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February 17, 2008

Why I love Santa Monica: Bad Feng Shui

Santa Monica locals love Chinese feng shui. However what few locals know about Chinese culture is that they put a LOT of thought into their naming of things because of a sort of verbal feng shui. Obviously, this apartment building was named long before feng shui ever entered the local consciousness.

BAD feng shui

Ikebana: V.2

I took an Ikebana (aka Kado) workshop at the local Shambhala Meditation Center. This organization is part of the long shadow cast by Tibetan monk Chogram Trungpa Rimpoche. His books (actually transcripts of lectures) are very good and I give most of them three thumbs up.

My left slant style ikebana:

Left Slant Style Ikebana

Here's a close-up of the small stuff internally:

Left Slant Style Ikebana Closeup

Ads I'd Like to See: Burning Urination

Marketing 101: place your message in a location where it is most likely to solve an immediate problem.

Urinal Ad for Ba Zheng San

February 19, 2008

Why I Love Santa Monica: Trendy Landscaping

I really shouldn't call ginkgo "trendy". However it has been a popular subject for Asian artists for years and one that has been enthusiastically embraced in the West. And for good reason too, as you can see, ginkgo trees turn a brilliant yellow in the autumn.

Ginkgo Trees in Santa Monica

The falling leaves offer a wonderful contrast against this rosemary hedge.

Ginkgo Leaves on Hedge

And of course, the leaves themselves are a nice fan shape that lay atop each other evocative of the random patterns of nature.

Ginkgo Leaves

Ginkgo leaves have been touted in recent years as having a beneficial effect on memory functions. However, these images prove that that they don't have to be consumed in order to remind us of how simply beautiful ginkgo trees are.

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