MindfulOfWhy #4: The Genius of Nolan

MindfulOfWhy #3: The Genius of Nolan

The main themes for the TDK Trilogy and the characters that personify them

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Innovnation #5: PhoneBloks, A phone that will last you more than 2 years

Electronic devices are designed NOT to last. PhoneBloks is the solution and most likely, the future.

PhoneBloks

Buying a whole new phone just because one small piece of your phone stopped working…is ridiculous.

Then come all the troubles of transferring messages, phone numbers, files, music and photos.

Phonebloks breaks down the phone’s main functions such as Wireless, RAM (speed), battery, screen, etc, into blocks. Literally.

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This way you’ll be able to stay with the same phone forever, and keep upgrading certain parts of it as technology advances, instead of paying an extra thousand for a new phone to fix a $100 problem.

Finally, a phone that will last you more than 2 years. No more transferring files and contacts from one phone to another.

Very innovative, spatially creative, cost efficient and reduces the large amount of harmful waste caused by disposed phones.

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The PhoneBloks Project currently has a huge amount of support, and you can help speed things up simply by liking and supporting their page, or you can get actively involved under their “Challenges Section”.

Visit PhoneBloks Here: https://phonebloks.com/

SeenNothing #4 Art Feature! Outre Gallery

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Recently I’ve found an Australian website called Outre Gallery which supports very talented artists that haven’t got the commercial publicity they deserve. In their words: “Outré Gallery is Australia’s original alternative gallery dealing in contemporary international pop, lowbrow, pop surrealism and underground art.”

Among these artists I found one called Jed Henry whose artwork puts a Japanese spin on American games (mainly retro ones that were released during the 90’s)

Jed’s artwork is one of a kind, and is an instant like to those who loved games back in the 90’s or fans of Japanese culture. Artists will definitely appreciate the spin Jed has put on games in our Western pop culture.

Below are just some personal favorites of mine that I picked out:

ImageFinal Fantasy

 

ImageSuper Mario and Donkey Kong!

 

ImageGotta Catch’em All!

 

ImageThe Legend of Zelda

 

 

If you love Jed’s work, or even the work of other talented artists on Outre Gallery, please follow and support their pages here:

Jed’s DeviantArt: http://thejedhenry.deviantart.com/

Outre Gallery: http://www.outregallery.com/

MindfulOfWhy #3 City vs Country: Where would YOU want to live?

This section was originally intended to preach. But, thinking over it, I decided that there really isn’t much to preach and more to ask or discuss.

Today’s mindfulness is simply about the idea of where you would rather live. It is something that has been on my mind for a while, a constant debate between the peacefulness of the countryside or wilds, and the convenient but polluted society. City vs Wild, if you will.

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It all started with one of those bad days where you see the ugly side of people and I’m thinking: “Damn, this city life is really a rat race”. It’s almost as if society has been designed to turn us against each other.

Sometimes feeling like Doctors are destroying health, Lawyers are destroying justice, teachers are destroying education (I don’t wholeheartedly believe this, but sometimes when I’m feeling cynical, it seems like a truth that would apply to many).

In comparison, last year I recently went back to visit my grandparents in the countryside and I found that most were very pleasant and friendly. Disputes and people of bad character still exist of course, but they are few, and when conflict arises the two individuals are able to settle the problem themselves, without needing to waste thousands of dollars, tax-payers money, a whole courtroom of jury and judges. It’s such a simple and honest lifestyle, and people earn what they work for…in comparison to the capitalist society we live in where everyone tries to set up their own empire and “mine” everything they can.

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Upon the last few years of constant pondering, I found myself asking strange questions such as: Could I move and live in the wilderness? Would I be in trouble if I get caught? Wait caught by who? Is it owned by anyone? Wait – how the hell can anyone “own” land, or a lake? If I wanted to buy an ocean or an island, who on earth would I be paying? And what gives them the right to sell it or claim ownership anyway? (This began a rebellious attitude towards capitalism, socialists and the idea of “ownership”, but I won’t get into politics now)

Anyway, I can tell that my appreciation for the country is biased. Perhaps in a “grass is greener on the other side” way, as I have been brought up in the city. I kept this in mind as I balanced the Pros and Cons but in the end, I kept finding it perfectly balanced. I constantly found two opposing extremes, such as excess order for the cities, excess chaos for nature. A heavily air, mind and sound polluted area compared to a calm and peaceful environment.

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But then again, the country is so inconvenient and doesn’t have anywhere near the spoiled comforts we enjoy such as: Air conditioning, technology, internet and overload of entertainment. I didn’t get into the lifestyles of indigenous people because no matter what others say, calling them barbarians doesn’t make any sense when we ourselves have a form of ‘civilized’ barbarianism (which lacks much more ethics then their version.

What do you think? Where would suit you best? Whether you are from the Country or the City, are you sure you’ve taken everything into account before deciding the grass is greener wherever you’re not?

Y-Tunes #2 Refreshing beats

A nostalgic upbeat song to get you through the first half of the week. I figured there was no need to review this track since it’s quite well known (Bet you forgot this existed).

Martin Solveig & The Cataracs “Hey Now” (Single Mix)

 


 

And here, something a little harder from the Daft Punk 2007 “Alive” Album. A great mash up of two of their best 90’s hits: “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” and “Around the World”

 

Daft Punk – Around The World / Harder Better Faster Stronger

 

 

Finally, another Daft Punk track, from their latest album: Random Access Memories: “Fragments of Time”.

This track is guaranteed to grow on you no matter what country you’re from, your age, or cultural background you are raised in. The track maintains a mellow and relaxed mood and the lyrics paint an ambient image. It’s the ideal track to play while you kick back and relax after a long day at work, or even better enjoyed during a weekend cruise with a sunset.

That’s all the tracks for this weeks Y-Tunes, Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

SeenNothing #3 GREEN SKYSCRAPERS: Sky Village Copenhagen

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The new skyscraper with a total surface of 21,688m2 will be located at Roskildevej

Flexibility for adaptation is one of the best sustainable characteristics of a building,

Furthermore the plans include a grey water circuit, the use of 40% recycled concrete in the foundation and a variety of energy producing devices on the façade.

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On the lower floors the volume is slim to create space for the surrounding public plaza with retail and restaurants;

The lower part of the high rise consists of offices

The middle part leans north in order to create a variety of sky gardens that are terraced along the south side. This creates a stacked neighborhood, a Sky Village.

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The future’s looking green 🙂

 

Innovnation 4# Lifestraw – Fighting third-world thirst

Finally, technological breakthroughs that aren’t focusing on entertainment or comfortable conditions for first world countries and actually aims to improve living conditions.

It may not look like much, but this little contraption is capable of:

  • Filters at least 1,000 liters of water (264 gallons)
  • Weighs only 54 grams (2 oz.)
  • Removes up to 99.99999 percent of waterborne bacteria
  • Removes up to 99.9 percent of waterborne protozoan cysts
  • Reduces turbidity by filtering particles of approx 0.2 microns
  • BPA Free and contains no chemicals
  • Uses no batteries or moving parts

“…Praised in the international media and won several awards including the 2008 Saatchi & Saatchi Award for World Changing Ideas, the ‘INDEX: 2005’ International Design Award and “Best Invention of 2005” by Time Magazine.” – Wikipedia

Although some people are commenting that: “it is too expensive for those who need it most”, the problem is less with the product itself and more centralized around the politics and government priorities of that Country.

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