12/21/09

List of Top 10 iPhone apps for 2009

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So far I've managed to resist the enticing allure of an iPhone but it isn't easy (hacking, reception, and connection problems notwithstanding.)

End of the year is near and the Tops for 2009 lists are appearing everywhere. Here's a techie one that makes for an interesting read of the Top 10 iPhone Apps for 2009.

Did your fave app make the list?

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12/16/09

Art, Drama, Chocolates and Neckties!

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One of my new sepia art drawings has turned up on a Men's or Women's necktie (I don't discriminate) in my Zazzle Art Shop and it's a smidge racy but nice!

And if you'd care to drop by a new Art Gallery try the Sepia Art Theater where you'll find one of my favorite love triangles: Art, Drama, & Chocolates.

Plus, I've linked there to Julia Child's recipe for Mousse Chocolat, my greatest accomplishment years ago when I cooked my way through 2 or 3 pages of Julia's Mastering the Art of French Cooking!!

Laugh if you will, but have you tried it yourself? If you've seen the excellent Julie & Julia starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, you'll know what a task such a project has to be.

But Chocolate Mousse? Mmmmm!

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12/14/09

166 yards of One Dark Night

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One Dark Night is the name my daughter has given this new skein of hand-dyed and spun yarn.

Thing is...

In a rare move, it wasn't Maya who dyed this batch of squishy fibers, a friend did. Then Maya spun the colorful results into 166 yards that are destined for someone's special projects as soon as they find out about it.

It's only a matter of patience.

If you're a knitter or are close to one, let Maya tell you all about it, the weight, washing instructions, suggested needle size, all that stuff.
And Yarn Clubs are available, too. What a special gift those are for any dedicated knitter in your life.

So @ this time of year, One Dark Night's colors seem more than seasonal to me, they seem...evocative...of cozy firesides and cups of cocoa with a little whipped cream and sprinkle of cinnamon on top, if you please! (On top of the cocoa, not the fire. That'd be daft.)

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Did Cooking Make Us Human?

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Having just found a blog on the New Scientist website called Culture Lab I'm passing on its link because it includes The Best Books of 2009, one of which tells 'How Cooking Made Us Human' which is a very interesting theory even though it may imply that all human beings act humanely.

Perhaps it's me, but I don't count the ones who act as reptilian-brained psycho-killers. And sometimes I'm not too certain about most politicians either.

But with my natal Jupiter in 4th house of Home and Domestic Scene, I do like to cook delicious stuff...perhaps a little too often!

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Julia Child's Chocolate Mousse can't be beat!

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Have you ever tasted Julia Child's Chocolate Mousse? It can be whisked, but it can't be beat!

Well, I have tasted it a few times but only through my own cheffery efforts! Click the link to visit my brand new Art Gallery blog, Sepia Art Theater, where you'll find little more than Art & Chocolates.

Can you tell that I finally saw Julie & Julia over the weekend? Watching the film, my teen years haunted me as catalyzed by Meryl Streep's excellent portrayal of the Jupiterian Julia Child, with Amy Adams playing Julie Powell, the NY blogger who also loved Julia. (As with me, a mother-daughter connection was in play.)

Do you remember August just past? That's when I published here images of Julia Child's birth and death charts along with a few astro-details and a link to an interesting interview on Fresh Air so check it out here if you wish.

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12/7/09

view 'Mandalan Art' with a Psychedelic flavor!

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Imperfect Mandala, a drawing by Jude Cowell.

When Mandelbrot-inspired mandalas operate as Art images for sparking such things as meditations, eye-brain stimulations, or for simple visual enjoyment of creative images, then we know the Universe still works in harmony at least some of the time, in spite of all man can do!

Have you ever seen this dynamic collection of what I call 'Mandalan Art'?

Click for a few bright examples available there for your viewing pleasure with only a secure click, for I've this very evening discovered the Art Work @ Spirit Mythos and I recommend it to you!

My hope is to find more Mandalan Art of Psychedelic yet charming vibes and locate the links here for you or in my Secret Moon Art gallery online, if you prefer. Peruse the Art Links in the sidebar next time you drop in.

Thing is, 'Mandalan Art' is only what I'm calling it; I'm not sure if anyone else does. And the digital Artist of the Moment at Spirit Mythos undoubtedly has alternate ideas of how to describe their work, don't you think?

So when you reach the Spirit Mythos gallery, click icons to enlarge images of the colorful mandalas for they're so el perfecto for gazing upon and chillaxing your brain a while...

and tell them old Jude Cowell sent ya because I feel you'll like the interesting Art images of Spirit Mythos!

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No personal or professional connections or agreements exist between this gnat of a blogger (Jude Cowell) and the author/s and owner/s of the above-linked Spirit Mythos blog.


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scat!









Well, then here's Portrait of a Fool, inspired by the -0- card in the Tarot deck.



from CPD a gallery of frisky figure studies for 17+ers' viewing only.

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12/5/09

Forensic Astrology and the case of Amanda Knox 12.5.09

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This is merely a heads-up alert that an article concerning the sad Amanda Knox case and resulting guilty verdicts of last evening has been published after much study by yours truly.

The guilty verdicts against Ms. Knox and her former boyfriend, Rafaelle Sollecito, were delivered "shortly after midnight" in Perugia, Italy for the brutal murder of Meredith Kercher on the evening of Nov 1, 2007.

And although Forensic Astrology is an interest of mine, I consider myself to be barely fluent in its principles. Still, you may find a few notes of interest which are translated from astrologese to English for your consideration. Do check it out and comment thoughtfully, if you wish, on this blog or at Jude's Theshold.

Amanda Knox's natal data is included but with her precise birth time unknown, I've used a Noon chart for her natal planetary details. Meredith Kercher was born in London in Feb, 1986, but that's all the info I've found so far.

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12/1/09

JFay's dynamic Artsy Candles!

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Since my Art/Astrology presence on the web has expanded in recent years and become almost impossible for me to keep up with, it's easy to lose touch with earlier web friends, even those whose artisanship you tremendously admire and have ordered for yourself to enjoy.

One such is Studio 3B's JFay, a dynamic designer of gorgeous handmade candles in a variety of themes and colors. Why, you have only to ask and she'll design a candle specifically for you! Or simply choose from her wonderful collection.

Do mosey by Studio 3B's Artsy Candles Blog to view JFay's intriguing gallery filled with trendy as well as traditional themes and styles of color-drenched scented candles and you'll soon join me in accolades for JFay's waxy work!

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