NO EXCUSES - Inspirational Images


Hello,


Have I mentioned I'm finding a lot of cool schtuff on StumbleUpon.com??   : )

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Yesterday I found a wunn'erful post by Alden Tan there:

http://alden-tan.com/no-excuses/

He shares 19 images that "scream NO EXCUSES"!

I found them very inspiring.

Although Alden didn't neccessarily create them...he did a lot of work to compile, caption and "interpret" them.

So I e-mailed him and asked if I could post a few of them here (adding his captions)...and he graciously agreed.

I hope...like me...you'll find them inspiring.  Thank you again Alden!




No excuses to not smile and be happy


Age is no excuse


BTW...the hardest part for me was limiting myself to 3 or 4 images from Alden's post...so check out his link above to see them all!!



Don't Even Think About it! But Cop Can't Stop Man



"Sorry Officer"

I won't give away what this guy is trying to do in this video...because when I saw it I had no idea...and was amazed at what he ultimately did.

Screen-Capture for browsers unable to display YouTube video preview:
YouTube Video:  The Police Can't Stop him!

And the video:



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John Calhoon Rat Experiments


StumbleUpon has led me to so many interesting things!!  Check it out if you haven't already!

Here's an interesting page I found there recently:

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Death By Utopia

 

You can read all of the details at www.mostlyodd.com/death-by-utopia/ but I'll try to encapsulate some of it for you.  

All quotes offered here are from that article.

In 1947 researcher John Calhoon began experimenting with rats.  

Before you start thinking too much about that I'll plow on.     : )

He allowed their populations to grow into the spaces they were confined to and observed their behavior.

As they grew into an area and began to over-populate it...their behavior began to dramatically change.

Both males and females became much more aggressive and began attacking each other including their own young breaking into "pointless and sporadic violence".

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"Females stopped reproducing and even started attacking their own young. Mortality rose phenomenally. Roaming mice either attacked or attempted to mount others, irrespective of relation or gender, cannibalism and other acts of depravity consumed them."

"Then there were the ‘beautiful ones.' ". 

"The ‘beautiful ones’ withdrew themselves ever so quietly, removing themselves from the sick society. Solitary pursuits began to define them; eating, drinking and grooming among others. No scars on their back or hairs out-of-place, these mice behaved like a separate race. They saw the world through their narrow scopes, as they tossed, turned and tried to cope."

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"In the end the population sank, even when it was back down to a tolerable level none of the mice changed back.   The change was irreversible, the mice were different now."

"This tipping over into irreversible societal collapse came to be known as ‘The Behavioral Sink.’ John Calhoun called it the first death. Death of the mind and soul, leading eventually to the second death, of the physical form. What he meant was that after the first death, the mice were no longer mice and could never be so again."

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"In spite of this many believe Calhoon's research has brought positive changes to our world!"

"For the first time in history, over 50% of the world population exists within cities, and they are safer than ever before, due in part to the ideas drawn from John B. Calhoun and his pungent rodents. His 1973 paper has been classed as one of the 40 most influential psychology papers of all time, and with good reason, it may have indirectly saved thousands of lives."


Create a Photo Manipulation of a Flooded City Scene



Awesome Photoshop Tutorial by Gavin Steele!

How to Create a Photo Manipulation of a Flooded City Scene



One of the final steps in this tutorial -
Image copyright 2009, Gavin Steele


Find detailed, step by step instructions, including an accompanying tutorial video here: 

http://psd.tutsplus.com/tutorials/photo-effects-tutorials/flooded-city-scene/

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This tutorial is designed for intermediate to advanced Photoshop users with an understanding of the interface and tools.

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Hope you're having an amazing day!!



Disturbing and Bizarre Accidents Found On UPI.com


CAUTION!!

Some may find this post disturbing...so be WARNED....it may not be for everyone!

My jaw dropped open as I read these...life can be filled with so much peril:

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Saguaro cactus puts man in intensive care 

YUMA, Ariz., June 22 (UPI) -- A city employee in Yuma, Ariz., suffered a broken back and internal injuries when a large saguaro cactus fell on him as he worked on a water leak.

Full-grown saguaros weigh from 3,200 to 4,800 pounds and are held in place by a network of shallow roots, anchored by a single deep tap root.


 
Death Of Days - Andy Lefton

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Railroad worker killed by newsprint roll

UPPER MERION, Pa., May 19 (UPI) -- A railroad engineer making a delivery to a newspaper plant
in the Philadelphia suburbs died Friday when a roll of newsprint weighing almost a ton fell on him.


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Puck to throat kills hockey player

EDMONTON, Alberta, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Family and friends grieved Monday for a teenage Canadian hockey player who died after being hit in the neck by a puck.

Kyle Fundytus, 16, was hit while blocking a shot during a youth league game in Edmonton, Alberta,

Saturday afternoon and died at a hospital Sunday, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported.

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17 electrocuted at Brazil street party
  
BANDEIRA DO SUL, Brazil, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- A live power line fell onto a crowd at a Brazilian street party, killing 17 people, police said.

Another 50 people were injured in the freak accident Sunday night in the town of Bandeira do Sul in Minas Gerais state, the Brazilian news site Folha.com reported.


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You'll find a few more stories like these...and all the latest news on http://www.upi.com/



USM Professor Jason Reed Quote: On Parasites and The 1%


 Hello!


According to the USM The Free Press:

An image and quote has quickly taken hold in certain circles on the internet taking it's "author" by surprise,

You can read more about it and see the image on The Free Press site:
http://usmfreepress.org/2012/01/22/how-a-usm-professor-became-an-internet-meme/ 

The image in question:  A photo of University of Southern Maine professor Jason Read with his quote super-imposed over it:

“People who dismiss the unemployed and dependent as ‘parasites’ fail to understand economics and parasitism. A successful parasite is one that is not recognized by its host, one that can make its host work for it without appearing as a burden. Such is the ruling class in a capitalist society.”

This image by Lyubomir Sergeev from CreativeFinder.com sets the right mood for this post.    : )

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The Free Press went on to say:

"Read said he posted the status update on Dec. 29 as something he found “mildly amusing” and that he wouldn’t typically use that kind of discourse for his lectures. By Jan. 8, a friend of Read lifted the quote and superimposed it onto a photo of him, posting it to his own profile and the Occupy Maine Facebook page."

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Thanks for stopping in!



Oktapodi (2007) - Oscar 2009 Animated Short Film

Hi!

I found this video on YouTube by way of StumbleUpon. The video is embedded below.

Oktapodi (2007) - Oscar 2009 Animated Short Film

Screen Capture from Oktapodi

If you're into Pixar/Disney animation like I am then you more than likely enjoy it! 

Here are a few more screen caps from the video to wet your appetite.  : )




And at last...the video itself:



Up-loader Description - by on Feb 24, 2009:  How adorable are these octopi? In Oktapodi, these two cuties help each other escape the clutches of a tyrannical restaurant cook. But, even once they're out of the kitchen, their battle to stay together is not over.
For more info on this animation /video:

http://www.oktapodi.com/

http://www.oktapodi.com/makingof/

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Thanks as always for stopping by!



Awesome Korean "Human Jumbotron"


Hi!

So many negative things get all the press these days...and yes there are a lot of big and very troubling issues we need to be aware of.

But sometimes it's great to see people united in an effort to simply entertain and have fun!

Screen Capture from "Human Jumbotron" video

I "Stumbled Upon" a very cool video of Korean students creating a "Human Jumbotron" by flashing certain colors in their clothing and working in a pre-arranged choreography.

Screen Capture from "Human Jumbotron" video


Sure some parts of the video are sped up...but it's still very fun to watch...and see kids having fun...pouring energy into something that isn't destructive or dangerous etc.





Hope you enjoyed it!

Thank you for stopping by!



Show Me The Light - Cool Photoshop Digital Art Tutorial



If you're into creating with Adobe Photoshop here's a cool tutorial by Andrei Oprinca that will show you all the steps to create some pretty interesting effects.

Here's the final image from the tutorial:



Just head on over to vandelaydesign.com/blog/design/helpful-lighting-effects-tutorials/ for the full step by step instructions.

Here's a video walk through that will give you a good idea of what the tutorial is all about:



You will need the author's Colors in Motion – light textures pack which he offers as a free download, under a creative commons license.

http://www.psdbox.com/stock/colors-in-motion-light-textures-pack/

Andrei offers a number of tutorials on his PSDBox profile as well:

http://www.psdbox.com/author/leahn88/

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It is up to individual users to insure their own safety when using links that take you from this blog or when downloading external content.


Worth 1000 Contest Winner - That's One Bad Bunny, Honey!!



Presenting another AWESOME Worth1000.com Contest Winner:

ssvlddsgn's  "The Legend Rolls On" - First Place Entry for the Chop a Bunny 3 contest




: )



I Like Pandas - Animation By Jessica Borutski


Hi-dee-ho!

Ok...for this one we get in the "way back machine" (per internet standards anyway) and set it to 2006 when a young, talented animator named Jessica Borutski posted her animation/video I Like Pandas on YouTube.

It's cute...and a little creepy...but funny creepy...not "dark, back- alley, all alone and hearing foot-steps in the middle of the night creepy".

And it's a little addictive in the sense that you cannot "unsee" it once seen...and the day will come when you want to see it again.   : )

Mwah-hahahahaha

Oops...ok sorry...I got a bit dramatic for a second there.

Here's a look at a "screen-capture" from the video:

Screen-Cap from I Love Pandas - By Jessica Borutski - copyright 2006























And the video itself:



You can read a bit more about this video on her blog:
http://jessicaborutski.blogspot.com/2006/07/i-like-pandas.html

Thanks fer droppin' in!

: )



Exceptional Lion Photograph!!! Flickr Contest Winner



Hi!

This awesome image won 3rd place in the Flickr "NG" Are you Good Enough Contest #11

Enjoying the cool breeze
© All Rights Reserved
Taken on: September 14, 2007 
Camera: Nikon D40, f/0, 0.001 sec (1/1250) sec, 0mm, ISO 400 

I used the code Flickr provides to attach this image here.

The photographer, listed on Flikr only as lkenyon66, is a New York based professional who according to her bio:  "....enjoys taking [...mostly]  nature and animal photography although I dabble in a little bit of everything."

You can find lkenyon's Flikr photostream here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lkenyon66/with/1386117801/#photo_1386117801

Or you can find her blog here:  http://lkenyon66.blogspot.com/





Gollum Goes Glam! Funny Worth1000 Photo Effects Contest Winner


If you are a Lord Of The Rings fan you'll probably find this pretty amusing!

I am...and I did!



This image by zulittle won 2nd place in the Advanced Photo Effects - Worth1000 Contest: "Directors Cut 4".

The caption under this photo on their site reads:  "Thanks to the advice of Lord of The Ring crews, Peter Jackson finally cut this seductive scene [with] Gollum..."



YouTube Video: Avatar in 5 Seconds

How could I not post this one??!! : )




Hope you're having a fantastic day!



Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers - I Can't Go For That



Hello!

Have you seen this yet?

I wanna go on a road trip with these peeps!  : )

Road Trip!  Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers







LJ's Flicker Photostream: Stunning Images



Hi!

I suppose this may not be for everyone...because you'll find yourself looking into the eyes and faces of the homeless in a amazing series of photographs found on flicker.

Flicker indicates that "No real name" was given by the photographer...but in an article on ThumbPress I discovered that they were taken by Lee Jeffries.

ThumbPress says, "Lee Jeffries career began as a sports photographer....Then a chance meeting with a homeless woman living in the streets of London changed his life forever. He has since dedicated himself to capturing gripping portraits of the disenfranchised."

Here's an example of one of the 155 images found on Flicker:

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You can find the entire album here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/16536699@N07/sets/72157622905229717/with/5034193832/ 

Be advised that there are some images that are harder to view...but I found them all visually stunning and absolutely "beautiful" in their own way.

It's clear that the Jeffries wasn't trying to exploit any of these individuals because captions under the photographs indicate details about them including in some cases where the image was taken and where donations can be made to help them.  Here's a link to one of those pages.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/16536699@N07/page2/

I found myself thinking of a saying my mom used to quote, "There but by the grace of God go I."  Translation:  I could be among them if not for different circumstances in my life.

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You can help the homeless! Contact your local charitites.

In Phoenix:  http://phoenixrescuemission.org/ 



Advice to live by!



I heard this quote years ago but never knew the origin.

Now thanks to Al Gore and his invention (the internet) I can not only share the quote but give credit to the author:

Never try to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and it annoys the pig.”

- Robert Heinlein 

 : )

 Boys and men watching a pig

Flickr Image: Repository: State Library and Archives of Florida, 500 S. Bronough St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250 USA. Contact: 850.245.6700. Archives@dos.state.fl.us



The Name Says It All: "I Want This" From Userpics.com



Hello!

Maybe it's a guy thing but can you imagine this in your living room or den?


Elvis and I can!!  : )

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To find out more please go to:  I want this. - Userpics.com



Awesome digital painting: "Dark Riders" by Maciej



Hello!

While looking at the cghub.com site yesterday I found another stunning image.

(NOTE:  This site no longer exists)



It's called "Dark Riders" by Maciej Kuciara (digitally painted in Photoshop).

http://www.kuciara.com/

His bio states that he is from Poland and is a professional concept artist working with Naughty Dog.

(Permission to use this image has been requested)


Somebody That I Used to Know - Walk off the Earth (Gotye - Cover)



Two days ago I launched this blog with a great video of awesome people doing awesome things:
http://perfectusstuffus.blogspot.com/2012/06/my-shiney-new-blog.html 
 
I loved the background song and decided to look into it and found it on YouTube (of course).

If you want to find it there just search for:

"Somebody That I Used to Know - Walk off the Earth (Gotye - Cover)"

Otherwise click play below.



If you're like me and are wondering if they can do this performance live...why yes...they can.

After this video went viral (almost 119 million views as of now) they've appeared on Ellen's TV Show performing it live.

Since then they've done it in concerts and on a very odd German show where at the end of the song the hosts (a weird collection of peeps...ruin it by singing along...AT THE TOP OF THEIR SWEET LITTLE LUNGS).

: )

Here's a link to one of the best of the live versions I found...performing it in concert right after their appearance on Ellen...proving they can do it live.
http://youtu.be/ZThhXrAMy48

On the German TV show they say it took two days of filming the song for the video posted above  and got the best take on their 30th performance.

Hope yer having a GREAT day!!!

Thanks for stopping by! : )


A WOW image from cghub.com!

A very cool image from the web-site cghub.com by Kan Muftic. called "Her Scent".

(Please NOTE:  cghub is no longer on-line)



Please visit Kan Muftic's blog to see more of this artist's incredible work!!

http://kanmuftic.blogspot.com/

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(Permission to use this image has been requested from the artist)


My Shiney New Blog!

Hello!

So I've been posting interesting videos, images, cartoons, photos etc to Facebook but that has its limitations.

So I thought I'd begin a blog just for all that cool schtuff I find and wanna share.

I hope you enjoy what you find here!

I'll start with this very cool video and song I found today:




Alright! I'm having fun already!!  : )