Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Daily Celebrations

One more for the day...

"Every breath you take is another chance to transform your life into a celebration"-unknown


" It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see."

-Henry David Thoreau

Saturday, July 24, 2010

SF Street Inspirations

Net-A-Porter by Business of Fashion

I love blogs and Business of Fashion is a great source of the inside dish on the business behind the fashion industry. Imran Amed the editor, just got an exclusive with Natalie Massenet from Net-a-Porter. Recently sold to luxury powerhouse Richemont for a pretty penny, Massenet is a business woman to take a queue from. Taking luxury apparel online and into the webosphere, Net-a-Porter lead the trend of the fashion-edited-online-marketplace. Take a look at the Behind the Scenes video from Business of Fashion interview tour with Natalie Massenet.

More on the interview here.

Adventures in Sailing

One ofthe best things about living in San Francisco is being next to the bay. Having traveled extensively throughout my life and growing up on an island- the most important element to make a city a home for me is to be near water. But far too often, I neglect my sanctuary in the city and remain on dry land. Until last weekend, thanks to OCSC Sailing in Berkeley, my friend Kris and I had a blast sailing the high seas.

Note to self: Get out and enjoy the water more. Even if it is just a toe dip in the sea.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Next Magazine

Launching today: Flipboard

A cool new App for the iPad that pulls content from your social media networks and creates a "magazine" based on what is being shared around you. While the connection to social media networks is cool and all, I see the next exciting step for print magazines are to take the glossy pages digital. Imagine flipping through your Vogue on the Ipad and selecting a Kors runway shot, only to have it be a video of the runway show glimpsing the ensemble live and in motion. Can't wait for the adaptations to start... maybe i can get in early and help make it happen. WSJ and NYTimes will be next...

Sunday, July 18, 2010


...there are people waiting to be helped, there are souls waiting to be touched,

there are friendships waiting to be made, there is canvas waiting for paint,

there are men and women with hearts waiting to fall in love,

it is my job and your job to find them...

~Father O'Neil

the demon of men

Not necessity, not desire - no, the love of power is the demon of men.
Let them have everything - health,
food, a place to live, entertainment -
they are and
remain unhappy and low-spirited:
for the demon waits
and waits and will be satisfied.

-Friedrich Nietzsche

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Inspiration can come for anywhere...but when it comes from a dear friend its even better. Because I could not have said it better myself...

I once smoked a cigar with Fidel Castro.

I used to discuss UN politics with His Majesty

Empreor Hallie Selassie. I occasionally engage

Cornel West in political discourse on the state of

the black union. I've argued with Al Greenspan

about what was the best move for the current economy,

happens to be. I've explained to Bush his foreign policy

is a detriment to our society but he didn't listen,

so I spoke to him of his demise from power....

When I was done with this, I decided to rest myself

I sat at the thrown drinking nectar with Allah.

I proceeded to sit naked on the Sahara desert

letting my body glisten in the sun.

My voluptuous limbs absorbed the rays and radiated

back the light that created the blue sky,

the gentle breeze, and the passing of the clouds.

Words of Wisdom

Friday, July 16, 2010

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

What Motivates you?

A lovely coworker sent me this video today. Since I'm always on the search for new ideas and challenging ways to shake up business, this video is quite interesting! I have to say that the results of this MIT experiment are very surprising. So take a look and let me know if you agree or disagree.

Modern Art

When I decided to study art history in college the number of ??? that arose from loved ones around me was comical. Now that I'm a degree holding Art Historian those ??? still surface every now and then. The only difference is...now I have answers to those questions!

Saw this and thought it might be my next response

Friday, July 9, 2010

Just when I thought Arizona was going to get away with this terrible law... The Justice Department Swoops in to save the day!

No matter which side of the Immigration issue you are on, one thing remains. Immigrants are people too and deserve respect. It is necessary to have someone thinking about resolutions to the global issue not just targeting a small population.

"It is often easier to become outraged by injustice half a world away than by oppression and discrimination half a block from home." ~Carl T. Rowan

Obama sues Arizona
By: Mary Katharine Ham
Weekly Standard
07/06/10 4:35 PM EDT

Jan Brewer v. Eric Holder:

The Justice Department filed suit Tuesday against Arizona, charging that the state’s new immigration law is unconstitutional and requesting a preliminary injunction to stop the legislation from taking effect.

The lawsuit says the law illegally intrudes on federal prerogatives, invoking as its main argument the legal doctrine of “preemption,” which is based on the Constitution’s supremacy clause and says that federal law trumps state statutes. The Justice Department argues that enforcing immigration laws is a federal responsibility.

But the filing also asserts that the Arizona law would harm people’s civil rights, leading to police harassment of U.S. citizens and foreigners.

The complaint is here (pdf). At 25 pages, it is two and a half times the length of the bill itself. One wonders if anyone in the Obama administration actually read this document given their infamous unwillingness to read the Arizona law.

Legal Times:

“In our constitutional system, the federal government has preeminent authority to regulate immigration matters. This authority derives from the United States Constitution and numerous acts of Congress,” reads the introduction

With the State Department joining as a plaintiff, the lawsuit also cites the president’s authority over foreign affairs. “Immigration law, policy, and enforcement priorities are affected by and have impacts on U.S. foreign policy, and are themselves the subject of diplomatic arrangements,” it says.

In a news release, Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. focused on two additional areas: the impact the law could have on immigrants’ willingness to cooperate with local police in criminal investigations, and the police resources that could be diverted from other investigations.

Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, Calif.:

“For the better part of two decades, citizens in border states like Arizona, Texas and California have been told that illegal immigration enforcement is the responsibility of the federal government while their concerns about the safety of their families and communities have been largely brushed aside or met with inconsistent, under-resourced and ineffective responses from the federal government. They now find themselves over-run by drug cartels, gangs and human trafficking. The people who live under the constant threat of border violence have every right to be protected and have every right to defend themselves, their families and their communities.

“For President Obama to stand in the way of a state which has taken action to stand-up for its citizens against this daily threat of violence and fear is disgraceful and a betrayal of his Constitutional obligation to protect our citizens. Rather than spend time, energy, resources and money stopping a state from enforcing existing immigration laws, the Obama Administration should instead mobilize every resource available to stand with these states and families who live daily with the reality of violent crime along an unsecure border and suffer the consequences of the federal government’s failure.”

Perhaps it’s a better legal argument than a political one, but the federal government does seem to be opening quite the can of worms to argue that a state-level attempt to do what the federal government claims is its sole responsibility is uncalled for while that same government is spending time and energy suing Arizona while it continues to not live up to its responsibility.

Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/obama-sues-arizona-97883084.html#ixzz0tEKVGyb9