Posted on 29/03/2007 at 01:22

Opera of Toulon

March 23rd 2007, a few pictures stolen at the superb Opera of Toulon (said to be one of the best acoustics in France), from the Paradis, during the second entr'acte of Turandot (Puccini).
Yeah, I know, this is pretty far from the usual mechanics and DIY stuff on ShamWerks... Don't click away, you're not on Arte...icone smiley laugh
That's a pity, I forgot to take a picture of the view over the railings : more than 4 floors above the scene... Being scared of heights? Don't even get there...
I really wonder how such a place can meet the security standards...
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Posted on 14/03/2007 at 11:00

Soviet Look

Here is a kind of painting I do like, the cold-war era propaganda look... Aesthetically, that's brilliant, feels a bit manga, or Lichtenstein-like in the colors, or even Andy Warhol-like due to the quirky aspect... Plus, I like the Vintage look, I could almost put such a poster at home...
Almost. Cause this is not a poster from the fifties. We are in 2007, and this is an anti-US North-Korean poster. And though, I'm not sure I'll use it as decoration at home... Click the picture or here to see more of these... (via Dark Roasted Blend)
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Posted on 20/11/2006 at 00:30

Hawaïan Palm

Just to change from subject a little bit, here is some botanics on (which will probably please Olive and Oliv')...
So, this is an Hawaïan Palm my girlfriend offered me in June. Sad day unfortunately, as I've been informed my aunt passed away as we were paying at the Vilmorin's cash register...
Anyway, we loved the funny face of this plant, with it's shiny green leaves, looking straight out of Jurassic Park...
Searching a little bit over the internet about it, I learned that the Hawaiian Palm (also known as Vulcan Palm) was a very old species, endemic from Hawaii. Getting more and more rare in nature, mostly because its natural environment is being destroyed by human activities, and being threaten of extinction (we estimate there's only 7 of those left in nature on the Kaua'I island!), a group of scientists has launch a replanting campaign. And to get money for such a work, a percentage of the sale price of each Hawaïan Palm in the world is given to them... Good spirit.
I've tried to give the plant the correct conditions, and surprise! The winter reward : it has made flowers, beautiful big vanilla-colored flowers, with very thick and rigid petals! Even those flowers look Jurassic (or pre-Cambrian, or Cretaceous, or Carboniferous, choose one / pick one)...
Small things make me happy, sometimes... icone smiley wink
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