Friday, February 12, 2010

Valentine's Day - From a Different Point of View

I had a recent email from a friend of mine from Romania who wanted to see more of my writing since apparently, according to her, I have a talent as a writer. So in this post about Valentine's, it is all words :)

so.........Valentine's Day, eh?

Whenever it is time for Valentine's Day, I cannot help but run through monologues in my head, examining the “true” meaning and nature of human relations.
I am a single guy, so this is probably my way of quietly pondering a day that was originally intended for singles to find love but was somehow turned into a commercialized event that is laser-like focused and wholly directed at couples; thus, reminding them of what they have to spend to satisfy, to a large degree, social expectations as well as reminding singles of what they don't have but ought to get, mostly, to get out of social pettiness and fit the overall social molds, all in a self-reinforcing rhythm.
It is truly fascinating to observe how humans behave overall, how they react to certain stimuli, and how they sometimes do things that defy logic, all in a rat-race-like attempt to fit and gain some sort of approval or acceptance. One cannot help but wonder if humans are beings that follow predictable patterns and thus are easily manipulated and influenced. No wonder that things like neural-linguistic programming or advertising work. No wonder that things like “Limited Offer”, “50% Off” , “buy one get one free” or “$1.99” all work. No wonder that many retailers make 25%+ of their yearly revenues on Feb 14th. ….etc
Having said all this, it is logically-inescapable and no surprise that the vast majority of human beings carry heavy burdens of debt, buy things they cannot afford, get loans they do not truly need, purchase things just because a teenage pop star has them, or buy extremely overpriced wrist watches, cell phones, cars...or, in these days, boxes of chocolate that were in no demand a few weeks ago. It is an inescapable result that depression, misery, suffering and suicide are so widely spread in society.
Thousands of years ago, the great Buddha said that desires are at the root of human suffering. When desires are let loose, allowed to take control over one's soul, brought into the fore front of human existence by being heavily exploited by commercialism that sell vanity; then humans are destined to not escape from the rat wheel in which they find themselves trapped, endlessly running towards freedom of the soul, all not knowing that the wheel goes around in circles. It is the sign of madness to continually do the same thing and expect different results.

Around 30,000 years ago, the first spark of human imagination came into existence. It was the first time during which humans have risen above the primitive animal-like stimulus/response behavior. It was the first time a gap had come into being between receiving a stimulus and producing a reaction. It is this extremely short gap, during which the mind applies higher-functioning logic and intelligence to asses the situation and produce a more intelligent response, that lead to human evolution and allowed human beings to get out of the jungle and set foot on the moon ! It is this gap that must be brought again into human thought in order to reach a more satisfying and meaningful existence.

People should not need a day in a year to remember to treasure their partner. They should not need a gift card company or a chocolate producer to remind them to make their significant other feels special, and that they are lucky to have found them amongst the billions of people on planet Earth during their lifetime which is but a small, insignificant blip of existence in an endless, mostly cold and dark universe.

I guess the point of all this rant is to infuse your life with joy. Cherish it, for we are all passing over a bridge. Find something that brings you meaning and elevates your soul rather than being bound to social molds and commercially inflated self-loathing habits and occasions. Do this, and you will not be enslaved or manipulated by vanity sellers.

Do this and life will have a better, brighter and more vibrant color.

all my love to everyone, out there :D

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Stunning Sand Animation

Kseniya Simonova is an incredibly talented 24-year-old artist from Ukraine. She effortlessly draws intricate and captivating imagery using only sand that is angelically moved around on top of a light box.

Simonova became an internet sensation after winning the Ukraine Got Talent show by performing her winning sand animation piece shown in the below video.

"Here, she recounts Germany conquering Ukraine in the second world war. She brings calm, then conflict. A couple on a bench become a woman's face; a peaceful walkway becomes a conflagration; a weeping widow morphs into an obelisk for an unknown soldier. Simonova looks like some vengeful Old Testament deity as she destroys then recreates her scenes - with deft strokes, sprinkles and sweeps she keeps the narrative going. She moves the judges to tears as she subtitles the final scene 'you are always near' ". source: here.

The above piece was way more than what I was expecting.
It caught me by surprise. Totally off guard, my eyes were held fixed upon it as if they were enchanted by some sort of mesmerizing spell that shook my entire being and left me speechless..
So is the awe-inspiring effect of artistic creations on the human soul.

Here are two more videos of other performances:

I feel humbled and amazed by her talent...makes me wonder ..
I hope you feel the same way too.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

A Brief History of Pretty Much Everything

Here is an AMAZING piece of animation.
A brief and concise history of life and everything told via 2100 pages of flip book style animation.


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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Odd & Bizarre High Heels

I was reading some stuff on the internet the other day about some cool 3D computer graphic designs.
I came across a strangest 3D design of high heel shoes made by computer artist and graphic designer Tim Cooper on Design World . I gotta say that they caught my attention.
This got me to read more about strange footwear design. Further searching lead to other photos.

here we go :)

This is the Tim Cooper Lamborghini themed high heel shoes. Looks very cool
Here are some odd designs:

Adjustable heels with a height range of 4-10cm , made by designer Natalie Cosette Thorne, source.

This is probably the strangest of all: the Mojito Shoes. a wavy and cool design, made out of carbon fiber and laminated with rubber at the bottom and leather on top. Made by designer Julian Hakes, source.

Wire Shoes by designer Polly Verity. source.

Glass Shoes by designer Martin Margiela. source.

Hoof Shoes by Iris Schieferstein. source.

Origami Shoes, which can be folded, by Catherine Meuter. source.

also other bizarre ones. couldn't find the designers. If you know, plz lemme know

Chair Shoes.

Nail Shoes.

Claw Shoes

Of course,all this made me ponder the beauty, allure, and glamor that high heels radiate . They really do accentuate the female form and give off a sophisticated feminine aura...(ok..maybe not all the above ...the hoof ones are definitely a big NO)

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