Monthly Archives: April 2009

James Jarvis/Nike: Onwards

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Why run? James Jarvis, in partnership with Nike, creates Onwards, a quirky little exploration into the minds of rabid joggers. Soundtrack is Caribou‘s Crayon, whose music I am gleefully checking out now..

I don’t know if I’ll ever reach the point where I would spring out of bed raring to burn my thighs and calves and drench my tee in sweat in the oft-unforgiveable Singapore weather, but I think Onwards might be a funky little accompaniment to Murakami’s What I Talk about When I Talk About Running.

As Jarvis writes in his blog about the production of the film, throwing a neat little reference to our fair-weather island: “The film was inspired by certain personal experiences in running – a favourite run over Blanchland moor in Northumberland, being attacked by a crow in Singapore – and also by the transcendent, almost psychedelic experience of the simple act of running.”

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Abandoned Places: Journeys Through History

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Ranging from eerie, rustic, endearing, to the downright bleak/terrifying, all with the ignonimous passage of time seeping through your veins, LiveJournal community Abandoned Places invites people all over the world to remember the forgotten: lonely, ramshackle huts in Southern Georgia, Baltimore factories whose machines no longer chug and grind or Christian missionary schools with yards that no longer resound with children’s laughter.

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Dulce Pinzon’s Ordinary Heroes

dulce2BERNABE MENDEZ from the state of Guerrero works as a professional window cleaner in New York. He sends 500 dollars a month.

Superheroes by Dulce Pinzon:

The Mexican immigrant worker in New York is a perfect example of the hero who has gone unnoticed.   It is common for a Mexican worker in New York to work extraordinary hours in extreme conditions for very low wages which are saved at great cost and sacrifice and sent to families and communities in Mexico who rely on them to survive.

The Mexican economy has quietly become dependent on the money sent from workers in the US.  Conversely, the US economy has quietly become dependent on the labor of Mexican immigrants.  Along with the depth of their sacrifice, it is the quietness of this dependence which makes Mexican immigrant workers a subject of interest.

The principal objective of this series is to pay homage to these brave and determined men and women that somehow manage, without the help of any supernatural power, to withstand extreme conditions of labor in order to help their families and communities survive and prosper.

As The Thing: LUIS HERNANDEZ from the State of Veracruz works in demolition in New York. He sends 200 dollars a week.

As The Hulk: PAULINO CARDOZO from the state of Guerrero works in a greengrocer loading trucks. He sends 300 dollars a week.

As Aquaman: JUVENTINO ROSAS from the state of Mexico works in a fish market in New York.
He sends 400 dollars a week.

As Robin: ERNESTO MENDEZ from Mexico City works as a gigolo in Times Square New York.
He sends 200 dollars a week.

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Children Full Of Life

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Watch it here

“In the award-winning documentary Children Full of Life, a fourth-grade class in a primary school in Kanazawa, northwest of Tokyo, learn lessons about compassion from their homeroom teacher, Toshiro Kanamori. He instructs each to write their true inner feelings in a letter, and read it aloud in front of the class. By sharing their lives, the children begin to realize the importance of caring for their classmates.”

I only watched this documentary out of curiosity at the comments the poster made about it, and little did I expect that I’d be getting misty-eyed only five minutes into the clip. It’s real, powerful stuff. That’s why we shouldn’t keep our private pain locked away in a tiny hideyhole in our hearts, because we deny people from connecting, from empathising; through sharing, we empower and enable others to do the same, while also beginning the healing in ourselves. Let God’s light in.

As the venerable Mr Kanamori says, “There’s an expression I love: ‘Let people live in your heart’. There’s no limit on numbers. They tell the stories, and everyone shares their feelings. When people really listen.. they live in your heart forever.”

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Sony Vaio P-Series: Fits In Your Pocket. Really?

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Sony’s Vaio P-Series notebook, which is marketed as being able to “fit in a pocket”, is being mocked for stretching the truth a wee bit more than common sense would accept, judging by this email that’s been making its rounds on the internet (thanks to Roy again for this — always bringing a laugh during dreary work days).

Sony seems to have failed to point out the obvious: that two-thirds of the notebook juts out of your pocket, and that any movement above the intensity of standing around in tight low-slung jeans will probably send your new gadget clattering into the floor, making you the proud owner of a thousand dollars’ worth of scrap metal and plastic.

So by this same feat of stupendous logic, this means we can christen any of our hardware as being able to “fit in a pocket”, like this IBM Thinkpad:

Macbook users aren’t left out as well:

Heck, why not a desktop too?

These advertising people must really think we’re idiots.

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Doomsayer Warren Ellis in WIRED UK

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Mr Ellis once again reminds us that these are truly the last days.

“My name’s Warren Ellis. I’m a writer of fiction struggling with a world that’s getting stranger faster than I can make strange shit up. I work for Wired UK. Nice to meet you.”

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April 8: The Week In Images

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