I didn't know about the Guggenheim's dotcom site. Was only familiar with the dot org site which is associated with the physical museum facilities. The dot com site has a lot of great flash stuff for some of the current shows. Really impressive to me was the Motorcycle and French Art, Russian Collectors sections. A very kiosky/CD Rom interaction design that translates very well on the web,
I wanted to do a quick proof of concept for my colleagues at work so I installed the open source trinity Apache/PHP/MySQL on my Win2k machine at work using EasyPHP. EasyPHP is an excellent application that installs all of the applications and is controlled via an icon in the task bar. It's very cool. The site is in French, but all you have to do is download the installer and run it. If you want to edit Apache's httpd.conf or php.ini, you can do it from from the system tray icon. You can also restart all the services from there. You can also do command line mysql using a dos prompt (goto: Start > Run > "cmd" ... then cd to the MySQL directory and execute "mysql"). Very cool.
Well, it happened on 12/15/2001. Lorenzo started taking steps on his own, without holding on to one of us. Now he is getting up from a seated position on his own, walking around, turning corners, pushing furniture around, you name it. And thus the world is closer at hand for the little one; more is within his reach. And with that new freedom, our jobs of keeping him safe are more challenging!
I've been reading Mark Epstein's new book on the Buddhist perspective on psychotherapy, Going on Being after having read his last book a year ago, Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart. In Going on Being, Epstein delves more deeply into his personal experiences discovering the Buddha's way. There are countless wonderful annecdotes to be found in it. Here is a little tidbit that he writes on page 71 that spoke to me.
- Using our capacity for consciousness, we can change perspective on ourselves, giving a sense of space where once there was only habit. Discipline means restrainging the habitual movement of the mind, so that instead of blind impulse there can be clear comprehension.
Away from you and home
your voice fills my heart
like the warmth of an unexpected compliment
Sometimes I look at Lorenzo's sweet face -- when he's examining something he's picked up, when he's looking at something with wonder in his eyes and mouth agape -- and I feel so lucky to be able to be a part of his life. So lucky.
Everyone should feel this in their life. I hope someday to feel this with every person I encounter. These moments are reminders to me to live in the moment. They're wonderful reminders of the beauty in people.