ORIGAMI INSANITY

Exploring the relationship between art and science though origami, a wonderful documentary: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJRBiIeFe7Q
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“BETWEEN THE FOLDS chronicles 10 stories of several fine artists and theoretical scientists that are abandoning more conventional career paths to forge lives as modern-day paper folders. Featuring interviews with and insights into the practice of these intrepid paper folders.
Through origami, these offbeat and provocative minds are reshaping ideas of creativity and revealing the relationship between art and science.

A few highlights:
18:00 on – mega folds
18:30 dragon
24:00 minimalist
29:15 – 35:00 action origami by Chris Palmer of Chicago
30:44  spinning top – incredible
35:00 – 36:00  Anarchist Folding by Le Crimp

THOSE BANKSTERS AGAIN – $415 billion and counting

Bloomberg Businessweek has some nifty graphics on the litigation against those pesky banks. Turns out that settlements so far (to Nov 7) are $415 BILLION, with lots more on the way.

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“Banks have been accused of improper foreclosure practices, selling bonds backed by shoddy mortgages, and misleading investors about the quality of the loans.” More here:
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-11-14/2014-outlook-banks-face-investigations-and-litigation

BANKSTERS PAY UP … A LITTLE

JPMorgan, the largest bank in the U.S., has agreed to pay $4.5 billion to resolve claims it sold faulty mortgage securities.

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Last month, it agreed to pay $5.1 billion in another claim that it misrepresented mortgage bonds, and it expects that more legal disputes lay ahead.

Another US bank, Bank of America, has a tentative settlement of $8.5 billion it will be paying to bond investors, and it’s believed many other banks will soon be facing lawsuits over illegal investment practices.

Yet, these settlements are a small fraction of what investors actually lost, and the banks continue to grow and pay great bonuses.

Nice work, boys!

More here: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-15/jpmorgan-reaches-4-5-billion-mortgage-bond-deal-with-investors.html

FOOTBALL (Soccer) – 2013 Best Goals?

Living in a country mad about hockey means that soccer news gets bumped down the list quite a ways. A shame really, as it’s an incredible game when played at the top level. (Try watching a European Champions Cup game sometime.) Here’s a video of 10 nominations for FIFA’s goal of the year in 2013. (How about that one from half way down the pitch? Or the bicycle kick from the next county??)

OUT OF THE CRAWLSPACE AND INTO THE WORLD

Okay, time to surface.

Mo-Mo perform in Nepal

Been hiding away in the crawlspace (Would’ve said ‘in the closet’ but that would’ve involved a conversation with Roxanne that really isn’t needed) for far too long.

And although I recently gave in and started posting on FB and Twit-ter, I’d rather have control and ownership of any crap I put up.

Hence (what a weird word), a website.

WARNING:
Gonna be scattered and eclectic. Just like me. Politics, music, rants, humor, disasters, joy … just like me.

PHOTO ABOVE?
In Nepal 2005. Wrote a skit for the Nepal Paragliding Championships and a buddy from the UK, Robin, had the lack of foresight to agree to perform it with me. A ‘Momo’ is a Nepali sticky bun. Diginitaries (Fat Cats) on the stage include the Nepali Minister of Security – a friendly enough dude with very scary eyes and bodyguards. (Nepal was at the height of a civil war at the time.) There’s a video somewhere of our ‘performance’. I’ll see if I can find it.