“The Gates”

Going through the archives, I came about this 2005 trip to New York to see this amazing exhibit. Details below

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The Gates is a site-specific work of art by Christo and Jeanne-Claude. The artists installed 7,503 vinyl “gates” along 23 miles (37 km) of pathways in Central Park in New York City. From each gate hung a panel of deep saffron-colored nylon fabric. The exhibit ran from February 12, 2005 through February 27, 2005.

The books and other memorabilia distributed by Christo and Jeanne-Claude refer to the project as The Gates, Central Park, New York, 1979–2005 in reference to the time that passed from the artists’ initial proposal until they were able to go ahead with it.
The Gates were greeted with mixed reactions. Some people loved them for brightening the bleak winter landscape; others hated them, accusing them of defacing the landscape. Some cyclists saw them as an obstruction which could cause accidents, although cycling is not legal on those paths. They received a great deal of their nationwide fame as a frequent object of ridicule by David Letterman as well as Keith Olbermann, whose apartment was nearby. (notes courtesy of Wikipedia).

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Apple reports record revenue and profits for Q1 2010


Apple reported its financial results for Q1 2010 which ended December 26, 2009 and the results were nothing short of impressive. Apple posted its all time highest quarterly revenue, its all time highest quarterly profit and when annualized, these numbers will push Apple into a $50+ billion per year company. Dollar figures that are so impressive they don’t require an explanation, so we will let the numbers speak for themselves:

  • Revenue of $15.68 billion ($11.88 billion in Q1 2009)
  • 58% of revenue derived from international sales
  • Net quarterly profit of $3.38 billion or $3.67 per diluted share ($2.26 billion, or $2.50 per diluted share in Q1 2009)
  • Gross margin of 40.9 percent (37.9 % in Q1 2009)
  • $5.8 billion generated in cash


Sales of Macintosh computers and iPhones went through the roof in Q1 2010 with Apple selling 3.36 million computers and 8.7 million iPhones, representing a 33% unit increase for Macintosh sales and 100% unit growth for the iPhone when compared to Q1 2009. The only blotch on an otherwise stellar performance was the iPod which sold 21 million units in Q1 2010, an 8% unit drop from the same quarter last year. Estimates for Q2 2010 remain equally as optimistic with the Cupertino company expecting another quarter of impressive revenue that will top out at an expected $11.4 billion. And oh yeah, Steve Jobs said, “The new products we are planning to release this year are very strong, starting this week with a major new product that we’re really excited about.”



Easy Chair Talks Back: Taveuni, Fijian Paradise

Taveuni, Fiji looking toward Matagi

Going through my old photos, I found this and some other shots of our 3 trips to Taveuni in Fiji.

Its about a 90 minute flight on a small plane form the international entry point of Nadi (pronounced NAN-dee).

One of the most beautiful places I have been on my travels over 6 continents and 55 countries. Its the Kauai of Fiji, boasting beautiful waterfalls, beaches and spectacular diving in the Somosomo straits.

We stayed all visits at Dive Taveuni, owned by New Zealanders Rick and Do Cammick. They sold it a while back and returned to NZ after almost 20 years there.

A great vacation retreat and if you enjoy diving, a treasure!

Get Ready for 14-Megapixel Camera Phones

Camera phones may soon offer more megapixels than some DSLR cameras. Imaging company OmniVision announced today that they have developed a 14.6-megapixel image sensor that will fit in cell phones. These sensors are capable of both high-resolution still photography and 1080p high-definition video recording.

I wonder how long it will be before camera phone imaging quality rivals the quality of the best point-and-shoot cameras.

(via Photography Bay)

soon to carry only a phone, no camera…