Canada at one hundred fifty years old

Canada

Silicon Palms and me have a place in Canada and believe it or not there are palm trees in British Columbia, especially along the Pacific coast of Vancouver Island but even right in the city of Vancouver, occasionally on a rooftop but frequently along the path of the beaches. Naturally palm trees in Vancouver are transplants and most are protected during the winter, wrapped in burlap sheets to survive the cold.

Today was a wonderful day for Canada’s birthday, as it fell on a clear-blue summer Saturday, for the city-dwellers to enjoy the perfect weather for a day at the beach in Vancouver.

English Bay, Vancouver
English Bay Vancouver, Canada Day July 1, 2017

Vancouver, Canada

Pacific Northwest Experience

Girl in a wetsuit

Vancouver has been an amazing experience for me, the best British Columbia springtime in memory. My time here has been exhilarating and inspiring. The exhilaration is from the beauty of nature and inspiration from the young entrepreneurs I meet. The Asian business communities are thriving and one such great example is the China Canada Business Council, they acts as an economic development incubator for enterprise and investment coming from Canada, as well as resources and expertise flowing to China.

It’s truly an exciting time in the evolution of Canada China relations and the very best time to be involved in providing information related to Hong Kong, as the IFC between east and west. My team and I have knowledge and experience in cross-border finance that is indispensable for SME’s (small to medium sized enterprise) that are developing projects in distant places.

Vancouver in the spring and summer is awesome for bike transport and the city has a public service called Mobi-bikes.ca which I joined and have used every day. The public bikes are blue and kept in blue racks which are placed throughout the city, especially at the metro-transit location, sea-bus and subway etc… very convenient to ride across town, or in my case all over and around Stanley Park and the beaches of Vancouver. Whenever I have a meeting it often begins with a bike ride and almost always ends with a long ride around the seawall, under the Lion’s Gate bridge and home to English Bay.

Living amongst foreigners is enjoyable too, on any given day, I hear several foreign languages and cross paths and enjoy the scenery with people from the farthest reaches of the planet. Vancouver is the melting-pot of Canada.

Vancouver Calling

Indigo Vancouver

Over a month ago a friend gave me a special gift for my birthday, a report based on my name and birth date, to produce what I call the Indigo Vancouver message. Here’s what it said:

Color: Indigo Navy Blue
Jewels: Pearl, Sapphire, Lapiz
Keyword: Responsibility

Now it’s time for home and family, groups and friends. The plants are flowering, make your home the center of your life, be responsible, fair, just. Be of service and accept your duties willingly.

Take care of all your responsible belongings, people, places and things.

This is the year to move into a new home. Make music a big part of your life. Do all your entertaining at home.

Set your standards and keep them. Complete what you start.

Have rhythm and harmony in your life.

Anything you do for the benefit of the group is good.
Be the counselor. Give assistance whenever it is needed, it’s your year to give of yourself.

A deeply satisfying year!

I accept my responsibilities with love and joy!

Vancouver Photo credit: Nick Kenrick. via Visual hunt / CC BY-NC-SA

Fortune Cookie with no Fortune

Fortune Cookie

True story; yesterday I ordered Chinese food for 3 people, it was more impressive and more delicious than any Cantonese Chinese dishes I’d eaten in years. When we were finished, each of us chose a fortune cookie. I was second of three people and selected the fortune cookie furthest away from me, which is actually contrary to my normal habit and at that moment I had a flash of a thought. To myself I asked ‘what if there were no fortune in the cookie?”

Yes, it happened, I opened a fortune cookie that contained no fortune. In other words there was no piece of paper inside the fortune cookie, this never happened to me before,  and I never heard of it happening to anyone else. What did it mean? What should I do? Google (search) it, of course….

If there is no fortune in a fortune cookie, it is a sign that something good will happen to you soon. (Because fortunecookie-fairy owes you one fortune.) Source: We created this rule as a solution to one of frequently asked questions.

Fortune Cookie – Rules

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Rules
Do not grab the cookie closest to you, but the one furthest away when served by the host or hostess.

Pick a cookie that is most closely “pointing” towards you (i.e. the 2 pointed ends, not the rounded part, is facing you).

if you rip your fortune, it will not come true.
Source: We received this rule from one of our visitors (thank you!).

You have to keep the fortune for it to come true.
You cannot look at all the fortunes first, then claim the best one as your own – or give the worst one to someone else.

After reading the fortune, you must not tell anyone your fortune, and then eat your fortune cookie and put paper on fire for it to come true.

If there is no fortune in a fortune cookie, it is a sign that something good will happen to you soon. (Because fortune-cookie-fairy owes you one fortune.)

If you get 2 fortunes in 1 cookie, they cancel each other out. The fortune from the next cookie is the one you will receive.

If you text your fortune to one person that is very close, the fortune can come true for both you and the person you texted!

In order for fortune to work, you cannot tell anyone what it says.

You can’t look at the fortune until you are done eating the entire cookie.

You have to eat the entire cookie in order for the fortune (that came from the cookie) to come true.

You cannot pick your own fortune cookie. (Someone has to give you a cookie)

* If you know or heard about any other rules about fortune cookie, please let us know.
* If you want to make up a new rule of your own and have others follow it, feel free to e-mail us the rule. Only the thing we ask is if you made up a rule, please state as such in the e-mail.

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Stravinsky by Picasso

Stravinsky and Pablo Picasso collaborated on Pulcinella in 1920. Picasso took the opportunity to make several sketches of the composer.

Igor Stravinsky (5 June 1882 – 6 April 1971) was a Russian-born composer, pianist, and conductor. He is widely considered one of the most influential composers of the 20th century. Stravinsky lived a remarkable life, during the most amazing era, among the most fascinating people but we may have never known about it, were it not for the genius of Pablo Picasso.

Stravinsky as drawn by Picasso in Paris on 31 December 1920
Igor Stravinsky as drawn by Pablo Picasso (dated 31 December 1920). Published in France in May 1921 in the program for the 14th season of the Ballets Russes at the Théâtre de la Gaîté-Lyrique in Paris.

Stravinsky despised the Bolsheviks as he was a staunch Monarchist, so the Russian revolution forced him to move to the Ukraine and then Switzerland, however it was the couturière Coco Chanel who invited Stravinsky and his family to reside at her new mansion “Bel Respiro” in the Paris suburb of Garches (until they could find a more suitable residence). Life became illustrious from that day forward, as he became the preeminent composer and conductor of the twentieth century.

During his later years in Paris, Stravinsky had developed professional relationships with key people in the United States: he was already working on his Symphony in C for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and he had agreed to deliver the prestigious Charles Eliot Norton Lectures at Harvard University during the 1939–40 academic year.

Despite the outbreak of World War II on 1 September 1939, the widowed Stravinsky sailed (alone) for the United States at the end of the month, arriving in New York City and thence to Cambridge, Massachusetts, to fulfill his engagement at Harvard. Vera followed him in January, and they were married in Bedford, Massachusetts, on 9 March 1940.

Essex House in New York, where Stravinsky lived at the end of his life
Essex House in New York, where Stravinsky lived at the end of his life

Stravinsky settled in West Hollywood. He spent more time living in Los Angeles than any other city. He became a naturalized United States citizen in 1945. In 1969, Stravinsky moved to the Essex House in New York, where he lived until his death in 1971 at age 88 of heart failure. He was buried at San Michele, close to the tomb of Sergei Diaghilev.

He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and in 1987 he was posthumously awarded the Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement. He was posthumously inducted into the National Museum of Dance’s Mr. & Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney Hall of Fame in 2004.

Igor Stravinsky photograph by Arnold Newman
Stravinsky photograph by Arnold Newman

Personality of Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky

Stravinsky had adapted to life in France, but moving to America at the age of 57 was a very different prospect. For a while, he maintained a circle of contacts and emigré friends from Russia, but he eventually found that this did not sustain his intellectual and professional life. He was drawn to the growing cultural life of Los Angeles, especially during World War II, when so many writers, musicians, composers and conductors settled in the area: these included Otto Klemperer, Thomas Mann, Franz Werfel, George Balanchine and Arthur Rubinstein. Bernard Holland claimed Stravinsky was especially fond of British writers, who visited him in Beverly Hills, “like W. H. Auden, Christopher Isherwood, Dylan Thomas. They shared the composer’s taste for hard spirits – especially Aldous Huxley, with whom Stravinsky spoke in French”. Stravinsky and Huxley had a tradition of Saturday lunches for west coast avant-garde and luminaries.

Stravinsky displayed a taste in literature that was wide and reflected his constant desire for new discoveries. The texts and literary sources for his work began with a period of interest in Russian folklore, which progressed to classical authors and the Latin liturgy and moved on to contemporary France (André Gide, in Persephone) and eventually English literature, including Auden, T. S. Eliot and medieval English verse. He also had an inexhaustible desire to explore and learn about art, which manifested itself in several of his Paris collaborations. Not only was he the principal composer for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, but he also collaborated with Picasso (Pulcinella, 1920), Jean Cocteau (Oedipus Rex, 1927), and George Balanchine (Apollon musagète, 1928). His interest in art propelled him to develop a strong relationship with Picasso, whom he met in 1917, announcing that in “a whirlpool of artistic enthusiasm and excitement I at last met Picasso.” From 1917 to 1920, the two engaged in an artistic dialogue in which they exchanged small-scale works of art to each other as a sign of intimacy, which included the famous portrait of Stravinsky by Picasso, and Stravinsky’s “Sketch of Music for the Clarinet”. This exchange was essential to establish how the artists would approach their collaborative space in Pulcinella.

Louise Donahue portrait of Igor Stravinsky
Louise Donahue portrait of Igor Stravinsky
According to Robert Craft, Stravinsky remained a confirmed monarchist throughout his life and loathed the Bolsheviks from the very beginning. In 1930, he remarked, “I don’t believe that anyone venerates Mussolini more than I … I know many exalted personages, and my artist’s mind does not shrink from political and social issues. Well, after having seen so many events and so many more or less representative men, I have an overpowering urge to render homage to your Duce. He is the saviour of Italy and – let us hope – Europe”. Later, after a private audience with Mussolini, he added, “Unless my ears deceive me, the voice of Rome is the voice of Il Duce. I told him that I felt like a fascist myself… In spite of being extremely busy, Mussolini did me the great honour of conversing with me for three-quarters of an hour. We talked about music, art and politics”. When the Nazis placed Stravinsky’s works on the list of “Entartete Musik“, he lodged a formal appeal to establish his Russian genealogy and declared, “I loathe all communism, Marxism, the execrable Soviet monster, and also all liberalism, democratism, atheism, etc.” Towards the end of his life, at Craft’s behest, Stravinsky made a return visit to his native country and composed a cantata in Hebrew, traveling to Israel for its performance.

Stravinsky proved adept at playing the part of a ‘man of the world’, acquiring a keen instinct for business matters and appearing relaxed and comfortable in public. His successful career as a pianist and conductor took him to many of the world’s major cities, including Paris, Venice, Berlin, London, Amsterdam and New York and he was known for his polite, courteous and helpful manner. Stravinsky was reputed to have been a philanderer and was rumored to have had affairs with high-profile partners, such as Coco Chanel. He never referred to it himself, but Chanel spoke about the alleged affair at length to her biographer Paul Morand in 1946; the conversation was published thirty years later. The accuracy of Chanel’s claims has been disputed by both Stravinsky’s widow, Vera, and by Craft. Chanel’s fashion house avers there is no evidence that any affair between Chanel and Stravinsky ever occurred. A fictionalization of the supposed affair formed the basis of the novel Coco and Igor (2002) and a film, Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (2009). Despite these alleged liaisons, Stravinsky was considered a family man and devoted to his children.

Full Snow Moon

silicon palms night on a full snow moon

For most of my adult life, from the age of twenty-two, I lived in the tropics. This year I’m enjoying the Canadian winter and being with my family but I’m pining for the palms. Thinking about balmy Brazilian nights at this time of the year and remembering the giant palm trees. The reality is though, according to the “Farmers Almanac” this is a legendary moon and a very beautiful one, here tonight in Canada.

Full Snow Moon

Full Snow Moon

February’s full Moon is traditionally called the Full Snow Moon because usually the heaviest snows fall in February. This name dates back to the Native Americans during Colonial times when the Moons were a way of tracking the seasons. And the Native Americans were right. On average, February is the USA’s snowiest month, according to data from the National Weather Service.

Hunting becomes very difficult, and so some Native American tribes called this the Hunger Moon. Other Native American tribes called this Moon the “Shoulder to Shoulder Around the Fire Moon” (Wishram Native Americans), the “No Snow in the Trails Moon” (Zuni Native Americans), and the “Bone Moon” (Cherokee Native Americans). The Bone Moon meant that there was so little food that people gnawed on bones and ate bone marrow soup.

See more about  Full Moon names and their meanings.

cognitive dissonance

cognitive dissonance

Definition of cognitive dissonance

  1. :  psychological conflict resulting from incongruous beliefs and attitudes held simultaneously

The remedy for cognitive dissonance is forced positivity with large doses of reality. If raging conflicts in the mind continue to plague the host, then more information is recommended, until the symptoms subside.

Common side effects of cognitive dissonance are loss of appetite for CNN, often accompanied by mild irritation on the topic of the NIST 9-11 Report, or migraine headaches from the Warren Commission report and the magic bullet theory, as well as loss of sleep due to the London Bombing hoax, or Boston Marathon Bombing hoax and other mental maladies.

If conditions persist seek asylum in a foreign embassy, or move to tropical country where they don’t watch CNN and make a living selling ski toques on the beach. People would buy them for the Canadian maple leaf and because no-one ever sold a ski toque at the beach, which is a completely incongruous exercise, working as a form of therapy, in order to manifest harmony.

Seriously though, I caught a lethal dose of cognitive dissonance from CNN on the day that Barrack Hussein Obama posted his badly forged birth certificate on the Whitehouse website, where it still till this day remains. Then a few days later, in order to distract the public, especially because the social media channels were abuzz with immediate alt-media reaction to the fraudulent document.

I and thousands of other web geeks downloaded and opened it in Adobe Illustrator, where we could easily move the layers around with the touch of a mouse – people were making allot of Youtube videos about the obviously bad hack job, everyone started talking about it. So the Obama puppet-masters (CIA) had to throw a hail-Mary on a Sunday night and interrupt the regularly scheduled programming of the entire world, to tell us that Osama bin Laden had been ordered killed by BHO himself, using the now famous Seal Team Six, then had his body thrown-off an aircraft carrier in a burial at sea.

That was the last time I ever watched CNN but I’ll never forget how the Whitehouse correspondent at the time, Ed Henry, had a cognitive dissonance outbreak on live television and started laughing during the supposed-to-be super-solemn and serious presentation. Ed Henry lost his job from his folly and was demoted to Fox, he just could not keep a straight face and look at the camera, while telling the audience such a ridiculous lie.

Once a brain is stricken with cognitive dissonance the mind becomes addicted to the very topics that caused the conflicts. Truth is the remedy and information is the treatment.

A sufferer of cognitive dissonance will feel much better once they realize that almost nothing since the Coup d’état of JFK, is what we’ve been told, or happened the way they say it did and especially the powerful people, are not who we’ve been led to believe they are. Much of what we’re told is without there being any real evidence or proof, in fact more evidence exists for conspiracy theory than proves otherwise. We’ve been played.

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Forced Positivity

Forced Positivity is a rare commodity

pos·i·tiv·i·ty
noun: positivity

  1. the practice of being or tendency to be positive or optimistic in attitude.
    “pupils draw power from the positivity of their teachers”
  2. the presence rather than absence of a certain substance, condition, or feature.
    “the first biopsy specimen demonstrated positivity for cytokeratin”

PewDiePie has the most popular Vlog on Youtube and he started a discussion, perhaps inadvertently, about something I and many others, who’ve tackled a daily video blog (Vlog), have come to realize; it causes “forced Positivity”

BTW (by the way): I had to add “Positivity” to the dictionary on my computer, evidently my brilliant computer didn’t find that word in it’s massive brain but the search engine knew all-about-it – so I posted that above. However, the point of this post is how the process of creating something new and interesting every day, for your audience and followers on the web, creates a certain amount of fraud because nobody can be happy every day, it’s just not going to happen, no-matter how well-off you are or how great your life might currently be. It’s not possible to be happy all day, every day and it doesn’t matter who you are, or where you live.

Being grateful can negate negativity, as it’s impossible to be depressed and grateful at the same time but “forced positivity” is a practiced skill-set that comes with time. The Power of Now is perhaps the greatest user manual for the mind because the main premise of this wonderful Eckhart Tolle book, is that we have the ability to become conscious of what our ego is doing to manipulate our mind, changing the inner-dialog, to sabotage any comfort we may have otherwise enjoyed, by rolling visualizations of things that could go wrong, or making lists and repeating them to ourselves about all the things that are wrong in our lives, as if thinking about them could make them become any better.

The truth is that “forced positivity” is just another way of saying, what W. Clement Stone, a businessman, philanthropist and New Thought self-help author, told us in his book Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude.

W. Clement Stone - Forced Positivity

Silicon Palms New Design

Silicon Palms

The first month of 2017 has been a thrill so far, as our strategic partner for Internet technology and Website hosting, Verio was sold by NTT of Japan (world’s third largest Telcom company), to Endurance International Group of Tempe Arizona, which is also the home of Godaddy our domain name registrar.

Silicon Palms is now at home in Arizona and to commemorate our new host, we’ve launched a new design and new initiative to make the web great again.

Our new Internet Platform is best in it’s class and our technology products the envy of the web hosting industry, priced competitively, with stellar support. We’re affiliated with Aweber, Leadpages and HighRiseHQ for a WordPress Content Marketing Engine second to none.

Silicon Palms is ready to help you make a great website, or design a great content marketing strategy, with video and multi-media to market your ideas, across the entire spectrum of media channels. Then convert the traffic, first into subscribers and loyal followers, then into happy customers and clients.

With over twenty years of experience Silicon Palms has developed in-depth systems for collecting metrics of website traffic. We use Google Analytics for producing detailed traffic analysis reports, designed to pinpoint the most effective keyword terms and phrases for creation and conversion of content. This technique is known as a funnel, the core of which is the customer relationship management system; HighRiseHQ, another partner.

We are passionate about web design, development and content marketing. Reach out and contact us, if you need a second opinion on your Internet marketing strategy, or if you’re considering launching a new web project.

 

Come together

Come together

The first cassette tapes I ever bought, Abbey Road and Cosmos Factory, at the same time on the same day, the first of innumerable cassette tapes. Prior to that, everything I bought was on vinyl. Come together, was the most powerful song I’d ever heard and “Cosmos Factory” by CCR was a perfect back-up (and antidote) for “Let it Be” by the “Beatles”.

Come together – Origin and meaning

The song’s history began when Lennon was inspired by Timothy Leary’s campaign for governor of California against Ronald Reagan, which promptly ended when Leary was sent to prison for possession of marijuana:

The thing was created in the studio. It’s gobbledygook; Come Together was an expression that Leary had come up with for his attempt at being president or whatever he wanted to be, and he asked me to write a campaign song. I tried and tried, but I couldn’t come up with one. But I came up with this, Come Together, which would’ve been no good to him – you couldn’t have a campaign song like that, right?

It has been speculated that each verse refers cryptically to one of the Beatles. It has also been suggested that the song has only a single “pariah-like protagonist” and Lennon was “painting another sardonic self-portrait”.

Recording

Lennon played rhythm guitar and sang the vocal, McCartney played bass, Harrison played lead guitar, and Starr played drums. It was produced by George Martin and recorded at the end of July 1969 at Abbey Road Studios. In the intro, Lennon says: “shoot me”, which is accompanied by his handclaps and McCartney’s heavy bass riff. The famous Beatles’ “walrus” from “I Am the Walrus” and “Glass Onion” returns in the line “he got walrus gumboot”, followed by “he got Ono sideboard”. Bluesman Muddy Waters is also mentioned in the song.

Music critic Ian MacDonald reports that McCartney sang a backing vocal, but recording engineer Geoff Emerick said that Lennon did all the vocals himself, and when a frustrated McCartney asked Lennon, “What do you want me to do on this track, John?”, Lennon replied, “Don’t worry, I’ll do the overdubs on this.”

In a 1970 interview in the Evening Standard, McCartney said he was disappointed about not singing live with Lennon; instead, he overdubbed his vocals later:

Even on Abbey Road we don’t do harmonies like we used to. I think it’s sad. On “Come Together” I would have liked to sing harmony with John, and I think he would have liked me to, but I was too embarrassed to ask him, and I don’t work to the best of my abilities in that situation.

Photo credit: Nick Kenrick. via Visual hunt / CC BY-NC-SA