Category Archives: Life

Waste Land

Filmed over nearly three years, WASTE LAND follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of “catadores”—self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s initial objective was to “paint” the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives. Director Lucy Walker (DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND, BLINDSIGHT and COUNTDOWN TO ZERO) and co-directors João Jardim and Karen Harley have great access to the entire process and, in the end, offer stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit.

Remembering The Big Picture.

Title Card frame from Ray Eames' Powers of Ten

Bernice Alexandra ‘Ray’ Eames (1912-1988) was an American designer, filmmaker and wife to Charles Eames who designed some of the best-known iconic pieces of contemporary American furniture. Ray often documented her passions in short films on various subjects. In 1968, she made Powers of Ten, a quietly stunning journey from the depths of space to within a nucleus of an atom.

This small film has always helped me to remember the big picture and still never fails as a reminder to always put things in context and perspective.

The film may be over 40 years old today but the little lesson it imparted on me still has a large effect on how I view things moving towards the future.

Thank You, Ray and Charles Eames.

Watch the EamesOffice Powers of Ten video here:

A concept site based on the short film:

http://www.powersof10.com/

More on the legacy of Charles and Ray Eames:

http://www.eamesoffice.com/

Who say volunteer works not cool?

You can’t buy a ticket. You can’t win a ticket. You have to earn a ticket. That what Rockcorps all about, inspire young people to take part in volunteer work using their interest, live concerts. Founded by Stephen Greene in 2003, Rockcorps gets young people to volunteer. The deal is ‘give 4 hours, get 1 free ticket’ to exclusive rock concerts. Rockcorps has reached 30,000 people already in USA. Orange has brought it to the UK and France. Where next? Maybe somebody needs to bring this guy to Malaysia so all young Malaysians can start cleaning up the mess in this country instead of just singing 1 Malaysia songs without doing anything.

http://www.orangerockcorps.co.uk/

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BRING POLAROID BACK!!!!

Hey guys, this is an online campaign by the guys at WALLPAPER and URBAN OUTFITTERS. Its called Impossible Project.

The idea is to continue the production of polaroid films through the support from US! Help them out, spam your friends’ emails, buy their t-shirts, send their maid over to do their cleaning so they dont waste money hiring cleaners!… do whatever..

HELP BRING BACK POLAROID !!!!!! cuz my polaroid camera is sitting in my room collecting dust.. 😦
Impossible project

HALLO! i’m bacckk!

hey hey hey guys, wow, can’t believe its been a month since we’ve updated this blog! HOLY SHIT! All of our hardwork of bringing in traffic went away! Now we have to start all over again. Kinda. This shows that in the world of social-web space, hard work, consistency and perseverance is important. In fact, it is important in our daily lives. Changes happens because of hardworking-consistent group of people.

Never doubt a small group of thoughtful, commited citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
– Margaret Mead

Having said that, I’d like to top off this wonderful Friday morning with this video of what a small group of people can do to change so many lives. Enjoy

Thanks Swiss Miss and Charity Water.

Life.

Check out the logo comparison between two biggest soft drink rival, Pepsi and Coke. Looking at the comparison, something kinda bothered me, is change good or bad. I have been facing this conflict for a long time now. Growing up or stay as a kid. Is there a middle point for this where I can be both?

What say you?

Ahhhhhhhh  FUCK!

cokepepsi

Advertising World vs. Real World

Funny i stumbled upon this because Kel, Fiona and I were talking about what advertising does to people’s mindset about a particular product, which sometimes, in reality, the product is just some plain crappy shit.

Anyway, having said that, I want to show you guys this nice advertisement from Cellcom (Israel cellphone service provider)

Advertising World: Cellcom bridges all boundaries, whether you are Palestinians or Israelites.

Real World: This is what Palestinians across the border did after the advertisement was aired. Instead of all peace and love, these guys got bombarded by tear gas instead.

hmmmmm…..

Top 100 one liner that fits in ur Twitter!

I think the title is pretty self explanatory. Here’s my favourite excerpt from the link.

#47. Crowded elevators smell different to midgets.

Thanks Neatorama!

Everyone Needs A Mentor.

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I’ve had the opportunity over the past few days to listen to and meet some amazing people 🙂 firstly meeting Idris Jala who i first listened to on the BFM months ago, and i was thrilled to get the opportunity to meet such an inspiring human being, then got to goto TEDx which i heard the likes of Yasmin Ahmad, Kid Chan, Roshan Thiran.

During one of the talks, someone pointed out that, everyone needs a mentor and better if he’s dead, cause you’ll know how left his mark 🙂 although i’d much rather say I’ve met my mentor and he’s still alive.

Richard Branson, has definitely been an inspiration for me, in the way he leads and takes on life challenges, but then again, name me one person that has read a Richard Branson Book and not be awed by him.

Honestly before 2 months ago, the name Idris Jala wouldn’t even ring a bell, and MAS to me was another airline that i thought would crumble, well the last i heard anyways, I never really asked myself why they were still around. Then along my drive up to Melaka i heard Idris Jala on the radio.

put it this way, i’ve heard lots of interviews, some interviews you learn about a company. Some interviews you learn about their culture, some interviews you learn their experiences, some interviews you don’t learn squat, then there are some interviews that changes your life.

I urge you to got to http://www.bfm.my and download his podcast.

When he first Joined MAS in 2006 it was the biggest losing corporation 2 months away from bankruptcy, with billions in losses. Idris Jala turned it into a profitable company in 6 months.

He talked about survival, and setting out a clear goal, then having discipline on following it religiously until you reach it. Then even the most even the most painful of things you’ll have to do, you’ll have to do. he had to terminate 3000 employees, sell the MAS building in KL for 150 million and that would only carry on the company for 20 days.

He says, when you set a goal, you’ll have people who believe, people who don’t believe, and people who don’t care. You want to work with the ones who believe. if not you’ll waste to much time and energy on convincing the ones that don’t.

When Dato Sri Idris Jala speak in front of you, there’s so much to absorb, and to say of 1 thing that i learnt would be impossible, so here are the few that i’m sure you can apply your life to.

In his 6 steps to success. i’ll point them out to you without getting to in detail. GO DOWNLOAD THE PODCAST!

here’s some of it :

His first lesson is defeat the fear of failure. If he was scared to fail, he’d never have taken the MAS job.

The Game of the impossible : set a target that’s impossible and that way when you don’t achieve it, it’s ok. cause it was impossible anyway 🙂 but you would have done the best you of your ability.

Be clear about your road map!.

Discipline and action! YOU Must DO what you set out to do. you must follow through. a dream without work is a dream.

Winning coalition : No man is an island. Innovation surfaces when people work together.

Never run away from engagement : explain to the ones that don’t understand, and they will see you point of view.

divine intervention : Understand that human beings have limited control. 40% controllable and 60% uncontrollable. e.g if Sars hit the airlines industry, no one will fly no matter what they do. and that’s out of your control. rising gas prices ETC.

ETHICS! : be a good human being, NEVER do the corrupt.

The theory of enough (my personal favorite) : define what is enough for you. that way you’ll count your blessings everyday and live for the now. he says the most miserable people are the ones that don’t know that have enough and keep wanting more.

and probably the most profound statement of the day was and one that i will take away is

” The sign of a true leader is one that makes himself redundant”.

WOW.

After all the success he’s had, you don’t feel an air about him, and he was easy to just walk up to and speak with. This is a man who understood what happiness and life was about. and a meeting i will always remember.

NOW go to facebook and join the group “DATO SRI IDRIS JALA FOR PRESIDENT!”

02062009511

Obama: His college years

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Saw this picture when I was reading an article of famous people that admitted smoking weed. So I googled up “Obama, smoking pot” and found this link from TIME Magazine.

Really interesting to see the fun and relaxed side of the first black president. What say you?