Dr. Robert Svoboda

June 2014:

It was Hong Kong and Sydney for me during June's first fortnight. Had I had a smart phone, I could have let it manage my jet lag:

http://entrain.math.lsa.umich.edu/

I went to Hong Kong at the invitation of the Asia Yoga Conference

http://www.asiayogaconference.com/2014/

and to Sydney at the behest of Ayurveda Australia

http://www.ayurvedayogaaustralia.com/dr-svoboda-in-australia

In Sydney I again enjoyed the unending hospitality of Farida & Sheriar & Nekzad & Khursheed Irani, the family that produces these excellent products:

http://www.subtleenergies.com.au/

I'm writing this during July, the month that marks the completion of Sheriar Irani's 70th decade:

http://www.subtleenergies.com.au/blog

Happy Birthday Sheriar! In your honor, a century of people (with drums):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUHLa1qSy24

Back in the '90s I had spent overnighted in Hong Kong on a couple of occasions on my way to & from India, and had once smuggled a durian onto the plane to feed to friends in Bombay (who were wholly unimpressed by it). But that was before the new airport, the new skyscrapers, and the new “arrangement” with China. While there this time I taught all my classes with my dear friend and colleague Dr. Claudia Welch, with whom I visited several Hong Kong sights, including these three must-see locations: the Big Buddha

http://www.hong-kong-travel.org/Po-Lin-Monastery/

the Chi Lin Nunnery:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi_Lin_Nunnery

and the LockCha Tea House

http://www.lockcha.com/teahouse/

Happily for me, Dr. Claudia & I will be teaching together again thrice next year, in April, May and December (my Schedule has info).

In the meanwhile, Edge of Tomorrow was one of the movies I enjoyed during June.

On the music front, during June I met AshEL Seasunz (as solid a guy as he is talented a musician) and sampled his Green Hip-Hop:

http://www.earthamplified.com/

Books of the month: Forty Rules of Love , The Blood Stone , The Good Men ,and The Book of Lost Things, in which context kindly take a gander at

https://www.usm.edu/media/english/fairytales/

and

http://www.lib.usm.edu/legacy/degrum

as well as, for that matter, this:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwic

and, for a different sort of fairy tale, these two:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/06/

http://blog.themistrading.com/who-is-haim-bodek/

In the category of still photography:

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/

http://extremeexposure.com/

In the informative infographic category:

http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2014/05/

For the provoking of thought:

http://phys.org/news/2014-05-glimpse-nature-glassto

Spurious correlations anyone?

http://www.tylervigen.com/

A real friend looks you in the eye:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/17/

Something to see with those eyes:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/27/biggest

Introducing the elements:

https://www.youtube.com/user/periodicvideos

Considering the parasites:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfqO1U6lfDs#t=34

Cellulosic beauty:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?

Scientific visualizations:

http://www.xvivo.net/ XVIVO

This last link came to me via Dr. Laura Franklin, with whom I spent some days toward the end of the month. Dr. Laura, from whom you should get acupuncture whenever you are in Gualala, CA, is currently teaching an online course in nutrition, and has been contemplating the tearing out of her hair over the inability of (the majority of) her students in this (supposedly) graduate-level course to actually function at graduate-student level. Here are three remedial lessons she has had to teach, as a sad commentary on the current state of education in this land:

http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/book-reviews/

http://writing-speech.dartmouth.edu/learning/materials/

http://www.cornellcollege.edu/LIBRARY/faculty

Could such functionally illiterate students appreciate the Forty Rules of Love? Consider Rule Six:

Most of the problems of the world stems from linguistic mistakes and simple misunderstandings. Don’t ever take words at face value. When you step into the zone of love, language as we know it becomes obsolete. That which cannot be put into words can only be grasped through silence.

Masha'Allah!

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