Friday, February 25, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
It's been a week since I started hearing stories about how someone supposedly cracked Coca Cola's secret recipe. I posted a few articles about it on my social media accounts, and I had a few conversations about it. After all, this is big news because the ingredients are one of the world's most closely guarded secrets. But let's be honest: Coca Cola is not worried.
Why, you ask?
Monday, February 21, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
This is a fantastic, six minute TEDTalk from cartoonist Liza Donnelly. One of the best I've seen this year. She shares some of her great work and discusses how the use of humor can greatly empower women. Very impressive presentation. You'll love this video.
Monday, February 14, 2011
When you talk with her, you can tell she has an unshakable passion for world music. Not simply because music often does bring us together. That's only part of it. For Moreno, it's about digging deeper, and looking at how music serves different functions, saves lives, and effects social change. Not to mention the interesting stories behind the music makers themselves.
As a resident of Seattle, she is keenly aware of the area's rich musical heritage. From Native Americans to Jimi Hendrix to the infectious energy of the grunge era, she understands the many genres -- rock, jazz, hip-hop, classical -- that connect powerfully with international sounds and styles. This is part of what she teaches in music classes to homeless and immigrant families -- an amazing job made possible through the nonprofit youth organization Arts Corp and the Low Income Housing Institute.
In fact, her love of music, culture and education won her a one-week trip to the country of Jordan last Fall. It was made possible through Queen Rania's popular and well-publicized Twisit Jordan Contest. Visiting the country was an eye-opening experience that shattered some stereotypes, inspired greater curiosity, and deepened her love of humanity even more.
I know this because I talked with her before and after she came back from Jordan. I have never traveled internationally, so I look forward to her stories about kayaking, hiking, and soaking up the eye-popping geography on continent after continent. She is never without her camera and her megawatt smile. Indeed, I know what Marcel Proust meant when he said, "Let us be grateful to people who make us happy. They are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom."
Yes, Carla Moreno rocks, and makes an impact wherever she goes. Her stories are written with a great respect for the culture she's documenting, and her actions give rhythm to her rich, expansive worldview. This is an immensely creative person living an extraordinary story, and the world is a great place because of it.
To find out more about Carla Moreno, follow her on her Twitter feed and connect with her through her website.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Picture from Viking1
Though regarded by many at the time as uninspiring, these images provided a great foundation upon which the the two Mars Rovers - Spirit and Opportunity - have soared. NASA has done an amazing job with both rovers. In fact, they didn't think they would still be around seven years later. Check out NASA's great webpage with updated info, and awesome pictures - both color and black & white.
Mars is truly fascinating. I wish I could go to explore every inch of its landscape. I guess I'll just keep living through those who know way more about it than I do.
Monday, February 7, 2011
Sunday, February 6, 2011
I am very excited that Christian Bale will return as the cape crusader in The Dark Knight Rises, the upcoming sequel in the Batman franchise. Though it won't be released until next year, there is plenty for comic book geeks and movie enthusiasts to be happy about. For starters, director Christopher Nolan is returning. He cemented his place as a great director with the last Batman sequel, The Dark Knight. More crime drama than super hero flick, it was thick with tension, and with the sordid humor that only a villain like the Joker can deliver. It was more like Heat than X-Men.
Friday, February 4, 2011
I read Malcolm Gladwell's recent New Yorker essay regarding Twitter's impact on the Egyptian uprising. And I completely disagree with his assertions. It's along the lines of his now famous post (last October) dismissing the power of social media in global activism. To be clear, Twitter and Facebook have been to the protestors what photos became to the American Civil War: a way of personalizing the struggle for the masses.
People protested and brought down governments before Facebook was invented. They did it before the Internet came along. Barely anyone in East Germany in the nineteen-eighties had a phone...and in the French Revolution the crowd in the streets spoke to one another with that strange, today largely unknown instrument known as the human voice.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
For green advocates like me, this is exciting news. Unilever is doing big things for its Ben & Jerry's factory in the Netherlands. It has begun the construction of a bio-digester. When its complete later this year, waste products will be turned into energy. In fact, it is believed that the process will provide 40 percent of the factory's energy requirements. Amazing!
Bravo to Ben & Jerry's for being both visionary and responsible. To learn more about this project, click here.