Thought this was a neat way of advertising the Simpson Movie.
Another thing I started becoming more fascinated by is food art. It’s Christmas time so I have been seeing a lot of creative cookies, cakes, gingerbread houses, etc.. and then I started realized how much I loved watching creative baking shows like cake boss, cupcake wars, etc.. I think this whole concept appeals to me because firstly, I love food. Secondly, I find food is so much more exciting to eat when it looks good and looks presentable. I also love taking pictures of food and have realized that food photography is actually much harder than it seems. Food needs to me ‘manicured’ for it to look amazing in pictures and getting the right colours, angles and depth to make the food look really is actually quite a challenge.
Getting something to look this good for example, is actually a challenge and can take so much time even that the item may not be eatable anymore.
Yesterday, I went to a bollywood dance concert my brother was performing in. It was amazing to see the excitement from the non-indian community and the amount of participants who weren’t Indian as well. Shiamak Davar is an Indian Contemporary Dance choreographer who is well known in Bollywood and has brought contemporary jazz and western forms of dance into North America through his dance schools. He recently choreographed for the movie Mission Impossible and is well known for promoted dance as therapy and joy. My brother is in his dance school and it has changed him over the last few years – making him more interested in the performing arts and in dance.
A video from last night’s show:
My brother dancing at an event:
So I’v decided to sidetrack a bit from my initial plan to expand on the previous most and get back to it in a bit.
I have been thinking about the role social networking has played on my life. I just wanted to get this out there even though it is excessively talked about by just about everyone. I know everyone thinks their addicted to checking their Facebook at least 50 times a day and it distracts them from school..blah blah blah. Yes everyone does have this problem and it takes a lot of will power to stay away from Facebook, Twitter, Google +, LinkedIn, etc… especially during exam time, when it is even easier to get sidetracked from studying.
I feel like some times I learn more from social networking than I do from school. I learn real life stuff – you know, whats happening around the world, new things that are being developed, intense discussions about things people are passionate about – from eliminating poverty, to environmental issues to photography. I am not saying school is not useful or needed. IT DEFINITELY IS! BUT … I think we underestimate the power of social networking/professional networking and how much more relevant it is to our daily lives. I feel like I spend more time reading blogs, being on twitter, facebook and linkedin – talking to people who have concerns, have things to say, things we need to hear and learning stuff that means something to me and the world.
It’s hard to just study without resorting to these platforms because there is just so much information out there that people don’t feel that school is the only important thing.
Well thats my rant.
So I am currently studying for exams but at the back of my mind, I have been thinking about art and stuff to talk about for this blog post. What really fascinates me about art is that it can exist anywhere. It doesn’t have to be in the form of paintings or photography or sculptures or theatre. I am technology buff – a ‘geek’, and I love seeing how creativity and art has started to become integrated with technology and gadgets. What inspired me to think about this was my love for creative iphone cases. It really is amazing how iphone 4 cases have become a way for people to express themselves. It is so fascinating to see the designs out there.
Then I started looking at creative christmas gifts and cards for the holidays and I started realizing that I just loved when art and creativity was integrated with random stuff. For example, I love creative laptop covers, artsy shoes, ornaments, and just any daily items that integrate some artistic creativity or talent to evolve a product from just a product to something more meaningful.
I thought I could showcase my top interesting iphone cases as that is what inspired me to think about this and then continue showcasing interesting artistic items as part of a multi-part blog.
My top iphone 4 cases:
This would inspire creativity and I have always loved lego so this case would be expressive for me.
I love photography as well and for people interested in taking pictures with their iphone, this would be a pretty creative and expressive case.
I thought this case was interesting, especially for people who like music or like the retro look.
Last, but not least, I like how there are cases that allow you to be creative at home and customize them yourself. I have one like this one my phone which has pictures of my favourite actor:
“Government investment in the arts actually produces profound economic returns.”
I came upon this article about arts funding in tough economic times. The quote above really stood out to me and really shows how so many people just have it all wrong. Many people feel that in tough economic times when communities need money for snow removal or police services and those are being cut, then the “frills” such as funding for the arts should be cut as well.
“Calgary’s arts sector contributes more than $100 million to the local economy, with an attendance of three million at 8,400 event nights per year in cultural activities.” Those numbers are reflective of a great economic impact. Despite this, the article mentions that Calgary has the lowest for-arts funding among big cities in Canada. Calgary also doesn’t have any contemporary arts gallery which local people are disappointed about.
Another good point made is that the arts makes streets safer as it keeps people out and about and livens up the city leading to other great things for the city. Calgary probably won’t the extra funding for the arts this year or maybe even next year but it is nice to see people sticking up for the arts and realizing the positive impact it has on any city.