Tag Archives: Arts

Bravery is Beautiful

The image above is the property of The Star Online

Check out this astounding young ladys blog. Her story is heartbreaking. Her bravery is remarkable and her resolve to inspire change is heroic.

http://sacrilegeofthegoddess.wordpress.com/

She is a warrior in my opinion, fighting to bring awareness to an epidemic of injustices suffered by children across the world. She fights not with her fists, but her body, in beautiful dance. A dance to bring awareness to the problem of childhood sexual assault. My message to her is to stay strong. You have an amazing opportunity to inspire change and bring awareness. Who knows how many young lives will be changed for the better through your stories and sharing your dance. Though I’ve never met her, I feel a strong bond forged by similar stories we’ve endured. She’s a warrior for the young and innocent. I admire her strength and send her much love and respect.

You can also read more about her mission and her story from The Star Online.

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/12/29/nation/10167925&sec=nation

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Plinky Writing Prompts

Plinky is a cool website you should check out. I think I might start adding some of my favorite prompts as posts to inspire me to write more regularly, and for anyone who visits my blog, please feel free to use any of the prompts I add on your own blog, comment on or leave feedback on any prompts I have written on or leave your link in the comments to a prompt you’ve used and written on. All feedback is fun so I hope the prompts inspire you as they are sure to inspire me.

Plinky makes it easy for you to create inspired content. Every day we provide a prompt (i.e. a question or challenge) and you answer. We make it simple to add rich media and share your answers on Facebook, Twitter and blogs.

links for the Plinky website:

http://www.plinky.com/

http://blog.plinky.com/

http://twitter.com/#!/plinky

http://twitter.com/#!/plinkyprompts

http://www.facebook.com/PlinkyDotCom

 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

Technology, meet my mom…

http://www.loc.gov/jukebox/

My mom emailed me this link this morning, which is monumental in itself…due to her technology disability. So the fact that she emailed me a link for a website, and one i will love, makes my heart smile.

So, Technology, meet my mom. Mom, this is technology. Its the one I’ve been telling you about. Isn’t he dreamy…

Oh, and tech, i love the way you’ve digitized historical recordings for our listening pleasure. You’re a genius. (fluttering my puppydog eyes all sloppy in love)

http://media.loc.gov/player/flowplayer/size/small/width=439/.commercial.swf?0.9866484776139259

http://media.loc.gov/player/flowplayer.commercial.swf?0.9866484776139259

<a href="http://media.loc.gov/player/flowplayer.commercial.swf?0.9866484776139259” target=”_blank”>http://media.loc.gov/player/flowplayer.commercial.swf?0.9866484776139259

750 Words

So, another sleepless night has found me tripping from site to site. I tripped over one that was awesome enough to share.

http://750words.com/

For anyone who loves or loathes writing, you must check out this site. The writing analysis is pretty awesome. I’m thinking I might cps (copy,paste,send) some of my previous blog posts just to see how its weighted.

Beer Bottle Caps Wanted

I am increasing aware of how difficult it’s gonna be to save the amount of beer bottle caps it will take to make the pixel picture art I want to make.

This is an official SOS (send out supplies) call for help. If anyone, anywhere happens to have a stash, be it small or super size, that they’d be willing to part with, your donatation would be put to good use. Not to mention that I would also be forever grateful of your generosity. SO PLEASE, ANYONE AND EVERYONE…SEND ME YOUR BEER BOTTLE CAPS!

Just comment that you’re interested and I’ll tell ya where to send them : )

Oh, and wish me luck. When I finish the piece I will post pictures and the names of any contributors that helped make it happen. (Any contributions/contributors that wish to remain anonymous will be noted only as anonymous.)

SO GRAB A COLD ONE AND ENJOY, AFTER ALL, IT IS SUMMERTIME…FOR THE LOVE OF ART

LilyWhiteWash Logo Identity Tweaking

Ok, I inverted the color. I think it makes the lettering look more like the flower which is kinda sweet. Any thoughts or ideas?

Some pics I pulled of the interwebs of different kinds of lilies and different angles.

And more…

And because I’m obsessive, lol.

There’s no place like home

image

I’m pretty sure that this will be the image I’m gonna use when I create my bottle cap pixelated art picture.
The piece that inspired me is one I seen on the wall at the Medical University downtown. I saw it while there with my mom, dad and grandmother Viv. Viv was there for a procedure and while we waited, we went down to the cafe to eat. The picture, if I remember correctly, hangs on the wall outside the cafe where there are many other pieces of art on display.
I’ll have to research to make sure, but I think the image is in the likeness of a local man who is an artist himself. He’s the artistic eyes and hard working hands behind many of our cities beautifully crafted elegant iron gates. I will post a story about him as soon as I find one. Until then, this is the picture…

He is the image at the top in the center. I’ll try to find a more detailed picture. I took a picture of it myself while I was at MUSC that day. Unfortunately, my picture of the piece resides on a hard drive on a laptop that my husband took with him when he left.

Update:
NEED MORE BOTTLE CAPS, A LOT MORE, Lol. CALLING ALL WHO MAY BE BURDENED BY BOTTLE CAPS. PLEASE LEAVE YOUR BURDEN WITH ME. I WILL MAKE GOOD USE OF IT ; )

https://lilywhitewash.wordpress.com/2011/04/30/beer-bottle-caps-wanted/

http://artwork.musc.edu/artists/pages/right/01.html

https://lilywhitewash.wordpress.com/2011/04/29/musc/

Star Wars ASCii

http://www.asciimation.co.nz/

 

http://kimeling.wordpress.com/2011/04/10/ascii-wars/

 

Postaday2011

Topic #73: Grab the nearest book (or website) to you right now. Jump to paragraph 3, second Sentence. Write it in a post. Bonus: Make up a sentence to follow the first one, but make it go in an entirely different direction that the actual book or website does.

In addition to the bluesman’s untimely death, there have been a string of tragedies associated with musicians who have performed the song over the years. {This “STRING” is said to be unbreakable and highly desirable for its ability to stay in perfect tune, which is one of the reasons it still being strum by a fate tempting, fame seeking guitarist today, God bless his soul.}

How To Write Good

Caveat emptor.
Carpe diem.
O si villi, si ergo, fortibus es in ero.
Et tu, brute.
HOW TO WRITE GOOD

by Frank L. Visco

My several years in the word game have learnt me several rules:

  1. Avoid alliteration. Always.
  2. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
  3. Avoid cliches like the plague. (They’re old hat.)
  4. Employ the vernacular.
  5. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.
  6. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary.
  7. It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.
  8. Contractions aren’t necessary.
  9. Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.
  10. One should never generalize.
  11. Eliminate quotations. As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said: “I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.”
  12. Comparisons are as bad as cliches.
  13. Don’t be redundant; don’t use more words than necessary; it’s highly superfluous.
  14. Profanity sucks.
  15. Be more or less specific.
  16. Understatement is always best.
  17. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.
  18. One-word sentences? Eliminate.
  19. Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.
  20. The passive voice is to be avoided.
  21. Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.
  22. Even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.
  23. Who needs rhetorical questions?

 

Elizabeth Bounds Religious Studies Program Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA 24061-0135 Phone: 703-231-7617 Fax: 703-231-6367 E-Mail: Elizabeth.Bounds@vt.edu
Last updated 95/03/20

 

http://courses.cs.vt.edu/~cs3604/support/Writing/writing.caveats.html

List of signs he is flirting

LIST OF SIGNS HE IS FLIRTING
The Eyebrow Lift
Gaining Your Attention
Slight Parting of the Lips
His Nostrils Open Slightly – Face Widens
He Shifts to the Classic Male Courship Stance
Touches His Own Face
Strokes His Shirt Front, Smoothes his Jeans
Fiddles with His Hair
Eyebrows Arc While Talking
He acts immaturely around you
He seems to make excuses to hang out with you
You catch him looking at you when you’re not looking at him directly
He acts embarrassed or turns red when you talk to him
He smiles at you a lot or laughs at your jokes (or everything you say)
He copies your body movements or posture
He finds excuses to call you about random things
He seems jealous when you talk to his friends and not him
His friends tease him about you
He makes an extra effort to maintain eye contact
He thinks of ways to start a conversation with you
He compliments you a lot – more than your regular friends
He always seems to pass by you or run into you during your day-to-day schedule
He seems nervous or anxious when you talk to him directly
He gives you a playful hug or touches you lightly on the arm when talking to you
Sock Adjustment

 

http://www.thelists.org/list-of-signs-he-is-flirting.html

YouTube – Three Minute Philosophy: Galileo

YouTube – Three Minute Philosophy: Galileo

I Am – The Human Condition

I found this article interesting enough to shamelessly copy and paste it word for word. I will of course highlight some of my favorite quotes from Mr. Benzel’s article and will be searching for the documentary I AM by Mr. Shadyac. It looks like it’s worth watching. 

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The Theme Beneath the Themes

Quin Benzel
For The Vancouver Voice

In Tom Shadyac’s new documentary, I AM, he begins every interview by asking eminent scholars like Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn and Desmond Tutu if they have ever seen Ave Ventura: Pet Detective. They haven’t. “These are people who helped change me,” Shadyac said during a recent Portland visit. If you didn’t know the person but only his movies, it’d be easy to call bullshit. No way the man who made Evan Almighty could make something with actual meaning and intent. Could he? Has he all along?

Turns out Shadyac has more on his mind than an animal sleuth with social issues. “I’d been questioning things in my life for years,” Shadyac says. “As success came my way I started to notice a hypocrisy in my life.” At the film’s end, he gives his wealth to worthy causes, buys a bike and moves into a mobile home in Malibu. Now a teacher of screenwriting at Pepperdine University in California, Shadyac lives a much more deliberate life. But I Am is a tricky movie to describe, and most attempts to do so do not give it justice. It really is as simple as this: It’s about feeling and compassion and how we’re biologically engineered to cooperate and not compete with each other.

But it could also be a sense of closure for Shadyac, who made the movie after a bike accident brought life violently into perspective. “ I thought I was literally going to die. I had post concussion syndrome, and it’s quite torturous. I thought, ‘if I am going to die, is there anything I want to explore or say before I go,’ and that’s how I Am was born.”

However, just wanting to say something is easier than actually saying it. The movie could have easily turned into another hour-and-a-half exploration of why the world is so corrupt, but I Am has magnanimity on its mind. “I love documentaries, but I think for myself I’d moved beyond documentaries pointing out the problem. I wanted to know what we do. This film is very different because it’s very hopeful,” Shadyac says.

And through all the egalitarian themes and good vibrations the movie emits, Shadyac never once forgets who he is. “I’m the guy who directed Ace Ventura, and my sensibilities are in this film, so I think it makes it very accessible. There’s a humor and pace to it.” I Am doesn’t resort to such crude humor as having someone grab their ass cheeks and mimic talking through their butt, but it does display a sly comic tone—all while attempting to relate how we are meaningfully connected to the world around us.

It’s poetry blended with scientific fact. At one point we’re told that the chemical element argon is inert, and that when we breathe it, we’re taking a breath that could have once been inside the lungs of Joan of Arc. This may not be as important to understand as helping your fellow-man, but collectively it works as a means to help come to terms with the most essential parts of life. “Very few people will say ‘it’s [what’s most important in life] because my IRA matured.’ They all tell a very similar story. ‘I was apart of something creative, loving, a family, I grew,’”says Shadyac.

But the man credited for cramming more fart jokes into a dinner scene (The Nutty Professor) than anyone before him is by no means a distant memory. “I look back on all those movies with an incredible fondness. Making someone laugh is a way we connect with each other, and I would do it again,” Shadyac says. “The difference is I would do it differently. I would be much more efficient with the resources. I would do it with a simplified crew, and I wouldn’t be amassing all the wealth myself.”

And even upon a close look, I Am shares uniquely similar traits of the human condition that films like Liar Liar, The Nutty Professor or Patch Adams also did. I Am is the theme below those themes. It’s why we may lie to each other; it’s why we may put another person down. [It] looks at the root cause of the society we’ve built.” And even of his past projects, he says, “I think if somebody’s suffering in the hospital and they see Ave Ventura and it removes them from their pain, that’s a pretty important movie.”

Shadyac tells us that “nothing in nature takes more than it needs.”As humans, we’re the only species really capable of greed or unprovoked, malicious intent.But we’re also very susceptible to change. We can empathize, reason and understand. Shadyac says, “I Am presents a point of view; I’m welcome to other points of view. I just want to start the conversation.”

I Am is now playing at the Fox Tower in Portland

The UN-Grammafication of America continues

 The UN-Grammafication of America continues and continues to piss off Grandmas everywhere…Psychologically, it is an evolutionary imperative that language will evolve, much like its speakers. The problem is, this phonetic evolution usually leaves the previous generation feeling a bit communicatively chafed. Theres a whole group of Syntax Scorned Seniors shaking a rigid finger at an out of control youth.

I am a rabid word blender on a mission to make my modifications mainstream. I advise everyone to get on board and become their own Grammar Guru.

One of my favorite sites:

http://wordlust.blogspot.com/

http://www.good.is/post/word-blending-linguistic-crossbreeds-from-smog-to-snowverload/

http://muse.dillfrog.com/ambiguous_words.php

Some other links on the subject:

http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/linguistics/change.jsp

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Language_change

http://www.pbs.org/speak/words/sezwho/change/

http://webspace.ship.edu/cgboer/langevol.html

http://www.drgrammar.org/frequently-asked-questions