Saturday, February 20, 2010

Me & My Cat !





The funny looking yawning cat in the above image which I stumbled upon on the internet carries a lot of resemblance to my cat. It made my day at work a little bit brighter and had me laugh all day. When all the laughs were out, I was suddenly filled with a great sense of nostalgia.

From some of my posts here, you can probably tell that I really love cats. They are really cute, funny and smart animals. As pets, they learn what they should and shouldn’t do around the house very quickly. They can even somehow sense when you are happy, angry, playful, or depressed and behave accordingly.

Up till recently, I used to have an adorable short-haired black cat. He used to do the funniest things around the house like sticking his head into everything that has an opening and then meowing for me to get him out, trying very hard to get inside any kitchen drawer within reach, following my mouse pointer or shiny spots on screen like crazy, camouflaging himself in between my black shoes or hiding underneath a chair or a table then playfully jumping at me whenever I pass by, having a staring contest with me while blinking one eye, or even getting OVER EXCITED and TOOO PLAYFUL and JUMPY whenever I play any blues music on my computer. He was a source of too much joy that often lifted my spirit and saved me from many depression episodes that usually make their attack every number of months.

His name was Blacky. He never responded to it, though. Maybe because various people (friends and neighbors) used to call him by different names like Fudge, Snowball, Kitty, Eight ball, Little evil thing, or simply Cat !!! You can’t really blame the guy for not knowing his name. I used to whistle whenever I wanted to get his attention and he seemed to respond to this very well.

More than two years ago, he simply ran into me, anxiously meowing and rubbing up against my leg. He was a tiny kitten at that time that seemed lost and confused in a very big parking lot with lots of cars moving in and out. With no sign of his mother around or a caretaker, I decided to take him out of the parking lot and into my home. I thought maybe the poor guy had probably been abandoned or simply lost his mother. After cleaning his little paws, showering him and feeding him, he slept like a small baby. Strangely, for several days after that, he would always get scared and frightened of car noises and even have lots of nightmares. I knew about the nightmares because I used to see him twitch and struggle a lot in his sleep, often waking up all shook up and meowing. This made me often wonder what kind of difficult time he had as a kitten. Was he simply abandoned there on his own? Did he find himself alone after losing sight of his mom or did he miraculously escape a passing car that did not spare his mother? I never knew anything about his past and never found any answers to any of these questions. Despite all this, Blacky grew up very fast to become a very energetic bundle of joy and a source of great happiness for me.

A few months ago, Blacky walked out one night to play outside. He never came back and was nowhere to be found.

Only true pet owners can truly comprehend the idea that a pet can really become its owner’s best friend .
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Where are you now, Blacky?



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Cat Massage


Here is a super cute video of a cat giving a massage !!!

They have the cutest expressions. So content, so happy

:D






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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Impressive Shadow Art

Kumi Yamashita is a very creative artist with impressive works of art made in most unusual ways. She is well known for using ordinary objects to create art out of shadows !



Wooden building blocks arranged on a wall that when lit from the right, casts a silhouette of a woman walking. This piece is part of Boise Art Museum collection at Boise, Idaho.



In this beautiful piece, a thin metal object is fixed on the wall. When light is casted from above, the silhouette of a couple appears. This piece is on permanent display at the 3rd floor of Stellar Place Sapporo JR Tower which is Commissioned by Japan Railways Inc.



Here, a silhouette of a man's profile appear when the beautifully arranged alphabet wooden blocks are lit from the left.



Here, a wooden object is fixed to the wall that will casts a silhouette of a figure when lit from below. This is on permanent display at Akiru Municipal Medical Center, Tokyo, Japan which is commissioned by Akiru Municipal Medical Center.


Aluminum objects placed on a wall that, when lit from the left, cast the silhouette of a couple holding hands.



Another thin metal object that will casts the silhouette of a girl when lit from above. This on permanent display at the entrance hall of Takikawa Hall, Hokkaido, Japan


This is my favorite. Here aluminum number blocks are arranged on the wall so that when light is casted on them from the right, a beautiful silhouette of a woman appears. The woman is actually laying her hand on the hand rail. This is on permanent display at the 2nd floor of Nanba Parks Tower, Osaka, Japan.



Here, Kumi Yamashita beautifully creates an image completely out of military shoe prints on a bed sheet !!!! Impressive, eh? take a close look to see for yourself.


Another awesome creation by Yamashita where she displays a portrait of a boy made from a single threat moved around and around. If you look closely, you will see the initial threat starting point at the bottom right corner


Here, Yamashita astonishes me one more time. A portrait of a person is made by taking a normal silk tissue and rubbing it over his credit card with a conte crayon !!!!!!!! if you look closely you will the string of digits


Make sure to check out Kumi Yamashita's website for more right here.

Below is a subtitled youtube video from a Japanese show about visual artists that featured Yamashita with some of her works and took a closer look at her work.





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