THE SWELL SEASON – STRICT JOY
I could listen to this album all day long......
(1) TO MAKE A MEMORABLE MEAL, START WITH A MEMORY
(2) FACEBOOK FOUNDER SLAUGHTERS OWN FOOD
(1) TIM BURTON RETROSPECTIVE @ LACMA RECAP
"Over the years, movie director Tim Burton has reinvented filmmaking in Hollywood. Taking inspiration from pop culture, fairy tales and gothic tradition, he has incorporated these elements into his work as an expression of his own personal vision and developed a unique new genre in the process. A brand new retrospective exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art explores the full range of Burton’s creative work, not only as a film director, but also as an artist, illustrator, photographer and writer. The exhibition will contain a wide range of objects borrowed from various studio archives and private collections including more than 700 drawings, paintings, photographs, storyboards, costumes and other objects. The retrospective is scheduled to be on display from May 29 through October 31, 2011."
"A little information on Jellyfish Lake…
Jellyfish Lake is located on Eli Malk island in the Republic of Palau. Twelve thousand years ago these jellyfish became trapped in a natural basin on the island when the ocean receded. With no predators amongst them for thousands of years, they evolved into a new species that lost most of their stinging ability as they no longer had to protect themselves. They are pretty much harmless to humans although some people with very sensitive skin may get a minor sting from them. If you are allergic to jellyfish you should wear a wetsuit or protective clothing.
These fascinating creatures survive by sharing a symbiotic relationship with algae that live inside of them. At night, the jellyfish go down to the depths of the lake where the algae feed on nutrients. During the day, the jellyfish come back to the surface and follow the sun across the lake in a massive migration. The algae convert the energy of the sun via photosynthesis into a sugar that feeds the jellyfish.
It is not possible to scuba dive in this lake because the nutrient rich layer at around 50 feet and below contains hydrogen sulphide which is highly toxic to humans. If a scuba diver was to swim in that layer, the toxins would enter the body through the skin and that exposure could be fatal. Snorkeling however, is perfectly safe and if you ever find yourself in Palau one day, you should make your way to this special place. The experience of swimming through millions of jellyfish is quite surreal and Palau is the only place in the world where you can do just that!"
“Each villa is complete with a private pool, a small garden, seaside view, and a 24-hour butler service. The layout of the 36 villa resort is designed to provide each guest ample privacy while maximizing their view. VaSLab achieved the balance by designing each villa as a monolithic rectangular frame structure with floor to ceiling glass windows. To provide each guest a scenic view, the villas were then stacked in rows up ascending the hill.
The team chose natural materials such as planks of wood, stone, concrete, and rock partitions, fusing them together to add warmth and local relevance to the modern design. Sets of solar panels were integrated into the design, unseen by the resort guests and rainwater is collected to achieve a sustainable initiative.
The concept of meshing nature with the design is apparent as VaSLab allowed for existing plant life to naturally flourish within the common and private pool areas, and in La Arunya, the outdoor restaurant. Casa De La Flora likes to think that they successfully “blend privacy, peace, beauty, nature, and comfort together with style, sewing it on a trendy silver plate.” After getting a peek at the resort, we’re not going to argue with that!”