Nepal: Beyond the Mountain (Video)

Here is a video introduction to Nepal we did in the 90s, sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme as part of a campaign to tell the world that Nepal was much more than Mt. Everest, that it offered some of the most unique natural and cultural treasures in the world. Unfortunately some of the heritage sites shown in the video are now in rubble. The video was produced in English, French, German and Japanese and, long before YouTube, was cited by the Daily Telegraph and the BBC as being a prime example of he possibilities of new medium, streaming video.

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Thirty Faces of Nepal

All Photos (c) Russell Johnson – Two Boys, Kathmandu

I  spent quite a lot of time in Nepal in the 1990s participating in heritage conferences and for the UN Development Programme on a project to reduce poverty through sustainable tourism. I met hundreds of people. Here are some of the faces that need the world’s help now more than ever.

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Catching up with the Woman in Gold

Adele Bloch-Bauer I or Woman in Gold by Gustav Klimt, 1907

I have been chasing a woman around the world and finally met her in New York. But the beautiful Adele Bloch-Bauer, popularized in the movie, “Woman in Gold” starring Helen Mirren, was now gazing at me as I gazed at her in her portrait in the Neue Galerie in New York City.

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Snow Day: First Day of Spring in New York

Snow Day, Central Park (c) 2015 Russell Johnson

I grew up in cold climes and always looked forward to the winter’s first day of snow, when Krispy Kreme white covered everything from trees to trashcans. After that, not so much. But new snow on the first day of spring? That’s what happened in New York last week when I took a walk around the park….Central Park.

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Autodesk’s Pier 9 Workshop: A Playpen for Artists and Makers (Video)

Fog Bank – Kristina Larsen and Sebastian Martin – Autodesk Pier 9 Workshop, San Francisco

Do it yourselfers! You could only wish for a workshop like this.

Autodesk, which makes Computer-Aided-Design (CAD) software that designs everything from sports stadiums to videogame characters has built a playpen for artists, architects, furniture-makers, and other creative types (even chefs) to stretch their imaginations using some very expensive machines.

Autodesk’s Pier 9 Workshop in San Francisco is an offshoot of do-it yourself web site Instructables.com, a web hub for the so-called “maker movement.”

Here, artists design using the company’s software and build some marvelous things with tools which consist of everything from 3D printers to CNC machines, Computer Numerical Control contraptions that drill, mill or cut with computer guided accuracy.

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