and now I want to collect them into one book, entitled NIGHT OF THE LIVING VIDIOTS.
It's a Sci-fi, horror, and comedy melted together and topped with a Twilight Zone twist.  Darkly funny tales featuring mad science, gothic anime, TV zombies, kaiju, giant robots, monsters from the deep, and even a haunted sweatshirt. 

please check it out if you have some time!
here's the link!


          Found Objects-Robot Parts- Surveillance Camera Mounts- Aluminum Parts by butcherooney        

40.00 USD

These parts are actually made for surveillance camera mounts. These are all functional and working. I'm selling them as found objects, robot parts or whatever you want to use them for. These items will ship USPS priority mail in the USA only. You will have to assemble a couple of these because I took them apart to fit in a small shipping box to save on shipping.

          Solid Brass-Robot Parts-Found Objects-Drawer Pulls-Junk Drawer by butcherooney        

30.00 USD

Everything you see here is solid brass. They are all drawer pulls of various kinds and have an 8-32 threaded hole. I listed them as robot parts as well but use them as you see fit. I'm letting these go for just a little over a dollar apiece because I am accumulating too much stuff so out it goes.

          Robot Parts-Found Objects-Solid Brass-Steam Punk-Junk Drawer by butcherooney        

40.00 USD

All solid brass parts for your steam punk projects, robots, or whatever you want to use them for. I have too much of this kind of stuff right now and I'm downsizing so have a look around.

          Sci Fi Mosquito- Found Object Robot- Junk Art Assemblage- Sculpture by butcherooney        

350.00 USD

A sci-fi mosquito but this one does not carry the Zika virus so no worries! He has emerged from a motor from an adding machine for its torso, his "stinger" or suction tube is a knitting needle, wings are from a decorative found object, and he is mounted on some cool things I found at a local junk yard. This guy stands 9-1/2" tall, 5" wide at the wings, and 7-1/4" long.

          Found Objects- Robot Parts- Brass Parts- Brass Objects by butcherooney        

30.00 USD

Eighteen pieces of brass found objects to make whatever you choose. These would make excellent legs for robots. I'm accumulating too much stuff and it's time to send it elsewhere. These items will ship USPS priority mail in the USA only.

          Charles Darwin Robot Bird-Found Object Robot-Junk Art Assemblage-Folk Art-Sci-Fi by butcherooney        

75.00 USD

Yep, Charles Darwin Robot Bird! He must have overlooked this one in his early drawings. Careful if you feed him- he's got some pretty knarly teeth! He looks like a cross between a duck bill platopuss and a sea turtle- LOL! He is 18" long, 9-1/2" wide and 4" tall and made from a decorative aluminum platter, feet are aluminum candelabra parts, and head is some kind of a kitchen utensil for squishing something. lol! Being all aluminum you can put him outside without the fear of rusting and would make an awesome piece of yard art.

          Alien Robot-Found Object Assemblage- Junk Art by butcherooney        

85.00 USD

Meet the Alien- A creature from the outer limits! He does have that kinda creepy look to him, doesn't he! Alien stands 10-1/2" tall, 12" wide with arms extended, and is 4" deep. Alien is not a toy to be handled or played with but rather to stand on your mantle for you to enjoy. His torso is a small metal box and a good place for you to hide or store things. Alien ships to your door via USPS priority mail in a medium sized box.

          Mr. Attitude Robot Assemblage- Junk Art Sculpture-Found Object Robot by butcherooney        

169.00 USD

Mr. Attitude has it going on, doesn't he! He's got it oozing out of his pores! LOL! He is able to make several "poses" because his head is able to rotate in many positions- see pics. The reason for that is because his head is not attached to his torso. His head is a stainless steel tea kettle. His nose is plugged with a chrome drawer pull and his eyes are from plumbing parts. His body (torso) is a sunbeam coffee maker. His hat is also a stainless steel container of some sort. He is not a toy to be played with and children should not be allowed to handle him. Mr. Attitude can easily sit somewhere in your home or office and make you smile each time you look at him. He is another one of my favorites.

          Junk Yard Robot Dog Assemblage-Junk Art by butcherooney        

119.00 USD

Junk yard dog is just that- a robot dog made from discarded junk. His torso was a tool box that was discarded because the latch mechanism was busted. I revamped it so that it closes just fine. The head is a piece of junk I found in a local junk yard. I have no idea what it is or was but I immediately saw a dog face. His feet are lamp parts that looked like paws I thought. The tail is a CB radio cord. He stands 18.5" tall, 20" long, and 7.5" wide.

          Gambie : à 14 ans, elle imagine un carburant à base d’arachide        
Gambie : à 14 ans, elle imagine un carburant à base d’arachide Des jeunes filles d’Afrique de l’Ouest ont démontré au cours du week-end à Dakar qu’elles pouvaient être à l’avant-garde de la technologie en participant à un concours de robotique qui a aussi suscité des vocations. Venues du Sénégal, de Gambie et du Mali […]
          Robot twins and edible insects: Ideas that have legs        
EDIBLE insects and twin robots are on the menu for science and technology show Venturefest next Wednesday.
          Elektrotechnik- Napajedla- až 30.000,-        
Pro velmi významného klienta, který je předním světovým poskytovatelem oprav výrobních zařízení, průmyslové elektoroniky a robotiky hledáme: osobu, která d
          How to Get the Best from Your Interns        
If the stories I’ve heard on internships are true, then the history has not been very bright. Often interns are given the menial tasks: they’re relegated to being photocopy robots, coffee runners and errand gofers. They are expected to keep quiet during important meetings and just nod and agree. Oh wait…they are rarely invited to […]

          John Tamny Joins FreedomWorks' New Center for Economic Freedom        

FreedomWorks today announced that John Tamny will join FreedomWorks and serve as the director of the organization’s Center for Economic Freedom.

The Center for Economic Freedom will have a special focus on promoting policies that get government out of the way and allow Americans to keep more of what they earn, while highlighting the dangers of overregulation and protectionism.

John Tamny will lead the Center for Economic Freedom. John has been the political economy editor at Forbes and the managing editor at RealClearMarkets since 2002. He is an author of two books related to his specialization in economics: Popular Economics: What the Rolling Stones, Downton Abbey, and LeBron James Can Teach You about Economics (Regnery Publishing, 2015) and Who Needs the Fed?: What Taylor Swift, Uber, and Robots Tell Us About Money, Credit, and Why We Should Abolish America's Central Bank (Encounter Books, 2016).

Among other projects, John will begin his time at the Center for Economic Freedom with a weekly Facebook Live called “Not Fake News” to highlight the very real facts about what our federal and state governments are doing to slow our economy and dampen American entrepreneurship.

“John is a brilliant mind and seasoned expert in his field, and we are excited to have him working with us to promote economic freedom,” said FreedomWorks President Adam Brandon. “He is a great addition to our already stellar team, helping us to spread our message for free markets and limited government even further.”

John Tamny said, “FreedomWorks expertly enhances the terms of the U.S. policy discussion, and in doing so is constantly changing the course of policy in Washington for the better. I'm thrilled to add my voice to an organization that is on any short list of Washington's most influential.”

“In the coming years, I'll be publishing various books and hundreds of opinion pieces meant to expand FreedomWorks' already substantial voice. The fight for economic freedom is of singular importance, and I'm excited to be a part of an organization that will continue to advance these freedoms,” Tamny added.

          BWW Review: BACK TO THE 80S at Theatre In The Park        

It's big hair, even bigger music numbers, and a little Star Wars as Theatre in the Park takes audiences BACK TO THE 80S.

The musical, written by Neil Gooding, takes place as a flashback with an older version of protagonist Corey Palmer (Langston Hemenway) narrating his senior year of high school and the trials and tribulations that is involved with being a teenager in the 80s, and is all centered around Billboard's top songs from the 80s.

Younger Corey (Alec Bridges) is running for senior class president with his friends (the hilarious Hewleek McKoy and Ryan Richeson) as his cohorts. He is running against the most popular guy in school, Michael Feldman (Alec Walberg), and the techno geek always ahead of his time, Feargal McFarrin (played by the witty Gerald Briscoe). Corey's whole platform is based on a benefit concert he wants the school to put on to raise money, but when Michael Feldman finds Corey's speech and goes first, stealing his ideas, Corey is left flabbergasted and can't bring himself to think of anything else to say in his speech.

Feargal is then laughed off the stage when he unveils his plan to make the school more technologically advanced with powerful computers, something no one believes will actually happen. Briscoe's rendition of "Video Killed the Radio Star" starts off as a joyful interpretation complete with a robot dance, but ultimately ends sad when the other students start to mock Feargal.

To no one's surprise, Michael Feldman wins the school elections. That's when, unbeknownst to both of them, Michael and Corey decide to put the moves on Tiffany (the delightful Korrie Murphy) with her favorite group's song (and my favorite number in the show) "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" competing for her heart. Though both put in a valiant effort, Tiffany chooses the popular guy instead of our protagonist. In the pains of broken teenage love, Corey runs off the stage, and older Corey comes out to sing a heartfelt version of "You Give Love A Bad Name."

Corey is avenged when later in the second act it is revealed that Michael had been stuffing love letters in the new girl's locker with plans to ask her to prom, but stand her up. Tiffany finds out and Michael is no longer the ladies' man of the school. And what would a show that takes place in high school be without a big showstopper at prom? The whole cast dances together to perform a reprise of Wham's "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go."

My favorite part of the show was the girls' costumes. The 80's had such defined fashion, and these girls didn't disappoint with sparkly frocks, fringe boots, and plaid skirts. Their song "Girls Just Want to have Fun," sung by Murphy, Maggie Hutchinson, Anna Hastings, and Colette Worthington, was my second favorite song in the show with their iconic dance moves.

The show is riddled with 80's references; Feargal working with nerdy Billy Gates on computers, a karate class taught by Mr. Miyagi, and of course a Star Wars number that will have you laughing in your seats.

BACK TO THE 80S plays at Theatre in the Park for just two more days, and you don't want to miss out! Go to for tickets.

          Paul Smith Junior T Shirt White        
Paul Smith Junior T Shirt White

Paul Smith Junior T Shirt White

Paul Smith Junior baby boys white t-shirt with short sleeves and robot printed on the front and back.

          Tech Pioneers Predict the Future of Lifestyle Technology in 2015        

Wearables, Internet of Things, Robotics, Shopping and Augmented Reality Lead the Trends Cited by Guest Speakers at the Living in Digital Times Conferences at 2015 International CES®

(PRWeb January 03, 2015)

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          Tech Can Add Years to Your Life: Lifelong Tech Summit Presented by Living in Digital Times at the 2015 International CES®        

First All-Robot Panel, AARP Leadership and GE-Intel Among Special Guests

(PRWeb December 30, 2014)

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          A new song about bed bugs        

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This little song, courtesy of Jon Rolston’s blog My Robot Is Pregnant, and entitled “Bedbug Song,” reminds me of a bit of the Violent Femmes. I like it. And as a bonus, it’s surprisingly informative. (I say “surprisingly,” since usually bed bug songs don’t contain any actual bed bug information.) The lyrics include the following: […]

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          GRU 3 MI VILLANO FAVORITO        

Duración: 90 min
País: Estados Unidos
Género: Aventura - Animación - Comedia - Familia
Estreno: 30/06/2017
Directores: Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin
Actores: Andy Nyman, Dana Gaier, Miranda Cosgrove, Pierre Coffin, Steve Carell, Trey Parker
Guionistas: Ken Daurio
Productores: Illumination Entertainment

Gru se ha quedado sin trabajo. Sin embargo, ahora Gru se enfrenta a otros problemas más importantes. Y es que va a conocer a su gemelo Dru y deberá decidir si está listo para continuar la tradición familiar y unirse a su hermano para llevar a cabo un último golpe criminal.

Una batalla entre merchandising (muñecos y robot de una serie teenager) de los 80 y del 2017 (los minions) casi destruye Hollywood en el clímax de esta tercera entrega de las hazañas de ese supervillano, Gru, reciclado en gruñón padre adoptivo y superagente secreto. Podría dedicar toda esta crítica tan sólo analizando el metamensaje de esa escena, cómo en el fondo está hablando (y justificando) la propia existencia de una nueva secuela en el ávido mercado (de la animación) hollywoodiense. Podría pero no, porque, aunque no lo parezca, y siendo esa secuencia una maravilla, comparable a la del avión y la bomba de 'Mentiras arriesgadas', y aparte de un sinfín de referencias (algunas muy malvadas: atención a los títulos de películas en los carteles), Pierre Coffin y sus secuaces no le prestan tanta atención, pasando casi en un zapping despreocupado por ideas, gags, segmentos sin ahondar verdaderamente en ninguno. Esa sensación que nos habían dado las películas de la ahora trilogía, la de más una suma de momentos y chistes que una narración compacta, se muestra aquí totalmente al descubierto: la caza del villano ochentero (una descacharrante variación de Weird Al Yankovic), el encuentro con el hermano gemelo, la búsqueda del unicornio, las movidas en la agencia antivillanos, los dos robos del diamante (¡la pantera rosa!), el éxodo y encierro de los minions…Aisladamente funcionan, algunos más que otros, pero se echa de menos una conexión entre todos, no una yuxtaposición de situaciones o sketches. Sin embargo, 'Gru 3, mi villano favorito' termina por ganarte con su cinefilia y su playlist 80s (¡el duelo disco con el 'Into the Groove', de Madonna!). Que la mayoría de la acción suceda en una marxiana Freedonia (Libertonia para los fans del doblaje de 'Sopa de ganso') que se diría en realidad el pueblecito Laurel & Hardy de 'Quesos y besos' fotografiado en una polaroid por la familia Griswald de Chevy Chase, o que los minions homenajeen a la canción sin sentido de Charles Chaplin en 'Tiempos modernos'… ¿cómo diablos no vamos a aplaudirlo? También es verdad que aunque los locos robaescenas amarillos espantan (literalmente) a Nemo y su padre, no evitan que la película caiga en esa cosa tan Disney de la maternidad, de acepta a quien quieres tal cómo es o confórmate con eso, que igual fuera la vida es mucho peor. Un pelín por debajo de sus dos anteriores aventuras, la tercera de Gru mantiene el tipo, se luce en su animación (esos momentos geométricos del asalto a la fortaleza del malvado) y hace derramar una lagrimita a quienes tenemos una edad y seguimos siendo fans de los italianos fumetti con superhéroes y supermalvados.(FOTOGRAMAS).

Tópica continuación de las hazañas de Gru, en la que brillan por encima del protagonista las gamberradas de los minions y de un malvado a lo John Travolta, llamado Balthazar.
Las franquicias parecen dominar el panorama cinematográfico importado de Estados Unidos, por lo menos en cuanto a cine familiar se trata. Lejos de inventar nuevas fórmulas de diversión, los estudios están más conformes con apostar por lo ya conocido, y de esa manera arriesgar lo mínimo en sus obras destinadas a dominar las carteleras planetarias.
Gru 3 responde abiertamente a esa estrategia de negocio, centrada en el éxito asegurado; aunque la historia carezca de los mínimos de atracción para explicar su existencia.
No obstante, el tercer título de la trilogía del “villano” favorito de los niños se salva de caer en los abismos de lo innecesario de su elaboración, más que nada por la carga humorística que despliegan algunos de sus personajes......(ACCION DE CINE).

.....Esta tercera entrega peca de sobredosis de subtramas, llegando a veces a parecer que estamos viendo dos filmes: uno sobre el protagonista creando lazos con Dru, su hermano con melenaza, y otro en el que persigue a ese Bratt, ex niño prodigio de los 80 condenado al olvido por Hollywood. Sin duda, la crítica sobre esos â€˜juguetes rotos’ creados por la Meca del Cine que encierra el villano de la película merecía más minutos de metraje.
A pesar de no aprovechar al completo el potencial de sus nuevos personajes, Gru 3 tiene todo lo que un fan de la saga espera de ella: una banda sonora llena de ritmo, gags y diálogos absurdamente hilarantes (“Grucy, ya sabes, una mezcla entre Gru y Lucy”), adorables Minions encarcelados (papás, los niños no pararán de pediros los juguetes de estos vestidos de rayas, avisados estáis), Agnes en busca de unicornios y las dinámicas familiares, esencia de la saga. Todos necesitamos una familia, por muy pintoresca que esta sea, y ese mensaje no entiende de edades, menos aún si está escrito con el humor ‘amarillo’ de Illumination.(CINEMANIA).



Piratas del Caribe: La venganza de Salazar
Título original
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Estreno en USA
Estreno en España
Walt Disney Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer Films
Distribuidora en España
Buena Vista
Joachim RønningEspen Sandberg
Jeff Nathanson
No recomendada para menores de 12 años

Empujado hacia una nueva aventura, un desafortunado Jack Sparrow descubre que los vientos de la mala fortuna soplan incluso más fuerte cuando los mortales piratas fantasmas liderados por su viejo enemigo, el terrorífico Capitán Salazar (Bardem), escapan del Triángulo del Diablo decididos a matar a todo pirata en el mar, él incluido. La única esperanza de supervivencia del Capitán Jack se encuentra en la búsqueda del legendario Tridente de Poseidón, un poderoso artefacto que otorga a su poseedor un control total sobre los mares.

....La cinta dirigida por Joachim Rønning y Espen Sandberg -nominados al Oscar a Mejor película extranjera en 2012 por Kon-Tiki- tiene un desarrollo similar y predecible a las demás entregas, no toma riesgos en cuestión de estructura, pero sigue sobresaliendo visualmente con los efectos visuales, los escenarios y las batallas navales que aporta. El problema es que a la mitad la película se siente sobrecargada de acción y no encuentra un momento de tranquilidad para dejar al espectador descansar. Lo que empieza por impresionar se transforma en algo tan estridente que cansa.  
Johnny Depp se sigue sintiendo absolutamente cómodo en su personaje y quizá sea esta costumbre de tenerlo presente como Jack Sparrow lo que provoque que su interpretación ya no sea algo que destaque, como sucedió con aquella nominación al Oscar que consiguió en 2004 por la primera cinta de la saga, La maldición del Perla Negra. De todas formas, sigue siendo encantador.
La película cuenta con tres nuevas caras principales: Brenton Thwaites y Kaya Scodelario, Henry y Carina, respectivamente, dos personajes cuya química en la pantalla grande satisface, pero sólo logra evocar la entretenida dinámica entre Orlando Bloom y Keira Knightley. Javier Bardem por su parte, hace un villano suficientemente aterrador pero tampoco indispensable.
La más reciente película de Piratas del Caribe se mantiene a flote por la fidelidad y la nostalgia de los fans y porque las batallas navales no se han vuelto tan comunes en las películas, y por lo tanto no han llegado a cansar del todo al espectador, como es el caso de otros reboots, secuelas o precuelas. Pero siendo honestos, ¿podemos dejar ir ya a Jack Sparrow?(CINE PREMIERE).
uando Gore Verbinski inauguró la  saga de Piratas del Caribe hace 14 años consiguió la nada desdeñable tarea de dar vida e insufar de credibillidad cinematográfica a una atracción de feria. Tenía la virtud este primer capítulo de confgurar un mastodóntico espectáculo en el que se percibía un cierto regusto clásico a través de un equilibrado tono a medio camino entre el cine de aventuras y la fantasía. Para conseguir este jugoso cóctel recurrieron a la iconografía marítima, a sus leyendas y los plasmaron mediante una imaginería visual adictiva y contagiosa.
Pero seguramente la saga que se constituiría a partir de ese momento no hubiera alcanzado las cinco entregas a las que ahora llega si no fuera por Johnny Depp y la icónica composición de su Jack Sparrow. De entre todas sus caracterizaciones estrafalarias recientes, esta ha sido sin duda la que más le ha acercado al público por su naturaleza divertida, bufonesca y patosa al mismo tiempo que entrañable.
Jack Sparrow es el centro sobre el que gravita toda la saga y lo único que  ha permanecido incólume a lo largo de todo este tiempo. No se ha sometido al desgaste de los demás elementos, ha sobrevivido a todos los vaivenes de reparto y ahora regresa para reivindicar su trono de icono pop de los océanos.
'Piratas del Caribe: La venganza de Salazar' tenía que superar algunos hándicaps importantes que habían lastrado el alcance de las anteriores entregas: una mayor precisión en el ritmo; intentar minimizar su carácter episódico dándole una mayor cohesión y fuidez interna; reforzar las relaciones entre los personajes para introducir un elemento emotivo, y, sobre todo, una mayor inventiva a la hora de abordar las escenas de acción.
En ese sentido, el tándem formado por los noruegos Joachim Rønning y Espen Sandberg, responsables de la magnífica cinta de expediciones marítimas Kon-Tiki (2012), han conseguido recuperar el espíritu de la original a la hora de alcanzar un magnífico equilibrio entre trama, personajes y secuencias en las que se combina el espectáculo con una poesía visual absorbente. El resultado es el mejor Piratas del Caribe en años, con una nueva pareja juvenil (Brenton Thwaites y Kaya Scodelario) hecha a imagen y semejanza de la protagonizada por Keira Knighley y Orlando Bloom; un malo a la altura de las circunstancias (Javier Bardem); juguetonas autorreferencias al propio universo creado y un sentido de la épica que a pesar de ser igual de abigarrado y aparatoso, resulta más elocuente al estar impregnado de una belleza plástica imaginativa y elegante.(FOTOGRAMAS).

Mejor que la cuarta película de la saga, mejor al principio que al final.
Entra bien en principio esta quinta entrega de la saga. Y es meritorio, porque ya van cinco películas y claramente la capacidad para sorprender de la franquicia se va reduciendo a ojos vista, aunque en su primera hora de proyección esta película todavía demuestra que el cesto sigue teniendo suficientes mimbres para entretener. Otra cosa es el bajón de agotamiento de la fórmula que se observa en la segunda hora de proyección. Pero vamos por partes, como Jack el Destripador.
La primera hora de la película es un buen ejemplo de cine de evasión y entretenimiento capaz que emula en algunos momentos resultados de la primera película, al menos en su ritmo y en su tono. A esa etapa pertenece, más o menos, el diálogo entre Depp y Kaya Scodelario en el cadalso, que es un juego de humor en el seno del cine de aventuras muy competente y además ha sido una de las herramientas más eficaces de esta saga nacida del solapamiento o hibridación de géneros tan eficaces como las aventuras y el terror de clave fantástica para todos los públicos. Y es precisamente en esa escena del cadalso donde la película alcana su pico de máxima eficacia como vehículo de evasión enlazado con el tono y el dinamismo de La maldición de la Perla Negra......(ACCION DE CINE).. 

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          Who Sets Policy?        
In April the New York Times Magazine ran an article Is it O.K. to Tinker with the Environment to Fight Climate Change?  The article asks about the ethics of even running tests on such methods and has this quote froms David Battisti, an atmospheric scientist at UW.
Name a technology humans have developed that they haven't used. I can't think of any. So we can work on this for sure. But we are in this dilemma: Once we do develop this technology, it will be tempting to use it.
The article skirts the question on who makes this decision. Maybe the United Nations after some unlikely agreement among major powers. But what if the UN doesn't act and some billionaire decides to fund a project?

As computer scientists we start to face these questions as software in our hyper-connected world starts to change society in unpredictable ways. How do we balance privacy, security, usability and fairness in communications and machine learning? What about net neutrality, self-driving cars, autonomous military robots? Job disruption from automation?

We have governments to deal with these challenges. But the world seems to have lost trust in its politicians and governments don't agree. How does one set different rules across states and countries which apply to software services over the Internet?

All too often companies set these policies, at least the default policies until government steps in. Uber didn't ask permission to completely change the paid-ride business and only a few places pushed back. Google, Facebook, etc. use machine learning with abandon, until some governments try and reign them in. The Department of Defense and the NSA, in some sense industries within government, set their policies often without public debate.

What is our role as computer scientists? It's not wrong to create the technologies, but we should acknowledge the ethical questions that come with them and what we technically can and cannot do to address them. Keep people informed so the decision makers, whomever they be, at least have the right knowledge to make their choices.
          Robotica: attivata una selezione per docente con doppia affiliazione UniTrento/Fondazione Bruno Kessler        
Sarà cofinanziato al 50% dalle due istituzioni per 15 anni
          3D Printing Webinar on Concept, Design & Production for Wildlife Conservation Challenge        

Kashmir Robotics, Autodesk Fusion 360 and Solid Concepts to present on 3D Printing, 3D modeling and the future of unmanned aircraft in two-part webinar series.

(PRWeb February 04, 2014)

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          Solid Concepts Announces Collaboration with The Tech Museum of Innovation to Bring Interactive Robots to Visitors        

Solid Concepts worked with the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose to additive manufacture (also known as 3D Printing) robot parts, allowing visitors to design their own workable robot.

(PRWeb July 18, 2013)

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          Ð–ЕНСКИЙ_БЛОГ_РУ: Картофельные зразы с грибами: вкуснее, не бывает!        

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Картофель (крупный) — 8 шт.
Шампиньоны — 500 г
Лук репчатый (крупный) — 2 шт.
Мука — 3 ст. л.
Яйца — 1 шт.
Масло подсолнечное — для жарки
Соль — по вкусу
Перец черный (молотый) — по вкусу
Чеснок — опционально


1. Очистить картофель и отварить его до готовности. Мелко нарезать лук и шампиньоны. 

2. На растительном масле обжарить лук до полуготовности и добавить к нему грибы. В процессе обжарки к грибам и луку можно добавить раздавленный чеснок.

3. В чашу выложить отварной картофель и размять до состояния пюре. Добавить 3 столовые ложки муки и яйцо. Добавить соль и перец и перемешать до однородности.

4. Из полученной массы сформировать 12 равных частей и раскатать лепешки. В центр каждой лепешки положить примерно 2 чайные ложки начинки (грибы с луком).

5. Завернуть края лепешек и сформировать зразы. Формировать зразы удобнее мокрой рукой — так картофельная масса не прилипает и лучше поддается лепке.

6. Обвалять зразы в муке с двух сторон и выложить в разогретую с маслом сковороду. Если вы хотите, чтобы зразы получились с хрустящей корочкой, то перед обжаркой их следует обвалять в панировочных сухарях.

7. Обжарить с обеих сторон до золотистого цвета. Готовые зразы подавать со сметаной.

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Приятного аппетита! 

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    • GANを含む生成系のタスクは難しいことが知られているが、学習時に使う距離をWasserstein距離というものを使うと学習が安定したという話




AWS Athenaを使って 30TBのWeb行動ログ集計を試みた from Tetsutaro Watanabe




Kaggle Tokyo Meetup #2




機械学習のための連続最適化 (機械学習プロフェッショナルシリーズ)

機械学習のための連続最適化 (機械学習プロフェッショナルシリーズ)

関係データ学習 (機械学習プロフェッショナルシリーズ)

関係データ学習 (機械学習プロフェッショナルシリーズ)

          Bande son originale de Sonic Mania : Stardust Speedway Zone Act 1        

Écoutez la musique de la bande son originale de Sonic Mania ici ! Une nouvelle musique de Sonic Mania a été récemment révélée, et ceci parce que le jeu sera lancé dans seulement quelques semaines. La nouvelle bande son originale est intitulée Stardust Speedway Zone Act 1 et dure environ 3 minutes. Elle a été partagée sur le twitter officiel de Sonic le Hérisson. Des réponses mitigées ont accueilli le post, l’une disant que la musique était « trop lente ». Vous pouvez écouter cette musique et consulter les commentaires ci-dessous : Heey-eey. Here's today's new music from Sonic Mania: Stardust Speedway Zone Act 1! — Sonic the Hedgehog (@sonic_hedgehog) July 31, 2017 Sonic Mania est un jeu d’action et d’aventure qui est une refonte des précédents jeux 2D. Les graphismes sont détaillés en offrant un style rétro mais en HD. Les personnages emblématiques sont toujours disponibles avec Sonic le Hérisson, Tails et Knuckles. Les joueurs peuvent revivre ce jeu classique mais désormais avec une particularité. De nouveaux ennemis et bases ont aussi été ajoutés comme l’armée de robots diaboliques du Dr. Eggman. Appréciez le mode Compétition en jouant au coude-à-coude avec vos amis ou en jouant en Mode Coopératif. Sonic Mania sera lancé le 15 août 2017 pour PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One et Nintendo Switch.

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          Baby Is Just As Confused By Roomba As We Are        
Babies don't have to be laughing to be cute. This one is just very confused, and it's working for her. To be fair, she has every right to be confused -- her parents stuck her on a robot that is carting her around her living room... Continue reading…
          WWE 13 Wii ISO        

Release Date: October 30, 2012
T for Teen: Blood, Crude Humor, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Use of Alcohol,Violence
Genre: Wrestling
Publisher: THQ
Developer: Yuke's Media Creations

Step into the ring of the ’13 edition of the WWE video game. WWE ’13 transforms gameplay through the introduction of WWE Live, completely changing the way players embrace the videogame’s audio and presentation elements. Predator Technology returns to further to further implement critical gameplay improvements while fan favorites in WWE Universe Mode and the franchise’s renowned Creation Suite are poised to offer the utmost in player freedom. Furthermore, WWE ’13 introduces a groundbreaking, single-player campaign based on the highly influential Attitude-Era. Complete with a robot ruster-the largest to date in the franchise–along with a host of additional features, WWE ’13 is ready to live a revolution of its own.  


Descarga el programa en diferentes formatos desde el Internet Archive

En el programa de hoy echamos un vistazo al catálogo del sello Altered State Reflections, dirigido por Jared C. Balogh.

Sintonía: tdBt & The Garys - “Feel like…” (del álbum A la poursuite de René Fonck - Antiblues 020)
  1. Blueprint For Destruction - "My Life, My Way" (del EP Blueprint For Destruction)
  2. A.M. Lowlights - "D-TOX" (del recopilatorio Altered State Of Mind Compilation)
  3. Cabrini Green - "Ten Inch Cobra" (del álbum Mashup)
  4. Igor Amokian - "A Lo-fi Improv For Guest Soloists" (del EP compartido Amokian-Balogh Split)
  5. Lezet - "Bubble I" (del álbum de remezclas Thread, a cargo de Protecious)
  6. Protecious - "Pout" (del álbum Asceticism
  7. The Merricks - "Museau de boeuf en gelée" (del álbum Le dîner)
  8. Midnight Moodswings/Seiswork - "To Sleep" (del álbum The Dopamine Recursive)
  9. Janne Nummela - "Robots Never Give Up" (del EP Estakada)

          List of Downloadable Computer Repair CDs        
Sometimes you get unlucky enough that your computer crashes without you having any kind of backup. So, its not your fault (untill you take the sole responsibility :D) but this situation is very pathetic. I'm saying so because quite a few years before i faced this very similar kind of problem and i lost GBs of my very important and loving data in a flash. Yeah, sour memories, but i surely don't want that to happen to any of us. So guys, I've compiled a large list of CDs for various computer repair tasks. In this list, the following types of CD are available for download: Antivirus Boot CDs, Recovery Disks, Hardware Diagnostic Boot CDs, Network Testing/Monitoring, Data Recovery Boot CDs and Special Purpose CDs.

Some of these are free to download, some are not. Be sure to read the EULA for the CD’s you download and the applications you use to make sure you are allowed to use them in the manner you plan to use them in. Many of the CDs contain a variety of different programs and some of the applications are free to use as you please, but some of them disallow commercial use. So be sure to read and abide by the EULA for whatever you use.
Also, some of these CD’s may set off an antivirus false positive due to their virus removal, password cracking, system file changing nature. Konboot is one such CD that will set off antivirus software. Its best to scan the CDs that are setting off your antivirus using a site like and make your own decisions.

Antivirus Boot Disks

Avira AntiVir Rescue SystemDownload
BitDefender Rescue CDDownload
Dr Web LIVE CDDownload
Fsecure Live CdDownload
Kaspersky Antivirus Live CDDownload
VBA32 VirusBlokAda (Russian)Download
PcTools Alternate Operating System Scanner (AOSS)Download
Avast BART CDDownload
GData (British)Download
AVG Rescue CDDownload
ClamAV Live CD Open Diagnostics Live CDDownload

General Purpose Recovery Disks

FREE UBCD4win Ultimate Boot CD for WindowsDownload
FREE UBCD Ultimate Boot CDDownload
FREE Trinity Rescue CDDownload
FREE System Rescue CD x86Download
FREE System Rescue CD (sun sparc)Download
FREE System Rescue CD (power PC/mac)Download
FREE Windows Vista Recovery Disk (32 bit/ Microsoft)Download
FREE Windows Vista Recovery Disk (64 bit / Microsoft)Download
FREE Windows 7 Recovery Disk (Microsoft)Download
FREE INSERT (inside security rescue toolkit)Download
FREE Microsoft ERD/DART 2009Download
FREE Bootzilla for WindowsDownload

Hardware Diagnostic Boot CD’s

FREE Inquisitor (hardware testing software)Download
FREE Inquisitor 64Download
FREE Microsoft Memory DiagnosticDownload

Network Security Testing / Monitoring

FREE Network Security ToolkitDownload
FREE BackTrack network penetration testingDownload
FREE Knoppix STD (security tools distribution)Download
FREE nUbuntu network penetration testingDownload

Data Recovery Boot CD’s

FREE RIP (Recovery Is Possible)Download
Helix (computer forensics / electronic discovery / incident response)Download
Caine Computer Aided Investigative EnvironmentDownload
Macquisition CF forensics for macsDownload
The Farmer’s Boot CDDownload
Puppy LinuxDownload

Special Purpose Boot CD’s

FREE Samurai Web Application TestingDownload
FREE Offline NT Password & Registry EditorDownload
FREE PC CMOS CleanerDownload
FREE Parted MagicDownload
FREE Partition Wizard contrib IISJMANDownload
FREE Ping (backup / restore hd images across network)Download
FREE Incognito (completely anonymous web everything)Download

Other CD’s of Interest:

Some CDs have been purposely left out of this list as they contain illegal software.


          Top 10 Must watch videos for Entrepreneurs.        
Being an entrepreneur shows the real guts of a person. Not only it clearly indicates the talent and the real brainstorm of that genius, but also unveils the struggle. Obviously becoming a successful entrepreneur is not a cakewalk, it takes some tough decisions and hard work, you have to be audacious.
Here i'm gonna show you best 10 Youtube videos to become a successful entrepreneur, that will surely help for any problem you come across on your way.

1.Developing a CEO within you