Friday, January 29, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Today I saw a butterfly. It was something that reminded me of Hope flying out of Pandora's box after all the bad things surged out (in some versions, Hope takes the form of a butterfly). It was there to remind humanity that after all the evil/bad/sad/etc things that are happening in the world, there is still Hope. When I saw the butterfly I was walking down a humongous hill on campus from class to work, thinking of how miserable I was feeling with the cold and the drear and the deadness of the world. Then all of a sudden, there it was! A sign of life, of happier times, of hope. And I was lifted in spirits a little, because I realized that even though life is so dreadfully dull and sad and cold and whatever else, spring will come, then summer, and life will go on and get better, and I will be happy again.
And even though I really love Peter Gabriel's cover, I do really rather like the original of "The Book of Love," by Magnetic Fields.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
I got a Camelbak for Christmas-- a gift I'm very excited to use once hiking season swings around again. The one I got is the same model and nearly the same color as Adrien's though, so I thought that I'd differentiate it from hers by embroidering something special onto it.
I picked a Dwennimmen, an Andinkra (in West Africa) symbol of humility and strength.
I picked it because in order to get by in the wild (or anywhere, really, but since this applies to hiking...) one must be strong but also recognize the strength that you have and realize that with it come responsibility, humility, and (hopefully) an awareness of the earth around you.
Anyway, here's a picture of it on my 'Bak:
I'm such a nerd.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Last night Autumn was over at my house when we discovered that Jimmy, one of her pals from the engineering department, lived less than a block from me. So we strolled down to his house to hang out. When we got there, he showed us numerous videos of the brothers Marco and Paulo Lorador doing their act in Cirque du Soleil called “Hand to Hand.” It’s really quite incredible. People say they have superhuman strength, and while it does indeed require a great amount of muscle toning and strength training, most of it is about balance. Of course, after watching the videos, we had to try it ourselves—or rather I watched while Autumn and Jimmy attempted a few moves together (sadly, I can barely lift myself off the ground, let alone balance on my head upside down).
I wish I had the pictures of Jimmy and his friend Eric doing some rather incredible things like the ones in the video…oh wait I found one! Hopefully no one ever sees this and thinks I’m creepy for acquiring this:
Anyway, watch the video of the brothers doing their act in the Saltimbanco show, it’s really quite amazing. Sadly, embedding is disabled, but please go to youtube to watch it:
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010
I found this today and thought it was pretty interesting and probably fun to do:
It's interesting because both the drawings and the photographs take artistic composition, but they're still very different.
Does that make sense?