Monday, March 31, 2008

A thousand pictures paints two words

Do you see what I see? Charis Tsevis is a visual designer, living and working in Athens, Greece. He runs his own studio under the name “Tsevis Visual Design” with his beloved wife Eva and their colleagues both for domestic or foreign projects. The images above are part of a collage that he created in Dec 2007. He does this by writing out his own script using the following software to complete the job - Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop and Apple QuickTime Pro. The final image is ready to impress you after the break. Click on it for the full-sized version in all it's glorious detail.

More examples of Charis' astonishing work can be found at his Flicker site.


Ken Lee..... Tulibu dibu douchoo

This seriously cracked me up! And now, I've got this song stuck in my head... "Ken Lee..... Tulibu dibu douchoo!!!!! Ken Lee... Ken Lee meju more...." Oh, I should warn you not to have any food in your mouth before you hit the start button. Click on to read more about this precious singer.

Valentina Hasan, 29 years old, is a contestant in the second season of the Bulgarian show "Music Idol". She performed Mariah Carey's song "Without you" in fake English during her audition. Seems like she is from the village of Zvezdelina, in the Kardzhali Province. Valentina's married and "Hasan" is her husband's surname. She currently lives in Spain.


Friday, March 28, 2008

Life in a day of an Architect

Life as an architect/ architecture student can get pretty daunting sometimes. Here's something that allows the rest of you to appreciate what we go through a little more. Enjoy.


Thursday, March 20, 2008

Here In Your Presence

I was introduced to this song about a week ago when one of my band leaders sent me a link to a rather good piano tutorial. I decided to introduce the rest of you to it because I just heard it again today on my brother's computer and I realised that given that I played it at most 3 times in the past, I could recall most of the lyrics when I heard it again! I thought, "There must be something to this song!" As I heard the chorus play out again, I felt affirmed by God's word - that we become new in Him. Recently, my pastor shared about what God was teaching him, that God wants to do something NEW in our lives. Hearing the words of the chorus "Here in Your presence, all things are new..." just set my heart ablaze with renewed hope in Him. May you be blessed as you listen to words too. Click on for the lyrics. [+]

by New Life Worship (Desperation Band)

Found in Your hands, fullness of joy
Every fear suddenly wiped away
Here in Your presence
All of my gains now fade away
Every crown no longer on display
Here in Your presence

Heaven is trembling in awe of Your wonders
The kings and their kingdom are standing amazed

Here in Your presence, we are undone
Here in Your presence, Heaven and Earth become one
Here in Your presence, all things are new
Here in Your presence, everything bows before You

Wonderful, beautiful, glorious, matchless in every way
Wonderful, beautiful, glorious, matchless in every way


Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Bambooing On...

I chanced upon this article on a dear friend, Eejay's blog and could really identify with it. There are times in one's life when you feel that you are just going nowhere and each step you take results in you slipping 3-4 steps behind. I'm feeling that way this season of my life. It's not that I have been dealt with great hardship or sickness or anything like that. The struggle is more internal, having to press on to push through and complete what I had started in my architectural studies. It's not that I have no passion for it. I do, but there is some mysterious great inertia that is just holding me back. The experience is as if all sense of discipline had decided to leave me, and a great horde of procrastination trooped in to squat upon my heart. It's like I have fallen ill and need a great dose of determination to boost my health.

Well, I am not sure how many of you can identify with what I am saying, but if you can and are going through the same thing, may this little story bless you and encourage you to press on and not give up. [+]

The Fern and the Bamboo

One day I decided to quit...I quit my job, my relationship, my spirituality.... I wanted to quit my life. I went to the woods to have one last talk with God.

"God", I said. "Can you give me one good reason not to quit?"

His answer surprised me.

"Look around", He said. "Do you see the fern and the bamboo?"

"Yes", I replied.

"When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds, I took very good care of them. I gave them light. I gave them water. The fern quickly grew from the earth. Its brilliant green covered the floor. Yet nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo.

In the second year the fern grew more vibrant and plentiful. And again, nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo.

"In year three there was still nothing from the bamboo seed. But I would not quit. The same in year four.

"Then in the fifth year, a tiny sprout emerged from the earth. Compared to the fern, it was seemingly small and insignificant.

But just six months later, the bamboo rose to over 100 feet tall. It had spent the five years growing roots. Those roots made it strong and gave it what it needed to survive. I would not give any of my creations a challenge it could not handle.

"Did you know, my child, that all this time you have been struggling, you have actually been growing roots? I would not quit on the bamboo. I will never quit on you.

"Don't compare yourself to others." He said. "The bamboo had a different purpose than the fern. Yet they both make the forest beautiful.

"Your time will come", God said to me. "You will rise high"

"How high should I rise?" I asked.

"How high will the bamboo rise?" He asked in return.

"As high as it can?" I questioned

"Yes." He said, "Give me glory by rising as high as you can."

I left the forest, realizing that God will never give up on me. And He will never give up on you.

Never regret a day in your life.

Good days give you happiness; bad days give you experiences; both are essential to life.

--Author Unknown


Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The Art of Coffee

Art certainly comes in many forms.
I've always been fascinated with how coffee makers decorate their lattes. This certainly takes it to the next level. And may I add, like I've always said, it doesn't take one to be involved in the art, design, music or media industry to be creative. Creativity is in everyone. It's how you tap into it and make it part of your life that really matters. Enough said. Go do something creative today!


Saturday, March 15, 2008

Photo Essay: "These Shoes Aren't Made For Walking"

My friend Jack got married end of last year and asked me to be his unofficial photographer. I was terribly sick that day, but still managed to make it down for the dinner. While there, I captured this. The paige boy had decided to lose his shoes as he ran off for some barefooted prancing around. Cute.


Lego Architecture

What do you get when you bring a group of architects together, throw them a pile of white lego bricks and ask them to just have fun and engage spontaneously with the materials? A huge amount of creativity!

The Building Asia Brick By Brick project done in collaboration between Andrew Maerkle of Art AsiaPacific and Wei Wei Shannon of People’s Architecture seeked to to promote awareness of architectural preservation in Asia where much urban development occurs at the expense of historically significant or unique buildings. In raising awareness, the project hoped to get people to look at their environments critically.

I was personally quite impressed with the end results of many of the projects. It just proves that we can certainly come up with more creative alternatives to the heavy-handed tear down and rebuild approach that many developing countries are taking, in the name of economic growth. I also noticed that the goals of the Building Asia Brick By Brick project was very much similar to what we do in re:act! Perhaps we could get Lego to sponsor the next Design My Place or YUP project? That would be great wouldn't it?

Read more here


Thursday, March 13, 2008

Multi-touch Supersized

Is this the future of minority report-like interfaces to come? For now, it just seems like a big iPod Touch screen to me. But kudos to the inventors for creating some nifty multi-touch abilities here. The program seems to work even with many people doing different things. I've always wondered why desktops can't be more like that. That way, my mum can check her email while I carry on working on Photoshop or Autocad. We can use separate mouse and keyboards and the computer will know how to process each simultaneously. Talk about multi-tasking. Is anyone from Microsoft or Apple hearing me?!

Read more here.