But I’m not taking it in the way that David Shrigley probably intended. Because I’m using the numerical version of nothing or 0, and our constant need to be much bigger than what nothing signifies. Yes, I am frustrated by something that we all have done at one time or another in our lives, and that is the popularity contest that is checking your numbers.
Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of posts going up about how to increase the number of followers in your social media accounts, blog, business, or whatever else that requires us to chase the numbers game. OMG, I just gained more followers. OMG, did you see that NASCAR driver get 100000 followers by tweeting during the race???? Oh, I have to follow so-and-so because they’re guaranteeing followers that won’t drop me. Links – check! Responsible self-promotion – check! Authenticity – check! Ummm – no.
I don’t know how anyone else feels, but I was never good at the popularity game. I was too busy doing my own thing to see if others agreed that my own thing was inspirational to them. I will always suck at this mentality of becoming a trend-setter because I’m too busy seeing what’s out there to discover. Every discovery I make isn’t always going to become a trend. My likes and dislikes are going to be unique to me, because I’ll probably see them in a different light than others. It doesn’t matter if everyone else chooses HOT PINK, because I may want it in pale blue. People are running towards that celebrity! Oh wait, I just saw the coolest robot in that window across the street. Why is everyone running over there? hmmmm…
Contrary? No, I’m really not trying to be. I just have a curiosity to satisfy. I’m not the cat that satisfaction brought back, because I’m the kitten who will probably get in trouble from chasing after every one of my curiosities (and there are many). Not that trouble will stop me from pursuing those curiosities.
It’s who I am.
I’m not into numbers as measures (unless I’m cooking or something). I’m not trying to overcome 0 or any small number. I’m into content that grows me and my curiosity positively. 0? Not a problem if it’s a measure of my popularity. As long as I like myself, then I think I’ll survive. But 0 is a problem if that’s the amount of content I have to look through. As for the number of people who follow me? Well, I appreciate each one as an individual and strive to keep them apart from one another, so that I never lose sight of them as people with their own uniquely quirky (or not) views and lives. If you don’t see me thank each person who follows me, it’s not because I don’t care. I do – deeply. But I’m a little busy trying to get to know the person behind the number. Who knows what they’ll show me to inspire my curiosity to grow even more. And that means everything to me.
Another awesome image and message discovered through this isn’t happiness. The sweet thing about this image is not only the idea of making mixed tapes to convey a conversation through a mixture of songs and music, but also the accompanying post that Summer Pierre wrote on Huffington Post.
Summer tells us about her dedication in making mixed tapes for those people who impacted her life. We get to go on a little journey with her as she describes this act of musical journaling that grew and changed as she did. Go read this short story because it is a pretty wonderful thing she did.
What do you do to immortalize your own treasury of personality? It’s a pretty great thing to do, isn’t it? Especially when it’s shared with others.
The Brazilian twins Os Gemeos is back at the Prism in Los Angeles, and it looks like it’s going to be a good show. “Miss You” will be open from February 25th to March 24th and it’s full of the usual dreamy murals, but they’re also accompanied by whimsical lighted faces that seem to come from the floors to participate in the viewing. It’s like they’ve built in their own audience to appreciate the amazing imagery whether someone is really there or not.
I wonder what Prism is like after all of the lights are off? Do you think the lighted heads are having a party of their own? As always, you have to love the minds of this amazing duo.
If you saw the previous post about Kyoto Studio, then you know who S Tone Inc (or otherwise know as Stefano Tirone) is. If not, then simply listen to the music and dance. It’s that kind of music! Cool, sweet jazz with a touch of South American and even some Indian influences, it’s like nothing I’ve heard in a while. This is the type of jazz that you can mellow out to. This is the kind of jazz you can create with. This is pure jazz at its finest. I am in LOVE with S Tone Inc! How about you?
Wow, now this is a travel video. Made by Kyoto Studios and showing on Vimeo, this is a fun travel video showing a couple traveling to Cappadocia, Turkey with an awesomely catchy French song (S Tone Inc.’s Limbe). It’s quite different from most travel videos, because it’s captured the essence of the people there. Traveling doesn’t have to be a constant fun, roller coaster ride. Sometimes, it’s about getting to know the place that you’re visiting through a local’s eyes. Go check out Kyoto Studio’s Vimeo page to see where else they’ve traveled to. So much fun! Seriously, the travel industry could learn a thing or two from this video!
This is a pretty interesting video pitch for an app called TypeIS, developed by Travis Kirton. With a specialty in interactive media, it’s clear that Travis has used his experiences to come up with this new app that merges type into art with amazing ease. Instead of dealing with kerning or outlines, the user simply varies pressure and angle of the stylus to change the look and feel of the type that is flowing out through the line stroke.
It’s amazing that creators are developing applications that make art accessible to anyone. It will also be amazing to see what the new creators will do once they get this app in their devices. Check out how you can support TypeIS, and Travis, through Sokap (another fundraising platform similar to Kickstarter). It seems like an interesting project, don’t you think?
Ok, seriously, I cannot get over the stuff that comes from the talented mind of Alex Ruiz. He just released another image that he did which seems to be aimed for a book that he’s going to be releasing. Needless to say, I’m in line for it! Of course, I’m also hoping that he releases the other project that he was talking about soon. If I ever get the chance to meet him, well, I’ll probably just stare in awe. His mind is just so beautiful. It reminds me of that moment in 2010: The Year We Make Contact, when Dave Bowman exclaims, “My god, it’s full of stars!” Yeah, that’s what his artwork does to me.
Dean Putney had an interesting idea to make a few hundred blank business cards. Well, sort of blank, except that a simple smiley face : ) was printed on one side. He’s used them over time to break the ice with strangers by asking them to complete a drawing from that starting point, and has collected the results. We get to be the recipients of this treasure trove as he decided to share them on Boing Boing, where he is the lead engineer.
I’ve got to say that this is a stroke of genius, because he’s found a way to get through the awkward first meeting stage through such a unique and inspiring way. It helps to know that like a lot of us, he’s not always comfortable in an unknown environment meeting new people. So, without further ado, take a look at one that captured my attention and then go check out the Boing Boing post to see more awesome creations by strangers who helped Dean break the ice. Totally brilliant idea!!! And the smile grows…
Colossal has a really inspiring post on creating art with people placed as individual pixels. This pixel people art is something that we all love to do, and have probably participated in at some point in our lives. Think of the wave at a sporting event. Or a message on the ground that can only be seen in the air. Much like this piece depicting Audrey Hepburn by Craig Alan and his volunteer pixels. Ha ha, we’re you fooled like I was? It’s a painting. To be able to focus on so many focal points while building the larger piece is pretty extraordinary in my book.
Head on over to Colossal to see the rest of the post and view some other artists who like this form of art. A lot of the others do use actual human volunteers to make their works. Either way, it’s incredible!
We, especially me, have a tendency of seeing only the enormity of a problem at first glance. After that one simple glimpse, the feeling of utter despair can sometimes stop us before we even attempt a start. Fortunately, I’ve learned to fight through that overwhelming emotion and move forward with the task by making the individuals tasks bite-size. Believe me, it sometimes takes more time than you think.
In today’s world of enormous global and social issues, it’s easy to take one look and say, “Why bother. It’s not like anything’s going to change.” But just think of what we wouldn’t have in our lives if every single person really believed that. Instead of talking about innovating, we would have never even heard of the word. Creativity would not be so full of such diverse wonder as what we have shared throughout our history. We wouldn’t even be able to look at the world around us and truly understand just how intricately balanced it really is.
Every person out there who has taken on this task of pulling in a chunk of the world and sought to understand it so that they can make it better gets Eames’ words. They live it every day. Their corner is set, and they are busy picking away at the fine threads to weave a cloth of unimaginable inspiration. No two people think exactly alike, so we build off of one another’s discoveries and make them even more special. This tenacity has allowed man to touch the moon and to swim amongst the stars. If we can reach the heavens, then can you imagine just how far we can actually go?
Pick your corner and concentrate. Feel the change pouring from your soul through your fingertips. That’s just the beginning. And expect wondrous things. Because that will drive your own engine of change.
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