Monday, June 30, 2008

Monday picks in my Buckit List

More intriguing links I've chanced upon!
Its a Monday....rrrrr....... monday........ =-----="
These are great to start a week with!

1. Dinner in the Sky
A picture speaks a thousand words.
I guess you won't be needing any explanations for these!
[For those who do, there's a link at the bottom of the piccies.]

2. Parkour
is an activity with the aim of moving from one point to another as efficiently and quickly as possible, using principally the abilities
of the human body.

It is meant to help one overcome obstacles, which can be anything in the surrounding environment—from branches and rocks to rails and concrete walls—and can be practised in both rural and urban areas. Parkour practitioners are referred to as traceurs, or traceuses for females. [Wiki]

It looks so effortless....

Pictures by Philippe Dudoit for TIME

Plus a vid of David Belle, founder of Parkour in action.

3. Human Hamster
I can't imagine doing a Sako Kojima.

4. Watch the Guild
[This is one for the gamers, thanks again Ju!]

I am officially hooked! They are so funny,
The Guild is a super hilarious comedy skit series on the lives of online gamers! (They're really spot-on, trust me! wink* that wasn't a confession right there) :P

Here's the first webisode:

They have up to 10 episodes so far (For those interested, here are Episodes 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 &10) I can't believe it gets funnier with each new one. lols I can't wait for Season Two! :P

5. Bic Runga
& to top it all off, here are two lovelies from this talented New Zealander.
Not new hits but still great nonetheless!

Something good

Listening for the Weather

Much love

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Illustration Friday: Hoarding

This topic for this week's IF is hoarding & I thought it would be perfect to illustrate my little secret (well, not so secret anymore) obsession-passion for daruma or dharma dolls.
I itch to buy mostly any I come across!

Darumas represent the ever growing list of harder goals I wish to accomplish during my stay on Planet Earth! It also seems like I've been hoarding this list for quite some time.

Oddly, I find them absolutely adorable! Round roly poly dolls that hardly get knocked down. A little note on darumas for the unacquainted: they are little Japanese dolls used for wishing. Fill in one eye (usually the left) whilst thinking of your wish. You are then, only supposed to fill in the other eye once the wish has come true!

Wiki has it that the daruma has become symbolic for optimism, persistence, and strong determination! (This is probably due to their "low centers of gravity, some types of daruma doll return to the upright position after being tilted to one side".)

I have quite "a few" under my wing however since Daruma dolls are only supposed to be used one at a time, I have to wait till I can colour in all their other right eyes! :D

NOTE: For illustration purposes, I coloured all their left eyes in so that they wouldn't seem so "blind", I would not do so to my precious darumas in real life! chuckle* They should be used wisely, in the correct manner of course!

Interested in getting a daruma but don't really have the space for one? Here's links for anyone interested in Daruma Wallpaper! No physical space needed! Let him inspire you everytime you switch on your PC!

Click here to download the one eye-d Daruma (make your wish whilst downloading your selected wallpaper size) & for a Daruma with both eyes coloured in! (once your wish has been achieved)
[Note: Scroll to the centre of the wallpaper list, daruma wallpapers are there!]

Thursday, June 19, 2008

I heart these in my buckit :P

Here's a list of my current faves :

1. Reverse Graffiti
What a brilliant idea! :P leaves a more legitimate & meaningful mark on the rest of the world. Powered with an exceptionally strong cleaning fluid & loads of H2O, stencil-blast your imagination onto any wall coated with layers upon layers of stubborn dirt!

Here are some perty examples from the Reverse Graffiti Project:

Above's a video of them artists in action.
For more on this particular project called The Reverse Graffiti Project, click here. To learn more about the artist (Paul Curtis, "Moose") click here.

2. Seven Deadly Glasses
Kacper Hamilton did a fantastic job with his collection of custom-made glasses embodying the 7 deadly sins. Lust & Gluttony are featured below :P

For those who can't remember the rest of the 5 sins, have listed them out for you
in order: greed, sloth, wrath, envy & pride.
To view the other 5 glasses, click here!

3. An old advert

A old ad for Mc D's in Japan, promoting their strawberry shake.
[ Thanks ju! ]

4. Peace Corps Challenge
I stumbled across this beautifully illustrated site whilst searching for ..... peace.... =------=" I know....... but its such an excellent find! A wonderfully educational site for kids & adults alike on problem solving & negotiation. It is a very simple rpg-game (role playing game) & a tad bit lengthy but once you're immersed in it, you'd wish there were more villages to visit.

I've learnt how to trade mangoes for secrets plus I now know sometimes goats lick water pumps which may be the only source of fresh water for the entire village. Pesky goats..... Oh & here's a tip, forget about talking to Pepito in the 'Ridding Monkeys of Wanzuzu' Level! wink* Start here!

Well, I hope you guys enjoy the stuff above as much as I enjoy sharing them! :D More to come!
- Lynn

Friday, June 13, 2008

Illustration Friday: Forgotten

:D I believe this is self-explanatory! I have Ivan to thank for the origin of this little nugget of an idea> imagine yourself walking in on the forgotten belongings of the previous toilet user! shudder*

We were talking (rambling) about this week's IF theme when *pop* out it came! Decided to use animal office workers as a funnier way to illustrate the awkwardness of the situation :P chuckle*

Its not the first time Mr. Hippo left his fresh pile where
someone else could chance upon it!

Monday, June 9, 2008

Get inspired in 20!

I so need this!

Tony Robbin is is an American self-help writer and professional speaker.

This other one is a slightly different type of inspirational video! Watching his passion for what he believes in, makes me want to explore the bottom of the ocean too, even though I can't even swim!

Robert Ballard is a is an oceanographer most noted for his work in underwater archaelogy.

"If you can plan it out, and it seems logical to you, then you can do it. I discovered the power of a plan."
- Robert Ballard

Oh, so inspiring!! :D

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

On the mend

This stirs the mecha love in me :D

Calmingly beautiful....the humongous Air Jelly is the brain child of Festo, a Danish company specializing in industrial and process automation.
Its their best project so far!

On another note, am sorry for the lack of posts, have been & am still recuperating from stress & being overworked. (It kinda left me looking like Spongebob above) I had no idea I could be this exhausted mentally :D am feeling better now so I'll be back soon! Hopefully in time for next week's Illustration Friday's theme,
it really was fun!!

Photo captions:
:p this has got to be the ugliest & funniest Spongebob we've ever come across!! Can anyone beat that? We had such a good time laughing, we nearly got shoo-ed out of the shop.
The kitty cat was impossibly hard to shoot! Sounds like I'm exaggerating, you say? grin* Try crouching & shooting a fidgety kitten running around every 2 seconds. Both were shot in Cameron Highlands. (Of all places :P)