From My Cats To Yours

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Diversity is a very beautiful thing.


Whether you’re an orange, red, or green cat.


It doesn’t matter–you are a cat!


All cats gotta get along. 


Might does not make a right in any catfight.


But brotherhood of cats does us all good. 


Does every cat need to stand up for it’s daily food?


Sure, but there is more than enough catfood and nip to go around. 


I like to be in a great cat sea purring and frolicking all day long.


Live and let live–and love–all cats and dogs and people and others!


And from the great Martin Luther King Jr. 

“We must learn to live together as brothers 

or 

perish together as fools.”


Shabbat shalom and happy Labor Day holiday weekend!


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Clothing Optional

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This was a funny painting in the gallery. 

A naked lady with a big colorful sun hat on. 

Be careful you don’t want to get too much sun!

The painting also makes me think of the saying “The empress (or emperor) has no clothes.”

The leader thinks they are wearing beautiful clothes, but the reality is they are naked in front of their subjects. 

People see when their leaders are shelling out a clouded vision, tempting them with empty (campaign) promises, or pushing ideas that don’t hold water in the real world, but often people are simply too afraid to say anything.

Instead, they acknowledge the beautiful clothes or brilliant ideas that aren’t there and in groupthink fashion, they fail to call out the folly for what it is, when it is. 

Naked is naked, and we should say the truth albeit with respect and in a constructive way, if we really want to make genuine collective progress. 

True–lauding or blinding following what simply isn’t there and has no substance may land you a seat at the royal table, but what good is it, if you are sitting with some leaders that may be nothing more than naked idiots. 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

AFRICA Out Of The Back Of A Car

Africa

So not what you’d expect from the back of someone’s car.

But this guy is selling some pretty nice artwork. 

This piece is obviously a colorful painting of Africa. 

I took this photo, and the guy popped out of nowhere yelling, “Hey, why you taking a picture of that?”

I said, “Oh sorry!  Didn’t mean anything.  It’s just really nice.”

The guy gives me a funny-grouchy face as I am walking away, and then another guy who is panhandling on the street goes to me, “You know you’re right, those really are very beautiful!

So we can all appreciate nice artwork even from the back of a car on the sidewalk of Washington, D.C. 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Countryside Landscape

Countryside Landscape

I like this beautiful painting of a countryside landscape. 


The vibrant fall colors of reds, oranges, yellows, and browns.


The tops of the houses and steeple jutting up from the lush foliage. 


The bluish-green mountains in the background, the wavy blue water lined by white sand on the upper left, and the light blue sky with clear white clouds at the very top. 


It’s a little bit of Heaven right here on Earth.


Where peace, prosperity, and health are abundant and prevail.


G-d should bless us. 


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Building And Flowers

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Thought this painting of this gorgeous Spanish-styled building intermeshed with beautiful flowers was magnificant. 



I saw this hanging in a high-end home decor store around Washington, D.C. 



I like the side-looking angle upward as the building rises and peaks.



Also, all the shapes with squares, spheres, columns, archways and more along with all the brillant colors around it makes this something special to look at.



Hope you enjoy it! 😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

The Painted Sky

It was a beautiful walk in Rock Creek Park (even with my ongoing limp post surgery). 
 
Coming down the trail, I saw this amazing horse with a mounted police officer, and he was nice enough to stop and let me pet the horse and take this photo with them.
 
It was a truly beautiful animal and it was so cool seeing them on patrol for all the people taking advantage of the great outdoors here. 
 
In a fantasy type of way, I thought what a dream job (not high-tech, but oh so much in tune with nature and helping people)!
 
Anyway, this time of year, it was really lush green in the park and pretty peaceful. 
 
It was also interesting today visiting my dad and sitting outside on the deck with him, he looks up at the sky and says rhetorically, yet so innocently, “Who painted the sky so beautiful?”
 
I thought wow–what an amazing and poetic way to think of the hand of G-d and all that he has created for our benefit. 
 
Now, I think to myself outside, how our physical reality is just a manifestation of G-d’s artistry, imagination, and kindness, and it makes it all even better.
 
(Source Photo: Dannielle Blumenthal)

Happy Mother’s Day To My Very Feminist Wife

Happy Mother's Day To My Very Feminist Wife

Just want to wish my lovely wife a very happy Mother’s Day.

My wife is a big feminist!

She doesn’t like to do too much cooking, cleaning, laundry etc.

More for good ‘ol hubby–me–to do.

For example, today I am painting my daughter’s room.

I did the heavy lifting on this.

Now my wife and daughter and doing the corners and touch up.

Hey, it’s all in a day’s work for a modern-day husband.

But I love my wife and family.

Even if there’s a little more for me to share in. 😉

(Source Photo: Michelle Blumenthal)

A SCIF Can Be Yours

A SCIF Can Be Yours

A SCIF can be yours…if the wallpaper is right.

According to PC Magazine, a SCIF (Sensitive Compartment Information Facility) is a secure area where classified information can be discussed and handled. A SCIF is built to prevent information from leaking, being intercepted and compromised.

Now, your business or home office can have its own SCIF-type protection without the use of more expensive Faraday cage electromagnetic mesh (e.g. chain-link) conductive shielding or Japanese anti-Wi-Fi paint that blocks all frequencies.

BusinessWeek (31 January 2013) reports on a new wallpaper called MetaPaper that blocks Wi-Fi signals and helps “improve data security and network speeds.”
The Wi-Fi shielding wallpaper is developed by the French pulp and paper institute, Center Technique du Papier (CTP).

MetaPaper is a snowflake pattern wallpaper “printed in conductive metallic ink” that “blocks Wi-Fi signals, while still allowing FM radio and emergency frequencies to pass through.”

Its filtering is 99% effective (which may not be good enough for handling state secrets, but could be terrific for safeguarding most information) and sells for $12 per square meter.

Aside from information security, additional benefits of MetaPaper is to protect people’s health in terms of attenuating electromagnetic waves that cause genetic damage and cancer as well as socially to create quiet space, Wi-Fi free zones, such as in hospitals and movie theaters.

Here is a link to a presentation on MetaPaper’s development and benefits. 😉