Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Currently reading - Jane Eyre

The story is a delightful read, quite as I remember it. I am particularly excited because there is a newly released production of the story, starring Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland). The only reservation I have about the Penguin Classics edition is that the notes have spoilers. They refer to events happened and that will happen in the story. 

The story follows the life of a young orphaned girl sent to boarding school and eventually ends up working as a governess. Her life takes a turn when she falls in love with her master (employer) and begins to discover the many secrets he hides. 

Get the book via Amazon here.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Tim Saternow - George Billis Gallery

Tim Saternow
Jersey Street, rain, watercolor on paper, 40 x 25.75", 2010

I fell in love with Saternow's collection in the George Billis Gallery - Chelsea, New York. The watercolor paintings are made up of several layers, up to 60, to create the soft yet gritty feel. They are fascinating to look at, and depict the somewhat disappearing parts of New York that have not yet been replaced with glass and metal buildings.

Tim Saternow
Broadway and Howrd Street, rain, watercolor on paper, 40 x 25.75", 2010

The paintings are priced between $2,800 and $10,000. The collection will be on display for a week, if you are around the area do check it out - the pictures don't do the works justice.

For information about the gallery click here.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Review: Kafka's The Metamorphosis

I finished the book, and I had to force myself to go through the first 40 pages, but the last ten were so worth it. I hadn't realized before that it was such a short read, around 52 pages. More than half the book (my edition was by Bantam Classics) was notes.

The story is about a boy called Gregor Samsa, who wakes up one day to find himself turned into some sort of beetle. The entire read is about his trials and tribulations in that status. The reason the first 40 pages (ok maybe a bit less) were such a drag for me is because I found it a bit redundant. But it picks up extremely well, totally worthwhile.

It was a very interesting book, great insights on a psychological level. It's considered a modern classic, and since its such a short read I wholeheartedly recommend it.

Amazon link: The Metamorphosis (Norton Critical Editions)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Zite - iPad app

Zite is an newly released iPad app, very similar to The Daily, except it's free and you customize it like no tomorrow. The app compiles news and articles based on categories you choose, creating your own personalized magazine. You can also sync it with your google reader, or your twitter account (it picks up info if it can find it). It's really cool. Get it here.

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Eastern Market - Washington DC

I visited the sunday market in DC today (otherwise known as the Eastern Market). I enjoyed it, weather was beautiful, they had good food and all sorts of random booths - jams, apple cider, prints, postcards, jewelry, woodwork etc. The only thing I didn't like about it is that there is no parking dedicated whatsoever for it, and most people were parking blocks away in residential areas. I spent 35 minutes looking for a spot. If you are around the area I do suggest checking it out.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Saturday, March 12, 2011

NewsRack - a mac app

So I just purchased NewsRack, after seeing so many good reviews and posts about it. It's a great RSS reader, with a very user friendly interface. It basically lets you add all the blogs, websites, news, music & entertainment feeds you follow, and updates it automatically whenever a new post is out. You can also sync it with google reader. At $6.99, it's not the cheapest app out there but I think it's worth it. They also have an iPhone and an iPad app (it was originally made for the iPhone) selling at $4.99.

Buy it here.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Your Daily Thread

Your Daily Thread is an uber cool website that makes it delightful to go green. They feature articles on food, travel, health, products (even iPad covers *wink wink*) that are eco friendly. Check it out here.

My favourite part is the guides. Some seriously helpful - and funny - stuff.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Out of place

Great exhibition at the Tate.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

iPad 2

I don't even want to check the details out. I just like how it looks.