Sunday, October 20, 2013
I burnt my favorite painting. I had to. I needed to.
All my other creations, all those random faces of shape, color and shade with a touch of illuded free will on canvas; none satisfied me. I was angry at them.
I started nailing nails for these painted paintings. Over bare surfaces of walls, each pair of eyes on each canvas made my room a witness.
I was out of canvas, paint and brush, but I had this room and these walls. I had my sweat, my blood. I had my nails and my claws.
I scarred the room, and the walls, painted murals of red lines and splatters of shapes and shades. Faces on the walls had to be reborn.
I could see the warmth of the red sun cast the shadow of a dead man on the floor. I smiled as I saw two parallel lines reaching for me from him. I was done. It was the creation of me in the boundary of canvas for the witness to see. Sun, burn me and I give the promise of return.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Friday, July 20, 2012
Media being culture and culture being media are both currently happening in the world. Media will not be appealing if it has absolutely no relation with the culture of that society. If you want the media to manipulate the culture, first you must attract the audience, and then imply your message in that media.
As a conclusion, every culture that has been exposed to media has been affected by it somehow. Some cultures a little, some a lot. There is no escape from it. As marshal McLuhan said, “We shape our tools and they in turn shape us”. Mediated culture is not necessarily a bad thing, depending on from which perspective we are looking at it. Sometimes the little changes made in a culture can help them to open up, or help them to change some traditional habits with more modern and reasonable behaviors. As long as mass media exists and there are people who want power, our cultures will be mediated.
Monday, February 6, 2012
Friday, May 14, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
Prom Nite 2010 was a night that I will never forget.. So I decided to upload some of the pictures we took that night (by the way, the Prom's theme was "A Night In Paris")..
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
- When there’s an elephant in the room introduce him
- Brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to show how badly we want something.Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want something badly enough. They are there to keep out the other people.
- If there’s anything I want to do so badly, I should have already done it.
- We can’t change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand. If I’m not as depressed as you think I should be, I’m sorry to disappoint you.
- Work and play well together.
- Tell The Truth. All The Time. No one is pure evil.
- Be willing to apologize. Proper apologies have three parts: 1) What I did was wrong. 2) I’m sorry that I hurt you. 3) How do I make it better? It’s the third part that people tend to forget…. Apologize when you screw up and focus on other people, not on yourself.
- Show gratitude. Gratitude is a simple but powerful thing.
- Find the best in everybody…. Wait long enough, and people will surprise and impress you. It might even take years, but people will show you theirgood side. Just keep waiting.
- If you want to achieve your dreams, you better learn to work and play well with others…[you have] to live with integrity.
- Collaboration, treating others with respect.
- Never found anger a way to make things better.
- How do you get people to help you? You can’t get there alone. People have to help you and I do believe in karma. I believe in paybacks. You get people to help you by telling the truth. Being earnest. I’ll take an earnest person over a hip person any day, because hip is short term. Earnest is long term.
- Loyalty is a two-way street.
- Get a feedback loop and listen to it. Your feedback loop can be this dorky spreadsheet thing I did, or it can just be one great man who tells you what you need to hear. The hard part is the listening to it.
- Persistence and hard work.
- When you are doing something badly and no one’s bothering to tell you anymore, that’s a very bad place to be. Your critics are the ones still telling you they love you and care.
- Don’t bail: the best gold is at the bottom of barrels of crap
- Don’t complain, Just work harder. [showing picture on screen] That’s a picture of Jackie Robinson. It was in his contract not to complain, even when the fans spit on him. You can spend it complaining or playing the game hard. The latter is likely to be more effective.
- Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted…. I probably got more from that dream [of playing professional football] and not accomplishing it than I got from any of the ones that I did accomplish.
- Fun, wonder, living your dream.
- Decide if you’re a Tigger or an Eyeore. I’m a Tigger.
- It is not about achieving your dreams but living your life. If you lead your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself, the dreams will come to you.
- Never underestimate the importance of having fun. I’m dying and I’m having fun. And I’m going to keep having fun every day, because there’s no other way to play it….Having fun for me is like a fish talking about the importance of water. I don’t know how it is like not to have fun…
- Never lose the child-like wonder. It’s just too important. It’s what drives us. Help others.
- You can tell the pioneers by the arrows in their backs. But at the end of the day, a whole lot of people will have a whole lot of fun.
- Better to fail spectacularly than do something mediocre. [Randy Pausch gave out a First Penguin award each year when he was teaching to the biggest failure in trying something big and new because he thought this should be celebrated. First Penguins are the ones that risk that the water might be too cold.]
- Parenting and kids.
- The best piece of parenting advice I’ve ever heard is from flight attendants. If things get really tough, grab your own oxygen mask first.
- About his pancreatic cancer: It’s unlucky, but it not unfair. We all stand on a dartboard and some of us randomly get hit by pancreatic cancer. But my children won’t have me for them and that’s not fair.
- Someone’s going to push my family off a cliff pretty soon and I won’t be there to catch them and that breaks my heart. But I have some time to sew some nets to cushion the fall so that seems like the best and highest use of my time and I better get to work.
- I’m sorry I won’t be around to raise my kids. It makes me very sad but I can’t change that fact, so I did everything I could with the time I have and the time I had to help other people.
- Importance of people instead of things. Told story of buying new convertible that he was so proud of and taking niece and nephew for a ride. Randy’s sister, the kid’s mother was telling them how important it was to keep car pristine and kids were laughing because at the same time he was pouring a can of orange soda on the back seats. His sister asked what are you doing and he said “it’s just a thing.” And nephew Chris wound up being really grateful because he had flu and wound up throwing up on way home. “And I don’t care how much joy you get out of owning a shiny new thing; it’s not as good I felt from making sure that an 8 year old didn’t have to feel guilty for having the flu.”
- [not a direct quote] but Randy implores parents to always indulge your children’s wild ideas (he talks about how important it was that his parents let him decorate his walls with math formulas, despite the negative impact on their house’s resale value) He says: “If you’re going to have childhood dreams you should have great parents who let you pursue them and express your creativity.”
- It is Important to have specific childhood dreams. (For example, Randywanted to play football in the NFL, write an article for the World Book Encyclopedia, experience the Weightlessness of Zero Gravity, be Captain Kirk from Star Trek, work for the Disney Company.)
- Be good at something; it makes you valuable…. Have something to bring to the table, because that will make you more welcome.
- I’ve never understood pity and self-pity as an emotion. We have a finite amount of time. Whether short or long, it doesn’t matter. Life is to be lived.
- To be cliché, death is a part of life and it’s going to happen to all of us. I have the blessing of getting a little bit of advance notice and I am able to optimize my use of time down the home stretch.
Friday, December 4, 2009
Have you ever thought about it? How much it hurts when you think about it everyday? How difficult it is for a lonely little fish to find its way in a big big dirty ocean..
I’m having a weird feeling writing this. Maybe it’s because I don’t write that often. But writing is a good thing. It helps you to express your feelings and your thoughts. Just like painting, playing music or any other art. Art is a beautiful miracle.
How much it hurts? How much painful can it be when you want to walk on broken glasses to reach to your destination? My answer is, “It is not painful at all”. Yes, it is not! For me the painful part is only when I see people don’t want to clean up these broken glasses. Why everybody is scared of cleaning them up? Yes, I’m aware that they are dangerous. But look at the end of the story when we can freely take our steps without getting wounded, looking for our goals.
I am taking my part, cleaning my path for the next person, trying my best. I will find my way out of this smokey burning house. And yes, I know it is dangerous. But I don’t think it’s more dangerous than waiting for the fire to come and make me a part of itself. On my way out, I hope I can help others. Wake them up from their nightmare.
Honestly look around yourself. What is happening to humanity? Unfaithfulness and unfairness is sorrounding us. When do we want to start our fight against them?
Open our eyes..
Clean our vision..
Love, love love… It’s all about love. People have forgotten how to love purely. A love from depth of my heart will tell me how I can share my happiness with you, how I can be a shoulder for you to cry on. There will be no need for you to ask for help. I will always be there for you to help you. I can hear a call from inside which tells me I should hold your hands tight and never let go. I LOVE YOU PURELY.
If we all love each other so purely…… Oh I love imagining that day. This love can start from you.
But there is one more very important thing. When I expect you to love me, I have to make sure I DESERVE it. It’s an art to deserve a pure love.
This will eventually end up with TRUST between me and you. Trust makes UNITY. Unity becomes the KEY. And the key opens the lock.
Do you know how much it hurts when these thoughts come to my mind everyday? Here I will answer it myself, “It doesn’t hurt at all”. Because there are people like you around me. People like you who care about my thoughts, which may be their thoughts as well. People like you care about themelves, our world and our LOVE.
Love, love love.. It’s all around us. I lOVE YOU SO PURE..
With all I have inside this heart,
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
“In a world filled with hate, we must still dare to hope. In a world filled with anger, we must still dare to comfort. In a world filled with despair, we must still dare to dream. And in a world filled with distrust, we must still dare to believe.”
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
If you fail, are YOU going to try again?
The human spirit can handle much more than we realize.
It matters HOW you are going to FINISH.
Are YOU going to finish STRONG?
Monday, September 21, 2009
The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence. Finally the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all.
He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper.
The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone.
The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence.. He said, ‘You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. But It won’t matter how many times you say I’m sorry, the wound will still be there. A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one.
Remember that friends are very rare jewels, indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. They lend an ear, they share words of praise and they always want to open their hearts to us.’
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Why so few? Why is world history and evolution not stories of progress but rather this endless and futile addition of zeroes. No greater values have developed. Hell, the Greeks 3,000 years ago were just as advanced as we are. So what are these barriers that keep people from reaching anywhere near their real potential? The answer to that can be found in another question, and that’s this: Which is the most universal human characteristic - fear or laziness?”
From the film Waking Life (Richard Linklater, 2001)
Monday, August 24, 2009
People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
About this talk:
Photographer Rick Smolan tells the unforgettable story of a young Amerasian girl, a fateful photograph, and an adoption saga with a twist.
About Rick Smolan:
Rick Smolan is the co-founder of the America 24/7 and Day in the Life photography series -- and a natural storyteller in many media. His latest books are America at Home and Blue Planet Run.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Ok this is the first example of my design works(Except the blog header).. If you pay attention to the character in the picture you can see that it is made of lots of small parts.. Actually this is my own style.. I call it 'The Flames'.. Hope you like it ;)..
- To laugh often and much..
- To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children..
- To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends..
- To appreciate beauty..
- To find the best in others..
- To leave the world a bit better, wether by a healthy child, a garden patch or redeemed social condition..
- To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived..
This is to have succeeded
-Ralph Waldo Emerson..