Saturday, February 21, 2004

In Paris

I arrived in Paris Friday, 20 February and will be here until 2 March. I read The Piano Shop on the Left Bank by Thad Carhart. Movies included Intolerable Cruelty Featuring: George Clooney, Catherine Zeta-Jones , Looney Tunes: Back in Action Featuring: Brendan Fraser, Jenna Elfman , Duplex with Ben Stiller, Drew Barrymore, The Rundown Featuring: The Rock, Seann William Scott, Under the Tuscan Sun Featuring: Diane Lane, Raoul Bova. Because I see so few movies in my life, all movies are (for me) good, fun to watch, and offer fascinating insight into comtemporary society. Here are some flying tips for people taking long flights who are not kids: If your ankles swell during long flights (as mine do), this could make you susceptible to phlebitis or bllod clots in your legs. Recommendations to help in preventing swelling include; o standing up and moving around from time to time o wearing support socks that compress the ankles o takig an aspirin to thin your blood

Friday, February 20, 2004

In Paris

I arrived in Paris Friday, 20 February and will be here until 2 March.

I read The Piano Shop on the Left Bank by Thad Carhart. Movies included Intolerable Cruelty Featuring: George Clooney, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Looney Tunes: Back in Action Featuring: Brendan Fraser, Jenna Elfman , Duplex with Ben Stiller, Drew Barrymore, The Rundown Featuring: The Rock, Seann William Scott, Under the Tuscan Sun Featuring: Diane Lane, Raoul Bova. Because I see so few movies in my life, all movies are (for me) good, fun to watch, and offer fascinating insight into contemporary society.

Here are some flying tips for people taking long flights who are not kids:

If your ankles swell during long flights (as mine do), this could make you susceptible to phlebitis or blood clots in your legs.

Recommendations to help in preventing swelling include;

o standing up and moving around from time to time
o wearing support socks that compress the ankles
o takig an aspirin to thin your blood

Thursday, February 05, 2004

mind trick

While sitting in your chair, lift your right foot slightly off the ground and move it in clockwise circles. Now draw the numeral "6" in the air with your right hand. Your foot will involuntarily reverse direction.

mind trick

While sitting in your chair, lift your right foot slightly off the ground
and move it in clockwise circles. Now draw the numeral "6" in the air with
your right hand. Your foot will involuntarily reverse direction.

Monday, February 02, 2004

Off to New York

I will be in New York from 3 February to Sunday, 8 February There is a sit-down dinner in the Guggenheim Museum that I have been invited to - for the opening of an exhibition of the work of the Italian futurist Umberto Boccioni. Should be exciting!

Off to New York

I will be in New York from 3 February to Sunday, 8 February

There is a sit-down dinner in the Guggenheim Museum that I have been invited to - for the opening of an exhibition of the work of the Italian futurist Umberto Boccioni. Should be exciting!

Sunday, January 04, 2004

New Year Cards

For quite a few years, I've sent out Christmas cards and more recently emails. There are a number of issues with this effort. Not everybody likes Christmas cards. Particularly people who are not Christians. Also preparing Christmas cards takes a lot of work in terms of creating the layout and addressing the messages and so on. In the Christmas season time is at a premium, because this is a wonderful time to be with children family and friends. So there has to be a better answer. And there is. And the French have it. Some time ago the French government began to be very strict about separating church and state. It thus became impossible for the government to send out Christmas cards. But government officials did want to maintain the tradition of staying in contact with lots of people with a token message each year. Thus the French government changed to sending New Year cards. Now everybody in France sends New Year cards. The date of arrival does not seem to be too important. Sometime in December or January is OK. I like this idea very much and so I am switching to sending New Year cards.

New Year Cards

For quite a few years, I've sent out Christmas cards and more recently emails. There are a number of issues with this effort.

Not everybody likes Christmas cards. Particularly people who are not Christians.

Also preparing Christmas cards takes a lot of work in terms of creating the layout and addressing the messages and so on. In the Christmas season time is at a premium, because this is a wonderful time to be with children family and friends.

So there has to be a better answer. And there is. And the French have it.

Some time ago the French government began to be very strict about separating church and state. It thus became impossible for the government to send out Christmas cards. But government officials did want to maintain the tradition of staying in contact with lots of people with a token message each year. Thus the French government changed to sending New Year cards.

Now everybody in France sends New Year cards. The date of arrival does not seem to be too important. Sometime in December or January is OK.

I like this idea very much and so I am switching to sending New Year cards.

Thursday, January 01, 2004