Monday, April 25, 2011


yesterday was Easter Sunday
my friends m&m shared a wonderful
American Easter Sunday feast
it was a lovely day, thank you!

our dinner of: Ham with pineapples, Macaroni and Cheese,
Mashed potatoes, Green collards, fresh baked rolls,
and pumpkin pie (not photo here)

the ham was so sweet, hope the pork forgives me

Mione's macaroni and cheese were the tastiest surprise
stronger cheese flavor without all the melted cheese
perfectly crunchy!

the nice hosts

Gibby, the 16 year-old nephew-cat

Indio, the lustrous cool cat

Russian Google Doodle

the other day while taking a look at the most recent
Google Doodles
i came across this Google Doodle from the Russian Google

it is the first Google Doodle i see divided on four parts
arrows & all...
it seems to tell the story about some happy village
then a black big bad wolf, who gets tamed, and they all live
happily ever after, they even have a 'Frau Kitty' heh heh in every drawing

i clicked on the link and the explanation was, well, in Russian

even though most of the Google Doogles have a western & somewhat
'generalized' celebration, it is great to see the more 'regional' ones
like this one...

in case you want to check out more international Google sites
this link provides a list with the links

it's funny to see the Google tabs from the Homepage
spelled in so different character from all these languages

update:& after clicking on the Google Doodle history i
found out that the Russian Goodle Doodle from April 13
was the 120th of Birthday of Sergey Prokofiev!
so, yes, it's Peter and the Wolf
in 4 doodles, great!

Thursday, April 14, 2011


we all already know that 42 is the
"Ultimate Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything"
as Deep Thought pointed on
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

but also 42 is the number of Earth years
that i become today...

yeah! already 42 & thankfully for being alive today
and smiling

it has been a 'regular' day
i came to work and even if parties haven't been planned
i did get to eat some birthday cake
my friend Rebecca at work just came back from New York City
and she brought me a little cupcake from the infamous
Magnolia bakery in NYC
that works as my b-day cake today...

i only wish for my life to keep on being this mellow
& good, i have a semi-OK health
but i have a job, semi-OK too, but at least i design there
a lovely mother and family
two terrific furry companions
many wild birds that visit me every morning & evening
a place to practice yoga
and i live in one of the cities with best weather
in the world!

ah also, i have some white hairs already
but no plans to die my hair... not just yet

so i am lucky! and i am 42 too
Happy Birthday to me!

how to film a mocking bird

on Tuesday i arrived home to the tune
of this lovely bird

i have a bird feeder
mostly visited by mourning doves
blue jays and some elusive singing birds

but on Tuesday, this little guy
was giving us a concert! please listen to him...

now, the movie is bad quality
so while he sung
i grabbed my photo-camera
and photographed him too

and i wasn't the only one
listening, here some of his vivacious public

now, i assume he's a mocking bird
because he sings in so many pretty styles!
but if you reading this know about birds
please let me know if you know what kind he is

also, it would be helpful is you knew...
how to film a mocking bird!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

two italian films

recently i watched two Italian films
my Netflix queue seems to be all about Italy these days...

the first one was a classic film great italian film!

a noir comedy about the Sicilian mafia on the 60's
directed by Alberto Lattuada
who i read was an architect before being a film director
which explains the beautifully framed framed
and the aesthetically timed scenes

it featured Italian star Alberto Sordi
who does an excellent job in this noir comedy
really enjoyable performance!
Mafioso is a hidden jewel, showcasing
every Sicilian and mobster cliche you can think of
but... just when you are about to get tired
of Sicilian old ladies and so much 'baciamo la mano'
(kissing of the hand)
the film offers a superb visual & musical twist...
do not miss it!

the other film is much more contemporary
is a subtle comedy about old age, good food,
wine drinking, all happening in Rome
during Ferragosto...
Pranzo di Ferragosto
or as they called it here
Mid-August Lunch

this film is not a strong film
but it's lovely in its subtlety, it's delightful one!
i watched on a perfect schedule
on my TV at home, during this past warm Sunday
while sipping wine and preparing a late snack
this is a perfect setting for this film
you don't want to watch this film late at night
you want to watch it on a light warm day
while sipping wine (believe me you'll want some)
and with a light snack, at least...

Pranzo di Ferragosto or Mid-August Lunch
is one of those little films that probably you'll forget
and that sometimes seems pointless but just like
a good magazine article, it will keep you fulfilled
while you watch... and it will make you smile
many times... lovely little film
great film for an outdoor summer day...