Thursday, February 25, 2010

Environmental artist -- Andy Goldsworthy --

http://www.ecosalon.com/andy-goldsworthys-amazing-works-of-art/

Portrait artist Chuck Close

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_Close

Re-posting -- Kyi May Kaung's Blotches from Burma art show -- 2005

http://www.voanews.com/burmese/archive/2005-10/2005-10-23-voa1.cfm

Burmese junta opening ports to private sector

http://www.iii.co.uk/news/?type=afxnews&articleid=7760227&subject=economic&action=article

Liquid sculpture of Martin Waugh --

http://www.liquidsculpture.com/the_artist.htm

Warning -- graphic content -- women who tried suicide by fire in Afghanistan --

so far there have been over 250.

http://www.rawa.org/self_immolation/index.htm


What would make a woman, taught to treasure her own beauty, to mutilate herself this way --

Kyi May Kaung

All Burma Monks' Alliance needs your help.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiDITQ_P_cQ

Shepheard Fairey's Burmese Monk bid now at $8000 and rising

http://www.charitybuzz.com/auctions/theartofelysium/catalog_items/113013

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2010/02/shepard-fairey-puts-services-up-for-auction.html

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/et-la-0323-fairey-pg,0,6592906.photogallery

Illegal (Burmese) migrants whipped in Malaysia.

http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=17891


As early as 1994, a waiter in a Burmese restaurant in USA told me about being whipped in Singapore for overstaying his visa.

Kyi May Kaung

Excellent cartoon -- Gen Than Shwe sells Burma's Independence to China

http://www.irrawaddy.org/cartoon.php?art_id=17793

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Artist, costume designer Eiko Ishioka

http://www.adcglobal.org/archive/hof/1992/?id=217

Child of Argentine disappeared reunited with father

http://news.yahoo.com/nphotos/Francisco-Madariaga-Quintela-center-welcomed-father-Abel-Pedro-Madariaga-and/photo//100223/481/a295b9aef7ab47f68d6eb709e2bb246c//s:/ap/lt_argentina_dirty_war_children

Circus volunteers come to Burmese refugee camp school in Thailand --

http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=17884

http://www.irrawaddy.org/multimedia_index2.php


Reminds me of time I took my child to FAO Schwartz in NY, where an actress dressed as a doll and standing like a doll winked at us.

This is a small bright spot in dark Burma picture. Thanks for writing this.

I'd love to be linked to this circus.

Please request them to leave a message on my blog, which can by found by Googling my full name.

Here is famous Cirque Du Soleil

http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/kooza/default.aspx

Kyi May Kaung (Ph.D.)

Photo essay -- Library of Congress -- all images copyright Kyi May Kaung


Detail -- Neptune Fountain -- Library of Congress,Washington, DC. Photo copyright Kyi May Kaung.



Jefferson Building -- Library of Congress, Washington DC -- copyright Kyi May Kaung



Library of Congress -- Main Hall ceiling -- copyright Kyi May Kaung




Library of Congress -- ceiling detail -- Copyright Kyi May Kaung

Photo essay -- Snow -- all images copyright Kyi May Kaung


Black snow and hydrant -- Copyright Kyi May Kaung




Snow Mountain -- copyright Kyi May Kaung

Photo competition for 4th world entrepreneurs --

http://www.sevenfund.org/entrepreneur-image/

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Antoine de Saint-Exupery -- new translation of The Little Prince.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antoine_de_Saint-Exup%C3%A9ry

For me at least, passes the test of "made me cry three times."

Much more moving than the version I have read previously, and more lyrical.

Kyi May Kaung

Obama and The Dalai Lama - Obama Ole

http://www.irrawaddy.org/cartoon.php?art_id=17841

See also Larry King Live, yesterday, on CNN

Beautiful interview in which His Holiness spoke of "not calling for Tibetan independence" but for a middle way.

His holiness also spoke about Haiti and said self-discipline was for oneself when King asked about Tiger Woods "practicing infidelity."

He called Larry King "Harry."

Kyi May Kaung.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Alaungsithu's prayer -- translated by Gordon H. Luce.

Thus, in an inscription in the Shwegu Temple, we find this beautiful prayer, written in Pali verse, by King Alaungsithu (1112-1167):

By this my gift, whatever boon I seek,
It is the best of boons to profit all;
By this abundant merit I desire
Here or hereafter no angelic pomp
Of Brahmas, Suras, Maras; nor the state
And splendors of a monarch; nay, not even
To be the pupil of a conqueror.
But I would build a causeway sheer athwart
The river of Samsara, and all folk
Would speed across thereby until they reach
The Blessed City. I myself would cross,
And drag the drowning over. Aye, myself
Tamed, I would tame the willful; comforted,
Comfort the timid; wakened, wake the asleep;
Cool, cool the burning; freed, set free the bound.

From a 1950s Atlantic Monthly article by "Thawka" also known as Zawgyi or U Thein Han, renowned poet.

Behind those odd looking green Winter Olympics bouquets --

http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/vancouver/blog/fourth_place_medal/post/There-s-quite-a-story-behind-the-Olympic-flowers?urn=oly,220230

Excellent annotated Orwell collection -- from Brown Univ.

http://www.brown.edu/Facilities/University_Library/libs/hay/collections/orwell/leab.html

Quote from U Tin Oo of the NLD - who was released last week -

QUOTE OF THE DAY

Even if I lost the sight in both of my eyes, I would continue in politics until Burma gained democracy.

— Tin Oo, NLD vice-chairman.

From The Irrawaddy news magazine.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Myitsone Dam at confluence of Mai Kha and Mali Kha, (source of Irrawaddy River) will lead to problems

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/global-green/100127/burma-dam?page=0,0

James Nachtwey's Witness site --

http://www.jamesnachtwey.com/

Award-winning photo journalist James Nachtwey on Burma in Time --



James Nachtwey is a noted photographer of war and was recalled from the war zone in Sept 2001 to photograph 9/11 damage at Ground Zero in NY.

Kyi May Kaung

Resist Inc. -- Resist Illegal "authority."

http://www.resistinc.org/contactus.html

Late Howard Zinn was on Resist board.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Photo - Dr.Kaung's book shelf --



Dr. Kaung's Book Shelf -- photo copyright Kyi May Kaung