March 21, 2008

Global Happiness Day-Go Figure

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Seems this Friday and the next few days have something for everyone according to the it seems almost no believer of any sort will be left without his or her own holiday. In what is statistically, at least, a once-in-a-millennium combination, the following will all occur this Friday.

Purim, a Jewish festival celebrating the biblical book of Esther
Narouz, the Persian New Year, which is observed with Islamic elaboration in Iran and all the “stan” countries, as well as by Zoroastrians and Baha’is.
Eid Milad an Nabi, the Birth of the Prophet, which is celebrated by some but not all Sunni Muslims and, though officially beginning on Thursday, is often marked on Friday.
Small Holi, Hindu, an Indian festival of bonfires, to be followed on Saturday by Holi, a kind of Mardi Gras.
Magha Puja, a celebration of the Buddha’s first group of followers, marked primarily in Thailand.

Have a good one whatever your faith is.


March 20, 2008

A 300 mpg Car ?

I have a reason to love what is happening in some circles of car design. Radical new ideas for cars are emerging as

ff_100mpg1_6301.jpga result of the good work of the X Prize Foundation. Some of the results are in Wired reports in a recent article “1 Gallon of Gas, 100 Miles — $10 Million: The Race to Build the Supergreen Car”

And far as I can tell its brilliant news while these X cars have a very limited oil dependency. Way to go . This are a step in the right direction. Where is GM and Ford asleep again at the Switch ?
Check the Alpera company .

March 16, 2008

Persepolis and Persian Rugs

Filed under: Lifestyle,Marketing — Tony @ 8:30 pm
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What is the link between the movie Persepolis and Persian Rugs ???

Well sadly the link is this. Its a story of the lack of courage, a loss of heart and soul by Iranian expatriates in Canada and the USA. There is little or no protest as many have have bought the dollar and forgotten universal rights and freedoms. It would seem that the dollar has gotten them by the proverbial.

Persian Rugs are not neutral art objects. They represent people, weavers and merchants. They are the lifeblood and are a huge industry. $500 mil in the USA alone. How much of that gets to the weavers and how much to the intermediate’s and the state?

Tough questions and questions that Care and Fair, Step, and other international organizations are struggling to come to grips with. To get a sense of what needs to change rent the movie Persepolis. Its gripping and ever so revealing. This woman has courage in spades. In this movie, which is autobiographical, Marji the author grows up and witnesses first hand how the new Iran, now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, has become a repressive tyranny. You will see how Marji refused to remain silent at the injustice, her parents send her abroad to Vienna to study for a better life. However, this change proves an equally difficult trial with Marji finding herself in a different culture loaded with abrasive characters and profound disappointments that deeply trouble her. Even when she returns home, Marji finds that both she and homeland have changed too much and the young woman and her loving family must decide where she truly belongs.

I heard similar stories over and over again. It takes courage to adjust. Take time out and read the two autobiographical graphic novel (comics) by Marjane Satrapi that describes her childhood in Iran after the revolution.
She has great courage on many levels.

January 21, 2008

Design and Music

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tony @ 9:16 pm

Thank the stars for music. Music are essential tools of taste. Let me share a secret on how I get into the groove for understanding designs and what consumer wants and desires are. Its simple I play music. It has helped me to understand see the world in a different way. Music allows me to express beauty, rhythm, and movement. It has also allowed me to see the world of others.

When I chose music I chose a lens through which to view the world. And when it comes to design and thinking about what hand knotted rug suites what environment I first turn to music. In my case my world is a mix of jazz, world classical and opera. Then I get lost in the music and somehow as I do I begin to see colorful geometric forms and patterns that match the music. It’s as if my eyes have been opened and I have been invited into a world I had never seen.
In music, the rhythm can slow down and speed up, pause or sustain a tone, leap, or even freeze for an instant. I just go deeper. When this happens I tie into a concept similar to Gestalt’s Law of Continuation in that everything has its own natural rhythm. In that state I meet the muse and then I can make my choices of colors, designs and patterns. Truly my creative muse is the music.
Next time you find yourself stuck when choosing a rug or even art or area rugs for your lifestyle turn to music and your music’s palette will help you will find the colors, textures, patterns and graphic forms to guide you in your choices.
Remember color, pattern and design are expressions of music. The best guide I can recommend for you that will help you chose the right area rug for you is music. Chose it well and listen carefully.
PS while you may not a Synesthesiac I do believe you will appreciate how music can trigger colors. It does for me, Listen to a little bit of how Music Unleashes Rainbows of Color. Click on the Music Unleashes Rainbows of Color and enjoy. PS I am not Synesthesiac but I think we all experience it to some exten t and music is the trigger.

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