Yet a couple more samples created while tinkering with Adobe products at the Foothill College Krause Center for Innovation classes. I used Illustrator on these to get an idea of its capabilities. Really looking forward to Flash classes the next two Saturdays. (Even though I know HTML5 might be the next big thing.) The teacher for the Photoshop, Illustrator, and Flash classes is Janet Davis. Check out the front page of her website at http://www.janet-davis.com/ . She is a fine artist as well as an instructional and graphic designer.
Here’s a couple more fun photos from another Photoshop class yesterday. Looking forward to Illustrator and Flash classes in March.
I am beginning to work on an informational website for my Web Development class. The topic is going to be malamutes. I’m attaching here a PDF of the outline that I’ve previously developed on the content that will be included in this website. Let me know if you have any comments! Stay tuned for further developments….
For about a year and a half, I’ve been practicing yoga at Soula Power Yoga. Sadly, the studio is closing as of tomorrow, December 31st. The teacher, Marta Weinstock, will be splitting her time at two studios, a new one called Breathe, and the well established Willow Glen Yoga. I really appreciated the heat in this studio, and its contributions to strengthening my practice, as well as Marta’s emphasis on the breath. Many a class I actually sweated, and often I swum seamlessly into a meditative state during savasana. Something about the closing of this studio just does not sit right with me. If anything, we need more yoga in the world, not less. Where will all the college students go to practice now? Willow Glen and Los Gatos are a little far for them to travel without a car.
Looks like I will have to choose among Breathe, Willow Glen, and YogaSource Los Gatos. Now I know that Silicon Valley is no New York City, but I still pine for the pure Ashtanga bliss I experienced at an all-Ashtanga, all-the-time, studio there. It’s where I really committed to heart the starting chant.
I’ve tried Yoga is Youthfulness in Mountain View, and that was heaven. Truly ideal would be the opportunity to begin a Mysore practice. I guess I could always try the 7:30-9:30 Sunday morning. In any event, you can find me at a free yoga class or two this weekend. Eventually I would like to see what Jivamukti is like, since I neglected to do so while in NYC.
By the way, a good birthday present would be The Language of Yoga. I’m always seeking new models and “languages.”
If I had to choose a personal symbol and style, it would be the Leaf. That’s one of the reasons you see mint leaves on this blog. I would like to decorate my house with leaves. You know how some people go bonkers over dog paraphernalia, especially their favorite breed of dog, or they collect all kinds of objects with mice on them, or some people like cows, or cats and that’s what they collect. Cow mugs, cow objects, cow plates, cow dog bowls… anyway, you get the picture.
I would get towels and shower curtains and plates and dishes and bedding and curtains with leaves on them.
And I would get a Nissan Leaf.
Today the first consumer received a Nissan Leaf. He’s here in the Bay area.
While I was looking for a car (my first car) last year, I became aware that the Leaf was planned for delivery in December 2010, but I needed to buy a car so I could not wait that long. While I had always said that my first car would be an electric car, I got a Honda Civic Hybrid. I chose it over a Prius for a few reasons (in no particular order.)
1) No blind spots.
2) Driver’s seat can be elevated to fit someone with a short torso.
3) Body construction safer than a Prius, especially in case of rollover.
4) More stable in windy conditions. It can get quite windy here.
6) And, I did not know this would be such a plus, heated driver and passenger side seats.
Here’s an image of the car I got, and an image of the Leaf. Can you say trade-in?
I discovered the photo of mint on this site with a quick Google images search. It only took three tries before I found the perfect image. Pretty, isn’t it?
At the bottom of the Wikimedia Commons page where the photo is housed, it says “Category: Mentha”, which covers all the various varieties of mints. So I googled “menthe.” There’s crème de menthe. “Crème de menthe is a sweet, mint-flavored, alcoholic beverage.” There’s Creme De Menthe Brownies and a recipe from The Food Network. And there’s recipes for cocktails and cookies.
Strangely enough, I don’t really like the combination of chocolate and mint. I did purchase Trader Joes’ Candy Cane Green Tea. I do like mint gum and mint toothpaste. I love chocolate, both dark and milk, and flavored. I put berries (or bananas) in my morning oatmeal/Malt-O-Meal combination. And the name Mint Berry Learning just came to me one night as I was falling asleep. Somehow it just works.
Key learning from Big Ideas Fest: It’s okay to make mistakes.
Therefore, Trust the process. Something new is born.