Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Mankind is No Island ~ award winning cell phone video . . .

Sydney-based film makers Jason van Genderen (director), Shane Emmett (producer), and John Roy (music composer) created an amazing short that just won $20,000 and Best Film at Tropfest NY 2008 (the world’s largest short film festival).

The best part is that it was shot on the streets of New York & Sydney, Australia with a total budget of $57.00 and captured using cell phones, nothing else!

Please remember those less fortunate than yourself this Thanksgiving.

Note: This film might load slowly...please be patient...it is SO worth watching! Warning: you will cry.

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A sailmaker's Passion for the Wind ~ Chasing Windmills . . .

A portrait of a sailmaker for windmills.
Let's travel to The Netherlands together and see a wonderful and inspiring short film.

Passion for the Wind from Thomas van der Gronde on Vimeo.

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Every now and then you have to repot yourself . . .

Relax and watch this delightful short film.

Flowerpots from Crictor on Vimeo.

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Happiness Illustrated Quote . . .

via Loveology

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Housework | Illustrated Quote . . .

"Housework is something nobody notices until you don't do it." Anonymous

Image source: Life Magazine via Google.

I get some of my best work done in my pajamas!

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Babe Ruth uniform sells for $310,500 . . .

"Never let the fear of striking out get in your way." Babe Ruth

Louisville, Kentucky ~ Hunt Auctions, a sports memorabilia auction company based in Exton, Pennsylvania, and the official auction company of Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, sold Babe Ruth's final professional road uniform Saturday, November 15, for $310,500 at the fifth annual Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory Auction.

The Brooklyn Dodgers uniform (pre-auction estimate $150,000/200,000) is from Ruth's days as a coach in 1938 and is a record auction price for a coach's uniform.

"Babe Ruth proved once again he is larger then life," says David Hunt, president of Hunt Auctions. "The prices realized today for the Ruth uniform among others are an excellent indication of the resilience of the sports memorabilia market in the face of a difficult economy."

The uniform comes from Ruth's lone season coaching with the Brooklyn Dodgers, and features a heavy gray flannel Spalding jersey and matching pants, both of which include Ruth's full name in chain stitch. The uniform shirt displays the blue Dodgers team name across the front, and Ruth's uniform number "35" on the back.

The jersey remains in completely original condition, and exhibits the light to moderate use consistent with Ruth's position as the Brooklyn Dodger's first base coach. Ruth ended his illustrious career in baseball as a coach, though his dream had always been to become a Major League manager.

A Babe Ruth photograph by Charles Conlon, circa 1927 sold for $23,000.

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

See how a Google Doodle is created . . .

Google doodles, the drawings that are designed on, around and through the Google logo on their home page, are the creation of 30-year-old Google Webmaster Dennis Hwang. Since Dennis began celebrating and marking worldwide events and holidays with his doodles in 2000, his work has been seen by millions and reached cult status, with fans waiting anxiously to see his next creation. There are numerous websites and blogs devoted to his work.
Doodle 4 Google

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Just pictures | No Words Required . . .

I hope these amazing images will inspire you and get your weekend off to a great start. Each one can be enlarged. Enjoy!

My recent saves from Pixdaus.

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Friday, November 21, 2008

René Magritte | 110th birthday today . . .

When I clicked on Google today, this is what I saw.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA Google is celebrating the 110th birthday of Rene Magritte by incorporating some of Magritte's masterpieces with the Google logo. Ever so often, Google adds a "doodle" or a decoration they make to their logo. Over the years doodles have become one of the most beloved parts of Google. The doodle selection process aims to celebrate interesting events and anniversaries around the world that reflect Google's personality and love of innovation.

Today is René Magritte's 110th birthday.

Painting in the Museum of Modern Art.

Painting Sold November 5-6, 2008 in NYC
Christie's ~ Price Realized ~ $3,544,500.

René Magritte (1898-1967)
L'Empire des Lumières
Signed 'Magritte' (upper left)
Gouache on paper 11 5/8 x 9¼ in. (29.5 x 23.5 cm.)
Painted in 1947.

Happy Birthday to
René Magritte Belgian surrealist artist.

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Rare pair of pocket watches circa 1815 reached over $2 million . . .

Geneva, Switzerland: Watch auctioneer Antiquorum set new two new auction records with its important collector's wristwatches, pocket watches, clocks and horological tools auction last weekend, November 15–16.

The star of the sale was "The Royal Presentation Mirror-Image Pair" of gold and painted on enamel and pearl-set, rare pocket watches made circa 1815, which reached a worldwide auction price of $2,177,554.

A Patek Philippe pink gold perpetual calendar chronograph, saw enthusiastic bidding that also propelled it to a world record price of $1,148,891.

"The extraordinary results indicate that the passion for rare and important watches continues despite worldwide economic concerns," said Robert Maron, chairman of Antiquorum. The entire auction totaled $12 million.

All prices have been converted from Swiss Francs to US dollars.

When you go home for Thanksgiving, check all the jewelry boxes and ask all your relatives if they have any old family timepieces.

Take care of your antiques and they'll take care of you.

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Wine for Thanksgiving Day . . .

Wallace Church Thanksgiving wine.

I found this a while back at The Dieline, a great package design website. Look closely at the graphic. So clever and simple. One bent tine with a dot instantly transforms a fork into a turkey.

I have no other information about this timely wine. I don't know whether it is conceptual or actually available. You will have to inquire at your local wine merchant.


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