World Tipiṭaka Presentation Ceremony Univ of Melbourne 2009

World Tipiṭaka Presentation Ceremony Univ of Melbourne 2009
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In front of the Royal Gift of Tipitaka presented to the University of Melbourne over a hundred years ago, the Chancellor of the University of Melbourne welcomes the Delegation from Thailand during the Roman-script World Tipitaka Presentation to the University 2009.

SPEECH BY CHANCELLOR OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MEBLOUNRE

Your Excellency Lady Khunying, Patron of the Dhamma Society, Chief of Delegation, Your Excellency Miss Suchitra, Former Thai Ambassador to Australia, Major Suradhaj, Chancellor of the Dhamma Society and President of the World Tipitaka, patrons and guests of the Dhamma Society: Dr Simon Wallace, Honorary Counsel General for Thailand in Victoria, other distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen.

On behalf of the University I extend to a very warm welcome to the delegation of the Dhamma Society and other representatives who made a long journey from Thailand to present such precious gifts.

I begin in our customary way by acknowledging the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations who are the traditional owners of land on which this event will take place.

I would like to express my deep gratitude for choosing the University of Melbourne as the first recipient in Australia of the World Tipitaka in Roman Script.

These 40 volumes of World Tipitaka were published by Dhamma Society in 2005 following 6 years of dedicated work to compare various versions of the Pali Tipitaka to ensure an accurate Romanisation.

The 2009 edition is a special publication edition for our University with many innovative features. It will be supported by an online Tipitaka Quotation WebService and “Tipitaka Studies Reference". These innovations will greatly enhance the usage of the Tipitaka by our students, researchers and the broader community.

This royal gift of the World Tipitaka will produce a range of benefits to the University, its students and researchers, and the community generally.

First, World Tipitaka, with its modern technology, will be used to share ancient teachings in the spirit of peace. We are delighted to facilitate this, in particular given that the University of Melbourne is a public spirited institution.

Secondly, I am confident that this gift will greatly encourage the local Thai and Buddhist communities in Melbourne to secure a deeper understanding of their culture, and promote academic research in that area at the University and beyond. More particularly, the University will make use of your World Tipitaka as a window to understand and study Southern Buddhist tradition.

Next, the World Tipitaka Edition is also a reminder of the University of Melbourne’s relationship with Thailand in particular, and with the Asian region in general.

Today’s presentation is also a wonderful opportunity to enhance friendship and cultural interchange between Australia and Thailand.

And this University has a very special connection with Thailand.

Long ago, in 1893, the King of Thailand generously donated to the University a copy of the first set of the Pali Tipitaka in Siam script in 39 volumes.

And in 1962, the then King of Thailand, visited the University of Melbourne, and was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Laws.

And, of course, it has and has had many students from Thailand that have made a great contribution to Thai Society and their country.

The University, and the Library in particular, very much appreciates and is grateful for the honour that you have bestowed on us as the first institution in Australia to receive and retain in its care the 40 volumes of World Tipitaka in Roman script.

I hope that you have a memorable and comfortable stay in Australia and have safe trip back to Thailand.

As a small token of our gratitude may I present a small memento of this occasion to Your Excellency and Mr Kent will do likewise to the other members in the delegation.

The Hon Alex Chernov AO QC
Chancellor

จดหมายเหตุดิจิทัลจากกองทุนสนทนาธัมม์นำสุข ท่านผู้หญิงมณีรัตน์ บุนนาค ในพระสังฆราชูปถัมภ์ฯ ผู้ดำเนินโครงการพระไตรปิฎกสากลอักษรโรมัน พ.ศ. 2542-ปัจจุบัน

Digital Archives from the M.L. Maniratana Bunnag Dhamma Society’s World Tipiṭaka Project in Roman Script, 1999-2009.

World Tipiṭaka Project :
Tipitakaquotation
www.tipitakahall.net
www.dhammasociety.org

Archives 1999-present :
World Tipitaka Council B.E.2500 (1956)
World Tipiṭaka in Roman Script
Tipitaka Studies Reference 2007
Royal Patron of Tipitaka

London – May 2009

London – May 2009
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St Paul’s Cathedral

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World Tipiṭaka Presentation Ceremony Univ of Melbourne 2009

World Tipiṭaka Presentation Ceremony Univ of Melbourne 2009
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SPEECH BY CHANCELLOR OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MEBLOUNRE

Your Excellency Lady Khunying, Patron of the Dhamma Society, Chief of Delegation, Your Excellency Miss Suchitra, Former Thai Ambassador to Australia, Major Suradhaj, Chancellor of the Dhamma Society and President of the World Tipitaka, patrons and guests of the Dhamma Society: Dr Simon Wallace, Honorary Counsel General for Thailand in Victoria, other distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen.

On behalf of the University I extend to a very warm welcome to the delegation of the Dhamma Society and other representatives who made a long journey from Thailand to present such precious gifts.

I begin in our customary way by acknowledging the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations who are the traditional owners of land on which this event will take place.

I would like to express my deep gratitude for choosing the University of Melbourne as the first recipient in Australia of the World Tipitaka in Roman Script.

These 40 volumes of World Tipitaka were published by Dhamma Society in 2005 following 6 years of dedicated work to compare various versions of the Pali Tipitaka to ensure an accurate Romanisation.

The 2009 edition is a special publication edition for our University with many innovative features. It will be supported by an online Tipitaka Quotation WebService and “Tipitaka Studies Reference". These innovations will greatly enhance the usage of the Tipitaka by our students, researchers and the broader community.

This royal gift of the World Tipitaka will produce a range of benefits to the University, its students and researchers, and the community generally.

First, World Tipitaka, with its modern technology, will be used to share ancient teachings in the spirit of peace. We are delighted to facilitate this, in particular given that the University of Melbourne is a public spirited institution.

Secondly, I am confident that this gift will greatly encourage the local Thai and Buddhist communities in Melbourne to secure a deeper understanding of their culture, and promote academic research in that area at the University and beyond. More particularly, the University will make use of your World Tipitaka as a window to understand and study Southern Buddhist tradition.

Next, the World Tipitaka Edition is also a reminder of the University of Melbourne’s relationship with Thailand in particular, and with the Asian region in general.

Today’s presentation is also a wonderful opportunity to enhance friendship and cultural interchange between Australia and Thailand.

And this University has a very special connection with Thailand.

Long ago, in 1893, the King of Thailand generously donated to the University a copy of the first set of the Pali Tipitaka in Siam script in 39 volumes.

And in 1962, the then King of Thailand, visited the University of Melbourne, and was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Laws.

And, of course, it has and has had many students from Thailand that have made a great contribution to Thai Society and their country.

The University, and the Library in particular, very much appreciates and is grateful for the honour that you have bestowed on us as the first institution in Australia to receive and retain in its care the 40 volumes of World Tipitaka in Roman script.

I hope that you have a memorable and comfortable stay in Australia and have safe trip back to Thailand.

As a small token of our gratitude may I present a small memento of this occasion to Your Excellency and Mr Kent will do likewise to the other members in the delegation.

The Hon Alex Chernov AO QC
Chancellor

จดหมายเหตุดิจิทัลจากกองทุนสนทนาธัมม์นำสุข ท่านผู้หญิงมณีรัตน์ บุนนาค ในพระสังฆราชูปถัมภ์ฯ ผู้ดำเนินโครงการพระไตรปิฎกสากลอักษรโรมัน พ.ศ. 2542-ปัจจุบัน

Digital Archives from the M.L. Maniratana Bunnag Dhamma Society’s World Tipiṭaka Project in Roman Script, 1999-2009.

World Tipiṭaka Project :
Tipitakaquotation
www.tipitakahall.net
www.dhammasociety.org

Archives 1999-present :
World Tipitaka Council B.E.2500 (1956)
World Tipiṭaka in Roman Script
Tipitaka Studies Reference 2007
Royal Patron of Tipitaka

Tipitaka Acceptance Speech by Hon. Alex Chernov, Chancellor of the University of Melbourne

Billboard Hot 100 – Top 50 Singles of 2009

Over a whole year, over 2000 subscribers, and nearly 1000000 views in all! I am happy to have this year go out with a bang and hope to have those numbers increase! Here are the top 50 songs of Billboard’s official year-end chart for 2009! See what the most popular songs of 2009 were and see if your favorite song made the list! You’ll notice the new style. Please note that this isn’t final and the gold is just for the new year theme of the chart. The final version will be on next week’s video (the first of the new year 2010!). Happy Holidays and ENJOY!!!

Untitled Single-frame Collage / Dumbo Arts Center: Art Under the Bridge Festival 2009 / 20090926.10D.54558.P1.L1.BW / SML

Untitled Single-frame Collage / Dumbo Arts Center: Art Under the Bridge Festival 2009 / 20090926.10D.54558.P1.L1.BW / SML
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I knew that this won’t work as a portrait when I photograph it. The reflection on the window is too great and it literally cuts off her head. But then I can’t really get them to open the windows, and there is some interesting things happening with the forms of the bridge, the people in the car that you cannot really see, as well as the pedestrians on the road from the reflection – you can call this a one-frame collage!

13th annual D.U.M.B.O. Art Under the Bridge Festival® (Sept 25 to Sept 27, 2009)
www.dumboartfestival.org/press_release.html

The three-day multi-site neighborhood-wide event is a one-of-a-kind art happening: where serendipity meets the haphazard and where the unpredictable, spontaneous and downright weird thrive. The now teenage D.U.M.B.O. Art Under the Bridge Festival® presents touchable, accessible, and interactive art, on a scale that makes it the nation’s largest urban forum for experimental art.

Art Under the Bridge is an opportunity for young artists to use any medium imaginable to create temporary projects on-the-spot everywhere and anywhere, completely transforming the Dumbo section of Brooklyn, New York, into a vibrant platform for self-expression. In addition to the 80+ projects throughout the historical post-industrial waterfront span, visitors can tour local artists’ studios or check out the indoor video_dumbo, a non-stop program of cutting-edge video art from New York City and around the world.

The Dumbo Arts Center (DAC) has been the exclusive producer of the D.U.M.B.O Art Under the Bridge Festival® since 1997. DAC is a big impact, small non-profit, that in addition to its year-round gallery exhibitions, is committed to preserving Dumbo as a site in New York City where emerging visual artists can experiment in the public domain, while having unprecedented freedom and access to normally off-limit locations.

www.dumboartscenter.org
www.dumboartfestival.org
www.video_dumbo.org

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Football: Jets-v-Eagles, Sep 2009 – 07

Football: Jets-v-Eagles, Sep 2009 – 07
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Note: this photo was published in an Oct 13, 2010 blog titled "What You Can Learn From NFL Stars." It was also published in an undated (mid-Nov 2010) blog titled "Online Football Shirt Options." And it was published in a Dec 26, 2010 blog titled "3 Online Dating Tips For Newbies And Beginners."

Moving into 2011, the photo was published in a Jan 16, 2011 blog titled "Where can I find a free online dating site?" It was also published in an undated (early Apr 2011) Online Gaming blog, with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page. And it was published in an Apr 8, 2011 Cool Play Free Football Games Online images blog, with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page.

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I’m somewhat embarrassed to admit that, until last night, I had never been to a professional football game in my life. Baseball, basketball, and tennis: yes, of course. High-school and college football games: sure, though that was a long time ago. Indeed, the last college football game I watched (in person) was in the mid-60s, when I was invited to the annual Harvard-Yale game by a Radcliffe student I had begun dating — a development to which my MIT college roommate reacted, in shock, by howling, "Radcliffe? You’re dating a Cliffie? She must be a pig!" After which he pulled out his flute, every time he thought she might be present when he returned to our off-campus apartment, and played "Old McDonald Had a Farm" until he collapsed in gales of laughter on the stairwell. Highly inaccurate, I hasten to note, and totally unfair. But I digress…

Anyway, a freelance writer, Mitch Ligon (whose photo you can see here in one of my Flickr sets), invited me to accompany him last night to the New York Jets – Philadelphia Eagles game out in the New Jersey Meadowlands — another first-time experience. I was given a photographer’s press pass, which gave me access to the locker rooms, press box, various other "inner sanctum" locations … and, most important, the football field itself. I was given a red jersey to wear, told to stay outside the yellow dashed lines that ring the field, and turned loose for the evening. I felt somewhat inadequate, because I knew that the "real" professional photographers would be equipped with high-cameras and monstrous telephoto lenses beyond anything I had ever touched, or could possibly afford; and even though my Nikon D300 and 70-300mm zoom lens is fairly respectable in amateur circles, I had no idea if I would be able to take any decent photos at all…

The other problem is that I know little or nothing about the nuances of football, beyond the obvious fact that the quarterback either passes the ball, or hands off to someone who attempts to run the ball downfield. Punts and field-goal kicks are also a familiar concept, but if you don’t have a good anticipatory sense of who is about to do what to whom, it’s easy to miss the "moment" when the perfect shot might be available. Also, I didn’t really know anything about the players, aside from the respective star quarterbacks: Philadelphia’s controversial Michael Vick, and New York’s newly-named starting quarterback, Mark Sanchez. I had looked at the team rosters on the Internet before the game, so at least I knew their jersey numbers (#6 for Sanchez, and #7 for Vick, as you’ll see in the photos) — but the "action" was often so far away (at the other end of the field) that I couldn’t tell whether the starting quarterback, or one of the substitutes, was making the plays.

Nevertheless, by the beginning of the second quarter I was feeling a little more comfortable — if only because I found it easy to follow along behind the other professional photographers as they marched (or ran) from one end of the field to the other, in order to get their equipment set up for what they expected would be the next great shot. By the end of the game, I had taken 1,100+ photos, including several of Michael Vick in a post-game locker-room interview; and from the sound of the clickety-click-clack of my fellow photographers, I could tell that many of them had taken several thousand. I’ll spare you the technical details of my feeble attempts to get some decent shots; I had picked up some good tips from the sports-photography chapter of Scott Kelby’s Digital Photography, and I did my best within the limitations of my equipment and my lack of familiarity with the situation.

What impressed me most about the whole experience was the scale of modern professional football — the scale of everything. It’s one thing to read that there are 80,000 people in a football stadium; it’s another thing to actually be there and hear the simultaneous roar of those 80,000 people as a quarterback is sacked or a long pass is completed. It’s one thing to read that a professional football player is 6 feet, 5 inches tall and weighs 350 pounds; it’s another thing to stand next to several dozen such giants. Heck, I thought there were only 20 or 30 such giants on each team; I had no idea that there were 64 of them (a number which will be pared down as the pre-season comes to an end), or that there might be 20-30 different coaches. And then there are the hundreds of "staff members" scurrying around all over the place, carrying out their various duties and assignments; and there are the security guards and State Police, who spent most of the time scanning the stadium crowd rather than watching the players, presumably watching for scuffles or fights or … well, who knows what. There are cheerleaders too, in this case bearing the official name of New York Jets Flight Crew; I had expected half a dozen, but there were two dozen perky, long-haired beauties, with permanently frozen smiles, who who danced and pranced before the crowd at every conceivable opportunity.

All of this has resulted in the photos you’ll see in this album. I had to delete roughly a hundred of my original images, because they were out of focus, or because a referee decided to walk in front of my camera at the wrong moment; and another 900 were "okay," but not terribly exciting. I’m sure that none of them are as crisp, sharp, and well-composed as those taken by the Sports Illustrated photographer and the other professionals on the field; but I did end up with 72 "keepers" that I hope you’ll enjoy…

… and, yes, I probably will attend another football game or two in the years ahead. Whether I’m lucky enough to get down on the field again is anyone’s guess….