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Quote of the day

If you listen to your fears, you will die never knowing what a great person you might have been.

Robert Harold Schuller

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fear by Nikolay Sotskov
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Fascinating colourful glass

I recently visited the Dale Chihuly exhibition at the Halcyon Gallery at New Bond Street in London. Unfortunately, it is only a small exhibition of his great works, but the lighting was just perfect. I have already seen some of his works a few years ago at Kew Gardens which was really impressive. One impression here:

glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly in London/U.K.

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Here are some of the best pictures I managed to take with my new Samsung Galaxy SII phone. I really like that it has such a great camera with 8 Megapixel and it was the first time I really tried to take some pictures with it. The only thing I can say – Great stuff! I never thought I can make these kind of pictures with a mobile phone….

Coral of glass

For some more pictures, just check out my 500px account here: 500px.com/Mavegyver

Another great thing about this exhibition is that it is free. It will close in 5th February 2012, so be fast if you want to get to see it. If you will not be able to make it for this one, I am sure that there is the next Dale Chihuly event around the corner. And if you cannot wait until then just visit Claridge’s on Brook Street and enjoy the Chihuly chandelier in the Foyer.

A confusing day on the internet – what happened?

Most of you might have noticed that certain websites are blacked out or do not offer all the services today. The reason being: They are striking against a new law that shall be passed in the US Congress in the near future to fight online piracy. Sounds good, but actually opens the door for the US government to censorship of domains and websites on the internet. Please watch the following video that explains it all in very simple terms.

I think, this is definitely something that shall not pass the US Congress and become a law as it gives the government and the media industry in the US the power to dictate what can be shared on the internet and I see it as a form of censorship. Don’t get me wrong I am against online piracy and something needs to be done about it. On the other hand, it is not like that Hollywood movies or some famous bands or singers are loosing so much money that they cannot live anymore. As far as I do remember they are already laws in place for companies to restrict access or even bring down file sharing sites.

I know many people might also think that a law in the US will not directly affect them, but the internet is global and information are shared globally as well. And I can assure you that as soon as this bill will become legislation in the US, some countries in the EU will certainly jump on the waggon and will pass an equally restricting law in Europe. Do we really want a government or powerful corporations to censor material on the web to such a big extend. Is this better than what the Chinese or Iranian governments are doing? I don’t think so.

Therefore, please join the cause and sign the petition for foreign people or if you are living in the US send an email to your representative to stop this bill. Check these websites today:

www.reddit.com

www.wikipedia.org

www.mozzila.com

Please also let me have your thoughts.

Quote of the day

Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948), political and ...

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A customer is the most important visitor on our premises, he is not dependent on us. We are dependent on him. He is not an interruption in our work. He is the purpose of it. He is not an outsider in our business. He is part of it. We are not doing him a favor by serving him. He is doing us a favor by giving us an opportunity to do so.

Mahatma Gandhi

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