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Heh.     (My subject line quote is from from here.  I like it!)

If anyone out there is panicking because there's news afloat that your sun sign has changed!   Never fear.  Not true.

See here at CNN:

"But before astrology fans scrape the ink from their arms because they think they're now a Virgo instead of a Libra, they should consider this: If they adhered to the tropical zodiac - which, if they're a Westerner, they probably did – absolutely nothing has changed for them.

That's worth rephrasing: If you considered yourself a Cancer under the tropical zodiac last week, you're still a Cancer under the same zodiac this week.

That's because the tropical zodiac – which is fixed to seasons, and which Western astrology adheres to – differs from the sidereal zodiac – which is fixed to constellations and is followed more in the East, and is the type of zodiac to which the Star Tribune article ultimately refers.

Two zodiacs. That's nothing new."
 

 

Update:   More astrology geeky background on this can be found here.   

And as I said to my daughter on FB as she was freaking out over her sign changing and expressing outrage that this was spreading when it wasn't true:  "Heh--the power of social media/Internet these days means a simple statement, taken out of context, can cause planet-wide panic. Even if it is only about Zodiac signs!"

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And on another front.  

I admit it.  I've been posting on FB more and more.   It's just so. damn. easy.   And enabling.   I swear I'll be back on LJ when Show starts back up on Jan 28 and likely for the SFCON.

I have been reading and commenting on LJ.   Just not posting.  

But I shall return!

Oh wait.   I guess I have returned!

Heh.
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This my favorite time of year.  I just come alive during September, October, and November.  

I'll admit that by the time February rolls around I am very, very ready for Spring and a little more sunshine. 

Spring is my second favorite time of year.  Must have something to do with change.  I have always been a change junkie. 
Happy and content musing on autumn... )

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A friend of mine sent me this this morning. It's a wonderful short film of still and motion photography showing some of the most amazing scenes betweens animals and humans. Mesmerizing and beautiful. It's by Gregory Colbert who I had not heard of before now.
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From Wikipedia: "... Colbert did not publicly exhibit his art or show any films. Instead, he traveled to such places as India, Burma, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Dominica, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tonga, Namibia, and Antarctica to film and photograph interactions between human beings and animals. Since 1992, he has launched more than sixty such expeditions, and has collaborated with over 130 species. Elephants, whales, manatees, sacred ibis, Antigone cranes, royal eagles, Gyr falcons, rhinoceros hornbills, cheetahs, leopards, African wild dogs, caracals, baboons, eland, meerkats, gibbons, orangutans, and saltwater crocodiles are among the animals he has filmed and photographed. Human subjects include Burmese monks, trance dancers, San people, and other indigenous tribes from around the world. In 2002, Colbert presented his work, Ashes and Snow, in Venice, Italy. An April 9, 2002 review in The Globe and Mail stated, “Colbert unveiled Ashes and Snow, an exhibition of images and photographs unprecedented in both scope and scale. Covering 12,600 square meters, it is billed as one of the largest one-man shows in the history of Europe.”
Here's a short film based on that Ashes and Snow exhibit. It's in two parts.

Part 1



Part 2



ETA: My friend had sent me a Facebook link which I could not embedded--so I looked for the video on YouTube. While the ones above are great--they are not quite the same--to see the same video I saw go here to Gregory Colbert's Facebook video.
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Busy, busy, busy today. But better than yesterday because it didn't feel so mundane--or maybe I just wasn't so mundane.

I met with a headhunter for lunch to talk about job prospects. We met at this neat SE Portland restaurant called Mile's City Grill. Over by Lloyd Center area. Had a great lunch with the dude. He's been working in job placement for 8 years in this community and one of the first things he told me was that when he checked around with his contacts, it seemed like EVERYONE knew me and had good things to say.

Now of course the guy's not going to stress bad things to me. He wants to make money off of me. But I know from personal experience in the last several weeks how people have been coming out of the woodwork and contact me.

Just made me feel good. We had a long talk about the job market and about health care reform and about living in Portland (how great it is) and about our mutual excitement over the hope that Obama brings.

Then since I was in such a high mood, I decided to head off to NW Portland across the river to the New Renaissance Bookstore. A place that a friend had recommended to me. I'd been putting it off for a few reasons--not the least of which was...dude...it's in NW Portland! On 23rd of all places!

Now NW 23rd Avenue is one of those places in Portland where all the bohemian, new age, inner city, cool people live. There are tons of interesting and cool shops along the street. Amazing older (and very large!) houses and attractive newer townhouses and condomiums are springing up all over the place. And the parking is basically NON-EXISTENT! Everyone likes to go, shop, eat on NW 23rd--and there is only street parking and they are very narrow streets. So basically it's hunt and peck for parking and walking for a few blocks (if you are lucky.)

But it was a beautiful (if a tad chilly) day out and despite the fact that I was wearing business clothes and not walking shoes--I decided to check out this bookstore.

Glad I did. Got a ton of books (on top of the books I bought yesterday at Borders). All new-agey (or old eastern if you prefer) types of books. Perhaps more on this on my other LJ if I feel up to it later. Plus got some other neat stuff there too. The place was a little over whelming with all it's terrific stuff! It was in three connected old NW Portland houses.

Then I drove back home by way of SW Portland. So I have photos of NW and SW Portland as my Project 365 post today.

lots and lots of photos under the cut... )
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I was advised yesterday that I should get a labradorite stone.  I'd never seen one before.  But man, when it was put in my hands, I did not want to put it down.  The first words out of my mouth were, "this thing is like alive!"

It was amazing. 

This evening I did some googling and found some sites that sell this stone in jewelry or just as stones.  But I think I'm going to wait until I find one in a shop somewhere so I can touch it first. 




It was also suggested I get some tiger-eye.  I do intend to.  But I was familiar with that stone and was very distracted by the pretty and the aliveness of this laradorite.

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