Wednesday, April 30, 2008

An Evening in Morro Bay

Last week, we spent two nights in Nipomo at my in-laws' en route to Disneyland. We had a couple of friends from Malaysia with us. We didn't do much on the evening we arrived except find a restaurant where we could eat dinner.

The next day, however, we brought them to Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo and ended the day with a quick visit to Morro Bay.

I am pleasantly surprised at how well these pictures turned out. It was already getting dark and I took these pictures without using the flash on my camera.

The picture above is of Morro Rock, the remains of a dormant volcano.

Fishing boats and yachts moored on the bay.

I used the flash on my camera to take this picture of Duncan. Look at how dark the background looks.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Orang Utan trying to spear a fish

Is this one smart orang utan or what? eek He is hanging precariously on a branch and trying to spear a fish swimming in the water! Wow! I did not know that orang utans have learnt to use a tool to hunt for their food!!

Painting of men playing cards in underwear fetches £ 4.1 mil

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Beijing auction raised a record 57.12 million yuan (4.1million pounds) for a mainland Chinese oil painting of men playing cards in their underwear, state media said on Tuesday.

"The Breeding Ground No.1", from the contemporary painter Liu Xiaodong's Three Gorges Series, was bought by a private buyer at the China Guardian 2008 Spring Auction, Xinhua news agency said.

The painting, 2.6 metres (eight and a half feet) high and 10 metres wide, was drawn in the Three Gorges area from 2005 to 2006, depicting 11 men in their underwear playing cards.

"I painted the Three Gorges three times. Every time was a personal improvement for me," said Liu, 45, a China Central Academy of Fine Arts graduate.

Would you pay £4.1 million for a painting of men playing cards in their underwear?! eek I don't think I would!

I have been searching the internet for a picture of this painting but have had no success. Probably you won't see it because it would result in reproductions! Not good for the buyer, eh!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Derek Paravicini The Musical Genius

Have you heard of twenty-eight-year-old Derek Paravicini? I first heard of this amazing man on CBS' 60 Minutes program.

Derek is blind, and severely disabled. He can't tell his left hand from his right hand, doesn't know how to dress himself but when he plays the piano you will most certainly be astonished. His talent is so amazing and Lesley Stahl who interviewed Derek on the 60 Minutes program calls him a living iPod. Derek remembers and is able to play every song he has heard on the piano. He effortlessly plays the melody of any song with his left hand on the piano.

His talent is such that it makes you cry just to watch him play considering he has the intelligence of a three-year-old. He is what is called a savant, someone with one exceptional skill that is out of keeping with the rest of his other skills.

Here's the first of five clips called Derek Paravicini The Musical Genius. This documentary was made in 2006 when Derek was 26-years-old. Watch it and be amazed by his talent.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Mid LifeCrisis - Solved

When I was married 25 years, I took a look at my wife one day and said, "Honey, 25 years ago we had a cheap apartment, a cheap car, slept on a sofa bed and watched a 10-inch black and white TV, but I got to sleep every night with a hot 25-year-old blonde.

"Now we have a nice house, nice car, big bed and plasma screen TV, but I'm sleeping with a 50-year-old woman. It seems to me that you are not holding up your side of things."

My wife is a very reasonable woman.

She told me to go out and find a hot 25-year-old blonde, and she would make sure that I would once again be living in a cheap apartment, driving a cheap car, sleeping on a sofa bed and watching a 10-inch black and white TV."

Aren't older women great? They really know how to solve your mid life crisis.