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Remember When

February 15, 2011 6 comments

I could not have found a better dedication to all those who love than a video from the movie Up with a background score of Alan Jackson’s “Remember When”. I haven’t seen the movie but I have seen this clip several times. The clip is a fast forward narration of Carl’s and Ellie’s life, from their marriage to their growing old together. Unfortunately, Ellie passes away leaving Carl alone. She gives him her diary which she used to called “My Adventure Book”. Ellie had a dream of having her house on the cliffs overlooking the Paradise Falls. After Ellie passes away, Carl lives with a regret that he could not fulfill her wish.

The video ends with a scene where Carl is going through Ellie’s adventure book. He comes to a section which she called “Stuffs to do”. Carl doesn’t have the heart to go through it because he knows that he could not fulfill Ellie’s wish. He is about to close the book when the page turns over accidentally. He sees their wedding photo pasted on the page. He curiously flips through rest of the pages and is overwhelmed when he sees that all of them had their photos.  Finally, on one of the pages he reads the following lines (in French) –

Merci pour cette belle aventure–
Il est temps pour toi d’en vivre une nouvelle!

Je t’aime
Ellie

These lines translate into –

Thank you for this wonderful adventure –
It is time for you to live a new one!

I love you
Ellie

Beautiful and touching is all that I can say.

Alan Jackson’s “Remember When” is a mesmerishing song. It naturally takes you down the lanes which you have walked with your beloved. This song added to the video from Up is simply perfect! My heartiest thanks to the person who mixed them.

Link to video

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Theo Jansen – The Kinetic Sculptor

February 12, 2011 2 comments

I came across Theo Jansen’s work, Strandbeest. Theo is as an engineer, an artist and a physicist. To describe him, let me pick up lines from his own website

“Theo Jansen (1948) studied physics at the University of Delft (The Netherlands) from 1968-1975. He left University to be – come an artist. He painted for the first seven years. In 1980 he built a flying saucer (15 ft flashing lights, beep sounds) that flew over Delft and set the town in commotion. Then he built a light sensitive spray-gun which paints an object on a surface. Since 1986 Theo Jansen has been writing a column for the Volkskrant (national newspaper). Since 1990 he has been working on a new creation: skeletons made of electric-conduits which walk on windpower. These animals have evolved into several generations over the last twelve years. Eventually he wants to put the anima Is out in herds on the beaches, where they live their own lives.”

Strandbeest are these beach animals which can move on their own. This work takes inspiration from nature as much as it uses the nature to function. These animals use the wind energy for their movement. The wind energy is also stored in their structures to assist the movement when there is no wind.

Theo’s vision is to create strandbeests which can be left free on beaches and which can survive on their own, even after he is gone. You have to see the video below to believe and understand him. It’s one of the most creative piece of work that I have ever come across.

You may also want to check out a few videos on his website. Theo also shares some design details on the website which may interest you. A simple google will return you links to some interesting articles about him and his work.

Circle of Life – Sir Elton John

February 7, 2011 Leave a comment

“Circle of Life” – Sir Elton John composed this song for the animated movie “The Lion King”. The song has beautiful lyrics and below is the link to the video of it’s pop version sung by Sir Elton John himself. Thanks to my friend Arjun for sending it to me :).

 

From the day we arrive on the planet
And blinking, step into the sun
Theres more to be seen than can ever be seen
More to do than can ever be done

Some say eat or be eaten
Some say live and let live
But all are agreed as they join the stampede
You should never take more than you give

In the circle of life
Its the wheel of fortune
Its the leap of faith
Its the band of hope
Till we find our place
On the path unwinding
In the circle, the circle of life

Some of us fall by the wayside
And some of us soar to the stars
And some of us sail through our troubles
And some have to live with the scars

Theres far too much to take in here
More to find than can ever be found
But the sun rolling high through the sapphire sky
Keeps great and small on the endless round

Heaven 7

February 5, 2011 Leave a comment

My friends from SMIT, my bachelors college, will recall Heaven 7. It was a 64KB application which made rounds in our hostel and was a hit among us. When the application is executed, it starts a 3D graphics video. We liked it very much due to it’s impressive graphics, captivating music and touching messages. I still have the application. However, I could not upload the application to the blog. But, I was able to find a video on YouTube :).

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Five Lessons About the Way We Treat People

February 5, 2011 6 comments

Today, I was going through my collection of articles, writings, stories, etc. which I have been collecting since past several years. I came across this inspirational story – “Five Lessons About the Way We Treat People”. I had liked it a lot when I had read it the first time. However, all these years it laid bitting dust in some folder on my computer. It was really nice to read it again and I wish to share it with you too.

Here, five lessons for life are being talked about in form of stories. The one which touched me the most is the fifth one – not the lesson as much as the story did.

1 – First Important Lesson – Cleaning Lady.

During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions until I read the last one:

‘What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?’
Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50’s, but how would I know her name?

I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade.

‘Absolutely, ‘ said the professor. ‘In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say ‘hello.’

I’ve never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy.

2. – Second Important Lesson – Pickup in the Rain

One night, at 11:30 p.m., an older African American woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rain storm. Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car. A young white man stopped to help her, generally unheard of in those conflict-filled 1960’s. The man took her to safety, helped her get assistance, and put her into a taxicab.

She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his address and thanked him. Seven days went by and a knock came on the man’s door. To his surprise, a giant console color TV was delivered to his home. A special note was attached.

It read: ‘Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway the other night. The rain drenched not only my clothes, but also my spirits. Then you came along. Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying husband’s bedside just before he passed away… God bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving others.’

Sincerely,
Mrs. Nat King Cole.

3 – Third Important Lesson – Always remember those who serve.

In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10-year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him.

‘How much is an ice cream sundae?’ he asked. ‘Fifty cents,’ replied the waitress.

The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied the coins in it. ‘Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?’ he inquired.

By now more people were waiting for a table and the waitress was growing impatient.

‘ Thirty-five cents,’ she brusquely replied. The little boy again counted his coins. ‘I’ll have the plain ice cream,’ he said.

The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and left. When the waitress came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the table. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were two nickels and five pennies..

You see, he couldn’t have the sundae, because he had to have enough left to leave her a tip.

4 – Fourth Important Lesson. – The obstacle in Our Path.

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of
the way.

Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The peasant learned what many of us never understand!

Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.

5 – Fifth Important Lesson – Giving When it Counts…

Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare & serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness. The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister.

I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, ‘Yes I’ll do it if it will save her.’ As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the color returning to her cheek. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded.

He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, ‘Will I start to die right away’.

Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her.

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