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Charong Chow, CalArts, The Walt Disney Family Museum - and Fu Manchu!

Charong Chow speaking at the Walt Disney Family Museum.  Photograph copyright © 2015 Alexander Chow-Stuart. Recently, my wife Charong Chow spoke at a CalArts event at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco. In a setting founded by Walt's daughter, Diane Disney Miller - with a rather different, more serious focus on Disney's work than southern California sometimes provides - Charong talked about her time at the premiere art school in the country, California Instituteof the Arts , founded by Disney himself in 1961 in Santa Clarita, about 30 minutes north of Los Angeles. It's a school that has produced virtually all of the first wave of remarkable Pixar filmmakers (including JohnLasseter , who now runs both Pixar and Walt Disney Animation ), as well as other luminaries such as Tim Burton ( Edward Scissorhands is said to satirize the weird desert suburbia of Santa Clarita, home to Cal Arts), Sofia Coppola , Pee-wee Herman and, um,

Our son Hudson launches his Kickstarter campaign for Bunny Quest!

Roswell The Bunny. Design and photograph  copyright © 2015 Hudson Chow-Stuart. VERY EXCITED! Our eleven year old son Hudson has just launched his first Kickstarter campaign for a video game he has created, called #BunnyQuest  Please donate if you can! Thank you ☺️πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡

Fraserburgh...and Rosehearty...and my father

Many many thanks to Ann Totterdell for this wonderful postcard of Fraserburgh , the nearest "big town" to the tiny Scottish fishing village, Rosehearty , where my dad was born and grew up.  It's a bleak part of the NE Scottish coast (farther north than most of Norway) and my few childhood memories do not include sand, rather grey slate roofs, but the picture here of beach huts prompts some perhaps imagined distant stirring.  In any case, lovely to be reminded of it. Thanks, Ann x

Preggie's End Of Summer Giveaway - A Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro Tablet with movie projector

The hip young women only mobile app Preggie , which my wife Charong Chow helps run, is currently holding a giveaway of the same wonderful Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro tablet that Lenovo was kind enough to give our eleven year old son, Hudson, at getgeeked in San Francisco because of the many smart questions he'd asked during a series of Q&As.  Among the tablet's many innovative features - designed by Ashton Kutcher - are an inbuilt pico video projector and JBL surround sound speakers . Hudson has loved using the tablet all summer, and now Preggie is offering a lucky mom or mom-to-be a chance to win the Yoga 2 Pro and maybe hold a late-summer backyard movie night with it. The Preggie drawing will be held on September 10th 2015 , so enter now! Win a Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro Tablet with Preggi e Only 3 more days until our giveaway drawing! Celebrate the last days of summer with one last big backyard movie night with your family and friends. But you’ll need a  projector

The Glorious Stephen Fry...and Apple

Photograph copyright © 2014 Alexander Chow-Stuart. It's almost that time again... Apple will launch its latest product line on Wednesday September 9 2015. Here we are with Applephile and friend to the core (sorry), Stephen Fry , in San Francisco the night before last year's iPhone 6 and Apple Watch launch. Stephen has been a truly inestimable pal for 20 years and simply knows everything...not just about Apple but, well, everything. And he's very very kind. We love him.  If you enjoyed this post, please follow me on Twitter  @alexanderchow .   And please  subscribe to this blog via email by clicking here.