Friday, July 31, 2009

Mexico City is a Zoo!

Blog post title got your attention, didn't it?

I was in Mexico City and passed by these beautiful life-sized, sculptures of wildlife from all over the world. This is a part of an Animal Celebration initiative to raise awareness about the destruction of native habitat and the need for their protection.

Each exhibit has a sign next to it that reads - "Sálvame" (Save Me). Animal Celebration is a great idea and I hope other cities follow suit. The sculptures will be available for display until November and will be visible on the central Paseo de la Reforma. They will eventually be auctioned off with the proceeds going towards the Wildlife Fund.
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Monday, June 29, 2009

Rupa & the April Fishes

I had the good fortune of seeing a local SF band, Rupa & the April Fishes, perform at the Stern Grove. They blend together trumpets, cellos, an accordian, guitar, drums, the tabla and some awesome lead, female vocals to produce harmony and energy.

The lead singer, song writer and guitarist is the amazing Rupa Marya. Beyond just her music, I was impressed at how she juggled her Doctor/Rockstar career (See video to understand why!).

It's also amazing how someone can enjoy not just one job, but two. I will revisit this video anytime I need a dose of inspiration.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Yoga for a Cause - Yoga Bear

Some of my favorite yoga classes have been donation-based, where all the proceeds of a class go to benefit a particular cause. Like Mark Sierra's Ashtanga class @ YogaSource in Palo Alto. The thought that a teacher would spend his Monday evening, leading a class for an hour and a half, so that someone else would benefit, just added a sense of gratitude to vastly improve my practice.

Now, there is a Non-Profit organization called YogaBear that emulates this cause at a larger level. It partners with yoga studios to provide yoga classes free of charge for cancer survivors. I have practiced restorative yoga (Yin yoga) to recover from physical injury and can wholly appreciate how yoga can complement recovery, even for cancer survivors.

Zemanta and Weber Shandwick are offering $6,000 to a non-profit that is most blogged about. So I am doing my bit to help out this cause!

–> This blog post is part of Zemanta’s “Blogging For a Cause” campaign to raise awareness and funds for worthy causes that bloggers care about. <–

Saturday, April 18, 2009

The Problem with Stock Photos

Stock photos don't convey the import of the news in many situations. Would you smile and hug if you reject a truce call?

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


I read somewhere that if you are one in a million, there are still six thousand of you out there! Ok...I just had to do the math to figure that out.

So this is how I differentiate in the world of SuperMeneesh (thanks to Monty Python)

Sunday, March 15, 2009

What's Your Wireless Footprint?

A friend from Intel tells me that by 2010 the number of radio transmitters will exceed 1 trillion!!! Radio - being any modern wireless communication such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G, RFID and so on. This number is scary considering that even today the link between cell phone usage and brain cancer remains. What if the waves of all those wireless devices resonated and then incapacitating some part of the brain or tissue?

I predict that sometime in the near future, we will have wireless footprint calculators a la the carbon ones and individuals/companies will have to offset them annually.

The wireless footprint calculator would take into account the number of radio transmitters and receivers. Some devices such as cell-phones with a longer range might require higher offsets.

I calculate my footprint as about 10-15 radios. What's yours?
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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Yoga in Portrait

I attended a workshop called 'Your Yoga in Portrait', where you select your favorite yoga pose and get snapped up. I like the Bakasana (Crane pose) and Vrschikasana (Scorpion pose)...only I am not very good at them. With a lot of assistance and airbrushing I got into position for these poses.

I really hope to master Vrschikasana...maybe then I will be the Scorpion King ;)
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