Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Back & Better than Ever

Corinne Bailey Rae has a new CD out called The Sea and let me tell you, it is phenomenal! After taking a break for the past 2 years after her husband's death, Corinne has came out singing stronger than ever and the passion behind each song has given me shivers and goosebumps every single time I listen.  Music...what an amazing gift of healing and expression for this incredible woman.  This one is my favorite.
Better to have loved and lost... pretty, pretty soul wisdom

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Clare Owen


I came upon this drawing and fell in love with it's simple kitten style. The artist's name is Clare Owen.  It reminds me of another little illustrator bird I think of quite fondly.

Here is a splendid card she made too! Her website is: http://www.clareowen.co.uk/index.html

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Bittersweet

My mother sent me this card because it reminded her of me and how I see the world.  The artist is Brian Andreas and his company is StoryPeople.  I like it immensely.

Something New, Something Blue


One of my close girlfriends Rachael is getting married in August and her maids of honor and mother threw her the most delightful shower today.  Nearly everything was homemade or collected from thrift stores which made every little aspect so charming and so Rachael.

I adored all of these little jars of all shapes and sizes she's borrowed and collected for every type and color of flower!

The finger sandwiches were delicious and added to the feel of a whimsical tea party 


Rachael's house near LA has a perfect backyard for a bright, sunny get together and her roommates helped her make all the pom poms out of tissue paper that will also be used at the wedding! And how perfect is that cozy little bungalow among the tables?

yummy English tea and tasty desserts made by the bride and friends including red velvet cupcakes, coffee cake, banana breads, blueberry scones, powdered sugar tea cookies, and of course chocolate covered strawberries to go along with the wine and champagne!
Wildflower seeds make supremely sweet party favors.

"Commit random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty"


I can only imagine how magical the wedding will be! Rachael will be a gorgeous bride. love.


Tea with Heroines


Why have Jane Austen's works stood the test of time and continue to delight the imaginations of readers of all ages? 

What better way to spend an evening than sipping tea with my mother, watching Masterpiece theater's Northanger Abbey, eating See's chocolates, and practicing our charming yet inevitably ill-fated English accents from a time long ago as if we're sitting in a luxurious drawing room with maids drawing our baths.  I dare say none at all!
 
"But when a young lady is to be a heroine, the perverseness of forty surrounding families cannot prevent her. Something must and will happen to throw a hero in her way."
- Northanger Abbey.  Jane Austen

or my mother's favorite from the same novel:

"He has the best and truest of hearts."

Friday, March 26, 2010

Happy 88th Mommom


Last weekend we had a birthday party for my grandmother.  My holga camera was invited. Here is the happy couple .

Poincaré Conjecture


Do you have to be crazy to turn down 1 million dollars handed to you at your front door? Does such an act of utter contentment with your life make you less human?  

Grigori Perelman would answer with an emphatic no.  After years of others' false claims and proofs, this Russian mathematician (big surprise, it's like they breed math whizzes over there) solved the mysterious Poincaré conjecture back in 2003 with all the kinks worked out by 2006.  He didn't bother to show up at the awarding of the coveted Fields Medal in 2006, one of the most prestigious awards given in the mathematical world. And now this month, he was awarded $1,000,000 by the Clay Mathematics Institute for solving Poincaré conjecture as one of the seven Millennium Prize problems.  However, this gifted man didn't even open the door of his rundown apartment in St. Petersburg for the prize but stated, "I am not interested in money or fame.  I don't want to be on display like an animal in a zoo."  

What a beautiful example of the power of the human mind and spirit, the disregard of all worldly prestige for simply challenging oneself toward an explanation, an answer to an intricate, natural puzzle.  News reports have been EATING this story up trying to wrap their minds around this seemingly inane mindset necessary to refuse the glamorous life of a millionaire.  I only see an enlightened man, brilliant in tracing the possibilities, the patterns.

Now let's take a look at this particular conjecture formulated by Henri Poincaré, another great  mind and theoretical physicist whose maps I learned to love in differential equations. Poincaré did awesome work in algebraic topology, particularly interested in topological characteristics of the sphere.

The standard phrasing of the conjecture is this:

Every simply connected, closed 3-manifold is homeomorphic to the 3-sphere.

In other words, say we have a space that up-close locally looks like an ordinary 3-D space, but is connected, finite, and has no boundary.  If it also has the property that each loop in this space can be continuously tightened to a point, then the space is a sphere.  Sure, sounds good right? Well the methods in attempting to prove this in 3-space can be very complicated while dimensions 4 and higher were proved more easily.  
One of the attempts was Hamilton's program which put a Reimannian metric on this simply connected, closed 3-manifold.  Now we improve this metric by using the Ricci flow equations



R is the Ricci curvature, and the conjecture is easily proven if there is always positive Ricci curvature and the program points out singularities in the space if there is not.  Perelman's work found a way around these singularities by a procedure called Ricci flow with surgery which involved carefully cutting the manifold into pieces along the singularities (yes we can cut pieces of space in math, it's awesome like that).  A few of his theorems sum up in this fact about the well-defined Ricci flow on these manifolds: If the fundamental group is a free product of finite groups and cyclic groups then the Ricci flow with surgery becomes extinct in finite time, and at all times all components of the manifold are connected sums of S2 bundles over S1 and quotients of S3.  and TA-DAAAAAAAA the Poincaré conjecture follows yippie!!!!!!

Here's a pic of some Ricci flow (sounds like the newest R&B step)

SO challenge of the day/eternity: solve the next Millennium prize problem, win a million dollars, and donate it to kitty adoption centers worldwide mew mew!

Devendra Banhart



Feeling groovy after a fun filled night at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach to see the illustrious Devendra Banhart, an artist rightly connected with the genre of psychedelic folk.  I purchased his newest album What Will We Be a few months ago and love the feel of his eclectic, world beats.  And boy, did he really deliver live!
After growing up in Venezuela, Devendra moved back to the States as a teen and started playing music in SF and LA but his Tropicalia vibe still permeates much of his music, many songs sung in Spanish.  I was not surprised to see that he had performed with Gilberto Gil at the Hollywood Bowl since I immediately thought of Caetano Veloso, one of my favorite Brazilian artists,  after hearing his songs Carmensita and Quedate Luna.  
After studying Hinduism the past few months, I am also excited to have found out that his unique name is one of the names for the god Indra, a passionate war god from traditional Vedic scriptures that I found such a terrific character in many a remarkable tale.  A positively perfect fit for this enigmatic soul, Devendra oozed with passion on the stage, dancing like a wild man, crawling on the ground, and truly connecting with the energy in some of his Hindu inspired numbers.  His movements were not overdone but refreshingly silly and his fiery dance moves with his 4 band mates really jazzed up the crowd.  The Belly Up is an intimate, wood-filled venue with fantastic acoustics and Devendra felt inspired to return to an old tradition of his band's for the first time in years by asking someone from the audience to come up and play a song they had written yet had not thus far played for any other soul.  A girl hopped on stage, carefully grasping Devendra's guitar in both hands, and sang her heart out while jamming so exceptionally on those strings like I haven't seen in a long time.  The whole audience was in shock and couldn't stop cheering for her as D gave her a big hug and a straight look in the eye which probably said a thousand things...
No pictures can be taken in this smaller venue but here are some from a recent show of his in San Francisco:
  

Although his hair is short like these above now, this shot below reminds me most of his shirtless performance by the end of our show tonight.  Sweet 'do. (And I love his tattoo I spied tonight that he must not have had yet when this picture was taken but it was on the middle of his chest- "FE" or faith)

Such a magical modular night, go listen to him!
courtesy of www.sfweekly.com, www.kowner.com/portraits

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Seattle bound

Since I leave for Seattle next week, I thought it fitting to share my newest purchase- Hunter rain boots!!! I'm not sure what the weather will be like but I figured better safe than sorry when visiting this rainy Northwest city.  I ordered them in this handsome Merlot color, which was a difficult choice considering they come in almost every tempting shade from pea green to metallic silver (delish) 


Even Jimmy Choo has collaborated with this timeless brand and made gold-buckled divinities that even MK can't pass up

While deciding on possibly moving to Seattle by the end of this year, I've been eating up anything I can find on the area and have fallen in love with a number of local fashion blogs.  The wet, chilly atmosphere allows for a whole new style unknown to my jean cut-off, sunny Los Angeles ways... and it is all oh so enchanting! As you can see, there are boots-a-plenty!!



I can't wait to wreak Hunter havoc myself in Seattle next week!
courtesy of http://www.stylebyme.net/, http://www.21arrondissement.com/

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Ranunculus Heaven!



It's finally that time of year again! 





The beautiful Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers have overtaken the Flower Fields and look more lovely than ever. 
Although it's a bit hazy out today, I took a few feel-good shots of these babies before galavanting off to the beach! Bah life so good when a windmill is involved...

Some friendly folks taking a wagon ride through this field of fractions, I mean dreams. Can I have a big bouquet por favor?

here's the visitor site if you wanna make a trip to this kitty paradise: 
http://www.theflowerfields.com/index.html

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Welcome to my quotient module!

 While skipping further and further along this scientific path, I've cherished the beauty in the art of mathematics and all its humorous connections to other favorite kitten curiosities of mine. Even if abstract algebra isn't your forte, I hope you enjoy other elements of this module quotient by a prime ideal, including:

{ fashion + (kitten), art + (kitten), riddles + (kitten), travel + (kitten), idioms + (kitten), chocolates + (kitten), love + (kitten), ...}

Sometimes functional, smooth, and rational, yet often discontinuous and irrational, almost always complex and surely infinite, this set hopes to delight your creativity and engage your mind! So I'll just kick off with some true words by the man who elegantly proved that every bounded sequence in  a finite-dimensional Euclidean space has a convergent subsequence. Nerdy enough for ya?

"A mathematician who is not also something of a poet will never be a complete mathematician."
~ Karl Weierstrass