For Southern California standards, the start of spring this week has been a pretty wet downer. Why does tropical rain not at all faze me (I actually like it!) while even a drizzle in Los Angeles makes going out such a drag? Oh right, it's the 50 degrees part. Luckily Silver Lake tends to look quite beautiful with a little rain. But even with the frosty spring showers it was an active week of meetings with friends old and new (especially since everyone has officially returned from SXSW) as well as preparing for some events I decided to attend last minute. I also tried to squeeze in as much baking and cooking at home this week since I don't foresee much time in the next few days for such lackadaisical luxuries. It's a real treat being able to use/consume anything without worrying about contamination, unlike my friends in Tokyo. It's all about perspective!
Malawi: Uh-oh...Raising Malawi, the high profile charity founded by Madonna to build a school for impoverished girls in Malawi, has come to an abrupt end. (She gave the school's directorship to who??!)
Water: This data visualization lets you label your, your friends', and other countries' water footprints.
Music: Who knew that foodie Rachael Ray was such a fixture at SXSW? Apparently she's been for years!
Yemen: Thousands protest in a march against Saleh but the president remains defiant in his speech to supporters.
3D stuff: Supermodel Kate Moss in KM3D-1, an experimental 3D project, by AnOther Magazine with artist and filmmaker Baillie Walsh.
Photography: It's true -- Bill Cunningham was the street fashion photog long before the Sartorialist or Cobrasnake. His new film Bill Cunningham New York opens today in select locations.
Travel: More debate on when to purchase airplane tickets.
Japan: Vaclav Havel, Desmond Tutu and Richard von Weizsacker believe that the world owes tsunami relief to Japan since Japan has generously assisted many other nations during their times of tragedy.