All posts filed under: Creativity

Mini-Bars and Hamsters

I’m not talking about a hotel mini-bar. I’m referring to the itty-bitty sushi bar/izakaya that Ginji the hamster is managing as seen here. I’ve been seeing Ginji’s rise to fame on the internet but the more recent photos that I came across via my brother’s Tumblr blog is just so ridiculous in its cuteness that I HAVE to share it here. It definitely made me smile — I hope it makes you smile too! Happy Monday! For more on Ginji and his bar, check out RocketNews. Or, if you can read Japanese, follow the man responsible for it all on Twitter @kawanabesatou.

Recycle Empty Bottles for Furry Friends

After downing that thirst-quenching summer drink, was there a time when you thought of turning your empty plastic bottle or soda can into something more useful other than throwing it in the recycling bin? In Istanbul, they can be used to provide food for dogs and cats immediately! Pugedon, a Turkish company, recently introduced an innovative vending machine that releases water and food for our stray furry friends, in exchange for recyclables. As seen in the photo below, people can deposit their bottle through the slot on top and a portion of food is dispensed to the next pup (or kitty) that comes along. As for operations, the profit made from the recycled bottles or cans are used to cover the cost of pet food. Plus, it’s all solar-powered! Kudos to Pugedon for giving their stray animals a chance, while doing their part in saving the planet, one recyclable at a time. Source: Big Think

A Dress a Day: A 99-Year-Old Woman’s Mission

  Although I’m not at retirement age yet, I sometimes wonder what I would do when I am not able to work anymore. How would the days look like to begin with? If I’m blessed with good health enough to live up to my 90s and jetpacks aren’t around yet, would I read books? Continue blogging? Spoil my grandchildren? Do old-people dances with my husband to “pop classics” such as Katy Perry (jk!)? Maybe all of the above. What didn’t cross my mind immediately is what Lillian Webber is doing now: She is making a dress each day for a child in Africa. In the past two years, Lillian has made more than 840 dresses for less fortunate kids — she even personalizes each one so that the recipient can call it her own. The frocks are sent overseas through the nonprofit organization, Little Dresses for Africa, who then delivers these pretty blessings to orphanages, schools, and churches. Lillian’s goal is to make 1000 dresses by May 6th, which will be her 100th birthday. What will she do after that thousandth dress? “When I get to that …

Art Amid War

  Check out this beautiful 720-sq metre mural that Syrian artists built recently in Damascus. Using recycled materials, a team of six artists labored for six months to create this Guinness World Record-setting masterpiece in spite of all the strife that their country is experiencing. Wow. “In the difficult conditions that the country is going through, we wanted to give a smile to the people, joy to the children, and show people that the Syrian people love life, love beauty, love creativity.”  —  Moaffak Makhoul               Source: Reuters Photo Credit: Getty Images

*High Five!*

Here is another good find in San Francisco! Andrew Maxwell-Parish created a High-Five Cam using a GoPro and an Arduino. In his video, although not every single person returned his high-five, I am sure that the 97% who received and gave a high five back felt better afterwards. You can see it in their smile. I personally like high-fives because it’s an immediate connection, an automatic give-and-take gesture between two humans who are in appreciation of something good that just happened. Or it’s as simple as a more fun way to acknowledge someone’s presence. My favorite one occurred while I was surfing in Kauai. I caught one of my best waves of the day and while riding back to shore with the Pacific Ocean’s force pushing my little board forward, another surfer paddling the opposite way gave me a well-timed, epic high-five along with a happy cheer/holler. That has been etched in my memory and it makes my whole being smile just thinking about it. Thank you for making people smile in San Francisco, Andrew! You may have just made someone’s day. **Virtual high-five to you and to …

Beach Art and a Rake

Andres is not your average San Franciscan artist. His medium is a beach at low tide and a rake! The fact that he spends hours creating these gorgeous patterns that span up to 100,000 sq. feet — and they’re all temporary — makes every piece all the more special. Visit his website for more stunning photos of his beach art.

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Disarming

  Pedro Reyes is darn cool. An artist from Mexico, he transforms weapons into musical instruments. Need I say more? As thisiscolossal.com reported last week: “The team acquired a variety of rifles, pistols, and shotguns seized from drug cartels by the Mexican army and used them to build the musical devices that are controlled by computers and can be pre-programmed to play music…” Read the rest of the story here. Photo Credit: thisiscolossal.com

A 97-Year Old Microsoft Paint Artist

These are samples of Mr. Hal Lasko’s art pieces made pixel by pixel via Microsoft Paint. This story blows my mind in more ways than one: 1. Mr. Lasko is 97 years old. Almost 100! 2. At his age,  he is using a computer to draw. That’s pretty neat. 3. Microsoft Paint. 4. Ridiculously cool drawings. 5. He served in WWII. 6. He was a typographer in a past life. 7. He is legally blind. 8. It’s Microsoft Paint. For the full story, check out thisiscolossal.com.

APPS I LIKE: Day One

Life gets in the way sometimes, so I don’t get to write as often as I’d like. I’m also sure I’m not the only one who struggles with the quest for that elusive writing time, so I thought I’d share this information here, because this app had been helping me. The thing is, you don’t even have to find the time to write; if you have Day One on your smart phone, the time is right now. It’s as easy as Twitter except it’s private. You can share your thoughts if you want, but the app really is made for journaling; its main purpose is to aid the individual who likes to capture unfiltered moments and memories through writing. It’s not for  your friends or followers, just you. It can even send you friendly reminders if you prefer, a gentle nudge of encouragement — which really helped me and I usually don’t allow push notifications on apps I download. In the end,  although I haven’t written long notable essays on it, I enjoy the fact that I’ve written …