31 octobre 2006

Family Matters

Family matters, by Rohinton Mistry Warm, humane, tender and bittersweet are not the words one would expect to describe a novel that portrays a society where the government is corrupt, the standard of living is barely above poverty level and religious, ethnic and class divisions poison the community. Yet Mistrys compassionate eye and his ability to focus on the small decencies that maintain civilisation, preserve the family unit and even lead to happiness attest to his masterly skill as a writer who makes sense... [Lire la suite]
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29 octobre 2006

Gorazde

Safe Area GORAZDE, The war in Eastern Bosnia, By Joe Sacco Safe Area Gorazde is a harrowing documentary comic destined to become a classic of war reporting. In the waning days of the Bosnian war, Joe Sacco, the cartoonist behind Palestine, made several visits to Gorazde, a UN "safe area" that had been repeatedly attacked by Serb forces. He interviewed survivors of the Serb siege and assembled their recollections. Sacco depicts the atrocities of the war in simple, restrained panels, but his attention to detail is... [Lire la suite]
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27 octobre 2006

Boss is calling!!!

bossiscallingVidéo envoyée par jdelage This video caught my attention. Good point for the technology. As for the employee, I must say his creativity makes up for lies...
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25 octobre 2006

Good bye Laptops and Notebooks

Amazing technology from Japan... but can you guess what it is? Look closely and guess what they could be... Are they pens with cameras? Ladies and Gentlemen, Congratulations!! You've just seen something that will replace your PC in the near future. Here is how is works: In the revolution of miniature computers, scientists have made great developments with bluetooth technology... This is the forthcoming computers you can carry within your pockets. This "pen sort of instrument" produces... [Lire la suite]
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24 octobre 2006

Hezbollah's victory

I went to Lebanon a couple of months ago and all along the road heading south from Beirut, one could see those posters. This is Hezbollah's propaganda. A divine victory? Tell me about it! This is what the Lebanese won: 1200 civilians dead (including many children), thousands of houses destroyed, unexploded ordnances all over south Lebanon, a level a destruction equivalent to half of Lebanon's GDP, etc... So we've decided to post some drawings, to put the record straight. . . . . . ... [Lire la suite]
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23 octobre 2006

The God of Small things / Le Dieu des petits riens

The God of Small Things, by Arundhato Roy With sensuous prose, a dreamlike style infused with breathtakingly beautiful images and keen insight into human nature, Arundhati Roy's debut novel charts fresh territory in the genre of magical, prismatic literature. Set in Kerala, India, during the late 1960s when Communism rattled the age-old caste system, the story begins with the funeral of young Sophie Mol, the cousin of the novel's protagonists, Rahel and her fraternal twin brother, Estha. In a circuitous and suspenseful... [Lire la suite]
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21 octobre 2006

The City of Joy

The City of Joy, by Dominique Lapierre It is ironic that one of Calcutta's most devastating slums should be known as "The city of Joy". By mixing glimpses from the lives of a French priest, a rickshaw driver, and an American doctor, Lapierre offers an emotional account of the daily lives of the poor in the city as they struggle for survival, through flashing violence, and social and cultural practices of the slum. A family living on a pavement reluctantly and sorrowfully agrees to let their children beg for... [Lire la suite]
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19 octobre 2006

Our camera

We are often been asked what camera we are using. For several years, we've been using this one. A Sony Cybershot, DSCV1. It's a pocket size camera, but makes quite good photos, because of its good lense (Carl Zeiss), and gives the possibility to use manual feature. (the latter having a great impact on the quality of your photos). We have been using this camera for 3 years (so most of the photos on this blog were taken with this one). It now has a problem, that we need to fix (difficult to find spare parts in this part... [Lire la suite]
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18 octobre 2006

A Princess Remembers / Une princesse se souvient

A Princess Remembers, Memoirs of the Maharani of Jaipur, by Gayatri Devi This book gives a detailed picture of personal life of Maharani Gayatri Devi. The book has details of early childhood, adolescence, after marriage and post independence aspects of her life. The jaipur Royal family lived a lavish life: hunting in their forest, spending summers in Europe, educating the royal children at elite schools in England, entertaining streams of famous visitors at their desert palaces, and generally living... [Lire la suite]
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17 octobre 2006

A Fine Balance / L'Equilibre du Monde

A Fine Balance, by Rohinton Mistry. . The time is 1975; the place is India, in a unamed city by the sea. The corrupt and brutal government has just declared a State of Emergency, and the country is on the edge of chaos. These events, along with the government's forced sterilization campaign, serve as backdrop for an intricate tale of four ordinary people struggling to survive. Naive college student Maneck Kohlah, whose parents' general store is failing, rents a room in the house of Dina Dalal, a 40-ish widowed seamstress.... [Lire la suite]
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