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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Boy Scouts and their car show!

As a car-classic/antique car enthusiast I try to visit car shows whenever I can. Last weekend of March, along with some friends I had the opportunity to visit to Enid. Enid is a small town approximately 90+ miles northwest of Oklahoma city. This very well organized show was a fund raising  event for and by Boy Scouts. It was a pleasant surprise for a lot of us to see some very interesting and impressive cars. But then Enid has a lot of oil and agriculture money.

Interestingly I was not very well organized as I discovered that my camera ran out of batteries after few shots, and I had no spare batteries with me. However here are a few interesting cars that would like to share. (The event was indoors and the most of the cars were parked very close , it made it difficult to get clean shot of a particular car.)

1937 Cord. The same color actor Tom Mix had


1933 Packard-1937 Cord

1937 Packard

Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster and 190SL

1973 Mercedes-Benz 450SL

Chevrolet Corvette

1912 Geronimo a car made in Enid, Oklahoma.
620+ were produced
Geronimo has hand made wooden wheels

1937 Packard 120

Ford Thunderbird
Buick wheel with chrome and white wall tire

Perhaps from the movie "Transformers"

Monday, March 17, 2014

Baking French Macarons

Pistachio Macaron
I have been baking regularly this winter, and trying to perfect few recipes. Macaron de paris have been high on the list. Yesterday was Pistachio Macaron day. My very first macaron had "feet", and that brought tears to a set of eyes that hardly get wet. However the second crop got bad because of over confidence.

The effects of all this baking on the mood has been very pleasant but on my cholesterol and blood sugar; anything but pleasant. My doctor's warning email is a witness to that.

But these are small joys of life, would these be sacrificed because of a few point rise in your cholesterol or blood sugar?
Please excuse my self praise :) I think it is "kosher" once in a while. Have a nice week.

In case you want to try yourself and need the recipe, let me know, it is a tweaked version of Martha Stewart's, will be more than happy to share.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Max Ginsburg

Self Portrait

 I have great appreciation for the work of American contemporary artist, Max Ginsburg. Born in Paris, France and educated in New York, Max has portrayed American social and political issues for more than four decades. But his still life paintings are no less forceful than the ones on social /political issues.   

Mr. Ginsburg lives in New York and is currently represented by Gallery Henoch of New York, NY and Cavalier Galleries of Greenwich, Connecticut.
Hope you will enjoy some of his work here.

Self portrait 1969

Going shopping-1975

Instant Coffee-1976

Chicken Soup-1979

79th & Broadway-1979

Don't walk


Meier's Upholsterers

Two Worlds-2003

Blind Beggar-2006

The Discussion-2007


Unemployed online-2013

Picture credits: Max Ginsburg
To see more of Max Ginsburg work please visit his website: www.maxginsburg.com

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid is quite a celebrity, the first female Architect to win Pritzker Prize, Dame Zaha Hadid, DBE is British Architect, famous for her futuristic designs of buildings, boats, furniture, shoes and almost everything I guess. Born in Baghdad, Iraq, “grew up in the first Bauhaus inspired building in Baghdad."(Wikipedia) Educated at American University, Beirut, Lebanon and Architectural Association School of Architecture, London". She is as international as one can be.

 She has taught at prestigious universities around the world, including at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where she was the Kenzo Tange Professorship and the Sullivan Chair at the University of Illinois at Chicago's School of Architecture. She also served as guest professor at the Hochscule fur bildende Kunste Hamburg, Germany, the Knowlton School of Architecture at Ohio State University, the Masters Studio at Columbia University, and Visiting Professor of Architectural Design at the  Yale School of Architecture. From the year 2000 on Dame Zaha Hadid is a guest professor at The University of Applied Arts - Vienna, in the Zaha Hadid Master Class Vertical-Studio. 

Aquatics Center, London-2012 Olympics

Aquatics Center London-interior view

Bridge Pavilion Zaragoza, Spain

Library & Learning Center University of Economics &
Business, Vienna, Austria

Interior view of  University of Vienna, Austria

BMW Central building
Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati 
Guangzhou Opera House, Guangzhou China
Guangzhou Opera House interior
Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center, Baku

Heydar Aliyev Center, interior
Scotland's Museum of Transportation, Glasgow

Interior view of the Museum of Transportation

Chanel Mobile Art Pavilion

Zany Beko Building, downtown Belgrade

Sheikh Zayed Bridge, UAE

Future/under-construction projects:

New York City High line park, W 28th street Luxury Condo.
National Stadium in Tokyo
Interior concept of National Stadium, Tokyo
Dubai Opera House, Dubai
Birdseye rendering Dubai Opera House

Construction site Dubai Opera
Superyacht for Blohm + Voss

Zaha Hadid and Karl Lagerfeld
Credits: Zaha HAdid Architects, google, wikipedia etc