Sunday Break

RA Guy Adventures of RA Guy

Because there is no such thing as taking too many breaks!

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Institut du Monde Arabe

A detail of the facade of L’Institute du Monde Arabe in Paris, France. Designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, this wall is comprised of 240 motor-controlled apertures which open and close every hour. This modern technology mimics brise soleil (sun-shading) techniques often found in Islamic architecture. I like how on the morning of my visit, the clouds in the sky were reflecting on the glass.

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Last night I started reading The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby. After suffering a massive stroke to the brain stem that left him in a condition called locked-in syndrome, the author communicated and wrote this book solely by blinking his left eye. I plan to watch the movie adaptation after I finish the book.

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Today is International Bikini Day. Who knew? On this date in 1946, Louis Reard introduced the skimpy two-piece swim suit at a Paris fashion show. Bikinis are named after a Pacific atoll where nuclear bombs were first tested. The reasoning behind this name:  that the burst of excitement created by it would be like a nuclear device. Like I said, who knew?

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Stay tuned…for the next adventure of Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy!