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Auction to benefit Japanese quake and tsunami victims.

On Thursday April 21, from 6-9pm at 25CPW Gallery in New York City, a group of international photographers will host a photographic exhibition and silent auction to benefit Architecture for Humanity’s efforts rebuild Japanese communities damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Sixty photographers will be showcased and 100% of the proceeds will be donated.

Architecture for Humanity is a non-profit design service firm whose mission is to building sustainable futures through meaningful projects that make a difference in local communities and are currently collaborating to rebuilding area in Japan ravaged by natural disasters.

For more details and to preview the art, please visit [Wa] Photography Auction

Photography Auction to Benefit Japan Quake Communities – Time Magazine



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Street art popping up in urban areas and the struggle between public art and vandalism laws.

What’s the difference between street art and graffiti? Is there a difference? Is the only difference the fact that the artist paid money to have a piece of paper saying it was different? The word graffiti has bad connotations that people can’t shake off but what if the only thing different between street art and graffiti is the mindset of the person viewing it? Some cities see the value of having street artists, illustrators, and graphic designers recreating bland public spaces and sprucing up old buildings, bridges, and car parks. This is a way to improve an area without spending big bucks on renovating a structure. The addition of vibrant, colorful murals completely transforms the face of a city and can uplift the spirit of a person.

What is Street Art? – PureGraffiti

Why Street Art Matters – The Cool Hunter

It’s also a way to keep other, non- desirable graffiti (gang tags, racial or ethnic slurs) from appearing. Whether it’s a 3D picture painted on the ground, one so real looking you feel like it is jumping out at you, or a colorful riot of paint across a wall, street art is an art form that many people are warming up to. Some people are making quite the name for themselves using this medium. Peter Gibson, known by his alias Roadsworth, has been creating street art in Montreal since the fall of 2001. In the fall of 2004 he was arrested and charged with 53 counts of mischief but he received a relatively lenient sentence which he attributes to public support. Today, he continues to spread his art around the streets of his hometown.

Pedestrian Street Art by Peter Gibson

De Buillion Street and Saint-Joseph Street, Montreal, Quebec. July 2004.

Saint-Laurent Blvd. and Duluth Ave., Montreal, Quebec. July 2004

Location not given but I love owls, so I kept on here.

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The movie “UP” gets the real-life treatment.

Did you love the Disney/Pixar’s movie “UP”? Most people did, including these guys. The National Geographic Channel created a real-life version of the flying house by using 300 helium filled weather balloons to launch a 16’x16’x18’ house (about the size of a large children’s play house) 10,000 feet into the air from a private airfield east of Los Angeles, in the Mojave Desert. A team of scientists, engineers, and two world-class balloon pilots set a new world record for the largest balloon cluster flight ever attempted. The event will be part of a new Nat-Geo series called “How Hard Can it Be?” premiering in autumn this year.

The inside of the “house” used for the flight is little more than a shell with just enough support to be held by the balloons. The flying house was able to stay up in the air for over an hour. I wonder how they got it down?

A Real-Life Version of the Animated Film “UP”

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Kiss me, Kill me, Love me.

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The fairytale and other journeys down the rabbit hole. Part 1 [MOVED]

This post was kidnapped by an ogre… I mean, this post was moved. Please go to Wickedly Witchy and read this post here.

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Finding the invisible man: Liu Bolin’s amazing artwork.

They are calling Liu Bolin the invisible man. (He’d be harder to spot if he wasn’t standing dead center in the photos.) Liu Bolin is a Chinese artist known for photographs of himself painted to blend in with the background. Liu uses himself as a blank canvas and paints his body to merge as seamlessly as possible with what is behind him. With the help of two assistances, it often can take more than 10 hours to complete a scene as Liu strives to get them just right. This frequently means that people walking by while he is carrying out his performances often have no idea he is there until he moves.

The photos are said to be a statement of how life in a city affects people, making them blind to their fellow man and surroundings. Liu adds that the inspiration behind his work was a sense of not fitting in to modern society and was a silent protest against the persecution of artists. The Chinese authorities shut down Liu’s art studio in Beijing in 2005. Liu states: “At the time, contemporary art was in quick development in Beijing, but the government decided it did not want artists like us to gather and live together.”

Born in 1973 in Shandong, China, Liu Bolin graduated from the Sculpture Department of Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing.

Hiding in the City No. 69

Hiding in the City No. 71

Hiding in the City No.93

Eli Klein Fine Art

The art of being invisible: Hidden Liu Bolin’s amazing illusions

Now you see me, now you don’t: The artist who turns himself into the Invisible Man


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O’ Christmas Tree, O’ Christmas Tree! What a pain in the ass to put up you are!

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Harry Potter ate the world. The last movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, out today and how the Boy Who Lived has taken over the world.

Let’s face it people, Harry Potter ate the world. As a fantasy writer, I now have trouble coming up with ideas that meld the magical world with the normal world that don’t sound like I got it from freaking J.K. Rowling. Even terms and ideas I’d been using in my head for years now sound like something from Harry Potter. I always called non-magical people mundanes. Rowling calls them muggles. Who is not going to see that and assume I ripped it off from Harry Potter? I feel like I’m speaking blaspheme because I damn well love Harry Potter, although I’ve only seen the movies. But the Boy Who Lived is now the Books That Rule.

Part one of the final movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, comes to theaters today. While I didn’t line up in the cold last night to see a mid-night showing, I’ll probably shell out twelve bucks in the next week or two to see it in the theaters. Because, seriously, you can’t have a movie with a broom riding hero and not want to see it in the theaters. But there is another half of me that hates J.K. Rowling and her creation. She’s living my dream, damn it, and she’s living it in such a way that I think other people will have even more trouble getting their work published and recognized than before.

Fantasy and sci-fi are two of the most popular genres in books and movies. They are what sells because they are what people want to read about. People use books and movies as a means to escape from the trudge of life and to leave petty worries and concerns behind. What better way to get outside yourself than to read about a hero trying to save the world and be almost guaranteed there will be a happy ending at the same time? It is, frankly, the whole reason why we humans read books and watch movies that are fiction. They serve no other purpose except as entertainment and allowing us to get out of our own heads for a little while.

But the success of Harry Potter has taken over the world. It’s been reported that the Harry Potter books have been translated into sixty six different languages. Probably more. The movies are just as widely distributed. No matter what culture or country you go to, they have no doubt heard of Harry Potter. The amount of merchandise is ridiculous with board games, PC games, action figures, stuffed dolls, costumes, and movie duplicate props like wands and broomsticks. They even have a Clue game that is now Harry Potter themed. Harry Potter ate my childhood.

The last book in the series has been released and devoured by the masses. Now the first part to the last movie is hitting theaters and I shutter to think how much money Warner Bros. is getting from this two part film. All six releases of the Harry Potter movies are on the list of highest grossing films worldwide. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (that Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone for you British folks) sits at number eight with $974,733,550. The other movies all sit within the first twenty, although for some reason Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban sits at number twenty eight. It’s odd, since J.K. Rowling professes that the Prisoner of Azkaban is her favorite film. There’s even a theme park for Harry Potter at Universal Orlando. Harry Potter is everywhere.

But the truly horrifying thing is that Microsoft Word recognizes “Rowling” and “Azkaban” as proper words and doesn’t flag them as misspelled gibberish. You know you’ve taken over the world when Microsoft bows down to you and adds your name to their word possessor dictionary.

List of highest grossing films
The Wizards World blog

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Don’t stop to edit! The NaNoWriMo writing challenge and losing a whole month to writing.

November is more than just the general election and a holiday to stuff ourselves with turkey. It is also National Novel Writing Month, otherwise know by the abbreviation NaNoWriMo. NaNo, as it is often shortened to, is a month long challenge to write a novel of 50,000 words in thirty days. Beginning midnight the morning of November 1st until midnight November 30th, participants will strive to write 50,000 words in one headlong rush. Some win, others dive bomb in flames. People then use those flames to roast marshmallows and make s’mores.

NaNo is run by The Office of Letters and Light, an organization that helps children and adults express themselves through creation with online and real-world inspiration and encouragement. There are no prizes and the only thing you get for writing 50,000 words is sore fingers and a nifty Internet badge. The forum on the NaNo website is split into regions, with major cities around the world represented by their own region on the forum. This will be my third year participating in the Saint Louis, Missouri region.

Participants for the NaNo writing challenge can either write by themselves or they can join a write-in. A write-in is simply a gathering of participants to write and hopefully keep up with the 1,660 words you need each day to make your end 50,000 goal. They can be hosted at coffee shops, bookstores, or people’s homes. Write-ins are useful as they force those who attend to spend their time writing and having other NaNo writers around you encourages a higher word count. Each region is headed by a municipal liaison. The liaison has control over the forum for your region and can contact The Office of Letters and Light if the need should rise.

Our region has several events, including a Kick-Off party that was held last Sunday. I was planning to go but ended up not being able to when I woke up that morning with a migraine. There will be a Thank God It’s Over party, TGIO, in the beginning of December. I’m getting a new laptop after the one I had been using, which was my Grandfather’s old laptop and is now a whole decade old, finally crapped out on me. I wasn’t planning on buying a new laptop until the spring but needs must and all that. I plan this laptop to be my primary computer when I move out in May. I don’t want to have to make room for a desktop computer in an apartment and hope my new laptop can function well enough for my limited needs. It’s a Sony Vaio and I hope it arrives before my first write-in on November 3rd.

I won my first year of NaNo but bombed my second year when I just couldn’t get up the steam. I’m hoping to be able to attend more write-ins this year and win again. As for all you writers out there who have a story floating around their heads, why don’t you NaNo with us? Stop making excuses and get that story out of your head! Go to the National Novel Writing Month website and create an account. Then look up your region and join in on the fun.

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The Great Mushroom Kingdom!

Awhile ago I posted pictures of some mushrooms that were growing in my neighbor’s yard. I was hoping he’d leave them long enough for the caps to pop but no luck. He removed them before that happened. Luckily, new mushrooms grew in their place and since he’s gone during the week these were able to pop. I headed out on a sunny day and caught some awesome pictures of the mushrooms.

I love perspective pictures. I used the macro setting on my Canon PowerShot camera to get in close without losing focus and then I tilted the camera up under the mushroom caps. I tried both not using a flash and using a flash. The non-flash pictures ended up being too dark to see a lot of detail but the flash pictures came out great. Suddenly, we’re in The Great Mushroom Kingdom where the mushrooms are bigger than you!


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