A perfect video for sweet birthday girl +Maria Quiban! Language may not be suitable for kids and yes, she is acting as the Maria I know is a caring friend, a loving mom, and a wonderful host of+FOX 11 Los Angeles Live YouTube hangout with Hollywood movie, TV stars and other notable guests ! :) [HT +Ayoub Khote ]
Ready to be wowed by Bill Cunningham New York over dinner! Here is a trailer.
I think the video clip “2012 Rio Body Painting Art in Brazilian Carnival Andrea Martins” is beautiful.
And I left the following comment on the video,
Beautiful without being sexual! Wish I could be there at 2012 Brazilian Carnival!
which I got this reply
@KemptonLam thank you so much for this enormous compliment…this is what I have been struggling for years and years!!! One of the best comments ever received in more than 10 million views…this is what I always fought for, remove this misappropriation of Brazil Carnival. Thank you so much!!
belavistario 56 minutes ago
and my respond to that
@belavistario I am glad my comment made you happy. The lady in the video (and how the video is shot) gave me a wonderful sense of beauty, energy, and excitement that I know I will feel in a Brazilian Carnival! Whoever filmed the video (I don’t know if it was you) did a wonderful service to show a wonderful side of Brazil to us! Keep up the good work.
See more comments and replies in this Google+ post. And text and photos in “Full Body Painting Conquered Brazilian Carnival: Body Art Gains Momentum”
[HT +Robert Redl]
P.S. Here is a Chinese reply I left to a Facebook comment “太大膽啦••• @_@'”,
Feb 20, 2012 update: Interesting read from MarketWatch, “Rio’s Carnival: Not just a local party anymore – Huge street fair seen as warm-up for World Cup and Olympics“
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei gets 21,000+ microloans totalling 5.9m yuan so far to pay his 15m yuan tax billMonday, 7 November, 2011
For the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, it is not about the money, it is a chance to let the Chinese public to voice their support of him and disapproval of Chinese government unjust accusation/judgement. Read along to find out what these two donations signify:
512 yuan, about $80
89.64 yuan, or about $14
Washington Post, “Ai Weiwei fans raise funds to pay his massive tax bill”
“In a strong affront to the Chinese government’s attempt to censor artists and internet users, fans of the artist Ai Weiwei have raised more than $830,000 in three days through social media to help the artist fight a $2.4 million tax bill from the state.”
BBC English, “Ai Weiwei China tax bill paid by supporters” (with English interview)
“By Monday, there had been donations totalling more than 5m yuan ($790,000; £490,000) to pay off the $2.4m in taxes and fines the authorities say he owes.
Many people believe he was served the bill because of his outspoken criticism of the government rather than because he had evaded taxes. Read the rest of this entry »
Have a listen to BBC radio interview of “most powerful artist” in the world, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei (+艾未未). Ai, I don’t feel powerful at all. I am still under detention. (also see reports in UK Reuters, Telegraph)
Other recent insightful articles and video:
1) NYTimes Oct 13, Dissident Creates by Remote Control
2) Ai Weiwei’s wife urges China to drop plan on detentions
3) PBNS Frontline doc (free online): Who’s Afraid of Ai Weiwei?