“If we have data, let’s look at data. If all we have are opinions, let’s go with mine.”
Jim Barksdale

Wish: SweetClarity – Phase1

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In a year from now I’d like SweetClarity to become a small replica of what what it will become over the next few years.

SweetClarity continues to be an unrelenting challenge. My efforts are now focused on establishing the conditions for it’s next phase of growth. We have a demo service running and its time to being construction of infrastructures that can take us forward.

In the end it is about getting people on-board. This is usually achieved by hiring people. Since we have no funding available to us yet we are working in two directions. One is to attain funding – though this is a big mystery in its own right. The second is by inviting people on board without financial remunerations. Patience is a recurring theme in the last years of my life. I am curious to see what conditions will mature and what shape SweetClarity will take over the next few months.

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Jazz Standards

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These images were also taken a couple months ago during Shahar’s second Orchard Labs artist residency project in the desert in the south of Israel. We were scheduled to perform with some ‘jazz’ musicians who we’ve never met before. We were really looking forward to this performance – the space was initimate and the opportunity to perform with live mucusians is always embraced. We first met the musicians a few hours before the show.

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Last Night

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Over the past few weeks I have been thinking about this movie “Last Night” I saw many years ago – and I hope to see soon again. The movie begins at 18:00 and there are 6 hours left until the end of the world. Everyone in the movie seems to know and accept this and the world has changed accordingly. There is nothing sci-fi about the movie – it is all people facing their last 6 hours of existence. Within these settings the stories of numerous characters cross paths. The final scene of this movie has never left me. By the time I reached this scene I seemed to have adjusted to the film’s altered reality. So instead of it being crazy and bizarre it is now touching, sensitive and sensible. Wow! I couldn’t find a formal trailer – but I did find this bit.

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Bella

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Yesterday we sat down to watch Bella. It is one of those movies that, for me, stand out from the crowd. It resonated nice with my recent encounters and practice of faith.

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Color Profiles

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I recently encountered a question about color profiling and the answer required more then the 140 characters allocated for the question. There is plenty of more professional information about this out there – but I am guessing that a lot of people can make do with a simple explanation.

Why should you care about color profiles?

Ironically because what you see is not what you get. I will use still photography as an example – but this implies just as well for any digital imaging technology. Read More »

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Dear Paul Graham, Attn. Art

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Dear Paul,

I have recently begun to reluctantly follow on some technology/startup/vc reading. I came across your writing and YCombinator.  I have read numerous articles you wrote, I have drawn some ideas and found some inspiration in them. When I came across your article How Art Can Be Good I came to a stop. My initial response was objection to your writing –  and I almost engaged you in a confrontation. I wanted to show you that you are wrong – that you do not know what art is. But to do this I would have had to claim that I do know what art is – and nothing could be further from a truth. So I let the energy you stirred in me continue to brew and eventually settle. Now that it has, I feel that I can write with a positive note and establish a connection with you rather then form an opposition. Responding to your article has actually consolidated some ideas that I have been carrying with me – so I am thankful for your contribution in crystallizing my thoughts and forming a stage for their expression.

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Wish: Shakuhachi

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My wish it to be able to order a custom made Jinashi flute from Monty – a flute that is harvested and made for me and with me in mind.

This picture is not of a Jinashi flute – but it is a beautiful one : )

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4 Nifty Applications

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I think this is the first time (at least in a long time) that the word nifty came to mind – enough so that I would even use it to express myself in writing.

I came across this page with recommendations for 4 applications:

  • a nice replacement for Windows XP alt-tabbing
  • a substitute for the windows taskbar
  • a utility for capturing screen-shots
  • a desktop RSS reader- this may finally get me to use RSS.

Thank you Greg.

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Ryan & Jack

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I recently came across Ryan Swagar’s blog and found myself spending the better part of an hour enjoying the contents he chose to share. I walked away with a smile, with a sense of familiarity and inspired to do the same. So I hope you enjoy Jack Johnson which keeps appearing in my life and caressing me gently:

Thank you Ryan, Thank you Jack.

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Aube & Sara

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This is another SweetClarity publication. The images were taken during a recess at Shahar’s Tune Barcelona project a few months ago. The performer is Aube – she was participating in the workshop but she wasn’t dancing (long story – and for Aube to tell – if she ever wants to) she was writing. When the breaks come she just had to let out her thirst to move – and one time I joined her to play around with the camera. It was frivolous fun and play and this is what it looked like.

If you haven’t already done so then please turn on your speakers. This presentation was our first attempt at adding a sound-track. I had refrained from doing this for some time (another long story) but Shahar asked me to give it a try. The result was amazing and inspiring. Read More »

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Migrating to Mozilla Thunderbird

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For some time I have been wanting to switch from Outlook to Thunderbird. Thunderbird is a mail client developed by Mozilla – the same organization that is behind the Firefox Browser. These are both open source tools and I am slowly migrating to open-source applications – the reasons deserve a whole separate post. They both have a rich offering of plugins and addons that extend their functionality. A popular Thunderbird addon is Lightning – which provides calendar functionality. Thunderbird & Lightning together are a formidable substitute to Outlook.

What has prevented me from making the transition until now was synchronizing my Nokia E65. The Nokia software provides a solution for Outlook. I could not find a solution for doing this with Thunderbird. Now I have. I found a nicely written post on how do this here (techies you might want to visit this wikipedia page on SyncML). The solution is founded on a free mediating service that you can use to sync both your mobile phone and Thunderbird. The one I found that has both phone and Thunderbird compatibility for both contacts and calendar entries is ScheduleWorld.

Now that I have this sorted out – I have encountered another obstacle. I have grown somewhat accustomed to some of the search features provided by Xobni (which I have installed on Outlook). Xobni compensates for Outlook’s meek search features (amongst other things). I will miss these features in Thunderbird – so again the migration is on hold – but I believe it is a matter of time!

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Donnie Darko

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‘I find it kind of funny
I find it kind of sad
the dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had’

I don’t know how many times I’ve seen this movie. I enjoy it time and time again – and I have no idea why. There is an elusive quality to it – almost mystical. Paul recommended that I watch the movie. I have no idea why. I guess you have to try it for yourself.

Some more interesting facts about the movie here.
I just looked at the movie website… don’t really know what its about… but it caught me for a few minutes (much like the movie does)

If for no other reason then watch the movie for the penetrating rendition of “Mad World” by Tears for Fears. It was sung by Gary Jules – and if you haven’t heard it yet – then stop everything and listen to it now on his myspace page.

Post update – found this clip of Mad World:

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Out of Focus

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This is one of the first images I took deliberately out of focus. I went out numerous times to walk the streets of the rather dull suburbishcity in which I lived, with a camera in hand. I usually came back empty handed. I could see nothing. Then one day as I was walking up the main street facing the sunset I got an idea to go out of focus.

What a relief – suddenly I felt an interest arising in me – I was seeing so many new things. An overflow of disassociated details literally blurred into a whole that made sense. It changed from something I could not understand to something I could sense and experience. It shifted from my thinking mind into a realm of imagination.

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The images below were taken as a preparation for an improvised performance. The performance was part of an art-exhibition opening event that celebrated the theme of ‘city’. I had an idea to prepare  visual materials, based on that theme, that we could then project during the performance to establish a landscape. I am not naturally curious or fond of city landscapes so I was faced with a challenge.

These images were taken during two excursions. One was close to home – in a rural-village landscape. The other was in ‘the big city’ Tel-Aviv. Again I found myself drifting towards the out-of-focus perspective. We did not use the images in the performance – and they have never been displayed. Until now.

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Shifting Weight

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Some mornings, like today, I start the day by sitting in the garden with a drink and a book. when I do this I feel I set a healthy rhythm for my day, that it down-plays any unnecessary ambitions. This morning as I leaned forward to get up from the chair I noticed a shift.

My mind was already moving towards the next activities – which be called ‘work’. What caught my attention was a tension – a kind of anxiety that was not there while I was reading. I seemed to be making a move from a concept of ‘leisure’ to a concept of ‘work’. I felt I was taking on a burden. I also realized that this was an unnecessary effort – that I could bring qualities of ‘liesure’ into ‘work’. I would then enjoy the work, I would take my time doing it and would be probably do a better job.

The burden is an expression of incorrect effort – there is no need for it. It reflects habits that have formed over a long time. It reflects fears and expectations. It is hidden and subtly affecting my mind. I was able to catch in in a subtle shift in the weight of my body. It happened so fast that the mind could not get in the way – and I learned something new about myself.

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Happiness as your Business Model

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A great presentation:

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VC & Philanthropy – Related Links

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Since I released the post on VC & Philanthropy I have encountered some interesting links:

I will update this post as I find more interesting reading and insights

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A Great Divide – VC & Philanthropy

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SweetClarity has me thinking about and acting to raise money required to support the project. SweetClarity aims to facilitate a new day-to-day meeting between art, artists and society – it has a manifest (which came before it’s executive summary). SweetClarity is also developing a business infrastructure to ensure its future independence and to achieve one of its strategic objectives – paying artists revenues for having their work presented. So far I have encountered two potential funding avenues: venture capital (with it’s varying flavors) and philanthropy. Read More »

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Glimpses 05 – August 2008

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I have been thinking about a new Glimpses post for some time – but no image came to mind – until this morning. The image in this Glimpses represents a shift in my experience of photography and creation. As you can see in the small image when I started out on my journey with Shahar – I wasn’t very subtle. I was trying to understand my relationship and position in this space. I was feeling separate for the space – the result was a dramatic intervention – photographically inserting myself into the space. I took an intimate moment and inserted myself into it. That’s one way.

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Isn’t it Ironic?

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The other day I went to visit an art gallery with an exhibition that displays 23 pairs of portraits of people before and after their deaths. It’s an intense exhibition – but I also found it comforting and amusing. Initially I felt nothing but then I felt a physical pressure in my abdomen. I found this image which you can click for a link to additional information about the exhibition:

When that gave way some thoughts came to mind. Read More »

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SweetClarity

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I suppose it’s about time I made a formal introduction of SweetClarity here at StillCreation. The best way for me to describe SweetClarity is through it’s manifest which you can read here. SweetClarity was born during the summer of 2007 shortly after Shahar & I completed our second collaboration and my first exhibition. The best way to understand SweetClarity is to experience it. So I will take this opportunity to share a new SweetClarity publication.

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