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Shintaro Ohata (born in Hiroshima, 1975) is a very talented artist. I admire him because he truly appreciates the little things in everyday life. As a result, his artwork is an authentic depiction of the unfathomable magic that perpetually exists around us: on a table at a fast-food restaurant, in the middle of a big city crossroad during a rainy day, spinning around a carousel at night, and waiting at an old metro station. There’s drama and romance hidden within the ordinary.

Ohata is well known for his characteristic style: placing sculptures in front of paintings and presenting them as one single work, thus revealing an intersecting point between the 2-D and the 3-D worlds.

Bill Gates is certainly one of the persons I admire the most. After all, he’s some sort of superhero with a lot of brain and money. In this interview with Stephen Colbert, he discusses his annual letter in regards to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The conversations touches down on topics like polio eradication, information technology and the decline in childhood deaths worldwide.

Also, for the fanboys, he talks a little bit about Steve Jobs.

Anyway. You know? Something that has always bothered me is the fact that everyone remembers Steve Jobs for his innovative product ideas and how he turned Apple into something cool. And then, here’s Uncle Bill doing all sorts of amazing stuff, and apparently he has nowhere near that coolness factor. Well, all that this tells me is that, sadly, saving the world is not that cool.

Oh, but does it matter? Honestly, Uncle Bill doesn’t seem to care. So, you know what I think would certainly be really-really cool? If we all aspired to be a little bit more him.

(Oh, also, go read Bill’s Annual Letter if you haven’t yet: http://annualletter.gatesfoundation.org/)

Here’s a short video depicting a chain reaction of human kindness, where small individual acts ripple endlessly to amount for big changes. I really liked it; I thought you might like it too.

The video is actually a compilation of several video clips filmed through the years, stuck together in perfect order to create a heartwarming sequence that is capable of lubricating your eyes with tears. The compilation was apparently inspired by the beautiful song that plays through it: Give a Little Love by Noah and the Whale.

Well, if you are; What you love,
And you do; What you love,
I will always be the sun and moon to you,
And if you share; With your heart,
Yeah, you give; With your heart,
What you share with the world is what it keeps of you.

Human kindness is complex. Even though, it is often defined as an attribute associated with single individuals, in reality it works more like a system. Actually, what would we discover if we mathematized human kindness? Is it possible for us to model it as a dynamical system relatively sensitive to initial conditions, and then go ahead and apply chaos theory to it?

Unexpected, spontaneous, powerful, stochastic, entropic, individualistic, systematic; human kindness is quite complex.

That’s it.

I’m sorry, but no matter how much effort you put into it, chances that you or your fiancée get your hands on a wedding ring that’s cooler than this one are slim to none.

Why? Well, not only did redditor laporkenstein forged the ring himself in his garage; he actually made the freakin’ thing out of a chunk of Gibeon meteorite!

Boom. Game over. Anything else you might come up with for your wedding is not even remotely as cool. I’m actually kind of sad myself, but moved at the same time somehow. The world needs more creative stuff like this.

Today, I want to share with you one of the most epic and tear-jerking marriage proposals I’ve ever seen. Portland actor Isaac Lamb, plus sixty other people, music, costumes, choreography and confetti; it’s hard to describe the awesomeness. It’ll be considerably hard to beat it, but I’ll think of something.

Congratulations to Isaac and Amy on their engagement!

From the video’s description:

"On Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012, I told my girlfriend to meet me at my parent’s house for dinner. When she arrived I had stationed my brother to sit her in the back of an open Honda CRV and give her some headphones. He "wanted to play her a song"…

What she got instead was the world’s first Live Lip-Dub Proposal.”

Doce surpresa (“Sweet surprise” in portuguese) is a one-minute short produced by SQMA Film Delivery for Nokia. Interestingly enough, even though the purpose of the video is to serve as a marketing tool for the Nokia Lumia series, not a single phone is shown at all. This short takes the ”Amazing Everyday” theme and follows a style similar to that of “The Little Amazing Show” ads I’ve shown you before. As such, the video highlights the bonds between people and how the simplest of things can make your day.

I particularly like the song that plays on this video. Unfortunately, it was specifically composed for it, so we don’t get anything else than those sixty seconds. By the way, I’d deeply appreciate it if anyone could help me figuring out the lyrics. I tried to do it myself, but my French is a little bit rusty, so I’m not even sure if what I think I have is actually correct.

Même si on ne comprends pas
la vie * à la fois.
Même si la porte est fermée,
moi, je suis a tes côtés.

Et si tu voudras cacher
la tristesse qui t’a trouvé,
j’inventerai n’importe quoi
pour te voir sourire d’autres fois.

Nos coeurs séparés *

Every spring, an ocean of canola flowers deluges Luoping, covering everything in never-ending yellow. Year after year, thousands of travelers and photographers are attracted to this place by the promise of a stunningly beautiful scenery that is guaranteed to overwhelm their senses. The small county lies in the relatively underdeveloped eastern part of the Yunnan Province, in China, neighboring the Guizhou and Guangxi provinces and sitting 220 kilometers to the east of the capital Kunming.

Bookmark Luoping as one of the places I’ll definitely visit some not-so-distant day and there goes another good reason for me to learn how to use my camera appropriately. Also, a quick thought: the whole city is going to look like this on the day I pass away.

"Poco después, cuando el carpintero le tomaba las medidas para el ataúd, vieron a través de la ventana que estaba cayendo una llovizna de minúsculas flores amarillas. Cayeron toda la noche sobre el pueblo en una tormenta silenciosa, y cubrieron los techos y atascaron las puertas, y sofocaron a los animales que durmieron a la intemperie. Tantas flores cayeron del cielo, que las calles amanecieron tapizadas de una colcha compacta, y tuvieron que despejarías con palas y rastrillos para que pudiera pasar el entierro."

Henry, an old man who’s been living in a nursing home for approximately ten years, is described as being depressed and unresponsive. One day, he’s given an iPod with music from his era. As soon as his caretaker puts the headphones on him, his eyes immediately brighten up with happiness. He starts singing and rocking his body and can’t stop smiling and is being animated. “… he’s restored to himself, he’s remembered who he is.”

Now, that’s music and technology for you. Indeed, there are few things out there as magical as music and the technology that seamlessly delivers it to us. Seriously, watch the video; it’s the sort of thing one must see.

You know? I’ve always felt this kind of personal obligation to do something (i.e. anything) to make people’s lives a little bit better. In fact, even though I’m significantly art-oriented, I became an engineer because I believe that technology is the key for me to deliver the biggest contributions I can to mankind. Sure, I probably won’t stop world hunger or erradicate diseases. Still, I truly hope that one day I do something, for small as it may be, that makes someone smile like this.

To be honest, I actually wonder if some of the stories I blog about in here bright up someone’s day from time to time. I hope they do.

A tale about magic told with magic. Or well, don’t you think that modern-day technology is kind of like magic in its own way?

From the video description:
"Marco Tempest spins a beautiful story of what magic is, how it entertains us and how it highlights our humanity — all while working extraordinary illusions with his hands and an augmented reality machine."