Popular Zen Garden Destinations In May

an ubuntu studio desktopThis post is a best-of showcase of sorts, featuring the most popular posts for the month of May, so far, as determined by Google Analytics.

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Ubuntu Linux 10.04 “Lucid Lynx”

I mentioned back in March that Ubuntu Linux 10.04 “Lucid Lynx” was in beta and its official release was at the end of April 2010. Well, it’s been out, and people are searching for the most popular Linux operating system ever!

There had been a few minor kinks to work out with the beta version, but overall this new Ubuntu is fast, powerful and includes major upgrades to many of the standard apps. Boot time is faster than ever, and it’s pretty much been smooth sailing ever since.

Here’s your quick link to download Ubuntu: Get Ubuntu


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Spotlight On Angelina Jolie

Yes, many people look to the “stars” for advice, especially when it comes to health and beauty secrets, as well as diet and exercise tips.

My original article covers just what kind of diet she’s on, and what she did to get into top shape for the Tomb Raider movies. It’s no secret that Angelina Jolie’s image has graced the cover of countless magazines. She is considered to be one of the most beautiful women in the world, but of course, you already knew that.

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Banshee Media Player

Though Rhythm Box Music Player is the default media player for Ubuntu, you’ll want to give Banshee I try because it’s a great app with lots of features and available plugins.

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So far, I’m really enjoying Banshee and I haven’t gone back to Rhythm Box since downloading Banshee. It rivals iTunes, and perhaps it’s a little bit better, minus the iTunes music store. But there are a few other music store options with Ubuntu.

Ubuntu users: Search for Banshee in Synaptic Package Manager or Ubuntu Software Center on your Ubuntu box, the easiest way to download it!

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Life in Rural PhilippinesAsian-Pacific American Heritage Month

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, and I thought it would be a good idea to emphasize that if any one is an Asian-Pacific American, it’s the Filipino people.

Many young Filipinos who grew up in America are somewhat confused about their identity. No doubt to many Filipinos, The Philippines is considered the homeland apart from their adopted country. And many Filipinos originally migrated to Hawaii to work in the sugar cane and pineapple fields as the first wave of Filipinos arrived in the early part of the 20th century. Filipinos are Southeast Asia by origin, and I’ve written a few articles to address the Asian vs Pacific Islander debate:

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. A rather broad term, Asian-Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).

Visit the U.S. Government’s official site at: AsianPacificHeritage.gov

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How Much Did It Cost In The 1960’s?

It could be a bit depressing if you compare what various things cost “back-in-the-day” with the current high prices we are experiencing today. Well, for some reason, making these comparisons fascinates me. If you get depressed easily then don’t bother clicking on the links below, but if you’re fascinated like me, then you’ll find the statistics are shocking, yet interesting:

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World Is India

This is a very popular compilation album of modern Indian music, available at Starbucks Coffee shops everywhere. I’m really happy I picked this one up, because I don’t really have an extensive collection of India music, per se.

I have a few Ravi Shankar CDs, but this one I’m sure you’ll like. For one, this is great background music, and the tracks are pretty diverse, from Indian funk and dub-type jams, to something more traditional by Ravi Shankar, and some classic Bollywood numbers as well.

And you can get the CD right here: Buy World is India – Compilation CD

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Facebook Social Plugins For Your Site

Recently, I’ve incorporated Facebook functionality to my site by adding Facebook’s “Like” and “Share” buttons to my posts. If you’re a Facebook user (and I’m sure you probably are) and a blogger too, adding these buttons increases social network interaction between you and your friends, AND also to first time visitors coming to your blog.

Here is Facebook’s Social Plugins page where you can learn to add a lot of good stuff to your blog!

And if you enjoyed reading this post, please click on the Like button.

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Carlos Rull

Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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